Area Sports Briefs: Downs, Mauldin honored as district basketball players of the year

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 8, 2018

From staff reports

South Rowan’s Janiya Downs and West Rowan’s Caleb Mauldin have been  honored as the top basketball players in District 11 by the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association.

District 11 honorees included players from Rowan, Iredell, Surry, Stokes, Caldwell,  Wilkes, Yadkin and Watauga counties.

Carson’s Brian Perry was named District 11 Coach of the Year. for boys.

Carson also placed Jamarius Hairston (first team), Jailen Williams (second team) and Owen White (third team) on the all-district teams.


North Stanly’s Bryson Childress made first team in District 8.


In District 9, which includes the Charlotte schools, Cox Mill’s Wendell Moore Jr. is the player of the Year. Cox Mill’s Rechon “Leaky” Black is first team all-district.


Downs leads the District 11 girls team.

West Rowan’s Abigail Wilson is first team all-district, while Carson’s Olivia Gabriel and Salisbury’s Bryanna Troutman made second team.


All-Yadkin Valley Conference teams were released on Wednesday.

North Rowan freshman Natavia Taborn made All-YVC.  Mikiya McDaniel was Honorable Mention.

South Davidson’s Hannah Cranford is the player of the year, while Gray Stone’s Robert Stack is the coach of the year.


North Rowan’s Dayjuwon Cooke, Brevin Goodlett and Derrick  Page made all-conference.

North Stanly’s  Childress was named player of the year. North Stanly’s Chris Misenheimer is the coach of the year.

Prep baseball

TYRO — Salisbury’s baseball team stayed unbeaten with a 5-3 league win at West Davidson on Wednesday.

Salisbury (4-0, 3-0 CCC)  pounded 12 hits and took control with a four-run third inning.

Chandler Lippard went 3-for-3. Griffin Myers went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs.

Jack Fisher and Bo Rusher had RBIs. Vance Honeycutt and Blaine Shellhorn had two hits each.

Fisher pitched six innings for the win. Myers and Joe Steinman got the final outs in the seventh.


West Rowan, East Rowan and South Rowan had games postponed by wet grounds.

South is set to play Ledford at home this afternoon.  West will play Cox Mill tonight, with the site moved to Cox Mill. East is scheduled to play at North Davidson.

North Rowan is home against South Stanly.

Prep softball

SALISBURY —  Ellen Yang pitched a no-hitter as Salisbury topped North Rowan, 13-0, in non-conference softball on Wednesday.

Yang struck out 11 and walked one in the five-inning game.

Yang went 3-for-3 at the  plate, with a triple.

Anayia Fulson and Kayla Caldwell had two hits each for the Hornets (1-2). Caldwell had a double.


MOCKSVILLE — West Rowan out-slugged Davie County 13-9 in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday.

It was 9-9 after three innings. West freshman Taylor Walton relieved in the third inning and shut out Davie the rest of the way.

Alexander Linder and Mary Sobataka homered for West (3-0). Linder had three hits, scored four runs and knocked in three. Sobataka drove in four.

Parker Greene had two hits and one RBI.

For Davie, Sydney Wyatt powered  a grand slam, Anna Devereaux drove in three runs. Sydney Hendren and Bridgett Tierney had three hits each.


LANDIS — Summer McKeon and Brooke Lowery had three hits each for South Rowan in a 9-3 Central Carolina Conference loss to North Davidson on Wednesday.

McKeon hit a home run.

Prep soccer

MIDWAY —  Rhiannon Kimmer had five assists and two goals and Madison Henry had five goals and one assist as South Rowan  pounded Oak Grove, 9-0, in Central Carolina Conference action on Wednesday.

Taylor Mauldin had two goals and an assist for the Raiders (3-0, 3-0 CCC).


East Rowan won against Mount Pleasant, 6-0.

West Rowan lost to Central Cabarrus, 8-0.

Prep golf

CHINA GROVE — Salisbury lost a cold, windy match to West Stanly at Warrior on Wednesday.

Alex Antosek shot  37 to lead the Hornets.

Prep tennis

SALISBURY —  Salisbury’s boys tennis team won against Central Davidson, 8-1, for a Central Carolina Conference win.

Winning for the Hornets in singles  were Roarke Burton, Jander Rodas, Adam Drye , Sean Archer, Juan Salazar and Parker Chmiel.

Burton/Drye and Salazar/Chmiel won doubles matches.


