Area Sports Briefs:
Salisbury won 9-0 against Mt. Airy on Thursday. Mt. Airy is ranked No. 1 in 1A.
Alexandra Drye, Kayla Honeycutt, Anna Flynn, Madeline Hoskins, Kathryn Rusher and Grace Steinman won the singles matches.
Drye-Hoskins, Honeycutt-Flynn and Rusher-Steinman were the winning doubles teams for the Hornets (7-1), who are ranked No. 1 in 2A.
Salisbury (5-3, 2-0) swept Lexington in a CCC match played on Thursday.
Olivia Smith had nine aces for the Hornets, and Mary Seifert had four.
• Salisbury’s jayvees also swept. Rebecca Malloy and Kate Murph had four aces each.
• North Rowan lost to West Davidson 25-19, 26-24, 15-25 and 25-16 in CCC action on Thursday.
• North’s jayvees lost 2-0 to West Davidson.
•Cox Mill recovered from losing the first game and beat West Rowan 17-25, 25-17, 25-20 and 25-10 in SPC play on Thursday.
• East Rowan’s varsity lost 3-2 to Central Cabarrus. East’s jayvees won 2-1.
South Rowan lost 4-3 to Northwest Cabarrus in SPC action on Thursday.
South led 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 but couldn’t hold off the Trojans.
Luis Fierro scored off a set piece for the 1-0 lead. Altman scored off Tyler Livengood’s throw-in for a 2-1 lead.
Dillon Beam scored unassisted for a 3-2 South lead.
Tony Ramirez made 14 saves.
South hosts Lexington on Monday at 6 p.m.
• Northwest won the jayvee game 6-1. Omar Curiel scored for the Raiders.
Alex Figueroa, Adrian Figueroa, Jorge Arellano and John Fulton were standouts. Cameron Corriher had 13 saves.
•After a lightning delay, Cox Mill won 9-0 against East Rowan in SPC play on Thursday.
•Carson and Central Cabarrus tied 1-1 in jayvee soccer. Cole Howard scored for the Cougars.
The varsity teams were unable to play because of the weather. That match was rescheduled for Oct. 21.
Carson hosts Concord on Tuesday.
•Salisbury won 5-1 against Ledford. See Saturday’s edition for the scoring.
Carson won 23-6 against Central Cabarrus on Thursday.
Carson trailed early 6-0, but took a 7-6 lead on fullback Dalton Cauble’s 39-yard scoring run and a Cole Howard PAT. The Cougars got a safety when Tanner Christy and Jacob McCurry sacked the quarterback in the end zone.
Armoni Hogue’s 4-yard run and Andy Lear’s 2-yard run finished the scoring, and Howard added PATs after both TDs.
• Salisbury lost 28-6 to Lake Norman. Neither team scored in the second half.
Kenderik Patterson and Matt Woolly led Salisbury’s defense.
Salisbury rushed for 350 yards, including 56 by Cameron Horne.
• Cox Mill won 42-31 against East Rowan. QB Tate Houpe stood out for East.
• Northwest Cabarrus won 36-8 against South Rowan.
QB Heath Barringer stood out for the Raiders.
West Rowan Middle won 30-0 against Mooresville.
Rick Phelps scored on a 45-yard run and had 105 rushing yards. Devin Turner had a 6-yard scoring run and a 2-point conversion. Bryant Young had a 1-yard TD run, a 23-yard TD pass to Owen White and a 2-point conversion pass to Caleb Mauldin.
Offensive linemen Eli Walton, Ethan Adkins, Caleb Link, Zarrek Barger, Phillip McDaniel and Dillon Simpson blocked well.
Brandon Wallace made 12 tackles, and Luke Hager and Turner had eight each.
Malcolm Ingram had a fumble recovery. White had an interception.
The Bulldogs (1-0) play Corriher-Lipe Wednesday.
• Southeast won 38-0 against Erwin.
Jay Wilkerson scored three touchdowns for the Patriots. Cole Sifford and Jamarius Hairston scored TDs. Daniel Carillo kicked four PATs.
A.J. Banks had an interception. Other defensive standouts were Zain Tucker, Robert Lee, James Ruiz and Garrett Kennedy.
The Patriots host Knox next week.
Averett’s Nicole Barringer (South Rowan) had 45 assists and 11 digs in Tuesday’s 3-1 win against Southern Virginia.
• Lenoir-Rhyne’s Kayla Morrow (South) had five kills and three digs in a 3-0 win over Queens.
Kenny Bonilla (Salisbury) was named Catawba’s Athlete of the Week.
Bonilla scored a goal and had an assist in the Indians’ first game.
Middle school softball
West Rowan Middle defeated Corriher-Lipe 10-0.
Hannah Roberts pitched the shutout.
Middle school tennis
Knox’s girls won 8-1 against North Rowan Middle.
