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Area Sports Briefs: West, East get tough SPC baseball wins

From staff reports

West Rowan’s baseball team rallied to beat Central Cabarrus 3-2 in SPC play on Monday.

The Falcons trailed 2-1 going to the bottom of the seventh, but Harrison Baucom singled home the tying run, and Jeremy Simpson’s sac fly won the game.

Austin Love (2-1) was the winning pitcher in relief of Bryan Ketchie.

• East Rowan won 3-1 over Northwest Cabarrus in SPC action at Staton Field on Monday.

Tyler Scruggs (2-0) was the winning pitcher for the Mustangs. Alec Hamilton earned his second save of the season.

East Rowan is tied for first in the SPC (4-1) but was limited to four hits. Ike Freeman had a run-scoring single. Logan Towne had a sac rifice fly.  Jackson Justus, John Owen and Joseph Peeler had doubles.

• Drew Yoos and Will Horsley did the job on the mound, and Concord beat Cox Mill 8-6 for its third straight SPC win on Monday.

• North Rowan won 9-3 against Uwharrie Charter on Monday in a non-conference game in Spencer.

Winning pitcher Cory Fries (1-1) threw five innings and fanned four.

Henderson Lentz had two of the Cavs’ eight hits.

Lentz, Noah Gonzalez and Javin Goodine had key RBIs.

• West Davidson improved to 5-0 with a 9-1 win against Wheatmore on Monday.

Prep softball

Carson softball won 2-1 at South Rowan in SPC play on Monday.

Lacee Hunsucker had 13 strikeouts to lead the Cougars.

Brie Bauer had two hits for the Cougars. Bauer and Kaycee Kennedy drove in runs.  Hunsucker, Micah Furr and Madison Barnhardt also had hits.   

• West Rowan romped 13-2 over Central Cabarrus in SPC softball on Monday.

Parker Greene had three hits and four RBIs as the Falcons improved to 4-0 in the SPC. Peyton Greene had two hits and three RBIs.

Hunter Gibbons went 4-for-4, including a homer that ended the game by the 10-run rule.

• Salisbury lost 13-3 to Uwharrie Charter on Monday in a non-conference game.

Caroline Forbis fanned seven for the Hornets.

Tamika Gatewood led the Hornets with three hits. Forbis, Michaela Lemmon and Kate Murph had two hits each.

Prep golf

East Rowan had four golfers shoot in the 30s and won Monday’s match at Irish Creek.

Nick Lyerly (36), Logan Shuping (37), Ben Rollins (38) and Bryson Sprinkle (39) were the scorers for the Mustangs (150).

South Rowan’s Davis Richards was medalist with a 32. Concord’s Walker Cress shot 35.

Other South Rowan scorers were  Parker Chavis (40), Dalton Little (42) and Andrew Hubbard (46).

West Rowan scorers were Denny Triche (41), Coyte Kyles (41), Cameron Hassard (42) and Tim Steele (49).

Scorers for Carson were Patrick Street (39), Bobby Bauer (39), Joseph Mitchem (45) and Logan Overcash (46).

• Hough won a MECKA  golf match held at Verdict Ridge.

Hough shot 140. Hough’s Blake Fiest was medalist with a 34.

A.L. Brown was sixth. McKinley Brown shot 45 to lead the Wonders.

Prep soccer

Carson won 4-0 against South Rowan in SPC action on Monday. Cassie Howard had a hat trick for the Cougars, and Alex Allen scored the other goal, the second of her career.

Meg Bolick had the shutout in goal.

  Defensive leaders for the Cougars included Mia Trexle, Montana Gurganious and Allen. Hannah Smith and Cynthia Romero also were standouts.   

Carson will host Concord on Wednesday at 5:30.

•West Rowan edged Central Cabarrus 2-1 on Monday in SPC soccer.

Josie Heglar scored both goals for the Falcons.

• Northwest Cabarrus topped East Rowan 3-1 in SPC soccer on Monday.

• Annie Habeeb had two goals and two assists to lead Gray Stone’s 9-1 win against Albemarle on Monday.

Prep tennis

Salisbury’s tennis team (5-0) cruised to a 9-0 win against Thomasville in CCC play on Monday.

Salisbury is at West Davidson on Wednesday.


Spencer Storey (S) d, Kirkland  6-1, 6-0

Hunter Carlton (S) d. Quintero  6-0, 6-0

David Derrick (S) d.  Solis  6-0, 6-1

Mathias DeComarmond (S) d. Boutsady 6-0, 6-0

Matt Sukkasem (S) d. Escamilla 6-0, 6-0

Ben Roy (S) d. Deras 6-0, 6-0


Storey/Derrick (S) d. Boutsady/Deras 8-0

Carlton/DeComarmond  (S) d. Herrera/Swaim 8-0

Sukkasem/Roy (S) d. Valdez/ Salgado 8-0

• East Rowan’s tennis team (2-0) won 8-1 against Carson in SPC play on Monday.


