Area Sports Briefs: Honeycutt, Laxton win SAC baseball honors

Published 12:51 am Wednesday, April 4, 2018

From staff reports

Mars Hill catcher Matt Honeycutt (South Rowan) was announced as the South Atlantic Conference   Baseball Player of the Week on  Tuesday.

Honeycutt had  six homers in a six-day span against three different teams.

He had a two-homer game in a loss to Catawba on Monday. He hit two homers and drove in five runs in a non-conference win against King. In a three-game weekend series against Coker,  he went 5-for-9 with two homers and five RBIs.


Catawba reliever D.J. Laxton was honored as the league’s Co-Pitcher of the Week. Laxton won three times, getting a win vs. Mars Hill and two against Anderson.

He shared honors with Anderson’s Andrew Dill.


Catawba’s Chance Bowden (Salisbury) leads the SAC with 46 RBIs. Luke Setzer (East Rowan) is second with 41.


Montreat’s Ross Hoffner (Davie County) went 3-for-4  and drove in a run in Montreat’s 9-8 win against Brevard on Monday.

College basketball

Former Cox Mill star Matt Morgan (Cornell) and  former Davie County standouts Cody and Caleb Martin (Nevada) have declared for the NBA draft.

All three are juniors. They haven’t hired agents and still have the option at this point of returning to school for their senior seasons.

Morgan scored 22.5 points per game as a  junior.

College tennis

N.C. State’s Michael Ogden (Salisbury) won recent doubles matches against Notre Dame and Boston College and won his singles match against BC.

Ogden is 6-4 in singles matches and 16-9 in doubles matches this season.


Catawba swept host Johnson C. Smith in men’s and women’s tennis action on Tuesday afternoon.

Catawba’s women won 9-0, while the men won 8-1.


College softball

Western Carolina’s Hunter Gibbons (Western Carolina) hit two home runs on Tuesday as the Catamounts split a doubleheader with Appalachian State.


Catawba stayed in a tie for third place in the SAC by splitting a twin bill at Newberry on Tuesday.

In a 5-2 win, Preston Ellenburg earned the victory with relief help from Brooke Walser, who got a save. Leah Huggins homered. Delane Smith went 3-for-3. Monica Taylor had two hits and two RBIs.

Catawba dropped the second game, 5-3. Allie Baker (A.L. Brown), Huggins and Carlee Brawley drove in runs.


Pfeiffer shortstop Vada Blue Sherrill was named ECAC Player of the Week, while Pfeiffer hurler  Kiana Millsaps was named ECAC Pitcher of the Week.

In six games, Sherrill went 10-for-15 with three homers and 14 RBIs in six games. Millsaps posted a   4-0 record for the week.


College golf

East Carolina’s Logan Shuping (East Rowan) shot 77-76-79 — 232 in the ECU Intercollegiate.


Catawba’s men stand   seventh among 16 teams after Tuesday’s opening round of the Tennessee River Rumble. Lincoln Memorial is hosting the two-round event at the 7,119-yard, par-72 Tennessee National Golf Club.

Catawba posted a 310 score for the first round, playing the second nine in windy conditions. King posted a score of 300 to lead Wingate by two shots after 18 holes.

Trey Burton shot a 73 to lead the Catawba Indians and sits in a six-way tie for second.

Catawba lacrosse

Dalton Cook scored back-to-back goals to snap a fourth-quarter tie and help host Catawba slip past Mars Hill, 11-9, in South Atlantic Conference men’s lacrosse action on Tuesday at Shuford Stadium.

The  Indians are 5-5 and 3-2 in the SAC.


Catawba attack Erin Green  has been named the SAC’s lacrosse offensive player of the week. Green had seven goals and six assists in two Catawba wins.


Prep football

Joe Glass, who upgraded Concord J.M. Robinson into one of the better  programs in the area, has accepted the head job at Eastern Guilford in Gibsonville.

Glass won 30 games in four seasons at Robinson.


Prep baseball

Joe Muhonen pitched a complete game to lead Central Cabarrus to a 5-1 win against Cox Mill in the third-place game in the East Rowan Spring Break Tournament on Tuesday.

Muhonen struck out seven and allowed three hits.

Sam Yelton drove in three runs for the Vikings (9-5). Nick Rushing had two hits and scored twice.

Matt Alderfer had a double for the Chargers (10-4).


In the fifth-place game at Staton Field, West Stanly   stopped Mooresville, 6-0.

The Colts (12-3) got great pitching from Mars Hill-bound Zach Grice and two RBIs apiece from    Daniel Burleson, Hunter Stoker and Tyler Captain.

Cameron Clonch had two of Mooresville’s four hits.


Brandon Gregory was the winning pitcher as West Iredell beat South Iredell, 8-5, in the seventh-place game at Staton Field.

Eli Kitchens had two hits for the Warriors (5-10).

Jamie Winecoff knocked in two for South Iredell (3-11).

West camp

Coach Mike Gurley’s West Rowan Falcon Basketball Camp is on June 18-20 from 9 until 1  daily and also from July 9-11. Cost is $50.

Contact Coach Gurley at 704-798-2074.

Local golf

Sixty GARS members played a Captains Choice at Corbin Hills.

The first-place team at minus-11 was Winsten Mahaffey, Clive Mahaffey, Buddy Barger and Bobby Clark.

Two teams tied for second with a minus-10.

The team of Andy Griffin, John Goodman, Allen Hammill and Tom Talbert won a scorecard playoff over the team of Larry Petrea, Edgar Osborne and Ralph Brown.

The team of J.C. Ritchie, Donnie Burris, Frank Masingo and John Daniels won low handicap round.

Closest to the pin on No. 2 was Bob Sidden.

Longest putt on No. 9 was made by Daniels.


The Corbin Hills  Women’s Golf Association   had its first day of play on Tuesday.

First Flight Winners   

• Kristi Laton  — Low Gross

• Susan Houston—  Low Net

Second Flight Winners    

• Ruth Bowles — Low Gross

  Monica Green —Low Net

Third Flight Winners

  Eileen Full —  Low Gross

  Susan Wydner    Low Net

Indoor football

Former North Rowan receiver Brandon Ford is playing for the Upstate Dragons in Professional Indoor Football.

Ford had five catches for 80 yards and two TDs in a 51-50 to the Austin Wild.

The next game for the Dragons is against the Peach State Cats in Anderson, S.C., on Saturday.