Bethanie Stauffer, Rachel Seifert, Skye Mowery, Maleah Corpening, Saleema Sabadaka and Lindsay Jones swept singles for the Trojans.
Seifert-Roberta Moulton and Mowery-Laura Bullock won in doubles.
Knox plays Salisbury Academy on Monday at the Country Club.
Punt, Pass & Kick
The local Punt, Pass & Kick competition will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. at Catawba’s Shuford Stadium. No cleats. No charge.
• Other upcoming programs sponsored by Salisbury Parks and Rec include adult coed kickball. The cost is $150 per team. Register by Sept. 16.
•Register by Sept. 14 for youth soccer (ages 4-8). The cost is $20 per player.
•Register by Sept. 14 for youth volleyball (girls, grades 4-8). The cost is $25 per player.
• Register by Sept. 16 for adult coed volleyball. The cost is $100 per team.
East Rowan cheerleaders are hosting a K-5 cheer clinic on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 8:45 until 12:30 p.m.
Kannapolis’ Rick Lewallen tied for fourth in the CPGA Professional Championship held at Kiawah Island.
Lewallen shot even-par 216 and won $3,105.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Brandt Snedeker was making so many birdies that even an 18-foot putt looked like a mere tap-in.
When he finished his amazing run Thursday in the BMW Championship, he had seven straight birdies on his card and an 8-under 63 at blustery Conway Farms.
Everything was going in — a 15-foot putt from the fringe on the 13th, another 15-footer on the next hole when he used the blade of his sand wedge to bump the ball out of the short rough, and a 40-footer from the fringe on the 17th stood out to him.
That gave him a one-shot lead over Zach Johnson in the third FedEx Cup playoff event. Tiger Woods was disgusted with his round of 66, mainly because he had a pair of three-putt bogeys and missed a 4-foot birdie putt.
over his last five holes.
“I’m not exactly real happy,” Woods said.
“I played well, and I just didn’t get much out of that round. I missed three little short ones in there and then played the par 5s even par. That’s just not very good.”
Steve Stricker, Charl Schwartzel and Kevin Streelman also were at 66.
The opening round was mainly about the debut of Conway Farms, a Tom Fazio design north of Chicago which has a blend of strong holes and plenty of birdie opportunities on par 4s where players hit wedge for their second shot. Low scoring was predicted, and Snedeker’s round was proof of that.
But as the wind picked up and shifted directions, the course was far from a pushover.
Rickie Fowler opened with a pair of double bogeys, followed by a pair of bogeys. He rallied for a 77. Rory McIlroy made a double bogey — his ninth of the FedEx Cup playoffs — on his second hole, and then three-putted from 4 feet for a triple bogey and staggered to a 78. Lee Westwood, fighting severe pain in his back and ribs, had an 80.
“There’s a good mixture of really hard holes and really good birdie opportunities. I think that makes for exciting golf,” Phil Mickelson said after opening with a 70. “That’s why we have such a discrepancy in scores.”
The top 30 players in the FedEx Cup after the BMW Championship advance to the Tour Championship next week and a shot at the $10 million prize.
Westwood is at No. 30 and likely played himself out of a trip to East Lake, though he didn’t appear to be healthy enough to play. McIlroy is at No. 41 and all but took himself out of the Tour Championship. He needs to finish somewhere around seventh in the 70-man field. His 78 put him in a tie for 66th.
“It’s going to be a very uphill task,” McIlroy said. “I’ll try to get to even par as quickly as I can.”
That still might not be enough the way Snedeker is playing.
Snedeker is at No. 9 in the FedEx Cup and assured of being the first defending FedEx Cup champion to make it to the Tour Championship. He is trying to move into the top five, for those players have a clear shot at the $10 million bonus — all they have to do is win at East Lake no matter what anyone else does.
He wouldn’t have imagined this kind of round at the start of the day. He didn’t warm up well and didn’t feel good with the putter. Snedeker missed the 10th fairway to start his round and had to make an 18-footer for par. He missed the 11th green and had to scramble for par. He missed a good look at birdie from the 12 feet on the next hole.
The next hour was a blur.
“When I get going good, I realize it doesn’t happen all the time, so I instantly become more aggressive,” he said. “I think being a good putter helps, too, because I don’t really have to hit it three feet eight times in a row. Just got to hit the green sometimes and it’s going to happen. I realize these runs are few and far between, so when I get on one, I try to run as hard as I can for as long as I can.”
The blustery conditions kept scoring from getting out of hand, and the average score was at 71.3.
No one had less experience on the course than Mickelson, who had some personal issues earlier in the week that kept him from playing the pro-am. He didn’t arrive in Chicago until Wednesday night and had never seen the course until he stood on the first tee Thursday.
Mickelson did not want to talk about what kept him away. When asked if it was a family matter, he said, “Everything is fine. I’m here now, I’m ready to play. But I just needed to be a little cautious this first round before I attack it tomorrow.”