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Area Sports Briefs: McRae wins title, honored by Lees-McRae

From staff reports

Lees-McRae’s Cody McNeely (West Rowan)  ran 1:55 and won his second straight title in the 800 meters in the Conference Carolinas Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

McNeely also won the 800 in the conference indoor meet.

McNeely was  named the men’s track athlete of the year for Lees McRae and will graduate in May with a degree in exercise science.


Two former A.L. Brown stars have signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents.

Virginia receiver Keeon Johnson had 49 catches for 476 yards and three TDs as a senior. He signed with the New York Giants.

Charlotte 49ers running back Kalif Phillips, who had 4,025 rushing yards in his career and scored 43 touchdowns, signed with the Green Bay Packers.

Phillips has been in a green uniform in high school and college, and that will continue in Green Bay if he can make the Packers roster.


The Kannapolis Intimidators were off on Monday. They start a homestand tonight against the Augusta GreenJackets.

Will Albertson, former Catawba star, is one of the catchers for the GreenJackets, who will play three games in Kannapolis.

College baseball

Second-seeded Lincoln Memorial took advantage of seven errors and beat Carson-Newman on Monday, 9-4, for the SAC tourney championship.

Lincoln Memorial got the league’s automatic bid. Catawba could get an at-large bid.


Top-seeded Mount Olive roared back from an early loss to Pfeiffer and won the Conference Carolinas tourney title on Monday at Elon.

Mount Olive edged Belmont Abbey, 5-4, in the title game.


Montreat’s Ross Hoffner  (Davie County) went 3-for-4 and hit a three-run homer in a 15-5 win against Bryan. Hoffner is batting .323.

Sacred Heart

The Sacred Heart girls soccer team defeated North Hills Christian, 4-2.

Caroline Cardelle scored three goals, and Sutton Webb had one.


Sacred Heart also won against   Immaculate Heart of Mary of High Point, 5-1.

Cardelle had two goals.  Spencer Hansen, Theresa Holland and Kyna Zaldiar scored a goal each.

Local golf

In another nip and tuck McCanless Couples event, the team of Azalee Story, David Huneycutt and Susan Wydner edged  the team of Eileen Full, Walt Kincaid and Lexi Miller.

David Thompson was closed to the pin. Story had longest putt.


Rain and wet grounds postponed  softball, baseball and soccer on Monday.

Softball and baseball tournaments are expected to get under way tonight.

Prep tennis

Salisbury is at home today against Lincolnton at 4:30 p.m. in the first round of the 2A state dual team playoffs.



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