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Area Sports Briefs: Salisbury swimmers strong in regional

From staff reports

Salisbury  High swimmers were outstanding in Saturday’s 1A/2A Western Regional at Mecklenburg Aquatic Center, with the girls finishing ninth in the team scoring and the boys taking fifth place.

Swimmers that finished in the top 12 advanced to state competition.

Salisbury’s Ethan Knorr won the 500 free (4:43.14) and 200 IM (1:56.99).

Roarke Burton won the  50 freestyle (23.17) and took third in the 100 free (50.89).

Knorr, Burton, Keegan Dillon and Joe Steinman took fourth in the 200 medley relay (1:47.11) and placed second in the 400 free relay (3:30.20).

Dillon finished 10th in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.15).

Steinman was ninth in the 200 IM (2:21.32), while  Roshen Amin took 12th (2:28.11).


Kathryn Morrison won two events for the Salisbury girls, taking the 100 backstroke (57.77) and the  100 butterfly (56.62).

Morrison, Mary Kaufmann, Sharmi Amin and Callie Alexander placed seventh in the 200 medley relay (2:01.62).


Carson’s girls had the best showing of the Rowan teams in the 3A Central Regional in Greensboro.

The Cougars were 13th in the team scoring with 39 points.

Olivia Shorter was seventh in the 100 butterfly (1:07.60) and was the only   state qualifier from Rowan’s 3A schools.

The top eight in each event advanced to state competition.

Shorter was 11th in the 200 IM, while Taylor Sever was 10th in the 100 free.

Shorter, Sever, Olivia Weatherby and Samantha Hinson earned points in two relay events.

South Rowan’s girls scored 13 points to finish 16th, while East’s girls scored four.

Most of South’s points came from Seanna Golloday, Madilyn Jones, Holiday Harvey and Lexie Hughes, who placed 13th in the 200 medley relay.


South Rowan’s boys finished 20th with 14 points. Carson was 22nd with eight points, and West Rowan was 25th with three points.

Most of South’s points came from an 11th-place finish in the 200 free relay by John Fulton, Noah Severt, Christian Reynolds and Cameron Hurd.


In the 4A Central Regional, Davie’s Wyatte Copeland placed sixth in the 50 free (22.21) and fifth in the 100 free (49.23) to qualify for the state meet in both events.

Davie’s 200 free relay girls team qualified for the state meet by placing eighth (1:45.53). That unit is Victoria Sinopoli, Katie Shoaf, Riley White and Alexa Hutton.


State championships will be conducted at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary.

• 1A/2A: Feb. 9

• 4A: Feb. 10

• 3A: Feb. 11

Prep wrestling

Individual wrestling regionals will be conducted on Feb. 10-11.

SPC wrestlers will be competing at Piedmont High, near Monroe.

CCC wreslers will be competing at West Wilkes.

CPC wrestlers will compete at Southwest Guilford, whille MECKA wrestlers will compete at Hough.

Prep basketball

West Rowan plays at Robinson tonight.

There’s another Salisbury-North Rowan game at Catawba on Friday.

Conference tournaments start next week.

Cox Mill will host the SPC tourney, while Lexington will host the CCC event.

Prep indoor track

In Camel City Invitational in Winston-Salem, A.L. Brown’s Cambrea Sturgis ran 24.80 for second place in the girls 200.

North Rowan’s Payton Russell was fourh in 25.52, and North’s Heavenly Robinson was seventh in 27.57.

Russell was sixth in the 400 in 57.80 seconds.

Prep football

Former South Rowan running back Jamorya Cousin, who moved to Virginia, will continue his football career at  the University of Virginia’s College at Wise

College baseball

Catawba lost a road game to Lee, 8-7, on Sunday.

The Indians (2-2) got a grand slam in the second inning from Luke Setzer (East Rowan) for a 4-0 lead, but then fell behind, 7-4.

Catawba rallied for three runs in the eighth, with Malachi Hanes, Kevin Acosta and Jeremy Simpson (West Rowan) getting RBIs. Simpson’s single tied the game, 7-all.

Heath Mitchem (Carson) pitched three innings in relief and took the loss. Michael Elwell started on the mound.

Setzer, Simpson and Chance Bowden (Salisbury) had two hits each.


Mars Hill’s Matt Honeycutt had two hits and three RBIs in a 10-2 win against Georgia Southwestern on Saturday.


Parker Hubbard (South Rowan) had two RBIs in Brevard’s 12-6 loss to King.


Lee Poteat (West Rowan) was 2-for-5 for St. Andews in a doubleheader split with  Pikeville on Sunday. Poteat had his second triple of the young season.


Appalachian State’s Matt Vernon was named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt. The senior is coming off a big 2016 season, leading the Mountaineers in hitting (.317), hits (60), runs (35), home runs (eight) and RBIs (42).


College softball

Catawba’s softball team lost two one-run games on Sunday and fell to 0-4.

In a 5-4 loss to Augusta, Catawba got two hits each from Ashley Wagoner and Delane Smith. Kaylee Cook (A.L. Brown) took the loss.

