Area Sports Briefs:
From staff reports
Robert Steele will be inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame on Saturday as part of the class of 2013.
Ceremonies will be held in the Friday Center at UNC. The reception is at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50.
Steele built North Rowan into one of the state’s top track and field programs. His boys track teams won five straight 2A outdoor state championships from 1994-98.
He’s credited as being the head coach of 15 state championship teams and has been a factor in several more. North has won 21 state track state championships since 1990 — 11 boys outdoor titles, five boys indoor titles, four girls outdoor titles and one girls indoor title.
All the inductees will receive Hall of Fame rings and will be introduced with a video presentation.
This Hall of Fame class was announced last July and also includes Donnie Baxter (Asheboro), Ronnie Chavis (Pembroke), Lawrence Dunn (Raleigh), Doug Henderson (Greensboro), Lindsey Page (Burlington), Larry Rhodes (Gastonia) and Jim Taylor (Shelby).
This class was honored at halftime of the North Carolina-East Carolina football game at Kenan Stadium on Sept. 22.
This class raises the Hall’s membership to 148.
Kannapolis American Legion baseball sign-ups will be on April 27. Players for the Junior team should sign up at 10 a.m., and players from the Senior team should sign up at noon. Players should bring an original birth certificate.
Northwest Cabarrus again will be the base school. Other players will come from A.L. Brown, Cox Mill and Robinson.
Thompson in town
N.C. State legend David Thompson is speaking at Salisbury High today at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thompson would get a lot of votes as the greatest ACC player ever.
Thompson’s last high school game was played in Salisbury at Catawba. His Crest squad lost 41-33 to a Salisbury Boyden team led by Kenny Holt and coached by Bob Pharr in the 1971 Western North Carolina High School Acitivities Association championship game.
That game remains the most famous prep hoops contest played in Rowan County.
New York Mets reliever Bobby Parnell (East Rowan) doesn’t have a save yet, but he’s pitched very well in three short relief stints. He has fanned three and walked none.
The Kannapolis Intimidators lost 6-1 to the Hickory Crawdads in their home opener at CMC-NorthEast Stadium on Thursday.
Ryan Rua hit a three-run, inside-the-park homer to key the Crawdads’ victory.
Micah Johnson led off the first with a homer for the Intimidators (5-3).
John Scheich scored with 38 seconds left to lift Catawba to a 12-11 win against Lenoir-Rhyne in the semifinals of the Deep South Conference men’s lacrosse tournament.
The goal was Scheich’s second of the night and 45th of the season, tying the school record. Adam Hebert also scored two goals, while Tom Cullop had three assists.
Catawba will play in the DSC tournament championship game this Sunday at 1 p.m. against Tampa in Winter Park, Fla. Tampa rolled 18-8 against St. Leo in a semifinal.
Catawba’s Madison Kennedy (Salisbury) was named to the All-SAC second team.
SAC Player of the Year for men’s golf was Lincoln Memorial’s Jamie Chapman.
North Carolina’s Spring Game is April 13 at 3 p.m. Duke’s Spring Game is April 13 at 4 p.m. Wake Forest’s Spring Game is April 20 at 1 p.m. N.C. state’s Spring Game is April 20 at 1:30 p.m.
East Rowan won 8-1 against South Rowan in NPC boys tennis on Wednesday.
Ike Emerson, Justin Allen, Chance Brown, Jeremy Price, Evan Rogers and Cameron Thomas were singles winners for the Mustangs.
Allen-Rogers and Brown-Price won in doubles, as East stayed unbeaten in the NPC.
North Rowan’s Zach Lemmon has committed to swim at Greensboro College and will sign on Wednesday.
Salisbury shot 161 and finished second to West Davidson (159) in a CCC match at Winding Creek on Wednesday. East Davidson shot 164 for third place.
Medalist Eric Edwards shot 37 to lead the Hornets. SHS scorers were Joseph Rusher (39), Alex Austin (40) and Abraham Post (45).
Zach Michael shot 38 to lead West Davidson. East Davidson’s Wes Cline shot 38.
North Rowan won 2-0 against West Montgomery on Thursday in YVC soccer.
Dakota Honeycutt scored both goals on assists by Tiheosha Caldwell and Brandy Fox.
Honeycutt has seven goals for the Cavaliers (5-4 YVC) since moving from midfield to forward.
Desiree Rincon had the shutout in goal, her third of the season.
Davie won 4-0 against North Davidson on Thursday to split its CPC series with the first-place Black Knights.
Nick Boswell pitched a two-hitter and struck out six.
No. 9 batter Charlie Muchukot knocked in two runs, and Boswell and Jeremy Walker drove in one apiece.
East Davidson won 5-3 against Central Davidson in CCC baseball on Thursday.
Avery Bowles, a Catawba signee, was the winning pitcher. Bowles (5-1) also knocked in three runs.
• West Davidson played twice on Thursday.
The Green Dragons lost 3-0 to East Forsyth in a non-conference game, but they walloped Thomasville 16-0 in a CCC game. Chandler Simerson was the winning pitcher and fanned eight Bulldogs.
