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Nianouris, Beatty earn golf awards

Salisbury player, Forestview coach take home top honors

By Jay Edwards
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  • All Observer Boys Golf Team

    Alex Nianouris, Salisbury, Sr.: Davidson signee lost in a playoff to finish as NCHSAA Class 2A runner-up with back-to-back 70s at states.

    Troy Beaver, Salisbury, Sr.: Central Carolinas Conference tournament and 2A Midwest Regional champion, fifth at states, Elon signee.

    Will Long, Forestview, Jr.: Auburn commit finished second at the 2A state meet,

    Will Blalock, Forestview, So.: N.C. State commit won Big South conference title with 68.7 stroke average, also eighth at states.

    David Sargent, Hough, Sr.: Davidson signee won 4A West Regional with a 67, tied for 13th at states.

    Miller Capps, North Lincoln, Sr.: Clemson signee won Southern Piedmont conference title, fourth at regionals, fifth at states.

    Davis Bateman, Providence Day, Jr.: North Carolina commit finished tied for second at states.

    Second Team

    Chad Cox, Hickory Grove, Sr:

    Eric Edwards, Salisbury, So.:

    Hunter Oxford, Ardrey Kell, So.

    Andrew Klasing, Ardrey Kell, Sr.

    Tyler Lail, Bunker Hill, Sr.

    Andy Simmons, Myers Park, Jr.

    Brandon Katsoudas, Marvin Ridge, Fr.

    Third Team

    Keegan Hoff, Charlotte Catholic, Jr.

    David Kocher, Charlotte Christian, So.:

    Nick Eberhardt, Fort Mill, FILL.:

    Phillip Oweida, Myers Park, Jr.

    Alex Taylor, Forestview, Sr.

    Thomas Lilly, Maiden, Jr.

    Will Gordon, Cannon School, Fr.

    Lee Mitchell, Newton Conover, Sr.


  • Golf: The winners . . .

    Observer Player of the Year: Alex Nianouris, Salisbury

    Observer Coach of the Year: Ken Beatty, Gastonia Forestview

    Mecklenburg Player of the Year: David Sargent, Hough

    Mecklenburg Coach of the Year: Erik Herberth, Hough

    Regional Player of the Year: Alex Nianouris, Salisbury

    Regional Coach of the Year: Ken Beatty, Gastonia Forestview



The Salisbury boys’ golf team is used to winning.

This May, the Hornets rewrote their championship resume once again, winning their second straight N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 2A state title by 31 strokes over runner-up North Lincoln.

Salisbury was led by senior and Observer Player of the Year Alex Nianouris, who shot a two-day total of 4-under-par (140) to tie for the lead before falling in a playoff and finishing as state runner-up.

Nianouris, the Regional Player of the Year who will play golf at Davidson next season, also got a lot of help from Troy Beaver, who not only won the Central Carolinas Conference title, but also the 2A West Regional championship. Salisbury’s Eric Edwards, Clark Alcorn, Alex Lee and Joseph Rusher also made big contributions on a team that had six players capable of being their best player.

Meanwhile, Gastonia Forestview also had a championship run to remember, winning the Big South Conference and then the 3A state championship after three runner-up finishes in the last six years.

Forestview golf coach Ken Beatty not only takes home a state title, but also the Observer Coach of the Year and Regional Coach of the Year honors.

Will Long led the way at states, finishing as 3A state runner-up, while Alex Taylor, Will Blalock also played huge roles for the Jaguars. Taylor and Blalock tied for fifth and eighth, respectively, in the state tournament.

Meanwhile, Hough’s David Sargent, a Davidson signee, was named Mecklenburg Player of the Year after winning the I-Meck title and the 4A West Regional championship before finishing tied for 13th at the state tournament.

Hough coach Erik Herberth led the Huskies to an I-Meck Conference and 4A West Regional title in the program’s second year. The Huskies also finished fifth at the 4A state meet.

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