Area Athletes Update
By Mike London
College athletes update …
Wingate put up 449 yards of offense in Saturday’s 51-41 win at Catawba with a starting line that is 40 percent Rowan County products.
Left guard Austin Lowe (West Rowan) is starting for the second season for the Bulldogs, while center Joseph So (Salisbury) has moved into the starting lineup this year.
“It’s been good to have a fellow Rowan County guy in there with me,” said the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Lowe, who was a preseason All-SAC pick.
The bearded Lowe wasn’t surprised the Bulldogs, the defending SAC champs, moved the ball against the Indians.
“Coming down here we felt really good about things we could exploit against Catawba’s defense,” Lowe said. “Our quarterback (Cody Haffly) is really good. We know if we can give him time no defense can stop him.”
Lowe is a graduate student working toward a masters degree.
The 6-2 So, who redshirted his first season at Wingate, has built himself up to 280 pounds. He’s a junior eligibility-wise.
“They’re both doing a great job and they’re both great guys,” Wingate coach Joe Reich said. “So has really come on for us after being a backup for three years.”
Josh Patch (East Rowan) is redshirting this year at Wingate as he heals a shoulder injury. Reich said he’s looking forward to having Patch back in 2012.
n Virginia’s K.P. Parks (West) had a quiet day in a 28-14 loss to N.C. State.
He rushed seven times for 18 yards and caught two passes for 9 yards.
n Arkansas’ Chris Smith (West) made two tackles in a win against Ole Miss.
n Western Carolina’s Shaun Warren (Carson) rushed for a team-high 31 yards in Saturday’s loss to The Citadel.
n Appalachian State’s Gordy Witte (Salisbury) was credited with two quarterback hurries in a win against Samford.
n Lenoir-Rhyne’s Ike Whitaker (Salisbury) rushed eight times for 96 yards as the Bears whipped Mars Hill on Saturday. Whitaker’s day included a 40-yard TD run.
L-R linebacker Zach Long (Davie) made five tackles, one for loss.
n UNC Pembroke’s Ben DeCelle (East) made two tackles on kickoffs in the Braves’ romp against Carson-Newman on Saturday. Cadarreus Mason (South Rowan) made one tackle.
n Catawba’s Trey Mashore (West) ran back six kickoffs for 140 yards in a wild loss to Wingate. Mark McDaniel (South) ran back one kickoff for 23 yards.
Jacorian Brown (Carson) started at fullback and rushed twice for 6 yards.
n Emory & Henry’s Matt Turchin (West) kicked a 24-yard field goal and three PATs in a loss to Catholic.
Turchin also averaged 57.4 yards on kickoffs.
n In Averett’s loss to Maryville, Anthony Bowles (South Rowan) had four receptions for 25 yards. Zack Grkman (Carson) made four tackles, and Chase Burris (East Rowan) was credited with one tackle.
Lees McRae’s Emily Shields (West) has been named Conference Carolinas Freshman Runner of the Year.
She finished 10th in 18:57 the Conference Carolinas Championships held Friday at Charlotte’s McAlpine Park and was a second team all-conference choice.
Lees-McRae’s Katherine Shields (Salisbury) finished 14th in 19:27 in the conference meet and helped the Bobcats place fourth. She was an all-conference third team pick.
Lees-McRae qualified for the Southeast Regional in Charlotte on Nov. 5.
n Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Michael York (South) placed third in Saturday’s SAC Championships with an 8K time of 26:49.
n Southern Wesleyan’s Sierra Zemanick (Carson) ran 21:29 in the 5K Southeast Classic held in Rome, Ga.
n Southern Wesleyan’s Caleb O’Neal (South) ran 29:00 in the 8K men’s Southeast Classic.
Winston-Salem State’s Adrienne Alexander (South) had eight kills in a CIAA win against Fayetteville State.
n Lenoir-Rhyne’s Kayla Morrow (South) had seven digs, seven kills and no attack errors in a sweep of Limestone.
n Guilford’s Taylor Whitley (Carson) had 29 assists in a sweep of Ferrum.
n Averett’s Nicole Barringer (South) had 23 assists and three digs in a 3-2 USA South win against Shenandoah.
n Catawba Valley Community College’s Breckin Settlemyer (Carson) totaled 10 kills in Saturday wins against Rockingham CC and Vance-Granville.
Allie Hester (West) was one of the St. Andrews seniors honored with framed jerseys during Saturday’s Senior Day festivities. Hester was a starting midfielder in a 5-0 loss to Limestone.