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Area Sports Briefs: Richards strong in college debut

From staff reports
Davis Richards had a fine debut for N.C. State’s golf team over the weekend.
The freshman from South Rowan shot 70-74-75 — 219 and tied for sixth out of 81 golfers at Kiawah Island.
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Gardner-Webb sophomore Jake Kennedy (West Rowan) shot 74-73-73 — 220 and tied for 48th in his first tournament of the season at Pawley’s Island.
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George Mason sophomore Eric Edwards (Salisbury) shot 71 in the first round of the Navy Invite on Sunday and is tied for 11th place.
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Davidson’s Alex Nianouris (Salisbury) shot 77-81-91 in his first tournament of the season at the Duke Golf Club.

College football
West Liberty’s Quentin Sifford (West Rowan) made eight tackles, three for loss, in a 50-27 loss to McKendree.
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John Knox (Salisbury) made five tackles for Charleston in a 45-25 loss to Shepherd.
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Coastal Carolina’s backup QB Michael Church (A.L. Brown) was 4-for-7 passing for 27 yards and rushed three times for 11 yards in a 41-14 win at South Carolina State.
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S.C. State’s Javon Hargrave (North Rowan) was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 1.
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Kicker Erik Amaya (A.L. Brown) helped J.C. Smith beat Kentucky State with a 41-yard field goal, five PATS, solid kickoffs and a tackle.
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Virginia’s Keeon Johnson (A.L. Brown) had a 42-yard TD reception in a 34-27 loss to Notre Dame.
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Charlotte safety Najee Tucker (West Rowan) made five tackles in a 34-10 win against Presbyterian. Khalif Phillips (A.L. Brown) had 53 rushing yards and a TD for the 49ers.
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Adam Smith (Davie) had six catches for 111 yards and a touchdown as Guilford wiped out Methodist 55-7. Devin Mason (South Rowan) made three tackles for Guilford.
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In Averett’s 49-28 loss to Randolph-Macon, Hobie Proctor (West Rowan) averaged 40.8 yards per punt, kicked two PATs and had a kickoff for a touchback.
Dontae Gilbert (Carson) made three tackles for Averett.

Local golf
The McCanless Couples played Captain’s Choice on Sunday.
The team of John King, Tim Earnhardt, Jay Owens and Chris & Sheila Livengood took first place.
The team of Azalee Story, Harry Owen and Patrick & Sharon Miller took second. David Huneycutt won longest putt.

Catawba athletics
Catawba’s men’s soccer team won 2-0 against Belmont Abbey on Saturday night. Catawba (1-2) got goals from Kenny Bonilla (Salisbury) and Belony Joseph. Christian Watts made four saves.
Catawba hosts Newberry Wednesday at 4 p.m. in a SAC match.

Prep basketball
Concord standout Ray Kowalski has committed to Southeast Missouri State.

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