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Area Sports Briefs: Carson tennis ties for first

From staff reports

Carson’s girls tennis team finished the regular season in a tie for first place in the North Piedmont Conference with South Iredell.

The Cougars (12-2, 9-1) won easily at home on Thursday, beating Statesville, 9-0.

It’s likely there will be a match between South Iredell and Carson at a neutral site to determine  the league’s top seed for the 3A state playoffs.


East Rowan lost to South Iredell, 7-1, on Thursday.

Kristen Brady won for East Rowan at No 4 singles.

The No. 2 doubles match involving Brady and Mia Graham was called  because of darkness for an 8-8 draw.

Mid. school tennis

  Erwin   defeated West Rowan, 7-2, to finish a perfect season. (See photo.)

West’s winners were Lacy Waggoner and Lauren Corriher.

Audrey Ward, Rebecca Reilly, Joanna Thompson  and Summer Null won for Erwin.

In doubles, Riley Isley/Whisnant, Ward/Thompson and Reilly/Null swept for the Eagles.


Knox defeated Mooresville on Thursday, 7-2.

Singles winners for Knox were Sophie Chmiel, Abby Campion, Sage Huffman, Mary Morgan and Adyson Sisk.

Doubles winners were Chmiel/Campion and Grace Eppehimer/Katelyn Duran.

Prep volleyball

Carson (15-3, 6-2 NPC) won against Statesville 25-20, 24-26, 25-19 and 25-23 on Thursday.


West Rowan lost to North Iredell  25-22, 26-28, 25-20 and 26-24 in NPC volleyball, the first home loss for the Falcons (14-4, 5-3).


East Rowan lost to South Iredell 25-7, 25-21 and 25-15 on Thursday.

The Mustangs raised nearly $500 for the fight against breast cancer on a  Pink Out Night.

Leah Wyrick organized the Pink Out and had five kills. Baleigh Hill had 27 digs.

Emma Collins had five kills and Jordan Beaver had three kills and two blocks to lead East’s jayvees in a loss.


Salisbury lost to East Davidson, 3-1, in CCC action on Thursday.


South Rowan (15-6, 13-3)  continued to roll in the CCC with a  25-14, 25-12 and 25-15 sweep of Lexington.

Michaela Hallman had 17 assists and 11 digs. Janiya Downs had 12 kills and 13 digs.Kira Rymer had 12 kills and five aces. Jenna Strickland had 10 digs.

Logan McQueen had four kills, Jessi Rollins had six aces and Anna Rymer had five aces and 10 assists as South’s jayvees (12-8, 10-5) swept Lexington.

Jayvee football

Carson rolled to a 42-26 win against North Iredell on Thursday.

Cameron “CP” Pyle had touchdown runs of 17 and 50 yards, and Michael Gonsalves had scoring runs of 29 and 20 for the Cougars.

Alex London threw a TD pass to Evan Johnston. A.J. Merriman had a rushing TD. Andrew Beaver kicked six PATs.

Andrew Rollins and Michael Altmann recovered fumbles.  Ben Blumenthal forced a fumble. Wezlee Byars intercepted a pass.

Carson led 21-14 at halftime.


Salisbury lost to Oak Grove, 21-14, on Thursday at Ludwig Stadium.

Cameron Cherry and Sincere Houston scored the Salisbury TDs. Dontaz Witherspoon and Jadarius Wood were defensive standouts.


West Rowan won against East Rowan, 21-8, on Thursday.

Daniel Sell threw TD passes to Dylan Sigmon and Zach Martlock.

Sigmon also ran for a score.

Leading West’s defense were Zeek Biggers and Levointe Jacobs.


Other scores

R.J. Reynolds 27, Davie County 26

A.L. Brown 41, Central Cabarrus 6

Ledford 15, Central Davidson 14

Lexington 52, East Davidson 30

North Davidson 42, Thomasville 6

Oak Grove 21, Salisbury 14

7th-grade football

Peter Williams-Simpson scored   touchdowns on runs of 41 and 60 yards and caught a 55-yard scoring pass from Athan Gill to lead West Rowan to a 46-6 win against Erwin.

Dylan Upright scored on runs of 52 and 65 yards for the Bulldogs.

Tanner Poole added a 2-yard scoring run, while Canyon Turner returned an interception 40 yards for a score.  Williams-Simpson had two 2-point conversion runs, and Damaron Phillips also scored a 2-point conversion.

