Area Sports Briefs

  • Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013 12:01 a.m.

From staff reports

Joe Ferebee’s No. 23 jersey was retired on Saturday at Pfeiffer and will hang now on the right field wall on the field that is named for him.

Ferebee’s baseball record will always be second in his heart to his service record in World War II, but his coaching accomplishments are phenomenal. He is revered as the “winningest coach in North Carolina.”

Ferebee was surrounded in pregame ceremonies by former players, coaches and friends, and Saturday was declared “Joe Ferebee Day” in the village of Misenheimer.

“It’s a great day to honor a great person,” Pfeiffer president Mike Miller said. “The outpouring of love and support from former players and competitors is a testatment to how much Joe means to Pfeiffer and North Carolina baseball.”

Ferebee’s record as the coach of Legion teams representing Salisbury (1950-56) and Rowan County (1967-89) was 673-325, with four state champions and four state runners-up. He also coached seven wins at Spencer in 1949 and 14 wins at Albemarle in 1957. That’s a total of 694 Legion wins, still the state record.

Ferebee won nearly as often coaching Pfeiffer (1958-87). He’s credited with 677 college wins, also recognized as a state record, with 10 conference titles, five district championships and a ranking of as high as No. 2 nationally.

He also was 77-32 as a high school coach. He began his coaching career at Salisbury’s Boyden High in 1947 and his team won the 1955 state title.

A Mocksville native and a great athlete in his days at Catawba, Ferebee, 94, has been inducted into the North Carolina, Catawba, Pfeiffer, N.C. American Legion Baseball, NAIA, American Coaches Association, Stanly County and Salisbury-Rowan halls of fame.

• Mount Olive, ranked second nationally, swept Pfeiffer in a Saturday doubleheader at Ferebee Field, winning 13-1 and 7-4. The teams will play again today.

• Carson-Newman’s Alex Britt (Salisbury) started on the mound in a 7-3 loss to Newberry on Saturday in the SAC tournament. Britt (4-4) allowed four earned runs in six innings. He struck out four.

College softball

Elon’s Chelsea White (East Rowan) shut out Samford 2-0 in a Southern Conference game played in Birmingham on Saturday. White allowed six hits and struck out two.

• Shortstop Ericka Nesbitt (East) missed some time with an injury but has returned to action and leads the Camels in batting average (.403) and steals (19).

• Lenoir-Rhyne beat Wingate 2-0 in eight innings on Saturday and will play Catawba in today’s SAC tournament title game at 1 p.m. at Whitley Field. If L-R wins, a second championship game will be necessary to decide the double-elimination event.

College track

Livingstone’s teams placed seventh in the CIAA track meet in Petersburg, Va.

Quanera Hayes led the Blue Bears. She won the women’s 400 (53.44 seconds) and placed second in the 200 (23.71).

College tennis

Lincoln Memorial won the SAC men’s tournament, while Wingate won the SAC women’s tournament.

Intimidators baseball

Kannapolis evened its record at 8-8 with a 3-2 win at Augusta on Saturday.

Basketball all-star game

Practice for the Rowan County Senior All-Star game is set for Monday at North Rowan. The girls, including county player of the year Shay Steele, will practice at 7. The boys workout is at 8:15. The games will be played on Friday, April 26, at North, starting at 6:30.

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