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Area Sports Briefs: East Rowan girls move into tie for first place

From staff and wire reports

East Rowan’s girls won 63-46 at Hickory Ridge on Tuesday a win that created a three-way tie for first place in the SPC.

East Rowan, Hickory Ridge and South Rowan all are 10-2 in the league.

Kelli Fisher scored 22 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Mustangs (16-2).

Shenique Pharr scored 12 points, and Shenell Pharr had 10 points and five assists.

The Mustangs avenged an early-season loss to Hickory Ridge in Granite Quarry.

Stacia Means and Gabby Smith scored 14 each for the Ragin’ Bulls.

East Rowan 63, Hickory Ridge 46

EAST (63)

Fisher 22, Shenique Pharr 12, Shenell Pharr 10,  Troutman 8, Ajayi 6, J. Lowe 5, Benge, Drew.


Means 14, Smith 14, McManimen 10, Miller 4,  Shears 2, Jones 2.

East Rowan   19   13  19   12   — 63

Hick. Ridge    13   15  9    9       46

East Rowan boys

East Rowan’s boys lost 58-45 at Hickory Ridge on Tuesday in SPC basketball.

Tay Davis scored 12 for the Mustangs (7-11, 4-8), while Logan Shuping had 11.

Hickory Ridge (15-4, 10-2) stayed tie for first in the SPC with Cox Mill.

Jaylon Stowe scored 19 for the Ragin’ Bulls. Bobby Babson scored 18.

Hickory Ridge 58, East Rowan 45

EAST (45)

Davis 12, Shuping 11, Baker 9, Goodlett 5, Se. Wyrick 5, Wyse 3, Elliott, Caldwell.


Stowe 19, Babson 18, Av. Metcalf 8, Smith 6, An. Metcalf 2, Garner 2, Heidtke 2, Meertins 1.

East Rowan    8    17   7     13       45

Hick. Ridge    20   7   15    16       58

Prep basketball

Scott Hughes scored 21 points to lead West Davidson to an 80-64 win against East Davidson in CCC boys basketball on Tuesday.

Tyler Grooms had 16 for the Green Dragons. Carson Beane scored 15.

A.L. Brown’s girls won 38-23 against Vance in MECKA action on Tuesday.

The Wonders (10-5, 4-5) led 17-9 at halftime. Talethia Alexander and Esther Kituku scored nine each for the Wonders.

• Davie’s boys lost 74-60 to North Davidson in a CPC game on Tuesday.

Jordan McDaniel led the  War Eagles (7-12, 1-7) with 16 points. Cooper Wall had 15, and Dylan Shoffner scored 14.

Caleb Moore led the Black Knights with 14.

Jayvee basketball

SALISBURY — Xavier Haley was once again the torch bearer for the North Rowan jayvee boys on Tuesday.

Haley scored 23 points for the Cavaliers in their 54-39 victory over Salisbury.

Josiah Dixon pitched in  with 11 points for North Rowan.

Salisbury was led by Cameron Kennedy.

•Carson’s jayvee boys stayed unbeaten with a 44-33  win against West Rowan on Tuesday.

Cameron Prugh led the Cougars with 12 points.   Owen White scored 10, Jailen Williams had  nine,  and A.J. Banks added seven.

• West Rowan’s jayvee girls edged Carson.

Prep football

Concord’s standout running back Rocky Reid has verbally committed to Wake Forest.

Local golf

Thirty-six GARS members played at Lexington Country Club.

Low ‘A’ Flight player was Clayton Steele with a net of 68.94. Low ‘B’ Flight player with a  net of 68.38 was Buddy Barger.

Low ‘C’ Flight player with a net of 73.24 was Andy Griffin. Low ‘D’ Flight player with a net of 76.27 was John Bringle.

• Corbin Hills is holding “The DeLuca” tournament on Jan. 31.

The format is individual stroke play. Players will be flighted after the round and placed on teams of four within the flight. Scoring will be the best two golf balls of the team. Entry fee is $35 per player (non-member). Entry includes golf, food and prizes. Contact Jay Hill at 704-636-0672 for more information or to register.

•Corbin Hills  will host a new Senior Golf Association in 2015.

Senior golfers age 60 and older are welcome.

Tournament play will begin in March and be played the second Wednesday in each month. Start time for each event will be a 9 a.m.  shotgun start.  Association fee is $25 per player for the year.

Each golfer will be responsible for the appropriate cart and green fee for each event. Players will compete in individual stroke play (flighted) formats initially to establish tournament handicaps.

There will be gross and net winners in each flight.  Tournament players will compete for points based on participation and overall performance in each event.

Points will be cumulative throughout the golf season and awarded to the winners after November’s event.

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

Catawba athletics

Catawba’s basketball teams are home Wednesday for SAC contests against rival Lenoir-Rhyne.

The women’s game starts the doubleheader at 6 p.m.

