Sports briefs: Rowan Junior Legion eliminated in tourney
From staff reportsRowan County’s Junior American Legion team was knocked out of the double-elimination state tournament in Kinston on Saturday.
Rowan lost 3-2 to Mooresville in eight innings despite good pitching by Alex Litaker and Will Johnson, and was pounded 11-1 in five innings by Cary in an elimination game.
n Salisbury PalominoSalisbury’s Palomino baseball team rode the pitching of Dakota Brown to a 4-3 victory Oak Ridge/Lenior County (Tenn.) late Friday night in the National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series.
Zach Burkhart, Doug Seaman and Nich Glass paced the Salisbury offense.
Alex Walters made several nice plays on defense.
“We hit several balls on the nose that were right at people,” Salisbury coach Scott Maddox said. “I think the players are slowly making the tough adjustment to wood.”
n Warrior golfRonnie Mangum, Andy Huffman, Andy Beaver and Travis Kluttz shot 69s to lead a tightly bunched field after the first round of the Warrior Club Championship tournament.
Four golfers were at 70.
n Labor Day golf
The time has arrived to make up the field for the 57th annual Labor Day Four-Ball Memorial Tournament at the Country Club of Salisbury.
Pro Randy Padavick announced 750 invitations have been mailed to Rowan County golfers to participate in the event which will be played Aug. 30-31 and Sept 1.
The tourney is open to golfers who have played in it in the past and Rowan residents.
The entry fee is $50 for Country Club members and $90 for non-members.
The entry deadline is Aug. 15.
Practice rounds will be played Aug. 12-14. Players must call the Country Club pro shop for practice rounds.
Qualifying has been scheduled Aug. 22-23-24.
The tourney will be made of 120 teams ó 96 in the regular division, 16 in the senior division (55-69) and eight in super senior division (70 and older).
Juniors who are 16 by Aug. 30 may play together. Juniors under 16 must play with an adult partner.
Tee times may not be requested. They will be assigned to the players. Players must use carts.
The Labor Day tournament was launched in 1952, and Ken Monroe and A. D. Dorsett won the first two events.
Richard Cobb and Mallory McDaniel are defending champions.
n Rowan Rage
The Rowan Rage 14-under softball team placed second in the AAU national championships and took third in the NSA World Series.
The Rage won seven straight games in one stretch of 28 hours.
Members of the team are pitcher Kim Fesperman, catcher Kathryn Beaver, first baseman Mackenzie Dabbs, second baseman Kaitlyn Jones, third baseman Kirstie Corriher, left fielder Kayla Corriher, center fielder Kayla Kirk and right fielders Noel Buie, Haley Roop and Allison Bailey.
n Rowan Aquatic Club
Rowan Aquatic Club swimmers have qualified for the 14-over YMCA National Long Course Championships to be held in College Park, Md., on July 29-Aug. 1.
Shelby Carrion (age 16) qualified in the 50 butterfly and 200 medley relay.
Tanner Lowman (17) qualified in the 100 and 200 freestyle, the 100 and 200 breast, the 400 and 800 freestyle relays and the 200 and 400 medley relays.
Andrew McCollister (15) qualified in the 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke, the 400 and 800 free relays and the 200 and 400 medley relays.
Madi Ralston (16) qualified in the 100 and 200 free, the 50 and 200 fly, the 200 and 400 free relays and the 400 medley relay.
Alex Ramdin (16) qualified in the 50 breast, 50 fly, 200 and 400 free and the 200 and 400 medley relays.
Jackie Ramdin qualified in the 50 free, the 200 and 400 free relays and the 200 and 400 medley relays.
Garrett Spake (14) qualified in the 400 and 1500 free, the 400 and 800 free relays and the 200 and 400 medley relays.
Gavin Spake (18) qualified in the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 free, the 200 fly, the 400 IM, the 400 and 800 free relays and the 200 and 400 medley relays.
Garrison Stevens (17) qualified in the 50, 100 and 200 breast, the 200 and 400 free relays and the 200 and 400 medley relays.
n Rowan Little League
Rowan Little League is taking signups through Aug. 16 at Godley’s Garden Center for its fall baseball andgirls softball leagues.
Online registrations are currently being accepted at http://www.eteamz.com/rowanlittleleague
Fall ball is for ages 5-14. Cost is $30. Ages are as of April 30, 2009, and games begin after Labor Day. Rowan Little League boundaries now include players that live north of the Kannapolis city limits and that are west of I-85.
Contact Jeff Bernhardt at 704-855-9849 for information.
n Minor leagues
Timmy Smith (Catawba) made his pro debut on Thursday with the Gulf Coast Mets and pitched a scoreless first inning against the Dodgers.
Smith was lifted after an inning. He would have faced former Catawba teammate Jerry Sands in the second inning.
n Spencer Steedley (East Rowan) pitched two scoreless innings in relief for Fort Myers on Thursday.
n Intimidators fall
The Kannapolis Intimidators lost to the Lakewood BlueClaws 8-1 on Saturday.
Kannapolis managed only four hits. Ronnie Gaines and Mark Fleisher had two hits each.
Lakewood starter Mike Stutes (1-0) tossed six shutout innings.
The Intimidators continue an eight-game road trip tonight in Lakewood.
n Knights lose
The Buffalo Bison shut out the Charlotte Knights 4-0 on Saturday
Danny Richar had the only two hits for the Knights.
n Coastal Plain League
Blake Ketner (Catawba) threw a scoreless eighth inning and was the winning pitcher for Thomasville in an 8-6 victory against Asheboro on Thursday.
Ryan Query (A.L. Brown, Catawba) homered for Asheboro, and Daniel Wagner (South Rowan) had two hits.
n West boosters
West Rowan High School Athletic Boosters are beginning the renewal of “Reserved Seating” for the upcoming football season.
Anyone wanting to renew seats from last year should contact John Lowe by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-640-0742 and leave a message.
Seats not renewed by Aug. 6 will be sold along with other seats on a first- come, first-serve basis.
n Carson volleyball
The Carson High volleyball team will begin tryouts on Aug. 4 from 3-7 pm.
All girls interested in playing will need to have a current physical.
There will be a parent meeting at 6:30 that evening as well.
If you have any questions, please contact coach Trish Hester at 704-855-7297.
n South Rowan soccer
South Rowan’s soccer team will hold open tryouts for prospective players, beginning on Aug. 4 at 6:30 pm. Players should bring a completed physical. Tryouts will be held at the practice facility behind James Donnell Stadium. Contact Coach Sides at 980-621-0549.
n East Rowan cross country
East Rowan cross country practice will begin Monday, Aug. 4, at Dan Nicholas Park.
All athletes should have an up-to-date physical. Boys will practice at 9 a.m.
If there are any questions, contact Coach Rick Roseman at 704-279-7334.
Girls will practice at 6:30 p.m.
If there are any questions, contact Coach Jon Heidrick at 704-213-2365.
n Pfeiffer hoops camp
Pfeiffer Falcon Basketball camp is Aug. 5-8 and still has openings. The camp is for girls and boys ages 6-17 and is designed for fun and fundamentals.
The cost is $125 and includes lunch each day, swimming in the Pfeiffer pool, and a camp T-shirt.
Download a brochure from falconsports.com, or e-mail email@example.com or call 704-463-3238 and one will b sent to you.
n China Grove girls softball
The China Grove Youth Baseball League is offering girls softball this fall for the first time.
The league is open to girls ages 6-13.
If you are interested in participating in the program, go to Dale’s Sporting Goods in China Grove and pick up a registration form. The price is $45.
Registration will be accepted through Aug. 15. Contact James Solomon at 704 857-1439 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.