Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Postseason update (Feb. 21)

SPC teams stuggle in first round
After the first round of basketball playoffs, only four of the 10 Cabarrus County teams that made either the boys' or girls' 3A playoffs remain in their respective tournaments.

Concord's boys, which were coming off only their second loss of the year, and South Piedmont Conference tournament champions Jay M. Robinson are still alive in the 3A brackets. On the girls' side, the Lady Spiders and the Lady Bulldogs also won their first-round games Monday night.

Here are the scores for local teams (in bold):

Concord def. MC Michael 100-53
Charlotte Catholic def. Central Cabarrus 71-41
Jay M. Robinson def. East Rowan 66-40
Harding def. A.L. Brown 81-55
North Forsyth def. Hickory Ridge 82-69

Parkwood def. Hickory Ridge 63-43
Jay M. Robinson def. West Rowan 74-42
Anson def. Northwest Cabarrus 55-27
Concord def. Carson 68-59
Ledford def. A.L. Brown 56-20

These are the second-round match-ups (to be played Wednesday):

West Rowan at Concord 7 p.m.
Jay M. Robinson at Statesville 7 p.m

Jay M. Robinson at Anson 7 p.m.
Concord at North Iredell, 7 p.m.

Athletes gear up for wrestling championships
Five Cabarrus County wrestlers who claimed 3A Midwest regional titles this past weekend - Robinson's Garrison White (126) and Kenan Robertson (152), Hickory Ridge's Troy Gregor (113) and Josh Chapman (285) as well as Mount Pleasant's Ryan Johns (182) - will compete at the 3A state championships, which will be held Thursday through Saturday in Greensboro.

The five regional champs will be joined by the top four finishers in their respective weight classes at regionals. Here is a complete list of state qualifiers.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Updated SPC 3A basketball brackets (Feb. 16)

South Piedmont 3A

Girls (final played Friday at A.L. Brown):
No. 1 Jay M. Robinson vsNo. 2 Hickory Ridge, 6 p.m.

Boys (final played Friday at A.L. Brown):

No. 2 Jay M. Robinson vs.  No. 1 Concord, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, February 13, 2012

SPC basketball tournaments ready to tip off

The Southern Piedmont Conference basketball tournaments kicks off its first round of play today.

On the boys' side, Concord earned the No. 1 seed. The Spiders, which are coming off its first loss of the year to rival A.L. Brown Friday, finished the regular season with a 22-1 (13-1) record. The winners of tonight's games, which take place at the higher seed's gym, will play at Tuesday's semifinals at A.L. Brown.

Jay M. Robinson claimed the top seed on the girls' side in a 55-47 win against Hickory Ridge Friday. The two teams entered the regular-season finale tied for first place with a 12-1 conference record. The Lady Bulldogs are 18-6 (14-1) going into the tournament. The winners of the girls' first-round games will play at A.L. Brown Wednesday.

Finals for both boys and girls will be held at A.L. Brown Friday. Here is the schedule for tonight's games:

South Piedmont 3A
(first round at higher seed, semifinals and finals at A.L. Brown)

No. 8 Northwest Cabarrus at No. 1 Concord 7: 30 p.m.
No. 5 Hickory Ridge at No. 4 Central Cabarrus 6 p.m.
No. 6 Cox Mill at No. 3 A.L. Brown 6 p.m.
No.  7 Mount Pleasant at No. 2 Jay M. Robinson 7:30 p.m.


No. 8 Cox Mill at No. 1 Jay M. Robinson 6 p.m.
No. 5 A.L. Brown at No. 4 Northwest Cabarrus 6 p.m.
No. 6 Central Cabarrus at No. 3 Concord 6 p.m.
No.  7 Mount Pleasant at No. 2 Hickory Ridge 6 p.m.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Bulldog junior wins state swimming title

Junior Griffin Fiedler won the 100-yard butterfly 3A title.
Photo by freelance writer Joe Habina
Jay M. Robinson’s Griffin Fiedler won the boys’ 100-yard butterfly 3A state championship with a time of 51.37 Thursday.

The junior, who also finished second in the 200-yard freestyle, led the Bulldog boys to a fifth-place finish at the state meet. Cox Mill and A.L. Brown finished sixth and seventh, respectively, at the championships. Concord was 10th.

Kannapolis sophomore Davied Sanchez also won a state title in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 52.44.

Jay M. Robinson’s girls, led by Hunter Rogers’ fourth-place 100-yard freestyle finish, were sixth. The Lady Charger tied for eighth, while the Lady Spiders placed 12th. Mount Pleasant is 14th and Northwest Cabarrus was 16th.

For full results, check the N.C. High School Athletic Association's website.

