Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tuesday's high school highlights

Hopewell beat Lake Norman 25-14, 22-25, 25-7, 25-18 in the second round of the N.C. 4A volleyball playoffs Tuesday.

The Titans (22-5) were led by Adrian Eppley (29 assists, three aces), Chaniel Nelson (eight blocks, eight kills), Hannah Early (seven blocks, eight kills), Rachel Eppley (11 kills, 35 digs) and Hunter Meakin (24 digs). Lake Norman finished 17-10.

-- Charlotte Catholic swept China Grove Carson 25-15, 25-11, 25-14 in the N.C. 3A second round. Kelsey Newman led the Cougars (22-5) with 17 kills, seven aces and 16 digs.

-- Blair Atkinson’s 34 assists helped North Mecklenburg sweep Mallard Creek 25-14, 25-16, 25-13 in a 4A second-round playoffs. Sarah Wiese (13 kills, 12 digs), Ali Cooke (12 kills and 15 digs) and Bailey Williams (11 digs) played well for the Vikings (23-2).

Girls’ Golf

-- Katherine Perry (Raleigh Athens Drive) shot a two-under par 71 to rally and win the N.C. 4A individual championship at West Course at Foxfire Golf and Country Club. She passed Ardrey Kell’s Allison Emrey, the defending champion, who had a two-shot lead after the first round Monday.

Perry (73-71) shot a 144, four strokes better than Emrey and freshman Sara Bae (Athens Drive). North Mecklenburg junior Katie Kirk (149) finished fourth.

Perry and Bae helped Athens Drive come from eight shots back to catch Ardrey Kell and win its second straight team championship. Athens Drive (458) won by nine strokes.

Mecklenburg County’s other top finishers were Ardrey Kell’s Elisha Zhang (159, 11th place) and Allyson Markiewicz (160, 12th), and Butler’s Samantha Wallace (166, 18th).

-- West Henderson’s Kayla Scuipider won the N.C. 1A/2A/3A individual championship at the Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines. Her two-day score of 149 (74-75) was three shots ahead of Gastonia Ashbrook’s Megan Burnham, who had Tuesday’s best round with a 72, and Andrea Robbins (Climax Providence Grove).

West Henderson rallied from eight shots down after the first round to score a 509 and win by eight shots over first-day leader Salisbury. Hampstead Topsail (521) was third.

-- Concord Cannon’s Brianna Ratté, a junior who lives in Huntersville, was named the Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association player of the year, following an undefeated season.

Field Hockey

-- Top seed Charlotte Latin improved to 15-0 with a 3-1 victory against Greensboro Day in the NCISAA quarterfinals. Caroline Waters, Callie Kennedy and McKay Kirkland scored for Latin, which will play Raleigh Ravenscroft (9-9) in a semifinal Friday at Durham Academy.

-- Charlotte Country Day’s Caroline Plyler and Loren Shealy scored in a 2-0 victory against Cary Academy in the NCISAA quarterfinals. The second seed Bucs (12-2), who got a shutout from Alison Dillard, will play Durham Academy (13-3) in the semifinal Friday.

Boys’ Soccer

Charlotte Latin, the state’s top-ranked private school team, beat Providence Day 5-0. Jonathan Grad and Brandon Jordi scored two goals apiece, Michael Grace scored one and Johnny Shea and Spencer Hurteau shared the shutout in net for the Hawks (20-1-1)

Basketball

Charlotte Christian’s Anthony Gill, a 6-foot-8 junior forward, committed to South Carolina, his father, also named Anthony Gill, said.

- Cliff Mehrtens and Langston Wertz Jr.

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