Burton shines in Midwest Regional
Salisbury and North Rowan wrestlers competed in the early rounds of the 2A Midwest Regional on Saturday at Ashe County High.
Salisbury’s Jeffrey Burton was the only local wrestler with an unblemished mark on the first day. He won his two matches and still is competing for the regional championship at 182 pounds.
The top four finishers in each weight clas at each regional advance to the state tournament in Greensboro,
A number of Salisbury and North wrestlers have one loss, can still finish as high as third and are still alive for a state berth.
Those wrestlers include Tyrell Blakeney (Salisbury, 106), Darrell Taylor (North, 132), Jaleel Hitchens (North, 138), Darius Jackson (Salisbury, 152), Braxton Rabon (North, 160), Brandon Rabon (North, 170), Dequan Vann (Salisbury, 170) and Bobby Johnson (Salisbury, 195).
All those wrestlers lost in either the first or second round but have stayed alive in the consolations.
The regional concludes today.
• Wrestling in the 3A Midwest Regional at Hickory Ridge, where West Rowan, South Rowan, East Rowan and Carson wrestlers are competing, won’t get going until today.
The NCHSAA has given emergency permission for competition on Sunday, starting in the afternoon, because of the weather delays.
• Davie wrestlers, led by No. 1 seed Alex Gobble are competing in the 4A Midwest Regional at Northwest Guilford.
• A.L. Brown wrestlers went into action in the 4A West Regional at Hough on Saturday and did very well.
Jayquon McEntyre (106), Nicholas Sexton (126), Isaiah Johnson (138) and Keechan Ware (220) went 2-0,
Avery Clinding (120) and Marcus Bolick (152) have lost a match but they can finish as high as third and are still alive for a state berth.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Chase Elliott took out Buster Graham early in the ARCA Series race.
Then their crews collided in the pits and again in the garage.
Team members on both sides became involved in a heated skirmish on pit road early in the race, and it spilled into a post-race melee in the garage before they were separated by series officials.
All the commotion was going on while Grant Enfinger celebrated his first win at Daytona International Speedway.
Enfinger raced to his third career victory Saturday in the stock car series, becoming the 37th driver to win in 51 ARCA races at Daytona.
“I think we put ourselves on the map last year with a couple of wins,” he said. “But to be able to do it here in front of everybody … it’s just an incredible feeling.”
The race spiraled out of control with a multicar wreck 13 laps into the 80-lap event. Graham blamed Elliott for being turned sideways and triggering a massive wreck that took out a whopping 15 drivers.
Justin Allison (West Rowan) was knocked out by that accident on the 13th lap and finished 36th.
Catawba’s men’s basketball team lost 81-61 at Anderson on Saturday, another setback in the Indians’ bid to qualify for the SAC tournament.
Elon Edwards stayed hot with five 3-pointers and 17 points, but when Edwards was contained in the second half, Anderson pulled away and easily swept the season series.
Tyrece Little added 13 points and seven boards for Catawba (6-15, 6-11). Little has 999 career points.
Julian Sampah scored 10 for the Indians off the bench.
Chandler Hash, the league’s top scorer, had a cold shooting day but still had 22 points for the Trojans (17-6, 12-5).
Catawba’s home game with Coker Monday is a must-win. Catawba trails Coker by two games, but a victory would give Catawba a split of the season series and would pull the Indians within one game of the Cobras.
Catawba got some help from Brevard on Saturday. Brevard upset the Cobras 88-84 with Carson grad Darius Moose scoring 18 points.
CATAWBA (61) — Edwards 17, Little 13, Sampah 10, Arrington 8, Perkins 5, Houston 3, Byrd 3, Warren 2, Henderson, Marijosius, Bishop, Ingram, Watson, Emerson.
ANDERSON (81) — Hash 22, Gleaton 15, Jones 13, Ross 11, Sledge 4, Dargan 4, Faust 4, Adekambi 3, Daniel 3, Jackson 2.
Catawba 33 28 — 61
Anderson 32 44 — 81
Catawba’s women are trying to break out of a muddle in the middle of the SAC and made progress with a solid 80-67 win at Anderson on Saturday.
Catawba (11-10, 9-8) shot a season-best 58 percent from the field and made half of its 3-point attempts.
Zhaquondalee Greer scored 16 points to lead Catawba. Chloe Bully scored 15, and Antionette McPhail added 12.
Sierra Simpson scored 17 for the Trojans (12-11, 8-9) but was shut down in the second half.
CATAWBA (80) — Greer 16, Bully 15, McPhail 12, Ucinski 9, Clay 8, Dixon 8, Huntley 6, Brown 6, Ciric.
ANDERSON (67) — Simpson 17, Dillard 9, Jankowy 8, Floyd 8, Franklin 8, Young 6, Woods 5, Moore 4, Monroe 2.
Catawba 36 44 — 80
Anderson 30 37 — 67
Livingstone’s women lost to Johnson C. Smith 65-57 on Senior Night at New Trent Gym.
The Blue Bears shot 33.9 percent and were 4-for-22 from 3-point range.
Karnina Bunch poured in 30 points for the visitors (13-9, 8-5 CIAA). Amena Brent had 12 rebounds.
Ashley Walker scored 20 points for the Blue Bears (12-11, 7-6), and Cierra York added 16. Taylor Daniels had 14 rebounds, but the Blue Bears lost 45-32 on the glass.
Pfeiffer’s men’s basketball team lost 102-89 at North Greenville on Saturday.
• Pfeiffer’s baseball team lost 2-1 at North Georgia.