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TROUTMAN — Two or three times a week in recent summers, South Iredell wrestler Matthew Insogna traveled to Mocksville where he worked out at Combat Athletic Strength Training, operated by former Appalachian State and North Carolina State wrestler Josh Stanley.
Lake Norman’s girls lacrosse team got a sniff of the N.C. High School Athletic Association state championship game the last two seasons only to be snuffed out in late playoff rounds.
Ausar Rankin leads the North Piedmont Conference in three key offensive categories. In two of them, no one is even close to the West Iredell catcher.
Colson Zucker made his debut at South Iredell a memorable one.
Alyssa Marsh will swim at the next level. The only question is where.
TROUTMAN -- Poised to close things out Tuesday, South Iredell had trouble catching a potential game-ending fly ball near the infield grass.
The error allowed West Iredell, trailing by two runs, to load the bases in the top of the seventh inning.
"Traditionally those kinds of things implode on us," Vikings coach Wesley Whitaker said.
Not this time.
Chase Covington dug in an struck out Tyler McHargue to polish off a 5-3 North Piedmont Conference victory. McHargue stepped to the plate 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI, but Covington found the right stuff to retire West Iredell's cleanup hitter.
"He's been our guy that comes in and closes things out for us," Whitaker said of Covington. "He's really accepted that role and done well."
Covington, who has four saves, worked the final 1-2/3 innings for the win. He struck out three and held the Warriors to one hit. He relieved starter James Flerra in the sixth inning after Branson Inscore's RBI double to right field tied the game at 3.
Flerra went 5-1/3 innings for a no decision. He struck out four while limiting the Warriors to seven hits and a walk.
Covington tripled in the first inning to drive in the game's first run. Keegan Nimblett made it 2-0 with his sacrifice fly.
Dillon Love's sacrifice fly allowed West Iredell to cut into its deficit.
Love doubled to lead off the top of the fourth and scored to even the game at 2-apiece on McHargue's RBI single. Austin Huss' one-out single loaded the bases, but the Warriors weren't able to capitalize. Braeden Daniels lined out to South Iredell first baseman Joey Lipe. Huss' momentum toward second left him in a vulnerable position. Lipe promptly stepped on the bag at first for an inning-ending double play.
Lipe's run-scoring single in the bottom of the fourth allowed the Vikings to regain the lead, 3-2, and Jacob Matlock's bunt single loaded the bases. But West Iredell one-upped the Vikings' double play with an inning-ending triple play in its half. McHargue snagged Flerra's low liner near the ground. McHargue alertly stepped on third base to get the second out and threw the ball to first to complete the rare triple play.
"It was a good game," West Iredell coach Randy Martin said. "Both teams had opportunities."
West Iredell had runners in scoring position with one out in the top of the sixth but couldn't push the go-ahead run across. Dylan Webb tried to score from third on a passed ball but Matlock, the Vikings' catcher, got the ball back to Covington in time to tag out Webb at the dish.
"We just practiced that for about 30 minutes (Monday)," Whitaker said. "...It paid off there."
South Iredell executed a squeeze play in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead for good. Matlock laid down a precision bunt to the right side of the infield. His sacrifice easily plated Gatlin Thompson from third base. Hunter Dula gave the Vikings an insurance run with his RBI single.
It was South Iredell's sixth straight win since suffering a season-opening loss to Bandys.
"The guys are excited to go out there and do their jobs," Whitaker said. "Success makes it a little easier, obviously. But this is a great group of kids with strong leadership."
Ausar Rankin and Love joined McHargue with two hits apiece for the Warriors (2-5, 2-2), who's two-game winning streak came to an end.
Huss tossed a complete game and took the loss. South Iredell (6-1, 3-0) picked up seven hits and two walks against the right-hander.
The teams meet again Friday at West Iredell.
Statesville returned only one of its top six players from last year’s team, which advanced to the West region semifinals before losing to eventual 3A state runner-up Marvin Ridge and finishing 13-4 overall.
OLIN — Katelyn McClure batted last in the West Iredell order Tuesday, but she delivered at a crucial time like she was a top-of-the-lineup hitter. Her single in the top of the sixth inning helped pave the way for the Warriors’ go-ahead run, and they held on to topple North Iredell 6-4 in the teams’ North Piedmont Conference opener.
He’s always had the appropriate last name and now he has the basketball skills to match.
TROUTMAN – Emily Cheshire scored the game’s only goal in the 49th minute and South Iredell hung on to win a hard-fought North Piedmont Conference opener for both the Vikings and Mooresville, 1-0.
OLIN — From the time she started playing softball in elementary school until she completed her four-year career at Greensboro College, Hannah Pennell bled green.
New West Iredell football coach Monte Simmons wants to help develop the personnel flowing through the district pipeline.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kurt Busch was cleared Wednesday to get back in his race car and attempt to rebuild a career that was halted two days before the Daytona 500 when NASCAR suspended him for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
For nearly 15 years, Monte Simmons’ high school football home was in Caldwell County. The longtime Hibriten assistant is leaving Lenoir and coming to Statesville.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers announced they've released running back DeAngelo Williams, the franchise's all-time leading rusher.
Statesville’s seventh-inning rally wasn’t enough Monday, and visiting North Rowan held on for its first victory of the season, 7-6.
Commissioner Sandy Torrence said the North Piedmont Conference won’t release voting results for its awards. That includes Coach of the Year.
The North Piedmont Conference has released its All-Conference selections for the 2014-15 winter sports season.
Early Friday morning, former West Iredell football coach and current Concord Jay M. Robinson offensive coordinator, Mike Natoli stumbled upon the North Carolina High School Athletic Association record for career kickoff returns for touchdowns.
West Iredell appears to be getting closer to naming its next head football coach.
Building a nine-run lead Wednesday, West Iredell had no trouble closing out Hibriten. The Warriors’ 11-5 victory marked their second nonconference win in as many days.
Friday’s 60-41 loss to Gastonia Forestview in the first round of the 3A state playoffs ended West Iredell’s season, which saw the Warriors make the playoffs for the first time since the 2009 season.
WALLBURG – Ledford withstood an early barrage of 3-pointers Tuesday and rallied from a nine-point deficit to take the lead for good in the second quarter on its way to a 58-46 win over Statesville.
CHARLOTTE — Back in October, if anyone would have spoke with a member of the Lake Norman basketball program, they would have said that they expected to be back in Raleigh this year to play for the state title. The No. 9 seed Wildcats' run back to the title game ended four wins short of that goal Tuesday night with a 54-38 loss to top-seeded Charlotte Ardrey Kell.
MOORESVILLE — Hunter Seacat exploded for 28 points to help Lake Norman avenge an early-season loss to Cornelius Hough with a 59-55 thrilling win over the Huskies on Monday at Lake Norman High School in the second round of the 4A state playoffs.
Thomas Brown has a future in football after his high school sports playing days are done. North Carolina will welcome him as a preferred walk-on.
TROUTMAN -- The dreadful start was too much to overcome for South Iredell, and the Vikings' season ended Saturday in the second round of the 3A state playoffs.