South girls win again

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 5, 2014

South Rowan’s girls won 55-43 at Central Cabarrus on Tuesday night for their eighth consecutive victory.

South got 25 points from junior Avery Locklear and jumped out to a 20-point lead in the second half to stay in second place in the South Piedmont Conference.

Locklear didn’t play when South lost at home to the Vikings.

“What really turned it around was when we face-guarded Mahaley Holit,” South coach Jarrod Smith said. “Beth Ann Martin did a heck of a job defending her. We got the ball out of her hands and to some girls who aren’t used to handling the ball.”

The Raiders held a 22-20 edge at halftime.

Holit led the Vikings (10-10, 8-4) with 11 points.

South (13-7, 10-3) is enjoying it’s longest winning streak since 1999.

SOUTH ROWAN (55) — Locklear 25, Chipman 17, Bost 6, Martin 4, Stamey 3, Figueroa, McClendon, Corriher.

CENTRAL CABARRUS (43) — Holit 11, McFarlane 9, Blackwelder 8, Peay 7, Wallace 6, Davis 2.

South Rowan 11 11 11 22 — 55

C. Cabarrus 10 10 11 12 — 43

Central Cabarrus rallied for a 67-65 win against South Rowan in SPC boys basketball on Tuesday.

South had a nine-point lead with two minutes left, but a Lavon Hightower 3-pointer cut the lead to six, and Kyran McClure hit two late 3s and scored eight points in the last 37 seconds.

South was 9-for-16 at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Qwan Rhyne (14), Christian Holbrook (13), Eric Goldston (11) and T’Vadis Grhaam-Wesley (11) were in double figures for South (8-13, 4-9).

Hightower led Central with 15 points.

SOUTH ROWAN (65) — Rhyne 14, Holbrook 13, Goldston 11, Graham-Wesley 11, Spry 8, Hill 5, Wilder 2, Rary 1.

CENTRAL CABARRUS (67) — Hightower 15, Mullis 14, McClure 12, Thompson 10, Johnson 7, Purvis 4, Hartsell 4, Klugh 1.

South Rowan 12 17 19 17 — 65

C. Cabarrus 15 13 13 26 — 67

A.L. Brown’s girls lost 40-23 to Hough on Tuesday.

Esther Kituku led the Wonders with seven points, and Kelly Chrismon had five.

Stacia Means scored 14 points to lead Hickory Ridge to a 59-52 SPC win against the Northwest Cabarrus girls.

Ramesha Bennett scored 20 for the Trojans.

Mooresville’s Hal Capps has been named head coach of the North Carolina Shrine Bowl team. Concord’s Glen Padgett will be an assistant.

Salisbury’s boys won 34-29 against Mount Pleasant in the first round of the 2A state dual team playoffs.

The Hornets lost to Gastonia Huss 34-33 in the second round.

• East Rowan won 48-26 in a first-round 3A match against Sun Valley but fell 50-30 to North Iredell in the second round.

Against Sun Valley, East got pins from Sam Cornacchione, Dustin Humphrey and Austin Hoosier.

Grant Hoffner won by injury default. Jeff Burrell, Shiheem Saunders and Cody Hiatt won by forfeit.

Wyatt Blume and Jake Boltz won decisions.

• Against North Iredell, Cornacchione and Blume had pins. Saunders, Luke Miller and Max Wall won by forfeit.

East finished 20-4.

Individual regionals will be at Hickory Ridge Feb. 14-15.

Catawba is home tonight against Queens in a SAC doubleheader.

The women’s game opens the twin bill at 6 p.m.

Catawba’s men are 5-13 and 5-9 in the SAC, while the Royals are 9-9 and 7-7.

Catawba’s women are 9-9, 7-7, while Queens is 5-13, 4-10.

Radford”s Ayana Avery (West Rowan) was named Big South Player of the Week.

The junior guard averaged 18.5 points per game and shot 65 percent from the field to lead the Highlanders to a 2-0 week.

She got her week started with 19 points on 64 percent from the floor and a perfect 4-of-4 from downtown in the win at Coastal Carolina.

Two days later in the win at Charleston Southern, Avery stayed hot with 18 points as she connected on 67 percent from the floor, 4-of-6 from long range and 2-of-2 at the line, to go along with four rebounds, one assist, one block and a steal.

The honor is Avery’s second Big South Player of the Week nod this season.

Livingstone’s Jody Hill was honored s CIAA men’s basketball player of the week.

Hill made five 3s and scored 24 points in a win against Winston-Salem State.

In Southeast’s 59-23 loss to Knox, Kaitlyn Honeycutt scored 11 points.

• West Rowan’s boys won 53-22 against Corriher-Lipe.

DeVae Vaughn scored 12 points for the Bulldogs (1-1). Jacob Perz and Robert Caldwell scored 10 each. Eligah Graham scored seven, and Layton Butler had six.

Carson Beck scored eight for the Yellow Jackets.

• Mooresville’s girls won 39-7 against China Grove.

Mooresville – Somer Wilson and Alecsai Allen scored nine each for the Imps.

Katie Jewell had five points, eight rebounds and five blocks for the Red Devils.

• Mooresville’s boys won 44-38 against China Grove.

