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Area briefs: Rampage begins playoffs today at home

From staff reports
The Rowan Rampage will play host to the Thomasville Titans today at 2:30 p.m. in the first round of the CCFL playoffs. The third-seeded Rampage beat the No. 6 seed Titans 28-21 in the regular season.
Rowan had its highest finish in three CCFL seasons and is at home for a playoff game for the first time. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-13. Knox cheerleaders will perform at halftime.
In other playoff games, it’s the the No. 1 seed Carolina Eagles playing host to the eighth-seeded Catawba Valley Hornets, the second-seeded Greenville Seminoles at home against the seventh-seeded Triangle Rattlers and the No. 4 Iredell Warriors at home against the fifth-seeded Carolina Bulldogs.
n Pro basketball
Local products competing in European pro leagues this fall include North Rowan’s Bryan McCullough (Hungary), South Rowan’s Damien Argrett (Poland), West Rowan’s Donte Minter (Portugal) and West’s Phillip Williams (Lithuania).
n College football
Rotator cuff problems cut short the baseball career of former Rowan County Player of the Year Phillip Hilliard (Salisbury), but he has walked on to Wingate’s football team.
Hilliard, a junior punter, backs up senior Michael Crutchfield (NW Cabarrus). Cam Legrand (NW Cabarrus) starts on the offensive line.
Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Austin Lowe (West Rowan) has played in two games for Wingate, and true freshman defensive lineman Josh Patch (East Rowan) has played in four. Former Livingstone player Delric Ellington, whose brother Ron starred at Catawba, is also on the Bulldogs’ roster.
Wingate plays host to Catawba today at 1:30 p.m.
n Hoops registrationSenior High Church League Basketball will have a coaches meeting Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hurley YMCA. Practice starts Nov. 10. The regular season begins Dec. 8.
Cost for the league will be $325. Contact Kenneth Shoaf at the YMCA at (704) 636-0111.
n Middle school tennisErwin defeated Knox 5-4 to clinch the Rowan Middle School Conference championship and then defeated North Rowan 6-3.
Erwin is 12-0.
n Salisbury Academy finished its season with a 9-0 victory against Southlake Christian.
Salisbury Academy (7-1) got wins from Madeline Hoskins, Allie Billings, Anna Flynn, Sally Fowler, Alexandra Drye, Ann Rollins Johnson, Mackenzie Beaver and Emily Capito. It was the last match for eighth-graders Fowler and Billings.
n Sacred Heart defeated China Grove 7-2.
Sacred Heart (9-1) got singles wins from Katelyn Storey, Anna Page, Kelly Dulkoski, Jordan Pring, Lauren Gray and Jordan DeJaco. Meghan Hedgepeth-Erin Roy won in doubles for Sacred Heart.
Erin Freeze-Sara Bradley and Britney Goodman-Zahra Khan had victories for China Grove.

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