Area Sports Briefs: NCHSAA tweaks realignment plan
From staff reports
The NCHSAA released its third realignment draft for the 2017-18 school year on Thursday.
A change from earlier drafts was adding Thomasville to the 2A conference that will include South Rowan, Salisbury, Central Davidson, East Davidson, Lexington, Ledford, North Davidson, West Davidson, and new school, Oak Grove.
That makes it a 10-team league, which means nine conference football games, with only two non-conference openings. That leaves South and Salisbury room for only two non-conference games.
The proposed 3A league that will include East Rowan, Carson, West Rowan, North Iredell, South Iredell and Statesville wasn’t changed. Nor was the 3A league that will include A.L. Brown, Central Cabarrus, Concord, Cox Mill, Robinson and Northwest Cabarrus.
North Rowan remained in a proposed 1A league with Albemarle, North Moore, North Stanly, South Davidson, South Stanly, West Montgomery and Uwharrie Charter.
Davie is in a 4A league with Reagan, R.J. Reynolds, West Forsyth, East Forsyth and Glenn.
Knox’s boys won 54-49 against North Rowan in Wednesday’s tournament championship game played at China Grove.
Knox overcame a 37-33 halftime deficit to win its second straight seventh-grade championship.
Jackson Murphy made a 3-pointer to put Knox ahead, 51-49.
Jalen Moss and Sincere Houston sealed the deal with clutch free throws at the end of the game.
Moss scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter.
Houston and Isaiah Clay both finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Mike Mclean had eight boards.
Zay Davis led the Mavericks with 16 points, and Javon Smith scored 13. Nick Colson and Kendrell Goodes scored five each.
Knox finished 14-3. Other team members are Vance Honeycutt, AJ Troutman, Varney Farhnbulah, Zeek Biggers, Nate Brown, Kendal Mitchell and Amari Archie.
Coaching Knox were Dominique Bates, Derius Kelly and Jarmal Davis. The manager was Cameron Stout
Salisbury lost 4-3 to South Iredell on Thursday.
Michaela Lemmon had three hits for the Hornets. Tamika Gatewood and Calissa Anderson had two each. Caroline Forbis struck out 10.
Middle school soccer
Erwin’s girls won 4-0 against Corriher-Lipe.
Anna Hester had the shutout. Lani Isley scored three goals and assisted on a goal by Carleigh Perry.
Mid. school baseball
West Rowan opened with a 24-7 win over North Rowan. Zeb Burns hit two homers for the Bulldogs. Jonny Hassard had three hits, and JD Basinger homered. Michael Molenda pitched four strong innings.
East Carolina’s Eric Tyler (South Rowan) is batting .288 with two homers and 11 RBIs.
Liberty’s Carson Herndon (Davie) is 2-0 with two saves.