Sunday, May 30, 2010

All-Observer nominations sent

All Observer team nominations have been emailed to coaches for spring teams.

The Observer will print teams in mid June. Players must be nominated by their coaches to make the teams.

Nominations are due Wednesday.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

North Meck wins first girls soccer state title on PKs

RALEIGH -- It went down to a second round of penalty kicks, and Lisa Myers tallied on the eighth PK as North Mecklenburg outlasted Wilmington Hoggard 2-1 Saturday night in the N.C. 4A girls' soccer championship game at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Soccer Stadium at North Carolina State.

The teams battled through 110 minutes of grueling play, including the regulation 80, two 10-minute overtime periods and two five-minute sudden-victory periods. Both teams converted four of five in the first set of penalty kicks, with North sophomore keeper Emily Rusk and Hoggard freshman keeper Sarah Downing unable to keep the shooters at bay.

Then in the round of sudden-death in the shootout, both teams converted their first two attempts. Rusk came up with a save on the third sudden-death attempt, this one by Blythe Rhodes of Hoggard, and then Myers pushed her shot past Downing to end the marathon, North prevailing 7-6 on penalty kicks.

Rusk was voted the Most Valuable Player of the championship. She had six saves prior to the shootout, including keeping the game 1-1 early in extra time with a tremendous diving save, one of several great chances Hoggard had in the two 10-minute overtimes.

Sophomore midfielder Alison Stearns had opened the scoring in the 11th minute when her goal, assisted by Erin McAnulty, put North Mecklenburg in front 1-0. Then with less than 19 minutes left to play in regulation, Hoggard senior midfielder Madyson Marshburn headed in the equalizer after a long free kick from near midfield by Morgan Tilley.

North had a 7-4 edge in shots on goal in regulation, but Hoggard took the advantage in the overtimes so each team finished with 10 shots on goal.

North Meck completed a 21-3-2 season in earning its first NCHSAA girls' soccer title. Hoggard, also in the finals for the first time, wound up 25-1 after winning its last two playoff games 1-0 in overtime.

North Mecklenburg   1    0    0    0   0   0     0 - 2*

Wilmington Hoggard 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 - 1

*N. Meck wins 7-6 in penalty kicks

11th minute NM-- Alison Stearns (Erin McAnulty)

62nd minute H-- Madyson Marshburn (Morgan Tilley)

Marvin Ridge wins 3A girls soccer state championship

RALEIGH -- Senior forward Toni Lashley's spectacular first-half goal stood up as Marvin Ridge shut out Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 1-0 on Saturday afternoon in the N.C. 3A girls' soccer championship game at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Soccer Stadium at North Carolina State.

The win completed a perfect 24-0 season for Marvin Ridge, which won its first-ever N.C. girls soccer title to complete a sweep of the school year's N.C. 3A high school soccer titles in just its third year of existence. The boys won the N.C. 3A championship in November, beating Chapel Hill 2-1 in overtime.

The Mavericks notched the only goal of the game in the 19th minute, when Kaitlyn Sulser delivered a cross and Lashley made an acrobatic, mid-air volley that found the back of the net from about 10 yards out.

It was Lashley's team-leading 19th goal of the season.

Lashley, who was an offensive threat all day for the winners, was named the match Most Valuable Player.

It was a dominating performance for Marvin Ridge, as the Mavericks outshot Gibbons 19-1 and the Maverick defense did the rest. Marvin Ridge recorded its 20th shutout in 24 games and allowed only four goals all season.

Cardinal Gibbons, which rebounded after a slow 2-4-2 start this season, finished 16-5-3 overall. The Crusaders won a 2-A title in 2007.

