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From staff reports
A.L. Brown’s Shelwyn Klutz should get votes for national coach of the year for the first few weeks of the basketball season.
Still playing shorthanded without the school’s football players, the Wonder boys beat Concord Robinson 70-69 on Wednesday.
Jaques Deese scored 19 points for the Wonders (2-1). Demarcus Phifer had 14 points, and Zach Fesperman scored 13.
Brown postponed Tuesday’s scheduled games with Sun Valley to Dec. 18 and has pushed back Friday’s games with Anson to a date to be announced.
n Linza to transfer
Former North Rowan right-hander Keegan Linza is transferring from South Carolina and leaving the baseball program.
Linza plans to transfer to a junior college for the spring semester and then to another Division I school in the fall.
n Women’s college hoopsRaShonda Mayfield (West Rowan) is now playing for the Tigers of Voorhees, an NAIA school in Denmark, S.C.
n Wingate topped USC Aiken 72-66 in a battle of top 20 D-II teams on Wednesday.
n Tracey Croner (East Rowan) scored 13 points for Guilford in a 68-66 overtime victory against Washington & Lee on Wednesday.
n SHS jayvee basketball
Salisbury’s jayvee basketball teams swept a doubleheader with Statesville on Wednesday.
The boys (1-1) won 66-44 behind 32 points from Dejoun Jones.
Najwa Allison scored 14 for the Hornet girls (2-0) in a 36-24 win.
n 8th-grade basketball
West Rowan’s girls downed China Grove 38-25.
Jotophia Carby led the Bulldogs with eight points. Tabitha Ball, Kym Caldwell and Niakeya James scored six each.
Shay Steele blocked eight shots, and Carby led in steals.
n Salisbury Academy
Madeline Hoskins, Sally Fowler and Alexandra Drye led Salisbury Academy’s girls to a 16-8 win against Foryth Country Day.
n SA’s Red varsity boys beat Forsyth 41-9. Trey Bergsma scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds. Tyler Petty scored nine.

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