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Area Sports: New NFL team for Adams

From staff reports

The New York Giants have brought in a new linebacker for the final days of their offseason program — Keion Adams (Salisbury, Western Michigan).

The Giants signed Adams to the 90-man roster on Tuesday.

Adams was a  seventh-round pick in 2017 by the Pittsburg Steelers and spent his rookie season on injured reserve.

He was waived when the Steelers cut down to 53 players last season, but he returned to the  Pittsburgh practice squad and stuck around until being dropped from the roster last month.

Adams had 126 tackles, 33 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks in his four years at Western Michigan.

He played on Salisbury’s 2010 2AA state championship team.

All-NPC teams

Carson senior pitcher/third baseman Cole Hales was named North Piedmont Conference Player of the Year for baseball by the league’s coaches.

Carson coach Chris Cauble led the Cougars to the conference championship and was named NPC Coach of the Year.

East Rowan sophomore Jake Hunter was named NPC Pitcher of the Year.

  Also making All-NPC from Carson were   Deacon Wike, Garrett Alewine, Logan Rogers, Zeb Burns and Luke Barringer

Also making All-NPC from West Rowan were  Charlie Klingler, Wayne Mize, Avery Shull and Bryson Wagner

West Rowan’s All-NPC players are  Daniel Sell, JT Fecteau and Daniel Durham.


East Rowan senior catcher Mackenzie Sprinkle was named  NPC Player of the year.

West Rowan junior  Whitley Arnott was named NPC Pitcher of the Year, while West’s Jimmy Greene, who guided the Falcons to the league championship, was named NPC Coach of the Year.

Also making All-NPC from West were Mary Sobataka, Hannah Pratt, Taylor Walton, KK Dowling and Hannah Roberts.

Carson’s All-NPC players are  Katie Jewell, Kary Hales, Kaitlyn Honeycutt and  Liza Simmerson.

Also  making All-NPC from East were  Maddie Trexler, Haley Strange and Kaitlyn Samples.

Girl soccer

West Rowan’s Alan Puglia was named NPC Coach of the Year

Coach of the Year: Alan Puglia, West Rowan after the Falcons enjoyed a much improved season.

West senior Lejla Mehmedovic, and South Iredell’s Erin Shaver were named co-players of the year.

Carson’s Lani Isley, Gracie Thomason, Hannah Isley, Lindsey Conrad and Sarah Christy made All-NPC.

Also making All-NPC from West were Ryley Corriher, Briana Saelinger and Kacy Cole.

Boys golf

East Rowan’s Rhett Teems was named NPC  Coach of the Year after leading the Mustangs to another team championship.

East sophomore Colby Patterson was the NPC Player of the year.

Austin Miller also made All-NPC from East.

Carson’s Ethan Scarborough and Andrew Burke made All-NPC, as did West Rowan’s Davis Tadlock.

Boys tennis

West Rowan’s Kevin Sullivan and Layton Butler; Carson’s Avery Paschal and East Rowan’s Landon Shuping were named to the All-NPC team.

Player of the Year was South Iredell’s Aryan Malhotra, while NPC Coach of the Year was Jim McCoy.

Girls track and field

Les-lee Ihme was named  NPC Coach of the Year for  girls track and field after leading Carson to the league championship.

Rowan girls swept the awards with Carson senior Mikaila the top sprinter, East Rowan senior thrower Iyahnna Neal the best in field events, and Carson junior Kimberly Barrera the top distance runner.

Also  making All-NPC from Carson were  onna Parker, Brianna Hargrove, Jynasia Chambers and Malia Hughley

Also making All-NPC from East were  Katelyn Sprinkle, Gracie Sprinkle, Olivia McCray and Azaria Jones.

Boys track and field

West Rowan’s Ralph Ellis was named NPC Coach of the Year after leading the Falcons to the league championship.

West junior Jalen Houston was the NPC   Sprinter of the Year, while East Rowan senior Christian Bennett was the  NPC Field Athlete of the Year.

Sharing NPC honors for distance running were Carson’s  Zac Barbee, Carson  and  Statesville’s Kevin Biglow.

Also making All-NPC from West were Elijah Graham, Thomas Waldo, Jeriah Ford and Jakari Gardner.

Also making All-NPC from Carson were  Christian Turner, Hunter Courtney and Jaxon Wheeler

Also making All-NPC from East were Sam Wall and Cooper Wright.

All-CPC teams

Davie County swept the top honors for Central Piedmont Conference baseball.

Bradley Rudisill was named CPC Coach of the Year.

Catcher Aaron Williams was named CPC Player of the Year, while  Carson Whisenhunt was named the CPC Pitcher of the Year.

  Also making the All-CPC team from Davie were Joe Johnson, Spencer Nifong, Anthony Azar  and Garrett Chandler.

Williams, Azar and Chandler are playing in the Powerade State Games.


Davie’s softball team had five players named to the All-Central Piedmont Conference team — Rachel Bostic, Sydney Wyatt, Shea Woody, Emma Patterson and Karley Queen.


Local golf

In Thursday’s final round of the North Carolina Junior Open at Trump National, Davis Richards (South Rowan, N.C. State) shot 1-under 71 and tied for 20th.

