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Area briefs: Knox, Sexton lead list of honorees

From staff reports
Salisbury junior quarterback John Knox has been named CCC Offensive Player of the Year.
Knox had 1,076 passing yards and 751 rushing yards this season at the helm of the Hornets’ wishbone attack.
Knox’s 1,827 yards of total offense broke Kenny Holt’s school record set in 1970.
Knox has 2,016 passing yards and 3,271 yards of total offense for his career and figures to surpass Jonathan Partee’s passing record and Eddie Kesler’s total offense record at the school.
Kesler’s career mark (4,199 yards from 1956-59) has stood for 50 seasons.
Salisbury “Hornet” Darien Rankin was runner-up for CCC Defensive Player of the Year.
Salisbury coach Joe Pinyan was runner-up for Coach of the Year honors to Thomasville’s Allen Brown.
Hornets joining Knox and Rankin on the All-CCC team were tight end Riley Gallagher, offensive linemen Phillip Ledbetter and Ronald Phillips, fullback Ike Whitaker, running back Romar Morris, linebackers Chris Bruce and Linares Pagan, safety Dominique Phillips, corner Jeremiah Stockdale and nose guard Kiontae Rankin.
See Scoreboard for team.
– All-CCC soccer
Salisbury coach Tom Sexton, who led the Hornets to their sixth straight conference championship, was named CCC Coach of the Year.
Salisbury’s Kenne Bonilla, Connor Miller, Michael Mazur, Wes McNeely, B.J. Woods and Matt Cervantes were named All-CCC.
– Prep wrestling
East Rowan finished third in the recent Salisbury Invitational.
East’s Chase Thompson was champion at 125 pounds. Josh Greer (140) and Josiah Hurst (171) were runners-up.
Nick Cornaccione (103), Kory Shaffer (130) and Daniel Hadnott (215) placed third. Cameron Ferrante was fourth at 160. Fifth-place finishers were Jason Deutsch (112), Mark Almeida (119) and Preston Dixon (145).
Thompson also won the Phillip Reed Invitational held at Kernersville Glenn in November.
In a recent non-conference match East fell to Mooresville 67-12. See Scoreboard.
– Mendez tourney
The Sacred Heart Booster Club is sponsoring a middle school boys and girls basketball tournament Dec. 11-12 at the Boyd Dolphin Tank on the Sacred Heart campus.
The tournament is named for Paul Mendez, a former Sacred Heart, Salisbury High and UNC student who died of cancer in 2007.
Participating teams include High Point Home Educators, Community School of Davidson, Rowan-Cabarrus Home School and Covenant Christian.
– Dula runner-up
Salisbury native Caroline Dula, 16, finished second in the 15-19 age group at the International Junior Golf Tour tournament held Dec. 5-6 at Savannah Harbor Golf Club.
The winner was Yuri Otsuka of Chiba, Japan.
Caroline is a junior at the Hank Haney Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, S.C.
– Prep basketball
Merner Gym will be the scene for the Stanly County/Pfeiffer Basketball Holday Challenge on Dec. 29-30.
The four games on Dec. 29 will include South Stanly vs. North Stanly and Albemarle vs. West Stanly varsity doubeheaders.
Games will start at 4 p.m.
On Dec. 30, the four games will include West Stanly vs. South Stanly and North Stanly vs. Albemarle doubleheaders.
– 8th-grade hoops
Karleigh Wike’s triple-double led Erwin’s undefeated girls past West Rowan 40-30 at West on Monday. Wike had 12 points, 20 rebounds and 14 blocked shots.
Erwin (6-0, 4-0) jumped out to a 15-2 lead but West (2-3, 2-2) battled back to within four points in the final quarter. Josie McNeely had eight points and seven rebounds for the Eagles, while Lauren Thomas and Kendall Brown scored seven apiece. Katie Kepley scored 10 points. Thomas grabbed six rebounds.
