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Area Sports Briefs

From staff reports
Catawba and Livingstone are on the road today looking for football upsets.
Catawba is at Wingate at 1:30 p.m., while Livingstone is at Winston-Salem State for another 1:30 kickoff as the homecoming guest of the high-powered Rams.
Catawba (3-4, 1-3) has dropped three straight and the only realistic goal left now is a winning season.
Wingate (4-3, 3-1) is still in the SAC race and is putting up astounding offensive numbers. QB Robbie Nallenweg is fourth nationally in Division II in passing yards, while Chris Bowden ranks second in D-II in receiving yards.
Wingate linebacker Jared Seate is the reigning SAC Player of the Week for defense.
Wingate’s SAC loss was to Mars Hill. The Bulldogs beat Brevard, Carson-Newman and Newberry.
Catawba dropped a 51-41 shootout with Wingate at Shuford Stadium last season. Catawba won 35-28 at Wingate in 2010.
Catawba leads the all-time series 19-9. Coach Chip Hester is 5-5 against the Bulldogs.
? Winston-Salem State (7-0, 4-0) has scored 119 points the past two weeks against CIAA opponents J.C. Smith and St. Augustine’s. The Rams are ranked second nationally in Division II.
WSSU QB Kameron Smith threw for 347 yards and three TDs last week. He and receiver Juhuann Butler are reigning CIAA players of the week at their positions.
Making a tough task tougher, Livingstone (2-5, 2-2) enters the game with key injuries.
The Rams have romped 58-0 and 63-7 against the Blue Bears in the last two meetings.
Livingstone’s most recent win against WSSU was in 1998 at Bowman Gray Stadium.
Prep tennis
North Rowan’s Dakota Honeycutt competed in the 1A Western Regional on Friday at East Montgomery.
Honeycutt, a top-four finisher in the YVC tournament, beat Elkin’s Payton Nicholson 6-4, 6-2 in her first-round match, before ending her season with a loss to Gray Stone’s Meghan Hedgepeth 6-0, 6-1 in a rematch of a YVC semifinal.
“Dakota has been under the weather this week, so I was really proud of the way she competed,” North coach Sallie Hundley said. “Despite the score, she played well against Hedgepeth, the No. 2 seed in the regional.”
? On Friday, Salisbury’s Kayla Honeycutt and Madleine Hoskins advanced to the semifinals of the 2A Midwest Regional tennis tournament being staged in Salisbury.
Honeycutt won 6-1, 6-0 against Forest Hills’ Cindy Sierra in the first round and topped Forbush’s DeAnna Wilkins 6-0, 6-0 in a quarterfinal.
Hoskins won 6-0, 6-1 against Forest Hills’ Morgan Aldridge in the first round and topped West Davidson’s Callie Herman 6-0, 6-3 in a quarterfinal.
In doubles, Salisbury’s doubles teams consisting of Sallie Kate Meyerhoeffer-Alexandra Drye and Katelyn Storey-Anna Flynn advanced to today’s semifinals.
Meyerhoeffer-Alexander topped West Davidson’s Rachel Tam-Olivia Varner 6-0, 6-1 in the first round and beat Central Davidson’s Tori Rhodes-Kacy Surratt 6-2, 6-1 in a quarterfinal.
Storey-Flynn won 6-1, 6-0 against Wilkes Central’s Lindsay VanNoy-Emily Faw 6-1, 6-0 and beat Surry Central’s Kennedy Dockery-Mikayla Cox 6-1, 6-0 in a quarterfinal.
? The dual team tennis playoffs resume early next week, with second-round matches to be completed by Tuesday.
Salisbury (16-2) is at Maiden (17-1) in a battle of No. 1 seeds. Maiden’s league has seeding priority over the CCC.
East Rowan (14-1), the NPC No. 1 seed, is home against Boiling Springs Crest (12-1).
Prep volleyball
Carson, the NPC No. 2 seed, is at home today to open the 3A volleyball playoffs. Carson (30-3) takes on Weddington (15-8) also a No. 2 seed, at 4 p.m.
North Iredell is home against Northwest Cabarrus. West Iredell is at Ledford. Statesville is at Charlotte Catholic.
? Salisbury (12-8), the CCC No. 3 seed, opens the 2A playoffs in Mt. Airy against North Surry (27-2). It’s a tough draw for the Hornets. North Surry’s only two losses are to Starmount. North Surry went 16-0 in league play.
? The Cabarrus Stallions lost to the Asheville Trailblazers 3-0. Emily Messisco had 14 digs. Anna Messisco had six kills, and Emily Messisco and Kendyl Parker had four each.
Anna Messisco had 11 assists. The Stallions finished the regular season 19-5.
? In the Western Regional on Saturday, the Stallions won against Forsyth and lost to Asheville and qualified for states.
In Saturday’s two matches, Anna Messisco had 34 digs, 10 kills, 24 assists and seven aces.
Emily Messisco had 32 digs, seven kills and four aces.
Parker had nine kills. Karley Long had eight kills and four aces. Jessica Chapman had seven kills.
City tennnis tournaments
Dates for the city of Salisbury Junior Tennis Championships are Dec. 7-9.
There are boys and girls singles divisions for ages 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 and boys and girls doubles divisions for 12, 14, 16 and 18.
The entry fee for singles is $25. The entry fee for doubles is $12 per person.
The entry deadline is Dec. 3.
Call 980-234-2341 or e-mail Jack Thompson at coachjackthompson@gmail.com.
? The City of Salisbury Adult Tennis Championships start on Nov. 30.
There are open and 45-over divisions for men and women.
The entry fee is $25 for singles and $15 each for doubles.
The entry deadline is Monday, Nov. 26.
Call 980-234-2341 or e-mail Jack Thompson at coachjackthompson@gmail.com.
Youth cross country
The 1st annual Halloween Dash Youth Cross Country Meet will be held at Salisbury Community Park on Oct. 27.
Sign up online at Sportoften.com through Oct. 24.
Hoops fundraiser
Support the Salisbury Hornets boys basketball team today at Wal-Mart.
Basketball goals will be set up and the team will sponsor a free-throw shooting contest.
Krispy Kreme doughnuts cards will be sold.
College volleyball
Kaitlyn Whitmer had 23 kills and 19 digs to lead Catawba to a 3-1 win against Tusculum on Friday.
Catawba (8-10, 5-5 SAC) avenged an earlier loss to the Pioneers.
Caitlyn Dean made her 2,000th career dig for Tusculum.

College swimming
Catawba’s women’s swim team beat North Carolina A&T 164-74 but fell to Campbell 137-103 in Buies Creek on Friday.
Palmer Benson (Davie) was one of Catawba’s double winners.

College cross country
Catawba senior Cristian Crifasi was named SAC Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year.
He has 23 top-10 finishes out of 27 races in his carer and holds a 3.64 GPA.

Middle school tennis
Erwin’s girls defeated West Rowan Middle for their 11th win of the season.
Winners in singles for the Eagles were Katie Barnes, Shannon Mahaffey, Alana Miller, Mia Graham and Haley Loflin. Doubles winners were Barnes, Mahaffey, Sabrina Harkey, Miller, Graham and Amanda Sigmon.

Officials meeting
Anyone interested in officiating middle school basketball should attend a meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at West Rowan Middle at 7 p.m.

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