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Area sports briefs

From staff reports    Catawba fell behind early, had a ninth-inning rally fall short and lost 7-6 at sixth-ranked USC Aiken on Tuesday.

Keaton Hawks hit a two-run homer, and Garrett Furr hit a solo shot for the 25th-ranked Indians (13-5).

Chris Dula had three hits. Furr and Ethan Satterfield had two each.

The teams play again tonight in Aiken at 6 p.m.

  Prep baseball  North Rowan lost to A.L. Brown 5-4 on Monday.

North out-hit the Wonders 8-4, but A.L. Brown took advantage of five errors to score five unearned runs.

Rhett Hellard, Jake Pritchard and Travis Holshouser had two hits each for the Cavaliers.

Brandon White (0-1) and Cory Fries did the pitching and limited the Wonders to four hits.

A.L. Brown hurlers fanned 11 Cavaliers.

“We’ve got a lot of inexperience on the field,” North coach Aaron Rimer said. “We can play really good baseball at times, but at other times we get really tight.”

• In East Rowan’s 6-3 loss to North Davidson, Harrison Bell, Chase Jarrett and Josh Gobble did the pitching for the Mustangs. Jarrett took the loss.

Connor Johnson knocked in two runs for East, while Ike Freeman knocked in one.

• Salisbury hurlers Ryan Jones and Brian Bauk (1-0) combined for a one-hitter and 14 strikeouts in a 4-2 win against A.L. Brown. The Hornets’ scheduled game against Davie was postponed to Saturday at 2 p.m.

• East Davidson enjoyed a 5-1 win against Southwest Guilford. Tyler Stroup had two hits and an RBI and Braxton Shetley drove in a run. Cory Waldroup got the win on the mound.

  Prep softball  North Rowan defeated Salisbury 8-7 Tuesday.

  7th-grade boys hoops  West Rowan defeated Corriher-Lipe 54-28 Tuesday behind Caleb Mauldin’s 14 points and Josiah Dixon’s 11 points. Owen White scored nine and Malcolm Ingram offered eight. The Bulldogs face China Grove Thursday.

  7th-grade girls hoops  North Rowan defeated Erwin 44-20.

Egypt Alexander scored 17 points for the Mavericks, while Meliya Parker scored 15.

Sydney Taylor and Anna Shafer led the Eagles with six points each.

• West Rowan won its third straight in a 34-24 victory against Corriher-Lipe Tuesday. Madison Myers (eight points), Morgan Corriher (seven points) and Tazah Hardin (six points) contributed offensively for West. Parker Greene grabbed six rebounds and six steals. Jaylee Rollins and Taylor Wiggins each scored six points for CL. WR plays China Grove Thursday.

  SAC basketball  The SAC Tournament begins today with the No.7 seed Catawba men in action at No.2 Anderson at 8 p.m. The Catawba women will host Tusculum tonight at 7.

• The Pfeiffer women will play tonight in the quarterfinals of the Conference Carolina Tournament. The game against Queens was moved out of respect for Brittney Washington, whose father passed away last week.

• Anderson’s Chandler Hash and Lenoir-Rhyne’s Danielle Bongiorno were named SAC Scholar-Athletes of the Year for basketball.

Education major Hash averages 17.9 points and has a 3.52 GPA.

Bongiorno averages 5.6 points and has a 3.99 GPA in sports management.

College golf  Belmont Abbey won the two-day Rendleman Invitational men’s golf tournament hosted by Catawba at the Country Club of Salisbury.

The Crusaders shot 296-287 — 583 to win by seven strokes over USC Aiken.

Catawba tied for fourth at 595.

Matt Hardman led the Indians. He finished eighth at 147.

  College tennis  Both Catawba teams fell to Mount Olive Tuesday in Hilton Head, S.C. The men fell 8-1 while the women dropped a 5-4 match.

Local golf  Results from “Dogfight” at Corbin Hills:

Kevin Lentz, Curt Thomas, Greg Hill and Bucky Bradley won Flight 1 with a score of 136.

Chace Jensen, Tim Collins, John Struzick and Kirby Russell tied for Flight 2 honors with Gary Powers, Danny Crosby, Gary McNeely and Luke Thomas.

Flight 3 was won by Ronnie Thompson, Rick Wiles and Blake Wingler (blind draw).

Skins winners were Powers, Keith Dorsett, Bradley, Brian Jones, Trey Ledbetter, Joe Cress, Curt Homas and Hill.

•Thirty-four GARS members played a Texas Scramble at Corbin Hills.

The team of Butch Grambow, Mick Rowell and Frank Rowell finished at minus-5 to win the event.

Five teams tied at minus-3.  Grambow won closest to the pin. Danny Crosby won longest putt.

Rescheduling  South Rowan rescheduled its baseball game at West Iredell to today and its softball game against West Iredell was moved to Thursday.

The golf match at Mooresville was moved to March 28.

West Rowan baseball will play at Statesville on Thursday with JV action starting at 4:30 p.m. and Varsity at 7.

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