Area Sports Briefs: North girls win CCC track title
From staff reports
Double winners Payton Russell, Chevy Blaire and Brianna White led North Rowan’s girls to the CCC track championship on Wednesday in Thomasville.
Russell took the 200 and 400 and also took second place in the 100. White won the 300 hurdles and high jump and added a second in the 100 hurdles. Blaire won the shot put and discus.
North won the 4×400.
Lakayla Birst contributed seconds in the 300 hurdles and high jump.
Salisbury got a win from Nitavia Corpening in the long jump.
Team totals: North Rowan 134, West Davidson 107, East Davidson 101, Lexington 79, Thomasville 38, Salisbury 24.
Lexington scored 138 points to win the CCC boys title. Other team totals: Salisbury 109, North Rowan 93, West Davidson 84, East Davidson 72, Thomasville 32.
Individual champions for the Salisbury boys included Jibri Cowan in the pole vault; Zae Harris in the high jump; Tyrone Johnson in the 100; Devonte Brown in the 200, and Cameron Horne in the 100 hurdles.
North got wins in the long and triple jumps from Courtney Roseborough and from A’Jon Jones in the 300 hurdles.
The Cavaliers won the 4×200 and 4×400.
The South Piedmont Conference Championships got under way on Wednesday at East Rowan and will conclude today.
East Rowan’s Faith Faller won the 3200. East Rowan’s Jocelyn Lowe won the discus.
South Rowan’s Brittany Luckey edged Carson’s Chloe Kirkpatrick to win the pole vault.
Hickory Ridge’s Torri Weathers won the long jump. Northwest Cabarrus’ girls won the 4×800.
Robinson’s Javanonte Misenheimer won the shot put. Concord’s Gabriel Stainback won the high jump and long jump. Hickory Ridge’s Alex Cornwell won the 3200.
Carson won the 4×800 relay.
East Rowan stayed undefeated with a 5-1 win against Pisgah on Wednesday in the first round of the 3A state playoffs.
East (14-0) will host defending state champ Marvin Ridge (18-1) in the second round.
In SPC tournament games on Wednesday, Cox Mill beat Robinson 4-3 in a first-rounder and Central Cabarrus knocked off regular-season champ Hickory Ridge, 6-4, in a semifinal.
West Rowan hosts Cox Mill tonight at 6 p.m. in a semifinal.
In the CCC tourney semifinals, East Davidson topped Thomasville 15-0, and West Davidson beat Salisbury, 14-1.
In the CPC tournament on Wednesday, Davie shelled Mount Tabor, 16-0.
McKenzie Barneycastle and Sierra Ferguson homered for the War Eagles.
Davie hurler Olivia Boger held the Spartans to two hits.
The rescheduled high school senior all-star games are set for North Rowan tonight.
The girls game starts at 6 p.m., with the boys game to follow. Admission is $5.
Salisbury got big games on Senior Night from all four seniors — Shelby Holden, Kayla Honeycutt, Kathryn Rusher and Amelia Steinman.
Holden, Kayla Honeycutt and Steinman scored two goals each in a 9-0 victory against North Rowan on Wednesday. Rusher had a goal and an assist.
The senior class has a 62-19-3 record and went 30-9-1 in Central Carolina Conference games.
Salisbury also got goals from Olivia Dagenhart and Juliana Peele. It was Peele’s first goal of the season and ended the match early in the second half.
Katie Bullock and Ellen Simons had two assists each. Ceci Cardelle, Julia Honeycutt, Maria Capito, and Holden had assists.
Juliana Anderson recorded the shutout in goal for the Hornets (17-3-1, 7-3 CCC).
The NCHSAA brackets will be out on Monday. Salisbury will travel for the first round of the 2A playoffs.
“Each class that moves on has a special place in our program’s history and in my heart,” Salisbury coach Matt Parrish said. “This class, especially, is dear to me. These seniors have been instrumental to our success. Their commitment, heart, dedication, and the love they have for their teammates are exactly the reasons I coach. It has been a pleasure to have them call me Coach.”
A reunion of Coach Pete Stout’s former players, colleagues and friends will be held at Goodman Gym on Saturday, May 7, from 2- 5 p.m.
Family members are welcome.
Kannapolis overcame a four-run deficit with seven unanswered runs in a 7-4 win over the Hagerstown Suns on Wednesday at Intimidators Stadium.
The Intimidators (12-14) won their fourth straight game, a season-high.
Luis Martinez matched his career-high with eight strikeouts in six innings and didn’t walk a batter.
Cody Daily and Antonio Rodriguez paced the offense with three hits apiece as Kannapolis pounded out 12 hits.
Davie grads honored
Guilford honored basketball player Amy Steller (Davie) and football player Adam Smith (Davie) with prestigious awards.
Smith received the Ideal Student Athlete Award, while Steller received the Athletic Leadership Award.
The NCHSAA named Northwest Guilford principal Ralph Kitley, a North Rowan grad, as its principal of the year.
Pfeiffer University has been accepted by the USA South Athletic Conference to begin the process of full membership within the Conference.
Pfeiffer is in the process of reclassifying from NCAA Division II to Division III and will begin USA South play in the 2017-18 season.
Catawba catcher Will Albertson and Creighton Wilke from Tusculum were named as South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament co-MVPs.
Albertson batted .538 in Catawba’s four games.
Catawba players joining Albertson on the all-tournament team were pitchers Bryan Blanton and Connor Johnson, outfielders Zac Almond and Kyle Smith, third baseman Jake Kimble and second baseman Dylan Richardson.