area sports briefs
From staff reports
West Rowanís Scott Young was one of the football coaches honored by the Carolina Panthers during an on-field presentation at the Panthersí home game with Tampa Bay on Saturday.
The Panthers recognize a high school coach of the week in North or South Carolina throughout the football season, and they all are automatically finalists for Coach of the Year honors.
When Young was a weekly winner, the Panthers donated $1,000 to Westís athletic department.
Fayetteville Jack Brittís Richard Bailey was named Coach of the Year, and Britt received an additional award of $2,000 on Saturday.
n Moir basketball
The Sam Moir Christmas Classic starts at Catawba on Tuesday and runs through Thursday.
Girls games on Tuesday include South Rowan (4-8) vs. North Rowan (4-4) at noon; West Rowan (5-4) vs. Davie (2-8) at 3 p.m., and Salisbury (8-2) vs. East Rowan (1-10) at 6 p.m.
Carson (11-0) is the top girls seed and debuts in the tournament against the South-North winner in a Wednesday semifinal at 6 p.m.
Boys games on Tuesday are Salisbury (4-5) vs. West Rowan (5-4) at 1:30 p.m.; Carson (3-8) vs. East Rowan (7-4) at 4:30 p.m., and North Rowan (6-2) vs. South Rowan (2-10) at 7:30 p.m.
Davie (9-1) is the top boys seed and debuts in the tournament in a Wednesday semifinal at 7:30 p.m. against the Salisbury-West winner.
Six games will be played on Wednesday.
Six more tilts, including the championship games, will be played on Thursday.
The girls championship is set for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday night, with the boys title game at 8 p.m. It will be a shock if the girls title game isnít a Carson-Salisbury rematch of last yearís final.
The boys bracket includes five teams capable of winning the event, but talented Davie is the favorite to claim its first title since 2004.
Salisburyís boys have won four straight Moir tournaments, while Salisburyís girls have won an amazing eight in a row.
Admission is $7 per day for six games. Cost is $3 for ages 5-12. Children under 5 get in free.
The only passes honored are NCHSAA, Gold Card and N.C. Official.
The Post will run Moir capsules for each team and tournament previews in Tuesdayís edition.