Area Sports Briefs
From staff reports
Rockwell native Rick Ridenhour has been named coordinator of SAC men’s basketball officials.
Ridenhour will replace retiring Jim Burch on July 1.
Ridenhour has 35 years of game experience and was a Division I official 27 years.
Ridenhour played at Lenoir-Rhyne and graduated in 1970.
Baseball and softball conference tournament will be held next week, with games as early as Monday.
• The baseball and softball state playoffs start on May 10.
• The soccer state playoffs start on May 8, with second-round games on May 11.
• The tennis dual team state playoffs start April 30, with second-round matchups scheduled for May 7.
• Individual tennis regionals will be held May 3-4, with indivdual championships decided on May 10-11.
•Regional golf championships will be decided May 6, with state championships on May 13-14.
• Track regionals are set for May 4, with state meets the following weekend.
South Rowan participated in a benefit for the Jonathan Thacker Foundation and won 10-6 at Concord on Thursday.
Concord players wore special orange uniforms — Thacker’s favorite color — and Thacker’s parents threw out ceremonial first pitches.
South had a season-high 18 hits. Dylan Goodman went 4-for-4 with four RBIs, while Jonnie Lefebvre went 4-for-4 with four runs scored.
Dillon Parker (7-1) was the winning pitcher. Aaron Fulton, Aaron Bare, Blake Sechler and Billy Winecoff all got some work on the mound.
South is 8-0 against Cabarrus teams this season.
• South (7-5 NPC) will received a forfeit win and will not play Statesville tonight.
• In NPC games tonight, Carson is at North Iredell and West Rowan is at West Iredell.
North Iredell would need a combination of a win against Carson and a West Iredell upset of West Rowan to move into the NPC’s top four.
• North Rowan lost 4-1 at East Montgomery, despite a good pitching effort by Clint Veal (4-3).
North played without coach Aaron Rimer, who was ejected in Tuesday’s 5-3 loss to West Montgomery.
North (9-11, 6-9) finishes YVC play today at last-place South Davidson. North starts YVC tournament action on the road next Wednesday.
North Rowan beat YVC opponent Chatham Central 3-1 on Senior Night.
Seniors Guadalupe Almazan, Vendela Sisomphou, Dakota Honeycutt, Daisy Lemke, Desiree Rincon, Fayeleesa Shropshire and Kayla McCorkle were honored. Almazan, Sisomphou and Honeycutt scored goals. Sisomphou had a tiebreaking goal on an assist by Courtney Harrison.
• Salisbury won 1-0 at Concord on Thursday. Ashlyn Heidt scored on an assist by Kate Grant. Emma Labovitz played an outstanding match.
• Carson lost 2-1 to Cox Mill.
Sarah Safrit scored for the Cougars. Cassie Howard and goalkeeper Alex Allen were standouts for the Cougars.
Salisbury’s girls scored 53 points and finished second in a meet with East Davidson (71) and Lexington (28).
Jaleesa Smoot won the 100 (12.22), 200 (26.08) and 400 (1:01.90) to lead the Hornets. Cheyenne Gloster won the shot (29-11) and discus (115-3). Zocola Hamilton won the triple jump (33-7).
• Salisbury’s boys scored 52 points and finished second in a meet with East Davidson (66) and Lexington (35).
Resean Bledsoe won the long jump (18-10) and triple jump (43-5 1/2). Keion Adams won the shot (43-4) and discus (120-3). Philip Simons won the 1600 (4:53). Salisbury’s 4x800 team of Simons, Matt Washko, David Uto and Erik Murray won in 9:04.
Division II athletics
Conference Carolinas tournament scores:
(2) Coker 8, (5) Pfeiffer 7
(3) King 7, (4) Belmont Abbey 6
(1) Mount Olive 6, (60 Erskine 0
• The final Southeast Regional baseball poll won’t be released until May 10.
• Catawba’s softball team is ranked 10th in the Southeast Regional poll released this week. Eight teams will go to the regional. The final poll will be released May 6.
•Wingate’s 4x400 team won the Southeast Regional and competes in the Penn Relays today. That team includes Omar Ray (A.L. Brown).
The Rome Braves rallied to beat Kannapolis 8-6 on Thursday. Former Appalachian State player Tyler Tewell had four hits for the Braves.
• The Intimidators announced the promotion of outfielder Adam Heisler (.324) to Winston-Salem. Ruben Sierra Jr. joins the Intimidators from extended spring training.
Middle school athletics
North Rowan Middle’s baseball team won 12-0 against Knox. Tyler Shepherd, Brett Tucker and Steven Thurston had two hits each. Shammond Corbin tripled, and Alex Bautista doubled. Corbin Smith pitched a complete game.
• North is the host for the tournament. The tournament starts May 11.
• Erwin’s boys tennis team beat Southeaset 6-3, with Robert Gray, Zakk Perdue, Sawyer Russell and Tyson Love winning singles matches for the Eagles. Gray, Love, Perdue and Russell on in doubles.
• Southeast’s girls soccer tema won 2-1 against Erwin. Farrah Jordan scored the Southeast goals. Jessica Ferrioli had an assist. Keeper Nelly Diaz, Cmryn Nooner, Abril Sanchez, Zinia Figueroa and Brienne Leach led the defense.
• Southeast’s boys won 6-1 against Erwin. Raunel Vasquez had a hat trick. Daniel Carrillo, Ahmed Mustafic and Luis Araujo scored a goal. Vasquez and Braxton had assists.
Players should bring birth certificates. Parents should attend to sign forms.
Rowan County: Sign-ups for Senior and Junior teams at Jarrett Post 342 on Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. Contact Mark Cauble at 704-798-9991.
Southern Rowan: Sign-ups are at Gary’s Barbecue on Sunday, May 5, at 4 p.m.
Returning players should bring their jerseys. Contact Craig Honeycutt at 980-521-2646.
Kannapolis: Sign-ups are at Northwest on Saturday, April 27. Junior team at 10. Senior team at noon. Contact Baxter Shelton at 704-786-7931.
• Mooresville Post 66: Sign-ups and workouts for Junior and Senior players at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, at Lake Norman High Park. Contact Steve Knight at 704-664-5725.
The 32nd annual Edgar Welch Memorial Golf Tournament for Rowan County women will be played at 9 on May 21 and 23 at Corbin Hills and the Country Club of Salisbury.
The tournament is open to all women with an established handicap at a Rowan club and anyone who has played in the tournament before.
Entry forms are available at local clubs. The $60 fee includes golf, carts, prizes and lunch on May 21. The format is net best-ball twosome. Gross prizes also are awarded.
The defending champions are Mary Seaford and Kristi laton. The tournament is played in memory of Edgar Welch. Welch’s wife, Elaine, established the tournament in his memory. Contact Jo Shaw at 704-636-1592.
• Jo Shaw won the Country Club of Salisbury Sweet 16 tournament. Shaw’s score was 60, Next were Jayne Hubbard (62) and Cindy Carmazzi (66).
The Rowan Hurricanes 9th-grade girls basketball team will have an open gym and tryout on May 19, at 6:45 p.m., at Christ United Methodist Church on Mooresville Road.
Contact Marcus White at 704-490-5844 or Ashley Poole at 704-433-7713.