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High School Gameday 05.08.14

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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Porter Ridge High's runner Tara Loken, right, slides safe into third base as Myers Park High's third baseman Alana Ashurst makes the tag too late during the Southwestern 4A softball semifinal at Butler High Porter Ridge won 14-5 on Wednesday.
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Porter Ridge High's batter Tara Loken (2) makes contact with the ball during Wednesday’s Southwestern 4A softball semifinal at Butler High. Porter Ridge won 14-5.

Elevator

↑  Union Academy girls’ soccer: Had five straight shutouts en route to conference championship.

↑  Ellie Deaver, Providence girls’ soccer: Had a hat trick in Tuesday’s 10-1 win over Olympic. She had two goals in Wednesday’s 9-0 win over West Mecklenburg. Providence is 18-1-1 and 14-0 in SoMeck 8 play.

↑  Parker Mosack, Providence Day lacrosse: Had a hat trick in Tuesday’s 11-7 win over Christ School.

↑  Porter Ridge baseball: Won 15th straight game in Southwestern 4A Conference semifinals Wednesday. Porter Ridge will face Independence in the championship game Friday. Porter Ridge is 16-7-1.

Wednesday’s Roundup

Hough girls’ soccer 1, Myers Park 0: Hough, the top-ranked team in the nation, held off a tough challenge from N.C. power Myers Park to win on the road. The teams wore special jerseys to honor Grier Christenbury, a friend of both teams. Christenbury passed away at age 9 after a seven-year battle with cancer. Hough (19-0-1) got a goal from Emmily Cowie off a Sarah Moon assist. Marnie Merritt got the shutout for Hough, which beat Myers Park (18-2) for the second time this season.

Wednesday’s Top Performers

Lauren Raker, Independence softball: Sparked a 2-1 win over rival Butler in the Southwestern 4A Conference tournament. Raker allowed six hits in seven innings.

Kameron Reynolds, Lincoln Charter baseball: Had four RBIs and a stolen base in a 15-9 win over Thomas Jefferson. Lincoln Charter scored 11 runs in the second inning.

Kali Snider, Lincoln Charter girls’ soccer: Had three goals in an 8-0 win over Highland Tech. Lincoln Charter outshot Highland Tech 27-3. Troi Jackson had two goals and Caitlyn Miller had two assists.

West Charlotte’s Bingo Smith to get first “WESPY” award

West Charlotte will honor former boys’ basketball star Unseld “Bingo” Smith next week for his perseverance in continuing his education after a tragic car accident in the 1990s. Smith helped the Lions to the 1991 N.C. 4A championship. Later, while heading home from college, he was involved in an accident where his car hydroplaned and crashed. It left him a quadriplegic.

The “WESPY” is a play on ESPN’s “ESPY” awards and West Charlotte plans to annually give the Unseld “Bingo” Smith Perserverance Award to a student who showcases leadership in athletics as well as education, plus someone who demonstrates resiliency daily.

The first awards will be presented May 15 at 6 p.m. at the Varick Conference Center. Smith will be honored by former North Carolina Tar Heel and former NBA player Jeff McInnis. Current North Carolina center and former West Charlotte McDonald’s All-American Kennedy Meeks will return for the awards. Jacotron Potts, founder of ICAN Empowerment Company, will give the keynote address.

Notes

• Former Sun Valley boys’ assistant coach Jeremy Waldrup is the new girls’ head varsity basketball coach. … Cherryville boys’ basketball coach Scott Harrill has been named athletics director at his alma mater. Harrill has taught and coached at Cherryville for 15 years. In 14 years as Cherryville coach, Harrill is 282-97.

• Several Maiden football players signed with colleges Wednesday: running back/linebacker Ricky Taylor and defensive back Anthony Miller (Louisburg); tight end/linebacker Alex White (Harvard); and running back/defensive back T.J. Vick (Louisburg)

↑ South Rowan’s Davis Richards shot a 3-under-par 68 to win the N.C. 3A Midwest Golf Regional this week. Concord’s Stephen Carroll and Southwestern Randolph’s Cody Varner tied for second. Carroll won second outright after a playoff hole. Marvin Ridge won the team title, ahead of South Rowan. Colton Naslud led Marvin Ridge with a 70.

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