Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wrestling: Bulldog Duals results

Jay M. Robinson High School hosted the second Bulldog Duals wrestling tournament Saturday, which featured 18 teams from around the state, including six teams from the South Piedmont Conference.

Robinson made it to the finals of the tournament, where they lost to Davie County 42-28. The tournament featured six preliminary and final pools with three teams each. The 2-0 teams from the top two final pools wrestled for the championship.

Cox Mill won their first wrestling match as a school with a 54-27 preliminary win against South Point. They finished 12th overall.

Northwest Cabarrus finished sixth and Concord finished seventh after beating Independence 48-36. Central Cabarrus ended up in 14th and A.L. Brown finished 17th.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Concord's Wilson signs with Washington State

Heather Wilson, a senior at Concord High School, has committed to play volleyball at Washington State University, where she will major in pre-veterinary medicine. Wilson was featured in the first issue of the Cabarrus News.

A 6-foot setter, Heather has been accepted for early admittance to WSU and will begin classes in January 2010. Wilson is a four-year volleyball letter-winner at Concord, where she was player of the year in 2008 and again this year for the South Piedmont

"(Heather) will have the opportunity to lead this team as a freshman setter and I am confident that with hard work and preparation Heather will continue the momentum that we gained during the 2009 season," said Washington State head coach Andrew Palileo.

Wilson (center) is pictured above with (front) father Joseph, mother Stacey, (behind) athletic director George Walker and volleyball coach Leanne Havely.

Cannon 4th-grade golfer competes nationally

Cannon School fourth-grader Michael Sanders of Davidson, N.C., recently completed a busy season of golf. He traveled throughout the Carolinas during the summer and fall to play in tournaments with both the National Junior Golf Club and U.S. Kids Golf.

He won at Northstone Country Club in Huntersville (score of 76) and Rocky River Golf Club in Concord (73), placed 2nd at TPC Piper Glen in Charlotte (73), and 3rd at the Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis (74). Because of his level of play, he qualified for the National Junior Golf Club World Championship, which was played at Sea Trails Resort in Sunset Beach, N.C. over Labor Day weekend. Michael placed 3rd out of 10 boys in his age group.

He won a U.S. Kids Golf World Qualifier tournament at Beacon Ridge in Pinehurst, N.C. last summer, which qualified him for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship in Pinehurst in August. Michael placed 43rd out of 143 boys in the nine-year old division.

This fall, he has participated in several other tournaments with the U.S. Kids Golf program. He finished 4th at Highland Creek Golf Club in Charlotte (37 for 9 holes) and 2nd at Cherokee Valley Golf Club in Travelers Rest, S.C, (37 for 9 holes). At River Run, he won his flight in the Junior Club championship and finished his season by winning the Junior Member-Member championship with a 15-year old partner.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Concord's Hammonds signs with Charlotte

Concord girls' basketball player Nyshia Hammonds signed to play basketball at UNC Charlotte next year.

The senior averaged 17 points and seven rebounds per game last year. She is the first Cabarrus County girls' player to score 1000 points as a junior. She was also named the MVP of the state championship game in 2008.

“Nyshia is the most talented yet hardest working player I have ever coached," said Concord coach Angela Morton. "Her ability to score off the dribble and make plays for her teammates sets her apart in the women's game."

Cannon School wins Cannon Classic

Cannon School beat Northside Christian Friday and Mt. Zion Saturday to win their own Cannon Classic for the first time in school history.

Jarell Eddie and Keith Belfield dominated in both games to give the Cougars the win. Belfield scored 37 and Eddie scored 33 in the 100-72 win over Northside. Eddie also had 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.

In the championship game against Mt. Zion, Eddie had another 33-point performance and grabbed nine rebounds. Belfield had 21 points and nine rebounds in the 75-72 win.

Belfield and Eddie's younger brother, Jason, made the all-tournament team. Jarell Eddie was named the tournament MVP.

Cannon travels to Red Springs on Thursday to play in a tournament hosted by Flora MacDonald Academy. Other teams in the tournament include Quality Education Academy (Winston Salem), Mt. Zion (Durham), Upper Room Christian (Raleigh), Wesleyan Academy (High Point), Christian Faith Academy (Creedmoor) and Red Springs.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Two Bulldogs sign letters of intent

Tabby Koerner, a senior at Jay M. Robinson High School, received a full athletic scholarshipto play basketball at Gardner Webb University. The 6-foot-1 senior averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds last year.

