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Area Sports Briefs: West Rowan runners strong

From staff reports
West Rowan’s boys and girls cross country teams competed in the Eye Opener Invitational at Milliken Park in Spartanburg, S.C.
West’s boys placed sixth out of 45 teams. There were 418 runners competing.
Former Olympic champion Joan Benoit Samuelson fired the gun to start the race.
Andrew Burgess (16th) was first to cross the finish line for the Falcons with 17:35. Michael Anton (50th) 18:20; Cameron Butler (68th) 18:34; Joseph Ward (74th) 18:40, and Oscar Bautista (75th) 18:41 were the Falcons’ scoring runners. Also contributing were Cade Harrill (18:59), Luke Hager (19:07), Nathan Zauner (19:14), Layton Butler (19:15) and Thomas Waldo (19:51).
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West’s girls placed 26th out of 40 teams. There were 329 runners competing.
West’s Josie Heglar was 24th in 21:19. Also scoring were Brieanna Owens (23:32); Skye Moya (24:56); Brooke Suddeth (25:20), and Hydea Robbins (28:34).Contributing were Kayla Blackburn (28:38) and Takiya Robbins (31:10).

Intimidators
A fan won a year’s supply of toilet paper in a promotion, but the Kannapolis Intimidators were wiped out 6-5 by West Virginia on Saturday night.
Toby Thomas’ homer came during during the Seven Oaks Seventh Inning Slam and put a lucky fan on a roll, so to speak.

Catawba athletics
Catawba’s women’s soccer team lost 3-2 to Nova Southeastern on Friday.
Alex Hulsey and Kristina Hoff scored for the Indians. Angelica Pawlowski had 11 saves.
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Catawba’s volleyball team split its first two matches on Friday in the Queens Invitational in Charlotte.
Catawba lost 3-2 to King but swept Mount Olive.
Alex Hopper posted 13 kills against Mount Olive .
McKenzie Garrison posted 15 kills and 12 digs against King.
Catawba was swept on Saturday in the Queens Invitatonal by Georgia Regents and Lander.
Erin Morant had 10 kills in each match for the Indians.
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Catawba’s men’s soccer team lost 2-1 at Barton on Saturday night.
Jack Pettett scored for the Indians.

North Hills
The North Hills middle school volleyball team defeated Salisbury Academy 25-14 and 25-20.
Morgan Humble had three aces and three kills. Ava Corriher had three aces. Elizabeth Jones had five aces.

United Way golf
The Rowan County United Way will sponsor its first golf tournament as part of its fall fund-raising campaign.
The two-day event, The Fall Back, will be held at Corbin Hills on Saturday, Oct. 31, and Sunday, Nov. 1.
Tee times are 8:30 on Saturday and noon on Sunday.
The format is a two-person team with a Texas Scramble on Saturday and a Captain’s Choice on Sunday. Teams will be put into flights after Saturday’s round (10 teams per flight).
The c ost is $100 per person before Sept. 30, $125 per person after Sept. 30.
For more information, visit the website, www.rowanunitedway.org, or follow the United Way on Facebook.

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