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Area Sports Briefs: Carson tennis gets No. 1 seed for playoffs

From staff reports

Carson’s girls tennis team won, 5-4, against South Iredell on Thursday in a match to determine the North Piedmont Conference’s top seed for the 3A dual team state playoffs.

Carson got singles wins from Maci Cooper, Jadyn Kirkpatrick and Emily Sloop.

Sloop/Kirkpatrick and  Cooper/Lindsey Conrad won in doubles.

The teams tied for the NPC regular season championship with 9-1 records and split with each other.

The extra match was played because there’s a significant difference between being seeded first or seeded second.

As the No. 1 seed, Carson will be at home for the first round of the playoffs against the Mid-Piedmont Conference’s No. 2 seed.

As the No. 2 seed, South Iredell will be on the road against the Piedmont Triad Conference’s No. 1 seed.

The dual team playoffs are scheduled to start on Oct. 18.

Prep volleyball

South Rowan finished a strong regular season with a 3-1 win against Salisbury on Senior Night.

South finished third in the 10-team Central Carolina Conference and will host a first-round tournament game on Monday at 6 p.m.

Kira Rymer had 23 kills and 19 digs. Janiya Downs had 19 kills.  Michaela Hallman had 28 assists and 24 digs. Brooke Royal had 10 assists. Jenna Strickland had 39 digs. Katelyn Goodman had three aces.  Raquel Landaverde  had 11 digs.


South Rowan’s jayvees swept the Hornets.

Anna Rymer had 11 assists. Jessi Rollins had four aces. Kendall Rockstad had five kills. Sarai Benitez had four digs.


Carson finished second in the North Piedmont Conference and won against South Iredell 25-20, 25-13 and 25-23.


West Rowan finished third in the NPC, winning a five-setter at Statesville —  25-27, 25-16,25-19, 17-25 and 15-4 — to conclude the regular season.


Reagan beat Davie in a marquee match in the CPC on Thursday.

Jayvee football

CHINA GROVE — Carson rolled against East Rowan, 63-24, despite three long touchdown runs by the Mustangs’ Vincent Jones.

QB Isaac Hinceman also scored a TD for East.

Alex London’s 46-yard pass to Cameron “CP” Pyle gave Carson (4-2, 2-0 NPC) a 7-0 lead.

Jones broke loose twice, once on a broken play, to put the Mustangs up, 12-7.

Evan Johnston scored two short rushing TDs for a 21-12 Carson advantage. A 47-yard TD pass from London to Jake Harris and a 4-yard run by Madi Williams stretched Carson’s lead to 35-12 at halftime.

Michael Gonsalves didn’t play in the first half but scored twice after the break, including a 78-yard jaunt. Andrew Burke also had two second-half TDs, including a 27-yard burst.

Andrew Beaver was 9-for-9 on PATs for Carson.

Jacob Bias and Mikhail Gomez had fumble recoveries for Carson.


Scores: Thomasville 6, South Rowan 0

A.L. Brown 46, Cox Mill 0

Davie County 20, West Forsyth 13

Ledford won at Salisbury

College football

Freshman walk-on Tywun Rivens (Salisbury) is getting playing time at Campbell as a backup linebacker and special teams player.

He had four tackles in Saturday’s win against Valparaiso.


Catawba’s Joshua Moses (East Rowan) suffered a dislocated ankle in Saturday’s OT win against North Greenville.

Moses was hurt on the kickoff return team.

Moses, a reserve linebacker was a big part of  Catawba’s special teams.

Moses will miss the rest of the season, but he’s expected to return in 2018.

Catawba athletics

Catawba’s indoor track and field team will debut on Dec. 2 at the JDL College Kickoff Classic in Winston-Salem.


Catawba freshman Kristina Rogge was named the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Female Swimmer of the Week for the week ending Oct. 8. Rogge helped Catawba claim the title at the Converse Invite over the weekend.

Rogge posted individual wins in the 100 and 200 breast.

College volleyball

Winston-Salem State swept Livingstone in New Trent Gym on Thursday.

Makala Lytton (North Rowan) had  12 saves for the Rams.

Jekisha Rhymes  had six digs for the Blue Bears.


Lynsey Corriher (South Rowan) had six kills for Averett in a sweep of Roanoke on Thursday.

Salisbury Academy

  Salisbury Academy’s girls tennis team defeated Sacred Heart, 7-2,  on Wednesday.

Morgan Jeter, Sydney Havlacek, Madelyn Lawrence, Millie Wymbs and Lucy Barr won in singles for the Jaguars.   Wymbs/Barr and Ellison Frick/Emily Frick won in doubles.

The final match for the Jaguars is Monday.

Legion baseball

The National Executive Committee of  the American Legion approved a number of rule changes for  American Legion baseball “in a   commitment to player safety and improving the quality of play.”

• National tournament play will be seven-inning games. Leagues will have the option to play nine-inning games during the regular season. However, in state and regional play and in the World Series games will be seven innings.

  Changes to pitch count rules.

Pitchers will have a daily maximum of 105 pitches per day, down from 120.

Required rest will be as follows:

1-30 pitches: 0 days

31-45 pitches: 1 day

46-60 pitches: 2 days

61-80 pitches: 3 days

81+ pitches: 4 days

Pitchers may only make two appearances in any three consecutive days. Players will be charged with two appearances if they leave the pitching position and return as a pitcher in the same game.

  In regular season play only, leagues will have the option to allow for courtesy runners and re-entry.

Courtesy runners may be permitted for pitchers or catchers.

Leagues that allow for re-entry may permit players to be substituted and return to the game once, provided the player returns to the same slot in the batting order.

  Language has been removed from the rule book that required 19-year-olds to be former Legion players.

  After a number of requests, bids to host regional tournaments may now be one year or two years. Previously, all bids were required to be two years.



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