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Area sports briefs: Livingstone men get another win

From staff reports
Livingstone’s men’s basketball team beat Morris 86-58 on Thursday for its fifth straight win.
Megail Cannon had 24 points and eight rebounds to lead the Blue Bears (5-2) at Trent Gym.
Jarred Stockton had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Greg Henry scored 17, and Donte Durant notched 15 points.
The Livingstone men will be idle until Jan. 2.
n Prep basketballDavie County’s boys beat Starmount 67-45 at home Thursday.
Sophomore Nate Jones hit four 3-pointers and scored 21 points to lead the War Eagles (2-2). Shannon Dillard had 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Michael Key had 10 points, and Denzell Redmon and Jamal Mayfield contributed eight points each.
Fondau McDaniel had 11 points for Starmount.
n Jayvee basketball
Vashti Usry scored 16 points to lead Salisbury’s jayvee girls to a 42-26 win against East Rowan.
Jotophia Carby scored 10 points for the undefeated Hornets. Patreece Lattimore had eight.
n Weston Rogers scored 12 points to lead East Rowan’s jayvee boys to a 45-42 win against the Hornets. Jarred Hough added eight points for the Mustangs.
Jquille Tracey had 13 points to lead the Hornets. Keion Adams had 11.
n 8th grade basketball
In a battle of unbeaten boys teams on Thursday, North Rowan beat Southeast 53-50.
Mike Connor scored 23 points for the Mavericks (4-0). Michael Bowman had 14 points and Mike Bost 10.
Devin Parks scored 19 points for Southeast (3-1). Najee Tucker had 10, Myquan Stout eight and Tre Williams six.
n Erwin’s girls topped China Grove 34-27 to stay unbeaten. The Eagles (5-0, 3-0) won their 18th straight regular-season game over two seasons.
Lauren Thomas paced Erwin with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Josie McNeely added eight points and four assists. Karleigh Wike had 13 rebounds and nine blocked shots. Katie Kepley and Kendall Brown scored five points each, and Brown added eight rebounds.
China Grove (4-1, 3-1), which battled back from a 18-0 deficit during the second quarter, was led by Madison Weast and Nicole Mauldin with seven and six points, respectively.
n China Grove’s boys (3-2, 2-2) beat Erwin 46-34 behind Shawn Spry’s 26 points. Will Zentmeyer added six for the Red Devils.
Erwin (1-4, 1-3) was paced by Donte Means with 10 points. Dock Corpening had six points and 18 rebounds. Connor Johnson added five points.
n The North Hills boys defeated Phoenix Montessori 51-11 in the opening round of the Jonny Richardson Memorial Christmas Tournament. Luke Humble had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Leonard Murdock had 13 points and five steals. North Hills will play in the championship game on Saturday at 2 p.m. Action continues today.
Richardson, a freshman at North Hills, was killed in a car accident in October, 2008. The tournament is in memory of Jonny.
Other first-round results:
Girls: Statesville Montessori 25, Countryside Montessori 24
Boys: Countryside Montessori 38, Statesville Montessori 24
Girls: North Hills 36, St. Michael’s 11
n Middle school wrestlingKnox topped West Rowan 60-27 on Thursday.
West is 2-2, 1-2 in the league.
Top wrestlers included Noah Teeter, Thomas Current, Wood Poteat, Zack Sheppard and Jesse Moore.
West is home against Erwin on Monday.
n Women’s basketball
Brittany Cornelius (East Rowan) scored 11 points for Meredith in an 82-76 win against Ferrum on Thursday.
n NCHSAA
The NCHSAA ended its three-day winter meeting on Wednesday.
MVP awards at the boys basketball state championships will be named in honor of retiring president Charlie Adams, while the girls MVP awards will be named in memory of Kay Yow.
n Hitting lessons
Pro baseball player Daniel Wagner is offering personalized hitting instruction at the indoor cage at his home at 225 Wagner Acres Trail, Kannapolis.
Available times for lessons are Monday-Friday from 3-8 p.m. and Saturday, 10-2.
Contact Wagner by e-mail at wagnerhittinglessons@yahoo.com. Leave a phone number and he’ll contact you.
Lessons are available on a first-come, first-serve basis through Jan. 9.
Wagner, a former South Rowan standout was a draft pick of the Chicago White Sox last summer.
The second baseman finished last season with the Kannapolis Intimidators.

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