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Prep baseball around the corner

Opening day for the prep baseball season is Wednesday, Feb. 26.
Games scheduled that day include East Rowan at Cox Mill, Carson at Central Cabarrus and Northwest Cabarrus at South Rowan in SPC contests.
The SPC will feature back-to-back series this season, so teams will play the same league opponent again at the opposite site on Friday, two days after those openers.
In opening-day, non-conference contests, Lake Norman is at West Rowan, Salisbury is at South Stanly, Randleman is at Davie and A.L. Brown is at East Meck.
North Rowan hosts A.L. Brown on Feb. 27.
No makeup basketball games or baseball scrimmages will be played today by Rowan teams.
Justin Allison (West Rowan) qualified 12th for the ARCA Series Lucas Oil 200.
Allison (No. 88) had a qualifying speed of 179.799 mph at Daytona.
Catawba’s basketball teams travel to Anderson today. Catawba’s women open the doubleheader in the Abney Center at 2 p.m. Catawba (10-10, 8-8 SAC) has dropped its last three road games.
Catawba is 7-1 all-time against Anderson and beat the Trojans 67-59 at Goodman Gym on Jan. 4 behind 18 points by Mallary Clay.
Chloe Bully, third all-time in 3-pointers for the Indians, is Catawba’s leading scorer.
Anderson is 12-10 overall and 8-8 in the SAC.
• Catawba’s men (6-14, 6-10) have six league games left and currently reside in ninth place in the SAC. Eight teams qualify for the league tournament. Catawba’s schedule is favorable — three straight home games after the trip to Anderson — but the Indians have to win at least four of their last six to have a realistic chance to make the tournament.
Catawba scored 106 points in its most recent outing and got 35 points from guard Elon Edwards and a near triple-double from big man Tyrece Little to pound Tusculum.
Little, a junior who set Catawba’s school record for blocks this season, is only 14 points away from 1,000 for his career.
Anderson (16-6, 11-5) drilled Catawba 78-55 when the teams met at Goodman Gym in January. Anderson guard Chandler Hash is the SAC’s scoring leader.
The men’s game tips at about 4 p.m. WSAT-1280 will broadcast the doubleheader.
Livingstone is at home for a CIAA doubleheader today against Johnson C. Smith.
The women’s game starts at 2 p.m. The men’s game will start around 4.
Livingstone normally plays night games, but weather concerns prompted a move to afternoon contests.
Livingstone’s men are 15-6 overall, 8-4 in the CIAA, and 5-1 in the Southern Division. The J.C. Smith men are 13-9, 5-7 and 2-4. J.C. Smith knocked off the Blue Bears 76-73 when the teams met in Charlotte on Jan. 25.
Livingstone’s backcourt combines for nearly 39 points per game. Mark Thomas (20.4 ppg) is the CIAA scoring leader, while Jody Hill (18.4) ranks fourth in the league.
Forward Emilo Parks (17.2) usually is a standout for the Golden Bulls. Guard LeMarquis Letchaw had a huge game in the Bulls’ upset of the Bears.
Livingstone’s women (12-10, 7-5, 3-3) also are playing well and will be trying for a sweep of the Golden Bulls.
Cierra York (15.2) leads the Blue Bears.
Individual regional tournaments will be conducted this weekend, with Salisbury and North Rowan wrestlers in the 2A Midwest Regional at Ashe, while Carson, East Rowan, South Rowan and West Rowan wrestlers are competing in the 3A Midwest Regional at Hickory Ridge.
East’s Shihemm Saunders is seeded No. 1 in the 3A MW Regional at 171. South’s Logan Durham, still undefeated, is the No. 2 seed at 106. Carson’s Alex Lyles is the No. 2 seed at 285.
3A Midwest
106 — 2. Logan Durham, South (23-0); 4. Sam Cornacchione, East (40-9); Deven Youker, Carson (18-13)
113 — 4. Thomas Current, West (28-6); 5, Logan Haas, East (34-10); 7. Angel Ruiz, South (20-5)
120 — Jeffrey Burrell, East (33-19)
126 — 3. Tyler Hall, South (23-2); 8. Cameron Rayfield, Carson (22-9); Wesley Porter, East (13-10)
132 — 5. Brady Argabright, Carson (14-4); 8. Dakota Goodson, West (23-12)
138 — 6. Isaac Hengel, South (18-8); Bronson Knabbe, Carson (19-16); Zac Ridenhour, West (14-12)
145 — 8. Luke Miller, East (22-8); Bailey Rayfield, Carson (14-12); Patrick Viars, South (15-12)
152 — 4. Wyatt Blume, East (37-6); Jaron McMasters, Carson (25-15)
160 — 3. Brandon Sloop, Carson (38-4); Max Wall, East (27-11); Ben Kluttz, West (18-11)
171 — 1. Shiheem Saunders, East (38-4); 8. Wood Poteat, West (21-10)
182 — 4. Anthony McCurry, Carson (30-4); 8. Jake Boltz, East (21-11)
220 — Austin Hoosier, East (20-19)
285 — 2. Alex Lyles, Carson (24-2); Cody Hiatt, East (8-10)
• Salisbury’s Mark Gonzalez is 15-0 and seeded first at 113 in the 2A MW Regional. Salisbury’s Jeffrey Burton is seeded second at 182.
2A Midwest
106 — 7. Tyrell Blakely, Salisbury (24-13)ş
113 — 1. Marc Gonzalez, Salisbury (25-0)
120 — DeJuan Stevens, Salisbury (3-22)
126 — Zack Bates, Salisbury (11-11)
132 — Darrell Taylor, North Rowan (10-8); Jibri Cowan, Salisbury (8-10)
138 — Jaleel Hitchens, North Rowan (13-7); Chris Vera, Salisbury (13-15)
145 — Willie Clark, Salisbury (23-16)
152 — Darius Jackson, Salisbury (23-15)
160 — Braxton Rabon, North (11-8)
171 — 8. Brandon Rabon, North (15-9); Dequan Vann, Salisbury (22-17)
182 — 2. Jeffrey Burton, Salisbury (30-8)
195 — Bobby Johnson, Salisbury (9-14)
220 — Semarion Stiller, Salisbury (23-17); Darius Miles, North (9-16)
280 — Marquise Peele, Salisbury (20-18); Spencer Bowler, North (9-11)
• A.L. Brown has quite a few high seeds in the 4A West Regional at Cornelius Hough. Keechan Ware, seeded second at 220, is the highest-seeded Wonder.
4A West
106 — 3. Jayquon McIntrye, A.L. Brown (35-8)
113 — Dayonn Myers, A.L. Brown (13-11)
120 — 4. Avery Clinding, A.L. Brown (42-8)
126 — 3. Nicholas Sexton, A.L. Brown (31-5)
132 — Doron White, A.L. Brown (19-10)
138 — Isaiah Johnson, A.L. Brown (34-6)
152 — 5. Marcus Bolick, A.L. Brown (35-13)
160 — Sabino Martinez-Carmona, A.L. Brown (27-22)
182 — Destin Tidwell, A.L. Brown (13-17)
220 — 2. Keechan Ware, A.L. Brown (34-9)285
285 — Cameron Hodges, A.L. Brown (25-17)
• Davie wrestlers compete in the 4A Midwest Regional at Northwest Guilford. Davie’s Alex Gobble is a No. 1 seed at 182. Jack Robertson is the No. 2 seed at 195.
106 — 4. Lake Billings, Davie (37-7)
120 — Isaiah Whitley, Davie (29-16)
126 — Javon Adkins, Davie (20-17)
132 — Keion Joyce, Davie (8-10)
138 — Matt Nesbit, Davie (20-21)
152 — Preston Beauchamp, Davie (22-9)
160 — Joshua Lankford, Davie (26-18)
170 — 4. Nathan Howard, Davie (19-3)
182 — 1. Alex Gobble, Davie (42-1)
195 — 2. Jack Robertson, Davie (36-3)
220 — 3. Parker Correll, Davie (39-4)

