Area Sports Briefs: West, Carson have winners in tennis tournament
From staff reports
The inaugural Rowan All-County Tennis Tournament began at Carson on Sept. 22 and concluded Monday at West Rowan.
Lightning concerns halted play on Sept. 22.
Girls from West Rowan, Carson, East Rowan and North Rowan participated in the event.
The top seeds ran through the brackets.
West senior Payton Holt won the singles championship, taking four matches while losing only one game.
Carson’s Lindsey Conrad was singles runner-up. She won against West’s Madison Smith, 8-5, in a semifinal to reach the championship round.
Holt won against Madison Brown (East) and Kristen Brady (East), and won twice against Conrad.
The Carson combo of Maci Cooper/Jadyn Kirkpatrick won the doubles final, 8-6. The Cougars beat West’s Mira White/Skylar Jahnke in the championship match.
White/Jahnke won against West teammates Lacy Waggoner/Gracie Wise in the first round, before losing to Cooper/Kirkpatrick in the second round.
Jahnke/White won in a semifinal against Carson’s Perry/Riley Isley to reach the championship match.
Waggoner/Wise won two doubles matches before losing to Cooper/Kirkpatrick in a semifinal.
Carson, West Rowan and East Rowan players will be in action in the NPC tournament today at North Iredell. Three singles players and three doubles teams will advance to 3A Midwest Regional play at Concord’s Myers Park.
High school soccer
West Rowan lost to Statesville, 3-1, in North Piedmont Conference action on Monday.
Alen Muskic scored for the Falcons. Jose Guerrero had the assist.
• West won the jayvee match, 2-0. Salvador Bautista scored on a PK. Johnny Hernandez scored a goal with Johnny Alvarez assisting. Jose Elizalde had the shutout in goal.
League-leading Salisbury scored three goals in the first half and held on to beat Central Davidson, 3-2, in CCC action on Monday.
Tony Figueroa got the Hornets on the board on an assist from Jack Fisher midway through the first half. Sophomore Dennis Anaya connected twice in a 13-minute span to push the lead to 3-0.
Central Davidson got one of the goals back with six minutes left in the opening frame.
The only scoring in the second half was a PK converted by Central Davidson.
“It certainly wasn’t pretty, but it’s better to win ugly than it is to look good and lose,” SHS coach Matt Parrish said. “We’ll take it.”
Juan Silva notched an assist and Josh Faulkner recorded six saves.
SHS plays at Oak Grove on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
East Rowan lost to North Iredell, 3-0, in NPC play on Monday. Oak Grove won against South Rowan, 3-2, in a CCC match on Monday. In the NPC, Carson fell to South Iredell, 10-1.
West Rowan softball standout Mary Sobataka plans to sign with Coastal Carolina on Nov. 14.
Cox Mill star Wendell Moore Jr. announced on Monday night that he’ll sign with Duke University.
Moore is considered the best player in the state and is ranked in the top 25 nationally. He picked Duke after a long recruiting battle. UNC, N.C. State and Wake Forest were other finalists.
The 6-foot-6 wing guard averaged 25.4 points and 7.3 rebounds as a junior while shooting 50 percent from the field and 83 percent from the foul line for the Chargers.
He’s led Cox Mill to back-to-back 3A state championships.
HS cross country
In the Wendy’s Invitational at Charlotte’s McAlpine Greenway, South Rowan’s Noah Julian competed against 3A runners and finished 15th in 17:33.
Carson’s Zac Barbee was 21st in 17:48.
West Rowan’s Thomas Waldo was 24th in 17:54.
West’s Devon Pena (43rd, 18:29) and Luke Harrison (44th, 18:31) and South’s Ian Waugh (54th, 18:49)
Carson’s TJ Jones ran 18:55. Carson’s John Sokoloski was timed in 18:57.
South’s Ari Moya ran 19:02. West’s Damian Ackman ran 19:03. Carson’s Jimmy Sentilles ran 19:19. Jake Earnhardt led East Rowan runners in 19:22.
Gabe Blackwelder was the top A.L. Brown runner in 19:09.
West Rowan finished ninth, Carson 10th, and South Rowan 11th out of 34 teams.
South Rowan’s Bethany Rymer competed in the 3A race and was 21st in 21:01.
Carson’s Taylor Conrad was 53rd in 22:38.
West Rowan’s Megyn Spicer was 60th in 22:56.
The top runner for East Rowan was Adalie Harrison, who ran 23:07 for 62nd.
South’s Madison McGuire ran 23:22. Carson’s Kimberly Barrera ran 23:31, and Carson’s Carly Green ran 23:43.
Carson’s girls were 13th out of 26 teams.
Men’s college golf
UNC Greensboro’s Nick Lyerly (East Rowan) shot 73-67-68 — 208 and tied for sixth in the Wolfpack Intercollegiate at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. UNC Greensboro finished third in the 15-team field.
N.C. State’s Davis Richards (South Rowan) played as an individual and shot 73-71-74 — 218. East Carolina’s Logan Shuping (East Rowan) shot 73-74-76 — 223.
Women’s college golf
In the Rendleman Invitational hosted by Catawba at the Country Club of Salisbury, UNC Pembroke senior Alexandria Bare (South Rowan) shot a career-best 1-under 71 in Monday’s first round and is tied for third.
Limestone shot 285 for the team lead, with UNCP and Lenoir-Rhyne tied for second at 292.
Catawba shot 315 and is 14th. Sarah Coltrane led Catawba with a 72 and is tied for eighth. Kaley Barts had a 78 and is 21st.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s Abbey Hartsell is the individual leader at 3-under 69.
North Carolina A&T is back at the top of the HBCU football media and coaches polls.
The Aggies defeated Delaware State 34-6, while previous No. 1 Tennessee State fell to Austin Peay, 49-34.
N.C. Central junior Nick Leverett (Concord) was selected as the MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Week.
Sewanee’s Wesley Porter (East Rowan) had an interception and six tackles in Saturday’s loss to Berry.
SAC players of the week are Wingate quarterback Shaw Crocker, of Tusculum defensive back Malik Goodman and Lenoir-Rhyne free safety Kyle Duggar.
Livingstone’s men were picked eighth overall in the CIAA and fifth in the Southern Division standings in preseason voting by the league’s coaches.
Virginia State and Shaw are the division favorites.
Livingstone’s Roger Ray is preseason All-CIAA.
Livingstone’s women were picked eighth overall and third in the Southern Division.
The division favorites are Virginia Union and Johnson C. Smith.
Livingstone’s Kyala Searcy is on the preseason All-CIAA squad.
Catawba blanked visiting Bluefield State, 7-0, on Sunday afternoon at the Johnson Tennis Center. The Indians improved to 2-0.
The Catawba men’s tennis team (1-1) dropped a tight 4-3 decision to visiting Bluefield State on Sunday afternoon at the Johnson Tennis Center.
A 6-1 romp against Shaw on Saturday gave Catawba an 8-2 record.
Catawba’s men improved to 2-8 with a 3-0 win against Shaw on Saturday.
UNC Wilmington’s Michaela White (Carson) had 24 assists and nine digs in a 3-1 win vs. Northeastern on Friday. White had 23 assists in Sunday’s 3-2 win against Hofstra.
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