Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Charlotte Latin wins N.C private-school Wachovia Cup

Charlotte Latin won its fifth consecutive Wachovia Cup as the top athletic program in the N.C. Independent School Athletic Association’s 3A classification.

Wachovia Cup points are awarded to the top eight playoff teams in every sport. State championships are worth 50 points, runner-ups 45, third place 40, etc.

Latin won state championships in girls’ cross country, boys’ soccer, volleyball, girls’ soccer and track, and was state runner-up in football.

The Hawks had 680 points, followed by Charlotte Country Day (615), Providence Day (577.5), Forsyth Country Day (465), Raleigh Ravenscroft (450), Durham Academy (445), Cary Academy (420), Wesleyan Christian (262.5), Greensboro Day (255) and Concord Cannon (237.5).

Country Day was champion in boys’ lacrosse, and second in volleyball, girls’ swimming, wrestling, girls’ lacrosse and boys’ tennis. Providence Day won the boys’ track title, and was second in girls’ cross country, boys’ soccer, girls’ tennis, girls’ basketball and boys’ lacrosse.

Fayetteville Academy won the NCISAA 2A Wachovia Cup, and Kerr-Vance Academy was the 1A champion.

- Cliff Mehrtens

Forestview's Smith commits to North Carolina

Gastonia Forestview's Shannon Smith, an all-state basketball point guard last season as a junior, committed to North Carolina.

Smith's N.C. Flight/Carolina All-Stars travel teams have won N.C. AAU championships the past four years, and won the 2008 AAU Sophomore Super Showcase Championship last summer in Disney World.

Smith, 5-foot-7, averaged 26 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals to help Forestview reach the N.C. 3A title game. She had season-highs of 42 points and 12 assists (three times).

She was named the 2009 State Player of the Year by the North Carolina High School Coaches Association.

- Cliff Mehrtens

Monday, June 29, 2009

Myers Park, Charlotte Catholic: N.C.'s top athletic programs

For the second straight school year, Myers Park and Charlotte Catholic won Wachovia Cup awards as the must successful athletic programs in North Carolina in their classifications.

Myers Park won the N.C. High School Athletic Association's Class 4A award, and Charlotte Catholic was the state's top 3A program.

Myers Park won state championships in girls’ tennis and boys’ soccer, had second-place finishes in girls’ cross country and girls’ track, a third place in boys’ golf and top-eight finishes in girls’ swimming, boys’ basketball and boys’ tennis.

Wachovia Cup points are awarded to the top eight playoff teams in every sport. State championships are worth 50 points, runner-ups 45, third-place 40, etc.

Myers Park had 480 points, followed by Morrisville Green Hope (457.5), Butler (372.5), Mount Tabor (362.5) and Southeast Raleigh (337.5).

“Congratulations to our student-athletes, their coaches, the Mustang Club and the loyal Mustang fans who supported their efforts,” said Greg Clewis, Myers Park’s athletics director. “A real reason to celebrate a great year for the Mustangs.”

Charlotte Catholic held off a strong spring performance by Lake Norman to win the 3A championship. Catholic’s top finish in the spring was third in boys’ tennis, while Lake Norman won boys’ tennis and baseball.

In the winter, Charlotte Catholic won state titles in girls’ swimming, finished second in boys’ swimming and were top-eight in boys’ basketball. The Cougars won a fall state championship in boys’ soccer, and had five other fall sports earn playoff points.

Charlotte Catholic had 487.5 points, followed by Lake Norman (432.5), Skyland Roberson (427.5) and Marvin Ridge (387.5).

Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons won the 2A championship, and Kernersville Bishop McGuinness was the 1A champion.

- Cliff Mehrtens

NCHSAA Wachovia Cup Standings (final)
Class 4A
1. Myers Park 480 points
2. Morrisville Green Hope 457.5
3. Butler 372.5
4. Mount Tabor 362.5
5. Southeast Raleigh 337.55
6. Ardrey Kell 302.5
7. Providence 290
8. West Charlotte 285
9. East Chapel Hill 275
10. New Bern 270
11. Raleigh Leesville Road 265
12. Northwest Guilford 257.5
13. Raleigh Millbrook 247.5
14. Wilmington Hoggard 237.5
(tie) North Mecklenburg 237.5

Class 3A
1. Charlotte Catholic 487.5
2. Lake Norman 432.5
3. Skyland Roberson 427.5
4. Marvin Ridge 387.5
5. Greensboro Dudley 385
6. Asheville 300
7. Winston-Salem Parkland 275
8. Jacksonville White Oak 255
(tie) Gastonia Forestview 255
10. Eastern Wayne 235
11. Jamestown Ragsdale 217.5
12. Waynesville Tuscola 207.5
(tie) Hickory 207.5
14. Nash Central 205
(tie) Pfafftown Reagan 205

Class 2A
1. Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 657.5
2. Salisbury 500
3. Orange 322.5
4. Shelby 272.5
(tie) Carrboro 272.5
6. East Lincoln 255
7. Burlington Cummings 247.5
8. Swansboro 237.5
9. Lenoir Hibriten 235
(tie) Pittsboro Northwood 235
11. Newton-Conover 230
(tie) West Henderson 230
13. Black Mountain Owen 225
(tie) Kill Devil Hills First Flight 225
15. Mayodan McMichael 200

Class 1A
1. Kernersville Bishop McGuinness 562.5
2. Hampstead Topsail 482.5
3. Hendersonville 450
4. Polk County 365
5. Raleigh Charter 322.5
6. N.C. School Of Science and Math 320
7. Mount Airy 312.5
8. East Surry 280
9. Winton-Salem Preparatory 250
10. Robbinsville 247.5
11. Albemarle 227.5
12. Elkin 212.5
13. Misenheimer Gray Stone Day 210
14. Manteo 207.5
15. Pender 200
(tie) West Wilkes 200

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Concord High to honor E.Z. Smith on July 25

Concord High will honor recently-retired football coach E.Z. Smith’s 29 years with a benefit at 6 p.m. July 25 at the Charles Rimer gym on campus.

