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Area Sports Briefs: West, Salisbury tennis win easily; West, Carson volleyball still unbeaten

From staff reports

West Rowan’s girls tennis team opened the season with a 9-0 home non-conference win against AL Brown on Monday.

Payton Holt won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.

West’s Madison Smith, Lacy Waggoner, Skylar Jahnke, Mira White and Kelsie Crider also rolled in straight sets.

Winning doubles teams were Holt/Waggoner, Smith/Crider and Jahnke/White.

West Rowan plays Northwest Cabarrus today at Robinson. The NWC courts are being repaired.


Salisbury stayed unbeaten with a 9-0 Central Carolina Conference win at home on Monday.

The Hornets (4-0, 3-0) got singles wins from Emma Nianouris, Meredith Burton, Margaret Thurman, Abby Campion, Skye Mowery and Sophie Chmiel.

Nianouris/Burton, Thurman/Mowery and Campion/Chmiel also won in doubles.


North Davidson beat South Rowan, 6-3, in a CCC match on Monday.

Carson rolled to an 8-1 win against Northwest Cabarrus in a non-conference match.

College soccer

Wingate was tabbed the South Atlantic Conference favorite for the upcoming  men’s soccer season

The Bulldogs collected nine first-place votes out of 11.

Lenoir-Rhyne was picked second. Catawba was picked 11th.

The season will get underway on Aug. 30, with eight of the league’s 11 teams taking the field.

SAC play begins on Sept. 12.

Prep cross country

The Pre-Rowan County cross country meet will be held Wednesday  at Dan Nicholas Park.

The boys race is at 5 p.m., while the girls will run at 5:45 p.m.

Prep boys soccer

East Rowan lost to Central Davidson, 7-2, on Monday.

Alex Kalogeromitros scored his sixth and seventh goals of the young season for the Mustangs.

Landon Ketchie had an assist for East (0-2-1).


South Rowan lost to Concord, 8-0, on Monday in a non-conference match.

Gabriel Bennett only had to make one save for the Spiders. Carlos Alvarez scored two goals.

Prep volleyball

West Rowan stayed undefeated with a 25-23, 25-18, 21-25 and 25-19 win against Lake Norman in Mount Ulla on Monday.

Tori Hester had 19 kills and 16 digs. KK Dowling had eight kills, 12 digs and four blocks. Ava Link had six kills and 13 digs.

Emma Gusler had five kills. Hannah Pratt had 19 digs. Carly Stiller had six blocks.

West lost the jayvee match, 2-0.


Carson cruised to a 25-8, 25-9 and 25-16 win against Northwest Cabarrus on Monday.

Katie Blackwell had seven kills and three aces for the Cougars (3-0). Kary Hales had 13 digs. Alicia Thompson had five kills. Nancy Gamewell and Ella Cloninger had three kills each. Grace Douglas had three aces and 14 assists.

Ava Corriher, Liza Simmerson, Kylie Judy, Audrey Andrews and Tate Barger led Carson to the win in the jayvee match.

Local golf

Harrisburg’s Alex Heffner shot 72 to take a three-shot lead after the first round of the Rowan Junior Open on Monday.

Golfers toured The Club at Irish Creek course in the first round and will compete at Warrior today.

South Rowan’s Andrew Coward and East Rowan’s Austin Miller are part of a tie for third place at 76 and paced Rowan golfers.

Salisbury’s Hank Robins carded a 77.

Salisbury youngster  Keegan Merrell shot 54 for nine holes to lead the boys 8-11 division.

Kannapolis’ Cooper Burris shot 88 to pace the boys 12-13 division.

East Rowan’s Camryn Corriher shot 102 to lead the girls.


The McCanless Couples played on Sunday with good conditions.

The team of  Mary Seaford and Azalee & David Huneycutt won.

Harry Owen, Susan Wydner and Pam & Ralph Carver came in second.

Seaford was closest to the pin. Azalee Huneycutt had the longest putt.


The Shady Grove annual golf tournament was held recently at Corbin Hills Golf Club.

The team of Bruce Tribble, Ivan Pitts, Eddie Smith and James Lindsay tookfirst place.

Charles White, James White, Jason Ruff and Ashley Davis placed second.

Jim Corpening, John Corpening, Prince Clinton and Jerry Sifford took third.

Ashley Davis won the   longest drive  for the ladies, while Jerry Sifford  had the longest drive and won closest to the pin.

Cloninger Ford and Toyota, Team Chevrolet, Ben Mynatt, Niagara Waters and Krispy Kreme sponsored the event.

Charity tennis event

Blake Clark and Roarke Burton, Salisbury High seniors, are putting on  The Salisbury Open Charity Tennis Tournament, which will be played at Salisbury High and the courts at City Park.

The tournament will be held the weekend of Sept. 28-30.

The cost of the tournament is $20 for the first event (per person if doubles) and 5 additional dollars for the second event (per person if doubles).

Brochures that include a registration form will be available in the Salisbury High School office, the JF Hurley YMCA, Overton Elementary School, and Knox Middle School or print   a brochure available at https://thesalisburyopen.squarespace.com.

Please mail   registration forms and all fees  to 970 Confederate Avenue, Salisbury, NC, 28144.


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