Area Sports Briefs
From staff reports
Salisbury soccer coach Matt Parrish found out on Monday that East Burke was the wild-card team the Hornets were hosting in the first round of the 2A playoffs.
Parrish made a phone call to a coaching buddy in an effort to cobble a scouting report together, and he was informed the players the Hornets needed to watch out for were “Xiong” and “Lor.”
“Then East Burke gets here and they hand me a roster and they’ve got like four guys named Xiong and three named Lor,” Parrish said with a chuckle.
Well, so much for scouting reports.
“I had to tell the guys to watch out for like seven different numbers,” Parrish said.
Salisbury (17-2-1) won 5-0 on Tuesday night at Ludwig Stadium, but it didn’t put together one of its better efforts.
“We lacked intensity and lacked energy,” Parrish said. “Maybe that was because they were a wild-card team, and we thought it would be easy.”
East Burke (7-12-1), making its playoff debut, was only down 1-0 at halftime.
Still, the 13th-ranked Hornets were never in serious danger, as East Burke only had one shot.
Bobby Cardelle scored twice for the Hornets, and Emmy Turcios also scored a pair of goals. Spencer Dixon had one goal.
Zack Sukkasem had two assists, while Dixon and Luke Hutton had one helper each.
Michael Brown controlled the midfield.
Christian Uribe played well in the back.
It should get more challenging soon for the defending state champs. They’ll be opposed Saturday by the winner of tonight’s Forest Hills-Surry Central contest.
• Carson is scheduled to play at Ledford in a 3A first-round game tonight.
Carson’s Western Regional final volleyball match at Enka was rescheduled for tonight at 6 p.m.
• Cardinal Gibbons (20-2) won the 3A Eastern Regional final on Tuesday by routing Greenville D.H. Conley 25-13, 25-7 and 25-11 in less than an hour.
Wisconsin commitment Haleigh Nelson had 24 kills and five blocks for Cardinal Gibbons, which has won three straight 3A state titles.
Cardinal Gibbons beat North Iredell in the finals in 2010 and 2011 and beat West Henderson in 2009.
Fifty GARS members played at Warrior earlier this week.
Low ‘A’ Flight player with a net of 62.15 was Dick Hatoway.
Low ‘B’ Flight player with a net of 55.13 was Windsor Eagle.
Low ‘C’ Fight player with a net of 63.93 was Doug Lingle.
Low ‘D’ Flight player with a net of 60.39 was Leonard Robbins.7th-grade football
Knox wrapped up an undefeated season by beating North Rowan Middle 28-6.
Martavio Rankin had scoring runs of 92 and 56 yards, and Laderious Carter scored on a 42-yard jaunt.
QB Isaac Baker scored on a 9-yard run and a pair of two-point conversions.
Defensive standouts were Carter, Rankin, Jaleel Webster, Zarrek Barger, Xavier Lowe, Tony Campbell, Tory James and Jaquan Davis.
Strong blocking was provided by Barger, James, Brendan Lingard, John Pruitt and Clarence Brownell and tight ends Joe Steinman and Campbell.
Also playing well were Julio Webster, T.J. Gibson and Jordon Jones.
The Trojans scored 302 points this season, while allowing just 30.College volleyball
Livingstone swept Voorhess 25-10, 25-9 and 25-15 on Tuesday at Trent Gym.
Phylica Egbuna had 17 kills for the Blue Bears. LaBria Saunders had 35 assists.
The match raised funds for breast cancer research.
Livingstone plays twice at home on Thursday, including a 6 p.m. Senior Night match.
• Catawba went on the road and won 25-23, 25-20 and 29-27 at SAC rival Lenoir-Rhyne on Tuesday.
Kaitlyn Whitmer had 16 kills for the Indians. Carson Brewer had 13 digs. Jordan Raye had 39 assists.
Kayla Morrow (South Rowan) had six kills and two combo blocks for the Bears.Catawba is home against Anderson on Friday at 7 p.m.
College men’s golf
Catawba’s men’s golf team finished 17th in an 18-team field at the McDonough Cup held in Orlando.
Kyle Kegerreis led the Indians. He shot 83-70-78 – 231.High School Heisman
South Iredell swimmer Kaitlyn Kent is one of the 10 female finalists for the Wendy’s High School Heisman.
World Kart Association
Mooresville Motorplex will host the World Karting Association Manufacturer’s Cup Series season finale in September of 2013.
The Rowan Rage 14U softball team won the Top Gun Tournament in Concord for its second championship of the fall.
Players are Robin Sheppard, Gracey Honeycutt, Bree Medlin, Abby Fields, Vetta Bost, Reagan Perry, Gabbie Moyer, Coryn Soul, Sharade Daniels, Kamryn Stamey, Sam Truesdale and Choyce Neil.
Head coach is Mitch Medlin. He’s assisted by Todd Fields, Walter Truesdale and Frank Daniels.