Area sports briefs: Hornets blank Golden Eagles

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 14, 2009

From staff reports
Salisbury’s boys soccer team won 1-0 at East Davidson on Tuesday in a defensive struggle.
“Every match in the CCC is ridiculously contested,” coach Tom Sexton said. “It’s so hard.”
The Hornets (15-1-1) won their fifth straight, but they are banged up with Wes McNeely (concussion), Paul Kollie (deep thigh bruise) and Matt Cervantes (ankle) all hurting.
Cervantes was injured late in the match, but the Hornets managed to make an early goal that he had a foot in stand up. Cervantes sent a cross to Jordy Sanchez in the seventh minute and Sanchez headed home a rocket for the lone goal.
Salisbury’s tall keeper Connor Miller had to stop four breakaways. He forced three misfires and one shot off the post.
B.J. Woods, Hanson Saryee, Spencer Dixon and John Grant were instrumental as the 11th-ranked Hornets held off the Golden Eagles (5-5-1, 2-3).
“With McNeely out, Grant and Dixon had to do some serious things defensively,” Sexton said.
Salisbury football placekicker David Simons ran in a cross country meet Tuesday afternoon, then put in a marathon effort with the soccer team.
Salisbury is scheduled to play 10th-ranked West Davidson (14-1-2, 4-0) tonight at home, but weather reports are not very promising. West Davidson’s rescheduled match at Central Davidson wasn’t played last night, as no referees appeared.
– Jayvee soccer
Paul McNeely scored two goals to lead Salisbury’s unbeaten jayvee team to a 4-0 win against East Davidson on Tuesday.
Donovan Perez and Alexis Trujillo also scored for the Hornets (5-0-1) and both had assists.
Coach Matt Parrish credited Alex Wimmer, Benton Kribbs and Leo Rojas with being defensive standouts.
– Prep tennis
North Rowan fared well in the YVC tournament held at Pfeiffer and had all six players advance to individual regional play, two in singles and four in doubles.
“Our girls had tough competition in the second round, but they fought hard and won when they needed to,” coach Sallie Hundley said. “I am so proud of my girls and glad to see their hard work all year paying off.”
* North’s Corbin Bennett defeated Brooke Strickland of Chatham Central 8-1 in the first round, lost to East Montgomery’s Samantha Kellis 8-1 in the second round, then defeated South Stanly’s Paige Rogus 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 to earn a spot in the regional.
* North’s Diamond Jackson defeated Albemarle’s Maria Kambouri 8-0 in the first round, lost to Gray Stone’s Molly Ward 8-5 in the second round, then defeated Chatham Central’s Lee Outland 6-4, 6-4 in the third round to earn a spot in the regional.
* North’s doubles team of Kelli Berry-Caitlin Crawford defeated Albemarle’s Mallory Foley-Akii Crump 8-3 in the first round, lost to East Montgomery’s Felicia Britt-Sarah Parsons 8-0, then defeated South Davidson’s Jordan Craven-Hannah Myers 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to earn a spot in the regional.
* North’s doubles team of Kayla Morgan-Haley Ridenhour defeated South Stanly’s Laura McCammon-Kristie Earl 8-2, fell to East Montgomery’s Myranda Blake-Delana Hinson 8-0, then defeated Gray Stone’s Maggie Grathwohl-Alex McCollister 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3 to earn a spot in the regional.
* North finished third in the YVC and is in the bracket for the first round of the 1A state playoffs on Oct. 20.
– Tennis clinics
Catawba Junior Tennis Clinics continue until Thanksgiving on Tuesday evenings, Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons. Clinics are $10 each.
To register or for questions, contact Jeff Childress at 704-637-4265 or
– Prep volleyball
West Iredell beat Carson 25-19, 25-17, 28-26 on Tuesday and is closing on a perfect NPC regular season. The Warriors (16-1, 11-0) were paced by Jordan Ostwalt and Anna Johnson.
Carson (19-4, 8-4) finishes the regular season in third place and will have a home game in the NPC tournament on Monday.
West Iredell finishes the regular season against Statesville on Thursday. South Rowan now needs help from the Warriors.
South (11-8, 4-7) lost a marathon at Statesville on Tuesday, falling 25-23, 17-25, 16-25, 25-16, 18-16. South’s Kayla Morrow dominated the two games the Raiders won. Joni Henderson and Janitsha Williams led the Greyhounds.
The win lifted the Greyhounds (5-6 NPC) into fourth place, with one game to go. The league gets four playoff berths. South and Statesville split their meetings.
If South beats East Rowan on Thursday and Statesville loses to West Iredell, there will be a tie for fourth place. In that case, the third South-Statesville meeting in the first round of the NPC tourney should decide the playoff berth.
– Corbin Hills golf
The Corbin Hills Women’s Golf Association played its weekly tournament on Tuesday.
Bev Cobb won low gross, with Toni Iossi second.
Joy Maugham won low net, with Norma Burgess second.
Carolynn Ries won low putts.
– Prep football
Matthews Butler tops this week’s media poll for all classifications.
Charlotte Independence is second.
West Rowan is ranked sixth.