Radford’s Ayana Avery (West Rowan) was held to eight points on Thursday but contributed six rebounds and four assists to a 64-52 win against UNC Asheville.
• Temple’s Shi-Heria Shipp (Salisbury) had seven points and seven rebounds in a 60-50 loss to Louisville on Wednesday.
• Charlotte’s Ayanna Holmes (Salisbury) had five points, nine rebounds and four assists in Thursday’s 85-61 win at Louisiana Tech.
• Jessica Heilig (Salisbury) had 15 points and five rebounds for Gardner-Webb in a 74-73 win against Longwood on Thursday.
Due to the weather, Rowan Little League baseball and softball fegistrations have been moved to Saturday, Feb. 22, from 8-4 and Sunday, Feb. 23, from 1-5 at the Salisbury Community Park Conscession stand located at 935 Hurley School Road.
Parents can also register online anytime at http://www.rowanlittleleague.com
Baseball cost is $80 for Coach Pitch and T-ball (ages 3-8). Cost is $100 for ages 9-10, 11-12 and 13-16. League age is as of April 30, 2014.
Softball cost is $80 for Girls 8U Coach Pitch (ages 6-8). Cost is $100 for ages 10U, 12U, 14U League age is as of December 31, 2013.
Contact Jeff Bernhardt at 704-326-5255 or Wade Furches at 704-633-2873 for more information.
UNC Pembroke’s Brett Huffman (West Rowan) hit his first homer of the season in the Braves’s 19-4 romp against Pitt-Johnstown. UNCP is 6-0.
• East Carolina’s Travis Watkins (Cox Mill, Kannapolis Legion) went 2-for-3 and drove in a run in Friday’s 6-5 win against James Madison.
• Andy Austin (East Rowan) started in center field on opening day and walked twice and scored in UNC Wilmington’s 5-3 win against VMI on Friday.
Former Albemarle slugger Corey Dick had the game-winning hit for the Seahawks.
• Jon Crucitti (West) had a base hit and stole a base for Army in an opening-day loss to William & Mary.
• Besieged by travel issues that left it with only two-thirds of its travel roster and coaching staff in uniform, Appalachian State dropped a 12-2 decision at No. 25 Arkansas in Friday’s season opener at Baum Stadium.
Appalachian State’s travel itinerary for the opening-weekend series at Arkansas was thrown into disarray by the winter storm. Appalachian had two different flights cancelled on Thursday and Friday, which allowed only 20 players and two coaches to make it to Fayetteville in time for the season opener.
The Razorbacks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Mountaineers scored on a two-run single by Dillon Dobson in the eighth.
Preston Troutman (East Rowan) and Brian Bauk (Salisbury) played for the Mountaineers.
All-Southern Conference pitcher Jamie Nunn allowed eight runs on eight hits while issuing four walks and hitting a batter in three innings of work to suffer the loss.
ASU third baseman Noah Holmes (East) is recovering from November shoulder surgery. He won’t play before April at the earliest and may redshirt this season.

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