↑ Rob Forshee, Union Academy football: Forshee was introduced as the school’s new football coach Wednesday night. He was formerly the defensive coordinator at East Mecklenburg.
↑ Chad Frazier, Concord First Assembly: Former First Assembly basketball star returns to the area Saturday with Alabama-Birmingham. UAB will play the Charlotte 49ers at Halton Arena. Frazier, a 6-foot-4 junior guard, was a two-time all-state player at First Assembly and is second in Conference USA scoring (18.3 ppg).
↑ Olympic-Ardrey Kell: Perhaps the best rivalry in the county this season. The teams will meet in Thursday’s SoMeck 8 Conference semifinals at Berry. It’ll be the fourth meeting this season. Olympic leads the season series 2-1.
↑ Kenny Purvis, Central Cabarrus: Football star signed full scholarship to play at Lackawanna (Pa.) Junior College.
Time Warner Cable to broadcast NCISAA, NCHSAA state basketball finals
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will exclusively televise North Carolina’s and South Carolina’s high school basketball championships live, beginning with the N.C. Independent Schools finals Saturday at Forsyth Country Day. The NCISAA finals will begin with 3A girls at 10 a.m. Paul Doherty will call all six games, joined by analyst Lyndsay Rowley for the first three games and Joe Simmons for the final three.
The S.C. High School League basketball championships will air live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel on Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8 and the N.C. High School Athletic Association championships will be televised live the following weekend, Saturday, March 15.
Bobby McLaughlin named football coach at SouthLake Christian
Former Lincolnton High assistant Bobby McLaughlin is the new football at SouthLake Christian. He replaces Geoff O’Donnell, who resigned after leading the Eagles to an 11-1 record and a 2013 N.C. Independent Schools Division III state championship.
McLaughlin, 44, was an assistant for 10 seasons at Lincolnton, where he coached quarterbacks and defensive backs. He has more than 20 years teaching and coaching experience in Lincoln and Iredell public schools.
“Bobby has a strong track record coaching and managing all aspects of a competitive football program,” SouthLake athletics direcor Joe Haney said. “He’s experienced in coaching both sides of the ball and has a long, successful track record placing student-athletes into college programs.”
McLaughlin, who is married with two children, graduated from Appalachian State in 1992 and earned a masters from Charlotte in 2000.
“The team I hope to put on the field is one that will be well-prepared, tough, physical and hard-nosed,” McLaughlin said. “It will be a team that competes for four quarters each and every game.”
Wednesday’s Top Girls’ Performers
Brittany Autry, Parkwood: 17 points, seven rebounds in 59-35 win over West Stanly. Teammates Lillian Geehring (11 points, five rebounds) and Emry Tsitouris (19 points, 11 rebounds) also had big games.
Morgan Carlson, Cuthbertson: 22 points in a 46-21 win over Sun Valley in Southern Carolina tournament.
Courtney Sanderson, South Mecklenburg: Team-high 23 points in a close loss to Berry in the first round of the SoMeck 8 tournament.
Madi Story, Bandys: 18 points, seven rebounds, six steals, four rebounds and three blocks in a 63-21 win over Newton-Conover.
Butler 77, Independence 30: In a first-round Southwestern 4A tournament game, Butler ran out to a 26-3 first-quarter lead and cruised home with the easy win. Kobe Leigh had 16 points for the Bulldogs, who got 14 from Fairen Sutton and 10 from Laura Hayes. Camile Martin had 18 for Independence.
Charlotte Catholic 60, Olympic 21: Sophie Rossitch, the Observer’s pick for SoMeck 8 Player of the Year, had 14 points to lead her team to a first-round conference tournament win. Stephanie Ferraro added 11. Catholic (18-7) outscored Olympic (6-17) 22-3 in the second quarter and allowed the Trojans only eight points in the second half.
Ardrey Kell 56, West Mecklenburg 37: The Knights (21-4) advanced to the SoMeck semifinals with an easy win. Ardrey Kell allowed West Meck five points in the first half. Quiera Gilmore led Ardrey Kell with 16 points.
Alexander Central 48, North Iredell 40: Alexander Central advanced to the final of North Piedmont Conference tournament, holding off a late rally from North Iredell, which outscored Alexander Central 17-10 in the fourth quarter. Kelsie Rhyne had 15 points for Alexander Central.
Harding 56, Providence 55: The Rams put on a furious rally in the fourth quarter to avoid a big upset bid. Harding outscored Providence 15-6 in the final period and scored the game-winner with seven seconds left. Gaby Aleman led Providence with 14 points. Panthers guard Michaela Daniels set a school record with 10 assists. Myicha Drakeford led Harding with 17 points.
Top Boys’ Performers
Brandon Campbell, Fletcher: 35 points in a 65-56 win over Noble. Akil Hasan added 17 points for Fletcher.
Kishawn Pritchett, Lake Norman: 31 points in a 76-47 win over Statesville. Lake Norman is 22-1.
West Charlotte 60, Mallard Creek 46: The Lions got 11 points from Isaiah Blackmon on a night when most of the starters sat out the last quarter and a half. West Charlotte (18-5) will play rival North Mecklenburg in the conference semifinals at Hopewell Thursday.
North Mecklenburg 85, Hopewell 40: Elijah Tubbs had 15 points, Jahmeel Watts added 11 points and five rebounds in an easy win. North Meck led 40-27 at halftime and allowed 13 points in the second half.
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