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Area Sports Briefs: Carson baseball breezes in first round

From staff reports

Third-seeded Carson rolled to a 9-0 win against Cox Mill in the opening round of the SPC  baseball tournament on Tuesday.

Owen White (7-1) pitched five shutout innings for the Cougars (17-7) with four strikeouts.

Logan Ridenhour, Ben Shoaf and Garrett Alewine drove in two runs each for the Cougars. Brycen Holshouser had three of Carson’s 12 hits.

Carson   took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first and was in control, 7-0, after three innings.

Carson is at home tonight at 7 p.m. against Central Cabarrus and will host the championship game if it wins tonight.

Seventh-seeded Central knocked off No. 2 seed Robinson, 7-1.


Top-seeded West Rowan was knocked out of the  SPC tournament by No. 8 seed Hickory Ridge, in a 2-1 upset on Tuesday.

Daniel Durham pitched 5 1/3 innings for the Falcons and struck out two.

Austin Love and Brandon Walton had two hits each for West.

Pearce Wilhelm had the only RBI for the Falcons (18-6).

HR pitcher Blake Dockery struck out 10. Michael Mutterer had two hits.

Hickory Ridge scored both runs early. West got a run back in the third but couldn’t catch up.

West will return to action in the state playoffs.


A.L. Brown crushed West Charlotte, 18-2, on Tuesday in the first round of the MECKA tournament being hosted by Hough.

Jacob Tuttle homered, and Tuttle and Matt Baucom drove in three runs each.

Sammy Stapp struck out six in three innings and was the winning pitcher for the second-seeded Wonders (19-5), who move into semifinal action today.


Fifth-seeded Davie won against Mount Tabor, 4-2, in the first round of the CPC tournament and plays today at North Davidson against top-seeded West Forsyth at 5 p.m.


North Rowan had a tough time with Lexington hurler Will Lancaster but pulled out a 7-6 win in Tuesday’s first round of the Central Carolina Conference.

Henderson Lentz and Kobe Dupree had two RBIs and two hits for fourth-seeded North. Corbin Smith was the winning pitcher. Joe Harrison got the last out for a save.

North was in trouble until it rallied for three runs in the fifth.

North is in the 4:30 p.m. semifinal today at Thomasville’s Finch  Field against  No. 1 seed West Davidson.


Salisbury scored 10 runs in the second inning and advanced to the CCC semifinals with an easy 15-0 romp against Thomasville on Tuesday.

Hut Smith pitched a one-hitter in the three-inning contest and struck out six.

Blaine Shellhorn had two hits and two RBIs for the Hornets. Jack Fisher and Will Taylor knocked in two apiece.

Third-seeded Salisbury plays against No. 2  seed East Davidson tonight at 7 p.m. at Finch Field.


The Greater Cabarrus Stallions defeated Kings Mountain, 4-2, on Tuesday.

The Stallions were led by AJ Knight with 2 two hits and 2 RBIs, Dalton Lankford with two hits and Seth Cauble with a double.

Knight picked up the win on the mound scattering 5 five hits, with Cauble getting the save.

The Stallions (24-9) will begin the CAASC state playoffs on May 9.


Prep golf

Salisbury’s Alex Antosek shot 80 in Tuesday’s 2A Midwest Regional at Oakwoods Country Club in Wilkesboro.

Antosek qualified for the 2A state tournament that will be held at Beacon Ridge Golf & Country Club in West End.

Antosek got off to a shaky start but an eagle turned his round around.

He holed his second shot from 128 yards out on his fifth hole for the eagle.

Antosek birdied three of his last four holes and finished ninth overall.

South Stokes (320) Wilkes Central (326) and Forbush (337) qualified their teams for the state event.

Salisbury shot 351 for  seventh place.  Simon Post shot 84 for the Hornets.  Hank Robins shot 88, and Walker Hartpence shot 99.

West Davidson finished sixth. WD’s Nicolas Lamberth shot 79 and is an individual state qualifier.

Steven Thurston shot 106 to lead North Rowan.

Prep soccer

Gracie Thomason scored two goals to lead Carson to a 3-2 South Piedmont Conference win against West Rowan.

