Granite Quarry, N.C. — Adalie Harrison will graduate from East Rowan as one of its more decorated student athletes in recent years.
Harrison participated in three sports for most of high school with those being cross country, basketball, and track & field. After being persuaded by some cross country teammates, she decided to try soccer for the first time this spring to add a fourth sport to her résumé.
“Most of the girls on the cross country team, they play soccer,” Harrison said about picking up soccer this spring. “They tried to talk me into it (trying out) last year, but I just did AAU basketball. This year, I decided to try out and I was actually pretty good at it. It wasn’t too bad. My sister played her last two years of high school and she liked it a lot, so I thought I’d give it a try and I actually ended up enjoying it a lot.”
East Rowan’s soccer team played just three games in 2020, but Harrison made an impact on the field rather quickly. She scored two of the Mustangs’ four goals and logged 230 minutes in the process while playing either forward or midfield.
Last fall, Harrison had a . By finishing 16th at the regional meet, she punched a ticket into the 3A state championship meet on Nov. 9. Placed 78th of 158 entrants there with a time of 20:39.84; also won the Rowan County Championship event during her senior year and received All-Conference honors.
While running track & field as a freshman, Harrison suffered some setbacks due to injury. She was absent on the track the next two seasons because of AAU basketball, but returned for two meets as a senior prior to the coronavirus outbreak. Her fastest mile is 5:35 and 800m is 2:36 — won both mile and 800m races she took part in this season.
“It’s really all about time management,” Harrison said about balancing sports and schoolwork over her time in high school. “With soccer and track this past season, I mainly went to soccer practice because it was a new skill for me and I had to really pick up quicker than everyone else who’s already played. Usually after soccer, I would run by a little on my own, but not too hard … My past years, it’s all about time management; making sure you get all your homework done and getting in the bed somewhat early so you’re not really tired the next day.”
Earlier this week, Harrison announced her commitment to play college basketball at Lenoir-Rhyne University for head coach Grahm Smith.
Smith was named the Bears’ next coach on Apr. 6 after previously coaching at William Peace University in Raleigh. He went 135-53 in seven seasons at the helm of the Pacers.
Harrison planned on playing for Smith at William Peace, but elected to “follow” him to Hickory with her announcement on Tuesday.
East Rowan had a strong 2019-20 season on the hardwood by going 20-7 overall and 7-3 in North Piedmont Conference action.
The Mustangs did make the 3A state playoffs, but couldn’t advance past the first round as Hickory won that contest by 18 points (61-43).
East Rowan has seen a win increase in each season under head coach Kevin Holland. The team has won four, five, 14, and 20 games with back-to-back postseason appearances in his four years at the helm.
Harrison led East Rowan in scoring as a senior with 13.1 points per game on 36% shooting from the field. Averaged five rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.1 steals each outing this past winter as well.
On senior night against North Iredell, Harrison was able to eclipse the 1,000 point mark in her high school career. She scored 14 points and dished out five assists in the Mustangs’ 64-24 route of the Raiders back on Feb. 14.
Her career numbers at East Rowan are 1,050 points, 438 rebounds, 299 assists, and 209 steals. The 5-foot-1 point guard leaves the school ninth on the all-time scoring list after becoming the 11th different player to reach 1,000 points.