Area Sports Briefs: Carson soccer wins SPC outright
From staff and wire reports
Carson’s soccer team beat Hickory Ridge 4-2 on Thursday and clinched the program’s third straight SPC championship.
Carson (17-1 SPC) finished one game ahead of Cox Mill.
Colton Correll had a hat trick for the Cougars.
Carson was down 2-1 at halftime. Correll scored in the first half on an assist by Brandon Flores.
Correll scored the tying goal on an assist from Flores.
Khalid Myers scored the go-ahead goal. Myers assisted on Correll’s insurance goal.
Prep girls tennis
Salisbury has advanced to the 2A state quarterfinals in the dual team playoffs.
The NCHSAA is crediting the Hornets with a 6-0 victory against West Lincoln.
Salisbury (14-1) won a draw and will host Hendersonville (also 14-1) next week.
Surry Central (14-4) and Lake Norman Charter (15-0) are the other two teams left in the 2A West bracket.
Carson’s season ended with Thursday’s 6-0 loss to Marvin Ridge in the second round of the 3A state playoffs.
Action begins today in the individual state championships.
Salisbury’s Julia Honeycutt and Maria Capito are competing in singles in Cary, while the team of Kathryn Rusher/Kayla Honeycutt is competing in doubles.
West Rowan’s Payton Holt is competing in singles in Burlington.
Salisbury’s jayvees won 29-14 against West Davidson on Thursday.
Tyrone Johnson had a 75-yard scoring run.
Griffin Myers threw a touchdown pass to Joe Steinman, and Steinman threw a TD pass to Bo Rusher.
Erixon Avilla kicked a 35-yard field goal and two extra points.
Levari Johniken had a 55-yard pick-six for the Hornets.
Tevin Mullinax forced two fumbles that were recovered by Adam Drye and Jaydon Brown.
Hickory Ridge won 36-20 against Carson.
Jay Wilkerson had touchdown runs of 1 and 12 yards for the Cougars.
Cole Sifford threw a 48-yard TD pass to Jailen Williams.
Trey Sloop had an interception for Carson (4-5).
West Rowan clinched the championship with a 38-14 victory against Mooresville.
Jalen Houston scored on runs of 25 and 56 yards and broke the single-season record for touchdowns at West Rowan Middle by scoring 24 (previous record was David Martin, 1992, 23).
Houston’s game was cut short when he broke his collarbone in the second quarter .
The Bulldogs built a 14-0 halftime lead. Gerquavius Weeks scored three second-half touchdowns on runs of 13, 46 and 48 yards. He had 174 yards on 15 carries.
The offensive line of Carter Jenkins, Jonny Hassard, Colton Evans, Drake Martin, Edwin Berrios, Bryson Coleman, Will Moseley and J.T. Bost paved the way for 321 yards rushing.
The defense was led by Zeb Burns, TyKese Warren, Jay Joseph, Calub Pope, Mike Molenda, T.K. Lark and Zach Miller.
Daniel Sell recovered a fumble.
West was coached by Erich Epps, Raye Brothers, and Fred Miller.
Epps completed his 28th season as a head football coach at West Middle.
“This was the most dominating group I have seen in Rowan County in the past 28 years and they should have a bright future ahead of them at West Rowan High,” Epps said.
This was the 13th undefeated team Epps has coached at West Middle.
West Rowan scored 362 points (45.3 points per game) and allowed 52 points (6.5 ppg.).
This group went 16-0 in two years and won every game by at least 24 points.
The SHS Athletic Booster meeting was rescheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the media center.
College cross country
The Virginia Union men and Winston-Salem State women won the CIAA Cross Country Championships held at WakeMed Soccer Park on Thursday.
The Pfeiffer men’s basketball team has been picked to finish third in Conference Carolinas.
The Falcons return eight of their top nine scores from last season.
First team All-Conference Carolinas performer AJ Clark returns to lead the Falcons.
Junior Mike Smith also returns and is just 88 points shy of 1,000 for his career.
Pfeiffer looks to build off last season’s 16 wins.
The Falcons recorded one of the biggest turnarounds in Division II, increasing their win total by 10 games from 2013-14.
1. Mount Olive (8) 80
2. King (1) 71
3. Pfeiffer 63
4. Limestone 59
5. Barton 51
6. North Greenville 46
7. Lees-McRae 41
8. Erskine 33
9. Belmont Abbey 24
The Limestone ge Saints have been voted the preseason favorites to win the Conference Carolinas women’s basketball championship.
Mount Olive enters the new season picked to finish second after garnering 78 points and three first-place votes by conference coaches.
1. Limestone (6) 87
2. Mount Olive (3) 78
3. Belmont Abbey (1) 71
4. Erskine 63
T5. King 60
T5. Barton 60
7. North Greenville 40
8. Pfeiffer 34
9. Lees-McRae 24
10. Converse 21
NHL: Hurricanes win
NEW YORK — Ron Hainsey scored at 2:21 of overtime to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
Brock McGinn and Chris Terry scored in regulation to help Carolina win its second straight to cap a 4-3-0 road trip. Eddie Lack stopped 17 shots.
Hainsey took a pass from Jordan Staal and slid the puck past Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss near the midpoint of the extra period for his second of the season.
INDIANAPOLIS — Marc Gasol scored 20 points and Mike Conley added 13 points and 10 assists to help Memphis rally for a 112-103 victory over Indiana on Thursday night.
Hawks 112, Knicks 101
NEW YORK — Jeff Teague scored 23 points, Al Horford added 21 and Atlanta beat New York for its first victory of the season.