Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Charlotte Latin tops national soccer poll

Charlotte Latin capped its state championship season with a first-place finish atop the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.

Latin (20-0) was one of three Carolinas schools in the top 12, along with No.2 Wando, S.C., (26-0-1) and No.12 Marvin Ridge (24-0).

North Carolina, along with Pennsylvania and Illinois, led all states with two teams in the top 12.

-- Ryan Wood

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Catholic rugby dominates region

Last season, the Charlotte Catholic rugby team set a goal: win the state title. They accomplished it and also won the south regional tournament, earning them a spot in the national high school rugby tournament in Pittsburgh.

The Cougars failed to win a game, though, and finished eighth.

This season, they set a new goal: win at least one game at the national tournament. After dominating their competition on the way to a perfect regular season and winning all three games at the USA Rugby South High School Championship at Furman University, Charlotte Catholic won their first game of the USA Rugby Boys' High School Championship and finished the season fourth in the nation.

Last year "we didn't really know what we were getting ourselves into," said head coach Brendan Keane, who started the program six years ago when he began teaching at Catholic. "It's a totally different level from what you see in Charlotte or even in the South. We were unprepared."

"This year we were much better prepared," he said.

The Cougars, who were the sixth seed coming into the tournament, won their first game against Snow Canyon High School, the No. 2 seed, 17-12. In the second round, they lost to eventual national champion Xavier High School (N.Y.), the oldest varsity rugby program in the country.

Juniors Nick Funck and Jake Finger were selected to the USA Rugby High School All-Americans player pool.

"Winning is a really big tradition here at Catholic," said Finger, 17. "You always hear about people winning state championships or regional championships and stuff like that but it's not too often that you get to go to a national championship and not only compete but win and hang in there with the top programs in the nation."

The Cougars faced little resistance during league play in the North Carolina High School Rugby Association. The NCHSRA, which started last year, is mostly made up of teams from the Charlotte area, including Myers Park, Berry Academy, West Mecklenburg, East Mecklenburg, Providence, Concord, North Mecklenburg in addition to Catholic. Hoke County High is the only non-Charlotte-area school that competes in the NCHSRA.

Catholic went 7-0 in the regular season, outscoring opponents 276 to 51 with three shutouts, giving them the NCHSRA state championship and qualifying them for the South championships. The Cougars weren't able to compete in the state tournament because it was the same weekend as the regional finals. West Mecklenburg won the state tournament title.

Keane, 30, credited his team's success to their commitment on and off the field.

"The biggest thing is the time and effort that the kids put in to practice," he said. "The fact that they take it as seriously as they do. And they listen. They listen to what they're supposed to be doing, and they want to achieve at that next level."

Funck, 18, said the coaches played a large part in the team's run to nationals.

"We've got the best coaches," he said. "Coach Keane is a young coach, so he can still run around with us."

Funck also said some parents and other coaches from the Charlotte Rugby Club help out during the season.

"They know every little detail about rugby," said Funck.

Keane, who played rugby at Appalachian State and for 10 years with the Charlotte Rugby Club before retiring last year, said the South Charlotte U15 Rugby Club is also a big part of the team's success. Many of his players also played for the club team so they come in with background on the sport. Funck started playing rugby in eighth grade for the U15, and Finger started playing when he was in sixth grade.

With just one senior leaving this year, Keane expects to bring an experienced team back next year. They haven't set their goals for next season yet, but Keane plans to put the bar a little higher.

"I think we put ourselves in a good position to move up that ladder and come home with some trophies next year," he said.

-- Corey Inscoe

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Decision on Butler QB LeMay expected within 2 weeks

Facing a possible out-of-school suspension for up to 30 days, Butler quarterback Christian LeMay met with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' officials for about an hour Monday morning, his father told the Observer.

Stacy LeMay said it was the second time his family had met with school officials after Christian violated a CMS code of conduct rule last week. If Christian were to receive the full suspension, which would begin at the start of the 2010-11 school year in August, he would be forced to sit out from football until mid- to late October.

Stacy LeMay said CMS will have a decision on his son's future within two weeks.

In a statement released to the media, the LeMay family said Christian had made an error in judgement but did not specify what rule he had violated.

Christian LeMay, who turned 18 last weekend, is ranked as the No. 2 college quarterback prospect in the nation and as high as the nation's No. 12 overall player by recruiting services. He threw for more than 3,000 yards and 44 touchdowns, against only two interceptions, and led Butler to an undefeated season and a state title in 2009. He has committed to Georgia.

Stacy LeMay said the family has not spoken to Georgia coaches since the incident but planned to do so.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

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Harding coach Jeremy Buck takes East Meck job

East Mecklenburg athletics director Ec Little said the school has hired Harding's Jeremy Buck to replace Greg Hill as the school's football coach.

Buck will start Wednesday, when the Eagles start summer workouts.

This is Buck's second head coaching job. He coached Harding to a 4-8 record last season and was defensive coordinator at Vance prior to that.

At East Meck, he replaces Greg Hill, who helped establish the Eagles as a regional power before leaving for Gastonia Ashbrook this spring.

Harding is without a football coach as summer workouts begin this week. The school is also looking for an athletics director.

Providence star signs with Catawba

Providence High wide receiver Jarrid McKinney is signing with Catawba, coach Randy Long. It was his first year playing varsity football.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Butler's Cierra Burdick makes USA World team for 2nd straight season

Butler High All-American Cierra Burdick will play for her country for the second straight season.

Burdick was the only Carolinas player picked for the USA Basketball U17 World Championship team that will play in the FIBA U17 World Championships July 16-25 in France.

Burdick won a gold medal with the USA U16 team last season.

A 6-2 rising senior committed to Tennessee, Burdick averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds last season, leading Butler to its first N.C. 4A state championship. She was named co-N.C. Associated Press player of the year with Gastonia Forestview’s Shannon Smith and the Observer’s regional player of the year. Burdick was also named a Parade All-American.

She’ll remain in Colorado, training with the US team, through June 15. The team will train in Washington July 5-7 and later play several practice games in Spain before going to Rodez, France, for its first tournament game July 16 against France.

The team is coached by Wingate coach Barbara Nelson.

