Area Sports Briefs: Salisbury grad Edwards ties for 2nd in tournament
From staff reports
George Mason’s Eric Edwards (Salisbury) shot 68-69-69 — 206, 7-under, and tied for second in the Elon Phoenix Invitational.
Nick Lyerly (East Rowan) shot 71-74-75 — 220 and led UNC Greensboro in the Autotrader Collegiate in Georgia.
Lyerly led the field with 41 pars for the tournament. He finished 19th.
Junior Isabella Rusher (Salisbury) shot a career-best 68 as Richmond won its third straight event.
Rusher shot 76-80-68 — 224 and tied for third in the Bill Berg Invitational.
Catawba’s women tied for 12th out of 16 teams at the LeeAnn Noble Memorial Golf Tournament.
The event was played at the 5,934-yard, par-72 Achasta, by Reynolds Golf Club and concluded on Tuesday.
Kaley Barts led Catawba. She finished 16th with a 153 score. The sophomore posted rounds of 77 and 76. Sarah Coltrane and Madison Moore finished in a tie for 48th as both shot a 161 total.
Alexandria Bare (South Rowan) shot 78-75 — 153 and led UNC Pembroke in the LeeAnn Noble Memorial.
GARS members played in their own foursomes at Lexington Golf Club.
Low ‘A’ Flight player was Ray Pope with a net of 70.59. Low ‘B’ Flight player was Tony Labarbera with a net of 67.43. Low ‘C’ Flight player was John Cress with a net of 68.05. Low ‘D’ Flight player was Bert Bollinger with a net of 70.85.
Ray Pope and Larry Petrea tied for low net score with 78s.
China Grove won 44-12 against Erwin.
Landon Hughes scored on runs of 10 yards and 47 yards. D’Arrion Cuthbertson scored on a 67-yard run and a 60-yard punt return. Cam Burleyson scored on a 6-yard run, and Emory Taylor scored on a 53-yard pass reception from Burleyson. Edwin Rodriguez kicked 4 PATs.
Defensive standouts were Aquiles Bernal (fumble recovery, sack), Cuthbertson, Hughes, Jake Ross and Daniel Epley.
Alexis Galarneau and Michael Ogden (Salisbury) of the NC State men’s tennis team advanced past Duke’s Sean Sculley and Nick Stachowiak in the ITA Carolina Regional doubles semifinals Tuesday before falling to Wake Forest’s Christian Seraphim and Julian Zlobinksy in the final at Cary Tennis Park.
The 14th-ranked Wolfpack duo recorded a 5-1 mark at the ITA Carolina Regional.
West Rowan won against Carson in one of the NPC semifinals on Tuesday.
West won 19-25,25-19, 25-21, 17-25 and 15-13.
West Davidson won against South Rowan in a CCC semifinal on Tuesday 25-23, 28-26 and 25-22.
West Davidson advanced to play Ledford, a 25-16, 25-10, 24-26 and 25-18 winner against North Davidson.
Davie County won against West Forsyth in a Tuesday semifinal in the CPC tourney and will play at Reagan at 6 p.m. tonight in the championshop game.
Carson topped East Rowan, 5-3, on Monday for its first 3A North Piedmont Conference win of the season.
Salisbury hosts Jordan- Matthews in the first round of the 2A dual team state playoffs today at 4 p.m.
In 3A, Carson is home against Eastern Guilford.
In 4A, Davie County hosts Lake Norman.
Prep cross country
The NPC championships will be held at Salisbury Community Park on Thursday.
A new AP poll was released on Tuesday. North Rowan is eighth in 1A, while North Stanly is No. 10.
Each conference gets a certain amount of automatic playoff bids, based on the number of teams (1-4 teams = one bid; 5-8 teams = two bids; 9 or more = three bids).
MaxPreps ranking is how the conference champions will be seeded, as well as the conference runner-ups and the third-place teams.
