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Area Sports Briefs: Brown, Hallman lead Rotary tennis winners

From staff reports

SALISBURY —  Chance Brown and Carol Hallman were the top winners in the 10th annual Salisbury Rotary Tennis Tournament was held at the courts of Catawba College, Salisbury City Park and Country Club of Salisbury.

Brown defeated Aaron Post for the men’s singles championship while Hallman won over Sherry Barringer  in the women’s singles title match.

The men’s doubles championship was won by Sam Hartzell and Seth Worley, over Luke Sides and Hunter Smith. In the women’s doubles, Kelly Cope and Sue Lesso defeated Hallman and Mary James.

In mixed doubles, Adam and Alexandra Drye were victorious over Jeff Childress and Rachel Rudisill.

Reid Leonard, a Rotarian and one of the bigger supporters of tennis in Rowan County, started the tournament in 2008, with the help of  Jon Post. Leonard directed the tournament and Post volunteered as referee. Lloyd Mowery was co-referee.

Players from Lexington, Norwood, Albemarle, Cornelius, Chapel Hill and Concord joined Rowan County residents for the event. All results:


Men’s — Chance Brown over Aaron Post.

Men’s 50 and over — Jeff Childress over Mark Rufty.

Boys 18 and under — Kevin Agner over Roarke Burton.

Boys 16 and under — Juan Salazar over Ben Childress.

Women’s — Carol Hallman over Sherry Barringer.

Girls’ 14 and under — Lacy Waggoner over Lucy Barr.

Girls’ 16 and under — Kelly Campo over Abigail Campion.

Girls’ 18 and under — Emma Nianouris over Meredith Burton.


Men’s — Sam Hartzell and Seth Worley over Luke Sides and Hunter Smith.

Boys 18 and under — Roarke Burton and Ethan McGee over Hugh Bennett and Jake Crews.

Women’s — Kelly Cope and Sue Lesso over Carol Hallman and Mary James.

Girls’ 18 and under –Meredith Burton and Emma Nianouris over Andi Billingsley and Merionee Hunt.

Mixed — Adam and Alexandra Drye over Jeff Childress and Rachel Rudisill.

Local golf

  In McCanless Couples on play on Sunday, the veteran team of Susan Morris, Faye Cline, Ronnie Eidson and Eddie Suttles led the field.

  Mary Seaford, Kristi Laton and Harry Owens came in second.

Laton had closest to the  pin and longest putt.


Former East Rowan standout Nick Lyerly (UNC Greensboro) is competing in the Palmetto Amateur in Aiken, S.C., on June 6-9.

The tournament is held at the historic Palmetto Golf Club, where golf was first played in Aiken in 1892.

Junior Legion

Carson won against Kannapolis, 9-4, on Sunday.

  Michael Bostian and Garrett Jacobs had two RBIs each. Mason Heard was the winning pitcher.

Dylan Driver, Tyler Thompson, Emory Taylor and Aaron Misenheimer also pitched.

Carson plays at South Rowan on Thursday.

Legion baseball

Colby Stuart pitched a complete game as Greensboro beat Eastern Randolph, 4-2, on Sunday.


Kernerville got a double and a triple from Bryant Carey in an 8-3 win against Winston-Salem.

Pro baseball

The MLB draft starts tonight at 7 p.m. The first 43 picks will be made today. The draft lasts three days.

Carson senior Owen White projects as a second-round pick.


KANNAPOLIS— Paul Panaccione hit a run-scoring single in the second inning, leading the Hagerstown Suns to a 3-1 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators on Sunday.

Steven Fuentes got Tyler Frost to fly out with a runner on first to end the game for his third save of the season.

The single by Panaccione, part of a three-run inning, gave the Suns a 1-0 lead before Armond Upshaw hit a two-run double later in the inning.

The Intimidators cut into the deficit in the fourth inning when Justin Yurchak hit an RBI single, scoring Luis Curbelo.

Hagerstown right-hander Jackson Tetreault (1-6) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing one run on five hits over six innings. Opposing starter John Parke (5-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after allowing three runs and four hits over six innings.



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