Area Sports Briefs:
From staff reports
East Rowan’s girls golf team placed third in the 3A Central Regional held at Greensboro National on Monday and qualified for next week’s state event at Longleaf.
East shot 265. Camryn Corriher and Carmen Fraley fired 82s and tied for eighth. East’s third scorer was Hailey Fesperman, who shot 101.
Also competing for East were Megan Graham (106) and Victoria Lewis (114).
Competing as individuals, Carson’s Sophia Brown shot 92, while Kaiya Addison shot 98.
For more on East golf, see the story online.
High school soccer
Salisbury defeated Ledford, 4-2, on the road in a pivotal CCC matchup on Monday evening.
Freshman Christopher Portillo scored a hat trick and senior Jack Fisher had two assists and a goal to pace the Hornets.
Salisbury got excellent play from Bryan Garcia Cortez, Will Austin, and Spencer Blackwell.
Next up for the Hornets is Senior Night on Wednesday vs East Davidson. Varsity game time is 6 p.m.
East Rowan got three goals from Alex Kaligeromitros and beat Carson, 4-3, on Monday.
Jaxon Mastranunzio had a goal and two assists. James Lomax and Dalton Vandevere had assists.
Kalogeromitros had scored a school-record 34 goals this season.
HS girls tennis
First-round pairings were announced by the NCHSAA on Monday.
Matches are scheduled for Wednesday.
• Atkins (11-2) at Salisbury (18-1)
• Cox Mill (12-4) at West Rowan (15-1)
• Carson (10-2) at Mount Tabor (8-5)
• NW Guilford (9-5) at Davie (13-1)
High school volleyball
South Rowan (20-4) won the draw for the No. 1 seed in the CCC tournament and defeated No. 8 Salisbury 25-14, 25-16 and 25-16 on Monday in the opening round.
Janiya Downs had 16 kills and six digs for the Raiders. Kira Rymer had 10 kills, 12 digs and 16 assists. Payton Black had 17 digs.
Salisbury finished the season, 6-15.
Semifinals are today at Ledford, with the championship set for Wednesday. South plays No. 5 seed North Davidson today. Ledford and West Davidson meet in the other semifinal.
Carson won twice against West Davidson on Saturday and also won the jayvee matchup.
Carson plays at South Iredell tonight and can tie for first place with a win.
East Rowan (5-15, 0-10 NPC) finished the season with a 25-12, 25-15 and 25-7 loss to North Iredell on Monday.
Emma Collins had five kills for the Mustangs. Lauren Shepherd had 11 assists, and Baleigh Hill had 18 digs.
HS cross country
The NPC championships will be held today at Dan Nicholas Park.
The jayvee race is at 3 p.m. The boys race (top seven from each team) is at 3:45 p.m. The girls race is at 4:30.
The CCC championships will be held today at Salisbury Community Park.
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.
Wesley Porter (East Rowan) made four tackles for Sewanee in Saturday’s 13-10 loss to Birmingham Southern.