•Catawba baseball opens Saturday at Belmont Abbey, with home games scheduled against the Crusaders on Feb. 1 and Feb. 2.

• Catawba was voted fourth out of nine teams in the SAC women’s lacrosse preseason poll.

Goalie Bethany Davis is on the preseason first team All-SAC squad.

Second team honors went to juniors Alyssa Corace, Meredith Jones  and Kourtney Jones.

Catawba opens on Feb. 14.

Queens led the voting.

•Catawba’s men’s lacrosse team was voted sixth in the nine-team SAC in the preseason poll.

Catawba’s Daniel Rew was named second team on the preseason All-SAC team.

Catawba opens at home on Feb. 11.

Queens topped the poll.

• In tennis, Catawba’s women were picked eighth, while the men’s team was picked ninth in the preseason SAC poll.

Livingstone basketball

Livingstone’s teams are on the road Wednesday for CIAA games at St. Augustine’s.

• Livingstone’s James Stinson was named the CIAA Coach of the Week for men’s basketball, while  LC’s Hakeem Jackson was named CIAA Newcomer of the Week.

• Livingstone’s Anita Howard was named CIAA Coach of the Week for women’s basketball, and LC’s Amber Curtis was named as CIAA Newcomer of the Week.

Women’s basketball

Ayana Avery (West Rowan) scored a career-best 27 points in Radford’s 59-49 win against Gardner-Webb on Tuesday.


Mid. school wrestling

Southeast won the Rowan County Conference regular season with a 13-1 record. Mooresville won the conference tournament.

Tournament scores:

Mooresville 183, West Rowan 177, Southeast 151, Erwin 139, North Rowan 81, Corriher-Lipe 63, Knox 54 and China Grove 45.5


Basketball players Sarah Marriner of Perquimans and Logan Bugg of Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons were named the state’s high school athletes of the week.

Marriner had 13 steals in a game with Cape Hatteras.

Bugg hit 10 3-pointers in a game against Orange and scored 38 points.

NC Sports Hall of Fame

The N.C. Sports Hall of Fame announced the 2015 class of inductees:

Former NFL linemen Jeff Bostic and Joe Bostic, referee  John Clougherty, N.C. State baseball and football star Freddie Combs,  racing owner Rick Hendrick,     High Point and ABA basketball player Gene Littles, Duke football player Jerry McGee, three-time NC sportwriter of the year  Lenox Rawlings, UNC women’s basketball player Charlotte Smith and NC State women’s basketball player Andrea Stinson.

7th-grade hoops

West Rowan Middle’s girls won 44-37 against Erwin.

Abigail Wilson scored 16 points, and Cindy Connelly and Taylor Poole scored  12 each for the Bulldogs.

Maci Cooper scored 19  to lead the Eagles.

• West  Rowan’s boys beat North Rowan 32-29.

Quay Weeks led West  Rowan (1-1)  with 15 points and seven  steals. Jay Joseph had 11 points and 17 rebounds.

Malcolm Wilson had 15 points for North Rowan (0-2).

West Rowan will play Mooresville on Monday.

• Erwin’s boys won 38-36 against Corriher-Lipe.

Brandon Jefferson scored 18 for the Eagles.  Hijkeem Still and A.J. Jackson had six each, and Logan Forbis had five.

Sacred Heart hoops

Sacred Heart’s varsity boys lost 55-52 in overtime to Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Jack Fisher’s triple-double —  24 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists — led the Dolphins.

Blaine Shellhorn scored 14 points. Luke Holland added 12  points.  Zach Robinette led the defense.

•Sacred Heart’s varsity girls won 31-25 against Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Mary Sobataka had 19 points, and Olivia Dagenhart had five.

Sacred Heart begins the  CCISAA conference playoffs next Tuesday at home.

North Hills hoops

The North Hills middle school girls won 19-14 against Covenant Classical.

Audrey McGrail scored 10 for the Eagles, while Klara Ogg had five.

• The North Hills varsity girls won 48-34 against Covenant Classical.

Olivia Houghton scored 17 for the Eagles. Sieria Eagle and Catherine Johnson scored 10 each. Jordan Plummer added six.

ACC hoops

BLACKSBURG, Va.  — In the final seconds of Virginia Tech’s loss to second-ranked Virginia on Sunday, Adam Smith launched a deep 3-pointer from the top of the key that would have tied the game and sent it into overtime.

The ball went halfway down before popping out, sending the Hokies to yet another close loss.

Against Pittsburgh, he made the most of a second chance.

Smith’s 3-pointer with four seconds left lifted the Hokies to a 70-67 overtime victory over the Panthers on Tuesday night.

Smith scored 26 points, hitting 9-of-17 from the field and tying a career high with six 3-pointers. Virginia Tech (9-11, 1-6 ACC) snapped a seven-game losing streak and a five-game losing streak to the Panthers.

The Hokies won for just the second time in seven attempts in games decided by three points or less. Two of those five losses were in conference games.



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