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Area briefs: Bobcats win first tourney

From staff reports
The Salisbury Bobcats 16-under USSSA basketball team, formerly the Salisbury Kings, won their first tournament of the season.
The Bobcats finished 4-0 in the South Carolina Spring Qualifier, beating teams from Columbia, S.C., and Gastonia.
Darius Moose (Carson) led the Bobcats in the tournament with 77 points, 58 rebounds and 18 assists. B.J. Sherrill (West Rowan) made 12 3-pointers.
Other Bobcat team members are Phillip Ajayi, Quentin Sifford and Riley Weber (East Rowan), Greg Sims II, Roge Givens and Keith Davidson (North Rowan), Dominique Phillips and Bryson Brown (Salisbury), Kajuan Phillips (West Rowan) and DJ Duncan (South Iredell).
Greg Sims, Greg Tinsley and Paul Weber coach the Bobcats.
The program finished fifth in the Nationals in Ft. Wayne, Ind., in 2007.
– Catawba baseball
Chris Ahearn’s RBI single in the eighth inning snapped a tie and helped Catawba win at UNC Pembroke 9-6 on Wednesday.
Catawba (38-16), ranked 22nd nationally, rallied from a 6-0 deficit.
Reliever Brett Hatley (4-1) tossed two scoreless innings and allowed just one hit to pick up the win. Nathan Furr pitched a perfect ninth for his third save. Weston Church started on the mound for the Indians.
Jerry Sands hit a solo homer in the sixth for his 22nd of the season.
Matt Kepley knocked in three runs. Craige Lyerly and Kevin McMillan had three hits apiece.
* Today’s scheduled game with Belmont Abbey has been postponed but may be rescheduled.
– Catawba Hall of Fame
The Catawba Sports Hall of Fame will induct volleyball coach Ginger Hamric, basketball standout Tracey Scruggs, football legends Charlie Little and Joe Popp, former Catawba soccer coach Ralph Wager and sportswriter Herman Helms on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
The Chiefs Club sponsors the ceremonies in Kirkland Lobby of the Abernethy Physical Education Center.
The Catawba Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1977. This year’s inductees bring the number of members to 147.
The Hall of Fame Golf Tournament will be held at The Country Club of Salisbury at 1 p.m. on Friday.

– Catawba football camp
Catawba Football Day Camp for ages 7-18 will be held July 7-9.
Contact Coach DJ Summers at 704-645-4558 or e-mail dsummers@catawba.edu.
– Catawba lacrosse
Catawba placed attack Kurt Green and middie Sean Duggan on the Deep South Conference all-tournament lacrosse team.
– Pfeiffer baseball
Gary Owens went 4-for-4 with five RBIs, and Ryan Salmon hit an inside-the-park homer as No. 9 USC Aiken beat Pfeiffer 11-4 on Wednesday.
– College baseball
Davidson’s Brett Shore (South Rowan) had three hits, including a triple, in an 8-7 loss to Duke on Wednesday.
* Kyle Seager (NW Cabarrus) was 2-for-3 with one RBI in North Carolina’s 10-5 victory over High Point on Wednesday.
* South Carolina’s Whit Merrifield (Davie County) was 2-for-3 and scored twice in a 10-1 victory over Wofford on Wednesday.
– College softball
Gina Loflin (West Rowan) had four hits for Walters State in a 9-1 victory over Hiwassee on Tuesday.
– Conference cups
Wingate won the SAC’s Athletic Excellence Award for the 2007-08 school year.
The Bulldogs nipped Tusculum. Catawba finished fifth.
* Anderson won the Hawn Cup for overall athletic excellence in Conference Carolinas.
Limestone finished second. Pfeiffer was fourth in the rankings.
– Prep soccer
East Rowan had to win at North Iredell on Wednesday to have a shot at the NPC’s sixth and final playoff berth.
East coach Eduel Atkins said his Mustangs played one of their best games of the season, but they lost 2-1 in overtime and saw their postseason hopes dashed.
Jessica Devlieger scored for East (6-11, 6-10), and Atkins said she played a great game. He also praised the play of Rachel Hardy-Simpson.
