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Area Sports Briefs: Catawba baseball sweeps

  From staff reports

Catawba swept Carson-Newman in South Atlantic Conference baseball   on a warm, windy day at Newman Park.

There weren’t many homers, but Catawba pounded out enough hits to win, 14-2 and 10-6.

Nick Coble (1-0) pitched five shutout innings in the opener and allowed only one hit.

Nick Borgen, Will Horsley and Sawyer Strickland finished up on the mound.

Ben Bomberger and Luke Setzer homered for the Indians, who grabbed  an 11-0 lead early.

Bomberger and Jeremy Simpson had three hits each. Chance Bowden had two hits. Jackson Raper and Kyle Smith had two RBIs each.

Simpson had a two-run triple for the Indians (10-3, 3-0 SAC), who have won their last eight games.


In the second game,  Catawba put together a five-run fourth and won 10-6.

Coble drove in three runs. Setzer, Bowden and Malachi Hanes had two hits each. Raper drove in two runs.

Connor Johnson (2-1) was the winning pitcher in relief of Hunter Shepherd, who struck out seven before exiting in the fourth.

Bryan Blanton notched his second save of the series and third of the season.

Prep football

Carson cornerback Brenden Westbrook and West Rowan cornerback Deyquan Byrd have been named to play in this summer’s East-West All-Star Game.


South Rowan announced  that quarterback Austin Chrismon will continue his athletic career and education at UNC.


West Rowan announced that offensive lineman Javon Lofton will continue his athletic career and education at Averett.


Carson anounced that defensive lineman Matt Beaver will contine his career and education at Bluefield.

Prep soccer

Cox Mill’s Colin Noone will play in the East-West All-Star Game this summer.

Prep wrestling

Salisbury’s Chris Moore was named Co-Wrestler of the Year for the Central Carolina Conference.

Moore shared the honor with Thomasville’s Nelson Torres.

Moore was joined on the All-CCC team by teammates Timmy Boyd, Jibri Cowan, Nick Austin, Kevion Chunn, Marcus Blair and Mark Wright.

North Rowan’s  Amaadie Smyre and Darren Williams are All-CCC.

Lexington’s Michael Maccay was named CCC Coach of the Year.

Prep boys swimming

Salisbury junior Ethan Knorr was named CCC Swimmer of the Year for boys, and Salisbury’s Ryan Starrett was named CCC Coach of the Year.

Salisbury’s Adam Drye, Brody Dillon, Ethan McGee, Gabriel McLendon, Joe Steinman, Keegan Dillonm Roarke Burton and Roshen Amin joined Knorr on the all-conference team.

Prep girls swimming

Salisbury junior Kathryn Morrison was named CCC Swimmer of the Year for girls.

Salisbury’s Sallie Pittman was runner-up for CCC Coach of the Year honors. Coach of the Year was Lexington’s Kristin Thornhill.

Salisbury’s Bess Bryan, Callie Alexander, Sharmi Amin, Mary Kaufmann, Anna Grace Woolly, Mercy Kruel and Anna Patel  made all-conference.

Prep basketball

Lavar Batts Jr. scored 29 points for Robinson in a 62-60 win against Weddington in the third round of the 3A state playoffs.


Cox Mill smashed Kings Mountain, 78-41, as Wendell Moore Jr. scored 32. Francis Cio added 17 for the Chargers, who will host Hickory in a regional semifinal.


Central Cabarrus’ girls knocked off previously unbeaten North Iredell, 55-43,  in the third round of the 3A state playoffs.

Mahaley Holit scored 18 for the Vikings. Kasey Rowden had 12, Elanna Peay had 11, and Ja-el Miller added 10.


Unbeaten Hickory Ridge’s girls staged a rally to force overtime and finally beat Pisgah, 79-76, on Saturday in the third round of the 3A state playoffs.

Jiera Shears led the Bulls (29-0) with 17 points, Gabby Smith scored 16, Nia Daniel had 12, Deja Neal had 11, Randi Neal had nine, and Sherise Jones had eight.

Freshman Lani Woods scored 33 for Pisgah (21-6, 11-3).

Shears made a 3-pointer to send the game to OT. Smith had 13 rebounds.

Deja Neal  hit 5 of 6 free throws in overtime.

  The game-winning basketwas a 3-pointer by freshman Randi Neal.

Local golf

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — For the second straight day, Salisbury’s Michael Childress shot a 78 at the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship, Saturday at TPC Murrells Inlet.

Childress’ two-day score of 156 (78-78) is good enough for a 40th place tie.

The event’s 104-player field, which includes boys and girls divisions, is comprised of the game’s next generation of stars. Players from 19 states and five countries are participating in the 54-hole tournament.

Childress is the only local golfer playing in the event, which concludes with today’s third round.

College lacrosse

Catawba topped visiting West Virginia Wesleyan 17-9 in women’s lacrosse action on Saturday night at Shuford Stadium. The Catawba Indians improve to 2-1, while the Bobcats fall in their opener.

Catawba got four goals from freshman Katie Barth.


Catawba rolled to a 19-7 win over host Chowan in men’s lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Hawks Field. The Catawba Indians improve to 3-2, while the Hawks fall to 0-3.

Cole Fanzo  and Dalton Cook  led the Indians as each tallied four goals.

Gonzaga falls

SPOKANE, Wash. — Eric Mika had 29 points and 11 rebounds to help BYU upset No. 1 Gonzaga 79-71 on Saturday night, ending the Bulldogs’ quest to go undefeated in the final game of the regular season.

Record for Plum

SEATTLE   — Kelsey Plum was ready for her chase of the NCAA all-time scoring record to come to an end.  Washington’s star orchestrated the finest performance of her career on Saturday and one of the best in NCAA history. And with it, Plum scored a career-best 57 points and put an end to her quest of tracking down Jackie Stiles and the number 3,393.

Now, no one has scored more points than Plum.


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