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Area Sports Briefs: Troutman, Gadson named conference players of the year

From staff reports

Salisbury senior Bryanna Troutman was named Central Carolina Conference Player of the Year for girls basketball by the league’s coaches.

The Wingate signee averaged 16.7 points and led the Hornets to a 25-5 season and the conference regular-season championship.

Salisbury junior Anayia Fulson made the All-CCC team.

Salisbury coach Lakai Brice was runner-up in the coach of the year voting to Thomasville’s Ann Ferguson.

South Rowan senior Janiya Downs was runner-up in the player of the year voting.

Ledford’s Lyrik Thorne, who signed with Catawba, is on the All-CCC team.


Salisbury’s boys placed Cam Gill and Jacquez Smith on the All-CCC team.

South Rowan’s Jarron Hines made All-CCC.

North Davidson’s Themus Fulks is the league’s boys player of the year, while West Davidson’s Elliott Pope is the coach of the year.

Lexington’s Derrick Dearmon was runner-up for player of the year honors, while Brandon Mullis, who led North Davidson to the CCC regular-season championship, was runner-up for coach of the year.

NPC basketball

Carson senior McKenzie Gadson was voted North Piedmont Conference Player of the Year by the league’s coaches.

The Anderson signee averaged  14.3 points and led Carson to a 27-3 season and the regular-season championship.

Carson’s Brooke Stouder was named NPC Coach of the Year.

Carson’s Colbie Perry, Ellie Wilhelm and Maci Cooper made the All-NPC team.

West Rowan’s Abigail Wilson and Mary Sobataka and East Rowan’s Adalie Harrison made All-NPC.


In NPC boys basketball, West Rowan’s Payne Stolsworth, East Rowan’s Elton Hooper and Carson’s Cole Perry and Eric “EJ” Clark made the All-NPC team .

Statesville’s Jeremiah Mott was voted the league’s top player, while Statesville’s Sonny Schofield was named coach of the year.


College baseball

SALSBURY — Bryan Ketchie pitched into the eighth inning, and Catawba beat Anderson 1-0 at Newman Park in South Atlantic Conference action on Saturday.

Ketchie (6-0) scattered six hits and kept Anderson off the scoreboard with the help of two double plays.

Hunter Shepherd knocked in Jackson Raper with the game’s only run in the fourth.

Peyton Williams relieved Ketchie in the eighth and got the last five outs for his fourth save.

The teams will finish the series with a doubleheader today, starting at 1 p.m.


North Carolina’s Ike Freeman (East Rowan) hit his fourth homer of the season in Friday’s loss to Clemson.

Freeman is batting .375 with four homers and 16 RBIs.

College wrestling

UNC Pembroke’s 184-pounder Brandon Sloop (Carson) won one match in the D-II national championships held in Cleveland, Ohio, before losing twice on Friday.

College softball

Catawba lost at Francis Marion on Friday, 4-2, in non-conference play.

Madison Hunter pitched well in relief. Taylor Martin and Bailey Benton had RBIs for the Indians (9-6).

HS hoops

Mount Airy’s standout guard Shaunae Sawyers signed with Catawba.

Sawyers averaged  18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists for the Bears this season.

Mount Airy’s coach is Angela Harbour Mayfield, a Catawba Hall of Famer.

HS softball

CHINA GROVE — Kary Hales hit a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to lift Carson to a 6-5 win against Davie County on Friday.

Katelym McGee had three hits for the Cougars  (2-1) and scored two runs. Kaitlyn Honeycutt had two hits and two RBIs.

London Dirks, Caitlyn Sechrist and Aisulu Ball had two hits for Davie (2-1).

HS baseball

East Rowan lost to South Meck on Saturday at Staton Field, 7-2.

East (3-2) was held to three hits. Cameron Padgett took the loss.  Jake Holshouser knocked in a run for East.

Matt Hill homered for the Sabres.

College lacrosse

NEWBERRY, S.C.— Catawba’s men won their fourth straight, topping Newberry at Setzler Field, 11-8.

Tony Bellotte scored four goals for Catawba (4-2, 1-0). Kevin Geiger posted 19 saves.

Women’s hoops

UNC Pembroke basketball senior Avery Locklear  (South Rowan) received the Mike and Amy Wood Foundation Graduate Scholarship on Friday at the Peach Belt Conference awards banquet in Augusta, Ga.

Locklear started 25 games as a senior and maintained a 3.99 GPA as a  history major.

HS tennis

West Rowan lost to Davie on Friday, 7-2.

Steve Wilmot won a singles match for the Falcons, while Wilmot-Trevor  Mervine won in doubles.

Men’s basketball

Fifth-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne shot a season-high 63.5 percent from the field and knocked off top-seeded Queens 83-65 in a South Atlantic Conference Tournament semifinal on Saturday.

Lenoir-Rhyne center Bertrand Awana shot 8-for-8 on Saturday.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s defense  held Queens to 3-for-22 shooting on 3-pointers.



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