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Area sports: Pfeiffer gets big guy

From staff reports
Pfeiffer’s men’s basketball program isn’t known for recruiting big guys, but coach Dave Davis has received a commitment from 6-foot-9 Croatian Antonio Kalpic, who has spent the last two years at Wesleyan Christian in High Point.
Kalpic averaged 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists as a senior and made the Greensboro News & Record all-region team.
“Pfeiffer gets a great individual in Kalpic,” Wesleyan coach Tim Wilson said. “Kalpic was recruited by several Division I schools and received a great deal of attention from bigger schools before deciding on Pfeiffer.”
Davis said Kalpic is skilled and agile for a big man and will fit into a Pfeiffer system that usually puts triple digits on the scoreboard.
– Pfeiffer camps
Pfeiffer baseball coach Mark Hayes will hold All-Skills Camp June 29-July 2 and July 13-16 for players ages 6-16.
Each camp runs four half-day sessions from 9-12:30. The cost is $100 per camper and includes a T-shirt.
Contact Hayes at 704-463-3237 or visit www.gofalconsports.com for a full camp brochure.
* Falcon Individual Basketball Camp at Pfeiffer University for boys and girls ages 6-17 will be held July 28-31.
The camp will stress fundamentals and fun and will run from 9-4 daily and 9-12 on Friday.
Cost for the camp is $125. For a brochure or information, e-mail dave.davis@pfeiffer.edu or call 704-463-3238.
– Prep track
Only a handful of finals were completed Wednesday at the CCC track meet, and the event is scheduled to resume today at Ledford.
– Prep baseball
No. 6 seed North Rowan plays at No. 3 Providence Grove and No. 7 Salisbury plays at No. 2 Central Davidson in CCC tournament games today. Both games are set for 4:30 p.m.
Salisbury and North likely have to win the tournament in order to extend their seasons. Neither is likely to pick up a 2A wild-card berth.
* Carson’s game at Lake Norman was rained out Wednesday. A jayvee-varsity makeup doubleheader will be played today. The varsity game should begin about 7 p.m.
Lake Norman leads East Rowan and Mooresville by two games in the NPC race with three to play.
Carson has clinched a playoff berth and is a half-game behind West Rowan in the struggle for fourth place.
The difference between finishing fourth and finishing fifth for the Cougars is a lot of gasoline, several hours on the road in a bus and a lot of miles.
Fourth place probably means a relatively short first-round playoff trip to Newton Fred T. Foard. Fifth will likely mean a trip deep into the mountains to face Waynesville Tuscola.
– Prep softball
Hope Smith and Hannah Jones had three hits each for Mooresville in a 12-4 loss against Northwest Cabarrus on Tuesday.
* South Rowan’s jayvees topped Carson 13-1. Kirstie Corriher struck out five for the Raiders and scattered six hits.
The big blow for South was a bases-clearing triple by Whitney Sherrill. Kaitlyn Weber also had a triple.
– Women’s basketball
Western Carolina assistant coach Stephanie McCormick (Catawba) has joined former WCU coach Kellie Harper on N.C. State’s staff.
McCormick was the first Catawba women’s player to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds. She averaged a double-double during her career with the Indians.
– College baseball
Catawba is ranked fourth in this week’s Southeast Regional poll. USC Aiken is again No. 1.
Regional tournament pairings will be decided this weekend by the Peach Belt Conference tournament.n Wilkes Community College, with a number of local players contributing, won Region X.
Right-hander Cy Young (East Rowan) raised his record to 10-2 over the weekend.
Jason Brown (A.L. Brown) hit an inside-the-park homer at Patrick Henry CC and is batting .373.
Jacob Dobbins (North Rowan) had two hits and two RBIs against Patrick Henry and is batting .369. Jason Ridenhour (North) is batting .346.
* Wade Moore (West Rowan) had a homer and five RBIs in N.C. State’s recent sweep of North Carolina Central.
* Belmont’s Daniel Wagner (South) was 2-for-4 in an 8-6 loss against Vanderbilt on Tuesday.
* Billy Veal (North) finished his freshman year at Lander with a 4-0 record and 3.57 ERA.
* South Carolina’s Whit Merrifield (Davie) hit his ninth homer of the season Saturday.
* Brett Shore (South Rowan) leads Davidson in steals with 13.
* Davidson’s Ryan Overcash (NW Cabarrus) shut down Duke for six innings as the Wildcats knocked off the Blue Devils 3-2 on Tuesday.
