↑ Alexander Central softball: Team is 29-0 and ranked No. 3 in MaxPreps national poll.
↑ Lyla Sain, West Lincoln softball: Got three hits in four at-bats in an 11-4 win over Franklin in the 2A playoffs Friday. She had three RBIs and a stolen base.
↑ Aaron Pilkington, Ardrey Kell baseball: Hit 19th home run of the season Friday against North Meck. Sophomore slugger now is one away from tying the single-season state record set by Kings Mountain’s Paul Brannon in 1989.
↑ Olympic at Mooresville girls soccer Saturday: Both teams enter a second round matchup coming off huge upsets. Olympic, a No. 25 seed, upset No. 8 Watauga 3-1 in the first round. No. 24 Mooresville beat No. 9 Roberson 3-0. The winner faces nationally ranked Hough next week. Olympic is believed to never have made the playoff’s third round.
Friday’s Top Peformers
Amy Collins, Marvin Ridge girls lacrosse: Seven goals in a 14-10 win over Ardrey Kell. Collins has 17 goals in three playoff games.
Carrie Eberle, Charlotte Catholic softball: 2-for-2 with a home run in a 5-4 loss to South Caldwell in the N.C. 4A playoffs. South Caldwell scored three runs in the final three innings to win. South scored the game-winner in the bottom of the 7th and final inning.
Nigel Hester, Piedmont baseball: 1-for-2 with a home run and two walks in a 2-0 win over Cox Mill in the second round of the N.C. 3A playoffs.
Kiana Millsaps, Bailey Rhoney, Alexander Central softball: Combined for five-inning no-hitter in 12-0 win over Ardrey Kell. Rhoney was also 3-for-3 hitting with an RBI and two runs scored. Bailey Sherrill had three RBIs for nationally ranked Alexander Central (29-0). Ardrey Kell ends it season at 15-10.
Natalie Wallon, Charlotte Catholic girls lacrosse: four goals in a 13-12 win over Lake Norman.
Hough girls soccer 6, Pinecrest 0: Nationally ranked Hough (21-0-2) got its second straight postseason shutout against Pinecrest (13-8-1). Hough got two goals each from Courtney Carroll and Anna Roach. Emmily Cowie and Sarah Moon also scored for the Huskies, ranked No. 1 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll. Carroll also had two assists. Marnie Merritt, a finalist for the Gatorade N.C. player of the year award, split the shutout with Katie Easley.
Charlotte Christian baseball 6, Charlotte Country Day 5: The Knights trailed early in a playoff win over Metrolina Christian Tuesday night. They did the same thing Friday, giving up five runs to Country Day in the first inning. Christian scored four runs in the fourth and two in the sixth to advance to Saturday’s state final. Zachary McIlroy led the Knights, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. William Carpenter and Garrett Bradbury had home runs for Christian, which beat the Bucs for the fourth time this season.
Charlotte Latin boys lacrosse 17, Charlotte Country Day 8: Latin advanced to Saturday’s 11:30 a.m. home state final against Durham Academy. Carson Song and Owen Armstrong combined for 10 goals. Emerson Schaeffer had 10 saves for the Hawks.
Providence Day girls soccer 1, Durham Academy 0: The Chargers advanced to Saturday’s state final, winning in double overtime on a goal from Carson Jones. Lauren Lucas got the assist and Emma Pixley got the shutout. The Chargers will face Cary Academy at Forsyth Country Day. Cary Academy upset Charlotte Latin in its semifinal.
3A Track: Fayetteville Sanford, Western Alamance win state titles
Fayetteville Sanford’s boys and Western Alamance’s girls won NCHSAA 3A state track titles at N.C. A&T Friday night. Weddington’s girls finished fourth. Marvin Ridge’s boys finished fourth.
Observer-area girls winners included: Cuthbertson’s Nikolete Hurrinus (400); Weddington 400 meter relay (Maria Sanchez, Tracey Weekes, Courtney Blanton, Cyan Mercer); Liz Wood, Cuthbertson (pole vault); Taylor Kirk, East Rowan (discus)
Observer-area boys winners included: Piedmont’s Ty Jaye Robbins (400); Freedom 400-meter relay (BJ Emmons, TC Boston, Khris Gardin, Brenden Caldwell); Piedmont’s 1,600 relay (Ray Haigler, William Baynard, Justin Hartis, Ty Jaye Robbins); Marvin Ridge’s Christopher Garrick (high jump); Marvin Ridge’s Jonathan Marino (long jump);
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