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Area Sports Briefs: West tops East in hoops; Dixon hired by ASU

From staff reports

The West All-Stars beat the East in a thriller, 106-104, on Monday at Greensboro Coliseum.

Lincoln Charter’s Kody Shubert made the game-deciding shot and was the MVP.  Shubert is headed to Presbyterian.

Gardner-Webb signee Jaylen Alston scored 20 for the West squad, while Clemson-bound Hunter Tyson had 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Local players had an impact in the West’s win with  Carson grad Jamarius Hairston contributing seven points and eight rebounds in 19 minutes.

West Rowan grad Caleb Mauldin started and had eight points and six rebounds in 15 minutes of action.

North Davidson’s Satchel Hester had four points and three rebounds for the West.

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In the girls game, Hickory Ridge’s Rinnah Green and Gabby Smith contributed a combined 20 points to a  95-81 West victory.

The MVP award went to Eastern Guilford’s Jazmin Harris, who had 19 points and 11 rebounds. Harris signed with the Charlotte 49ers.

  Ardrey Kell point guard Journey Muhammad, the daughter of former NFL wideout Muhsin Muhammad,  hit six 3-pointers and scored 20 for the West.

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The East-West soccer games will be played at Macpherson Stadium in the Greensboro suburbs tonight.

Salisbury’s Matt Parrish is coaching the West boys and Salisbury defender Pedro Cruz is playing.

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The All-Star football contest is Wednesday night at Jamieson Stadium at 8 p.m.

West Rowan defensive lineman Devin Turner is in that one, continuing a streak of 12 straight summers that a Falcon has competed in the contest.

College basketball

Appalachian State men’s basketball head coach Jim Fox announced that Carlos Dixon (South Rowan, Virginia Tech) has been named director of basketball operations.

Dixon was voted into the Salisbury-Rowan Hall of Fame earlier this year and will be inducted in August.

Dixon heads to the High Country after serving as an assistant coach for the past two seasons at Queens University in Charlotte.

With the Royals, Dixon played a role in skill development, scouting reports, academics and recruiting in four states.

In his two seasons at Queens, the Royals posted a combined 62-8 record. In 2016-17, Queens won the South Atlantic Conference regular season and tournament title, while advancing to the Sweet 16. In the 2017-18 season, the Royals posted their best start in school history (16-0), reached the No. 1 ranking in the country during the season and made an appearance in the Final Four.

“We are pleased to have Carlos join our coaching staff,” Fox said. “He brings with him a wealth of experience, from his playing days in the ACC at Virginia Tech, his 11-year professional career and the past two years with a team that advanced to the Division II Final Four. He will be an asset to our players every day.”

Dixon was a four-year standout at Virginia Tech, where he was named team captain and team MVP during his junior and senior seasons. He currently sits 22nd in Virginia Tech history with 1,348 points and ranks 10th in program history in steals with 183. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor of science in housing, interior design and resource management in 2004.

  “This is the final piece to our coaching staff puzzle,” Fox added. “The season is quickly approaching and we are excited to get things going.”

App State will tip off the season in November and welcomes back 13 players from last season’s team.

Pfeiffer athletics

MISENHEIMER — Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications Jeremy Zalacca announced his resignation to assume the same position at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

College football

UNC Pembroke football head coach Shane Richardson put the finishing touches on his coaching staff on Monday when he announced that former Finlandia skipper Tim Driscoll has been hired on as the defensive coordinator for the Braves.

Driscoll, who will also serve as the defensive backs coach for the Black & Gold, brings more than 25 years of collegiate coaching experience to Pembroke, including the last three as skipper for the   Finlandia program. His coaching career also includes stops at four other NCAA Division II institutions.

Minor leagues

Zac Almond (Catawba) hit another home run for Missoula on Sunday and has six for the season.

The 22-year-old catcher is batting .310 with 23 RBIs.

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Nick Madrigal, the No. 4 pick in the recent MLB draft out of Oregon State, will start his pro career with the Kannapolis Intimidators.

The Chicago White Sox signed the infielder for a bonus of $6.4 million.

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  Craig Dedelow hit a two-run homer in the third inning, and Tyler Frost hit a two-run homer and had two hits, driving in three, as the Kannapolis Intimidators beat the Hagerstown Suns 7-6 on Monday.

The home run by Dedelow scored Luis Curbelo to tie the game 4-4.

Bennett Sousa (1-0) got the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief.

  

Local golf

In the Carolinas Amateur in Pinehurst, Eric Edwards (Salisbury, George Mason) shot 73-77-70-73 and finished at 5-over 293.

Davis Richards (South Rowan, N.C. State) shot 73-77-76-79 and finished at 17-over 305.

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Eastern Amateur champ Nick Lyerly (East Rowan, UNC Greensboro) will be involved in U.S. Amaeur qualifying today and Wednesday.

Legion softball

Rowan County plays on Monday, July 23, at 7 p.m. at Concord in the first round of the playoffs.

Rowan is a No. 4 seed,  while Concord is seeded first.

Second-seeded Kannapolis will host third-seeded Davidson County in the first round.

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In non-division games on Monday. Kannapolis split a doubleheader with Western Randolph winning 2-1 and losing 3-1.

Junior Legion

Ethan Wilkins had four hits and John Davenport pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts in Mocksville’s 11-4 Junior Legion win against Randolph that gave Mocksville the Area III championship.

Both teams will play in the state tournament in Manteo.

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