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Area Sports Briefs: Cardelle honored

From staff reports
Salisbury keeper Frankie Cardelle has been selected by the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association as Region 7 Player of the Year for 2A public schools.
Cardelle allowed 0.33 goals per contest.
Salisbury’s Tom Sexton added to his illustrious career with Coach of the Year honors for Region 7.
Also making all-region for the Hornets were defenders Alex Hunter, Will Mason and Sam Garner and midfielders Daman Bowman and Oscar Bonilla.
“I was very pleased our defenders were recognized,” Sexton said. “Rarely are so many players chosen on the defensive side. Oscar was a possession midfielder for us, and Daman was an 80-minute machine.”
* West Davidson’s Patrick Boger, Josh Burkhart, Diego Carvallo and Nic Gregg also made all-region. Northwest Cabarrus’ Sean Cogan, Patrick Corl and Robert Rogers and Mooresville’s Mitchell Valentine, Max Henry, Carson Smith and Josh Skidmore were among a host of NPC players making the All-Region 9 3A team for public schools.
– Catawba’s Crosby honored
Catawba junior offensive tackle Terence Crosby has been named to the American Football Coaches Association Division II All-America team.
The first team All-South Atlantic Conference selection was one of two players from the SAC chosen. He was joined by Newberry linebacker Will Newell.
Crosby anchored the Catawba line that paved the way for a record-setting season by tailback Jamelle Cuthberton. Catawba averaged 184 yards per game with Cuthbertson running for a record 1,141 yards.
Crosby had 27 knockdown blocks and allowed just one sack in 283 pass plays.
– SAC football
Tusculum tight end Jarrell NeSmith and quarterback Corey Russell and Carson-Newman offensive lineman Thomas Battle were named to the Daktronics Division II All-America football team.
* Tusculum’s Frankie DeBusk was named region coach of the Year.
– Catawba lands Merritt
Catawba’s women’s basketball program has announced the signing of East Davidson standout Elizabeth Merritt. Merritt is familiar to Rowan fans. Salisbury High has had many battles with East Davidson the past three seasons.
The 5-foot-11 frontcourt player was All-CCC and All-Davidson County as a junior. She was named to the 2007 All-Western Regional team and helped the Golden Eagles to a 28-4 record and a 2A State Championship.
Catawba coach Angie Morton earlier announced the signing of 6-0 South Rowan standout Taylor May, who had 24 points and 23 rebounds on Tuesday.
– Salisbury wrestling
Salisbury’s wrestling team lost to Thomasville 40-39 on Wednesday.
Dontarius Mills, Victor Faries, Joseph Figueroa, Tre Jackson, Marqui Ross and DeShaun Lyles had pins for the Hornets. Justin Adkins won by decision.
– RAC swimming
Tanner Lowman, a senior at East Rowan, has qualified for the Short Course Junior National Championships held in Austin, Texas.
Lowman is representing the Rowan Aquatic Club. Only six percent of the nation’s prep swimmers qualify.
Lowman leaves today for Austin. He will swim in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events.
– Jayvee hoops
Salisbury swept a jayvee basketball doubleheader from East Rowan on Tuesday.
Najwa Allison scored 18 points, and Doreen Richardson added 15 as the Salisbury girls (4-0) overcame a halftime deficit to win 52-45.East was led by Ashley Goins with 13 and Amber Boling with 11.
* The Salisbury boys improved to 3-1 with a 58-48 win. Tion McCain scored 15, while Dejoun Jones put in 13 for the Hornets.
– Sacred Heart hoops
The Sacred Heart girls beat Hickory Christian 40-12. Kelly Dulkoski led the way with 20 points and eight steals. Katelyn Storey scored six and Jordan Pring five for SH (12-1).
– Abdalahs run in Alabama
Marianne Abdalah, 9, won a national medal for a top-25 finish in the 3K sub-bantam division at the AAU Junior Olympic Cross Country Nationals held in Danville, Ala., in frigid conditions.
Rene Abdalah, Marianne’s 7-year-old brother, finished 37th in the 8-under division. He ran 9:21 in a 2K race, topping his personal best by 25 seconds in 35-degree temperatures.
The race took place near Oakville, Ala., birthplace of Jesse Owens, who won gold medals in the 100, 200, long jump and 4×100 in the 1936 Summer Olympics. Runners and parents visited the Jesse Owens Museum.
– GARS event
Bill Hathcock won the ‘A Flight with a net of 65.63 at a recent GARS event at Warrior. Low ‘B’ player was Moore with a net of 68.85.
– West Rowan pep rally
West Rowan High will host a community pep rally this Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the stadium to honor the varsity football team.
as its prepares to travel to Winston-Salem on Saturday to compete for the 3A state title.
Everyone is invited to bring food and enjoy tailgating at 6 p.m. behind the school. The pep rally will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a bonfire at 7.

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