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Area Sports Briefs: Avery scores 22 for Radford

From staff reports

Senior guard Ayana Avery (West Rowan) scored 14 of her game-high 22 points in overtime to fuel the Radford women’s basketball team to a 74-65 victory over Norfolk State Thursday night at the Dedmon Center.

• Richmond freshman Karleigh Wike (East Rowan)  is expected to be in action soon.

Wike suffered a torn labrum in her shoulder in practice but has been undergoing physical therapy and is making progress.

College football

Carson-Newman football running back Andy Hibbett has been chosen a regional candidate for the Harlon Hill Trophy given to the  Division II College Football Player of the Year.  Brevard linebacker Michael Gruber and  Wingate defensive end Nick Napolitano also are among the six regional nominees.

Catawba athletics

Catawba golf coach Sam Gealy announced the signing of  Madison Moore of East Surry and Jay Minter of Lee County.

•Catawba’s men’s swimming team is ranked 19th in Divison II.

College volleyball

Averett  senior Nicole Barringer (South Rowan) and freshman Hannah Shields  earned American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III Honorable Mention All-America recognition

Barringer, a setter from Landis, averaged a conference-high 10.22 assists per set with 1,431 assists while starting all 140 sets in Averett’s 37 matches. She totaled a team-high 57 service aces, averaged 2.44 digs per set and finished with 25 total blocks.

Prep football

BB&T Field in Winston-Salem and Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh will each host four NCHSAA championship games.

One game will be played on Friday night, Dec. 12, at both locations and then three games on Saturday.

The schedule at Carter-Finley will have the 1AA championship on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  Then the Saturday games will include the 1A game at noon, the 3A final at 4 p.m. and the 3AA championship at 8 p.m.

At BB&T Field, the 4A game is scheduled for Friday night at 7:30.  Then on Saturday the 2A contest will follow at noon, the 2AA final at 4 p.m. and then the 4AA championship at 8 p.m.

Kenan Stadium on the campus of the University of North Carolina has hosted at least one football championship game since 1989 as the NCHSAA made a push for neutral sites, including collegiate facilities, for many of its state championships.  But Kenan will not be available this season due to work on the field that will commence with the North Carolina Tar Heels have finished their season.

Prep hoops

Hickory Ridge’s girls romped 63-21 against Marvin Ridge on Thursday.

The Ragin’ Bulls led 20-3 after the first quarter.

Stacia Means scored 19 for Hickory Ridge (2-0). Laura McManimen had 14.


Middle school hoops

Erwin’s girls beat North Rowan Middle 52-42.

Lauren Weisensel led the Eagles with 18 points. Lanie Fulk scored 16.

Bil’lizah Connor scored 29 points for North Rowan.

• Corriher-Lipe won 24-18 agaist West Rowan Middle.

Janiya Downs scored 11 for the Yellow Jackets. Rhiannon Kimmer had seven.

Hannah Pratt led the Bulldogs with six points. Kia Pharr had five.



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