Saturday, May 31, 2014

Jason Grube named new boys basketball at Hough High

Jason Grube, who led East Mecklenburg to the 2008 N.C. 4A state boys basketball championship, is the new head coach at Hough High.

Grube won his 200th game in January 2013 and has a career record of 218-164. His 2013-14 Eagles team finished 14-13.

At Hough, Grube takes over for Justin Batts, who resigned to pursue a graduate degree.

Batts was selected the Observer's coach of the year for its All-Lake Norman area boys team for the 2013-14 season. Hough finished the season 22-6 and won the conference championship in the MECKA 4A, perhaps the toughest conference in North Carolina.

In the 2012-13, Batts led the Huskies to the school's biggest win, a N.C. 4A sectional championship win over heavily favored West Charlotte and then All-American center Kennedy Meeks to reach their first N.C. 4A Western Regional.

Next season, Hough is expected to return 6-8 forward Luke Maye, a high major Division I recruit. Maye made the All-Observer team for the second time this season.

Hough athletics director Masanori Toguchi said the school has also named former boys assistant Robert Ruthenburg as its new girls coach.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hough soccer stops Myers Park in three overtimes to make history

Hough's nationally ranked girls soccer team made history Tuesday night in the N.C. 4A state semifinals.

The Huskies (24-0-2) beat Myers Park in the first sudden death overtime, 2-1 on a header by Alex Denny with 74 seconds left. Hough made its third straight N.C. 4A state championship game, a first for Mecklenburg County girls 4A team.

The teams played two 40 minute halves, two 10 minute overtimes and nearly all of the first of two sudden death five-minute periods.

Myers Park lost for the third time to Hough this season. The Mustangs (23-3) were unbeaten against everyone else. Myers Park is 0-6-1 all time against Hough.

Hough will face unbeaten Panther Creek (23-0-1) in Saturday's state final in Raleigh. Hough is ranked No. 1 in the N.C. 4A soccer coaches poll. Panther Creek is No. 2.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

SoMeck 8 all-conference softball team

SoMeck 8 All-Conference softball

Hannah Davis, Haylee Ewert, Jessey Haasl, Erin Powers, Sterling Strickland, Ardrey Kell; Samantha Bates, Venus Gonzalez, Lori McCoy, Brooke Sanford, Lauryn Whitted, Olympic; Wyeth Folmar, Haley Reid, Kim Miramontes, Providence; Carrie Eberle, Callie Wiese, Charlotte Catholic; Jordan Harmon, Stephanie Mortensen, South Meck; Megan Hooper, Jill Sprague, West Meck; AJ Jenkins, Berry.

Player of the year: Grace Beatty, Olympic

Coach of the year: Rachel Dorr, Olympic

Friday, May 16, 2014

UNC offers Myers Park junior basketball star Rydeiah Rogers

North Carolina’s women basketball team has offered Myers Park junior Rydeiah Rogers. Rogers, a 6-1 forward shared the Observer’s All-Observer player of the year award with Providence Day’s McDonald’s All-American Jatarie White this season. Rogers led nationally ranked Myers Park to its first state championship in March, earning championship MVP in front of her father, Rodney Rogers, a former all-state high school player from Durham who went onto play at Wake Forest and in the NBA.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Hough golfer Patick Cover wins NCHSAA state title, makes history

Hough High’s Patrick Cover made history Tuesday. Cover shot a first-round 68 at Carolina Trace Country Club to take a first round and lead and backed it up with an even par 72. That two-day total of 140 left him in a playoff win Raleigh Millbrook’s Stephen Franklin, who shot a 68 Tuesday.

Cover birdied the first playoff hole to win the championship and become the first Mecklenburg County golfer to win the 4A title since Independence’s Per Wickman in 1992.

Raleigh Millbrook won the team title by eight shots over reigning champ Southern Pines Pinecrest. Hough and Myers Park tied for third.

Gastonia Forestview’s Will Blalock won the 3A title with a 2-under 70 at FoxFire Golf and Country Club to win the 3A state title. Blalock also won the 3A title in 2013. His 142 total was two shots better than South Point’s Nick Stafford and Burlington Williams’ William Register.

Forestview won its third straight team title, finishing 11 shots ahead of Marvin Ridge.

Newton-Conover won the 2A state championship at Longleaf Golf and Country Club. It was the school’s second straight. Shelby finished second seven shots back. Salisbury was third. Cole Jeffreys of Southwest Edgecomb was the individual champion, shooting a final round 68.

Bishop McGuinness won its fourth straight 1A title, 54 shots ahead of second place East Surry at Whispering Pines Country Club. Bishop McGuinness’ Tanner Owen won the individual title.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Defending state champs to play in High School Football Kickoff

The 2014 high school football season will open with the High School Football Kickoff Night Aug. 21 and 23, which includes a match-up between defending public school and private school state champions. 

The event will start with a double-header Thursday night at Memorial Stadium and will end with a game Saturday at Providence Day. 

The first game of the Thursday night double-header is between Sun Valley and Hough at 5:30 p.m. Sun Valley played in the event last year, losing to Charlotte Christian. 

The late game Thursday night, scheduled for 7:45 p.m., will be between N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I state champions Charlotte Christian and N.C. 4AA state champions Mallard Creek. 

Both teams finished undefeated last season. 

"It's a big step up for our program and we're looking forward to it," Charlotte Christian coach Jason Estep said. 

Providence Day will host Charlotte Catholic at 7 p.m. Saturday in the event's final game. 

Three of the six teams will have new head coaches when they kickoff the season: Mike Brodowicz at Charlotte Catholic, Miles Aldridge at Hough and Tad Baucom at Sun Valley.

-Corey Inscoe

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

West Charlotte High to honor Unseld "Bingo" Smith at 1st "WESPY" awards May 15

West Charlotte will honor former boys basketball star Unseld “Bingo” Smith for his perseverance in continuing his education after a tragic car accident in the 1990s at the first "WESPY" awards May 15.

Smith helped the Lions to the 1991 N.C. 4A state championship. Later, while heading home from college, Smith was involved in an accident where his car hydroplaned and crashed. It left him a quadriplegic.

The “WESPY” is a play on ESPN’s “ESPY” awards and West Charlotte plans to annually give a Unseld “Bingo” Smith Perserverance Award to a student who showcases leadership in athletics as well as education, plus someone who demonstrates resiliency daily.

The first awards will be presented May 15 at 6 p.m. at the Varick Conference Center. Smith will be honored by former North Carolina Tar Heel and NBA player Jeff McInnis. McInnis was a point guard and MVP of the ‘91 state champion. Current North Carolina center and former West Charlotte McDonald’s All-American Kennedy Meeks will return for the awards. Jacotron Potts, founder of ICAN Empowerment Company, will give the keynote address.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Brodowicz named Charlotte Catholic's head football coach

Michael Brodowicz will be the new head football coach at Charlotte Catholic next year, according to a release from the school Friday.

Brodowicz has been with Charlotte Catholic since 2002 and has been a member of a staff that won two state championships (2004 and 2005) and finished as state runner-up three times, most recently the 2012 3AA state title game.

Brodowicz, a defensive assistant coach, will replace longtime coach Jim Oddo, who announced his retirement in February after more than 40 years with the Cougars.

Before coming to Charlotte Catholic, Brodowicz was the defensive coordinator and head junior varsity coach at Providence Day.

He has also been an assistant coach at Elon University and at Eastern Alamance High.

-Corey Inscoe