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Area Sports Briefs: No preps Wednesday; LC and Catawba make changes

From staff reports

No prep basketball games will be played Wednesday due to the winter storm.

As of Tuesday night, the NCHSAA still planned to announce playoff seeds and pairings on Saturday, with the first round scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 24.

With Thursday now the earliest possible date for  the local conference tournaments to begin, tournaments will have to be shortened, if they can be played at all.  Lower-seeded teams are likely to be left out, so some Rowan teams may not have the opportunity to play again.

Several playoff seeds were to be determined by the conference tournaments, such as the CCC’s No. 1 boys seed (Lexington or North Rowan) and the SPC’s No. 2 girls seed  (East Rowan and Hickory Ridge are even as far as the state playoffs are concerned, entering the tournament).

Prep wrestling

Wrestling individual state championships are scheduled to be held Thursday through Saturday at Greensboro Coliseum.

The NCHSAA said Tuesday it will make a decision about the wrestling tournament  schedule on Wednesday.

College hoops

Livingstone announced a time change for Wednesday’s home doubleheader with St. Augustine’s.

Due to weather concerns, the games are now scheduled for 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

It’s a “Play 4  Kay” game for the Livingstone women.

• Weather also has affected Catawba’s games Wednesday at Lenoir-Rhyne. Gametimes have been moved up and  to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Catawba’s men (12-12, 9-9) are tied for sixth. Eight of the 12 teams qualify for the SAC tournament.

With four regular-season games remaining, Catawba’s men could still finish as high as second in the league or as low as 10th. If Catawba can beat Lenoir-Rhyne for the second time this season, the Indians will be certain of finishing ahead of the Bears.

• N.C. Central  will retire the jersey of alumnus and Boston Celtics legend Sam Jones between the NCCU women’s and men’s basketball games against rival North Carolina A&T on March 5.

College men’s track

Livingstone’s men placed seventh in the  CIAA Championships.

St. Augustine’s won the team title.

Livingstone’s Garland Archie (North Rowan) placed second in the shot put (13.89 meters) and made All-CIAA.

Livingstone’s distance medley relay team of Antonio Washington, William Tatum, Arthur Burnett and Cameron Lefear placed third.

Livingstone’s outdoor season starts March 21 at Lenoir Rhyne.

Women’s track

Livingstone won three events in the CIAA Championships  and placed fifth.

Winston-Salem State won the event.

LCs Quanera Hayes won the 400 meters in a school-record 53.48 seconds  and won the 200 in  a school-record 23.74

Ebony Moore threw a school-record 13.13 meters in the shot put and became Livingstone’s first female indoor champion.

College men’s golf

Catawba finished 11th in the three-round Newberry Invitational.

Catawba bounced back from a 335 first round to card 312 and 304 team scores on Tuesday.

Limestone shot 913  to win the event. Catawba shot 951.

Matt Hardman shot 81-78-71 — 230 to lead Catawba.

Catawba will competed in the Irish Creek Invitational March 23-24.

College bowling

Livingstone went 0-10 in the CIAA Roundup in Laurel, Md.

Brittney Barber (West Rowan) led the Blue Bears with an average of 141.1 per game.

College swimming

Catawba’s men place fifth and Catawba’s women placed seventh in the   Bluegrass Mountain Conference Swimming Championships  at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center.

Queens won the men’s and women’s competition.

• Queens freshman McKenzie Stevens (Salisbury) will compete in the nationals in Indianapolis on March 11-14. The Queens men’s and women’s teams are ranked second nationally.

College softball

Newberry’s Maude McCourry blasted three home runs as the Wolves split a  doubleheader at USC Aiken on Tuesday.

Postponements

Catawba postponed all outdoor athletic events scheduled for Wednesday.

Baseball,  lacrosse, softball and tennis were affected.

• Livingstone’s softball game scheduled for Wednesday was canceled.

Youth leagues

Spencer

Cal Ripken League sign-ups for boys and girls ages 4-12  are at 8th Street Ballpark in Spencer on Friday, Feb. 20. from 5:30-7:30.

Registration is also being held at Ellis Park. Contact Craige Farmer  at 704-216-7783.

Learn more about it at www.SpencerCalRipken.com.   

East Rowan

Online registration is at www.eastrowandiamondsports.com until March 1.

Onsite registrations will be held at the East Rowan cafeteria on Feb. 27 from 6-8 p.m., Feb. 28  from 9-11 a.m. and March 2 from 6-8 p.m.

China Grove

China Grove youth baseball and softball registrations last until Feb. 28.

Contact   James Solomon at 704  857-1439 or e-mail:  ymcanewhouse@yahoo.com.

Rowan Little League

Go to http://www.rowanlittleleague.com.

Contact Jeff Bernhardt at 704-326-5255 or Dan Wales 704-633-4071.

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