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Area Sports Briefs: Love strong in UNC’s Fall World Series

From staff reports

Austin Love (West Rowan) pitched well in UNC baseball’s Fall World Series.

Love pitched the first game of the Blue vs. Navy World Series and was the winning pitcher. He worked six innings and struck out eight while walking two.

Love pitched to UNC shortstop Ike Freeman (East Rowan), among others, in the World Series.

Love, who is now 6-foot-3 and 232 pounds, redshirted last season.

He was an all-star in a collegiate wood bat league this summer and should be a big factor for the Tar Heels this spring.


Pittsburgh’s Javon Hargrave (North Rowan) had five tackles, including a sack, in a 28-21 win against Cincinnati on Sunday.

High school volleyball

South Rowan won the draw for the No. 1 seed in the CCC tournament and hosted No. 8 Salisbury on Monday.

Semifinals are today at Ledford, with the championship set for Wednesday.


Carson won against West Davidson on Saturday 25-20, 25-19 and 25-13.

Katie Blackwell had four aces, 13 digs and nine kills. Jaden Vaughn had nine digs, six kills and four blocks. Kary Hales had 20 digs. Ella Cloninger had three aces. Mallory Weast had 13 digs and 13 kills Grace Thomas had three aces and 27 assists.

• Carson beat West Davidson in jayvee volleyball 25-13 and 25-14.

Kyle Judy had eight kills. Ava Corriher had 13 digs, seven kills. Alicia Thompson had five kills. Madison Berry had five kills and three blocks. Jillian Dunn had 21 digs. Tate Barger had 15 assists.

College football

Wesley Porter (East Rowan) made four tackles for Sewanee in Saturday’s 13-10 loss to Birmingham Southern.

College volleyball

Catawba lost in five sets to Tusculum on Friday despite  19 kills and 20 digs by Kylie Morgan and 50 assists, 23 digs and three aces by Morgan Hester (Carson).


The Indians (6-17, 2-10) were swept by Lincoln Memorial at home on Saturday.

Allie Grubb had 13 kills. Hester had 27 assists and 10 digs.

College cross country

Catawba junior Javier Alejandro broke the school 8K record in the Royals  Challenge on Friday at McAlpine. He finished 14th in 24:23.

The previous record was set by Ryan Willis in 2003.

  Ethan Bemis (NW Cabarrus) was second for Catawba in 25:47, the third-best time in school history.


Patience Hunt covered the women’s 5k in a personal best time of 19:03 to lead the Catawba women.

Catawba will compete in the SAC Championships on Nov. 3 in Spartanburg, S.C.

College swimming

The Catawba women’s swim team won the Converse Invite on Saturday.

Freshman Carolin Albers highlighted the meet for Catawba, with a school-record 1:03.02 in the 100 IM.

  Albers won four events.

College soccer

Catawba’s men lost to Coker, 2-1, on Sunday.

Freshman Borja Gaspar  scored to give Catawba (2-9, 0-7 SAC) a 1-0 lead.


Catawba’s women continued a strong season on Sunday with a 5-0 win against Coker at Frock Field.

The Indians (10-2, 5-2 SAC) are tied for third.



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