Area briefs: Livingstone falls
From staff reports
Livingstone’s men’s basketball team lost 72-69 at Virginia Union in a CIAA game played in Richmond, Va., on Thursday night.
Livingstone made a late run behind Tayloe Taylor, who scored eight of his 19 points in a furious flurry.
Calvin Gunning scored to cut Union’s lead to 71-69, before Gregg Thondique hit a free throw for the Panthers with nine seconds left. Taylor then missed a 3-point try at the buzzer that would have forced overtime.
Thondique had 25 points and 16 rebounds for the Panthers, while Braxton Byerson hit two late 3-pointers to key a victory on Dave Robbins Court. The Panthers (9-3) won their seventh straight.
– Women’s hoops
Sophilia Hipps (North Rowan) scored 21 points and had seven rebounds for South Carolina State in a 73-61 loss against MEAC rival Maryland Eastern Shore on Monday.
* Brittany Cornelius (East Rowan) had 11 points and eight rebounds for Meredith in a 58-46 loss to Methodist on Thursday.
* Renee Roberson (West Rowan) had four assists and three steals for Lees-McRae in a 65-52 loss to Belmont Abbey on Wednesday. Brittany Roberson (West) has missed recent games with a knee injury.
– Cook resigns
A.L. Brown graduate Glen Cook, a former Wonder assistant coach, has resigned as head coach at Central Cabarrus after six seasons and a 20-50 record. Central, which has been in 4A the past eight seasons, moves down to 3A next fall and will play in a new Cabarrus league.
– Todd Parnell update
Todd Parnell, former general manager of the Piedmont Boll Weevils, has been named president of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Carolina League affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.
Parnell is also president of the State College Spikes of the short-season New York-Penn League.
– SAC football
Carson-Newman coach Ken Sparks is part of a feature story by Joe Posnanski in the latest edition of Sports Illustrated on the current state of loyalty of college football coaches. Sparks begins his 30th season at Carson-Newman this fall.
* Tusculum’s Frankie DeBusk was recognized as AFCA D-II Region 2 Coach of the Year.
– 8th-grade hoops
North Rowan Middle’s girls stayed perfect with a 49-48 double-overtime victory at home against Southeast on Thursday.
The game was tied at 33 at the end of regulation and at 43 after the first extra period.
Daterria Connor had 22 points, 15 rebounds and eight steals to lead the Mavericks (10-0). Nikhyia Polk scored 11 for North.
Southeast was led by Allison Blackwell and Tyesha Phillips with 19 points each.
Blackwell had 17 rebounds and seven steals and scored eight points in the first overtime. Phillips, who hit three free throws with 10 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, had eight boards.
* North Rowan’s unbeaten boys jumped to a quick 8-0 lead, went up by 20-8 after a quarter and rolled over Southeast 53-30.
T.J. Bates led the Mavericks (10-0) with 11 points. T.J. Allen, Kihrey Ellis, Desmond Jackson and Malik Ford scored six apiece. Ford blocked seven shots.
Justin Evans scored nine points for the Patriots (5-5), while Jack Gallagher had five.
* Jessica Rummage hit three 3-pointers, scored 22 points and had seven steals to lead Erwin to a 55-31 romp over China Grove.
Mandasia Parks had nine points, seven rebounds and five steals for the Eagles (7-5, 6-4). Casey Gullett had eight points. Allyson Mills had six points and seven steals. Bobbi Thomas grabbed seven rebounds.
China Grove (0-12, 0-10) was paced by Taylor Barringer with seven points and Jessica Kinney with six.
* China Grove’s boys beat Erwin 46-31. Malachi Parker scored 18 for the Red Devils (7-5, 6-4), while Connor Bridges had 17 and Josh Medlin five.
Erwin (0-12, 0-10) was led by Dalton Moose with 10 points. Kyle Leslie added seven.
– Stallions in action
Hannah Holm scored 16 points for the Cabarrus-Rowan homeschool girls basketball team (9-4) in a 30-21 victory against Upstate of Spartanburg.
* The Cabarrus-Rowan Stallions lost the varsity boys game 72-67.
Christian Hicks scored 25 points for the Stallions (6-8). Tim Coleman had 18, while K.P. Hicks and Kyle Kiker scored 11 each.
* The jayvee boys lost to Upstate 44-40. Jason Long scored 14 points for the Stallions (8-4).
* The middle school Stallions topped Charlotte’s Dore Academy 43-26. Jordan Long scored 12 for the Stallions.
– China Grove sign-ups
Players can sign up now for Cal Ripken League, China Grove Youth Baseball League and China Grove Softball League at Dale’s Sporting Goods.
Registration fee is $45 for Coach Pitch (ages 5-6 and 7-8).
The fee for Junior and Senior divisions is $50.
Registration continues until Feb. 14. After the 14h, late registration fee is $55.
Call 704-857-1439 for info.