Area Sports Briefs: East boys, West girls win openers

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 21, 2018

From staff reports

GRANITE QUARRY — Most of East Rowan’s boys basketball players just came off the football field, but the Mustangs were able to pull out a 51-47 win against Central Davidson in Tuesday’s opener.

“Seven of our 12 guys are football players and we  played tonight with one practice under our belts,” East head coach Kurt Misenheimer said.

It showed early. East was down 16-3 after the first quarter.

“We started very slow offensively,” Misenheimer said.

East fought back to a 29-17 halftime deficit, cut into the deficit some more in the third quarter and outscored the Spartans, 17-9, in the final eight minutes.

“We found a way to grind it out in the second half,” Misenheimer said.  We found a way to win and at the end of the day, a win is a win. I’m proud of our guys.”

East has a strong senior group and got a lot of leadership from them.

Elton Hooper had 15 points and 12 rebounds and made key free throws in the fourth quarter.   Brandon Jefferson scored all 12 of his points in the second half.

Point guard  Gabe Hinceman  took care of the basketball and made key plays down the stretch.

Sophomore Gavin Sprinkle made four 3-pointers.

East plays  at South Rowan  next Tuesday.

E. ROWAN (51) — Hooper 15, Jefferson 12, Sprinkle 12, G. Hinceman 7, Jordan 3, Shuping, I. Hinceman, Padgett, Bennett.

C. DAVIDSON (47)   Leonard 13, Myers 13, Cope 8, Chames 6, King 5, McGath

C. Davidson 16   13   9     9  — 47

E. Rowan        3    14  17  17 — 51

West girls rally

MOORESVILLE — Senior Mary Sobataka  made three 3-pointers and scored a career-high 24 points, as West Rowan’s girls opened the basketball season with a 65-54 win at Lake Norman.

West had to overcome a seven-point halftime deficit, but  dominated the second half.

Junior Abigail Wilson scored 23 for the Falcons, lifting her career total to 971.

Taylor Poole scored eight points, while Whitley Arnott, a post player who transferred from South Rowan, scored six.

WEST (65) — Sobataka 24, Wilson 23, Poole 8, Pharr 2, Blabon 2, Pharr 2.

West Rowan    17    9  17 22 —  65

Lake Norman  19   14  8  15  — 54

Davie girls win

Morgan Lewis scored 17 points and Emma Slabach, making a basketball comeback, had 11 as Davie County beat Rockingham County, 48-42, on Tuesday.

Lewis scored 15 in the second half.

Davie boys win

Presbyterian signee Owen McCormack had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead Davie County past Rockingham County, 61-44, on Tuesday.

Jacob Hendrix had 12 points and seven rebounds. Michael Walton scored 10,   with 6-for-6 foul shooting.

Jayvee girls

Carson won against Robinson, 37-1.

Iyonnna Parker scored 14, and Makayla Johnson had eight for the Cougars.

Camden Corley and Hannah Isley led the Cougars’ suffocating defense.

CCC girls

Emily Hege scored 22 points and Ashley Davis had 20 as North Davidson beat East Surry, 58-55.

Cabarrus girls

UNC signee Nia Daniel scored 21 points to lead Hickory Ridge to a 59-57 win against Mallard Creek in an early matchup of powerhouse teams.


Romar Morris (Salisbury) is a running back and kick returner for the Calgary Stampeders, who have reached the Grey Cup, the CFL’s Super Bowl.

Morris has 376 rushing yards, 167 receiving yards, 409 punt return yards and     404 kickoff return yards.

He has four rushing TDs, two receiving TDs and a punt return TD.


Pittsburgh’s Javon Hargrave (North Rowan) racked up his fourth and fifth sacks of the season in Sunday’s win against Jacksonville.

College football

Guilford receiver Juwan Houston (West Rowan) was named to the All-ODAC third team.

Houston led the Quakers in receptions (39) and shared the lead with 604 receiving yards and four touchdowns.


North Carolina A&T stayed in first place in the BOXTOROW media and coaches polls.


Sewanee DB Wesley Porter (East Rowan) was honorable mention for all-conference honors.

He had 10 breakups and 56 tackles.

College swimming

Catawba swim teams wrapped up the Fall Frenzy Invite on Friday at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center. The women were ninth out of 14 teams with the men placing ninth among 12 teams.

College cross country

The Catawba women’s cross country team was eighth and the men  were 10th at the 2018 NCAA II Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships.

Patience Hunt led the Catawba women with a time of 23:42 and took 24th overall. Hannah Mercer placed 28th, covering the 6k course in 23:55. Those times were the fifth and sixth best marks in school history.

Kyle Rhodes led the men with a 30th-place finish. He ran the fifth best 10k time in school history, crossing the line in 33:24. Javier Alejandro placed 36th and had a time of 33:48.

The finishes were the best for the cross country teams at the regional in over a decade.


Women’s basketball

Avery Locklear (South Rowan) had nine points and five rebounds for UNC Pembroke in Tuesday’s 54-41  loss to Fayetteville State.

Men’s basketball

Will Leckonby  (Salisbury) scored 14 points for Guilford in Tuesday’s 75-56 win against Averett.

Local golf

Cameron Frick made his first hole-in-one at McCanless on Tuesday.

Frick aced the 184-yard No. 12 hole with a 7-iron.

That hole has been his nemesis over the years.

“I was just trying to get it on the green, it hit the the edge of the top tier and rolled back into the hole,” Frick said. “ I thought it was behind the flag stick. but then we got up there and —  bam — it’s in the hole.”

Witnesses were Brian Reynolds, Colton Brewer, Bobby Bauer and Matthew Beaver.


Phil McKinney made a hole-in-one at the Country Club of Salisbury on Sunday.

He made his first ace on the No. 14 hole with a 7-iron.


Fifty-one GARS members played at Rolling Hills GC.

Low ‘A’ Flight player was Franklin Ford with a net of 65.27.

Low ‘B’ Flight player was Tommy Lambert with a net of 61.20.

Low ‘C’ Flight player was Tommy Ellis with a net of 64.59.

Low ‘D’ Flight player was Larry Luther with a net of 62.41.

J.C. Ritchie, 94, shot an 89.

Bernard Caldwell had low gross with a 72, while Tommy Lambert won low net.


On a beautiful fall day, Mary & Gene Seafood and Ralph and Pam Carver led the field in McCanless Couples play.

Jan Godwin, Harry Owens and Azalee & David Huneycutt came in second.

Mary Seaford had closest to the pin and Gene Seaford had longest putt.


8th-grade basketball

Erwin’s girls beat Southeast, 42-26.

Haley Dalton led the Eagles (4-0) with 14 points. Leah Hinceman scored 11, and Icesis Nwafor had seven.

Kam Ketchie scored 14 for the Patriots.


Knox’s girls beat West Rowan Middle, 48-37, in a matchup of unbeaten teams.

Kyla Byant had 26 points and five steals for the Trojans. She’s the daughter  of Salisbury High coach Lakia Brice.

Jamecia Huntley had 17 points and five rebounds for the Trojans (4-0).


Knox’s boys won 78-69 in overtime against West Rowan Middle in an exciting game.

Jayden “Juke” Harris  led the Trojans with 32 points.   Jalen Chunn scored 13. Tyreze Miller had eight, C.J. Toomer scored seven, Isaiah Riley had six, and  JyMikaah Wells scored five.

Knox will host Mooresville on Nov. 27.