– Minor leagues
Justin Edwards, making his first start since having Tommy John surgery a year ago, allowed one hit and one unearned run in five innings of Kannapolis’ 9-3 win at Lakewood on Wednesday. Edwards struck out nine and walked one.
The Intimidators (15-11) posted their best offensive output of the season. Drew Garcia and Tyler Kuhn had three RBIs apiece.
Garcia had a double, triple and home run entering the ninth inning, but he grounded out in his final at-bat. Jorge Castillo had three hits. Joe Persichina and John Curtis also had multi-hit games.n Fort Myers reliever Spencer Steedley (East Rowan) pitched a scoreless inning Tuesday to lower his ERA to 1.42. Steedley has struck out 11 in 122/3 innings.
* David Thomas (Catawba) had a two-run triple for Stockton on Tuesday and had two RBIs Wednesday. He has five homers, 17 RBIs and a .372 on-base percentage this season.
* Wisconsin’s Garrett Sherrill (A.L. Brown) had a strong outing on Wednesday, throwing three scoreless innings in a 6-2 loss against Burlington. Sherrill struck out three, while allowing one hit and a walk.
– College track
Charlotte pole vaulter Makenzie Mullinax (South Rowan) cleared 10 feet and tied for ninth in the Atlantic 10 Conference Meet as the 49ers won another outdoor crown.
* Charlotte freshman Jake Deaton (Mooresville) was third in the discus and sixth in the shot put.
– College softball
Rowan native Ally Blake is batting .280 with two homers and 12 RBIs as a North Carolina freshman. Blake played high school ball at Central Cabarrus. She graduated high school a semester early to join UNC’s team.
* Charlotte outfielder Serena Smith (NW Cabarrus) was named to the All-Atlantic 10 first team.
* Walters State’s Gina Loflin (West Rowan) hit her seventh homer of the season during the conference tournament. Walters State ended the season with a 36-14 record.
– College football
The Wingate-Tusculum SAC football game will be televised by CBS College Sports and FSN South on Sept. 24 at 8 p.m.
* Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards, defensive back Mark LeGree and linebacker Jacque Roman were named 2009 preseason Division I Football Championship Subdivision All-Americans.
* East Carolina’s 6-foot-4, 250-pound Scotty Robinson (Salisbury) ended spring work as a defensive end starter for the Pirates. Robinson has lettered three seasons.
* Jonathan Efird (A.L. Brown) was 3-for-6 passing for 18 yards in the Western Carolina’s Spring Game.
– College golf
Catawba’s Kelsey Babos shot 75 and finished fifth in the Southeast Regional. She shot 226 for three rounds and is the first Catawba women’s golfer to qualify for the national championships, which will be held in Findlay, Ohio, on May 13-16.
* Pfeiffer’s Charlene Reid is also a national qualifier. She shot 73-75-76ó224 in the regional.
* Will Collins (Salisbury) and his Virginia teammates received a regional bid as the No. 9 seed among 14 teams that will compete at Galloway National in Galloway, N.J., May 14-16.
– N.C. Sports Hall
N.C. State running back Wilie Burden, UNC women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell, Appalachian State football coach Jerry Moore, ACC commissioner John Swofford, basketball coach Dave Odom and golfer Roger Watson will be inducted into the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame on May 14.
– NCHSAA meeting
Boys and girls lacrosse will be a spring sport at a number of high schools in 2010 with a 16-game season recommended. State championships with open classification will be decided next May.
Wrestling will have separate 1A and 2A state championships rather than being combined.
Sectional basketball games for both boys and girls will be played Monday-Wednesday-Friday in 2010, making doubleheaders possible to limit travel expenses.
– Prep golf
NCHSAA golf championships will be held Monday and Tuesday.
The 2A event is scheduled for Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines. Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons is the defending champion.
– Middle school golf
China Grove, with a 181 total, edged West Rowan by five shots at Irish Creek.
Medalist Alex Austin shot 40 to lead China Grove.
Evan Neas (45), Geran Hill (47) and Zack Pruitt (49) were the other scorers for the Red Devils. West scorers were Jake Kennedy (42), Colton Sherrill (47), Dekato Gurganus (48) and Cody Eggers (49).
Davis Richards, a China Grove sixth-grader, shot 32, but sixth graders can’t officially participate in matches.
* Southeast completed an undefeated season by winning the conference tournament at The Club at Irish Creek on Tuesday. The Patriots shot 166 to top China Grove (183) and Erwin (198).
Matt Yates shot 39 to lead Southeast. Garrett Yelton and Chris Hassard had 41s. Hassard made an eagle on the par-4 fifth hole. Chuck Parks and Andrew Purcell shot 45s.
