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From staff reports
Raeshon McNeil (Davie County) had his first two career interceptions for Notre Dame in a four-overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday.
– Freshman Ibn Ali (Salisbury) played well on special teams in Western Carolina’s 27-7 win against Chattanooga on Saturday.
Ali made a tackle on a kickoff and excelled on punt coverage as the Catamounts ended a 20-game losing streak in the Southern Conference.
n Billy Riddle (Davie) started at safety and made eight tackles in Appalachian State’s 70-24 win against Wofford on Friday.
n UNC Pembroke freshman Justin Avery (West Rowan) recovered a fumble and was credited with two tackles in a rout of Concord on Saturday.
n Justin McCauley (A.L. Brown) made five tackles and added an interception for Averett in a 33-21 victory against Shenandoah on Saturday.
Freshman Josh Eury (East Rowan) started at left guard for Averett.
n Greensboro’s Cal Bacon (A.L. Brown) passed for 70 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown, and also ran 16 times for 71 yards in a loss to Ferrum on Saturday.
n Hurley “Tre” Hemphill (NW Cabarrus) made 10 tackles for Virginia Union in a loss to Elizabeth City State on Saturday.
Hemphill was Virginia Union’s leading tackler this season with 75 and added two fumble recoveries and an interception. Steven Tilghman (NW Cabarrus) had two picks this season for Virginia Union.
n College basketball
Jamel Carpenter (West Rowan) is expected to be a leader for Florida Community College at Jacksonville this season. As a freshman, Carpenter averaged 13.8 points a game.
n Women’s basketball
Senior Shayla Fields (Salisbury) represented N.C. State at the recent ACC Media Day in Greensboro.
Fields averaged 13.5 points as a junior. She has 813 career points and has made 106 3-pointers.
The Wolfpack was picked eighth in the voting. North Carolina edged Maryland for the favorite’s role.
N.C. State opens Nov. 15 at home against UW-Milwaukee.
n Sophilia Hipps (North Rowan) returns to South Carolina State for her junior season after averaging 13.4 points a game as a sophomore.
Hipps will be playing for new coach Doug Robertson, who was previously at Bowie State.
South Carolina State opens Nov. 18 at home against Mercer.
n Prep soccer
Salisbury (15-5-1) will play at South Iredell (18-1) in the third round of the 2A state playoffs. The match must be played by Wednesday.
CCC team East Davidson (10-7-4) also has reached the third round. The Golden Eagles beat West Stanly 1-0 and will face Hibriten (19-5), which eliminated Lexington 6-1.
n In the 3A playoffs, Lake Norman is the only NPC team still kicking.
The Wildcats topped Glenn 1-0 in the second round. Lake Norman (19-2-1) will play host to Marvin Ridge (18-0-1) in the third round.
Mooresville lost 3-2 in overtime to Ragsdale in the second round.
n College cross country
Salisbury’s Mary Dudley Bertram (Cannon School) ran a time of 18:34.1 and finished 11th in the Atlantic 10 cross country championships recently held in Charlotte. She was the fourth finisher for Richmond and helped the Spiders win the meet.
Bertram, a senior, made the all-conference team.
n Adam Vick (Salisbury) was the fifth finisher for UNC Asheville and helped the Bulldogs finish fifth in the Big South cross country championships held in Lynchburg, Va.
Vick completed the hilly 8K course in a time of 29:06.
n College soccer
Catawba is seeded second for the SAC women’s soccer tournament and plays Tuesday at home against No. 7 Newberry.
n Catawba is seeded eighth for the SAC men’s soccer tournament and plays at No. 1 Tusculum on Wednesday. Semifinals are Friday in Rock Hill for both tournaments. Championship matches are Sunday.
n DCDS tourneys
Davidson County Day School is holding basketball tournaments in Lexington for ages 10-12 and 12-14 on Nov. 13-15, Dec. 12-13 and Feb. 26-28. Interested teams should contact Bob Burges at 336-885-5131, ext. 1038.

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