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Area Sports Briefs: Hornets top SR in JV thriller

From staff reports

Salisbury’s jayvee football team prevailed against South Rowan, 20-14, on Thursday.

The Hornets rallied from a 14-0 deficit and won with a late TD.

Lawon Blackwell scored two touchdowns for the Hornets. Jaden Hiligh got the other TD.

Max Morgan and  Jadarius Wood led the Salisbury defense.

QB Drew Huffman’s 17-yard scramble gave the Raiders a 6-0 lead.

Huffman’s 23-yard scoring pass to Jackson Deal and a a 2-point conversion pass from Huffman to Logan Perry gave South a 14-0 advantage.

Running back Brayden Garrett also had a big game for the Raiders.


South Iredell scored on a 2-point conversion with 20 seconds left and edged Carson, 36-35, in China Grove.

“It was 7-7 at halftime, but then all heck broke loose,” Carson coach Joe Pinyan said.

Carson (5-5) had the lead four different times and went up 35-28 late in the contest but couldn’t stop the Vikings.

Evan Johnston had rushing TDs of 8 and 11 yards for the Cougars.

Cameron “CP” Pyle had scoring runs of 3 and 21 yards.

Alex London had a 3-yard scoring run. Andrew Beaver kicked five straight PATs.

“We went 5-5, but we weren’t far from 9-1,” Pinyan said. “It’s a good group. They played with a lot of effort all year.”


Nate Hampton threw two TD passes to Anthony Deters as Davie County edged Reagan in Pfafftown on Thursday, 21-20.

Joe Johnson had a rushing TD for the War Eagles.


A.L. Brown pounded Concord, 55-6, on Thursday. The Wonders went 9-1 and won the SPC title.


Statesville held off West Rowan, 20-15, on Thursday.


North Rowan didn’t play Thursday, as South Davidson has no jayvee team.

North won the YVC championship.


The golf trio of Megan Kanaby, Hannah Rose Bruxvoort and Hailey Freedman from Cardinal Gibbons    and Hayden Diaz from Gray’s Creek  were the NCHSAA Performance of the Week award winners.

Kanaby, Bruxvoort and Freedman led Gibbons to the team state championship.  They tallied the all-time lowest three-player composite score at 454.

Diaz, a junior on the Gray’s Creek soccer team, was a star during the Patriot Athletic Conference tournament.   In three games, Diaz scored 10 goals including the only goals in Gray’s Creek 3-0 win over Pine Forest in the championship game.

Prep cross country

  NCHSAA cross country championships will be held for boys and girls in all four classes on Saturday at the Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville.

The morning session will start at 10 a.m. with the  1A boys, followed by the 3A boys at 10:30, 1A girls at 11 a.m. and 3A girls at 11:30. The afternoon session will start at 3 p.m., with 2A boys, followed by 4A boys at 3:30, 2A girls at 4:30 and 4A boys at 5 p.m.

North Hills

The North Hills middle school cross country teams competed  in the Southern Piedmont Athletic Association  for the first time.

  North Hills was represented by a dedicated group of five boys and four girls in grades 5-8.

Coaches Shameka Smith and Aimee Rabon assembled the group for their first competition on Aug. 28 in Statesville.

Over the course of the next six weeks, the team continued to practice and set personal-record times at each event.

In the SPAA Championship Meet  at Fisher Farm in Davidson, the North Hills boys finished third.

Triston Rabon ran 11:47 for fourth place individually.  Micah Nguyen (8th, 13:02),  Gentry Horton (9th, 13:09), Avery Hunt (19th, 17:16) and Eli Sherrill (21st, 17:56) were next.

  The North Hills girls finished third. They were led by Jada Rice (8th, 16:14),   Jill Boger (9th, 16:36),  Morgan Rice (16th, 17:35) and Peyton Thorneburg(18th, 18:31).

Timber sports

  The 13th annual STIHL TIMBERSPORTS World Championships started Thursday and will finish today.

Rockwell’s  Matt Slingerland is one of the five athletes representing the U.S. in Lillehammer, Norway.

College football

Ties are possible in the CIAA race, with the final regular season games set for Saturday.

Undefeated Virginia State is in the driver’s seat in the Northern Division, but a three-way tie could occur if Virginia Union upsets Virginia State. Bowie State, which beat Virginia Union but lost to Virginia State, has to beat Elizabeth City State to have a shot.

If a three-way tie does occur, point differential in games between the three contenders will be the tiebreaker.

In the Southern Division, three teams are tied  for first place.

St. Augustine’s  (4-2) plays Shaw, while Fayetteville (4-2) plays Winston-Salem State (4-2).

If two teams end up tied, the division championship will be determined by head-to-head results.

Fayetteville State beat  St. Augustine’s.

St. Augustine’s beat Winston-Salem State.


The CIAA has selected 12 former   football players to be recognized as Legends of CIAA Football prior to kickoff at the championship game on Saturday, Nov. 11.  Kickoff  is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in Salem, Va.

The legends will include Livingstone’s Ben Coates.

College soccer

Catawba midfielder Jovana Sanchez was named SAC Freshman of the Year  for women’s soccer.

Making second team All-SAC from Catawba were Sanchez and midfielder Erin Feldman.

Forward Becky Frost was Honorable Mention.


Catawba defender  Philipp Hollenhorst is Honorable Mention All-SAC.

College volleyball

Winston-Salem State won 3-1 at Catawba on Wednesday.

Makala Lytton (North Rowan) had 22 digs for the Rams.

Morgan Hester (Carson)    had 20 assists and 21 digs for Catawba. Taylor Martin (West Rowan) had eight digs


Lynsey Corriher (South Rowan) had 13 kills in Averett’s win against Methodist in the quarterfinals of the USA South tourney.

College basketball

Catawba men’s coach Rob Perron announced nine newcomers for this season, including  Tae Cannon, who led Spartanburg Dorman to a state title, and  North Rowan grad Henderson Lentz.

  Nine new players are set to join the Catawba Indians this coming season, including Tae Cannon, Larry Curry, TJ Jeffers, DJ Johnson, Henderson Lentz, Daquan Lilly, John McRae, Carter Phillips and Ben Zemonek.

Cannon comes to Catawba from Dorman High School, the reigning South Carolina 5A state champions, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. While at Dorman, Cannon averaged a double-double in scoring and rebounding. Along with being a state Champion, he was also named to the All State “North vs South” game.

“Tae played for a tremendous program in Dorman High School where they won the state championship,” said Perron. “He is a very unselfish player. Tae will only get better as he learns to use his skill and length coupled with his ability to run the floor makes him a great prospect.”

Curry is a 21-year-old Winston Salem, North Carolina, native. After spending last year at Hillsborough Community College, he comes to Catawba in his third year of eligibility. Initially, out of East Forsyth High School, Curry attended Carson Newman and took a red-shirt year. After Carson Newman, he transferred to Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida, where he averaged 10 points per game and led the team in three-point field goal percentage.


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