Area sports briefs: Carson soccer wins NPC opener

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 13, 2011

From staff reports
Carson’s boys soccer team beat East Rowan 3-2 in NPC action on Monday in China Grove.
East (1-6-1, 0-1) benefited from an own goal to take a 1-0 lead, but B.J. Collins and Nelson Granados scored to give the Cougars (5-5, 1-0) a 2-1 halftime advantage. After East tied the game at 2-2, Isaias Guerrero delivered the decisive goal for the Cougars with about five minutes left.
West Rowan lost 10-0 to Statesville in another NPC opener on Monday, while South Rowan fell 11-0 to West Iredell. See Scoreboard for standings.
Prep cross country
Carson’s Chase Johnson won the two-mile run in the Northwest Cabarrus Cross Country Carnival in 11:03.42.
A.L. Brown’s Jose Navarrete was second in 11:07.52. Carson’s Nathan McMasters was seventh (11:34.14), and South Rowan’s Jonathan Ruiz (11:36.01) was eighth.
In the girls two-mile race at the NWC Carnival, A.L. Brown’s Natalie Tresslar was third (13:28.63), South’s Hannah Houston was fourth (14:17.31), Carson’s Jakey Clark was seventh (14:37.87), Carson’s Alex Hunter was ninth (14:44.61) and South’s Brenna Pruitt (14:48.21) was 10th.
In the Cannon School Invitational over the weekend, Salisbury’s Katleyn Storey took eighth (2:15.83) in a 5K. The Hornets finished 13th.
Hunter Latimer (21:39.33) placed fourth and led Gray Stone to a fourth-place finish.
Tresslar was 13th in 22:15.64 and led A.L. Brown’s girls to a fifth-place showing.
In the boys 5K race in the Cannon Invitational, Navarrete finished 14th (18:12.72) and led the Wonders to fourth place.
Salisbury’s boys were 24th.
Prep volleyball
Salisbury’s varsity volleyball team lost 3-1 to Albemarle’s Bulldogs on Monday.
The Hornets (2-3) start conference play at home today against West Davidson.
Salisbury’s jayvees (5-0) beat Albemarle.
Prep tennis
Salisbury’s girls tennis team rolled to a 9-0 sweep of Lexington on Monday to stay unbeaten in the CCC.
Joy Loeblein, Katelyn Storey, Madeline Hoskins (S), Caroline Graham, Meredith Hovis and Jordan Pring won singles matches.
Storey-Graham, Alexandra Drye-Sallie Kate Meyehoeffer and Hovis-Pring were doubles winners for coach Chris Myers’ Hornets (8-1, 3-0).
Prep football
In the all-classifications Top 25 Media Poll released on Monday, Mallard Creek received 19 of 23 first-place votes.
No. 2 Richmond County garnered the other four.
No. 6 Belmont South Point nipped No. 7 Charlotte Catholic as the highest-rated 3A team.
While no area teams cracked the Top 25, A.L. Brown (53 points), Mooresville (30) and West Rowan (20) received significant support.
Porter Ridge, a winner against A.L. Brown on Friday, climbed from 22nd in the poll to No. 9.
Lexington will make up a postponed game at Gastonia Forestview on Monday, Sept. 26.
College football
Western Carolina running back Shaun Warren (Carson) was named Southern Conference Freshman of the Week for his 203 rushing yards and four TDs in Saturday’s win against Mars Hill.
Nationally, Warren was Honorable Mention for the weekly College Football Performance Award for running backs.
Western doesn’t play this weekend. The Catamounts travel to Georgia Southern on Sept. 24 for a 6 p.m. contest.
Virginia’s K.P. Parks (West Rowan) claimed ACC Rookie of the Week honors last week for his performance in the opener against William & Mary. Parks scored three TDs, the sixth time a Cavalier has accomplished that feat opening day.
Brevard, a winner in overtime against J.C. Smith, swept the SAC’s weekly honors, with fullback Derek Church, defensive lineman Richard Ray and kicker Austin Clark earning recognition.
CIAA weekly honorees included Winston-Salem State offensive lineman Markus Lawrence, Chowan receiver Robert Holland, J.C. Smith freshman quarterback Keahn Wallace, St. Augustine’s defensive lineman Shonquez Nelson, Bowie State linebacker Delano Johnson, Shaw DB Darnell Evans, Shaw kick returner James Langford and Bowie State coach Damon Wilson.
College cross country
Lees-McRae freshman Emily Shields (Salisbury) placed third in the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational in 19:50.1.
Lees-McRae freshman Katherine Shields (Salisbury), Emily’s sister, finished seventh in 20:09.5.
In the men’s 8K race, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Mike York (South Rowan) was 12th in 27:34.
Southern Wesleyan’s Caleb O’Neal (South) finished ninth in the Erskine Invitational.
College golf
Appalachian State’s Lauren Smith (Salisbury) shot 81 in the first round of Wofford’s Terrier Intercollegiate held on Monday.
College soccer
Pfeiffer’s men’s soccer team (1-4) lost to Newberry 2-0 on Monday afternoon.
Minor leagues
Greensboro beat Savannah 5-4 in the first game of the best-of-five SAL championship series on Monday. Game 2 is in Greensboro tonight.