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Area Sports Briefs: Four Rowan teams play for titles, wrestling championships under way

From staff reports

Four Rowan County basketball teams will be involved  in tournament championship games tonight.

Carson’s second-seeded girls (22-3) play top-seeded  North Iredell at South Iredell at 6 p.m. in the North Piedmont Conference championship game.

Carson lost to North Iredell 57-49 and 60-51 in the regular season.

Carson’s girls are seeking their first conference tournament championship. A win also would tie the school record for victories in a season.


Carson’s top-seeded boys will play third-seeded Statesville for the NPC championship tonight at South Iredell at 8 p.m.

Statesville beat second-seeded South Iredell on Thursday.

Carson (22-2) beat the Greyhounds 79-65 and 72-61 in the regular season. Jailen Williams totaled 43 points against the Greyhounds.

Carson will be seeking its first conference tournament championship.


North Rowan’s second-seeded  boys (16-8)  are playing top-seeded North Stanly for the YVC crown tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Pfeiffer’s Merner Gym.

North Rowan lost both meetings in the regular season to the Comets, falling 66-62 and 65-55.

North Rowan owns 11 conference tournament titles, with the most recent coming in 2014 in the 2A Central Carolina Conference.

North Stanly will be a tough opponent. The Comets  (22-4) haven’t lost since the calendar flipped to 2018. Their last setback was to 4A Davie County in the first round of the Christmas tournament at Catawba College.


Salisbury’s top-seeded boys (23-2) are playing for the Central Carolina Conference championship tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Ledford against second-seeded Thomasville.

Salisbury has won 11 games in a row. The last loss for the Hornets was a 63-58 setback at Thomasville. Salisbury also had its hands full with the Bulldogs and star Cameron Whiteside in the meeting in Salisbury. The Hornets won that one 91-86 in November in two overtimes.

Salisbury has won 16 conference tournament championships, with the most recent coming in 2012.

Wall: 1,000 points

Davie County senior Cooper Wall scored his 1,000th career point on Wednesday in Davie’s loss to R.J. Reynolds in the semifinals of the Central Piedmont Conference Tournament.

Wall is the 10th player in program history to reach 1,000. The first was his grandfather, Randall Ward, who reached the milestone in 1967.

Randall Ward, who would become a head football coach at Davie and West Rowan, averaged 18.4 points in 1967, including a 33-point outing in a loss to South Rowan.

Davie will be in the 4A state playoffs.

Prep wrestling

South Rowan wrestlers Logan Lambert (132 pounds) and Muhammad Dolley (195) got off to good starts in the 2A state championships in Greensboro on Thursday night.

Lambert won by major decision in the first round, while Dolley racked up a pin.

In the 3A championships, Carson’s Josh Vega (120) won a first-round decision.

Davie had four first-round winners in the 4A championships, with  Nick Gills, Hunter Strickland, Bryson Hunter and Anthony Olmedo staying in contention for state titles.

Four Davie wrestlers lost in the first round and will have to fight their way  to the podium through the wrestle-backs.

West Rowan’s Baiden Suddarth (195), Salisbury’s Kevion Chunn (195), Salisbury’s Timmy Boyd (132), East Rowan’s Stephen Deutsch (152), East’s Nate Burrage (106) and A.L. Brown’s Mason Ingram (182) lost first-round matches, but will still have a chance to place through the wrestle-backs.


In 1A, North Rowan’s Darren Williams will compete at 220 pounds. That tournament starts today.

Women’s basketball

Averett’s Amani Ajayi was named a second team all-conference player for the East Division of USA South. Ajayi (East Rowan) averages 13 points and 8 rebounds.

Men’s basketball

  Josh Calhoun had 32 points, six assists and four steals and led  the Pfeiffer men’s basketball team (18-4) to a 111-101 victory over Methodist (16-8) on Wednesday’s  Senior Night at Merner Gym.

Middle schools

The Knox boys lost 55-53 to unbeaten Mooresville despite 20 points by Jayden “Juke” Harris. Tyreze Miller, Christopher Toomer Jr. amd Jy’Mikaah Wells scored eight each for the Trojans.


Register now for spring sports at the East Rowan YMCA:

Girls middle school volleyball: grades 5-8.

Great Introduction to the sport and teaches the skills and fundamentals needed to do well at the middle and high school level

Registration ends Saturday, Feb 24.

• Mighty Kickers spring soccer.  Open to boys and girls, ages 3 and 4.

The Mighty Kickers league is a great introduction to the sport and teaches the fundamentals and rules of soccer along with YMCA values and principles.

Registration ends Saturday, March 31.

  Spring Soccer

Open to all boys and girls grades K-8 (ages 5 – 14).

Outdoor league teaches the traditional game of soccer along with YMCA values and principles.

Registration ends Saturday, March 31.

• Flag Football

Open to boys and girls grades Pre-K-6th (ages -12).   

The YMCA Flag Football League is great for new players. There is no contact. Great for fun and fitness!

Registration ends Saturday, March 31.

Register at the East Rowan YMCA or online at www.rowanymca.org

For more information contact Joe Finney at 704-279-1742 or jfinney@rowanymca.org.


The 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament season will open Saturday, Feb. 24, for North Carolina Division anglers with an event on Lake Norman.

Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing for top awards of up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively in the one-day tournament.

Drag racing

The 16th Annual Shriners Drag Racing & Hot Rod Expo will be held  February 16-17, at the Special Events Center at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The Biggest Indoor Show in the South features over 250 Show & Race cars, a huge Swap Meet, and over 50 Commercial Vendors.  It’s a car enthusiast dream show that has donated over $100,000 for the Shriners Children Hospital.

New this year will be a special collection of custom cars from Petty’s Garage.

Show times are Friday 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

College track

Saint Augustine’s University won the women’s title and shared the men’s crown with Virginia State University in the 2018 CIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the JDL Fast Track.



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