Area sports briefs: Davie advances to West final
From staff reports
Nate Jones scored 30 points for Davie County in a 72-67 win against Greensboro Page in the 4A West semifinal Tuesday night.
Caleb Martin’s basket with 19 seconds left gave Davie a 68-67 lead and the War Eagles advanced to their first region final in school history.
Davie got off to great start and led 25-16 at the end of the first quarter. Davie trailed 37-35 at halftime
A 3-pointer by Frank Eaves put Davie down 67-66, but a driving layup by Caleb Martin put Davie up for keeps.
When Page missed, Shannon Dillard rebounded with 6.5 seconds and was fouled, and Page also was called for a technical foul.
Dillard hit one free throw. Then Jones made two technicals for a 71-67 lead.
“I made it to a state championship game as an assistant at Florida, but this is the first time I’ve experienced anything like this as a head coach,” Davie’s Mike Absher said. “I couldn’t ask for any more than my guys have given me, and to be able to share this ride with my son (point guard Davis Absher) makes it even more special.”
Dillard grabbed 11 rebounds and had 13 points for the War Eagles, who will face West Charlotte Saturday in the West final at 2 p.m. Cody Martin scored 14.
West Charlotte defeated Olympic 78-57 in the first semifinal.
Livingstone’s season ended with a 72-54 loss to Virginia State in the first round of the CIAA tournament in Charlotte on Tuesday afternoon.
Kelcyn Manurs led the Blue Bears with 13 points. Jasmine Murray scored 12. Tyesha Tharpe led all players with 13 rebounds.
The loss marked the final collegiate contest for Blue Bear seniors Montiya Harrison, Rashida Elbourne and Elicia Gilliam-Washington.
Second-seeded Catawba plays tonight at home in the first round of the SAC tournament.
South Rowan’s baseball team lost 8-4 at Mount Pleasant on Tuesday.
Dillon Parker’s two-run homer in the third inning was the highlight for the Raiders (0-1). Tyler Fuller, South’s sophomore right fielder, had three hits.
Matt Miller took the loss. He was a victim of the seven walks he issued, plus some shaky defensive support.
Four walks and an error helped MP take a 4-0 lead in the first, and the Tigers (2-0) never looked back.
Ryan Ross drove in three runs for Mount (2-0), and Jake Kimble scored three.
“We walked too many and we just didn’t make some plays we needed to make to get our pitchers out of jams,” South coach Thad Chrismon said.
South is at Northwest Cabarrus on Thursday.
• A.L. Brown lost 11-2 in its opener at Sun Valley on Tuesday.
“We’d been playing very well in our scrimmages against outstanding competition, but we didn’t play well today,” A.L. Brown coach Empsy Thompson said. “Sun Valley swung the bats. They were aggressive. They hunted fastballs and did a good job when they got them.”
A.L. Brown had the bases loaded in the first with none out but scored only one run.
Nate Sexton and Micah Miller drove in runs for the Wonders.
Tyler Sides pitched four innings and took the loss.
• Michael Ball pitched five strong innings as West Rowan won 7-1 at Concord on Tuesday.
Bryce Burns got the Falcons (1-1) off to a great start when he led off the game with a homer and they stayed on top all the way.
Burns, Michael Pinkston and Louis Kraft had two hits each for West.
Nick Collins pitched the sixth and seventh.
• North Rowan dropped its season opener to YVC foe South Stanly 6-0.
• Davie County beat Mooresville 9-1 Tuesday behind Ryan Foster’s effort on the mound and at the plate. Foster was the winning pitcher and hit two doubles while driving in three runs.
Karch Arey was 3 for 3 at the plate for the War Eagles.
• East Davidson defeated Trinity 3-0 behind a strong outing from pitcher Avery Bowles. Tyler Stroup had two hits for East and picked up the save on the mound. Trinity was held to one hit.
• West Davidson beat Ledford 3-1 in its season opener. Justin Freeman was the winning pitcher for the Green Dragons. Freeman, Jake Walser and Matt Berrier each had hits for West.
Carson’s softball team beat Northwest Cabarrus 3-0 in its opening game on Tuesday.
Lacee Hunsucker pitched a no-hitter and struck out eight.
The Cougars had nine hits. Heather Yount, Sidney Grkman and Chloe Monroe had two each, and Jakey Clark, Jesse Beach and Kaycee Kennedy all had one.
Dee Miller is coaching the Cougars this season, along with Tim Goodman and Sarah Vanbuskirk.
• A six-run fourth inning powered Porter Ridge past South Rowan Tuesday in a 10-4 win. Kayla Corriher hit a home run for South and Logan Lowery drove in two runs.
• South Stanly beat North Rowan 5-4. Samantha Jacobs pitched seven innings and struck out 10. Jacobs had a triple at the plate and Brianna Mock doubled and singled for the Cavs, who host South Davidson Friday.
Pfeiffer handed Tusculum its first loss of the season on Tuesday.
Keith Little pitched brilliantly into the ninth for the Falcons, and Craig Bolton nailed down the last two outs of a 1-0 victory.
Appalachian State (4-2) is now ranked 20th in CollegeBaseballDaily.com’s Mid-Major poll and was named national team of the week after winning a series at LSU.
South Rowan’s boys tennis team opened with a 6-3 NPC win against West Iredell on Monday.
Reynold Sanchez, Caleb Barnette and Trevor Burrow won in singles.
Sanchez-Jared Waters, Burrow-Barnette and Eddie Chavez-Jacob Ouellette racked up doubles wins.
South Rowan shot 184 Tuesday at Mooresville Golf Club, falling to Mooresville’s 170.
Davis Richards (40) and Evan Neas (46) had the top scores for the Raiders.
Omar Bautista and Wood Poteat each had three hits and Micah Marsh knocked in four runs as the West Rowan jayvees defeated Concord 17-8 on Tuesday.
Harrison Baucom was the winning pitcher.
Knox’s boys overcame a 15-point deficit and beat previously unbeaten Mooresville 52-46.
Paris Hillie led the Trojans with 17 points. Cameron Horne (15) and Alonzo Sirleaf (14) also scored in double figures.
Jay Davis led the Red Imps with 12 points.
• Erwin’s girls beat Knox 23-18.
Erwin improved to 10-1. Knox fell to 9-2, with both losses to the Eagles.
Breya Philpot’s 14 points, 18 rebounds, seven blocked shots and five steals Destiny Jackson scored six points, and Bree Medlin had five steals.
Knox was paced by Tyzarea Alexander with six points. Kirsten Ingram, Kiilantra Mashore and Niah Spratt added four points apiece.
• The Knox boys beat Erwin 33-27 for their seventh straight win.
Knox was led by Paris Hillie with 14 points. Tre Oats added 11.
Erwin (3-8) was led by Lucas Morton with 12 points. Franklin Downing scored nine.