Butler girls' coach receives 365-day suspension

Former Butler girls' basketball coach Stephanie Butler, who led the Bulldogs to the 2010 N.C. 4A championship, cannot coach at a N.C. public school until the 2011-12 season.

In late May, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools relieved Butler of her coaching duties after an investigation determined the coach had violated a local policy for recruiting. CMS banned Butler from ever coaching at another CMS school.

Que Tucker, deputy commissioner of the N.C. High School Athletic Association, said based on facts turned up by CMS, Butler was also in violation of an NCHSAA rule preventing coaches from having undue influence over student-athletes. Tucker said because of the violation, Butler could not coach at an NCHSAA school for 365 days.

Tucker said Butler was notified by letter and could re-apply for her coaching status at the end of the 12-month suspension. That means that Butler could not coach a public school again until the 2011-2012 season begins in November 2011.

Tucker said it was the second time the NCHSAA had administered the year-long suspension. Maurice Flowers, then coaching at West Charlotte, was given a 365-day suspension after a similar CMS investigation, during the 2007 season, into athletic eligibility led to penalties, suspensions and forfeits.

Flowers coached at Chester (S.C.) High in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He resigned recently to pursue his master's degree.

Butler High will suffer no penalties because no member of the state championship team was involved in the events that led to coach Butler's removal, CMS officials said, and coach Butler will keep her job as a physical education teacher.
Coach Butler did not return calls seeking comment.

A group of supporters for coach Butler have started a petition to get her reinstated and several spoke at the school board meeting earlier this week. Many feel her penalty was too harsh.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Butler QB LeMay to face possible suspension

Butler High quarterback Christian LeMay, one of the nation's top college football recruits, could miss more than half of the 2010 regular season.

LeMay is accused of breaking a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' code of conduct rule, which could bring an out-of-school suspension that could last up to 30 days, sources said. He has a hearing Monday at the CMS East Learning Center.

CMS starts classes on Aug. 25. A 30-day suspension would keep LeMay off the field until October. Butler is scheduled to play 11 regular-season games. Seven are before an Oct. 15 game at Ardrey Kell.

LeMay, who has committed to Georgia, is generally considered one of the nation's top three recruits at quarterback. National recruiting website MaxPreps, which named LeMay its national junior of the year last season, ranks LeMay the No. 12 overall player in the class of 2011.

LeMay threw for more than 3,000 yards and 44 touchdowns with only two interceptions last season, leading Butler to a N.C. 4AA championship. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 2 nationally in preseason by MaxPreps.

Reached by phone Thursday night, Butler coach Mike Newsome and LeMay's father, Stacy, declined comment.

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Division I recruit Bernard Sullivan transfers from North Meck to Davidson Day

Bernard Sullivan, a 6-foot-8 rising senior basketball player, is leaving North Mecklenburg and will enroll at private Davidson Day, his father told the Observer.

“Bernard is more comfortable with it,” his father, Bernard Sr., said. “We thought it was good for Bernard at this time.”

Sullivan will join Keith Belfield, a 6-6 wing guard who transferred from Concord Cannon. Belfield has offers from Charlotte, Furman, Liberty, Presbyterian and Richmond plus interest from Appalachian State, Davidson, Georgia, Virginia Tech and William & Mary.

Sullivan was a three-time all-conference player at North Mecklenburg and he made three straight Charlotte Observer All-Mecklenburg teams. Sullivan has serious interest from Charlotte, Clemson, Davidson, Georgia, Harvard, Penn State, South Carolina, South Florida, Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth.

Two weeks ago, Sullivan made the 17U All-Tournament team at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in Chapel Hill, playing against some of the best players in the nation. Sullivan averaged 22.5 points during the tournament.

“Hands down, he’s definitely a better ballplayer than he was during the high school season,” said Sullivan's AAU coach, Kevin Ligon of Team Charlotte. “His ability to be more physical and dominating in the paint has dispelled rumors he was only interested on playing on the perimeter, but his ballhandling has improved drastically. He looks more natural facing the basket, but he’s definitely a force on the block now. He goes to meet the rim with bad intentions.”

At Davidson Day, Sullivan will join a team that was 22-7 and reached the N.C. 1A state quarterfinals before losing to eventual state champion United Faith.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Two of nation's top 4 prep football players from Charlotte-area

Two of the nation’s top five college football prospects will play in the Charlotte-area next season, and three of the top six are from the Carolinas.

MaxPreps, a high school recruiting website, released its top 10 players for the 2010 season Wednesday.

Running back James Wilder of Plant (FL) was No. 1, followed by Rock Hill South Pointe defensive end Jadeveon Clowney at No. 2. Several services rank Clowney as the nation’s top prospect.

Anson Senior linebacker Stephone Anthony was No. 4, and Goose Creek (S.C.) offensive lineman Brandon Shell was No. 6.

Also in MaxPreps top 100: Asheville defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan (No. 11); Butler QB Christian LeMay (No. 12); Mallard Creek QB Marquise Williams (No. 25); Wade Hampton (SC) receiver Hakeem Flowers (No. 52); Dorman (SC) receiver Charon Peake (No. 62); Lake City (SC) running back Shon Carson (No. 67).

-- As expected, Butler is No. 2 in MaxPreps preseason top 25 high school football poll. Rock Hill Northwestern is No. 18. No other Carolina teams appear. The preseason No. 1 team is Trinity (TX).

Two Meck. Co. players selected in MLB Amateur Draft

Charlotte Christian outfielder Ty Linton was selected in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Linton, who signed to play football at North Carolina, hit .448 with 10 home runs and 43 RBIs for the Knights this season.

Linton was the 421st overall player drafted.

Ardrey Kell’s Jack Reinheimer, a shortstop, was drafted in the 31st round by Atlanta. He was the 944th overall pick.

Reinheimer, signed to East Carolina, hit. 378 with three home runs and 28 RBIs this season.

Other N.C. high school selections: James Baldwin, Pinecrest, CF (No. 142 to Dodgers); Pikeville Aycock shortstop Connor Narron (Orioles, No. 148); Northwood pitcher Austin Brice (Marlins, No. 287); Hickory pitcher Tyler Barnette (Red Sox, No. 293); West Brunswick pitcher Jeff Gause (Indians, No. 750); Jamestown Ragsdale outfielder Desean Anderson (Red Sox, No. 923); Graham catcher Matthew Roberts (Diamondbacks, No. 1141); Skyland Roberson shortstop Joel McKeithan (Rockies, No. 1190); Wilmington Hoggard outfielder Jeff Bouton (Nationals, No. 1346).