Austin shot 1-under 34 to lead China Grove. Other scorers were Neas (46), Hill (50) and Pruitt (53).
Scorers for West were Kennedy (40), Eggers (44), Haden Gurley (48) and Gurganus (51).
Chase Cannon (43) led Erwin. Other scorers for the Eagles were Justin Allen (47), Bailey Mesimer (51) and Zack Jones (57).
The all-tournament team included China Grove’s Austin, Southeast’s Hassard, Yates and Yelton, West’s Kennedy and Erwin’s Cannon.
Girls medalist with a 53 was Stephanie Pyle of Southeast. Erwin’s Emily Cleveland shot 55, and teammate Kaitlyn Smith shot 61.
– CCISAA tournament
Sacred Heart shot 166 and finished third in the CCISAA tournament held at Rock Barn.
Medalist Eric Edwards shot a conference-tournament record 29 to lead the Dolphins.
Other Sacred Heart scorers were Michael Strobel (42), Jordan Pring (46) and Wally Karutz (49). Strobel joined Edwards on the all-conference team.
Salisbury Academy finished fourth with a 167.
Joseph Rusher (35) and sister Isabella (41) made the all-conference team. Other scores for the Jaguars were a 45 for Madeline Hoskins, 46 for Gabe Steinman, 46 for Thacher Shields and 48 for Mackenzie Beaver. Coleman Bergsma (44) and 56 for Grace Yatawara (56) competed as individuals.
– Middle school soccer
Southeast’s boys beat West Rowan 8-0.
Emmy Turcious had three goals. Ivan Hernandez and Jose Hernandez had two goals apiece, and Edwin Zuniga had one. Brian Vanegas had the shutout in goal.
– North Hills tennis
North Hills beat Phoenix Montessori in the first round of the PAC-8 tournament.
Three matches were played. North Hills No. 1 seed Logan Miller defeated Mike Barone 8-3. North Hills’ Jay Wood defeated Jessie Barker 8-1. Abby Robinette and Ashley Wood lost a close doubles match.
– Rodeo champion
Cleveland’s Berkley Alessandrini, 13, was named girls all-round state champion at the finals held in Staley.
Alessandrini won the breakaway roping, ribbon roping, barrel racing and pole bending events and was third in goat-tying.
Alessandrini won a pair of boots, a straw hat and numerous other prizes.
– Summer Smash
The Summer Smash adult coed volleyball league starts at Hurley YMCA May 18.
Competition is 4-on-4. The team rate is $135 for teams or $35 for individuals who will be placed on a team.
Teams will play two matches a night twice a week.
Contact Kenny Seagle or Kenno Shoaf at 704-636-0111.
– Golf tournament
Golfers are needed for the Birdies for Breast Cancer Golf Tournament to be held on Monday, June 1, at Rocky River Golf Club. Proceeds from the tournament go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The Captain’s Choice tournament begins at noon with a shotgun start. The tournament is open to all interested and is $80 per golfer. The entry deadline is May 26. Registration forms are available at Rocky River Golf Club, Natural Swing, Auld Golf of Concord and Dick’s Sporting Goods.
– Catawba camps
Catawba’s Future Stars Baseball Camp at Newman Park will have two sessions.
Camps are June 29-July 2 and July 7-10. Cost for each camp is $100. Cost for both sessions is $175. Make checks payable to Catawba College Baseball.
Camps are designed for ages 7-13 and stress sportsmanship and leadership skills as well as improving skills.
Camp is 9-12 daily. Drop-off begins at 8:30. Players should be picked up by 12:30.
Teams and instruction sessions will be divided by age and/or skill level. There will be video analysis of swings and pitching mechanics.
Players need to bring gloves, hats, turfs or sneakers, baseball pants and cleats.
Contact assistant coach Steven Sawyer at 305-360-6699 or stsawyer@catawba.edu.
– Camp dates for Catawba tennis are June 15-18 (full day), June 22-25 (half day), July 20-23 (half day), July 27-30 (half day) and Aug. 3-6 (half day).
Contact Jeff Childress at 704-637-4265 or jchildre@catawba.edu. The registration form can be found on the wwwlgocatawbaindians.com website under the camps/clinics link.
* Catawba Football Day Camp dates are July 19-21. July 19 (3-6), July 20 (9-12) and July 21 (9-12). The cost is $75.
Send deposits and registrations to assistant coach Todd McComb. He can be contacted by phone at 704-637-4733, by fax at 704-645-4506 or e-mail at tmmccomb@catawba.edu.

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