Tickets are $25, which will be applied to the building of Concord High’s Wellness Center. School officials have spent three months travelling across the state video-taping rival coaches, former Spiders players and alumni for a video tribute of Smith’s career. The event will include food and guest speakers, and WBTV news anchor Paul Cameron will be master of ceremonies.

Smith, 55, resigned as coach in January after going 254-100-1, including state championships in 2004 and 2006. He will teach next school year, and plans to retire after 30 years.

The Wellness Center will feature a community center and Hall of Fame room with memorabilia from Concord High and Logan High (pre-integration).

To order tickets: Call 704-786-4161, email CHS@cabarrus.k12.nc.us, at the school from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.Mondays through Thursdays. Info: Athletics director George Walker, 704-720-7455.

- Cliff Mehrtens

Charlotte Christian has national player and coach of the year

Charlotte Christian pitcher Luke Bard was named the national baseball player of the year by the National Christian School Athletic Assocation, and Christian’s Greg Simmons is national coach of the year

Teammate Ty Linton, a junior outfielder, joined Bard on the first team.

Covenant Day infielder Hunter Grey and Charlotte Christian catcher Scott Glover were named to the NCSAA Southeast Super Region team.

Bard was 10-0 with a 0.31 earned run average, and limited opponents to a .111 batting average. He allowed only two extra-base hits, signed with Georgia Tech and was drafted in the 16th round by the Boston Red Sox. Bard hit three home runs and drove in 21 runs.

Linton, who has committed to North Carolina, batted .456 with 12 home runs and 50 RBIs. He had a .922 slugging percentage and .541 on-base percentage. Simmons led the Knights (30-3) to their seventh N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A championship in eight years.

- Cliff Mehrtens

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Butler's Halvorson wins top N.C. track award

Butler High’s Aslynn Halvorson was named the Gatorade N.C. Girls’ Track & Field Athlete of the Year on Wednesday.

The award is based on athletic achievement, academics and character.

Halvorson, who recently finished her senior year and has signed with Tennessee, won the shot put and discus events at the N.C. 4A meet for the second straight year.

She also won the discus at the prestigious Penn Relays, and her winning throw of 161 feet, eight inches was the fifth-best in the country among high-schoolers.

Halvorson, who has a 3.67 grade point average, also is an accomplished singer and musician. She has volunteered with Habitat For Humanity, various church-related service projects and with youth track and basketball programs.

“Aslynn is the all-around student-athlete that anyone would be honored to have as part of their program,” Butler coach Debbie Bethay. “There’s no one more deserving than she is.”

- Cliff Mehrtens

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Red Sox draft Char.Christian's Bard (again)

Well, at least the Boston Red Sox knew the phone number.

Boston picked Charlotte Christian pitcher Luke Bard in the 16th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday, the second time it picked a Bard brother in four years.

Daniel Bard, who pitched at Charlotte Christian and North Carolina, was Boston’s first-round choice in 2006. Last month, he was promoted to the majors, and has a 0.82 ERA in nine relief appearances.

On Tuesday, he pitched the final inning of Boston’s 7-0 victory against the New York Yankees, and twice hit 100 mph on the radar gun.

Luke Bard, a right-hander, was 10-0 with a 0.31 ERA this season, and helped Christian win the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A championship. He had 90 strikeouts and opponents hit .111 against him.

“I was real excited,” Bard said. “Actually, I was out playing golf (Tuesday) when a friend texted me. Then the Red Sox called. I’m a huge Red Sox fan, obviously, because of my brother.”

Bard, who signed with Georgia Tech, is 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds. His fastball is consistently in the low-90s (mph), and his breaking pitches were effective all season.

Bard must now weigh the signing bonus Boston offers against playing in college. If he enrolls, he won’t be eligible to be drafted again until after his junior year.

“I can’t wait to pitch for Georgia Tech, but I’m looking forward to talking to the Red Sox soon,” Bard said. “They’re coming to see me pitch, and it’s definitely exciting. Then I’ll have to make a decision.”

- Cliff Mehrtens

Providence High's Shaffer drafted by L.A. Dodgers

Providence High third baseman/pitcher Richie Shaffer was picked by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 25th round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.

Shaffer, 6-foor-4 and 190 pounds, was 7-1 with a save and a 0.64 ERA this season, despite midseason hand surgery. He batted .385, with three home runs, a .667 slugging percentage and a .613 on-base percentage.

Shaffer, who signed with Clemson, was projected to be picked much higher. But the injury and subsequent repair of the hammate bone in his left (non-throwing) hand may have pushed him down many draft lists.

He was All-Observer as a sophomore and junior. This year's team will be announced Sunday.

- Cliff Mehrtens

Shelby Crest, Latin name new coaches

Jeff Melton has been named boys' basketball coach at Shelby Crest, replacing John Wall, who resigned to become assistant principal at Shelby High. Melton, a 1995 Crest graduate, has been the girls' coach the past three seasons.

-- Charlotte Latin named Debra Savino its girls' basketball coach and Christopher Berger its boys' coach.

Savino has been Latin's field hockey coach and an assistant basketball coach at Wingate the past two years. She's also a former Queens assistant basketball coach.

Berger, a former Latin player, also played at Wingate and Queens, and is the middle school's dean of students.

