Area Sports Briefs
The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the NCHSAA met via conference call on Tuesday and approved changes that may help member schools with scheduling events during the current inclement weather.
The NCHSAA wrestling regionals are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, weather permitting. If there are postponements, all regionals must make every effort to avoid Sunday competition, especially if Saturday is available and safe for travel.
However, as a last resort, regional competition may be held Sunday afternoon, Feb. 16. Weigh-ins cannot occur any earlier than noon and wrestling cannot begin any earlier than 1 p.m. Additionally, the NCHSAA must approve all revised schedules.
There is no waiver of the 5-match per day limitation for an individual wrestler.
• Another change was made for next week in basketball.
Schools may play four games next week, with Friday being considered the “non-school” play date under the NCHSAA scheduling policies. Saturday is not an option, but this will perhaps allow for playing a make-up game or two, as well as the conference tournament, if the conference so chooses.
Seeding will be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 22, as originally scheduled. All qualifiers will be submitted by the conference president no later than 6 a.m. on Feb. 22.
Thirty-two GARS members played at Crescent earlier this week.
Low ‘A’ Flight player with a net of 68.10 was David Wilson. Low ‘B’ Flight player with a net of 70.57 was Clive Mahaffey. Low ‘C’ Flight player with a net of 67.60 was John Cress. Low ‘D’ Flight player with a net of 72.01 was Harold Caudill.
South Rowan’s Lynsey Corriher will continue her education and athletic career with Averett’s volleyball program.
South graduate Nicole Barringer is one of the standouts at Averett and will be a senior this fall.
A story on Corriher is upcoming.
Freshman infielder Tanner Bigham (NW Cabarrus) will play this season at Pitt Community College in Greenville, N.C.
Usually a junior-college power, Pitt’s first two doubleheaders were rained out.
Bigham signed with UNC last spring.
North Hills girls
The North Hills girls basketball team won 43-25 against Piedmont Community School of Gastonia.
Candace-Craig Lyerly scored 14 points for the Eagles (7-7, 5-0). Natalie Whicker scored 10.
The Salisbury Academy girls basketball team lost to Hickory Christian 47-32 in their last regular-season game.
The Jaguars were led by Maria Capito with 25 points. Capito also led the team in steals and assists. Ivy Overcash led the team in rebounds.
• The Jaguars won two of four games in the CCISAA tournament and finished sixth.
Capito scored eight points in a first-round 31-17 loss to Sacred Heart. Annabel Barr scored six . Emily Mann and Overcash led in rebounding.
Salisbury Academy defeated Triad Baptist 28-16 in the second round.
Capito had 19 points.
Ellen Simons, Overcash, Lizzie Fisher and Barr also contributed points and Isabel Temple had an excellent rebounding game.
A third-round game in the tournament resulted in a 27-18 loss to Hickory Christian. Capito scored six points. Overcash was the top rebounder.
The Jaguars were led by Capito’s 18 points in a 24-22 win against Triad Baptist in their final game. Lila Harry was a defensive standout.
The Jaguars finished their season with a 10-11 record.
Martha Earnhardt, mother of the late NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt, gave an exclusive interview to Steve Byrnes of NASCAR RACE HUB on FOX Sports 1 and talked about the return of the No. 3 to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition.
Richard Childress Racing, which owned the No. 3 that Earnhardt drove at the time of his tragic incident at Daytona International Speedway in February of 2001, is once again utilizing the No. 3 for Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year candidate Austin Dillon in 2014.
“I have mixed feelings because I was told that I would never see a number three on the race track after Dale died,” Martha said. “I can understand it to a point. I know it was Richard’s number when he drove and this is his grandson, and I understand that. As long as they don’t make it look like the number three. If they painted it a different color … I can sort of deal with it, but I don’t want to see the black number three just like Dale’s. But that’s not my decision.”