Area sports briefs
From staff reports
The bad news is Catawbaís baseball team lost a pair of 3-2 games at Anderson on Saturday.
The good news is the 21st-ranked Indians (21-7, 12-3) still have a relatively comfortable, three-game lead in the SAC race over Wingate and surging Lincoln Memorial.
Catawba had the tying run in scoring position in the final inning of both games, but clutch hits were elusive.
Anderson (13-17, 7-8) got a two-run triple from Shawn Delmontagne in the opener. Austin Moyer knocked in a run for the Indians in the ninth with his third hit. Catawbaís J.J. Jankowski pitched great but fell to 4-1.
Brett Underwood and Garrett Furr had the Catawba RBIs in the second game. Blake Houston (South Rowan) and Chris Dula had two hits each. Moyer took the loss despite pitching a complete game.
n Pfeiffer (13-17, 6-5 Conference Carolinas) pushed Mount Olive, ranked No. 1 in Division II, to the limit on Saturday, but the Trojans rallied to win the second game 4-3 for a doubleheader sweep. Pfeiffer led 3-0 going to the final inning. Mount Olive (22-3, 9-1 CC) overcame a four-run deficit to win the opener 7-6.
n Carson-Newmanís Alex Britt (Salisbury) pitched the Eagles to a 6-3 SAC win against Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday. Britt (2-1) fanned nine in 71/3 innings.
n Libertyís Keegan Linza (North Rowan) went the distance on the mound in a 2-1 win against Charleston Southern on Friday. Linza (4-0) scattered eight hits, walked one and struck out a career-high 10.
n Justin Roland (East Rowan) and Ross Steedley (East) drove in the runs for Charlotte in a 2-0 win against Harvard on Friday. Steedley had two hits.
Steedley added a triple on Saturday in a 7-0 romp against Harvard.
n Bryanís Billy Veal (North) had four RBIs in a 16-0 romp against Covenant and is batting over .400.
n Trey Holmes (East) went 3-for-5 for Appalachian State in a 5-3 loss to UNC Greensboro on Saturday. Holmes is batting .328 with 15 RBIs.
n Micah Jarrett (East) is batting .452 with 20 RBIs for sixth-ranked Pitt CC (18-1), while Zach Smith (East) is batting .424 with 15 RBIs.
n Maverick Miles (South) scored two runs in High Pointís 6-5 loss to Presbyterian on Saturday.
n Belmont Abbeyís Caleb Shore (South) had three hits as the Crusaders split a Saturday Conference Carolinas doubleheader with Erskine.
n Jacob Koontz (West Rowan) started on the mound for Brevard in Game 2 of a SAC doubleheader on Saturday and took a loss against Mars Hill. Kevin Hamilton (NW Cabarrus) finished up for the Tornados. Alex Litaker (East) finished up the opener on the hill for Brevard.
n Catawba softballCatawba couldnít overcome six RBIs by Bri Shoemake and dropped a SAC doubleheader at Carson-Newman on Friday. Kayla Myers had four hits, including a homer, for the Indians (16-12, 0-2).
n Bluefieldís Megan Meismer (Carson) went 2-for-3 against Dakota State. Meismer scored twice in a win against Penn College and pitched a complete game in a 4-3 loss to Penn State-Harrisburg.
n College lacrosse
Catawbaís John Scheich scored five goals, and Casey Chinn set school marks for face-off wins and ground balls as 12th-ranked Catawba won 18-10 at Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday.
Braden Artem had three goals and three assists for the Indians (6-1, 3-0 Deep South Conference).
n College tennis
Matthew Nicholson won a key singles match to lift Catawbaís menís tennis team (12-6, 2-3) to a 5-4 SAC win against Tusculum on Saturday.
Catawba whipped Carson-Newman 7-2 on Friday.
n Catawbaís womenís team (10-9, 2-3) lost 6-3 to Tusculum on Saturday.
Catawba swept doubles and topped Carson-Newman 5-4 on Friday.
n Prep girls track
Carsonís girls scored 106 points and won a track meet against East Rowan (83), North Iredell (37) and West Rowan (32).
Sierra Zemanick and Jan Sitterson won two events each for the Cougars.
Zemanick won the 1600 (5:53) and 800 (2:35), while Sitterson won the triple jump (29 feet, 9 inches) and long jump (13-1). Jesse Troutman won the pole vault (7-6), and Porsche Parks won the 400 (1:07.83)
Carson won three relays, with Kelly Dulkoski, Devan Purvis, Miranda Wyatt and Zemanick taking the 4×800. Allison Honeycutt, Demya Heggins, Megan Gray and Paris Parks won the 4×200. Krystal Wood, Heggins, Gray and Paris Parks won the 4×100.
Jenna Cauble and Ashley Brown were double winners for East. Cauble took the 100 hurdles (18.14 seconds) and 300 hurdles (53.34), while Brown won the shot (30-3) and the discus (88-3).
Melissa Greene won the high jump (4-10) for the Mustangs, Casey Gullett took the 3200 (14:13) and the 4×400 relay team of Megan Linke, Megan Mastro, Kristen Mathis and Cauble also won.
Christa Landy won twice for West, taking the 100 (13.11) and 200 (26.95).
n Prep boys track
South Rowanís Michael York has signed with Lenoir-Rhyne to run track and cross country. A story is upcoming.
n Prep softball
North Rowanís softball team continued to play well on Friday, beating West Montgomery 5-2 to stay unbeaten in the YVC. Winning pitcher Samantha Jacobs pitched a complete game and struck out eight.
North collected 11 hits, with Lindsey Hinson and Chasity Young leading the way with two apiece. Taylor Sells, Kristin Harmon, Emily Gobble, Jennifer Oakley, Brianna Mock and Artrice Feamster had one hit each for the Cavaliers (4-1, 3-0 YVC).
n Prep baseball
Davieís standout shortstop Carson Herndon broke his left wrist on Friday and will be out several weeks.
n East Davidsonís Tyler Stroup and Avery Bowles knocked in two runs apiece for East Davidson in a 10-8 loss to SW Guilford on Saturday.
n Robinson beat Concord 7-4 on Friday to move to 4-0 in the SPC. The Bulldogs took over first place behind the pitching of Philip Perry. Perry also had a two-run triple, and catcher Daniel Federici had two hits.
n Prep tennis
A.L. Brownís tennis team beat South Rowan 7-2. Jared Waters and the doubles team of Waters-Reynold Sanchez were the winners for the Raiders. See Scoreboard.
n Youth baseball
The Rowan Hawks 14U team lost to Lake Norman Charter 15-0 at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium on Friday. Hunter Shepherd and Dalton Lankford had the hits for the Hawks (3-2).
n South Rowan boosters
This monthís South Rowan Booster Club meeting has been moved from the 21st to the 28th. It will be held at 7 p.m. in Room 100.
n Prep football
The Statesville Record and Landmark reported that Statesville quarterback Carlis Parker, a sophomore, has been offered a scholarship by North Carolina. Parker also has an offer from South Carolina.
n Prep basketball
Christ Schoolís Marshall Plumlee was named as the Gatorade player of the year for North Carolina.
Plumlee is following brothers Miles and Mason to Duke.
The 7-foot Plumlee will play in the McDonaldís All-American game.
Wednesday at Catawba, some of us wanted to shed a tear during the all-county photo shoot as we looked around... read more