Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cougars win state golf title

From left: Pat Whisenant,Taylor Bunten, Anna Redding, Annie Collom

Cannon School repeated as private school girls’ golf champions, winning by 26 shots over second-place Durham Academy Oct. 24 at Mid Pines Golf Club in Pinehurst.

The Cougars, under the direction of first-year coach Pat Whisenant, shot a combined low score of 249.

Junior Kate Collom and sophomore Anna Redding led the way, tying for second place with their 18-hole score of 82.

Sophomore Annie Collom shot an 85 while classmate Taylor Bunten posted a 94.

The Colloms sisters and Redding were named to the all-state team.

“It's been a real honor to be a part of this run and these girls, who are great players and people,” Whisenant said. “They lifted each other up when they weren't putting well today and pulled it together for a state championship.”

Cannon was equally as impressive last year, when the Cougars won by 22 shots. The Cougars have beaten 25 of their last 26 opponents in the two-year span. Their only loss on the course was to defending 2A state champion Salisbury last year.

- Jay Edwards

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Concord upsets Cox Mill to earn spot in SPC finals

Concord's volleyball team knocked the No. 2 seed in the South Piedmont 3A volleyball tournament to reach Wednesday's finals against top-ranked Hickory Ridge.

After dropping both regular season meetings to the Chargers, the Spiders defeated Cox Mill 3-0 (25-22, 28-26, 25-22) Tuesday in the semifinals.

Hickory Ridge defeated Northwest Cabarrus 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-22) in the other semifinal and will host Concord at 6 p.m. for the tournament title.

Trojans roll to second round

Northwest Cabarrus, the SPC girls' tennis champions, reached the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association dual team playoffs after a 5-4 win against Gastonia Ashbrook Tuesday.

Jay M. Robinson, the conference runners-up, dropped its first-round match-up against Hickory 9-0 to wrap up its season.

The Trojans will host Marvin Ridge Oct. 23 in second-round play.

The 3A midwest individual regionals will be held Friday and Saturday at Concord. The top six singles and doubles players from the conference will participate.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Spider, Wonders named to Shrine Bowl roster

Concord quarterback B.J. Beecher as well as A.L. Brown's Kalif Phillips and Keeon Johnson were named to the North Carolina team that will play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, which will be played Dec. 15 at Wofford College in Spartanburg.

Here's the full roster:

Last NameFirst NameHigh School
PhillipsKalifA. L. Brown
JohnsonKeeonA. L. Brown
Rogers Jr.DaneCrest
WigginsSeanDavid W. Butler
BlankenshipColeDavie County
LewisGarryDouglas Byrd Senior
BlairChrisEast Forsyth
ClayAaronEastern Alamance
ThorbTimGarner Magnet
RoanePatrickGray’s Creek
WalkerBrianMallard Creek
MatauChristianNew Bern
LoganT.J.Northern Guilford
MannDequaivsNorthern Nash
WoganMattPorter Ridge
CovingtonDevanteRichmond Senior
CrowderTyroneRichmond Senior
JonesNazairRoanoke Rapids
SmithLachastenSouth Iredell
StarnesJordanSouth Stanly
GilmoreGregSouth View
DeleonJeffT. C. Roberson
SuberNoahT. C. Roberson
GouldRyanWest Forsyth
DueittBlakeWilliam A. Hough
DonaldsonKirkZebulon Vance
BrayntLarenzZebulon Vance

Eagles named all-conference

Several First Assembly soccer and volleyball players were named to their respective All-Metrolina Athletic Conference teams. Josh Denton, Michael Djali and Clarence Massalay were named all-conference in soccer, while Kathryn Eudy and Caroline Zwick were honored in volleyball.

Here are the complete All-MAC teams:

Boys' soccer
Caleb Allen – Covenant Day School
Aaron Armstrong – Gaston Christian School
Cameron Church – Covenant Day School
Josh Denton – First Assembly Christian School
Michael Djali – First Assembly Christian School
Zach Dunn – Northside Christian Academy
Yohei Kawabata – Northside Christian Academy
Jonathan Love – Hickory Grove Christian School
Christian MacArthur – SouthLake Christian Academy
Joey Magnani – Gaston Christian School
Clarence Massalay – First Assembly Christian School
Matthew McKnight – Covenant Day School
Justin Melton – Gaston Christian School
Alex Pardue – Hickory Grove Christian School
Dylan Ritch – Hickory Grove Christian School
Mark Steele – Covenant Day School
Michael Stewart – Covenant Day School
Rhem Stubbs – SouthLake Christian Academy
Ty Stubbs – SouthLake Christian Academy

Hannah Billiard – Covenant Day School
Sumerlyn Carruthers – Westminster Catawba Christian School
Megan Embry – Covenant Day School
Kathryn Eudy – First Assembly Christian School
Christina Goforth – Covenant Day School
Hannah Griffin – Hickory Grove Christian School
Meghan Haigler – Metrolina Christian Academy
Katie McGuire – SouthLake Christian Academy
Hunter Moxley – Westminster Catawba Christian School
Shelly Nassar – Covenant Day School
Emily Oliver – Westminster Catawba Christian School
Anna Parson – Hickory Grove Christian School
Chezney Templeton – Hickory Grove Christian School
Caroline Zwick – First Assembly Christian School