Area Sports: A step toward return of high school action

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 17, 2020

From staff reports
Rowan-Salisbury Schools gave high schools and middle schools the green light for fall sports to begin workouts starting on Wednesday, June 17.
Winter and spring sports can start working out on July 6.
Guidelines include:
  • Must come dressed ready to participate (no locker rooms to change).
  • Bring own water bottle (label with his or her name before they come).
  • Will have access to water fountain (one person at a time).
  • Cannot bring own game ball.
  • The training room will be injuries only, there will be no pre-taping.
  • The student-athlete will have to be checked daily by the athletic trainer before the student-athlete can participate in workouts.


Catawba athletics

Catawba College director of volleyball Patrick Nicholas announced the addition of four commitments for the indoor and beach teams for 2020-21.

New additions are Mackenzie Fulk, of East Bend; Jordan Gore, of Columbia, S.C.; Molly Mather, of Simpsonville, S.C., and Mikayla Patterson, of Durham.

Fulk started four years as a hitter and defensive specialist at Forbush.  She was twice named all-conference, posting 442 kills with 752 digs and 144 aces over her career. For the Falcons, Fulk was a team MVP and served as captain and helped Forbush to three state playoff berths.  Fulk played club volleyball with Carolina Union.

Gore, a middle blocker, finished her prep career at Westwood High School after two years at Richland Northeast. She was named all-region and played in the North/South All-Star Game. Gore played on three regional championship teams.

Mather is a transfer from Spartanburg Methodist. At SMC, the hitter posted 376 kills over two seasons with 93 blocks. Mather prepped at Maulden High School and helped the Mavericks to a 27-7 record and the state quarterfinals as a senior.

Patterson attended City of Medicine Academy and played with both Northern High School and Jordan High School. She was named all-conference and was captain as a senior at Northern. Patterson posted 455 digs as a senior and set a school record with 50 in a match. She earned the Hustle Award and was twice a scholar athlete. Patterson played with Jammers Volleyball Club.


A total of 2,175 student-athletes, spanning each of the South Atlantic Conference’s 12 member institutions and 20 sports, were named to the 2019-20 SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, the conference office announced.

To be eligible for inclusion on the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, student-athletes must have competed in a sponsored championship sport and maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher throughout the academic year.

The list incudes nine SAC players of the year, including Catawba soccer’s Katie Beck.