Area Sports Briefs
West Rowan junior shortstop Hunter Gibbons has committed verbally to play for N.C. State’s softball program.
Gibbons is an all-county player and has been All-NPC the last two seasons.
Gibbons batted .412 for her Team N.C. travel squad summer. She had five homers, five triples and 10 doubles in 80 at-bats. She scored 31 runs and drove in 35.
West’s Blair Harkey was a starting center fielder for N.C. State from 2005-08.
Carson won 4-3 in two overtimes against Cox Mill in SPC boys soccer on Thursday.
Carson’s Sam Cooley and Raunel Vasquez scored goals for a 2-1 halftime lead.
With the Cougars down 3-2, Logan Correll scored the goal that forced overtime.
Brandon Flores scored the decisive goal six minutes into the second 10-minute overtime period.
• Carson’s jayvees lost 1-0 to the Chargers.
•South Rowan won 3-1 against East Rowan in SPC boys soccer on Thursday.
Angel Dominguez had two goals for South, while Javier Saucedo had one.
Dominguez scored on a corner kick from Walter Joyce for a 1-0 South lead.
After East tied it on Jacob Daye’s goal off a cross by Erik Estrada, Saucedo’s goal gave the Raiders (2-2, 2-0) a 2-1 halftime lead.
Dominguez scored unassisted to close the scoring.
Tyler Livengood, Jose Sanchez, Dalton Carter and Alex Hopkins played well on defense for South.
South is at Cox Mill on Tuesday. East hosts Hickory Ridge.
•Christ the King’s Crusaders won 3-2 against North Hills. Patrick Blattner scored two goals for Christ The King, and Rigo Salazar had one.
Salisbury lost 28-26, 15-25, 21-25, 25-22 and 11-15 to West Stanly in a non-conference match on Thursday.
Juliana Anderson had 12 kills, 15 blocks and seven digs for the Hornets. Olivia Smith had seven kills, nine blocks and 12 assists. Mary Seifert had five aces and eight assists.
Carson swept West Rowan, and South Rowan lost 3-1 to Cox Mill in SPC volleyball on Thursday. East Rowan lost 25-14, 25-12 and 25-16 to Hickory Ridge.
Carson and Hickory Ridge stayed unbeaten in the league.
• South’s jayvees won 2-0 against Cox Mill.
• Salisbury’s jayvees lost 2-0 to West Stanly.
There were a handful of varsity football games played on Thursday.
Bunn 51, North Johnston 20
Hertford County 21, Wilson Hunt 15
Raleigh Athens Drive 22, Raleigh Broughton 21
Raleigh Leesville Road 40, Apex 6
Southern Nash 30, Wilson Beddingfield 24
Wilson Fike 49, Roanoke Rapids 0
Kevin Lentz made a hole-in-one on the par-4, 315-yard No. 10 hole at Corbin Hills on Wednesday.
Lentz used a driver for his fifth career ace.
John McDufford, John McDufford Jr. and Tim Moody witnessed the feat.
• After three rounds of the eGolf Tour’s Mid Pines Classic, Frank Adams III is tied for 11th at 8-under 65-70-70 — 205. Will Collins is tied for 16th at 67-74-66 — 207.
• The 3rd annual Debbie Plummer Memorial Golf Tournament is set for Corbin Hills on Sept. 7.
The format is Captain’s Choice. There will be a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m.
The entry fee is $50 per player. Entry fee includes golf, lunch during play, beverages, prizes and a meal after play.
The tournament fundraiser honors the spirit of Debbie Plummer and her passion for life. Proceeds will benefit local families fighting cancer and needing help with expenses.
Contact Perry Voncanon at 704-642-7468 or Jay Hill at 704-636-0672 for information.
Checks should be made payable to Bethel Lutheran Church.
• Match play in the Labor Day Four-Ball tournament at the Country Club of Salisbury begins on Saturday.
North Rowan’s jayvee football team rallied to beat Carson 18-13 on Thursday in China Grove.
Trey Stoner made two big runs on the game-winning drive, while Malik Alford scored the deciding TD from 20 yards out.
Naquis Caldwell scored on a pass reception and on a punt return.
Stevie Thurston made an interception and led the North defense, along with Zion Dubose, Terry Cathcart, Spencer Bowler and Javon Goodine.
QB Andy Lear scored on touchdown runs of 52 and 38 yards for the Cougars. Lear also broke a 65-yard run late in the game that was called back by a penalty.
Scott Vandergriff, Connor Wilson, Chandler Herring, Brandon Mock and Alex Deal were defensive standouts for Carson.
• A.L. Brown’s jayvees won 42-0 against South Rowan in Kannapolis.
Sophomore running back Robert Lyles scored three TDs.
Brown’s kickoff coverage team scored on a scoop-and-score, and the defensive unit had a strong effort.
• West Rowan won 36-26 against Davie in Mocksville.
Lee Poteat, Javon Quarles, Juwan Houston and Kortez Weeks led West’s offense behind the blocking of Shane Barber and Caleb Epps.
Austin Love, J.T. Sanders, Otis Smith and Jonathan Johnson led West’s defense.
• Salisbury won 24-0 against East Rowan at Ludwig Stadium.
College cross country
Catawba’s men’s cross country team was picked 10th in the SAC preseason poll, while Catawba’s women’s cross country team was picked ninth oout of 12 teams.
Mars Hill’s men and Lenoir-Rhyne’s women are the favorites.
Former Kannapolis second baseman Micah Johnson was named to the All-South Atlantic League team for this season.
• The Intimidators lost 5-1 to Delmarva on Thursday. Tim Anderson had two hits for Kannapolis and scored the only run.
• Justin Seager (NW Cabarrus) is batting .270 with three homers and 29 RBIs for Everett.
• Whit Merrifield (Davie) is batting .279 with three homers and 42 RBIs for Northwest Arkansas.
•Daniel Wagner (South Rowan) has enjoyed a hot stretch that included a 4-for-5 outing. Wagner is batting .274 for Birmingham.
North Carolina’s Romar Morris (Salisbury) had 15 carries for 69 yards and caught two passes for 18 in a 27-10 loss to South Carolina on Thursday.
• Western Carolina’s Shaun Warren (Carson) carried 13 times for 55 yards and a touchdown in a 45-24 loss to Middle Tennessee on Thursday.
• The first Catawba football press conference is Tuesday at 11 a.m. The Catawba preview is scheduled for Wednesday. The Indians open at home against West Liberty at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 7.