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Area Sports: Rowan Little League softball rolls

From staff reports

The Rowan Little League 16U softball team routed King 17-0 and 13-0 to win the District 2 championship.

Rowan is the host team for the senior division state tournament at  Salisbury Community Park, starting July 6.


The Rowan Little 12U softball team beat South Little League 25-1 on Saturday and beat Level Cross 21-0  on Sunday in  District 2 play at Salisbury Community Park. 

Rowan  will play South or Level Cross on Tuesday for the District 2 championship.


Junior Legion

West Rowan swept Statesville 10-0 and 15-6 on Sunday to stay alive for a playoff berth.

West (14-10, 8-2) plays at Mocksville (14-6, 9-2) tonight.

West swept Davidson County on Saturday.


East Rowan won 5-3 against A.L. Brown on Saturday.

Tate Green struck out nine batters.

Green, Griffin Warden and Mattox Henderson had two hits each.


East Rowan won against Alexander Central 10-2 on Sunday .

Jacob Causey pitched four shutout innings for the win.

 Morgan Padgett had three hits and two RBIs.


 Kannapolis Post 115 swept a Sunday doubleheader with A.L. Brown.

In a 7-5 victory, Michael Specht and Matt Oakley had  two RBIs each for Post 115.

Braden Sweatt and Isaiah Black had two hits for A.L. Brown.

In a 14-2 romp,  Korey Jones, Matt Oakley, Tyler Grady and Brandon Moore had big days at the plate for Post 115.


S. Rowan won 8-4 against Concord on Sunday.

Luke Hiskey went 4-for-4 with three  RBIs.

Joseph James, Drew Huffman and Patrick Holden had two hits each. Jackson Deal pitched six strong innings.

Jacob Craver had three RBIs for Concord.


Pfeiffer athletics

 The NCAA Division III Membership Committee has granted a waiver request that will accelerate the NCAA transition process for Pfeiffer University, making the Falcon athletic program a full, NCAA Division III Championship-eligible member beginning in the 2020-21 academic year.  With this waiver, Pfeiffer will also become eligible for USA South Conference championships.

Local golf

Lauren Childress finished second in a TYGA  one-day golf tournament at Colonial Country Club.

She shot 69 for nine holes.


In McCanless Couples play on Sunday, first place went to  Dan & Debbie Ingleston and Linus &  Ann Holstein.

Taking second place was the team of  David & Azalee Huneycutt and Walt Kincaid

Kincaid won longest putt.


SAC basketball

  Newberry head men’s basketball coach Dave Davis resigned, effective July 1.

“Dave Davis has been incredibly important to Newberry College and the Newberry community since the day he arrived on campus, and will always be incredibly important to all of us that love him,” said Newberry AD Ralph Patterson.

Davis has accepted an assistant coach position at D-I Winthrop.

He’s had an incredible coaching career at  Warren Wilson, Barton, Pfeiffer, and Newberry.

Davis led the Newberry program to its best stretch since joining the NCAA. In his nine seasons at Newberry (143-113), he led the Wolves to five of their top six win totals as an NCAA program, including the program’s second 20-win season as an NCAA institution and a second-place league finish in 2014-15.

Before he was named head coach, Newberry hadn’t had back-to-back winning seasons in three decades.

Davis employed the same system he used at Pfeiffer, smaller lineups, uptempo, lots of defensive pressure and lots of 3-point attempts

Newberry had seven consecutive winning campaigns beginning in 2011-12. The Wolves ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring in every season of Davis’ tenure, twice led the nation in both 3-pointers made and turnovers forcedand have consistently been among the top five in steals, forced turnovers and three-point scoring.

Davis accumulated 486 wins overall in an illustrious career spanning 28 seasons, half of which were spent at Pfeiffer alma mater.

 “I am blessed lucky and excited,” Davis said. “The Newberry College experience was incredible, and one I never thought I would  leave. Wonderful people on campus and in the community and lifelong friends. The opportunity to work with Pat Kelsey and his staff at Winthrop was unbelievable and the complete reason we made this move. The more we talked, the more excited (wife) Pam and I got to join a first class coach, husband, father and mentor to young people.”

Legion baseball

Kannapolis won 10-1 against Concord in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader on Sunday.

Aaron Oakley had four hits for Post 115. Zack Aigner had three hits.

Ryan O’Kelly pitched a complete game.


Stokes County scored in the seventh and edged High Point 3-2 on Sunday.

Tyler Smith homered for Stokes.


Kernersville edged Stokes County 8-7 on Sunday.

Daylan Blunt hit two homers for Kernersville.


Easton Morgan drove in three runs as Randolph County beat Eastern Randolph 7-3 on Sunday.

Braxton Davis had three hits, while Spencer Lanier homered.


West basketball camp

Mike Gurley’s Falcon Basketball Camp will be held on July 8-11 from 9 until noon daily. Cost is $60 for top flight instruction and fun.

The camp is for players who will be in grades 2-9.

Call Coach Gurley at 704-798-2074 to register or to get more information.



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