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Area briefs: Tennis playoffs begin

From staff reports
Salisbury (2A) and East Rowan (3A) will open the dual-team tennis playoffs today.
Salisbury (18-1) will play host to wild-card entry West Henderson (11-3), which shared second place in the Western Athletic Conference with North Henderson and lost a tiebreaking match that followed the conclusion of the regular season. Amie Cloer, a state quarterfinalist in singles last year, anchors West Henderson’s lineup.
East Rowan (10-1) will travel to Greensboro to face Mid-Piedmont champion Southeast Guilford (14-0), the fourth-ranked team in 3A.
Hannah Kovach and the doubles team of Brittany Honeycutt-Emily Beck qualified for regional play from East. The other county representatives from NPC schools are South Rowan’s Stephanie Chavez and West Rowan’s tandem of Kate Ritchie-Sarah Teel.
– Salisbury soccer
Paul Kollie scored two goals to lead Salisbury to a 4-1 CCC victory against Lexington on Monday.
Daman Bowman scored on a 25-yard missile and Kenny Bonilla beat several defenders for a tough goal.
“We had a cohesive effort against a very good team,” SHS coach Tom Sexton said.
The first-place Hornets (10-4-1, 9-0-1) have injury problems. Dustin Presnell is out indefinitely after needing stitches to close a wound above an eyebrow and Victor Nyae suffered a head injury on Monday.
Coach Meagan Robinson’s jayvee Hornets stayed undefeated with a victory over the Jackets.
Salisbury plays at Central Davidson in a makeup game tonight.
– NPC golf
NPC girls golf teams competed in the 18-hole conference championship match at Warrior on Monday.
Lake Norman is the league’s overall champion. The Wildcats were followed by Statesville, West Rowan, Mooresville and South Rowan.
Lake Norman’s Hayley Hammond shot 68 Monday and claimed NPC Player of the Year honors.
West Rowan’s Katie Knepp (84), South Rowan’s Desirae Overcash (87), West’s Alex Mills (90) and East Rowan’s Samantha Haviland (94) finished among the top 12 golfers to earn all-conference honors.
The Rowan Championships will be played at McCanless Wednesday.
– Rendleman golf
Belmont Abbey shot 309 to take the lead after the first round of the Patsy Rendleman Invitational Women’s Golf Tournament at Country Club of Salisbury.
Pfeiffer was second at 317. Catawba was tied for ninth at 337.
Catawba’s Kelsey Babos shot 74 and was one shot off the pace set by Newberry’s Franziska Blum.


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