-- Former Myers Park pitcher Tom Girdwood (class of ’07) was selected by the Twins in the 15th round. He played three years at Elon. He was the 465th pick overall.

Alexander Central softball pitcher named Gatorade NC Player of the year

The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, today announced Chelsea Wilkinson of Alexander Central High School as its 2009-10 Gatorade North Carolina Softball Player of the Year. Wilkinson is the first Gatorade North Carolina Softball Player of the Year to be chosen from Alexander Central High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Wilkinson as North Carolina’s best high school softball player.

Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year award announced in June, Wilkinson joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Alicia Hollowell (2000-01, Fairfield HS, Calif.), Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central HS, Ill.), Abby Wambach (1997-98, Our Lady of Mercy, N.Y.), Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.), Angela Tincher (2002-03, James River HS, Va.) and Kenzie Fowler (2006-07, Canyon del Oro HS, Ariz.).

The 5-foot-10 sophomore right-handed pitcher posted a 27-2 record with a 0.37 ERA and 349 strikeouts in 172 innings this past season, leading the Cougars (27-2) to the third round of the Class 4A playoffs. A National Fastpitch Coaches Association Second Team All-America selection, Wilkinson also batted .333 with 27 RBI. She was the Class 4A Pitcher of the Year in 2009, when she led the Cougars to a state championship.

Wilkinson has maintained a weighted 3.99 GPA in the classroom. Also a talented musician, she has volunteered locally on behalf of Christmas toy drives for needy children.

“She’s very poised, very accurate and very, very difficult to hit,” said Gene Poindexter, head coach of Central Davidson High, which played Alexander this season. “She has great control of three or four different pitches, and her rise ball is amazing.”

Wilkinson will begin her junior year of high school this fall.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by ESPN RISE and the Gatorade high school sports leadership team, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

Wilkinson joins recent Gatorade North Carolina Softball Players of the Year Tisha Mahon (2008-09, North Davidson), Chelsea Leonard (2007-08, Central Davidson) and Ashton Ward (2006-07, Butler) among the state’s list of former award winners.

-- Gatorade Media Release

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Former Carolina Panther Deveron Harper is new football coach at Waddell High

Deveron Harper is the new football coach at Waddell, athletics director Phil Williams said.

Harper, 32, who is from Orangeburg, S.C., played four seasons for the NFL's Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints. Harper played in college for Lou Holtz at Notre Dame.

Williams said Harper will teach communications, technology and electronics at Waddell. He replaces Quintin Hines, who coached Waddell for two years, and is now at Northside Christian.

"It's the best public relations coup we could have since (S.C. prep coaching legend) Bennie McMurray was hired to be the first coach at Waddell," Williams said. "A coach like McMurray had instant credibility and a guy like Harper has instant credibility. That's a big windfall for Waddell. He's just a great guy. He played in the league which has a lot of appeal to kids."

Harper began his NFL career as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Panthers in 2000. He played two seasons and sat out of football in 2002. He joined the Saints in 2003. He was a three-year starter at Notre Dame. He played high school ball at Orangeburg-Wilkinson.

Waddell's hire leaves only East Mecklenburg as the only CMS school without a head football coach. Summer workouts begin next week.

Monday, June 7, 2010

East Meck girls basketball coach Brady Monismith resigns

East Mecklenburg girls basketball coach Brady Monismith has resigned. He said this has been planned for awhile.

“My wife was pregnant last July,” he said, “and I told my AD and principal at the beginning of the school year that this was probably going to be it for me, because I wanted to go to grad school and take time with my family and be a good Dad.”

Monismith will remain at East Mecklenburg as a health and PE teacher, Eagles athletics director Ec Little said.

East hopes to name a replacement by the end of the month.

Monismith, 30, coached at East Meck for six years. His team made two Western Regional championship appearances and played in the N.C. 4A state semifinals last season.

“I’ve already applied at Wingate for (the masters in) adminsitration,” Monismith said. “But I could see myself getting back into coaching but I don’t know when or in what regard.”

Wachovia Cup final standings

CHAPEL HILL -- Wachovia, a Wells Fargo company, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, today announced the final standings in the Wachovia Conference Cup competitions for the 2009-2010 sports season.

The Wachovia Cup award, sponsored by Wachovia and the NCHSAA, recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications, primarily based on performance in postseason play. Wachovia has sponsored the conference awards program since 1980.

The Wachovia Conference Cup, formerly known as the Wachovia Trophy, is a companion to the Wachovia Cup. The Conference Cup is given to schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performances within each of the NCHSAA's conferences.

In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points. Conferences are listed alphabetically by classification.

Class 1-A Conference Results:

Carolina 1-A: A dominating spring season with championships in baseball, women’s track and soccer, and men’s tennis enabled Rosewood to pass Princeton and win the Conference Cup. Princeton finishes as the runner up despite championships in men’s track and softball. Conference Standings: Rosewood 67.5, Princeton 55, Ayden-Grifton 48, Goldsboro 43, Spring Creek 42, North Duplin 29.5.

Coastal Plains 1-A: Dixon held off the rest of the league to win the Conference Cup, thanks to a conference title in baseball. Southwest Onslow finished in second, capturing championships in women’s soccer, men’s golf, and women’s track. Lejeune and East Carteret tied for third. Conference Standings: Dixon 700, Southwest Onslow 615, Lejeune 505, East Carteret 505, Jones 410, Pamlico 410.

Four Rivers 1-A: Williamston vaulted past Manteo to win the Conference Cup, thanks to championships in men’s and women’s track. Manteo wound up in second with a second-place finish in baseball. Perquimans remained third, finishing first in baseball and second in men’s and women’s track. Conference Standings: Williamston 126, Manteo 121, Perquimans 100.5, Northside 96.5, Southside 74.5, Camden 74.5, Roanoke 64.5, Plymouth 52.5.

