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Area Sports: Carson tennis wraps up championship, perfect regular season

From staff reports

Carson’s girls tennis team finished an undefeated regular season and won  the North Piedmont Conference championship on Thursday.

Carson (15-0, 10-0) won 8-1 at second-place South Iredell.

Riley Isley played through a back injury and won at No. 6 singles.

Carleigh Perry won at No. 3 singles on a third-set tiebreaker.

Also winning matches for Carson were Lindsey Conrad, Maci Cooper, Jadyn Kirkpatrick and Keeley Watson.

Conrad/Perry and Kirkpatrick/Cooper won doubles matches.


West Rowan (8-4, 6-4) beat Statesville 8-1 on Thursday and finished third in the NPC.

Lacy Waggoner, Madison Smith, Mira White, Skylar Jahnke, Gracie Wise and Kelsie Crider won singles matches.

Jahnke/White and Ashley Pender/Elizabeth Bogle won in doubles.


Audrey Ward, Sarah Margaret Dyer, Syann Cooper, Jaysa Causby, Madison Brown and Caroline Burleyson won in singles for East Rowan  on Tuesday in a 9-0 NPC win against Statesville.

Ward/Dyer, Cooper/Brooke Mitchell and Causby/Rebecca Reilly won in doubles for East (3-8, 2-7).

HS boys soccer

Salisbury avenged an early-season loss to Thomasville with  a 7-3 Central Carolina Conference win against  the Bulldogs on Wednesday,

“The match was exceptionally physical and featured several hard fouls and yellow cards,” SHS coach Matt Parrish said.

The Hornets (8-5, 6-4)  got four goals from Joshua Portillo and single goals from Hugo Trujillo, Will Webb and Juan Salazar.

Assists were credited to Angel Quintero (2), Webb, Portillo and Colin Donalson.


Salisbury improved to 9-5 on the season with a 7-2 victory over West Stanly in non-conference action on  Thursday night at Ludwig Stadium.

Joshua Portillo scored five times (for a total of nine goals in two days) to lead the Hornets’ offensive attack.

Donaldson and Salazar also scored for the Hornets.

Every goal was set up by an assist.  Trujillo (2), Salazar (2), Brayan Aviles, Dennis Anaya, and Juan Silva were credited.

Salisbury keeper Jude Lockhart recorded seven saves for the victory.

Salisbury got excellent play from Juan Garcia Cortez, Gabriel Fuentes Reyes, and Axel Alejo.

“I was proud of our attitude and determination following our showing Monday night,” Parrish said.  “We came back to beat a team in Thomasville that soundly defeated us the first game in conference and then beat a West Stanly team that made a deep run in the playoffs last year. I hope that moving forward we can match that intensity and resolve.”

Salisbury takes on West Davidson on Monday night at 6 p.m.


JV volleyball

In a sweep of Statesville on Tuesday, West Rowan got 13 assists, four digs, three aces and two blocks from Noe Gaeta.

Madelyn VonCanon had  six kills and two aces. Anna Grace Blackledge had six kills. DD Cuthbertson had  eight aces. Kristin Hammonds had six digs.


South Rowan won against West Davidson in three sets on Thursday.

South got 22 digs from Emma Owens, 20 by McKinley Faw, 17 by Bailey Fisher,11 by Kali Nelson AND 10 each by Ava Huffman and Caroline Barbee.

Tamaria Rhyne had six  kills.

Varsity volleyball

South Rowan kept rolling on Thursday with a 25-14, 25-8 and 25-17 Central Carolina Conference win against West Davidson.

The Raiders (17-1, 14-0)  got 14 kills and 16 assists from Anna Rymer and 21 kills and eight assists from Kira Rymer. Payton Black had 28 digs.


West Rowan, ranked No. 1 in the state by MaxPreps, beat East Rowan on Thursday to stay undefeated.

The Falcons (17-0, 6-0) won 25-7, 25-12 and 25-19 in Mount Ulla.

West plays at South Iredell on Tuesday and hosts North Iredell on Thursday.


Oak Grove beat Salisbury 33-31, 25-13 and 25-13 in Central Carolina Conference play on Thursday.


JV football

Salisbury beat Central Davidson 30-8 on Thursday.

Reed Fugle threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Amario Hutley and a 20-yard TD pass to Jayden Gibson.

Salisbury got rushing TDs from Fugle (13 yards) and Damian Brandon (5 yards) and added three 2-point conversions.

Tyreze Miller had an interception.


West Rowan walloped Concord 28-0 on Thursday.

Akin Robinson scored two TDs for the Falcons.  Adrian Stockton and Lucas Graham scored one each.

Canyon Turner, Blake Oliphant, Damarion Phillips and Jaden Neal led the West defense.


South Rowan lost to Oak Grove 49-14 on Thursday despite rushing TDs of 2 and 62 yards by Bronson Hunt.

Wisdom Simms had a 2-point conversion run.


Kadrian Smith had a fumble recovery for Carson in a 22-0 loss to A.L. Brown on Thursday.

College soccer

The Catawba women’s soccer team (5-2-1, 1-1-1 SAC) battled to a 2-2 tie at Newberry on Wednesday.

  Jovana Sanchez scored  a goal for the Indians and assisted on the equalizing goal by Katie Beck with five minutes left in the match

The Indians out-shot Newberry 27-10 on the game, and had thirteen corner kicks to Newberry’s five.

Catawba is at Coker on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.


Catawba’s men fell to Newberry 1-0 on Wednesday.

Catawba travels to Coker for a 7 p.m. game on Saturday.



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