Area Sports Briefs:

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 2, 2014

North Rowan basketball coaches Andrew Mitchell and Brian Lytton are the club sponsors for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at North Rowan.
An important FCA fundraiser is upcoming.
The Harlem Wizards (similar to Harlem Globetrotters) will be entertaining and playing area teachers, principals and alumni from several of the schools in the county. This combined team will be called the Rowan All-Stars. Game day is Sunday, Sept. 21, at the North Rowan Gym. The doors will open at 3 p.m. and the game begins at 4 p.m.
Tickets are available at North Rowan Elementary, North Rowan Middle and North Rowan High and online at
Student tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Adult tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Reserved section tickets are available for $20. Also, there are a limited number of courtside seats for $30. The courtside seat will includ a meet and greet with the Wizards beginning at 3 p.m. the day of the event, a Wizard team poster for autographs and a meal voucher for one free meal at the North Rowan Booster Club concession stand.
The concession stand will be selling grilled hamburgers and hot dogs along with other foods. All money raised by the boosters will benefit the athletic department at North Rowan. Parking will be $5. All money from parking will go directly to the basketball program. The money raised by FCA will support the club members monthly meeting expenses and future activities. The FCA Club is currently organizing a fall food drive. The club members will also be participating in other service type projects within the county throughout the school year.
Wingate’s women’s soccer team is ranked 10th in Division II and opens Thursday at USC Aiken. Mariah Coleman (West Rowan) is a freshman midfielder for the Bulldogs.

The Green Bay Packers have signed former Catawba DB Jumal Rolle to the practice squad. The Packers had waived Rolle on Saturday.
LOUISVILLE — Dominique Brown’s 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Gerald Christian’s 10-yard TD catch late in the fourth followed Louisville’s big defensive performance that helped beat Miami 31-13 Monday night.
The victory provided a successful Atlantic Coast Conference debut for the Cardinals and to Bobby Petrino’s second coaching stint at the school.
Despite the 18-point margin, Louisville showed little of the offensive efficiency expected in Petrino’s return as the Cardinals outgained the Hurricanes 336-244 in a ragged game offensively for both teams. Louisville’s new 3-4 defense provided many of the opportunities by forcing three takeaways, including one that followed a costly fumble by Cardinals quarterback Will Gardner inside his 15.
After Louisville held Miami to a field goal following Gardner’s second fumble in the third quarter, Brown’s TD provided a 21-13 cushion. Christian’s scoring pass from Gardner with 1:43 remaining sealed the win.