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Area sports briefs: West girls shine in regional

From staff reports
West Rowan’s girls finished second to host Marvin Ridge in Saturday’s 3A Midwest Regional track meet.
The Falcons scored 63.5 points. A.L. Brown and South Rowan tied for ninth with 36. Carson totaled 21 points, while East Rowan had nine.
State qualifiers for West’s girls include the 4×200 relay team that won the regional. Amber Holloway, Shay Steele, Christa Landy and Hannah Landy ran a time of 1:45.05.
Holloway won the 300 hurdles and was second in the 100 hurdles. Christa Landy placed second in the 100 and 200. Steele was second in the 400.
Top-four finishers qualified for this weekend’s state meet. The Falcons also qualified their fourth-place 4×400 team and shot putter Alison Manley, who took fourth.
A.L. Brown’s regional efforts were led by thrower Samara Tisdale, who won the shot and the discus.
Brown’s Natalie Tresslar was third in the 3200, and the Wonders’ Keonna Artis was fourth in the high jump.
Northwest Cabarrus qualifiers were Maddie Lowe (second in the 1600) and Megan Kaiser (fourth in the 100 hurdles).
Berry won the regional title in the boys meet, with Marvin Ridge second and A.L. Brown third.
Carson placed sixth, with East Rowan seventh and Northwest Cabarrus eighth.
West Rowan was 13th, and South Rowan was 20th.
Rowan male qualifiers for the state meet were listed in Sunday’s Post.
A.L. Brown’s efforts in the regional were led by UNC football signee Damien Washington. He won the long jump and the 200.
Two more Wonder football standouts qualified for the state meet. Darius Rice was second to Carson’s Myquon Stout in the discus, and Kalif Phillips placed fourth in the high jump.
Brown cross country standout Jose Navarette was fourth in the 3200.
Brown also qualified its 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams for the state meet.
Northwest Cabarrus had two regional winners in pole vaulter Josh Marco and 110-hurdler Will England. Armon Dooley was third in the 100, and Northwest’s 4×100 team qualified with a third-place finish.
College baseball
Catawba is in.
After a long wait, Catawba’s baseball team officially got the good news late Sunday night that it will be in the Division II Southeast Regional.
Catawba is the No. 5 seed and will take on SAC rival Tusculum, the No. 2 seed, in the first round of the double-elimination event on Thursday.
Top-seeded Mount Olive is the host for the event and will take on No. 6 Lander in the first round.
The other first-round matchup is No. 3 Armstrong Atlantic against No. 4 Francis Marion.
Play will continue through Sunday with the winner advancing to the Division II World Series.
Appalachian State’s Noah Holmes (East Rowan) had a two-run single in a 9-7 win against Samford on Sunday.
Preston Troutman (East) scored two runs for the Mountaineers.
Corbin Shive (East) drove in a run for Charlotte in a 6-4 loss to St. Louis on Sunday.
Ross Steedley (East) and Justin Seager (NW Cabarrus) drove in runs in a loss to the Billikens on Friday.
Justin Roland (East) had one hit in each of the three games in the series and is batting .318 for the season.
Shive is batting .323. Steedley is hitting .294.
Pro football
Defensive lineman Gordy Witte (Salisbury, Appalachian State) received a tryout invitation is as is now at the New Orleans Saints rookie mini-camp.
Witte, 6-foot-4, 315 pounds, was Rowan County Male Athlete of the Year for the 2006-07 school year and was a standout in wrestling (two-time state champ) and track as well as football.
Prep baseball
Second-round matchups on Tuesday will include Carson at Northwest Cabarrus in 3A; North Rowan at West Montgomery in 1A, and South Rowan at Asheboro in a battle of No. 4 seeds in 3A.
In 4A, Davie will be at home against Northwest Guilford.
Prep golf
West Rowan’s Jake Kennedy qualified individually for the 3A state championships, which are scheduled for today and Tuesday at Foxfire in the Pinehurst area.
Kennedy is scheduled to tee off with the first threesome today at 8 a.m.
Prep softball
Carson was the only local team to survive the first round of the state playoffs. The Cougars have a tough second-round 3A matchup this week at Central Cabarrus.
Prep soccer
West Rowan is the last local soccer team standing.
The 3A Falcons have won matchups with Hickory Ridge and A.L. Brown at home and now will travel to Waxhaw to face Marvin Ridge in the third round.
Prep tennis
Salisbury is on the road today to Black Mountain for a third-round 2A dual team matchup against Owen.
Minor leagues
The Kannapolis Intimidators lost 6-5 in 11 innings at Delmarva on Sunday.
Rangel Ravelo had two doubles and two RBIs for the Intimidators.
Winston-Salem’s Daniel Wagner (South Rowan) stole two bases on Sunday with one of his friend behind the plate in Sunday’s 9-7 Carolina League win against Lynchburg.
Ryan Query (A.L. Brown, Catawba) was the catcher for Lynchburg.
Wagner had two hits, including his sixth double. The steals were his eighth and ninth of the season, and he’s lifted his batting average to .294.
Query went 1-for-3 and is batting .292.
Wilmington’s Whit Merrifield (Davie) had a power surge over the weekend.
The former South Carolina star led off Friday’s Carolina League game with Frederick with his third homer of the season, and he walloped his fourth on Saturday.
Merrifield, usually Wilmington’s center fielder, is batting .296 with eight steals.
Local golf
The McCanless Couples played with a three-man Captain’s Choice format on Sunday.
Winning the event was the team of Ricky Honeycutt, Alex Shaffer and Yvonne Barger.
Second place went to the team of Mary Seaford, Robin Leslie and Treva Honeycutt.
Closest to the pin winner on No. 3 was Jim Phillips. Longest putt on No. 9 was won by Alex Shaffer.
Youth track
The Hurley YMCA Warriors competed in a meet at Gastonia Ashbrook on Saturday.
In the 3000 meters, Aubree Cain (Hanford Dole) ran a time of 14 minutes, 26 seconds for fourth in the 11-12 girls and also ran 3:08 in the 800 for ninth.
Lauren Dorman (Kannapolis) ran 16:29 in the 11-12 girls in the
Lauren Dorman Kannapolis ran 16:29 in the 11-12 girls for fifth in the 3000, and ran 3:32 in the 800.
Andrew Burgess (Southeast Middle) ran 11:24 in the 3000 to place first in the 11-12 boys and also took second in the 800 with a 2:34 clocking.
Alex Crook (Lexington) ran 10:59 in the 300 for second in the 13-14 boys and took third in the 800 in 2:18.
Alex Trexler (Lexington) was fifth in the discus for 11-12 boys with a throw of 62 feet, 1 inch. He was seventh in the shot with an effort of 25-6.
Emmeri Cain (North Rowan Middle) was fourth in the discus for 13-14 girls with a throw of 46-2 and threw the shot 21-10.
Kaitlyn Trexler (Lexington) threw the discus 71-9 for second place in the 13-14 girls and tossed the shot 21-10 for seventh place.
Parker Westbrook ran 3:03 in the 800 for sixth in the 9-10 boys and also ran 35.94 in the 200.
The Warriors will compete next in a meet at Durham.

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