Area athletes update: Phillips, Parks shine in victories

Charlotte's Kalif Phillips (25) breaks a tackle by a Campbell player as he runs for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Charlotte's Kalif Phillips (25) breaks a tackle by a Campbell player as he runs for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Area athletes update...

Local running backs were the leading rushers for Charlotte, Virginia, Western Carolina and UNC in college football openers.

While most of the starters for the Charlotte 49ers in the school’s first season of football are redshirt freshmen, it was true freshman Kalif Phillips (A.L. Brown), who scored the first rushing touchdown in school history in Saturday’s 52-7 romp against Campbell.


Phillips scored on a 15-yard run early in the second quarter. He carried nine times for 66 yards.

•Kevin Parks (West Rowan) found a familiar destination — the end zone — late in Saturday’s game to lift Virginia to a 19-16 win against BYU in a rain-drenched opener that included a two-hour weather delay. Parks scored from 13 yards out, right after a game-changing turnover.

Parks, a junior, carried 20 times for 65 yards, and Virginia got an important season-opening victory after struggling to 4-8 in 2012.

• Chris Smith (West) registered the first of what should be many sacks this season for Arkansas. He had a sack for a loss of 7 yards in the Razorbacks’ 34-14 win against Sun Belt favorite Louisiana in a game played in temperatures near 100 degrees. Smith also deflected a pass that was intercepted by a teammate.

•Javon Hargrave (North Rowan) sat out South Carolina State’s opener — a 27-20 loss to 21st-ranked Coastal Carolina — because of a sprained ankle suffered in a scrimmage.

“Javon wants to play, but I think we’re going to err on the side of caution,” S.C. State coach Buddy Pough told the Orangeburg, S.C., newspaper.

• Domonique Noble (West) saw some action in Georgia Tech’s 70-0 rout of Elon. The sophomore defensive back made one tackle.

• Shaun Warren (Carson) had success in Western Carolina’s opener on Thursday. While the Catamounts lost to Middle Tennessee 45-24 in Murfreesboro, the junior running back had 13 carries for 55 yards and scored on a 1-yard run.

• UNC’s Romar Morris (Salisbury) rushed 15 times for 69 yards in the Tar Heels’ 27-10 loss to South Carolina on Thursday. Morris also caught two passes for 18 yards.

Darien Rankin (Salisbury) made one tackle for the Tar Heels.

• A host of local players will open the season this week when most Division II and Division III teams get under way.

Volleyball

Averett opened the season on Saturday, and captain Nicole Barringer (South Rowan) led the Cougars to victories over Austin and Guilford.

The junior setter had 74 assists, 13 digs and four aces.

The setters for both teams in the Averett-Guilford matchup were former Rowan standouts. Guilford’s Taylor Whitley (Carson) had 21 assists and nine digs in a 3-0 loss to Averett. Whitley also had 37 assists and five kills in a 3-1 loss to Methodist.

• Lela Moore (West Rowan) returns as the setter for Hollins. Moore was third in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference in assists last season with 729 and had 39 aces.

• Lenoir-Rhyne will play in Catawba’s tournament on Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. Kayla Morrow (South) and Emma Pope (South) play for the Bears.

• Amanda Possidente (East Rowan) returns to Brevard for her senior season. Kelly Burdeau (West Rowan, Catawba) is the new Brevard coach.

• Aimee Cloninger (Carson) has been oustanding in the early games for Catawba Valley Community College, and fellow freshman Tiffany Brooks (South) also has made an impact for the Bucs.

Baseball

Nick Lomascolo (Catawba) picked up his first professional win on Tuesday.

Lomascolo pitched six shutout innings for Johnson City in an Appalachian League game with Danville. Lomascolo struck out eight, while allowing one hit and one walk. He has struck out 43 in 31 innings.

NFL

Former Catawba DB Jumal Rolle was released by the New Orleans Saints, who had picked him up after he was dropped by the Buffalo Bills.

Golf

Salisbury’s Frank Adams III ranks fourth on the eGolf Tour earnings list with $49,930. Will Collins (Salisbury) has won $11,402 and ranks 53rd.

Umpires

Barry Lentz (A.L. Brown) has been head umpire in Kannapolis Dixie Youth baseball for 17 years and has umpired in the Dixie Youth World Series the last two.

There are about 15,000 Dixie Youth umpires, and Lentz was one of 24 chosen in 2012 for the AAA (ages 9-10) and majors (11-12) tournaments held in Bartow, Fla.

This year, Lentz traveled to Laurel, Miss., for the World Series and had the honor of being chosen as the crew chief for the AAA championship game.

Lentz is the son of Catawba Hall of Famer Earl Lentz.

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