Pictured (from left): (front) Brenda Koerner, Tabby’s mother, Tabby Koerner, and Jessie Koerner, Tabby’s father. (Second) Athletic director Mark Driscoll, Loren Koerner, sister, Brody Koerner, brother, and Lin Smithson, basketball coach.

Senior Katie Zavodny signed a letter of intent to play softball next year at Liberty University.

Pictured (from left): (front) Jon Zavodny, father, Katie Zavodny, Kelli Zavodny, mother. (Back) Mark Driscoll, athletic director, Jim Allen, softball coach.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Cannon School No. 2 in boys' basketball preseason poll

Cannon School is No. 2 in the Observer's preseason Sweet 16 basketball poll. A big part of Cannon's success depends on senior Jarell Eddie, who signed a letter of intent to play at Virginia Tech Wednesday.

Concord is ranked No. 9 after making it to the regional finals last year.

The Concord girls' team is ranked fifth in the preseason poll. Jay M. Robinson is No. 11 preseason.

See Wednesday's Cabarrus News for a full girls' and boys' basketball preview.

Concord, Jay M. Robinson fall in third round.

Concord and Jay M. Robinson both lost third round soccer playoff matches today, ruining the chances of a South Piedmont Conference match-up in the quarterfinals of the N.C. 3A tournament.

Robinson (20-3-1) fell to Charlotte Catholic (21-1-3) 1-0, ending a 16-game win streak. The Bulldogs were out-shot 13-3 in the contest.

Marvin Ridge (19-2-1) beat Concord 2-0 (10-8-1).

Marvin Ridge will face Charlotte Catholic in the quarterfinals.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Football scores: Nov. 13

This week marked the first round of the NCHSAA playoffs for five South Piedmont teams, four of which played against each other Friday.

3A West:
Concord 29, Northwest Cabarrus 20

3AA West:
Hickory Ridge 25, North Forsyth 6
A.L. Brown 30, Jay M. Robinson 14

The NCISAA semifinal game between First Assembly and Forsyth Country Day was postponed until tonight (Saturday) at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rainy conditions could affect playoff games

Langston Wertz Jr. posted on the Prep Insiders blog today about how this weeks rain is affecting the playoff games in football and soccer this week. Many soccer games in the Charlotte area have been rescheduled to Thursday, which is leaving some schools only 24 hours to get the already damaged fields ready for Friday night's football games.

Look for some of these matches to get postponed until Saturday.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Concord, Jay M. Robinson still alive on soccer playoffs

With a 4-2 upset win over Statesville, Concord moved onto the third round of the state 3A playoffs where they will face Marvin Ridge.

Jay M. Robinson also moved onto the third round with a 2-1 overtime win against North Iredell. The Bulldogs will play Charlotte Catholic in the next round.

If both teams win, they will see each other in the state quarterfinals this weekend.

Northwest Cabarrus fell to Marvin RIdge in the second round, 2-1.

Football playoff pairings announced

The NCHSAA football playoff pairings were announced Saturday and five South Piedmont Conference teams will have a chance for the state title.

Jay M. Robinson, Hickory Ridge and A.L. Brown are in the 3AA West bracket while Northwest Cabarrus and Concord are in the 3A West bracket.

Here are the first round pairings:

Class 3AA West:

No. 5 Hickory Ridge at No. 8 North Forsyth
No. 14 Jay M. Robinson at No. 3 A.L. Brown

Class 3A West:

No. 9 Northwest Cabarrus at No. 8 Concord

Two first round conference rematches should be interesting Friday. Northwest Cabarrus beat Concord 40-32 in their last meeting, while A.L. Brown beat Robinson 34-14 earlier in the season.

To look at the full brackets, visit www.nchsaa.org. Games will be played Friday night.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Football scores: Nov. 6

Concord 13, A.L. Brown 10.

The Spiders pulled of a huge upset in Kannapolis and take home the bell for the first time since 2006. After starting the season 0-6, Concord won five straight to finish 5-6 (5-2 South Piedmont Conference) and earn a No. 8 seed in the NCHSAA 3A playoffs.

