Area sports briefs: NPC honors announced
From staff reports
West Rowan’s K.J. Sherrill was named NPC Player of the Year for boys basketball, while West’s Mike Gurley was named NPC Coach of the Year. West brothers Kaleb and Jordan Kimber joined Sherrill on the All-NPC squad.
South Rowan’s Hunter Morrison and Reid Shaver made All-NPC, along with Carson’s Darius Moose and East Rowan’s Daniel Plummer. Sophomore Tyler Honeycutt represented Northwest Cabarrus on the team.
* Lake Norman coach Dave Walla and Statesville guard Keyrra Gillespie were the top honorees for NPC girls basketball.
East Rowan’s Ashley Collins and Katelynne Poole, South Rowan’s Taylor May and Nikki Graham and West Rowan’s Ayana Avery made All-NPC.
* East’s Tanner Lowman was named Swimmer of the Year for NPC boys. South’s Greg Yanz was named Coach of the Year, while South’s Trevor Guyaux made All-NPC.
* East Rowan’s Coleton Boone, Aaron Plyler, Josiah Hurst, Chase Thompson and Chris Demitraszek were All-NPC wrestlers, along with South’s Seth Moore.
– College baseball
Belmont Abbey’s Patrick Atwell (South Rowan) was 3-for-3 in a 5-3 loss against Limestone Saturday.
* Belmont junior Daniel Wagner (South) hit for the cycle in Saturday’s doubleheader split with USC Upstate.
Wagner had a homer in the first game and a triple, double and single in the nightcap. He drove in four runs.
* Brett Shore (South) had an RBI in Davidson’s 11-7 loss to Furman.
* N.C. State’s Wade Moore (West Rowan) hit his second homer of the series in Sunday’s 9-7 loss to Miami.
* Justin Roland (East Rowan) was at shortstop Saturday as Charlotte coach Loren Hibbs notched his 500th career victory. Roland was 2-for-4 in Sunday’s 5-1 win against Columbia.
* South Carolina’s Whit Merrifield (Davie) was 2-for-5 in a 7-5 victory against Long Beach State on Saturday. Merrifield was 3-for-4 and hit a home run in Sunday’s 10-7 loss to Long Beach.
* UNC’s Kyle Seager (NW Cabarrus) was 2-for-5 in Saturday’s 5-2 win against Clemson. Seager was 4-for-4 and scored four runs as the Tar Heels edged the Tigers 9-8 on Sunday.
* Will Davis (North Stanly) hit a walkoff homer to lift Pfeiffer to a 3-2 win against Anderson on Sunday and a sweep of the CC series.
– Pro baseball
Sunday was a tough day for Bobby Parnell (East Rowan), who is bidding to make the New York Mets opening day roster. Parnell faced five Washington Nationals in the seventh inning of an 8-3 loss and allowed three hits and two walks.
– College track
N.C. State’s Lamont Savage (West Rowan) was seventh in the long jump (24 feet, 81/4 inches), and Jason Jones (East Rowan) was seventh in the shot put (57-21/4) at the Virginia Tech Last Chance Meet on Saturday.
* Appalachian State’s Mark Sturgis (North Rowan) competed in the meet at Virginia Tech and was seventh in the triple jump (50-31/4).
* Bellarmine’s Zach Pittman (North) was fourth in the 400 (51.16 seconds) at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor Meet and ran on the second-place 4×400 relay team.
* Dane Corriher (South Rowan) ran on UNC Asheville’s sixth-place relay team in the Big South Indoor Meet.
– SAC women’s hoops
Lenoir-Rhyne beat Tusculum 66-57 Sunday for the SAC tournament championship behind MVP Denise Moore, who had 16 points and 16 rebounds. L-R (26-4) won the tournament for only the second time and earned the opportunity to host the Southeast Regional as the No. 1 seed.
Kat Spears had 14 points and 14 boards for Tusculum (25-5).
– Kannapolis Komets
The Kannapolis Komets girls basketball team, guided by coach Lennie Turner, won the USSSA Tournament of Champions, played in Indian Trail at Carolina Courts.
The Komets beat Piedmont Pride 56-36 in the title game after earlier disposing of Union County Extreme and Carolina Rise.
Zana Tatum and Raven Phifer paced the Komets with stellar play throughout the tournament.