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Area Sports Briefs: Davie grad Hoffner completes baseball career at Montreat

From staff reports

Montreat’s Ross Hoffner (Davie County) earned a spot on the Appalachian Athletic Conference Champions of Character team and made the AAC all-academic team for the second time.

Hoffner went 6-for-7 with two walks and two steals in the recent AAC Tournament in Kingsport, Tenn. For the season, he  batted .326 and led Montreat with 21 steals.

Hoffner  will graduate from Montreat on May 12 with a degree in sports managament.

After graduation, he will assume the position for the Mooresville Spinners baseball organization as head of game day operations.


KANNAPOLIS — Tomas Alastre, Jeremy McKinney and A.J. Bogucki combined for a shutout as the Hagerstown Suns beat the Kannapolis Intimidators 2-0 on Monday. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Suns and a six-game winning streak for the Intimidators.

College golf

Richmond’s women’s golf team played in the regional  tournament in Tallahassee, Fla, on Monday. Isabella Rusher (Salisbury) shot 80 on the first day of the three-day event.

College track

St. Augustine’s swept the CIAA Championships.

Livingstone’s men finished sixth, while the women were seventh.


 Charlotte’s Zachary Marchinko (Carson) received the Vincent Vernitsky Award for cross country and track and field.


North Carolina A&T’s Payton Russell (North Rowan) ran 55.1 in the 400 in the MEAC Championships and finished ninth. She helped the Aggies finish second.

North Hills

North Hills Christian School guard Silas Wertz has signed with Montreat’s basketball program.

The 5-foot-11 guard  was team captain and was the Eagles’ second-leading scorer as a senior with 427 points. He averaged 14.7 points per game and 4.5 rebounds. He led the team with 3.7 assists per game.

Wertz scored 20 or more points seven times and had 19 in a 64-43 loss to Carson.


The North Hills girls soccer team plays in the first round of the NCISAA playoffs today at Burlington School.


Prep tennis

The dual team state playoffs resume today with second-round action. In 2A,  unbeaten Salisbury is at home against Mount Pleasant. The Tigers’ only loss was to 3A Cox Mill.



Legion baseball

Kannapolis is scheduled to start the season on May 15 at home (NW Cabarrus High) against Mocksville.

College softball

The Pfeiffer softball team has earned the No. 1 seed in the ECAC Division III tournament .

The Falcons (35-5) will travel to Madison, N.J., to take on No. 8 seed Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham on Wednesday.

The winner  will move on to the semifinals on Saturday.


The NCAA Division II Softball Committee announced its field of 64 teams.

Four schools will represent the South Atlantic Conference in the double-elimination tournament, which will be held at 16 regional sites on May 10-12.

Lenoir-Rhyne earned the No. 2 seed in the Southeast Region and will host. The Bears will take  on No. 7 Young Harris in the opening round. Also traveling to Hickory, will be the No. 6 seed Carson-Newman. The Eagles will face   No. 3 seed Georgia College.

Heading to Dahlonega, Ga., and No. 1 seed North Georgia, will be No. 4 seed Coker. The Cobras will have a familiar foe, as they will face   No. 5 seed Queens in the opening round.

Region winners  advance to the super regionals, May 17-18. The finals of the 2018 NCAA DII Softball Championship will take place at the Moyers Sports Complex in Salem, Va., May 24-28.


Basketball camp

The free Coast to Coast Camp will be held on  July 23-27 at Hall Gym.

Register and donate at COASTTOCOASTLIFESKILLS.com.

Rotary Tennis

10th Annual Championships

Dates:  May 25-27

Entry Deadline:  Monday, May 21

Draws will be posted by:  Thursday, May 24

Location:   Johnson Tennis Center at Catawba College will be the base.  Also   City Park, Country Club of Salisbury  and Salisbury High, as needed.

Entry Fees:  $25 for the first event, $10 for the second event.

Events:  Mens and Womens Open (Singles and doubles)

Mens and Womens 50+ age (Singles and doubles)

     Mixed Doubles

   Juniors Boys and Girls, 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s, 18s (Singles and doubles – and consolation)

Enter online.  Go to www.tinyurl.com/2018rotary. Click on “Online Entry” and follow the instructions to sign up and pay.

Questions: Call Jon at 704-223-0893.   

  Proceeds from this tournament support the Salisbury Patriots Flag Concourse and Memorial —  dedicated in honor of all who have served  in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.

Scholarships available if unable to afford entry fees. Please call Reid Leonard at 704-633-1495 for more information.

Rowan Mountaineers

The Rowan Mountaineers Youth Tackle Football Program is offering free non-contact workouts for any boy or girl , ages 4-10, interested in playing competitive tackle football.