-- Observer staff reports

Monday, June 8, 2009

CMS not adding lacrosse as sanctioned sport next fall

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will not add any new varsity sports for the 2009-2010 school year, including lacrosse.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) recently voted to add lacrosse as a sanctioned varsity sport

Currently, lacrosse in CMS is a club sport and will continue to be a club sport; however, the NCHSAA has agreed to allow CMS club lacrosse teams to compete in conference games, including the state championships

In order to participate in conference play, club lacrosse teams must follow all CMS and NCHSAA rules for eligibility, including academic and residency eligibility, annual sports screenings and full insurance coverage. Club teams who wish to participate in conference play must commit by Sept. 1.

"We appreciate the NCHSAA for allowing our student-athletes to compete on a conference level with other lacrosse teams," said Vicki Hamilton, CMS director of athletics. "Our club teams are highly competitive and we look forward to following them through the season and the state championships."

At this time, eight CMS high schools have expressed an interest in fielding club lacrosse teams next year, including boys' and girls' teams at North Mecklenburg, Hopewell, Myers Park, Butler, South Mecklenburg, Ardrey Kell and Providence. Mallard Creek has indicated an interest in boys' club lacrosse.

-- Observer news services

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Lake Norman wins 3A baseball title

ZEBULON - Lake Norman built a big lead and then held off Eastern Wayne 8-7 on Saturday in the third and final game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A baseball championship series on Saturday at Five County Stadium.

Senior pitcher-outfielder Nick Lomascolo was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship with a multitude of contributions. On Friday night he picked up a complete game pitching victory in the opener of the series, and then in the final game went one for three with two RBI, threw a runner out at the plate from his outfield position in the third, and then came on to pitch in the seventh, preserving the win and recording the save.

Lake Norman raced to a 5-0 lead with a five-run rally in the second inning, with a key blow Lomascolo’s two-run single. But Eastern Wayne kept battling back, scoring two runs in each of the second, third and sixth innings to tie the game at 6-6.

Lake Norman grabbed an 8-6 lead in the top of the seventh without benefit of a hit, parlaying three walks, a hit batsman, an error and a couple of wild pitches to plate two runs.

But John Wooten, Eastern’s top hitter, blasted a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh, his 18th homer of the year, to pull the Warriors to within 8-7, before Lomoscolo settled down to retire the side.

Taylor Thurber, who came on in the fourth in relief of Ross Whitley, got the win. Mozingo, the game two winner who came on in relief of starter Wooten, was the losing pitcher.

Josh Hennessee had three singles in five at bats for the Wildcats, while Eric Manzer and Joe Faist each had two hits, including a
single and a double.

Colton Fulghum paced Eastern Wayne with a double and two singles in four trips while Mozingo collected two hits and two RBI and Wooten had two hits, including the home run.

The Wildcats had grabbed the series lead on Friday night with a 9-2 victory in the opener. Eastern Wayne evened the series earlier on Saturday with a 3-0 win as freshman pitcher Zach Mozingo and John Wooten combined for a one-hit shutout.

Lake Norman, which had a sub-.500 record at 13-14 a year ago, was in its first NCHSAA baseball championship series in the seventh year the school has been open and finished 28-3 overall. Eastern Wayne, seeking its first state title since 1986, wound up 26-6.

Five County Stadium, Zebulon

Lake Norman 0 5 0 1 0 0 2 -- 8 9 0
Eastern Wayne 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 -- 7 12 2

WP—Taylor Thurber. Save—Nick Lomascolo. LP—Zack Mozingo.
HR—Eastern Wayne, John Wooten in 7th with none on.


Alexander Central wins 4A softball

RALEIGH‹ Freshman pitcher Chelsea Wilkinson gave up just three hits and went the distance as Alexander Central nipped North Davidson 2-1 in the championship game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A softball championships at Walnut Creek Softball Complex on Saturday.

The young righthander, who was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, had fired a complete game shutout and struck out 13 in the Lady Cougars' opening win by 3-0 over North Davidson in a battle of 28-1 teams Friday night. She struck out 12 in her Saturday effort.

In the final, North took a 1-0 lead in the second but Alexander tied it with a run in the bottom of the fifth and then senior
first baseman Brittany Loudermilt drove home the winning run with a base hit in the sixth.

Hannah Alexander was the losing pitcher in relief.

Alexander Central finished with a record 31-1 while North Davidson wound up 30-3, with two losses in the championship to the Lady Cougars. It was Alexander's first fast pitch softball state title since 1996.


Fuquay-Varina 1, New Bern 0 (10 innings)
Alexander Central 3, North Davidson 0

Alexander Central 10, Fuquay-Varina 0 (5 innings)

North Davidson 3, New Bern 0

North Davidson 4, Fuquay-Varina 0

Alexander Central 2, North Davidson 1


Ardrey Kell wins N.C. 4A baseball championship

Pitcher Ryan Butler threw a four-hit shutout Saturday, overcoming a few shaky moments, as Ardrey Kell stopped Raleigh Sanderson 1-0 to win the N.C. 4A state championship.

It was the first team sports title in the Knights' three-year school history.

The Knights scored the winning run in the first inning. Second baseman Alex Bartholomeo doubled and moved to third on a sacrifice. Ryan Stetson knocked him in on a sac fly to center.

Butler then made it stand up, needing two double plays and some timing fielding to make it stand up.

4A Baseball Final: A. Kell needs 3 outs

It's the top of the seventh and final regulation inning. Ardrey Kell got a runner to third in the bottom of the sixth but Zico Pasuit hit a dribbling ground ball that was easily fielded for the third out.

That leaves the Knights on defense facing the top of the Sanderson order, including slugger Charles Wolfe who has reached on an error and two doubles. Wolfe will bat third.

