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Area Sports: Downs unanimous pick for AP All-State basketball; Catawba baseball falls at Newberry

From staff reports

South Rowan basketball standout Janiya Downs was named to the Associated Press All-State team that was announced on Friday.

Downs was one of three girls who were unanimous All-State picks by the media.

A Catawba College signee, Downs broke numerous school and county records this season. She averaged 32.3 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.2 steals.

Downs will be honored by the NCHSAA on April 27 as one of its performers of the week winners.

Downs also has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West All-Star Game that will be played in Greensboro on July 15.

While that complete roster isn’t available yet, one of Downs’ teammates will be Carson’s McKenzie Gadson.

Carson’s Brooke Stouder is the West team’s assistant coach. North Surry’s Shane Slate is the head coach.

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Cox Mill’s Wendell Moore Jr., a Duke recruit, was voted AP Player of the Year for boys basketball. He averaged 25.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.5 steals for the Chargers.

AP co-players of the year for girls basketball were Callie Scheier of West Forsyth and Saniya Rivers of Wilmington Laney.

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Josh Hall, a 6-foot-9 forward in the Class of 2020, has risen quickly and is considered one the top prospects in North Carolina. He’s received offers from Kansas, N.C. State, Cincinnati, East Carolina and Appalachian State, among others. North Carolina and Duke are interested. Hall plays for Moravian Prep in Hickory.

Hall is the son of 7-footer Quincy Hall, who played at West Rowan from the 1992-93 season through the 1994-95 season. Hall played for coaches Charles Hellard and Bob Shipwash and scored 978 points for West teams that went 24-3, 27-1 and 25-4. Hall played collegiately at East Carolina despite major injuries to both knees.

His best season for the Pirates was 1998-99 when he averaged 7.3 points and 4.9 rebounds and blocked 28 shots. He lives in Durham.

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North Stanly star Bryson Childress, who will be in the East-West All-Star Game, is headed to Hargrave Military Academy for a year of prep school. He made that announcement on Friday.

 

High school football

Josh Sophia, defensive coordinator for North Rowan football in recent seasons and a West Rowan assistant before he came to North, has been hired as the head football coach at Camden County in northeastern North Carolina.

Sophia was a standout offensive lineman at Chowan in his playing days. He’ll be trying to rebuild a program that was 0-11 last season.

 

High school baseball

The West Rowan-Carson game was rained out on Friday and rescheduled for Monday.

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West Rowan and Rowan County American Legion pitcher Scout Nichols is headed to Erskine.

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Carson pitcher Deacon Wike announced a commitment to Catawba.

Wike is 4-1 with a 1.22 ERA. He’s pitched two shutouts.

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North Rowan picked up its third win of the season by pounding Yadkin Valley Conference opponent, Albemarle, 16-6.

 

High school softball

Salisbury routed Lexington on Thursday, 15-0, with Ellen Yang pitching a one-hitter.

Journie Dawson had a homer and six RBIs. Alli Tuck and Mallory Link had two hits each.

Salisbury’s game against Oak Grove was postponed until Monday.

 

College baseball

NEWBERRY, S.C. — Catawba’s hopes for another regular-season South Atlantic Conference baseball championship were damaged on Friday with a 4-2 loss at league-leading Newberry.

Catawba (34-10, 17-5) out-hit the Wolves, 10-5, but couldn’t score again after taking a 2-1 lead in the fifth on a hit by Heath Mitchem.

Newberry won with two unearned runs in the sixth against Catawba starter Bryan Ketchie (7-1), who suffered his first loss.

Riley Myers kept Newberry (34-10, 17-2) off the scoreboard in the seventh and eighth.

Mitchem was the only Indian with two hits.

The teams have a doubleheader scheduled for today at 1 p.m.

Catawba is in third place. Lincoln Memorial (29-12, 16-3) shut out Tusculum on Friday, 5-0.

While Catawba is scheduled to wrap up the SAC regular season today, Lincoln Memorial and Newberry play each other next weekend.

 

Intimidators win

 HICKORY —  Ian Dawkins hit a tie-breaking double in the ninth inning, leading the Kannapolis Intimidators to a 6-4 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Friday.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Intimidators and a four-game winning streak for the Crawdads.

The double by Dawkins gave the Intimidators a 5-4 lead. Steele Walker hit a sacrifice fly for an insurance run.Kannapolis  scored four runs in the second inning, but Hickory tied the game 4-4 with a two-run home run by Curtis Terry in the third inning.

Sam Long (1-0) got the win in relief, while Grant Anderson (0-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

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