Editor’s note: This Fall’s Finest highlights highlight high school athletes with outstanding performances. In most cases, the athletes will come from sports that don’t get a lot of recognition. However, the goal is to recognize excellence. If you want to suggest someone to be included in This Fall’s Finest column, send email to Jay Edwards at email@example.com. Information published today includes statistics through Aug. 21.
Dallas Baker, Providence Soccer, Sr.: The Panthers’ senior forward had a week to remember as he scored six goals in two Providence wins.
Baker started his week by scoring the game-clinching goal in a 2-1 win over Hough on Aug. 22.
He then scored a career-high, five goals in Providence’s 9-0 win over Vance on Aug. 24. The Providence forward had a hat-trick in the first half, before adding two more goals in the second half.
Baker has eight goals on the season.
Ty Morgan, Northside Christian Soccer, eighth-grader: The Knights’ midfielder/forward led his team to dramatic, 7-6 comeback, win over Westminster Catawba on Aug. 23. He scored three goals (including the game-winner) and dished out three assists. Northside Christian trailed 6-3 with 30 minutes remaining. Ty’s older brother, senior Seth Morgan also had two goals in the same game.
Charlotte Country Day Football: The Bucs’ will likely remember Aug. 26 for a long time, as several standouts emerged in a 42-14 win over Robbinsville.
Four new starters played huge roles. Bucs’ junior quarterback, Wes Bingham, passed for 323 yards and four touchdowns, while sophomore Deangelo Epps had nine catches for 182 yards and three scores.
Meanwhile, freshman running back, Tim Newman, had 112 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Freshman, Twan Flip Jr. had four kick returns for 141 yards, including a 90-yard return for a touchdown.
Maddie Sweeney, Ardrey Kell Volleyball, Sr.: Knights’ senior setter/right-side was all over the court last month, as she had 66 assists, 10 kills, five blocks, four aces and four digs. Ardrey Kell beat Myers Park (3-0) after losing a tough, 3-2 match to Providence.
Sweeney, a Middle Tennessee State University commit, has 111 assists, 25 kills and six aces in her last four matches.
Sweeney also record her 1,000th-career assist in a win over Apex on Aug. 20.
Ashley Cruise, Providence Volleyball, Sr: The Panthers’ junior, outside hitter also had a monster week in late August in two, 3-2 wins over Ardrey Kell and Nation Ford.
Cruise, who transferred from Atlanta, Ga., this summer, started her week 26 kills, including the match-point, three blocks and six digs to lead Providence to a win over Nation Ford on Aug. 22.
Cruise followed that up with 22-kill, four-block, nine-dig effort to help beat archrival, Ardrey Kell on Aug. 24. The team was 5-1 as of Aug. 28.
Grace Kinsch, East Lincoln Volleyball, Jr.: The Mustangs’ libero was all over the court in late August, recording 151 digs in three, East Lincoln victories.
Kinsch had a career-high 59 digs in a victory over Lake Norman Charter. She is already on pace to break her own school record of 638 digs last season.
Maddie Grace Hough, Providence Day, Volleyball, Sr.: The Providence Day senior libero also had a big afternoon on Aug. 27, with 47 digs in the same-day in back-to-back matches against Ravenscroft and Wake Christian. Hough had 30 digs in the 3-2 loss to Wake Christian.
Hough recently committed to play college volleyball at the University of North Carolina.
Evan Harris, Lake Norman Cross Country, Sr.: The Wildcat senior ran a personal-best 16:17 to finish third at Providence Invitational (Boys’ Invitational race). Harris’ time was 16 seconds better than his previous time and the No. 1 time run in the state so far this cross country season. His run also was 44 seconds better than his time at the same event last August.
Hannah Burlingame, Charlotte Latin Field Hockey, Sr.: The Hawks’ senior forward got her team off to a strong start, scoring the first goal in Latin’s season-opening 6-0 win over Charlotte Catholic on Aug. 25. Burlingame, an all-conference pick a year ago, also had three assists in the same game.
Jay Edwards is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.