Area Sports Briefs: Rowan Little League softball strong again

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 25, 2018

From staff reports

The Rowan Little League minors softball team (ages 9-10) won  the district title for the fifth straight time by defeating East Surry at Salisbury Community Park.

Rowan is seeking its fifth straight state title and   will start play in the state tournament on July 7.

Players are Madison Altieri,  Ella Doby, Andie Evans, Kennedi Fisher,  Taylor Hallman, Charlotte Jones, McKenzie Menius, Olivia Polson, Arabelle Shulenberger,  Maddie Thompson,  Kimberly Troublefield  and Campbell Withers.

The manager is Chris Evans. Assistant coaches are TJ Polson and Bryan Ritchie.


Rowan Little League majors (ages 11-12) starts district play this week at  Salisbury Community Park with games on Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m.

This age group won the Little League World Series in 2015 and was runner-up in 2016 and 2017.

This team boasts another strong group and  expects to advance deep into the summer.

Players are Emma Clarke, Emma Rae Cline, Ashlee Ennis, Brooke Piper, Lexie Ritchie,  Kendall Robinson,  Campbell Schaen,  Karsen Simpson,  Chloee Stoner, Lauren Vanderpool,  Ella Wilkinson,  Cailynn Winford and Ashley Yang.

The manager is Steve Yang. Assistant coaches are Josh Schaen and Brandon Piper.

Local golf

The 118th Men’s North & South Amateur Championship will be held today through Friday at the Pinehurst Resort.

Nick Lyerly (East Rowan, UNC Greensboro) will be one of the participants in the invitational tournament.

The format is two rounds of stroke play, with the best 32 scorers advancing to match play.


The McCanless Couples played a Captains Choice on Sunday.

The first-place team was  Ty & Beverly Cobb, Pam & Ralph Craver and Walt Kincaid.

The second-olace team was David & Azalee Huneycutt, Gene & Mary Seaford and Harry Owen.

Pam Craver won longest putt.


Former North Rowan and UNC pitcher Daniel Moore made his first hole-in-one on Sunday in Greenville on his 36th birthday.


Junior Legion

Cade Bernhardt pitched a one-hitter on Sunday in  West Rowan’s 10-0 win against Mocksville.

Legion baseball

Rohan Handa had three hits for Kannapolis in Sunday’s 14-5 loss to Concord.

Ick Cirino knocked in four for Concord. Noah Love and Brett Laws had three RBIs each to back the pitching of Nolan Devos (six innings, six strikeouts).


Winston-Salem topped Eastern Randolph, 9-7, in a Northern Division game on Sunday.

Lead-off man Tyler Johnson had three hits and scored three times for Winston-Salem. Connor Patterson, Hunter Little and Mason Canoy had two hits each for Post 81.


Garrett Willoughby and Sam Peddycord had two RBIs each as Kernersville  beat Greensboro, 8-6, in a Northern Division game on Sunday.

Bennett Nooe hit another homer for Greensboro.

Prep basketball

South Rowan guard Tazah Hardin is headed to Catawba Valley Community College.

A knee injury cost Hardin three games as a senior and limited her in others, but she scored in double figures 15 times, with a career-best 23 against Lexington.

Hardin has speed and quickness and was a second team all-county basketball player for the Raiders as a junior and senior and also did well in track and field.

She was third in the Rowan County Championships in the 100 as a senior and fifth in the 200.