Threat of snow moves games up to tonight
From staff reports
The weather forecast spurred administrators to move all the prep basketball games that were scheduled for Tuesday up to tonight.
This is the last week of the regular season, with conference tournaments scheduled to start early next week, and making games up at this point is going to be difficult.
In the CCC, Salisbury is at West Davidson, while North Rowan is at home against Thomasville.
North Rowan’s boys are still tied for first place with Lexington.
North senior Michael Connor needs eight points for 1,000 for his career.
While North has had excellent teams more often that not, the Cavaliers have usually been very balanced and haven’t produced a surplus of 1,000-point scorers. Oshon West reached the milestone last season and was the first since 2000. Connor would be the 10th to score 1,000 for the North boys program, which started play with the 1958-59 season.
In the SPC, Carson is at Hickory Ridge, East Rowan is at Central Cabarrus, West Rowan is at Cox Mill, and Concord is at Northwest Cabarrus. South Rowan has the night off.
The East-Central girls game is the most significant on the slate. Central is the third-place team in the nine-team league, and East (16-3, 13-1) will be trying to clinch an outright conference title on the road against a pretty good squad. East hasn’t put up a banner of any kind in girls basketball since the Mustangs went 13-1 and won the North Piedmont Confernce regular season in 2004.
Central (10-4 SPC) can’t win the league, but it still could finish second, so it has plenty of motivation.
East overpowered Central 70-44 the first time the teams met, but Central’s best player, freshman point guard Mahaley Holit, was ailing then.
East has had a season of streaks. It opened with 10 consecutive wins, struggled to three straight losses in late December and early January, then got back on track with another six victories in a row.
From a historical standpoint, this would be a fine year for East’s girls to have a great season.
Forty years ago, the 1974 Mustangs accomplished the most any East girls team ever has by winning the WNCHSAA championship.
South Rowan’s surging girls (11-3 SPC) are two games behind East. South, which has won nine straight, including a home victory over East, is scheduled to play at last-place Concord on Thursday and at East Rowan on Friday.
South will be cheering for a Central upset of East. That would keep South’s hopes alive of tying for first place.
South’s girls haven’t won anything in basketball since they took the CPC regular-season and tournament championships in 1999.
Concord, a state power, is still unbeaten in the SPC boys race and rolled to the conference title, but once you get past Cox Mill, which is solidly entrenched in second place, teams are still moving up and down in the middle of the standings.
West Rowan’s boys could use a win. They’ve dropped four straight. Carson’s boys are on a two-game slide, which has endangered their grip on third place.
Carson will host the SPC semifinals and finals next week, while Lexington will host the CCC’s semis and championship games.
In the MECKA, A.L. Brown has moved its home games with West Charlotte up to tonight.
Davie had Tuesday off. The War Eagles play at strong Mount Tabor Friday.
FRIDAY NORTH BOYS BOX
NORTH (78) — Connor 22, Sanders 8, Walker 8, Hillie 8, Bowman 8, Handy 6, Scott 6, Nelson 6, Billingsley 3, Mungin 3, Tatum.
E. DAVIDSON (41) — Bowers 16, Miller 21, Ramos 6, Bennett 4, Williams 3.
N. Rowan 29 12 17 20 — 78
E. Davidson 8 10 16 7 — 41
Pfeiffer split a doubleheader at Nova Southeastern on Sunday, winning 14-8 and losing 5-3. Pfeiffer (4-1) is off to its best start in six years.
Freshman Dylan Goodman (South Rowan) went 1-for-4 and drove in a run.
South’s ninth-place 200 freestyle relay team in the 3A state championships was Nicole Mauldin, Taylor Kluttz, Faith Casswell and Leslie Franks.
Mike Penninger made a hole-in-one at Rolling Hills on Feb. 1.
Penninger used a 9-iron to record the ace on the 105-yard No. 7 hole.
Robert Furr, Kenny Whittington and Bill Penninger Jr. witnessed the feat.
• The McCanless Couples played with a Captain’s Choice format on Feb. 2.
The winning team was Ricky Honeycutt, Randy Honeycutt, Harry Owens and Paul Hill Jr.
On Sunday, the McCanless Couples played again.
Treva Honeycutt, Owens, Randy Honeycutt and Frank Foster were the winning team.
The second-place team was Mary Seaford, Gene Seaford, Glenn Trexler and David Huneycutt.
Third place went to Ricky Honeycutt, Walt Kincaid and Kim Kincaid.
Kim Kincaid won the longest putt. Foster won closest to the pin.
China Grove youth baseball and softball registrations until Feb. 22 at Dale’s Sporting Goods in China Grove.
Fees for baseball are: 5-6 Coach Pitch $60; 7-8 Pitching Machine $60; 9-10; Junior Division $60, and 11-12 Senior Division $60.
Fees for softball are: 6-9 Coach Pitch $60; 10-12 Senior Division $60.
Late fee after Feb. 22 is $70.
League age is as of April 30, 2014.
Contact James Solomon at 704-857-1439 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pfeiffer’s men’s basketball team lost to Belmont Abbey 97-88 on Saturday at Merner Gym. A.J. Clark scored 21 points for the Falcons (5-17, 2-10), who shot 50 percent. Darryl Durham, Justin Kuhlman and Ryan Conrad teamed for 71 points for the Crusaders.