Waxhaw Marvin Ridge  1 0 -- 1

Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 0 0 -- 0

19th minute MR--Toni Ashley (Kaitlyn Sulser)

Updated prep playoff scores

BASEBALL
Regional championship series Best of 3
1A East - Rosewood at Dixon
Game 1 – Holly Ridge Dixon 11, Goldsboro Rosewood 2
Game 2 – Rosewood 8, Dixon 3
Game 3 – Saturday, late
1A West – Bishop McGuinness at West Wilkes
Game 1 – West Wilkes 1-0
Game 2 – Bishop McGuinness 9, West Wilkes 5
Game 3 – West Wilkes 9, Bishop McGuinness 6
2A East – Farmville Central at Graham
Game 1 – Graham 9, Farmville Central 4
Game 2 – Graham 11, Farmville Central 6
2A West – Surry Central at East Rutherford
Game 1 – East Rutherford 7, Surry Central 3
Game 2 – Saturday, late
Game 3 (If Necessary) – Saturday
3A East – Hunt at Chapel Hill
Game 1 – Wilson Hunt 9, Chapel Hill 6
Game 2 – Chapel Hill 5, Hunt 0
Game 3 – Wilson Hunt 10, Chapel Hill 5
3A West – Tuscola at East Rowan
Game 1 – East Rowan 5, Waynesville Tuscola 3
Game 2 – East Rowan 8, Tuscola 5
4A East – Lee County at Laney
Game 1 – Wilmington Laney 11, Lee County 2
Game 2 – Lee County 4, Laney 0
Game 3 – Laney 6, Lee 1
4A West – TC Roberson at East Forsyth
Game 1 – Roberson 8, East Forsyth 3
Game 2 – East Forsyth 13, Roberson 4
Game 3 – Monday, 6 p.m.
SOFTBALL
Friday’s sectional finals (winners advance to Final Four next week)
4A West: N. Davidson at Kernersville Glenn; Skyland Roberson 7, Lake Norman 0
4A East: Harnett Central 2, Cape Fear 0; Fuquay Varina 10, Purnell Swett 0
3A West: East Rowan 2, Concord Robinson 0; Boiling Springs Crest 10, Enka 0
3A East: South Johnston 2, South Central 1; SW Randolph 8, Western Harnett 1
2A West: W. Stanly at Central Davidson; Starmount 4, Forbush 2
2A East: South Lenoir 1, Edenton Holmes 0; Eastern Randolph 2, Northwood 0
1A West: E. Surry at South Stanly; Swain Co. 3, West Wilkes 0
1A East: Midway 2, Durham Science & Math 0; Williamston 4, Southside 2
SOCCER
Today’s state finals at N.C. State
4A: North Mecklenburg vs. Wilmington Hoggard, 7 p.m.
3A: Marvin Ridge 1, Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 0
2A: Swansboro 2, East End Forbush 1
1A: Southwest Onslow 2, Avery County 0 0

Swansboro wins 2A state girls soccer title

SWANSBORO EDGES FORBUSH 2-1
IN NCHSAA STATE 2-A WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL

RALEIGH -- Senior midfielder Alana Soetaert scored a goal and had an assist to lead Swansboro to a 2-1 victory over East Bend Forbush on Saturday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A women's soccer championship game at the Curtis and Jackie Dail Soccer Stadium on the campus of North Carolina State University.
Soetaert was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship as the Lady Pirates won their second straight state title over Forbush and their third state women's soccer crownl in the last five years.
Swansboro started quickly in each half, scoring on the first shot attempted in each period. The Lady Pirates got on the board in the game's second minute on Soetaert's tally, then in the 43rd minute the Pirates made it 2-0 with Soetaert assisting Breanna Briggs on the goal.
Forbush cut it to 2-1 at the 67-minute mark on a goal by senior forward Leticia Patino off an assist from Jessica Baity, but the Falcons could get no closer.
Forbush actually outshot Swansboro 11-9 on the day.
The Lady Pirate victory spoiled the Forbush bid for a perfect season. Swansboro finished 22-4-1 overall while Forbush, in its third straight final but still looking for that elusive state crown, wound up 26-1.
The Raleigh Sports Consortium serves as the primary host city partner for the women's soccer championship, along with the Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau. Wendy’s is the presenting sponsor for the NCHSAA sports program.


NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
STATE 2-A WOMEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Soccer Stadium. N.C. State University


East Bend Forbush 0 1 -- 1
Swansboro 1 1 -- 2

SCORING
2nd minute S-- Alana Soetaert
43rd minute S-- Breanna Briggs (Soetaert)
67th minute F-- Leticia Patino (Jessica Baity)

Southwest Onslow wins 1A girls soccer state title

RALEIGH -- Southwest Onslow struck quickly in a two-minute span in the second half on Saturday as the Stallions blanked Avery County 2-0 in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A women's soccer championship game at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Soccer Stadium on the campus of North Carolina State University.
After a scoreless first half, Avery dominated the opening minutes of play in the second half until Southwest struck quickly for a pair of goals. The first tally came in the 49th minute when sophomore midfielder Armani Boswell lofted what almost appeared to be a cross from the right wing but it found its way into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Moments later, Jeseca Hinds collected a rebound after a Stallion shot and knocked it in for a 2-0 advantage, pushing her team-leading goal total to 20 for the season. Southwest did a good job of utilizing its speed and possessing the ball, especially down the stretch.
Senior central defender Samantha Williams, who helped Southwest control the midfield, was named as the match Most Valuable Player. Senior tri-captain Meagan Robeson, with four saves, earned the shutout in goal for Southwest, the 10th of the season for the Stallions and fourth in the playoffs. Southwest had an 18-7 advantage in shots on goal.
Both teams were making their initial trip to an NCHSAA women's soccer final. Southwest finished with a 15-2-2 record while Avery was 20-2-2 overall, but the Lady Vikings enjoyed their best year ever with four playoff victories this year after only two all-time prior to this season.
The Raleigh Sports Consortium serves as the primary host city partner for the women's soccer championship, along with the Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau. Wendy’s is the presenting sponsor for the NCHSAA sports program.


NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
STATE 1-A WOMEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Soccer Stadium. N.C. State University

Avery County 0 0 -- 0
Southwest Onslow 0 2 -- 2

49th minute SW--Armani Boswell (Jamie Berti)
51st minute SW--Jeseca Hinds

Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday's live playoff results

Updated prep playoff results

BASEBALL
Regional championship series Best of 3

1A East - Rosewood at Dixon
Game 1 – Holly Ridge Dixon 11, Goldsboro Rosewood 2
Game 2 – Tonight, 7
Game 3 (If Necessary) – Saturday – 7 pm
1A West – Bishop McGuinness at West Wilkes
Game 1 – West Wilkes 1-0
Game 2 – Saturday – 11 am
Game 3 (If Necessary) – Saturday – 2:pm
2A East – Farmville Central at Graham
Game 1 – Graham 9, Farmville Central 4
Game 2 – Tonight, 7
Game 3 (If Necessary) – Saturday – 7 pm
2A West – Surry Central at East Rutherford
Game 1 – East Rutherford 7, Surry Central 3
Game 2 – Tonight, 7
Game 3 (If Necessary) – Saturday – TBA
3A East – Hunt at Chapel Hill
Game 1 – Wilson Hunt 9, Chapel Hill 6
Game 2 – Chapel Hill 5, Hunt 0
Game 3 – Saturday, 2 p.m
3A West – Tuscola at East Rowan
Game 1 – East Rowan 5, Waynesville Tuscola 3
Game 2 – Ppd, weather; Saturday, 2 p.m.
Game 3 (If Necessary)
4A East – Lee County at Laney
Game 1 – Tonight, 7
Game 2 – Saturday – TBA
Game 3 (If Necessary) – TBA
4A West – TC Roberson at East Forsyth
Game 1 – Roberson leads 1-0 in 1st inn; Game ppd until Saturday at 2 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday – TBA
Game 3 (If Necessary) – Saturday – TBA
SOFTBALL
Tonights sectional finals (winners advance to Final Four next week)
4A West: N. Davidson at Kernersville Glenn; Skyland Roberson 7, Lake Norman 0
3A West: East Rowan 2, Concord Robinson 0; Enka at Boiling Springs Crest, Sat, 1 p.m.
2A West: W. Stanly at Central Davidson; Starmount at Forbush
1A West: E. Surry at South Stanly; Swain Co. 3, West Wilkes 0
SOCCER
Saturday’s state finals at N.C. State
4A: North Mecklenburg vs. Wilmington Hoggard, 7 p.m.
3A: Marvin Ridge vs. Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons, 4 p.m.
2A: East Bend Forbush vs. Swansboro, 10 a.m.
1A: Avery vs. Southwest Onslow, 1 p.m.

