From personnel reports
CHINA GROVE — Defense is the strength of the West Rowan girls’ soccer team, and the Falcons won a thrilling 1-0 thriller over Carson as the teams played for the first time.
The last thing Carson coach Lauren West expected in Tuesday’s South Piedmont Conference rematch was a barrage of attacks.
But she got that. The Cougars beat the Falcons 7-2.
“I’m happily shocked with seven goals at the moment,” said West, laughing. “The first time we played West we were a bit unlucky and we just never made it work, West played great defense and they definitely deserved the win. But we kept getting better. Some young players are very mature. Everyone has their roles figured out now. It’s late but we’re trying to have a good season.”
Makayla Borst scores a lot of goals on the track. She had six when Carson recently defeated Central Cabarrus. She had three more Tuesday against the Falcons.
“That game against Central, if it could go right for them, it did,” West said. “She was on fire. Anything that broke off her foot found the back of the net. She is a very talented player.”
Hannah Isley, who has a chance to be top scorer in school history, scored twice on Tuesday. Riley Isley and Lexlyth Sotelo got one each.
In the West game, Carson got on a PK in the first five minutes and never climbed out of that hole. But Hannah Isley got the Cougars off to a quick start on Tuesday. Carson led 4-1 at halftime and carried on from there.
“West have a really good team so we never felt comfortable, especially early in the second half,” West said. “But it’s nice to have scorers. This is a more attacking side than some we’ve had.”
Most of Carson’s experience is in attack. There is a lot of youth behind it.
Carson didn’t have a great start to the season for a number of reasons. Key players like the Isley sisters and freshman Allie Martin arrived late after the basketball run. The Cougars played several games without a key player during spring break, and there were the usual growing pains as the Cougars looked to replace strong 2021 leaders like Lani Isley.
“It took us a while to put it together,” West said.
Mia Artsen scored both goals for Alan Puglia’s Falcons. Brittany Vanhoose assisted on both.
Emily Kelly and Kristin Hammonds each had five saves.
The South Piedmont Conference has the top team in 3A West (Lake Norman Charter) as well as the #6 team (Northwest Cabarrus), so the RPI rankings for West Rowan (9-7-1, 5-6-1) and Carson (6-10, 5-7) are better than you might think. They’re both still in the hunt for a 3A spot in the playoffs as the season winds down.
West Rowan beat Carson 7-6 on Tuesday to secure second place in the South Piedmont Conference.
It was a wild game, as most Carson West games are.
Carson got a homer from Lonna Addison and went 3-2 in the sixth inning, but West got five runs in the sixth. The decisive blow was a triple homer by EA Nance after a flurry of singles.
Carson scored three points late in the sixth, but the Falcons held on.
Nance rode in four heats. Emma Clarke had two hits and three runs. Brooke Kennerly had two hits.
Carmen Freeze pitched the first four innings for West, allowing only one run. Arabelle Shulenberger threw the last three and clinched the win.
Allie Burns went 3-on-3 for Carson while Phoebe Cole had two hits.
Salisbury rolled 11-3 to North Rowan in CCC baseball on Tuesday.
Kaleb Burleyson (winner) and Evan Koontz (save) did the job on the mound for the Falcons.
Reed Fugle rapped two doubles for the Hornets. Burleyson and Hank Webb had two hits. Jayden Gibson scored three runs. Anthony Young went 2-for-2 with three RBIs.
Trey Johnson had two hits, including a three, and scored twice for the Cavaliers. Malakie Harris took the loss.
Hayden Simmerson hit a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts to lead Carson to a 3-0 South Piedmont Conference baseball win over Lake Norman Charter.
Simmerson also led the offense with a double and two runs scored. Jordan King had two hits and hit in one run.
UNC Greensboro’s Nick Lyerly (East Rowan) shot 72-69-65-206 to finish 10-under at the Southern Conference Championships in Lake Oconee, Georgia.
Lyerly finished second, finishing eight shots behind East Tennessee State’s Remi Chartier, who set a blistering pace that included a 63 in the second round.
Competing for the Speedsters Elite Track Club at the Lenior Rhyne Open, Hannah Foxx (AL Brown) became the US No. 1 high schooler 200 dash with a legal wind time of 23.59 seconds.
That stint made her the No. 1 league in North Carolina and No. 6 in the state all-time.
She also ran a PR in the 100 with a legal wind time of 11.84, the fastest time of the year in the state.
Foxx is coached by Tim Dunlap.
That’s the fastest time this year in the state of NC.
Doug Young from Salisbury placed sixth in the Phoenix Bass Fishing League competition at High Rock Lake.
He caught five bass weighing 16 pounds, 9 ounces and won $972.
The two-team playoffs begin today with Salisbury at home versus Polk County and South Rowan at Atkins.
Catawba unveiled a new Block-C logo on Tuesday.
Catawba’s 28th Annual Golf Classic is scheduled for Friday May 13th at the Warrior.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward new game uniforms, player food bars, and GPS performance trackers.