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Area Sports Briefs: West baseball wins, 5 straight for Falcons

From staff reports

Olen Stamper and Brandon Walton got the job done on the mound for West Rowan’s baseball team in a 4-2 win against Hickory Ridge on Monday.

Stamper (1-0) pitched five scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Walton fanned two in relief.

West (8-3, 6-3 SPC) won despite getting only one hit. Logan Sproul got it.

Daniel Durham drove in a run and walked three times, and the Falcons capitalized on three Hickory Ridge errors.

Jeremiah Boyd pitched into the fifth inning for the Bulls (4-6, 4-5 SPC).

The game was played in Mount Ulla due to field damage at Hickory Ridge, so West was the visiting team.

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Carson baseball

Carson lost at Cox Mill, 7-2, on Monday.

Carson (8-3 7-2 SPC) was playing its fifth game in eight days and struggled. The Chargers scored five runs in the second inning to knock out Carson starter Maddux Holshouser (2-2) and took it from there.

Cole Hales pitched well in relief for Carson.

Cameron Prugh and Ben Shoaf drove in runs for Carson. Owen White and Clayton Gilmore had two hits each.

Matt Aldefer pitched six strong innings for Cox Mill (7-3, 6-3 SPC) and struck out five. Kayne Pfeifer drove in three runs.

Carson is still in first place, but the Cougars  now have only a one-game lead  over five 6-3 squads.

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Prep baseball

Uwharrie Charter (5-2) took advantage of six walks in the first inning and scored nine runs to take control of a game at North Rowan on Monday.

The Cavaliers (5-5) got two hits from Jordan Goodine but fell, 14-3.

North starts Central Carolina Conference play today at Lexington.


Salisbury (5-4) lost at Trinity, 7-6, as the Bulldogs pulled the game out in the bottom of the seventh.

The Hornets open CCC play tonight at East Davidson.

A.L. Brown is at Mallard Creek tonight in the MECKA. In the Central Piedmont Conference, Davie hosts North Davidson.


Joe Tolone hit a three-run homer as Robinson rallied to beat Concord, 6-5.

Central Cabarrus shut out Northwest Cabarrus, 3-0. Cameron Kepley pitched into the seventh inning and struck out 12 for the Vikings.

Prep softball

East Rowan edged South Rowan, 4-3, for a South Piedmont Conference win on Monday.

Caroline Johnson homered for the Mustangs (4-6, 4-5 SPC) and drove in two runs. Johnson and Mackenzie Sprinkle  had two hits each. Sprinkle also drove in two.

East pitcher Karley Teague held South to six hits. She struck out two.

South (4-7, 3-6) got two RBIs from Riley Corriher. Anna Blume and Mataya Reynolds had two hits each.

South pitcher Whitley Arnott struck out nine and  threw a complete game.

East got two runs in the fourth and two in the sixth. South scored three in the bottom of the sixth.


Hickory Ridge hurler Lindsey Powell shut out West Rowan, 3-0, on Monday in SPC play.

Malia Black had two hits for the Bulls.

Mary Sobataka and Parker Greene had hits for West (5-3, 5-3 SPC). Greene, West’s catcher, had a strong game defensively.

West pitcher Hannah Roberts threw six strong innings.


Cox Mill won against Carson, 7-1, on Monday.

The Chargers (9-1, 8-1) stayed tied for first with Central Cabarrus.

Madison Michael limited Carson to six hits and struck out five.

Bailey Johnston and Chloe Parker had three hits each for Cox Mill.

Katie Jewell had the only RBI for the Cougars (6-5, 4-5 SPC). Carson pitcher Rylie Stewart struck out four.


In other SPC contests, Central Cabarrus blasted Northwest Cabarrus, 13-3, and Robinson beat Concord, 3-1.


A.L. Brown topped Myers Park, 4-3, in non-conference action on Monday.

Prep soccer

South Rowan stayed on a roll, topping East Rowan, 7-1, in South Piedmont Conference action on Monday.

Madison Henry scored four goals for the Raiders (8-3, 6-3), who are tied for third in the SPC.

South got goals from Rhiannon Kimmer, Mary Jester and Raquel Landaverde.

Jester and Taylor Mauldin had two assists each. Henry, Karigan Ford and Jennifer Siller also had assists.

Carlee Lowry scored for the Mustangs.


In SPC contests, Cox Mill stayed on top in the league by beating Carson, 9-0, second-place Hickory Ridge rolled to a 9-0 win against West Rowan, Robinson outscored Concord, 5-3, and Northwest Cabarrus stopped Central Cabarrus, 3-0.


In a lightning-shortened non-conference matchup, Salisbury won on the road at South Stokes, 5-2, on Monday.

Salisbury (7-1-1) got two goals and two assists from Julia Honeycutt. Ceci Cardelle had a goal and two assists. Katie Bullock had a goal and an assist. Emily Mann scored a goal.

Bullock got the Hornets on the board 13 minutes into the match when she took a diagonal pass from   Honeycutt and beat the keeper.

South Stokes equalized less than two minutes later when Madison Green beat Juliana Anderson off of the post.