Smoky Mountain 1-A: The top three teams remained unchanged from the winter as Murphy took the Conference Cup with league titles in women’s track and baseball. Robbinsville is the runner up, finishing first in men’s track. Hayesville finished second in baseball, but third overall. Conference Standings: Murphy 167, Robbinsville 151, Hayesville 150, Swain 146, Andrews 108.5, Rosman 98.5, Cherokee 95, Hiwassee Dam 80.5, Highlands 72, Blue Ridge 50.5, Nantahala 28.

Tar Roanoke 1-A: Championships in both men’s and women’s track earned North Edgecombe the Conference Cup. Gates County ended up in second despite conference crowns in baseball and softball. Conference Standings: North Edgecombe 475, Gates County 415, Northampton-East 405, Kipp Pride 400, Southeast Halifax 365, Weldon 300, Northampton-West 295.

Tideland 1-A: With a championship in softball, Jamesville jumped all the way from third to first to capture the Conference Cup. Creswell tied with previous leader Cape Hatteras for second in the conference. Conference Standings: Jamesville 32.5, Creswell 26.3, Cape Hatteras 26.3, Bear Grass 25, Columbia 25, Mattamuskeet 24.3, Ocracoke 2.

Tri-County 1-A: Pender held on to its substantial lead after the winter season, adding a championship in women’s soccer. There was a shake up in the rest of the conference as Trask moved from sixth place to second due to championships in men’s and women’s track, and baseball. Midway grabbed third place after league titles in softball and men’s golf, moving all the way from the last spot in the conference. Conference Standings: Pender 78, Heide Trask 72.5, Midway 66, Wallace-Rose Hill 62, Union 58.5, Hobbton 56.5, Lakewood 51, James Kenan 50.5.

Yadkin Valley 1-A: East Montgomery, aided by a championship in men’s tennis, held off the rest of the field to capture the Conference Cup. Albemarle and South Stanly both moved up a spot as Albemarle earned second place and South Stanly third with conference crowns in baseball and softball. Conference Standings: East Montgomery 630, Albemarle 580, South Stanly 572.5, Chatham Central 565, North Moore 550, West Montgomery 550, Gray Stone Day 542.5, North Rowan 515, South Davidson 380.

Class 1-A/2-A Conference Results:

Carolina 9 1-A/2-A: North Carolina School of Science and Math was able to pass Northwood in the conference standings and take the Conference Cup due to championships in men’s tennis and women’s track. Northwood finished first in both baseball and softball. Third-place Cedar Ridge captured first in men’s track and second in baseball. Conference Standings: NCSSM 111, Northwood 109.5, Cedar Ridge 105, Carrboro 101, Durham School of the Arts 80.5, South Granville 61, Raleigh Charter 60.5, Granville Charter 55.5, River Mill Academy 28.

Mountain Valley 1-A/2-A: Starmount kept its first place form, winning a league title in men’s track and finishing second in softball. Forbush barely held onto second place with championships in women’s soccer and softball, as Wilkes Central closed the gap thanks to first-place finishes in baseball, and men’s tennis and golf. Conference Standings: Starmount 122, Forbush 116.5, Wilkes Central 116, West Wilkes 97.5, Ashe 93.5, Elkin 92.5, East Wilkes 80, Alleghany 63.5, North Wilkes 53.5.

Northwest 1-A/2-A: Conference crowns in men’s golf and women’s track kept Bishop McGuinness atop the conference, winning the Conference Cup. West Stokes finished second after a excellent spring season with ties for first in both women’s soccer and softball. Conference Standings: Bishop McGuinness 130, West Stokes 109.5, Surry Central 102, Mount Airy 96, East Surry 89, South Stokes 85, North Surry 78, North Stokes 64.5, Winston Salem Prep 34.

Rocky River 1-A/2-A: Piedmont increased its winter lead and captured the Conference Cup, winning a championship in women’s soccer and runner-up finishes in baseball and men’s golf. West Stanly secured second place, finishing first in baseball and softball. Cuthbertson passed North Stanly to finish third, thanks to a championship in women’s track. Conference Standings: Piedmont 132, West Stanly 109.5, Cuthbertson 107, North Stanly 92, Central Academy 81.5, Berry Academy 76, Forest Hills 76, Monroe 65, Union Academy 55.

Southern Piedmont 1-A/2-A: East Lincoln won the Conference Cup after fending off North Lincoln, who came in a close second thanks to a fantastic spring season. Lincolnton remained in third, maintaining its lead over fourth-place West Lincoln. Conference Standings: East Lincoln 209, North Lincoln 204, Lincolnton 182, West Lincoln 166, Highland Tech 156, Cherryville 136, Bessemer City 89, Challenger 82.

Three Rivers 1-A/2-A: The top three teams after the winter season remained unchanged, as St. Paul’s captured the Conference Cup. Fairmont maintained its second place lead over South Robeson, who broke the tie with East Columbus for sole possession of third. Conference Standings: St. Paul’s 66, Fairmont 50, South Robeson 49, East Columbus 46, Red Spring 43, West Columbus 27.

Western Highlands 1-A/2-A: Championships in softball and baseball as well as a second-place finish in women’s track earned the Conference Cup for Owen. Polk County moved into a tie for second with Hendersonville with titles in women’s track and a tie for first with Owen in baseball. Hendersonville finished first in both men’s track and tennis. Conference Standings: Owen 191, Hendersonville 186, Polk County 186, Mountain Heritage 165, Avery County 148.5, Madison 121.5, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy 115.5, Mitchell 103.

Class 2-A Conference Results:

Catawba Valley 2-A: Newton-Conover maintained its lead and edged out Bandys for the Conference Cup with a league title in men’s tennis. Bandys finished first in softball and women’s track. Draughn wound up in third after a third-place finish in men’s golf. Conference Standings: Newton-Conover 98.5, Bandys 96, J.C. Draughn 90.5, East Burke 79.5, Maiden 78.5, South Iredell 73.5, Bunker Hill 69.2, West Caldwell 54.8.

Central Carolina 2-A: Salisbury dominated the spring season with championships in men’s golf, tennis, and track, and women’s soccer and track to win the Conference Cup. West Davidson held off Central Davidson to finish in second, despite Central Davidson finishing first in baseball and softball. Conference Standings: Salisbury 164, West Davidson 144.5, Central Davidson 144, East Davidson 129, Lexington 115.5, Thomasville 96.

