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Area Sports Briefs: Conference tournaments start

From staff reports

Prep basketball tournament start tonight.

In the Central Carolina Conference, both Salisbury teams have first-round byes.

Salisbury’s girls are top-seeded, while Salisbury’s boys are the No. 2 seed after winning a draw with North Rowan.

North Rowan is home tonight for a doubleheader.

North’s girls will take on Thomasville in the 4 vs. 5 game at 6 p.m.

North’s third-seeded boys will play sixth-seeded West Davidson at 7:30 p.m.

Lexington will host the semifinals  on Wednesday (the 1-4-5 bracket) and  Thursday (the 2-3-6 bracket) and  will host championship games on Friday.


In the South Piedmont Conference, action also starts tonight.

There are three games in Rowan County, all starting at 6:30 p.m.

South Rowan’s fourth-seeded girls take on No. 5 Robinson.

West Rowan’s fourth-seeded boys host fifth-seeded Carson.

Carson’s third-seeded girls host sixth-seeded West Rowan.

This will be the fourth matchup of the season in both Carson-West tussles.

West’s boys have won two out of three against Carson.  Carson’s girls have won all three meetings with West, although two were close.

Semifinal action moves to Cox Mill on Wednesday (the 1-8-4-5 bracket) and Thursday (the 2-3-6-7) bracket.

Championship games are at Cox Mill on Friday.


Robinson’s Lavar Batts Jr., a 2,000-point scorer, was named to the roster for the  Carolinas All Star Basketball Classic.

The Classic will be played on Saturday, March 18,  in Socastee, S.C. The girls game will tip off at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys. Tickets are $10.


North Stanly’s boys finished the season on a roll, with 14 straight victories and went 10-0 in league play.

Legion baseball

Mocksville-Davie American Legion Baseball Post 174/ Post 54 will be the host of the 2017 North Carolina Junior American Legion Baseball State Championship Tournament.

Thetournament is to be held at Rich Park’s Mando Field on July 19-23.

The eight-eam field will consist of four area champions, three area runner-ups and Mocksville.

Mocksville has participated in the North Carolina Junior State Tournament twice.

Previous sites

2001 —  Goldsboro

2002 —  Goldsboro

2003 —  Forest City

2004 —  Salisbury

2005 — Hickory

2006 —  Cary

2007 — Cherryville

2008 — Kinston

2009 — Asheboro

2010 — Durham

2011 — Hickory

2012 —  Swansboro

2013 —  Kernersville

2014 — Raleigh

2015 —  Granite Falls

2016 —  Swansboro

College swimming

Catawba concluded four days of swimming action at the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships on Saturday at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center. The men ended up sixth among 11 teams, while the women were eighth among 13 schools.

McKenzie Stevens (Salisbury) helped second-ranked Queens win another women’s title. Stevens swam on the second-place 400 relay team in the last match.

Stevens won the 1000-yard freestyle and took second in the 500, 400 and 200.


1. Queens 1584.5; 2. Wingate 1551; 3. Carson-Newman 1126; 4. SCAD 748; 5. Limestone 506; 6. Converse 386;  7. Davis & Elkins 379.5; 8. Catawba 330; 9t. Fairmont State 329; 9t. Lenoir Rhyne; 329; 11. Chowan 313;  12. Barton 169; 13. Salem International 60.


1. Queens 1682; 2. Wingate 1293; 3. Carson-Newman 1036; 4. Limestone 833; 5. SCAD 566; 6. Catawba 557; 7. Lenoir Rhyne 400; 8. Davis & Elkins 386; 9. Fairmont State 348; 10. Barton 277; 11. Salem International 98.

College softball

Catawba lost twice on Friday, dropped two more on Saturday, and fell to Valdosta State, 12-3, on Sunday in the last game of a five-game road trip to Florida.

Catawba got two hits each from Kirsten Stinnard, Katherine Shumaker and Grace Holland. Holland and Taylor Martin (West Rowan) drove in runs in the loss to Valdosta State.

The Indians are 0-9 but have lost mostly close games against a tough schedule.

Catawba lost 3-2 to Hillsdale and 3-2 to West Chester in eight innings on Saturday.

Catawba hosts Belmont Abbey in a doubleheader on Tuesday, starting at 1 p.m.


Pfeiffer got off to a 4-0 start with two  tough wins against Queens and two easy  ones against Glenville State.

Sydney Poole (East Rowan) won her first decision of the season with three shutout innings against Glenville State. Kaleigh Troutman (East Rowan) had a 2-for-2 game against Glenville State.

College tennis

  Catawba tennis teams swept   J.C. Smith on Saturday   at the Johnson Tennis Center. The Catawba   men improved to 5-2 with a 9-0 victory, while the women upped their mark to 6-1 with a  9-0 win.

Winners for the Catawba women included   Laura Isenhour (Carson).

Women’s basketball 

  Lynchburg’s Alex Allen (Carson) scored eight points on 4-for-6 shooting in a 75-58 win against Emory & Henry.


Averett’s Amani Ajayi (East Rowan) had seven points and five rebounds in a 51-36 win against Ferrum on Sunday.


Morehead State’s Shay Steele (West Rowan) had 11 points in Saturday’s 65-58 loss to Eastern Kentucky.


Khaila Hall (West Rowan) scored eight points in Longwood’s 89-55 loss to Gardner-Webb.

Middle school hoops 

  Erwin girls basketball teams have won 42 straight games (that’s 7th and 8th grade combined).


Erwin’s boys won against Corriher-Lipe, 41-24.

  Leading scorers for the Eagles were Cameron Padgett with 15, and  Dylan Valley and Dominick Dale with eight each.

The Eagles host West   today, starting at 4 p.m.

Hurley YMCA

Register at Hurley YMCA for girls volleyball (grades 4-8), spring soccer (boys and girls, Pre-K to 8th grade), flag football (boys and girls, Pre-K to 8th grade)

Register at the  YMCA or online at www.rowanymca.org. Contact  Jesse Byrd at 704-636-0111 or Jbyrd@rowanymca.org.



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