Salisbury scored twice more before half to extend the lead to 3-1, with goals from Emily Mann (on a one timer off a cross from Bullock) and  Honeycutt (on a header off of a corner taken by Cardelle).

The second half continued Salisbury’s momentum with Cardelle and Honeycutt trading goals on each other’s assists to push the lead to 5-1.

With 15:40 left in the match, lightning came. After a wait, the match was called.

Salisbury plays at defending CCC champ West Davidson at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Prep tennis

Salisbury rolled to a 9-0 Central Carolina Conference win against Thomasville on Monday.

Winning for the Hornets in singles   Ethan McGee, Roarke Burton,  Sean Archer, Adam Drye, Paul Wietz and Keegan Dillon.

Winning in doubles were McGee/Archer, Drye/Burton and Wietz/Dillon.

Salisbury will play at  West Davidson on Wednesday  and at Lexington on Thursday. Both matches are at 4:30 p.m.


Carson edged West Rowan on Monday, 5-4, for a win in the South Piedmont Conference.

Hunter Smith, Jared Henriquez and Lucas Sides won for Carson in singles.

Smith/Sides and Henriquez/Jesus Barron won doubles matches for the Cougars.

Prep boys golf

East Rowan won a tight South Piedmont Conference match at Cabarrus Country Club on Monday.

East shot 155 to edge Concord (157) and South Rowan (158).

Medalist Nick Lyerly shot 33 to lead the Mustangs. Will Peeler shot 39. William Garland shot 41. Bryson Sprinkle and Austin Miller had 42s.

For South Rowan, Parker Chavis and Andrew Coward shot 38s, Landon Johnson shot 39, and Andrew Hubbard and Andrew Jackson shot 43s.

Robinson’s Riley Smith shot 35, and Concord’s Stephen Carroll shot 35.

Zain Tucker shot 37 to lead Carson.

Davis Tadlock shot 44 to lead West Rowan.


In Central Carolina Conference golf at Sapona Ridge on Monday, West Davidson sho 156 to win.

Will Goins shot 37 to lead the Green Dragons.

Salisbury shot 174 for second place.

Alex Antosek shot 40 to lead the Hornets. Hank Robins shot 43, Simon Post shot 45, and Walker Hartpence shot 46.

Spencer Everhart’s 45 to lead North Rowan.

Prep track

In recent SPC action hosted by West Rowan,  Hickory Ridge’s boys and girls swept a five-team meet.

Both Northwest Cabarrus squads were second.

Both West teams finished fifth.

West’s girls got a win from Destiny Shaver in the 300 hurdles (50.30 seconds).

West’s girls also won the 4×200.

West’s boys got wins from Andrew Burgess in the 200 (2:04), Jalen Houston in the 110 hurdles (15.62 seconds) and Javon Lofton in the shot put (44 feet).


A.L. Brown swept a recent three-team meet with Hopewell and Vance.

The Wonder boys got wins from Josh Parks in the 400 (51.3) and high jump (6-0) and from Brandon Hernandez in the 1600 (4:27) and 3200 (9:49).

The Wonders wnon the 4×100 and 4×200. Jaquerius Bost won the 100 (10.7), Salbador Flores won the 800 (2:12) and Elijah Hall won the discus (105-3).

A.L. Brown’s girls got wins from Akeena Maxwell in the 100 (12.6) and 200 (26.1) and from Christina D’Amelio in the 1600 (5:52), Ajianna Britt in the discus (112-8) and shot (32-4) and Jada Smith in the triple jump (31-3.5).

The A.L. Brown girls dominated the relays.

College football

Catawba’s annual Blue-White Spring Game is set for April 8 at 11 a.m.

College golf

  Catawba’s men shot a final-round 288 to climb up to a sixth-place finish at the Tusculum Invitational   Tournament.

The 18-team tournament concluded on Sunday at the 6,763-yard, par-71 Link Hills Country Club.

Trey Burton  fired a career-low 68 in leading the Catawba Indians on the second day.

His 142 total placed him in a tie for fifth overall. Wes Cline  carded a 71 in  Round two and was 20th with a 147 total.

Catawba Hall of Fame

Catawba College is now taking nominations for the 2017 Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame class.  Nominations for this year’s Hall of Fame will be open until April 15.  Former Catawba student-athletes, coaches and administrators who had outstanding careers while associated with Catawba may be nominated for induction.

Requirements for induction into the Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame are as follow:

Completed at least two full seasons at Catawba

Recognized for athletic achievement at a national level and/or a top individual conference award

Been of good character

Have had 10 years elapsed since his/her last year of intercollegiate competition

Selections will be made in May and the induction ceremony will take place during the final home football weekend of 2017 on Nov. 10-11.

Once presented as an eligible nominee, candidates will remain in consideration annually for six consecutive calendar years.

A nomination form can be found on the Catawba website.

Wells Fargo Cup

 This award recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.

After the winter sports season, Green Hope is on top ini 4A. Meanwhile, Marvin Ridge keeps their position in front of Weddington for the 3A class. In 2A, Lake Norman Charter once again comes out on top.  For 1A, Mount Airy is more than 80 points ahead of Lincoln Charter and last season’s champion Raleigh Charter.



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