Area Sports Briefs: East's Barger, Robbins honored
From staff reports
East Rowan’s Daishion Barger and Nathan Robbins received top honors in NPC boys track.
Barger was named NPC Runner of the Year, while Robbins was named Field Events Athlete of the Year.
Mustangs joining Barger and Robbins on the All-NPC team were Ben Hancock, Keith Leonard and Joseph Furtado.
South Rowan’s B.J. Grant and Dalton Johnson and West Rowan’s Tim Flanagan were also named All-NPC.
* East’s Kasee Hepler and Jenny Hughes, South’s Taylor May, Carson’s Sierra Zemanick and West’s Deseree Cross made the All-NPC girls track team.
* West’s Allison Parker, Allison Baucom and Brittany Gibbons made the All-NPC girls soccer team, along with East’s Hannah Wilson.
* South Rowan’s Ben Fesperman made the All-NPC boys golf team.
* West’s Jesse Myers and Joel Brittain and South’s Tyler Morgan were named to the All-NPC boys tennis team.
– Wood bat leagues
Craige Lyerly (East Rowan, Catawba) went 3-for-4 to lead Asheboro to a 10-3 win against Thomasville on Saturday in the Coastal Plain League.
* Guilford Tech outfielder John “Diesel” Neese (Northwest Guilford) will play at Catawba next season.
Neese is playing for the Kernersville Bulldogs of the Great South League this summer.
– Junior golf
Salisbury’s Roy Dixon and Alex Nianouris qualified for the 42nd North Carolina Junior Championship, which will be played June 16-19 at Henderson Country Club.
West Davidson’s Justin Clement is the defending champion.
– Hole-in-one at Warrior
Greg Rumple made a hole-in-one on No. 12 at Warrior on Sunday. Rumple used a 5-wood to ace the 202-yard hole. He was playing with Mark Personius.
– Intimidators lose
The Intimidators pitching staff fell apart late Sunday night at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium, walking five in the eighth inning and allowing Greensboro to win 7-1.
Justin Green knocked in the only run for Kannapolis (33-29).
– Junior Legion
The Salisbury Cavornets lost to Cornelius 6-1 and topped Rowan 5-4 in eight innings over the weekend.
Salisbury lost to Cornelius despite good pitching by Patrick Snider. Dakota Brown had two hits.
Rowan jumped on top of the Cavornets 3-0 Sunday, with Andy Austin delivering a two-run single and Jamey Blalock getting a run home on a fielder’s choice. Justin Morris’ RBI single in the third made it 4-0.
Brown’s sac fly cut the deficit to 4-1, and the Cavornets tied the game with three runs in the seventh. Matt Mauldin, Philip Tonseth and Jordan Fuller delivered RBI singles.
Jeremy Forbis began the Salisbury eighth with a single, moved to second on Snider’s bunt and scored on John Knox’s clutch hit to right field. Tonseth, who worked out of a jam in the top of the eighth, got the win in relief of Brown.
* Justin Morrison pitched a six-hitter and didn’t walk a batter to lead Carson to a 6-0 victory over Stanly in the first game of a twin bill.
Carson had a five-run seventh. Joseph Basinger went 2-for-4 with four RBIs for Carson.
Stanly County earned a split by beating Carson 7-1 in the nightcap.
* Carson also lost recently to Mooresville 13-0. Chris Dula pitched a no-hitter for the Moors.
Carson will play at Mooresville tonight at 7.