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Area Sports Briefs: Holt wins NPC tennis singles

From staff reports

West Rowan junior Payton Holt won the North Piedmont Conference Tournament singles championship on Tuesday in Mount Ulla.

Holt won 6-1, 6-0 against North Iredell’s Haley Griffin in the final.

North Iredell’s Holly Griffin finished third, and Carson freshman Jadyn Kirkpatrick finished fourth.

South Iredell’s Emily  Mattei and Stephanie Mattei won the doubles tournament. The Matteis won 7-5, 6-4 against East Rowan’s Lauren Weisensel/Angel Scialdone in the final.

Carson’s doubles team of Emily Sloop/Siera Fesperman took third place.

North Iredell and South Iredell tied for first in team scoring with nine points each. West Rowan and Carson tied for third with eight points. East Rowan had four points.

Top-three finishers qualified for regionals.

The tournament is a qualifier for the 3A individual singles and doubles tournaments. The 3A Midwest Regional will be held at Concord’s Les Myers Park.


In the CCC tournament qualifier at Lexington, Salisbury has qualified its top six players for the regional.

Julia Honeycutt/Maria Capito and Emma Nianouris/Lillian Rusher qualified in doubles on Monday by reaching the semifinals.

Salisbury’s Bethanie Stauffer and Meredith Burton won two singles matches each to breeze into the semifinals.

Salisbury will host the 2A Midwest Regional.

Prep volleyball

South Rowan (16-6, 14-3 CCC) rolled to a sweep against Central Davidson in Central Carolina Conference action on Tuesday.

The Raiders won 25-10, 25-21 and 25-9.

Janiya Downs  had 16 kills. Kira Rymer had 12 kills, eight aces and 18 digs. Jenna Strickland had eight digs. Michaela Hallman had 21 assists.


South’s jayvee team won in a three-set match with Central Davidson.

Kendall Rockstad had eight kills, and Kendall Walter had seven.

Sarai Benitez had 26 digs. Anna Rymer had  kills and 11 assists.


Salisbury was swept by North Davidson, while East Rowan was swept by Statesville.

Parks and Rec

  Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting registration for its boys youth basketball league for ages 7-15.

Cost is $30 per participant.

Registration runs through Oct. 21 at Hall Gym or online at www.salisburync.gov/play.  For   information, call 704-638-5289.

7th-grade football

West Rowan won against North Rowan, 34-28, on Tuesday.

Dylan Upright scored  touchdowns on runs of 35, 55, and 60 yards. Peter Williams-Simpson added  touchdown runs of 22 and 48 yards for West. Williams-Simpson and Upright also added a 2-point conversion.

The West offensive line of Adam Coughenour, Koen Franz, Asriel Mauney, Quentin Lofton, Joshua Wilson, Dalton Miller, Andrew Newton and Alijiah Gray blocked well as West scored on five of six possessions, with the other being a fumble at the North Rowan 1-yard line.

Canyon Turner, Lee Vaughters, Damaron Phillips, Makaii Blackwell, Williams-Simpson  and Abram Davis led the defense for West. Tanner Poole recovered a fumble.

Jerome Blakeney scored three touchdowns for North Rowan on runs of 45, 40, and 3 yards. Blakeney had over 200 yards rushing for North.

West Rowan is 5-1, while North Rowan drops to 2-3.

West Rowan will travel to Mooresville on Oct. 24 to play for a share of the championship in a very competitive league.

  West is coached by Erich Epps, Dave Jackson Jr. , Norman Lofton, Fred Miller  and Danny Phillips.


China Grove won against Knox, 34-22.

D’Arrion Cuthbertson scored four touchdowns on runs of 1, 40, 8  and 4 yards.

Landon Hughes scored on a 63-yard run and Edwin Rodriguez kicked 2 PATs.

Defensive standouts for the Red Devils were Cuthbertson, Aquiles Bernal, Emory Taylor (pick) and Zuriel Gomez  (fumble recovery).

Catawba golf

Catawba sophomore Kaley Barts shot a school-record 68 in the final round of the Patsy Rendleman Invitational Women’s Golf Tournament on Tuesday to finish fifth at the event. Catawba hosted the two-day tournament at the  Country Club of Salisbury.

Barts followed an opening 77 with a record round that saw her birdie the final four holes to finish at 4-under. She bettered the previous low round of 69 which was accomplished by Paige Haverty at the Rendleman in 2004 and by Madison Kennedy at the Timberline Golf Club in 2014.

Lenoir-Rhyne shot 590 and won the tournament.  Catawba had a score of 631.

Medalist honors went to Megan Sabol, of North Georgia. She finished at 139.


Catawba finished ninth out of 17 teams at the NCAA II South/Southeast Super Regional Preview Men’s Golf Tournament which concluded on Tuesday at the  Rock Barn Golf & Spa.

The   Indians shot 297 in each round to post their 594 total. Barton was 4-under for the tournament, posting a 572 score to beat Belmont Abbey by six shots.

Trey Burton posted a 71 on Tuesday for Catawba, the lowest round for the team over the two days. His 147 total tied him with teammate Wes Cline in 22nd.

Belmont Abbey’s Nick Stafford shot 9-under 63 in the final round to claim medalist honors.

Local golf

Corbin Hills Women’s Golf Association tournament on Tuesday.

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Low Gross — Beth Calhoun; Low Net — Becky Isenhour

2nd Flight

Low Gross — Bev Cobb; Low Net — Susan Wydner

Low putts

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