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Area Sports Briefs: Rowan swimmers strong in conference meets; big win for West wrestling

From staff reports

WINSTON-SALEM — Salisbury’s female swimmers placed second and the boys placed third in Saturday’s Central Carolina Conference Championships at Winston-Salem State.

Salisbury’s Emily Knorr won the 200 free and 500 free, while her sister, Katie Knorr, took the 200 IM and 100 backstroke.

Salisbury’s girls won the 200 medley relay (the Knorrs, Calista Erhart and Anna Grace Woolly) and the 400 free relay (the Knorrs, Erhart and Phoebe Hollingsworth).


Salisbury’s boys finished third. They were led by Roarke Burton, who won the 50 free and 100 free races.


South Rowan’s boys were strong and took second place.

South’s 200 medley relay team and 200 free relay teams placed second.

Blaise Bumgarner was second in the 100 free and 100 backstroke.


Both North Davidson teams finished first.


In the recent North Piedmont Conference Championships, South Iredell’s swim  teams swept the meet. Both Carson teams finished second.

For Carson’s boys, Matthew Epley was second in the 200 free and 100 breaststroke.

Cole Dixon was second in the 50 free and 100 free.

Andrew Sadler was second in the 100 butterfly.

Brandon Yow was second in the 500 free.

Cooper Sever was second in the 100 backstroke.

Carson’s Sever, Simon Foster, Epley and Dixon won the 400 free relay.

West Rowan’s Matthew Gouge won the 500 free.


Carson’s Olivia Shorter won the 500 freestyle and was second in the 100 butterfly.

Carson’s Taylor Sever, Olivia Weatherby, Malia Hughley and  Shorter took second in the 200 free relay.

Carson’s Sever, Savannah Hart, Weatherby and Shorter won the 400 free relay.

East Rowan’s   Brenna Culp, Susie Trexler, Victoria Lewis and Baleigh Hill finished second in the 200 medley relay.

East’s Hill, Sierra Braun, Grace Faller and  Culp took second in the 400 free relay.

West’s Maris Wainwright was second in the 500 free.

NPC team scores

Boys: South Iredell 401, Carson 368.5, North Iredell 231, West Rowan 131, Statesville 122.5, East Rowan 103

Girls: South Iredell 476, Carson 389, East Rowan 260, North Iredell 190, Statesville 135, West Rowan 131.

HS wrestling

West Rowan’s wrestlers stayed unbeaten in the NPC with 43-24 win at North Iredell on Friday.

Daniel Livengood (120), DJ Robinson (132), Mike Molenda (138), Gavin Coffield (160) and Seth Simmerson (170) had pins.

Alex Erazo (182) took a major decision.  Devon Pena (106), Luke Harrison (126) and Baiden Suddarth (220) won decisions.

West is 4-0 in the league and has clinched at least a tie for the NPC title. West wrestles at Carson on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

West went 3-2 at a tournament at A.L. Brown on Saturday.

HS baseball

The first official practice day for baseball is on Feb. 13. Games can be played as early as Feb. 27.

Mid. school girls

Erwin eighth-grader Haley Dalton broke the school scoring record with 446 career points.

That record had stood since Ashley Collins scored 425 in 2005.


Addie Plott had 24 points and 12 steals to lead Corriher-lipe to a 41-10 win against Southeast as the middle school jayvee season got under way.

Meredith Faw had five points and six steals. Da’Nijah Powell scored six points.


North Rowan’s girls topped Erwin 35-32.

Dasia Elder scored 30 for the Mavericks.

Allie Martin scored 23 for the Eagles, while Daisy Berry had five.

Local golf

Thirty GARS members played at the Revival at the Crescent.

Low ‘A’ Flight player was Ted Weant with a net of 74.09.

Low ‘B’ Flight player was Allen Hammill with a net of 64.23.

Low ‘C’ Flight players were John Cress and Bobby Miller with nets of 69.29.

Low ‘D’ Flight player was Ralph Luther with a net of 65.02.

Low gross score was a 78 by Allen Hammill. Low net winner was Luther.


The team of Blake Wray and Matt Cook shot 63-62—  125 and won the Championship Flight of the Two-Man Texas Scramble at Warrior.

Second place went to the team of Williams Little and Brent Little with 63-64 — 127.

Men’s basketball

Guilford’s Will Leckonby (Salisbury) scored 17 points in a 75-44 win against Ferrum.

Leckonby shot 5-for-7 on 3-pointers.


N.C. Wesleyan beat Pfeiffer, 128-123, in overtime on Saturday in Rocky Mount.

Tyjarek Simmons scored 35 points for the Falcons.

College football

The South Atlantic Conference President’s Council has agreed to a football scheduling commitment with Barton College beginning in 2020 for a term of two years.

Barton is coached by former Catawba head coach Chip Hester.

Hester spent 18 years coaching at Catawba College, serving as the head coach of the Indians for 11 seasons.

The agreement will allow the SAC football playing schools a common in-region opponent, while helping Barton complete a full NCAA Division II schedule.

Barton replaces UNC Pembroke as a regional scheduling partner for the SAC. UNCP will be playing Mountain East Conference teams.

The Bulldogs will play eight of the nine SAC football schools in 2020 and  all nine in 2021.

Barton will not count as a conference opponent in the standings, nor will their student-athletes be eligible for South Atlantic Conference honors.

College swimming

The Catawba women lost to Wingate, 127-75, but topped Lenoir-Rhyne, 115-89, in a tri-team swim meet on Saturday at Johnson Pool.

The Catawba Indians notched four wins over the 11 events and capped the meet with a victory in the 800 free relay.

Carolin Albers had two individual wins and anchored the winning relay squad.



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