Michael Childress (Cannon School, Richmond) shot  2-under 70, with four birdies on Thursday, and tied for 33rd.


Jim Burton, 84, had a hole-in-one at The Revival Golf Course at the Crescent on Wednesday.

He used a 9-iron on the par-3 No. 5.

The feat was witnessed by Bart Demaray and JR Dunkley.

Also, Burton shot an 82 for the round (less than his age, which was exciting for him).


The Corbin Hills Women’s Golf Association played its annual Grace Rodgers Spring Handicap Tournament on Tuesday.

The winner with the overall low net score was Treva Honeycutt.

Overall low gross was won by Beth Calhoun.

First low net went to Faye Cline, while second   low net went to Ellen Petrous.

Minor leagues

Kannapolis Intimidators outfielder Ian Dawkins was named the South Atlantic League Player of the  Month for May.

He led the SAL in average (.419), hits (49) and on-basepercentage (.473) and was second in runs scored (24) and total bases (66). His 11 doubles were fifth best in the league in May. Dawkins

He posted 14 multi-hit games in May and had separate hitting streaks of 10 (May 6–15) and 15 (May 18–31) games as he hit safely in 25 of 26 games.


KANNAPOLIS — Gray Fenter allowed just one hit over five innings, and Drew Rom was also effective on the mound, as the Delmarva Shorebirds shut down the Kannapolis Intimidators (26-33) in a 3-0 win on Wednesday.


Tennessee Smokies reliever Craig Brooks (Catawba) allowed only earned run in the month of May and is 1-0 with seven saves  in 17 relief outings.

Brooks, 26, has struck out 38 in 23 2/3 innings and has an ERA of 0.76. Opponents are batting .123 against him.


Catcher Zac Almond (Catawba) is batting  .231 with two homers and 19 RBIs for the Kane County Cougars in the Class M Midwest League.


Pitcher Bryan Blanton (Catawba) is on the roster of the Charleston RiverDogs and got his first win of the season recently.

Pro baseball

Jerry Sands (Catawba) is batting .310 with 10 homer and 61 RBIs for the Kiwoom Heroes in Korea.

Wood bat baseball

The Carolina Stallions have a home game against Kernersville scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at West Rowan.

High school golf

A.L. Brown’s Anna Cheek signed with Pfeiffer’s golf program.

She’s been playing golf for a little over a year.

Cheek was a regional qualifier and won the Most Outstanding award for A.L. Brown girls golf.

Youth track

The Rowan Express Track Club competed in the  Ken Roberts Track&Field Challenge at Southeast Guilford High.

Boys (ages 4-6)

Braxton Ellis

100 meters — 20.61

Turbo javelin — 32 feet, 4.5 inches (1st place)

Girls (7-8)

Hamanii Wilder

100 meters — 21.01

200 meters — 45.91

Turbo Javelin  — 13-4 (8th place)

Bela Linton

100 meters —  21.57

200 meters — 49.16

Turbo javelin  19-2 (4th place)

Boys (7-8)

Levi McCombs

200 meters —  37.07

400 meters —  1:23.69

Bralin Ellis

Shot put —  23 feet (1st place)

Turbo Javelin  — 43-1

Boys (9-10)

Jacory Patterson

200 meters — 40.01

Turbo javelin — 38-0 (5th place)

Shot put — 15-7.5 (5th place)

Boys (11-12)

Gsiah Patterson

100 meters — 15.14

80 meter hurdles — 16.95 (5th place)

Discus — 45-6 (10th place)

Brenden Ellis

80 meter hurdles —  19.04  (9th place)

Turbo javelin  — 77-10 (4th place)

Discus — 56-7 (8th place)

Girls (13-14)

Brittany Ellis

Shot  put — 35-5 (1st place)

Discus  — 81-9 (2nd place)

Javelin  — 73-1

South softball camp

South Rowan Youth Softball Camp at South’s field will be held June 24-26 from 9 until 12.

Camp is for grades 1-8.

Cost is $75 and includes  a camp T-shirt.

Contact South head coach Dean Mullinax at mullinaxid@rss.k12,nc.us for information.

Legion baseball

Kannapolis (4-7) beat Mocksville 8-5 at Rich Park on Thursday.

Luke Nelson, Aaron Oakley, Chase Orrock and Andrew Raffaldt had two hits each for Post 115.

Jacob Baucom pitched five strong innings.

Raffaldt’s two-run homer in the fourth gave Kannapolis a 6-0 lead and the visitors withstood a seventh-inning rally by Mocksville.

Mocksville got two hits from Patrick Usher, Spencer Claus and David Highman.


Randolph County (10-2) thumped Concord 12-4 on Thursday.

Bryson Hamlet drove  in four runs for Randolph. Trevor Marsh went 3-for-3

Junior Legion

Salisbury won 10-3 against West Rowan on Thursday.

Nick Peltz got the win in  the league contest, while Vance Honeycutt got a save.

Honeycutt had three hits for Salisbury, while Chase Shoaf had two.


South Rowan won against Mocksville on Thursday, 8-6.


Charlie Durham pitched a one-hitter for Salisbury in a 10-0 win against Davidson County on Wednesday.



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