In a 6-5, nine-inning loss to West Georgia, Wagoner had three hits and two RBIs. Katherine Shumaker, Monica Taylor, Lynnsey Taylor and Kristen Stinnard had two hits each.

Catawba lost despite getting 14 hits.  Brooke Walser pitched six strong innings. Caroline Turner took the loss in relief.

College track

Juwan Houston (West Rowan) broke Guilford’s  school record in the 60 meter hurdles on Saturday (8.65) in the Camel City Invitational in Winston-Salem.


Carson-Newman’s Marshall Shank (East Rowan) cleared 4.4 meters for seventh place in the pole vault.


UNC Pembroke’s Jonathan and Matthew Martin (Carson) competed in the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational on Friday at East Tennessee State.

Both recorded personal bests  for a 5K race, Matthew, 12th in 15:43, and Jonathan, 16th in 15:52.

College tennis

  The Catawba tennis teams returned to the court for the spring season on Sunday and   recorded wins over visiting Emmanuel at the Johnson Tennis Center.

The Catawba  men improved to 3-2 with a 7-2 victory, while the women upped their record to 5-0 with a 6-3 win.

College golf

Alex  Austin (Salisbury) was inducted into the Sandhills Community College Hall of Fame.

He was part of the 2014 golf team that won the junior college championship. The ceremony was held in Pinehurst.


  Catawba’s women  finished 14th  out of 17 teams at the Barton Invitational at Kiawah. The event was held at the 5,845-yard, par-72 Oak Point Golf Club.

Armstrongwon the team title with a second-day 303.

Catawba put in rounds of 357 and 319 for a 676 score.

Victoria Hedrick  led Catawba, finishing 21st. She followed her opening 81 with a 78 on Sunday. Kaley Barts posted a 77 on Sunday and was 44th.

Women’s hoops

Junior Kelly Dulkoski (Carson) had a career game on Saturday, making six 3-pointers and scoring 22 points to lead Kennesaw State to a 74-67 win against USC Upstate.


Shay Steele (West Rowan) had a big game for Morehead State on Saturday. She had 21 points, seven rebounds and four steals in an 82-72 win against Southeast Missouri.


Lynchburg’s Alex Allen (Carson) had 10 points and  5 rebounds  in 16 minutes in a 65-43 win against Hollins.


Twins Shenell Pharr and Shenique Pharr (East Rowan) combined for 16 points for Salem in a 79-56 loss to LaGrange.


Amani Ajayi (East Rowan) had 10 points and nine rebounds for Averett in a 61-55 loss to Greensboro.


Aliyah Farmer (North Rowan) had 10 points and five rebounds in a 66-43 win against Newberry.


Longwood’s Khaila Hall (West Rowan) had five ponits and seven assists in a 74-50 loss to Campbell.

Men’s hoops

UNC Pembroke held  Augusta’s Keshun Sherrill (West Rowan) to 18 points on Saturday and beat the Jaguars, 77-72.


Tre Williams (Carson) had 10 points, five rebounds and three assists for Clafin in a win against Clark Atlanta.


Top-ranked Davidson County Community College rolled against Southside CC of Virginia, 133-80, on Saturday.

David Tripp (A.L. Brown) scored 10 points for the Storm on 5-for-5 field-goal shooting.


Johnathan Gaddy (South Rowan) scored 34 points for Barber-Scotia in a 100-77 win against Johnson & Wales.

Local golf

In the continuing men vs. women competition, the men —  Walt Kincaid, Vernon Hunt and Harry Owens — edged the women — Azalee Story, Eileen Full, Lexi Miller and Susan Wydner.

Owens won longest putt and closest to the pin.


Register now for spring sports at the East Rowan YMCA.  Register at the East Rowan YMCA or online at www.rowanymca.org. 

Girl’s Volleyball

Open to all Girls Grades 5th – 8th

Great Introduction to the sport of volleyball and teaches the skills and fundamentals needed to do well at the high school level!

Registration ends Saturday, March 18

Mighty Kickers Spring Soccer

Open to all Boys and Girls Ages 3 & 4

The Mighty Kickers league is a great introduction to the sport of soccer and teaches the fundamentals and rules of soccer along with YMCA values and principles!

Registration ends Saturday, March 18

Spring Soccer

Open to all Boys and Girls Grades K – 8th (Ages 5 – 14)

Outdoor league teaches the traditional game of soccer along with YMCA values and principles!

Registration ends Saturday, March 18

Flag Football

Open to all Boys and Girls Grades Pre-K – 8th (Ages 4 – 14)

The YMCA Flag Football League is great for new players because there is no contact. Great for fun & fitness!

Registration ends Saturday, March 18

Our program’s success relies on its volunteers. Sign up today to become a volunteer coach, assistant coach, or official.


Register at the East Rowan YMCA or online at www.rowanymca.org

For more information contact Joe Finney at 704-279-1742 or jfinney@rowanymca.org



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