Area sports briefs: Thomas promoted
From staff reports
David Thomas (Catawba) has been promoted by the Athletics. He’s moved up to the Stockton Ports, Oakland’s advanced Class A team in the California League.
Thomas batted .284 with four homers and 10 RBIs in 17 games for Kane County before he was promoted. He had two singles in his first four at-bats for Stockton Wednesday night.
* Kannapolis blew a 6-1 ninth-inning lead and fell to Hickory 6-4 on Wednesday. Dexter Carter pitched six shutout innings for the Intimidators (12-8).
* New Britain’s Zach Ward (A.L. Brown) pitched 21/3 innings, struck out three and allowed one run in a 5-0 loss against New Hampshire on Wednesday.
– Prep softball
North Rowan recognized Kristin Holshouser, Marquita Thomas and Jessica Nelson on Senior Night and edged Salisbury 8-6 on Wednesday.
Holshouser was the winning pitcher and went 4-for-4 at the plate. Samantha Jacobs went 3-for-4. Thomas, Emily Gobble and Artrice Feimster also contributed hits for the Cavaliers (3-12, 3-10), who finished a season sweep of the Hornets.
North finishes the regular season at Lexington.
* Lauren Shulenberger hit an inside-the-park homer to left-center to tie the game, then knocked in the winning run in the eighth inning to lead West Rowan to a 2-1 NPC victory against South Rowan on Wednesday.
Sabrina Stephens pitched a five-hitter for the Falcons (4-9), who stayed in the hunt for the NPC’s sixth and final playoff berth. Desirae Overcash pitched a four-hitter for South (5-10). Taylor Lookabill had two hits for the Raiders. Kayla Corriher’s sac fly scored Kayla Morrow for the Raiders’ run.
West plays Carson (4-9) this afternoon in Mount Ulla.n Whitney Ashley had three hits and Nicole Barringer had two for South in Tuesday’s 9-4 loss to West Iredell.
* Jayvee softball Kirstie Corriher struck out seven and was the winning pitcher as South Rowan beat West Rowan 16-6 in five innings.
Kaitlyn Weber had three hits for South. Corriher, Whitney Sherrill and Taylor Draper had two apiece.
– College baseball
Catawba is ranked fourth in the latest Southeast Region poll and tied for 22nd nationally in D-II. The Indians have already secured an automatic regional berth by winning the SAC tournament.
Belmont Abbey, ranked No. 7 in the region, has also clinched a berth by winning the Conference Carolinas tournament.
The Peach Belt tournament will be held next week to determine one more automatic bid, and three at-large teams will be announced. USC Aiken remains the No. 1 team in the region.
* Caleb Shore (South Rowan) scored twice to help Belmont Abbey sweep Lenoir-Rhyne 3-2, 8-0 on Wednesday.
– Golf tournaments
The Sacred Heart Catholic School 9th Annual Golf Tournament is set for May 16 at Rolling Hills.
Distinguished NFL alumni are in this year’s field, including Mike Dulaney, Rod Smith, Ethan Horton (A.L. Brown), Ken Walter, Dwight Hollier, Mike Morton (A.L. Brown), Natrone Means, Mo Collins and Tommy Barnhardt (South Rowan).
Registration begins at 11 a.m. Lunch is at noon. Shotgun start is at 1 p.m. The Captain’s Choice tournament costs $50 for adults and $40 for students (K-8). A lunch/meet-and-greet ticket for non-players is $10.
NFL alumni will be available at 11:30 a.m. for pictures and autographs.
Corporate Sponsorships are still available and begin at the $200 level. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-560-5304 for information and registration.
* The Carl D. McCombs Memorial Golf Tournament at Corbin Hills still has openings for three or four foursomes.
The money raised goes to the Kannapolis Educational Foundation, Kannapolis YMCA and Kimball Lutheran Church. Contact Dan McCombs at 704-938-8528 or 704-789-3288.
* The 7th annual Bob Hundley Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, May 9, at Corbin Hills. The format is captain’s choice. The cost is $45 per person or $180 per team.
Lunch starts at 12:30. The putting contest will be at 1 p.m., and the tournament starts at 2 p.m. Contact David Johnston at 704-636-4149 or 704-213-0404 to sponsor a hole or enter a team.
– Prep soccer
West Rowan fell to NPC leader Lake Norman 6-0 on Wednesday.
“I am extremely proud of the way our players kept competing and fighting the entire game against such a strong, experienced team,” West coach Nick Brown said. “We have worked on a lot of new things the last couple of weeks, and it is starting to show on the field.”
The Falcons (9-6) were led by goalkeeper Autumn Foster and defender Allison Parker. They face Northwest Cabarrus on Thursday.
– College football
Livingstone has announced its 2009 football schedule.
The Blue Bears were 3-7 last season under coach Lamonte Massie.
“We are extremely excited about our offseason workouts,” Massie said. “In addition, we believe we have a great recruiting class coming in. There is a mixture of speed and maturity in this group. There are a few transfers and athletic freshmen that we expect to come in and compete for playing time.”
Livingstone opens Aug. 29 at home against Virginia State.
The traditional battle with Catawba will be at Shuford Stadium on Sept. 12.
* Rowan Rampage The defending CCFL champions, the Rowan Rampage, start official practice for a new season on Saturday at Knox Middle School at 11 a.m.
Players should bring cleats and running shoes.
– Middle school golf
Southeast defeated West Rowan 167-195 at Foxwood on Tuesday. Southeast scorers were Matt Yates (38), Garrett Yelton (39), Tyler Bost (45) and Chris Hassard (45). Yelton made an eagle on the par-5 No. 4 hole.