Ardrey Kell's Jen Rosene named SW4A softball player of the year

Ardrey Kell pitcher Jen Rosene is the Southwestern 4A softball player of the year.

Rosene led the Knights to their second straight Southwestern 4A tournament championship.

Rosene limited state power Butler to four hits and struck out eight in a 6-0 win May 10. She also had an RBI double in the third inning and was named MVP of the tournament.

Rosene helped Ardrey Kell reach the second round of the playoffs, where the Knights lost 3-2 to Kernersville Glenn.

Rosene finished ninth in the school’s senior class academically and has signed an athletic and academic scholarship to College of Charleston.

“She’s just a great human being,” coach Bob Bove said.

Butler’s Brian Cottom, whose team won the regular-season championship, is the conference coach of the year.

The all-conference team:

Butler: Jessica Rappe, Jr.; Chelsea Ingersoll, Sr.; Emily Oswalt, Sr.; Taylor Gwaltney, Sr.; Erin Standley, Soph.; Ardrey Kell:
Stephanie Wood, Jr.; Jordan Hostetler, Soph.; Micki Williams, Sr.; Taylor Freeman, Soph.; South Meck: Betheny Marlo, Sr. Haley Huntley, Jr. Samantha Elliott, Sr.; Providence: Elena Covert, Soph.; Meredith Branni, Jr.; Myers Park: Emily Scott, Soph; Brittany Kalmbach, Soph; Independence: Jennifer Birch, Fr.; Sara Crawford, Sr.; East Meck: Kayla Brookshire, Soph.; Kirby Sutherland, Jr.
Player of the Year: Jen Rosene - Ardrey Kell
Coach of the Year: Brian Cottom - Butler

Updated prep playoff results

BASEBALL
Thursday’s regional championship series Best of 3
1A East - Rosewood at Dixon
Game 1 – Holly Ridge Dixon 11, Goldsboro Rosewood 2
Game 2 – Tonight, 7
Game 3 (If Necessary) – Saturday – 7 pm
1A West – Bishop McGuinness at West Wilkes
Game 1 – West Wilkes 12–4
Game 2 – Saturday – 11 am
Game 3 (If Necessary) – Saturday – 2:pm
2A East – Farmville Central at Graham
Game 1 – Graham 9, Farmville Central 4
Game 2 – Tonight, 7
Game 3 (If Necessary) – Saturday – 7 pm
2A West – Surry Central at East Rutherford
Game 1 – East Rutherford 7, Surry Central 3
Game 2 – Tonight, 7
Game 3 (If Necessary) – Saturday – TBA
3A East – Hunt at Chapel Hill
Game 1 – Wilson Hunt 9, Chapel Hill 6
Game 2 – Tonight, 7
Game 3 (If Necessary) – Saturday – TBA
3A West – Tuscola at East Rowan
Game 1 – East Rowan 5, Waynesville Tuscola 3
Game 2 – Tonight, 7
Game 3 (If Necessary)
4A East – Lee County at Laney
Game 1 – Tonight, 7
Game 2 – Saturday – TBA
Game 3 (If Necessary) – TBA
4A West – TC Roberson at East Forsyth
Game 1 – Tonight, 7
Game 2 – Saturday – TBA
Game 3 (If Necessary) – Saturday – TBA
SOFTBALL
Tonights sectional finals (winners advance to Final Four next week)
4A West: N. Davidson at Kernersville Glenn; Lake Norman at Skyland Roberson, 5 p.m.
3A West: Robinson at East Rowan; Enka at Boiling Springs Crest
2A West: W. Stanly at Central Davidson; Starmount at Forbush
1A West: E. Surry at South Stanly; Swain Co. 3, West Wilkes 0
SOCCER
Saturday’s state finals at N.C. State
4A: North Mecklenburg vs. Wilmington Hoggard, 7 p.m.
3A: Marvin Ridge vs. Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons, 4 p.m.
2A: East Bend Forbush vs. Swansboro, 10 a.m.
1A: Avery vs. Southwest Onslow, 1 p.m.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

East Rutherford takes 1-0 lead in 2A Western regional baseball

East Rutherford pitcher Drew Reynolds threw 10 strikeouts and his team cruised to a 7-3 win over Surry Central in Game 1 of the N.C. 2A Western Regional championship series.

