Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Area athletes have good 3A track and field meet

Several Cabarrus County athletes had good showings at the 3A track and field meet last weekend.

Cox Mill's Tori Elliott finished second in the girls' 100-meter dash with a 12:06. The senior also placed fifth in the 200 meter with a time of 25.09 and third in the long jump with a jump of 16-9.75.

Jay M. Robinson's Madison Fulfrd was fourth in the girls' 300-meter hurdles. His teammate McCann Sheridan finished fourth in the boys' 800 meter runs.

Samara Tisdale was third in the girls' shot put with a 36-4.5 for A.L. Brown. She also placed 12th in the discus.

Hickory Ridge's Elizabeth Olesen was state runner-up in the girls' high jump, while teammate Nora Shafer placed fourth.

The Ragin' Bulls' Mikayla Kinloch was state runner-up in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump.

On the boys' side, Northwest Cabarrus' Will England was fourth in the 110-meter hurdles and runner up in the 300-meter hurdles.

A.L. Brown's Damien Washington was third with a 21.82 in the 200-meter dash. He was also fifth in the long jump with a 21-10.

Aaron Sandifer was third in the 110-meter hurdles and fifth in the 300 hurdles for Hickory Ridge. Teammate Jordan Warren was fourth the boys' triple jump.

Northwest's Josh Marco was fifth in the boys' pole vault. He had a 13-feet jump in the event.

Cox Mill's Ryan Hill was forth in the boys' 100 meters, while Elijah Goins was fifth in the 110-meter hurdles.

These are the meet's final standings for local squads:

3A girls

8. Hickory Ridge
17. Cox Mill
22. Jay M. Robinson
35. A.L. Brown

3A boys

12. Northwest Cabarrus
15. Hickory Ridge
16. Cox Mill
17. A.L. Brown
24. Jay M. Robinson
53. Concord
53. Mount Pleasant

For full results, go here.

Playoff update (May 22)

The spring high school season in Cabarrus County is officially done.

Hickory Ridge fell to South Rowan 8-2 to end its season in the third round of the 3A baseball playoffs, while First Assembly lost in the independent schools' 2A state semifinals 8-3 to Caldwell Academy.

In softball, both Jay M. Robinson and Central Cabarrus lost in the third round. The Bulldogs dropped a 5-1 game to North Iredell while the Vikings lost 7-1 to Weddington to wrap up their years.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Cabarrus is down to one team in baseball playoffs

With South Piedmont Conference champion Northwest Cabarrus losing 1-0 to Carson Thursday night, Hickory Ridge is the lone conference team to make the third round of the 3A state playoffs.

The Ragin' Bulls defeated conference foe Mount Pleasant 14-4 Tuesday to reach the district round.

Hickory Ridge will host South Rowan Friday night in Harrisburg.

Eagles playing in independent school semifinals

First Assembly's baseball team faces Caldwell Academy in the 2A independent school semifinals Friday afternoon at Rocky Mount Academy.

The Eagles, the No. 4 seed in the tournament, goes into the game with a 13-7 game. Caldwell Academy is the No. 1-seeded team in the bracket with a 20-4 mark.

The winner will face either Harrells Christian or Westchester Country in a best-of-three series starting at 7 p.m and continuing Saturday.

Robinson, Central still playing softball

The top two SPC softball teams, Central Cabarrus and Jay M. Robinson, both won their second-round games this week.

Robinson defeated Marvin Ridge 4-3, while Central Cabarrus won 4-3 against Carson to reach the 3A district round.

The Vikings will host Weddington, while the Bulldogs travel to North Iredell Friday night.

SPC girls' soccer teams all eliminated

Cox Mill was the only South Piedmont Conference team to reach the third round of the playoffs. The Chargers lost that game 4-0 to Charlotte Catholic.

A.L. Brown and Jay M. Robinson won their first-round game, but were ousted in the following round. Hickory Ridge and Mount Pleasant didn't get out of the opening round.

For full brackets: check out the baseball, softball and girls' soccer pages on the NCHSAA website.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Cabarrus playoff update (May 14)

This past weekend was a busy one in playoff action. Here is a recap of results (Cabarrus County teams in bold).


Hickory Ridge def. East Rowan 8-7
Mount Pleasant def. Harding 11-0
Asheboro def. Jay M. Robinson 2-0
Northwest Cabarrus def. North Guilford 6-3
Charlotte Catholic def. Cox Mill 12-5

Tuesday's second round games:
Mount Pleasant at Hickory Ridge
Jesse Carson at Northwest Cabarrus

Click here for full baseball brackets.


North Iredell def. Northwest Cabarrus 13-0
Hickory Ridge def. Berry Academy 22-0
Jay M. Robinson def. South Guilford 6-0
Central Cabarrus def. Burlington Williams 7-2
Mount Pleasant def. Charlotte Catholic 5-0

Tuesday’s second-round games:
Hickory Ridge at North Iredell
Jay M. Robinson at Marvin Ridge
Jesse Carson at Central Cabarrus
Mount Pleasant at Weddington

Click here for full baseball brackets.

