The South Caldwell High baseball team is currently ranked thrid in the ESPN Powerade North Carolina Baseball Poll. The Spartans (10-0 overall; 6-0 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference) own a two-game lead on Watauga and St. Stephens for first place at the midway point
of the conference season. South Caldwell play at Hibriten Friday night.
Providence, led by former WHS assistant coach Danny Hignight, is No.1 in the poll; T.C. Roberson, which suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday night (a 9-6 setback against North Bumcombe), is No.2. Davie County is fifth. Ardrey Kell, which plays WHS in Boone on Saturday, is among teams receiving votes.
The Pioneers take on Fred T. Foard Friday night with the right-hander Matt Proffitt on the mound. Our coverage begins at 6 p.m. on Oldies 100.7 FM; our coverage for the Ardrey Kell game Saturday begins at 12 noon.
INDIANS MOVE INTO FIRST PLACE
The St. Stephens High women's soccer team moved into sole possession of first place in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference with a 4-0 victory Wednesday night against Hickory. The Indians (8-1 overall; 4-0 NW3A/4A) own a one-game lead on Hickory (4-1). Watauga is in third place at 3-1, a game-and-a-half off the pace. The Indians beat WHS 6-1 Tuesday night. Pioneers travel to Fred T. Foard Friday night.
HOLT WILL RETIRE A RAM
Wide receiver Torry Holt has rejoined the St. Louis Rams for just one day. Holt, who played ten seasons in the National Football League with St. Louis, Jacksonville and New England, will officially retire today as a member of the Rams.
Holt caught 920 passes in his career for more than 13,000 yards with 74 touchdown receptions. Holt, who played at North Carolina State, was drafted by the Rams in 1999.
MARSHALL WINS COUSY ARWARD
Point guard Kendall Marshall of the Tar Heels has been named this year's winner of the Bob Cousy Award, which goes to the best point guard in the nation. Marshall, who suffered a broken wrist against Creighton in the Sweet 16 on March 18, is the third North Carolina player to win the award. Raymond Felton won the award in 2005 and Ty Lawson won it in 2009. Marshall was forced to sit out North Carolina's (32-6) last two games thanks to that wrist injury.
Prior to injuring his wrist, he set an ACC record 351 assists, the fourth-most in NCAA single-season history. He also became UNC’s all-time leader in assist average (7.96 per game) and the ACC’s career leader in assist-error ratio (3.01). He set an ACC single-season record with 17 double-figure assist games, and holds five of UNC’s top eight all-time single-game assist totals. He was a second-team All-ACC selection, and has not yet announced whether he plans to return to UNC for his junior season.
The Tar Heels were eliminated by Kansas in the Midwest Regional finals last Sunday.