↑ Ardrey Kell baseball: The Knights jumped five spots to No. 23 in MaxPreps’ national poll. The Knights (25-2) host A.L. Brown in a first round NCHSAA 4A playoff game at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
↓ Length of NCHSAA playoffs: Two many teams with losing records, and at least one with no wins, in the first round. Wouldn’t hurt anything to lose a round and save schools some traveling expense and avoid almost inevitable bad losses.
↑ Natalie Wallon, Charlotte Catholic girls lacrosse: Nine goals in a 20-4 victory against Winston-Salem Reynolds in the NCHSAA playoffs Tuesday. Teammate Natalie Italiano added five goals.
↑ Providence Day boys and girls track: Won the CISAA conference meet. The girls had 189 points, well ahead of Cannon (61). The boys had 148 points. Charlotte Latin (91) was second.
Tuesday’s Top Performers
Shannon Baker, Charlotte Country Day girls soccer: 16 saves in a 5-1 NCISAA playoff loss at Cary Academy. Caroline Funderburgh scored the Bucs’ lone goal.
Amanda Dobner, Tori Holtclaw, Hickory Grove softball: Both players were 2-for-3 in a 5-0 victory against Cary Academy in the NCISAA playoffs. Hickory Grove outhit Cary 9-2. Pitcher Hunter Hoskins picked up the win and also was 2-for-4.
Abby Givens, Myers Park girls soccer: Hat trick in a 9-0 NCHSAA playoff victory against A.L. Brown.
Bailey Sherrill, Kiana Millsaps, Alexander Central softball: Both girls had six RBIs in a 27-0 victory against Mount Tabor in a first-round NCHSAA playoff win. Alexander Central had 25 hits. Sherrill, Millsaps, Vada Sherrill, Bailey Rhoney and Tiana Batts had three hits each.
Mackenzie Winslow, Sydney Ditto, Lake Norman softball: Both girls were 3-for-4 in a 5-4 victory against Hough. Winslow had a home run.
Charlotte Latin lacrosse 14, Cape Fear 3: Goalies Emerson Schaeffer and Nick Wilson combined for eight saves as the Hawks won easily in a second-round NCISAA playoff game at home. Latin, the overall No. 1 seed, will host Charlotte Christian or Charlotte Country Day, both conference rivals, in Thursday’s state semifinals.
Providence girls soccer 4, Winston-Salem Reagan 0: Providence, ranked No. 4 in the National Soccer Coaches poll, got two goals each from Ellie Deaver and Lauren Ellis in an easy first-round NCHSAA win. Elizabeth Moshier got the shutout for the Panther (19-1-1). Reagan ends the season 7-10-2.
Charlotte Latin girls soccer 2, Greensboro Day 0: The Hawks (16-1-1) advanced to the state semifinals behind goals from Abbe McCarter and Carrie Mittl. Tory Wilkinson got the shutout. Greensboro Day ends the season 14-4-3.
NCHSAA Golf finals: Hough’s Cover makes Mecklenburg history, takes title
Hough High’s Patrick Cover made history Tuesday. Cover shot a first-round 4-under 68 at Carolina Trace Country Club to take a first-round lead and backed it up with a 72. That two-day total of 140 left him in a playoff with Raleigh Millbrook’s Stephen Franklin, who shot 68 Tuesday.
Cover birdied the first playoff hole to win the championship and become the first Mecklenburg County golfer to win the 4A title since Independence’s Per Wickman in 1992.
Raleigh Millbrook won the team title by eight shots over reigning champ Southern Pines Pinecrest. Hough and Myers Park tied for third.
• Gastonia Forestview’s Will Blalock won the 3A title with a 2-under 70 at FoxFire Golf and Country Club to win the 3A state title. Blalock also won the 3A title in 2013. His 142 total was two shots better than South Point’s Nick Stafford and Burlington Williams’ William Register.
Forestview won its third straight team title, finishing 11 shots ahead of Marvin Ridge.
• Newton-Conover won the 2A state championship at Longleaf Golf and Country Club. It was the school’s second straight. Shelby finished second, seven shots back. Salisbury was third. Cole Jeffreys of SouthWest Edgecomb was the individual champion, shooting a final-round 68.
• Bishop McGuinness won its fourth straight 1A title, 54 shots ahead of second place East Surry at Whispering Pines Country Club. Bishop McGuinness’ Tanner Owen won the individual title.
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