Girls' soccer

West Rowan def. A.L. Brown 2-0
Marvin Ridge def. Jay M. Robinson 5-0
Cox Mill def. Parkwood 6-1

Tuesday’s third-round games:
Cox Mill at Charlotte Catholic

Click here for full girls' soccer brackets.

Boys' tennis

All of Cabarrus County representatives to the boys' tennis 3A state championship dropped early matches.

Victor Nechar (Cox Mill) lost in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 to Lenoir Hibriten’s Paul Hogan in the first round of singles play.  B.J. Beecher and Mason Croley (Concord) also lost in the first round of doubles play, dropping their match 6-3, 6-2 to Tito Poplawski-David Howerton (Asheville).

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Cannon announces new boys' basketball coach

Courtesy of Cannon School
Cannon School announced in a release that it has chosen Ché Roth to lead its boys’ varsity basketball program.

“I am thrilled that Ché Roth is Cannon’s new head coach,” said Garth Adams, Cannon's athletic director, in the statement. “He is a person of integrity, energy and passion and a coach of the highest caliber.  I am excited to work with him to provide a positive experience for our students.”

Roth has more than 15 years of experience as a collegiate and amateur basketball coach as well as an NBA scout, a role he currently serves.

"Success on the court means more than winning games," said Roth in the press release. "It’s about developing leadership and excellence in young people.”

As an assistant men’s basketball coach at Kennesaw State University (Ga.), the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Washburn University (Kan.), Roth saw his first responsibility as “developing high character, strong academic, quality young men who strive for success on and off the court.”

Under Roth’s tutelage at Kennesaw State and UMKC, eight players earned all-conference honors and several players earned national recognition. Sixteen of Roth’s former players have gone on to play professionally.

During Roth’s coaching career, 98 percent of his players graduated college, six were named academic All-American and 29 were selected for academic all-conference teams.

Roth replaces Glen Taylor, whose Cougars went 7-20 this past season.

Five Cabarrus squads reach softball playoffs

As promised, here are the first-round match-ups for the five South Piedmont 3A teams that qualified for the softball playoffs (local teams in bold).

No. 5 Burlington Williams (9-8) at No. 1 Central Cabarrus (22-2)
No. 4 Southern Guilford (13-8) at No. 2  Jay M. Robinson (16-4)
No. 3 Hickory Ridge (13-7) at No. 2 Berry (7-11)
No. 4 Northwest Cabarrus (13-8) at No. 1 North Iredell (17-3)
No. 5 Mount Pleasant (11-11) at No. 1 Charlotte Catholic (17-6)

As in baseball, first-round games are slated to be played by Friday.

For full 3A and other classifications' brackets, visit the NCHSAA website.

Baseball playoff match-ups announced for five Cabarrus squads

Five South Piedmont Conference teams made it into the 3A baseball playoffs when the N.C. High School Athletic Association released its brackets Wednesday.

Here are the Cabarrus County teams' first-round match-ups (with local teams bolded):

No. 5 North Guilford (12-10) at No. 1 Northwest Cabarrus (22-4)
No. 4 Asheboro (10-12) at No. 2 Jay M. Robinson (16-11)
No. 3 Mount Pleasant (14-10) at No. 2 Harding (3-12)
No. 4 Hickory Ridge (14-12) at No. 1 East Rowan (10-12)
No. 5 Cox Mill (13-13) at No. 1 Charlotte Catholic (15-8)

For complete 3A and other classification brackets, visit the NCHSAA website.

Check back later this morning for softball playoff brackets.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Charger, Spider duo reach 3A boys' tennis championships

Cox Mill's Victor Nechar and Concord's doubles partners B.J. Beecher and Mason Croley will compete at this weekend's 3A boys' tennis championships at Burlington Tennis Center.

Semifinalists in both singles and doubles at the regional level qualify for the state championships, which will take place May 11-12.

Here's a list of 3A qualifiers (Cabarrus players in bold):

3A -Burlington Tennis Center
Chaz Fitzpatrick (Eastern Wayne) vs. Pierce Beary (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons)
Joey Hatala (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge) vs. Daniel May (Hickory)
Matt Daly (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) vs. Soren Wonde (Cleveland)
Paul Hogan (Lenoir Hibriten) vs. Victor Nechar (Concord Cox Mill)
Chaney Barnes (Kings Mountain) vs. Hayden Faulkenbury (China Grove Jesse Carson)
Eric Greene (Western Alamance) vs. Nick Jones (Wilson Fike)
Kyle Johnson (Charlotte Catholic) vs. Isaac Sluder (Waynesville Tuscola)
Russell Turner (Eastern Wayne)) vs. John Dangerfield (Cameron Union Pines)

