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Area Sports Briefs: Former Catawba Indian honored by AP

From wire and staff reports

RALEIGH — Class 4A champion Charlotte Harding headlines the 2017 Associated Press all-state prep football team for North Carolina.

Running back Quavaris Crouch, offensive lineman Jovaughn Gwyn and defensive back Malik Dunlap made the 30-man squad after voting by 19 statewide media members in results released Thursday. The three selections were the most for any school this year, while third-year coach Sam Greiner, who played at Catawba College,  was voted AP coach of the year after leading Harding to its first state title since 1953.

Greenville Conley quarterback Holton Ahlers was voted state offensive player of the year, while Shelby linebacker Dax Hollifield was named state defensive player of the year.

Conley, Charlotte Mallard Creek, Elizabeth City Northeastern and 3-AA champion New Hanover also had two picks each.

Ahlers, Hollifield, Crouch and Northeastern defensive lineman Traveon Freshwater led the team with 14 votes each.

Hollifield became a three-time AP all-state pick. Ahlers, Freshwater, Scotland County running back Zamir White and North Davidson kicker Chris Dunn made the all-state team for the second straight year.

Prep football

A.L. Brown’s All-SouthPiedmont Conference football players were quarterback Jordan Medley,  receiver Jalen Nixon, tight end Justin Rodgers linebacker Justin Holdsclaw, defensive lineman Najee Williams,  lineman Malachi Lyles and lineman Jeremy Davis.

Northwest Cabarrus placed defensive lineman/tight end Ben Coates III, wide receiver I.J. Sturdivant, defensive lineman DeAnthony Barnhardt and running back Tyrese Blake on the All-SPC team..

Robinson dominated the individual awards with running back Dawson Williams named SPC Offensive Player of the Year, senior safety Que Reid  named Defensive Player of the Year and  Joe Glass getting Coach of the Year.

Cox Mill’s John Brosnahan is the SPC  Player of the Year for special teams. He punted and kicked for the Chargers.

Prep basketball

Michael Walton and Cooper Wall scored 19 points each for Davie County in Thursday’s 84-74 double-overtime loss to undefeated Statesville Christian.

Owen McCormack scored 16 for the War Eagles.

Jacob Hendrix and Brooks Johnson scored nine each.

Wall just missed a triple-double with nine assists and nine rebounds.

West Rowan Defeated Carson last night 62-18. That brings our overall record to 7-1 and our conference record to 1-0.

Prep wrestling

West Rowan won against Carson, 62-18, in a North Piedmont Conference matchup.

West (7-1, 1-0)  got pins from Holden Mesimer(106), Devon Pena (113), Gavin Coffield (138), Luke Bolmer (145), Lane Bolmer (152), Luke Waggoner (160)

Lane Adkins won by tech fall (15-0) at 132.

Alex Erazo won a 15-10 decision at 170.

Baiden Suddarth (195), Arturo Vera (220) and Jaquan Turner  (heavyweight) won by forfeit.

Josh Vega (120), Noah Basinger (126) and Robert Barringer (182) had pins for the Cougars.

Local golf

Fifty-two GARS members played  in their own foursomes at Warrior.

Low ‘A’ Flight player was David Scearce with a net of 64.12.

Low ‘B’ Flight player was David Schenk with a net of 62.82.

Low ‘C’ Flight player was Ben Moore with a net of 59.90.

Low ‘D’ Flight player was Larry Luther with a net of 60.56.

Low gross score was a 70 shot by Edgar Osborne.

Eagles were flying.

Clive Mahaffey, Ben Moore, and Ken Miller eagled the par 5 No. 4  hole, while Mick Rowell eagled the par 4 No. 11 hole.

Winsten Mahaffey, 81, shot a 75; Moore, 81, shot a 77; Frank Masingo, 82, shot an 82; Clive Mahaffey, 82, shot an 82; and Buddy Barger, 83, shot a 78.


Justin Taylor made a hole-in-one on No. 6 at McCanless Golf Club.

The hole was measuring 202 yards.  He hit a 5-iron for the perfect shot.   He was playing in the “Tuesday Scramble” group with playing partners Calvin Smith, Wayne Mitchell   and Glenn Bell.



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