Edwards wins Irish Creek event
From staff reports
Salisbury teammates Eric Edwards and Alex Austin shot 1-under 70s to tie for medalist honors in the fifth annual Irish Creek Invitational.
Edwards won the tournament on the first playoff hole.
Concord’s Walker Cress placed third with a 71.
Cannon School won the team competition at 218 and was paced by Grant DeGorter and Noah Edmondson with 72s.
Cabarrus defeated Rowan 587-599 to win the Batson Award and county bragging rights.
Other top Rowan scores were posted by Carson’s Andrew Purcell (72), South’s Davis Richards (74), West’s Jake Kennedy (76), Carson’s Matt Yates (78), South’s Evan Neas (79) and West’s Coyte Kyles (80).
• Kennedy won the National Junior Golf Tour College Prep Series tournament at Rock Barn. He shot rounds of 75 and 78 to win on the Jones Course.
The McCanless Couples played a three-man Captain’s Choice on Sunday.
Winning team members were Chris Curtis and Walt and Kim Kincaid. Rick Honeycutt and Gene and Mary Seaford finished second. Walt Kincaid won longest putt.
• Michael Childress shot back-to-back 73s and won the North Carolina Junior Golf Foundation tournament at Duke.
North Rowan’s Oshon West was named YVC Player of the Year for boys basketball.
North Rowan’s Malik Ford, T.J. Bates, Michael Bowman and Michael Connor made All-YVC.
Runner-up for POY was Albemarle’s Deon Christian.
Albemarle’s Christian, T’Kyle Williams and Terrace Ellis made All-YVC, along with Gray Stone’s Alex Wang, Chatham Central’s Zach Burke, East Montgomery’s Ahmad Baldwin, North Moore’s Landon Auman and Quashan Davis, South Stanly’s Michard Richardson and West’s Montgomery’s Cody McKenzie and Caleb Drake.
North Moore’s Grant Smith was named YVC Coach of the Year. North Rowan’s Andrew Mitchell was runner-up.
Prep girls soccer
West Rowan rolled 7-0 over North Iredell in NPC soccer on Monday.
Meagan Osian, Kayla Boley, Meredith Stanley and Claudia Patterson only allowed two shots on keeper Joana Samano.
Mariah Coleman started the scoring and assisted on a goal by Kelly Boley that closed the scoring.
Toni Lucente and Josie Heglar scored two goals each.
Victoria Patterson had a goal and two assists for the Falcons (6-0, 2-0).
Lucente, Stanley and Addie Coleman had one assist each.
• Salisbury evened its record at 3-3 with a 3-1 win at Mount Pleasant on Monday.
Kristel Rodriguez, Kate Grant and Maritsa Mourozidis scored the goals.
Mourozidis, Kayla Honeycutt and Adna Music had assists.
Maddie Labovitz, Emma Labovitz and Kathryn Rusher played outstanding as the Hornets overcame a 1-0 deficit.
• In East Rowan’s 2-1 NPC loss to South Rowan on Monday, sophomore Josseline Gonzalez scored East’s goal off a throw from freshman Devynne Brown. East keeper Kennedy Lambert made several saves on breakaways.
Prep boys tennis
East Rowan won 9-0 against South Rowan in NPC play.
Ike Emerson, Justin Allen, Jeremy Price, Evan Rogers, Cameron Thomas and Chance Brown were singles winners.
Allen-Rogers, Emerson-Thomas and Price-Brown swept doubles for the Mustangs (2-0).
• Salisbury won 5-4 against West Davidson in CCC action.
Clint Comadoll, Spencer Storey and Hunter Carlton won singles matches.
Brock Overcash-David Derrick and Comadoll-Chris Derrick won in doubles.
Comadoll-David Derrick bounced back from a 6-0 second-set loss to win a pivotal tiebreaker by 11-9.
The Greater Cabarrus Homeschool Stallions jayvees beat the Charlotte Stampede 11-5 on Saturday in a tournament championship game.
Caleb Threadgill and Hunter Shepherd had two hits each for the Stallions (2-1). Threadgill and Tyler Hartsell had doubles. Shepherd was the winning pitcher, with relief help from Josh Holt.
• The Stallions lost to the Stampeded 4-2 in the middle school championship game.
Drake Boger and Garrett Alewine had hits for the Stallions (2-1).
Southeast’s girls beat Mooresville 44-25 in a semifinal on Monday.
Top-seeded Southeast (15-1) was led by Olivia Gabriel with 24 points. Alexandra Linder scored eight, and Maren Shumaker had seven.
Taylor Cullen scored six for No. 4 seed Mooresville (7-9).
• Southeast’s top-seeded boys rolled 57-31 against West Rowan.
Cameron Prugh hit four 3s and scored 20 of his 22 points in the first half. Jamarius Hairston scored nine, and Jailen Williams had eight. Jay Wilkerson scored seven, and Elijah Moss had five.
Owen White led the No. 4 Bulldogs with 11 points. Caleb Mauldin scored seven, and Josiah Dixon had five.
