Area sports briefs
From staff reports
Salisbury’s Susie Wear and Pamlico County’s Greg Moye were named recipients of the annual Clary Medals awarded by the NCHSAA.
Wear and Moye will be recognized on May 1 at the Dean E. Smith Center. SHS tennis coach Chris Myers and athletics director Joe Pinyan will be on hand for the presentation.
The Clary Medal recognizes one outstanding male and female student-athlete each school year. Wear and Moye will receive $1,000 scholarships.
To be eligible, a senior must participate on at least two athletic teams, maintain at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, and demonstrate excellence in athletic participation, extra-curricular activities and community service.
Wear competed in tennis, swimming and soccer for four years at Salisbury, earning All-CCC honors in all three while serving as co-captain of all three squads. She played No. 1 singles on the tennis team that won the 2A championship and paired with Casey Collins to win a doubles state championship.
Moye competes in football, wrestling and baseball and served as a co-captain in all three sports.
– Prep tennis
Salisbury’s boys tennis team closed the regular season with a 6-3 loss to non-conference foe Mooresville on Thursday. Joe Goodman, Steven Page and Tyler Heilig won singles matches for the Hornets (12-3). Goodman and Heilig both claimed third-set tiebreakers, and Page didn’t drop a game.
Salisbury, the second-place team from the CCC, has qualified for the dual-team playoffs. The Hornets’ first-round opponent appears to be West Stanly, the top 2A team from the Rocky River Conference. The Colts fell 6-3 to Salisbury in a non-conference meeting earlier this season.
– Prep baseball
Salisbury (16-5, 9-2) goes for an outright CCC title when it makes the short trip to North Rowan tonight.
North (2-16, 2-8) has played two competitive games against its biggest rival.
SHS senior Alex Britt has 98 career hits and could become the first player in coach Scott Maddox’s eight-season tenure to reach 100. Junior brothers Robbie (93) and David Ijames (90) also are good bets to reach 100 this season.
East (18-2, 14-0) can wrap up the NPC championship with a victory at West Rowan. East has won 14 straight. The Falcons (6-8) are fighting to stay alive for a playoff berth.
Every game is also important for Carson, which plays a crucial tilt at North Iredell. Both teams are part of a four-way tie for fifth place in the NPC with 6-8 records.
Six teams go to the playoffs.
South Rowan (15-5, 9-5) has an eye on second place in the NPC as it travels to Lake Norman, another of the 6-8 teams.
– Prep softball
East Rowan is 12-0 in the NPC and has a chance to secure its first league championship in a decade, but the Mustangs still have games left with the next three teams in the standings.
East is at third-place West Rowan (11-3) today. East makes up a rainout at surging, fourth-place West Iredell (9-4) next Wednesday and plays host to second-place Northwest Cabarrus (12-2) next Friday.
East won close games from all three contenders the first time around. It beat West Rowan 4-3, survived West Iredell 1-0 with a run in the seventh and beat Northwest 3-2 in nine innings.
Freshman Chelsea White hit a three-run homer and drove in five runs as the Mustangs beat South Rowan 12-0 on Tuesday.
Carson still is in good shape to land one of the league’s six playoff spots. The Cougars (6-8) are currently sixth, one game behind Lake Norman and one game up on North Iredell.
Carson is at North Iredell today for a big one.
– Intimidators lose
The Kannapolis Intimidators lost 4-2 to Lake County at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium on Thursday.
Jose Martinez had a pair of run-scoring singles for Kannapolis.
– Middle school baseball
Andy Austin, Louis Kraft and Justin Evans had three hits apiece as Southeast defeated North Rowan 15-1 on Thursday.
Greg Tonnesen added two hits, and Luke Saul had a double. Austin was the winning pitcher for Southeast (5-4 overall, 3-4 conference).
* China Grove beat Erwin 7-1 behind the pitching of Mitch Galloway, who struck out five and scattered six hits.
Connor Bridges had three hits for the Red Devils (4-2), while Josh Martin and Caleb Trexler had two each.
Curtis Ward had two hits for the Eagles.
* Earlier, China Grove defeated Knox 16-1. Bubba McLaughlin had three hits, while Galloway, Ben Gragg and Chase Dehart had two apiece. Bridges was the winning pitcher.
– South Region poll
Catawba’s baseball team is ranked third in the South Region, with Tampa first and Tusculum second.
SIAC tournament champion Stillman and SAC tourney champion Tusculum have earned automatic bids to the South Regional.
The regular-season champion of the Sunshine State Conference gets an automatic bid, and three at-large teams will be announced.
– Middle school soccer
Sacred Heart’s boys improved to 3-0 with 5-1 victories against Knox and North Rowan Middle.
Nick Greene, Parker Goodman, Yonathon Sorto, Michael Mazur and Kenneth Bonilla scored goals against the Trojans.
Mazur scored twice against North, while Bonilla and Connor Miller scored a goal apiece.
* West Rowan Middle’s girls (6-1) beat Knox 2-1 on goals by Tony Lucente and Hannah Raynes.
* West’s boys (1-4-2) lost to Knox 4-2. Berteen Salazar and Dinkin Miller scored for the Bulldogs.
– Green Dragons commit
West Davidson quarterback Sean Wilber has committed to play for Guilford next season.
* West Davidson state champion and RAC swimmer Gavin Spake will join the UNC Wilmington swim team as an invited walk-on.
– Tusculum hire
Michael Robinson has been named Tusculum’s head volleyball coach.