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April 21, 2021

Area Sports Briefs: Volleyball pairings announced

From staff reports

Pairings for the prep volleyball playoffs were released on Thursday by the NCHSAA.

Carson (21-4) is seeded 10th in the 3A West bracket and will host No. 23 Hickory St. Stephens at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

West Rowan (19-6) is seeded 16th in the 3A West bracket and will host No. 17 Sun Valley at 1 p.m.

Notable area teams in the 3A West bracket include top-seeded North Iredell and No. 4 seed Cox Mill.

Robinson is seeded 12th.

South Iredell (seeded 25th) and Statesville (seeded 27th) had losing records but are in the playoffs due to strength of schedule.


South Rowan will be on the road in the first round of the 2A state playoffs. Seeded 17th, South will play at No. 16 West Stanly at 4 p.m.

There’s an  all CCC matchup in the first round, with 11th-seeded West Davidson hosting No. 22 seed North Davidson. CCC champ Ledford is seeded fourth.


The top eight seeds in 4A received a first-round bye. CPC champ Reagan is the No. 1 seed, while Davie  County is seeded No. 8. Hickory Ridge also got a  bye in the first round. The Bulls are seeded No. 4.

See Scoreboard for  all the West pairings.

Prep swimming

Salisbury senior Kathryn Morrison, Rowan County Female Swimmer of the Year the last three   seasons, announced a commitment to East Carolina’s  swimming program on Thursday.

Morrison was co-swimmer of the year in the Central Carolina Conference in 2015 and was a solo winner in 2017. She’s led Salisbury to three straight conference titles.

Prep baseball

Carson senior Owen White is competing with the South Charlotte Panthers in the   Perfect Game WWBA World Championships in Jupiter, Fla.

The tournament started Thursday and goes through Oct. 23.

The 6-foot-3 White a pitcher/infielder, is committed to South Carolina, but he’s also a likely draft pick in June.

Prep soccer

East Rowan lost in overtime to South Iredell, 3-2, in NPC action on Wednesday.

Jayvee football

Salisbury’s jayvees got a big night from the defensive line and stopped East Davidson, 22-8, on Thursday.

Lawon Blackwell had a punt return touchdown for the Hornets (3-5, 3-4 CCC). Joe Witherspoon had a TD reception.  Cameron Cherry had a rushing TD.

Defensive standouts included Kevin Hayes and Dontez Witherspoon.


Davie County (4-4, 2-1 CPC) used defensive scores to blast Glenn, 35-13, on Thursday.

Ivan Poag and Beaven Arey had interception returns for touchdowns. Tyler Snyder scored on offense and defense. Nate Hampton threw a TD pass, and Ben Crenshaw scored on a run.


Carson lost a wild one at Statesville, 36-28.

Cameron “CP” Pyle ran back a kickoff for a touchdown when the Cougars were trailing, 14-0.

Carson fell behind 22-6, but cut the deficit to 22-20 on Alex London’s TD pass to Jake Harris, a 2-point conversion run by Pyle,  and a 4-yard scoring run by Evan Johnston.

Carson trailed 36-20 when London scored on a 4-yard run late in the contest, and Pyle added another 2-point conversion.

Statesville (7-0, 3-0 NPC) recovered an onside kick by Carson (4-3, 2-1) to seal the win.


South Rowan lost to Lexington, 36-12 in CCC action.

Brayden Garrett had a 75-yard run on the first snap from scrimmage for the Raiders. South’s other score came on a TD pass by Jackson Deal to Logan Perry.

Lexington is 5-2 in the CCC.


North Rowan rolled against North Stanly, 32-14, in YVC action on Thursday.

Javon Smith had a 36-yard receiving TD and a 24-yard rushing TD.

Khoreem Miller scored on a run and a pick-six.

Caelan Stinson scored on a 75-yard run for the Cavaliers.

Bryan Lawson and Justin Hughes led the Cavaliers’ defense.


West Rowan won against North Iredell, 20-14, inn NPC action on Thursday to stay undefeated in NPC play.

Daniel Sell threw a touchdown pass to Max Blackledge. Dylan Sigmon had two TDs.

K.J. Hernandez picked off two passes for the Falcons.


Reported scores:

North Davidson 42, Central Davidson 7

Oak Grove 17, Ledford 7

West Davidson 20, Thomasville 8

A.L. Brown 46, NW Cabarrus 0

College soccer

Catawba will be hosting Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference soccer doubleheader this Saturday. It willbe a “Salute to the Military” game.

The men’s match kicks off at 5 p.m.

The team is inviting all current and former members of the armed forces and their families to come out to the match.

Donations will be taken to help support the Wounded Warrior Project.

Anyone that can’t attend can support the Wounded Warrior Project with donations though the Catawba Men’s Soccer Community fundraising page at

Middle schools 

Softball scores:

Erwin 21, Knox 3

Corriher-Lipe 25, North Rowan 9

Mooresville 11, Southeast 1

West Rowan 14 China Grove 8


West 13-0; Mooresville 11-2; China Grove 9-4; Erwin 7-6; Southeast 6-7; Corriher-Lipe 4-9; Knox 2-11; North Rowan 0-13

Local golf

McCanless  was the site of the 2017 Ladies Golf Association Innauagural Invitational  on Wednesday.

Great weather and great  support from the McCanless staff contributed to the success of the event.

Championship Flight Winners

1st Place

Kristi Laton

Faye Cline

2nd Place

Susan Houston

Sharon Miller

1st Flight Winners

1st Place

Monica Green

Lori Hayes

2nd Place

Bev Cobb

Eileen Full

Closest to the pin (on the 4 par-3s)

Kristi Laton

Ellen Petrous

Sharon Miller

Azalee Story


  Cannon School’s varsity girls went undefeated in conference and tournament play.  Amanda Sambach shot 78 and was medalist in the final match with  Providence Day.

Muskan Uppal shot 79. Sophie Holland shot 81.

Cannon hasn’t lost a match at River Run in the last nine seasons.



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