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Area Sports Briefs: Recognition for East grad Shuping

From staff reports

The spring edition of Carolinas Golf Magazine listed the magazine’s choices for top 20 Carolinas golf moments for 2019.

One of those 20 was the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball final.

The 2019 U.S. Four-Ball was played in Oregon, but it had a local flavor.

Of the four golfers in the final match played at Bandon Dunes, three were from North Carolina — Scott Harvey of Greensboro and East Carolina University teammates Blake Taylor (Wilmington) and Logan Shuping (East Rowan).

Harvey would go on to claim his second USGA Championship along with his partner, Todd Mitchell. They won 2 and 1 over Taylor and Shuping.

Taylor and Shuping shot 8-under for two rounds of stroke play to qualify for match play and won four matches to reach the final.

 

High school basketball

A.L. Brown’s Kheni Briggs and North Rowan’s Brandon White were named to the Phenom Hoops All-State team for the Class of 2022.

Briggs is on the second team, while White is on the fourth team.

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Moravian Prep’s Josh Hall made the Class of 2020 first team. His father, Quincy, played at West Rowan.

 

Football recruiting

Arizona State is the latest school to offer Salisbury sophomore linebacker Jalon Walker.

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Darmouth recently offered Davie quarterback Nate Hampton, a 6-foot-6 junior with a 4.38 GPA.

 

CCC coaches

Thomasville hired veteran Kevin Gillespie as its new head football coach.

Gillespie replaces Doug Robertson, who moved on to 4A Greensboro Page after turning things around the last two seasons in Thomasville.

Gillespie coached Page to a state title in 2011 and had two state runner-up teams there.

He’s most recently been at Asheboro, where it was a struggle (5-28) the past three seasons

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DeVore Holman, long-time coach at Davie, was let go by Lexington after one season (1-10). That one win came against North Rowan.

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Don Corry, who has been coaching basketball since the 1980s, resigned after a winless season with the East Davidson girls.

He coached some great teams, girls and boys, at a number of schools. The Lexington Dispatch reported Corry, 73, has 686 career wins, and he’d like to continue coaching. He coached the Lexington boys to a memorable regional-final win against North Rowan in 2001 and made it to the state-title game.

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Jamie Payne resigned as West Davidson girls basketball coach after seven seasons. The Green Dragons made a lot of strides in the CCC after they were 3-65 in her first three seasons. West was 15-11 and made the playoffs in the 2019-20 season.

 

More football coaching moves

Darius Robinson, 28, has been hired as Robinson’s new head football coach.

Robinson has been the defensive coordinator at another South Piedmont Conference school — Central Cabarrus.

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Mooresville head coach Thad Wells is leaving to coach his alma mater, Richlands High School in Virginia.

Wells was 16-10 leading the Blue Devils the last two seasons in one of the state’s best leagues.

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