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Area Sports Briefs: Ace for Combs

From staff reports

Sam Combs made a  recent hole-in-one on No. 6 at the Country Club of Salisbury.

Combs, a grandson of legendary coach Dean Smith, used a 6-iron.

Alex Antosek witnessed the shot.


With rounds of 72, 71 and 73, Salisbury’s Charlie Barr tied for ninth in the Hope Valley Junior Invitational in Durham.


Nick Lyerly (East Rowan, UNC Greensboro) starts play in the U.S. Amateur in Oregon on Monday.


Seattle’s Kyle Seager (NW Cabarrus, Kannapolis Legion) hit his 200th MLB homer for the Mariners.

No. 200 was a three-run homer on Wednesday.

Seager, 32, reached the majors in 2011. He’s the fourth to reach the 200-homer milestone with the Mariners.

“It’s definitely something I’m very proud of,” Seager said.  It’s not something I necessarily thought I was going to be part of my game growing up or even when you break in. So, it’s something I’m extremely proud of.”


Corey Seager (NW Cabarrus, Kannapolis Legion) was off to a great start for the L.A. Dodgers when he was sidelined by back discomfort.

College football

Former A.L. Brown running back Sandon McCoy has been named as one of Army’s captains for the 2020 season.


The Charlotte at Duke football game was postponed from Sept. 17 to Oct. 31.

The Charlotte 49ers have added a second ACC team to the 2020 slate, landing a non-conference game against 19th-ranked North Carolina.  The game is slated for Saturday, Sept. 19, at Kenan Stadium.

HS softball

Carson softball’s rising senior Liza Simmerson, a lefty-hitting first baseman, announced a commitment to USC Upstate.

Simmerson batted .429 with two homers as a freshman in 2018 when Carson made its playoff run to the regional final. She hit .436 with a homer as a sophomore.

She was batting .533 with two homers when her junior season was cut short after six games by COVID-19.

HS football

North Davidson receiver Jamarien Dalton announced a commitment to Elon.

HS basketball

Former North Rowan star Brevin Goodlett, Yadkin Valley Conference Player of the Year for the 2018-19 season, has signed with Bluefield State.

Goodlett played this past season for the post-graduate program at Franklin Academy.


Kheni Briggs, rated as one of the state’s top juniors, is transferring from A.L. Brown to Moravian Prep.

Showcase baseball

East Rowan’s Morgan Padgett pitched seven strong innings and hit a triple to drive in three runs for the South Charlotte Panthers in a 6-1 victory.

Travel softball

Salisbury’s Ellen Yang hit a two-run homer in Team North Carolina’s 11-0 win on Saturday.

Travel basketball

Salisbury’s  Drew Neve and Braylon Taylor  are representing North Carolina on a 12U team in Halftime Sports 5th annual basketball games being held in Georgia this weekend.

There are 173 teams playing on 12 courts.



State shows 303 COVID-19 deaths in Rowan


CDC: Fully vaccinated people can largely ditch masks indoors


One arrested, another hospitalized in Castor Road stabbing

China Grove

China Grove Roller Mill open for tours Saturday


Facing personnel deficiencies, local fire departments request tax rate increases


‘Panic buying’ creates gas supply shortages locally, statewide after pipeline cyberattack


Twice as nice: Planet Smoothie opens alongside Cold Stone Creamery in co-branded store


Spencer board gets update on South Iredell rat problem


West Rowan teacher awarded $15,000 outdoor learning grant


Town of Cleveland plans celebration May 22

High School

High school girls tennis: Busy Hornets win again easily

High School

High school softball: Nixon, Walton top all-county team


All Hood Alumni and Friends Symposium scheduled June 18


Shoutouts: Southern City Church awards educational gifts


City to pave streets surrounding Bell Tower Green after park is constructed


Colonial Pipeline restarts operations days after major hack


Ohio’s million-dollar idea: Lottery prizes for vaccinations


GOP dumps defiant Trump critic Cheney from top House post


Israel steps up Gaza offensive, kills senior Hamas figures


Fluctuating COVID-19 death number back to 302 in Rowan County


Habitual felon sentenced to at least 8 years in prison


City of Kannapolis to have bike rodeo Saturday


Two more charged for operating illegal gambling businesses


A.L. Brown celebrates seniors with signing day