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Here’s a look at last week’s games, which include a few conference tournaments, and a look to the week ahead in Cabarrus County sports.

SPC volleyball race

Thursday’s the last day of regular-season volleyball matches in the South Piedmont 3A Conference. There hasn’t been much movement at the top of the standings, but with the conference tournament right around the corner, things are getting interesting.

Cox Mill still holds the top spot with its 20-2 overall, 13-0 league record. The Chargers won three matches last week, including beating Class 4A Providence (18-3 overall, 9-0 in the South Meck 7 4A).

“When we’re playing good, team ball, we’re hard to beat,” Cox Mill coach Ralph Viegelmann said.

The Chargers visit Central Cabarrus Tuesday before hosting A.L. Brown Thursday. The SPC tournament starts Monday, Oct. 21.

“We’re just looking forward to finishing our season strong and looking at going toward the state playoffs,” said Viegelmann.

The SPC’s No. 2 team, Jay M. Robinson, travel to A.L. Brown Tuesday and then travel to Concord Thursday.

SPC soccer update

Concord and A.L. Brown remain the top boys soccer programs in the SPC, with a gap separating them from the rest of the bunch.

Concord is No. 1 after last week’s win against the Wonders. The Spiders are 16-1-2 overall, 9-1 SPC with wins against Central Cabarrus and Cox Mill last week. They face third-place Jay M. Robinson this Thursday before traveling to Kannapolis for their third and final matchup against A.L. Brown on the following Tuesday.

The Wonders are 14-2-1 after beating Northwest Cabarrus, 4-2, on penalty kicks Tuesday. They also took a 1-0 victory over Central Cabarrus, the team that handed them their first loss of the season back on Sept. 24.

The Wonders visit Jay M. Robinson Tuesday and then Cox Mill on Thursday.

The Bulldogs beat Cox Mill, 6-2, Tuesday but lost to Northwest Cabarrus Thursday, 2-1. They still sit at 7-6-2, 4-5 SPC, which is just a half-game ahead of Central Cabarrus (at 8-6, 3-5).

SPC golf tourney is Monday

This Monday, the SPC will hold its conference tournament at Skybrook Golf Club in Huntersville. The first tee time is at 9:06 a.m.

Cox Mill’s girls are still in control of the conference, led by juniors Elizabeth Lohbauer and Riya Modak. Modak was medalist at Tuesday’s match against Hickory Ridge, finishing with a score of 38.

Central Cabarrus and Concord both have strong teams and look to make things tough on the Chargers Monday as they try to defend their SPC title.

Chargers coach Moses Smith has plenty to be happy about, but he might be most impressed with his team’s hunger to win.

“(I’m) watching them get excited looking toward regionals and states and just watching them get focused as we get ready to go through that,” said Smith.

As good as they’ve been Smith is always looking for improvement.

“(I’m) just watching them maintaining and putting the ball in the best position to score,” Smith said. “We’ve been working mostly on getting our putts down — just trying to get them from three-putts to two-putts and stuff like that.”

County cross country

The Wendy’s Invitational — featuring teams from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia — was held last Saturday at Charlotte’s McAlpine Greenway Park, and many Cabarrus teams participated.

In the 4A competition, Hickory Ridge junior Bryce Anderson came in fifth place out of the 212 boys who ran, finishing in 16 minutes and 21 seconds. Fellow Ragin’ Bull Julian Mendoza was 24th (17:17), and junior Dylan Lamb was 34th (17:37).

The Hickory Ridge boys placed ninth out of 32 teams.

The Hickory Ridge girls finished seventh out of 25 teams and were paced by freshman Elizabeth Ireland (21st in 20:57.5) and junior Lauren Richards (22nd in 20:57.8). Their senior teammate, Isabella Saliba (21:22), was 37th out of the 174 participants.

Of the local 3A boys teams, Northwest Cabarrus was best, finishing 13th.

Cox Mill senior Jessie Connick finished seventh in the girls race, with a time of 19:45, while Chargers sophomore Kaitlyn Jones was 19th (20:37)

Cox Mill’s girls finished in 10th place (264), and Central Cabarrus (298) was 12th. Jay M. Robinson (663) and Northwest Cabarrus (676) were 25th and 26th, respectively, out of 30 teams.

The South Piedmont 3A Conference championship takes place Tuesday, and the Southwestern 4A Conference championship is Oct. 22.

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