Marvin Ridge athletics : The tennis team (14-0) won the South Piedmont conference and conference tournament and is ranked No. 3 in N.C.; soccer team (14-0-1) is conference champs and ranked No. 6 in N.C. 3A; both cross-country teams are ranked in the top 10 statewide. Marvin Ridge won eight conference championships in 2007-08, and already has four in 08-09.
Mecklenburg County soccer: Myers Park (1), South Meck (11) and Ardrey Kell (14) are ranked in the 4A poll. Catholic is No. 1 in the 3A state poll heading into next week's playoffs.
Mecklenburg County soccer: Catholic won N.C. championships in 1986 and ‘87 (1A/2A/3A) plus '92, 2001, '03 and '04 (1A/2A). But the Cougars haven't won since moving to the 3A class. Providence won 4A titles in 1992, '95 and 2000. No local 4A team has won since. And taking away the Panthers, the last 4A Mecklenburg team to win state was South Mecklenburg – in 1971.
Danaira Erwin Spencer, East Mecklenburg basketball: The 5-foot-4 senior point guard has verbally committed to Radford. She chose Radford over George Washington and George Mason. Spencer averaged 15 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season. With more than 1,200 points, she is her school's all-time leading scorer.
Krista Gross, Concord Cannon basketball: Ranked No. 23 nationally in the senior class by ESPN, Gross has narrowed her college choices – in the order she gave them Thursday night – to North Carolina, Connecticut, Florida, Stanford and Texas. She'll visit Chapel Hill this weekend, Texas next week and make her decision after that. At Florida, she could be a college teammate of 2007-08 Observer player of the year Crystal Caldwell, who is a senior at West Charlotte this season.
Will Mayhew, Concord Robinson soccer: Had two goals and two assists in a 6-0 win over Central Cabarrus Thursday to help his team win the ME-CA 6 conference championship. Mayhew has 25 goals this season and 68 for his career.
The Star 50 Clinic: 50 of the Charlotte-area's best boys and girls basketball players will gather at Hickory Grove today at 8:30 a.m. They will participate in live scrimmages and skill sessions. They will also hear from speakers like former Charlotte Hornets Dell Curry and Muggsy Bogues and former North Carolina and Philadelphia 76ers star Bobby Jones about the benefits of education in athletics. The players will be evaluated by the Charlotte Pro-Am High School Coaches Coalition, which puts on an annual postseason all-star game. Pro-Am officials plan to send 2,000 evaluations from today's clinic to college coaches nationwide.
Butler at Myers Park volleyball, today, 5 p.m.: It's the N.C. 4A quarterfinals and Butler has never been this far. The Bulldogs hired a new coach, John Brannon, and has relied on star players Mariah Dellissimo, Laura Ecenhour and Ashley Aspenwall, whose father Tom, got a successful heart transplant. Myers Park, which reached the N.C. 4A championship last year, is looking to reach a second straight regional final Tuesday against either North Mecklenburg or Winston-Salem Mount Tabor, who meet in the other western quarterfinal today at 6.
N.C. Private School Championships: The NCISAA schools will conclude all fall championships except football today. Charlotte's big private schools will compete for 3A titles in soccer (at Country Day), field hockey (at Forsyth Country Day), volleyball (at Cary Academy) and tennis (Greensboro Day). See the full schedule below.
N.C. tennis/cross-country: N.C. public state individual tennis championships conclude today at the Cary Tennis Center (1A/2A), Burlington Parks (3A) and Raleigh Millbrook Exchange Park (4A). Cross-country 4A western regionals are at McAlpine Park today (10 a.m. girls, 11 a.m. boys). Midwest regionals, which include the ME-CA teams, are at Tanglewood Park in Winston-Salem, site of next week's N.C. state championships.
N.C. Girls Golf Finals, Monday: Indian Trail Porter Ridge star Courtney Gunter goes for her third straight N.C. 1A/2A/3A championship in the two-day event at Fox Fire Village's West Course. North Mecklenburg's Katie Kirk won the N.C. 4A Western regional (which her team also won) and is among the favorites at the 4A event at Pinehurst No. 1. Play concludes Tuesday.
Myers Park soccer earns national ranking
Earlier this season, the Mustangs (19-0) moved to No. 1 in the N.C. 4A state rankings after a disappointing 2007 season when they finished fifth in the Southwestern 4A. Myers Park has allowed only 12 goals all season and has eight shutouts.
