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Area sports briefs: Carson nips Robinson

From staff reports
Carson’s baseball team won a 2-1 thriller against visiting Robinson on Thursday.
Both teams managed only one hit as Carson starting pitcher Josh Martin matched up with Robinson’s Clemson-bound right-hander Brody Koerner.
“It was a nailbiter, a real pitcher’s duel,” Carson coach Chris Cauble said. “Josh did what he does. He kept them off balance.”
Koerner fanned 11 in 42/3 innings but took the loss.
Carson (2-1) scratched out two runs in the fifth inning when Connor Bridges walked and Chase Johnson reached base on an error on his sacrifice bunt. After a successful double steal, both runners scored on wild pitches.
Greg Tonnesen’s single was Carson’s lone hit. Hunter Kocher’s double was the only hit for the Bulldogs.
Martin worked out of a bases-loaded, no outs jam in the sixth and was taken out of the game after walking the first two hitters in the seventh.
Ethan Free earned the save, striking out two and getting a game-ending deep flyball to center field.
Salisbury lost 10-0 in five innings at Concord on Thursday.
Concord had only four hits, but Hornet hurlers walked 15 batters.
Salisbury failed to get a hit.
Davie (2-0) crushed Mount Pleasant 16-2 on Thursday.
Matt Vernon homered for the War Eagles. Corey Randall did the job on the mound.
Ryan Foster went 4-for-4 at the plate, Vernon was 2-for-3, and Will Beeson drove in three runs.
Cody Bessette had two hits for West Davidson (1-1) in a 10-0 loss to Randleman on Thursday.
Braxton Shetley’s pitching and two hits each by A.J. Holder and Josh Craven led East Davidson to a 4-3 win against Wheatmore on Thursday.
Northwest Cabarrus beat Myers Park 2-0 on Wednesday.
Weston Smith pitched a complete game for the Trojans and struck out 10.
Women’s hoops
Catawba’s Angie Morton was named SAC Coach of the Year for women’s basketball after leading the Indians to a second-place finish.
It’s the first time Morton has been named coach of the year in her nine seasons at Catawba.
John Duncan (2001) was the last women’s coach at Catawba to earn the honor.
Catawba’s double-double machine Dana Hicks was named SAC Player of the Year and was joined on the All-SAC first team by teammate Nisha Long.
Hicks is the first SAC Player of the Year for Catawba’s women’s program since Danyell Locklear in 2004. Hicks leads the SAC in rebounding (11.9) and is ninth (14.1 ppg) in scoring.
Long (16.8) is the No. 2 scorer in the league. Catawba’s Chloe Bully (13.2) was named to the SAC All-Freshman team.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s Jazmine Charles (Central Davidson) was named to the All-Freshman team.
Appalachian State’s Anna Freeman (East Davidson) was named Player of the Year in the Southern Conference, while Maryah Sydnor was named Freshman of the Year.
Freeman (15.4) leads the SoCon in scoring.
Men’s basketball
Catawba sophomore Keon Moore was named to All-SAC first team for men’s hoops, and teammate Tyrece Little was named to the SAC All-Freshman team.
Moore is just the third Catawba player to reach 1,000 points before his junior season. He was second in the league in scoring (21.4).
Little led the league in rebounding and blocked shots. His 85 blocks were a school record.
Anderson junior Denzail Jones was named SAC Player of the Year, and Newberry’s Dondray Walker was named Freshman of the Year.
Anderson’s Jason Taylor was named SAC Coach of the Year.
Elizabeth City State beat J.C. Smith 64-56, Winston-Salem State edged Virginia Union 56-55, and Shaw whipped Fayetteville State 90-77 in CIAA quarterfinals played on Thursday in Charlotte.
Prep golf
Salisbury and East Rowan shared honors with 150s in a boys golf match played at McCanless on Wednesday.
West Rowan and Carson shot 168s. South Rowan shot 174.
Alex Nianouris and Clark Alcorn shot 37s for the Hornets. Troy Beaver, Eric Edwards, Alex Lee and Alex Austin all shot 38s.
East’s Jordan Shepherd shot 36. James Lohr shot 37, Jared Hough shot 38, and Weston Rogers carded a 39.
West’s Jake Kennedy shot 36 to share medalist honors with Shepherd. Denny Triche shot 42, Coyte Kyles shot 44, and Chris Hassard and Cam Hassard shot 46s.
Carson scorers were Ryan Craft (41), Matt Yates (41), Bryan Burke (41) and Logan Overcash (44).
South scorers were Davis Richards (40), Evan Neas (40), Josh Pope (46) and Aaron Rousey (48).
On Thursday at Statesville Country Club, Salisbury shot 145 to top Forsyth Country Day (152), Davie (156) and Statesville (161).
Nianouris led the Hornets with a 34. Beaver shot 35. Lee and Austin had 38s. Edwards shot 39, and Joseph Rusher shot 41.
Scorers for Davie were Philip Kelley (38), Tommy Dillon (39), Chase Moore (39) and Joe Sink (40).
Wilson Odom’s 38 led the Greyhounds.
Prep softball
Carson’s softball team defeated Mooresville 13-4 on Thursday.
Chloe Monroe went 4-for-4, and Heather Yount and Lace Hunsucker homered.
Hunsucker, Jesse Beach and Sidney Grkman had two hits each.
Hunsucker was the winning pitcher and struck out seven.
Prep boys tennis
Salisbury’s boys tennis team lost to defending 2A state champ Newton-Conover 5-3 on Thursday.
Michael Ogden and Abraham Post won singles matches for the Hornets. Clint Comadoll and Christopher Derrick teamed for a doubles win. See Scoreboard.
Prep girls soccer
Gray Stone’s girls soccer team beat Albemarle 7-0 in YVC action.
Erin Ansbro scored three goals, and Meghan Hedgepath had two. Sweeper Maggie Habeeb sparked the Knights’ defense.
7th-grade hoops
Knox’s girls beat West Rowan 31-10 on Thursday.
Kiilantra Mashore’s eight points led the Trojans. Tyzarea Alexander scored 7.
Knox (10-2) plays Monday at home vs. China Grove.
Erwin’s girls beat China Grove 33-12 on Thursday.
The Eagles (11-1) were led by Destiny Jackson with 10 points and seven steals, and Micah Furr with nine points. Breya Philpot had 13 rebounds and five steals. Courtney Wagner and Ashlyn Mills added six rebounds apiece.
China Grove (8-4) was paced by Kiara McClary with eight points.
West Rowan’s boys edged Knox 50-49 in a thriller.
West (10-2) trailed by 10 in the fourth quarter, but two 3s by Kortez Weeks sparked a comeback.
“With tremendous heart and determination, we defeated a very good Knox team,” West coach Sam Moore said.
Weeks finished with 24 points. Armoni Hogue and Jovon Quarles had nine each. Rodney Howell had six. Hogue, Quarles and Howell combined to pace the Bulldogs on the boards.
Knox (9-3) was led by Alonzo Sirleaf (16 points), Paris Hillie (nine) and Chris Ingram (eight).
West is home against Erwin on Monday.
Erwin’s boys rolled to a 39-13 win against China Grove.
Lucas Morton led the Eagles (4-8) with 10 points. DeAndre Gray and Datavian Davis added five points each.
China Grove (3-9) was led by Walker Joyce with five points.

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