Area Sports Briefs: Carson volleyball advances
Carson's volleyball team finally broke through against Charlotte Catholic on Thursday and whipped their perennial nemesis 3-1 in a third-round match in the 3A state playoffs. Carson (33-3) had lost straight three years at Catholic in the second round. This time it won in Charlotte. Carson won the opening set 25-13, and after dropping the second set 27-25 came back with a 25-13 win in the pivotal third set to regain momentum. • Marvin Ridge won 3-2 at North Iredell on Thursday, so Carson will travel to play Marvin Ridge in Waxhaw in Saturday's fourth round. Jayvee football West Rowan's jayvee football team thumped West Iredell 41-6 on Thursday. The Falcons finished another strong season with an 8-2 record. The Falcons were 5-1 in the NPC, losing to Statesville, and West Rowan went 5-0 against Rowan County opposition. Scoring touchdowns for West were Daniel Flanagan, Lee Poteat, Kacey Otto, Amos Duncan, Dearius Phillips and Kreshon Alexander. Otto and Poteat hooked up for a two-point conversion, Alexander ran for a two-point conversion, and Poteat kicked a PAT. Leading the blocking for the Falcons were Hezekiah Banks, Jake Haire and Hunter Mesimer. Defensive standouts included Phillips, Noah Williams, Kevin Gaillard, Jaylen Sanders and Justin Evans. • A.L. Brown's jayvees smacked Concord 28-0 in Kannapolis. The Wonders finished an 8-2 season and went 7-0 in the SPC. R.J. Fowler led the Wonders with 160 rushing yards on 13 carries and scored three TDs. Logan Miller had two interceptions for the Wonders, and Devin Gray picked off his fifth pass of the season. Aygei Baruti made eight tackles. Prep soccer Salisbury's soccer team beat Statesville 5-1 on Thursday to avenge an early-season loss to the Greyhounds. The match had been rescheduled several times. Max Fisher had one of his best games in goal, snuffing out a breakaway and deflecting several shots over the bar. Philip Simons had a big game with two goals and two assists. Bobby Cardelle had a goal and an assist. Mike Brown and Clint Comadoll scored goals, and Emmy Turcios, who has been out with an injury, picked up an assist. "A lot of people were worried that we'd have our confidence damaged if we lost big to them again, and that was my challenge to the team," SHS coach Matt Parrrish said. "We didn't play our best tactical soccer, but in terms of heart, guts and intensity, it was one of our better games. It showed us that we have made some progress." Salisbury lost 5-1 at Statesville on Sept. 13. The Hornets will take a 10-game winning streak into Tuesday's first round of the 2A state playoffs. Salisbury will be at home against a wild-card team. Youth track The Hurley YMCA is hosting the first youth AAU sanctioned cross country meet to be held in Rowan County this Saturday. Races are in the following divisions: 8-under (2k), ages 9-10 (3k), ages 11-12 (3k), ages 13-14 (4k) and ages 15-18 (5k).