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Area Sports Briefs: Indians get preseason football honor

From staff reports
Catawba had three players on the list of the 26th annual USA College Football D-II Preseason All-Americans presented by the American Football Networks.
Wide receiver Carlos Tarrats and defensive back Mark McDaniel (South Rowan) were second-team honorees, while punter Caleb Berry was an honorable mention pick.
Tarrats, a junior, led Catawba receivers last season with 39 catches for 661 yards and seven TDs.
McDaniel, a senior, led the Indians with five interceptions, returning one for a score against UNC Pembroke. He made 43 tackles with seven for losses. McDaniel broke up nine passes and forced a pair of fumbles.
Berry, a sophomore, averaged 38 yards on 47 punts.
Catawba will open its season at home against West Georgia on Sept. 5 at 1:30 p.m. West Georgia was a national semifinalist last season.

Prep track
In the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro:
• Salisbury graduate Jaleesa Smoot was 20th in the Emerging Elites Division in the 400 in 57.46 seconds.
• North Rowan’s Payton Russell was 24th in the 400 in the Girls Division in 55.89 seconds.
• East Rowan graduate Marshall Shank placed seventh in the pole vault in the Emerging Elites, clearing 14 feet, 9 1/2 inches.
• Carson’s Zachary Marchinko was 12th in the Emerging Elites in the two-mile run in 9:44.80.

Local golf
The Carolinas Golf Association will conduct the 48th North Carolina Junior Boys Championship at the Country Club of Salisbury on June 23-26.
The first round is stroke play, with 64 players advancing to match play.
Players to watch include Nick Lyerly, East Carolina commit Logan Shuping and Michael Childress.
• The 37th Annual Horace Billings Rowan Amateur Championship is scheduled for July 17-19 at Corbin Hills. The entry fee is $25, plus applicable cart and green fee for the event.
Tournament players must be a resident of Rowan County or a member of a golf club in Rowan.
The low 31 qualifiers and 2014 Defending Champion Eric Mulkey will advance to championship match play. Tournament qualifying is July 10-12.
The past champions cookout and optional 9- hole shootout for qualifiers is scheduled for Thursday July 16 at 5 p.m.
Championship Match Play will be held July 17-19.
For more information, contact the Corbin Hills staff at 704-636-0672.
• In the Wallace & Graham Salisbury Lions Club Classic, the team of Perry VonCanon Jr., Tommy Trexler, Gary McNeely and Richard Smith won the First Flight.
The team of Alex Antosek, Joe Steinman, Will Taylor and Griffin Myers won the Second Flight.
The team of Gale Mangis, Steve Dale, Lori Dale and Alex Sloan won the Third Flight.
Susan Morris won longest putt on No. 9. Robin Leslie and Antosek were closest to the pin winners on No. 13.
David Dorsett won a car with an ace on No. 16.

Prep football
A.L. Brown is hosting Concord on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m.
The game will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable Channel 323. This will be the first live broadcast of a regular-season N.C. prep football game.

Youth baseball
Jayden Dextraze had a two-run double that helped China Grove’s 12-year-old all-stars qualify for the state tourney in Marion.
• East Rowan will host the Western North Carolina Cal Ripken 8U state tournament at Rockwell Elementary beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. and concluding Monday night with the championship game.
Teams will play in the double-elimination tournament for a chance to play in the Southeast Regional in Laurinburg. The state champion and runner-up will advance.
• East Rowan’s 8U all-stars won the Area 3 championship with a 17-7 victory over Yadkin County in East Bend on Sunday.
East Rowan started the tournament with a 23-7 win over Surry County North, defeated Lake Norman 15-3, and beat Yadkin County 14-7 to reach the championship. East moves on to the 8U state tournament in Rockwell and plays Friday at 12:30 p.m.
• East Rowan’s 9U all-stars defeated Davidson County in the Area 3 championship game 13-1 in Rockwell on Sunday.
East Rowan handled China Grove 16-2, thrashed North Piedmont 31-0 and beat Davidson County 8-1 to get to the title game.
East Rowan begins play in the 9U state tournament Thursday in Matthews.
• East Rowan’s 10U all-stars play in the Area 3 tournament Wednesday against North Stokes at 8 p.m. in Churchland.
Team members are Austin Cook, Aaron Coe, Chance Mako, Blake Hill, Cobb Hightower, Cameron Padgett, Dylan Valley, Harrison McCall, Jordan King, Colby Jackson, Jaxon Trexler, and Whitt Hoesman. The head coach is Brian Hightower.
• East’s 11U all-stars play in the Area 3 tournament Thursday at 8 p.m. against Surry County North in China Grove.
Team members are Garrison Kepley, Jake Hunter, Austin Fulk, Jacob Causey, Tristan Miller, Bryson Shive, Jayden Weathers, Gunnar Michael, Ashton Johnson, Griffin Warden, Hunter Campbell and Caleb Nesbitt. The head coach is Justin Kepley.

Youth softball
The 7/8 year old Rowan Little League softball team went 4-0 and repeated as District 2 champions.
Rowan defeated Walnut Cove 16-12 and South LL 19-6 in pool play and defeated Davie 13-5 in the semifinals and East Surry 14-10 in the final. Next is the state tournament in Franklin on July 11-12.

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