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From staff reports
Zachary Owen of Salisbury has been named to the third annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Football Bowl that will be played in the 100,000-seat Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The 11-year-old, a defensive lineman for the RCYFL West Rowan Falcons, will join peers in his age group from across the nation in an East- vs. West clash.
Itís part of a week-long series of events leading up to the nationally televised Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, showcasing 80 of the best high school seniors in the country.
Owen was selected from thousands of youth football players across the country.
n Jayvee basketball
Jaquez Finger hit two free throws with no time left on the clock as Salisburyís jayvee boys edged Concord 53-52 on Friday.
Finger scored 16 points for the Hornets. Devontae Laborn had 11.
n North Hills hoops
The North Hills girls basketball team fell to Queens Grant 46-39. Abby Lane led the Eagles with 16 points, while Natalie Whicker scored 14.
n Sacred Heart hoops
Sacred Heartís varsity boys won their semifinal game in the Paul Mendez Memorial Christmas Tournament by defeating Charlotteís Palisades Episcopal 60-25.
Sacred Heart was led by Joseph Harrisonís 15 points, while Spencer Storey had three 3-pointers and 11 points.
Every player scored for the Dolphins. Will Casmus and Adam Habeeb had six each, Max Fisher, Justin Boyd, James Reiff and Reilly Gokey scored five. Bryan Reid had five rebounds. Habeeb had five assists.
Arun Kelly-Rajan and Walker Brown led the defensive effort.
Sacred Heart will play Southlake Christian in the final.
n Sacred Heartís varsityís girls beat Greensboroís Covenant Christian 36-19 in a semifinal.
Payton Russell led the Dolphins with 11 points, while Caroline Parrott had seven points and 12 rebounds.
Kate Sullivan, Annie Habeeb and Kaytee Leonguerrero had six points each. Sacred Heart plays Community School of Davidson for the championship.
n Local runners
In the USATF Junior Cross Country Olympics held at Myrtle Beach, S.C., Andrew Burgess of the Salisbury Speedsters was one of 2,500 athletes competing from all over the country.
Burgess, 11, had a PR in the 3K event with a time of 10:48. He was 86th out of 293 participants in the 11-12 age group.
n Junior Bobcats
Salisbury Parks and Recreation is now taking registration for Jr. Bobcats (girls ages 7-15) and coed basketball (ages 5-6).
Registration is $35. Register at Hall Gym through Jan. 14. For information, contact Lakai Brice at 704-638-5289 or email at lbric@salisburync.gov.
n Morton tournament
Salisbury Parks and Recreation is now accepting teams for its annual E.E. Morton Basketball Tournament through Dec. 23.
The tournament is for teams ages 9-14. The event will be held at Hall Gym on Dec. 28-29. Cost per team is $175. Contact Lakai Brice at 704-638-5289 or lbric@salisburync.gov.

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