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Area Sports: Carson, Salisbury sharp in conference tennis tournaments

From staff reports

Carson tennis players  Maci Cooper and Jadyn Kirkpatrick won the North Piedmont Conference  Tournament doubles championship on Tuesday.

Carson’s Lindsey Conrad won the NPC singles championship.

West Rowan’s Lacy Waggoner was tournament runner-up and advanced to  regional play along with third-place finisher Carleigh Perry (Carson).


Salisbury’s Lillie Rusher was runner-up in singles the Central Carolina Conference Tournament.

Rusher beat North Davidson’s Emma Craver in a semifinal on Tuesday, but lost to Oak Grove’s Jessica Fuchs in three sets in the championship match.

Salisbury’s doubles team of Margaret Thurman/Meredith Burton won the conference championship.

Burton/Thurman won against a Central Davidson team in the semifinals and topped an Oak Grove team in  straight sets in the championship match.

All six Hornets qualified for regional action, two doubles teams and two singles players. Abby Campion, who took third place by beating Craver,   advanced in singles. Also moving on was the fourth-place SHS  doubles team of Sophie Chmiel/Kate Burton.

Six singles players and six doubles teams advanced to the 2A Midwest Regional that will be hosted by Salisbury.


HS volleyball

West Rowan’s volleyball team stayed undefeated on Tuesday with an epic 25-6, 13-25, 28-30, 25-19 and 15-12 North Piedmont Conference win at South Iredell.

West (18-0, 7-0) will play the rest of the season without setter Allison Ennis (fractured foot). Noe Gaeta, promoted from the jayvees, came through with 65 assists and three blocks.

Tori Hester had 33 kills, 15 digs, four aces and two blocks. KK Dowling had 22 kills, 11 digs and two aces. Carly Stiller had six kills and eight blocks.

Kelcie Love and Emma Gusler had five kills each.  Brooke Kennerly had 24 digs. Ashlee Ennis had 15 digs and three aces.


South Rowan stayed unbeaten in the Central Carolina Conference by rolling to a 25-10, 25-12 and 25-17 win against Thomasville on  Tuesday.

South (18-1, 15-0) got 23 digs from Payton Black. Kira Rymer had 16 kills, 15 assists, 10 digs and five aces. Anna Rymer had 19 kills and 14 assists. Makenzie McGuire and Ashlyn Faw had eight digs each.

South can clinch the CCC championship at home on Thursday against Lexington.


Carson swept East Rowan in NPC volleyball on Tuesday.


Salisbury lost to Ledford in four sets in a CCC match on Tuesday.


Jayvee volleyball

South Rowan won 25-14 and 25-13 against Thomasville on Tuesday.

Emma Owens had five aces and 10 assists. McKinley Faw had seven digs. Ava Huffman had five kills. Kali Nelsom had five kills and five digs.

Youth football

K.P. Park’s Defenders Sports Academy football program is having great success and is achieving statewide ranking.

The Defenders play a quadruple-header at  West Rowan Middle School on Saturday, with four different age groups in action.

• 10 a.m. — Defenders vs. Queen City Seminoles, 12U

• 11:30 a.m. — Defenders vs. Queen City Seminoles, 8U

• 12:45 p.m. — Defenders vs. Queen City Seminoles, 10U

• 2:15 p.m. — Defenders vs. Queen City Seminoles, 6U

Mid. school football

MOORESVILLE — West Rowan Middle School fell to Mooresville last Wednesday, 36-0, in its final football game of the season.

The Bulldogs had a solid opening drive and were inside the red zone, but Mooresville’s Matthew Gould intercepted a deflected pass for an 80-yard pick-six.

From that point, Mooresville controlled the game with a fast defense and a strong running attack.

Xavier Booker was a force on defense, he had a strip fumble in which he returned for a Red Imps’ touchdown at the close of the game.

The North Rowan Mavericks won the league championship, with a 42-6 win over Knox last week.


North Rowan 7-0

Mooresville 6-1

West Rowan 5-2

Knox 4-3

Corriher-Lipe 3-4

Southeast 2-5

China Grove 1-6

Erwin 0-7

Local golf

Fifty-seven GARS members played a Captains Choice at Corbin Hills.

The first place team with a minus-12 was Larry Petrea, Gerald Osborne, J.C. Ritchie and Allen Hammill.

Two teams tied for second at minus-11.

The team of Bernard Caldwell, Johnny Graham, Gene Cauble and Bill Saunders won the scorecard playoff over the team of Phil Cauble, Larry Luther, John Goodman and Bob Turner.

Two teams tied for fourth place with a minus-10.

The team of Lynn Shook, Donnie Burris, Chuck Jones and John Cress won the scorecard playoff over the team of Gordon Correll, Steve Masingo, Frank Masingo and Randy Edwards.

Jesse King  won closest to the pin on No. 2. Edgar Osborne  made the longest putt on No. 9 hole.

There were six eagles.

Three teams eagled the par-5 No. 18  hole —   Petrea, Osborne, Ritchie and Hammill; Clive Mahaffey, Bobby Clark, Floyd McVey and Hal Jordan, and Correll, Masingo, Masingo and Edwards.

Two teams eagled the par-5 No. 6 hole— Shook, Burris, Jones and Cress and Bob Niekras, Johnny Shook and David Adams.

The team of Caldwell, Graham, Cauble and Saunders eagled the par-5 No. 11 hole.


The Corbin Hills Women’s Golf Association played a low gross, low net, “Portugese Caddy” game.

In the First Flight, Faye Cline had low gross, while Treva Honeycutt had low net. In the Second Flight, Cindy Carmazzi had low gross, while Susan Wydner had low net.

College golf

Michael Childress of Salisbury led Richmond to a third-place finish in the Hamptons Intercollegiate, Monday and Tuesday, in East Hampton, N.Y.

Childress shot a three-round 227 (80-74-73), earning a tie for 7th place. Oregon State’s Shawn Lu was medalist, shooting a 220.

Richmond had a team score of 923, one stroke behind second-place Loyola-Maryland and well behind tournament winning Oregon State (890).

Seton Hall, Yale Princeton, Cornell, Penn and Brown rounded out the rest of field.


 Catawba’s men’s team wrapped up a sixth-place finish on Tuesday at the State Farm Intercollegiate Men’s Golf Tournament. The tournament was hosted by Lincoln Memorial at the 6,746-yard, par-70 Woodlake Golf Club.

Tanner Bibey led Catawba as he recorded a top-ten finish after closing on Tuesday with a three-under-par 69. He carded an even-pa 216 for the tournament and was ninth. AJ Boyd shot an even-par 72 on Tuesday and finished 21st on 222.

Catawba posted its second straight 295 round and finished the three-round tournament with an 892 score. Host LMU won the tournament with an 848, besting Newberry by five shots.


College volleyball

Morgan Hester (Carson) had 50 assists and 15 digs for Catawba in 3-1 loss to UNCP on Tuesday.



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