Area sports briefs: East, Carson win cross country titles
From staff reports
East Rowan’s boys and Carson’s girls won the NPC Conference Championship Meet held at Statesville’s McAnderson Park on Wednesday.
East senior Cole Honeycutt was the individual boys winner in a swift clocking of 15:56.
The Mustangs had a score of 19 and had five of the top seven finishers.
Sophomore Cal Meyers (2nd, 16:22), senior Brad Oden (4th, 16:26), freshman Conor Honeycutt (5th, 16:27), senior Mark Almeida (7th, 16:42), junior Graham Lyerly (9th, 16:47) and sophomore Darin Basso (13th, 16:57) were the top runners for East.
The top 14 runners were deemed All-NPC.
Junior Jacob Fink (3rd, 16:24) led Carson to a score of 53 and a second-place finish. Sophomore Kyle Gillis (6th, 16:29), senior Chase Johnson (10th, 16:48), senior Nathan McMasters (15th, 17:17), junior Nick Thornton (19th, 17:44) and senior Ryan Craft (20th, 17:46) paced the Cougars.
South Rowan finished third with a score of 81. Sophomore Alex Reed (11th, 16:48), senior Trevor Sides (14th, 17:03) senior Jonathan Ruiz (17th, 17:28), freshman Angel Ruiz (18th, 17:41) and junior Karl Benz (21st, 18:04) led the Raiders.
West Rowan was fourth with a score of 89. Junior Cody McNeely (8th, 16:45), junior Todd Gabriel (12th, 16:51), senior Alex Freeze (16th, 17:23), junior Nicholas Waldo (25th, 18:25) and sophomore Seth Martin (28th, 18:45) led the Falcons.
Carson’s girls had a score of 56.
Sophomore Katie Nichols (3rd, 20:55) led the Cougars, with help from senior Jakey Clark (7th, 22:07), senior Alex Hunter (9th, 22:08), freshman Sarah Safrit (17th, 22:51), junior Miranda Wyatt (20th, 23:02) and junior Talley Medina (21st, 23:09).
West Rowan was runner-up with a score of 81. Sophomore Rebecca Parker (2nd, 20:35) led the Falcons.
Other runners for West were freshman Sammy Brassard (11th, 22:19), senior Allison Baucom (12th, 22:20), senior Mary McCachren (14th, 22:20) and freshman Cassidy Arntsen (42nd, 26:01).
East Rowan finished sixth with a score of 116. Junior Cacy Honeycutt (13th, 22:20) led the Mustangs. Next were junior Leah Bumby (16th, 22:51), senior Kristi Bumby (23rd, 23:19), freshman Lara Drew (30th, 24:23) and freshman Haley Lyerly (34th, 24:58).
South Rowan was seventh with a score of 129. Senior Hannah Houston (4th, 21:09), senior Brenna Pruitt (15th, 22:38), sophomore Jade Newton (33rd, 24:46), freshman Olivia Sides (36th, 25:07) and freshman Kasey Newton (41st, 25:38) led the Raiders.
West Iredell’s Trista Byers (20:09) was the individual champion.
Gray Stone’s girls won the YVC cross country championship hosted by Chatham Central with a score of 22.
Illa Jones (2nd, 21:00), Janna Featherstone (3rd, 21:27), Caroline McLeod (4th, 21:34), Hunter Latimer (5th, 21:51) and Rebecca Brickner (8th, 21:57) led the Knights.
North Rowan finished seventh.
Danielle Eagle (32nd, 26:28) and Kayla Smith (40th, 28:14), Kayla Ellis (44th, 30:10), Taylor Whiteside (45th, 30:12) and Meredith Sokolowski (46th, 30:14) led the Cavaliers.
Chatham Central’s Holly Gaines (20:28) was individual champion.
Gray Stone’s boys had a score of 58 and finished second to West Montgomery (42).
Quinton Parsons (6th, 18:20) led the Knights. Zack Medlin (10th, 18:28), Reid Huckabee (12th, 18:44), Jacob Long (14th, 18:47), Tanner Inman (16th, 19:03) were the scorers for the Knights.
North Rowan finished sixth.
