Carson wins again
Carson’s soccer team won 5-1 against Hickory Ridge on Thursday.
While the Cougars won the SPC last season, they lost both games to Hickory Ridge.
Brandon Flores scored two goals for the top-ranked Cougars (6-0, 3-0). Khalid Myers, Colton Correll and Braxton Rogers scored a goal each.
Myers opened the scoring off a cross by Correll. Flores scored twice before halftime, with one goal coming on a cross by Myers.
Silvestre Lopez assisted on the goals by Correll and Rogers.
Next game for the Cougars will be at home on Tuesday against South Rowan.
Carson is now 6-0 for the season, and 3-0 to remain in first place for the SPC.
Salisbury’s boys soccer team bounced back from a loss on Wednesday to beat South Rowan 7-0 on Thursday.
Each of the goals scored was by a different Hornet. Ahmedin Salcinovic, Hector Salinas, Christian Uribe, Landon Goodman, Matt Washko, Adolfo Ortega and Melvin Bonilla found the back of the net.
It was Bonilla’s first career goal for Salisbury (3-3).
Assists from the Hornets came from Josh Lynch (2), Landon Goodman (2), Jamie Henriquez and Michael Brown and Bryan Fragoso.
Filling in for injured GK Arnold Lezama (separated shoulder) was Arturo Ramirez who gathered his first career shutout in his first match.
South Rowan lost seven players in their match vs. West Rowan, which combined with the temperatures made for an uphill climb to say the least. South Rowan keeper Cameron Corriher made several point-blank saves.
Salisbury scored three goals off of corners.
On Monday the Hornets visit 2A heavyweight CATA.
Salisbury dropped a 9-0 decision to Charlotte Catholic, the third-ranked team in 4A, on Thursday that was closer than it sounds.
Four singles matches were very competitive with two matches going to tiebreakers. All three doubles matches were close.
“This was a good match for us,” SHS coach Scott Maddox said. “Losing is never fun but Catholic has a very good team. I thought our girls competed well. This will do us a lot of good as we moveforward in the season.”
Salisbury returns home Tuesday to take on Lake Norman Charter, the top-ranked 2A team, and travels to West Davidson on Wednesday to take on the Green Dragons, who are ranked sixth in 2A.
• Salisbury’s girls are hosting a free youth tennis clinic on Saturday.
• North Rowan tennis rolled 9-0 against South Rowan.
Veronica Leasure, Samantha Pritchard, Alexis Rice, Victoria Scheve, Indya Wiggins and Brandy Fox won in singles. Doubles winners for the Cavaliers (4-3) were Leasure-Pritchard, Wiggins-Rice and Fox-Scheve.
Prep girls golf
Cox Mill won the first SPC girls golf match at Rocky River on Thursday.
The Chargers shot (141) to top East Rowan (148), West Rowan (149), Carson (152), South Rowan (164), Hickory Ridge (167) and Concord (171).
Cox Mill’s Jaime Cassel shot 37 for medalist honors.
South Rowan’s Alexandria Bare shot 39 for second place.
West Rowan was led by Kelly Boley’s 45. Savannah Lloyd shot 49.
Riley Padgett and Kathryn Marcum shot 48s to lead East Rowan.
Adison Collins shot 50 to lead Carson.
East Rowan swept West Rowan 26-24, 25-22 and 25-20 in SPC volleyball on Thursday.
• South Rowan won 3-1 against Central Cabarrus on Thursday.
Please note that Friday’s Salisbury-West Rowan football game is an endowment game. No passes will be honored. Admission is $6.
• The NCHSAA announced Thursday that the eight NCHSAA football championship games for this season will be played at just two locations. BB&T Field in Winston-Salem and Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh will each host four contests.
Kenan Stadium on the campus of the University of North Carolina has hosted at least one football championship game since 1989, but Kenan will not be available this season due to work on the field that will commence when the North Carolina Tar Heels have finished their season.
One game will be played on Friday night, Dec. 12, at both locations, with three games on Saturday.
The 1A, 1AA, 3A and 3AA games will be played in Raleigh, while the 2A, 2AA, 4A and 4AA finals will be played in Winston-Salem.
• A.L. Brown’s jayvees defeated Weddington 28-7 on Thursday.
Knox defeated China Grove 5-4 on Thursday.
Singles winners for Knox were Rachel Seifert, Rainey Dunham and Skye Mowery. Doubles winners were Seifert-Mowery and Dunham-Laura Bullock. Knox hosts Southeast on Tuesday.
• Erwin defeated West Rowan Middle on Thursday.
Winners in singles were Riane Richardson, Kristen Brady, and Sage Fann. Winners in doubles were Brady, Lauren Weisensel, Richardson, Victoris Plyler, Serenity McKnight and Fann.
Catawba begins the cross country season with a home meet on Friday at Salisbury Community Park.
The cross country teams are under the direction of new head coach Jason Bryan.
The men return four runners from last season. Juniors Nathan Hatley and Matt Jordan-Steele combined to lead the team in seven of eight meets last season.
The women have three returners from a year ago. Junior Erica Boles led the team in four of eight events, including the conference and regional meets.
Catawba is scheduled to run meets at Winthrop, Hagan Stone, Queens and Lenoir-Rhyne.
Catawba will host the SAC Championships on Nov. 22.
Catawba opens with a swing south.
First up is a tilt at Armstrong on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. in Savannah, Ga. Catawba then travels to St. Augustine’s, Fla., to face Palm Beach Atlantic on Sunday.
Catawba returns eight starters from last season’s 10-8-1 squad, including top scorers Mary Kirkman and Sophie Waller.
The Catawba men’s soccer team opened Thursday night with a 1-0 loss to Lees-McRae. The lone goal came with 11 seconds left on the clock.
James Galvani netted the game winner for the Bobcats as a result of a Daniel Harris corner kick.
Catawba will open the season at the Queens Fall Invitational in Charlotte.
The Indians will look to turn around the 4-20 season of a year ago.
Catawba returns all of the statistical leaders from last year. Junior setter Kaytee Frabotta led the way in assists (717) and aces (27). Sophomore Bri Howard recorded the most kills (158) and McKenzie Garrison posted the most digs (238).
Catawba football coach Curtis Walker will be at DJ’s Restaurant on Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m.and will be joined by Buddy Poole of WSAT Radio.
SEATTLE — Marshawn Lynch rushed for 110 and two touchdowns, Russell Wilson threw a pair of touchdown passes and the Seattle Seahawks started defense of their Super Bowl title with a 36-16 win over the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.
Lynch, who ran for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, barreled through a trio of Packers for the TD with 3:41 left before halftime to give the Seahawks a 17-10 lead. He added a 3-yard TD run on the first play of the fourth quarter for a 29-10 advantage.
Wilson made sure everyone knew Percy Harvin was healthy finding the speedy receiver seven times.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 189 yards and a touchdown, but the Packers’ up-tempo offense was stymied by Seattle.
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