West scorers were medalist Jake Kennedy (37), Nathan Kyles (51), Cody Eggers (51) and Dakota Gurganus (55).
Southeast finished the regular season 7-0. The Rowan County Conference tournament will be played at Irish Creek on May 5.
– Middle school baseball
West Rowan defeated Knox 18-7 on Wednesday. Michael Ball and Jacob Watson pitched well for the Bulldogs.
Hunter Teeter and Adam Ratledge led West at the plate.
West (4-2) plays Southeast on Tuesday.
– Overseas hoops
Terris Sifford (West Rowan) had 24 points and 13 rebounds in his most recent outing in Italy.
– Racquetball lessons
Salisbury Parks and Recreation is offering racquetball lessons for beginners or those needing refreshers.
Lessons are offered on Mondays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. at the Civic Center’s racquetball courts at no cost. Contact Teri Shaw (email@example.com) at 704-638-5275.
– North Hills baseball
North Hills defeated the Cabarrus-Rowan Homeschool Stallions 8-2. Trent Gobble held the Stallions hitless until the fifth. Josh Gobble went 3-for-4 with two doubles.
– North boosters
The North Rowan High School Booster Club will hold its monthly meeting on Monday May 4, at 7 p.m. in the school’s media center.This is a very important meeting regarding the golf tournament, athletic banquet and elections. All members and the community are encouraged to attend.
– CC Excellence Award
Anderson won the Hawn Award for Conference Carolinas overall athletic excellence.
Following the Trojans were Limestone, Belmont Abbey, Mount Olive and Pfeiffer.
– Middle school soccer
Southeast’s boys topped Knox 5-2 to continue their winning streak. Emilison Turcios, Logan Correll and Edwin Zuniga scored goals. Jose Hernandez, Edwin Zuniga and Luis Diaz had assists. Brian Venegas did an outstanding job in goal.
* Southeast’s girls beat Knox for their third win when they scored a goal in the first minute of overtime. Maritza Masouradis had a goal in regulation, plus the overtime goal. Lyndsey Moore also scored twice for the Patriots. Bianca Hernandez, Erin Marohn, Gabby Gonzalez and Elizabeth Cardona led Southeast’s defense.
– College golf
Catawba junior golfer Kelsey Babos will compete as an individual in the South Region Women’s Golf Tournament on May 3-5 in Florida.
Babos led Catawba in all 10 events this season and posted a 77.47 stroke average.
– CFL tryout camp
The Montreal Alouettes will hold a tryout camp at Charlotte’s Indepedence High on May 16 from 8-3.
Mooresville’s Jim Popp is general manager of the CFL’s Alouettes. The camp targets graduating football players who weren’t drafted by the NFL and other free agents.
– Rowan Aquatics
Four Rowan Aquatic Club swimmers were honored this past Sunday afternoon at the North Carolina Swimming Awards Banquet.
Tanner Lowman, 17, ranks 1st in the state in the 100 and 200 yard Breaststroke.
Michael Mebel, 13, ranks 7th in both the 1000 and 1650 yard Freestyle.
Taylor Rodenhuis, 12, ranks 6th in the 100 Free, 5th in the 200 Free, 7th in the 500 Free, and 4th in the 1000 and 1650 Free. Taylor ranks 9th in the 100 Backstroke and 6th in the 200 Backstroke. Taylor ranks 5th in the 50 and 100 Butterfly, and 9th in the 100 IM, 5th in the 200 IM and 3rd in the 400 IM.
Carolina Smith, 18, ranks 4th in the 50 Free, 5th in the 100 Free, 2nd in the 200 Free, and 1st in the 500, 1000 and 1650 Free. Carolina ranks 2nd in the 100 Backstroke, 3rd in the 200 Backstroke and 9th in the 200 Breaststroke. She ranks 6th in the 100 and 3rd in the 200 Butterfly, and 1st in the 200 and 400 IM.
Lowman, Rodenhuis and Smith were also named North Carolina All-Stars for their AAAA top 5 rankings. Olympian Cullen Jones was also honored at the Banquet, and Olympian Eric Shanteau was the key note speaker. Because of their rankings, Mebel and Rodenhuis earned a spot at the Age-Group Select Camp held this past weekend in Charlotte. Rowan Aquatic Club is coached by Matt Hall at the J.F. Hurley Family YMCA.
– Ladies golf
The Corbin Hills Ladies Golf Association hosted their annual Catawba Valley League event this week with seven clubs participating. The results were as follows:
Becky Isenhour 1st Gross
Phyllis Durland 2nd Gross
Beth Calhoun 3rd Gross
Trudy Shuford 1st Net
Joann Massey 2nd Net
Susan Morris 3rd net
Susan McDonell 1st Gross
Toni Iossi 2nd Gross
Kathy Reynolds 3rd Gross
June Gray 1st Net
Faye Cline 2nd Net
Michelle Mason 3rd Net
Vickie Wilson 1st Gross
Linda Dellinger 2nd Gross
Georgia Prosser 3rd Gross
Cindy Carmazzi 1st Net
Patti Walker 2nd Net
Rosa Szalanski 3rd Net
Alberta Scoggins 1st Gross
Lynda Sholar 2nd Gross
Maria Miller 3rd Gross
Sharon Deal 1st Net
Jean Thompson 2nd Net
Anita Hall 3rd Net
DJ Whitfield 1st Gross
Dot Henderson 2nd Gross
Sue Sturpe 3rd Gross
Carol Cain 1st Net
Nanci Arnold 2nd Net
Eileen Full 3rd Net
June Gray 1st Net
Faye Cline 2nd Net
Michelle Mason 3rd net