Area sports briefs
From staff reports
East Rowanís baseball team beat Davie 5-3 on Saturday at Rich Park in a matchup of area powerhouses.
Avery Rogers, Jared Mathis, Bradley Robbins and Will Johnson pitched for the Mustangs (4-1). Mathis got the win. Johnson worked the seventh for the save.
Justin Morris singled, doubled and homered for East. Andy Austin had two hits. Ashton Fleming whacked a triple.
Davie led 3-1 going to the fifth, but Morrisí solo homer made it 3-2, and Nathan Fulbrightís two-run homer put the Mustangs in front.
Corey Randall went 2-for-3 for Davie (3-1) and drove in two runs.
n Catawba sweeps
The Catawba Indians swept Newberry in a SAC doubleheader on Saturday, winning Game 1 7-4 and taking the finale 13-2.
After falling behind 4-0 in the first inning, Catawba (19-5, 11-1) tied the score in the sixth on an infield hit from Greg Lawson. The Indians took the lead for keeps in the seventh when Austin Moyer singled home the go-ahead run with one out. Keaton Hawks and Brett Underwood drove in the final runs for a 7-4 edge.
After getting roughed up in the first, Catawba starter J.J. Jankowski allowed three baserunners after the opening frame and struck out 10 in eight innings. Clay Watson earned the save with a scoreless ninth.
Freshman Chris Dula drove in six runs in the nightcap, going 3-for-3 and clubbing a two-run homer in the fifth.
Moyer pitched five innings to earn the win as he allowed one hit and one walk while striking out seven. Hawks and Underwood had two hits in each game of the twin bill. Josh Hohn scored twice in each game.
Catawba will host Pfeiffer on Wednesday.
n Pfeiffer split a doubleheader with Limestone on Saturday, losing 5-2 and rebounding to win 4-2.
n All-YVC hoops
North Rowanís Javon Hargrave, Samuel Starks and Malik Ford were named to the All-YVC boys basketball team. Hargrave and Starks are seniors. Ford is a sophomore.
Hargrave was runner-up for player of the year honors to Albemarleís Terance Christian.
Other All-YVC players include Albemarleís Berwyn Bennett and Gregory Childress; East Montgomeryís Troy Wall; Gray Stoneís La cario Sellers; North Mooreís Xavier Scotten and Corbin Brock; South Davidsonís Austin Hatfield and Taylor Hatfield, and West Montgomeryís Travante Moore, Michael Robinson and Jaquil Capel
Albemarleís Al Andrew was named YVC Coach of the Year.
n Middle schools
Khaila Hall scored 21 points and led the fifth-seeded West Rowan girls to a 39-28 victory over No. 4 North Rowan in the opening round of the Rowan County Middle School Conference seventh-grade basketball tournament at Knox on Friday.
Hall, who also had 14 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots, poured in 19 points over the final three quarters. West (9-6) also got 14 points from Tatciana Cowan and 14 rebounds from Peyton Greene.
North (10-5) was led by Special Washingtonís 17 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Washington fouled out in the final quarter. Zykeria Tucker added five points and 14 rebounds.
n The top-seeded Southeast girls (12-3) downed No. 8 China Grove 23-9. Taylor Martin led the winners with eight points, while Kalyn Ellenburg scored seven. Karli Snider had nine rebounds and three steals. Ashlee Wagoner grabbed seven boards. The Southeast and West girls will meet in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
China Grove (0-15) was led by Casey Josey with six points, six rebounds and five steals.
n West Rowanís second-seeded boys (12-3) topped No. 7 China Grove 48-32 behind Kreshon Alexanderís 17 points, seven steals and four assists. Devon Morrison added 13 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and three steals. Dearius Phillips had six points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Josh Lindsey added nine rebounds and three steals. Noah Williams had eight rebounds.
China Grove (4-11) was led by Peyton Penningerís 10 points. Ryan Bearden had eight rebounds. Austin Corriher and Michael Morrison each had six rebounds. Morrison stole the ball three times.
Westís boys will play their semifinal contest at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday against the winner of Tuesdayís game between No. 3 North Rowan and No. 6 Mooresville.
First-round action continues on Monday with the No. 2 Erwin girls meeting No. 7 Corriher-Lipe at 4:30 p.m., the No. 4 Corriher-Lipe boys facing No. 5 Southeast at 6, and the No. 1 Knox boys taking on No. 8 Erwin at 7:30.
n Pro baseball
Bobby Parnell (East Rowan) pitched a scoreless inning for the New York Mets against the Florida Marlins on Friday.
n Prep basketball
The North Hills Christian varsity boys basketball team captured the Mid-State Athletic Conference Tournament championship with a 76-66 win against the Cabarrus Stallions.
Justin Wright (25 points, 10 assists) and Moussa Doucara (10 points) represented North Hills on the all-conference team. Tony Nunn added 13 points with Jíquille Tracey pitching in with 11.
The North Hills girls fell to Cabarrus 50-41 in the tournament final. Lane Butner (13 points, nine rebounds) and Abby Lane (six points, three rebounds, five assists) were all-conference selections.
n Catawba lacrosse
Braden Artem tied a Catawba record with eight goals in a 21-15 triumph against Saint Leo in a Deep South Conference match on Saturday.
Saint Leo led 12-11 before Artem scored back-to-back goals to start a 5-0 run to hand the Indians the lead permanently.
n Livingstone track
Ahmad Garrison set a school record in the discus with a top throw of 153 feet, 4 inches at UNC Wilmingtonís Seahawk Invitational on Saturday.
Garrison placed third overall in the event, and his heave beat the previous record of 147-11 set in 2003. His throw of 47-13/4 in the shot put placed fourth. Bryan Aycoth (West Rowan) finished fourth in the javelin with a throw of 172-10.
The Blue Bears placed sixth overall out of 11 teams.
n Livingstone softball
Livingstone defeated Lincoln 6-5 but fell to Virginia State 13-2 and Chowan 13-1 at the CIAA Softball Roundup in Raleigh on Saturday.
Trailing 5-2 against Lincoln, the Blue Bears (4-3, 1-2) put up four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead for good.
Livingstone will play Virginia Union, Elizabeth City State and Bowie State today in the Roundup.
n Centralina Crossover
Centralina Crossover will continue tryouts on Sunday for boys and girls AAU basketball.
Tryouts for girls in the seventh-11th grade will be from 2:30-4 p.m., Boys seventh-eighth grade will be from 4-5:30 p.m., and Boys from ninth-11th grade take place at 5:30-7 p.m.
Tryouts will take place at the gymnasium of Christian Outreach of the Piedmont, Inc. on 1424 Rickert Street in Statesville. For more information, contact Teon Mauney or Glenn Usry at 704-881-0472.
n North boosters
The North Rowan High Booster Club will hold its monthly meeting Monday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at the high school.
All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.
If you need any additional information, please call Mark Jennings at (704) 213-2491.
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