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Area sports briefs: Catawba baseball loses pair

From staff reports
Catawba’s fifth-ranked baseball team lost twice to Mount Olive at Newman Park on Wednesday.
The Indians (23-7) fell 17-12 and 11-1. Jacob Rogers went wild — 6-for-7 with four home runs — for Mount Olive (20-6).
Catawba built a 6-1 lead in the opener on homers by Chris Dula, Keaton Hawks and Greg Lawson but couldn’t hold off the Trojans.
Ross Whitley (4-2) took the loss. Dula had three RBIs.
Mount Olive jumped on Nick Lomascolo (5-3) for five runs in the first inning of the nightcap. Garrett Furr homered for Catawba’s lone run.
Ethan Satterfield had four hits in the twin bill for Catawba.
Catawba will try to rebound Saturday at Lenoir-Rhyne.
Men’s basketball
Louisburg, coached by Mark Vanderslice (West Rowan), beat Iowa Central Community College 79-71 in the first round of the national junior college tournament being played in Danville, Ill.
Louisburg plays No. 1-ranked Mott Community College (Mich.) tonight in a quarterfinal.
Women’s hoops
Catawba’s Dana Hicks was named an honorable mention All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
She is only the second player to earn honors from the WBCA since Catawba moved to Division II. The first was Danyel Locklear in 2004.
Hicks led the SAC in rebounding with 11.9 per game and was named SAC Player of the Year. Hicks posted a school-record 56 double-doubles. She’s the No. 2 all-time rebounder at Catawba with 1,115 and ranks sixth in scoring with 1,521 points.n Shemieka Brown (North Rowan) contributed on the defensive end in Shaw’s 61-58 win against Pittsburg State (Ks.) in a D-II national quarterfinal played on Tuesday in San Antonio.
“Shemieka only played four minutes total, but when she came in, in the first half, she completely changed the flow of the game,” Shaw coach Jacques Curtis said. “She picked up their point guard full court, and they had to change who would bring the ball up the court.”
Shaw continued its run on Wednesday with an 87-71 win against Rollins. Shaw will play Ashland (Ohio) for the national championship on Friday night.
Shanequa “Bubbles’ Phifer (Salisbury) led Tallahassee Community College in scoring (15.1 ppg) and was named to the All-Panhandle Conference team.
The sophomore averaged 2.9 steals and 2.7 assists and had her first career double-double (16 points and 10 rebounds) in her final game for TCC.
Phifer played all 40 minutes in 11 of TCC’s 12 league games.
College softball
Catawba shut out Brevard 1-0 and 6-0 in a SAC doubleheader played at Whitley Field on Wednesday. Emily B. Huneycutt pitched the shutout in the first game for Catawba (24-10, 5-1) and also smacked a home run.
Brittany Murray, who was hit in the eye by a ball in warmups before the first game, got some stitches and won the nightcap. Alli Justice hit a three-run homer. Kelsey Burgess and Alycia Stiles hit solo shots for the Indians.
College women’s golf
Appalachian State’s Lauren Smith (Salisbury) was named the Southern Conference’s golfer of the week. Smith carded a 69-76-71 —216 for third place at the Ocala Spring Invitational.
College lacrosse
Braden Artem scored with 41.9 seconds left to lift Catawba’s men’s lacrosse team to a 13-12 win against Queens on Wednesday at Shuford Stadium.
Artem scored four times for the Indians (8-1). Steven Ridolfo, Freddie Turcio and Cory Losselyong had two goals each.
Catawba’s women’s lacrosse team lost to Converse 18-2.
Myra Clark and Ebony Mills scored for Catawba (1-5).
Prep soccer
Carson beat South Rowan 4-0 in NPC girls soccer on Wednesday. Katie Barringer scored 16 minutes into the first half for the Cougars, and Sarah Safrit added two goals before halftime.
Hannah Elmore scored in the 11th minute of the second half. Elmore continued her scoring streak with her sixth goal in her last four outings.
North Rowan’s soccer team beat Chatham Central 3-1 in YVC action on Wednesday. After falling behind 1-0, North rallied.
Meredith Sokolowski scored the tying goal at the 17:37 mark. Then Sokolowski put the Cavaliers ahead with a penalty kick.
Dakota Honeycutt scored the clinching goal. Daisy Lemke anchored the defense for the Cavaliers (4-3-1, 3-2-1).
West Rowan and Mooresville battled to a 1-1 non-conference tie on Wednesday. West keeper Allison Bailey made 13 saves.
“This was one of the best high school soccer matches I’ve had the pleasure of coaching,” West coach Nick Brown said. “Both teams played very hard and did a nice job executing their game plan. I’m especially proud of the job Janna Coleman did on defense, marking the Devil’s most dangerous player. Allison Bailey had an exceptionally good game in goal. She bailed us out of dangerous situations several times.”
Emily Settle scored on a corner kick for the Blue Devils 10 minutes in. Allison Baucom scored on a breakaway for West with 6:50 left in the first half.
Both teams were very effective in the midfield.
“It was a battle trying to keep possession in the midfield,” West senior midfielder Mary McCachren said. “Mooresville did a good job attacking from the sidelines. Everyone had to fight hard all night.”
West (6-2-1, 3-0 NPC) is at North Iredell on Monday.
West Davidson scored with 16.6 seconds left to defeat Salisbury 3-2 on Wednesday in the Hornets’ YVC opener.
Kristel Rodriguez had given Salisbury (3-3-1, 0-1) a 1-0 lead off an assist from Meredith Hovis, and that goal stood up until the final 11 minutes. West Davidson became the more aggressive team with four shots from 30 yards and in during the last three minutes.
