Area Sports Briefs:
Livingstone’s football program announced the addition of 10 recruits on Thursday.
Eight of the new players are from junior colleges.
None of the new Blue Bears are in-state products, although more recruits are sure to follow.
Livingstone added some size with 6-foot-6, 275-pound defensive lineman Josh Kaiwi, 290-pound defensive lineman Frank Ah Kiong and 330-pound offensive lineman Marcus Wright, a prep player from Birmingham, Ala.
Other new Blue Bears are linebacker Troy Williams (6-3, 220), DB Ivan Chatman (5-10, 185), DL Lafayette Taylor (6-3,245), DL Faleupolu Maloata (6-3, 265), WR John Roberson (6-1, 190), WR Zeke Coley (5-11, 200) and RB Marcus Baisy (5-9, 175).
Roberson is a transfer from Idaho. Kaiwi is from Alaska. Kiong is from Utah. Five new Blue Bears are from California.
Prep swimming championships continue today in Cary with the 4A championships. The 3A championships are set for Saturday. South Rowan, Carson and East Rowan will be represented.
Prep track and field
For the first time, NCHSAA schools will be competing for state championships in three different classifications of indoor track.
Championships are scheduled for today and Saturday. There will be separate championships for the 3A and the 4A schools, with 1-A and 2A still competing together.
For the second year in a row, the championships will be held at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.
On Saturday, the 1A-2A meet starts at 9 a.m. The 4A meet starts at 3:30 p.m.
The meets start with the 3A championships today. Competition will begin at 4 p.m.
Top Rowan contenders include Carson’s Andrew Hower. His 6-6 high jump is the best in 3A this season. Carson’s MyQyuon Stout, seeded third, is a threat in the shot put.
West Rowan’s Chris Patterson is seeded third in the triple jump. East Rowan’s Brittany Small has high-jumped 5-4 and is seeded second. West long jumper Raykwon Torrence, West high jumper Madison Cook and Carson distance runner Zachary Marchinko could be factors. East’s Taylor Kirk will compete in the wheelchair shot put.
Appalachian State’s baseball team was picked third in the Southern Conference preseason poll.
Outfielders Tyler Zupcic and Jaylin Davis and pitcher/infielder Jamie Nunn are preaseason All-SoCon picks.
Middle school girls
Corriher-Lipe (3-0) beat China Grove 48-9.
Janiya Downs led the Yellow Jackets with 30 points, and Anna Blume scored six.
• Bryanna Troutman scored 18 points and Essence Summer had 16 in Knox’s 49-17 win against North Rowan Middle. Mikayla Dillard and Jineka Glenn led the defensive effort for the Trojans.