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Cougars top defending champs

Ranked 10th in 3A to start the season, Carson’s boys soccer team got some attention right away.
The Cougars won 2-1 at Marvin Ridge in Waxhaw in their opener on Tuesday. Marvin Ridge is the defending state champ and was the preseason No. 1 in 3A.
Brandon Flores and Raunel Vasquez scored the goals for the Cougars.
Carson plays at South Iredell on Thursday.
• East Rowan won 1-0 against Mount Pleasant on Tuesday behind the stout goalkeeping of Christian Hester,
Bays Bost scored the goal, with Salvador Sanchez assisting.
Salisbury made it two wins in two days by sweeping A.L. Brown on Tuesday.
Juliana Anderson led the Hornets with 10 kills.
Mary Seifert had 19 assists and six aces. Jane Miller had five aces and five kills. Abby Lee had four aces.
• North Rowan won 25-17, 25-15 and 25-19 against West Rowan on Tuesday.
Makala Lytton had 10 acess and four kills for the Cavaliers (1-1). Aliyah Farmer and Chevy Blaire also had four kills each.
• Carson has started 2-0 with 3-0 wins over Lake Norman and SPC opponent Central Cabarrus.
• East Rowan has started 1-1 with a 3-1 non-conference win against West Davidson and a 3-0 SPC loss to Cox Mill.
Salisbury ‘s jayvees swept A.L. Brown on Tuesday.
Dakotah Insley, Nellie Brown and Heavenly Robinson had five aces each for the Hornets. Ariyan Duren Williams had four aces and four kills.
• West jayvee volleyball won 25-13 and 25-18 against North Rowan.
• East Rowan volleyball lost 2-0 to Cox Mill.
South Rowan won 5-4 against Robinson in a non-conference tennis match on Tuesday.
Marrisa Sides, Jaycie Gynn and Olivia Sides won singles matches.
Cierra Hunter-Marissa Sides and Gynn-Olivia Sides won in doubles.
Marvin Ridge won the boys ‘A’ race in the 5×1 mile Wonder Relays held on Tuesday in Kannapolis.
The Mavericks ran 24:44. They were followed by Carson (25:09), A.L. Brown (25:30), Hickory Ridge (25:34) and East Rowan (25:36).
• In the girls ‘A’ race, Marvin Ridge won in 30:25. Next were Cuthbertson (31:18), Cannon (31:33), Robinson (31:55) and Northwest Cabarrus (32:35).
Brooklawn, N.J., routed Midland, Mich., 18-0 in the championship game of the World Series on Tuesday in Shelby.
Brooklawn repeated as national champion.
Several local golfers will be playing in the Joe Cheves Junior Invitational at Mimosa Hills in Morganton this weekend.
Davis Richards, Nick Lyerly, Michael Childress, Grace Yatawara and Isabella Rusher are among the entries.
• Kristi Laton won gross first place in Corbin Hills Women’s Golf Association play Tuesday.
Treva Honeycutt won first net in Flight No. 1. In FlightNo. 2, Faye Cline won gross and Ruth Bowles was the net winner. Joy Maughmer won gross in Flight No. 3, and Sheryl Johnson won first net.
Susan Morris won fewest putts, and Azalee Story placed second.
Catawba’s men’s soccer team was picked ninth in the South Atlantic Conference preseason poll, announced by the conference office on Tuesday.
The Indians placed two players on the all-conference second team in forward Declan Stimson and former Salisbury star Kenny Bonilla, a midfielder. Both netted seven goals last season.
The Indians notched an 8-8-1 overall mark and went 4-6-1 in the SAC during their 2013 campaign.
The Carson-Newman Eagles, who are ranked No. 2 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, were picked to lead the SAC. The Eagles finished 2013 playing in the D-II national championship game and picked up five first-place votes and 114 points from the panel in the 2014 poll.
Catawba will open its men’s soccer season on Thursday, Sept. 4.

SAC poll, with first-place votes and point totals
Carson-Newman (5) 114
Wingate (6) 111
Queens (1) 105
Lincoln Memorial 86
Anderson 77
Coker 60
Lenoir-Rhyne 58
Mars Hill 56
Catawba 48
Tusculum 42
Newbrry 19
Brevard 16
Livingstone announced the hiring of Tenai Staley as sports information director.
Staley graduated from North Carolina A&T with a degree in journalism and mass communications.
She earned masters in sports management at Wingate.
Asheville scored four runs in the first inning and beat the Kannapolis Intimidators 6-1 on Tuesday at CMC-NorthEast Stadium.
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired running back Kenjon Barner from the Carolina Panthers for a conditional seventh-round draft choice in 2015.
Last year, Barner was drafted in the sixth round by the Panthers.
The 25-year-old Barner played in eight regular-season games and one playoff game with the Panthers.
“Kenjon will hopefully bring some depth to both our running back and return positions,” coach Chip Kelly said.

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