North Rowan lost to North Stanly, 8-2, in Yadkin Valley Conference tennis on Wednesday.

Hans Roemer won in singles for the Cavaliers.


KANNAPOLIS — Luke Sides, Hunter Smiith, Avery Paschal and Dylan Owens won in singles for Carson in an 8-1 victory against Northwest Cabarrus.

Sophomore Cameron Dunn and freshman Alex Blumenthal teamed for a doubles victory.

Prep football

A.L. Brown receiver Jalen Nixon will be part of the UNC program next season.

Local golf

Sixty-three GARS members played a Texas Scramble at Corbin Hills.

The first-place team with a minus-7 was  Johnny Shook, Ron Ervin and Bob Stepanian.

The team of Larry Petrea, John Cress, Larry Lutherand Ray Pope shot minus-6 and took second in a scorecard playoff with the team of   Phil Cauble, Max Eller, Tommy Lambert and Lynn Shook. Closest to the pin on No. 2 was Ralph Luther. Longest putt on No. 9 was made by J.C. Ritchie.

Catawba lacrosse

Catawba held on to take a 16-15 win over visiting Chestnut Hill in women’s lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon at Shuford Stadium.

Down 16-11, Chestnut Hill (1-1) scored four straight goals in about a four-minute span to get within 16-15 with 4:35 remaining. The Griffins won the ensuing draw control and earned a free-position shot with 3:23 left, but Erin Green was able to cause a turnover. Chestnut Hill got one more possession with just over a minute to play, but another turnover allowed Catawba to run out the remainder of the clock.

Green scored six goals for Catawba (4-4).

Chestnut Hill’s Hunter Leckonby had a goal and two assists. She’s the daughter of Catawba AD Larry Leckonby.

Catawba opens conference play on Saturday, hosting Newberry at 4.

College softball

Catawba was trounced, 17-3, in the first game of a doubleheader with King (7-9) on Wednesday, but came back to take the second game, 2-0.

Carlee Brawley had a two-run double in the opener.

Preston Ellenberg took charge for the Indians (11-9)  in the nightcap, pitching a shutout and driving in both runs with a homer and a single.

Catawba travels to Emmanuel on Friday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

College baseball

TAMPA, Fla. —  The Catawba Indians lost 12-8 at Tampa on Wednesday.

Catawba (8-13) got three hits each from Kyle Smith and Joe Butts.  Chance Bowden (Salisbury) had two hits.  Jackson Raper drove in a run.

Catawba led second-ranked Tampa (14-3)  by a 5-3 tally heading to the bottom of the fifth, but Tampa got nine runs in that inning.

Tampa had 15 hits. Catawba had 11.

Sawyer Strickland started on the mound for Catawba and went three innings. Michael Elwell took the loss.

Catawba will travel to Carson-Newman for a South Atlantic Conference series  on Friday.


  Lenoir-Rhyne’s Jake Pritchard (North Rowan) will miss the season and will be redshirted.

Pritchard will have surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff on March 29 and expects to be ready for fall baseball.

Carolina Press

The youth travel basketball organization, The Carolina Press, will be hosting tryouts for 7/8 grade boys on Monday, March 19, from 6-7:30 p.m. at West Rowan Middle. Girls tryouts will be held on March 20 from 3-4:30 p.m.

  For further details you can reach out to Donte Minter at, coach Ashley Poole or coach Jennifer Hege.

Easter softball tournament

A high school softball Easter Tournament is being planned this season for Salisbury Community Park.

West Rowan, East Rowan, Carson, South Rowan, Mount Pleasant, Mooresville, Cox Mill and Central Cabarrus will be involved.

Pfeiffer softball

Junior shortstop Vada Blue Sherrill  had 12 RBIs and hit two grand slams in a sweep of J.C. Smith on Wednesday.

Pfeiffer is 14-2.


Wingate leads the 2017-18 South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award Standings after the conclusion of winter sports.

The Bulldogs won two championships during the fall season (football and men’s soccer), and added three second place finishes; men’s and women’s indoor track and field and women’s basketball, to take the lead with 896.5 points.

Carson-Newman moved into second place with 727.5 points after capturing the women’s basketball championship and finishing in the top five in men’s and women’s indoor track and field and men’s basketball.

Catawba’s 387 points is good for the No. 8 spot, while Coker lands at No. 9 with 340.66 points.