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Area Sports Briefs: Golf state championships start today

From staff reports
Salisbury’s girls golf team will play today and Tuesday in the 1A/2A State Championships at Longleaf in Southern Pines.
The Hornets have won four state titles in a row.
Seniors Grace Yatawara, Caroline Parrott and Shelby Holden will compete for the Hornets and will be closing out their prep careers.
The Hornets will start on the No. 10 hole.
Yatawara will tee off at 9:40, Parrott at 9:50, and Holden at 10 a.m.
Yatawara is the defending individual state champ, and her 77 in Mount Airy was the best score recorded at the three 1A/2A regional sites. The next-best score was 82 by Stuart Cramer’s Ellie Porman.
Salisbury’s team had the second-best qualifying score in the regionals behind West Davidson. The Green Dragons shot 268 in the Central Regional, 11 strokes better than the Hornets.
Gray Stone is also expected to be one of the better teams in the state tournaments. The Knights placed third in the Central Regional. Gray Stone’s Micah Mason shot 87 in the regional.
Croatan shot 282 to win the East Regional. Hendersonville’s 283 won the West Regional.
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Carson’s Micah Furr and Adison Collins qualified to play as individuals in the 3A State Championships that will be held today and Tuesday near Pinehurst at Foxfire’s Red Fox Course.
Furr and Collins will start on No. 1. Furr will tee off at 11 a.m., with Collins starting at 11:09.

Prep girls tennis
Salisbury will play at home at 3:30 p.m. today in the second round of the 2A dual team state playoffs.
The Hornets (13-1) will host West Lincoln (12-1).
Salisbury cruised 6-0 against South Stokes in the opening round.
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Davie’s Laura Becker was the individual singles champion at the 4A Midwest Regional.

Prep soccer
Still unbeaten and ranked second in 2A, Salisbury (18-0-2, 7-0 CCC) finishes the regular season this week with three league matches.
Two are against North Rowan, including tonight’s Senior Night game set for 6 p.m. at Ludwig Stadium.
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Carson finishes the SPC regular season this week with a Tuesday road match at Robinson and a Thursday home match against Hickory Ridge.
Carson (16-1, 15-1) is one game ahead of Cox Mill in the standings. Cox Mill is winding up with games against third-place Northwest Cabarrus and West Rowan.
The Cougars are ranked ninth in 3A.

Prep cross country
Regional meets will be held Saturday.
The 2A Midwest Regional is in Kernersville.
The 3A Midwest Regional is in Charlotte.

Prep softball
Carson’s Sarah Freeze, a shortstop and outfielder, has committed to Belmont Abbey.
She batted .315 last season for the Cougars.

Prep basketball
West Rowan’s Khaila Hall verbally committed to Longwood, a Division I school in Virginia that competes in the Big South Conference.
Hall has been all-county in basketball three seasons and was Rowan County Athlete of the Year as a junior. She’s also one of the county’s best track and field performers in the jumps and sprints.
Hall averaged 16.4 points per game as a sophomore and 15.7 as a junior and has surpassed 1,000 career points.
Hall scored a career-best 34 against Central Cabarrus last season.

Prep volleyball
Carson’s volleyball team (26-2) will be at home against Hickory Ridge Tuesday evening in the second round of the 3A state playoffs.
The Cougars are seeded third. Hickory Ridge, the third-place team in the SPC, lost twice to Carson in the regular season. Hickory Ridge is seeded 14th.
In 4A, Davie, a No. 14 seed, travels to third-seeded Charlotte Catholic. In 1A, No. 11 seed Gray Stone goes to No. 6 Mount Airy.

College football
Lenoir-Rhyne’s Calvin Edwards (East Rowan) had six carries for 46 yards for the Bears in a 41-37 loss to Mars Hill on Saturday.

College basketball
Morehead State junior forward Shay Steele (West Rowan) was named to the Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference team.
Steele averaged 14 points and six rebounds as a sophomore. She had seven 20-point games and two double-doubles.

Local golf
The McCanless Ladies played a two-day Club Championship.
Azalee Story won the championship. Susan Wydner placed second.
Treva Honeycutt won the Second Flight. Susan Houston was runner-up.

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