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Area sports briefs: South’s Henry named to East-West roster

From staff reports

The NCCA announced rosters for the 2020 East-West All-Star girls soccer match scheduled to be played on July 21 at MacPherson Stadium.

South Rowan’s Madison Henry, a UNC Wilmington signee who is the all-time scoring leader for Rowan girls, was named to the West squad.

The East-West football and boys and girls basketball rosters are close to being finalized and will be released in the next two weeks.

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While there will be no sanctioned American Legion baseball this summer, plans are going forward for “NC3 American League Baseball,” a league that would be made up of traditional Area III programs. It would be similar to Legion baseball.

Rowan County plans to have a Senior team in the new league, as well as four Junior teams.

High Point, Kannapolis, Mocksville, Randolph County, Davidson County and Greensboro, among others, also are on board.

Spokesmen for the new league stated they’ll “hang in there” as late as a July 1 starting date. That’s normally the time the American Legion regular season came to a close.

Potential starting dates for NC3 American League Baseball:

June 1 (decision by May 15)
June 15 (decision by June 1)
July 1 (decision by June 15)

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Davidson County Community College’s Jamarius Hairston (Carson), a junior college All-American, committed to Lees-McRae.

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Salisbury junior Katie Knorr has committed to East Carolina’s swimming program.

Her twin sister, Emily, earlier committed to West Virginia.

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Former Carson basketball star Cole Perry is transferring from Southern Wesleyan to College of Coastal Georgia.

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East Rowan outfielder Wayne Mize, who hit five homers in a handful of games this season, committed to Wake Tech.

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West Rowan left-handed pitcher Daniel Sell committed to Rockingham Community College.

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The NCHSAA announced, as expected, on Thursday that spring sports will not be resumed.

Sports for the 2019-20 school year are officially over.

Schools have been honoring teams, especially seniors, in a variety of ways. Many stadiums and fields were lit up on Friday at 8:20 p.m. (in military time that’s 2020) to honor the Class of 2020.

The NCHSAA is expected to make an announcement soon on summer activities for the schools, regarding things such as basketball team camps.

The NCHSAA also is expected to announce a decision on the canceled state basketball championships, whether co-champions will be declared for 2020 — or no champions. Co-champions is the most likely scenario.

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Former Hickory Ridge girls basketball star Gabby Smith is transferring from Western Carolina to UNC Pembroke.

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