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Area Sports Briefs: Weeks, Otto pace area athletes in college

From staff reports

Elon freshman Kortez Weeks (West Rowan) has 20 catches for 344 yards in his last two games.

Weeks is tied for fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association in receptions with 49 and is seventh in receiving yards with 638.

Elon (8-1) has won eight in a row and plays at New Hampshire on Saturday.


Kacey Otto (West Rowan) had three rushing touchdowns in St. Andrews’ 43-42 loss at Union (Kentucky).

Otto accounted for 76 rushing yards and 114 passing yards.

Otto missed three games with a sprained ankle, but he has 244 rushing yards and five TDs. He’s thrown for 275 yards.

St. Andrews is 2-7 in its first year of competition.


Sewanee freshman Wesley Porter (East Rowan) had seven tackles and two breakups on Saturday.

The freshman finished a 10-game season with five interceptions, 11 pass breakups and 51 tackles.


Gardner-Webb’s Jayln Cagle (A.L. Brown) rushed  13 times for 42 yards in Saturday’s 10-9 loss to Charleston Southern.


Campbell freshman Tywun Rivens (Salisbury) made three tackles in Saturday’s 42-29 win against Davidson.

Rivens, a freshman walk-on, has made 15 tackles this season.


In the California junior college ranks, Alexis Archie (North Rowan) had a rushing TD for Feather River on Saturday.


Appalachian State’s Myquon Stout (Carson) made five tackles in Saturday’s loss to Louisiana-Monroe.


Catawba plans a Blue-Out for Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. home game against Lenoir-Rhyne.


Wingate  senior running backs Blake Hayes and Lawrence Pittman combined for 279 yards rushing  as the Bulldogs beat Limestone, 44-20, for an outright SAC  title on Saturday.


The  CIAA Football Championship Game is set for Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in  Salem, Va.  Gates open at 3:30 p.m.

Northern Division champ Virginia State stayed undefeated Saturday, edging rival Virginia Union, 40-39.

Southern Division champ Fayetteville State knocked off Winston-Salem State, 23-22. The Broncos won a head-to-head tiebreaker with St. Augustine’s, which also finished 5-2 in league play.

College basketball

David Tripp (A.L. Brown, DCCC) had a good debut for Bluefield with 11 points and five rebounds in 15 minutes of action.


Aliyah Farmer (North Rowan) has transferred from Mars Hill to UNC Pembroke. Farmer averaged 11.2 points and 7.9 rebounds for the Mars Hill women as a freshman.


Kelly Dulkoski  (Carson) has graduated from Kennesaw State and won’t be using her final season of eligibility. She was redshirted after an ACL injury as a freshman. Dulkoski made a team-leading 46 3-pointers last season for the Owls and averaged 8.0 points per game.


Newberry’s men lost at Miami, 106-79. Newberry had 16 steals and forced 30 turnovers against the   strong Hurricanes.

   Sophomore Luke Gibson (North Stanly) went 3-for-4 from the 3-point  line.   

Newberry plays Erskine on Nov. 10.


Catawba head men’s basketball coach Rob Perron anounced the addition of nine newcomers —   Tae Cannon, Larry Curry, TJ Jeffers, DJ Johnson, Henderson Lentz, Daquan Lilly, John McRae, Carter Phillips and Ben Zemonek.

• Lentz comes to the  program from North Rowan High and was the Central Carolina Conference   the Year.

As a senior, he averaged 18 points and seven rebounds per contest while helping the Cavaliers eclipse double-digit wins.

Along with playing basketball, Lentz also plans to play baseball for Catawba.  He’ll probably redshirt in baseball this spring.

“Henderson is one of the most positive people you will ever find,”  Perron said. “His ability to shoot that ball and rebound well for his position is a big bonus.”

• Cannon comes to Catawba from Dorman High School, the reigning South Carolina 5A state champions. While at Dorman, Cannon averaged a double-double in scoring and rebounding. He was named to compete in the   “North vs South” game.

  Curry is a 21-year-old Winston Salem native. After spending last year at Hillsborough Community College, the wing player   comes to Catawba in his third year of eligibility.

