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Area Sports Briefs: Catawba baseball splits

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Catawba’s baseball team split a doubleheader at Lee University on Saturday.

The Indians (2-1) were held to four hits in the opener and lost, 6-0.

Connor Johnson started and took the loss for the Indians.

In the nightcap, Catawba pulled out a 2-1 victory.

Bryan Blanton was the winning pitcher in relief. Freshman Hunter Shepherd started and pitched four stout innings. He allowed an unearned run.

Kyle Smith and Nick Coble drove in the Catawba runs. Luke Setzer had three hits.

Catawba softball

Catawba’s softball team lost twice on Saturday in Georgia, falling 5-3 to Augusta and 4-1 to West Georgia.

In the Augusta game, Kristen Stinnard had two hits for the Indians, and Leah Huggins drove in two runs.

Brooke Walser was the losing pitcher.

In the West Georgia game, Stinnard went 2-for-4, and Huggins was 2-for-3.

Freshman Kaylee Cook went the distance in the circle and took the loss.

Prep swimming

Salisbury’s boys team finished fifth in the 1A/2A Western Regional on Saturday

Salisbury’s Roarke Burton, Ethan Knorr and Kathryn Morrison won individual regional championships.

Jayvee boys hoops

West Rowan  beat Concord, 56-48.

Zack Brawley led the Falcons with 20 points, and Payne Stolsworth had 19.

JV girls hoops

Brooke Mitchell scored nine points and Jalee Usher had eight as East Rowan’s girls beat Robinson, 30-27.


Carson’s girls won against Northwest Cabarrus, 27-20.

Victoria Post scored 11  for the Cougars, and Katie Jewell had eight Taylor Conrad and Zoie Lee were defensive standouts.

Sammelia Witherspoon scored eight for NWC.

East girls hoops

East Rowan’s girls got off to a slow start at Robinson but played much better after a shaky first quarter.

“We weren’t ready to play at the tip for some reason,” coach Kevin Holland said. “But we settled down in the second quarter and played better.”

Robinson 51, East Rowan 36

E. ROWAN (36)

Shafer 12, Winford 6, Wagner 6, H. Harrison 4, A. Harrison 3, Honeycutt 2, Coughenour 2, Houpe 1, Trexler, McCall, Graham.


Glass 20, McMillan 16, Misenheimer 6, Koerner 4, Jordan 3, Boulware 2.

East              3    15     9   9     — 36

Robinson   25   6     11 9       51

East boys hoops

East Rowan’s boys got big games from Ellis Taylor and Paiton File but lost at Robinson, 74-53, on Friday.

Taylor hit four 3-pointers and scored a career-high 18 points. File had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

He made three 3-pointers.

Jason White led the Bulldogs with 18 points.

Robinson 74, East Rowan 53

E. ROWAN (53)

Taylor 18, File 13, Sprinkle 8, Hinceman 6, Jefferson 4, Morton 4, Bennett, Scruggs.


J. White 18, Batts 10, Means 8, Barnes 7, Gallagher 5, Misenheimer 4, Boothe 4, Caldwell 4, Tolone 3, Horlback 3, Simpson 2, Kacan 3, Porter 2.

East              11   10    13  19           53

Robinson    25   17       24   8          74

South boys hoops

South Rowan’s boys lost at Hickory Ridge, 65-38, on Friday in SPC action.

Tyrese Shaver continued his recent surge with 19 points for the Raiders.

Darian Bell scored 12 for the Bulls.

Hickory Ridge 65, S. Rowan 38

S. ROWAN (38)

Shaver 19, Peacock 6, Powers 6, Graham 5, Sellers 2, Childers, Corriher, Kluttz, Hubbard, Harrington, Jones.


Bell 12, Garner 9, Ruggerio 9, Cupples 8, Carlton 8, Cottingham 6, Thomas 4, Kirby 4, Meertins 3, Wimbish  2.

S. Rowan              10   11    13  4       38

Hick. Ridge         16   18   18  13       65

South girls hoops

Jiera Shears scored 21 points, Nia Daniel had 17, and Gabby Smith added 14 as Hickory Ridge’s girls stayed unbeaten with a 67-37 win against South Rowan on Friday in Harrisburg.

The Bulls are 21-0 and 16-0 in the South Piedmont Conference.

Janiya Downs led South (12-10, 8-8 SPC) with 15 points. Tazah Hardin scored eight, and Brooke Lowery had seven.

Hickory Ridge 67, S. Rowan 37

S. ROWAN (37)

Downs 15, Hardin 8, Lowery 7,  Corriher 5, Arnott 2, Rollins, McClary, Spratt, Wagner, Shell, Cam. Carlton, Car. Carlton.


Shears 21, Daniel 17, Smith 14, Sprinkle 6, R. Neal 4, Jones 3, D. Neal 1, Ja. Shears 1.

South              5   16      9  7         37

Hick. Ridge  12   20  16  19       65

Prep football

Brian Flynn, who currently serves as the Black Knights head basketball coach, has been named as North Davidson’s next football coach.


A signing celebration for Carson senior DB Brenden Westbrook, a Catawba football signee, will be held on Feb. 8.

Prep hoops

  Central Cabarrus’ girls won against Cox Mill, 60-49, on Friday.

Mahaley Holit scored 23 points for the Vikings.

Elanna Peay had 10 points, and Kasey Rowden scored nine.

Rachel Barker led the Chargers with 24 points. Maddy Rinkus had eight.

Central Cabarrus girls 60-49 over Cox Mill.


A.L. Brown’s boys lost to Mallard Creek, 76-43, on Friday.

Lew Harris Jr. scored 14 for the Wonders. Jordan Medley had 12.

Prep golf

Carson’s Patrick Street and South Rowan’s Parker Chavis signed with Pfeiffer on Friday.

Prep wrestling

State championships:

1A —  Robbinsville 36, Rosewood 31

2A —  Newton-Conover 32,  Carrboro 28

3A — Piedmont 29, Orange 27

  4A —  West Forsyth 31,    Laney 28.

It was the second straight title for the Titans.

Sacred Heart hoops

Sacred Heart’s varsity girls defeated Statesville Christian, 22-20, to complete an undefeated conference season.

Rachel McCullough led the way with nine points. Marina Mueller made a go-ahead three-point play with 1:26 left.


Sacred Heart’s varsity boys lost to Statesville Christian, 41-23.

Nick Antosek scored eight points.


Sacred Heart’s jayvee boys lost to Statesville Christian, 35-14.

Deuce Walker scored eight ponts to lead the Dolphins.


Sacred Heart’s jayvee girls lost to Statesville Christian, 13-11.

Faye Carol Shellhorn  led the Dolphins with five points.



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