Area sports briefs: Cav wins major meet

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 29, 2009

From staff reports
Teaunna Cuthbertson, a rising sophomore at North Rowan, won the triple jump in the intermediate girls division at the Russell Blunt Invitational recently held at Duke.
Cuthbertson’s top effort was 39 feet, 21/2 inches.
n Several members of the local Salisbury Speedsters performed well in the Blunt Invitational.
High-school age Salisbury Speedsters who placed in the top 10 included:
Alisha Bradshaw, a thrower from Salisbury High, placed second in the shot put (38-6) and third in the discus (124-0) in the young women’s division.
Dasia McGill, a Salisbury High jumper, was seventh in the intermediate girls long jump (16-51/4) and ninth in the triple jump (34-101/2).
Tavis Bailey, a muscleman from A.L. Brown, was third in the shot put (46-00) in the young men’s division and also third in the discus (152-5).
Concord’s Juanita Leto was third in the 100 hurdles (14.9 seconds) for intermediate girls and second in the 400 hurdles (1:06.29).
Young Salisbury Speedsters who excelled in the meet included Jabari Dalton and Jalessa Smoot.
Competing in the sub-bantam division, Dalton was third (14.61) in the 100 and third in the 400 (1:12.16).
Smoot placed third (26.30) in the 200 for midget girls after posting the fastest times in the preliminaries and semifinals.
– Catawba football
Catawba’s annual picture day is Aug. 9. The Indians open at St. Augustine’s on Aug. 29.
There’s significant buzz about the upcoming season, because of the return of most of the offensive and defensive lines as well as the addition of several marquee transfers, including former UNC quarterback Can Sexton and Western Carolina receiver/returner/running back Levon Curtis.
Curtis, 5-9, 210, was one of the state’s top prep players in 2007. He was All-State and a Shrine Bowler and sparked Western Alamance to the 3A state title. Western Alamance battered North Gaston 62-36 with Curtis accounting for five TDs and 153 yards in receptions. North Gaston is the team that eliminated West Rowan that season.
Curtis made 12 catches for Western Carolina last fall and also started one game at running back. He rushed for 180 yards for the Catamounts.
– College football
Johnson C. Smith and Livingstone will announce a new site today for their Commemorative Classic football game. Their football rivalry has lasted 117 years.
– Intimidators lose
The Kannapolis Intimidators lost 4-1 to the Rome Braves on Adam Milligan’s grand slam in the eighth inning on Tuesday night at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium.
– Seager is hot
Clinton’s Kyle Seager (NW Cabarrus, UNC) went 3-for-3 with a walk and a steal in a 3-2 loss against Lansing on Tuesday.
Seager is batting .419 in nine games in the Midwest League.
– Special Olympics golf
Salisbury’s Edward (J.R.) Fortune will be a participant in the National Invitational Tournament for golf held in Lincoln, Neb., July 31-Aug. 3.
Fortune qualified by winning state-level competition and will be one of 12 N.C. athletes making the trip.
Fortune, 27, has been practicing driving, chipping and putting at Corbin Hills this week in preparation for the national event. He will compete at Level 1 ó the individual skills competition.
Kannapolis’ Marvin Deese, 29, also will compete in the Level 1 competition.
– Miller gets ace
Gary Miller made a hole-in-one on the 155-yard No. 3 hole from the blue tees at Warrior Golf Club. He used a 7-iron to make his eighth career ace.
Ken McGee, Joe Sides, Chad Byrd and Bobby Isenhour witnessed the shot.
– Corbin Hills golf
The Corbin Hills Women’s Golf Association played a Front/Back/Overall tournament on Tuesday.
Mary Seaford won gross on the front, with Liz Murphy winning net. On the back, Jean Hill won gross, with Ruth Bowles winning net. The overall gross was won by Azalee Story. Carolynn Ries won the net score.
– Twin States golf
Allison Lee (Salisbury) shot 39-43 ó 82 and was 38th after Tuesday’s first round of the Twin State Junior Girls Tournament in Fuquay-Varina.
Madison Kennedy shot 48-44 ó 92 and was tied for 70th.
– Tennis camps
There is one more week of Catawba’s half-day tennis camp on Aug. 3-7.
Contact Jeff Childress at 704-637-4265 or
– South cross country
Any athlete interested in running cross country for South Rowan needs to contact coach Bob Marchinko at 704-855-7165.
First official practice is Monday, Aug. 3., at 8 a.m. at the South YMCA soccer fields. All athletes need to have an updated physical to practice.
– East soccer
East Rowan boys soccer tryouts are Monday, Aug. 3, at 4:30 p.m.
– East football
East Rowan will begin football practice on Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. Any athlete interested in playing should report to the fieldhouse.
– A.L. Brown football
A.L. football practices will be from 9:30-11:30a.m.
– West athletics
West Rowan football practice starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
West tennis practice starts Monday at 9:30 a.m.
West volleyball starts Monday at 8 a.m.
West soccer starts Aug. 5 at 9 a.m.
West golf practice starts Monday at 3 p.m. at Rolling Hills.
– West football seats
Renewal of reserved seating for West Rowan games must be completed by Aug. 1. If you would like to keep your seats from last season, you must contact John Lowe at
The booster club meeting will be Aug. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Finishing touches will be put on the fall sports program so if you have not reserved ad space contact Lowe before the Aug. 3 meeting.
The booster club is selling bricks for the field house project. Contact any booster club member or go to for additional information.