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Area briefs: Salisbury teams romp

From staff reports
Salisbury’s boys basketball team crushed Forbush 74-45 in the first round of the Davie Shootout in Mocksville on Monday night.
Salisbury (1-1) will play Davie (1-1) for the title tonight at 8:30 p.m. in a rematch of last December’s Christmas tournament championship game.
Darien Rankin scored 25 points for the Hornets. Brandon Abel scored 19.Rankin, Abel and Alex Weant had seven rebounds each. Thaddeus Williams contributed four assists.
“We kind of got our rotation meshed a little bit,” Salisbury coach Jason Causby said. “Romar Morris and Dominique Phillips had a big defensive presence in the third quarter, and we played some really good team D.”
FORBUSH (45) ó Russell 12, Smitherman 12, Mabe 6, Brendle 5, Hutchens 4, Butner 2, Lujanc 2, Norman 2.
SALISBURY (74) ó Rankin 25, Abel 19, Morris 7, Weant 5, Hailey 5, Williams 4, Knox 3, Williams 2, Lingard 2, McCain 1, Jones 1, Phillips, Wood, Do, Almeida.
– Hornet girls get 100
Salisbury’s girls flattened South Meck 100-9 in the first round of the Davie Shootout on Monday afternoon.
The Hornets broke the school record for points scored and tied the modern county mark. Wes Rowan’s girls beat Mooresville 100-44 in 2002-03.
Salisbury (2-0) also broke the school record for fewest points allowed.
The Hornets led 51-1 at halftime.
The starters played two quarters or less. Bubbles Phifer led the onslaught with 20 points in 12 minutes.
Ayanna Holmes scored 14 points. Shi-Heria Shipp added 12.
SOUTH MECK (9) ó Saunders 6, Strickland 2, Coughlin 1.
SALISBURY (100) ó B. Phifer 20, Ay. Holmes 14, Shipp 12, N. Phifer 9, Wylie 9, As. Holmes 9, Rice 9, Young 4, Heilig 4, Pearson 3, Clinding 3, Miller 2, Ross 2.South Meck 0 1 2 6 ó 9
Salisbury 30 21 25 24 ó 100
– Davie boys win
Davie County’s boys advanced to the championship game of the Davie Shootout with a 61-56 win over Asheboro and will play Salisbury tonight at 8:30 p.m.
Davie led by 11 in the first half but trailed in the fourth quarter before seniors James Mayfield and Drew Absher took over.
Mayfield scored seven points in the final period while Absher hit four free throws.
Mayfield and Landon Harris led the War Eagles with 16 points apiece while Absher had 15.
– Catawba wins
Catawba’s men’s basketball team held off a late charge by St. Augustine’s and won 86-83 at TWC Arena on Monday afternoon.
Charlotte native Antonio Houston scored 20 points to pace the Indians (4-0).
Catawba led by as man as 16 in the first half and led 41-32 at halftime following a 3-pointer by Dominick Reid.
Catawba’s Isaac Rose hit two free throws for Catawba for an 80-71 edge, but the Indians missed four of their next eight at the line, and The Falcons got within three points with 10 seconds left.
Rob Fields hit the second of two free throws with nine seconds to play for an 85-81 edge and made a free throw with 3.5 seconds left for the 86-83 lead. St. Augustine’s missed a desperation heave at the buzzer.
Fields had 17 points for Catawba, scoring 14 in the second half.
Cliff Burns (Davie) added 14.
– Regional moves
The NCHSAA officially announced its moving the Western Regional basketball tournament and wrestling championships from Winston-Salem to Greensboro.
Track will continue to be held in Greensboro.
– All-CPC football
Davie County placed seven on the All-CPC football team.
Defensive back Perry James, who is headed to the Shrine Bowl, tops the list. Also making the team were defensive lineman Tanis Jefferies, linebacker Jared Barber, receivers Jarrell Marshall and Joe Watson, quarterback Zach Illing and offensive lineman Josh Burcham.
Players of the year were R.J. Reynolds quarterback Jeremy Peterson and North Forsyth defensive lineman Rodney McCloud.
The CPC Coach of the Year was Mount Tabor’s Laymar Marshall.
– Jayvee hoops
Carson’s jayvee boys basketball team downed North Rowan 40-26 on Monday.
Zach Wagner led the Cougars with 13 points.
– 8th-grade hoops
North Rowan’s girls defeated China Grove 35-17.
North was led by Daterria Connor’s 12 points. Nikhyia Polk had eight points and Onesha Stevenson seven.
* South Davidson’s boys beat Erwin 46-27.
Twins Taylor and Austin Hatfield combined for 29 points for the Wildcats.
Erwin (0-3) was paced by Dalton Moose with 11 points and five rebounds. Dalton Bost had eight boards.
* South Davidson’s girls downed Erwin 32-23.
Larsen Sigmon and Gentry Grubb scored nine points each for the winners. Erwin (1-2) was paced by Bobbi Thomas’ 20 rebounds. Sydney Poole had nine points and nine boards.
– No more Warthogs
On Dec. 4, Winston-Salem’s minor league baseball team will start a new era with an 11:30 a.m. celebration downtown complete with free food and entertainment.
The franchise will unveil its new nickname.
– Campbell tourney
Current Sacred Heart boys and girls basketball players will battle in the annual Blue/Gold Game as part of the Jack Campbell Memorial Hoops Classic.
Former Dolphins will also tangle in an alumni game at the Hennie Dome at Knox Middle.
The fundraising event starts at 6 p.m. on Nov. 29. Admissions, concessions and donations go toward the scholarship given to a Salisbury High senior each year in Campbell’s name.
– Ex-ASU player dies
Former Appalachian State University baseball standout Tom Prosser died on Sunday morning in a house fire in his native Tennessee. He was 24.
Prosser starred as a left fielder in 2006 and 2007. He graduated from ASU in May 2008.
– Heels sign four
North Carolina’s baseball program signed North Davidson middle infielder Levi Michael, Central Davidson outfielder Chaz Frank, FCD pitcher Chris Munnelly and Mount Tabor pitcher Parker Thomas.
Michael will reportedly pass up his senior season at North Davidson.
He plans to graduate after the current semester and join the Tar Heels this spring.

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