Area Sports Briefs
From staff reports
Zachary Owen, a Salisbury 13-year-old, participated in the 4th annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl held in Houston.
A defensive lineman for the West Rowan Middle School Bulldogs, Owen played with and against hand-picked athletes in his age group in a series of all-star football games at Reliant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Texans.
Owen was selected out of thousands of young athletes from across the country by the bowl selection committe and represented Salisbury well.
He has played in the all-star game the last two seasons. He played at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas last season.
Walt Jones recently made a hole-in-one at the Club at Irish Creek. Jones aced the 134-yard No. 3 hole with an 8-iron.
Witnessing the feat were Gene Miller, Steve Shoe and Herman Upright.
• The McCanless Couples played a Captain’s Choice format on Sunday.
The winning team members were Don Goodnight, Tommy Reynolds and Treva Honeycutt.
Coming in second was the team of Robin Leslie, Gene Seaford and Tim Earnhardt.
Reynolds won longest putt.
St. Stephens beat Watauga 103-98 in eight overtimes in boys basketball last week.
The game ended at 11 p.m. It was Watauga’s fourth overtime adventure of the season.
Believe it or not, the game did not set a state record.
Boone Trail beat Angier 56-54 in 1964 in a game that lasted 13 overtimes. That’s the state and national record.
• On Tuesday, when Salisbury plays host to CCC foe East Davidson, the Hornets will unveil a state championship banner for their girls tennis team between games of the doubleheader.
• Besides the normal Tuesday and Friday hoops action this week, there will be several makeup games.
On Wednesday, West Rowan is at Carson, Statesville is at East Rowan, and Salisbury is at Thomasville.
On Thursday, North Rowan entertains YVC rival Albemarle.
• Hall of Famer Howard Platt will be busy with four high school basketball games on WSTP 1490-AM this week.
WSTP will air Salisbury’s boys game with East Davidson on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Platt will broadcast the West Rowan at Carson girls game.
On Thursday, Platt will be at North Rowan for the YVC boys showdown against Albemarle. On Friday, he’ll call the West Rowan at South Rowan boys game.
It’s not like spring is in the air, but Catawba opens its season with four games this weekend. On Friday, the Indians will take on Pfeiffer at 3 p.m. at Newman Park and will battle Tusculum, usually their toughest SAC rival, at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, Catawba plays Pfeiffer at noon, and Pfeiffer will play Tusculum at 3 p.m.
Catawba also will play Tusculum at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
College indoor track
Liberty freshman Cole Honeycutt (East Rowan) ran a leg on the winning 4x800 relay team in the Liberty Open on Friday.
The relay team ran an ICAAAA-qualifying time of 7:59.23.
•Tennessee’s Tavis Bailey (A.L. Brown) won the shot put in the Texas A&M Challenge with an effort of just over 60 feet.
• Evan Webb (East) was named Lees-McRae’s Male Student-Athlete of the Month
The pole vaulter has put together a strong start to theindoor season, provisionally qualifying for the Division II national championships in the opening meet.
College women’s hoops
Gardner-Webb’s Jessica Heilig (Salisbury) had seven points and seven rebounds in Saturday’s 59-55 win against Charleston Southern.
• Ayana Avery (West Rowan) made two 3-pointers and scored 10 points in Radford’s 64-55 win against High Point on Saturday. Ashia Holmes (Salisbury) contributed four rebounds and four assists for Radford.