Will Hoff-Michael Kearney (Pikeville Charles B. Aycock) vs. Ricky Ydrovo-Thomas Freeman (Thomasville Ledford)
Matthew Martinez-Zach Sachee (Charlotte Catholic) vs. Alex Arditti-Luke Kessel (Hickory)
Killian Steer-Matt Galush (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) vs. Julian Marrero-Eric Joyner (Northern Nash)
Sandler Gensch-Logan Andrew (Belmont South Point) vs. Bobby Hatala-Woody Watson (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge)
Tito Poplawski-David Howerton (Asheville) vs. B.J. Beecher-Mason Croley (Concord)
Aaron Weber-Bryan Zhang (Chapel Hill) vs. Edwin Burnett-Patrick Evans (South Brunswick)
Parks Thompson-Julian Hawkins (Statesville) vs. Michael Turlington-Adam Greer (West Henderson)
Phillip Packard-Drayton Williams (Wilson Fike) vs. Andrew Stephenson-Jack Harrison (Burlington Williams)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Five Cabarrus teams reach girls' soccer playoffs

South Piedmont Conference girls' soccer champion Cox Mill and four other Cabarrus County teams reached the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A playoffs.

The Chargers (13-6-1) will host Rockingham in the first round, which is slated for Wednesday.

No. 2 seed Jay M. Robinson will also have a first-round home game, hosting Southwest Randolph.

No. 3 A.L. Brown will travel to Charlotte to play Berry Academy, while No. 4 Hickory Ridge and No. 5 Mount Pleasant will play at West Rowan and Charlotte Catholic, respectively.

For full girls' soccer playoff brackets, visit the NCHSAA website.

Trojans win SPC tourney title

Northwest Cabarrus added a SPC tournmanent title to its regular season conference crown Thursday, defeating Jay M. Robinson 12-2 in five inning. Northwest was impressive in the conference tournament, defeating its opponents 30-5 in its three games.

The Trojans will be the top seed out of the SPC when the 3A playoffs get under way Friday. Brackets are expected to be released Tuesday.

Central wins softball tournament

With an 8-1 win against Jay M. Robinson, Central Cabarrus capped its season undefeated against SPC opponents and claimed the SPC softball tournament title.

The Vikings finished their season 21-2 and will be the No. 1 seed out of their conference in the playoffs. The 3A softball brackets should also be released Tuesday. First-round games are scheduled for Friday.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

SPC teams fall in tennis playoffs

The South Piedmont Conference had a bad day on the tennis courts in the first round of 3A dual-team playoffs.

Concord, the conference champions, lost to Charlotte Catholic 8-1 at Frank Liske Park, while No. 2 seed Jay M. Robinson dropped its match 6-0 to North Piedmont champs Statesville. Wildcard Central Cabarrus lost to Southern Carolina champions Marvin Ridge 6-0.

For full brackets, visit the NCHSAA website.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Three Cabarrus tennis teams make 3A dual team playoffs

Concord, Jay M. Robinson and Central Cabarrus will begin play in the 3A dual-team boys' tennis playoffs Tuesday.

The South Piedmont Conference champion Spiders will host Charlotte Catholic. Senior Mason Croley and junior B.J. Beecher lead Concord.

The young Bulldogs, the second-place SPC finishers, are led by sophomore Ky Mu Baek and junior Mike Messina, will travel to face the North Piedmont champion Statesville.

Central Cabarrus, a wildcard team led by seniors Eli Lowder and Justin Morgan, travels to Marvin Ridge High.

For full boys' tennis dual-team brackets, visit the NCHSAA website.

The individual boys' tennis regional tournaments take place Friday and Saturday. The 3A Midwest regional, which is hosted by Concord, will take place at Les Myles Park.

Playoff schedule

The boys' tennis dual-team playoffs are just the first of many postseason tournaments getting under way in the coming weeks. Here is the full NCHSAA playoff schedule.

Boys' golf
Regional:  May 7
State: May 14-15

Boys' tennis
Regional:  May 4-5
State: May 11-12

Dual team
1st round: May 1
District: May 8
Sectional: May 14
Regional: May 16
State: May 19

Track and field
Regional: May 12
State: May 18-19

1st round: May 4
District: May 8
Sectional: May 11
Regional: May 15
State: May 18-19

Girls' soccer
1st round: May 9
2nd round: May 12
District: May 16
Sectional: May 19
Regional: May 23
State: May 25-26

1st round: May 11
2nd round: May 15
District: May 18
Sectional: May 22
Regional: May 24-26
State: June 1-2

1st round: May 11
2nd round: May 15
District: May 18
Sectional: May 22
Regional: May 24-26
State: June 1-2

Stay tuned for the independent school schedule later in the week.