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Area Sports: Briefs: Locklear, Porter get SPC honors; West baseball 2-0

From staff reports

South Rowan’s Avery Locklear was named South Piedmont Conference Player of the Year for girls basketball.

Locklear averaged 20 points  and 7 rebounds per game and led the Raiders to an 18-7 record.

Also making the All-SPC girls team were South Rowan’s Cassidy Chipman and Sylvetta Bost;  East Rowan’s Kelli Fisher and Shenell Pharr; West Rowan’s Taylor Martin and Khaila Hall, and Carson’s Alex Allen and Olivia Gabriel.

Rounding out the team were Hickory Ridge’s Gabby Smith and Laura McManimen and Central Cabarrus’ Mahaley Holit and Sophie McFarlane.

East Rowan’s Danielle Porter was named SPC Coach of the Year. She led the Mustangs to a 22-4 overall record and a 13-3 SPC mark.

• Cox Mill’s Matt Morgan was named SPC Player of the Year for boys basketball, and Cox Mill’s Jody Barbee was named SPC Coach of the Year after leading the Chargers to a co-championship.

South Rowan’s Lavon Hill; East Rowan’s Tay Davis, and West Rowan’s Celexus Long and Greg Joseph  made All-SPC.

Also making the SPC team were Cox Mill’s Messiah Baptiste and T.J. Jones; Hickory Ridge’s Jaylen Stowe and Avery Metcalf; Concord’s Raechon Black and Ray Kowalski; Central Cabarrus’ Lavon Hightower, and Northwest Cabarrus’ Anthony Caldwell.

All-SPC wrestling

South Rowan’s Logan Durham was named SPC Wrestler of the Year.

Durham went undefeated for the second straight year and won the 3A state title at 113 pounds.

East Rowan’s Barry Justus was named APC Coach of the Year.

All-SPC wrestlers from Rowan included:

• East Rowan’s Logan Haas, Jeffrey Burrell, Luke Miller, Shiheem Saunders and Jake Boltz

Carson’s Cameron Rayfield, Bailey Rayfield, Brandon Sloop, Anthony McCurry and Alex Lyles

• West Rowan’s Zac Ridenhour

  South Rowan’s Durham

All-SPC swimming

Rowan County girls making the All-SPC swim team were South Rowan’s Taylor Kluttz and Leslie Franks.

Rowan County boys making the All-SPC swim team were South Rowan’s Reagan May, East Rowan’s Jason Troutman and Carson’s Ryan Turney.

The SPC Swimmer of the Year for boys was Concord’s Sam Jones. The SPC Swimmer of the Year for girls was Cathleen Rogers.

The SPC Coach of the Year was Concord’s Ray Morgan.

Prep baseball

West Rowan won 10-0 in five innings against Mooresville on Friday.

Bryan Ketchie allowed one hit and struck out eight.

Kacey Otto, Harrison Baucom and Juan Garcia drove in two runs apiece for the Falcons (2-0).

Local golf

Corbin Hills Golf Club is organizing a PGA Junior Golf League team for the summer 2015. The league is open to area boys and girls ages 13 and under. By design this league will offer golf instruction as well as introduce team format play. Area teams will compete in a less stressful captains choice format over the summer. Competition will be against area teams from Rowan, Cabarrus and Iredell counties.

Corbin Hills is looking for 10-14 boys and girls to form its Jr. Golf league team. Cost is $150 and includes golf practice and competition fees as well as team shirts and golf balls. Volunteers are welcome. For more information please visit the PGA Junior League website or contact Jay Hill,PGA at 704-636-0672 or 704-245-4948.

• Corbin Hills Golf Club 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 9 a.m. shotgun start.

Association fee is $25.00 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. Their 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.

For more information contact Jay Hill,PGA at 704-636-0672 or 704-245-4948.



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