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Area Sports Briefs: Carson’s White named SPC Pitcher of the Year

From staff reports

Carson junior Owen White has been named South Piedmont Conference Pitcher of the Year.

White was 8-1 with an ERA of 0.33.

He pitched four complete games and two shutouts. He struck out 94 and walked 14 in 64 innings.

White was undefeated in the SPC. His lone loss was 1-0 on an unearned run on opening day against Davie County. He pitched a no-hitter in his second start of the season against East Rowan. The most hits he allowed in a game this season was five.

West Rowan’s Seth Graham and  Robinson’s Ryan Hodges were honored as co-coaches of the year.

West won the regular season championship.

Central Cabarrus’ Cameron Kepley, an Appalachian State-bound senior,   was named SPC Player of the Year.

West Rowan catcher Trevor Atwood, shortstop Brett Graham, infielder Brandon Walton and pitcher/infielder Austin Love made All-SPC.

East Rowan pitcher John Owen and shortstop Chandler Blackwelder made All-SPC.

Carson first baseman Ben Shoaf and pitcher Maddux Holshouser joined White on the All-SPC team.

South Rowan shortstop Tyler Shepherd, pitcher Walker Joyce and second baseman Austin Chrismon made All-SPC.

Cabarrus All-SPC

Chase Orrock, Robinson

Jackson Aldridge, Robinson

Jason White, Robinson

Noah Love, Robinson

Davis Hurd, Cox Mill

Kayne Pfeifer, Cox Mill

Cameron Kepley, Central Cabarrus

Cole Foster, Central Cabarrus

Jake Rowden, Central Cabarrus

Michael Mutterer, Hickory Ridge

RJ Coard, Hickory Ridge

Jake Whitcomb, Hickory Ridge

SPC boys track

All-South Piedmont Conference boys track and field performers included West Rowan’s Andrew Burgess, Cameron Butler, Deyquan Byrd, Jalen Houston and Javon Lofton; East Rowan’s Lee Sharum, Sean Incardona, Sam Wall and Christian Bennett; Carson’s  Brenden Westbrook and William Fuller, and South Rowan’s Tristan Gabriel.

Distance Runner of the Year, Ethan Bemis, NWC

Sprinter of the Year, Tyler Manigault, Cox Mill

Field Athlete of the Year, Gabe Stainback, Concord

Coach of the Year, Brandon Gentry, NWC

Champion: NW Cabarrus

SPC girls track

All-South Piedmont Conference girls track and field performers included  East Rowan’s Faith Faller, Iyahnna Neal and Katie Barnes; West Rowan’s Tabitha Landy, Destiny Shaver, Deja Phillips and Miyanna Pruitt; South Rowan’s Janiya Downs and Madilyn Jones, and Carson’s  McKenzie Gadson and Maddie Pait.

Distance Runner of the Year, Meg Rhoney, NWC

Sprinter of the Year, Joy Jackson, Cox Mill

Field Athlete of the Year, Destanee Hunsucker, Cox Mill

Coach of the Year, Daniel Helms, NWC

Champion: NW Cabarrus

CPC baseball

Davie County’s Cody Hendrix, Chris Reynolds and Carson Whisenhunt made the All-Central Piedmont Conference baseball team.

North Davidson outfielder Austin Beck, expected to be a first-round draft pick in June, was named CPC Player of the Year.

Player of the Year,  Austin Beck. N. Davidson

Pitcher of the Year,  Will Sprinkle, Reagan

Coach of the Year,  Doug Welch, RJ Reynolds

College baseball

East Carolina third baseman  Eric Tyler (South Rowan) was named to the All-American Athletic Conference first team.

Tyler, a co-captain , batted a team second-best .342 (78-for-228) with six home runs, 38 RBIs and 37 runs.

He collected at least one hit in 45 of 56 games this season which included a pair of double-digit hit streaks (12 and 10 games).

He set an ECU and AAC record reaching base in 39 consecutive games from March 11 to May 18, while earning league hitter-of-the-week honors May 1.

Tyler ranks among the league leaders in hits, doubles and total bases.

ECU catcher Travis Watkins (Cox Mill) also made the all-conference team.

Legion baseball

Rowan County’s scheduled home game with High Point was washed out on  Wednesday.

The game with Kernersville that was scheduled for tonight also has been postponed.

Rowan is scheduled to play at Kannapolis on Friday.

College track

Western Carolina’s Devaniel Dale (East Rowan) was named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year.

Dale was the highest scoring freshman at the conference meet after registering 18.5 points with second-place finishes in the 200 and 400 meter dashes.

Dale also was a members of the  Catamounts’ 4×400  championship relay team.

Dale set personal bests in both individual events with a time of 21.46 seconds in the 200 and 47.95 in the 400.


N.C. Central sprinter Jaleesa Smoot (Salisbury) was one of 21 student-athletes recognized as members of the  MEAC outdoor track and field All-Academic Team.

Minor leagues

  Seby Zavala’s clutch hitting forced extra innings, but the Intimidators fell to the Greenville Drive, 6-2  on Wednesday afternoon in the second game of a doubleheader at Intimidators Stadium.

Zavala hit a walk-off single to left field in the first game for a 2-1 victory.

  Kannapolis (24-20) took two of three games in the series against the Southern Division-leading Drive.

Kannapolis is at Greensboro tonight.


Justin Seager (NW Cabarrus) hit his first homer of the season for the Double-A Arkansas Travelers on May 21.


Bobby Parnell (East Rowan) picked up a win for the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers on May 21.

Parnell is 2-2 with a 4.26 ERA in 13 relief outings. He’s struck out 16 in 19 innings while walking nine.  He’s allowed one homer.


Jordan Jankowski (Catawba) made his debut in the big leagues on Wednesday for the Houston Astros.

Jankowski struck out the side in the top of the ninth against the Tigers,  including Ian Kinsler, but he allowed a triple and a homer.

East Rowan YMCA

Last chance to register for Summer T-Ball at the East Rowan YMCA

Summer T-Ball

Open to all boys and girls, ages 4 & 6

Summer T-Ball is a great introduction to the   sport of baseball. This league teaches the fundamentals and rules of baseball along with YMCA values and principles.

Registration ends Saturday, June 4  The 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

Contact Joe Finney at 704-279-1742 or jfinney@rowanymca.org.




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