Ragsdale’s Dixon earns lacrosse coaching honor
Ragsdale’s lacrosse program received an impressive honor as coach Monty Dixon was named U.S. Lacrosse Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year. The award is a statewide honor, and is another outstanding award for Dixon, as he was also named Piedmont Triad 4A Conference Assistant Coach of the Year.
Through the leadership of head coach Ryan Kiser, the Ragsdale men’s lacrosse team earned a spot in the NCHSAA 4A playoffs this season.
WSSU NAMES WILHELMI HEAD HOOPS COACH
WINSTON-SALEM — Winston-Salem State hired James Wilhelmi as men’s basketball coach after the Board of Trustees approved his contract Friday.
Wilhelmi, 43, was top assistant for coach Bobby Collins for the last three seasons. Collins left earlier this year to become the head coach at Division I Maryland-Eastern Shore.
HITOMS CLOBBER MUSTANGS, 11-2
MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Des Roberts continued his hot hitting with two RBIs and Preston Johnson logged close to seven innings of two-run ball as the HiToms defeated the Martinsville Mustangs 11-2 on Thursday night.
The HiToms (3-4) brought the bats out early and grabbed an early 1-0 lead, starting the game with three straight hits capped by Roberts’ RBI single up the middle. Ahead 3-2 in the top of the sixth, they tacked on two runs in the top of the sixth. With runners on first and second to lead off the frame, the HiToms used aggressive base running to score as Spencer Mahoney scored from second on a fielder’s choice. Roberts followed with his second RBI single of the day, this time a line drive to right field.
It was in the top of the eighth, however, where the HiToms put the game away. Ahead 5-2 with two on and two out, Matt Orth lined a two-run single to center field. One pitch later, center fielder Cody Brittain smacked an RBI triple to deep right-center field before Nick Dini notched an infield RBI single to bring the tally to 9-2. Two batters later, Mahoney walked to drive in a run. A wild pitch chased home the final run of the frame.
HiToms starting pitcher Preston Johnson (1-1) earned the win going six and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on six hits, two walks, and punching out two.
POST 87 CRUSHES THE HITTING ZONE
THOMASVILLE — High Point American Legion Post 87 pounded The Hitting Zone for a 20-0 victory in a scrimmage at Finch Field late Thursday night.
The Post 87 HiToms (8-1) visit Danville Post 325 today at 4 p.m. at Dan Daniel Park.
FURMAN-ELON RENEW FOOTBALL SERIES
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Furman isn’t done on the football field with former Southern Conference rival Elon.
Furman athletic director Gary Clark said Friday the Paladins had scheduled football games with Elon in 2017 and 2018.
Elon is heading to the Colonial Athletic Association next month after 11 years in the SoCon.
Furman and Elon compete in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Furman will host Elon at Paladin Stadium on September 9, 2017, while the Phoenix will hold the game on September 8, 2018.
Furman owns an 11-6 series lead with Elon in football, but the Phoenix won the last meeting between the two, earning a 35-28 decision last fall in Paladin Stadium.