Wednesday’s roundup: Historic South Point soccer win, swimming state finals has several local products, Cherryville honor and basketball results

By Richard Walker

South Point’s Davis Adcock, showing off his regional swimming medal, is one of several local products who will compete for N.C. state swimming championship honors Thursday and Friday.

South Point pulled off a historic boys high school soccer victory on Wednesday night when it won 2-1 at Shelby.

The victory improved the Red Raiders to 5-1 overall and 5-0 in the Southwestern 3A Conference while also ending Shelby’s 35-match conference winning streak and 42-match conference unbeaten streak.

Shelby (3-1, 3-1) hadn’t dropped a league match since Sept. 26, 2016 when lost 1-0 at Kings Mountain and it’s last non-victory in league play came on Oct. 26, 2016 when its played Kings Mountain to a scoreless tie.

More high school boys soccer
Ashbrook 1, Cramer 1 (OT): The Green Wave and Storm played to a scoreless tie in regulation before each team scored once in overtime. Jesse Coleman scored for Ashbrook (2-1-1) on a Daniel Hines assist while Cramer (4-0-1) answered with a penalty kick. Coleman, Nick Allen, Bailey Wilcox, Chevis Seigle and John Francis were cited for outstanding defensive play for Ashbrook, which visits North Gaston on Thursday.

High school swimming
Several local products will compete for state titles Thursday and Friday in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1A/2A swimming and diving championships to be held in the Raleigh area.

Here are the local qualifiers for Thursday’s diving championships at Raleigh’s Pullen Aquatic Center:

1A/2A boys
Alex Givens (Lincoln Charter) 1-meter diving
Davis Hutchinson (Lincoln Charter) 1-meter diving
Clayton Harper (East Gaston) 1-meter diving

1A/2A girls
Riley Urash (Shelby) 1-meter diving
Olive Pharr (Shelby) 1-meter diving
Enily Lesniak (Lincoln Charter) 1-meter diving

Here are the local qualifiers for Friday’s swimming championships at Cary’s Triangle Aquatic Center:

1A/2A boys
East Lincoln 200 yard medley relay
South Point 200 yard medley relay
John Neumann (Highland Tech) 200 yard freestyle
Sam Brooks (East Lincoln) 200 yard freestyle
Davis Adcock (South Point) 200 yard IM
Nolan Berry (Mountain Island Charter) 200 yard IM
Jacob Jensen (Burns) 100 yard freestyle
Blake Nelson (Lincoln Charter) 100 yard freestyle
Nolan Berry (Mountain Island Charter) 500 yard freestyle
Jake Simpson (East Gaston) 500 yard freestyle
Sam Brooks (East Lincoln) 500 yard freestyle
Mountain Island Charter 200 yard freestyle relay
Lincoln Charter 200 yard freestyle relay
Jake Simpson (East Gaston) 100 yard backstroke
Cordin Schrum (Lincolnton) 100 yard breaststroke
John Neumann (Highland Tech) 100 yard breaststroke
Mountain Island Charter 400 yard freestyle relay

1A/2A girls
Lincoln Charter 200 yard medley relay
Grace Wilson (Lincoln Charter) 200 yard freestyle
Jade Chamblee (Lincoln Charter) 200 yard freestyle
Libby Canipe (Shelby) 200 yard IM
Brooklyn DeCann (Lincoln Charter) 200 yard IM
Keara Wiley (Mountain Island Charter) 50 yard freestyle
Lauren Manion (Lincoln Charter) 50 yard freestyle
Abigail DeCann (Lincoln Charter) 100 yard butterfly
Devin Poteat (East Lincoln) 100 yard freestyle
Keara Wiley (Mountain Island Charter) 100 yard freestyle
Gabrielle Malta (Lincoln Charter) 100 yard freestyle
Lincoln Charter 200 yard freestyle relay
Mountain Island Charter 200 yard freestyle relay
Abigail DeCann (Lincoln Charter) 100 yard backstroke
Jade Chamblee (Lincoln Charter) 100 yard backstroke
Devin Poteat (East Lincoln) 100 yard breaststroke
Lincoln Charter 400 yard freestyle relay
Mountain Island Charter 400 yard freestyle relay

Ben Hayes

High school award
Cherryville’s Ben Hayes was honored by the N.C. High School Athletic Association on Wednesday.

A senior cross country runner and boys soccer player, Hayes was given the Lowe’s Campus Captain award for January. The Lowe’s Campus Captain program offers a platform through which school administrators, parents, students, and school community members can nominate deserving individuals for special recognition monthly during the school year.

Hayes co-founded Cherryville’s new Kindness Club with fellow student-athlete Landrie Wofford. The club is designed to support anti-bullying, being kind, and doing the right thing.

“Ben never missed a day of cross country practice and was a leader in the 3 W’s and the fight against Covid-19,” Cherryville athletic director Scott Harrill said of Hayes. “Ben is also trying to help raise mental health awareness for students during this difficult time by promoting kindness to others.”


College men’s basketball
Belmont Abbey 87, Erskine 72: Quest Aldridge led five double-figure scorers with 18 points as Belmont Abbey improved to 10-3 overall and 8-2 in Conference Carolinas. The Crusaders play again on Friday at 7 p.m. at Mount Olive.

Old Dominion 78, Charlotte 76 (OT): Jahmir Young’s 26 points wasn’t enough for Charlotte as the 49ers dropped to 9-10 overall and 5-6 in Conference USA.


College women’s basketball
Belmont Abbey 78, Erskine 32: Kelli Thomas scored a season-high 11 points and Brittany Autry and Sydni Addison had 14 points apiece as the Abbey improved to 13-2 overall and 9-1 in Conference Carolinas.

Charlotte 102, Old Dominion 95 (2 OT): Octavia Jett-Wilson had 42 points, 14 rebounds and six assists as the visiting 49ers improved to 7-7-7 overall and 6-3 in Conference USA with the victory. The effort helped her become the school’s 25th 1,000 career points scorer.


High school boys basketball

North Lincoln 77, Lincolnton 52

Crest 71, Huss 66 (Tuesday): J.J. Moore (15 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists), Noah Caulder (15 points) and Kendall Malik Corry (14 points) led Huss, which visits Ashbrook on Thursday in its next game.

High school girls basketball
Crest 63, Huss 34 (Tuesday): Alexis Marshall and Vaniyah Petty scored 17 points apiece to lead Crest and Jamya Daniels had 15 points for Huss.