Area sports briefs: Blue Bears lead track finishers
From staff and wire reports
In the Niswonger Invitational indoor track meet held in Johnson City, Tenn., Livingstone’s Justin Avery (West Rowan) was fifth in the 200 (21.88) and eighth in the 400 (49.46) in a field that included many Division I schools.
Livingstone’s B.J. Grant (South Rowan) was ninth in the high jump (6 feet, 43/4 inches).
Western Carolina’s Alisha Bradshaw (Salisbury) was eighth in the shot (40-61/4) and the weight throw (49-33/4) in the Niswonger meet.
Former East Rowan pole vaulters did well in the Niswonger.
Lees-McRae’s Evan Webb tied for seventh, while Western’s Keith Leonard tied for ninth. Both cleared 14-11/4. Western’s Wayne Parker tied for 12th, clearing 13-71/4.
Western’s Garrett West (NW Cabarrus) finished seventh in the 800 (1:56.44).
Chase Fisher (NWC) was 16th in the mile (4:36.02) and was part of Western’s second-place team in the medley relay.
USC Upstate’s Ross Oden (East) was 48th in the 5000 meters (16:31.82).
The Catawba baseball family lost a close friend and long-time supporter of the program with the passing of Pete Needham on Saturday morning.
Panthers announce new logo
CHARLOTTE — The Carolina Panthers have a new look.
For the first time since joining the league in 1995, the Panthers have changed their logo. According to a press release Sunday night, the logo has been designed to provide a “more aggressive, contemporary look to the logo while making it more three-dimensional for ever-increasing digital use.”
The Panthers will transition to the refined logo throughout 2012.
The primary tweaks made by the creative department of the NFL are in the features in the eye and mouth. Team president Danny Morrison says “we have one of the finest and most recognizable logos in the NFL and wanted to make it as modern as possible without losing the dramatic essence of the mark.”
China Grove’s boys beat Corriher-Lipe 43-24. Dillon Norton led the Red Devils with 13 points. Jacob Cheeseman scored nine and Isaac Bell eight. Cameron Corriher had a team-high six rebounds.
Salisbury’s jayvees defeated Thomasville 51-50 on Saturday. Rasean Bledsoe led the Hornets with 18 points.
Dave Jordan made a hole-in-one on No. 6 at the Country Club of Salisbury on Friday.
Jordan used a 9-wood on the 155-yard hole.
It was the third career ace for Jordan. Harold Buchanan, Harold Deal, Richard Everson and Jim Benton witnessed the feat.
Catawba competed against Warren Wilson and Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday in Hickory.
Catawba’s men won against both opponents, while Catawba’s women topped Warren Wilson but lost to the Bears by a point.
Andrew McCollister (Salisbury) won the 400 IM (4:11.25) and 500 free (4:49.23).
Theo Zatterstrom won the 1000 free and 100 fly for the Indians. Toomas Goutt won the 100 back and 50 free. Magnus Lundgren won the 100 and 200 free races.
The men’s relays teams won the 400 free and 400 medley.
Katia Kurglov won the 50 free and 1000 free to lead Catawba’s women.
Lindsey Yarbrough won the 100 back.
Catawba swimmers will compete in the season-ending Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships on Feb. 15-18 in Charlotte.