Rowan places 10 on all-district hoops

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 18, 2014

North Rowan senior Michael Connor has been honored as the District 11 Player of the Year by the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association.
Carson senior Colton Laws joined Connor on the all-district first team.
On the second team are Davie senior Peyton Sell and Carson senior Tre Williams.
Third-team picks included North senior Michael Bowman and West Rowan junior Celexus Long.
In District 9, Concord senior Connor Burchfield and Cox Mill junior Matt Morgan were second-team picks.
East Rowan senior Karleigh Wike and South Rowan junior Avery Locklear were first-team all-district picks.
East junior Kelli Fisher is on the second team. Carson junior Alex Allen and South junior Cassidy Chipman are on the third team.
Livingstone junior Quanera Hayes is an eight-time track and field All-American.
Hayes placed second in the 200 and 400 in the Division II Indoor Track Championships held in Winston-Salem over the weekend.
Hayes ran 23.89 in the 200 final and 54.42 in the 400 final.
• Livingstone’s Justin Avery (West Rowan) ran 22.07 in a 200 preliminary but placed 12th and did not qualify for the final.
New York Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell (East Rowan) has made three Spring Training appearances and has allowed no earned runs, one hit and one walk.
Parnell has fanned two.
• Jerry Sands (Catawba) had enjoyed a strong Spring Training with the Tampa Bay Rays.
In 16 games, Sands has three homers, four doubles, eight RBIs and a .370 batting average.

Quarterback Danny O’Brien (Catawba) worked out for scouts at Monday’s NFL Pro Day at Wake Forest.
O’Brien (6-3, 220) told the Winston-Salem Journal’s John Dell that maybe some of the luck of the Irish would come his way on St. Patrick’s Day.
“I’ll take luck of any kind if it helps me get noticed,” O’Brien said.
Army’s Jon Crucitti is batting .362. Crucitti had two RBIs as the Black Knights swept a weekend series against Massachusetts.
• Freshman Justin Evans (West) has made three relief appearances for Carson-Newman.
• Freshman catcher Eric Tyler (South Rowan) has started nine games for East Carolina.
While he’s batting .167, he has a .375 OBP thanks to six walks and two HBPs.
Tyler has thrown out four basestealers.
• Francis Marion’s Taylor Garczynski (West Rowan) had his first college hit on Saturday in a game with Georgia College.
• Catawba’s game with Mount Olive was rescheduled to Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. due to weather concerns.
• Liberty’s Carson Herndon (Davie) had an interesting outing on Saturday.
Herndon pitched four innings of no-hit ball against Campbell, but he walked six while striking out three.
Herndon threw 71 pitches and was lifted after facing two batters in the fifth.
Liberty went on to win the game 5-1.
Catawba’s men’s golf team finished Monday’s first round of the Hargett Memorial Intercollegiate in Pinehurst in fifth place.
Catawba’s Tyler Rutherford shot 72 to lead the Indians. Zach Griffis shot 77, and Matt Hardman shot 78.
Keshun Sherrill (West Rowan) and K.J. Sherrill (West) scored 12 points apiece as GRU Augusta ended the season with a loss to host USC Aiken in the second round of the Southeast Regional.
• Anderson’s Chandler Hash and Mars Hil’s Ansley Ricker were named SAC Basketball Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
Pfeiffer’s Sydney Poole (East Rowan) pitched a four-hitter in a 1-0 win against King on Saturday.
• Guilford’s Steffi Sides (East) had two hits on Sunday in a doubleheader. The freshman third baseman is batting .281.
Catawba attacker John Sceich was named SAC Offensive Player of the Week after registering seven goals and six assists in three games.
Triangle Homeschool went 4-1 on its first day of high school sand volleyball competition on Saturday, Emily Messisco and doubles teammate Kimberly Hovey, are the No. 1 seed for Triangle and went 5-0 in Raleigh.
The growth of sand volleyball among juniors has been tremendous. With several colleges adding women’s sand volleyball, high schools in different parts of the country are adding sand volleyball as well. In North Carolina, the North Carolina High School Sand Volleyball Association (NCHSSVA) formed in late 2012, held its inaugural season in spring 2013 with nine schools. With the second season now starting, the number of participating high schools has grown to 33, from Raleigh to Charlotte.
The NCHSSVA had approximately 140 high school players last year and that number jumped to about 500 girls and 60 boys for this season. Schools interested in participating or learning can contact Leslie Messisco at
West Rowan’s boys won 57-52 against Knox in a first-round tournament game.
Robert Caldwell scored 24 points for the Bulldogs, Anthony Chance had 13, Jacob Perez scored seven, and Kai Siskda added five.
Chance pulled down 10 rebounds, while DeVae Vaughn had seven boards.
Obrian Mashore scored 23 for the Trojans.
• See Scoreboard for the revised tourney schedule.
Weather knocked out Monday’s scheduled games.