Robinson barely misses championship match

Robinson wrestling team lost to Southwest Randolph by one point in the regional match of the NCHSAA 3A dual-team playoffs Thursday.

The Bulldogs, which beat Gastonia Ashbrook, West Henderson and North Gaston on the way to the regional championship, finishes the year 21-2.

But the wrestling season if far from over, as the state's individual regional will be held Feb. 17-18.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Cabarrus athletes ready for state indoor meet

Six of the South Piedmont Conference's eight teams will have athletes competing at Saturday's N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A/2A/3A state indoor track meet at UNC Chapel Hill's Eddie Smith Field House.

A.L. Brown, Cox Mill, Hickory Ridge, Jay M. Robinson, Mount Pleasant and Northwest Cabarrus will all be represented at the event, which kicks off at 9 a.m.

Here is a list of the local athletes participating by school:

A.L. Brown: Jose Navarette (boys' 3,200-meter run), Timmy Hall (boys' 500-meter dash), Samara Tisdale (girls' shot put), Talvanisha Lawing (girls' 55-meter hurdles, 55-meter dash), Natalie Tresslar (girls' 3,200-meter run), Lexie Petty (girls' 1,000-meter run), boys' 4x400 relay, boys' 4x800 relay, girls' 4x800 relay.

Cox Mill: Tori Elliott (girls' 55-meter dash, 300-meter dash), Alicia Tapp (girls' 1,000-meter run), Ike Washington (boys' 300-meter dash), boys 4x800 relay.

Hickory Ridge: Elizabeth Olesen (girls' high jump), Aaron Sandiffer (boys' 55-meter hurdles).

Jay M. Robinson: Clifford Buck (boys' 3,200-meter run, 1,600-meter run); Taylor Bowers (boys’ pole vault), Shay Bossard (girls' shot put), Alyssa Lashway (girls' 1,000-meter run); Brooke Johns (girls' 1,600 meter run), Natalie Andejchak (girls' 3,200-meter run, 1,600 meter run), girls' 4x800 relay, boys' 4x800 relay.

Mount Pleasant: Kayleigh Norris (girls' pole vault), Brooke Mcelwain (girls' pole vault), Colby Miller (boys' shot put).

Northwest Cabarrus: Josh Marco (boys’ pole vault), Will England (boys' 55-meter hurdles, 300-meter dash).

For a full list of qualifiers to the 1A/2A/3A state meet, check out N.C. Runners' website.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Bulldogs, Wonders earn 3A dual playoff spots

Two South Piedmont 3A teams - Jay M. Robinson and A.L. Brown - made the N.C. High School Athletic Association's dual team 3A wrestling playoffs. First- and second-round dual match-ups will take place Tuesday. Regional matches are slated for Thursday while the state championships are scheduled for Saturday.

Here are the western part of the 3A bracket (local teams in bold):

At Jay M. Robinson High
No. 1 West Henderson (17-7) vs. WC East Rowan (19-5)
No. 1 Robinson (18-1) vs. No. 2 Ashbrook (19-6)
At North Gaston High
No. 1 North Gaston (26-8) vs. No. 2 Ledford (33-11)
No. 1 Freedom (13-6) vs. No. 1 Charlotte Catholic (26-7)
At Fred T. Foard High
No. 1 Enka (27-5) vs. No. 1 Fred T. Foard (28-1)
No. 1 Weddington (22-20) vs. No. 2 West Iredell (12-7)
At North Iredell High
No. 1 Southwest Randolph (32-3) vs. No. 2 A.L. Brown (19-14)
No. 1 North Iredell vs. WC St. Stephens (26-7)

For the full brackets , check out the NCHSAA's website.

Robinson leads local teams at swim regionals

Jay M. Robinson's boys finished third while its girls were fourth at Friday's 3A West swimming regionals to lead the way for Cabarrus County teams.

Both Cox Mill teams weren't far behind the Bulldogs, finishing fifth among the girls and fourth among the boys.

Robinson's Griffin Fielder won the 200-yard freestyle title, while Cox Mill's Ethan Garrison won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races as well as the 100-yard butterfly title. A.L. Brown's Davied Sanchez won the 100-yard backstroke.

For full results, the event's PDF results can be found on the NCHSAA's website.

Here are final standings of local teams:

Girl standings:

4. Robinson 149
5. Cox Mill 137
8. Concord 87
13. Hickory Ridge 50
18. Northwest Cabarrus 32
21. Central Cabarrus 18
27. Mount Pleasant 2

Boys standings:

3. Robinson 175
4. Cox Mill 170
5. Concord 148
8. A.L. Brown 127
9. Mount Pleasant 89.5
12. Hickory Ridge 62
13. Northwest Cabarrus 57