Out of East Forsyth High, Curry attended Carson Newman and took a redshirt year. After Carson-Newman,  he transferred to Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida, where he averaged 10 points per game and led the team in 3-point field goal percentage.

• Jeffers, is a North Carolina native, originally hailing from Burlington and attended The Burlington School.   During his senior campaign, the Spartans went 31-0 and won a state title. Perron calls him a  competitor and a winner.

• Johnson comes to Catawba after attending Timberland High School in South Carolina.

Johnson averaged 14 points per game to go along with eight rebounds a contest.

    Lilly, originally from Raleigh, attended Knightdale High  before going to Olney Central College in Illinois. He helped the team improve its overall record while averaging 15 points and six rebounds per contest.  Lilly will redshirt this season after undergoing back surgery.

  McRae comes to Catawba as a freshman from nationally ranked DeMatha High  in Hyattsville, Maryland.

McRae averaged 11 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists for a team that won 30 games.   He also the “Unsung Hero” award as the player who did the little things for DeMatha.

• Phillips, a Mount Airy native, attended North Surry High   where he excelled on and off the court.

He averaged 23 points per contest along with four assists and eight rebounds. He was conference player of the year.

• Zemonek, a product of Raleigh Leesville Road,  transferred to Catawba after spending a year at conference foe Lenoir Rhyne.

As a freshman, Zemonek averaged  20 minutes per game for the Bears. Zemonek will sit out this season due to transfer rules.

Catawba is set to open the season in the SAC/PBC Challenge at UNC Pembroke.  The opener will be against Francis Marion on Friday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m.


College wrestling

UNC Pembroke’s Brandon Sloop (Carson)  opened the season with a 2-2 record at 174 in four matches at Virginia Tech.

College volleyball

Averett lost to Covenant in five sets in the finals of the USA South Conference Tournament. Lynsey Corriher (South Rowan) had seven kills for Averett.

Covenant got the league’s automatic bid to the Division III playoffs. Averett hopes to get an at-large berth.


Catawba’s volleyball team (4-19, 2-16 SAC) won at Queens, 3-1, on Friday to end a 16-match losing streak.

Catawba hadn’t won since Sept. 15.

Micah Ensor, Abby Benton and Kimberly Hurtado had 12 kills each. Morgan Hester (Carson) had 26 assists and 17 digs. Taylor Martin (West Rowan) had 14 digs.

Hester had 11 assists and seven digs in a 3-0 loss to Wingate on Saturday.


UNC Wilmington’s Michaela White (Carson) had 10 assists and nine digs in a 3-2 loss to Towson on Saturday.

Coll. cross country

Jordan Bostian (West Rowan) led Western Carolina in the Southern Conference Championships.

He was 33rd and ran the 8K in 26:36.


Twins Jonathan and Matthew Martin (Carson) were the third and fourth runners for UNC Pembroke in Saturday’s D-II Southeast Regional.

Jonathan ran 34:22 in the 10K event and was 53rd.  Matthew ran 34:04 for 44th.

UNC  Pembroke placed seventh. UNCP’s Silus Kipkoech won the individual championship in 31:23.

Local golf

Frank Shinn, Mike Shinn, James Shinn and Darrell Smith were on the golf team that won first place in the Bible Teaching Association golf tournament at Irish Creek Country Club in Kannapolis on Oct. 30.


In a competitive Sunday afternoon match, Gene Seaford, Harry Owen and Jan Godwin won the weekly McCanless Couples event. They edged out David Huneycutt,  Azalee Story and Susan Wydner for the win.   Owen had longest putt. Mary Seaford had closest to the pin.

New York Marathon

Five Salisbury area runners participated in Sunday’s New York City Marathon. Kelly Lowman led the locals with a time of 3 hours, 43 minutes, 13 seconds.

• Meredith Abramson in 3:52:51

• Noelle Redding 4:11:51

• Chris Blumenthal 4:46:01

• Suzanne Burgess 5:12:56

Shalane Flanagan from Portland, Oregon, got the first NYC win by an American woman in 40 years with a time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, 53 seconds.




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