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The sons of two former outstanding Brunswick County athletes are showing signs they may have outstanding athletic careers, too.
Jadyn Parker, 10, and Brandyn Johnson, 12, are the sons of Irene (Johnson) Parker, a West Brunswick High School graduate who was a state champion in the triple jump, and Carl Parker Jr., a former basketball star at South Brunswick High School who had a stellar career at the College of William & Mary.
Jadyn Parker is a Union Elementary School student. Brandyn Johnson is a Shallotte Middle School student. On June 9-10, they competed in the USA Track & Field South Carolina Junior Olympic track and field championships.
Jadyn Parker competed in the bantam class for those 9-10. In the long jump he set a state record for his age group with a jump of 14 feet, 3 inches, smashing the old record of 13-8. (The regional record is 15-6 and the national record is 16-3.)
He ran the 200 meters in 28.82 seconds and finished third. He also ran on the 400-meter relay that finished fourth in 65.85 seconds.
Brandyn Johnson, competing in the youth class for those 13-14, ran on the 1,600-meter relay that finished second in 4:22.67.
The top six finishers in each event qualified for the Region 3 Junior Olympic meet, which is July 5-8 at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Va. Those who place in the regional will advance to the national Junior Olympic meet July 23-28 at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
The sons’ parents are accomplished athletes.
Irene Parker won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1993 state championship in the triple jump (37-10) and was second in the long jump (18-2) that same year. The records still stand at West.
She was also on a USA track team that competed in 1993 against teams from France and Spain in Barcelona. Spain was host of the Summer Olympics the previous year.
Carl Parker Jr. is graduate of South Brunswick High School and had a stellar basketball career at the
of William & Mary. He accumulated 1,150 points during his career. He had the highest field-goal percentage in team history (59.9 percent, 164 of 274, in 1996). He was the team MVP and received the Kraze Award in 1995 and 1996. The award given in honor of former Tribe team captain John Kratzer, who received the inaugural U.S. Basketball Writers Association Most Courageous Athlete award.
After college, he played professionally overseas for UB La Palma in the Canary Islands. He averaged 30 points a game.
“After basketball,” Irene Parker said, “(Carl’s) career led him back to the states, where we lived in various states and cities. Although we enjoyed traveling and experiencing different things, nothing ever compared to the comfort of being near family, which is why we decided to come back to the area to raise our two wonderful sons.”