Vance High senior guard Torin Dorn has committed to Charlotte, Vance athletics director Carlos Richardson told the Observer.
Dorn, 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, averaged 14.6 points and 4.0 rebounds for Vance last season. ESPN ranks him No. 13 overall in North Carolina among current seniors.
At Charlotte, Dorn joins Northside Christian’s Keyshawn Woods as the second Mecklenburg County player to commit to the 49ers in the class of 2014. Woods is ranked No. 9 in the state by ESPN. Woods and Dorn add to a 49ers roster that’s beginning to feature a lot of local talent.
The 49ers already have two homegrown kids on their roster: former Charlotte Christian player Mitch Warner, a sophomore guard, and former West Meck standout Terrence Williams, a junior guard. Another area star, Mooresville High’s Shawn Lester, was academically ineligible last season but has rejoined the team this season.
Two other Mecklenburg County players will join the 49ers in the future: former United Faith All-American Braxton Ogbueze transferred from Florida, and former Davidson Day star Bernard Sullivan transferred from Clemson. Both players will sit out the 2013-14 season and play in 2014-15. Also, former Myers Park guard Ben Cherry has transferred to Charlotte, after starting four games at Tulane during the past two seasons.
• Weddington girls basketball star Stephanie Watts, who has committed to North Carolina, is now ranked No. 10 nationally in the class of 2015 by girls basketball recruiting service Prospects Nation. Watts was named the All-Region girls player of the year by the Observer last April, signifying her as the best player in the Observer’s coverage area outside of Mecklenburg County. Watts, a 5-10 guard, averaged 22.1 points and 9.9 rebounds.
Watts is the highest-ranking N.C. junior on the national list.
Myers Park junior Aliyah Mazyck is ranked No. 48 nationally among juniors.
Among seniors, Providence Day’s Jatarie White is No. 14 and North Rowan’s Brielle Blair is No. 55, according to Prospects Nation. White is uncommitted. Blaire has committed to Virginia Tech.
• Davidson Day is looking for basketball games Dec. 17 or Jan. 22. Information: email@example.com or Joel Justus at 704-936-9582
Garinger has moved Friday’s home game to Porter Ridge, Garinger athletics director Tony Huggins told the Observer.
Huggins said it was moved due to construction on campus. Garinger (0-6) has played only one home game this season and is scheduled to open a new stadium next fall. Garinger hosted rival Harding on Aug. 30.
With the Porter Ridge home game now moving, Garinger will play three of 11 games at home. The Wildcats play East Meck at home Oct. 25 and Myers Park on Nov. 1.
Also with Friday’s move to Union County, kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ home games kick off at 7 p.m.
Cannon School’s women won their second straight CISAA conference championship Monday, beating second place Providence Day by 43 strokes. Cannon shot a final-round team score of 219. Providence Day (262) and Charlotte Latin (301) were second and third.
Cannon junior Anna Redding won medalist honors, shooting a 71. Her teammates – sisters Annie and Kate Collum – shot a pair of 74s. Redding and the Cougars will try to win their third straight N.C. Independent Schools’ state championship Oct. 21 in Pinehurst.
South Iredell senior striker Omar Solis set the Iredell County record Monday night with his 127th goal. Solis broke the mark of 126 set by former South Iredell star Jeff Cummings, who played from 1988-91. Cummings was at the game, a 4-1 win against West Iredell. South Iredell (13-0-2) is ranked No. 10 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 soccer poll.
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