East Rowan’s boys scored 96 points and won a track meet against NPC opponents West Rowan (81), Statesville (67) and North Iredell (16).
800 — Graham Lyerly (2:07), 1600 — Lyerly (4:56), 3200 — Cal Meyers (11:17), 110 hurdles — Chase Brown (16.0), Long jump — Calvin Edwards (20-11 1/4), Pole vault — Marshall Shank (13-0), Shot — Tyler L’Hommedieu (41-1), Discus — R.J. Osgan (109-7), 4x100 — Donte Means, Dalton Moose, Calvin Edwards, Josh Little (43.5)
300 hurdles — Juwan Houston (44.2), High jump — Zeke Blackwood (5-10), Triple jump — Chris Patteson (42-11 3/4), 4x800 — Michael Williams, Alexis Sanchez, Cameron Isenhour, Todd Gabriel (9:31)
100 — Tyrek Morrison (11.1), 200 — Tyree Ward (23.7), 400 — Daryl Houpe (51.3), 4x200 — (1:34), 4x400 (3:37)
• East Rowan’s girls scored 156 points and won against West Rowan (60.5), Statesville (40.5) and North Iredell (11).
High jump — Brittany Small (4-10), Discus — Haley Gardner (89-3), 4x400 — Small, Haley Lyerly, Lara Drew, Faith Blume (4:45)
100 — Khaila Hall (13.4), 200 — Shay Steele (28.4), 400 — Brienna Owens (1:04), 3200 — Rebecca Parker (12:51), 300 hurdles — Gabriela Roldan (58.0), Shot — Allison Manley (32-0), 4x800 — (11:05)
800 — Amelia Zweiner (2:39), 1600 — Zweiner (5:59), 100 hurdles — MaKayla Nichols (20.8), Long jump — Yasmeen Culbreath (16-8), Triple jump — Culbreath (33-4), Pole vault — Zweiner (8-6), 4x100 — Janine Hazel, Culbreath, Keairra Skinner, Shakira Turner (53.4), 4x200 — Hazel, Culbreath, Skinner, Turner (1:52)
• The Rowan County meet is set for Tuesday at East. Field events and the 3200 relay will begin at 4 p.m. All other running events begin at 5.
The Greater Cabarrus Homeschool Stallions lost 8-7 to the Carson jayvees on Thursday. Hunter Shepherd had four hits for the Stallions. Josh Holt had a three-run homer and a double.
Caleb Threadgill, Travis Cone, Sawyer Strickland and McConner Wallace also had hits for the Stallions, who will take on the Forsyth Home Education team on Tuesday.
Mid. school girls soccer
Southeast lost to Mooresville Middle 8-0. Nelly Diaz did a good job in goal after Ally Wilhelm was hurt in warmups.
Middle school baseball
North Rowan Middle won 16-7 against Corriher-Lipe.
Steven Thurston, Corbin Smith, Javin Goodine and Trent Berry had three hits each for the Mavericks. Tyler Shepherd had two hits and reached base five times. Brett Tucker had two hits.
Smith pitched four innings for the win, while Berry pitched three for a save.
North is at Mooresville Middle on Monday.
Mid. school boys soccer
Southeast beat Mooresville Middle 3-0. Raunel Vaquez scored two goals for the Patriots, and Luis Araujo scored one. Daniel Carrillo had two assists. Jonathan Bautista had the other helper.
Grayson Owens had the shutout in goal. Daniel Valverde, German Delgado, Kaleb Isenhour and Jesus Sanchez were defensive standouts. Michael Rosas led the midfield.
Mid. school tennis
Knox won 5-4 against Erwin. Simon Post, Boothe Pfaff, Seth McLendon and Cristian Ramirez won singles matches for Knox.
McLendon-John Dunham won in doubles.
Knox is at Mooresville Middle on Tuesday.
• Erwin won against China Grove. Singles winners for the Eagles were Robert Gray, Zakk Perdue, Clinton Nash, Tyson Love and Sawyer Russell. Doubles winners were Nash, Russell, Carlton Jackson and Brandon Thomas.
Boys basketball clinic
A basketball skills clinic for middle school boys will be held at Carson on three nights — April 17, from 6-8, April 23, from 6-8, and May 1, from 6-8.
The cost is $25.
Contact coach Brian Perry at 704-855-5039.
The High Rock Volleyball Hurricanes were champions in the gold bracket in the Triangle Invitational in Raleigh.
Hurricanes include Kaylin Dowling, Taylor Walton, Brooke Kennerly, Ellen Yang, Kary Hales, Ally Young, Meiann Brock, Ava Link and Allison Ennis. Jan Dowling is the coach.
• The High Rock Volleyball Slammers won the silver medal in the 14 gold division in the Carolina Regional Championships.
Players are Ashley Wood, Riley Adair, Juliana Anderson, Tory Heater, Catherine Wagoner, Katie Blackwell, Lindsay Elmore, Mallory Weast and Ivy Overcaash.
Mackenzie White coaches the team.