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Area Sports Briefs: Hayes is national champ

From staff reports

Former Livingstone sprinter Quanera Hayes won the women’s 400 meters in 49.72 seconds in the USATF Outdoor Championship in Sacramento, California.  She’s the fastest in the world now at that distance.

Basketball camp

The For Love of the Game Basketball Camp will be held for boys and girls at North Hills on July 6-8 from 11-1 daily.

Marcus White, coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, directs the camp. Providing instruction on skills and fundamentals will be former Division  I  players Carlos Dixon and Junior Hairston.

Registration fee is $25 for Hurricanes and $50 for others.

Contact Coach White at (704) 490-5844 or marcuswhite809@gmail.com.

Little League softball

Rowan Little League minors softball defeated East Surry, 11-0, for the District 2 championship.

Rowan outscored opponents, 47-0, in three district wins and advances to the state tournament at Lake Norman, starting July 7.

Local golf

In a one-day Tarheel Youth Golf Association tournament at The Club at Irish Creek on Monday, Carson student Zain Tucker won the 16-18 division.

Tucker made three birdies and shot 1-under 70.

East Rowan student Bryson Sprinkle shot 74 for second place.  Sprinkle’s day included two double bogeys and four birdies.

In the 14-15 division, South Rowan student Andrew Coward  shot 2-over 73 and finished first, one shot ahead of East Rowan student Austin Miller.

In the 12-13 division, Ben Childress shot 83 for third place.

In the 11-under division,   Landon Merrell finished second. He was 6-over for nine holes.

Tyler Kepley finished tied for fourth at 10-over.

Lauren Childress tied for eighth.

West Davidson’s Olivia Sharpe shot 88 to win the girls 14-18 division.

Legion softball

Rowan County plays tonight at Montgomery County.

The rained-out doubleheader with Cabarrus County will be made up at Carson on July 10.

Junior Legion

East Rowan won against on Monday, pounding Mocksville, 15-0.

Jake Holshouser was the winning pitcher, while  Wayne Mize collected four hits.

Jake Davis, Corbin Moss, Matthew Mathis and Jax Fitz had two hits each.


In East Rowan’s 7-5, 11-inning win at Carson on Sunday, Moss and Corbin Durham were pitching standouts.

East scored the go-ahead run in the 11th on a wild pitch, and Bryson Wagner drove in the run that made it 7-5.

East is at West Rowan tonight. That game site has been changed from the original schedule.


West Rowan lost to the Davidson Warriors, 8-4, on Monday.

Minor leagues

Colton Laws (Carson, Charlotte) made his pro debut on Monday.

Laws pitched one inning for the Bluefield Blue Jays in the Appalachian League and allowed a hit and no runs. He struck out one.

According to MLB Draft Tracker, Laws, who still had two years of college eligibilty at Charlotte, received a signing bonus of $183,300.


Zac Almond (Catawba) has been assigned to the Diamondbacks’ team in the Arizona Rookie League.


Jerry Sands (Catawba) has a seven-game hitting streak with Double-A Richmond. He’s batting .312. Sands has 10 doubles in 77 at-bats.


Micker Adolfo drove in three runs to lead Kannapolis to a 4-1 win against Hickory on Monday.

Adolfo blasted his 10th homer of the season and also doubled for the Intimidators (4-1 second half, 43-30 overall).

Intimidators starting pitcher Luis Martinez (2-0) worked six strong innings.

The Intimidators continue the home series against the Crawdads tonight at 7:05 p.m.

Wood bat leagues

Heath Mitchem (Carson, Catawba) pitched seven strong innings on Sunday for the Coastal Plain League’s Morehead City Marlins and evened his record  for the summer at 2-2.



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