Sports briefs: Jayvee wins for East, Salisbury, Brown
From staff reports
The Wyrick twins, Seth and Sam, sparked East Rowan’s jayvee football team to a 22-6 victory against North Rowan on Thursday.
The twins connected on a 34-yard scoring play and a two-point conversion. Sam also ran 20 yards for a score and tossed a 22-yard TD pass to Noah Drye.
Sheldon Kaminski kicked two PATs.
Defensively, Austin Hill and Tyler Lloyd led the way for the Mustangs.
Thomas Farmer and Shiheem Saunders had interceptions.
North got its TD by running back the opening kickoff.
It was the first win for East, which plays Hickory Ridge next Thursday.
Salisbury edged West Rowan 16-14 in Mount Ulla.
West went up 8-0, but Travon Ellis scored on a 28-yard run for the Hornets, and A.J. Hill added a two-point conversion to tie it.
West led 14-8 when the Hornets put together the decisive drive in the rain in the third quarter. A.J. Hill carried inside the 1-yard line, and Riley Myers scored on a sneak to tie the game at 14-14. Tony Krider’s two-point conversion provided the winning points for the Hornets (3-0), who won their eighth straight dating back to 2010.
Bobby Johnson and Jeremiah Billingslea had big defensive games for Salisbury. Jaquerius Givens had several pass breakups, and Isaiah Little anchored the defensive line.
Salisbury stopped West (1-2) on downs late to clinch the victory.
“We played in a slight monsoon,” SHS coach Joe Pinyan said. “Our defense was unbelievable, and Myers did a good job directing the offense and taking care of the football in some tough conditions.”
E.J. Dean galloped for 139 yards on 10 carries and scored three touchdowns as A.L. Brown’s jayvees whipped Rocky River 41-22.
Junun Miller scored twice for the Wonders (2-0), including a 72-yard kickoff return.
Naffiz Drayton added a 41-yard scoring run. Punter Matt Brown averaged 46 yards per kick.
Rocky River’s triple-option offense moved the ball well against the Wonders, but Brown had three one-play “drives.”
Northwest Cabarrus beat South Rowan 30-6.
There are some reserved parking spaces available at Salisbury for the Hornets’ highly anticipated game with West Rowan tonight.
The cost for a parking pass is $3. Pay in the main office.
Fans may also park at the Hurley YMCA or High Rock Community Church and be shuttled to the game on buses. Those buses will run every 15 minutes.
No advance tickets are being sold.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $6.
Carson swept Statesville 25-11, 25-23, 25-14 in its first NPC matchup of the season on Thursday.
Davie improved to 6-2 by beating South Iredell 25-21, 25-16, 25-17 on Thursday. Clara MacDonell had four aces and seven kills, while Leslie Fulton had nine kills.
Shane Benfield tied the course record at McCanless recently by shooting a 61.
Benfield, the recent runner-up in the Rowan Amateur, birdied the last six holes. He was playing with Kevin Lentz and Adam Shepherd.
Saturday pairings for the Labor Day 4-Ball tournament are listed in Scoreboard.
Ken Crouch qualified for the Carolina Senior Amateur at Sapona Country Club with a 78. The tournament will be held at Columbia Country Club on Sept. 21-23.
Saint Leo got three goals from Pia Soesemann to beat Catawba 6-1 Thursday in the Flagler Kick-Off Classic. Erinn Wescoat scored the lone Catawba goal in the 26th minute to tie the score at 1. Lindsay Webster had 10 saves in net for the Indians.
Newberry’s women beat Pfeiffer 1-0 Thursday on a goal by Mary Stanton with 5:57 left in regulation.
Catawba’s men’s soccer team lost 3-0 to Appalachian State in Boone on Thursday. The Mountaineers led only 1-0 at halftime, but they limited Catawba to six shots, three on goal.
Catawba will host Mount Olive for the home opener in its second annual “White Out at the Frock” on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Western Carolina true freshman running back Shaun Warren (Carson) debuted impressively on Thursday, rushing 13 times for 43 yards in a loss to Georgia Tech.
Bobby Parnell (East Rowan) racked up saves for the New York Mets on Wednesday and Thursday.
Parnell gave up a double in the ninth on Thursday but got the final out in a 7-5 win against the Marlins.
On Wednesday, Parnell nailed down the final three outs in a 3-2 victory. He has fours saves this season.
Seattle’s Kyle Seager (NW Cabarrus) had two hits on Wednesday and is batting .297.
The Kannapolis Intimidators lost 6-2 to Greensboro on Thursday. Keenyn Walker and Carlos Sanchez had RBIs for the Intimidators.
Winston-Salem’s Daniel Wagner (South Rowan) went 2-for-4 in a 16-10 loss to Salem on Wednesday. Wagner has his batting average up to .253.
Wilmington’s Whit Merrifield (Davie) went 3-for-4 in a 6-4 loss to Myrtle Beach on Thursday.
Spencer Steedley (East Rowan) had a decent start for New Britain on Wednesday, but took a loss.
Steedley (4-5) allowed three runs in five innings in an 8-4 loss to Richmond’s Flying Squirrels.
Middle school tennis
Southeast’s girls tennis team topped Corriher-Lipe 9-0 Thursday.
The Rowan Youth club and Salisbury’s Hurley YMCA are teaming up to put on a basketball skills, speed and agility clinic.
The special guest coach will be Bobby, the former Salisbury High, college and NBA standout who is now a scout for the Sacramento Kings.
Also in attendance will be former Catawba standout Andrew Mitchell Jr., who has coached Salisbury girls and North Rowan boys basketball teams to state championships and coach Mackeon Bruton, a speed and agility guru.
The clinic is set for Friday, Sept. 9, from 4-7 p.m. for ages 15-up, 8th-12th grade (with high school eligibility). A clinic on Saturday, Sept. 10, will be held from 8-10 a.m. for grades 3-7. The cost is $10 for Salisbury residents and Y members and $15 for all others. The clinic is for boys and girls.
The Rowan Razorbacks 9-under team was runner-up in the Nations Baseball Ultimate Super Regional held in Gastonia.
The team is managed by John Basinger. Assistant Coaches are Wade Furches, Luke Koppe and Cody Herrmann.
Team members are Kevin Sullivan, Caden Hudson, Jack Weaver, Austin Herrmann, Luke Koppe, Tate Green, Mason Furches, JD Basinger, Mike Bostian, Sean Archer, JT Fecteau and Cameron Pyle.