Area sports briefs: Salisbury soccer tops East Lincoln
From staff reports
Salisbury’s girls soccer team picked up an impressive 3-0 win against East Lincoln in non-league action Thursday.
Madison Kennedy, Allison Lee and Katherine Heidt scored for the Hornets (10-5-1). Kennedy, Karen Presnell and Marlee Murphy had assists, and keeper Mackenzie Overcash earned the shutout.
“Most of our team is sophomores, and this is probably the biggest win for our sophomore class yet,” Salisbury coach Matt Parrish said. “We were really physical and took a no-prisoners type approach. We were very assertive and went to balls hard. The 15 girls that got on the field never slowed down.”
– Prep softball
Carson beat West Rowan 7-4 for a key NPC win on Thursday. Both teams remain in the running for the sixth and final playoff berth for the league.
Kourtney McGrady’s two-run single snapped a scoreless tie and was the key hit for Carson (7-9, 5-9). Center fielder Jakey Clark fielded a single and threw out a runner at home when West (4-11, 4-10) had a chance to tie. Carson pitcher Megan Meismer held West to one run until the Falcons rallied in the seventh.
South Rowan (5-10 NPC) is also in the playoff mix, although the Raiders have a tough schedule the rest of the way.
* East Rowan is at home today against Northwest Cabarrus in a game that will likely decide the NPC championship. Both have two league losses.
– Jostens rings on display
Rowan County sports fans get their chance to wear a world championship ring Saturday at the Holiday Inn.
Jostens will present its Case of Rings to the public from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Fans can view the rings and even try a few on for size. Pictures can be taken.
The Case includes 29 Super Bowl rings and runner-up rings, 10 World Series rings and 15 NBA championship rings, all of which were produced by Jostens.
The value of the set is about $850,000, with the most expensive ring being one of the 17 produced for players and coaches of the 2006 NBA champion Miami Heat. That ring is valued at $35,000.
Also included is the first Super Bowl championship ring, which carries the signature of Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi. The 1967 Packers ring was produced for about $1,500.
The Case is being shown by Al Nuness, vice-president of sports sales for Jostens in Minneapolis.
– NPC track honors
East Rowan’s Daishion Barger was named the MVP of the NPC track meet as well as the season MVP for running events. East’s Nathan Robbins was the field MVP for the season.
– Minor leagues
The Kannapolis Intimidators got a combined 21 strikeouts from pitchers Daniel Hudson, Charlis Burdie and Dan Remenowsky in a 1-0, 10-inning victory against Lake County on Thursday.
* Garrett Sherrill (A.L. Brown) pitched a scoreless inning for Wisconsin in a 9-6 loss against Great Lakes on Thursday. Sherrill retired Jerry Sands (Catawba) on a flyball to center field.
* Ft. Myers’ Spencer Steedley (East Rowan) pitched two innings, fanned two and allowed a run in a 2-1 loss to Port Charlotte. Steedley’s ERA is 1.54.
– Youth soccer
The FCCA U11 Rowan United team won the season-ending regional First Strike Tournament held in Concord.
Landon Goodman scored Rowan United’s only goal in a semifinal and goalkeeper Max Fisher preserved a 1-1 tie.
In the final, Kalid Myers struck for two beautiful goals against U11 Valance as Rowan United battled back from a 1-0 halftime deficit. The game-winner came on a corner kick from tournament MVP Brandon Flores to D.J. Buchanan, who tucked it in the goal for a 3-2 lead.
Rowan United added a fourth goal by Goodman in extra time for the 4-2 victory. Reilly Gokey, Santiago Caballero, Bryan Fragoso and Matt Washco scored important goals in the championship run. Fisher, John Yang, Alex Yang and Christian Uribe locked down the defensive half.
FCCA U11 Rowan United (7-2-1) is a member of the FCCA/Rowan Alliance Soccer Club. Tryouts for the upcoming fall season for boys and girls ages 8-17 will be held at the Catawba fields on May 19 and 21 at 6 pm.
Contact Frank Cardelle at 980-621-0098.
– Corbin Hills golf
The Corbin Hills Ladies Golf Association hosted its annual Catawba Valley League event this week.
Becky Isenhour won low gross in the First Flight. She was followed by Phyllis Durland and Beth Calhoun. Trudy Shuford won low net. She was followed by Joann Massey and Susan Morris.
Second Flight winners were Susan McDonell (gross) and June Gray (net).
– College track
UNC Asheville’s Dane Corriher (South Rowan) ran a season-best 50.0 in the 400 at the Big South Conference Meet.
– College cross country
Adam Vick (Salisbury) won UNC Asheville’s Bulldog Award.
– Middle school baseball
China Grove won 13-7 against Erwin in middle school baseball Thursday.
On Tuesday, Erwin prevailed 16-1 against North Rowan. Hunter Brooks led Erwin with three hits. Chance Mazza, Dalton Moose and Justin Burroughs had two apiece. Holden Ingold allowed one hit in four innings and struck out five.
Erwin (5-3) plays host to North Davie on Tuesday.
– Clary medals
Morgan Leigh Turner of Lincolnton and Michael Richard Bass of Fairmont won NCHSAA Clary Medals presented to the state’s top student-athletes.
– CFL tryout camp
The Montreal Alouettes will hold a tryout camp at Charlotte’s Independence High on May 16 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Mooresville’s Jim Popp is general manager of the CFL team. The camp targets graduating players who weren’t drafted by the NFL and other free agents.
– RAC swimmers
Rowan Aquatic Club swimmers were honored at the North Carolina Swimming Awards Banquet.
Tanner Lowman, 17, ranks first in the state in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. He is headed to Florida State.
Michael Mebel, 13, ranks seventh in the 1000 and 1650 yard freestyle events.
Taylor Rodenhuis, 12, ranks sixth in the 100 free, fifth in the 200 free, seventh in the 500 free and fourth in the 1000 and 1650 free. Rodenhuis is ninth in the 100 backstroke, sixth in the 200 back, fifth in the 50 and 100 butterfly, ninth in the 100 IM, fifth in the 200 IM and third in the 400 IM.
Carolina Smith, 18, ranks fourth in the 50 free, fifth in the 100 free, second in the 200 free, and first in the 500, 1000 and 1650 free.
Smith is second in the 100 backstroke, third in the 200 backstroke and ninth in the 200 breaststroke. She ranks sixth in the 100, third in the 200 butterfly and first in the 200 and 400 IM.
Lowman, Rodenhuis and Smith were named North Carolina All-Stars. Mebel and Rodenhuis earned a spot at the Select Camp held recently in Charlotte.
– Baseball camp
The Kannapolis Police Department is hosting the fourth annual Wendy’s Summer Classic Baseball Camp. It’s free for ages 8 through middle school.
The camp features instruction by Catawba’s Jim Gantt, Pfeiffer’s Mark Hayes, South Rowan’s Thad Chrismon, A.L. Brown’s Empsy Thompson, Mooresville’s Jeff Burchett, Northwest Cabarrus’ Joe Hubbard and many more.
The camp is June 22ń25 from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. daily. The camp is limited to 150 players. Register at the Kannapolis Police Department during business hours. Contact Lt. Bret Johnson at 704-920-4016.