• 55°

Catawba to hold dedication ceremony for softball field lights

College softball: New lights at Catawba

Wayne Hinshaw file PHOTO/for the Salisbury Post … Catawba softball coach Mandy Harris-Morgan, shown during a game against Anderson last March, is happy to have new lights at Whitley Field.

Catawba press release
SALISBURY — Catawba College will hold a dedication ceremony during
homecoming weekend, Oct. 25-27, to celebrate the installation of lights at the Whitley Field, home for the women’s softball team.

The dedication event will be held Friday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m., at the softball

The lights were funded through the current MIND BODY SOUL Campaign for Growth and installed during the summer. The campaign raised $235,523 to fund the lights.

The lighted field allows Catawba to host evening games, instead of afternoon games, where student athletes had to miss class in order to compete. Also, working parents could not attend, nor other students with afternoon classes.

Catawba will now have an opportunity to rent the lighted field for community evening activities as well.

“With so many classes, labs and clinicals held in the afternoons, the lights will give us a huge advantage to be able to practice with our entire team,” said Mandy Morgan, head softball coach and senior women’s administrator and SAAC advisor. “When we can, we are trying to play in the evenings. Obviously, weather is a factor, but evening games give parents and the community a chance to come to more games.”

Larry Leckonby, the college’s director of athletics, agreed, saying that the lights “allow us to minimize missed class time, provide more opportunity for spectators to attend and host additional community events in the evenings and on weekends.”

The Catawba softball season runs from January through April. There are also a practice schedule during the fall semester.

Catawba has won the South Atlantic Conference softball championship twice — in 2015 and 2016.



RSS talks first steps for new federal relief totaling $66 million

China Grove

Gary’s Barbecue staff, customers look back at 50 years


Salisbury Lions Club names Person of the Year, Lion of the Year at 78th annual banquet


Student COVID-19 numbers show first decline since plan A

High School

High school golf: Fowler competes in state tournament


Amazon announces new distribution center for North Carolina


House passes bill to bar Cooper from mandating COVID shot


Rowan County sees death 302 from COVID-19; Health Department to host final mass vaccine clinic

Ask Us

Ask Us: What happened to work on South Fulton Street home?


Blotter: Woman says she was shot in hand on Lincolnton Road


Rowan Sheriff’s Office charges Salisbury man with operating illegal gambling business


Blotter: Rockwell man arrested on felony drug, breaking and entering charges


Rep. Amber Baker discusses legislative session during Rowan Democrats breakfast meeting


Thousands of locals, out-of-towners gather for a groovy time at annual Hippie Fest


N.C. Zoo ready for expansion if lawmakers OK funding


RSS budgeting for tens of millions in federal COVID-19 relief funding

East Spencer

‘Back in full swing’ for the spring: East Spencer community gathers for food, fun and fellowship at Spring Fest


Rowan native Lingle among those honored with NC Military Veterans Hall of Fame induction


Former pro baseball player, Tar Heel standout Russ Adams finds new career with Trident Insured


Profoundly gifted: Salisbury boy finishing high school, associates degree at 12


Cheerwine Festival will stick to Main Street, stay away from new park in September


Celebrating Rowan County’s early cabinetmakers


Service Above Self announces youth challenge winners


Economic Development Commission creates search tool for people seeking Rowan County jobs