East Central 2-A: A stellar spring season including championships in men’s and women’s tennis, men’s golf, and softball vaulted Topsail to the top spot in the conference to win the Conference Cup. Swansboro placed second with conference crowns in women’s soccer and track. Croatan dropped to third, finishing closely behind Swansboro. Conference Standings: Topsail 186, Swansboro 173.5, Croatan 172.5, East Duplin 164.5, Richlands 160.5, Clinton 146, South Lenoir 46, Northside 126.

Eastern Plains 2-A: Conference crowns in men’s track and softball helped Beddingfield hold its first-place position and win the Conference Cup. Farmville Central snapped its second-place tie with North Pitt, taking sole possession of the runner-up spot. North Pitt finished third despite second-place finishes in men’s and women’s track. Conference Standings: Beddingfield 83, Farmville Central 67, North Pitt 65, Kinston 64, Tarboro 58, SouthWest Edgecombe 53.5, Greene Central 49.5.

Mid-State 2-A: Consistently strong performances in every sports season this year enabled Jordan-Matthews to take the Conference Cup. Reidsville overtook Bartlett Yancey to finish second in the conferenc,e thanks to championships in men’s track and golf. Bartlett Yancey was third after championships in women’s soccer and softball. Conference Standings: Jordan-Matthews 74.5, Reidsville 70.5, Bartlett Yancey 69, Providence Grove 64, Eastern Randolph 59.5, Graham 56, Cummings 47.

Northern Carolina 2-A: Roanoke Rapids dominated the field, including championships in men’s tennis and softball, and captured the Conference Cup. Jumping from fourth place into second, North Johnston moved up thanks to league crowns in men’s golf and tennis, softball, and baseball. Franklinton dropped a spot to third, despite a championship in women’s soccer. Conference Standings: Roanoke Rapids 87, North Johnston 75, Franklinton 73, Bunn 71.5, Louisburg 65.5, Warren County 36.5, Northwest Halifax 18.

Piedmont 2-A: The top three teams remained unchanged after the spring season, as Trinity grabbed the Conference Cup with championships in men’s golf and tennis, and women’s soccer. Randleman finished second with league titles in softball and baseball. Wheatmore closed out the top teams with a tie for first in men’s tennis with Trinity. Conference Standings: Trinity 90, Randleman 74.5, Wheatmore 66, High Point Andrews 60.5, Carver 32.5, Atkins 29.5.

Class 2-A/3-A Conference Results:

Appalachian Athletic 2-A/3-A: West Henderson captured the Conference Cup with a spring championship in women’s track. Tuscola, who finished first in baseball and women’s soccer, ended in a tie for second with Franklin, who captured a championship in men’s track. Conference Standings: West Henderson 775, Tuscola 730, Franklin 730, Brevard 540, Pisgah 535, North Henderson 520, Smoky Mountain 490, East Henderson 475.

Northeastern Coastal 2-A/3-A: First-place finishes in men’s golf and tennis and women’s soccer secured the Conference Cup for First Flight. Northeastern finished as the runner up and Currituck held third, thanks to championships in men’s and women’s track. Conference Standings: First Flight 99, Northeastern 85, Currituck 82, Edenton Holmes 73, Pasquotank 59, Hertford County 49, Bertie 39.

South Mountain 2-A/3-A: A women’s soccer championship and also one in men’s tennis earned Shelby the top spot in the conference and the Conference Cup. Patton moved up from third and finishes as the runner up while R-S Central was also able to jump up a spot to take third with a conference crown in softball. Conference Standings: Shelby 93.5, Patton 89.5, R-S Central 77, Freedom 75.5, East Rutherford 57, Burns 55.5, Chase 50.

Waccamaw 2-A/3-A: A solid spring season that included championships in baseball and softball helped West Brunswick keep its first-place lead and win the Conference Cup. South Brunswick secured second with league titles in men’s golf and tennis, and women’s soccer and track. Finishing in third was North Brunswick, who moved up from fourth due to a first-place finish in men’s track and second in baseball and softball. Conference Standings: West Brunswick 114.5, South Brunswick 112, North Brunswick 86.5, Whiteville 80, East Bladen 77, West Bladen 75.5, South Columbus 57.5.

Class 3-A Conference Results:

Big East 3-A: Rocky Mount dominated the spring season with championships in women’s soccer and track, baseball, and a tie for first in men’s tennis, earning it the Conference Cup. Fike remained second, finishing first in men’s golf. Nash Central ended up in third with a conference crown in men’s track. Conference Standings: Rocky Mount 175, Fike 161.5, Nash Central 153.5, Hunt 146.5, Northern Nash 135, Southern Nash 134.5.

Big South 3-A: The frontrunner Forestview maintained its first place form with championships in men’s tennis and golf, and captured the Conference Cup. Ashbrook finishes in second, winning a league title in women’s track, and third place goes to South Point. Conference Standings: Forestview 202.5, Ashbrook 186.5, South Point 180.5, Crest 168.5, Kings Mountain 156.5, North Gaston 138, Hunter Huss 128.5.

Cape Fear Valley 3-A: Conference crowns in men’s golf and tennis kept Union Pines out in front and earned it the Conference Cup. Western Harnett stays in second with championships in women’s soccer and softball. Second-place finishes in men’s golf and tennis vault Southern Lee into third, passing previously third Overhills. Conference Standings: Union Pines 100.5, Western Harnett 95, Southern Lee 76, Overhills 71.5, Douglas Byrd 62.5, Gray’s Creek 61.5, Westover 53.

Carolina 3-A: Cardinal Gibbons finished first and won the Conference Cup after a dominant spring season in which it placed first in men’s tennis and golf, and women’s track. Chapel Hill finished in second, winning championships in baseball, women’s soccer, and men’s track. Orange held on to its third place position, rounding out the top three. Conference Standings: Cardinal Gibbons 93, Chapel Hill 83, Orange 63, Southern Vance 48.5, Northern Vance 45, J.F. Webb 41.5.

Coastal 3-A: West Carteret won the year-long duel with South Central as it moved into first and captured the conference crown thanks to a first-place finish in baseball. South Central finished second, despite championships in men’s tennis and women’s track. D.H. Conley took over third, passing Havelock. Conference Standings: West Carteret 193, South Central 190, D.H. Conley 174, Jacksonville 171, Havelock 169.5, White Oak 157.5, Washington 152, West Craven 112.

