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LOCAL ROUNDUP: North Carolina A&T officially joins Big South

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Jul. 2—CHARLOTTE — North Carolina A&T officially became a full member of the Big South Conference with the start of the 2021-22 academic year Thursday. The addition of the Aggies boosts the conference’s membership to 12 full members.

North Carolina A&T was first announced as a new member on Feb. 7, 2020, and gives the Big South five full members in the state of North Carolina.

The Aggies are coming off a memorable 2020-21 final season in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with shared regular-season championships in men’s basketball, women’s basketball, volleyball and softball, as well as conference titles in women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s outdoor track & field and women’s outdoor track & field.

At last month’s NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, Cambrea Sturgis won the women’s 100m and 200m, and helped the Aggies to a fourth-place team finish. The Aggie men placed third at the national meet, while Randolph Ross Jr. won the National Championship in the 400m and later helped teammates Daniel Stokes, Akeem Sirleaf and Trevor Stewart win the 4x400m relay.

Ross and Stewart also qualified for this month’s Tokyo Olympics as part of Team USA, while Sirleaf (Liberia) and Stokes (Mexico) will also compete in the Games from July 23-August 8.

High Point University, Campbell, UNC Asheville, Gardner-Webb, Longwood, Radford, Hampton, Charleston Southern, Presbyterian, Hampton and USC Upstate are the Big South’s other full members.



THOMASVILLE — The HiToms defeated the Greensboro Monarchs 10-7 in a seven-inning exhibition game Wednesday night at Finch Field.

High Point-Thomasville trailed 6-3 in the top of the sixth but scored seven in the bottom half to lead 10-6. Ty Wilmsmeyer had a two-run double, CJ Johnson had a two-run single, and Matt Corder had an RBI single to highlight the inning.

Johnson finished with two hits to lead the HiToms, who totaled six hits for the game — including a double each by KB Peralta and Johnson. Trey Cooper picked up the win, pitching two innings in relief.

The HiToms, after playing at Asheboro on Thursday, host the Copperheads tonight.


TRIAD — The PAC-7 announced this week its all-conference teams for the final sports of the spring.

Baseball — TW Andrews: West Palanca; Trinity: Siler Parrish, Jake Little and Landen Mosley; Wheatmore: Zack Crites and Ben Walker

Girls tennis — Trinity: Autumn Gentry, Thuy Ho and Abigail Todd; Wheatmore: Hannah Carter, Taylor Comer, Hailey Hartley, Logan Rogers and Kelly Carrick; Player of the Year: Wheatmore’s Kara Comer; Coach of the Year: Wheatmore’s Doug Gore

Track — TW Andrews: Kevin Henry (pole vault), Correy McManus (100m), boys 4×200 relay, Marquette Hoskins (400m), Timothy Ratley (800m); Emilee Fulp (long jump)

Trinity: Dylan Hodges (high jump; 400m; 200m), Chandler Shell (discus), Michael Connelly (110 hurdles); Jessica McQueen (high jump, 110m, 400m, 200m)

Wheatmore: James Stamper (shot put), Cole Huggins (1600m), Rylee Reidling (discus), Danae Henderson (100m), girls 4×200 relay, Morgan Cunha (1600m, 800m), Peyton Wilson (400m), girls 4×400 relay; Boys Track Runner of the Year: Trinity’s Hodges; Girls Track Runner of the Year: Trinity’s Jessica McQueen

Wrestling — Trinity: Spencer May, Chris Grubb, KJ Stafford, Levi Dennis, David Makupson, Bear Schaefer, Alex Minish, John Bryant, Sebastian Talent, Ayden Prevatte, Joey Smith and Austin Mincey; Wheatmore: Michael Kidd, Setth Miller, Ian Miller, Perry Welch and Randy Spencer; Lower Weight Wrestler of the Year: Trinity’s Aaron Ortega-Perez; Coach of the Year: Trinity’s Brandon Coggins



ASHEBORO — The annual Rusty Harpe Memorial is scheduled Saturday at Caraway Speedway.

The event, which honors a driver killed in a garage accident, includes a 99-lap Late Model Stock race, a 99-lap SMART Modified Tour race, a 602 Modified race and a 25-lap Mini-Stock race.



KINSTON — Macie Burcham tied for 16th and Gabriela Cruz finished 18th in the 54-hole Dogwood State Girls Junior championship that ended Thursday at Kinston Country Club.

Burcham and Cruz are recent standouts at Wesleyan Christian Academy.

Maria Atwood, who finished at 3-over-par 216, came from behind to edge Emily Matthews of Mebane by a stroke. Burcham carded 17-over 230 and wound up two strokes ahead of Cruz.


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