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area sports briefs

From staff reports
East Rowanís girls tennis team defeated Mt. Pleasant 5-1 Tuesday in the first round of the state playoffs.
NPC Player of the Year Lizzie Weaver, Rebecca Agner, Kayela Wilson, Hannah Pressley and Taylor Trexler were singles winners.
n Prep volleyball
Statesville beat South Rowan 25-16, 25-19, 20-25, 25-20 on Monday in the first round of the NPC tournament.
Statesville qualified for the state playoffs. The season is over for South (16-8).
Carson lost to West Iredell in the NPC Tournament 28-30, 15-25, 27-29.
n Prep soccer
Carson defeated South Rowan 9-0 in an NPC match. Ivan Hernandez scored three goals with B.J. Collins and Garrett Owens adding two.
David Garcia and Wyatt Bigelow also scored for the Cougars.
n College volleyball
Averett setter Nicole Barringer (South Rowan) was named USA South Rookie of the Week for the fourth time on Monday.
Barringer averaged 10.8 assists and 2.2 digs per game for the Cougars in four matches.
She had 40 assists, nine digs and three aces in a 3-1 in against NYU-Poly.
Livingstone collected a 3-1 win against Shaw Tuesday. Lakitta Hicks had 18 kills for the Blue Bears while Phylicia Egbuna claimed 17.
n Catawba cross country
Christian Crifasi was named one of the SACís Runner of the Week for the second time this year. Crifasi won Wingateís Pre-Conference Invitational 5k in 16:11.
n Catawba soccer
Catawba fell to Wingate 2-0 Tuesday night at Frock Field. AJ Lightbody and Jade Montgomery netted goals for the Bulldogs, who secured their 10th straight win.
The Indians are 4-9 overall and 3-4 in the SAC.
n Catawba golf
Catawbaís mensí golf team posted an eighth-place finish at the LMU Fall Invitational at Wasloto Winds Golf Club on Tuesday. Brad Cline tied for fourth with rounds of 74 and 69 for a 143 total.
The Catawba women finished ninth out of 15 teams at the Patsy Rendelman Invitational at Country Club of Salisbury. The Indians finished with a 669 and were led by Madison Kennedyís 153.
Newberry won the event with a 601.
n Womenís hoops
Pfeifferís women were picked to finish third in Conference Carolinasí Eastern Division.
Barton and Limestone were picked as division winners.
n Middle school football
West Rowanís 8th-graders beat Erwin 24-0.
Kreshon Alexander scored on a 15-yard run and threw a 30-yard scoring pass to Juwan Houston.
Kacey Otto scored on a 3-yard run and threw a 9-yard touchdown to Tanner Lloyd.
The offense scored on four of five possessions and was led by the blocking of Derrick Moreland, Jonathan Luther, Caleb Epps, Keldrick Wilson, Shane Barber, Wyatt Martin and Noah Williams.
Jeremy Fortson and Dearius Phillips had good rushing games.
The West defense was lead by Wade Phillips, Johnathan Johnson, Pedro Nichols, Jalyn Cagle, Devonta Brown, Justin Evans, and Dylan Phillips.
Cagle had 107 return yards on special teams for the Bulldogs (5-1).
n West Rowan defeated China Grove 12-6 with Alexander rushing for TDs of 2 and 28 yards.
West plays at North Rowan on Wednesday.
ň China Groveís 8th-graders beat previously unbeaten Knox 14-0.
Brennan Lambert scored on a 74-yard pass from Andy Lear. while Dylan Livengood scored on a 6-yard run. Lambert also kicked a PAT, worth two points.
Standouts defensively for the Red Devils were Livengood, Payton Penninger, Austin Lear, Andy Lear, Brian Cagler and Jacob McCurry. Livengood and Austin Lear had interceptions.
n Middle school softball
West Rowan beat China Grove 12-4 Tuesday. Khaila Hall, Paije Kistler and Peyton Greene each hit home runs for West. Greene was the winning pitcher and recorded eight strikeouts.
Brianna Turner tripled and Morgan Hester singled for West.
West plays Mooresville today.
n Newsome speaks
A.L. Brown coach Mike Newsome will be the featured speaker at the Kannapolis Branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m.
A short question and answer period will follow Newsomeís speaking engagement.
Come to the library, hear Coach Mike Newsome and welcome him to the community. For more information, call the library at 704-920-1180.
n ER Diamond Sports
East Rowan Diamond Sports will be hosting the ERDS Golf Tournament at McCanless on Saturday, Oct. 22, starting with lunch at noon.
The format is four-person Captainís Choice, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.
Entry fees are $50 per person or $200 per team. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and last place, closest to the pin and longest drive.
Every golfer gets a goody bag. Beverages will also be provided. All proceeds benefit the youth of East Rowan Diamond Sports.
n Rowan Hurricanes
The Rowan Hurricanes AAU Basketball Club will have a meeting for girls interested in attending Winter Skills & Drills and playing in the 2012 season and their parents on Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Comfort Suites, 1040 E. Innes St.
Girls in grades 3-5 will meet from 3-4 p.m. Girls in grades 6-8 will meet from 4-5 p.m.
For information, go to www.BallCharts.com/RowanHurricanes or call or text (704)-267-9374.
n Local golf
Kristi Laton won low gross in Tuesdayís Corbin Hills Womenís Golf Association tournament.
Beth Calhoun was second.
Cindy Carmazzi won low net, with Joan Havin and Shirley Baucom tied for second. Phyllis Durland won low putts.

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