area sports briefs: Tar Heels fall late on Saturday

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 26, 2011

From staff reports
North Rowan opened the wrestling season with a 64-10 win against Central Cabarrus.
n In the Pinecrest Thanksgiving Duals, North went 4-1 and placed second. The wins came against Panther Creek (45-16), Fayetteville Terry Sanford (63-15), Fayetteville Byrd (60-18) and Fayetteville 71st (84-0).
North lost to host Pinecrest 39-31. Pinecrest is ranked No. 4 in 4A.
Northís Giancarlo Solorzano, Tyler Powers, A.J. Chambers and Will Robertson went 5-0 in the tournament. The Cavaliers competed without Marc Gonzalez, ranked third individually in 1A at 106 pounds.
nState runner-up last season, North is ranked second among 1A schools. The Cavaliers are at home for a tri-meet with Myers Park and Carson on Tuesday.
n Northís jayvees also competed at Pinecrest, tying Panther Creek 39-39, defeating Byrd 36-6, and losing to Pinecrest 48-34. Braxton Rabon and Matt Tucker had first-place finishes in the jayvee event.
n North is the host for the Rowan County Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 17.
n No. 1 Tar Heels upset
North Carolinaís top-ranked menís basketball team fell 90-80 at UNLV late Saturday night in a stunning upset.
The Tar Heels (5-1) led 42-38 at halftime, but they were held to 42-percent shooting for the game, and UNLV buried 13 3-pointers.
Harrison Barnes led the Tar Heels with 15 points. Dexter Strickland (12) and John Henson (11) also scored in double figures, but Tyler Zeller was limited to one field goal.
Chace Stanback scored 28 points for the unbeaten and unranked Runniní Rebels (7-0).
More in Mondayís edition.
n Menís college basketball
Pfeiffer beat Lynn 69-65 on Saturday to get a split of its two games in Florida.
K.C. Anuna shot 6-for-8 from the floor and scored 18 points for the Falcons (4-2). Josh Humphrey hit three 3s and scored 17 points.
n Pfeiffer lost 67-57 to Barry on Friday despite 26 points by Danny Smith. Humphrey had 13 rebounds.
n College football
Mars Hill lost 58-32 to North Greenville in the second round of the Division II football playoffs at Meares Stadium on Saturday.
Mars Hillís Jonas Randolph broke the SAC career rushing record by piling up 200 more yards. Randolph totaled 5,608 yards to top the 5.604 Elonís Bobby Hedrick had from 1977-80.
The SAC co-champion Lions finished 8-3.
North Greenvilleís Crusaders (11-2) got 172 passing yards from Willy Korn, and Nick Rosamonda scored on a 55-yard interception return.
n Unbeaten Winston-Salem State topped California (Pa.) 35-28 in a second-round game on Saturday in Winston-Salem.
Down 14-7, the Rams scored four unanswered TDs to lead 35-14 and held on.
Kameron Smith threw for 267 yards and two TDs, while Nick Cooper rushed for 118 yards and three scores for the Rams (12-0).
n Womenís college basketball
Catawbaís womenís basketball team is home today against Barton in a 2 p.m. contest.
Nisha Long is averaging 19.5 points per game for the Indians (2-2). Dana Hicks averages 15.8 points and 12.5 rebounds. Taylor May (South Rowan) has started three games.
Barton (2-2) fell 68-62 to USC Aiken in a game played in Salisbury on Saturday.
n Local runners
The Salisbury Speedsters competed in the huge Footlocker Invitational held at McAlpine Park in Charlotte.
Thousands of athletes from competed on a 5K (high school) and 3K (14-under) course.
Aubree Cain (15:48) and Lauren Dorman (16:46) medaled in the girls 10-under division.
Andrew Burgess ran 11:18 and medaled in the boys 11-12 age group.
Jaxon Evans, Julianna Evans, and Lindsay Dorman also competed well.
Burgess has qualified for the USATF Nationals on Dec. 10 at Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The Speedsters start their outdoor season in March. Contact Ester Marsh at 704-636-0111 or for information.
n Local soccer
After several years of recreational use, the Gordon Hurley Soccer Complex on Majolica Road once again hosted competitive soccer earlier this month as one of several sites for the FCCA Carolina Shootout Tournament.
A Rowan County-based team coached by Frank Cardelle won the championship in the 14-under girls division
The U14 FCCA Rowan Elite Girls defeated the ACS Premier team from Southern Pines 1-0 in the championship game. The Rowan girls had a tournament record of 3-1 and were scored on only once. Teams from Virginia, Raleigh and Lenoir also participated in this division.
The Rowan Elite girls also won the fall regular season title in the Charlotte Area Youth Soccer League U14 Gold Division with a record of 7-0-1. They allowed only five goals and had five shutouts.
The menís and womenís soccer teams at Catawba helped with the tournament at the Gordon Hurley Soccer Complex.
Victory for the Rowan Elite brought Cardelle full circle on the fields at Majolica Road, where he started his North Carolina soccer coaching career with the Rowan Rage.
Rowan Elite team members are Meghan Bolick, Nellie Brown, CeCi Cardelle, Faith Faller, Susan Fowler, Annie Habeeb, Julia Honeycutt, Keirsten Morgan, Emily Muire, Sara Musselwhite, Alacy Norman, Claudia Patterson, Victoria Patterson, Elvia Portillo, Kathryn Rusher, Elena Turnbull and Madeline Wilhelm.