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Area Sports Briefs: South, West baseball stay in the race

From staff reports

West Rowan’s baseball team won its seventh straight game on Thursday afternoon, rolling at Northwest Cabarrus, 7-1, for another South Piedmont Conference victory.

Daniel Durham (3-1) pitched six strong innings with six strikeouts for the Falcons. Payne Stolsworth finished up.

West (10-3, 8-3 SPC) had 10 hits, with Brandon Walton and Mykal Berger getting two each. Austin Love drove in two runs.

West had an errorless game defensively.

West stayed tied with South Rowan for second place in the SPC. Both are one game back of Carson.


Walker Joyce (3-1) pitched five innings as South Rowan beat Concord, 5-2, at home on Thursday afternoon.

Joyce struck out three.

Tyler Belk pitched the sixth and seventh for South (10-4, 8-3 SPC).

Tyler Shepherd and Anthony Fox drove in runs.

South trailed 1-0 before scoring three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth.

Both teams had seven hits.


Davis Hurd  fanned 11  batters and pitched Cox Mill to a 3-0 SPC win against Hickory Ridge.


Stephen Kutay’s one-hitter carried Central Cabarrus to a 2-1 SPC win against Robinson.


The Greater Cabarrus Stallions lost 9-8 in eight innings to East Montgomery on Thursday.

The Stallions were led by Camron Wallace and Jeremy Whitehead with three hits each. Dalton Lankford, Seth Cauble, AJ Knight and Clay Pinion had two apiece.

The Stallions(15-4) will play at Watauga High  on Saturday.


Prep softball

East Rowan beat Carson, 7-2, on Thursday in South Piedmont Conference action.

The Mustangs finished a season sweep of the Cougars. Both teams are 5-6 in the conference.

Karley Teague pitched a complete game for East.

Bree Medlin and Ashlyn Fritz had three hits each. Maddie Trexler and Caroline Johnson had two hits. Lauren Coughenour drove in two runs.

Kaitlyn Honeycutt had two hits for Carson.


South Rowan rallied for seven runs in the sixth inning and beat Concord, 8-2,  in SPC play on Thursday.

Mataya Reynolds had two hits and two RBIs for the Raiders (6-7, 5-6 SPC).

Whitley Arnott pitched a complete game.

She held  the Spiders to three hits and struck out five.


West Rowan shelled Northwest Cabarrus, 10-0, in SPC play on Thursday.

Hannah Roberts and Tori Hester combined on the five-inning shutout.

Parker Greene had two doubles and scored three runs. Roberts went 2-for-2 with two RBIs.

Alexandra Linder had two hits and two RBIs.


Salisbury won against CCC opponent Lexington, 21-3, on Thursday for its first victory. North Rowan won 19-4 against Lexington on Tuesday.


Lindsey Powell pitched a four-hitter and Gracyn Polk had three hits as Hickory Ridge beat Cox Mill, 3-0, in SPC play on Thursday to create a three-way tie for first place.


Davie County won against Ledford, 4-2, on Wednesday. Sierra Ferguson homered and drove in all four runs. Olivia Boger was the winning pitcher.

In a 16-2 Central Piedmont Conference win against R.J. Reynolds on Thursday, Davie got two homers and five RBIs from Makenzie Smith.  Sydney Hendren and Desiree Lewis also homered for the War Eagles.

Prep boys tennis

Salisbury won at Lexington, 8-0, on Thursday to take control of the Central Carolina Conference race.

Winning for the Hornets in singles were Ethan McGee, Jadas Rodas,   Roarke Burton,  Sean Archer, Adam Drye and Paul Wietz.

Winning in doubles were Drye/Burton and Wietz/Archer.  The other doubles match was rained out.

Salisbury will play North Rowan  at home on Monday.


Carson won against South Rowan, 8-1, on Wednesday.

Hunter Smith, Jared Henriquez, Lucas Sides, Jesus Barron and Ethan Fesperman won in singles for the Cougars.