4A Baseball final: A. Kell 6 outs away

Ardrey Kell went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning, but as Sanderson comes to bat the top of the sixth, with its No. 6-8 hitters due, the Knights are only six outs away from the state title.

4A Final: A. Kell still up 1-0, top 5th

Ardrey Kell finally managed to get a little offense in the bottom of the fourth, getting runners to second and third with two outs. But Sanderson pitcher Max Gagnon got Ardrey Kell's Cody Shelton to fly out -- at the track in right center to end the inning.

The Knights are nine outs away, however, from the state title.

4A Baseball final: A. Kell 1-0, top 4th

Ardrey Kell hasn't done much of anything offensively since the first inning and is getting in some trouble defensively, but still holds a 1-0 lead as Raleigh Sanderson bats in the top of the fourth.

3A Final: Eastern Wayne, Lake Norman 0, 3rd

In the 3A final, Lake Norman trails Eastern Wayne 1-0 in the third inning. Lake Norman leads the best of 3 series and can win the 3A state title with a win at Zebulon's Mudcats Stadium.

If Eastern Wayne wins, the teams will play a deciding Game 3 later today.

4A Baseball final: Top 3rd, A. Kell still up 1-0

Sanderson loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the second but Robert Branson flied out to left. Ardrey Kell went three-up, three-down in the bottom of the second, but still leads 1-0, though the Knights look a little shaky early.

Ardrey Kell has one error early.

4A Baseball final: A. Kell 1-0 after 1st

Ardrey Kell starting pitcher Ryan Butler's third pitch was nearly hit for a home run by Sanderson's Kyle Wigmore, but Butler settled down, struck out Wigmore and got out of the inning.

In the bottom of the first, the Knights got a leadoff double from Alex Bartolomeo, who got to third on a sacrifice from Zack Reinheimer and scored on another sacrifice from Ryan Stetson.

Ardrey Kell leads the best of 3 series 1-0 and if it wins Game Two today it will win the first team sports championship in school history.

4A softball: North Davidson to play Alexander for title

North Davidson beat Fuquay Varina in the elimination game to advance to the state championship against Alexander Central.

North Davidson, ranked No. 19 in USA Today's national poll, lost to No. 4 Alexander Central 3-0 in Friday's N.C. 4A Western regional championship.

The softball championships bring together the state's top four teams in a double elimination format.

Patton falls in 2A state baseball final

RALEIGH -- Ethan Satterfield of Mayodan Dalton McMichael had two hits and was named the Most Valuable Player as he led McMichael to a 6-3 victory over Morganton Patton on Saturday in the second game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A baseball championship series at Doak Field at North Carolina State University.

Satterfield, who entered the finals batting a team-leading .413, had a double and a triple in four trips to the plate Saturday and finished the best of three series with five hits in eight at bats and also scored four times.

A balanced offensive attack by McMichael was a key to its sweep, as all nine starters hit safely in both Phoenix wins. McMichael banged out 18 hits in Friday night's opener as the Phoenix took a five-inning, 16-6 victory, scoring four in the first and eight in the second.

In game two, Patton took a 3-1 lead in the home half of the second on a two-run home run by Reggie Washington, but McMichael exploded for five runs in the fifth to take command.

Joseph Hughes blasted a three-run homer during the rally and Satterfield had a run-scoring double.

Steven Trant pitched into the sixth for the Phoenix and got the win, striking out five and walking one, while Hughes came on to pick up the save. Nick Newton (10-3) was charged with the loss.

Patton's defense kept the Panthers close as they turned four double plays on the day.

The Phoenix finished the season with a 27-6 record in winning their first NCHSAA baseball championship. Patton, a school in just its second year, ended 27-9.

Doak Field, N.C. State University

Mayodan McMichael 0 1 0 0 5 0 0‹6 10 2
Morganton Patton 1 2 0 0 0 0 0‹3 6 1

WP‹Steven Trant (6-3). Save‹Joseph Hughes. LP‹Nick Newton
(10-3). HR‹Patton, Reggie Washington in 2nd with 1 on; McMichael‹Joseph
Hughes in 5th with 2 on.

South Stanly wins 1A state baseball championship

ZEBULON -- Senior righthander Ryne Poplin contributed with both his arm and his bat on Saturday to lead South Stanly to a 7-2 victory over Hampstead Topsail and a sweep of the best-of-three North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A baseball championship series at Five County Stadium.

Poplin got the win on the mound to run his record to 9-1 on the year, striking out five, and also had a run-scoring single in the sixth. He entered the championship series batting a whopping .478.

Wes Hatley of South was named Most Valuable Player for the
championship. The senior righthander had a route-going three-hit pitching
performance in the Rowdy Rebel Bulls' 6-2 win in Friday night's opener and
also had a hit in each game.

South Stanly built a 5-0 lead in the first three innings.

A run-scoring single by clean-up hitter Colten Burris, South's RBI leader,
after a walk and a wild pitch put the Rowdy Rebel Bulls up 1-0 in the first.
In the following frame, a two-run triple to right by Jarad Aman moved the
score to 3-0.

In the third, after a couple of Topsail errors, South catcher Matt Lisk delivered a two-RBI single to make it 5-0.

Topsail sliced the lead to 5-2 in the top of the sixth with a single by Keith Gray driving home two, but the Bulls answered with a pair in their half of the frame.

Jake Stone got the loss for Topsail.

The Rowdy Rebel Bulls finished at 25-5 on the year, winning their eighth straight game in the playoffs and capturing their first NCHSAA state baseball crown. Topsail, finishing as state runner-up for a second consecutive year, wound up 21-12 but had a great stretch run after posting a 7-8 record at midseason. It was the Pirates' eighth straight 20-win season.


