Area briefs: Salisbury, West win soccer matches
From staff reports
Salisbury’s girls soccer team beat Davie County 3-0 on Monday to stay unbeaten.
The game was moved up 24 hours from the original slate because Davie rescheduled a track meet for today.
Karen Presnell, who is off to an incredible start, scored two goals to lift her season total to 11. Marlee Murphy also found the back of the net for the Hornets (4-0-1).
Presnell assisted on Murphy’s goal. Jenna Bryan and Susannah Dixon had the helpers on Presnell’s goals. Whitney Brown turned in an outstanding game in the field.
Sierra Davis, who has allowed two goals in five games, had another big night in goal and stuffed a breakaway. Kate Grant also logged some minutes at keeper and finished the shutout.
Every Hornet played.
“We showed some rust, but overall we were pretty solid,” Salisbury coach Matt Parrish said. “We’re playing a tough schedule, and we’re getting to where we want to be.”
Salisbury is off the rest of the week.
In NPC action on Monday, West Rowan cruised to an 8-0 win against South Rowan. Brittany Gibbons had a hat trick to pace the Falcons and added an assist.
Allison Baucom and Toni Lucente scored two goals each, and Allison Parker contributed one.
Other players credited with assists were Baucom (two), Meredith Stanley (two), Lucente and Mary McCachren.
Andrea Lambert turned in a strong defensive performance for the Raiders.
The Falcons play West Iredell at home on Wednesday.
Salisbury’s Olivia Rankin was named to the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association first team for District 11, which includes 12 counties in the Piedmont, Foothills and mountains.
Salisbury’s Ashia Holmes and Ayanna Holmes made the second team, while SHS’ Jessica Heilig was a third-team choice.
North Iredell’s Bri Johnson made the first team, while NI’s Deesa Singletery made the second team.
North Iredell’s Tami Ramsey (Davie) was named district coach of the year, while North Stokes’ Jodie Lemons was named district player of the year.
• For the 11th time in 12 years, the Western representatives held the edge over the Eastern champs in the NCHSAA state basketball championships.
The West teams won seven of eight titles, with South Central’s girls achieving the only breakthrough with a 61-58 overtime victory against Hickory in the 3A ranks.
The West teams registered the only sweep ever recorded in the competition when they went 8-0 in 2002.
West domination has been especially strong in the 1A girls ranks. The West, believe it or not, has won 23 of the last 25 titles. McGuinness has won six straight 1A crowns.
Salisbury’s girls gave the CCC its fourth straight 2A state championship (East Davidson won in 2008) and the 11th in the last 17 seasons.
West Rowan’s Keshun Sherrill shut down Hunter Huss’ freshman standout Kerrion Moore in the Western Regional, but Moore had 24 points to lead Huss to a 63-62 win against South Central in the 3A state title game.
West Rowan’s tennis team lost for the first time on Monday, falling to NPC rival Statesville 6-3.
Doug Petrea and Charles Hutton won singles matches for the Falcons (4-1, 3-1), while Ben Wilson-Hutton prevailed at No. 3 doubles.
See Scoreboard for results.
Colby Bessette and Tyler Hudson hit a two-run homer to spark West Davidson to a 10-0 win against East Wilkes on Monday. Jake Walser was the winning pitcher.
Braxton Shetley pitched East Davidson to a 5-1 win against Southern Guilford. Luis Tejada and Tyler Lequire had two hits each for the Golden Eagles. Tejada knocked in three runs.
Statesville won the NPC golf match held at Rolling Hills on Monday. The Greyhounds shot 159 to top East Rowan (167), West Rowan (176), Carson (179), South Rowan (181), North Iredell (189) and West Iredell (196).
Mason Preslar (41), Jared Hough (41), James Lohr (42) and Conner Lowman (43) were the scorers for East.
James DeCoster (41), Jake Kennedy (42), Hayden Gurley (46) and Chris Hassard (47) led the Falcons.
Tops for South were Evan Neas (40), Nick Goodnight (45), Hunter Chapman (47), Josh Lowder (49) and Luke Rary (49).
