Area Sports: Morris rehabbing injury

Published 11:02 pm Monday, June 10, 2019

From staff and wire reports

Romar Morris (Salisbury, UNC) was released by the  Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders in May, but he is likely to be back on the active roster at some point in the 2019 season.

Morris, who had 813 return yards, 376 rushing yards, 167 receiving yards and seven TDs as a rookie in 2018, suffered an injury during the divisional championship game and missed Calgary’s Grey Cup victory against Ottawa.

Morris wasn’t able to pass a recent physical, but he’ll be doing his rehab with Stampeders.

He can’t practice or take part in drills or meetings, but head coach Dave Dickenson is optimistic that once he’s healthy Morris will again be a key member of the team.

Calgary lost Friday’s preseason game against British Columbia, 38-36.

College baseball

Ike Freeman (East Rowan) finished his junior season at UNC in Monday’s Super Regional loss.

He batted .293 with six homers and 52 RBIs. He walked 61 times, which boosted his on-base percentage to .436. He scored 45 runs for the Tar Heels.

The infielder, a shortstop last season, but mostly a third baseman in 2019, may have played his last game for UNC. He recently was a 14th-round draft pick by the Cleveland Indians.

Freeman has the option of returning to UNC for his senior season, but he may choose to sign with the Indians and begin his pro career.

Cleveland has a rookie team in Arizona. The next step up the ladder for Cleveland prospects is Mahoning Valley (Ohio).


Austin Love (West Rowan)  finished his  redshirt freshman season  at UNC with an 8-4 record. His eight wins led the team and he also saved five games.

He had a 3.18 ERA and held opponents to a .216 batting average.

The 6-foot-3, 232-pound Love struck out 67 batters in 67 1/3 innings. He walked 25.

While Love will be only a sophomore next season, he will be eligible for the 2020 draft as a third-year college player.


Many Catawba players are competing in summer wood bat leagues.

Catawba hurlers Sawyer Strickland, Caleb Link and Pearce Wilhelm are pitching for the Weyburn Beavers of the Western Canadian Baseball League.

Weyburn is  north of Montana, 2,936 miles from Salisbury.


First baseman/pitcher Hunter Shepherd will be playing again for the Morehead City Marlins of the Coastal Plain League.


Second baseman Joe Butts is playing for the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs of the Florida Collegiate Southern League.


Pitcher Bryan Ketchie and Jackson Raper are playing again for the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.


Shortstop Jeremy Simpson and outfielder Bryce Butler are playing for the High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms of the Coastal Plain League.


Catcher Cameron Morrison and pitcher Greg Brown are playing for the  Asheboro Copperheads of the CPL.


Catawba’s Henderson Lentz, Lyle Pfingst and Hayden Setzer are playing for the Triad Tribe in the Old North State League.

North baseball camp

North Rowan head baseball coach Mike DeSantis’  Frontline Baseball Camp will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Sign up on June 21 at the North Rowan High baseball field from 5-8 p.m. and the $85 camp will cost only $50.

That  includes breakfast, lunch and Gatorade. There’s a family discount of two for $95.

The camp will be held  at North Rowan High and is for Little League and middle school ages.

Call 954-850-3451 for information.


Boater Robert Walser of Lexington, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League North Carolina Division tournament on High Rock Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 21 pounds, 13 ounces. With his win – his 13th on the BFL circuit – Walser tied the BFL all-time wins record held by Dick Shaffer of Rockford, Ohio.

Youth track

Rowan Express athletes competed in the  Bershawn  “Batman” Jackson Invitational at Hillside High in Durham.

Girls (ages 7-8)

Hamanii Wilder

100 meters — 21.74 seconds

Turbo javelin— 17 feet, 8 inches (4th place)

Shot put — 6-10 (6th place)

Bella Linton

100 meters — 22.05

Turbo javelin — 21-0 (1st place)

Shot put— 6-9 (7th place)

Boys (7-8)

Bralin Ellis

Shot Put— 23-0 (1st place)

Turbo javelin— 44-3 (2nd place)

Braxton Ellis

100 meters — 20.06

Shot put-— 12-7 (4th place)

Turbo javelin— 31-8 (6th place)

Levi McCombs

100 meters — 17.58

400 meters — 1:28.84

Boys (ages 9-10)

Jacory Patterson

100 meters — 18.30

Shot put-— 15-9

Girls (11-12)

A’Nyra Mills

100 meters — 14.97

400 meters — 1:13.39

Boys (11-12)

Brenden Ellis

80 meter hurdles — 19.41

Discus— 47-6 (6th place)

Javelin— 67-0 (5th place)

Gsiah Patterson

100 meters — 15.24

80 meter hurdles — 17.28 (9th place)

Discus— 47-8 (5th place)

Girls (13-14)

Brittany Ellis

Shot Put— 35-7 (1st place)

Discus — 67-3 (3rd place)

Javelin— 75-8 (3rd place)

Braves baseball

ROME, Ga.  — Dallas Keuchel dominated in his first minor league game since signing with the Atlanta Braves, pitching one-hit ball for seven scoreless innings for Class A Rome on Monday night.

Keuchel, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner, struck out nine against Charleston in the South Atlantic League.

The 31-year-old Keuchel might make his Atlanta debut after one more minor league start.

Keuchel signed a one-year deal last week that pays him $13 million.