Area sports briefs: Whitaker, Indians on preseason All-SAC football

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 8, 2012

From staff reports
Lenoir-Rhyne fullback Ike Whitaker (Salisbury) has been named to the preseason All-SAC first team. Whitaker rushed for 818 yards and scored six TDs for the Bears last season.
Catawba athletes on the preseason All-SAC first team are defensive lineman C.J. Barksdale and defensive back Jumal Rolle.
Indians on the second team are receiver Nate Charest, offensive lineman Ethan Winn, linebacker Cory Johnson and long snapper D.J. Davis.
Barksdale had 53 tackles, 10 for loss, and four sacks.
Rolle broke up 12 passes, picked off two and made 30 tackles.
Johnson made 89 tackles, seven for loss, and had two sacks.
Charest had 51 catches for 769 yards and two TDs.
Winn keys the blocking for the Indians, while Davis is instrumental in Catawba’s efforts on special teams.
College cross country
Pfeiffer announced the signing of five athletes for its women’s cross country program, including West Iredell’s Trista Byers and Gray Stone’s Janna Featherstone.
Featherstone was all-county, all-conference, and all-region at Gray Stone.
Byers was four-time team MVP at West Iredell where she set the school record for the 5k as well as the 1600 and 3200.
The season begins on Friday, Aug. 31, at the Eye Opener Invitational in Spartanburg, S.C.
Prep football
The Cabarrus Stallions varsity and junior varsity teams are preparing for opening night against the Asheville Saints on Aug. 18.
They are a Christian-based team for boys who are either home schooled, attend a private school or prefer to play for a team other than the high school they attend.
The Stallions compete in the Pioneer Football League with the Carolina Crusaders (Rock Hill, S.C.), Morganton Mountaineers, Asheville Saints, Lake Norman Storm and Tennessee Silverbacks (Kingsport, Tenn.).
The Stallions are coached by Carl Gambrell. He is assisted by John Brantley, Carl Williams and James Dale.
Johnny White, who had over 2,000 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns returns to lead the Stallions. Kinston Nesbitt had 41 catches for 834 yards and 18 TDs, and Tanner Wilhoit threw for 16 TDs and rushed for 12 more. On the defensive side, the Stallions are led by Scot Brantley (102 tackles).
The varsity team has 20 players and the jayvee squad has 16 players.
Anyone interested in playing should contact the Stallions at Most players are from Cabarrus, with a few from Rowan, North Mecklenburg, Stanly and South Davidson.
The team practices at Covenant Classical School in Concord.
Home games are on Saturday nights at Kannapolis Middle School, with the jayvees playing at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity at 7:30.
Local golf
Match play in the Crowder/Dorsett Memorial Four-Ball Tournament at Country Club of Salisbury will be held Sept. 1-3. Stroke-play qualifying is Aug. 24-26.
Entries are due at the golf shop by Aug. 18. Practice rounds are available Aug. 14-23. The club is closed on Mondays.
Tee times are available seven days in advance. Cart rental ($20 per player) is mandatory. Call the golf shop at 704-636-7070 for tee times.
Make checks payable to Country Club of Salisbury.
Mail in or drop off the tournament registration with the registration fee.
If you or your partner has never participated in the tournament before, residence addresses will need to be verified before you can participate.
A cookout dinner will be available for all players and their families on Monday, Sept. 3, beginning at 5 p.m.
All prizes and trophies will be awarded at the conclusion of the tournament on Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.
Nick Lyerly won the 12-13 division in the National Junior Golf event held at Twin Oaks in Statesville on Tuesday.
Lyerly shot a 74.
Seventy-two GARS members played at Corbin Hills on Monday.
The team of Bobby Bryant, Ross Howard, Bob Niekras and Ernest Wagner shot 10-under and won in a scorecard playoff with the team of Jay Boyce, Michael Garver, Tommy Garver and Johnny Shook.
Two teams tied for third at minus-8.
Closest to the pin winner on No. 5 was Don Bishop.
Longest putt on No. 9 was won by Clayton Steele.
The Corbin Hills Ladies hosted their annual golf invitational on Tuesday. Ten clubs participated in the Captain’s Choice event.
The team of Phyllis Durland, Lillian Pidkameny, Norma Burgess and Linda Cross took first place.
Placing second were Susan Morris, Linda Greene, Eileen Full and Suzette Pritchard.
Third place went to Beth Calhoun, Dolores Booth, Bev Cobb and Elaine Mullis.
Becky Isenhour, Phyllis Nichols, Joy Maughmer and Judy Martin finished fourth.
Kristi Laton, Barb Sorel and Joan Havill took fifth.
Sixth place went to Gail Capone, Sharon Miller, Anna Robinson and Jayne Hubbard.
In U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship sectional qualifying held at the Country Club of Salisbury on Tuesday, Uly Grisette and John Eades left seven qualifiers with 67s.
The cutline for qualifiers and two alternate spots was 70.
Andrew Morgan shot 79.
In the first round of the Dogwood State Junior Girls Championship at Starmount Country Club in Greensboro, Isabella Rusher shot 75 to tie for sixth and Lily Yatawara shot 76 to tie for eighth.
In the Dogwood State Junior Boys Championship, Troy Beaver shot 69 and is tied for eighth. Eric Edwards shot 71 and is tied for 17th.
Logan Shuping, a rising-ninth grader, shot 73 and is tied for 32nd.
Andrew Purcell shot 81.
American Legion
The Southeast Regional begins Thursday in Sumter, S.C.
Wilmington, state champion for the first time since 1995, represents North Carolina.
Florence is the South Carolina state champ, while host Sumter also is in the field. Sumter finished sixth in the S.C. state tournament.
Other teams in the regional are Shelbyville, Ky., Lynchburg, Va., Rockdale, Ga., Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Fort Pierce, Fla.
The Georgia champs have the best record at 30-1.
The Kentucky champs will be in the Southeast Regional in a change from past years. Kentucky replaces Puerto Rico.
The format is double-elimination.
This is one of eight regionals. Regional champs advance to the World Series in Shelby on Aug. 17-21.
Minor leagues
Ogden’s Corey Seager (NW Cabarrus)stayed hot on Monday night with three hits in an extra-inning game, including his first triple as a pro.
Major leagues
Bobby Parnell (East Rowan) pitched a scoreless seventh innings for the New York Mets in their game against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. Parnell struck out one and lowered his ERA to 3.18.
Kyle Seager (NW Cabarrus) hit a three-run homer for the Mariners in the first inning of Tuesday’s game against Baltimore.
It was Seager’s 12th homer. He has 66 RBIs to rank fourth among MLB third basemen.
Carson football seats
Carson is selling football seating today from 5-6:30 p.m. Call Jimmy Denton at 703-202-9389 or Tim Shue at 704-223-0210.
South Y programs
South Rowan YMCA is accepting soccer registrations for girls and boys in kindergarten through 8th grade and for flag football for Pre-K through fifth grade.
Registration ends Sept. 3.
The cost is $36 for Y members and $60 for potential members. Contact Carvie Kepley at 704-857-7011 or