Area sports briefs: Catawba lacrosse wins

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 16, 2012

From staff reports
Catawba’s men’s lacrosse team held off Florida Southern 7-6 and won the Deep South Conference Tournament championship on Sunday at Mars Hill.
Catawba (14-2) won its second straight DSC title and beat Florida Southern in the championship game for the second straight year.
Tom Cullop scored the first goal, and Braden Artem scored for an early 2-0 Catawba lead. Cullop and Freddie Turcio added goals as the Indians took a 4-2 halftime edge.
Artem and John Scheich scored in the third quarter, and Catawba stretched its lead to 7-4 on a goal by Cory Losselyong with 11:18 left.
Florida Southern closed within 7-6 with 2:15 remaining, but Catawba held on, with Turcio forcing a late turnover to seal the win.
Catawba goalie Michael Pecchia, tournament MVP, posted 17 saves.
Youth basketball
The Salisbury Stingz 9th-grade AAU basketball team won the Express Ladies Shootout in Hickory.
The Stingz went 5-0 during the two-day tournament, including two wins against 10th-grade teams in their age bracket. The Stingz defeated the Carolina Express 48-47 to win the championship.
Minor leagues
The Kannapolis Intimidators scored an unearned run in the top of the 11th and beat the Lexington Legends 5-4 on Sunday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
Jarrett Casey (2-0), who worked two innings, picked up the win.
Kannapolis won the series three games to one. Kannapolis continues its road trip with a three-game series in Hickory that starts tonight.
Albuquerque’s Jerry Sands (Catawba) had two hits and drove in his eighth run of the season on Sunday in a 9-7 win against Omaha. Sands raised his batting average to .244.
Potomac’s Wade Moore (West Rowan, Catawba) went 2-for-3 in a 13-2 loss to Lynchburg. Moore lifted his batting average to .238.
College track
Western Carolina’s Keith Leonard (East Rowan) cleared 15 feet, 71/4 inches for second place in the pole vault in the Appalachian Open.
Western’s Wayne Parker (East) tied for fifth (14-71/2) in the pole vault.
At the Sea Ray Relays, Tennessee’s Tavis Bailey (A.L. Brown) won the discus (176-9) and placed fifth in the shot put (51-53/4).
Diricka Mitchell (North Rowan) placed fourth in the shot (36-11/4) Terrier Relays at Wofford.
College volleyball
Top-seeded Pfeiffer’s men’s volleyball team beat Lees McRae 3-1 in a Conference Carolinas semifinal at Merner Gym on Sunday. Pfeiffer (20-6) hosts No. 3 seed Mount Olive at Merner Gym on Wednesday in the championship match.
Prep golf
North Hills beat Gaston Day and Statesville Christian at Rock Barn.
Cameron Beck (38), Josh Robar (39), John Murphy (40) and Jordan Smith (41) were scorers for the Eagles. North Hills plays today at Caldwell Country Club against United Faith and Hickory Christian.
Prep football
East Rowan defensive back Wesley LeRoy has committed to join Methodist’s football program. A story is upcoming.
College baseball
Carson Herndon (Davie) had a strong effort on the mound for Liberty on Sunday in a Big South game at Winthrop.
Herndon (3-1) pitched six innings, walking three and allowing three hits and one run in an 11-1 romp by the Flames.
Charlotte’s Justin Roland (East Rowan) had three hits, including a run-scoring single in a 3-2 win against Temple on Sunday.
Local golf
The McCanless Couples played with a four-person Best Ball format on Sunday.
The first-place team was Harry Owens, Don Goodnight, Randy Honeycutt and Ricky Honeycutt.
The team of David Huneycutt, Tim Earnhardt, Marty and Toni Lowman finished second.
Closest to the pin was won by Don Goodnight. The longest putt winner was David Huneycutt.
The McCanless Ladies Golf Association played its Spring Handicap tournament on Saturday and Sunday.
Treva Honeycutt won the first flight with a two-day total of 125. Robin Leslie won the second flight with a total of 134.