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Area Sports Briefs: Hornets home Wednesday in regional final

From staff reports

Salisbury’s home boys soccer game against Newton-Conover, the 2A  West  regional final, now will be played at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

The venue has been moved to West Rowan High due to weather and field conditions.

Fourth-seeded Newton-Conover won state titles in 2007, 2014 and 2017, while the third-seeded Hornets won 2A in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

In the East final, the top two seeds are squaring off, with First Flight hosting Clinton.

The state championship match will be Saturday, Nov. 17 in Raleigh.


North Rowan’s Mckenzie Shoaf was named to the all-conference team for volleyball.


North Rowan’s Nicole Bates made the All-YVC team for girls tennis.

North’s Kayla Swicegood was honorable mention.


YVC award winners

Cross country runner of the Year:  Jean Holman, Gray Stone

Coach of the Year:  Sherri Swaringen, Gray Stone


Boys runner of the Year:  Brent Surratt, South Davidson

Coach of the Year:  (tie) Chris Coble, North Moore and  Jordan Morris, South Davidson


Soccer Player of the Year: Moises Estrada, North Moore

Coach of the Year:  Michael Shamberger, North Moore


Tennis Player of the Year:  Emma Bost, Gray Stone

Coach of the Year:  Carla McSwain, South Stanly


Volleyball Player of the Year:  Abbie Yarboro, West Montgomery

Coach of the Year:  Kadie Morgan, North Stanly

Women’s basketball

Alex Allen (Carson) scored 21 points and had six rebounds to lead Lynchburg to an opening win against N.C. Wesleyan.

College football

Fayetteville State punter Jacob Young (North Rowan)  was named to the CIAA All-Rookie team.


Catawba will finish the season with a Saturday afternoon home (1:05) against UNC Pembroke.


The Lenoir-Rhyne Bears and the Wingate Bulldogs will represent the South Atlantic Conference in the  Division II playoffs.

Lenoir-Rhyne (10-1) is the No. 3 seed in Super Region 2, while Wingate will be the No. 7 seed.

The No. 17 Bears will host the No. 6 seed Florida Tech Panthers in the first round on Nov. 17 in Hickory. The Bulldogs  (8-3) will travel to Carrollton, Ga. to take on No. 2 seed West Georgia. Both games will start at 1 p.m.


   Lenoir-Rhyne running back Caine Crews , Wingate defensive back Cameron Mattison  and Mars Hill kicker are the SAC players of the week.


North Carolina A&T won its third straight and stayed on top of the BOXTOROW HBCU media and coaches polls.

High school volleyball

West Davidson volleyball standout Ashley Johnson will be signing with Catawba on Wednesday.

High school golf

Gray Stone’s Lauren Denhard will be signing with Belmont Abbey’s golf program on Thursday.


Local golf

In McCanless Couples play on Sunday, Team Seaford ( Mary & Gene) and Harry Owen took first place.

Susan Wydner, Susan Houston and Calvin &Betty Smith took second.

Pamela Carver had her first closest to the pin and Walt Kincaid had longest putt.

Salisbury Y

Register through Dec. 5 for Mighty Kickers indoor soccer (ages 3-4) and winter indoor soccer (boys and girls,  ages 5-14),

Register through Dec. 21 for boys basketball (grades 2-8)

  Register at the J.F. Hurley YMCA or online at www.rowanymca.org.

Contact Jesse Byrd at 704-636-0111 or Jbyrd@rowanymca.org.

College soccer

The Pfeiffer  women’s soccer team (13-3) scored twice in a three-minute span to take a 2-0 win over Washington & Jefferson College in the first round of the ECAC Division III Women’s Soccer Championship on Saturday.

Pfeiffer lost to McDaniel, 3-0, in a Sunday quarterfinal to end the season.




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