Area Sports Briefs: West gets big road wins in tennis, volleyball
From staff reports
West Rowan wrapped up the North Piedmont Conference championship on Thursday with an 8-1 victory at North Iredell.
It’s the first league championship for the Falcons in girls tennis.
Payton Holt, Madison Smith, Lacy Waggoner, Skylar Jahnke, Mira White and Gracie Wise swept singles. Wise won the first set at No. 6 on a tiebreaker.
Holt/Waggoner and Jahnke/White won in doubles for the Falcons (15-1, 9-1).
South Rowan won against Thomasville, 8-1, in the final Central Carolina Conference home match for the Raiders on Thursday.
Singles winners for SR were Lauren Shell, Jamie Minehart, Emma Leazer, Jennifer Mysayakhom, and Brianna Weatherwax. Doubles winners were Shell/Kristen Minehart, Jamie Minehart/Weatherwax and Leazer/Mysayakhom.
Salisbury (17-1, 16-1) beat Ledford, 8-1, on Thursday. The Hornets clinched a tie for first in the CCC. Salisbury hosts East Davidson in its final match of the regular season on Monday.
North Rowan (10-5) won against South Davidson, 6-3, on Thursday.
High school volleyball
West Rowan (16-2, 7-1) stayed in first place in the North Piedmont Conference with a sweep at North Iredell on Thursday.
The Falcons won 25-19, 25-20 and 25-23 in Olin.
Tori Hester had 17 kills and 13 digs. KK Dowling 16 kills and 11 digs. Hannah Pratt had 12 digs and three aces. Ava Link had 19 assists and Allison Ennis had 16 assists.
South Rowan (17-4, 14-2) won 25-12, 25-14 and 25-23 against Lexington on Thursday for another CCC victory.
Kira Rymer had 15 kills and eight digs. Anna Rymer had six kills and 20 assists. Payton Black had 17 digs.
South is tied for first with two games left. The Raiders host Central Davidson Tuesday and play at Salisbury next Thursday.
East Davidson swept Salisbury 25-16, 25-17 and 25-18 in a CCC match on Thursday.
East Rowan was swept by South Iredell 25-16, 25-13 and 25-19 in a North Piedmont Conference match on Thursday.
In East Rowan’s loss to South Rowan on Wednesday, Olivia Wright had 12 kills and nine digs. Landrie Hess had 10 assists. Baleigh Hill had 25 digs.
High school soccer
In Wednesday’s 7-0 NPC loss to Statesville, Ben Shoemaker made 11 saves for the Mustangs (4-9-2, 0-4). Mason Benge made five saves.
South Rowan nipped East Davidson, 2-1, in overtime for a CCC win on Thursday.
Salisbury (14-2-1, 10-1-1) won against Thomasville, 4-0, on Thursday to stay on top in the CCC.
“Three games in four nights in hotter than usual October temperatures and with adversity from rampant injuries to our defense, but we completed an absolutely crucial week of conference play,” SHS coach Matt Parrish said.
SHS jumped out to a quick lead when Jack Fisher scored on a direct kick. David Holden made it 2-0 on a cross from Fisher in the middle of the first half.
Goalkeeper Josh Faulkner converted a penalty kick with six minutes left in the first half to extend the lead to 3-0.
With just under four minutes left, freshman Christopher Portillo took a pass from Bryan Garcia Cortez and unleashed a shot that found the back of the net from 24 yards out.
“I cannot express how proud I am of this group,” Parrish said. “We haven’t played a single game with our projecting starting eleven, but just keep getting done, sometimes against the odds and things outside of our control. Guys have taken on new roles, played new positions, and the team has continued to adapt, work, and improve. These players have given everything they have almost every night and that is all I can ask. I’m grateful for every game.”
Salisbury is home on Monday against Central Davidson.
HS cross country
Carson freshman Abby Lee, who won the pre-county meet, couldn’t run in Tuesday’s Rowan County Championships for medical reasons, but she was voted to the all-county team by coaches.
Andrew Kennerly threw a touchdown pass to Noah Loeblein as West Rowan beat East Rowan, 6-0.
Akin Robinson and Ben Sweet help lead West’s offense, while Josh Noble, James Ball, Ashton Matthews, Quadree Ziyad, Papa Brush and Nathan Estrada were defensive standouts.
Nigel McManus and Kameron Cuthbertson had interceptions for West.
Nathan Chrismon had scoring runs of 94 and 13 yards as South Rowan beat West Davidson, 14-0, in Tyro. Alex Fike kicked the PATs. Devin Arnette led the South defense.
Ronnie Fennell had two rushing TDs and gained 75 yards as North Rowan won at Albemarle, 12-6.
Tyshon Pratt had a clinching interception. Tyquan Young, Zion Delaney, Jamar Jefferies and Dayshun Davis were other defensive leaders for the Cavaliers.
Carson won at North Iredell, 27-15.
The Cougars (4-2) got TD runs of 62 and 70 yards from Javon Smith.
Aaron Bradshaw had a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown to put the Cougars up 21-7. A.J. Merriman started the scoring with a 1-yard run.
Jaumon Phillips had two sacks for the Cougars, who led 14-7 at halftime.
A.L. Brown’s jayvees won against Central Cabarrus, 22-0, in Kannapolis.
Davie won against R.J. Reynolds, 26-20. Alex Summers was 12-for-17 passing for 255 yards for Davie (5-1) and threw two TD passes to Zymere Hudson. DeVonte Lyerly rushed for 128 yards for the War Eagles and had two rushing TDs. Peyton Helton’s interception clinched victory.
High school hoops
Cox Mill star Wendell Moore Jr. will announce his college decision on Monday at 7 p.m. Duke is the most likely destination for one of the nation’s top players.
Catawba women’s soccer snapped an 11-game losing streak to Wingate with a 2-1 victory over the Bulldogs on Wednesday at Frock Field.
Keeper Shelby Thompson keyed the Indians’ victory with six saves. Jennifer Chambers scored for the Indians and Catawba went ahead 2-0 on an own goal.