Area Sports Briefs: Volleyball playoffs, cross country regionals on Saturday

Published 5:10 am Saturday, October 27, 2018

 From staff reports

High school cross country

2A Midwest Regional: South Rowan and Salisbury are competing at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville on Saturday.

1A Midwest Regional: North Rowan runners are competing at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville on Saturday.

4A Midwest Regional: Davie County runners are competing at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville on Saturday.

3A Midwest Regional: Carson, West Rowan, East Rowan and A.L. Brown are competing at McAlpine in Charlotte on Saturday.

 High school volleyball

Third-seeded Carson (25-3) plays at home Saturday at 6 p.m. against 11th-seeded Hickory (22-3).

This is a 3A third-round playoff match.

Carson has won 12 in a row.


Eighth-seeded West Rowan  (19-4) is on the road Saturday for a third-round matchup at top-seeded Marvin Ridge (40-2).

Game time is 4 p.m.

Marvin Ridge has won its last 14.


Fourth-seeded West Davidson (23-6) is at home in the third round of the 2A playoffs Saturday at 2 p.m. against fifth-seeded Forbush (22-4).


In the third round of the 4A playoffs, top-seeded Davie County (22-2) is hosting eighth-seeded Reagan (22-5) at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

High school boys soccer

Playoffs are scheduled to start on Nov. 3.


High school football

East Rowan-Statesville and North Iredell-South Iredell games were postponed to Nov. 9.

Cox Mill beat Central Cabarrus 31-15 to stay unbeaten in the South Piedmont Conference. The Cox Mill-Northwest Cabarrus showdown is next week at Cox Mill.

Next week in the NPC:

West Rowan at Statesville

South Iredell at Carson

East Rowan at North Iredell

Next week in the CCC:

Ledford at North Davidson

Salisbury at South Rowan

Oak Grove at East Davidson

Lexington at Thomasville

Central Davidson at West Davidson

Next week in the YVC:

North Rowan at South Davidson

Chatham Central at North Moore

South Stanly at North Stanly

Albemarle at West Montgomery

Next week in the SPC:

A.L. Brown at Concord

Robinson at Central Cabarrus

NW Cabarrus at Cox Mill

Next week in the CPC:

R.J. Reynolds at East Forsyth

Glenn at West Forsyth

Davie County at Reagan





Individual state tennis

Girls tennis individual state tournaments got under way on Friday in 1A, 2A and 3A.

4A was delayed until Saturday by weather.

Salisbury’s doubles team of Skye Mowery/Margaret Thurman won in the first round, lost in second round.

West Rowan’s Payton Holt lost in the first round.

Davie’s Laura Becker is in action today.

Gray Stone’s Emma Bost won her first match.

See online for complete results.

Dual team tennis

2A: Salisbury (20-1) is home on Monday against Surry Central (16-1) in a third-round matchup.


8th-grade football

West Rowan 22  China Grove 20

Cam Burleyson threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Emory Taylor for a quick 6-0 China Grove lead.

Damarion Phillips answered with a 46-yard touchdown run and Juan Arteaga added the conversion kick for an 8-6 West lead.

D’Arrion Cuthbertson scored for China Grove in the second quarter on a 20-yard pass from Burleyson. Cuthbertson added the conversion run for a 14-8 China Grove lead.

West scored right before the half on a 19-yard run by Lee Vaughters, but failed on the conversion for a 14-14 score at the half.

In the second half, Cuthbertson scored on a 47-yard run and China Grove took a 20-14 lead.

West put together a drive in the fourth quarter and Damarion Phillips scored on a 5-yard run. Arteaga added the conversion kick and West lead 22-20.

China Grove drove the ball to the West 20 before Canyon Turner had a huge sack as West held China Grove on downs to end the game.

Charles Brucker had an interception, while Asriel Mauney had an interception for West.

West Rowan finished in second place behind Mooresville with a 5-2 record.

The game was the last at West Rowan Middle for coach Erich Epps who has been at the school for 31 years.

Coach Epps ended with a 215-30 overall record (160-13 in Rowan County games), 24 championships, and 13 undefeated teams. In the last 23 years teams coached by Epps finished either first or second in the conference.

Local golf

Claude Gaines had a hole-in-one on the 144-yard No. 8 hole at Warrior on Thursday.

He used a 9-iron and was playing with Wendy Patterson and Bud Williams.

It was his first ace.


Dan Williams made a recent hole-in-one on No. 14 at the Country Club of Salisbury.

He used a 7 rescue club to ace the 132-yard hole.

Witnesses included Harold Deal, John Carter and Jim Wydner.

Sacred Heart athletics

Sacred Heart’s jayvee soccer team finished up the season with a  2-all tie in a home match with Salisbury Academy.

Simon Mueller and Alex Robinette scored for the Dolphins. Patrick Beal was solid in goal.


Sacred Heart’s varsity soccer team completed the fall season by winning the PECSAA championship.

Sacred Heart defeated Salisbury Academy, 5-0, with John David Bonilla scoring three goals. Drew Hansen scored two goals. Jeffrey Sithong had the shutout in goal.

The Dolphins  (10-1) won against Ellis Middle, 7-5 in their last game.  Bonilla and Hansen had three goals each. A.J. Flynn scored a goal.


Sacred Heart hosted Salisbury Academy, Erwin and St. Pius in the last cross country meet of the season.

Top female runners were: 1. Maggie Antosek (SA) 14:35, 2. Katherine Otten (Erwin) 15:16, and 3. Angie Landeverde (SHCS) 16:26.

Top male runners were: 1. Carson Ritchie (Erwin) 13:22, 2. Braulio Mercado (SHCS) 13:32, and 3. Mitchell Diamond (St Pius) 13:44.

  Catawba athletics

Catawba football hosts Limestone on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. See the preview online.


Carson-Newman beat Catawba’s volleyball team in four sets  16-25, 25-20, 25-17 and 25-21.

Allie Grubb led Catawba (7-20, 3-13 SAC) with 11 kills and three blocks. Kylie Morgan followed with eight kills and produced 15 digs. Morgan Hester handed out 30 assists with four aces and 18 digs.


Catawba closed out its fall women’s tennis season by claiming a 4-3 win over Newberry. The Catawba Indians improved to 3-0 with the Wolves falling to 5-2.


Catawba pulled out a 4-3 non-conference win over Newberry in men’s tennis action on Thursday afternoon. The Catawba Indians improved to 2-1, while the Wolves fell to 1-1.


Junior Hunter Faust’s two-goal performance lifts Catawba over Belmont Abbey 2-0 in the final home match of the season at Frock Field.


Livingstone football plays at Fayetteville State Saturday at 2 p.m.


Fayetteville State won the women’s cross country championship.

The Broncos  captured the title with a 70 score, holding off St. Augustine’s (92) and Bowie State (98).  Livingstone’s score was 151.


In men’s cross, Virginia State won with a score of 56.  St. Augustine’s was second with (86) points. Virginia Union placed third with 103 points.  Livingstone’s score was 166.