Hough High junior golfer Patrick Cover said he loves to volunteer his time and energy to good causes, and every time he does, it just makes him want to do more.
Cover has created a golf tournament that has raised more than $50,000 and has collected jeans at his school to help clothe the needy.
This year, he has been honored for his work by the U.S. Golf Association and the American Junior Golf Association. He has won the annual leadership award annually given to one male and female junior golfer who demonstrate leadership, character and community service through involvement with Leadership Links, an effort started by both golf associations to develop juniors through volunteerism.
Cover and Divya Manthena of Camarillo, Calif., will be presented their awards July 10 in Lancaster, Pa., during the Rolex Tournament of champions. They will also get tickets to a future U.S. Open event plus an automatic entry into the 2013 Rolex event, one of the top junior events in the world.
I know that Im fortunate to have everything Im given, Cover said. Volunteering has taught me to appreciate what I have, and every time I do it, I want to do it again.
In 2010, Cover and his friend Thomas Walsh started the Dormie Cup, a tournament to benefit local and national charities. They found 22 other juniors to join them in a two-man match-play event with each player challenged to raise $1,500. In 2012, the golfers raised more than $46,000 for the Nicklaus Childrens Health Care Foundation, the First Tee of the Sandhills and the AJGAs ACE Grant, which provides golfing opportunities to talented players who lack financial resources to pursue the game.
Over the past two years, Cover has also held a jeans drive at Hough, asking students to donate unwanted jeans to homeless teens in the Charlotte-area. He collected more than 200 pairs. Over Easter weekend in 2012, he made more than 120 sandwiches to deliver to hungry families.
Wataugas Jones named Gatorade baseball player of the year
Wataugas Ryder Jones, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound senior shortstop, is the Gatorade N.C. player of the year. He hit .461 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs this season, leading the Pioneers to a 15-11 record.
Jones was a Rawlings preseason first-team All-American. He was 4-3 as a pitcher with one save, a 1.23 ERA and 63 strikeouts. Jones, who played his junior season at Stillwater (Okla.) High last season, carries a 4.0 weighted GPA and is a member of Wataugas National Honor Society.
Jones is signed to Stanford but is projected as an early round pick in next months Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
All-State girls soccer team
The N.C. High School Soccer Coaches have announced their all-state team. Observer-area players listed include:
Private: Cannon Clough, Charlotte Latin, Jr., D; Anna Estep, Cannon, Jr, F; Ashley Finke, Charlotte Latin, Sr., MF; Alli Gray, Providence Day, Fr, F; Lauren Lucas, Providence Day, So., F; Morgan Mosack, Providence Day, Jr, MF
1A: Anna Dedmond, Thomas Jefferson, Sr., F; Carolyn Huddy, Lake Norman Charter, GK, Sr.; Tori Jackson, Lincoln Charter, Jr., M; Carolina Sanchez, Lake Norman Charter, Sr., MF; Leah Smith, South Stokes, So., MF
2A: Courtney Boger, South Iredell, Jr., D; Miracle Campbell, South Iredell, Sr., F; Phenix Durham, Cuthbertson, Sr., D
3A: Chandler Arrowood, Weddington, Jr., MF; Grayson Cameron, Hickory, Fr, GK; Jane Cline, Charlotte Catholic, Sr., F; Macy Franklin, St. Stephens, Sr., F; Sarah Henson, Hickory, Sr., MF; Ashley Jolly, Fred T. Foard, Jr., MF; Virginia Lingo, Weddington, Jr, F; Toni Lucente, West Rowan, Sr., MF; Cassie Nelson, Robinson, Sr., F; Katie Page, Marvin Ridge; Lindsey Tully, Charlotte Catholic, Jr., F; Ana Waits, Charlotte Catholic, Sr., MF
4A: Caroline Alexander, Myers Park, Sr., D; Brandi Arey, Hough, Sr., MF; Casey Butler, South Meck, Sr., D; Courtney Carroll, Hough, Jr., MF; Kendall Fischlein, Lake Norman, Sr., F; Justine Lockman, Lake Norman, Jr., D; Virginia McNeill, Myers Park, Jr., MF; Marnie Merritt, Hough, Jr., GK; Sarah Phillips, Ardrey Kell, Sr., MF
The complete team is at http://prepinsiders.blogspot.com
• Indian Lands sports teams had a nice run of success the last few months of the school year. The boys basketball team won its conference for the first time in several years and finished 23-3. The girls soccer team reached the state semifinals and the boys soccer team got to the state championship game, losing 4-3 to Bishop England.
• Olympics boys basketball team, which went 30-0 and won the schools first state title in March, had several players sign for college: Deriece Parks (Barton JC, Kan.); Trey Mitchell (Onley Central JC, Ill.); B.J. Gladden (Akron); Jevon Patton (Loyola, Md.); Dante Simmons (Campbell, football); DeAngelo Grier (Caldwell CC, Hickory).
• Hopewell had nine football players sign with colleges this week: Michael Zanders, Kailan Chavis (Gannon University); DJ Stone, Deshjion Whitlock (Maryville); Brandon Sparrow, Jason Sparrow (Methodist), Chrisean Gray (Louisburg); Jermaine Sanders, Rhasheen Williams (Emory and Henry).
• Providence Day all-state baseball player Daniel Stack has committed to UNC Wilmington. This season Stack set school records for single-season doubles (14), walks (28) and saves (four).
• Cannon football players Myles Martino (California University-Pennsylvania) and John Morgan-Wilson (Averett) committed to colleges this week. ... Olympic High baseball player Logan Redmond committed to Belmont Abbey.
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