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High School Spring Sports Roundup 05.23.14

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↑  Community School of Davidson girls’ soccer: CSD is 16-0 and has won its past five matches by shutout. The school will host Mooresville’s Pine Lake Prep in an N.C. 1A quarterfinal Saturday at 6 p.m. at Bradford Park in Huntersville. CSD is led by sophomore Julia Grainda who has 21 goals this season and 41 in her career. Freshman Lissi Gordon has 17 goals.

↑  Providence baseball: In position to reach first 4A state final since 1997, when Providence lost to Greenville Rose. In 1995, the Panthers finished 27-4 and won its only state title under coach Gary Smith. Pitcher Jeremy Schumacher was MVP. Providence upset heavily favored Wilmington New Hanover.

↑  Hough-Myers Park girls’ soccer: Nationally ranked Huskies will face Myers Park in the regional finals for the second straight year. Hough, which hasn’t allowed a goal in the playoffs, will play in its fourth straight state semifinal next week.

↓  Ardrey Kell baseball: Nationally ranked Knights had four errors in 3-0 upset loss to arch rival Providence in the quarterfinal round Friday.

Friday’s Top Performers

Blair Anderes, Myers Park girls’ soccer: scored her 29th goal of the season in a 3-2 win against Providence. Abby Givens and Virginia McNeill also scored for the Mustangs.

Matt Ball, Providence baseball: Pitcher threw 6 2/3 innings of a 3-0 upset win against Ardrey Kell Friday. He allowed two hits, had two walks and struck out six of the 22 batters he faced.

Corey Sikes, Piedmont baseball: 2-for-4 hitting and pitching win in a 4-0 win against Carson in the 3A baseball playoffs. Carson got five hits.

Notes

• Longtime Forest Hills softball coach Eddie “Pop” Rivers will retire at the end of the school year.

Rivers has been at Forest Hills for 30 years and has coached volleyball, basketball and football there. He helped start the N.C. Softball Coaches Association, which he served as president from 2004-10. Rivers’ softball teams won 388 games. He was inducted into the N.C. Softball Hall of Fame in 2010.

• Victory Christian football wide receiver Hezekiah McKinnon signed with Mars Hill.

• Former Charlotte Christian pitcher Bailey Ober is the CAA Rookie of the Year and a first-team all-conference pick for the College of Charleston. He threw a complete game, five-hitter in a 3-1 win against William & Mary Friday to send his team to Saturday’s 1 p.m. CAA championship game against either UNC-Wilmington or Delaware. Ober is 9-2 for the season with a league-leading 1.37 ERA, which leads all NCAA freshmen.

• Time Warner Cable will televise Saturday’s N.C. High School Athletic Association girls and 1A/2A/3A boys lacrosse championships from Cary. The games will air on TWC SportsChannel (twcsportschannel.com). At 12:30 p.m., Charlotte Catholic’s girls (22-1) face Apex (17-1). At 4 p.m., coverage of the boys game begins. Cardinal Gibbons (21-0) faces Marvin Ridge (18-1).

• Alexander Central softball star Vada Sherrill was 4-for-4 with five RBIs in a 10-3 quarterfinal win against Lake Norman Thursday. Alexander Central improved to 31-0....Hickory Christian’s girls’ soccer team beat Grace Christian 4-2 in overtime last week to win the N.C. Independent Schoools 1A state title. Former Myers Park football coach Jim Ruark is the new athletics director at Hickory Christian.

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SoMeck 8 all-conference tennis team: Josh Du Toit, Ardrey Kell; Karthik Arunkumar, Ardrey Kell; Woody Watson, Ardrey Kell; Michael Robinson, Ardrey Kell; Grant Stuckey, Charlotte Catholic; Riley Brosnan, Charlotte Catholic; Sean Nestor, Charlotte Catholic; Nick Rucker, Olympic; Michael McGowan, Providence; Andrew Isaacs, Providene; Chinmay Kikarney, Providence; Grant Patton, South Meck

Player of the year: Josh Du Toit, Ardrey Kell

Coach of the year: Ken Hazen, Charlotte Catholic

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