Eastern Carolina 3-A: A championship in men’s tennis and second-place finishes in baseball, women’s soccer and softball solidified the top spot for C.B. Aycock as it captured the Conference Cup. Eastern Wayne took over second place thanks to conference titles in baseball and women’s soccer and track. Triton drops to third despite championships in men’s golf and softball. Conference Standings: C.B. Aycock 82.5, Eastern Wayne 78.5, Triton 76.5, South Johnston 69, Southern Wayne 49.5, North Lenoir 35.

Mid Piedmont 3-A: Ledford won the Conference Cup, keeping its first-place form and finishing first in men’s tennis and golf, and women’s track. Finishing second is Asheboro, earning a conference crown in women’s soccer. Northeast Guilford closes out the top three, winning a championship in baseball. Conference Standings: Ledford 83, Asheboro 73, Northeast Guilford 69, North Forsyth 55.5, Southwestern Randolph 47.5, Southern Guilford 42.

Mid State 3-A: Northern Guilford placed first in women’s track and second in men’s tennis, golf, and baseball, to win the Conference Cup. Walter Williams took second, capturing a championship in men’s golf. A league title in men’s track and second-place finish in softball helped Eastern Alamance hold third place. Conference Standings: Northern Guilford 222, Walter Williams 203, Eastern Alamance 193, Western Alamance 176.5, McMichael 166.5, Rockingham County 162, Morehead 159.5, Eastern Guilford 140.5.

North Piedmont 3-A: A successful spring season, including first-place finishes in baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s track, earned East Rowan the Conference Cup. Statesville held on to second with championships in women’s soccer and men’s golf, fighting off West Rowan, who was able to move from sixth up to third. Conference Standings: East Rowan 757.5, Statesville 665, West Rowan 662.5, Jesse Carson 627.5, North Iredell 625, South Rowan 620, West Iredell 577.5.

South Piedmont 3-A: A spring surge by Jay M. Robinson earned it the top spot, jumping from third to first to take the Conference Cup. Concord falls back to second despite finishing first in baseball. Hickory Ridge also dropped a spot to third, despite a league title in men’s golf. Conference Standings: Jay M. Robinson 720, Concord 687.5, Hickory Ridge 682.5, Northwest Cabarrus 645, A.L. Brown 600, Mount Pleasant 597.5, Cox Mill 495, Central Cabarrus 387.5.

Class 3-A/4-A Conference Results:

Mega 7 3-A/4-A: Charlotte Catholic won the Conference Cup, dominating the spring season with first-place finishes in men’s tennis, golf, track, and baseball, and women’s soccer and track. Olympic holds onto second place, edging out East Gaston who captured a championship in softball. Conference Standings: Charlotte Catholic 118, Olympic 92.5, East Gaston 91, West Mecklenburg 61.5, Harding 60, E.E. Waddell 28.5, Garinger 28.5.

Mountain Athletic 3-A/4-A: A stellar spring season including championships in women’s track, soccer, and softball, and men’s golf earn T.C. Roberson the Conference Cup. A.C. Reynolds is the runner up, and Asheville moves into third thanks to league titles in men’s track and tennis, passing North Buncombe. Conference Standings: T.C. Roberson 226, A.C. Reynolds 194, Asheville 145, North Buncombe 147, Enka 131, McDowell 130, Erwin 87.

Northwestern Athletic 3-A/4-A: The top three teams held their spots as Watauga remained in first and won the Conference Cup with championships in men’s track and tennis, and women’s track. Hickory is the runner up, finishing first in women’s soccer and men’s golf. Titles in baseball and softball give South Caldwell third place. Conference Standings: Watauga 193, Hickory 184, South Caldwell 168, Alexander Central 164.5, St. Stephens 155.5, Fred T. Foard 152.5, Hibriten 143.5.

Southern Carolina 3-A/4-A: Marvin Ridge captured the Conference Cup with championships in men’s golf and tennis, and women’s soccer. Weddington remains in second, finishing first in baseball and women’s soccer. Porter Ridge takes the third spot, moving past Sun Valley. Conference Standings: Marvin Ridge 1,227, Weddington 1,074.5, Porter Ridge 995, Sun Valley 937.5, Parkwood 745, Anson 595.

Class 4-A Conference Results

Cap Seven 4-A: Wakefield edged out Broughton for the Conference Cup, finishing first in men’s track. Broughton is the runner up, with Leesville Road closely behind thanks to a men’s golf championship. Conference Standings: Wakefield 95, Broughton 94.5, Leesville 91.5, Millbrook 89, Enloe 69.5, Sanderson 68.5, Wake Forest-Rolesville 52.

Central Piedmont 4-A: A top finish in women’s soccer helped Mount Tabor hold its first place form and capture the Conference Cup. Reagan drops out of the top three, and R.J. Reynolds capitalizes, finishing in second with league titles in men’s golf and tennis. West Forsyth takes over third with a tie for first in baseball. Conference Standings: Mount Tabor 805, R.J. Reynolds 755, West Forsyth 737.5, Reagan 710, Davie 657.5, North Davidson 610.

Greater Neuse 4-A: First-place performances in men’s golf and tennis earned Clayton the top spot and the Conference Cup. West Johnston and Garner traded spots as second-place finishes in men’s and women’s track as well as baseball move West Johnston into second. Garner drops to third despite a tie for first in softball. Conference Standings: Clayton 240.5, West Johnston 213.5, Garner 205.5, Southeast Raleigh 186, Knightdale 184.5, East Wake 184, Smithfield-Selma 178.5, Harnett Central 170.5.

I-Meck 4-A: Lake Norman held off the rest of the field, retaining its first-place lead and capturing the Conference Cup. North Mecklenburg moved into second with championships in men’s golf, women’s soccer, and softball. Hopewell also jumped up a spot, taking third place thanks to top finishes in men’s tennis, track, and baseball. Conference Standings: Lake Norman 99.5, North Mecklenburg 87.5, Hopewell 87, Mallard Creek 85.5, Mooresville 69.5, Vance 41, West Charlotte 34.