The Mustangs had plenty of scoring chances, including a penalty kick and a shot at an empty net in overtime, but they couldn’t convert.
“We had possession 60, 70 percent of the time,” Atkins said. “Bottom line, we should have won the game in regulation. It’s just disappointing.”
– Intimidators win
The Kannapolis Intimidators got strong pitching from starter Nathan Jones and relievers Levi Maxwell, Wander Perez and Henry Mabee and beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers 3-1 on the road on Wednesday.
Andrew Mead blasted his second homer. Kannapolis scored an insurance run in the ninth on Joe Persichina’s RBI single.
The Intimidators are back home for Thirsty Thursday tonight against the Lake County Captains.
Mascot Mania is Friday.
– Minor leagues
Beloit’s Spencer Steedley (East Rowan) pitched 11/3 scoreless innings on Tuesday to lower his ERA to 2.08.
* Brett Bartles (A.L. Brown) hit his first homer of the season for Dayton in a 7-2 loss to Cedar Rapids on Wednesday.
* Jeremy Johnson (Mooresville) started a Triple-A game on the mound for Toledo against Columbus on Tuesday. He allowed three runs in five innings and didn’t get a decision. Columbus won 5-3.
– Prep baseball
Cory Alcon had two hits for Ledford in an 8-2 loss to Northwest Guilford on Wednesday.
– Middle school baseball
West Rowan stole 15 bases and defeated Corriher-Lipe 10-5 on Tuesday. Hunter Tetter drove in three runs for the Bulldogs (4-1). Matt Miller and Corbin Foster had two hits and three RBIs apiece. Foster hit a solo homer.
Miller allowed three hits in six innings. Tetter relieved in the seventh.
* Erwin (7-0) defeated North Rowan 6-5. Gavin Wike had two RBIs for the Eagles. Nathan Fulbright had a triple. Alex Bost, Wesley LeRoy, Ashton Fleming and Curtis Ward pitched for the Eagles.
Clint Veal had two hits and scored two runs for North. Veal and Jake Smith pitched for the Mavericks.
– Chargers baseball
Rockwell Christian’s baseball team defeated Calvary King 11-6.
Brent Black was the winning pitcher. Matt Hoehman and Ethan Livengood had three hits apiece. Taylor Honeycutt had two.
Rockwell dropped games to Woodland 13-3 and Union Grove 10-4. Honeycutt had two hits against Woodland. Honeycutt and Hoehman had two hits each against Union Grove.
– South Rowan wrestling
South Rowan posted a 3.536 GPA in the fall semester, highest among the state’s wrestling programs.
– Prep tennis
Lake Norman’s tennis team won its first NPC title with a 9-0 victory over Northwest Cabarrus on Wednesday.
– Prep softball
Northwest Cabarrus clobbered Statesville 10-0 and 15-0 in a Tuesday doubleheader. Northwest (13-5, 12-2) stayed in second place in the NPC behind East Rowan.
– Corbin Hills golf
The Corbin Hill Ladies Golf Association played in a low gross-low net event on Tuesday.
Ruth Bowles won first-place low gross and was followed by Miriam Gruber and Beth Calhoun.
First-place low net was won by D.J. Whitfield. She was followed by Sharon Deal and Mary Seaford.
Low putts went to Susan Morris, and second went to Joy Maughmer.
– Middle school golf
Erwin’s golf team defeated China Grove 156-173 at Warrior on Tuesday.
James Lohr and Conner Lowman led Erwin with 37s. Jared Deveileger and Jared Hough shot 41s.
Alex Austin led China Grove with a 39. Ryan Craft shot 41, Spencer Knowles 45 and Dalton Parrot 48.
Emily Cleveland shot a 57 for the Erwin girls.
* Erwin golfers shot 171 and topped Southeast (192) and West Rowan (203) at Corbin Hills on Wednesday. Medalist was Hough, who shot 40. Lohr and Lowman shot 42s for the Eagles, and Chase Cannon added a 46.
Southeast was led by Garrett Yelton with a 46. Matt Yates shot 47, while Connor Gantt shot a 49. Chuck Parks added a 50.