Hickory Ridge 28, Jay M. Robinson 26

Mount Pleasant 34, Central Cabarrus 12

Northwest Cabarrus 42, Cox Mill 7

NCISAA Division II playoffs, first round:

First Assembly 55, Asheville School 13

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Soccer: Three South Piedmont teams advance to second round

Concord, Jay M. Robinson and Northwest Cabarrus moved on to the second round of the NCHSAA 3A soccer tournament with wins last night.

Concord won 1-0 over No. 2 seed Waddell, Northwest Cabarrus powered past Northeast Guilford 3-0 and Jay M. Robinson breezed past Southern Guilford 7-0.

Hickory Ridge lost 2-0 to a No. 1 seeded Statesville while Central Cabarrus was manhandled by a very tough Charlotte Catholic team, 9-0.

Concord will face Statesville in the second round. Northwest Cabarrus will play Marvin Ridge and Jay M. Robinson will play North Iredell.

Monday, November 2, 2009

NCHSAA Boys Soccer Tournament seeding announced

The brackets for the NCHSAA Boys Soccer Tournament were released today. Five teams from the South Piedmont conference made the tournament.

Here are their first round pairings:

Hickory Ridge vs. Statesville
Concord vs. Waddell
Northwest Cabarrus vs. Northeast Guilford
Jay M. Robinson vs. Southern Guilford
Central Cabarrus vs. Charlotte Catholic

First round matches will be played Tuesday and Wednesday.

Also, Jay M. Robinson is ranked fourth in this weeks Observer Sweet 16 Soccer Poll, moving up one spot from last week.

Football scores: Oct. 30

Cox Mill 30, Central Cabarrus 13

Cox Mill wins the schools first ever football game. Now they face their old school Northwest Cabarrus in their final game Friday.

Concord 33, Hickory Ridge 20
Concord freshman quarterback B.J. Beecher threw for 337 yards and 4 touchdowns in the win. The Spiders have won four straight and are looking hot coming into Friday's rivalry game against A.L. Brown.

Jay M. Robinson 28, Mount Pleasant 25
Bulldogs have won three straight and are now in a three-way tie for second in the conference.

A.L. Brown 35, Northwest Cabarrus 21
Brown makes a second-half comeback and clinches the South Piedmont Conference title.

First Assembly 40, Northside Christian 14
First Assembly finishes the regular season undefeated. They will face Asheville School in the first round of the NCISAA 3A playoffs.

Cross Country 3A regional championships

All of the local cross country teams participated in the 3A regional championships on Saturday at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte. The Concord boys team and the Hickory Ridge girls team qualified for the state meet next weekend at Tanglewood Park by finishing in the top four. The Concord team won their first ever conference championship earlier in the season.

Concord boys cross country team, from left: Ethan Kindley, Casey Aldridge, Sean Daley, Fred Irving, Andrew Nance, Austin Rohrer, Taylor McClain, Brian Davis, Coach Bob Allensworth.

Larry Scaggs (A.L. Brown), Michael York (South Rowan), Lucas Baity (Cox Mill) and Christopher Ramsay (Jay M. Robinson) all qualified as individuals.

Meaghan McCauley (Jay M. Robinson), Leslie Pence (West Rowan), Emily Kinney (South Rowan), and Sierra Hagl (Northwest Cabarrus) were the girls that advanced as individuals.

Larry Scaggs (A.L. Brown), Ross Oden (East Rowan), Cole Honeycutt (East Rowan), Michael York (South Rowan), Sean Daley (Concord) were all the local runners that earned all region honors by finishing in the top 12. In the girls race, Meaghan McCauleey (Jay M. Robinson), Teal McLean (Hickory Ridge), Sierra Hagl (Northwest Cabarrus), Leslie Pence (West Rowan) earned all region honors.

Below are the full local results of the meet.

Boys Midwest Regional: Top 4 Teams Qualify for States
1. Marvin Ridge 46, 2. Charlotte Catholic 64, 3. E. Rowan 104, 4. Concord 130, 5. Jay M. Robinson 133, 7. S. Rowan 215, 8. Cox Mill 238, 9. A.L. Brown 244, 11. Northwest Cabarrus 343, 12. Hickory Ridge 346, 16. Central Cabarrus 443, 17. Mount Pleasant 460

Boys Individuals:
Concord: 9. Sean Daley 17:03, 13. Fred Irving 17:08, 20. Austin Rohrer 17:19, 25. Brian Davis 17:31, 65. Taylor McClain 18:40, 72. Ethan Kindley 18:52, 73. Casey Aldridge 18:53

