Area Sports Briefs: Cook signs with Catawba softball
From staff reports
A.L. Brown’s Kaylee Cook made it official on Monday and signed a National Leter of Intent to play softball for Catawba.
“I’m truly blessed to have an opportunity to play at the next level,” Cook said.
A first baseman and left-handed pitcher, Cook has started for the Wonders since her freshman year. She’s been all-conference three years and has helped change the direction of A.L. Brown softball. She was named the team’s Defensive MVP in 2014 and Offensive MVP in 2015.
The Wonders finished third in the MECKA last year and have high expectations for this spring .
Catawba had a chance for an upset win at Division I Radford, but the Indians couldn’t overcome a cold shooting night.
Catawba shot 32.4 percent from the field, including 2-for-12 on 3-pointers. Catawba also missed nine free throws.
Catawba more than held its own on the boards against the taller Highlanders and turnovers were basically even.
Freshman Malik Constantine was the bright spot for the Indians with 18 points and 11 boards.
Andew Ingram had 11 points and nine rebounds.
Radford got 12 points from Taj Owens and made eight 3-pointers.
Catawba led 41-38 with 12 minutes left and was down 53-50 with less than five minutes left.
Radford 68, Catawba 60
Constantine 18, Ingram 11, Taylor 8, McLaughlin 6, Brown 5, Morrison 5, Warren 4, Sealey 3, Sampah 2, Perkins, Houston.
Owens 12, Polite 10, Jones 9, Cousin 8, Davis 7, Sterling 7, Bolstad 7, Anderson 3, Lutete 3, Holcomb 1.
Catawba 27 33 — 60
Radford 28 40 — 68
Livingstone held off Mars Hill 65-60 in women’s basketball on Wednesday at New Trent Gym.
Amber Curtis scored 19 points for the Blue Bears (1-0). Kyala Searcy had 15 points, Brittany Taylor scored 12. Taylor Daniels had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Cadence Wilmoth scored 17 points for the Lions (0-2).
Livingstone made eight 3-pointers and pulled down 19 offensive rebounds.
Livingstone 65, Mars Hill 60
MARS HILL (60)
Wilmoth 17, Lane 13, Allen 11, Chavis 7, Dixon 6, Comer 4, Brown 2
Curtis 19, Searcy 15, Taylor 12, Daniels 10, Lankford 4, Grinage 4, Wilson 1, Gadson.
Mars Hill 11 9 17 23 — 60
Livingstone 20 7 15 23 — 65
Catawba will host Tuskegee in a playoff game Saturday. Kickoff has been set for 1 p.m.
As reported earlier, Catawba sophomore linebacker Kyle Kitchens is the SAC Defensive Player of the Year and Catawba’s Curtis Walker is the SAC Coach of the Year.
Walker, in his third season, coached the Indians to their first regular season championship since 2007.
Catawba is No. 5 in the nation in scoring defense at 14.8 points per game.
Catawba is also ranked No. 9 in the country in red zone defense allowing a score in just 63 percent of opponent’s trips to the red zone.
Carson-Newman running back Damian Baker was voted SAC Offensive Player of the Year. The senior has 1,349 rushing yards.
Gilbert Johnson of Mars Hill was named SAC Offensive Freshman of the Year and Kyle Dugger from Lenoir-Rhyne was named Defensive Freshman of the Year.
Johnson hauled in nine touchdowns and 826 receiving yards.
Dugger notched a pair of fumble returns for touchdowns and returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown.
Newberry finished No. 1 in the League with seven first-team selections. Carson-Newman and Wingate followed with five selections each. Catawba put four players on the first team, while Mars Hill, Tusculum and Lenoir-Rhyne had three each.
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Quarterback – De’Andre Thomas, Carson-Newman
Running Back – Damian Baker, Carson-Newman
Running Back – Romelo Doctor, Newberry
Running Back – Lawrence Pittman, Wingate
Wide Receiver – Keshaun Taylor, Mars Hill
Wide Receiver – Gilbert Johnson, Mars Hill
Wide Receiver – Justin Houston, Tusculum
Tight End – Marquez Williams, Mars Hill
OL – Derek Evans, Carson-Newman
Offensive Line – Lewis McCormick, Catawba
Offensive Line – Joe Ray, Lenoir-Rhyne
Offensive Line – Landon Martin, Newberry
Offensive Line – Mathu Gibson, Wingate
Return Specialist – Kristaan Ivory, Lenoir-Rhyne
Long Snapper – Andrew Smith, Newberry and Dusty Nance, Carson-Newman
Placekicker – Will Tommie, Tusculum
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
Defensive Line – C.J. Barksdale, Catawba
Defensive Line – Alstevis Squirewell, Newberry
Defensive Line – Jalen Hunter, Newberry
Defensive Line – Andre Foulks, Wingate
Linebacker – Kyle Kitchens, Catawba
Linebacker – Taylor McDonnell, Newberry
Linebacker – Brandyn Bartlett, Tusculum
Linebacker – Eric Mapoles, Wingate
Defensive Back – Xavier McFadden, Carson-Newman
Defensive Back – Case Woodard, Catawba