Leading Carson were Ryan Craft (40), Matt Yates (45), Christian Shuping (47) and Nick Houston (47).
Jack Archibald’s 37 led Statesville. West Iredell’s Evan Hoke shot 42.
Salisbury’s Michael Childress played in the Rock Barn National Junior Golf Tournament College Prep Series over the weekend.
Childress shot rounds of 105 and 87. He finished eighth in the 10-11 age group with a two day total of 192.
Greenville’s Harry Reynolds shot 78-78 — 156 to win the event.
Fifty-seven GARS members played at Crescent on Monday.
Low ‘A’ flight player with a net of 69.89 was Tom Talbert.
Low ‘B’ flight player with a net of 71.12 was Gwyn Huie.
Low ‘C’ flight player with a net of 62.71 was Bennie Rainwater.
Low ‘D’ flight player with a net of 65.36 was Lloyd Clodfelter.
Erwin’s second-seeded girls defeated No. 7 Corriher-Lipe 47-23 in the opening round of the Rowan County Middle School Conference’s seventh-grade basketball tournament at Knox on Monday.
Shenique Pharr led the scoring for Erwin (12-3) with 15 points. Jocelyn Lowe had 12 points, six steals and four assists. Avery Wright added six points and four steals. Brittany Small had five points and seven rebounds. Melonye McCree also had seven boards.
Kamryn Stamey led Corriher-Lipe (3-12) with 10 points. Caitlyn Chabala added eight points for the Yellow Jackets.
The top-seeded Knox boys downed No. 8 Erwin 66-33 behind Jalen Sanders’ 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals.
Donnell Alexander had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Deshawn Troutman had 12 points and five steals. Jalyn Cagle scored eight points. Joseph Alexander added five points and six rebounds.
Erwin (3-12) was paced by Cody Meadows with eight points. Jackson Justus hit two 3-pointers for six points. Corbin Elliott scored five points, and Addison Fry grabbed five rebounds.
The fifth-seeded Southeast boys (5-10) outdueled No. 4 Corriher-Lipe 55-50 behind Bryson Collins’ 20 points, six rebounds and four steals. Sandon McCoy dominated in the final quarter with 10 points and finished with 14 points and 15 boards. John Yang added 13 points, five assists and four steals. Alex Yang had six points. The Yang twins each hit two 3-pointers. Austin Russ added six blocked shots and six rebounds.
Corriher-Lipe (6-9) was paced by Brandon Egnor with 13 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Heath Barringer hit two 3s and also scored 13. Christian Holbrook added eight points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Colson Childers hit two 3s and scored eight points. Tre Littlejohn had seven rebounds.
Two more first-round games are slated today at Knox. See Scoreboard.
Two girls semifinal contests will be played Wednesday. Erwin’s girls meet the Mooresville-Knox winner at 4:30 p.m., followed by a game between top-seeded Southeast and No. 5 West Rowan.
The boys semifinals will be played Thursday afternoon with No. 2 West Rowan taking on the North Rowan-Mooresville winner at 4:30, followed by a Knox-Southeast battle at 6.
Championship games are set for 4:30 and 6 p.m. on Friday.
College women’s hoops
Shaw beat J.C. Smith 74-54 in the Southeast Regional final on Monday and is headed to St. Joseph, Mo., for the D-II national championships.
Shemieka Brown (North Rowan) is a member of the Shaw squad.
Catawba’s women’s tennis team (9-7) swept all six singles matches in an 8-1 victory over visiting Converse on Monday.
Catawba’s men’s golf team finished sixth out of 20 schools at the Tusculum Invitational. The host Pioneers claimed the team title by three strokes over Lincoln Memorial.
Brad Cline led Catawba. He was 19th, firing rounds of 74-74 — 147.
Intimidators Fan Fest
The Kannapolis Intimidators will host their annual Fan Fest on Saturday, April 2, from 10-1.
Fans will have an opportunity to meet the team, get autographs and take pictures at the ballpark. Admission is free. The merchandise store will be open, along with the concession stand featuring 50-cent hot dogs.