Marshall Wood (C) d. Chance Brown 6-0, 6-2

Ike Emerson (ER) d. Graham Parcell 6-2, 1-6, (10-1)

Gordon Krause (ER) d. J. Stoyanov 6-1, 6-1

Jeremy Price (ER) d. Chris Martin 6-0, 6-1

Addison Fry (ER) d. D. Syhavong 6-0, 6-0

Nick Pillsbury (ER) d. Lucas Sides 6-2, 6-0


Brown/Emerson (ER) d. Wood/Purcell 10-8

Krause/ Price (ER) d,Stoyanov/Martin 10-2

Fry/Pillsbury (ER) d. Syhavong/H. Smith 10-0

•Concord won 9-0 over South Rowan in SPC tennis on Monday.

Prep track

West Rowan’s boys won a track meet with SPC opponents Cox Mill, Concord and Northwest Cabarrus.

Winners for West Rowan were Jaylon Sanders in the 200 (23.13 seconds) and 400 (51.19), Juwan Houston in the 110-meter hurdles (15.41) and Brandon Wallace in the long jump (18 feet, 5 inches).

West Rowan won the 4×100 relay.

  West Rowan’s  girls  got wins from Tabitha Landy in the 100 (13.50 seconds) and  Josie Heglar in the 800 (2:31.30).

Double-winner Khaila Hall took the long jump (16-9) and triple jump (33-9). West Rowan also won the 4×800 relay.

Northwest Cabarrus won the girls meet.

• North Rowan’s track teams swept a meet with West Davidson and Lexington.

Winners for North Rowan’s boys included Isiah Corpening in the discus (129-8), Shane Parker in the shot (46-8), Daniel Horning in the triple jump (36-3), A’Jon Jones in the 100 (11.7) and 400 (56.9), Coby Weant in the 800 (2:26), Phennessy Burts in the 300 hurdles (43.2), Zion Dubose in the 200 (24.8) and Michael Streater in the long jump (18-5).

North Rowan won the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 relays.

• Winners for North Rowan’s girls included Nicole Phillips in the 100 (13.5), Payton Russell in the 200 (26.6) and 400 (56.9), Brianna White in the high jump (4-6) and 300 hurdles (51.7), Meliya Parker in the 100 hurdles (16.6) and Chevy Blaire (33-9) in the shot.

North Rowan won the 4×100 relay.

• A.L. Brown’s track teams swept a MECKA meet against Rocky River, West Charlotte and North Meck.

In the girls meet, A.L. Brown winners were Cambria Sturgis in the 100 (13.4) and 200 (26.0), Jela Lewter in the 400 (1:03.7) and 800 (2:43), Alli Renteria in the 1600 (6:00) and 3200 (13:45), Savannah Jordan in the 100 hurdles (16.40), Lauren Trull in the 300 hurdles (52.90), and Aitana Grant in the long jump (15-6) and triple jump (32-6).

The Wonders won the 4×100 and 4×200 relays.

• Winning for A.L. Brown’s boys were Brylan Weaks in the 100 (11.20) and 200 (23.20), Adam White in the 400 (54.40), Kellen Corson in the 800 (2:02.50) and 1600 (4:43.6), Brandon Hernandez in the 3200 (10:53), Logan Miller in the 110 hurdles (16.2), Herman Freeman in the 300 hurdles (44.30), Brandon Dry in the triple jump (38-6) and R.J. Fowler in the shot (37-11).

Youth track

In the USATF Hershey Youth Indoor Championships in Landover, Md., Jalen Houston placed second in the 55-meter hurdles in the 13-14 age division to earn All-America honors.

Houston was clocked in a personal record 8.05 seconds.

Houston was 11th in the 55-meter dash in 7.23 seconds.

Catawba football

Catawba’s football team started spring practice on Monday.

The team will go through four weeks of drills culminating with the Blue-White Spring Game on Saturday, April 11, in Shuford Stadium at 11 am.

The first scrimmage is on Saturday at 10 a.m.

College baseball

Catawba travels to Barton for a game on Tuesday at Nixon Field.

Catawba (19-4) has won 17 of 18 and has moved up to 24th in the Collegiate Baseball Poll and into first place in the SAC standings.

Will Albertson had a huge week for the Indians, going 12-for-15.He set a school record over the four games by reaching base safely 14 straight times.

The recent hot streak vaulted Albertson to the league lead in SAC batting average (.417), on base pct. (.542), slugging pct. (.839) and home runs (9).

