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McKenzie, Sherrill honored by coaches

From staff reports
East Rowanís Greg McKenzie has been named District 11 Boys Coach of the Year by the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association, while West Rowanís K.J. Sherrill is the District 11 Player of the Year.
Sherrill, East Rowanís Justin Vanderford and Davie Countyís Drew Absher are on the all-district first team.
Eastís Kenan McKenzie, Mooresvilleís Justin Huntley and Lake Normanís Paul Larsen are on the second team.
Salisburyís Shi-Heria Shipp made the District 11 girls first team, while teammate Bubbles Phifer is on the second team.
The District 11 all-star teams include players from Rowan, Davie, Iredell, Alexander, Surry, Wilkes and Ashe counties.
* Correction
A story in Thursdayís Post listed four sophomores as being named Rowan County Player of the Year for girls basketball, most recently Bubbles Phifer this past season.
Five sophomore females have earned that honor, and Ebony Pharrís accomplishment was omitted from the original story. Pharr was the countyís top player as a West sophomore in 1996 and again as a junior in 1997. She suffered a knee injury her senior season.
* Intimidators, minors
The Kannapolis Intimidators opened the season on a cold, rainy Thursday in Greenville, S.C., and beat the Drive 3-2.
The Intimidators broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth on doubles by Sergio Morales and Dale Mollenhauer. Jose Martinez  hit a bloop single to score Mollenhauer for a 3-1 lead.
The Intimidators escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth when Wander Perez struck out David Mailman to end the game.
The teams meet again tonight in Greenville at 7:05 p.m.
* Bobby Parnell (East Rowan) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Binghamton Mets tonight against Trenton, the  Double-A team of the New York Yankees.
* Spencer Steedley (East) has seen nothing but rain so far in the Midwest. His Beloit (Wisc.) Snappers team has been washed out two straight nights.
 * Zach Ward (A.L. Brown) made his Double-A debut for the New Britain Rock Cats on Thursday and pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Twins farm team. New Britain lost to Portland 3-0.
* Former Northwest Cabarrus and Belmont Abbey hurler Jaymie Russ was released by the Florida Marlins and was immediately signed by the Boston Red Sox organization.
Russ is opening the season with the Lancaster JetHawks in the high Class-A California League.
* Brett Bartles (A.L. Brown) was 0-for-3 on opening night as the DH for the Dayton Dragons. Dayton lost 5-3 to the Great Lakes Loons.
* College baseball
Kyle Seager went 2-for-3 as North Carolina beat Appalachian State 7-0 on Wednesday. Seager has a 24-game hitting streak and leads the Tar Heels with 36 RBIs. ASUís Garrett Sherrill (A.L. Brown) retired Seager, his former Kannapolis Legion teammate, on a groundout in the sixth. Sherrill allowed one run in two innings and struck out two.
* Daniel Wagner (South Rowan) went 2-for-3 in a 7-4 loss to Murray State on Wednesday.
* Zachary Glass (Salisbury) had two hits, including a triple, in a 6-5, 12-inning loss to Belmont Abbey on Wednesday.
* Catawbaís baseball game with Anderson and a softball doubleheader with Queens were victims of the rain.
* College basketball
N.C. Stateís Shayla Fields (Salisbury) had three points and four assists in a 58-57 loss to Michigan State in a WNIT semifinal on Wednesday.
* Helms leaving NWC
Northwest Cabarrus football coach Mike Helms has resigned after six seasons, 46 victories and a series of strong runs in the 3A state playoffs.
* Livingstone football
Livingstoneís spring football game will be held on Saturday, April 5, at 3 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.
* Rampage football
Rowan Rampage registration and sign-ups will be held on April 5 and 12 from  2-4 p.m. at the Forum in Salisbury.
Registration fee for returning players is $30.  Registration fee for prospective new players is $60.
Potential players should be prepared to weigh in and perform in the bench press and long jump.
Contact Larry Bryant at 704-779-7515.
* Golf tournaments
The North Rowan Booster Club will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 7, in the school library to finalize plans for the 6th annual Bob Hundley Golf Tournament.
The tournament will be held on Saturday, May 3, at Corbin Hills, with a 2 p.m. shotgun start. Contact David Johnston at 704-636-4149.
* The 7th Annual Food Lion American Red Cross Golf Classic will be held at The Country Club of Salisbury on April 18. For details on the tournament format, corporate and team sponsorships, call 704-633-3854.
* The 13th Annual Carl McCombs Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at Corbin Hills on May 10. There is a $50 entry fee for the tournament. Call Dan McCombs at 704-938-8528.
* Salisbury Academy golf
Salisbury Academy golfers shot 161 for a four-shot victory over Concordia Middle in a three-team match in Newton.
Medalists Alex Lee and Troy Beaver led the Jaguars (6-0) with 38s. Chad Hoskins shot 42, while Scott VanderPoel carded a 43 for the defending state champs.
* Pfeiffer athletics
Pfeifferís Philip Lawson is the Conference Carolinas Menís Tennis Player of the Week. Lawson is 7-2 in singles and 5-3 in doubles.
* Pfeifferís cycling team is in second place in the ACCC.  A.J. Pearson leads the Menís ëCí Division. B.J. Harris leads the Menís ëDí Division.
* Pfeiffer softball player Dacia Ijames is one of 11 finalists for the Conference Carolinas Murphy Osborne Award that recognizes excellence in athletics, academics and service.
* Pfeifferís baseball team lost to Mars Hill 14-10 on Wednesday. Shawn Coke had four RBIs for the Falcons (20-21).
* Eddie Gourley scored five goals to lead Pfeifferís menís lacrosse team to a 14-12 victory over Queens.
* Catawba tennis
Catawba has cancelled after-school clinics on April 7 and 14 because of conflicts with matches.
The clinics will be held on Thursdays, April 3, 10 and 17 from 3:30-5 p.m.
The clinics will also be held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during May from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
* Catawba lacrosse
Catawbaís lacrosse team lost to Belmont Abbey 9-6 on Wednesday. The Crusaders scored the last three goals.
Nick Desper had a goal and an assist for Catawba (4-5), while Marty Tuohy scored two goals and one assist.
 Tres Pethel made five saves.  
* Prep tennis
Salisburyís boys tennis team won 9-0 against Central Davidson on Wednesday. Joe Goodman, Austin Flynn, Tyler Heilig, Steven Page, Benton Whitaker and Carl Ritchie won in singles for the Hornets (8-0, 5-0 CCC). Goodman-Whitaker, Flynn-Page and Heilig-Ritchie won in doubles.
Results are in Scoreboard.
* Middle school baseball
West Rowan defeated Southeast 2-0 in sloppy conditions Thursday. West gave up only two hits. Southeast dropped to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
* Erwin defeated West Rowan 12-1 in five innings on Wednesday. Wesley LeRoy, Bradley Robbins, Nathan Fulbright, Curtis Ward and Alex Bost had two hits each for Erwin (3-0).
Ward pitched a complete game. He struck out seven, allowed four hits and walked two.
* Prep baseball
The North Rowan -Lexington game that was scheduled for tonight has been postponed. No date has been announced.  
* Zach Burkhart pitched West Davidson to a 6-2 victory at Starmount on Wednesday. Alex Grubb and Jordan Hudson sparked the offense.?

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