Smith/Sides, Barron/Hernandez and Fesperman/Brandon Cole were doubles winners.

Matthew Correll won for South.

Prep girls soccer

Lejla Mehmedovic scored the West Rowan goal in today’s 10-1 loss to NW Cabarrus.

Prep track and field

Salisbury’s girls got wins from Leah Cressler in the 800 (2:42) and 1600 (5:59) and Nitavia Corpening in the long jump (15 feet, 3.5 inches) but finished third in the a three-team meet with CCC opponents East Davidson and Thomasville.

Salisbury’s boys also finished third.

Tyrone Johnson won the 100 (11.0 seconds) and 200 (22.5). Johnson, Trell Baker and Tywun Rivens finished 1-2-3 in the 100.

The Hornets also won the 4×800.

Wells Fargo Cup

Statewide leaders after winter sports are Green Hope (4A), Marvin Ridge (3A), Lake Norman Charter (2A) and Mount Airy (1A).

Local golf

Luther Ligon recently made a hole-in-one at McCanless.

Ligon made his first career ace on the 125-yard No. 10 hole with a 7-iron.

  Wayne Cody and Robbie Hughes witnessed the feat.

Mid. school tennis

Erwin defeated Knox, 9-0,  in a tennis match at Knox  on Wednesday.

Singles: Landon Shuping (E) over A. Blumenthal, 8-1; Jaden Collins (E) over M. Fuller, 8-0; Ryan Brady (E) over J. Serrano, 8-5; Greyson Trexler (E) over C. Conforti, 8-0; Garren Hudson (E) over C. Cafitz, 8-0; Caleb Nesbitt (E) over C. Navarro, 8-1.

  Doubles: Shuping/Collins (E) over Blumenthal/Fuller, 6-0; Brady/Berg (E) over Conforti/Pastor, 6-0; Trexler/Hopper (E) over Luttrell/Venne, 6-0.


SAC Hall of Fame

The South Atlantic Conference will induct five members into the 2017 Hall of Fame Class.

Those earning honors are Wingate alum John Bowman, Tusculum golf coach Bob Dibble, Newberry alumnae Aubry Mosley, Carson-Newman alum Leonard Weaver and former Mars Hill student-athlete Becca Pizzi.  The honorees will be  inducted i at the Hall of Fame Banquet in Greenville, S.C., on June 1.

Catawba Hall of Fame

Catawba College is now taking nominations for its Sports Hall of Fame.

Nominations are open until April 15.

Former Catawba student-athletes, coaches and administrators who had outstanding careers while associated with Catawba may be nominated for induction.

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

College softball

The Pfeiffer softball team moved up to No. 4 this week in the   Fastpitch Coaches Association  national poll. Pfeiffer  (31-3) was No. 9 last week .

  Senior Rachel Crowder is two runs shy of becoming the program’s leader in career runs scored. Crowder currently has scored 99 times in her career and already owns the all-time home run mark with 20 long balls.

In the circle, both Sydney Poole (9-0) and Kiana Millsaps (6-0) have not lost, while Kennedy Lester is 8-1 on the year.

Women’s lacrosse

Coker defeated  Catawba 15-9  on Wednesday   at Shuford Stadium. The Cobras improved to 8-3 overall and 4-1 in the SAC, while the  Indians fell to 8-3 and 2-2.

Kirstyn Kruse scored three goals for the Indians.



The Kannapolis Intimidators are scheduled to host the Columbia Fireflies on July 22-25.

Tim Tebow is starting the season with the Fireflies.

  Basketball clinics

  Clinics at Salisbury Academy.

To sign up or to get information, contact Coach T, coacht@jltfieldhouse.com.


2-3 p.m,  Beginner coed for 1st-4th grade

3-4 p.m,  Intermediate coed for 5th-8th grade

4-5 p.m,  Intermediate and Elite coed Open Gym

5-6 p.m.,  Elite coed for 9th-12 grade



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