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Area Sports Briefs: Reid won’t be a Tennessee Vol

From staff reports

Concord’s standout running back Rocky Reid seemed like a natural for “Rocky Top,” but he’ll be attending another college.

Reid verbally committed to Tennessee in the spring, but the 6-foot, 220-pounder announced he was de-committing and said goodbye to Tennessee fans via his  Twitter account at about 9 p.m. on Friday night.

Georgia, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia are reportedly on the list of schools that Reid is now considering, and he’s lining up January visits.

A Shrine Bowler, Reid is  generally rated as one of the nation’s top 50 backs and one of the top 25 overall prospects in the state.

Reid caried 432 times for 3,355 yards and 39 touchdowns as a senior. His career included a Cabarrus County record 7,910 rushing yards and 100 touchdowns.

College football

Damien Washington (A.L. Brown) returned six kickoffs for 151 yards in UNC’s 40-21   bowl loss to Rutgers on Friday in the Quick Lane Bowl.

Romar Morris (Salisbury) had three receptions for 21 yards  for UNC and ran back a kickoff 18 yards.

• Keion Adams (Salisbury) made one tackle for Western Michigan in a 38-24 loss to Air Force in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

The sophomore defensive end made 12 tackles this season and was credited with four QB hurries.

Prep wrestling

In the recent Tab Thacker Memorial Tournament  (formerly King of the Mat) held at West Forsyth, Davie won the team championship with 182 points. West Forsyth was runner-up with 181.

East Rowan placed sixth, while Carson was seventh.

East Rowan placers were  reported by the Mustangs earlier in the week.

Carson placers included  Alex Lyles (second), Brandon Sloop (second), Cameron Rayfield (fourth), Anthony McCurry (fifth), Isaac Hengel (fifth) and Bailey Rayfield (fifth).

South Rowan’s Logan Durham won at 115 pounds, while Salisbury’s Marc Gonzalez won at 120.

Prep hoops

The Sam Moir Christmas Classic begins at Catawba Saturday with eight games. Eight games also will be played  Monday and Tuesday.

See Scoreboard for times and pairings. Times, after the first game each day, are approximate.

Daily admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students. Children 5-under are admitted free. Adult tournament passes for the three-day event will be available Saturday for $20.

Men’s basketball

GRU Augusta’s Keshun Sherrill (West Rowan) is ninth in the Peach Belt Conference in scoring with 16.5 points per game and 10th in assists with 3.7 per game.

• Brevard’s Darius Moose (Carson) leads the SAC in scoring with 19.9 ppg. Moose is 13th in rebounding (5.7) and 14th in free-throw percentage (75.6).

• Mars Hill’s Isaiah Cuthbertson (West Rowan) leads the SAC with 8.9 rebounds per game.

• Roanoke’s Alex Weant (Salisbury) scored eight points in a loss to Oneonta State. Weant averages 4.0 points and 2.4 rebounds.

Women’s basketball

Morehead State sophomore Shay Steele (West Rowan) has been outstanding this season and is leading the Ohio Valley Conference with 2.3 blocked shots per game.

Steele ranks 10th  in the OVC in scoring (13.9 ppg.) and 12th in shooting percentage (44.4).

• Gardner-Webb’s Jessica Heilig (Salisbury) is 12th in the Big South in scoring (11.9 ppg.) and 16th in rebounding (6.3). She ranks eighth in the league in free-throw shooting at 71 percent.

• Radford’s Ayana Avery (West Rowan) is second in the Big South in 3-pointers made with 27. She’s 16th in the league in scoring with 11.2 ppg.

• Charlotte’s Ayanna Holmes (Salisbury) is second in Conference USA in assist-turnover ratio.

Holmes is eighth in assists with 3.7 per game and is 12th in steals.

• Fayetteville State’s Doreen Richardson (Salisbury) is 13th in the CIAA in scoring with 12.7 ppg.

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