Area Sports Briefs: Wonders’ Johnson wins state title
A.L. Brown’s Isaiah Johnson was voted the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the 4A state championship meet in Greensboro.
The 160-pound senior went 40-1 this year.
Johnson won a 6-0 decision against Wilmington Laney’s Austin Harrison (35-5) in the match for the state championship.
The top Rowan County finisher was South Rowan’s Logan Lambert, who took third in the 3A tournament at 120.
Lambert (33-7) won a 6-0 decision against Cox Mill’s Cade Davis (54-7) in the third-place match.
Salisbury had two placers in the 2A tournament, with Jibri Cowan taking fifth at 132, and Chris Moore finishing fifth at 285.
Moore (37-5) faced a long comeback road after losing in the first round.
Moore pinned Croatan’s Stevie Sharpe (18-6) for fifth.
Cowan (44-10) Washington’s Jacob Smith (49-11) in the fifth-place match.
East Rowan’s Max Wall placed sixth in 3A at 170 pounds.
Wall (29-6) lost to Fred T. Foard’s Allen Pyatte (42-11) in the fifth-place match.
Carson’s Josh Vega placed sixth in 3A at 113 pounds.
Vega (27-11) lost to Northern Guilford’s Ethan King (26-7) in the 3A 113-pound match for fifth place.
Davie’s Jesus Olmedo (220), Anthony Olmedo (285) and Hunter Smith (113) had fourth-place finishes in 4A.
Kyle McCune placed sixth at 170.
Hickory Ridge’s Tyler Gregor (126) was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the 3A Championships.
Rosewood won the 1A team championship.
Carrboro won the 2A team title.
Salisbury scored 32 points and finished 22nd.
Orange won the 3A competition.
South Rowan had 20 points and finished 34th.
Carson was 46th with 12 points, while East Rowan was 49th with nine points.
Southeast Guilford won the 4A team title.
Davie placed eighth with 63 points. A.L. Brown was 22nd with 26 points.
The NCHSAA announced Saturday evening that pairings and seeds for the playoffs would be postponed until today.
Pfeiffer swept Molloy, 10-9 and 8-2, on Saturday at Ferebee Field.
Catawba split a pair of games on Saturday at Whitley Field in the LR/Catawba Invitational Softball Tournament. The Catawba Indians opened with a 6-2 win over Augusta before bowing to Pfeiffer 9-2. Catawba is now 3-10 on the year.
Katherine Shumaker got Catawba off to a quick leadagainst Augusta with a two-run homer in the first. Leah Huggins snapped a 2-2 tie with her first career homer in the second to put the Indians up for good.
Brooke Walser threw a complete game to improve to 2-2. She allowed eight hits but both runs were unearned.
Pfeiffer out-hit Catawba 9-5 and never trailed.
Back-to-back doubles by Kristen Stinnard and Delane Smith produced a run to cut a Falcon lead to 3-1, but Pfeiffer answered with a four-run fifth.
Kaleigh Troutman (East Rowan) had two hits and drove in a run for the Falcons.
Vada Blue Sherrill and Emma Tuttle drove in two runs each.
Caitlin Christian struck out six and tossed a complete game.
Malik Ford (North Rowan) had 10 points and four rebounds for J.C. Smith in Saturday’s 63-62 loss to Shaw.
D.J. Copeland (A.L. Brown) scored 12 points for Newberry in Saturday’s 99-88 win against Tusculum.
Keshun Sherrill (West Rowan) scored 29 points on Senior Day to lead Augusta to an 82-66 win against Lander.
Pfeiffer won against Limestone, 82-76, in Conference Carolinas action on Saturday.
A.J. Clark scored 24 for the Falcons. Andrew Guerrero and Josh Calhoun scored 18 each.
Tre Williams (Carson) scored nine points for Claflin in Saturday’s 82-76 loss to Morehouse.
The CIAA released brackets for the CIAA tournament on Saturday.
The single-elimination tournament will be held in two venues this year: Bojangles Coliseum on Feb. 21-22 and Spectrum Center on Feb. 23-25.
The final championship contests will tipoff at 4 p.m. for the women, with the men to follow at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25.
The Northern Division of the women’s side concludedended with a three-way tie for the title.
Chowan, Virginia State and Virginia Union University all finished with 7-3 division records.
The conference uses the following tiebreaker protocol to determine tournament bracket seeds: (1) head-to-head competition, (2) point differential, (3) conference record.
Chowan was awarded the No. 1 seed, with No. 2 Virginia Union and No. 3 Virginia State to follow.
Bowie State won their final regular season game for a 6-4 division record and No. 4 rank going in to the tournament. Lincoln and Elizabeth City State University round out the North at No. 5 and 6, respectively.
In the women’s Southern Division, Johnson C. Smith University clinched the title with Saturday’s victory over Shaw.
The No. 2 ranking fell to a three-way tie with Livingstone, Winston-Salem State and Shaw holding 6-4 division records. Livingstone took the No. 2 seed with Winston-Salem State and Shaw following.
The remainder of the Southern Division is held by No. 5 Fayetteville State and No. 6 Saint Aug’s.
In the quarterfinals, Livingstone will await the winner of Virginia State- Saint Augustine’s for a 10 a.m. tipoff on Wednesday.
The men’s Northern Division came down to the wire, but was clinched by Virginia Union.
Virginia State is No. 2.
No. 3 was secured by Chowan.
Bowie State, Lincoln and Elizabeth City State round out the bottom three spots.
The Shaw Bears sit atop of the South as the Division Champion with an 8-2 record in division contests.
Livingstone is seeded second, with Winston-Salem State third.
The Broncos of Fayetteville State earned the No. 4 spot, with Johnson C. Smith seeded fifth and Saint Augustine’s sixth.
Livingstone plays Thursday, Feb. 23, vs. Chowan at 1 p.m.
Mount Olive improved to 4-0 with a 12-3 win over visiting Catawba in women’s lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at the Ray McDonald Complex.
It was the opener for the Catawba Indians.