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Area Sports Briefs: Salisbury baseball wins in first round; big win for SHS soccer

From staff reports

WINSTON-SALEM — Sixth-seeded Salisbury won at Oak Grove, the No. 3 seed, on Monday in the opening round of the Central Carolina Conference baseball tourney.

Blaine Shellhorn cleared the bases with a fifth-inning double. That clutch hit snapped a 1-all tie.

Bo Rusher and Archie Dees had two hits each for the Hornets (13-10).

Sophomore Vance Honeycutt pitched five strong innings for the Hornets. Rusher pitched the sixth and seventh for a save.

Levi Perrell and Seth Polen had two hits each for the Grizzlies.

Oak Grove loaded the bases against Rusher in the sixth and had two more hits in the seventh, but he got outs in crucial situations.

Salisbury will play in a semifinal tonight at 7 p.m.  against No. 2 seed North Davidson at tournament host South Rowan.


TYRO — Fourth-seeded West Davidson breezed to an 8-2 win against No. 5 seed South Rowan on Monday in the first round of the CCC tournament.

Drew Wright shut out the Raiders (14-10) until the seventh inning.

Wright had three hits and three RBIs for the Green Dragons (14-7). Ben Purvis had three hits and drove in two runs.

Jack Weaver took the loss.

Drew Huffman, Luke Hiskey, Eli Hiskey and Andrew Jones had hits for the Raiders.


Lucas Glover struck out 13 as top-seeded Ledford beat East Davidson 4-0 in a  Central Carolina Conference Tournament first-round game on Monday.


Second-seeded North Davidson rolled 9-2 against seventh-seeded Central Davidson in CCC tourney action on Monday.

Jake Brown had three RBIs for the Black Knights.

Brandon Warlick pitched a complete game.


West Rowan is hosting the North Piedmont Conference Tournament.

The third-seeded Falcons play Statesville in the early game at 4:30 today.

North Iredell takes on South Iredell at 7 p.m.

Top-seeded Carson and second-seeded East Rowan will be in action on Wednesday at West.

High school soccer

WELCOME — Salisbury won a big one in the Central Carolina Conference on Monday, taking a 1-0 victory at North Davidson.

Salisbury successfully implemented a new lineup and a new formation and got a first-half goal from senior Ellen Simons.

“She was in some traffic, but she had an angle and made a great shot from 18 to 20 yards out,” SHS coach Matt Parrish said. “It was a rocket and just got under the cross bar.”

Salisbury (17-2, 15-1) controlled the first half, getting more shots and dominating possession.

North Davidson turned things around and took it to the Hornets the first 10 minutes of the second half but couldn’t finish.

The teams played on even terms the remainder of the contest, and Simons’ goal stood up for the Hornets.

“I’ve never seen a clock tick more slowly,” Parrish said. “This was a tremendous win for us against a formidable opponent. Just a lot of grit and a lot of work and really proud of the effort.”

Elle Kennedy, Lillie Rusher and Piper Muire stood out for the Hornets, who will at least tie for first place  in the league if they can win their last two matches against South Rowan and Ledford,  teams in the bottom half of  the CCC standings.


In North Piedmont Conference soccer on Monday, West Rowan beat East Rowan, 3-0.

Mackenna Clifton and Lejla Mehmedovic scored for the Falcons, and their was one own goal.

Lauren Corriher and Bri Saelinger had assists.

Ryley Corriher made three saves.

High school tennis

Dual team state playoff pairings were released by the NCHSAA on Monday.

The first round is Wednesday.

Salisbury hosts Forbush. West Rowan plays at Mount Tabor. North Rowan plays at Thomas Jefferson Academy. Davie County plays at Hopewell.


Fork Union Military Academy post-graduate student  Caleb Mauldin (West Rowan) has Division II offers from King, Mercyhust (Pa.) and Coker.

He’s scheduled to visit North Georgia this week.

High school track

The North Piedmont Conference Championships will be held today at East Rowan.


Oak Grove hosts the Central Carolina Conference Championships on Wednesday.


A.L. Brown’s Josh Parks broke school records in both hurdling events on Saturday.

Parks was timed in 13.98 in the 110 hurdles and 38.64 in the 300 hurdles.


