Area Sports: New look for Christmas tournament; Strong start for Catawba women
Published Sunday November 13, 2022 2:53 am
From personnel reports
A basketball Christmas tournament, the 50th edition, will be held in Catawba from December 28th to 30th.
The Dale’s Sporting Goods Sam Moir Christmas Classic will feature the varsity girls’ and boys’ teams from South Rowan, East Rowan, North Rowan, West Rowan and Carson.
Salisbury’s boys will play in Charlotte while Salisbury’s girls will play in Raleigh.
AL Brown and Davie are also eliminated from the tournament this year.
Jayvee Boys and Girls Tournaments have been added for this year.
Third-place Flagler beat second-place Catawba in Saturday’s women’s regional semifinals at Frock Field.
The teams were tied at the end of the regulations and overtime. Flagler won 5-4 in a PK shootout.
Hannah Dunn scored the goal for Catawba.
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Pfeiffer’s Madison Lowery (South Rowan) finished second in the D-III Southeast Regional and qualified for the Nationals in Michigan.
Livingstone’s true freshman cornerback Kevin Larkins Jr., who made eight interceptions and led the Division II in interceptions per game, was named CIAA Defensive Rookie of the Year and First Team All-CIAA.
Larkin had 161 return yards on his interceptions and a pick six.
He had three interceptions against Shaw.
“Kevin embodies focus, resilience and leadership,” said LC head coach Sean Gilbert. “He showed those qualities as a freshman and we’re excited to see what comes next in his football career.”
With a game-winning 43-yard field goal after time was up, Elton Andrew lifted Fayetteville State to a 31-28 win over Chowan in Saturday’s CIAA championship game in Salem, Virginia.
The Broncos earned their fourth CIAA title and first since 2009.
As hosts of the first-ever South Atlantic Conference Championship, Newberry defeated Mars Hill 27-24 on Saturday.
Running back Mario Anderson was MVP with 33 carries for 144 yards. Dre Harris passed for 163.
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The Catawba women’s basketball team opened Friday with a 102-48 win over North Greenville.
Lyrik Thorne scored 29 points and had six steals to lead the Indians at Goodman Gym.
Jada Porter scored 15 and Janiya Downs (South Rowan) scored 12 for the Indians. Mary Spry (Carson) had eight points and seven rebounds in her first official game.
Catawba beat Mount Olive 80-55 on Saturday.
Thorne scored 14. Downs had 12. Spry scored 11 on 5-for-6 shooting. Merdeces Wampler scored 11, Nala Baker 10.
Bryanna Troutman (Salisbury) had 16 points and six rebounds as Wingate opened with a 75-65 win over Francis Marion on Friday.
In a 55-54 win over UNC Pembroke on Saturday, Troutman had 14 points and seven rebounds.
Colbie Perry (Carson) hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in Converse’s 77-71 OT loss to the Lincoln Memorial on Friday.
Hannah Isley (Carson) had 11 points and six rebounds as Pfeiffer played Agnes Scott 78-49 on Saturday.
The Catawba men’s basketball team opened the season with an 81-69 win over Johnson C. Smith in the Newberry Classic on Saturday.
Ray Kowalski made five 3-pointers and scored 21 for the Indians. Caleb Robinson had 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Livingstone opened the season on Friday with an 86-85 loss to West Virginia State in the Earl Lloyd Classic at the Institute, W. Virginia.
Detionne Leach led five Blue Bears by double digits with 14 points.
• Livingstone lost 75-65 to Davis & Elkins in Saturday’s Earl Lloyd Classic.
Paul Tako led the Blue Bears (0-2) with 14 points.
The Wingate Bulldogs defeated Carson-Newman on Saturday to win the South Atlantic Conference Tournament championship.
West Rowan’s Ashlee Ennis and Emma Clarke were named All-Region.
AL Brown’s Elisa Landaverde made all-region.