Game 2 of the best of 3 series is tonight at 7 p.m. at East Rutherford.

Dakota Thomas busted the game open with a three-run homer in the fourth to give East a 5-2 lead.

Surry Central 100 100 1 -- 3 6 2
East Rutherford 011 302 X -- 7 8 2
W: Drew Reynolds (10 strikeouts). L: Bradley Lewis. Leading Hitters: East (Dakota Thomas 1-4, 3 run HR in 6th; Derek Deaton 2-3; Lucas Owens 2-4


Rocky River all conference girls track

Janieyah Collins (MHS) - 100M, 100HH, 300IH, 200M

Tyneshia Walker (CHS) - 400M

Ashlann Barbee (PHS) - 800

Amanda Hinson (PHS) - 1600, 3200

Ciera DeBerry (FHHS) - HJ

Megan Ludwig (PHS) - PV

Kendall Cox (UA) - LJ

Jamie Glenn (MHS) - TJ

Jaleesa Jackson (FHHS) - SP

Oceanonnia Long (FHHS) - DISC

4X100 (Berry) - Feojha McMillon, Tyanna Alston, Tashima Brazil, Sharon Waller

4X200 (FHHS) - Destiny DeMoss, Ciera DeBerry, Gyna Salazar, Kinya Adams

4X400 (FHHS) - Kinya Adams, Destiny DeMoss, Shekeliah Gaddy, Gyna Salazar

4X800 (PHS) - Ashlann Barbee, Erika Parker, Karina McAllister, Amanda Hinson

All-Conference At-Large

Micalyne Zimmerman (Berry)

Tasha Boyd (CATA)

Xuan Lam (CATA)

Justine Neville (CHS)

Rachel Miller (CHS)

Hannah Sjobert (CHS)

Valerie Afam (CHS)

Megan Kiss (CHS)

Jenna Huff (NS)

Shinese Allen (PHS)

Honorable Mention

Taylor McCray (Berry) Chyane Elliott (MHS)

Carmen Pharr (Berry) Ke’Ondra Lancaster (MHS)

Dominique Rufus (CATA) Mackenzie Traywick (UA)

Michelle Booth (CATA) Madison McIlwaine (WS)

Arrianna Brenes (CHS) Brianna Reitzel (WS)

Luise Peiper (CHS)

Field Event Athlete of the Year- Jamie Glenn (MHS)

Runner Athlete of the Year- Janieyah Collins (MHS)

Coach of the Year- Michael Demster (CHS)

Rocky River all conference boys track

Germone Hopper (Berry) - 100M

Chris Doster (PHS) - 110HH

Camron Hudson (Berry) - 200M

Devontez Leak (FHHS) - 300IH

Larry Gibson (Berry) - 400M

Jaquan Dupree (Berry) - 800

Max Courtney (CATA) - 1600

Darion Horner (CHS) - 3200

Matt Corum (PHS) - HJ

David Clouse (PHS) - PV

Issac Blakeney (MHS) - LJ

Issac Blakeney (MHS) - TJ

Issac Blakeney (MHS) - SP

Landon Allen (WS) - DISC

4X100 (Berry) - Kendrick Davis, Camron Hudson, Taris Jackson, Germone Hopper

4X200 (MHS) - Jalen Sowell, Shamiir Hailey, Ricardo White, Creston Mobley

4X400 (Berry) - Chris Walls, Larry Gibson, Darryl Hill, Sherrod Long

4X800 (PHS) - Caleb Jirgal, Jonas Nadar, Morgan Funderburk, Caleb Correa

All-Conference At-Large

Marquis Buckman (Berry)

Dillion Colson (NS)

Rodrigo Luevano (NS)

Conner Glair (CHS)

Fredrick “CJ” Kiser (FHHS)

Honorable Mention

Duncan Shorter (Berry)

Traevin Drayton-Ferguson (Berry)