West was led by Bailey Kepley with a 45. Cody Eggers shot 48. Nathan Kyles shot 54, and Matthew Hunter had a 55.
* The Rowan County Middle School Golf Championship will be May 5 at The Club at Irish Creek.
– Salisbury Academy golf
Salisbury Academy’s golf team defeated Woodlawn 162-198 at River Run Country Club. The Jaguars (10-0) were led by medalist Troy Beaver’s 37. Alex Nianouris (39), Alex Lee (42) and Clark Alcorn (44) were the other scorers.
– Woody to be honored
Carson football coach Mark Woody will be honored by the NCHSAA on May 1 as a winner of the Homer Thompson Memorial Eight Who Make a Difference award.
– L-R recruits
Lenoir-Rhyne’s men’s basketball team signed three players, including 6-foot-7 Clemson transfer Julius Powell, Northern Durham’s 6-8 Jeff Thomas and Northwest Cabarrus point guard Jon Hathcock.
Powell started 11 games at Clemson his freshman year. He has two years of eligibility.
The 5-11 Hathcock averaged 18.0 points and 5.3 assists and was NPC Player of the Year.
– McKillop at Lowe’s
Davidson basketball coach Bob McKillop and his assistants will serve as Grand Marshals for the May 17 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
– Babe Ruth league
Registration for the Rowan County Babe Ruth baseball program runs through May 10.
The program is for ages 13-15, as of April 30, 2008. Cost is $65 per player. Register at Dale’s Sporting Goods in downtown China Grove.
Games will be played during June at China Grove Middle.
Contact Dale’s at 704-857-8412 or Jamie Morgan at 704-216-9622 (day) or 704-213-3339 (cell).
– West baseball camps
West Rowan summer baseball camps are upcoming.
On June 17-20 (Tuesday-Friday), a camp will be held for ages 7-9.
On June 23-27 (Monday-Friday), a camp will be held for ages 9-12.
On July 14-18 (Monday-Friday), a camp will be held for ages 12-14.
Those three camps are limited to 12 participants.
A pitchers camp for ages 9-14, with a maximum of 15 participants, will be held on July 21-25.
On July 28-Aug. 1, a defense camp will be held for ages 9-14, with a maximum of 15 participants.
Camps are $110, except the camp for ages 7-9, which is $100.
Camps run from 9-3 Monday-Thursday and 9-noon on Friday, except the ages 7-9 camp, which runs 9-3 all four days.
Contact West varsity coach David Wright at 704-278-9233 or e-mail wrightdc@rss.k12.nc.us.
– Volleyball leagues
Team registration for a 6-on-6 adult coed volleyball league at Hurley YMCA will be held through May 7. Cost is $135 per team. Season starts on May 12.
* Team registration for a senior high church coed 6-on-6 volleyball league also runs through May 7.
Cost is $135 per team. The season starts May 13. Contact Kenneth Shoaf at 704-636-0111.
– West hoops camp
West Rowan Falcon Basketball Camp for boys and girls will be held June 16-19. West Rowan boys coach Mike Gurley directs the camp at the school. West players will help with the camp.
Campers will take home a Falcon T-shirt, in addition to top-flight instruction. The cost is $50. Camp for rising 2nd-6th graders is from 9 until noon. Camp for rising 7th-9th graders is from 1-4 p.m.
Contact Gurley at 704-798-2074.
– Tusculum hire
Michael Robinson has been named Tusculum’s head volleyball coach.
– Basketball camp
The 15th Annual Hoops Unlimited Basketball Camp will be held on the following dates:
* Richfield Elementary School: June 16-19, for rising 2nd-5th grade boys and girls; and June 23-26 for rising 6th-9th grade boys and girls
* North Hills Christian School: July 7-10 for rising 2nd-5th grade boys and girls; and July 14-17 for rising 6th-9th grade boys and girls
The cost of the all-day camp is $95. Included is a camp shirt and “all you can eat” lunch each day.
Camp director is Rick Roseman, former East Rowan varsity boys coach for 13 years and camp director for 15 years. Each session is limited to the first 50 applicants.
For a camp brochure or additional information, contact Roseman at 704-279-7334.

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