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Area Sports Briefs: 1A/2A swimmers strong; 2 wins for Catawba softball

From staff reports

GREENSBORO — Salisbury and South Rowan swimmers fared well in the 1A/2A Central Regional held on Friday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Top-eight finishers qualified for the upcoming state meet.

Salisbury’s girls placed third in the regional team scoring. The Hornets got two first places from Emily Knorr (200 free, 500 free) and two more from Katie Knorr (200 IM, 100 backstroke).

Salisbury’s 400 free relay and 200 medley relay teams placed second.

• Salisbury’s boys placed fourth in team scoring.

Roarke Burton won the 100 free and took second in the 50 free.

Salisbury’s 200 medley relay team placed third, while the 400 free relay team was fourth.

• South Rowan’s boys finished seventh in team scoring.

Cameron Hurd was fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.13 and broke the school record.

Blaise Bumgarner took third in the 100 backstroke.Bumgarner was sixth in the 50 free in a school-record 23.03.

South’s 200 free relay team and 200 medley relay team turned in fourth-place finishes.

HS wrestling

Unbeaten Uwharrie Charter won the 1A dual team wrestling championship on Saturday, beating Robbinsville, 36-32.

• West Lincoln repeated as the 2A state champion with a dominating  60-14 win against Croatan.

• St. Stephens completed a 43-0 season by beating Cape Fear, 41-25, for the  3A championship.

• Northwest Guilford finished a 31-0 season by beating Wilmington Laney, 33-27, for the 4A title.

Catawba baseball

Cameron Morrison singled home Hunter Shepherd in the top of the 10th inning to lift Catawba to a 6-5 win against Lynn in the  Indians’ season opener on  Friday.

Hunter Shepherd pitched seven strong innings for the Indians. He also homered and drove in two runs.

Catawba had a 5-2 lead going to the bottom of the eighth, but Lynn rallied to tie, 5-all.

Caleb Link worked a scoreless ninth and earned the win. Peyton Williams pitched the bottom of the 10th for a save.

Catawba had 11 hits, with Shepherd, Morrison and Bryce Butler getting two each.

• On Saturday, Catawba lost at Nova Southeastern, 10-6.

Catawba (1-1) took a 6-4 lead after a two-run, pinch-hit double by Dylan Wilkinson in the top of the seventh, but the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead.

Catawba used 10 pitchers. Bryan Ketchie started  and pitched into the fourth.   Link took the loss.

Shepherd had two hits and two walks to lead Catawba’s offense. Jackson Raper homered. Jacob Nester scored two runs.

Catawba plays at Palm Beach Atlantic today anda again on Monday.

Catawba softball

Catawba won a doubleheader at Augusta on Saturday to open the season successfully under new head coach Mandy Harris-Morgan.

The Indians took 2-1 and 5-2 victories.

In the opener, Preston Ellenberg pitched a two-hitter with six strikeouts.

Leah Huggins and Ellenberg drove in runs, as Catawba overcame four errors.

• Jordan Dean homered in the nightcap. Ellenberg, Dean and Grace Holland had two hits each. Dean drove in two runs, while Sydney Goertzen, Maddie Bell and Holland drove in one each.

Brooke Walser pitched five innings for the win, while Madison Hunter pitched two innings for the save.

Catawba plays its home opener (a doubleheader) on Wednesday afternoon  against Limestone.

A preview of the Indians is upcoming.

Mid. school boys

Knox’s boys won against West Rowan Middle, 56-17.

Knox (4-0) took a 32-7 halftime lead on a halfcourt shot by Macari House.

Yohance Connor had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Trojans, and Da’Shawn Brown had 17 points, seven rebounds and five steals. House scored seven points.

Knox takes on Mooresville Middle at home on Monday.

Hurley YMCA

Girls volleyball registration for grades 4-8 has started and runs through March 2. Cost is $45 for members and $75 for potential members.

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Spring soccer registrations runs through April 3 for boys and girls Pre-K to  eighth grade.

Cost is $45 for members and $75 for potential members.

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Flag football registration runs through April 3. Leagues are for boys and girls Pre-K to eighth grade.

Cost is $45 for members and $75 for potential members.

Register at the J.F. Hurley YMCA or online at www.rowanymca.org.

Contact Jesse Byrd at 704-636-0111 or Jbyrd@rowanymca.org.

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