Also hitting over .400 for Catawba are T.J. Wharton (.440) and Blake Houston (.420). Houston has an 11-game hitting streak.

Craig Brooks is 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA and 64 strikeouts.

College swimming

Freshman McKenzie Stevens (Salisbury) placed second in the 200 butterfly and fourth in the 200 freestyle and helped Queens win the D-II national championship.

Stevens swam on a championship 800 free relay team that set a national D-II record.

Stevens also placed in the 1000 and 1650 races.

• Catawba’s Sebastian Holmberg broke the Catawba record in the 100 free and finished 10th  in his final swim at the D-II Swimming & Diving Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium. Holmberg collected 25 points at the meet, allowing the Catawba Indians to finish tied for 24th as a team.

College golf

Catawba sits in eighth out of 15 teams at the Hargett Memorial Invitational men’s golf tournament after two rounds of action on Monday.

Catawba posted a team score of 602 on Monday with rounds of 306 and 296.

Tyler Rutherford  carded a three-under-par 69 in the second round and is 10th overall with a 146 total.


  7th-grade hoops

In the conference tournament at West Rowan Middle, two semifinal games are scheduled for Tuesday.

Erwin’s girls play Mooresville at 4:30 p.m.

Knox plays North Rowan Middle in the 6 p.m. boys semifinal.

On Monday, West Rowan’s top-seeded girls rolled 53-30 against Knox to advance to Wednesday’s championship game.

West Rowan’s fourth-seeded boys won 48-45 against Mooresville in a semifinal upset on Monday, and the Bulldogs will be in Wednesday’s title game.

Jay Joseph had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulldogs. Quay Weeks had 12 points and five steals, Jalen Houston had nine points and four steals, and Tykese Warren pulled down 11 rebounds.

Peyton Brown led Mooresville with 12 points.

Local golf

Billy James made a  hole-in-one on No. 8 at Warrior on Monday.

James used a 7-iron to ace the 144-yard hole.

Witnesses were David Fortson, Steve Fulcher, Mike Reid and Ken Henderson.

• Willie Edley Jr. made a hole-in-one at McCanless on Monday.

Edley aced the 113-yard No. 12 hole with a pitching wedge.

It was the second career hole-in-one for Edley. Henry Black witnessed the feat.

Stallions baseball

The Greater Cabarrus Stallions defeated Grace Academy 10-0 at CMC-Northeast Stadium on Monday.

Hunter Shepherd had four hits, including a solo homer.

Dalton Lankford had two hits, including an inside-the-park, three-run homer.

Tyler Hartsell had two hits and McConner Wallace had a double.

Shepherd pitched three  hitless innings for the win and struck out four.

Noah Jarrett, Sawyer Strickland, Hartsell and McConner Wallace pitched an inning each for the Stallions (4-1).

The Stallions play a 4:30 p.m. home game against High Point Christian on Friday.


Single-game tickets for the upcoming season are now on sale. Tickets for all 70 home games are available by calling (704)- 932-3267.

Legion baseball

The American Legion Post 115 Spring Fling is set for Saturday. May 30, at Northwest Cabarrus High.

Three games will be played. Admission is $5 per game or $8 for all three.

1 p.m. — High Point vs. Southern Rowan

4 p.m. — Cherryville vs. Rowan  County

7 p.m. — Kernersville vs. Kannapolis

  Kannapolis Post 115 American Legion sign-ups are on Saturday, April 11, at  Beaver-Pittman Post 115. Junior Legion players will meet at 10 a.m. and must have a birth certificate with a raised seal and proof of insurance.

Age eligibity for the Junior team is anyone born in 1998 or later.

Senior Legion players will meet at noon and must have  a copy of Drivers License and proof of insurance Age eligibity for the Senior team is anyone born in 1996 or later.

Contact AD James Rorie at 980-621-1701 for Junior questions. Contact AD Ronnie Raper for Senior questions at 704-796-1480.


Wrestling camp

The Appalachian Wrestling Camp will be held on July 15-18 for middle school and high school wrestlers who will be in grades 7-12.

The total cost minus any discounts is $345.

The first payment to East Rowan of $100 must be made before May 15.

The final payment is due on or before July 3.

Contact East Rowan coach Barry Justus at 704-642-2324.

The Salisbury Parks and Recreation is taking registration for athletic programs.

Coed Youth Basketball ages 3 & 4, registration till March 28.  Cost $30.

Youth Flag Football League ages 5-14, registration till April 4. Cost is $20

Coed Youth Soccer League ages 4-17, registration till April 6. Cost $20.

Register at Hall Gym or online at www.salisburync.gov/play

For further information call 704-638-5291.

Steve Clark



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