Area Sports Briefs
From staff reports
North Rowan’s Oshon West was named District 11 Player of the Year.
Davie’s Caleb Martin and Cody Martin and Statesville’s Jaquan Warren and Josh Gaither joined West on all-district first team. West Rowan’s Celexus Long made the District 11 second team.
West’s Seth Martin, Carson’s Tre Williams and Colton Laws and North’s Michael Bowman and Malik Ford are on the third team.
North’s Andrew Mitchell was named District 11 Coach of the Year.
• Carson’s Kelly Dulkoski was a first-team all-region pick, while Carson’s Allison Blackwell made the second team.
Rowan County’s American Legion season is scheduled to begin on May 18 with a home game against the Mooresville Legends at Newman Park.
The first “division” game won’t be until June 17 at Stanly County. Playoffs will begin July 2.
Jim Gantt returns as coach. Mark Cauble will be the team manager, with Voight Basinger serving as AD.
North Rowan routed Lexington 19-3 on Thursday. Chance Mazza had two doubles, scored three runs and drove in three to lead North (3-5).
Noah Gonzalez drove in three and scored two. Jake Pritchard and Clint Veal knocked in two runs apiece. Thomas Tucker had a run-scoring double, and Travis Holshouser scored two runs.
Every starter scored a run for North. Cory Fries (1-0) pitched three innings for the win. He allowed two earned runs and struck out five.
Tucker pitched the final inning and struck out all three batters he faced.
• North Hills defeated Hickory Christian 6-4.
Josh Lippard pitched 62/3 innings. Austin Patterson went 2-for-4 with a double and was the winning pitcher.
• The Greater Cabarrus Homeschool Stallions beat Gray Stone 9-3 on Thursday at Southeast Middle.
Caleb Threadgill, Hunter Shepherd and Josh Endicott had two hits each for the Stallions. Shepherd pitched a complete game and struck out four.
The Stallions (4-1) play Tuesday against Carmel Christian.
Prep girls soccer
Kate Grant had two assists and a goal as Salisbury’s girls beat North Rowan 3-0 on Thursday.
Kathryn Rusher scored her first career goal for the Hornets on a beautifully placed shot from 20 yards out.
Maritsa Mourouzidis also scored for the Hornets (5-4) and added an assist.
Kaytee Leonguerrero had the shutout in goal. Defensive standouts for SHS were Kristen Harman, Emma Labovitz and Susannah Dixon. North was limited to two shots.
Salisbury faces Central Davidson in a CCC home match on Monday.
South Rowan won 5-1 against Cox Mill on Thursday.
Sammie Kennerly (4-0) was the winning pitcher.
Kennerly, Emma Pope and McKenzie Ward had two hits each. Caitlin Waters and Katherine Starnes doubled.
South (6-4) plays Salisbury today at 4 p.m. South is 5-0 in non-league games.
Middle school baseball
China Grove trailed 8-0 but rallied to beat Mooresville 11-9 on Thursday.
China Grove scored 10 runs on seven hits in the sixth.
Mooresville lefty Drew Miller shut down China Grove until the big inning.
Zac Lovejoy and Dillon Norton had two hits each for the Red Devils (4-0). Austin Chrismon had a three-run double to key the big inning.
Walker Joyce was the winning pitcher in relief. He held Mooresville to three hits the last three innings.
Middle school golf
Sacred Heart’s golf team beat Forsyth Country Day 168-186.
Michael Childress shot 37 to lead Sacred Heart (4-1). Will Casmus shot a career-best 42.
• Erwin won 179-197 against Southeast. Medalist Nick Lyerly led the Eagles with a 38. Other scorers were Bryson Sprinkle (42), John Brunson 48) and Jaime Cruz (51).
Southeast’s scorers were Nate Faulkner (47), Robert Sullivan (50), Chris Simmerson (50) and Tristan McDaniel (50).
Mid. school girls soccer
Knox tied Southeast 4-4.
Farrah Jordan scored all of Southeast’s goals. Sarah Musselwhite and Jessica Ferrioloi had assists. Elizabeth Lopez, Estefany Jiminez, Zinia Figueroa and keeper Ally Wilhelm led the defense.
Nellie Brown scored three goals for the Trojans.
Mid. school boys soccer
Southeast won 3-0 against Knox.
Raunel Vasquez, Luis Araujo and Yoris Vanegas scored for the Patriots. Araujo, Vasquez and Braxton Rogers had assists. Grayson Owens had the shutout in goal. Daniel Valverde, Hernan Hernandez, Andrew Bonilla and Michael Rosas led the defense.
Mid. school boys tennis
Southeast’s tennis team beat Knox 5-4. Singles winners for the Patriots were Luis Cipres and Devon Youker.
Winning in doubles for Southeast were Cameron Bisbe-Cipres, Dante Syhavong-Wyatt Bryant and Cameron Doss-Youker.
Middle school volleyball
North Hills beat Covenant Classical 21-10, 21-11 and 21-11 on Thursday.
North Hills also won against Park Ridge on Tuesday.
Ayanna Holmes (Salisbury) scored 10 points and helped Charlotte beat Appalachian State 79-61 in a women’s NIT game played at Halton Arena on Thursday.
Jennifer Hailey scored 20 for the 49ers (25-5).
Anna Freeman (East Davidson) led the Mountaineers (20-11) with 20 points.
• Pfeiffer’s Brittany Cox was named Conferene Carolinas Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s basketball for the second straight season.
Catawba split with Bloomsburg at Whitley Field on Thursday. Catawba won the opener 1-0 but lost 1-0 in the nightcap.
Carley Tysinger (14-4) tossed her seventh shutout for the Indians (20-12) in the opener. She allowed two hits and fanned 13.
Gina Gerone provided Catawba’s run with a homer.
Taylor Stricklin (West Rowan) will compete in the NASCAR Whelen All-American and UARA series. His first race will be Hickory Motor Speedway on March 23.
Stricklin is the son of Hut Stricklin and grandson of Donnie Allison.
Stricklin’s No. 7 car will be sponsored by a non-profit. Fans are encouraged to go to the Taylor Stricklin Racing facebook page to vote for the charity they’d like to see around the track this season.
The charity will have placement on the race car and a portion of proceeds from memorabilia sales also will go to that organization.
The Rowan Razorbacks travel baseball team will hold an open tryout for their 9U and 10U teams Saturday aand Sunday, March 23 and 24, at the 8th Street Ballpark in Spencer.
Tryouts both days are at 4 p.m. Contact John Basinger at 704-450-7963 or Barry McCall at 704-202-4575.