Area sports briefs: Catawba to induct six
From staff reports
Catawba will induct six new members into its Sports Hall of Fame next month.
The inductees are Henry C. Bernhardt (Class of 1950), Randy Brown (1989), Todd Lipe (1991), Marvin Moore (1999), Tom Sexton (1979) and Selena Wilkes Tory (1996).
The induction ceremony, sponsored by the Catawba Chiefs Club, will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. The luncheon will be held in Kirkland Lobby of the Abernethy Physical Education Center.
Founded in 1977, Catawba’s Sports Hall of Fame will have 153 members after the May inductions.
Bernhardt is the creator and founder of the Chiefs Club and was instrumental in the formation of the Sports Hall.
Brown, a football placekicker, was a second team NAIA All-American. He set 10 records for kicking and scoring, four of which still stand. In 1988, he kicked 18 field goals and was 32-for-32 on PATS.
Lipe (East Rowan) was a standout football defensive lineman, who still owns the school sacks record with 29.
Lipe was a two-time All-American and a three-time All-SAC first team pick. He had 18 tackles for loss, including nine sacks, in 1990.
Lipe has been a very successful high school coach and is now head coach at Greenville Rose.
Marvin Moore was an All-American basketball player and is the only player in SAC history to accumulate 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 200 steals in a career. He was SAC Player of the Year, SAC Tournament MVP and SAC Athlete of the Year in 1999.
Moore ranks second all-time in SAC scoring average for a season with 21.7 points per game (1999) and is the all-time career steals leader at Catawba with 260.
Moore is an assistant principal at Hanford Dole Elementary and an assistant men’s basketball coach at Catawba.
Sexton was a football placekicker and set records with five field goals and 18 points in a 1978 game against Carson-Newman.
Sexton kicked the longest field goal in school history ó a 53-yarder ó in 1977. He had a pair of game-winning kicks in 1976.
Sexton was a successful baseball coach at Salisbury High and has had even more success with the school’s boys soccer teams. His soccer teams are 309-103-26, with 11 conference championships.
Wilkes Tory was one of Catawba’s greatest volleyball players and also played basketball and softball.
She was All-SAC three times in volleyball and holds the school record for service aces. In 1995, she was a third-team All-American.
After graduation, she pursued a golf career and played on the LPGA Futures Tour.
– Prep tennis
Salisbury clinched a share of the CCC tennis title with a 9-0 win over West Davidson on Thursday.
Steven Page, Austin Flynn, Alan Lebowitz, Seth Gentry, Wes McNeely and Alex Weant won in singles for Salisbury (12-3, 10-2).
Flynn-Lebowitz, McNeely-Weant and Grant Martz-Luke Mowery won in doubles.
– Minor leagues
Spencer Steedley (East Rowan) made his sixth straight relief appearance without giving up a run this season when he threw two strong innings against Palm Beach on Wednesday in a 6-1 Fort Myers win. Steedley struck out two and allowed two hits.
– Prep baseball
Salisbury lost to Concord 10-0 on Wednesday. Forrest Buchanan had three doubles for the Hornets.
Salisbury sent young hurlers Nolan Meyerhoeffer, Kyle Wolfe and Jeremy Forbis to the mound in the non-conference game.
Salisbury (4-13) has a CCC game with Lexington tonight.
* Statesville nearly knocked off NPC frontrunner Lake Norman on Thursday, but the Wildcats scored four runs in the seventh to win 5-2. Eric Manser produced the go-ahead RBI. Catawba signee Ross Whitley pitched the last three innings for the win.
Lefty Scottie Williams is expected to take the mound for Lake Norman tonight at red-hot West Rowan, which has won nine of its last 10 outings.
* Kernersville Glenn’s field is now Dale Ijames Baseball Stadium. He was recently honored with a plaque and ceremony.
Ijames, now a scout for the Kansas City Royals, is a graduate of Davie and Catawba.
– Overseas basketball
Terris Sifford (West Rowan) had 29 points and 15 rebounds in his most recent outing in Italy.
– Intimidators lose
The Kannapolis Intimidators lost to Greenville 2-1 on Thursday.
Kannapolis had the tying run in scoring position with one out, but Jordan Cheathum grounded into a game-ending double play.
The Intimidators managed just four hits.
– College baseball
Third baseman Craige Lyerly (East Rowan), SAC Co-Player of the Year, paced four Catawba Indians on the All-SAC first team.
Catcher Ryan Query (A.L. Brown), pitcher Blake Ketner (NW Cabarrus) and shortstop Chris Ahearn also made first team.
Catawba’s second team picks were pitcher Tim Holmes and right fielder Josh Hohn.
Tusculum’s C.J. Hillyer was named SAC Pitcher of the Year. Tusculum’s Doug Jones was named SAC Coach of the Year.
* Lenoir-Rhyne senior first baseman Zach Glass (Salisbury) was a first team choice. He hit his seventh homer in an 11-8 loss to Tusculum in the first round of the SAC tournament on Thursday.
* USC Aiken shelled Pfeiffer 28-10 on Wednesday.
The Pacers scored 15 runs on 15 hits in the third inning. That tied a D-II record for most hits in an inning.
– College softball
Catawba outfielder Jessie Whitesides was a first team All-SAC pick, while catcher Ryann Baker (East Rowan) made the second team.
