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Area Sports Briefs: ECU’s Shuping shoots two 72s

From staff reports

East Carolina’s Logan Shuping (East Rowan) got the spring golf season off to a good start on Monday, shooting 72-72 — 144 in the first two rounds of the Sea Best Invitational at TPC Sawgrass.

East Carolina is in 10th place after two rounds.

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Catawab’s women finished 12th at the Barton Invite at Kiawah on Sunday.

Catawba shaved 15 shots off Saturday’s first round, shooting a 331 to finish at 677 for the two rounds. Florida Southern (619) bettered first-round co-leader Wingate (622) by three shots to win the team title.

Kaley Barts had the best finish for Catawba. She followed her opening 77 with an 83 and tied for 20th with a 160 total.   Next up for Catawba is the Converse Invite on Feb. 19-20.

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Alexandria Bare (South  Rowan) helped UNC Pembroke’s women finish sixth at Kiawah. She shot 87-81 — 168.

Prep basketball

It’s the last week of the regular season for Rowan County basketball squads.

Three of them — Salisbury’s boys and Carson’s boys and girls — are ranked in the top 10 in the state in their classificiation in the NCPreps media poll.

1A boys

North Stanly battered West Montgomery, 78-40,  on Monday and clinched a Yadkin Valley Conference championship. Albemarle won on Saturday and Monday to move into a tie for second place with North Rowan, two games back of North Stanly.

NR’s Cavaliers host South Davidson tonight.

2A boys

Salisbury has clinched the Central Carolina Conference title, but tonight’s home game against North Davidson, one of the teams tied for second place, should be entertaining.

North Davidson has outstanding players in Themus Fulks and Satchel Hester, while the Hornets score by committee.

2A girls

Every game matters for the Salisbury girls, who are in a tie for first with Ledford and East Davidson.

3A girls

West Rowan and fifth-ranked Carson are tied for first with North Iredell and the Falcons and Cougars will square off for the second time in six days. This time they’ll meet in Mount Ulla, where the Falcons achieved a big win against North Iredell on Friday.

Carson’s girls have won their last six against West.

3A boys

Carson’s 10th-ranked boys continue to push for the first championship in program history. The Cougars  lead South Iredell by one game and will be shooting for a sweep of the season series with West.

The county’s top two scorers — West’s Caleb Mauldin and Carson’s Jamarius Hairston —  will be in action.

East Rowan hosts Statesville. The Mustangs lost to Statesville 57-51 last week.

4A boys

Davie still has a chance to win the Central Piedmont Conference, but the War Eagles (6-2) have to win tonight at home against frontrunner East Forsyth (7-1). R.J. Reynolds also is 6-2.

Tournaments

Conference tournaments are next week. Ledford is the host for the CCC tournament semifinals and championship games. The YVC semis and championship games will be played at Pfeiffer’s Merner Gym.

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