West was paced by Nycieko Dixon with 17 points. Anna Edwards added seven points for the Bulldogs.
* West Rowan’s boys took a 25-5 lead and held on to edge Erwin 31-26.
West (1-4, 1-3) was led by Daisean Reddick with 10 points. Broderick Avery scored eight points. Zeke Blackwood had 13 rebounds.
Erwin (1-5, 1-3) battled back to within three points in the final minute. The Eagles were led by Dock Corpening with eight points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Chase Brown added five points and six rebounds. Calvin Edwards had six boards for the Eagles.
– Morton tourney
The annual E.E. Morton Youth Basketball Tournament is accepting registrations. Contact Tom McDaniel at 704-637-1261.
– Sacred Heart hoops
Sacred Heart’s boys basketball team won 47-30 at St. John’s of Winston-Salem.
Banks Fisher had 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Dolphins.
Eric Edwards scored 10 points. Max Fisher had eight points, and Bobby Cardelle, Chili Chilton and Yonathan Sorto added six each. Spencer Storey and Reilly Gokey were defensive stalwarts.
– North Hills hoops
The North hills varsity girls rolled over High Point Home Educators 70-10. Laura Butner and Abbey Lane scored 24 points each for the Eagles. Dana Salmon scored six.
In a 42-39 loss to Countryside, Butner had 23 points and Lane 10.
* North Hills Elementary’s boys basketball team topped Success 40-15. Wes Fazia had 15 points to lead North Hills.
– GARS
Thirty-seven GARS members played a Captain’s Choice tournament at Corbin Hills on Monday.
Don Bishop, Ralph Brown, Norman Cannup, Bobby Clark and Tom Talbert shot minus-9 for first place.
Second place with minus-8 consisted of Dick Hatoway, Art Hattaway, Harold Hattaway and Winsten Mahaffey at minus-8.
Butch Adams, Clete Beaubein, Mickey Ousley and Vohn Peeler shot minus-6 for third place.
– Middle school wrestling
West Rowan Middle took a victory against Erwin to raise its record to 3-2 and 2-2 in the Rowan County Middle School Conference.
Top wrestlers included Lucas Carter, Tyler Sywenky, Brandon Lemmon, Nick Collins, Zack Sheppard, Davon Steele, Jesse Moore, Marius Doyle, Justin Gummo and Francisco Castro.
West wrestles Corriher-Lipe at home on Thursday.
– Pfeiffer athletics
Pfeiffer men’s soccer player Kash Knight was Honorable Mention on the Daktronics D-II All-America team.
– Christmas camps
Catawba basketball’s Christmas camps will be held on Dec. 22-24 at Catawba and Covenant Classical for ages 5-15. The are half-day and full-day camps for boys and girls.
For more information, to print a brochure, or to register on-line go to www.e-timeout.com.
– South jayvees
South Rowan’s jayvee girls beat Cox Mill 41-15 on Tuesday to improve to 5-1.
Kaitlyn Jones scored 10 points for the Raiders. Emma Pope had eight.
* South’s jayvee teams will play Salisbury today at home, starting at 4 p.m.
– KidSports camps
KidSports will hold a baseball camp Dec. 29. Participants will be instructed in batting, bunting, fielding, pitching, catching, core strength and agility drills.
The cost is $15 from 8:30 a.m. until noon. The cost is $25 to stay until 6 p.m.
* Baseball spring training will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 -6:30 p.m. from Jan 6-Feb 24.
Clinics for boys and girls ages 4-5, ages 6-8 and ages 9-12 will be held. Children will be grouped by age and ability level.
Each baseball clinic is $10 or purchase a package ó four clinics, $35; eight clinics, $65; or 12 clinics, $95.
Players will work on hitting, bunting, fielding, pitching, catching, core strength and agility drills. Players will be given detailed descriptions of the drills and skills covered in the clinics.
For more information, call KidSports at 704-638-0075.

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