Hampstead Topsail 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 -- 2 5 3
South Stanly 1 2 2 0 0 2 x -- 7 7 3

WP‹Ryne Poplin (9-1). LP‹Jake Stone (4-1).

Friday, June 5, 2009

Ardrey Kell, Lake Norman grab wins in state 4A and 3A baseball

Ardrey Kell grabbed a 1-0 lead in its best of 3 series with Raleigh Sanderson with a 9-5 win Friday night in the 4A state championship series.

In the 3A final, Lake Norman beat Eastern Wayne 9-2.

Both teams will try to win state titles with wins in Game 2 today at 2 p.m. Ardrey Kell plays at N.C. State; Lake Norman at Mudcats Stadium in Zebulon.

South Stanly takes Game 1 of NC 1A baseball finals

ZEBULON - Jared Aman had a big two-run double in a five-run sixth inning as South Stanly downed Hampstead Topsail 6-1 in the opening game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A baseball championship series at Five County Stadium on Friday.

Senior righthander Wes Hatley went the distance on the mound for the winners, allowing just three hits and fanning eight, while Dan Retinger took the loss.

Matt Lisk led the winners at the plate with three hits in four trips while Brett Fraley had two singles in four at bats in the Rowdy Rebel Bulls’ 11-hit attack.

South scored the opening run of the game in the top of the fourth after Hatley doubled, went to third on a single by Colten Burris, and then scored on a fielder’s choice. But Topsail came back to grab a 2-1 advantage in its half of the frame when Kyle Horton’s triple plated Jake Stone, who had singled, and then Horton scored on a fielder’s choice.

South Stanly then took command in the sixth by virtue of Aman’s double and a costly outfield error that led to a couple of more runs.

The Rowdy Rebel Bulls improved to 24-5 on the year, winning their seventh straight game in the playoffs. Topsail, in its second straight statechampionship series, slipped to 21-11.

Game two in the best-of-three series is set for Saturday morning at eleven o’clock.

Five County Stadium, Zebulon

South Stanly 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 -- 6 11 0
Hampstead Topsail 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 -- 2 3 1

WP—Wes Hatley (8-3). LP—Dan Redinger (8-4).

Patton loses Game 1 of N.C. 2A baseball final

RALEIGH – Seven different players had multi-hit games for Mayodan Dalton McMichael as the Fighting Phoenix beat Morganton Patton 16-6 in five innings on Friday night in the opening game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A baseball championship series at Doak Field at North Carolina State University.

Nine players on Patton's team was part of the 2004 Morganton All-Stars who played in the Little League World Series.

Friday, McMichael banged out 18 hits in the game, which was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

The Phoenix chased four runs across in the first off losing pitcher Aaron Attaway and then sent 12 men to the plate in an
eight-run second that put the game away.

Ethan Satterfield, who entered the game batting .413, and Corey Shelton each had three hits in four trips to the plate for the
winners. Satterfield had a solo homer in the fourth while Shelton and Steven Trant each had three runs batted in.

Every McMichael player in the starting lineup hit safely as the Phoenix improved their overall record to 26-6 while Patton is now 27-8.

Patton’s Nick Newton blasted a three-run homer in the second to cut the deficit to 4-3 before McMichael blew it open.

Joseph Hughes went the route on the mound for the Phoenix to earn his 10th victory in 11 decisions, striking out nine and walking just one while allowing three earned runs.

Game two in the best of three series is scheduled for Saturday morning at 11.

Doak Field, N.C. State University

Morganton Patton 0 3 1 2 0 -- 6 5 1
Mayodan McMichael 4 8 2 2 x --16 18 3

Game called due to 10-run rule.
WP—Joseph Hughes (10-1). LP—Aaron Attaway (5-2).
HR—Nick Newton (Patton), in 2nd with two on; Ethan
Satterfield (McMichael) in 4th, solo.

Texas football coaches salaries dwarf regular teachers

Interesting article in the Austin (TX) Statesman.

Using records obtained through a public information act, the newspaper discovered that football coaches in that state's largest two classes, 5A and 4A, schools with at least 950 students are making an average of $73,804. Teachers in those same schools average $42,400.

Ten years ago, an Associated Press study found that 5A and 4A coaches earned an average of $54,000 and the teachers earned $31,000.

So the gap is widening.

Among Texas' 461 large high schools, 27 pay the football coach more than the principal, and five make more than $100,000.

Ennis High's Sam Harrell earns $106,004, the highest in the group.

The lowest-paid is Houston Furr's Cornell Gray, who earns $42,300.

The 10 highest-paid coaches in 2005-06 have combined to win seven state championships since 2000.

The paper points out that Texas football coaches work a 226-day school year versus 187 days for a regular teacher, and Texas Education Commissioner Shirley Neeley told the paper: "I think all of these coaches earn every penny that they get. Those football coaches put in more hours than most people realize."

In South Carolina, three coaches earn more than $100,000 annually: Bill Kimrey of Dutch Fork ($104,141), Bob Hanna of Irmo ($104,141) and Allen Sitterle of Lexington ($101,260. There are 52 S.C. coaches making between $75,000 and $100,000.

That's caused some N.C. coaches to look across the border.

Recently Garinger's Chris Carter said his salary more than doubled when he left Garinger, a struggling 4A school that ended a 61-game on-field win streak last season, for Lake Marion High in Santee, S.C. Carter's predecessor made $58,544. Carter is expected to earn more.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Southwestern 4A and regional tennis teams

Ardrey Kell’s Roy Hudson and Knights player Alex Calott are the Southwestern 4A coach and player of the year.

