Area sports briefs: Lowery inducted into wrestling Hall of Fame
From staff reports
Buddy Lowery was inducted into the North Carolina Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in ceremonies held in Chapel Hill on Sunday.
Lowery has spent the last 32 years coaching at Davie, including 29 as head wrestling coach. His mat record is 621-93-2. He’s moved up to third on the state’s all-time wins list.
Lowery has coached Davie to two dual team state championships and has been runner-up six times. He’s coached a long line of individual state champions, including his son, Patrick, who went on to football success at N.C. State.
Lowery was a three-sport high school athlete in football, wrestling and track at North Rowan.
He was part of coach Ralph Shatterly’s undefeated wrestling team that won the WNCHSAA championship in 1968. He made the All-Rowan County football team as as offensive end in 1969.
After graduating in 1970, Lowery went on to play football at East Carolina. He lettered from 1972-74 as part of coach Pat Dye’s “Wild Dogs” defensive unit.
– Prep baseball
East Rowan (21-4) plays at home tonight against Winston-Salem Parkland (15-10) in the second round of the 3A playoffs.
Kent Basinger (6-0), Alex Litaker (2-1), Preston Troutman (3-1) and Cody Laws (7-1) are potential pitchers for East.Center fielder Zach Smith (.362) and right fielder David Ijames (.407) have 29 RBIs apiece for the Mustangs. Left fielder Ben DeCelle (.352) is another hot hitter. He’s 7-for-11 in East’s last three games.
Parkland, a No. 4 seed, upset Ragsdale in the first round.
* Davie left 12 men on base and lost 4-3 at East Forsyth in the first round of the baseball playoffs on Monday. It was one of the tougher losses in school history. Davie had out-hit East Forsyth 10-0 going to the bottom of the seventh and held a 3-0 lead.Shelton Howard took a no-hitter into the seventh, but walks and an unfortunate no-call (a batted ball struck an East Forsyth baserunner between first and second, but neither umpire saw it) did Davie in.
Carson Herndon drove in two runs for the War Eagles (11-10). Jacob Vernon had three hits, including a run-scoring double.
The War Eagles started six sophomores and a freshman this season.
– Prep softball
East Rowan (16-3) opens the 3A state playoffs at home this afternoon against Concord (12-11), while West Rowan (7-12) will travel to play North Gaston (13-7).
Brackets were finally released Monday. Crest won the Big South Conference, but the Chargers will compete in the 4A playoffs. North Gaston had the best record among the mixed 3A/4A league’s 3A teams.
– College baseball
Catawba’s Ryan Query (A.L. Brown) and Belmont Abbey’s Patrick Atwell (South Rowan), Daniel Kassouf and Andrew Morton were named to the All-Southeast Regional team.
No. 6 seed Belmont Abbey (38-24) was the surprise winner of the event and will play in the Division II World Series to be held in Cary. Belmont Abbey opens play in the World Series against the Mesa State (Colo.) Mavericks this Sunday at 1 p.m.
– Intimidators continue skid
After a hot start, the Kannapolis Intimidators have fallen under the .500 mark in the South Atlantic League.
Kannapolis lost to visiting Hagerstown 2-1 on Monday. The Intimidators (18-19) didn’t get their first hit until the sixth inning. Jon Gilmore hit a seventh-inning homer for Kannapolis.
– American Legion
Rowan County is set to open the American Legion season tonight with a non-division game at Randolph County. Rowan opens at home Friday against Concord.
South Rowan and Kannapolis open the season Thursday at Veterans Field. The game won’t count in the league standings.
– Prep basketball
West Rowan’s K.J. Sherrill and Carson’s Darius Moose were named to the NCPreps.com 3A All-State boys basketball team.
Salisbury’s Darien Rankin and Brandon Abel were named to the 2A All-State team.
Salisbury’s Shi-Heria Shipp made the NCPreps.com 2A girls All-State team, while West Rowan’s Ayana Avery is on the 3A team.
Trevor Edgell made a hole-in-one at Corbin Hills recently. Edgell used a 4-iron on the 178-yard No. 16 hole to record the first ace of his career. Ken Hayes and Jay Bates witnessed the shot.
Eighty-four members played at Warrior Golf Club on Monday. Low ‘A’ Flight player was Gary Wortman with a net of 65.43. Low ‘B’ player was Clive Mahaffey with a net of 62.33. Low ‘C’ player was Ed Lockhart with a net of 64.13. Low ‘D’ player was Bobby Bryant with a net of 67.24.
– Youth golf
Sacred Heart’s Eric Edwards competed in the Scott Robertson Memorial Tournament in Roanoke, Va., over the weekend and shot rounds of 75-71-76 to tie for sixth in the 14-under age division.
– Catawba football camp
Catawba Football Day Camp will be held July 19-21. The camp is for age 7-rising seniors. The cost is $75.
Contact assistant coach Todd McComb at 704-637-4733 or firstname.lastname@example.org.