Area Sports Briefs
From staff reports
Catawba’s basketball teams get back into South Atlantic Conference action tonight at Wingate.
Catawba’s women will be shooting to keep a winning streak going when they face Wingate in the first game at 6 p.m.
The Indian men will be going after their 10th win of the season in the nightcap at 8 p.m.
The Catawba women have built an 8-4, 0-1 record thus far, while the Catawba men are 10-3 and 1-0 in the SAC.
Wingate’s men are off to an unusually slow start at 5-8, 1-1, while Wingate’s women are 10-3, 1-1.
Catawba’s teams play Saturday against Tusculum in a twin bill at home, beginning at 2 p.m.
n Ex-Mustang honoredFormer East Rowan lineman Josh Eury was named Offensive Rookie of the Year for Averett’s football team.
Eury started for the D-III Cougars this season. Averett, located in Danville, Va., went 5-5.
n Prep baseball
East Rowan coach Brian Hightower announced pitcher Alex Litaker has committed to Brevard.
A story is upcoming.
n Wonders win
A.L. Brown’s boys basketball team downed Hickory Ridge 64-50 for an SPC victory on Tuesday.
Demarcus Phifer led the Wonders (4-4, 2-2) with 21 points. Zach Fesperman (11), Jacob Newman (11) and Jaques Deese (10) also scored in double figures.
n Trojans win easily
Jeff Felton scored 14 points to lead Northwest Cabarrus’ boys basketball team to a 67-48 NPC victory against Mooresville on Tuesday.
Ira Hines (13), Justin Seager (11) and Graham Wright (10) also scored in double figures for the Trojans (10-3, 6-2).
n Davie falls
Davie County’s boys basketball lost 62-60 at Eastern Randoph on Tuesday.
Landon Harris scored 23 points for the War Eagles. His career-best performance included 19 in the second half.
Drew Absher added 15 points for the War Eagles (4-9).
Davie trailed 26-7 after a quarter but fought back and had the lead in the fourth quarter.
n Prep polls
Salisbury’s girls are ranked third in 2A and the Hornet boys are fifth in the latest NCPreps.com media poll.
The Hornet girls are ranked behind East Davidson and Mitchell.
The Hornets boys are ranked after West Bladen, Shelby, Smoky Mountain and West Caldwell.
n West Rowan’s boys tied for ninth in 3A voting with D.H. Conley. Kinston is No. 1. Lake Norman is No. 3. Concord is ranked fourth.
Lake Norman (11-0) is the last unbeaten 3A team in the West, and Conley in Greenville is the only remaining unbeaten 3A in the East.
West plays at Lake Norman tonight at 7 p.m.
n Statesville’s girls are ranked eighth in 3A, while Concord’s girls are third.
Mount Tabor’s girls and boys are ranked eighth in 4A.
n Local golf
Lauren Smith (Salisbury) was seventh in the Carolinas Young Amateur golf tournament held in Pinehurst. Smith shot a pair of 86s.
n Prep football
To the long list of honors for West Rowan tailback K.P. Parks, add NCPreps.com Offensive Player of the Year.
Jacksonville Northside senior Donte Moss, a defensive end committed to North Carolina, was the choice for Defensive Player of the Year.
n Women’s hoops
Reneé Roberson (West Rowan) had 11 points and four rebounds for Lees-McRae in a 64-55 victory against Anderson on Monday.
n Pfeiffer’s Nicole Maready (Davie) had nine points and six rebounds in a 91-87 victory against Converse.
n Tracey Croner (East Rowan) scored 10 points for Guilford in a 77-42 win against Hollins on Tuesday.
n Junior Legion
There will be a meeting about the new Kannapolis Junior Legion baseball team at 7:15 p.m. at the legion post at 7:15 p.m. on Jan. 15.
Parents of players ages 13-16 are welcome to attend.
n NSA umpires clinic
NSA will put on an umpire clinic Sunday, Jan. 25, at Tilley Harley Davidson at 653 Bendix Drive, behind the IHOP. Registration begins at 10 a.m. The clinic starts around 11 and lasts until 2 pm. Contact Genna Livengood at 704-239-6693.
n Catawba swimming
Catawba’s 24th-ranked men were fourth out of six and the women were sixth out of eight competing teams in a Winter Invitational Meet hosted by Rollins on Sunday.
Patrik Drakes posted three top 10 swims for the men, including a second in the 100 breast (1:01.07), while Alex Walpole swam second in the 100 free (50.19).
Katie Huff (North Stanly) had a pair of top five swims to lead the women.
Huff was third in the 100 breast (1:10.54).
n Wachovia standings
West Davidson leads the CCC Wachovia Cup standings for all-round athletic excellence after the conclusion of fall sports.
The Green Dragons have 50 points. Salisbury is in second place with 47 after taking championships in boys soccer and girls tennis and cross country. Following the Hornets are Central Davidson (42), Ledford (41.5), East Davidson (38.5), Providence Grove (28.5), Lexington (28) and North Rowan (21.5).
n Lake Norman is the NPC leader with 310 points. Following the Wildcats are Mooresville (292.5), Statesville (192.5), Northwest Cabarrus (177.5), South Rowan (175), West Iredell (160), West Rowan (152.5), East Rowan (137.5), Carson (120), North Iredell (117.5).
n Marvin Ridge leads the SPC standings with 310 points. Following the Mavericks are Sun Valley (225), Hickory Ridge (222.5), A.L. Brown(205), Concord (202.5), Porter Ridge (197.5), Parkwood (190), Piedmont (177.5) and Anson (115).
n Mount Tabor has dominated the CPC with 340 points. Following the Spartans are R.J. Reynolds (300), West Forsyth (260), Davie (255), North Davidson (215) and North Forsyth (180).
n 8th-grade hoops
Erwin’s girls topped Knox 34-27 on Tuesday at Erwin.
Sydney Poole led the Eagles (6-4, 5-3) with 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Casey Gullett scored seven of Erwin’s 13 points in the final quarter as the Eagles broke open a close game and went ahead by 11. She finished with nine points, five steals and six rebounds. Allyson Mills added six points for the winners, while Bobbi Thomas grabbed 11 rebounds.
Knox (1-7) was paced by Vashti Usry with 13 points. Patrice Lattimore added seven for the Trojans.
n Knox’s boys (4-4) took a 41-22 victory over Erwin. The Trojans got balanced scoring with Quan Davis leading the way with nine points and Kiero Cuthbertson following with eight. Keion Adams and Laron Lane added six and five, respectively.
Erwin (0-10, 0-8) was led by Brandon Nelson and Tyler L’Hommedieu with seven points apiece.
n North Rowan’s undefeated girls beat Corriher-Lipe 29-22.
Amber Carter led the Mavericks with 10 points. Daterria Connor had 8 points.
Maria Gaddy led Corriher Lipe with 11 points.
n West jayvee hoops
Allison Dutton scored 17 points for the West Rowan jayvee girls in a 39-26 victory against Statesville. Moriah Leach had seven points, and Brittney Barber scored six.
n West Rowan’s girls lost to West Iredell 54-35.
Barber scored 20 points, while leach had four.
n West Rowan’s jayvee boys topped Statesville 49-33.
Kajuan Phillips led the Falcons with 17 points. Isiah Cuthbertson had eight points, and Kevin Turner added seven.
n West Rowan’s boys lost to West Iredell 41-40 on Tuesday.
Cuthbertson scored 14 points. Turner had eight and Phillips six.