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Area Sports Briefs: Catawba men win; SHS soccer will try again tonight

From staff reports

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Jameel Taylor piled up  17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists and led the Catawba’s men’s basketball team to an 85-67 win at Young Harris on Wednesday.

Devin Cooper also scored 17. Cooper and Carter Phillips hit a batch of early 3-pointers to give Catawba (2-1) a  25-8 lead after nine minutes.

Phillips scored 15, while Daquan Lilly netted 12 and Jeremy McLaughlin added 11.

Catawba led 39-31 at halftime and shot 51.3 percent in the second half to pull away. Catawba led by as many as 22 in the second half.

Catawba won the boards, 46-35, with an 18-11 edge on offensive rebounds. The Indians also blocked seven shots.

Zion Williams scored 18 to lead the Mountain Lions (0-3).

CATAWBA (85) — Taylor 17, Cooper 17, Phillips 15,  Lilly 12, McLaughlin 11, McElveen 7, Zemonek 4,  Robinson 2, Jeffers, Curry,  Barber, Haskett, Whitfield, Johnson, Cannon.

YOUNG HARRIS (67) — Williams 18, Blanc 12, Jones 11, Flores 10, McCoy 6, Harper 5, Reeves 3, Kone 2.

Catawba                39   46    — 85

Young Harris        31   36   — 67

SAC football

The South Atlantic Conference announced football all-conference teams on Wednesday.

Catawba had nine players selected, including four first-team picks.

First-team honors went to senior running back Kenyatta Greene, senior offensive lineman Quinzavious Sands, senior tight end Jourdan Osinskie and sophomore linebacker Jeremiah Ferguson.

Claiming second team honors are junior wide receiver Will Sweeper, senior kicker Lee Brackman, senior defensive lineman Jordan Hemingway, junior defensive back Cris Page, plus Greene as a return specialist.

Mars Hill receiver Craig Rucker is the offensive player of the year, while  Wingate end Cardell Rawlings is the defensive player of the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Jason Poe was named the Jacobs Blocking Trophy award winner, while Lenoir-Rhyne’s Drew Cronic is the coach of the year. Freshmen of the year are  Wingate’s Nijere Peoples (offense) and Tusculum’s Nelson Louis (defense).


High school soccer

The Salisbury-Newton-Conover 2A regional final was postponed again on Wednesday.

The teams hope to play at West Rowan tonight at 7 p.m.


Davie signers

Davie County’s 6-9 Owen McCormack signed with Presbyterian’s basketball program on Wednesday.

McCormack averaged 14 points and 9 rebounds as a junior and was All-Central Piedmont Conference.


Davie’s Morgan Flores signed with Appalachian State volleyball, while Lauren Grooms signed with Coker volleyball.


Four War Eagle baseball players are scheduled to sign today: Carson Whisenhunt (East Carolina), Hite Merrifield (Wake Forest), Michael Shelton (Radford) and Jake Campbell (Lenoir-Rhyne).

High school wrestling

West Rowan opened the season by beating West Iredell, 58-24, on Wednesday.

JaQuan Turner (heavyweight), Alex Erazo (195 pounds), Gavin Burleson (170), Seth Simmerson (160)and Gavin Coffield (152)won by pin.

Jeffrey Garmon (145) won a major decision (11-1).

Devon Pena (113), Daniel Livengood (120), Luke Harrison (126) and Lane Adkins (138) won by forfeit.

Women’s basketball

Freshman Olivia Gabriel (Carson)  made her first 3-pointer for South Carolina State on Tuesday.

Men’s basketball

Freshman Jamarius Hairston (Carson) saw his first action for Lander on Wednesday and scored his first college point.

Mid. school hoops

Knox’s girls defeated Corriher-Lipe, 56-20.

  Mary Morgan scored 17 for Knox (2-0). Jamecia Huntley had 16 points and eight rebounds, while Kyla Bryant added 13 points, six assists and five rebounds.


Knox’s boys rolled past  Corriher-Lipe, 57-20.

Knox was led in scoring by CJ Toomer with 11 points.

Isaiah Riley scored 10, JyMikaah Wells had eight,  Jayden “Juke” Harris scored seven, and Tyreze Miller had six.

Rowan Hurricanes

The Rowan Hurricanes  basketball  organization is seeking serious athletes who are interested in playing travel/AAU/showcase basketball. The Hurricanes are looking for 9th-grade girls.

Contact coach Marcus White, director of the Hurricanes, at  704-490-5844 or marcuswhite809@gmail.com.

Contact coach Gary Sloan at 704-433-0096 for information on the 9th-grade boys team.



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