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Area Sports Briefs: Catawba baseball wins opener; Morrison leads Indians to hoops win

From staff reports

MISENHEIMER — Zac Almond drove in six runs as Catawba’s baseball team drubbed Pfeiffer, 13-3, on Wednesday at Ferebee Field. It was the opener for both teams.

Almond and Kyle Smith homered, and Almond also had two doubles.    Smith knocked in three runs.

Luke Setzer (East Rowan)  scored three runs out of the leadoff spot for the Indians, while Chance Bowden (Salisbury) went 2-for-3 and drove in a run.

Catawba led 5-1 after two innings and made it a laugher with a five-run eighth.

Catawba out-hit the Falcons, 12-6.

Freshman Bryan Ketchie  (West Rowan) was strong on the mound for five innings and got the win.  Catawba used six pitchers, with closer Bryan Blanton finishing things off.

Catawba travels to Cleveland, Tenn., this weekend to take on Lee.


Freshman Lee Poteat (West Rowan) had a successful college debut for St. Andrews in Wednesday’s 8-7 loss to Coker.

Poteat batted cleanup. He had a triple and a steal and drove in a run.

Catawba men

HICKORY — Catawba’s men’s basketball team got 28 points from Jerrin Morrison and won at Lenoir-Rhyne, 87-76, on Wednesday.

K.J. Arrington nearly had a triple-double for the Indians (15-6, 9-6 SPC) with 11 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Catawba won its fifth straight.

Morrison scored 16 in the first half as Catawba took a 45-26 lead at the break.

Lenoir-Rhyne made 10 3-pointers in the second half and got within eight points, but the Indians made their free throws down the stretch.

The Bears (9-11, 8-7) had rallied for a victory when the teams played early this season at Catawba.

Morrison shot 12-for-18 and made two 3-pointers.

Jameel Taylor scored 13, while Troy Warren had 11.

  Catawba shot 55 percent and pounded the Bears on the boards, 48-26.

JacQues Chambers led the Bears with 25 points.  Darrion Evans tossed in 20.

Catawba is at home on Saturday, hosting Carson-Newman at 4 pm.

Catawba 87, L-R 76


Morrison 28, Taylor 13, Arrington 11, Warren 11, McLaughlin 7, Brown 5, Ingram 4, Constantine 4, Robinson 2, McGregor 2, Sealey.


Chambers 25, Evans 20, Calhoun 10, Lucas 8, Variste 4, Zemonek 4, Bales 3, Leskovar 2.

Catawba      45  42  — 87

L-R                26   50  — 76

Catawba women

HICKORY — Lenoir-Rhyne gave up all of a 21-point first half lead, but eventually pulled out a 76-74 win over visiting Catawba in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday night at Shuford Gym.

Lenoir-Rhyne (13-8, 9-6) led at halftime, 40-23. Catawba (13-7, 10-5)  fought back to a 51-46 deficit with 10 minutes left.

Catawba tied the game at 64-all on a Serena Brown 3-pointer with 3:22 left but could never take the lead.

Catawba had the ball with nine seconds left with a chance to tie, but Elizabeth Webb missed on  3-point try.

Catawba shot 65 percent in the second half.

Rogers scored 25 points and had eight rebounds. Brown had 17 points and eight assists. Johnson scored 11.

Justyce Swango led the Bears with 19 points.

L-R 76, Catawba 74


Rogers 25, Brown 17, Johnson 11, Butler 8, Newbold 7, Webb 5, Tucker 1, Franklin, Hallman, Hodges.


Swango 19, Romero 16, Suddreth 14, Cooper 10, Bell 9, Robinson 5, Toineeta 3.

Catawba      11  12  23  28   — 74

L-R                 26   14  11 25    76

Local golf

Fifteen GARS members played  at Lexington Golf Club.  Low handicap winner was O.J. Chandler with a net of 68.04.   Floyd McVey was second  with a net of 73.11.  Ben Moore was third with a net of 73.81. Chandler, 87, shot an 80, and J.C. Ritchie, 92, shot a 92.

Prep wrestling

South Rowan got pins from Logan Lambert, Michael Sloop and Jonathon Hunt in a first-round playoff loss to Enka.

Gabe Revis won a major decision for the Raiders, who fell 53-28, and Andrew Byrd won by forfeit.


Washington eliminated Salisbury and Lexington from the 3A dual team playoffs on Tuesday.


Davie advanced with two wins on Tuesday and wrestles  against Mooresville tonight at 6 p.m. at West Forsyth in a 4A quarterfinal. The Davie-Mooresville winner will take on the West Forsyth-SE Guilford winner for the regional championship.

Jayvee boys

Zack Brawley scored 12 points to lead West Rowan to a 43-17 win against East Rowan.

Jayvee girls

Kamden Johnson scored 23 points to lead East Rowan to a 38-30 win against West Rowan.


Carson rolled against Concord, 42-15.  Taylor Conrad scored 13  points, and Zareah Smith had six.

Defensive standouts for Carson (15-1) were Katie Jewell, Victoria Post, Malia Hughley.

7th-grade girls

Erwin defeated Corriher-Lipe, 45-0.

Maddie Honeycutt scored 10 for the Eagles. Riley Isley scored eight, Hannah Isley had seven, and   McKenzie Misenheimer scored five.


  Trinity Moreland scored 18 points for West Rowan in a 28-24 win against Mooresville.



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