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Area athletes update

By Mike London
mike.london@salisburypost.com

Area athletes update

PRO BASKETBALL

Keshun Sherrill (West Rowan) is still filling it up.

After two pro basketball seasons in the Netherlands, Sherrill is playing in Turkey this season.

He poured in 23, 25, 33 and 26 points in his first four games, while making 17 3-pointers.

 Keshun’s big brother, 28-year-old Keith Sherrill, known as K.J., also is doing well. K.J. is a starter and averages 10.3 points and 7.5 rebounds in a German pro league.

This is the fifth pro team he’s played on, but they’ve all been in Germany.

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Former Catawba standout Jameel Taylor, one of the all-time greats for the Indians, signed recently to play in Lithuania. He debuted Saturday with 21 points and eight rebounds.

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Former Davie twins Caleb and Cody Martin have made pro debuts for the Charlotte Hornets. Both have scored their first NBA points. Cody played in five of the Hornets’ first six games, while Caleb played in two.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Jamarius Hairston (Carson) had 23 points on 9-for-16 shooting, seven rebounds and four assists as the Davidson County Community College Storm rolled 146-97 against Southside CC.

Hairston transferred to DCCC after his freshman season at Lander.

VOLLEYBALL

Lindsay Elmore (Carson) totaled 13 kills and five blocks for Queens (18-5, 15-3) in weekend South Atlantic Conference wins against Lenoir-Rhyne and Mars Hill.

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Catawba senior Morgan Hester (Carson) has surpassed 2,000 career assists.

Braelyn Faust (West Rowan) had a kill for Lenoir-Rhyne in a win against Catawba on Saturday.

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Freshman Baleigh Hill (East Rowan) is one of the leaders in digs for Barton. She had 14 in Saturday’s sweep of Erskine.

RUNNING

Carson graduates Jonathan and Matthew Martin, twins who competed for UNC Pembroke, came in first and second in the Battleship Half Marathon held on Sunday in Wilmington.   

Jonathan ran 1:10.07, a 5:19 mile pace, while Matthew ran 1:10.26, a 5:23 pace.

CROSS COUNTRY

The Charlotte 49ers men’s cross country finished in second place in Saturday’s Conference-USA Championships held in Kentucky.

Senior Zachary Marchinko (Carson) placed 12th in the 8K race in 24:33.

Leading the 49ers was Alex Cornwell. The Hickory Ridge grad finished fourth.

PRO FOOTBALL

Javon Hargrave (North Rowan) made four tackles in Pittsburgh’s 26-24 win against Indianapolis on Sunday.

Hargrave has two sacks this season.

In four NFL seasons, he’s made 127 tackles and is credited with 12.5 sacks.

Hargrave may re-sign with the Steelers after this season, but he can become a free agent in March.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Quarterback Chris Reynolds (Davie), who started his career at Charlotte as a walk-on, turned in another fine game for the 49ers in Saturday’s 34-20 win against Middle Tennessee.

Reynolds posted the first 100-yard rushing game of his career with 16 carries for 103 yards. He threw for 192 yards and had a passing TD and a rushing TD.

For the season, he has 425 rushing yards and 1,680 passing yards. He has 16 touchdown passes.

Reynolds has thrown at least one TD pass in five straight games and ranks third in Conference-USA in passing efficiency.

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St. Andrews outscored Bluefield 70-54 on Saturday.

Kacey Otto (West Rowan) had two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns for the Knights.

There wasn’t a lot of defense in that game, but Devin Turner (West Rowan) made four tackles for St. Andrews.

Otto was Rowan County Offensive Player of the Year in 2015.

Turner was Rowan County Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.

The Knights are improving and are 4-4 this season.

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 JaVon Lofton (West Rowan) was in on six tackles for Averett (6-2) in Saturday’s 31-13 win against Maryville.

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It was a tough Saturday for winless D-II Minnesota Crookston in a 70-0 loss to Minnesota-Duluth.

Wesley Jefferies (North Rowan) made two tackles for Crookston.

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Teoz Mauney (West Rowan) had four tackles and shared a sack for St. Augustine’s in a 26-17 CIAA loss to J.C. Smith.

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Keldrick “KJ” Wilson (West Rowan) started again at right tackle for Hampton in a 40-17 romp against Presbyterian. Hampton didn’t allow any sacks.

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Elon’s Kortez Weeks (West Rowan) had five catches for 41 yards in an overtime loss to William & Mary.

Weeks made his fourth TD catch of the season and the eighth of his career.

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Virginia Tech’s Zion DeBose (North Rowan) still might return to action this season. Reports say he is close to being back on the field.

DeBose, co-defensive player of the year in Rowan in 2016, redshirted in 2017 and played in all 13 games last season.

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Sandon McCoy (A.L. Brown) rushed eight times for 67 yards in Army’s 17-13 loss to Air Force.

Jayln Cagle (A.L. Brown) had 12 carries for 69 yards in Gardner-Webb’s 30-27 loss to Charleston Southern.

McCoy and Cagle combined for more than 2,000 rushing yards for the Wonders in 2015.

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