Area Sports: East hurler Owen to Pitt CC
From staff reports
East Rowan right-handed pitcher John Owen has signed with Pitt Community College.
Owen is 3-1 this season with an 0.92 ERA. He’s struck out 46 batters and walked two in 30 1/3 innings.
Owen was 10-2 as a junior with a 1.14 ERA. He struck out 68 and walked 13. He won the Patrick Snider Memorial Award as Rowan County Pitcher of the Year and was South Piedmont Conference Pitcher of the Year.
Owen was 6-2 for the Rowan County American Legion team that was national runner-up last summer.
A story on Owen is upcoming.
Limestone College and the South Atlantic Conference have announced that the Saints will join the league as an associate member in football and will be eligible for the championship starting in the 2017 season.
Limestone announced the addition of football on October 31, 2012, and began its first season of competition in 2014.
The Saints started a four-year scheduling agreement with the South Atlantic Conference in 2015, but the program competed as an independent during that time.
The Saints will replace Brevard.
A total of 19 student-athletes from North Carolina High School Athletic Association member schools will be honored for their outstanding sportsmanship as winners of “Heart of a Champion” recognition.
Each of the NCHSAA member schools had the opportunity to nominate one male and one female student-athlete for the recognition. The students must have participated in at least one varsity sport or activity, including cheerleading, during the 2016-17 school year, have not been ejected from any contest, and must have demonstrated outstanding citizenship and sportsmanship during their high school careers.
The students filled out an application questionnaire and then a school official, such as the principal or athletic director, also provided an evaluation.
The students will be honored Saturday at a luncheon at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel-RDU. The award and luncheon is sponsored by NC Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company.
Heart of a Champion 2016-17 Honorees:
Regan Allen, North Iredell
Nyilah Anderson, C.E. Jordan
Jacqueline Blabon, West Rowan —Nominated by Todd Bell
Emily Childers, North Wilkes
Ryan Darden, High Point Central
Lauren Dulin, High Point Central
Grant Gibson, Mallard Creek
Samara Gibson, Corinth Holders
Toliy Givens, Lincoln Charter
Wilson Hoyle, IV, C.E. Jordan
Henderson Lentz, North Rowan —Nominated by Ben Hampton
Luke Miles, North Wilkes
Meredith Mize, John A. Holmes
Samantha Pritchard, North Rowan — Nominated by Ben Hampton
Callista Rice, North Buncombe
Robert Sipes, North Iredell
Jessica Utter, A.C. Reynolds
Railey White, Maiden –
Samuel Williams, South Iredell
Dylan Goodman (South Rowan) was the winning pitcher for Pfeiffer in an 8-5 win against Lenoir-Rhyne on Tuesday.
The Catawba-USC Aiken game was postponed by rain on Wednesday.
George Mason’s Eric Edwards (Salisbury) shot 68-70 (6-under) for two rounds and tied for second in the Wofford Invitational.
Pfeiffer (33-3) has moved up to No. 3 in the D-II national rankings.
Western Carolina’s Hunter Gibbons (West Rowan) hit her fifth homer of the season for Western Carolina on Sunday against Furman.
Prep track and field
In a meet held in Kannapolis, A.L. Brown’s track teams swept against Concord and Statesville.
A.L. Brown’s boys won the 4×800 (9:22) and 4×100 (44.0 seconds).
A.L. Brown individual winners were JaQuerius Bost in the 100 (10.9); Salbador Fuentes in the 800 (2:18.1); Brandon Hernandez in the 1600 (4:29) and 3200 (10:02), and Joshua Parks in the triple jump (38 feet, 10 inches) and 400 (51.0).
A.L. Brown’s girls won the 4×800 (11:10) and 4×100 (50.8).
Individual winners for the Wonders were Akeena Maxwell in the 100 (12.2) and 200 (25.2); Savannah Jordan in the 100 hurdles (16.8); Jada Smith in the triple jump (31-11); Christina D’Amelio in the 1600 (5:58) and 3200 (13:33), and Ajianna Britt in the discus (108-1) and shot put (33-2).
Salisbury will hold a signing celebration for Will Leckonby next Tuesday. Leckonby is headed to Guilford.
Cox Mill’s Wendell Moore Jr., Robinson’s Lavar Batts Jr. and Central Cabarrus’ Mahaley Holit were named to the prestigious Associated Press All-State team on Wednesday.
Sage Surratt of Lincolnton and Mikayla Boykin of Clinton headline the 2016-17 All-State teams.
Sixty-two GARS members played a Captains Choice at Corbin Hills .
The first-place team with a minus-14 consisted of Tony Labarbera, Bob Sidden, Ray Pope and Gordon Correll.
Second place with a minus-12 went to Andy Griffin, John Goodman, Tom Talbert, and Allen Hammill.
Third place with a minus-11 was won by the team of Ross Howard, Ernest Wagner, Bobby Bryant and Dick Hatoway in a scorecard playoff over Buddy Barger, Clive Mahaffey and Bobby Clark.
Closest to the pin on No. 2 was Correll.
Longest putt on No. 9 was by Gary Schenk.
Corbin Hills Women’s Golf Association opened the season on Tuesday with a Low Gross/Low Net Tournament.
Low Gross — Kristi Laton
Low Net — Beth Calhoun
Low Gross — Susan Houston
Low Net — Faye Cline
Low Gross — Eileen Full
Low Net — Monica Green
Salisbury Academy’s varsity girls soccer team won against North Hills, 6-1.
Scorers for the Jaguars were Anna Mead and Morgan Jeter. Outstanding defense was played by Madelynn Castor, Emily Frick, Abbey Lawson, Sadie Miller and Camille Palmer.
Mid. school tennis
Erwin defeated Knox, 9-0, in a tennis match at Erwin on Tuesday.
Singles: Landon Shuping (E) over A. Blumenthal, 8-0; Jaden Collins (E) over J. Serrano, 8-1; Ryan Brady (E) over M. Fuller, 8-6; Greyson Trexler (E) over C. Conforti, 8-0; Caleb Nesbitt (E) over C. Kafitz, 8-2; Jayden Hopper (E) over D. Luttrell, 8-7.
Doubles: Shuping-Collins (E) over Blumenthal-Serrano, 6-1; Brady-Trexler (E) over Kafitz- Venne, 6-3; Nesbitt-Berg (E) over Navarro-Pastor, 6-3.