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Area Sports: Soccer playoffs set: Hornets home, Raiders on road on Wednesday

From staff reports

Soccer seeds and pairings for the state playoffs were announced by the NCHSAA on Monday.

First-round games will be played on Wednesday, with 6 p.m. as the standard start time.

Salisbury is seeded 13th in the 2A West and hosts   No. 20 Oak Grove at Ludwig Stadium in the first round.

Salisbury lost two 1-0 matches to Central Carolina Conference rival Oak Grove during the season.

South Rowan is seeded 22nd in the 2A West bracket and will play at No. 11  Surry Central.

Central Carolina Conference champion Ledford is the No. 1 seed in the 2A East bracket, while Thomasville also was assigned to the East bracket.

Also in the 2A West bracket from the CCC are No. 16 North Davidson and No. 25 West Davidson.


In the 3A West bracket, A.L. Brown is seeded ninth and  plays at home vs. No. 24 Weddington.

North Piedmont Conference champ South Iredell is No. 5 and hosts No. 28 Erwin.

South Piedmont Conference champ Concord is No. 2 and hosts No. 31 St. Stephens.

Statesville is seeded 14th, while North Iredell is  seeded 18th.

The SPC is well-repreented. Robinson is 22nd, Central Cabarrus is 26th, and Northwest Cabarrus is 29th.


Yadkin Valley Conference champ Gray Stone is the 1A West No. 3 seed and will have a first-round bye.

ADM figures

Average Daily Membership (ADM) figures have been released by the NCHSAA.

These figures determine sub-divisions for the teams that qualify for the football state playoffs.

Qualifying teams will play for either A (smaller schools) or AA (larger schools) titles.

Football playoffs are subdivided into four brackets based on size and longitude: West A,  West AA, East A and East AA.

ADMs: Davie 1,717 students, A.L. Brown 1,620, Carson 1,238, West Rowan 1,092, South Rowan 942, East Rowan 939, Salisbury 858 and North Rowan 531.

• Salisbury is expected to be in the  2AA West bracket and will likely be at home in the first round. That could get more complicated if North Davidson beats Ledford on Friday and ties Salisbury and Thomasville for second place in the Central Carolina Conference.

Salisbury would win a tiebreaker for second place  with  Ledford and/or Thomasville.

The 10-team CCC gets three automatic berths, but it’s likely to have at least five teams in the playoffs.

• West Rowan definitely will be in the 3A West bracket. The Falcons will be at home in the first round. They could improve their seed if they win against Statesville on Friday

• Yadkin Valley Conference champ North Rowan will be in the 1AA West bracket and is certain to have a first-round bye.

• A.L. Brown will be in the 3AA West bracket and  is looking at a first-round road game.

• Davie projects to be in the 4A West bracket and is on the bubble for a first-round home game.

Local golf

Mark Setzer took second place in Special Olympics golf in Charlotte with scores of 101 and 113.


The McCanless Couples played a Captains Choice event on Sunday.

The first-place team was Susan Wydner,  Ralph Carver and Mary & Gene Seaford.

The second-place team was Walt Kincaid, Dan Carpenter and Don & Debbie Ingleston.

Mary Seaford had closest to the pin and longest putt.

JV football

Carson won against West Rowan 30-15 on Monday.

Hunter Burris had two short scoring runs and threw a touchdown pass to Cody Russell for the Cougars (7-2).

Jordan Galarza had a 2-yard rushing TD.

Emory scored three 2-point conversions.

Jasper Rojas, Easton Mullis, Gunnar Michael and Jake Ross made big plays for Carson’s defense.

West scored first after a Carson fumble, but Carson took a 16-7 lead at halftime.


South Rowan lost to Central Davidson 44-22 on Monday.

Kaleb Ford had a 2-yard scoring run, D’Arrion Cuthbertson had a 4-yard scoring run, and Bronson Hunt had a 29-yard TD for the Raiders.

Trae Rucker tallied on a pair of 2-point conversions.


South Rowan High is hosting the YFL Super Bowl games that will be played next Saturday.

West Rowan takes on Granite in the title game for grades 2-3-4.

South Rowan plays West Rowan in the game for grades 5-6.

College football

The South Atlantic Conference has three teams in the NCAA Super Region 2 rankings with Lenoir-Rhyne first, Wingate fourth, and Carson-Newman sixth.


Florida A&M stayed on top of the BOXTOROW HBCU media and coaches polls. D-II Bowie State in fourth in the media poll.


Catawba softball

Catawba softball won two games against Catawba Valley Community College.

The Indians won 12-1 and 13-2.

Summer Howerton hit a  grand slam in the first game. Jordan Dean and Taylor Martin went 3-for-3 in the second game. Dean hit a three-run homer.

HS cross country

A.L. Brown junior Onsemo Rojas ran 17:09  for 25th place in the 3A Midwest Regional at McAlpine and was an individual qualifier for this Saturday’s 3A state championships in Kernersville.

A.L. Brown’s team was 14th in the regional.


In the 4A Midwest Regional girls race in Kernersville, Davie’s Emerson Frantz placed sixth and qualified for the state meet as an individual.

Mid. school hoops

North Rowan Middle’s girls won 59-33 against Corriher-Lipe.

De’Mya Phifer scored 24 points. Brittany Ellis and Dasia Elder scored 16 each.

Jamyrah Cherry scored 21 for the Yellow Jackets.


Erwin’s girls beat China Grove 39-27. Hannah Waddell scored 22 points. Allie Martin had seven.


Marathon running

Four local men completed the New York City Marathon on Sunday.

Martin Thorne, formerly of Salisbury but currently of Greensboro, 2:57:40

Craige Farmer, Salisbury, 3:30:17

Sonny Ali, Salisbury, 3:49:54;  David Derrick, Salisbury, 4:15:26



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