Sports Shorts for October 7

Carolina Collision Quad Rugby tournament
Marvin Ridge High School will be the site of the fourth annual Carolina Collision Quad Rugby Tournament from Saturday, Oct 8, to Sunday, Oct. 9.
The Carolina Crash – a Charlotte-based club that features Marvin Ridge High School student Sam Robb – will host the event, along with Adaptive Sports and Adventure Programs, a division of Carolina HealthCare Systems’ Carolinas Rehabilitation.
The event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, the action begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

Cuthbertson football wins second game

Obviously, Cuthbertson football coach Mike Roark was pleased that the Cavs earned their second win of the season with a 41-27 victory over Union Academy on Sept. 30. The win gave them sole possession of third place in the conference behind Forest Hills and Marvin Ridge, who are tied for first.
But Roark was more pleased with how the Cavs won.
Union Academy jumped to a quick lead and kept it until the end of the third quarter, when Cuthbertson failed to go ahead by a point after a missed extra-point attempt. Furthermore, the Cardinals racked up 468 rushing yards in the game. But the fact that the Cavs hung in and earned the win pleased Roark.
“One of the big concerns we have is when bad things happen in games, how are the kids going to react?” said Roark. “Are they going to be like, ‘Oh, well, here we go again?’ Or are they going to stand up and fight and try to hang in there?
“They hung in there and fought.”
Roark said the team benefitted from a strong rushing attack in the game, sparked by quarterback Ryan Kendall and running back Julius Stratford, who each topped 130 yards.
“That really made the difference,” Roark said. “We were able to pull away in the fourth quarter.”
It could’ve been a huge step for the young program, said the coach, who pointed to other area teams, such as Marvin Ridge, as strong examples of squads that expect to win, regardless of the opponent.
“You’ve got to start building a track record of overcoming adversity and continuing to win,” Roark said. “We don’t have that track record. This was really the first time (in the program’s history) we’ve had to fight for a win we’ve gotten.”
The Cavs will take another step toward building that winning tradition this week when they host athletic North Stanly (2-5). The game is slated for Saturday, Oct. 8. The game was moved in observance of the Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur.
Having an extra day to prepare is both good and bad, Roark said. Football teams typically thrive on set routines, he noted, but the Cavs will use the extra day to fine-tune some areas.
“It’s good for us because obviously it’s extra work to get prepared, but at the same time, you wonder how we’re going to do (with having an extra day),” he said.
“If we win, it was great. If we don’t, maybe it was an issue.”

Weddington volleyball overcomes losses

As has been the case all season, the Weddington volleyball team recently overcame some major hurdles to earn its 12-4 overall record and 6-1 mark in Southern Carolina 3A/4A play.
The Warriors started the season having to replace star setter Taylor Linton, whose family moved to Florida. A few weeks later, middle hitter Nicole Gaylord suffered a concussion and was lost for three weeks. Gaylord recently returned to the lineup, but the Warriors will have to finish their season without fellow middle hitter Caroline Howe, who has been sidelined with a kidney ailment. Powell said a pair of setters has platooned to replace Linton in junior Emily Harvey and freshman Bri Saur.
“This has been a year where the girls have had to step up,” said Warriors coach Carrie Powell. “I think some of the things that have happened have helped the girls grow.”
The Warriors appear to be on a collision course with fellow league frontrunner Marvin Ridge (16-3, 7-0 Southern Carolina 3A/4A), which downed Weddington, 3-0, on Sept. 27. The score, though, was much closer than it appeared, as the Mavs won 26-24, 25-18 and 28-26.
“We tend to match up pretty evenly,” Powell said. “It’s just going to come down to who’s going to play the strongest. We just hope we can play even better when we play against them the next time.”
The rivals next square off on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Warrior boys win Wendy’s Invitational

The amazing season continues for the Weddington cross country teams. The Warriors boys team took first place at the Wendy’s Invitational Class 3A competition on Oct. 1. Paced by another strong performance from Jonathan Bivens, who won the race in 15 minutes, 46 seconds, the Warriors took the team victory with 32 points, well ahead of second-place Westminster (112).
The Warriors had three other runners record top-10 finishes, including Hunter Roark (16:13), Tanner Glackin (16:23) and Matt Burns (16:28).
Weddington’s Mallary Price took top honors in the girls race in 18:48, helping the Warriors girls finish fourth.
Cuthbertson’s Madison Simmons captured seventh place in 19:35, which pushed the Cavs to a ninth-place finish.

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