Area Athletes Update: Adams making noise for Broncos
By Mike London
Area athletes update …
It’s conceivable that another Rowan County athlete could be drafted by the NFL this spring.
Western Michigan defensive end Keion Adams (Salisbury) is 6-foot-2, 245 pounds and has run a 4.68 40-yard dash. He’s currently ranked 26th at his position for the 2017 draft, although there are certain to be some top-notch underclassmen who also make themselves available for the draft.
As a senior, Adams’ on-field production is catching up to his physical ability. He had a fumble recovery and a sack on Saturday in Western Michigan’s romp against Central Michigan.
Adams, 21, led the Broncos in sacks as a junior and has helped Western Michigan climb into the Top 25 in the Coaches Poll for the first time.
Western Michigan (5-0) has beaten Big Ten teams Northwestern and Illinois.
Logan Stoodley (West Rowan) made 12 tackles for Limestone in last week’s loss to Wingate and will be coming to Catawba to play against the Indians this Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Virginia’s Keeon Johnson (A.L. Brown) had five catches for 46 yards in Saturday’s 34-20 win against Duke. Johnson’ day included a 29-yard reception to convert a third-and-long situation.
Charlotte’s Kalif Phillips (A.L. Brown) had 57 receiving yards and 52 rushing yards in Saturday’s loss to Old Dominion. His day included a 42-yard TD reception.
Hampton freshmen linemen Derrick Moreland (West Rowan) and Keldrick “KJ” Wilson are redshirting this season.
Willie McCree Jr. (East Rowan) made two tackles for Guilford in a 59-0 romp against Catholic.
All-America candidate Brandon Parker (A.L. Brown) continues to shine at offensive tackle for North Carolina A&T, the No. 1-ranked team in HBCU football. Parker had three pancake blocks and graded out at 91 percent in Saturday’s 31-9 win against Hampton.
Kaleel Hollis (A.L. Brown) made five tackles for UNC Pembroke in a loss to Tuskegee. It was the first loss for the Braves. Chris Hassard (West Rowan) continues to start at center for UNC Pembroke.
Georgia’s Marshall Long (South Rowan) averaged 40 yards on five punts in Saturday’s last-second loss to Tennessee. Long’s best kick was 47 yards.
Jamal Lackey (Davie County) had four tackles, including a sack and another tackle for loss, in Saturday’s setback at Newberry.
Jacksonville’s Chris Smith (West Rowan) recorded his first sack of the season on Sunday when the Jaguars beat Indianapolis in London.
Javon Hargrave (North Rowan) contributed two tackles to Pittsburgh’s win against Kansas City on Sunday night.
A number of local players are competing in the Wolfpack Fall Intercollegiate tournament hosted by N.C. State.
George Mason’s Eric Edwards (Salisbury) shot 67-76 — 143 (1-over) on Monday and is tied for 24th heading into today’s final round.
Playing as individual, East Carolina freshman Logan Shuping shot 70-77 — 147 and is tied for 52nd.
N.C. State’s Davis Richards (South Rowan) is tied for 60th after rounds of 75-74 — 149.
USC Upstate’s Andrew Purcell (Carson) shot 81-76 – 157 and is tied for 84th.
In the Myrtle Beach Invitational, UNC Pembroke’s Alexandria Bare shot 77 on Monday and is tied for 12th after Round 1.
Freshman Cristian Uribe (Salisbury) got his first college start for UNC Pembroke in Saturday’s win against Georgia Southwestern.
Michael Ogden (Salisbury) started off the season strong for N.C. State with a third-place finish in singles in the Duke James Bonk Classic. Ogden lost in the semifinals and went 3-1.
College cross country
Local college runners competed in Saturday’s Asheville Cross Country Challenge.
Mars Hill’s Gil Gilreath (NW Cabarrus) finished 21st in the 8K event in 26:56. Western Carolina’s Jordan Bostian (West Rowan) was 24th in 27:02. UNC Asheville’s Jacob Fink (Carson) was 29th in 27:16. Lees-McRae’s Cody McNeely (West Rowan) ran 27:17 for 30th.
Georgia Southern’s Rebecca Parker (West Rowan) was 20th in the Foothills Invitational in Alabama. She ran 18:45 in a 5K and helped Georgia Southern place third.
Lenoir-Rhyne dropped matches two matches over the weekend, but seniors Emma Pope (South Rowan) and Tiffany Brooks (South Rowan) played well.
Brooks had 21 digs and five kills against Coker and four kills and four digs against SAC top dog Wingate. Pope had six digs against Wingate and nine against Coker.
Makala Lytton (North Rowan) helped Winston-Salem State go 3-0 in the CIAA roundup. She had 25 digs against Virginia State and 31 digs against Chowan.
Lynsey Corriher (South Rowan) helped Averett go 4-0 over the weekend. She had 19 digs as Averett stretched its winning streak to nine games.
Aimee Cloninger (Carson) had 18 kills, 26 digs and six block assists in two Belmont Abbey wins. The Crusades have won seven in a row.
Brevard’s Hannah Elmore (Carson) had 11 kills and 10 digs in two weekend losses.
Brothers Corey and Kyle Seager (NW Cabarrus) combined for 56 homers this season, five short of the MLB record held by Jason and Jeremy Giambi. Kyle, who hit 30 homers, finished with 99 RBIs, but a late-season slump left him one shy of 100.
The Seagers also combined for 76 doubles. Corey, who had 40 doubles, is certain be to the N.L. Rookie of the Year.
Whit Merrifield (Davie County) batted .283 for the Kansas City Royals and played in 81 games.
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