Metro 4-A: Keeping its first-place form and remaining atop the conference is Page, who won the Conference Cup. Grimsley finished as the runner up, capturing conference crowns in men’s tennis and women’s soccer. A great spring performance with championships in men’s golf, and men’s and women’s track propelled Southeast Guilford into third. Conference Standings: Page 100.5, Grimsley 94.5, Southeast Guilford 83.5, Western Guilford 74, Southern Alamance 73, Dudley 53, Ben L. Smith 35.5.

Mid-Eastern 4-A: Hoggard dominates the spring season with first-place finishes in baseball, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse, winning the Conference Cup. New Hanover holds onto second place, finishing first in women’s track. Rose remains in third, capturing a men’s golf championship. Conference Standings: Hoggard 102.5, New Hanover 78, Rose 70, Laney 67.5, Ashley 63, New Bern 58.

Mid-South 4-A: Jack Britt finished atop the conference and captured the Conference Cup, winning championships in men’s and women’s track, and softball. With a league title in baseball, South View moved up to second, passing Terry Sanford in third. Terry Sanford had first-place finishes in women’s soccer, men’s tennis and golf. Conference Standings: Jack Britt 101.5, South View 84, Terry Sanford 83.5, Pine Forest 55.5, Seventy-First 52.5, Cape Fear 49.5, E.E. Smith 45.

Pac-6 4-A: East Chapel Hill won the fierce fight for first to capture the Conference Cup, beating out Jordan, who moved up from third place thanks to championships in men’s soccer as well men’s and women’s track. Riverside fell one spot to third despite a first-place finish in men’s baseball. Conference Standings: East Chapel Hill 98.5, Jordan 98, Riverside 93.5, Northern 86, Person 57.5, Hillside 39.5, Southern 34.

Piedmont Triad 4-A: The Conference Cup goes to Northwest Guilford, who finished first in men’s golf and second in women’s soccer. Ragsdale finished a close second, tying for first in men’s tennis, and East Forsyth closes out the top three teams, winning championships in baseball and women’s soccer. Conference Standings: Northwest Guilford 104, Ragsdale 98, East Forsyth 84.5, Southwest Guilford 77, High Point Central 67, Glenn 53, Parkland 43.5.

Southeastern 4-A: Pinecrest held on to first place with a league title in baseball, capturing the Conference Cup. Scotland finished in second, passing third-place Lumberton due to a good spring season which included a first-place finish in men’s track. Conference Standings: Pinecrest 89.5, Scotland 67.5, Lumberton 65, Richmond 58.5, Hoke 38, Purnell Swett 34.5.

Southwestern 4-A: The standings remained unchanged after the spring season as Ardrey Kell won the Conference Cup with championships in men’s and women’s track. Myers Park is the runner up, finishing first in men’s golf and tennis. Providence held onto third with a league title in baseball. Conference Standings: Ardrey Kell 182.5, Myers Park 175.5, Providence 169.5, Butler 157, South Mecklenburg 138, East Mecklenburg 119.5, Independence 108.

Tri Nine 4-A: Conference crowns in women’s track, soccer, and softball earned Apex the Conference Cup. Apex slipped by previous leader Green Hope, who finished in second despite titles in men’s golf and tennis. Athens Drive finished in third, moving up from fourth past Panther Creek. Conference Standings: Apex 153.5, Green Hope 152.5, Athens Drive 120, Panther Creek 109.5, Cary 105.5, Middle Creek 103.5, Holly Springs 94, Fuquay-Varina 86.5, Lee County 52.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Southlake Christian taps former NBA center as basketball coach

Ben Handlogten is the new boys basketball coach at Southlake Christian. He replaces Trent Barnes, who is leaving to start a business.

Handlogten played high school in Michigan and played in college at Western Michigan where he finished his college career ranked in the top 10 in the nation in pionts, rebounds, steals, blocks and shooting percentage.

Handlogten played professionally in Europe, Asia and with the NBA’s Utah Jazz. Handlogten, a 6-10 center, averaged 4.3 points and 3.2 rebounds in the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons.

Concord Cannon basketball star, Keith Belfield, transfers

Area basketball standout Keith Belfield, a major college prospect, has transferred from Concord Cannon and enrolled at Davidson Day, Davidson Day coach Ron Johnson told the Observer.

Belfield, a 6-foot-6, 180-pound guard/forward, was an all-conference pick in the Charlotte Independent Schools conference. He averaged more than 20 points and was a first-team Charlotte Observer All-Cabarrus News selection.

Belfield has offers from Charlotte, Furman, Liberty, Presbyterian and Richmond, plus interest from Appalachian State, Davidson, Georgia, Virginia Tech and William & Mary.

He'll join a Davidson Day team that was 22-7 and reached the N.C. 1A state quarterfinals before losing to eventual state champion United Faith. Davidson Day is expected to return the bulk of the 2009-10 team.

South Meck recognizes largest college class in school history

South Mecklenburg had the largest ever recognition of college athletics signees in the history of the school yesterday. The 18 student-athletes were honored in the mall area of the school surrounded by family and friends.

School officials congratulated the athletes and recognized their hard work and great achievement. Please acknowledge this tremendous achievement by listing the student-athletes along with this picture.

Photo courtesy of Kerrie Neumann NEU-Pix Photography
The recognized Sabres:

Michael Atz-baseball/University of South Carolina at Sumter
Caleb Cunningham-baseball/Surry College
Harrison Hood-baseball/Francis Marion University
Trevor Hovis-baseball/Francis Marion University
Deuce Wright-baseball/Spartanburg Methodist
Josh Bruch-football/Wingate University
Shane Hummer-football/Wingate University
Larry Kennedy III-football/Un. of Charleston-WV
Curtis Martin-football/NC State
Tim Berens-swimming/University of South Carolina
Walker Knop-swimming/University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Andreas Nilsson-swimming/Georgia Tech
Josh Campbell-men's lacrosse/Stevenson University
Shea Fadel II-men's lacrosse/Catawba College
Alex Leonard-Men's soccer/Un. of North Carolina-Wilmington
Michael Nelli-men's soccer/Wingate University
Cameron Wells-men's track &field/ Coastal Carolina

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Matt Trent replaces Crystal Rhodes as girls basketball coach at Hickory Grove

Matt Trent is the new girls basketball coach at Hickory Grove. He replaces Crystal Rhodes, who is stepping down to raise a child.