High school softball

Courtney Mullins and Madison McGuire had hits for South Rowan in a 10-0 loss at North Davidson in Monday’s first round of the Central Carolina Conference Tournament.

Abby Craver pitched the shutout for the top-seeded and undefeated Black Knights (22-0). Haden Womble homered.

South ended a 5-15 season.


Second-seeded Central Davidson rolled 13-1 at home against Salisbury in  a CCC tournament game played on Monday.

Mallory Link, Ellen Yang and Journie Dawson had hits for the seventh-seeded Hornets (9-15). Yang struck out four.

Madison Barton had three RBIs for the Spartans.


Aubrey Tuell pitched a no-hitter for Mooresville on Monday in a 16-0 romp against Mallard Creek.

High school golf

  Regional golf action is set for Monday, May 6.

Oak Grove, West Davidson, Salisbury, Ledford and Central Davidson qualified as teams for the 2A Midwest Regional at Pilot Knob. The four individual qualifiers from the CCC included South Rowan’s Andrew Coward and Andrew Jackson.


The 3A Midwest Regional tournament will be held  at the Club at Irish Creek.

East Rowan and West Rowan qualified as teams from the North Piedmont Conference, while Carson’s Andrew Burke and  Ethan Scarborough qualified as individuals.

Mid. school golf

Salisbury Academy won the Rowan County Middle School Golf Championship held on Monday at Warrior Golf Club.

Salisbury Academy’s 160 total was six better than Erwin (166). SA was followed by Southeast (201), Sacred Heart (211) and North Hills (215).

Scoring for the Jaguars were John McCoy (37), Warren Fesperman (38), Hank Webb (42) and Gigi Nagy (43).

Medalist and county player of the year with a sizzling round of 1-under 34 was Erwin’s Jaden Sprinkle.

Joining Sprinkle on the all-county team are Salisbury Academy’s McCoy, Fesperman and Webb; Erwin’s Whitt Hoesman (40) and Landon Merrell (40), and Southeast’s Aden Castor (42).

College softball

Tournament MVP Joshlyn Martin led Anderson to the  South Atlantic Conference Tournament championship at Catawba’s Whitley Field on Sunday.

Martin batted .769 in the tournament.

Fifth-seeded Anderson outscored Carson-Newman 13-11 in the championship game.


Western Carolina’s Hunter Gibbons (West Rowan) homered on Senior Day as the Catamounts split with Furman.

College track

Western Carolina’s Devaniel Dale (East Rowan) won the 200 in 20.86 and the 400 in 46.55 as  the Catamounts won another Southern Conference championship.


College golf

UNC Greensboro will learn its regional destination on Wednesday.

College baseball

North Greenville beat Mount Olive 10-7 in Sunday’s   Conference Carolinas Tournament championship game.

College lacrosse

Wingate’s  men’s lacrosse team beat Queens 11-9  to win the South Atlantic Conference Tournament.

Queens beat Catawba 14-2 in the semifinals.


Queens’ women’s lacrosse team won 22-8 against Lenoir-Rhyne in the SAC tourney championship game.

Queens won its sixth straight title and has won 14 matches in a row.


Appalachian State defensive lineman MyQuon Stout (Carson) signed a free-agent deal with the New York Jets after the draft and will report to rookie orientation on May 9-12 at the team facilities in Florham Park, N.J.

American Legion

Mooresville Post 66 baseball sign-ups are Sunday, May 5, at 5 p.m.   at Mooresville Senior High.

Mooresville’s first game is scheduled for May 17.

Local golf

The McCanless Couples enjoyed spectacular weather Sunday.

Mary & Gene Seaford and Ralph & Pam Carver took first place in a scorecard playoff with Walt Kincaid, Crystal Clement, Larry Clifton and Azalee & David Huneycutt.

Susan Wydner was closest to the pin.

East Rowan YMCA

Register at the East Rowan YMCA for a competitive soccer league.

The league is intended for   players looking to take their skills to the next level. Coed ages U10 (ages 9-10) and U12 (ages 11-12). Cost is $325. Register through May 15 at the front desk of your local YMCA or online at www.rowanymca.org.



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