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Area Sports Briefs: Church shines for Chanticleers

From staff and wire reports
Senior Michael Church (A.L. Brown) is the backup quarterback for Coastal Carolina, ranked No. 1 among FCS schools.
Church played quite a bit in a 55-0 romp against Alabama A&M.
He was 5-for-7 passing for 93 yards. He had a 36-yard scoring pass and also ran for a 1-yard TD.
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South Carolina State’s Javon Hargrave (North Rowan) had 10 tackles, including a 9-yard sack, in a 17-3 loss to Furman.
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Charlotte’s Kalif Phillips (A.L. Brown) had 125 rushing yards on 19 carries in a 37-3 loss to Temple.
Phillips had two receptions for 41 yards.
Najee Tucker (West Rowan) made two tackles for the 49ers.
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In UNC’s 38-31 win against Georgia Tech, Romar Morris (Salisbury) had a 7-yard rush and caught three passes for 8 yards.
Domonique Noble (West Rowan) made a tackle for Georgia Tech on a kickoff.
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Jared Barber (Davie) had six tackles for West Virginia in a 44-24 loss to Oklahoma.
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Daveon Perry (A.L. Brown) ran back the opening kickoff for a touchdown for Winston-Salem State in a 27-24 loss to Chowan.
The true freshman had three kickoff returns for 125 yards.
Kyrell Williamson (A.L. Brown) made four tackles for Winston-Salem State.
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Limestone’s Logan Stoodley (West Rowan) made eight tackles, three for loss, in a 17-12 loss to Wingate on Saturday.
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Emmanuel Gbunblee (West Rowan) had three tackles, two for loss, in Tusculum’s 20-0 shutout of Brevard.
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Adam Smith (Davie) had four receptions for 38 yards for Guilford in a 20-17 loss to Washington & Lee.
Devin Mason (South Rowan) had a tackle for the Quakers.

College volleyball
Hannah Elmore (Carson) had 10 kills and three block assists in Brevard’s 3-2 win against Tusculum.
Elmore had 8 kills and four block assists in a 3-1 win against Mars Hill.
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Aimee Cloninger (Carson) had five kills, two aces and 10 digs as Belmont Abbey swept Mount Olive.
Cloninger had five kills and eight digs in a 3-1 loss to Barton.
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Lenoir-Rhyne’s Emma Pope (South Rowan) had two digs in a sweep of Tusculum.
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Catawba swept Coker 25-21, 25-19 and 25-16 on Saturday in Hartsville, S.C.
Erin Morant had 10 kills and three blocks for the Indians (8-8, 5-4 SAC).

College swimming
Catawba closed out its opening weekend of swim competition on Saturday in the All-NC Invite at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The women finished ninth among 11 teams. The men were eighth.
The women got a school record swim from Nadine Brockmann in the 100 IM and two top five all-time swims from freshman Marcia-Mariel Erhart. Brockmann posted a time of 1:04.02 in the 100 IM.
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Queens competed for one day in the two-day event and finished fourth behind North Carolina, East Carolina and Davidson.
McKenzie Stevens (Salisbury) was seventh in the 400 freestyle and swam on the eighth-place 200 medley relay team.

Prep football
A.L. Brown is scheduled to play Vance tonight at 7 p.m. in a matchup of strong MeCKa teams.
The game will be played at Rocky River High in Mint Hill.
The Wonders are still unbeaten. Eighth-ranked Vance’s only loss came to a South Carolina squad.
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North Rowan’s CCC game with Lexington that was postponed last week is set for Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at North Rowan.

Prep cross country
The Rowan County Championships are set for Dan Nicholas Park on Wednesday.
The boys race is at 4:30 p.m., with the girls race at 5:15.

Prep volleyball
In a 25-17. 25-15, 25-15 SPC loss to Carson, Madi Myers had eight kills for West Rowan, and Hannah Moseley had five.
Taylor Martin led the defense with 17 digs.
West hosts Central Cabarrus today, while Carson goes to South Rowan.

MLB
Corey Seager (NW Cabarrus) went 3-for-3 on the final day of the regular season for the L.A. Dodgers and hit his fourth homer in the big leagues.
Seager is batting .337.

Local golf
The McCanless Couples played Captain’s Choice on Sunday.
The first-place team was Azalee Story and Gene & Mary Seaford.
The second-place team was Tim Earnhardt, Allen Drew, Terrol Kendall and David Huneycutt.
Kendall won closest to the pin. Gene Seaford won longest putt.
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The Civitan Club of Salisbury will hold its 40th Annual Civitan Golf Classic on Friday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m. at the Salisbury Country Club.
All proceeds benefit Civitan causes and scholarships. For more information on playing or sponsorship, call 704-216-2709.

Parks and Rec
Upcoming Salisbury Parks and Recreation Programs:
•Youth Volleyball Clinic – Grades 4-8 – Wed. 10/7 from 6-7:30 – Hall Gym – Free
• Registration for Boys Youth Basketball League till 10/17 – ages 7-15 – $30 registration fee at Hall Gym Register online at www.salisburync.gov/play or call 704-638-5289 for further information.

AP Poll
Ohio State remained No. 1 in The Associated Press college football Top 25 and tied a poll record on Sunday, despite lagging support from the voters.
Meanwhile, No. 2 TCU and No. 3 Baylor edged forward, No. 4 Michigan State slipped and No. 5 Utah and No. 6 Clemson jumped.
After four top-10 teams lost on Saturday, the rankings were rattled and five teams received first-place votes. The Buckeyes received 38 first-place votes, their fewest this season after beginning as the first unanimous preseason No. 1. TCU has five first-place votes, Baylor received 10, Utah has seven and No. 9 Texas A&M has one.
Ohio State was the only team in the top 16 to have the same ranking this week as last.

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