Jay M. Robinson: 18. Christopher Ramsay 17:14, 19. Eric Kinzer 17:15, 27. Clifford Buck 17:32, 30. Andrew Fried 17:37, 41. Christopher Bellis 17:49, 44. William Witt 17:57, 47. Hunter Weikle 18:03

Cox Mill: 17. Lucas Baity 17:11, 28. Logan Albers 17:34, 52. Mason Padgett 18:13, 66. Taylor Page 18:42, 81. Conor Reid 19:18, 87. Devin Horner 19:25, 96. Parker Welch 19:59

A.L. Brown: 2. Larry Scaggs 16:25, 53. Jose Navarette 18:13, 58. Zach Fesperman 18:33, 69. Timmy Hall 18:48, 70. Mason Forrest 18:49, 77. Jackson Boone 19:14, 86. Mitchell Howell 19:24

Northwest Cabarrus: 35. Matt Savage 17:42, 71. Luke Dutch 18:50, 74. Ben Prokop 18:56, 83. Robbie Golde 19:20, 88. Raul Doyle 19:33, 90. Andrew Dehlin 19:38, 95. Sebastian Yow 19:58

Hickory Ridge: 43. Nick Rupp 17:52, 50. Casey Buddenbaum 18:11, 63. Matt Ninneman 18:39, 97. Earl Coble 20:05, 101. Chris Smith 20:25, 108. Locke Revels 20:41, 113. Braden Zahora 21:19

Central Cabarrus: 59. Quentin Vandenberg 18:34, 94. Kodie Lowe 19:57, 98. Will Windham 20:18, 99. Branden Lackey 20:23, 104. Allan Griffiths 20:34, 115. Chris Reynart 21:43

Mount Pleasant: 23. Michael Dilks 17:22, 79. Jonah Lurati 19:17, 122. Colton Haynes 22:36, 124. DJ Forche 23:03, 126. Caleb Davis 24:54

Girls Team Results:
1. Weddington 45, 2. Marvin Ridge 57, 3. Charlotte Catholic 70, 4. Hickory Ridge 137, 5. Jay M. Robinson 165, 7. Northwest Cabarrus 206, 8. AL Brown 232, 12. Cox Mill 337, 14. Mount Pleasant 349

Girls Individuals:
Hickory Ridge: 3. Teal McLean 19:22, 21. Taryn Stern 20:54, 31. Samantha Allen 21:38, 41. Sarah Heidenfeldt 22:17, 53. Haley Craig 23:02, 55. Samantha Rogaczewski 23:12, 69. Lainey Foley 23:58

Jay M. Robinson: 2. Meaghan McCauley 19:19, 32. Alexandra Hairfield 21:40, 36. Alyssa Lashway 21:50, 51. Andrea O'Connell 22:57, 58. E. Carlisle Sheridan 23:18

Northwest Cabarrus: 10. Sierra Hagl 20:06, 33. Stephanie Isidori 21:43, 43. Mercury Artega 22:21, 68. Shelby Wood 23:54, 71. Samantha Oglesbee 24:01, 87. Kristina Golde 24:55, 89. Jordan Carmichael 25:00

A.L. Brown: 37. Hannah Bonarrigo 21:53, 44. Haley Stewart 22:25, 52. India Rattler 22:58, 54. Jordan Forrest 23:07, 64. Natalie Tresslar 23:40, 70. Jacqueline Murillo 24:00, 88. Ashlin Sassman 24:56

Cox Mill: 49. Alicia Tapp 22:51, 65. Kristine Nesslinger 23:41, 78. Brooke Dunham 24:16, 90. Megha Kalaria 25:07, 92. Lauren Carmichael 25:10, 93. Claire Thetford 25:41, 108. Roshan Quinn 29:11

Mount Pleasant: 18. Gesa Amelung 20:36, 74. Kandace Thomas 24:04, 85. Kelly Swanson 24:49, 109. Lindsay Crudele 29:31, 111. Anna Dysart 30:39, 114. Ella Wickliff 31:05

Concord: 100. Lily Santiago 26:42, 101. Kasey Rohrer 26:42, 102. Victoria Vanover 26:57, 105. LeeAnn Fleming 27:55

Central Cabarrus: 59. Emma Rosenthal 23:19, 67. Tori Cragan 23:50, 107. Amber Turner 28:22