Rhodes, a former star at Charlotte Christian (when she played under her maiden name Crystal Carpenter), led the Lions to the 2009 N.C. 3A Independent Schools state title. Hickory Grove lost to Providence Day in the 2010 state finals.

Hickory Grove was 24-4 last season and all five starters signed with colleges.

Trent was a boys assistant last season at Hickory Grove. He and wife Bethany have a 19-month-old son, Jake.

Panthers WR Dwayne Jarrett to host free prep camp

Carolina Panthers receiver Dwayne Jarrett will host a free football camp for serious players at Hopewell June 26.

The camp is open to the first 300 that register at

Participants will perform agility drills, offensive and defensive fundamentals broken down by position and 7-on-7 passing drills. The camp is open for boys entering grades 8-12 for the 2010-11 school year. It also includes lunch and recruiting seminar.

N.C. state softball championships advance

RALEIGH- As usual, pitching and defense should be featured as the top fast-pitch teams in the state prepare for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state championships this weekend, but there are also a number of spectacular offensive statistics in the 16- team

The top four teams in each classification have qualified for the double-elimination tournaments at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex. All four of the championships are scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

The opening rounds pair Eastern representatives against Eastern representatives and West against West.

This will mark the 16th annual fast pitch championships and the 36th year for NCHSAA softball. The Raleigh Sports Consortium and the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau are among the host city sponsors.

Here is a look at each of the four championships:

Class 4-A: Perennial power North Davidson (29-0), in the finals for the fifth straight year but still seeking that elusive state title, will take on T.C. Roberson on the opening day of play. North has a devastating one-two pitching punch with Hannah Alexander (15-0, 0.25 ERA, 171 strikeouts and just nine walks in 97 innings) and Tess Swing (14-0, 0.44 ERA, 159 strikeouts and 22 walks in 95 innings).

They shared the Central Piedmont Conference Pitcher of the Year award. Kaitlin Ramsey has a 20-2 pitching mark for Roberson, which has three hitters over .400 led by Izzy McCurry at .422.

The other 4-A matchup will send Fuquay-Varina (17-11) against Harnett Central (22-5). Harnett Central is in the final four for the fifth time, although this is the first time as a 4-A team. Tori
Williford leads the Harnett Central offense with a .404 batting average.

Fuquay-Varina has played its way through the state tournament as the number-four team from the Tri-Nine Conference, getting hot at the right time. Alexa Cannon is hitting .391 for the Bengal Tigers, who are back in the state championship event for the second straight year.

Class 3-A: East Rowan (24-1) will play Shelby Crest (23-1) in one opener. Chelsea White (23-1, 0.53 ERA, 222 strikeouts and 18 walks in 160 innings) and Ericka Nesbitt (.592 batting average) lead the way for East. Crest will counter with Bailey Smith (22-1, 0.50 ERA and .419 batting average with eight homers). Crest did not allow an earned run in a conference game this year.

Perennial softball power Southwestern Randolph (22-4) takes on South Johnston (22-8) in the other Friday opener. Southwestern, the defending 3-A champion, also won it in 2007 and was runner-up in '08. Cynthia Hayes leads her club with a .500 average.

South Johnston has played a number of close games this year but keeps finding a way to win. Kaitlyn Barbour (15-5, 2.13 ERA) does the bulk of the work on the mound for the Trojans and was the MVP of the Princeton Easter Tournament which South won.

Class 2-A: Three-time defending champion Central Davidson (24-4) will start its quest for a fourth straight state crown against Boonville Starmount (27-4). Central's Carley Tysinger can beat teams with her arm (13-1, 0.73 ERA, 165 strikeouts and 21 walks in 96.1 innings) and with her bat (.500 average, four homers). Starmount, which has won the last two Mountain Valley Conference tournament titles, is paced by Jessica White (.500 average) and Courtney Groce (27-4, 2.30 ERA, 144 strikeouts and 49 walks in 155 innings).

Eastern Randolph (27-2) will battle South Lenoir (18-4) in the other 2-A opener Friday. Dallas Heaton broke Eastern Randolph's school record for homers this year, as she has belted 14 and driven in 59 runs while hitting at a .530 clip. She also has recorded 19 pitching victories.

South Lenoir was the runner-up to Central Davidson in the 2008 tournament and made the final four in 2006.

Class 1-A: One battle in this classification is a rematch of the 2008 state championship game and last year's tourney opener as East Surry (24-6), state champs in 2008 and '09, plays Swain County (22-4). Last year's opening game in the state tournament between these two was a
taut 14-inning affair won by Swain 1-0, but East later eliminated Swain 3-0 and went on to win the title.

East Surry's Lady Cardinals started the season 6-5 but have come on strong, led by Northwest Conference Player of the Year Hayley Shelton, who is also a two-time state finals MVP.

Swain makes its fifth consecutive trip to Walnut Creek, led by Smoky Mountain Conference co-Player of the Year Kayla Myers. Myers set a new NCHSAA record for hits in a career with a current total of 185 with a sizzling batting average of .644.

Midway (20-6) tangles with Williamston (18-7) in the other opening 1-A game. Midway, the Tri-County Conference champions, are led by Sara Norris and her .489 batting average. Williamston will counter with Dasia Moore (.441) while Harris Shepherd (14-7, 1.52 ERA) handles most of the
mound duty.



Walnut Creek Softball Complex, Raleigh


North Davidson (29-0) vs. Asheville T.C. Roberson (25-2), Friday at 5
p.m. (Field 1)

Harnett Central (22-5) vs. Fuquay-Varina (17-11), Friday at 5 p.m.
(Field 2)

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


East Rowan (24-1) vs. Shelby Crest (23-1), Friday at 5 p.m. (Field 3)

Southwestern Randolph (22-4) vs. South Johnston (22-8), 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


Central Davidson (24-4) vs. Boonville Starmount (27-4), Friday at 5 pm
(Field 8)

Eastern Randolph (27-2) vs. South Lenoir (18-4), Friday at 5 pm (Field

Winners' bracket final Friday at 7:30 pm (Field 8)

Elimination game Friday at 7:30 pm (Field 9)

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


East Surry (24-6) vs. Swain County (22-4), Friday at 5 pm (Field 6)

Midway (20-6) vs. Williamston (18-7), 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

Mallard Creek's Mikal Hill is I-Meck baseball player of the year