Thomas: Player of the Year

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 23, 2014

Livingstone guard Mark Thomas has been named the CIAA Player of the Year for men’s basketball.
Thomas was named to the All-CIAA tean, along with teammate Jody Hill.
Thomas helped lead the Blue Bears to their second consecutive CIAA Southern Division title, starting every game and averaging 21.2 ppg to lead the conference.
Playing three seasons, Thomas joined the 1,000-point club in Livingstone’s 79-47 win over Lincoln. This season, Thomas has recorded 22 double-figure games, including a career-high 42 points against Fayetteville State.
Hill ranks fourth in the league in scoring, averaging 19 points per game. Hill has recorded 21 double-figure games. He scored a season-high 37 against Chowan.
• Virginia State’s Lamesha Deal was named CIAA Women’s Player of the Year.
Livingstone’s men’s basketball team fell to rival Winston-Salem State 81-74 at the Gaines Center on Saturday, but the Blue Bears still won the Southern Division.
Eric Mayo led the Blue Bears (18-7, 11-5) in their regular-season finale with 18 points. Jody Hill and Emmari Bailey added 16 each.
CIAA Player of the Year Mark Thomas was held to nine points. He only attempted two free throws and didn’t make a 3-pointer.
Marquez Jones scored 24 for the Rams (16-10, 11-5), and Preston Ross added 19.
The Rams shot nearly 54 percent in the second half.
Livingstone shot only 3-for-22 from 3-point range.
LIVINGSTONE (74) — Mayo 18, Bailey 16, Hill 16, Thomas 9, M. Okam 4, D. Johnson 4, Dubose 4, A. Welch 3, Flint, C. Johnson, D. Welch .
WSSU (81) — Jones 24, Ross 19, Bazemore 16, Desmore 9, Alton 9, Campbell 4, Caroway, B. Okam, Wells.

Livingstone 39 35 — 74
Winston-Salem St. 37 44 — 81
Livingstone’s women’s basketball team lost 82-66 at Winston-Salem State on Saturday. All-CIAA pick Cierra York led the Blue Bears (12-4, 7-9) with 18 points.
Jasmine Elum had 22 for the Rams, who shot 51.5 percent in the second half.

LIVINGSTONE (66) — York 18, Walker 12, Daniels 11, Evans 9, Foster 6, Holloway 5, Hicks 3, Lepzem 2, Tolliver.
WSSU (82) — Elum 22, Scott 15, Fields 13, Hairston 9, McKenney 7, Weston 6, Graham 6, Mandeville 4, Smiley, Seagraves, Coleman, Gardin.

Livingstone 31 35 — 66
Winston-Salem St. 37 45 — 82
Catawba won 47-44 at home on Saturday against Brevard in SAC action at Goodman Gym and moved into a tie for fourth place.
The top four finishers host first-round games in the SAC tournament.
Chloe Bully scored 15 points to lead the Indians, while Antionette McPhail had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Catawba (13-11, 11-9) overcame a poor-shooting first half (24.2 percent) mostly by dominating the boards. Catawba had 14 offensive rebounds and a 44-31 edge on the glass. Catawba started its three seniors — McPhail, Jelena Ciric and Vernae Whitby. Ciric had five points and six rebounds.
Madison Lenox scored 22 for Brevard (7-17, 6-14).
BREVARD (44) — Lenox 22, Williams 7, Wolfe 4, Crisp 4, Turner 3, Bannister 2, Hiatt 2.
CATAWBA (47) — Bully 15, McPhail 13, Ciric 5, Clay 5, Greer 4, Huntley 3, Dixon 2, Ucinski, Whitby, Brown.

Brevard 20 24 — 44
Catawba 18 29 — 47
Catawba and Newberry split a SAC baseball doubleheader on Saturday at Newman Park.
The Indians (4-8, 1-3) won the opener 10-6, while the Wolves claimed an 18-2 win in the nightcap.
Catawba rallied for the opening win. Newberry led 6-4 after five innings before the Indians tied it in the sixth on a two-run homer by Cameron Beard.
Keaton Hawks put Catawba on top with his two-run shot in the seventh.
Shaefer Shepard won in relief. Ryan McClintock earned a save. Ethan Satterfield had an early three-run homer.
Newberry (9-5, 4-4) got eight RBIS from Albert Baur in the second game to blow out the Indians.
NCHSAA basketball pairings — qualifying teams were seeded No. 1 through No. 32 this season — were announced Saturday.
First-round games will be played Monday.
The boys teams from North Rowan, Salisbury, Carson and West Rowan are in the playoffs, along with the girls teams from North, East Rowan, South Rowan and Carson.
North will host a doubleheader at home Monday, with the girls taking on Wilkes Central at 6:30 and the boys battling Salisbury one more time at 8 p.m.
East’s girls will host Carson at 6 p.m.
South’s girls will host Southern Guilford at 7 p.m.
Carson’s boys are home against West Henderson in the 16 vs. 17 game.
West Rowan’s boys are on the road at No. 3 seed Morganton Freedom at 8 p.m.
2A West and 3A West pairings are in Scoreboard.
Catawba’s women lost 14-2 to visiting St. Leo in lacrosse action on Saturday. Alyssa Corace and Meredith Jones scored for the Indians (0-2).
After almost 1,400 matches and three grueling days of competition, the NCHSA state wrestling championships at the Greensboro Coliseum wrapped up Saturday.
Winston-Salem Parkland won the team title at the 4A level. High Point Central 285-pounder Adam Olsen was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler in the 4A classification.
In 3A, Eden Morehead was team champion. East Gaston’s Jacob Grigg was voted the 3-A Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Thomasville captured the 2A team title with 95.5 points to 95 for defending tournament champion Newport Croatan. Providence Grove’s Dalton Clark, the 145-pound champion, was the Most Outstanding Wrestler.
In the 1A classification, Chatham Central rallied to score 98.5 points, just ahead of Mitchell with 98 and Robbinsville with 94. Zack Orr of Robbinsville, the state champ at 120, was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Spring baseball and softball registration dates are Feb. 25, 27, 28 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the East Rowan cafeteria. The final on-site registration is on March 1 from 9-11 a.m. in the East Rowan Cafeteria. Parents can also register online at until March 1.
Baseball fees are: Majors- $100; Minors- $90; Coach Pitch- $80; T-Ball- $70.
Softball fees are: 12U and 10U- $90; 8U- $80.
Umpires are needed for softball and baseball. Contact Ricky Slaydon at
CHARLOTTE — Fahro Alihodzic tipped in the game winner with 14 seconds left to play and Chad Frazier sealed the victory with a steal in the closing seconds of Alabama-Birmingham’s 64-62 win at Charlotte Saturday.
Charlotte’s Pierra Henry tied the game at 62 by drilling a trey with 41 seconds left.
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Stephen Croone and Keith Belfield scored 15 points each as Furman defeated Appalachian State 68-53.
The Mountaineers (8-19, 4-10) got 11 rebounds each from Tommy Spagnolo and Michael Obacha, and had 21 on the offensive glass.

couldn’t overcome 19-of-61 shooting for 31.1 percent. Spagnolo scored 16 points, Tab Hamilton 12 and Jay Canty 10.
Leading 61-50 in the last 11/2 minutes, Larry Wideman scored a pair of fast-breaks layups in a 7-0 spurt that left the Paladins up 17 points with 30 seconds left.
This was the final Southern Conference meeting between the schools with the Mountaineers going to the Sun Belt Conference next season.