The all-conference team: Dallas Croom, Weddington; Alex Calott, Ardrey Kell; Jim Fan, Myers Park; Ryan Forbes, Ardrey Kell; Matt Oakes, Weddington; Stephen Woodall, Myers Park; Jason Setzer, South Meck; Webster Hughes, Myers Park; Will Goldberg, Providence; Peter Tonon, Ardrey Kell; Mike Arun, Independence

The N.C. High School Tennis Association All-State 3A Team: Trey McKee (Lake Norman); Nick James (Wilson Fike); Kyle Johnson (Charlotte Catholic); Andrew McKinnon (Lake Norman); Nick Bursch (Charlotte Catholic); Matt Sandberg (Charlotte Catholic); Sean Huber (Charlotte Catholic); Jordan Klochany (Charlotte Catholic);
Tripp Hawkins (Statesville); Parks Thompson (Statesville); Andrew Treske (Marvin Ridge); Andrew Baird (Marvin Ridge)

Note: No area players made the 4A team. Newton-Conover’s Won Lak Choi and Hang Lak Choi made the 2A team. Albemarle’s Akash Dadlani and Highland Tech’s Peter Terrio and Robb Stover made the 1A team.

Mecklenburg County players filled the the Western 4A All-Region team: Will Goldberg (Providence); Jim Fan (Myers Park); Steve Lake (Watauga); Michael Smith (Watauga); Dallas Croom (Weddington); Matt Oakes (Weddington); Stephen Woodall (Myers Park); Patrick McKinney (Myers Park); Peter Tonon (Ardrey Kell); Ryan Forbes (Ardrey Kell); Kevin Ashline (Watauga); Brian Geldmeier (Watauga)

On Raleigh Sanderson which faces Ardrey Kell baseball

Ardrey Kell’s opponent in this weekend’s N.C. 4A championship is Raleigh Sanderson (19-11), which is in the finals for the second time in school history. Sanderson lost in the ’92 finals. The third seed out of its conference, the Cap Seven, Sanderson was 3-20 in 2006. The team is led by league player of the year Charles Wolfe who hits .450 and is 7-6 as a pitcher with a 2.12 ERA.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

N.C. All-State Girls Soccer Team Announced

Click here to see the team

All region soccer teams announced

Here are area all-region soccer teams
First Name Last Name Class Position School
Bailey Booher Jr D Charlotte Country Day
Vicky Bruce Fr F Cannon
Caitlin Burroughs Sr MF Greensboro Day
Bailey Coffey Sr F Greensboro Day
Courtney Craft So D Wesleyan
Katy Foltz Sr D Covenant Day
Laura Gennings Sr MF Covenant Day
Cameron Herndon Sr D Forsyth Country Day
Kristin Horton Jr K Latin
Alex Hunt Sr MF Forsyth Country Day
Raina Johnson Fr F Charlotte Country Day
McCallie Jones Jr F Latin
McKay Kirkland Jr F Latin
Meg Kiser Jr F Greensboro Day
Jennifer Ludemann Sr D Wesleyan
Peyton Miller Sr D Providence Day
Marina Provenzano Sr D Cannon
Jenna Sarrett Jr MF Cannon
Caroline Strong Jr D Greensboro Day
Juliet Waller Sr F Latin
Laura Wearn Sr F Charlotte Country Day
Katie Weigel Sr MF Covenant Day

First Name Last Name Class Position School
Jenna Bryan SO M/F Salisbury
Casey Darnell SR F West Davidson
Shae DeZego SO F Lexington
Adriana Flores-Vazquez JR F Atkins
Kim Guterman SO M Central Davidson
Katherine Heidt SO F Salisbury
Kaitlin Jennings SO D West Stokes
Cyndi Jones SR GK Lexington
Madison Kennedy SO M Salisbury
Jasmine Mims JR M Atkins
Jennifer Nelson SR M West Stokes
Kristin Owens SR F West Davidson
Kelsey Perrell FR F West Stokes
Karen Presnell SO D Salisbury
Elena Ramirez SO M West Davidson
Hannah Robinson SO F West Stokes
LeeAnna Shumate FR M West Stokes
Krysta Sink JR D West Davidson
Abigail Taylor SR M West Davidson
Caitlin Tysinger SR F Central Davidson
Chelsea Tysinger SR D Central Davidson
Mo Yarboro SO M West Davidson

REGION 9 2A PUBLICFirst Name Last Name Class Position School


REGION 10 2A PUBLICFirst Name Last Name Class Position School
Eliza Allen 12 M East Rutherfordton
Catherine Alexander 12 F East Rutherfordton
Val Benson 12 F Smokey Mountain
Danielle Brinton 10 M Shelby
Lauren Burton 11 M Shelby
Kelen Dowdy 12 M West Henderson
Taylor Fair 9 D East Henderson
Caitlin Foreman 11 F Owen
Cydney Goodwin 11 M Pisgah
Rachel Graning 12 D Smokey Mountain
Kelli Jo Havener 11 M West Henderson
Nicole Lowe 10 GK East Henderson
Sydney Lyda 12 F North Henderson
Aubrey Masters 10 D West Henderson
Maggie McDaniel 11 F Shelby
Terra Mileti 12 M Smokey Mountain
Paulette Morales 11 GK North Henderson
Morgan Mull 12 D West Henderson
Sarah Newbald 12 F Smokey Mountain
Courtney Nickle 12 D Shelby
Marley Potter 10 F Shelby
Julia Wallace 11 M North Henderson

