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Area Sports Briefs: Brielle Blaire transferring to Texas Tech

From staff  and wire reports

Brielle Blaire is transferring to Texas Tech from Virginia Tech.

Blaire had three tremendous seasons at Salisbury High, a run that included earning state-championship game honors as a freshman in 2011 when she scored 20 points against East Bladen.

In three seasons at Salisbury, she scored 1,581 points — third in school history behind Shayla Fields and Donna Carr.

Blaire averaged 11.8 points per game as a freshman, 22.3 as a sophomore and 24.1 as a junior. She was Rowan County Player of the  Year and Central Carolina Conference Player of the Year in 2012 as a sophomore when she led the Hornets to a 25-4 record.

Blaire scored a career-high 36 points against Thomasville  as a sophomore.

Blaire played her senior season at North Rowan. Her season was limited to eight games by an injury. She averaged 14.4 points per game and helped the Cavaliers win the Sam Moir Christmas Classic. North Rowan was 8-0 when she was hurt.

Texas Tech’s women’s basketball team and athletics department announced Wednesday that  Blaire has signed a financial aid agreement for the spring of 2016.

Blaire announced in  December she would transfer from Virginia Tech. She played in four early games for the Hokies and scored 12 points.

Blaire, a 6-foot-2 wing, was ranked among the nation’s top 75 players and top 20 wings coming out of high school.

Blaire was also a standout volleyball player at Salisbury and North Rowan and is a strong student.

Prep football

North Rowan senior running back JaReke Chambers was named to the NCPreps.com All-State team for 2A at the “athlete” position.

Area picks included Mount Pleasant running back Cody Reece and punter Austin Parker.

• R.J. Reynolds named Pat Crowley as its new head football coach. He replaces Scott Saalweachter, who was the head coach two seasons.

Crowley is a former UNC lineman. This will be his first prep coaching job.

Prep golf

Thirty girls were named to the  All-State golf team by the  Tarheel Youth Golf Association and the Carolinas Golf Association.

Salisbury’s Grace Yatawara is on the first team. Salisbury’s Isabella Rusher is on the second team. China Grove’s Carley Cox is on the third team.

• Thirty also were named to the All-State boys golf team.

South Rowan’s Davis Richards and East’s Rowan’s Nick Lyerly are on the first team.

East Rowan’s Logan Shuping and Concord’s Walker Cress are on the second team.

College hoops

Seth Martin (West Rowan) scored 12 points and Dalton Nelson (North Rowan) had 11 in Catawba Valley Community College’s 102-80 win against Wake Tech.

• Darius Moose (Carson) scored 15 points for Brevard on Wednesday in an 81-79 SAC win against Tusculum.

• Davidson County Community College’s Tre Williams (Carson) scored nine points as the Storm rolled to a 162-61 victory against Virginia Western CC.

Not a misprint. The Storm won by 101 points.

8th-grade hoops

Knox’s girls won 48-37 against Corriher-Lipe to stay undefeated.

Bryanna Troutman scored 23 for the Trojans  (12-0). Taylor Bailey scored 12, and Endeef Grant had eight.

Janiya Downs scored 33 for the Yellow Jackets (10-2).

• Downs scored 25 and Rhiannon Kimmer had 11 in Corriher-Lipe’s 46-15 romp against China Grove.

• North Rowan Middle’s boys stayed unbeaten with a 57-20 win against China Grove on Thursday.

Brevin Goodlett led the Mavericks with 17 points  and six steals. Cameron Gill had  15 points and seven steals. Jaden Perry scored nine points. Dajawon Cook and Quintous Smith had six rebounds each.

North Rowan Middle plays its final home game Monday against Southeast.


Salisbury Academy’s varsity boys fell behind by 17 at halftime and  lost 39-28 to Sacred Heart.

Charlie Barr scored seven for the Jaguars. Mitch Jeter and Sam Combs had six each, and Archie Dees scored five.

• Salisbury Academy’s varsity girls won 47-46 against Sacred Heart.

Ellen Simons and Katie Leckonby scored 14 apiece for the Jaguars. Annabel Barr had 12, and Carsyn Parrott had five. Lila Harry stood out on defense.

Mary Sobataka led the Dolphins.

Salisbury Academy’s varsity travels to Hickory Christian on Friday.

North Hills hoops

The North Hills jayvee boys won 63-57 against Christ the King.

Dean Gilmore led the Eagles with 20 points. James Houghton and Collin Lewis scored 17 each.

• The North Hills varsity boys won 66-58 against Christ the King.

Chris Taylor scored 24 points. Leonard Murdock had 15 points and eight assists.

Catawba softball camp

Catawba softball will be holding a Diamond Performance Spring Training Camp on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 19.

The camp will be held at Whitley Field on the Catawba campus from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The cost of the camp is $100. Sign-ups will be held at Whitley Field the morning of the camp.

Each participant is asked to bring cleats as well as turf shoes.

For more information,  contact Catawba coaches Nan Whitley or Shane Prescott at nwhitley@catawba.edu or sprescot@catawba.edu or call 704-637-4359.

Corbin Hills golf

Due to weather factors, dates have been changed for  two events at Corbin Hills.

The New Years Kickoff Tournament was moved back to Jan. 17.

The “DeLuca” has been moved to Jan. 31.

Contact Jay Hill, PGA at 704-636-0672 or 704-245-4948.

ACC women

DURHAM  — Rebecca Greenwell scored 20 points, including the game-winning free throws with 26.5 seconds left, as No. 13 Duke escaped with a 74-72 win over No. 21 Syracuse on Thursday night.

Greenwell set up her own clutch free throws when she rebounded her own missed shot underneath and was fouled, and the Blue Devils (11-4, 2-0 ACC) survived two close-in shots by the Orange (10-5, 0-2) in the final five seconds. Diamond Henderson had a shot from about eight feet on the left baseline and Cornelia Fonderon couldn’t get the putback to fall.

Elizabeth Williams added 16 points for Duke. The Blue Devils shot 54 percent, including 9 of 15 from 3-point range.

Brianna Butler led Syracuse with 23 points, including two of her seven 3-pointers in the final minutes.



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