Charlotte Catholic senior Jane Cline repeats as the All-Observer girls soccer player of the year.
Cline scored 75 goals this season, the third-most in N.C. history. She led the Cougars to the state semifinal and ended her career with a Mecklenburg County-record 181 goals.
According to the national high school website MaxPreps, Cline led the nation in scoring in 2013. Her career goals rank No. 7 in N.C. history.
• The soccer coach of the year is Providence Days Dan Dudley, who led his team to the N.C. Independent Schools 3A state title. The Chargers won 2-1 over Greensboro Day.
Providence Day was 17-3 and ranked No. 1 in the state private 3A coaches poll. The Chargers beat rival Charlotte Latin for the first time in 15 years. Providence Day also won the schools first CISAA conference title with an 8-0 record.
• Cline and Dudley are also the Mecklenburg County player and coach of the year.
• The All-Region player of the year is Lake Normans Kendall Fischlein. Fischlein, who signed with Wake Forest, set a school record with 44 goals. The old mark was 29. Fischlein also is the career goals leader at Lake Norman with 87. She made the N.C. all-state team for the third time.
Her coach, Beth Pressley, is the All-Region coach of the year. Pressley helped her team end Houghs N.C. record 32-game win streak. Lake Norman beat Hough twice en route to winning its first 24 games and reaching the N.C. 4A quarterfinals. Hough beat Lake Norman in the quarters and advanced to a second straight state final.
Shelby would have had a hard time topping its 2012 season, when it went 23-0 and won the 2A state (dual) title.
But coach Jackson Martin, the All-Observers and regional coach of the year and his Golden Lions (21-0) did just that, capping the season with another state championship.
Shelby sophomore Marshall Parker won the 2A state singles title and added All-Observer player of the year and regional player of the year.
• Charlotte Catholic (14-3) finished runner-up to Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons in the 3A state final. Catholics Ken Hazen is Mecklenburg coach of the year.
• Charlotte Catholic sophomore Riley Brosnan is Mecklenburgs player of the year. The Cougars No. 1 player was 3A Midwest champion and runner-up for the 3A state singles title.
• Providence Day won its second straight NCISAA 3A state title, and Statesville Christian won the NCISAA 1A boys championship.
Boys Track and Field
Trentavis Friday already had a state championship ring, winning the 400-meter dash last season as a sophomore.
But the Cherryville junior sprinter rewrote the 1A state record books, winning 100 (10.48 seconds), 200 (21.71) and 400-meter dashes (48.00) to set 1A state meet marks in each event.
Friday, the Observer boys track runner of the year is also the regional runner of the year.
• Metrolina Christian sophomore Marcus Abraham won the NCISAA 3A title in the discus as a freshman.
This year, he won NCISAA 3A championships in the discus and shot put to win the Observers field athlete of the year. Abraham also is regional boys track player of the year.
• Providence Days Ben Hovis is the Observer Coach of the Year after leading his Chargers boys to the NCISAA 3A state title. Hovis, also the Mecklenburg boys coach of the year, has led the Chargers boys to the past three cross country state championships (2010-2012).
• Myers Parks Kwame Donyinah is Mecklenburg boys track runner of the year. At the state 4A meet, he was third in the 100-meter dash (10.71) and eighth in the 400-meter dash (49.13).
While the 2012 400-meter state champion didnt win a state title, he did win the 400 at the 4A Western Regional and swept the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes at the Southwestern 4A meet.
• Olympics Aaron Tindall is the top Mecklenburg boys field athlete after finishing as state runner-up in the long jump (22-11).
Tindall also qualified for the 4A state meet in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, finishing sixth in the 200. He also won the 4A Western Regional title in the long jump.
• Marvin Ridges Cameron Starr is regional boys coach of the year. His team won the 3A Midwest Regional and was fourth at the 3A state meet.
Girls Track and Field
Providence Days Anna Cockrell and Community School of Davidsons Malia Ellington are the Observers co-players of the year in track.
Cockrell, a sprinter, and Ellington, a distance runner, each claimed three individual state championships at their respective meets.
Cockrell, a sophomore, won the 100-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles at the NCISAA 3A meet, and she anchored the 4x100-meter relay squad to a state crown as Providence Day won the girls state title.
Cockrell set personal records in the 100-meter hurdles (13.93), tying for the 11th-best time in state history and her 300-meter hurdles run at the state meet (43.12) was ninth-best in N.C. history.
Ellington set a 1A state record in the 1600-meter (5 minutes, 1.37 seconds), taking that state crown and the 3200-meter and 800-meter races to help her first-year squad to fourth place at the state meet after earning 1A Midwest Regional runner-up honors. Ellington was also co-most valuable player of the 1A state meet with Monroes Reneazia Collins.
Ellington also ran the 10th-best 1600-meter in state history, 4:56.45, while notching the 18th-best N.C. time in the 3200-meter (10:46.77).
Cockrell doubles as Mecklenburg girls runner of the year. Ellington is also regional girls runner of the year.
• Rock Hill Northwestern senior Julisa Tindall, repeats as All-Observer girls field athlete of the year after winning the S.C. AAAA championship in the high jump and earning runner-up honors in the triple jump.
• Olympic freshman Khayla Dawson is Mecklenburg field athlete of the year. She was 4A state runner-up in the shot put after winning the 4A Western Regional and Taco Bell Classic titles.
• Monroes Nichole Jackson is the Observer girls track coach of the year after leading the Redhawks to their second straight 1A state championship by 61 points. Jackson is also regional girls track coach of the year.
• Berry Academys Rudolph Brown is Mecklenburg girls track coach of the year. The Cardinals won the 3A state championship.
Forestviews boys won their second straight 3A state championship, beating the field by 22 shots.
Leading the way was Ken Beaty, who is the All-Observer and regional coach of the year.
Forestview senior Will Long is the All-Observer Player of the Year (and regional player of the year). Long, who signed with Auburn, won the 3A state individual title.
Myers Park just missed becoming the first Mecklenburg team since Providence in 1966 to win a 4A state title, losing in a playoff to Pinecrest.
Mustangs coach Jason Lockwood is Mecklenburgs coach of the year after also leading his team to 4A West region championship.
Myers Park senior Phillip Oweida, who signed with High Point, is Mecklenburgs player of the year.
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