* Catawba beat Newberry 4-2 in the first round of the SAC tournament on Thursday in Hickory.
Carly Sabat had two hits and two RBIs to lead the fifth-seeded Indians (24-17). Meghan Cobb (8-6) pitched a complete game.
Catawba plays top-seeded Wingate today at Lenoir-Rhyne.
* Appalachian State’s Morgan Price (NW Cabarrus) had a two-run single in a 7-2 victory against USC Upstate on Tuesday.
* Serena Smith (NWC) is the leading hitter for Charlotte. A junior who began her career at Western Carolina, Smith is batting .355 with three homers and 34 RBIs.
* Charlotte outfielder Whitney Williams (Davie) has started 30 games and is batting .250.
– Catawba lacrosse
Catawba’s Marty Tuohy was named All-Deep South Conference. Mike Dolesh was honorable mention. Keeper Colin McClimans was all-tournament.
* Braden Artem scored five goals to lift Catawba (4-9) to a 10-6 Senior Night victory against Lees-McRae on Thursday.
– Middle school golf
Erwin defeated West Rowan 176-192 at McCanless on Thursday. Erwin was led by Chase Cannon and Justin Allen with 42s, while Zach Jones and Bailey Mesimer each shot a 46.
West Rowan’s Jake Kennedy was medalist with a 39. He was followed by Cody Eggers (49), Nathan Kyles (50) and Trey Brawley (54).
Erwin’s Emily Cleveland led girls with a 49, followed by teammate Katlyn Smith with a 53.
* Erwin, West Rowan, China Grove and Southeast will compete in the conference tournament at the Club at Irish Creek on May 5.
* Erwin edged China Grove 177-188 at Warrior on Wednesday. Erwin was led by Cannon with a 38. Allen shot a 43. Jones shot 45.
China Grove’s Alex Austin was co-medalist with a 38. He was followed by Evan Neas with a 42.
* North Hills lost to Woodlawn of Davidson 188-212 at River Run. John Murphy led the Eagles with a 44. Other scorers were Luke Humble (55), Josh Robar (56) and Brandon Lottes (57).
* North Hills lost to Woodlawn at Foxwood 165-191. Leading North Hills were Murphy (41), Humble (46), Robar (48) and Chase Taylor (56).
* Southeast topped China Grove Thursday 180-203 at Corbin Hills. Leading Southeast was medalist Chris Hassard (no score reported). Other scorers for Southeast were Andrew Purcell (45), Matt Yates (46) and Rob Sawyer (47). Leading scorers for China Grove were Neas (46), Garen Hill (50), Austin (51) and Zack Pruitt (56).
– Middle school soccer
Southeast beat China Grove 2-1, controlling the ball and playing good defense.
Emilson Turcios scored both goals for Southeast. Jose Hernandez assisted on both.
* China Grove’s girls topped Southeast 1-0 on a penalty kick.
Gabby Gonzalez, Lyndsey Moore, Claudia Moreno and keeper Megan Yates played well for Southeast.
– Middle school volleyball
Salisbury Academy defeated First Assembly 3-2. Olivia Smith, Alexandra Drye and Anna Flynn led the Jaguars to their first victory.
– Middle school baseball
West Rowan defeated Erwin 4-2 on Thursday.The Bulldogs (3-1) were led by strong pitching performances by Michael Pinkston and Hunter Teeter. est was led at the plate by Cody McNeely and Zack Russell with two hits apiece.
West plays Corriher-Lipe on Tuesday.
* Chance Bowden and Bryson Prugh had three hits each for Southeast as the Patriots outslugged Corriher-Lipe 13-10.
K.J. Pressley and Greg Tonneson had two hits each for the winners, while Colton Laws whacked a double.
Tonneson, Laws and Bowden got the job done on the mound.
Southeast plays Knox on Tuesday.
– College tennis
Catawba’s Shahin Soltan was named to the All-SAC first team for men’s tennis. Matt King made the second team.
Catawba’s Jen Denyes and Kasia Zielinski were named to the women’s All-SAC second team.
– College golf
Pfeiffer’s women’s team won the Conference Carolinas championship held at Tanglewood.
– Corbin Hills golf
The Corbin Hills Ladies Golf Association played in a Criers’ Tournament earlier this week.
Winners were Eileen Full, Toni Iossi, Cindy Carmazzi, Karla Swanson, Beth Calhoun and Phyllis Durland.
– Women’s basketball
Tusculum coach Missy Tiber is stepping down after four years at the helm to take the head coaching job at D-I Southern Illinois.
n Prep soccer
West Rowan could not overcome an early deficit and fell to NPC rival Statesville 2-0 on Thursday. West (8-5) got strong performances from defender Allison Parker and midfielder Jennifer Rivera in the loss. The Falcons face East Rowan on Monday.
n Prep golf
Salisbury shot 157 to win Thursday’s CCC match at Willow Creek. Roy Dixon made three birdies and shot 34 to lead the Hornets. Troy Beaver and Alex Nianouris shot 40. Clark Alcorn shot 43. Dixon leads the season standings by one shot over West Davidson’s Justin Clement with one match to play.
North Rowan’ Miller Sokolowski holds a one stroke lead over Chris Cox of East Davidson for the fourth and final individual qualifying spot for the regional.
North shot 206 Thursday. JOn Robertson shot 50, Jesse Pinkston 51, Sokolowski 52 and Billy Fordyce 53.