The Mustangs are ranked No. 6 in ESPN's national poll. Skyland Roberson (No. 28) is the only other N.C. team ranked.
Myers Park preserved its ranking with a tight 2-1 win over rival South Mecklenburg in its regular season finale Wednesday. Casey Caronis scored with about two minutes left. Spencer Monroe had the other goal for Myers Park, which opens the N.C. 4A playoffs at home Wednesday.
Myers Park has never won the state championship.
N.C. Volleyball Playoffs
Here are tonight's Western quarterfinal pairings:
4A West: Butler at Myers Park, 5 p.m.; N. Mecklenburg at W-S Mt Tabor, 6 p.m.
3A West: Lake Norman at N. Iredell, 2:30 p.m.; N. Buncombe at Hickory
2A West: N. Surry at Starmount; E. Henderson at W. Henderson
1A West: Raleigh Charter at E. Surry; Rosman at Swain County
1A semifinals (Friday at Wilson's Gillette Complex): Greenfield School vs. United Faith, late; Faith Christian vs. Kerr-Vance, late; 2A semifinals (Friday at Gillette Complex): Fayetteville Academy vs. Fayetteville Christian, late; Caldwell Academy vs. High Point Christian, late; 3A semifinals (Friday at Charlotte Country Day): Wesleyan Academy vs. Providence Day, late; Charlotte Latin vs. Greensboro Day, late.
NCISAA Field Hockey
Friday's semifinals at Forsyth Country Day: Durham Academy vs. Country Day, late; Forsyth Country Day vs. Charlotte Latin, late.
1A quarterfinals (Friday at Wayne Country Day): Kerr-Vance vs. Cape Fear, late; Lawrence Academy vs. Crossroads, late; Cressent Christian vs. Wayne Country Day, late; Hobgood vs. Statesville Christian, late.
2A quarterfinals (Friday at Northside Christian): Fayetteville Christian vs. Village Christian, late; Southlake vs. Shannon Forest, late; Asheville vs. O'Neal at First Assembly Christian, late; Fayetteville Christian vs. High Point Christian at First Assembly, late.
3A quarterfinals (Friday at Cary Academy): Charlotte Latin vs. Charlotte Christian, late.; Cary vs. Raleigh Ravenscroft, late; Forsyth Country Day vs. Wesleyan, late; Concord Cannon vs. Country Day, late.
CISAA All-Conference Tennis Team: Marian Barrett – PD; Kelly Cox – PD; Amanda Domitorvich – Latin; Hannah Ecleberry – Christian; Gabby Gabriel – PD; Michelle Hoover – Latin; Victoria- Lee – PD; Kiki Murrain – CCDS; Molly Quillin – CCDS.
Star 50 Boys Invitees: T.J Wilson, Hunter Huss; Jon Hall, Hunter Huss; Jarvis Anderson, Hunter Huss; Jihad Wright, Hunter Huss; Marshall Smith, Marvin Ridge; C. Julian Abbott, Marvin Ridge; Ryan Ledova, Marvin Ridge; Charles Harrison, West Meck; Earl Williams, Butler.
Charles Robinson, Vance; Kevin Hickson, Providence; Evan Shelton, Hickory Grove; Miles Lawrence, Shelby High; Eric Mayo, Shelby.
D. Tyree' Turner, Concord Robinson; Marcus Burton, Hickory Grove Christian; Nicholas Stamp, Shelby; Derrick Mayo, Shelby; Myles Funderburke, Hickory Grove Christian; Charles Tinsley, Porter Ridge.
Dequan Starnes, Porter Ridge; Javonte Truesdale, Porter Ridge; Raheem Chisholm, Kennedy Charter; Enoch Hood, Vance; Marquise Rankin, Vance; Daryl Traynham, Vance; Montrey Sayles, Vance.
Girls Invitees: Jessica Freeman, West Charlotte; Rajsha Blackmon, Mallard Creek; Mayhana Dunovant, Butler; Alexys Taylor, Vance.
Sydney Jones, Country Day; Ryane Smart, Vance; Janice Roberts, Country Day; Claire Watkins, Butler; Lacherish Reed, Hickory Grove Christian; Shawn-Marie Heiliger, Charlotte Catholic; Chelsea Douglas, Hickory Grove Christian; Mariah Case, RS Central; Taylor Cook, Hopewell; Lauren White, Hickory Grove Christian; Cierra Burdick, Butler High; Kellie Smith, Vance; Nicole Graham, Mallard Creek.
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