Area Sports Briefs: Catawba’s White an All-American

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 28, 2020

Staff reports

Catawba sophomore track and field standout MeKayla White has been named an NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

White earned her honor in the long jump. She was runner-up at the South Atlantic Conference Championships, but qualified with a school-record mark of 5.95 meters. Last year, White was an USTFCCCA All-Region pick in the long jump and triple jump for the indoor season and the long jump in the outdoor season.



The NCHSAA Board of Directors extended the coronavirus dead period until June 15.

The NCHSAA is working on guidelines to allow sports to resume with restrictions and no contact allowed.

The NCHSAA is moving forward as if fall sports will begin as scheduled on Aug. 1. However the NCHSAA is also working on contingency plans in case that can’t happen. Options might include shortening the regular season and reducing the number of teams in the playoffs. Football, a fall sport, is critical to the financial structure of high school athletic programs.

If football and other fall sports can’t begin on schedule with the traditional start of practice Aug. 1, the NCHSAA will examine other options.

The NCHSAA is not, at this time, considering moving or “flipping” any sports seasons. There’s nothing in the NCHSAA  bylaws that would prevent the association from shifting the sports seasons for the 2020-21 school year, but that  would be a last resort,

The NCHSAA suspended spring sports competition beginning March 14 and canceled the rest of spring sports on April 24.

There is no change as far as the realignment calendar. NCHSAA bylaws require realignment every four years, so it will be done this year.


The NCHSAA announced the recipients of the 2020 Tony Simeon Courage Awards. This year’s recipients are Andrea Cornel from Broughton, Brandy Dills from Franklin, Samuel O’Grady from Sun Valley, and Casen Whitehead from Holly Springs.


The NCHSAA presents the State Awards in several different categories, all based on those “who have done the most for high school athletics” rather than a single accomplishment or having an outstanding win-loss record.

The awards are named in memory or in honor of outstanding individuals in each category, seven of whom are current members of the NCHSAA Hall of Fame.

State Award winners for 2019-2020 are: Rachel Clark from Southeast Guilford High School, Jimmy Teague from Reidsville High School, Masanori Toguchi from Hough High School, Dr. David Allen from Shelby High School, Dr. Rob Jackson from Edenton-Chowan Schools, Jeff Gravley formerly of WRAL-TV in Raleigh, Dwayne Durham from UNC Health and East Henderson High School, and Dr. Stanley Harrison from Cone Health.


Local golf

The 17th annual Rowan Masters Golf Tournament at Warrior has started taking entries.

The match-play tournament is scheduled for June 26-28.

Stroke-play qualifying (18 holes) is set for June 20 or 21. The best 31 scores join defending champion Nick Lyerly in the 32-man field for match play.

Cost is $30 for members and $70 for non-members.


High school basketball

Mooresville announced Armard Moore as its new head boys basketball coach.

Moore replaces Michael Micklow, the Blue Devils’ head coach since the 2006-07 season.

It’s been a struggle for Mooresville in recent seasons in the I-MECK 4A. Overall records have been 3-21, 6-19 and 4-21.

Moore played at North Meck High. He attended Livingstone College and graduated from Winston-Salem State.

He ‘s been head junior varsity boys and girls coach at North Meck since 2012.


High School awards

North Iredell’s Jonna Strange was named the state’s cross country runner of the year.


West Rowan’s Tori Hester was one of the finalists for state volleyball player of the year.