Area sports briefs

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 26, 2007

From staff reports

With Concord on the horizon, Friday was not the night for an A.L. Brown boys loss.

But that happened when Porter Ridge’s D.J. Harrison hit two free throws with eight seconds left to give the Pirates a 54-53 win over the Wonders.

Josh Gray hurried downcourt for a final shot that just missed.

The loss knocked Brown (14-7, 7-2) out of first place with a meeting with the Spiders (6-1 in the SPC going into Friday) set for Tuesday.

Gray and Jonathan Efird led Brown with 13 points each. Billy Simiton had 11.

n NWC boys win

Northwest Cabarrus came with intensity against Mooresville on Friday night, racing out to a 24-10 lead and cruising to a 74-51 victory over the Blue Devils.

The Trojans (14-6, 6-4) put four players in double figures: Roy Allison and Ryen Black with 12 each and Jon Hathcock and Brian Garcia with 10 apiece.

n College baseball

Pitcher McKenzie Willoughby (Davie County) has been elected one of Eastern Kentucky’s captains for the upcoming season.

Willoughby, who redshirted last season, led the Colonels with eight victories and had a 3.84 ERA in 2005.

n College basketball

Maggie Rich (East Rowan) had a career-high eight rebounds and matched her season high with 13 points in Campbell’s 72-56 victory over Lipscomb on Thursday.

n Brittany Cornelius (East) had 17 points and six rebounds for Meredith in Thursday’s 71-59 loss to Methodist.

n Brittany Roberson (West Rowan) scored 12 points and had six rebounds for Lees-McRae in Thursday’s 85-68 victory over Erskine.

n Ashley Watkins (Salisbury) scored 12 points for Queens in recent 62-48 loss to St. Andrews.

n Marcus Mitchell (West) scored eight points and Tristan Rankin (North Rowan) had seven points for St.Paul’s in Thursday’s 91-82 loss to Elizabeth City State.

n College softball

Coker has been voted the preseason favorite in CVAC softball. Pfeiffer was picked ninth. Defending champ Queens was picked third.

n College wrestling

Freshman Brandon Brothers (South Rowan) has been seeing regular duty for Appalachian State’s wrestling team at 197 pounds.

Brothers lost by pin when Applachian fell 21-17 at VMI on Thursday.