Area Sports Briefs: Lyerly-Emmons 2nd in 4-Ball golf
From staff and wire reports
The team of Nick Lyerly-Justin Emmons lost in a playoff on Sunday in the North Carolina Four-Ball Championship at Mebane’s Mill Creek and finished as the runner-up team.
JD McNeill of Raleigh,, and Jerry Richardson, Jr. of Cary, won the event.
Lyerly and Emmons, high school seniors at East Rowan and Providence Grove, respectively, are UNC Greensboro commits.
Lyerly and Emmons shot 64-62-67 in the event and finished 23-under to tie McNeill-Richardson after 54 holes. McNeill and Richardson won the match on the fourth playoff hole.
McNeill and Richardson started the final round one stroke behind Lyerly and Emmons.
McNeill and Richardson made the first birdie on Sunday on No. 2 to tie for the lead and moved in front by two shots after birdies on No. 6 and No. 7.
Birdies by Lyerly on No. 8 and No. 9 got his team back into a tie for the lead heading to the final nine holes.
Lyerly and McNeill were two shots back after the 13th hole, but Lyerly’s eagle on No. 14 and a birdie on No. 16 again created a tie at the top of the leaderboard. Both teams had pars on No. 17 and No. 18, and the tournament went to extra holes.
Richardson stuck his 103-yard approach on the fourth playoff hole to three feet and made the short birdie putt to clinch the team’s first CGA championship.
In the 6th annual Bridgestone Junior Amateur at Grandover Resort, Cannon School’s Michael Childress shot 73-77 — 150 and was second at 5-over.
Childress was tied for the lead after the first round with champ William Crook of Sherrill’s Ford.
West Rowan won 28-0 against Erwin.
The victory for the Bulldogs (4-0) was the 200th career win for head coach Erich Epps. Epps is assisted by Fred Miller and K.P. Parks. The win was the 33rd straight win for Epps dating back to September of 2012.
Jason Artis scored on a 50-yard fumble return for a first-quarter touchdown.
Noah Loeblein scored on a 3-yard TD run, while Jonny Hernandez added a 2- point conversion kick.
In the second quarter, Garrett Fesperman scored on a 1-yard run, and Loeblein threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Blake Oliphant. Fesperman added the 2-point conversion run.
The West defense was lead by Glorious Wood, Drew Taylor, Jason Caulder, Hernandez, Nigel McManus, Rory Miller, Joshua Noble and Loeblein. Artis had two fumble recoveries, while Oliphant had an interception.
Former Catawba head football coach Chip Hester was inducted into the Millbrook High Sports Hall of Fame on Friday.
The Atlantic Coast Conference matched the Southeastern Conference for the most teams ranked in The Associated Press college football poll with six after a weekend where 10 Top-25 teams lost.
It’s the first time since 2006 that the ACC has six ranked teams.
Alabama remained No. 1 and had 53 first-place votes and Ohio State held on to No. 2. Clemson, from the ACC, moved up two spots to No. 3 after a dramatic victory against Louisville, which slipped four spots to No. 7.
No. 10 Miami gives the ACC three in the top 10 to also match the SEC.
Ten ranked teams losing was the most in a regular-season week since Oct. 4, 2014, when 11 ranked teams went down, five to unranked teams. All the upheaval resulted in only four teams holding the same rankings they had last week: Baylor at No. 13 was the fourth, along with Alabama, Ohio State and Michigan.
Colorado’s DJ LeMahieu won his first National League batting title Sunday, sitting out his second straight game to protect his lead over Washington’s Daniel Murphy.
LeMahieu hit a major league-leading .348 and finished one point ahead of Murphy with the NL’s highest average since Atlanta’s Chipper Jones batted .364 in 2008. LeMahieu’s season ended after three innings and two hitless at-bats Friday.
Murphy pinch hit Sunday in his first appearance since Sept. 20 and flied out.
“It was unique in that the other guy he was battling with wasn’t’ playing,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “If they’re both playing and going at it, that’s one thing. I didn’t want him to lose it that way.”
Playing half their games at Coors Field, Rockies players have won batting titles in nine of the last 19 seasons.
Houston’s Jose Altuve hit .338 and won his second AL batting title in three years. Boston’s Dustin Pedroia was a distant second at .318.
The San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles grabbed the last three playoff spots Sunday, and the October matchups are set.
Neat and clean, no need for all sorts of tiebreakers. Too bad — that kind of final-day scramble might’ve been fun for fans.
Instead, they could sit back, savor Vin Scully’s farewell call and prepare for the postseason. It opens Tuesday night when the Orioles visit Toronto in the AL wild-card game.
East Rowan topped West Rowan, 7-2, in Friday’s SPC makeup match in Mount Ulla.
East (6-2, 6-1 SPC) is in second place — behind Concord — in the SPC standings, as the regular season winds down.
West got a win from Payton Holt at No. 1 singles and she teamed with MacKenzie Koontz to win at No. 1 doubles.
East took five singles matches, with Angel Scialdone, Lauren Weisensel, Mia Graham, Shannon Mahaffey and Alana Miller getting victories.
East got doubles wins from Weisensel/Mahaffey and Graham/Miller.
Salisbury hosts West Davidson in a “Pink Out” breast cancer awareness game.
Declan Stimson scored just over a minute into the final overtime period to give Catawba a 1-0 win over visiting Brevard in South Atlantic Conference men’s soccer action on Saturday night at the Frock Soccer Complex.
Catawba imporved to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the SAC Catawba travels to Queens on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Catawba’s women’s soccer team stayed on a roll by beating Brevard, 2-0, at Frock Field on Saturday.
Catawba (6-1-1, 5-0 SAC) rode a pair of early goals from Becky Frost.
Liz Nail made four saves for the Indians.
Catawba travels to Queens on Wednesday.
for a SAC match at 5 p.m.
The win improves West Rowan to 4 – 0. The Bulldogs will travel to Corriher-Lipe next Tuesday.
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