Jonathan Helm-Brown (CATA)

Jeremy Ferguson (CATA)

Daniel McCuiston (CHS)

Jon Lewthwaite (CHS)

Darien Tobin (FHHS)

Jonathan Wingo (FHHS)

Steven Robinson (MHS)

Jermany Hammond (MHS)

Trevor Nelson (PHS)

Tyree Drakeford (UA)

Shane Harrington (UA)

Carson Hinson (WS)

Uriel Zagada (WS)

Field Event Athlete of the Year - Issac Blakeney (MHS)

Runner Athlete of the Year - Max Courtney (CATA)

Coach of the Year – John Simmons (Berry)

Rocky River all-conference softball team

Central Academy

Jessie Brewer

Cuthbertson

Jessica Weber

Melanie Recher

Forest Hills

Nicole Helms

Dawn Harris

Natalie High

Monroe

Rae Moore

North Stanly

Holli Chandler

Melissa Stallings

Piedmont

Courtney Barrineau

Rebekah Reaves

Hayley Whitley

Union Academy

Jessie Stefano

West Stanly

Brittany Beatty

Emily D. Huneycutt

Emily B. Huneycutt

Leigh Parris

Kasey Huneycutt

Honorable Mention

Macey Webb – West Stanly Breanna Ringerson – C.A.T.A.

Kimberly Rivers – Forest Hills Megan Watkins – Union Academy

Eileen McHugh – Piedmont Jasmine Sharp - Monroe

Kara Salvo – Cuthbertson Hailey Speight – North Stanly

Coach of the Year - Wesley Kidd, West Stanly

Player of the Year - Nicole Helms, Forest Hills

West Stanly 21 2 15 1
Forest Hills 19 4 14 2
Piedmont 21 3 13 3
Cuthbertson 14 8 10 6
North Stanly 11 10 8 8
CATA 6 12 6 10
Berry 4 12 4 12
Union 3 15 3 13
Monroe 0 16 0 16

Rocky River girls soccer all conference

All-Conference

Piedmont Union Academy

Jade Montgomery Hayley Peck

Kacey Williams Brenna Cripe

Katie Simpson

Jamie Tahir Monroe

Edilivia Aguilar

Forest Hills

Gyna Salazar North Stanly

Brittany Thomas Goua Moua

Hannah Potter

West Stanly

Central Academy Marisa Freeman

Katie Kurtz

Hannah Hill

Laura Courtney

Cuthbertson

Leah Drawdy

Phenix Durham

Honorable Mention

Myriah Hayes – Piedmont Callie Bader – Union Academy

Taylor Simpson – Piedmont Shana Grigston – Union Academy

Alex Doody – Cuthbertson Cintia Estrada - Monroe

Jane Sosinski – Cuthbertson Katie Bention - Monroe

Hannah Turner – Forest Hills Nicole Turner – North Stanly

Toby Allen – Forest Hills Schyler Martin – West Stanly

Larie Bailey – Central Academy Mary Helms – West Stanly

Kaitlin Faasen – Central Academy Lisa Weaver – Berry Academy

Tierra Gordon – Berry Academy

Piedmont 18-2-0 15-1-0
Cuthbertson 15-4-1 14-2-0
CATA 12-7-1 11-5-0
Forest Hills 12-7-0 11-5-0
Union Academy 8-9-0 8-8-0
Monroe 5-12-2 5-10-1
North Stanly 5-12-0 5-11-0
West Stanly 2-13-1 2-13-1 Berry 1-21-0 0-16-0

Player of the Year: Jade Montgomery – Piedmont

Coach of the Year: Jay Neissner – Central Academy

Rocky River all conference golf team

2010 RRC Boys Golf

Tournament/Regular Season Results

RRC Boys Golf Regular Season Champion: Forest Hills High School

RRC Boys Golf Tournament Champion: Forest Hills High School

RRC Boys Golf Tournament Medalist: Tommy Raddin, FHHS

RRC Boys Golf Player of the Year: Tommy Raddin, FHHS

RRC Boys Golf Coach of the Year: Stan Summerlin, FHHS

RRC Boys Golf All-Conference:

