Sunday’s roundup: State high school basketball playoff pairings, prep football, college basketball and tennis

By Richard Walker

Lincoln Charter rolled 80-42 at Mitchell County on Saturday to advance to Tuesday’s Western N.C. 1A championship game.

The N.C. High School Athletic Association basketball playoffs head to the regional finals on Tuesday with four local teams – the boys teams from Lincoln Charter, North Lincoln and Crest and Shelby’s girls – pursuing wins for for berths in the Saturday’s state championship games.

Here’s the full pairings of NCHSAA regional finals:

1A girls
East: #3 Princeton (14-0) vs. #9 Northside-Pinetown (12-4)
West: #6 Mitchell (16-0) vs. #13 Murphy (15-2)

2A girls
East: #2 McMichael (6-8) vs. #9 Farmville Central (13-0)
West: #1 West Stokes (14-0) vs. #6 Shelby (16-0)

3A girls
East: #5 Northwood (14-0) vs. #7 Asheboro (13-0)
West: #3 Jesse Carson (17-0) vs. #12 Hickory (11-2)

4A girls
East: #1 Wilmington Ashley (15-1) vs. #6 Garner (15-0)
West: #1 Vance (10-0) vs. #3 Providence (9-0)

1A boys
East: #3 Wilson Prep (6-2) vs. #5 Riverside-Martin (14-0)
West: #5 Lincoln Charter (15-2) vs. #6 Mount Airy (14-3)

2A boys
East: #9 Farmville Central (13-0) vs. #15 Northeastern (10-3)
West: #1 Hendersonville (16-0) vs. #3 North Lincoln (15-2)

3A boys
East: #6 West Carteret (11-2) vs. #13 Northwood (13-2)
West: #2 Weddington (16-0) vs. #4 Crest (16-1)

4A boys
East: #2 Millbrook (17-0) vs. #8 Lumberton (11-2)
West: #1 Ardrey Kell (9-0) vs. #3 North Mecklenburg (11-0)

High school boys basketball

Crest 66, West Rowan 62 (Saturday): Mari Adams (24 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists), Jadin Merritt (18 points, 9 rebounds) and Caleb Borders (12 points, 5 steals) led Crest (16-1), which visits Weddington on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. for the Western N.C. 3A championship game.

High school football

East Lincoln 28 Mountain Island Charter 27 (Saturday): Orlandis Howell Johnson had two touchdowns, Ben Cutter one and Joe Dos Santos one for East Lincoln in the season-opening victory. Ben Cutter (9 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception) and Trent Smith (8 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 interception) led the Mustangs defense and Tyler Mizzell (164 yards passing, 1 TD) led the offense.

Gardner-Webb’s Jaheam Cornwall was named first team All-Big South Conference

College men’s basketball
Big South All-Conference team: Winthrop redshirt senior guard Chandler Vaudrin and Eagles’ head coach Pat Kelsey have been voted the 2020-21 league men’s basketball player of the year and coach of the year, respectively, in a vote of league head coaches and a media panel. Other top awards went to Presbyterian’s Rayshon Harrison (freshman of the year), Charleston Southern’s Phlandrous Fleming Jr. (defensive player of the year) and USC Upstate’s Nevin Zink (scholar-athlete of the year).
The complete all-league team:

First-Team All-Conference: Chandler Vaudrin, G, R-Sr., Winthrop; Davion Warren, G/F, Sr., Hampton; Phlandrous Fleming Jr., G/F, Sr., Charleston Southern; John-Michael Wright, G, Soph., High Point; Jaheam Cornwall, G, Sr., Gardner-Webb

Second-Team All-Conference: Cedric Henderson Jr., F, Jr., Campbell; Tajion Jones, G, R-Jr., UNC Asheville; Juan Munoz, G, R-Jr., Longwood;
Rayshon Harrison, G, Fr., Presbyterian College; Jordan Whitfield, G, Sr., Campbell

Honorable Mention All-Conference: DJ Burns Jr., C, R-Soph., Winthrop; Tommy Bruner, G, Soph., USC Upstate; LJ Thorpe, G, R-Jr., UNC Asheville;
Russell Dean, G, Soph., Hampton; Charles Falden, G, Sr., Winthrop

All-Freshman Team: Rayshon Harrison, G, Presbyterian College; Fah’Mir Ali, G, Radford; Justin Hill, G, Longwood; D’Maurian Williams, F, Gardner-Webb; Ahmil Flowers, G, High Point

All-Academic Team: Austin McCullough, G, Sr., Campbell; Kareem Reid, F, Soph., Gardner-Webb; Emmanuel Izunabor, C, Soph., High Point; DeShaun Wade, G, Jr., Longwood; Owen McCormack, F, Soph., Presbyterian College; Jordan Hemphill, G, Jr., Radford; Coty Jude, F, Jr., UNC Asheville;
Nevin Zink, C, Jr., USC Upstate; Kyle Zunic, G, Sr., Winthrop

UTEP 77, Charlotte 62: Brice Williams scored 15 points off the bench and Jahmir Young had 12 points but the 49ers (9-13, 5-9) lost the road Conference USA game.

College men’s tennis
Belmont Abbey 5, Catawba 2
1. Jack Joel (CAT) def. Bailey Horne (BAC) 6-3, 6-7, 1-0
2. Kent Shiell (BAC) def. Vid Rados (CAT) 6-2, 6-1
3. Gabriel Martin (BAC) def. Kane Elkin (CAT) 6-1, 6-2
4. Paul Dekester (CAT) def. Kai Lloveras (BAC) 6-1, 6-4
5. Renzo Fassioli (BAC) def. Damir Zababuryn (CAT) 6-0, 6-2
6. Christopher Jirout (BAC) def. Luca Rucciardi (CAT) 6-1, 6-2
1. Bailey Horne / Kent Shiell (BAC) def. Jack Joel / Damir Zababuryn (CAT) 6-4
2. Gabriel Martin / Alex Turner (BAC) def. Paul Dekester / Kane Elkin (CAT) 6-0
3. Renzo Fassioli / Thomas Roberts (BAC) def. Vid Rados / Luca Rucciardi (CAT) 6-2

Gardner-Webb 6, Belmont Abbey 1
1. Nelson Stafford (BAC) def. Victor Putter (GWU) 0-6, 7-5, 1-0
2. Chrisjan Van Wyk (GWU) def. Andres Golindano (BAC) 6-3, 6-4
3. Breno Plentz (GWU) def. Kevin Yarzagaray (BAC) 6-0, 6-1
4. Connor Enslin (GWU) def. Jai Rowe (BAC) 6-4, 6-3
5. Sebastian Harris (GWU) def. Jhoan Avendano (BAC) 6-0, 6-1
6. John Spring (GWU) def. Julian Gonzalez (BAC) 6-1, 6-4

1. Victor Putter / Chrisjan Van Wyk (GWU) def. Andres Golindano / Nelson Stafford (BAC) 7-6
2. Breno Plentz / Stefano Puga (GWU) def. Jhoan Avendano / Kevin Yarzagaray (BAC) 6-0
3. Connor Enslin / Sebastian Harris (GWU) def. Francisco A. Martin / Jai Rowe (BAC) 6-4