Area Sports Briefs:
From staff reportsCatawba’s sixth-ranked baseball team pounded Pfeiffer 10-2 on Sunday at Asheboro’s McCrary Park.
Keaton Hawks’ three-run homer keyed a six-run fourth.
Paul Kronenfeld had three hits for the Indians (8-0). Garrett Furr had a two-run double and three RBIs.
Cam Cockman (2-0) pitched seven innings for the win.
Cole McGraw hit a two-run homer for the Falcons.
Catawba opens SAC play this weekend against Wingate with a three-game series at Newman Park. The opener is at 6 p.m. on Friday.
• Brett Huffman (West Rowan) had two hits for undefeated UNC Pembroke (6-0) in an 8-2 win against Salem International on Sunday.College softballKim Fespmerman (South Rowan) and Sydney Hyder had two-run doubles and Carley Tysinger pitched a shutout as Catawba beat Mount Olive in the opener of a doubleheader on Sunday at Whitley Field.
Catawba (3-2) dropped the second game to the Trojans 6-3. Hyder haad three hits and Tara Gibbs homered, but the Indians couldn’t overcome a grand slam by Beth Overton.College women’s hoopsGeorge Washington’s Shi-Heria Shipp (Salisbury) had five points, six assists and 10 rebounds in Sunday’s 77-60 win against Butler.
• Elizabeth City State’s De’Rya Wylie (Salisbury) had eight points and seven rebounds in Saturday’s 77-49 CIAA romp against Chowan.
• Fayetteville State’s DaQuondra Cuthbertson (North Rowan) had five points and six rebounds in Saturday’s 81-48 CIAA win against J.C. Smith.Prep wrestlingNorth Rowan won the YVC wrestling tournament for the third straight year on Saturday, scoring 287 points. Chatham Central was second with 187.
Individual champions for the Cavaliers included Marc Gonzalez (113), Damon Ellis (120), Brandon Lemmon (145), Absalom Patterson (152), Braxton Rabon (160), Brandon Rabon (170), Xavier Robinson (195), Cecil McCauley (220) and Will Robertson (heavyweight).
Third-place finishers were Darrell Taylor (125), Jaleel Hitchens (132), Jakob Broughton (138) and Trae Clark (182).
Simon Connolly, ranked third in the state at 106, did not compete in the tournament but is expected back for the state dual team playoffs.
The first two rounds of the playoffs will take place on Tuesday.
North (24-2) opens against Dixon (21-5). The site will be announced.
• North Iredell won Saturday’s NPC tournament, with West Iredell taking second.
West Rowan placed third. The Falcons’ top wrestlers in the event were Thomas Current (2-1), Zac Ridenhour (3-1), Walt Waggoner (2-1), Cody Eggers (2-1), Ben Kluttz (2-2), Jacob Tomlin (2-2) and Francisco Castro (2-2).Prep basketballThis is the last week of the regular season for the NPC, CCC, YVC, SPC and CPC.
Conference tournaments will start early next week. Tournament hosts include North Iredell (NPC), East Montgomery (YVC) and Lexington (CCC).
Four NPC teams advance to the playoffs. Four also will make it from the CCC and CPC. The SPC and YVC will send five teams to the playoffs.
There’s a full slate of NPC games set for tonight, with Carson at West Rowan, Statesville at East Rowan, and West Iredell at North Iredell.
Both games in Mount Ulla are big.
Carson’s boys are in second place in the NPC and defeated West Rowan at Carson, but West Rowan can pull even with the Cougars by beating them tonight.
Carson’s girls enter tonight tied for first place with North Iredell at 9-1, while West Rowan’s girls are one game behind the co-leaders at 8-2. West Rowan’s girls beat Carson in their earlier meeting.
Howard Platt will broadcast tonight’s Carson-West girls game on 1490. Platt won’t be able to call the boys game as WSTP is committed to airing a Charlotte Bobcats contest.
• Things look bleak as far as the postseason prospects for South Rowan’s boys after four straight NPC losses, but it’s not over yet. South (4-7) has one game left — against league-leading Statesville on Wednesday. It’s possible, although unlikely, that South will get help tonight from last-place West Iredell, which is taking on fourth-place North Iredell (4-6). North Iredell also has a game left with Carson.
• There’s also one SPC makeup doubleheader tonight in the SPC.
Concord, still unbeaten in the league, is at Northwest Cabarrus. The Spider boys have to win to maintain a one-game lead over A.L. Brown. NWC has a tough schedule this week and will visit the Wonders on Tuesday.Prep baseballNorthwest Cabarrus senior Jordan Goodman, who signed with Catawba, was the winner of the Spirit of the Game Award for the finest comeback at the annual Hot Stove League Dinner in Charlotte.
Goodman missed his freshman and sophomore seasons with three ACL injuries (two right knee, one left knee).
Following surgeries and a lengthy rehab period, the first baseman/DH batted .472 with three homers and 21 RBI for the Trojans as a junior.
The lefty swinger also batted .394 for Kannapolis American Legion.
He was named Offensive Player of the Year for Post 115 and played in the Area III All-Star Game.Local golfThe McCanless Couples played a Captain’s Choice format on Sunday.
The winning team was Ricky Honeycutt, Harry Owen, Jan Godwin and Chris and Sheila Livengood.
The team of Tim Earnhardt, Glen Trexler and Walt and Kim Kincaid was second.
Godwin won the longest putt, while Frank Foster won closest to the pin.Youth soccerThe Green Dragons, the local FCCA U9 team, won two regional matches over the weekend by scores of 5-2 and 5-1.
The team received excellent goalkeeping by Will Web. Scoring goals were Maddox Goodnight (hat trick), Oscar Garcia, Ben Childress, Wade Robins and Colin Donaldson.
Captain Griffin Smith controlled the midfield.