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Area Sports Briefs: Salisbury grad is conference swimmer of the week

From staff reports

Queens University swimmer McKenzie Stevens (Salisbury) is the Bluegrass Mountain Conference female swimmer of the week.

The Royals had back-to-back meets last week, taking onDuke on Friday and Lenoir-Rhyne and Limestone on Saturday.

Stevens collected a win and three second-place finishes during the weeked and was also a member of a relay victory.

The senior  took silver in the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.35), the 100-yard freestyle (51.26) and the 100-yard butterfly (56.23).   

She swam the second leg of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay against the Blue Devils, teaming with Shelly Prayson, Alexandra Marshall and Kyrie Dobson to turn in a time of 3:26.43.

Stevens won the 100-yard butterfly in Saturday’s event, finishing in 56.95.

The Royals will spend the rest of the regular season on the road, beginning with a trip on Jan. 26-27 to compete in the South Carolina Invitational in Columbia.

Local golf

Michael Childress finished tied for eighth place in last weekend’s Carolinas–Georgia junior golf tournament at Mount Vintage Golf Club in North Augusta, S.C.

Childress, of Salisbury and a senior at Cannon School in Concord, shot 77 and 73 for a two-day score of 150.

The top 30 junior golfers from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia were invited to play in the event, which saw only a high temperature of 40 on both days.

The champion, Lorenzo Elbert of East Point, Ga., shot 71-68/139 — the only player under par.

College tennis

Michael Ogden (Salisbury) won his singles match for N.C. State to close out a   5-2 win against Gardner-Webb.

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Christopher Newport’s Alexandra Drye (Salisbury) and doubles partner McKinney Harwood are ranked ninth in the region.

Track and field

In the  East Tennessee State Invitational, Western Carolina’s Jordan Bostian (West Rowan) finished fifth in the mile in 4:22.

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Freshman Cameron Butler  (West Rowan) ran 1:59 in the 800 at East Tennessee State and finished 12th in his debut for Coastal Carolina.

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  Current Falcons competed in the high school division at East Tennessee State. Thomas Waldo was15th with a 4:53 mile clocking and Matthew Ramsay placed 28th in 5:12.

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Freshman Payton Russell (North Rowan) was 10th in the 400 meters for North Carolina A&T in meets held in  Clemson and Birmingham.

Russell ran 56.64 at Clemson and also ran on the second-place 4×400 team.

Russell ran 57.14 in Birmingham.

Women’s basketball

Karleigh Wike (East Rowan) had 10 points and eight rebounds for Richmond in Sunday’s 68-65 loss to Davidson.

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Texas Tech’s Brielle Blaire (North Rowan) had 11 points and four rebounds in Saturday’s 66-54 loss to Iowa State.

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UNC Pembroke’s Avery Locklear (South Rowan) scored 13 points and Aliyah Farmer (North Rowan) had six points and seven  rebounds in 73-60 win on Monday against Georgia Southwestern.

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Alex Allen (Carson) had 10 points and nine rebounds for Lynchburg in Saturday’s 54-41 win against Eastern Mennonite.

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Catawba will be hosting  women’s basketball alumni on Saturday and plans to honor the 1992-93 team on the 25th anniversary of its  SAC tournament championship and appearance in the NAIA national tournament.

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Catawba’s women are tied for second in the SAC race and take a 7-2 league record into tonight’s game at Newberry.

Prep basketball

Northwest Guilford’s Liz Kitley, a 6-foot-4 junior, announced a commitment to play basketball at Virginia Tech.

Kitley is the daughter of Rowan County Hall of Famer Ralph Kitley, one of the standouts on North Rowan’s 1986 state championship team and an athlete who went on to play at Wake Forest.

Ralph is now the principal at Northwest Guilford.

Liz Kitley was All-State in 2017 and MVP of the 4A state championship game. She also has competed in softball and volleyball.

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In the NCPreps.com media poll that was released on Tuesday, North Stanly’s boys are tied for 10th in 1A. North Rowan received votes.

• In the 2A poll, the East Davidson,Ledford and Salisbury girls teams received votes.

Salisbury and Thomasville’s boys are in a tie for ninth place.

• Cox Mill’s boys still top the 3A poll, despite Friday’s close call against A.L.Brown. Carson’s boys are tied for fifth with Freedom.

Carson’s girls are ranked sixth. North Iredell is eighth.

• Hickory Ridge’s girls are ranked fifth in 4A, while West Forsyth is seventh. Reagan received votes.

East Forsyth was the  only Central Piedmont Conference team to receive votes in the 4A boys poll.

Action resumes for local teams on Friday after exams.

Middle schools

Erwin’s top-seeded girls won against North Rowan, 47-29, in the semifinals of the varsity conference tournament on Tuesday and advanced to Thursday’s 4:30 p.m. championship game at Southeast.

Mary Spry scored 21 points. Madie Honeycutt and Hannah Isley scored eight each for the Eagles. Leah Hinceman scored six.

     

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