Defensive Back – Chris Shaffer, Lenoir-Rhyne
Defensive Back – Tay Otis, Wingate
Punter – Kyle Clark, Newberry
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
Quarterback – Raleigh Yeldell, Newberry
Running Back – Cary Littlejohn, Catawba
Running Back – Kristaan Ivory, Lenoir-Rhyne
Running Back – Shaikel Davis, Mars Hill
Wide Receiver – TraShaun Ward, Carson-Newman
Wide Receiver – Ken Funnye, Tusculum
Wide Receiver – Jordan Berry, Wingate
Tight End – Zach Edmunds, Newberry
Offensive Line – Josh Turner, Brevard
Offensive Line – Dan Gallman, Carson-Newman
Offensive Line – Joe Hillin, Mars Hill
Offensive Line – Hayden Wilks, Newberry
Offensive Line – Billy Munker, Tusculum
Placekicker – Carson Wise, Carson-Newman
Return Specialist – TraShaun Ward, Carson-Newman
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
Defensive Line – Phalen Booker, Carson-Newman
Defensive Line – Johnathan Jean, Catawba
Defensive Line – Johnny Maxey, Mars Hill
Defensive Line – Placid Ajoku, Lenoir-Rhyne
Linebacker – Sha’Heem Stupart, Carson-Newman
Linebacker – Jamal Lackey, Catawba
Linebacker – Jordan Forney, Lenoir-Rhyne
Linebacker – Carl Mattox, Mars Hill
Defensive Back – Mark McDaniel, Catawba
Defensive Back – Trey Clark, Mars Hill
Defensive Back – Arnez Gray, Newberry
Defensive Back – Cameron Thomas, Tusculum
Punter – Michael DeStephens, Lenoir-Rhyne
The All-SPC volleyball team includes Carson’s Morgan Hester, Elena Turnbull, Jordan Osborne and Lindsay Elmore; East Rowan’s Jordan McCall and Brittany Small; South Rowan’s Kylie Labbe, and West Rowan’s Taylor Martin.
Carson’s Kelan Rogers was named SPC Coach of the Year.
Cox Mill’s Taylor Rowland was named SPC Player of the Year.
The All-SPC tennis team includes Carson’s Gabi Jolly and Sierra Fesperman; East Rowan’s Katie Barnes and Angel Scialdone, and West Rowan’s Payton Holt.
Concord’s Pam Beecher was named SPC Coach of the Year. Cox Mill’s Sarah Jiang is the SPC Player of the Year.
The All-SPC golf team includes Carson’s Micah Furr and Adison Collins; East Rowan’s Camryn Corriher, and South Rowan’s Lea Morris.
Furr is the SPC Golfer of the Year.
Cox Mill’s Stephen Moore is the SPC Coach of the Year.
Carson’s Zachary Marchinko, Dylan Koontz, Garrett Ingold, Nick Cox, Jonah Evans; East Rowan’s Sean Incardona, and West Rowan’s Andrew Burgess made the All-SPC boys cross country team.
Carson’s Taylor Wiggins; East Rowan’s Faith Faller and Faith Blume, and West Rowan’s Josie Heglar made the All-SPC girls cross country team.
Zachary Marchinko is the SPC Runner of the Year. Carson’s Bob Marchinko is the SPC Coach of the Year for boys.
Girls coach of the year is Northwest Cabarrus’ Daniel Helms. The SPC Runner of the Year for girls is Kara Dunkle.
North Rowan swept a doubleheader at Harding on Wednesday.
The North girls won 59-40. The North boys won 46-35.
Davie plays at Carson tonight.
RALEIGH — Four championships will be decided Saturday in theNCHSAA state men’s soccer championships at Dail Soccer Field on the campus of North Carolina State.
The 2A final at 2:05 p.m. will send the Pam Pack of Washington (26-1) against Salisbury (26-0-2).
Washington is in the finals for the first time ever while Salisbury seeks its third crown in the last five years.
Washington is a veteran team with 10 seniors. Rob Zerniak has been an outstanding goal scorer during the postseason.
Salisbury, which has won 12 consecutive conference championships, is led by Landon Goodman, a tremendous scoring threat with 66 goals.
Dail Soccer Field, NC State University
Saturday, November 21
Class 4A—11:05 a.m.
E. A. Laney High School Buccaneers (20-3-3) vs. South Mecklenburg High School Sabres (22-0-2)
Class 2A—2:05 p.m.
Washington High School Pam Pack (26-1) vs. Salisbury High School Hornets (26-0-2)
Class 1A—5:05 pm
Franklin Academy Patriots (21-1-2) vs. Community School of Davidson Spartans (22-2-1)
Class 3A—8:05 pm
Lee Senior High School Yellow Jackets (25-3-1) vs. Weddington High School Warriors (19-1-2)
Fifty-nine GARS members played in foursomes at Warrior.
Low ‘A’ Flight player was Clifford Full with a net of 62.89.
Low ‘B’ Flight player was Clyde Mahaffey with a net of 66.83.
Low ‘C’ Flight player was Donnie Burris with a net of 62.69 Low ‘D’ Flight player was Harry Agner with a net of 69.91.
Register now for a boys basketball league.
This league teaches basketball skills and fundamentals along with YMCA core values.
The league is for grades 2-7 (ages 7-14). Register through Dec. 19. Practice starts Jan. 11. The season begins on Jan. 23.
Register at the East Rowan YMCA or online at www.rowanymca.org.
Contact Joe Finney at 704-279-1742 or email@example.com.