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Area Sports Briefs: Durante will be inducted into NC Hall

From staff reports

Catawba basketball great Dwight Durante will  enter the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame on Friday in ceremonies held at the Raleigh Convention Center.

The Class of 2017 includes  Glenn Bass, Durante, Mike Fox, Chasity Melvin, Ben Sutton, Caulton Tudor, Steve Vacendak  and Stephanie Wheeler.

Durante will be the fourth from Catawba to be inducted into the state hall, joining  Gordon Kirkland, Joe Ferebee and Sam Moir. Durante is the first to be inducted for his accomplishments as a player.

Durante averaged a school-record  29.4 points a game in his career at Catawba College and holds records for most career points, points in a game (58) and single season scoring average (32.1).

Catawba awards

Catawba College announced athletic award winners for the 2016-17 school year.

The awards were presented at the annual athletic ceremony held at the Keppel Auditorium on Tuesday. Heading the list of winners are women’s basketball’s Bri Johnson and football’s Mike Sheehan. They were awarded the Lomax and Kirkland Awards for the top female and male senior athletes.

  Soccer’s Hannah Cruse and football’s Steven Porter were given the Wurster Awards for team leadership.   Soccer’s Katie DeZego and cross country’s Sean McMahon had the highest GPAs for senior athletes.

Awards for team MVPs went to Luke Setzer (Baseball), Troy Warren (Men’s Basketball), Serena Brown (Women’s Basketball), Hannah Mercer (Women’s Cross Country), Sean McMahon (Men’s Cross Country), Case Woodard (Football), Jordan Taylor (Men’s Golf), Victoria Hedrick (Women’s Golf), Ryan Applegate (Men’s Lacrosse), Nicolette Salay (Women’s Lacrosse), Daniele Proch (Men’s Soccer), Hannah Cruse (Women’s Soccer), Kirsten Stinnard (Softball), Amy Cujas (Women’s Swimming), Dominik Brus (Men’s Swimming), Michael Patch (Men’s Tennis), Erisa Onchi (Women’s Tennis), Bri Howard (Volleyball), Lilyanne Lee (Cheerleading), Madison Sides (Dance), Rebecca Webb (Athletic Training) and Haley Morgan (Sports Information).


Antonio Rodriguez tripled twice and drove in three to lead the Kannapolis Intimidators (13-12)  to a 7-4 SAL win against Augusta on Wednesday at Intimidators Stadium.

Prep baseball

In a semifinal game in the Central Carolina Conference Tournament at Finch Field, East Davidson beat Salisbury, 7-3, on Wednesday.

The second-seeded Golden Eagles took charge with a four-run third inning.

Chandler Lippard had two hits for the Hornets, while Joe Steinman knocked in two runs. Steinman and Jack Fisher pitched three innings apiece. Fisher struck out four.

Adam Fore struck out 10 Hornets and pitched into the seventh inning.


Top-seeded West Davidson handled No. 4 seed North Rowan, 7-1, on Wednesday at Finch Field.

Chris Mauck pitched a complete game for the Green Dragons and struck out seven.

North’s Joe Harrison allowed only one earned run, but West Davidson took advantage of North miscues.


A.L. Brown lost to Hopewell, 10-3, in a MECKA tournament semifinal on Wednesday.

Matt Baucom had two hits, while Robby Clarke knocked in two for the Wonders.

Prep soccer

Salisbury concluded the Central Carolina Conference season with a 9-0 victory over  North Rowan.

Salisbury got goals from Julia Honeycutt, Emily Mann, Bess Bryan, Nellie Brown, Juliana Anderson, Ceci Cardelle, Caroline Colwell, Katie Bullock and Ellen Simons.

Bullock and Anderson scored on headers off  corners and Colwell collected her second career goal on a beautiful side netting finish. Assists were earned by Cardelle (2), Bullock (2), Brown, Bryan, Rainey Dunham and Anna Grace Woolly. Anderson, Honeycutt, and Brown combined for the shutout in goal.

Salisbury (16-1-2) hosts Concord tonight at 6 p.m.


Carson won against East Rowan, 7-0, on Wednesday.

Gracie Thomason scored three goals. Sarah  Musselwhite scored two goals. Hannah Smith and Sarah Christy had a goal each.

Prep softball

A.L. Brown beat Hough, 6-0, to win the MECKA tournament championship on Wednesday.


Davie County crushed Reagan, 18-0, in a Central Piedmont Conference semifinal on Wednesday.

Jessica Beck and Makenzie Smith drove in four runs each. Smith homered. K’lea Parks went 4-for-4. Olivia Boger was the winning pitcher.


Carson lost at Hickory Ridge, 13-3, in a South Piedmont Conference semifinal on Wednesday.

Madison Barnhardt drove in two runs for the Cougars. Katie Jewell and  Haley Howerton had two hits each.

Dakota Christie homered for the Bulls. Lindsey Powell was the winning pitcher.

Prep track

Salisbury’s boys won the Central Carolina Conference championship.


A.L. Brown’s boys and girls finished second in the MECKA Meet.

A.L. Brown’s Joshua Parks was meet MVP.

Parks won the 400, placed second in the triple jump and third in the high jump. he ran on the third-place 4×400 team.

Brandon Hernandez won the 1600 and 3200 for the Wonders.


NW Cabarrus swept the SPC Championships.

Girls team scores

NW Cabarrus 103, C. Cabarrus 90, Hickory Ridge 80, Cox Mill 61, Carson 60, E. Rowan 50, W. Rowan 45, Concord 34, S. Rowan 26, Robinson 2.

Rowan winners:

• Carson’s McKenzie Gadson won the 100, 200 and long jump

• Carson’s Maddie Pait won the high jump

• West’s girls won the 4×200 relay

Boys team scores

NW Cabarrus 105, W. Rowan 86, Concord 82, Cox Mill 69, Hickory Ridge 56, E. Rowan 50, Robinson 47, Carson 31, C. Cabarrus 19, S. Rowan 11

Rowan winners:

• Carson’s Brenden Westbrook won the long jump and triple jump

• East Rowan’s Lee Sharum won the pole vault and the shot put

  • West Rowan’s Jalen Houston won the 100 hurdles

• West Rowan’s Cameron Butler won the 800

Full results will be online as soon as possible for the conference meets.



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