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Middle school roundup

From staff reports
Middle schools
Baseball
Salisbury Academy, directed by Catawba Hall of Famer Ton Sexton, stole home twice and beat Burlington Christian 10-9.
Reliever Harrison Smith earned the victory, with help from sparkling defense by third baseman Jacob Crosby.
Marcus Corry’s sac fly drove home Robbie Bergstone with the deciding run.
Smith had three hits. Sam McNeely scored twice. Corry and Tyler Peoples sent doubles to the fence for the Jaguars (3-5), who play in Hickory on Thursday.
Girls soccer
Salisbury Academy ended its first girls soccer season with a 5-0 loss to Burlington Christian.
Katie White made 17 saves, while Juliana Anderson and Ivy Overcash had great performances, along with Amery Barton, Sam Uliana, Ellen Simons and Abby Lee.
“It was great for these girls to get on the field in competition,” Sexton said. “We have a way to go, but we took a big first step.”
Southeast’s girls lost 1-0 to Knox.
Defensively, the Patriots were led by Tera Pena in goal and Katie McClain and Graciela Nunez in the field.
Boys soccer
Southeast’s boys beat Knox 5-0.
Brandon Flores and Ricky Maldonado scored two goals each for the Patriots. Danny Nava had one.
Defensively, Southeast was led by Ines Garcia in goal.
Boys tennis
Southeast beat Knox 7-2.
Singles wins for the Patriots came from Hunter Carlton, Jared Javurek, Deven Youker and Cameron Bisbe. Doubles wins were by Purcell-Carlton, Javurek-Youker and Bisbe-Cipres.
Track
In a boys track meet at East Rowan, Erwin scored 110 points to top Southesat (64), Knox (63) and China Grove (23).
Top performers for Southeast included Zachary Marchinko, first in the 1600 (5:06); Austin Russ, first in the discus (102 feet, 7 inches), and Jameil Dukes, first in the 100 (11.92 seconds) and the 200 (25.43).
Southeast won the 4×400 in 4:09.
Top performers for Erwin included Jose Zeron, first in the 110 high hurdles (17.53) and 200 hurdles (29.4); Chance Brown, first in the 800 (2:34) and second in the 1600 (5:19), and Max Wall, first in the 400 (57.46).
South jayvee softball
South Rowan’s jayvee softball team finished the season 11-1 and 6-1 in NPC play.
South’s lone loss was by one run to North Iredell. South’s home game with North Iredell was rained out and was not made up despite efforts by South to reschedule.
For the season, South scored 114 runs and allowed 30.
Sammi Kennerly went 9-1 on the mound with an ERA of 1.06. She struck out 43 and walked nine.
Caitlin Waters batted .679 for the season, reaching base in 30 of 35 plate appearances.
Sylvetta Bost, Sammi Kennerly and Emma Sellers were other offensive leaders. Sellers hit the team’s only over-the-fence homer.
Alex Bare was a big contributor until getting hurt.
NCHSAA
The NCHSAA’s annual meeting in Chapel Hill on Thursday will honor Newton-Conover volleyball’s Linda Richards and Scotland football’s Chip Williams as coaches of the year.
Wilmington Ashley’s Roy Turner will be honored as AD of the year.
St. Pauls’ Takeisha Smith and South Lenoir’s Jaret Grady will be recognized as student-athletes of the year.
n Final votes are due at noon today regarding a proposal brought by the six Rowan public schools to remove Charlotte Catholic, Bishop McGuinness and Cardinal Gibbons from NCHSAA membership.

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