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Area Sports Briefs: Catawba loses doubleheader

From staff reports
Catawba’s men’s basketball team continued its recent slump with a 72-55 SAC loss at Tusculum on Saturday.
Rob Fields led the Indians (13-7, 5-4), who dropped their fourth straight league contest, with 15 points. Dominick Reid had seven points, four assists and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Catawba shot 23.3 percent in the first half and 31.7 percent for the game.The 25th-ranked Indians fell to third place in the league.
Kyle Moore hit six 3s and scored 25 points for the league-leading Pioneers (16-6, 8-3).
CATAWBA (55) ó Fields 15, Houston 10, Rutherford 9, Williams 8, Reid 7, Burns 4, Rose 2, Magnusson, Sossamon, Shoemaker.
TUSCULUM (72) ó Moore 27, Bennett 14, Ro. Troutman 12, Ry. Troutman 10, Taylor 4, Hobbs 3, Klempin 2.
Catawba 18 37 ó 55
Tusculum 26 46 ó 72
n Catawba gunned down
Jasmine Gunn had 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists as Tusculum pounded Catawba’s women 97-49 for a SAC hoops victory on Saturday.
The Pioneers (19-3, 9-2) began the game with a 17-6 burst and never looked back. Stephany Neptune had 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Twins Nisha and Kish Long combined for 25 points for Catawba (12-9, 4-6).
CATAWBA (49) ó N. Long 15, K. Long 10, Higgins 7, Whitley 6, Clark 5, Hicks 4, Sullivan 2, Dameron, Muldrow, Crane.
TUSCULUM (97) ó Gunn 20, A. Oliver 17, Neptune 16, Van Dine 11, Shank 7, Hicks 7, Parker 7, Spears 6, Kintz 4, B. Oliver 2.Catawba 26 23 ó 49
Tusculum 49 48 ó 97
n Prep swimming
Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons won the boys and girls swimming and diving state championships Saturday in Raleigh. Salisbury’s girls placed fifth. West Davidson’s girls were third.
Salisbury’s Garrison Stevens was third in the 100 breast (1:11.07) and eighth in the 200 IM (2:23.84). Madi Ralston was fifth in the 100 butterfly (1:00.73) and fifth in the 500 free (5:24.52).
Salisbury’s 200 medley relay team of Ralston, Stevens, Carley Drye and Shelby Carrion placed third in 2:00.77.
The same girls took fifth in the 400 free relay in 3:54.39.
n Salisbury’s boys finished 18th.
Andrew McCollister placed third in the 200 IM (2:06.92) and the 100 breaststroke (1:03.25).
n West Davidson’s Kelly Ann Baird was co-MVP of the girls meet. She won the 200 and 500 freestyle races.
n Jayvee basketball
East Rowan’s girls lost to Mooresville 56-51 Friday.
Ashley Goins scored 17 points for the Mustangs. Bridget Boling had 16 points. Shanna Phillips made eight steals, and Lindsey Dunlap contributed 14 rebounds and two blocks.
n West Rowan’s girls lost to Mooresville 62-48 on Saturday. Brittney Barber scored 21 points for the Falcons. Alison Dutton had nine points. Spencer Nance added five.
n West’s boys nipped Mooresville 38-36. Maurice Warren led West with 15 points. Kajuan Phillips had nine and Kevin Turner six.
n Prep indoor track
A number of athletes from Rowan schools and Gray Stone have qualified for the 1A/2A/3A state championships to be held Feb. 14 in Chapel Hill.
East Rowan’s Keith Leonard had the top qualifying height in the pole vault at 14 feet.
East’s Daishion Barger had one of the top times in the 55 hurdles (7.64 seconds). Alisha Bradshaw, a Salisbury shot putter, had the second-best qualifying mark (35-4).
Northwest Cabarrus’ Trevor Anderson has the top triple jump (46-71/4) heading into the meet.
Three young athletes ó Barger, North Rowan’s Teaunna Cuthbertson and Gray Stone’s Hunter Latimer qualified in three events.
Gray Stone’s Dalton Wally was the only 1A boys qualifier in the 3200.
Davie had two girls qualify for the 4A championships.
See Scoreboard.
n Prep wrestling
Davie County lost to Concord Robinson 38-36 in the third round of the 4A dual team playoffs. Robinson lost 40-34 to Matthews Butler.
Butler fell 43-18 to undefeated Cary in Saturday’s state-title match.