Neegbeah Reeves (2nd, 17:40), Thomas Tucker (30th, 20:23), Mason Jennings (38th, 21:19), Rafe Harrison (40th, 21:23) and Brandon Lemmon (45th, 21:47) were the top runners for the Cavaliers.
Salisbury (16-1) will be at home against Brevard (15-0) in the second round of the 2A dual team playoffs early next week.
East Rowan (15-0) will be on the road at Weddington in the second round of the 3A playoffs.
Carson lost 7-2 to Hickory in a first-round 3A matchup.
East Rowan won the NPC golf tournament by shooting 283 at Statesville Country Club.
The Mustangs edged Statesville by four strokes for the tournament title and beat the Greyhounds by 10 shots for the season championship.
Emily Cleveland shot 87 to lead East. Tabitha Warren shot 92. Kathryn Marcum shot 104.
Statesville’s Evelyn Stein was medalist with 84.
West Rowan finished fourth. Scorers for the Falcons were Kelly Boley (102), Kayla Boley (107) and Kristen Boley (116).
South Rowan finished fifth. Scorers were Alex Bare (108), Kaila Dietz (112) and Samantha Drye (117).
In CCC tournament semifinal matches played on Tuesday, top-seeded West Davidson beat No. 4 seed Salisbury 25-11, 25-23, 25-21, while No. 2 seed Central Davidson downed No. 3 East Davidson 3-1.
Salisbury will play at the Rocky River Conference’s top seed on Saturday in the first round of the 2A playoffs.
Carson, the No. 3 seed from the NPC, will play at the Southern Carolina No. 2 seed Saturday in the first round of the 3A playoffs.
Salisbury’s soccer team cruised to a 7-1 CCC win against Thomasville on a rainy Wednesday.
Bobby Cardelle had two goals for the fourth-ranked Hornets (16-1-1, 8-0 CCC), Emmy Turcios, Kenny Bonilla, Lucas Capito, B.J. Woods and Luke Hutton (seeing his first action in weeks) added a goal each.
Bonilla had two assists. Capito, Turcios, Zachary Sukkasem and Spencer Dixon also contributed helpers.
Sallisbury wraps CCC play with games against East Davidson on Monday and second-place Central Davidson on Wednesday.
Appalachian State’s Lauren Smith (Salisbury) tied for 18th in Charleston Southern’s Wendy’s Invitational.
Smith shot 78-75 — 153.
Catawba Valley Community College’s Breckin Settlemyer (Carson) had eight kills in a sweep of Johnson & Wales on Tuesday.
Mid. school football
Knox’s 7th-graders blasted Mooresville 28-0. Center Anthony McKiethan, guard Austin Coleman, tight end Elijah Lawson and backs Tywan Rivens and Cameron Horne did a great job opening holes for the Trojans.
Quarterback Chris Ingram led the offense with 176 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns.
Alonzo Sirleaf carried the ball for 91 yards for the Trojans, including a 36-yard TD.
Knox’s defense had another stellar performance, holding Mooresville to three first downs. Sirleaf, Ingram, Kevin Smith Jr., D-Lang Williams and Paris Hillie led the defense. Juan Fair halted the Imps’ last possession with an interception.
Knox (6-1) plays at North Rowan on Tuesday.
North Rowan’s 7th-graders defeated West Rowan 16-10. Joseph Scott scored two touchdowns to lead the Mavericks (5-2). Chris Clodfelter and Reggie Oglesby added two-point conversions.
The Mavs’ offensive line of Dom Corradetti, Taelor Davis, Steven Thurston, Terry Cathcart and Spencer Bowler paved the way for strong rushing performances by Javin Goodine and Malik Alford.
Jovon Quarles, Armani Hogue and Rodney Howell led West.
North plays Knox on Tuesday.
Parks and Rec
Salisbury Parks and Recreation is extending registration for its NBA Babies (ages 3-5) and Jr. Bobcat Boys Basketball (ages 7-15) until Oct. 21.
Register at Hall Gym. Cost is $35 for city residents and $50 for non-residents.
Registration is also available for coed basketball for ages 5-6 and girls basketball for ages 7-15 until Jan. 14. Call Hall Gym at 704-638-5289 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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