Area Sports Briefs:
From staff reports
Livingstone’s women’s basketball team fell to Elizabeth City State 64-44 on Thursday at Trent Gym.
The Blue Bears were led by Cierra York’s 13 points.
The Vikings got a game-high 18 points from Stephanie Harper and outscored Livingstone 39-24 in the second half to pull away.
De’Rya Wylie (Salisbury) got into early foul trouble for the Vikings but still finished with nine points.
ECSU (64) —Harper 18, Taylor 9, Wylie 9, Boone 8, Boyd 6, Jackson 6, Bridgers 4, Whitehurst 2, Henry 2, Powell, Bryant.
LIVINGSTONE (44) — York 13, Walker 7, Evans 7, McKieney 4, Tharpe 2, Hill 2, Murray 2, Holloway 2, Manurs 2, Coe 2, Lepzem 1, Chatman.
ECSU 25 39 — 64
Liv’stone 20 24 — 44
Pfeiffer won 87-74 at Barber-Scotia on Thursday in Concord.
A.J. Clark scored 19 for Pfeiffer (3-9), while Josh Humphrey had 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Aaron Davis scored 21 for the Sabers (1-17).
Catawba had football coach Curtis Walker announced several coaching changes heading into the 2013 season.
Remaining on the staff are offensive line coach Brian Hinson and defensive line coach Radell Lockhart.
Joining the coaching staff are Kevin Brown, Chris Collins and Jordan Smith.
Brown returns to Catawba after coaching alongside Walker for 15 years at Catawba and Coastal Carolina. He will serve as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Collins, who will coach the defensive backs and serve as co-special teams coordinator, was on the staff with Walker last season at Western Carolina. During his playing career, he was an All-SAC performer at linebacker for the Catamounts.
Smith, who will coach wide receivers and also be co-special teams coordinator, coached with Walker at Western Carolina last year. He was also an assistant at Appalachian State, where he graduated in 2011.
Elks Hoop Shoot
Trials to qualify for the Elks National Hoop Shoot contest will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, at Hurley YMCA on Jake Alexander Boulevard.
Qualifiers will move on to competition on Sunday, Jan. 20, at Hurley YMCA.
Hoop Shoot is a free-throw shooting competition for boys and girls, ages 8-13.
Competition is by age divisions — 8 and 9, 10 and 11 and 12 and 13. Competitors will shoot 25 free throws.
This is the 41st Elks Hoop Shoot. Salisbury winners advance to district competition and have a chance to advance to state, regional and national competition.
Participants do not have to be playing organized basketball. There is no entry fee.
Contestants should arrive prior to 1 p.m. on Sunday and must wear appropriate footwear for a basketball floor.
Contact Hoop Shoot director Julie Copley with questions at 704-640-6473 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Hills hoops
The North Hills jayvee boys team defeated Covenant Classical 47-44 onThursday.
James Houghton led the way for the Eagles with 23 points. Collin Lewis hit four 3-pointers and scored 18.
• The North Hillsmiddle schoolgirls won their game against Covenant Classical by a score of 32-19.
The South Rowan YMCA is accepting registrations for adult church league basketball.
Registration ends Feb. 2. League meeting is Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. The fee is $425 per team.
Contact Carvie Kepley at 704-857-7011 or ckepley@rowanYMCA.org.
• The Hurley YMCA has extended boys basketball registration through today.
Coaches are always needed. Contact Phillip Hilliard at 704-636-0111.
• Salisbury Parks and Recreation is accepting registration at Hall Gym for its youth basketball leagues for boys and girls, ages 5-6 and girls ages 7-15 through Jan. 12.
Cost of the league is $35.
Practices will begin the end of January, with games starting in February.
Space is limited, so register early. Contact Lakai Brice email@example.com or Steve Clark firstname.lastname@example.org at 704-638-5289.
Erwin’s girls, down eight points in the fourth quarter, rallied for a 38-32 victory over upset-minded North Rowan on Thursday.
Erwin (11-2) outscored the Mavericks 18-4 down the stretch. Micah Furr (13) and Breya Philpot (11) led the Eagles’ scoring. Philpot added 18 rebounds and six steals. Ashlyn Mills had six points, 13 rebounds and five steals. Destiny Jackson added five points and four assists.
North Rowan (7-6) led 10-2 after one quarter and stayed in command most of the way. Brianna White led the Mavs with 12 points. Playmaker Priscilla Oglesby scored eight, and Dekniveya Joyner scored six.
• Joseph Scott poured in 35 points and led North Rowan’s boys to a 49-43 victory over Erwin. Desmond Gray added six points for the winners (7-6).
Erwin (4-9) was paced by Ellis Taylor and Lucas Morton with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Jonathan Brindle and Sean Perry added six points apiece.