North boys at home
From staff reports
North Rowan’s boys are at home tonight for a second-round playoff sectional playoff game against South Stokes.
Norths’s second-seeded boys (25-3) are obviously favored, but it should be a lot more entertaining than North’s long string of YVC routs.
South Stokes, the No. 7 seed in the Midwest, is 16-10 and placed third in a mixed 1A/2A league.
Two of South Stokes’ losses were blowouts at the hands of Winston-Salem Prep, the top-ranked team in 1A.
South Stokes easily handled Bishop McGuinness 68-44 in the first round behind the play of Grant Joyce, Devin Feimster and Brandon Smith.
North Rowan routed South Stanly 99-34 in the first round. North has won 17 straight games since the Christmas tournament and hasn’t had a victory margin under 25 points since the Christmas tournament.
Oshon West, the county scoring leader, sparks the Cavaliers. Freshman Jalen Sanders averages double figures, and Michael Connor, Michael Bowman and Malik Ford all average better than 9 points per game.
North Rowan’s girls face a tough task tonight in the second round.
The young Cavaliers (13-11) crushed Bessemer City on the road in the first round. North, a No. 10 seed, plays at No. 2 South Davidson, the YVC champs, tonight in Denton. South Davidson (24-2) beat the Cavaliers 56-48 and 59-39 in the regular season.
Larsen Sigmon, Madi Beeson and Madison Sigmon average double figures for the Wildcats.
South Davidson’s only losses were to 3A teams (Central Davidson and Ledford), and the Wildcats have won 17 in a row since losing to Ledford in a holiday tournament.
North’s leading scorers are freshman Special Washington, who averages 15.5 points per game, and sophomore Demeria Robinson, who averages 13.5. Senior Taylor Sells scored her 500th point in the first round of the playoffs and has had a hot hand the last few weeks.
When North won at Bessemer City, it was the first playoff win for the girls program since a win over West Lincoln in 2006.
Carson’s girls (20-7) finally beat West Rowan in the first round of the 3A playoffs, and the 11th-seeded Cougars will take a lot of confidence into tonight’s meeting at third-seeded Concord Robinson.
Carson handled Robinson pretty easily early this season, winning 47-34, but the Bulldogs always improve as the season goes along.
Seniors Kelly Dulkoski and Allison Blackwell team for 35 points per game for the Cougars.
Robinson (23-5) dominated the SPC this season, going 14-0 in league play and then winning the conference tournament. Robinson takes an eight-game winning streak into tonight’s game. Guard Madison Fulford and 6-foot-1 Kelsi Mahoney usually lead the Bulldogs.
Robinson beat East Rowan 62-45 in the first round.
Davie County’s sixth-seeded boys (21-5) travel to face No. 3 seed Charlotte Independence (23-5) in a marquee second-round matchup in the 4A bracket.
Davie starts five juniors, but they’re all good ones, including N.C. State commits Cody Martin and Caleb Martin.
Independence put five players in double figures when it edged CPC fourth-place finisher R.J. Reynolds 74-73 in the first round.
Davie cruised past East Forsyth in the first round.
Livingstone’s women’s basketball team ended the season with a 57-50 loss to Virginia State in the first round of the CIAA Tournament in Charlotte.
Jasmine Murray scored 15 points for the Blue Bears, who finished 8-17. Kaylyn Chapman scored 12 points.
Livingstone held a 26-21 lead at the break but couldn’t hold on.
Lamesha Deal scored 15 for Virginia State (13-13).
• Livingstone was honored for having the highest women’s GPA in the CIAA at 3.08.
Livingstone’s James Stinson was named CIAA Coach of the Year after leading the Blue Bears to a 20-5 regular-season record.
Livingstone takes a six-game winning streak into a tournament game in Charlotte on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Catawba is home tonight against Carson-Newman.
The women’s team will honor seniors Taylor May, Elizabeth Merritt and Quaneasia Coleman, who have sparked a late-season surge.
Prep baseball openers are scheduled for today, weather permitting.
Some scheduled games have already been moved.
Northwest-Cabarrus has been rescheduled for Saturday at Northwest, with a jayvee game at 1 p.m., and a varsity game to follow.
North Rowan’s game with Albemarle has been postponed.
That leaves Mount Pleasant at South Rowan at 4:30; Mount Tabor at East Rowan at 5, and Concord at West Rowan at 7, as possibilities for today.
•Carson announced that Thursday’s home game with Cox Mill is still on.
Carson also announced a site change for Friday. The Cougars varsity will now play at home against Robinson,
7th-grade girls hoops
Erwin’s girls held off China Grove 16-15.
The Eagles (7-4) were led by Ann Shafer with eight points and six rebounds. Hollie Harrison added five points and four steals. Caroline Johnson and Mia Graham had 10 and eight rebounds, respectively.
China Grove (2-9) was paced by Riley Corriher with six points. Anne Marie Turney scored five points and was a defensive standout with blocked shots and rebounds.
7th-grade boys hoops
Erwin’s boys turned back China Grove’s Red Devils 61-16 behind the scoring of Cole Perry (19) and Josh Ellis (12). Will Brown added five points for the Eagles (6-5).
China Grove (0-11) was led by Bailey Graham’s four points.
•Southeast beat North Rowan Middle 50-24.
Cameron Prugh scored 17 points for the Patriots. Jamarious Hairston scored 11, Jailen Williams had eight, and Elijah Moss scored five.
Southeast is at Corriher-Lipe on Thursday.
Catawba freshman Carley Tysinger earned SAC Pitcher of the Week honors for the third straight week by going 3-0 with a 0.30 ERA and 30 strikeouts in three starts.
Catawba fell to 26th in the D-II national poll after dropping three games at Newberry.
College men’s golf
Catawba finished eighth in the rain-shortened Irish Creek Collegiate.
Belmont Abbey shot 293 to win the event. Catawba shot 312. Pfeiffer tied for fifth at 303.
Playing as an individual, Catawba’s Kyle Kegerreis shot 73.
Pfeiffer’s men lost at Mount Olive 69-53 on Tuesday.
• Pfeiffer’s women (21-5) won 62-58 at Mount Olive. Christina Harvey scored 16, and Jodie Lemons had 15.