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Area Sports Briefs: Catawba hoops at home vs. Queens

From staff reports

Catawba’s  basketball teams are scheduled to play at home Wednesday night against Queens.

The doubleheader at Goodman Gym starts with the women’s game at 6 p.m.

Catawba’s men (14-12, 11-9 SAC ) have secured a berth in the conference tournament and are now looking for a top-four finish and a first-round home game in the SAC tournament.

Catawba has won five games in a row. Queens is tied with Catawba for fifth place. Catawba lost 77-75 to Queens in Charlotte.

• Catawba’s fourth-place women (15-10, 12-8 SAC) are trying to lock up a  first-round home game in the tournament.

Queens is in last place in the league.

Legion Hall of Fame

The North Carolina American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame banquet will be held on Sunday, March 1, at the Harold B. Jarrett Legion Post on Lincolnton Road in Salisbury.

Inductees will be Rowan County coach Jim Gantt,   Greenville Post 39’s Grant Jarman, and Gastonia Post 23’s Willie Gillispie and Elmore Hill. Gillispie and Hill were the first black players in N.C. American Legion baseball in 1964.

Former New York Yankees second baseman  Bobby Richardson will be the keynote speaker.

Wrestling

The inductees  into the North Carolina Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for 2015 will include Catawba and Salisbury-Rowan Sports Hall of Famer Frank “Dutch” Meyer.

Meyer died in 2008. He was Professor of the Physical Education Department at Catawba from 1969-2005.

Other inductees at the May 17 banquet in Chapel Hill will be Dennis Barbour, David Culbreth, Bobby  House,  Jay Lineberry, Cecil Mock and Rick Stack.

CIAA tournament

Women

Kesheria McNeil scored 21 points to lead Winston-Salem State to a 73-58 win against Chowan in first-round action on Tuesday in Charlotte.

Alisha Mobley scored 30 points for the Hawks.

• Jadda Jefferies scored 20 points to lead Elizabeth City State to a 61-52 win against Fayetteville State in a first-round game.

Deja Middleton scored 18 for the Broncos. Doreen Richardson (Salisbury) scored six points.

• Virginia Union edged St. Augustine’s 74-71 in a first-round game.

Ashle Freeman scored 25 for the Panthers, and Lady Walker had 22.

Regime McCombs led St. Augustine’s with 20 points.

• Quarterfinals are Wednesday. Livingstone, a 91-73 winner against Bowie State in the first round, takes on  J.C. Smith at 4:30 p.m.

Men

St. Augustine’s beat Elizabeth City State 61-54 in first-round action.

Anthony Gaskins led the Falcons with 14 points.

Darrell Ward had 11 points an 11 rebounds for the Vikings.

• Livingstone’s men are scheduled to start tournament play Thursday at 7 p.m. The Blue Bears will play Lincoln in a quarterfinal.

• Shaw won 77-70 against Virginia Union in Tuesday’s late game.

Larry Richardson scored 29 for the Bears.

Ray Anderson  had 22 for Virginia Union.

See Scoreboard for pairings and times.

Pfeiffer basketball

Pfeiffer’s men clinched a first-round home game in the Conference Carolinas Tournament by beating Belmont Abbey 71-60 on Tuesday in Belmont.

The Falcons clinched a No. 4 seed behind 23 points by Andrew Guerrero.

• Pfeiffer’s women lost 76-51 at Belmont Abbey on Tuesday.

Meg Pritchard led the Falcons (6-20, 5-17) with 10 points.

College baseball

Catawba’s baseball game at Pfeiffer on Tuesday was postponed.

• Eric Tyler (South Rowan) hit a home run in East Carolina’s 9-2 win against St. John’s on Sunday.

• Andy Austin (East Rowan) had his first hit of the season for UNC Wilmington in Saturday’s 12-8 win against George Mason.

Catawba golf

Snow ended the Converse College Spring Invite women’s golf tournament after just one round. Catawba finished fifth.

The Indians posted a 330 total  and finished 16 shots behind leader King.

Catawba’s Alexis Kershaw shot 78 for seventh. Madison Kennedy (Salisbury) placed ninth with a 79.

Catawba swimming

The Catawba men’s swim team topped the list of 20 school’s named to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America teams for the fall semester.   Catawba’s GPA was 3.67.

Catawba’s women were also honored and were ranked 14th  with a 3.39 GPA.

Local golf

Corbin Hills  is organizing a PGA Junior Golf League team for this summer.

The league is open to area boys and girls ages 13 and under.  This league will offer golf instruction as well as introduce team format play.

Area teams will compete in a less stressful Captain’s Choice format over the summer. Competition will be against teams from Rowan, Cabarrus and Iredell counties.

Corbin Hills is looking for 10-14 boys and girls to form its Jr. Golf League Team. Cost is $150 and includes golf practice and competition fees as well as team shirts and golf balls.

Volunteers are welcome. For information visit the PGA Junior League website or contact Jay Hill,PGA at 704-636-0672 or 704-245-4948.

Pro golf

The Charlotte-based eGolf Gateway Tour will kick off its 14th season Wednesday on Hilton Head Island, S.C. with the sixth annual Palmetto Hall Championship.

The event will be the first of 14 regular season events on the tour’s 2015 east coast schedule.

Kannapolis Komets

The Kannapolis Komets girls basketball club  will have tryouts starting Sunday, March 1, at 1:30 p.m.  at Kannapolis Middle School.

The Komets have middle school and high school teams.

Fishing

David Fritts of Lexington will be one of  154 anglers competing on the Walmart FLW Tour this season.   

Fritts is fishing his 18th season on the FLW Tour, and has cultivated an impressive career thus far.

Since 1996, Fritts has won five Tour events, earned 16 top-10 finishes and is one of the few anglers to win both the Forrest Wood Cup and Bassmaster Classic.

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