CPC powers West Forsyth and R.J. Reynolds are ranked ninth and 11th, respectively.
A.L. Brown narrowly missed the top 25. The Wonders are 26th. East Rowan received one vote.
– Football parking
Reserve parking for Salisbury’s homecoming football game with Central Davidson can be purchased in the school office from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day this week. Cost is $3, and spaces are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Questions should be directed to the office at 704-636-1221.
– Jayvee football
In West Rowan’s recent 44-6 jayvee victory against Carson, Brandon Ijames had touchdowns on a 65-yard punt return, an 82-yard kickoff return and a 70-yard run.
Matt Flanagan scored on a 20-yard run. Connor Edwards threw TD passes of 52 and 45 yards to Taylor Garczynski.
Tre Sheppard, Ethan Stoodley, Terrence Polk, Malik Bryant and Trevor Loudin led West’s defense.
The Falcons (6-1, 3-0) beat West Iredell 34-20 in their previous outing. They play at Statesville on Thursday.
– 7th-grade football
Corriher-Lipe won its third straight game on Tuesday. The Yellow Jackets beat Southeast 18-6.
Devonte Steele had scoring runs of 75 and 35 yards for the Yellow Jackets. A-Rod Kennerly scored on a 1-yard run.
Logan Durham, Grex Urey and Eric Stowe paced Corriher-Lipe’s defense. Durham, Urey and Chad Huneycutt made fumble recoveries. Quan Rhyne had a big rushing day and picked off his fourth pass of the season.
* Unbeaten West Rowan rallied to beat Erwin 16-14 on Tuesday, scoring with 1:05 remaining.
Marquise McCain scored on a 57-yard run and a 76-yard pass play from Alexic Archie to lead the Bulldogs (5-0).
McCain and Devon Steele scored 2-point conversions.
Other standouts for the Bulldogs included Dallas Whitley, Robert Gaston, Davon Steele and Daekwon Smith.
West’s next game is at home against China Grove.
– Youth wrestling
The Rowan County Youth Wrestling League is holding registration for boys in grades K-6.
Registration is Nov. 3 and 5 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the wrestling room at Hall Gym and Nov. 7 from 9-3 at North Rowan High during the YFL games.
The cost is $65. Visit or call Jason Hinson at 980-521-1968 or Tim Pittman at 704-267-4125.
– Golf tournament
The 3rd annual “Saving Grace” Cystic Fibrosis Golf Tournament will be held at Corbin Hills on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 1:30 p.m.
The format is Captain’s Choice. The cost is $50 per person or $200 per team.
Lunch is included in the entry fee. Individual and corporate sponsorships are welcomed.
Contact Susan Linza at 704-636-2530 for information. All proceeds go directly to the CF Foundation.
– Pfeiffer athletics
Pfeiffer’s Chelsea Demers fired rounds of 78 and 79 to lead the women’s golf team to a 12th- place finish at the Nova Souteastern Shark Invitational.
Demers tied for 19th.
– Catawba athletics
Catawba’s women’s golf squad finished seventh out of 11 teams in the Patsy Rendleman Invitational that concluded Tuesday at Country Club of Salisbury.
Newberry held off a charge by Belmont Abbey to claim the team title by two shots with a score of 617. Catawba shot 654.
Kelsey Babos led Catawba. She finished eighth at 156. Newberry’s Josefine Mensner shot 149 for medalist honors.
– Catawba’s men’s golf team finished 16th at the Queens Invitational held on at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Fla.
Barton shot even-par to win the event by five strokes over Florida Southern. Catawba had a 625 total.
Evan Kilchenstein led Catawba. He shot 76-78 รณ 154 for 50th place.
* Catawba has rescheduled the home men’s soccer match scheduled for today against Newberry to Thursday night at 7 p.m. because of the poor weather report.
* Catawba’s volleyball team lost at Wingate 25-13, 25-20, 28-26 on Tuesday.
Wingate (21-1, 9-0) won its 39th straight SAC match. Stormi Gale had 15 kills and 10 digs for the Bulldogs.
Shay Meeks led the Indians (11-8, 4-5) with 11 kills. Mai Zoua Lo had 16 digs.
* Catawba’s Stephanie Borland scored the lone goal to lift the women’s soccer team to a 1-0 win against UNC Pembroke on Tuesday at Frock Field.Borland notched her goal for the ranked Indians (9-3-2) in the 13th minute.
Alyssa Retundie freed Borland with a through ball at the top of the box and the freshman slid in a shot from 15 yards out.
Lindsay Webster made four saves for Catawba.
– Livingstone athletics
Livingstone’s volleyball team was swept by Fayetteville State on Tuesday at Trent Gym.
Lashaundra Ferguson had eight kills and two blocks for the Blue Bears (10-6, 5-6 CIAA).
– Junior Bobcats
Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the Junior Bobcats boys basketball league.
Junior Bobcats is for ages 7-15. Players can register through Thursday or until spaces are filled. Registration fees are $35 per player for city residents and $70 for non-residents. Register at Hall Gym. Practices start the week of Nov. 9 from 5:30-8:30.
Contact Larry Jones ( or Tim Pittman ( at (704) 638-5289.