West’s offensive line of Charles Withers, Asriel Mauney, Adam Coughenour, Quentin Lofton, Dalton Miller, Joshua Wilson, Abe Davis, and Lucas Graham blocked well.

Paxton Greene had an outstanding game at quarterback. leading West to six touchdowns on six drives.

West’s defense was led by Canyon Turner, Alijiah Gray and Brandin Hardin.

Poole and Turner had interceptions and Williams-Simpson recovered a fumble.


Mooresville topped China Grove, 32-20.

Scoring for China Grove were Landon Hughes on a 19-yard run, D’Arrion Cuthbertson on a 50-yard run, and Cam Burleyson on a 4-yard run. Edwin Rodriguez kicked a PAT.


Southeast won against North Rowan, 8-0.

8th-grade football

Mooresville won  a 48-44 shootout with China Grove.

Scoring for China Grove were Aiden Kirchbaum on a 22-yard run; Gabe Pozyck on runs of 96  and 50 yards;   Nathan Chrismon on a 44-yard run and a PAT run, and Jacob Ritchie on an offensive fumble recovery in the end zone plus a 27-yard reception on a pass from Chrismon.

Daniel Cuevas kicked three  PATS.



Knox 16, Erwin 14

Mooresville 30, Corriher-Lipe 0

West 22, Southeast 0

North Hills

The North Hills volleyball team won against Victory Christian  25-21, 25-16, 23-25 and 25-23.

Catherine Johnson had 10 aces and 33 digs. Morgan Humble had 18 kills, four blocks and 17 digs. Elisabeth Houghton had 17 digs. Lindsey White had 15 digs.  Colby Edmonds had four kills  and 12 digs.

Mid. school softball


West Rowan 23 Corriher-Lipe 13

Erwin 20 , North Rowan 4

Southeast 18, Knox 2

Mooresville 12, China Grove 2

West is 8-0, Mooresville is 7-1


College tennis

  Catawba and visiting Mount Olive split men’s and women’s tennis action on Thursday.

The Catawba women improved to 2-0 with a 7-2 win, while the men fell to 1-1 after an 8-1 defeat.

It was the first dual match of the season for Mount Olive.

Local golf

Corbin Hills women’s tournament

Overall low gross winner

Treva Honeycutt

1st Flight

Low Gross — Kristi Laton

Low Net — Susan Houston

2nd Flight

Low Gross — Faye Cline

Low Net — Becky Isenhouer

3rd Flight

Low Gross — Eileen Full

Low Net. — Sheryl Johnson

Prep basketball

West Rowan senior Caleb Mauldin is taking an official visit to Lincoln Memorial on Sunday and will be making an unofficial visit to VMI on Saturday.


Salisbury Academy

The Salisbury Academy boys cross country team won a three-team meet against Sacred Heart and Erwin Middle School on Wednesday. The Jaguars won with a team score of 19.  Pacing the Jaguars was Christopher Portillo, the winner in 12:50. Also, placing for the Jaguars were Wyatt Goodnight (5th), Jacob Mills (6th) and Ethan Ott (7th).

The Salisbury Academy girls cross country team competed in a three-team meet Wednesday at Sacred Heart. Pacing the Jaguars was Miles Abramson (6th)  in a time of 16:10. Also scoring for the Jaguars were Kari Downs (7th), Millie Wymbs (9th) and Cora Wymbs (14th).

The Salisbury Academy girls tennis team defeated South Davie, 9-0.

Winning in singles were Margaret Thurman, Sydney Hlavacek, Madelyne Lawrence, Lucy Barr, Ellison Frick and Emily Frick.

Ellison Frick/Thurman, Hlavacek/Barr and Emily Frick/Abbey Lawson won in doubles.


Kannapolis  native and current playoff contender Daniel Hemric will return to Richard Childress Racing for the 2018 season to again compete for the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship, driving the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro.

“It is always a special time when you can re-sign with a team like Richard Childress Racing that has done so much in our sport,” said Hemric. “I’ve learned a lot from Richard both about racing and life in general, many lessons that I will never forget. While we still are contending for the XFINITY Series championship this year, and have unfinished business in the final five races, I’m fortunate that I will again be running for the Series championship in 2018 with RCR and Richard in my corner.”

In his rookie campaign in 2017, Hemric’s performance during the regular season earned him a position in the XFINITY Series Playoffs. Through the first 26 regular season races, Hemric earned five top-five and 12 top-10 finishes, one pole award, two stage wins, led 70 laps and earned the XFINITY Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus at Bristol Motor Speedway.


Hurley YMCA

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