Sarah Musselwhite had the other goal for Carson.

Emily Muire and Stacey Ketchie scored for the Falcons. Lejla Mehmedovic had two assists. West keeper Ryley Corriher surpassed 300 saves for the season.

Prep track

The South Piedmont Conference Championships continue today at East Rowan. The Central Carolina Conference Championships will be held at Thomasville.

Prep softball

Carson won against West Rowan, 3-2, in eight innings, in the first round of the South Piedmont Conference  on Tuesday.

Brie Bauer and Kaitlyn Honeycutt and Rylie Stewart had two hits each for the fifth-seeded Cougars. Krista Peninger and Riley Stewart pitched.

Honeycutt and Katie Jewell had doubles.

Morgan Corriher had four of West’s six hits and  powered a home run. Hannah Roberts had a double.

Carson plays tonight at 6:30 p.m. at top-seeded Hickory Ridge in a semifinal.

West will return to action in the 3A state playoffs.


Second-seeded Cox Mill held East Rowan to two hits and beat the Mustangs, 10-0, in the SPC tournament’s first round on Tuesday.

The mercy rule ended the game in the bottom of the sixth.

It was 0-0 heading to the fourth inning, but Cox Mill got four in the fourth and four more in the fifth.


Jordan Baker had four hits and Riley Tucker struck out 12 as third-seeded Central Cabarrus beat No. 6 seed South Rowan, 8-1, on Tuesday.

Tucker had three hits and three RBIs.

South was only down 2-1 going to the fifth.

Whitley Arnott pitched a complete game for the Raiders.


Davie shelled R.J. Reynolds, 13-0, in the first round of the Central Piedmont Conference Tournament on Tuesday. Desiree Lewis homered. McKenzie Barneycastle had three hits. River Simpson pitched a one-hitter with five Ks.


Micker Adolfo clubbed his first career grand slam and drove in a career-high five RBIs as the Intimidators ran away from the Augusta GreenJackets, 12-5, on Tuesday night.

Kannapolis (12-12) scored a season-high 12 runs as Brandon Dulin joined Adolfo in leaving the yard.  Joel Booker  had three extra-base hits.

College baseball

Catawba outfielder Bryce Fowler and pitcher Hunter Shepherd were named to the All-South Atlantic Conference Tournament team.

Local golf

Fifty-seven GARS members played a Captains Choice at Corbin Hills.

The first place team with a minus-13 was  Edgar Osborne, Karl Osborne, Lynn Shook and Tommy Lambert.

The second-place team at minus-12 was Phil Cauble, David Scearce, Larry Luther and Ralph Luther.

The third-place team with a minus-11 was Dick Hatoway, Harold Caudill and Ken Miller

Two teams tied for first place handicap with a minus-15. The team of Cauble, Scearce, Larry Luther and Ralph Luther won the scorecard playoff over the team of Hatoway, Caudill and Miller.

Closest to the pin on No. 2 was won by Scearce.

Longest putt on No. 9 was won by Steve Masingo.


Treva Honeycutt won the  NCWGA State Handicap Play-Day Tournament.

The Winners in Flights:

A Flight

Low Gross: Phyllis Durland

Low Net:Susan Morris

B Flight

Low Gross: Faye Cline

Low Net:Mary Seaford

C Flight

Low Gross — Bev Cobb

Low Net    Monica Green

Hurley Y Warriors

The Hurley YMCA Warriors had their first AAU track meet of the season in the Bring the Heat Invitational at Rocky River High, with 1,400 athletes participating.

Top three finishers received medals. Fourth and fifth got ribbons.


