↑ Army All-American Bowl nominees: 17 of North Carolina’s top rising seniors were nominated for the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 3. Area nominees: Mark Fields, DB, Hough; Tanner Muse, LB, South Point; Darian Roseboro, DL, Lincolnton; Dominique Roseboro, DB, Crest; Van Smith, ATH, West Mecklenburg; Carl Tucker, ATH, Hough; Mason Vean, OL, Ardrey Kell
↑ Robert Washington, SouthLake Christian football: Sophomore running back has 29 college offers. Washington rushed for more than 2,500 yards and 28 touchdowns last season, helping his team to a private schools state title.
↑ Hough baseball: Won 10 straight games, including Friday’s MECKA 4A Conference championship game.
↑ Anna Estep, Cannon girls’ soccer: Scored twice in Friday’s 4-0 NCISAA playoff win over North Raleigh Christian. Estep now has 33 goals for Cannon, which reached the quarterfinals for the third straight year.
Friday’s Top Performers
Grayce Anderson, Charlotte Latin girls’ lacrosse: Three goals and three assists in a 17-6 win over rival Providence Day in the first round of the N.C. Independent Schools playoffs. Teammates Catherine Crigler and Elly Anderson also scored three times. Goalie Elizabeth Aucamp had seven saves for the Hawks.
Justin Baker, Hough baseball: Eight strikeouts in MECKA 4A Conference championship win over North Meck.
Kelsey Jervis, Myers Park girls’ soccer: Hat trick in 9-0 win over East Meck. Teammates Blair Anderes and Stewart Parkhurst had two goals each. Elizabeth Raby had the shutout for the Mustangs (19-2, 12-0 Southwestern 4A).
Abigail Nelson and Annalise Heyward, Ardrey Kell girls’ lacrosse: Three goals each in a 14-4 playoff win over Winston-Salem Reagan in the NCHSAA playoffs.
Charlotte Catholic girls’ lacrosse 18, Weddington 4: The Cougars (19-1) got an easy win in the second round of the N.C. state playoffs, behind Natalie Italiano and Natalie Wallon, who had six goals each.
Metrolina Christian baseball 3, SouthLake Christian 1: Metrolina got the first round NCISAA playoff win behind pitcher Aaron Stewart. Metrolina Christian held SouthLake to only two hits. Spencer Turner was 2-for-3 for Metrolina and Luke Bricken was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Metrolina Christian is 21-7. SouthLake ends its season at 21-14.
NCHSAA tennis: Raleigh Wakefield’s Bo Boyden beat Raleigh Millbrook’s Logan Weber 6-1, 6-1 to win the N.C. 4A singles title. In doubles, Wakefield’s Jensen Martin and Phil Lauture beat teammates Andrew Belonga and Nico Grewe 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. No Observer-area players reached the semifinals.
• In 3A, Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons’ Andrew Kelly beat Swansboro’s Anthony Brennan 6-3, 6-2. In doubles, Gibbons’ Matt Galush and Noah Constantine beat teammates Jim Mantyh and Kyle Fitzgerald. Marvin Ridge had two doubles teams in the semifinals: Andrew Viditz-Ward Liam Florian and Avanish Madhavaram Hayden Wohlfarth.
• Salisbury’s Michael Ogden was the only Observer-area state champ, beating Hendersonville’s Jacob Fuqua 6-1, 6-0 in the final. Carrboro’s Max Fritsch and Jake Zinn took the doubles title.
• In 1A, Ryan Schell of Elkin and Kernersville’s Bishop McGuinness’ doubles team of Sam McLaughry and Zack Jones won the title.
Cherryville’s Friday, Community School’s Ellington shine at 1A Track
Cherryville’s Trentavis Friday won MVP of the N.C. 1A state track finals Friday at N.C. A&T in Greensboro. Friday won the 100-meters and broke two state records he had set earlier – in the 200 and 400 meters. Belk’s performance helped Cherryville to a second-place finish. North Stokes won the team title.
Friday also led Cherryville to a 1,600-meter relay state title, running with Radolpho Martinez, Gabriel Branning and Jamar Wright. Thomas Jefferson’s Mason Fenner won the high jump.
In the girls’ meet, Community School of Davidson’s Malia Ellington won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200, breaking her own 1,600-meter record in the process. She won in a time of 4 minutes, 59.88 seconds and beat the field by 23 seconds. Kernersville’s Bishop McGuinness won the team title.
• Charlotte Country Day lacrosse star John Donohue has committed to play at Colgate. Donohue is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound defensemen who also considered Army, Michigan and Navy.
• Several North Mecklenburg athletes signed with college this week: Brianna Jones (women’s basketball, Pfeiffer); Daquarius Collins (basketball, Marion Military); Ralph McCollum (basketball, Catawba Valley College); Elijah Tubbs (basketball, Catawba Valley College).
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