Andrew London CATA David Schaff Cuthbertson

Tommy Raddin FHHS Cody Turner Piedmont

Brandon Starnes FHHS Grant Edwards Piedmont

Joe Outen FHHS Josh Mullis FHHS

Todd Mullis Piedmont Jake Finnegan FHHS

Final Team Standings: Regional Qualifiers:

1st Forest Hills TEAM: 1A: Central Academy

2nd Piedmont 2A: Forest Hills

3rd West Stanly 2A: Piedmont

4th Central Academy 2A: West Stanly

5th Cuthbertson

6th North Stanly Individuals: 1: David Schaff / Cuthbertson

7th Union Academy 2: Thomas Foster / North Stanly

8th Berry Academy 3: Joey Kroeger/ Union Academy

9th Monroe 4: Jake Barfield / Cuthbertson

Rocky River all-conference baseball team

West Stanly

Kevin Van Asch

Demetrus Ingram

Josh Cochran

Jace Whitley

Piedmont

Brad Elwood

Kendall Hooks

Lance Gower

Cuthbertson

Preston Morrison

Peter Hendel

Josh Mangum

Cameron Tekker

North Stanly

Jake Lowder

Gus Fesperman

Matt Honeycutt

Forest Hills

Michael Deese

Orlando Ratliff

Union Academy

Alex Morales

CATA

John Quintero

Honorable Mention

Zach Martin, West Stanly Miles Cook, Monroe

Pat King - Piedmont Landon Clark, Berry Academy

J.D. Long - Cuthbertson Garrett Chisum, CATA

Jarret Richardson – North Stanly Matt LuCore, Union Academy

Griffin Brazell – Forest Hills

West Stanly 15 1 19 5

Piedmont 14 2 17 7

Cuthbertson 13 3 13 3

Forest Hills 9 7 12 9

North Stanly 9 7 11 13

CATA 5 11 5 13

Union Academy 5 11 5 12

Berry Academy 2 14 5 16

Monroe 0 16 0 17

Player of the Year - Demetrus Ingram, West Stanly

Coach of the Year - Travis Little, Cuthbertson

All-state football star transferring to Independence

Hickory Grove all-state lineman Drew Morgan, a 6-foot-1, 245-pound sophomore lineman, is transferring to Independence next fall, his father Jeff said.

Independence is Morgan's home school.

Morgan has attended private Hickory Grove since kindergarten. His father said his son was moving to his home public school for better competition and to maximize his chances of playing in college. Morgan has been working with former West Charlotte, Florida Gator and Oakland Raider Mo Collins, training to improve his game.

Here's a video of Morgan in action.


Regional baseball schedules

Here are the schedules for the N.C. regional baseball tournaments.


2010 Regional Baseball Schedule

1A East - Rosewood at Dixon
Game 1 - 5/27 - 7:00pm
Game 2 - 5/28 - 7:00pm
Game 3 (If Necessary) - 5/29 - 7:00pm

1A West - Bishop McGuinness at West Wilkes
Game 1 - 5/27 - 6:00pm
Game 2 - 5/29 - 11:00am
Game 3 (If Necessary) - 5/29 - 2:00pm

2A East - Farmville Central at Graham
Game 1 - 5/27 - 7:00pm
Game 2 - 5/28 - 7:00pm
Game 3 (If Necessary) - 5/29 - 7:00pm

2A West - Surry Central at East Rutherford
Game 1 - 5/27 - 7:00pm
Game 2 - 5/28 - 7:00pm
Game 3 (If Necessary) - 5/29 - TBA

3A East - Hunt at Chapel Hill
Game 1 - 5/27 - 7:00pm
Game 2 - 5/28 - 7:00pm
Game 3 (If Necessary) - 5/29 - TBA

3A West - Tuscola at East Rowan/NW Cabarrus
Game 1 -
Game 2 -
Game 3 (If Necessary) -

4A East - Apex/Lee County at Laney
Game 1 -
Game 2 -
Game 3 (If Necessary) -

4A West - TC Roberson at East Forsyth
Game 1 - 5/28 - 7:00pm
Game 2 - 5/29 - TBA
Game 3 (If Necessary) - 5/29 - TBA

Butler swimmer Tyler Baucom signs with Pfeiffer


Butler High swimmer Tyler Baucom has signed with Pfeiffer, his father, Scott, said. Baucom finished fifth in the 100 meter butterfly at the N.C. 4A championships in February.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Country Day brother-sister share state titles


With less than four minutes to play in the NCISAA girls' lacrosse championship game, Country Day's Bella Lovett scored twice to tie Ravenscroft 12-12.

