Area Sports Briefs: Salisbury, A.L. Brown battle to soccer draw

Published 12:28 am Tuesday, August 30, 2016

From staff reports
Salisbury and A.L. Brown battled to a 2-all tie in a non-conference soccer match played at Ludwig Stadium on Monday.
The Wonders controlled the early action, while Salisbury came on strong in the second half.
A.L. Brown scored less than two minutes into the match and made it 2-0 after 11 minutes.
“They have a plethora of players with remarkable touch and ability on the ball and their team speed is better than anything we’ve faced so far,” Salisbury coach Matt Parrish said.
With 13 minutes left in the first half, midfielder Melvin Bonilla took advantage of a rebound on a Salisbury shot to cut the deficit to 2-1 at the break.
Salisbury had the majority of possession and more chances in the second half but didn’t find the back of hte net until Santiago Caballero took a pass from Andrew Kalogeromitros and uncorked a 28-yard shot toward Kannapolis keeper Daniel Encarnacion.
Despite getting his fingertips on the ball, Encarnacion was unable to keep the ball out of the net.
Salisbury was on the attack the final five minutes, but Encarnacion made several sensational saves.
Salisbury (3-1-2) also had a goal waved off due to offsides.
Salisbury hosts Mount Pleasant on Wednesday.

Prep baseball
Dalton Lankford, the shortstop for the Rowan County American Legion team that was national runner-up, has committed to Freed-Hardeman, an NAIA school in Henderson, Tenn.
The Freed-Hardeman Lions were 41-19 this season.
Lankford batted .293 with 51 runs scored for the Rowan County Legion team. Lankford, a rising senior, is homeschooled and plays for the Greater Cabarrus Stallions.

Prep tennis
West Rowan’s girls defeated North Rowan, 8-1, in a non-conference match played on Monday.
West swept the singles matches.
At No. 1, Payton Holt defeated Samantha Pritchard 6-1, 6-0 MacKenzie Koontz defeated Nicole Bates 7-5, 6-0. Amber White defeated Merritt Robinson 6-0, 6-0. Skylar Jahnke defeated Caylinn Helm 6-2, 6-0. Mira White defeated Kayla Swicegood 6-0, 6-2. Madison Smith defeated Chantal Muhlbach 6-0, 6-1.
In doubles, Holt-Haley Chuor defeated Pritchard-Bates 6-4. Abby Johnson-Kelsey Crider defeated Robinson-Helm 8-2.
North’s Swicegood-Muhlbach team defeated Gavin Staton-Jessica McCourt 8-1.
West Rowan will play at East Rowan on Thursday.
Davie’s tennis team stayed unbeaten with an 8-1 CPC win against West Forsyth on Monday.

Prep volleyball
West Rowan swept a conference match with Northwest Cabarrus, with Tori Hester getting 11 kills and Maddi Myers seven.
• In a 3-2 win against Page on Saturday, Hester had 19 kills and 29 digs. Khara Fesperman had 22 digs. Ava Link had 27 assists, while Ashley Wood had 21.
• In a 3-1 loss to Mount Tabor on Saturday, Hester had 14 kills and 15 digs.
Braelyn Faust had 10 kills. Link had 26 assists, and Wood had 21 assists.
West Rowan plays at South Rowan today.

Former Salisbury swimmer Todd DeSorbo is the associated head coach of the N.C. State swimming and diving program.
DeSorbo oversees recruiting, training and day-to-day program operations. He was named associate head coach in 2011.
At Salisbury, DeSorbo won back-to-back state titles in the 200 IM in the 1994 and 1995 1A/2A/3A state meets.
He also won the 1A/2A/3A championship in the 100 freestyle in 1995.
He swam at Kentucky and UNC Wilmington and was an assistant coach at UNC Wilmington before coming to N.C. State.
One of the N.C. State swimmers DeSorbo has coached is Ryan Held, who swam the third leg in 47.73 seconds on the 4×100 relay team that won the gold medal at the Rio Olympics.
Held, a 21-year-old from Sprinfield, Ill., was presented a gold medal alongside Michael Phelps, Caeleb Dressel, and Nathan Adrian.

Kelsey Robinson, a defensive lineman who was a standout at South Rowan High in 2007-08 impressed coaches at a tryout in Charlotte and was one of the players invited to the Rivals Professional Football League draft to be held in February.
The league has played three seasons. The season runs from May to July. Open tryouts in a number of cities nationwide began this month and tryouts will run until November.
The RPFL is a Michigan-based league whose goal is to develop players for the NFL and Canadian Football League.
The league plans to expand to eight teams in 2017, with new teams in Florida.

Local golf
West Rowan Bible Teaching Association’s 20th annual golf tournament was played on Saturday at Rolling Hills.
The team of Daniel Tansey, Timothy Steele, Travis Williams and Mark Williams won the First Flight.
The team of Gregg Evans, Reid Evans, Harvey Evans and Matt Carson won the Second Flight. The team of Jimmy Lookabill, David Jordan, Fred Carter and Tyler Lookabill won the Third Flight.
Nick Klutz made a hole-in-one on the par-4, 268-yard No. 16 hole. Carl Moore, Gary Eller and Patsy Moore witnessed the shot.

Hurley YMCA
J.F. Hurley YMCA is registering for fall sports through Sept. 11.
• Mighty Kickers soccer for boys and girls, ages 3-4.
• Fall soccer for boys and girls, grades K-8
• Volleyball, girls in grades 4-8
The cost for a program is $42 for Y members and $70 for potential members.
Register at the J.F. Hurley YMCA or online at Contact Jesse Byrd at 704-738-5134 or

Registration for fall sports at the East Rowan YMCA ends on Sept. 3.
• Volleyball, girls in grades 4-8.
• Mighty Kickers soccer, boys and girls, ages 3-4
• Soccer, boys and girls, grades K-8.
• T-Ball, boys and girls, ages 4-6.
Volunteer coaches are needed. Register at the East Rowan YMCA or online at Contact Joe Finney at 704-279-1742 or