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Area Sports Briefs: South, North get baseball wins

From staff reports
South Rowan opened the SPC baseball season with a 2-1 win at Northwest Cabarrus on Tuesday.
Blake Johnson was the winning pitcher. Walker Joyce earned a save.
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North Rowan opened with an easy 18-0 win against North Hills.
McGuire Smith pitched a complete game.
The Cavaliers scored 14 runs in the first inning.
Henderson Lentz drove in three runs.
North had 16 hits. Brett Tucker, Robbie Monroe and Steve Thurston were among the players who had multiple hits.

Catawba baseball
Catawba won 10-2 at Mount Olive on Tuesday.
Freshman Riley Myers (Salisbury) pitched six innings and struck out three for his first college win.
Luke Setzer (East Rowan) drove in three runs. Malachi Hanes and Jake Kimble knocked in two each.
Hanes smacked two triples. Emmitt Carden scored three runs.
Catawba had four-run innings in the second and sixth.

Prep soccer
Cassidy Sears scored the only goal on an assist by Cierra Josey as Carson beat Central Cabarrus 1-0 in SPC play on Tuesday.
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South Rowan lost 6-1 to Northwest Cabarrus in an SPC opener on Tuesday.
Rhiannon Kimmer scored the goal for the Raiders on an assist by Mary Jester.
Abbi Solano and Holiday Harvey also stood out for the Raiders.

Prep football
East Rowan offensive lineman Sawyer Kimmer has been selected to play in the East-West All-Star Game this summer.

NCHSAA
Ian Boyd of Apex and Abby Cook of Alexander Central are the NCHSAA Performance of the Week awards winners.
Boyd finished his career at Apex with 2,128 points. The senior has committed to play at George Mason.
Cook, a junior, had two huge games to lead Alexander Central to f wins in the 4A basketball playoffs.
In an 81-74, four-OT win over Charlotte Vance, Cook scored 39 points and grabbed 18 rebounds.

College baseball
Liberty’s Carson Herndon (Davie) was the winning pitcher in relief in Saturday’s 7-3 win against Marshall.

Women’s basketball
Cassidy Chipman (South Rowan) has finished her freshman season at St. Andrews (3-25).
Chipman averaged 7.0 points and 4.3 rebounds. She started 15 games for the Knights.
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Alison Sobataka (West Rowan) has finished her junior season at Columbia.
Sobataka averaged 5.6 points per game and shot 86.8 percent from the foul line.
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Alex Allen (Carson) was a member of Lynchburg’s first Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship team.

College golf
Davidson’s Alex Nianouris (Salisbury) shot 79-78-74 — 231 and finished 15th in the Davidson Invitational at River Run.
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North Greenville held on to its first-round lead and claimed a five-shot win at the Richard Rendleman Invitational Men’s Golf Tournament.
Catawba hosted the tournament at the 6,665-yard, par-71 Country Club of Salisbury.
Host Catawba rallied after a first-round 320 with a 305 score on Tuesday and finished ninth.
Leading the way for Catawba on Tuesday was Wes Cline’s 75. Jay Minter was the top finisher for two rounds at 156. Tyler Mulkey (North Rowan) shot 80-77 — 157.
Belmont Abbey’s Nick Stafford took medallist honors as he carded a four-under-par 67 on Tuesday and finished with a 139 total.
Catawba will next compete at the Hargett Memorial on March 13-14 in Monroe.

Women’s golf
Richmond freshman Isabella Rusher (Salisbury) tied a school record for lowest individual round as she shot a 3-under 69 in the final round of the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Spring Classic.
Richmond placed 12th in the 41-team field at the largest college women’s golf tournament in the country.
Rusher rallied from rounds of 76 and 82 to shoot her 69 on Tuesday, finishing with a tournament score of 227. She tallied four birdies and a bogey on her way to tying the school record, set by Tracy Martin and Jillian Fraccola.

College softball
Catawba dropped a pair of games to Pfeiffer on Tuesday afternoon at Whitley Field.
Pfeiffer (12-8) won 3-2 and 6-3 over the Indians (12-5).
Carley Tysinger took the loss on the mound for Catawba in the first game. Sydney Poole (East Rowan) won in relief for the Falcons. Poole pitched three innings and struck out two.
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Caroline Turner pitched a complete game but took the loss in the second game.
Catawba will travel to Young Harris on Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

Local golf
Sixty GARS members played in foursomes at Lexington Golf Club.
Low A Flight player was Gary Schenk with a net of 70.34.
Low B Flight player was Rev. Jim Harris with a net of 74.01.
Low C Flight player was Bert Bollinger with a net of 74.15.
Low D Flight player was Floyd McVey with a net of 77.00.

7th-grade hoops
Kendrell Goodes hit the winning basket as North Rowan won 56-55 against Knox.
Javon Smith led the Mavericks with 17 points. Zay Davis scored 13, Nick Colson had nine, Goodes eight, and Jaharion Graham five.
North will play China Grove on Thursday.
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The Knox girls won 27-18 against North Rowan.
Jahavanique Horton and Ellen Yang scored nine points each.
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The undefeated Erwin girls (11-0) held off second-place Southeast 25-14 at Southeast on Monday.
Carleigh Perry led the Eagles with 12 points, 17 rebounds and six steals. Colbie Perry added five points and five steals. Lani Isley had four points, 15 steals and six boards.
Southeast (9-2) has lost only to Erwin with three games left in the regular season.

ACC hoops
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Malcolm Brogdon scored 18 points and Virginia rallied for a 64-57 win against Clemson after blowing a double-digit lead.
The Cavaliers (23-6, 12-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) got off to a 12-0 start, but Cle,son led 47-46 on Gabe DeVoe’s 3-pointer with 6:29 remaining.
That’s when Virginia scored seven straight points to gain control toward its third straight 12-win ACC season — a feat last accomplished from 1981-83 when Ralph Sampson patrolled the paint for the Cavaliers.
Virginia remained a game back of ACC leader North Carolina heading into the regular season’s final weekend.
Jaron Blossomgame led Clemson with 31 points.

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