After two goals from teammate Hastings Wilson in the last 22 seconds of the game, Bella became the second Lovett to win a state championship that day.

Just hours earlier, her brother, Lukas, a senior, helped lead the Country Day boys' lacrosse team to a third-straight (eighth overall) North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association state championship with a 9-5 win against Providence Day.

For the girls' team, it was the first state championship in only the second year that girls' lacrosse has been sanctioned by the NCISAA. Last year Country Day was runner-up to Durham Academy.

Winning the championship "was so exciting," said Bella, a junior who scored five goals in the championship game. "It meant so much to us because this program has come so far so fast."

Girls' coach Ed Burnam said the team started five years ago as a club and was recognized by the school as a varsity sport four years ago. The team went 1-15 its first year; this year it went 12-3. Burnam said that having such a successful boys' program at the school also helped the girls' program.

Boys' coach "Brad (Touma) and the rest of his coaching staff from the get-go have been really receptive and helpful with the girls' program," Burnam said. "All of that has made it very easy to start the program up and to get successful."

The boys' team went 18-1, with its only loss coming to Providence Day during the regular season. Both Buccaneer teams earned a No. 1 seed in the playoffs, which meant they played all their games at home.

"It was great," said Touma of both teams winning their respective championships. "It was very exciting. The boys' and girls' (teams), and obviously (Bella and Lukas) are very close. They support each other."

"There was just a great amount of energy this spring and there was a lot of buzz going on the day that both the (championship) games were here," added Touma, who is in his 23rd year coaching at Country Day. The teams "could support each other because the (game) times were staggered. It was pretty neat."

Lukas said many of the players on the boys' and girls' teams are friends.

"I feel like we're pretty close," he said. "We always talk about how both teams are doing well this year."

Bella and Lukas are especially close.

Lukas started playing lacrosse when he was in fourth grade at a private school in Florida; Bella started playing when she was in seventh grade. Lukas said he bought Bella her first lacrosse stick as a birthday present. They moved to North Carolina the summer before Lukas' freshman year.

The siblings have a lot in common on the field. They both play midfield, are both quick and aggressive and both even wear the same number, 26, which Lukas said Bella took from him her freshman year.

Lukas said watching Bella play motivates him to work harder.

"She scores a ton of goals and I'm always hearing, 'Bella had five tonight,'" he said. "It gets a little competitive."

But it's friendly competition. They like seeing each other succeed and constantly support each other.

"I love watching him," said Bella of Lukas, who also played on the football team.

"I get nervous watching him. I just want him to do well."

Lukas scored five goals for the Buccaneers in the playoffs. He played on the varsity squad four years but battled injury his first couple of years.

"He has a great spirit," said Touma. "He's had a great year this year. ... He was one of our consistent scorers in the midfield."

Bella has been named all-conference the past three years and was named all-state this year.

"She's really athletic, and she's very fast and very shifty and hard to guard, hence all the goals," said Burnam.

But despite the goals, "she's extremely humble and she's very, very good with her teammates," he said.

"Every year she gets better. I don't know what it will be like next year."

Things will be different for Bella next year not having Lukas around. He plans to go to the University of South Carolina.

"It's going to be so sad," she said. "Luke and I are pretty close."

But the Lovett lacrosse legacy won't end with Lukas and Bella: They have three younger siblings.

The oldest, Dean, played on the boys' eighth-grade team at Country Day this year, and the next-oldest, Faith, plays for the Charlotte Youth Lacrosse Association.

Lacrosse is a popular topic at home.

"We definitely talk about it at the dinner table all the time," said Bella.

"Especially when we both won the state championship."

-- Corey Inscoe