REGION 9 3AFirst Name Last Name Class Position School
Samantha Bird Sr GK Saint Stephens
Leila Bautista Sr. Def. North Iredell
Lauren Carter Sr. Mid. North Iredell
Erin Cass So. Fwd. North Iredell
Ashley Cress So. Mid. Mooresville
Kimberly Detter Jr. Def. Saint Stephens
Erica Detweiler Jr. Def. Fred T. Foard
Allison Finley Jr. Fwd. Fred T. Foard
Sydney Foushee Fr. Def. Lake Norman
Kayla Hahn Sr. Fwd. Northwest Cabarrus
Caroline Harwell Jr. GK Mooresville
Tara Johnson Sr. Def. Lake Norman
Tia King Sr. Mid. Lake Norman
Meghan Kos Sr. Def. Lake Norman
Kristin Laughon Jr. Mid. Hickory
Jackie Lomboy Fr. Fwd. Hickory
Erica Merriman So. Fwd. Northwest Cabarrus
Allye Mertes So. Mid. Lake Norman
Bethany Myer Jr. Fwd. Hickory
Katie Register Jr. Mid. Statesville
Daniela Serna Jr. Def. West Iredell
Callie Simpkins Sr. Mid. Northwest Cabarrus
Courtney Smith So. Fwd. Mooresville
Sabrina Summers So. Mid. Saint Stephens
Natalie Stein So. GK Statesville
Kayla Sutton Sr. Mid. Fred T. Foard
Sarah Tang Sr. Mid. Lake Norman
Taylor Waters Fr. Fwd. Lake Norman
SarahAnn Waugh Jr. Fwd. Statesville
Jackie Weston So. Fwd. Lake Norman
Azul Zapata Jr. Def. Statesville

REGION 10 3AName Class Position School
Bodenhurst, Deandra Jr Forward North Buncombe
Brown, Daryl So Midfielder RS Central
Buchanan, Julia So Midfielder Enka
Crowe, Elena Jr Forward Enka
Cucchi, Nicole Jr Midfielder TC Roberson
Drabek, Haley So Goalkeeper RS Central
Edwards, Alex Sr Defender Kings Mountain
Ellis, Katherine Jr Forward TC Roberson
Gaston, Elizabeth Sr Goalkeeper Asheville
Grasso, Gibby Sr Midfielder Asheville
Haines, Anna Sr Defender TC Roberson
Hetzel, Jess Sr Midfielder Asheville
Hopper, Leslie Sr Midfielder Erwin
Horn, Brittany So Defender Burns
Jennings, Rachael Sr Goalkeeper TC Roberson
Kauffman, Rachel Jr Defender Tuscola
Kerns, Ramey Jr Forward Kings Mountain
Kubitschek, Courtney Sr Forward Asheville
Loftin, Megan Jr Midfielder Kings Mountain
McCleary-Small, Chloe Sr Forward Asheville
Patterson, Brittany So Defender RS Central
Pugh, Alli Jr Defender RS Central
Reynolds, Megan Jr Forward Kings Mountain
Ross, Elizabeth Jr Midfielder Tuscola
Rusch, Abigail Jr Defender Franklin
Sease, Eliza Jr Defender Tuscola
Swofford, Megan Sr Defender Franklin
VanLandingham, Ashley Jr Midfielder TC Roberson
Ward, Savannah So Forward Burns
Witherspoon, Ashley Sr Midfielder Kings Mountain
Wyatt, Kelsey Jr Goalkeeper Enka

REGION 8 1AFirst Name Last Name Class Position School
Carmelitha Almond M Cherryville
Larie Bailey F Central Academy
Maren Brown So M Highland Tech
Kaitlyn Faassen Sr F Central Academy
Kendall Gowen Sr F Cherryville
Hannah Hill Sr M Central Academy
Summer Hilton Sr M Central Academy
Meredith Hinson Jr M Highland Tech
Olivia Kennedy Jr D Highland Tech
Katie Kennell Sr F Highland Tech
Danielle Soto Sr D Cherryville
Marina Terry Sr G Highland Tech
Laura Webb Sr G Cherryville

First Name Last Name Class Position School
Kelsey Amico So Defender North Lincoln
Katelyn Baucom Sr Midfield Forest Hills
Kasi Benskin Jr Forward East Lincoln
Larissa Bonilla Fr Forward Lincolnton
Amanda Comer Jr Forward South Iredell
Brooke Corley Sr Forward Forest Hills
Casey Enderlein So Midfield Mount Pleasant
Rebekka Glass Jr Midfield East Lincoln
Ashley Irwin Sr Defender Forest Hills
Madeleine Kern Sr Keeper Monroe
Ashley Lail Sr Forward South Iredell
Amanda Lavook Fr Forward Mount Pleasant
Allison Malo Jr Defender South Iredell
Olga Nino Jr Midfield Lincolnton
Monserrat Perez Sr Midfield Lincolnton
Beth Pittman Sr Midfield West Lincoln
Hannah Potter Jr Midfield Forest Hills
Michelle Procanyn Sr Forward Mount Pleasant
Adriane Reavis Fr Midfield East Lincoln
Chelsea Tate Sr Midfield East Lincoln
Brittany Thomas Jr Midfield Forest Hills
Jennifer Torres Fr Defender Mount Pleasant

Monday, June 1, 2009

Ardrey Kell baseball goes back to N.C. 4A finals

Ardrey Kell beat North Davidson 5-3 Monday to advance to its second straight N.C. 4A championship.

The Knights, who lost the first game of a best-of-three series at home, won two straight games at North Davidson on Saturday and Monday.

Coach Hal Bagwell's team will face Raleigh Sanderson in the championship round at N.C. State. The best-of-3 series begins Friday.

Here is the schedule.
Game 1: Friday, June 5 at 8 p.m.; Game 2: Saturday, June 6 at 2 pm; Game
3: if necessary, Saturday, June 6 at 8 pm (5 pm if no third game in 3-A)

NCHSAA honors academic achievements

CHAPEL HILL — More than 15,000 individual awards have been given by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association to student-athletes for their achievements in the classroom as well as on the playing court or athletic field.