Malaysia Dillard, 9-10, 38th in the 400 (1:27) and 12th in the 800 (3:23)

• MB Pauley-Brown, 11-12,  7th in the 1500 (6:23) and 10th in 800 (3:07)

• Leah Cresslerm 15-19,  2nd in the 1500 (5:33) and third in the 800 (2:36)


Jason Burroughs, 8-under,  5th in shotput (15-3) and 9th in long jump (9-4)

• Jake Swicegood, 11-12 2nd in the 1500 (5:22)

  Triston Rabon,11-12, 3rd in the 1500 (5:25)

• Connor Price, 11-12, 4th in the 1500 (5:29)

• First-timer Micah Nguyen, 11-12,   12th in the 1500 (6:20), 22nd in the 800 (3:19)

• Matthew Burroughs, 13-14,  19th in the 1500 (5:59), 32nd in the 800 (2:55)

• Jalen Jackson, 13-14,   14th in 1500 (5:30) and 27th in the 800 (2:49)

• John Sokolowski, 9th in the 1500 (4:51) and 11th in the 800 (2:20)

The next meet will be in Gastonia on May 13.

Rowan Express

Results from the meet at Rocky River


Bralin Ellis, 8-under, 8th in shot put, 13-8

Brenden Ellis, 9-10, 15th in shot put, 13-8.5

Christian Morgan, 13-14, 8th in 200 meters, 25.33 and seventh in 400, 57.44

Jayden Gibson, 13-14, 8th in long jump, 15.25


Brittany Ellis, 11-12, second in shot put , 24-11, and sixth in discus, 40-6

Bryslyn Goodlett, 11-12, third in shot put, 24-7, and third in discus, 48-10

Jamasia Jackson,  11-12, 5th in discus, 47-5

Breasia Ellis, 13-14, fourth in discus with  throw of 57-5.5


Catawba awards

 Catawba College  announced 2016-17 athletic award winners for student-athletes. The awards were presented at the annual athletic ceremony held at the Keppel Auditorium on Tuesday. Heading the list of award winners were Bri Johnson and Mike Sheehan, who were awarded the Lomax and Kirkland Awards for the top female and male senior athletes who have been in attendance for at least three years, along with Hannah Cruse and Steven Porter, who were given the Wurster Awards for team leadership.

Johnson, a women’s basketball player from Statesville, N.C., was named the Lomax Award winner. She is a three-time South Atlantic Conference selection and helped Catawba to the NCAA Regionals in 2015. Johnson set a record with eight three-pointers in the regional contest, while tying a school mark this year with 41 points against Carson-Newman. She became one of 17 women to reach 1,000 career points.

Sheehan, of Wilmington, N.C., who played football, earned the Kirkland Award. He is one of only two Catawba players to pass for over 4,000 yards and rush for over 1,000 in a career, finishing just yards short of 5,000 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards. Sheehan helped Catawba to the 2015 conference championship and a spot in the NCAA II playoffs. He completed 60% of his passes and accounted for 58 touchdowns.

The Wurster Awards were established to honor a male and a female that demonstrate strong character, able leadership and an outstanding team-before-self attitude. Cruse, a women’s soccer player from Concord, N.C., and Porter, a football player from Concord, N.C., earned this year’s awards.

Katie DeZego, of Lexington, N.C., and Sean McMahon, of Hilton Head, S.C., were the recipients of the SAAC Award for the highest cumulative GPA’s for seniors. DeZego, a biology major that plays women’s soccer, posted a prefect 4.0 grade point average. McMahon, a cross country runner, had a 3.98 GPA while majoring in sociology. The women’s cross country team took the team award with a 3.73 GPA.

Awards for team MVPs went to: Luke Setzer (Baseball), Troy Warren (Men’s Basketball), Serena Brown (Women’s Basketball), Hannah Mercer (Women’s Cross Country), Sean McMahon (Men’s Cross Country), Case Woodard (Football), Jordan Taylor (Men’s Golf), Victoria Hedrick (Women’s Golf), Ryan Applegate (Men’s Lacrosse), Nicolette Salay (Women’s Lacrosse), Daniele Proch (Men’s Soccer), Hannah Cruse (Women’s Soccer), Kirsten Stinnard (Softball), Amy Cujas (Women’s Swimming), Dominik Brus (Men’s Swimming), Michael Patch (Men’s Tennis), Erisa Onchi (Women’s Tennis), Bri Howard (Volleyball), Lilyanne Lee (Cheerleading), Madison Sides (Dance), Rebecca Webb (Athletic Training) and Haley Morgan (Sports Information).




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