SPORTS IN BRIEF: North's Wheeler commits to Armstrong Atlantic


North's Wheeler commits to Armstrong Atlantic

North Gwinnett senior Stephanie Wheeler has accepted an offer to play basketball for Armstrong Atlantic State University. She is the daughter of Bob and Patti Wheeler.

Wheeler, who scored her 1,000th career point last month, is averaging 12.1 points and 4.3 assists this season. Her brother Jesse, a 2006 Duluth grad, also will play at Armstrong Atlantic next season.


Norcross' Clarke taken in WPS Draft

Norcross grad Melissa Clarke was selected in the third round of the Women's Professional Soccer Draft by the Sky Blue FC, which is based in Piscataway Township, N.J.

Clarke, who recently finished a standout career at LSU, was selected with the 29th overall pick, the last selection of the third round.

The Atlanta Beat had the No. 1 overall pick and took North Carolina midfielder Tobin Heath. Atlanta also selected South Carolina defender Blakely Mattern (third round), West Florida defender/midfielder Shameka Gordon (third round), Wake Forest forward Jill Hutcinson (fourth round), Oklahoma State forward Kasey Langdon (sixth round) and West Florida forward Shaneka Gordon (seventh round).

The Beat also acquired former Georgia Bulldog star Carrie Patterson, picked No. 50 overall, in a trade.

Former Starr's Mill standout Kelley O'Hara was selected third overall in the first round by FC Gold Pride of Santa Clara, Calif.

NASCAR to switch to rear spoiler after testing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR informed teams Friday that it has scheduled an open test at Charlotte Motor Speedway as part of an upcoming transition from a wing to a rear spoiler.

The change had been discussed individually with teams, but nothing had been formally announced before the Friday memo to crew chiefs from Sprint Cup Series director John Darby.

''To help put some of the rumor mills to rest, I am sending you the following facts as they relate to changes for 2010,'' Darby wrote in the memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. ''We will be transitioning from the usage of the current wing to an aluminum spoiler.''