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Area Sports Briefs: Guilford honors Croner

From staff reports
Senior Tracey Croner (East Rowan) received the Best Female Athlete Award at Guilford’s sports banquet.
The 5-foot-10 forward started all 26 games and averaged team highs of 14.2 points and 6.0 rebounds. She scored in double digits 23 times.Croner finished her career 14th in Guilford history with 1,021 points. She was All-ODAC three straight seasons.
– Catawba baseball
Catawba senior catcher Ryan Query (A.L. Brown) was named MVP of the SAC tournament that concluded Sunday with a dramatic Catawba championship. Query had four homers and seven RBIs.
Catawba’s Craige Lyerly (East Rowan), Chris Ahearn, Trevor Mullins, Kevin McMillan (North Rowan), Tim Holmes, Cameron White and Blake Ketner (NW Cabarrus) joined Query on the all-tournament team. McMillan batted .478 with a tournament-high 10 RBIs. Lyerly batted .483 with 21 total bases. Ketner was 2-0 while pitching 132/3 innings.
– Catawba softball
Catawba senior catcher Ryann Baker (East Rowan) was named to SAC all-tournament team. She batted .385.
– Prep baseball
North Rowan ran into a buzzsaw named Alex Grubb in a CCC makeup game on Monday. West Davidson’s Grubb struck out 15 batters, limited North’s offense to four singles and shut out the Cavaliers 8-0.
Grubb also knocked in three runs with a double in the third, a groundout in the fourth and a solo homer in the sixth.
The Cavaliers (3-14, 3-8) offered one serious threat, loading the bases with one out in the third on Dakota Browns’ walk and singles by Wesley Barker and Travis Honeycutt. Grubb got out of it, striking out Kyle Munday with a fastball and getting Patrick Snider to hit a groundball to third.
“That was about the only time we had a chance,” North coach Rob Linder said.
The bright spot for North was pitcher Josh Price, who relieved Brown and worked the final four innings. He held the first-place Green Dragons (17-2, 11-0) to three hits and two earned runs.
“That’s a good job by Price,” Linder said. “West Davidson has a good-hitting club.”

* Connor Bodenheimer had the only two Davie hits in a 3-0 CPC loss to West Forsyth on Monday. The Titans got two early runs on three walks and two passed balls.
– Rowan sign-ups
The Rowan County American Legion baseball team will hold sign-ups on Sunday, May 3, at 2:30 p.m. at Post 342 on Lincolnton Road. Sign-ups will be for Junior Legion prospects as well. Parents are invited.
For more information, contact Bob Lowman at 704-640-0552.
– Shields sisters shine
Salisbury High sophomores Katherine and Emily Shields competed in the USAT Duathlon National Championships in Richmond, Va., on Sunday. A duathlon consists of running, cycling and more running.
Katherine placed third among women ages 16-19 and will compete in the World Duathlon Championships as part of Team USA in September. Emily placed fourth and is the first alternate for Team USA.
– Prep track
The NPC Meet will be held at East Rowan today and Wednesday.
– Prep soccer
West Rowan scored two goals in the second half to beat NPC rival East Rowan 2-0 on Monday. Scoring goals for West (9-5) were Allison Baucom and Brittany Gibbons.
Nicole Lucente and Baucom were credited with assists. West travels to Lake Norman Wednesday.
* Salisbury beat Lexington 7-0 on Monday. Madison Kennedy had two goals for the Hornets (8-5-1, 8-3 CCC), while Katherine Heidt, Sierra Davis, Jenna Bryan, Nora Zanudo and Emily Dean had one each.
Dean scored her first goal of the season on her birthday. Zanudo scored her first varsity goal. Heidt and Allison Lee had two assists each, while Davis, Zanudo and Karen Presnell had one helper apiece.
The third-place Hornets are at second-place Ledford Wednesday.
– Prep golf
Salisbury’s Roy Dixon earned CCC Player of the Year honors. He overcame an eight on his second hole in Monday’s final match. He make three birdies and finished three shots ahead of West Davidson’s Justin Clement for the season. The Hornets won the CCC for the first time in five years. Alex Nianouris, Troy Beaver and Clark Alcorn joined Dixon on the All-CCC squad.

* Gray Stone won the Rocky River tourney Monday and will play in the 1A Midwest Regional. All-League Chad Blankenbeker (75) and Andrew Parks (80) led the Knights.

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