Livingstone’s men will play their first-round game in the Atlantic Regional at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Fifth-seeded Livingstone is matched up with No. 4 seed Fairmont State (W. Va.) in the first round.
Top-seeded West Liberty is the regional host.
The Livingstone-Fairmont winner will play the West Liberty-Bowie State winner in the regional semifinals.
Catawba won 1-0 and lost 2-0 in a doubleheader at Coker on Monday. Emily B. Huneycutt tossed her 11th career shutout to win the opener. Tara Gibbs homered for the only run in the victory.
• Livingstone went 0-3 in the CIAA Roundup at Virginia Union. The Blue Beras lost 8-7 to Lincoln, fell 13-8 to Bowie State, andlost 14-5 to Virginia Union.
• Elon’s Chelsea White (East Rowan) pitched a complete game in a 5-2 loss to Georgia Southern on Sunday. White is 1-3 with a 2.78 ERA.
• Ericka Nesbitt (East) had two hits as Campbell beat Drexel 4-0 on Saturday. Nesbitt had five hits Friday as the Camels won twice. Campbell is batting .530 to lead the Big South Conference.
• Kourtney McGrady (Carson) is batting .346 for Bluefield, while Megan Meismer (Carson) is batting .333.
Catawba freshman Liz Renteria (13-2) was named SAC Player of the Week. She went 4-0 at No. 1 singles.
• Catawba’s men (10-6) lost 7-0 at Charlotte on Monday.
UNC Pembroke’s Brett Huffman (West Rowan) is batting .352 with 15 RBIs. Huffman had five hits in the weekend series with Young Harris.
• Andy Austin (East Rowan) drew a bases-loaded walk in the 11th for the winning run in UNC Wilmington’s recent 7-6 win against Gardner-Webb.
• Justin Seager (NW Cabarrus) is batting .382 for Charlotte with a team-high 16 RBIs. Justin Roland (East) had four hits in the weekend series with Kent State.
• Noah Holmes (East) is batting.357 for Appalachian State.
• Caleb Henley (East) has made four relief appearances for UNC Greenboro, including his first save on Sunday. The sophomore is 6-foot-7 and left-handed, so he’s someone to keep an eye on.
• Alex Britt (Salisbury) has a 3-1 record with a 3.31 ERA for Carson-Newman and has 39 strikeouts in 351/3 innings.
• Carson Herndon (Davie) was Liberty’s starting pitcher at Georgia on Friday. He lost to fall to 1-2, but his ERA is 3.32.
• Forrest Buchanan (Salisbury) has made four relief appearances for Belmont Abbey.
College women’s hoops
Jessica Heilig (Salisbury) scored 16 points in Gardner-Webb’s season-ending 78-61 loss to Liberty in the Big South tournament. Doreen Richardson (Salisbury) scored six for the Bulldogs.
• Shi-Heria Shipp (Salisbury) had 11 points and seven rebounds as George Washington ended its season with a 74-49 loss to Dayton in the Atlantic 10 tournament.
Appalachian State’s Lauren Smith (Salisbury) earned medalist honors with a 77 in a match against Dayton at Hilton Head. Lily Yatawara (Salisbury) shot 85 at Hilton Head.
• UNCG’s Roy Dixon (Salisbury) has shot 73-76 and is tied for seventh after two days at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate.
Middle school tennis
Sacred Heart won 7-2 against Albemarle.
Michael Childress, Justin Boyd, Charles Langlais, Ben Roy and James Metz won singles matches for the Dolphins.
Boyd-Langlais and Roy-Daniel Yu won their doubles matches.
Hoops pioneer dies
The funeral service for Harold Hunter, the first black player to sign an NBA contract was held in Hendersonville, Tenn., on Saturday.
Hunter, 86, signed in 1950 with the Washington Capitols after playing at North Carolina College (now N.C. Central) for John McLendon. He was MVP of the 1950 CIAA tournament.
A 5-foot-9 point guard, Hunter was cut before he ever played in an NBA game, but he was an assistant coach on the U.S. Olympic team that won the Gold Medal in 1968 in Mexico City and and he coached many future NBA players at Xavier(No.), Dillard, Southern and Tennessee State.
The Green Dragons, Rowan’s FCCA team, won two regional matches over the weekend by scores of 9-1 and 7-3, after being down 3-1.
Colin Donaldson scored three times, Ben Childress scored twice, and Maddox Goodnight, Oscar Garcia, Bryson Loflin and Hank Webb had a goal each in the 9-1 win.
In the second game, Donaldson and Goodnight scored two goals each, and Childress, Garcia and Wade Robins had one.
Standouts included Luke Graeber, Bennet Clark, Will Webb and Griffin Smith.
Western Carolina sophomore thrower Alisha Bradshaw (Salisbury) was named Southern Conference Field Athlete of the Month.
Bradshaw was conference champion in two indoor events.
Western starts the outdoor season in the Georgia Relays on March 14.
• Lees-McRae’s Evan Webb (East Rowan) competed in the pole vault in the D-II Indoor Nationals but he narrowly failed to clear the opening height of 15 feet, 7 inches.