Jarius Bates had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Red Devils. Davis Tadlock scored seven, and Jeff Bramblett had six points. Dylan Johnson had six rebounds.

Grayson Cahill led the Imps with 10 points, Jordon Kelly had nine, A.J. Stewart scored eight, and Griffin White had seven.

In the latest media poll, North Rowan’s boys are 11th in 2A, while Lexington is 12th.

Concord’s boys are third in 3A and received two first-place votes this week.

East Davidson’s girls are ranked eighth in the 2A.

Seventy-seven players took advantage of great weather and played in a 2 Best Ball event at Corbin Hills Golf Club.

First Flight: Tommy Trexler, Gary Miller, Don Bishop, Bob Whitley (128)

2nd Flight: Rick Wiles, Daniel Crosby, Pernell Corpening, Randy Daugherty (142)

3rd Flight: George Benfield, Carl Smith, Tyler Mulkey, Bill Boger (149)

4th Flight: Tony Carroll, Greg Creeger, Jon Baxter, Randy Honeycutt (159)

5th Flight: Steve Johnson, David Thamez, Robert Williams, Patrick Hampton (179)

Skin Winners: Don Bishop No. 11 and Randy Bingham No. 17

The Salisbury Academy varsity boys team lost to Winston-Salem Christian 43-30. Ben Coulter had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Malik Holmes had six points, 13 rebounds and six blocks. Matthew Pickens had six points.

• SA (10-10) won 53-8 against North Hills. Sam Combs had 13 points. Coulter had 11 points and nine rebounds. Holmes had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Pickens scored 10.

jazmine charles for third time

CHAPEL HILL–North Carolina High School Athletic Association state championships in all classifications of swimming and diving are set for the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary.

The NCHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships are scheduled for this week, with different classifications on each day. The championships will kick off on Thursday with the 1-A/2-A event, followed on Friday by the 4-A championships and then conclude on Saturday with the 3-A competition, all at the Triangle Aquatic Center.

Swimming will commence each day with preliminaries starting after the coaches’ meeting, which is scheduled to end at around 8:45 am. Finals are slated to begin at 5:00 pm each day.

The diving for all classifications will occur at Pullen Aquatic Center in Raleigh. Diving competition will start on Wednesday with the 1-A/2-A divers, with warm-ups beginning at 2 p.m. and competition at 2:45.

The 4-A diving competition is Thursday, with all warm-ups starting at 1 pm and competition 45 minutes later. The 3-A divers will compete on Friday, with warm-ups starting at 1:00 and then competition 45 minutes later.

In men’s swimming and diving, Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons has earned the last four 3-A men’s state titles and six in a row over two classifications. Carrboro was the three-time defending state 1-A/2-A champion entering last year’s event, and North Carolina School of Science and Math snapped the Jaguar streak of state titles.

Cary Green Hope is the defending 4-A men’s champ, ending a streak by Charlotte Providence at three in a row in the 2013 championship.

Last year Cornelius W.A. Hough captured the 4-A women’s state championship for the second consecutive year. Charlotte Catholic won its eighth consecutive 3-A women’s state title in 2013 and has earned 12 consecutive NCHSAA titles in two different classifications. Raleigh Charter is the three-time defending 1-A/2-A women’s state champion.

The Raleigh Sports Consortium is the primary host sponsor for the championships in Wake County.


Rick Strunk

Associate Commissioner of Communications


North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Next event: Saturday 2/15/14 at 11:00am CHAPEL HILL– For the first time, North Carolina High School Athletic Association member schools will be competing for state championships in three different classifications of indoor track, scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

There will now be separate championships for both the 3-A and the 4-A schools, with 1-A and 2-A competing together. Indoor track began in 1987 as an open championship, and then a 4-A separate meet was held for the first time in 2007, with 1-A/2-A/3-A all competing together at that time.

For the second year in a row, the championships will be held at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.

JDL Fast Track, one of the premier indoor track and field facilities in the Southeast, is the brainchild of two former Wake Forest University runners and current real estate developers, David Shannon and Craig Longhurst, who identified and fulfilled a need for an area indoor track facility for use by colleges, high schools, local track clubs and youth track organizations.

The privately owned, dedicated indoor track and field facility, which opened in January of 2012, houses a 200-meter oval track with a Mondotrack FTX surface—the same surface used at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Field event areas include two pole vault runways, two long/triple jump runways, one high jump apron and one throws area. The facility also includes a 100-meter warm-up track, office and meeting-room space, a training room, and hospitality suites for coaches’ or conference officials’ meetings at large events.

“The North Carolina indoor state high school meet was one of our early targets when we initially started discussing the project to build an indoor track,” said David Shannon, owner of JDL Fast Track.

This year’s meets will start with the 3-A championships on Friday. Competition will begin at 4 pm.

On Saturday, the 1-A/2-A meet is scheduled to start at 9 am. After that meet, 4-A schools hold their championships, with both field events and running events beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Last year Burlington Cummings took the men’s team title in the 1-A/2-A/3-A class with West Carteret winning on the women’s side. Cummings had also taken the women’s crown in five of the six previous championships prior to last year. Knightdale has won or shared the last three 4-A men’s titles while Raleigh Wakefield took the women’s title in 2013 for the third year in a row.