Area Athletes Update: South grad Lambert honored

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 20, 2016

By Mike London

Area Athletes Update …
Freshman Brennan Lambert (South Rowan) was 4-for-4 on field goals and 4-for-4 on PATs in Catawba’s 40-20 win against Carson-Newman on Saturday and was honored as the South Atlantic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.
Lambert converted field goals of 27, 20, 35 and 35 yards. His four field goals were the most by a Catawba kicker in a game since the 2002 season.
Linebacker Jamal Lackey led Catawba with 10 tackles and contributed a sack and a forced fumble in the win against Carson-Newman.
C.J. Cain (Carson) was the starting center for Catawba. Joshua Moses (East Rowan) was credited with a QB hurry.
Justin Ruffin (Salisbury) scored his first college TD for Livingstone in Saturday night’s loss to Davidson.
Tyler L’Hommedieu (East Rowan) made a tackle on a kickoff for Army in a romp at UTEP.
Keeon Johnson (A.L. Brown) had six catches for 73 yards, including a 34-yard grab, in Virginia’s loss to UConn.
Mike Robinson (North Rowan) made two tackles for North Carolina Central in a romp against St. Augustine’s.
Charlotte’s Kalif Phillips (A.L. Brown) is out with a hamstring injury.
Western Michigan’s Keion Adams (Salisbury) made three tackles and had 1.5 sacks in a win against Illinois. Adams had a 9-yard sack and shared a 7-yard sack.
Appalachian State’s MyQuon Stout (Carson) had two tackles in Saturday’s loss to Miami.
Georgia’s Marshall Long (South Rowan) averaged 37.4 yards per punt on eight kicks in a win against Missouri. Long’s best punt was 52 yards.
In Guilford’s 30-28 win against Averett, Devin Mason (South Rowan) had two tackles for the Quakers, one for loss. Willie McCree Jr. (East Rowan) made a tackle on a kickoff for Guilford.
Out in California, Wesley Jefferies (North Rowan) made three tackles in Feather River’s opening game.
Kyrell Williamson (A.L. Brown) made three tackles, including a sack, for Winston-Salem State in a loss to Virginia Union.
Chris Hassard (West Rowan) started at center for UNC Pembroke in a win against Shaw. Kaleel Hollis (A.L. Brown) made an impact for the Braves with five tackles. He recovered a fumble and broke up a pass.

Brothers Kyle and Corey Seager, Kannapolis natives who played for Northwest Cabarrus and the Kannapolis American Legion team, have combined this season for 54 homers (Kyle, 29 and Corey, 25).
The record for big league brothers in a single season is 61 by Jason and Jeremy Giambi.
The Seagers also have combined for 73 doubles this season, with Corey leading Kyle, 39-34, going into Monday’s games.
Whit Merrifield (Davie County) is back in the starting lineup for the Kansas City Royals at second base.
Merrifield has actually hit better in the majors (.286) than in Triple-A (.266) this season.

Minor leagues
Pitcher Craig Brooks (Catawba) was part of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans team that won the Advanced Class A Carolina League championship.
Brooks, a seventh-round pick by the Chicago Cubs in 2015, struck out five batters in two innings in his last outing of the season. He was 4-1 between Myrtle Beach and South Bend, Ind., and struck out 69 in 56 1/3 innings.

Javon Hargrave (North Rowan) was credited with one tackle in Pittsburgh’s win on Sunday.

College men’s golf
George Mason’s Eric Edwards (Salisbury) shot 74-70-79 — 223 in the Eastern Kentucky Intercollegiate to open his season. Edwards tied for 69th.
N.C. State’s Davis Richards (South Rowan) shot a first-round 77 on Sunday in the FAMC Intercollegiate in Tennessee.

College women’s golf
China Grove native Carley Cox shot 79-76-77 — 222 and tied for 45th in the Minnesota Invitational. It was the James Madison transfer’s first tournament for East Carolina.

College volleyball
Hannah Elmore (Carson) had 33 kills in three South Atlantic Conference matches for Brevard, and the Tornados won two out of three. Elmore had 14 kills in a 3-2 win against Lenoir-Rhyne and 13 kills and eight digs in a 3-2 win against Mars Hill.
Brevard’s Savannah Cox (NW Cabarrus) had 26 kills in three matches.
Lynsey Corriher (South Rowan) had three kills and nine digs as Averett beat Scranton, 3-2. Corriher had 10 kills and eight digs in a 3-2 loss to Christoher Newport.
Winston-Salem State’s Makala Lytton (North Rowan) had five digs as the Rams opened CIAA play on Saturday with a 3-1 win against Lincoln.
Belmont Abbey’s Aimee Cloninger (Carson) had nine kills and three digs in a sweep of Southern Wesleyan.
Morgan Hester (Carson) had six digs in Catawba’s 3-0 loss to Wingate.
Emma Pope (South Rowan) had 13 digs in Lenoir-Rhyne’s 3-2 win against Mars Hill. Pope had seven digs and two kills as the Bears beat Tusculum, 3-1.

College basketball
The UVa-Wise men’s basketball program announced the addition of Davis Absher to the Cavaliers’ staff. Absher is the brother of fellow men’s basketball assistant coach and women’s golf head coach Drew Absher.
Both Abshers are sons of Davie County coach Mike Absher.
Jason Allison is in his second season as an assistant coach at Appalachian State.
Allison’s wife is former West Rowan athlete Hope McLaughlin.