Area Sports Briefs: Big day for Catawba; West, Salisbury baseball win
From staff reports
Catawba was the first school in SAC history to sweep the basketball freshman of the year awards.
Catawba’s Terri Rogers was named SAC Freshman of the Year for women’s basketball.
Rogers averaged 10.9 points during the regular season and posted five double-doubles. Her 8.7 rebounding average ranked fourth in the league.
Catawba’s Jada Huntley and Bri Johnson were second team All-SAC picks on the women’s team. Chloe Bully was Honorable Mention.
Huntley averaged 14.1 points and 9.2 rebounds. Johnson averaged 13 points and 4.8 rebounds. Bully, the school’s all-time leader in 3-pointers, averaged 12.1 points and was sixth in the SAC in assists.
Anderson’s Sierra Simpson was named SAC Player of the Year. Anderson’s Kevin Garrity was named SAC Coach of the Year.
• Catawba’s Jerrin Morrison was named SAC Freshman of the Year for men’s basketball.
Morrison received 10 of 11 first-place votes. He was 10th in the conference in scoring (15.5), steals (36) and three-point percentage (40.7%). Among his six 20-plus scoring games was a 39-point effort against Newberry.
Morrison was Honorable Mention for all-conference.
Catawba’s K.J. Arrington was first team on the All-SAC team.
Arrington was second in the SAC in scoring at the end of the regular season, averaging 17.7 points a game. The junior stood seventh in rebounding (7.8).
Jameel Taylor was named to the All-Freshman team.
Taylor averaged 9.9 points and 4.8 rebounds and was ninth in the SAC with 80 assists (80).
Brevard’s Darius Moose (Carson) also was a first-team pick.
Mars Hill’s Isaiah Cuthbertson (West Rowan) was Honorable Mention for All-SAC honors.
The SAC Player of the Year was Lincoln Memorial’s Lorenza Ross. The SAC Coach of the Year is Lincoln Memorial’s Josh Schertz.
Salisbury’s Ceci Cardelle netted both goals for Salisbury in a 2-1 win against Central Cabarrus on Wednesday. Freshman Julia Honeycutt had both assists.
“After only 2.5 days of practice, the game was predictably sluggish,” Salisbury coach Matt Parrishs aid. “We just haven’t had time to get fit or implement much of a system.”
Salisbury graduated six seniors and five starters and has 12 freshman and sophomores on the team this season.
Salisbury got excellent play from Emily and Maria Capito, (both new players) and strong defense from Mary Seifert, Kathryn Rusher, Nellie Brown, and Amelia Steinman limited CC to a single shot on frame.
Juliana Anderson notched the win in goal for the Hornets.
Salisbury is slated to take on Ledford at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
East Rowan shot 154 to win a match at McCanless with Carson (161) and North Davidson (174) on Wednesday.
Bryson Sprinkle (36), Nick Lyerly (38), Logan Shuping (39) and Ben Rollins (41) were the scorers for the Mustangs.
For Carson, the scorers were Patrick Street (38), Bobby Bauer (38), Zain Tucker (42) and Logan Overcash (45).
A prep golfer was misidentified in the area sports briefs in Wednesday’s edition. Salisbury’s Alex Antosek shot a 40 at Warrior Golf Club in a three-team practice match with Concord and South Rowan.
West Rowan opened with an 11-1, five-inning victory against North Iredell on Wednesday, giving Seth Graham a win in his coaching debut.
Austin Love pitched four innings for the Falcons for the win. Lee Poteat had two hits and two RBIs. Jeremy Simpson knocked in three runs.
• Salisbury won 9-6 at Lincolnton on Wednesday.
The Hornets (2-0) scored five runs in the fifth to erase a 3-2 deficit.
Riley Myers had three hits, scored three runs and had two RBIs.
Freshman Griffin Myers relieved starter J.T. Austin in the third and was the winning pitcher.
“ I just can’t say enough about how well Griffin did today,” Salisbury coach Scott Maddox said. “Not only did he come in and give us a chance to win, he pitched like a veteran. He showed remarkable poise for a freshman in the face of a very tight strike zone.”
Salisbury’s scheduled game on Thursday at Central Davidson has been postponed.
• West Davidson opened with a 6-0 victory over South Davidson.
Tyler Willard was the winning pitcher. Tyler Hunt had two hits.
Erwin’s girls won 44-18 against Southeast. Maci Cooper scored 17, and Adalie Harrison scored 16 for the Eagles. Taylor Conrad scored 11 for the Patriots.
• Taylor Poole and Abigail Wilson scored 16 each West Rowan Middle in a 46-25 win against Erwin.
Jordan Beaver scored 14 for the Eagles, while Harrison had 10.
• Erwin’s boys won 27-12 against Southeast. A.J Jackson scored 13 for the Eagles. Hijkeem Still and Grayson Vail scored six each. Tyler Johnson had double-digit rebounds .
The NCHSAA regional basketball tournaments will get under way Thursday as teams continue the road toward the state championships.
In the West, teams will be going to Winston-Salem with games at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum and at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex.
Regional champions advance to the state championship games.
The 101st men’s championships and the 44th renewal of the women’s finals will be held at the Dean E. Smith Center and Carmichael Arena on the University of North Carolina campus on March 14.
The 1A and 3A finals will be at Carmichael Arena, while the 2A and 4A championships are set for the Smith Center.
• North Rowan plays East Lincoln at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, following the 7 p.m. Lexington-Smoky Mountain game.
Salisbury opened its boys tennis season with a 9-0 win at West Rowan.
S. Storey (SHS) d. N. Collins 6-1, 6-1
D. Derrick (SHS) d. P. Waldo 6-0, 6-0
H. Carlton (SHS) d. C. Webb 6-0, 6-0
M DeComarmond (SHS) d. J. Collins 6-0, 6-1
M. Sukkasem (SHS) d. M. Smith 6-1, 6-0
E. Dunn (SHS) d. J. Bradley 6-3, 7-5
Storey/Derrick d. N. Collins/Webb 10-0
Carlton/DeComarmond d. J. Collins/O. Perry 10-1
B. Roy/A. Drye (SHS) d. M. Collins/C. Epps 10-1
Soccer coach resigns
Catawba AD Larry Leckonby announced that head women’s soccer coach Michael Swan is leaving to become an assistant coach for the Charlotte 49ers.
Swan has led the Catawba Indians for the past five season and compiled a 47-40-7 record. A search for a new head coach will start immediately.
“Coach Swan has done an outstanding job for Catawba,” Leckonby said. “He is leaving the women’s soccer program in a great position to challenge for a conference championship. Coach Swan has guided the team to success on the field and in the classroom.”
Catawba women’s lacrosse’s team lost 22-4 to fifth-ranked Limestone on Wednesday in Gaffney, S.C.
Alyssa Corace scored twice for Catawba (2-2). Bethany Davis made 10 saves.
• Catawba’s men (1-3) got four goals each from Dalton Cook and Adam Hebert in a 15-9 victory at North Greenville on Wednesday.
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