Former High Point Central women's basketball standout Leslie Cook will transfer from UNC Charlotte to High Point in January. Cook will be eligible to play for the Panthers as a junior following the conclusion of the 2005 fall semester classes.

At Central, Cook helped the Bison to a 106-7 record and three state titles. She was named MVP of the 2002 championship game.In her two-year career at UNC Charlotte, Cook averaged 8.5 points per game in 27 starts. She set the 49ers' single-season record for 3-pointers made with 71 in the 2003-2004 season.

\ SOCCER PLAYER COMMITS: High Point's men's soccer team has announced the addition of England native Dan Haywood, who will be eligible to play as a freshman for the Panthers in the fall of 2005.

The 5-foot-10 Haywood, from Spaldwick, England, led Hinchingbrooke Secondary School in scoring and was the leading scorer in the county.

Since age 14, Haywood has played regularly with both Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire County Schoolboys teams, making an appearance in a FA Youth Cup national quarterfinal. He played on the Cambridge United youth team at U14-15.

\ CREW CHIEFS ON MOVE: Two veteran crew chiefs, recently out of work but with impressive credentials, have resurfaced with new race teams.

Frankie Stoddard, who has 14 Nextel Cup wins while working as crew chief for Jeff Burton at Roush Racing, is now with the No. 36 team of veteran road racer Boris Said, who plans to run 10 Cup races beginning with the Daytona 500.

James Ince, who led Johnny Benson to his lone Cup victory - at Rockingham in 2002 - is building new Fords that will be driven by journeyman Hermie Sadler. High Point's men's soccer team has announced the addition of England native Dan Haywood, who will be eligible to play as a freshman for the Panthers in the fall of 2005.

The 5-foot, 10-inch Haywood, from Spaldwick, England, led Hinchingbrooke Secondary School in scoring and was the leading scorer in the county.

Since age 14, Haywood has played regularly with both Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire County Schoolboys teams, making an appearance in a FA Youth Cup national quarterfinal. He played on the Cambridge United youth team at U14/15, and also played rugby and participated in cross country and track & field (200m, 400m, javelin). He is Hinchingbrooke's school record-holder in the 400 meters.

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