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Area Sports: Hunter shines for SC Panthers

From staff reports

  East  Rowan pitcher  Jake Hunter (East Carolina commit) helped lead the  South Charlotte Panthers 2021 team into the Round of 32 at the Perfect Game WWBA World Championships on Saturday.

Hunter  started and pitched six innings against the Ohio  Warhawks, a team featuring 25 college commits. Hunter allowed four hits and one earned run and struck out five.


North Stanly’s Rhett Lowder (Wake Forest commit) won Saturday for the 2020 SC Panthers.

He pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out seven.


East Rowan’s Cameron Padgett plays for the SC Panthers 2022 team and will hurl in the playoffs.

Local golf

Traci Donaldson of Salisbury had her first career hole-in-one recently,  during a tournament at the Club at Irish Creek.

Donaldson holed No. 3, using a fairway wood on the 127-yard shot. Donaldson was playing with Joe Lombardo, Dan Vandeman and Tom Tozkowski.


Dean Harwood recorded the fifth ace of his carer on the No. 3 hole at Warrior.

He used a 7-iron from 147 yards.

His playing partners included Tom Anderson, Bo Elkin and Harry VanPelt.

HS volleyball

Carson won twice on Saturday in a home tri-match, defeating Grimsley   25-13, 13-25, 25-16 and 25-18 and topping Ledford 25-11, 25-14 and 25-11.

College soccer

Catawba women’s soccer won 1-0 against Lincoln Memorial on Saturday.

Peyton Pruitt scored in the 60th minute for the Indians (7-2-1, 3-1-1).   Shelby Thompson had four saves.


Borja Gaspar scored for Catawba’s men (6-4, 2-3)  in a 1-0 win against Lincoln Memorial on Saturday.

College volleyball

Catawba outlasted Newberry to claim a four-set win over the visiting Wolves in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym.

The Catawba Indians won 24-26, 27-25, 25-14 and 27-25 to improve to 4-9 overall and 3-8 in the SAC.  .

Jade Brooks finished with 13 kills, 15 digs, five blocks and three aces. Kylie Morgan collected 15 kills with 15 digs and four aces.   Morgan Hester (Carson) posted 16 digs with 48 assists.

College cross country

The Catawba men’s cross country team placed 12th among 57 schools, while the women were 26th out of 63 teams at the Royals Cross Country Challenge on Friday afternoon.

Queens hosted the event at McAlpine Park.

Erick Ramirez-Ramos set a Catawba freshman record for the men as he clocked in with am 8K  time of 25:11.  Ethan Bemis ran 25:43.

  Hannah Mercer paced the Catawba women. She ran  18:45 in a 6K. Madison Lowery (South Rowan) ran 18:58.  Next for Catawba is the SAC Championships on Oct. 26 at Wingate.


Local tennis

Salisbury’s Ben Childress played in the USTA Level Four junior tennis tournament at Mooresville on Saturday.

He won three matches, taking the championship in straight sets — 6-3, 6-3.



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