Area sports briefs
From staff reports
Julia McKinzie and David Thomas have won the Lomax and Kirkland Awards given to the top female and male senior athletes at Catawba.
Hillary Hampton (West Rowan) and Thomas Presley were each honored with a Wurster Award for team leadership.
McKinzie, a tennis player, was a four-time all-SAC performer. Thomas, a baseball standout, was the 2008 SAC Player of the Year and a three-time all-SAC pick.
Hampton played through injuries in the final few weeks of the basketball season. She joined a shorthanded softball team in 2006 and earned all-conference honors.
Presley played several different positions in his career. He was also a leader in FCA and served as an example for his teammates through his volunteer activities.
Meagan Kittle and Jared Temple were recognized for having the highest cumulative GPAs for seniors. The volleyball squad took the team award
The team MVPs were Thomas (baseball), Dominick Reid (men’s basketball), NeKeithia Howard (women’s basketball), Maleah Cole and Chris Haney (cross country), Emily Morgan (field hockey), Brad Roach (football), Allen Autry (men’s golf), Kelsey Babos (women’s golf), Kurt Green (lacrosse), Ryan Villiard (men’s soccer), Alyssa Schoenberg (women’s soccer), Kathryn Geouge and Allie Marshall (softball), Leigh Spada (women’s swimming), Patrik Drakes (men’s swimming), Sean Soltan (men’s tennis), Julia McKinzie (women’s tennis), Andi Henderson(volleyball), Laura Jollay (cheerleading), Nicole Lach (athletic training) and David McDowell (sports information).
– Intimidators fall on road
The Kannapolis Intimidators blew a big lead in the ninth and lost 5-4 at Lakewood on Monday.Johnnie Lowe pitched six shutout innings for Kannapolis and fanned six.
– Prep baseball
North Rowan clinched the fifth seed in the CCC with a 3-2 win against Lexington on Tuesday.
Patrick Snider picked up his first mound victory for the Cavaliers. He pitched five innings and got relief help from Billy Veal, Nick Smith, and then Veal again. Veal earned a save by nailing down the final two outs.
North (4-16, 4-8) trailed 2-0 early, but it got even on RBIs by Dakota Brown and Travis Honeycutt and took a 3-2 lead in the fifth on a wild pitch. Boxscore tomorrow.
North plays at No. 4 seed West Davidson in the first round of the CCC tournament on Thursday.
* Jacob Wright homered for A.L. Brown in a 7-2 SPC loss to Porter Ridge that ended Brown’s playoff hopes.
* Justin Livengood homered and knocked in six runs, Jacob Scott homered and winning pitcher Ricky Vaughn went 4-for-4 as Ledford crushed East Davidson 13-3 in five innings and earned a share of the CCC championship.
* Trevor Leonard was 3-for-3 at the plate and struck out 10 on the mound to lead Central Davidson to a 5-3 win against West Davidson and a share of the CCC title.
* Salisbury is the No. 1 seed for the CCC tournament. Central and Ledford will flip for the No. 2 seed today.
* Wet fields prevented two county baseball teams from playing Tuesday night. West Rowan’s home game with Lake Norman and Carson’s game at Northwest Cabarrus have been rescheduled for tonight at 7 p.m.
The Northwest and Carson jayvees will play a doubleheader today at Carson, starting at 4 p.m.
– Prep tennis
Salisbury’s Joe Goodman and the doubles team of Austin Flynn-Steven Page reached the semifinals of the CCC tennis tournament and qualified for regional play by winning one match Tuesday in Lexington.
The top-seeded Goodman had a first-round bye and won 8-2 against West Davidson’s Zach Boggs. Goodman will face Lexington’s Charlie Jordan today in one singles semifinal, and the other will pit Lexington’s Justin Miller against East Davidson’s Brandon Phillips.
The pairing of Flynn-Page advanced with a bye before winning 8-4 against Lexington’s Grayson Bates-Charles Chisholm. Flynn-Page will face East Davidson’s Christopher Ward-Patrick Porter in one semifinal, and Ledford’s Landon Rogers-Scott Buchanan will meet Lexington’s Hunter Davis-Alan Heiss in the other one.
Salisbury’s Benton Whitaker and the doubles team of Tyler Heilig-Carl Ritchie must claim two victories today to win the consolation bracket and earn a regional berth.
Whitaker won 8-2 in a first-round match against West Davidson’s Jared Durizch, fell 8-1 to Miller and prevailed 8-0 against Central Davidson’s Nathan Wilson.
Heilig-Ritchie opened with a 9-7 victory against East Davidson’s Travis Hartsell-John Thomas, lost 8-1 against Davis-Heiss and won 8-4 against Central Davidson’s Nathan Westmoreland-Zach Frank.
– Prep golf
Salisbury’s golf team finished third in the final CCC match, and it tied Central Davidson for second place in the season-long race.
Ledford, the season champion, shot a 141 on Tuesday. Central posted a 160 to edge the Hornets by one stroke.
North Rowan had its best showing of the year with a 180. It placed sixth in both the final match and the season race.
Salisbury’s scorers on Tuesday were Roy Dixon (37), Randy Almeida (career-low 39), Clint Riddle (39) and Zack Kirchin (46). The top 14 in the season standings make the all-conference team, and the Hornets who fall into that category are Dixon (sixth), Almeida (12th) and Riddle (13th).
North’s scorers on Tuesday were Miller Sokolowski (38), Dillon Mason (46), Billy Fordyce (47) and Andrew Hallett (49).
Ledford’s Stevie Pietsch was the medalist with a 34, and he led six Panthers who finished in the top eight of the season race.
Ledford, Salisbury and Central qualified as teams for Monday’s regional at Eagle Chase outside of Monroe.
* Carson’s Justice Schenk has qualified for the 3A golf regional to be held Monday at Jamestown Park.
Schenk is one of the NPC’s four individual qualifers.
– Ketner gets ace
Lee Ketner of Salisbury recorded an ace at Foxwood Golf Club on Tuesday. He used a 6-iron on the 150-yard ninth hole. Richard Engel, Harry Owen and Gilbert Sprinkle witnessed the feat.
– Kannapolis Legion callout
The Kannapolis American Legion baseball callout is on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the A.L. Brown field. New players should bring a birth certificate with a raised seal.