A second-place team cannot be seeded higher than a 1-seed, a third-place team can’t be seeded higher than a runner-up and a wild-card can’t be seeded ahead of anything but other wild-cards.
Wild-card selections are done entirely based on MaxPreps ranking.
Once the field is seeded, the largest playoff teams in one classification are put into one bracket and the smallest into the other, creating eight brackets in all: 4AA and 4A, 3AA and 3A, 2AA and 2A and 1AA and 1A. The official numbers used for determining the size of each school, the ADMs (average daily membership) won’t be released until the last week of the regular season, so for now we’re using last year’s numbers.
The brackets are divided into East and West based on geography.
In the 24-team brackets of 4AA, 4A, 1AA and 1A, the top four seeds in each bracket get a first-round bye.
1-Mallard Creek vs BYE; 8-West Mecklenburg vs 9-North Mecklenburg
4-Page vs BYE; 5-Myers Park vs 12-Olympic
3-West Forsyth vs BYE; 6-Providence vs 11-South Mecklenburg
2-Butler vs BYE; 7-Hough vs 10-Ardrey Kell
1-Harding vs BYE; 8-East Mecklenburg vs 9-Mooresville
4-Hickory Ridge vs BYE; 5-East Forsyth vs 12-Reagan
3-Vance vs BYE; 6-Davie County vs 11-Rocky River
2-South Caldwell vs BYE; 7-Porter Ridge vs 10-West Charlotte
1-A.C. Reynolds vs 16-Cox Mill; 8-Asheville vs 9-Sun Valley
4-Alexander Central vs 13-Parkland; 5-Marvin Ridge vs 12-Ashbrook
3-South Iredell vs 14-Ben. L. Smith; 6-Mount Tabor vs 11-Cuthbertson
2-A.L. Brown vs 15-Erwin; 7-Watauga vs 10-Southwest Guilford
1-Charlotte Catholic vs 16-Forestview; 8-Weddington vs 9-Crest
4-Hunter Huss vs 13-West Rowan; 5-Freedom vs 12-Northwest Cabarrus
3-Jay M. Robinson vs 14-Hickory; 6-Statesville vs 11-Concord
2-Kings Mountain vs 15-Tuscola; 7-West Henderson vs 10-Stuart Cramer
1-Hibriten vs 16-North Lincoln; 8-Patton vs 9-West Stokes
4-Mount Pleasant vs 13-Forest Hills; 5-Wilkes Central vs 12-East Lincoln
3-Newton-Conover vs 14-Smoky Mountain; 6-South Point vs 11-Foard
2-Franklin vs 15-West Iredell; 7-Maiden vs 10-Pisgah
1-Shelby vs 16-Fairmont; 8-East Montgomery vs 9-Brevard
4-North Surry vs 13-Lexington; 5-Hendersonville vs 12-North Wilkes
3-Mountain Heritage vs 14-Lincolnton; 6-Salisbury vs 11-Red Springs
2-Reidsville vs 15-West Lincoln; 7-East Rutherford vs 10-Wheatmore
1-East Wilkes vs BYE; 8-Swain County vs 9-South Stokes
4-North Stanly vs BYE; 5-East Surry vs 12-Avery County
3-Bessemer City vs BYE; 6-Polk County vs 11-Cherryville
2-North Rowan vs BYE; 7-Starmount vs 10-Pine Lake Prep
1-Mount Airy vs BYE; 8-Union Academy vs 9-Elkin
4-Cherokee vs BYE; 5-Thomas Jefferson vs 12-CSD
3-Murphy vs BYE; 6-Robbinsville vs 11-Rosman
2-Mitchell County vs BYE; 7-Mountain Island Charter vs 10-Alleghany County
Salisbury Academy tennis won against Ellis Middle School to finish the season, 8-1.
Margaret Thurman, Morgan Jeter, Sydney Hlavacek and Madelyne Lawrence won their singles matches.
Lawrence/Ellison Frick and Wymbs/Emily Frick won doubles matches.
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