Lots of local signers
On Wednesday, the first day of the National Signing Period, Carson baseball pitcher Colton Laws signed with East Carolina; North Rowan basketball’s Brielle Blaire signed with Virginia Tech; Carson volleyball’s Michaela White signed with Charlotte; Carson volleyball’s Hannah Elmore signed with Brevard, and Salisbury baseball’s Chance Bowden signed with Catawba.
The Post attended those signings and stories are upcoming on days in which the sports section isn’t devoted mostly to local football coverage.
East Rowan basketball’s Karleigh Wike will sign with Richmond this afternoon, while West Rowan golfer Jake Kennedy will sign with Gardner-Webb this afternoon.
Livingstone linebacker Kenneth White was a first-team, All-CIAA selection.
Livingstone rolled to a 108-78 win against Morris at New Trent Gym on Wednesday.
Mark Thomas scored 20 points and Eric Mayo had 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead six Blue Bears who scored in double figures.
Livingstone overwhelmed the visitors on the backboards with a 58-35 advantage, and the Blue Bears shot 54.2 percent from the field.
Avery Johnson and Fabian Maple scored 14 each for Morris.
MORRIS (78) — Fabian 14, Johnson 14, Mikell 8, Michael 8, Charles 8, Canty 7, Howard 7, Nelson 6, Smith 4, Chisholm 2.
LIVINGSTONE (108) — Thomas 20, Mayo 19, D. Johnson 15, Henry 13, Hill 13, Dubois 10, Okam 8, D. Sanders 4, G. Sanders 2, A. Welch 2, Bailey 2, M. Johnson, C. Johnson, Flint, D. Welch.
Halftime— Livingstone 59, Morris 38
Rebounds—Livingstone 58, Morris 35
3-pointers — Livingstone 4-19, Morris 6-25
Fouls— Livingstone 21, Morris 20
Records — Livingstone 1-0, Morris 1-5
Cheerwine may only be a familiar local favorite in the South, but recently it was recognized on the national stage.
Cheerwine teamed up with JB Racing, based near Erie, Pa., to help sponsor a national motocross team.
This team received the AMA National Team of the Year award.
This award is voted on by a panel of track owners, race promoters, national press and officials of the American Motorcycle Association.
Teams are nominated based on professional appearance, sponsor promoting, rider appearance and attitude, along with fan interaction.
Three team riders also earned national titles and no rider was outside the top nine in the final point standings
Salisbury’s team member Grayson Eller finished the season with a national ranking of fifth.
Team members are Jeffrey Restrelli (Florida), William Lloyd (Virginia), Madison and Brogan Guyer (Indiana), Blake Sarver (Indiana), and Eller (NC). Jody Bateman (Pennsylvania) is the team manager.
Shay Steele (West Rowan) had 11 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for Morehead State in a 74-67 loss to George Mason.
The freshman did that in 21 minutes of playing time.
• Temple’s Shi-Heria Shipp (Salisbury) had 10 points and eight rebounds in a 70-58 win against Delaware.
Military personnel, veterans and their families will receive free admission and will be honored with a tailgate event at Catawba’s final football game of the season on Saturday against Lenoir-Rhyne.
In pregame activities, a Catawba flag flown by U.S. troops in Iraq will return home and will be raised at Shuford Stadium.
Catawba’s Office of Admissions is hosting a free tailgate cookout for military personnel, veterans and their families before the 1:30 p.m. kickoff.
The tailgate starts at noon on the Catawba intramural fields on Yost Street, across from the stadium. Hotdogs, chips and soda are on the menu. Military personnel, veterans and their families should plan to enter the stadium on the visitors side, directly across the street from the tailgate event.
KENT, Ohio — Trayion Durham rushed for 109 yards and a score to lead Kent State to a 24-6 win over MAC East rival Miami (Ohio) on Wednesday night.
Malcolm Pannell’s interception with 5:27 left crushed Miami’s thoughts of a late comeback.
Miami (Ohio) took an early 3-0 lead after Kent State’s (3-8, 2-5 MAC) fake punt attempt failed at its own 29 and the RedHawks capitalized. On Kent State’s next possession, Durham capped a nine-play, 61-yard drive with a 2-yard scamper. The Golden Flashes added a 1-yard TD in the second quarter and a 20-yard score by Dri Archer in the third.
DEKALB, Ill.— Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores to help No. 20 Northern Illinois beat Ball State 48-27 on Wednesday night.
“I feel like I’m improving every week,” Lynch said. “I still think the best is yet to come.”
Lynch threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Da’Ron Brown to break a tie with 5:49 left, and the