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Area Sports Briefs: Basketball season ends for West, Davie boys

From staff reports

CHARLOTTE — West Rowan’s boys basketball season ended with an 80-36 setback at Charlotte Catholic on Tuesday.

Seeded 28th, West trailed 24-7 after a quarter against the powerful Cougars in the first-round 3A playoff game. Catholic was in control, 42-20, at halftime.

West star Caleb Mauldin was held to eight points and finished his career with 2,028, third on Rowan County’s all-time list.

Mauldin will represent North Carolina in postseason all-star play against South Carolina.

Josiah Dixon and Payne Stolsworth scored seven each for the Falcons, who played without No. 2 scorer Martavio Rankin.

Other scorers for West were Zach Brawley (4), Cole Myers (3), AJ Mauldin (3),  Jay Joseph (2) and LOgan Sproul (2).

Riley Berger made a flurry of 3-pointers early and led the Cougars with 23 points.

Seeded fifth, Catholic will host 12th-seeded Marvin Ridge in the second round on Thursday.  Marvin Ridge edged North Henderson.

West     7     13  12   4  — 36

Cath.   24    18  24 14  — 80

Davie falls

SOUTHERN PINES — Davie County’s boys lost at Pinecrest in the first round of the 4A basketball state playoffs on Tuesday.

Davie (18-9) was the No, 19 seed, while Pinecrest (20-7) is No. 14.

Michael Walton and Jacob Hendrix scored 11 each for Davie. Cooper Wall and Owen McCormack had 10 each. Troy Griggs scored seven, and Brooks Johnson had six.

Jamaan Bailey and Jayson Jones scored 15 each for the Patriots. Tyrell Allmond had 14.

Davie led 27-26 late in the second quarter, but Pinecrest made several long, contested outside shots and went on a 9-0 run to take command.

“We ran into a very hot-shooting team,” Davie coach Mike Absher said.

Pinecrest went to a four-corners style offense for the final nine minutes, and forced Davie to chase.

Middle schools

North Rowan’s girls defeated Erwin, 28-26.

North was led by Bailee Goodlett with 15 points  and Demya Phifer with eight.

Erwin was led by Kierstyn Bomely with  nine points.


Knox’s boys rolled against China Grove, 60-23.

Jayden “Juke” Harris scored 12 points, Christopher Toomer Jr. had nine. Tyreze Miller had eight, Bryson Cowan scored six, and Donnie Williams added five.

Viking girls fall

The Central Cabarrus girls lost to Southwest Guilford, 82-76, in overtime on Tuesday.

Nevaeh Brown had 30 points and Aniyah Tate 19 for the Vikings (16-11).

Kennedy Simmons scored 49 for SW Guilford.

ND boys fall

North Davidson’s boys lost to Hendersonville, 69-63, on Tuesday, in the first round of the 2A playoffs.

Satchel Hester scored 20 for the Black Knights (16-12), while Themus Fulks had 15.

Prep football

The Rowan County Jamboree will be held on Friday, Aug. 10, at West Rowan, with all six county public schools participating, along with West Iredell and West Stanly.

West Rowan will host the event. Four scrimmages will be conducted with each team getting in a half of football.

West will scrimmage Salisbury, while North will scrimmage East.

Carson and South Rowan will be matched up with West Iredell and West Stanly.

This is to be an annual event. The second one is already planned for 2019 at North Rowan.

Sponsorships are being sought, as coaches hope to feed the teams and provide T-shirts for the participants. Interested sponsors should contact football coaches.

North coach Ben Hampton said the event could grow to include a press conference, banquet and the awarding of scholarships.

Catawba baseball

Catawba got a road win at Mount Olive, 9-3, on Tuesday.

The Indians got strong pitching, especially from Hunter Shepherd, the starter, and Connor Johnson, who finished.

Jacob Nester and Heath Mitchem had three hits each. Kyle Smith had two RBIs for the Indians (3-9).   

Pfeiffer baseball

GREENSBORO —    The Pfeiffer baseball team (4-3) got over the .500 mark with a 13-8 victory at Greensboro (2-2) on Tuesday afternoon.

Local golf

GARS members played in their own foursomes at The Revival at the Crescent GC.

Low ‘A’ Flight player was Mick Rowell with a net of 68.34.

Low ‘B’ Flight player was David Scearce with a net of 65.64.

Low ‘C’ Flight player was Ron Ervin with a net of 71.85.

Low ‘D’ Flight player was John Cress with a net of 62.22.

Low gross was a 74 shot by Larry Petrea. Cress had low net with a 62.22.

College golf

SPARTANBURG, S.C.— Catawba finished tied for third at the Converse Spring Invite Women’s Golf Tournament on Tuesday.

Catawba posted a 329 score and finished 25 shots back of Lee, which won the team title. Anderson was second with a 322 total. Individually, Limestone’s Reme Cortes posted a one-under-par 71 to take medalist honors.

Kaley Barts led Catawba and finished 12th, as she shot an 80. Jaime Cassell, Sarah Coltrane and Victoria Hedrick all posted 83s.

Catawba will play in the Low Country Invite at the Crescent Point Golf Club in Bluffton, S.C., on March 5-6.

Women’s lacrosse

Catawba (2-2) rallied from an early 4-1 deficit, then held on to grab an 11-10 victory over visiting Mount Olive in women’s lacrosse action on Tuesday afternoon at Shuford Stadium.

Becky Frost scored the final goal for Catawba on a free-position shot with 8:57 left and outlasted the Trojans.

Mount Olive cut the margin to 11-9 on the first of two tallies by Kiara Burke in the final three minutes. The last came with just 23 seconds to play. Nicole Hunt won the ensuing draw control for the Lady Indians and Catawba ran out the clock to take the win.

Green led Catawba with three goals, while Barth and Imani Grays had a pair of goals. Gianna Pezzulo handed out a pair of assists. Madison Anselmo collected a dozen saves in goal, including eight in the second half.

Burke produced six points on the day for Mount Olive, scoring four goals with two helpers. Ciciarelli added three goals. Siena Miller stopped 14 shots in the pipes.

Mount Olive held a slight lead in shots (31-29) and ground balls (29-26) with Catawba gaining one more draw control. A key stat was free-position shots. Catawba went 4-of-9, while the Trojans made only 1-of-8 and could not score on seven free-position shots in the second half.

Catawba hosts Rollins on Friday at 7 pm.



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