↔ Hough girls’ soccer: Fell one spot to No. 2 in National Soccer Coaches poll after tying Concord’s Robinson High 2-2.
↑ Providence Day girls’ soccer: Second straight state title and unbeaten season lands Chargers at No. 16 in the national poll.
↑ Central Pageland (S.C.) track: Boys won the S.C. state title despite having a dilapidated home track at school with no rubberized surfaces but plenty of potholes. Central Pageland won county, regional and Upper State championships en route to the state title.
↑ Aaron Pilkington, Ardrey Kell baseball: Sophomore is a MaxPreps national player of the year candidate. He leads the nation with 19 home runs, one off the single-season N.C. record.
Apex vs. Charlotte Catholic, NCHSAA 4A lacrosse state finals, Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Apex (19-2) is in the finals for the third straight season. Catholic (21-3) will try to use its speed to slow Apex’s attack. All of the lacrosse finals will be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.
Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons vs. Marvin Ridge, NCHSAA 1A/2A/3A lacrosse state finals, Saturday, 4:05 p.m.: Marvin Ridge (18-1) is in the finals for the first time thanks to a defense, backed by goalie Reilly McDermott, that allows less than four goals per game. Shane Hanlon leads Marvin Ridge in scoring. Gibbons (21-0) lost in the 2012 state final.
West Forsyth girls’ soccer at Hough, Friday, 7 p.m.: The nationally ranked Huskies (22-0-2) will try to make the regional championship game for fourth straight season. West Forsyth (21-2-1), like Hough, hasn’t allowed a goal in three playoff games.
Apex vs. Charlotte Catholic, NCHSAA girls’ lacrosse state finals, Saturday, 12:35 p.m.: Apex (17-1) is the finals for the second time. Catholic (22-1) is back for the fourth time in the tournament’s five-year history, this time led by Natalie Wallon, who has 118 goals.
Olympic names Jackson its new boys’ basketball coach
Olympic athletics director Ken Konstanty told the Observer on Thursday that the school has named Cleveland Jackson as its new boys’ basketball coach. Jackson was one of more than 80 applicants to apply for the job after Ty Baumgardner resigned to take a similar job in Georgia.
Baumgardner led the Trojans to a 30-0 record and a N.C. 4A state title in 2012-13. In 10 seasons, Baumgardner was 229-63. In the past four seasons, Olympic was 109-9.
Jackson’s son, C.J., was the leading scorer for Baumgardner’s 2013-14 team, which finished 23-5. C.J. Jackson is a senior who will graduate next month.
“Coach Jackson’s basketball history, passion for the game and commitment to improve the lives of young men makes him a perfect fit,” Konstanty said. “He has a complete understanding of our program and a desire to continue the family tradition that has become Olympic basketball.”
Jackson played college ball at Georgia, and played professionally in South America. He was an assistant coach at Belmont Abbey last season and was an assistant at Mercer for seven years before that. Jackson also coached in high school for four years, producing 15 college players.
• Former All-Observer star Monet Tellier of East Mecklenburg recently signed to play professional women’s basketball in Poland. Tellier played her college basketball at Virginia Tech, where she is the school’s No. 9 scorer all time.
• Longtime Union County youth athletics support Brad Thompson died this week at his home. Thompson, 71, is credited with helping develop girls’ AAU basketball in Union County, starting the Piedmont Pride in 1999. His daughter, Ina Thompson, is the girls’ basketball coach at Porter Ridge. A memorial service will be held Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Wingate University’s Cuddy Arena.
• Tom Eanes is the new football coach at Patton High. Eanes, 58, replaces Joe Glass, who left to take the same job at Concord’s Robinson High. Eanes has coached at East Lincoln, Orange County, Albemarle, East Surry, East Rowan, Pender and Wilmington Ashley.
• SoMeck 8 All-Conference softball: Hannah Davis, Haylee Ewert, Jessey Haasl, Erin Powers, Sterling Strickland, Ardrey Kell; Samantha Bates, Venus Gonzalez, Lori McCoy, Brooke Sanford, Lauryn Whitted, Olympic; Wyeth Folmar, Haley Reid, Kim Miramontes, Providence; Carrie Eberle, Callie Wiese, Charlotte Catholic; Jordan Harmon, Stephanie Mortensen, South Meck; Megan Hooper, Jill Sprague, West Meck; AJ Jenkins, Berry.
Player of the year: Grace Beatty, Olympic
Coach of the year: Rachel Dorr, Olympic
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