Area briefs: East softball at home
From staff and wire reports
Pairings for the prep softball playoffs were released on Monday. The first round will be played today.
NPC regular season champ East Rowan (20-2) is the only county team with a home game. The Mustangs will entertain Northern Guilford (8-12), a No. 5 seed, in a 3A contest.
East will have at least one more home game if its wins this afternoon, but the NPC has a low seeding priority. The Mustangs could be on the road as early as the third round.
SPC tournament champion Northwest Cabarrus looms as a potential third-round road opponent for the Mustangs.
West Rowan (6-14) plays at Charlotte Catholic (13-8) tonight at 6 p.m. Carson (11-12) is at Robinson (15-7). Robinson shared the SPC regular season title with Northwest’s Trojans.
In 2A, Salisbury (2-16) is at Piedmont (22-4). The Hornets will seek to shock the world.
In 1A, North Rowan (12-9) is the No. 4 seed from the YVC but appears to have gotten a favorable draw in the first round. North visits Monroe Central Academy (7-15), a No. 1 seed from a split 1A/2A league.
One of the great baseball seasons in Davie history crashed to an abrupt end at Rich Park.
The War Eagles (22-3) suffered a 1-0 loss to Matthews Butler in a first-round 4A playoff game that started last Friday before it was suspended by lightning and rain. The game was resumed in the third inning on Monday.
Davie outhit the Bulldogs 8-5 but couldn’t provide any run support for Ryan Foster, who took a tough loss.
Davie had the bases loaded in the sixth and had two men on in the seventh but couldn’t get a big hit.
It was the last time Davie coach Mike Herndon will get to coach his son, Carson, a senior shortstop headed to Liberty.
“It was a tough one, one of the toughest,” Coach Herndon said. “But it’s one-and-done in the playoffs, and it just wasn’t our night.”
Ralph Shatterly, who had a 32-year coaching career at North Rowan and West Rowan, entered the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, North Carolina Chapter, in ceremonies held on Sunday in Chapel Hill.
Shatterly’s career record was 306-136-3, and he was a seven-time conference coach of the year. His North teams won WNCHSAA championships in 1968 and 1969.
The girls soccer playoffs continue this week. In 2A, undefeated Salisbury faces a challenging third-round game. The Hornets will travel to King to take on West Stokes.
East Rowan’s Hakeem Gittens was 13th in the triple jump in the 3A state meet (42 feet, 61/4 inches).
East’s 4×800 relay team of Eli Walton, Joseph Furtado, Brad Oden and Cole Honeycutt ran 8:13 to break the school record at the Midwest Regional to qualify for the state meet. They were ninth in the state meet in 8:15.95.
The 1A state championships are set for Friday in Greensboro, while the 2A state championships will be held on Saturday.
North Rowan’s boys and girls won regional titles, as did Salisbury’s girls. Salisbury’s boys placed second.
David Thomas (Catawba) homered for the Grand Prairie Airhogs on Monday in a 6-3 win against the Lincoln Saltdogs.
Garrett Sherrill (A.L. Brown) had an exciting first relief outing for the Saltdogs. He struck out four and walked three in 21/3 innings and allowed one run.
Zach Ward (A.L. Brown) allowed four runs in six innings and lost his debut with the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks. Ward and Sherrill are pitching in the independent American Association.
Middle school soccer
North Rowan topped China Grove 2-0. Brian Reyes and Narciso Alvarez scored for the Mavericks. Jesus Huerta and Arnold Lezama had assists.
The McCanless Couples play a nine-hole match Sunday with a four-man Captain’s Choice format.
The team of Juan Garcia, Eileen Full and Jeff and Tabitha Warren won.
Shelve and David Huneycutt and Brenda and John Mosley finished second.
Yvonne Barger, Matt Shafer, Monica Green and Terrol Kenball placed third.
Carlos Garcia won closest to the pin.
Shafer won longest putt honors.
Seventy-two GARS members played at Lexington Country Club on Monday.
Low ‘A’ flight player was Gordon Correll with a net of 66.13.
Low ‘B’ flight player was David Lee with a net of 64.18.
Low ‘C’ flight player was Harry Agner with a net of 63.84.
Low ‘D’ flight player was Kenneth Miller with a net of 65.62.
Middle school softball
Sacred Heart won the CCISAA coed slow-pitch softball tournament held at the Sports Complex.
Sacred Heart topped Salisbury Academy 3-2 in the first round behind the pitching of Max Fisher. Spencer Storey and Will Casmus sparked the defense. Fisher, Kaytee Leonguerrero and Reilly Gokey scored runs.
Marcus Corry and Robby Bergstone were the hitting leaders for Salisbury Academy.
Salisbury Academy beat First Assembly 1-0 on a shutout by Bergstone. Harrison Smith, Jacob Crosby and Juliana Anderson led the Jaguars’ defense.
Sacred Heart rallied to beat First Assembly 10-6 by scoring eight runs in the final inning. Chili Chilton, Erin Ansbro, Michael Childress, Storey and Fisher had key hits.
Sacred Heart won the championship game over Salisbury Academy 5-1. Ansbro, Childress and Kate Sullivan led the Dolphins.
Corry hit a homer run for SA, and Tyler Peoples made a brilliant catch in left field.
Home Run Derby winners were Ansbro and Corry.
All-tournament players from Salisbury Academy included Anne Marie Barton, Anderson, Smith, Corry and Bergstone, while Sacred Heart placed Leonguerrero, Sullivan, Fisher and Storey on the team. Ansbro was named MVP.
The event concluded the middle school athletic career for the eighth-graders.
Preston Troutman (East Rowan) knocked in two runs in Appalachian State’s 10-7 loss to College of Charleston on Sunday. Trey Holmes (East) had one RBI.
Second-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne beat SAC rival Carson-Newman 2-1 on Sunday to win the Southeast Regional championship.
The 5th annual Carson Basketball Camp for rising 2nd-6th graders will be held July 11-14 from 9-12.
Cost is $60 and includes instruction, camp T-shirt and camp insurance.
The 2nd annual Carson Little Dribbler Camp will be held July 18-20 and is for 4-year-olds through rising first-graders. Camp is from 9-11 daily.
Cost is $30 and includes instruction, T-short and insurance.
For either of the Carson camps, contact boys basketball coach Brian Perry at 704-855-5039.
Applications are still being accepted for the 18th annual Hoops Unlimited Basketball Camp at East Rowan.
The camp is open to boys and girls from all area schools.
The camp on June 13-16 is for rising 2nd-5th graders. The camp on June 20-23 is for rising 6th-9th graders.
The cost of the all-day camp is $95 and includes a camp shirt and an all-you-can-eat lunch every day.
Sessions are limited to 50 applicants.
Go to www.hoopsunlimitedcamp.com or call camp director Rick Roseman at 704-279-7334.
MORGANTON — A 16-year-old boy has died while exercising with his teammates on a football team for homeschooled children in North Carolina.
Paramedics said someone called 911 on Thursday evening and said a teen had collapsed from the heat. Authorities say Luke Killian died a short time later at the hospital.
Killian played for the Morganton Mountaineers, a football team made up of children ages 12 to 18 who are taught at home.
Mountaineers Coach Doug Deitz told The News-Herald of Morganton that several of his players decided to practice on their own Thursday and Killian collapsed as they warmed up with sit-ups and lunges.
Even though Thursday was humid with temperatures in the 80s, Deitz doesn’t think heat problems caused Killian’s death.
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