Area sports briefs: Dixon, Hornet golfers win
From staff reports
Roy Dixon shot a sharp 33 in the rain at Warrior and led Salisbury to the top spot in Thursday’s CCC golf match. Other top Hornets were Alex Nianouris (36), Troy Beaver (38) and Clark Alcorn (39). Randy Almeida shot 40 and Alex Lee 44.
Salisbury’s 146 total edged Ledford by two strokes. Justin Clement’s 35 helped West Davidson finish third at 154.
North Rowan shot 172 to finish fifth. Miller Sokolowski (40), Jon Robertson (43), Jesse Pinkston (44) and Kyle Collins (45) scored for the Cavaliers. Billy Fordyce shot 47.
After five matches, the Hornets lead Ledford by 12 strokes.
– College golf
Virginia’s Will Collins (Salisbury) placed fourth overall at 6-under 207 in the Bulls Bay tournament held in Awendaw, S.C. Collins helped the Cavaliers finish second. He had the best tournament score of his career.
– Middle school golf
Salisbury Academy golfers tied for second in a quad match held at Indian Valley in Burlington.
Burlington Christian (180) topped Salisbury Academy (190), Wesleyan Christian (190) and River Mill (214).
SA’s Jaguars (3-1) were led by Joseph Rusher (40), Isabella Rusher (44), Gabe Steinman (50) and Mackenzie Beaver (56).
* Southeast beat China Grove 169-184 at Warrior. Leading scorers for Southeast (2-0) were Chris Hassard, Matt Yates and Chuck Parks with 42s. Brian Burke shot 43.
Medalist Alex Austin led China Grove with a 37. Other Red Devil scores were posted by Evan Neas (47), Garen Hill (50) and Zack Pruitt (50).
* Southeast also defeated Erwin 182-191. Scorers for Southeast were Hassard (43), Garrett Yelton (46), Yates (46) and Rob Sawyer (47).
Erwin scorers were Chase Cannon (45), Kyle Leslie (47), Justin Allen (48) and Bailey Mesimer (51).
In the girls division, Erwin’s Emily Cleveland shot 57, Southeast’s Stephanie Plye had a 58 and Erwin’s Katlyn Smith carded a 62.
– Prep basketball
In the final NCPreps.com poll released Thursday, Salisbury’s boys were ranked seventh in 2A, while West Rowan was rated eighth in 3A.
* In the 2A girls ranks, state champion Salisbury was a unanimous No. 1. East Davidson was ranked second.
– Prep soccer
Salisbury scored four goals right away and beat Providence Grove 9-0 for a CCC victory.
Taylor Capito, keeper Mackenzie Overcash and basketball standout Ayanna Holmes scored their first career goals. Taylor Downs scored twice.
Katherine Heidt, Sierra Davis, Madison Kennedy and Jenna Bryan had a goal each for SHS (4-4, 4-2).
Heidt and Marlee Murphy had two assists each. Kennedy, Davis, Bryan and Karen Presnell had one apiece.
“We used this game as an opportunity to work on some things, and I was pleased with our effort,” Salisbury coach Matt Parrish said. “Providence Grove is a new school, and I have to commend them on their sportsmanship and their refusal to give up. They came at us all night.”
– Rowan Alliance soccer
The boys U13 FCCA Rowan Alliance soccer team defeated Charlotte United Black by a score of 5-0. Two goals apiece were scored by Zack Sukkasem and Garrett Owens. Lucas Capito had one goal for Rowan (5-3).
In a 4-1 victory against Charlotte United Green, Clint Comadoll had a hat trick. Bobby Cardelle had a goal and an assist. John Canipe, Capito and Sukkasem also had assists.
– Catawba athletics
Wingate swept Wednesday’s softball doubleheader with Catawba with a pair of 2-1 victories. Allie Marshall had two hits for Catawba (16-14, 3-3 SAC) and knocked in a run in the opener. In the nightcap, Kristyn Funderburke drove in the Catawba run.
* Catawba’s women’s tennis team beat Queens 6-3. Steffi Cook, Nikiah Knox, Candace Hall and Jennifer Dameron won in both singles and doubles for the Indians (7-7).
* Catawba’s men’s tennis team lost to Queens 9-0 and fell to 9-7.
* Belmont Abbey scored the first five goals and beat Catawba 13-7 in men’s lacrosse Wednesday. Braden Artem and Marty Tuohy scored three goals each for Catawba (2-5).
– Prep tennis
West Rowan fell 8-1 to Davie County earlier this week.
– North Hills baseball
North Hills defeated Fayetteville Street 7-3 Tuesday. Justin Barley pitched a complete game and had 15 strikeouts for the Eagles (3-3).
– Middle school baseball
Southeast topped Cabarrus-Rowan Homeschool 6-5. K.J. Pressley, Joseph Gray, Devon Peacock and Dillon Atwell had two hits each for the Patriots (3-0).
Peacock was the winning pitcher. Atwell got the save.
– College baseball
Billy Veal (North Rowan) was the winning pitcher for Lander in a 7-6 victory against Anderson Wednesday.
Veal boosted his record to 4-0.
* Daniel Wagner (South Rowan) had two hits and two steals as Belmont beat Vanderbilt 15-6.
* Whit Merrifield (Davie) was 3-for-4 with two RBIs for South Carolina in a 10-0 romp against Furman.
– College softball
Mars Hill’s Lindsey Barrier (East Rowan) scored the winning run in the eighth inning in a recent 2-1 victory against North Greenville.
* Walters State’s Gina Loflin (West Rowan) smacked a double in an 11-8 loss to Motlow State.
– Prep track
Mooresville’s girls (123 points) won a track meet against Lake Norman (84), East Rowan (53) and Carson (10) Tuesday at Lake Norman.
East’s Kasee Hepler won the shot (30 feet, 6 inches). Kristin Hatley won the 3200 in 14:40.
Madelyn File was second in the discus (91-2).
The 4×800 relay team consisting of Jenny Hughes, Katie Cassady, Megan Linke and Ashley-Kate Kesler finished second in 11:26.
* Sierra Zemanick was the highest finisher for Carson. She ran 2:35.9 in the 800.
– Prep baseball
West Rowan-West Iredell baseball and softball games scheduled for today were postponed to April 22 because of the death of a West Rowan student.
– Senior Games
Gates open at noon Saturday at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium for a softball game between seniors and celebrities, including former NFL players Tommy Barnhardt, Ben Coates, Lance Smith, Tory Woodbury and Rod Smith.