The NCHSAA made the awards in its Scholar-Athlete program, which includes recognition of varsity teams which attain certain grades as well as individual athletes.

Individual Scholar-Athletes attained at least a 3.5 grade point average for the semester in which he or she competed.

For the fall semester of 2009, a total of 8,163 student-athletes were nominated by NCHSAA member schools and qualified for this award.

In the team division, a varsity team earns Scholar-Athlete recognition by attaining a 3.1 aggregate GPA on a straight 4.0 scale for that designated semester. A total of 476 varsity teams and 6,930 individual athletes from across the state achieved this distinction.

The team achieving the highest grade point average in the state in its particular sport receives a plaque.

Alexander Central and Ashe County grabbed three team awards each while Clayton and North Lincoln each won two team awards.

"We are very proud of the achievements of the students involved in our Scholar-Athlete program," said Charlie Adams, executive director of the NCHSAA. "We think this is definite proof that we have a tremendous number of athletes that are playing sports and also succeeding in the classroom."


Fall and Winter Sports (Fall Semester 2008)

Ashe County Football 3.270

Alexander Central Volleyball 3.780

Clayton Cheerleading 3.688

Davie County Men's Soccer 3.418

South Point Men's Swimming 3.850

Alexander Central Women's Cross Country 3.920

Walter Williams Men's Cross Country 3.602

Alexander Central Women's Golf 3.850

Ashe County Women's Tennis 3.835

White Oak Women's Swimming 3.837

North Lincoln Wrestling 3.392

Ashe County Women's Basketball 3.806

Hopewell Men's Basketball 3.562

North Lincoln Women's Indoor Track 3.651

Clayton Men's Indoor Track 3.560

-- From an NCHSAA press release

Baseball, softball state championship pairings/schedules

Walnut Creek Softball Complex, Raleigh

Fuquay-Varina (20-4) vs. New Bern (17-7), Friday at 5 p.m. (Field 1)
Alexander Central (28-1) vs. North Davidson (28-1), Friday at 5 p.m. (Field
Winners' bracket final Friday at 7:30 pm (Field 1)
Elimination game Friday at 7:30 pm (Field 2)
Losers' bracket final Saturday at 11 am (Field 1)
Championship game Saturday at 1:30 pm (Field 1); if needed, a second game
will follow at 4 pm

Erwin Triton (24-4) vs. Pikeville Charles B. Aycock (25-2), Friday at 5 p.m.
(Field 3)
Southwestern Randolph (27-1) vs. Asheville T.C. Roberson (28-2) Friday at 5
pm (Field 4)
Winners' bracket final Friday at 7:30 pm (Field 3)
Elimination game Friday at 7:30 pm (Field 4)
Losers' bracket final Saturday at 11 am (Field 2)
Championship game Saturday at 1:30 pm (Field 2); if needed, a second game
will follow at 4 pm

West Stokes (21-6) vs. Richlands (26-0), Friday at 5 pm (Field 8)
Black Mountain Charles D. Owen (21-5) vs. Central Davidson (18-7), Friday at
5 pm (Field 9)
Winners' bracket final Friday at 7:30 pm (Field 8)
Elimination game Friday at 7:30 pm (Field 9)
NOTE: West Stokes has graduation ceremonies Saturday at 2 p.m. Saturday
game times are subject to change.
Losers' bracket final Saturday at 11 am (Field 4)
Championship game Saturday at 1:30 pm (Field 4); if needed, a second game
will follow at 4 pm

North Johnston (21-4) vs. Jamesville (15-4), Friday at 5 pm (Field 6)
Swain County (21-6) vs. East Surry (27-2), Friday at 5 pm (Field 7)
Winners' bracket final Friday at 7:30 pm (Field 6)
Elimination game Friday at 7:30 pm (Field 7)
Losers' bracket final Saturday at 11 am (Field 3)
Championship game Saturday at 1:30 pm (Field 3); if needed, a second game
will follow at 4 pm

all series best of three games

Game 1: Friday, June 5 at 8 p.m.; Game 2: Saturday, June 6 at 2 pm; Game
3: if necessary, Saturday, June 6 at 8 pm (5 pm if no third game in 3-A)

Game 1: Friday, June 5, 8 pm.; Game 2: Saturday, June 6, 2 pm; Game 3: if
necessary, Saturday, June 6 at 8 pm (5 pm if no third game in 1-A)

Game 1: Friday, June 5, 5 pm; Game 2: Saturday, June 6, 11 am; Game 3: if
necessary, Saturday, June 6, 5 pm

Game 1: Friday, June 5 at 5 pm.; Game 2: Saturday, June 6 at 11 am; Game 3:
if necessary, Saturday, June 6 at 5 pm

Best football teams in Carolinas: Byrnes & Butler?

Butler head coach Mike Newsome talks with some of his players before a practice last summer. (Staff file photo)

MaxPreps has released its preseason top 25 poll. Duncan Byrnes (SC) is No. 2. Butler is listed among "the last five teams left out."

No other Carolinas teams are ranked.

Byrnes is no surprise. The Rebels have several nationally ranked players on the roster, including running back Marcus Lattimore, who was MaxPrep's national junior player of the year last season.

Not sure what's in the water down in Duncan, a town of 2,870 people about 76 miles from Charlotte and 15 miles from Greenville. But the tiny town keeps putting out great football teams and talent.

MaxPreps figures that Butler, despite losing twice to rival Independence last season, is going to be a little better than the Patriots this season. Butler will have plenty of talent back and perhaps the best team in school history, something we seem to be saying about Butler about every other year now.

The talent is deep in Matthews and maybe this is year Butler breaks out and reaches a state championship.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.