Cary won its third straight title and its eighth in 20 years.
n Winston-Salem Parkland rolled over Greensboro Dudley 46-18 for the 3A championship. It was the third straight title for Parkland.
n In 2A, Hillsborough Orange topped Newton-Conover 33-27.
n College softball
Senior third baseman Devon Williams (West Rowan) had two hits and two RBIs for Maryland in an 8-3 loss to Massachusetts on Friday.
n College baseball
Catawba pitcher Blake Ketner (NW Cabarrus) has been named to the D-II preseason All-America team.
Pfeiffer pitcher Jonathan McDaniel (Davie), Lenoir-Rhyne first baseman Zach Glass (Salisbury), Catawba shortstop Chris Ahearn and Wingate outfielder Nick Siega-Riz (Mocksville Legion) are listed as Players to Watch in D-II.
Catawba pitcher Trevor Mullins and Pfeiffer outfielder Myles Pearl are listed as Newcomers to Watch.
n Wilkes Community College’s roster includes many area players ó North Rowan’s Jason Ridenhour, Jacob Dobbins, Andy Smith and Tanner Brown; East Rowan’s Cy Young; Carson’s Matt Smith and Jeremy Mullis; West Rowan’s Justin Kidd; Davie’s Lance Emert and Josh Eder; A.L. Brown’s Jason Brown; Northwest Cabarrus’ Daniel Welch; and Mooresville’s Matt Skidmore.
Wilkes swept Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio) Saturday, winning 15-0 and 13-3.
Tanner Brown dominated the opener, throwing five shutout innings while fanning nine. Jason Brown hit a home run. Skidmore had four RBIs, while Welch had two.
In the nightcap, Ridenhour scored three runs and knocked in two. Dobbins scored twice, and Emert had a pair of RBIs.
n Zach Glass (Salisbury) had a three-hit game for Lenoir-Rhyne, which swept a pair from defending national champion Mount Olive on Saturday. Mount Olive’s Craig Beasley (West Rowan) struck out the only batter he faced.
n UNC Pembroke lefty Rudy Brown (South Rowan) won his debut. He limited Anderson to one run in four innings and fanned five in a 4-2 victory.
n Tusculum split two games in Kannapolis on Saturday, beating Stillman 9-2 and losing to Wingate 8-4. Stillman topped Wingate 18-10.
Catawba and Tusculum are scheduled to tussle today at FCS at 4 p.m.
n Pfeiffer lost to North Georgia 8-4 on Saturday. McDaniel took the loss. He was hurt by three unearned runs in the first.
n College indoor track
N.C. State’s Jason Jones (East Rowan) was sixth in the weight throw at Friday’s Virginia Tech Elite Meet with a career-best 58 feet, 11/4 inches.
n In the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup at Penn State, Appalachian State’s Phillip Bush (North Rowan) was 11th in the long jump (21-31/4).Western Carolina’s Daniel Joseph (NW Cabarrus) was 14th in the long jump (20-11/4) in the same event.
n College men’s hoops
Former Concord Robinson standout Mike Davidson scored 17 points in the second half to lead Pfeiffer to a 103-83 victory over Lees-McRae in a makeup game played Thursday.
n College women’s hoops
Guilford’s Tracey Croner (East Rowan) scored 20 points in a 64-57 victory against Eastern Mennonite on Saturday.
n Jessica Walter scored 16 points to lead Pfeiffer’s women to 70-61 victory against Converse on Saturday.
n North Hills hoops
John Murphy had nine points to lead North Hills Middle’s boys to a 33-10 win against Clearview. Sam Reeder scored six points.
Murphy and Reeder combined for 11 rebounds.
n First Assembly hoops
First Assembly’s middle school girls are Metrolina Athletic Conference champs for the first time.
Madeline Gadd and Jessica Hubbard scored nine points each for FA (13-1, 12-0) in a 31-15 victory over Northside.
n Seventh-grade hoops
West Rowan’s boys beat China Grove 59-22. Devin Parks had 10 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to pace the Bulldogs (3-0).
Broderick Avery had 11 points and six steals for the Bulldogs, Daisean Reddick had 10 points and five steals. Michael Ball had seven points and eight boards.
Parks is the brother of West Rowan High running back Kevin “K.P.” Parks.
n Hurley Y programs
Registration ends today at Hurley Y for boys basketball (grades 2-8) and girls cheerleading (grades 2-6).
The Disney Knockout Challenge for ages 6-14 will be held on Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. It’s free.
The Jr. NBA/WNBA Skills Challenge will be held for ages 9-14 on Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. No cost, but call to pre-register. Contact John Peterson at 704-636-0111.
n Topsail beat West Wilkes 44-28 for the 1A crown.

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