Workouts will be held every Saturday in the Month of May from 1-2 p.m. at  Mountaineer Field (2400 Faith Road, Salisbury).

  For more information on the program,   contact Matt Randolph at 470-313-4278  CoachMattRandolph@gmail.com.


NC Hall of Fame

Class inducted on May 4 in Raleigh, the 55th class:

DONNA ANDREWS: An outstanding golfer, Andrews won a major title on the LPGA Tour as well as five other tournaments during her time on the tour from 1990 to 2005. She finished in the top ten in money earned in a season three times. The Lynchburg, Va. native is now a teaching pro in Pinehurst.

SCOTT BANKHEAD: Bankhead, an All-American pitcher at North Carolina, had a 10-year major league career, including six with the Seattle Mariners with whom he won 14 games in 1989. The Raleigh native and Asheboro resident produced two of the best seasons in Tar Heel history.

HAL “SKINNY” BROWN *: Brown pitched for six teams in his major league career, which spanned from 1951 to ‘64. His best season came in 1960 with the Orioles. Baltimore battled the Yankees all summer for first place in the American League race before finishing second. Brown, born in Greensboro, went 12-5 with a 3.06 ERA that season.

CHRIS CAMMACK*: Almost 50 years after graduation, Cammack still ranks as one of N.C. State’s best all-around baseball players. The Fayetteville native starred at third base for four years, earning all-ACC honors four times and set the Wolfpack record for single-season batting average with a .429 mark in 1969. He was also a point guard on a state championship high school basketball team at Fayetteville High.

JOEY CHEEK: Cheek, a Greensboro native, has won three Olympic medals in speed skating. He began as an inline skater as a teen before switching to speed skating. He won medals in the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Games. He is also a well-known humanitarian, co-founding Team Darfur, an international association of athletes devoted to raising awareness of humanitarian crises related to the war in Darfur.

WES CHESSON:  Chesson, a native of Edenton, played for former Duke star Jerry McGee in high school at Holmes High and then went on to Duke himself. He was a star receiver and punter for the Blue Devils in the late 1960’s.  By the time he graduated, he was the leading receiver in ACC history and was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons.

LAURA DUPONT *: A native of Louisville, Ky., Dupont moved to Charlotte as a teenager and quickly dominated the state’s junior tennis tournaments. She attended North Carolina where she won the pre-NCAA national collegiate championship. After graduation she joined the WTA Tour, where she was a standout in both singles and doubles.

MINDY BALLOU FITZPATRICK: Fitzpatrick, a native of Sea Level, was a volleyball and basketball standout at West Carteret High School. She went on to become a collegiate basketball star at South Carolina, where she played from 1983-86 and was a three-time All-American. She later became a championship surfer.

BILL HAYES: Hayes spent 27 years as a college head football coach and won 195 games, including stints at North Carolina A&T (1988-2002) and Winston-Salem State (1976-87). After his coaching career, he served as athletic director at his alma mater, North Carolina Central, Florida A&M and Winston-Salem State.

JACK HOLLEY*: Holley was an outstanding athlete at New Hanover High School and graduated from Guilford College.  He coached an amazing 46 years at the high school level and his football teams won a whopping 412 games, which placed him in the top ten nationally at one time.  His stops included Tabor City and two long stints at Wallace-Rose Hill, among others.

PAUL JONES*: Jones, born in Thomasville and a graduate of East Carolina, compiled a brilliant basketball coaching record at Kinston High School. He spent 38 seasons there, from 1957 through ’95, and his teams won 662 games and 18 conference championships along with two North Carolina High School Athletic Association state titles and four runner-up finishes.  He also coached a team to a state title in baseball.

MIKE MARTIN: Martin has built one of the greatest collegiate baseball programs in the country in his 38 years at Florida State. The Gastonia native has the most wins and the highest winning percentage of any active coach. Under his direction, Florida State has become a fixture in the national polls and NCAA Tournament play.

FRANK “JAKIE” MAY*:  A Youngsville native, May had a 14-year major league career. The lefthander pitched for three National League teams between the 1917 and 1932 seasons. He had 72 major league wins, including 15 for Cincinnati in 1927, and finished his career with a 3.88 ERA.

JOE WEST: West was born in Asheville, graduated from Rose High in Greenville and played football at Elon. He is the longest tenured umpire currently working in major league baseball, with over 40 seasons, and prior to his induction in the Hall has worked in six World Series, nine League Championship series and three All-Star games.

FRED WHITFIELD: Whitfield has teamed with Michael Jordan to give Charlotte one of the best-run franchises in pro basketball. President and chief operating officer of the franchise, which he joined in 2006, the native of Greensboro graduated from Campbell University and is in that school’s sports Hall of Fame.  Thousands of young people in Charlotte have benefitted greatly by his civic work over the years.



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