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Area Sports Briefs: Salisbury-East Davidson girls battle headlines the basketball schedule

From staff reports

Both Salisbury High basketball teams are still unbeaten. They’ll be home tonight against East Davidson in Central Carolina Conference matchups.

The girls game is expected to be a thriller, with both teams ranked in the top 10 in 2A.

The jayvee games are being played at East Davidson, so the varsity girls  should start promptly at SHS at 6 p.m.

Salisbury’s girls already have logged one big win this week. They handed Ledford its first loss on Tuesday on the road.

There are plenty of home games in the county tonight.

East Rowan hosts West Stanly; West Rowan is home against Cox Mill, and Carson welcomes A.L. Brown for non-conference games.

Cox Mill brings Wendell Moore Jr. one of the nation’s top juniors, to Mount Ulla, along with UNC signee Leaky Black.

North Rowan is home for Yadkin Valley Conference games against West Montgomery.

Davie is at North Iredell.

The annual Christmas tournament is scheduled for Dec. 28-30 at Catawba College. Seeds for the tournament are determined by pre-Christmas record. In addition to both Salisbury teams, the West Rowan girls, Davie boys and Carson boys are still undefeated.

Davie and Carson will square off next week.

Local golf

GARS members played in their own foursomes at Rolling Hills.

Low ‘A’ Flight player was Gary Schenk with a net of 65.34. Low ‘B’ Flight player was Ron Ervin with a net of 69.11.

Low ‘C’ Flight player was Lou Manning with a net of 66.95.

Low ‘D’ Flight player was Larry Luther with a net of 66.40.

Men’s basketball

Michael Bowman (North  Rowan) had eight points and four rebounds for J.C. Smith in Thursday’s 96-89 loss to Lincoln.


Pfeiffer (5-0) crushed  Greensboro, 113-85, on Wednesday.

Marcus Sawyers shot 11-for-12, breaking school field-goal percentage records.  He was 4-for-4 on 3-pointers.


Fourth-ranked Lincoln Memorial (10-0) whipped Wingate, 88-65, on Wednesday to stay undefeated.

Women’s basketball

Amani Ajayi (East Rowan) had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Averett in an 80-78 loss to Greensboro.


Alex Allen (Carson) had nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks in a 70-62 win against N.C. Wesleyan.

CCC boys hoops

Satchel Hester scored 21 points to lead North Davidson to a 71-28 win over Oak Grove in CCC basketball.

Showcase baseball

The South Charlotte Panthers announced rosters:

The 2019 team will include Salisbury’s Bo Rusher and Hite Merrifield.

The 2020 squad includes  East Rowan’s Charlie Klingler and Jake Davis.

The 2021 team includes East’s Jake Hunter and JD Basinger, Salisbury’s Vance Honeycutt and Northwest Cabarrus’ John Anderson.

The 2021 team  includes outfielder/pitcher Luke Osteen, a freshman at Hough High in Cornelius.

Osteen also was a standout receiver for Hough’s football team. He’s the son of Josh Osteen, a former West Rowan Falcon and Catawba Indian.

The 2022 SC Panthers include  Nathan Chrismon, a China Grove eighth-grader who will be going to South Rowan. He’s the son of South baseball coach Thad Chrismon and AD Angie Chrismon.

Prep baseball

Carson pitcher Maddux Holshouser committed to UNC Greensboro.

Holshouser was 6-3 with a 1.96 ERA as a junior.


East Rowan pitcher/first baseman Hayden Setzer committed to Catawba.

Setzer was 7-2 on the mound with an ERA of 1.30.

He batted .342 with 15 RBIs.

Both commits are lefty hurlers.

Mid. school hoops

Erwin’s boys defeated Knox, 39-35.

Cameron Padgett scored 26 points, and Dylan Valley made the clinching free throws for the Eagles.

Cameron Stout had 15 points and eight boards for the Trojans.


Erwin’s girls won against Knox, 33-22.

Leah Hinceman led the Eagles with 12 points. Haley Dalton scored 10, and Madie Honeycutt had seven.


West Rowan’s boys beat Corriher-Lipe, 65-38.

Camden Stamper had a career high of 20 points for the Bulldogs (4-7). Noah Loeblein added 12 points, and Spenser Harrison and Isiah Tenor had  eight each.

Jackson Black led Corriher-Lipe with 21 points.

West will next play Erwin on Monday.

Parks and Rec

  The Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department hosts Moonlight Basketball on Saturdays at Hall Gym from 8-10 p.m.

The program runs the first and third Saturdays of each month through April.  Program is free and is coed, for ages 13-19.  Organized games are played along with contests at end of program.  Call 704-638-5289.

Prep football

Robinson back Que Reid committed to Western Kentucky.


Concord announced Marty Paxton as its new head football coach.

Paxton is a Concord graduate.

Paxton got the Hickory Ridge program started and was there for nine seasons and 56 wins. He’s coached  Mooresville  the last two seasons and was 12-12.

Mooresville is in a tough 4A league, at least for the next three seasons, and is in a rebuilding mode.

Still, it’s an attractive coaching job, with a lot of community support and a great facility. There were 70 applicants when Paxton was hired a few years ago.



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