Area briefs: Salisbury girls in pro-am
From staff reports
Salisbury’s Olivia Rankin, Jessica Heilig, Ayanna Holmes and Ashia Holmes will play in the annual Charlotte Pro-Am All-Star Basketball Game set for Providence Day at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
They’ll play for the East team, coached by Salisbury’s Chris McNeil.
Concord’s Jhemelia Edwards and Jasmine DeBerry are among the players on the West team coached by Concord’s Angela Morton.
Tickets are $7. Children under 5 are admitted free.
The Salisbury girls basketball squad was one of the teams chosen to compete in the ‘virtual’ national girls basketball championship to be conducted by HighSchoolSports.net and USA Today in April.
USA Today editors will seed the teams in the championship bracket, where they will then face off in computer-simulated matchups, programmed by mathematician Ken Massey.
The all-star boys game features a West team coached by Huss’ Ron Bray against an East team coached by Northside Christian’s Byron Dinkins. Concord’s Jacquise Moore will play for the West.
Logan Casper, Devin Smith, Hunter McClintock, Justin Allen, Chandler Spry and Evan Rogers won singles matches as East Rowan swept NPC foe West Iredell 9-0 on Tuesday.
East improved to 5-1 in the NPC, with the loss coming to West Rowan.
West Rowan also has one loss in the league (to Statesville). Statesville is still unbeaten in the NPC. East hasn’t played Statesville yet. Their first scheduled meeting was washed out.
See Scoreboard for results.
The South Rowan-West Rowan baseball games originally scheduled for Friday have been moved up to today (at West) — if weather and field conditions cooperate.
YVC leader South Stanly had two different players hit three homers in a game in back-to-back conference contests recently. Landon Fraley socked three against South Davidson, and Stephen Wallace duplicated the rare feat against North Moore.
North Rowan (6-2 YVC) is scheduled to play at South Stanly (8-1 YVC) on Friday, and it’s a must-win for the Cavaliers if they’re going to challenge for the YVC regular-season title.
North Rowan lost 3-2 to South Stanly in Spencer to open the season.
South Stanly’s only YVC loss was to North Moore, but the Rowdy Rebel Bulls avenged that surprising setback with a 10-run rule rout last week.
North Rowan’s other league loss was to West Montgomery.
North junior third baseman Alex Morgan leads the county with 22 hits and a .647 batting average.
Morgan has a season-long hitting streak. What’s really impressive is that he has multiple hits in nine of the Cavaliers’ 10 games. Morgan’s 16 RBIs rank second in the county behind Carson’s Joseph Basinger’s 17.
North catcher Wes Barker leads the county in runs scored with 18.
Statistics are not available yet for West Rowan. The other five county schools are listed in Scoreboard.
East right-hander Bradley Robbins leads the county by a wide margin with 43 punchouts.
East reliever Will Johnson has an ERA of 0.00 and has been nearly perfect with 21 strikeouts and two walks.
South reliever Daniel Mullis is right behind Johnson with a 1.02 ERA and has 19 Ks and only three walks.
North has two hurlers with ERAs under 1.00. Josh Price checks in at 0.66,while Dakota Brown is at 0.75.
Catawba recently received commitments from four local players — East’s Johnson and shortstop Justin Morris; North outfielder Matt Laurens, and Carson first baseman Kyle Bridges. Stories are upcoming.
Carson pounded out 10 hits but lost to Davie 3-1 on Tuesday.
North Rowan took an early 2-0 lead but defensive struggles led to a 12-2 loss at North Moore on Tuesday.
Statesville didn’t have a baserunner in a 20-0 loss to West Iredell.
Livingstone senior Darius Cox was selected to play in the Eighth Annual HBCU All-Star Classic held April 23 in Columbus, Ga.
Cox is the first Livingstone player to be selected for the event. He was a first-team All-CIAA choice and averaged 15.2 points and 8.3 rebounds.
Charlotte’s season ended with an 83-60 loss at Toledo (28-8) in the WNIT semifinals on Wednesday.
The 49ers finished 27-10. That’s a school record for wins.
Toledo scored the game’s first nine points and didn’t look back.
Kendria Holmes led the 49ers with 14 points. Gabby Tyler scored nine points off the bench. Shannon McCallum scored eight points in her final game to finish her career with 1,525 points. Amanda Dowe had seven points and eight boards.
n Pro baseball
Daniel Wagner (South Rowan) scored a run for the Winston-Salem Dash in a 3-0 exhibition win against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
The game was a sellout (6,597) despite wet weather and temperatures in the 40s. It was the first visit by a big league team to BB&T Ballpark and the first Dash game ever to be televised.
Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko and most of the other big names were in the lineup for Chicago.
The Dash opens the Carolina League season on April 8 at Kinston.
Bobby Parnell (East Rowan) pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the New York Mets in an 8-2 win against Washington on Tuesday.
The Mets play Friday at Florida.
Middle school tennis
In Knox’s 5-4 loss to Southeast, Abraham Post (8-5) and David Derrick (8-1) were singles winners for the Trojans.
Post-Robbie Slate (6-4) and Derrick-Evan Dunn (6-4) won in doubles.
Carson-Davie baseball was postponed. No makeup date is set yet, although the teams are trying to find room in the schedule.
Wednesday’s rain wiped out Catawba-Belmont Abbey lacrosse and Catawba’s developmental baseball team’s game against Wilkes Community College.
West Rowan-Robinson soccer was washed out. Making it up is possible but not probable.
Livingstone’s softball doubleheader with Fayetteville State was washed out and rescheduled for April 11 in Salisbury.
The opening round of the eGolf Professional Tour’s Irish Creek Classic in Kannapolis was pushed back from Wednesday to today. The event will now be 54 holes.
Appalachian State-Gardner-Webb baseball was postponed on Wednesday, along with the Charlotte-USC-Upstate contest.
Pitt Community College outfielder Micah Jarrett (East Rowan) is being recruited by several major schools, and Pitt outfielder Zach Smith (East) is also drawing recruiting interest.
Wes Honeycutt (A.L. Brown) collected two hits in two of Montreat’s games on a trip to Florida.
Parks and Recreation
Salisbury Parks & Rec will be offering its first LAAB Work Basketball Skills Training beginning the week of April 4 at Hall Gym.
The program is for boys and girls and teaches basic and advanced fundamentals of shooting, passing, ballhandling, rebounding and individual defense. Each training session will also stress individual improvement and mentorship mentally and physically. Instructors are Kenneth Bates and Rashad McGee.
Days and Times: Monday & Wednesday (10-under 4:00-5:30) (11 -over 5:30–7:30), every other Saturday (2-3:30/4:00). The cost for 10-under is a monthly fee of $150 for 10 sessions. Cost per session is $20.
The cost for 11-over is a monthly fee of $175 for 10 sessions. Cost per session is $25.
Contact recreation programmer Larry Jones at 704-216-2707 or Kenneth Bates at 704-267-9470.