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Grimsley Grad A Sullivan Award Finalist

The folliwing story, written by Gerald Witt, originally appeared in the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record on Aptril 14, 2010.

GREENSBORO — If Greensboro native Clint Moore wins the AAU Sullivan Award tonight, he could stand to thank the academy.

He's a shortstop on the baseball team for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. When fans found that an online vote for players was on to name the country's top amateur athlete, they backed him.

"Our audience is easy with being called into service," said Bob Beretta, communications director at Army, "so they're ready for that."

The AAU doesn't say how public voting weighs with other criteria to select finalists, but Moore has help from his baseball resume.

The former Southeast Guilford and Grimsley player, now a junior at Army, was named to the NCAA All-America third team after last season and was a top 15 finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award, given each year by the College Baseball Foundation to the nation's top shortstop.

In the 2009 season he had a .395 batting average with 65 RBIs.

On Tuesday he was on his way to New York City for the award presentation that will occur today at the New York Athletic Club.

"I'm actually kind of disappointed," he said, while acknowledging that he's proud to be part of the awards ceremony. "I was driving by practice (Tuesday) and I'm not out there with the guys and the teammates."

West Point will play Iona at home today.

If he wins the award, Moore's name would go alongside the names of some of the most famous in American sports: Wilma Rudolph, Mark Spitz, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Peyton Manning and Michael Phelps.

Just being one of the six finalists for the AAU award took Moore by surprise, he said.

"I just kind of woke up from a nap and they said that I might want to check out the (Army) Web site," he said, "and I found that I was nominated."

Other finalists are Megan Hodge, a Penn State volleyball player from Durham; Erin Hamlin, the second American to win a world title in luge; amputee ultramarathoner Amy Palmiero-Winters; University of South Florida soccer player and volunteer Zak Boggs; and champion cross country runner Angela Bizzarri from Illinois.

Contact Gerald Witt at 373-7008 or gerald.witt@news-record.com

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