“Sometimes I forget we’re an inexperienced team,” Salisbury coach Matt Parrish said. The girls returning didn’t necessarily play a lot.”
Prep baseball
North Rowan lost 12-6 at Albemarle in a YVC game on Tuesday.
The Cavaliers (4-5, 3-5) were held to two hits. North held a 2-0 lead until the Bulldogs scored three runs in the fourth. Bryan Robichaud drove in three runs for the Bulldogs. Justin Crump was the winning pitcher.
Davie County suffered its first loss of the season when it fell 4-3 at CPC rival Mount Tabor on Wednesday.
“One of those nights,” Davie coach Mike Herndon said. “We didn’t bring our ‘A’ game and made three costly errors.”
Ben Beeson homered for the third-ranked War Eagles (7-1, 1-1). Karch Arey had two of Davie’s four hits. Ryan Foster (3-1) fanned six but took the loss.
Northwest Cabarrus also fell from the unbeaten ranks on Wednesday, losing 12-2 to SPC rival Robinson in the completion of a suspended game.
Clemson signee Brody Koerner pitched a one-hitter. South Carolina signee Corey Seager had Northwest’s only hit.
The rematch is Friday at Robinson.
East Davidson beat Lexington 13-0 in CCC action. Braxton Shetley was the winning pitcher. Tyler Stroup had three hits.
Prep softball
Samantha Jacobs struck out 21 batters — yes, 21 — and pitched a one-hitter as North Rowan beat Albemarle 6-4 on Tuesday in YVC softball.
Brianna Mock had two hits, including a triple. Jacobs and Taylor Sells had doubles. Emily Gobble also had a hit for the Cavaliers (5-4, 3-4 YVC).
North travels to Chatham Central on Friday.
Carson beat Hickory Ridge 4-1 in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday.
Chloe Monroe was the winning pitcher.
Carson (8-3) scored all its runs in the third inning. After Heather Yount’s single and a walk to Jakey Clark set the table, Sidney Grkman, Monroe, Michaela White and Lacee Hunsucker produced four straight run-scoring singles.
Monroe, Yount, Grkman and Lacee Hunsucker had two hits each. Clark, White and Jesse Beach had one apiece.
Grkman made a leaping catch in left field and Clark made a nice, running catch in center.
Carson returns to NPC action against West Rowan on Friday.
Prep tennis
Salisbury’s boys tennis team rolled to a 9-0 CCC win against Thomasville on Wednesday.
The Hornets dropped only two games in singles and just one in doubles.
Michael Ogden, Alan Lebowitz, Abraham Post, Brock Overcash, Clint Comadoll and Christopher Derrick won in singles.
Ogden-Overcash, Lebowitz-Post and Comadoll-Derrick were doubles winners.
West Rowan’s boys tennis team lost to Northwest Cabarrus 5-4 on Tuesday.
Ben Wilson and Connor Edwards won in singles for the Falcons. Wilson-Edwards and Wade Laing-Dinkin Miller triumphed in doubles.
Local golf
Eighty-nine GARS members played at Warrior earlier this week.
Low ‘A’ flight player with a net of 63.96 was Clyde Crawford.
Low ‘B” flight player with a net of 66.45 was Tony LaBarbera with a net of 66.45.
Low ‘C’ flight player with a net of 61.82 was Michael Garver.
Low ‘D’ flight player with a net of 57.14 was John Garver,
Salisbury’s Guy Roberts shot 70 and tied for second in the ‘B’ Division of a Carolinas Golf Association tournament held in West End.
Umpires
Drew Maher (A.L. Brown) has been assigned to umpire in the South Atlantic League this season. Maher will be working Kannapolis Intimidators home games at FCS on April 5, Aug. 3-6 and Aug. 16-19.
Middle schools
Baseball
China Grove rolled over Knox 26-0. Blake Johnson pitched a perfect game in the three-inning contest and fanned seven.
Michael Morrison had three hits, including two homers. He drove in six runs.
Austin Corriher had four hits while Peyton Penninger and Ryan Bearden had three each.
Austin Chrismon, Austin Lear and Zach Tartarka had two hits apiece.
The Red Devils (2-0) have collected 42 hits and scored 44 runs. They play at Mooresville today.
Girls soccer
Knox’s girls beat China Grove 3-0. Katie Bullock, Harlem Zanudo and Nellie Brown scored for the Trojans.
Boys tennis
China Grove topped Knox 5-4 in boys tennis.
Singles winners for Knox were David Derrick, Quson Brown and Seth McLendon.
Winning in doubles for the Trojans was the team of Derrick-Brown.
Erwin beat West Rowan 9-0.
Winners in singles were Chance Brown, Logan Shuping, Robert Gray, Ike Emerson and Timmy Kane.
Winners in doubles were Nick Pillsbury, Tanner McNabb, Ben Rollins, and Anthony Morrow.
Boyd McCall won an exhibition match.
SAC Hall of Fame
Members of the 2012 SAC Hall of Fame class include Wingate men’s tennis and basketball player Patrick Bartlett, Lenoir-Rhyne golfer Meghan Pritchett, Carson-Newman softball player Sammi Hatcher, Mars Hill basketball player Denise Shelton and SAC coordinator of men’s basketball officials James Burch.
The induction ceremony is Thursday, June 7, in Asheville.
Prep coaches
Chapel Hill’s Sherry Norris ad Roanoke Rapids’ Terry Frazier will be recognized in May as the recipients of the Toby Webb Coach of the Year awards given by the NCHSAA.

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