Area Sports Briefs
From staff reports
Charlotte beat Davidson 72-60 at Halton Arena in the second round of the women’s NIT on Sunday.
Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Jennifer Hailey scored 22 points for the 49ers (26-5).
Charlotte’s Ayanna Holmes (Salisbury) didn’t score but played significant minutes in the 49ers’ victory.
Sophia Aleksandravicius, the Southern Conference Player of the Year, paced the Wildcats with 18 points.
Charlotte will play Wednesday at home against Winthrop or Florida International.
An organizational meeting for the Rowan County Church Golf League will be held at McCanless on Tuesday, April 9. Call 704-637-1235.
• Isabella Rusher, a Salisbury sophomore, shot 88 in the Jimmy Anderson Invitational in Jacksonville, N.C., and tied for 15th.
North Iredell blew a six-run lead but beat West Iredell 8-7 in the bottom of the seventh on Friday in NPC baseball. Kyle Mehl drove in the winning run.
While North Iredell is only 3-6 overall, it’s 3-2 in the NPC, and another wild year is shaping up in the league as the teams scramble not just for a conference title but for the four available berths in the 3A state playoffs.
At 4-1, Carson is the leader as teams near the halfway point in the league race. East Rowan already has reached the turn at 4-2. South Rowan and West Rowan are 3-2.
If North Iredell upsets Carson Tuesday and West Rowan beats West Iredell and South Rowan beats Statesville, it will be a five-way tie for first place.
• Heath Mitchem is batting .486 to lead Carson hitters. Dylan Carpenter and K.J. Pressley have 11 RBIs apiece. Ben Gragg has two homers.
• East Rowan will be without injured Ike Freeman for several weeks. Freeman was off to a great start and was batting .615 for the Mustangs.
Chase Jarrett is batting .364 for East. Michael Caldwell leads East with five RBIs and has the Mustangs’ only homer.
• The biggest NPC matchup this week is Carson at East Rowan on Thursday.
Catawba’s men’s tennis team (11-9, 2-4 SAC) lost to Tusculum 8-1 on Saturday. Catawba’s women (12-7, 2-4) fell to the Pioneers 6-3.
College men’s lacrosse
Catawba lost ot Mars Hill 12-10 on Saturday nigth in spite of four goals by John Scheich and three by Steven Ridolfo.
The Kannapolis Intimidators will open on April 4 at Lakewood.
The first home game will be against Hickory on April 11.
Huneycutt to retire
Thomasville AD Woody Huneycutt plans to retire at the end of this school year.
Huneyctt, 56, has been AD the past 13 seasons and was a cocah for many years.
Huneycutt’s father was Derwood Huneycutt, who coached at Boyden for many years.
Steve Bare will take over AD duties for the Bulldogs.
Connor Miller (Salisbury) made the President’s List at Old Dominion for the fall semester.
The engineering major had a 3.98 GPA.
Miller and his teammates spent spring break in Barcelona, Spain, and Miller allowed no goals in a game against a local team.
The Old Dominion players also attended a Champions League match between Barcelona and Milan in a packed 95,000-seat stadium.
The Carolina Phenoms won the 2013 Best of the Best Tournament in Charlotte. Team members are Kreshon Alexander, Deshaun Minter, Deshawn Troutman, Alex Yang, Donte Hill, John Yang, Wes Fazia, Bryson Collins, Dearius Phillips, Donnell Alexander, Isaiah Little, Bravon Goodlett, Amara Morris and Ian Bradshaw.