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Area Sports Briefs: Legend coaches final home softball game

From staff reports

Nan Whitley, the first woman inducted into the  Catawba Sports Hall of Fame, coached her last home softball game at Whitley Field on Saturday.

Catawba won against Carson-Newman, 3-2.

Catawba’s season will continue in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament on Friday. The Indians will take on Coker at 3 p.m. at Anderson.

Whitley coached slow-pitch softball at Catawba for seven seasons (1983-89) and 178 wins and has been head coach since the Indians made the transition to fast-pitch in 1990.  She’s coached more than 600 fast-pitch wins. She coached Catawba’s   40-win team in 2007, the school’s first regional team in 2012 and the first SAC tournament champion in 2015.

She also coached Catawba field hockey from 1982-2000. She played softball and field hockey at Catawba and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993.


Pfeiffer swept Meredithat Jack Ingram Field  and finished the regular season with a 33-5 record.


Umpire dies

JT Bost, a sports official well-known locally, especially for his work as a baseball umpire, was   killed in a highway accident on Saturday.

College baseball

Catawba will play in Friday’s noon game in the double-elimination South Atlantic Conference Tournament in Kodak, Tenn.

The top-seeded Indians’ opponent will be determined by Thursday’s games.

Before leaving for the tournament, Catawba plays a home game on Tuesday  against  UNC Pembroke.


UNC’s Ike Freeman (East Rowan) had a two-run double in Sunday’s 10-3 win against Georgia Tech. Freeman hit his second homer of the season on Friday. The sophomore is batting .308 with 26 RBIs. He’s one of the 53 players on the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List that goes to college baseball’s top shortstop.

College football

NC A&T offensive tackle Brandon “Big Stuff” Parker (A.L. Brown)  projects to be picked on the fourth or fifth round in the NFL draft. Parker, 6-foot-7, 314 pounds, was twice named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year.

College lacrosse

Catawba secured its spot in the upcoming South Atlantic Conference men’s lacrosse tournament with a 14-10 victory over visiting Tusculum on Saturday night at Shuford Stadium.

Seeded fifth, Catawba plays at No. 4 Queens on Tuesday.


Catawba’s women’s team took third place in the SAC with a 13-11 win against Tusculum on Saturday.

Catawba overcame six yellow cards.  Katie Barth  scored four goals.

Catawba hosts Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday in the SAC tournament.

College track

In the SAC Track and Field Championships, Catawba’s men placed ninth, while the women were 10th.

Tom Joyce finished sixth in the men’s 800 in 1:54.32.

Local golf 

The McCanless Women’s Golf Association held their annual, two-day Spring Handicap Tournament. Mary Seaford took first place. Second was Sharon Miller. Susan Wydner placed third.

College golf

The UNC Greensboro  men’s golf team turned in a team score of 9-over 297 for third place on Sunday in the first round of the Southern Conference Men’s Golf Championship at par-72, 7,118-yard Pinehurst No. 9.

Freshman Nick Lyerly (East Rowan) shot 73 and is tied for sixth. Lyerly shot 35 on the back nine with two birdies on the last four holes.


George Mason’s Eric Edwards (Salisbury) shot 70-79-72 — 221 in the Clemson Intercollegiate and tied for 15th. The Atlantic 10 Championships are in Orlando on April 27-29.


Richmond’s Isabella Rusher (Salisbury) shot 81-81-83 — 245 and tied for 16th in the Patriot League Championships.

Rusher has been out with a serious illness and was playing in her first event since October.

Richmond won another league championship and will be in the regionals.

Minor leagues

KANNAPOLIS— Tyler Frost homered,  and Lincoln Henzman (1-2) allowed just two hits over six innings as the Kannapolis Intimidators defeated the Greenville Drive 11-1 on Sunday.  With the victory, the Intimidators swept the four-game series.


Jerry Sands, 30, is still swinging. Sands (Catawba) hit a three-run homer for the   Richmond Flying Squirrels on Saturday, his second homer of the season.




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