↑Wendell Moore, Cox Mill basketball; Jaden Springer, Rocky River basketball: Moore, a 6-6 sophomore, and Springer, a 6-3 freshman, were invited to USA Basketball’s U16 team camp with a shot to play on a 12-man USA international team this summer. Full story here.
↑Army All-American Bowl nominees: Five Observer-area players -- including Mecklenburg County stars Dyami Brown of West Meck and Mallard Creek’s Charles Johnson and Jordan Davis -- were nominated for the Army All-American game. Full list of Carolinas invitees is here.
↑Jason Lanning, Lake Norman wrestling: Lanning, an assistant coach with the Wildcats, was named the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s N.C. assistant coach of the year.
↑Pettis Norman, West Charlotte/Dallas Cowboys: Former Lions football great played for the Cowboys and Chargers from 1962-73. He will visit Revolution Park Sports Academy on Remount Road Friday at 11 a.m. Norman was recently indcuted into the Sports Wall of Fame at Revolution Park for athletes, coaches or teams who contributed significantly either to the development of athletes or to the excellence of sports programs in the Charlotte-area area or brought national and/or international recognition to Mecklenburg County.
↑Josh Roberts, SouthLake Christian baseball: senior signed with Lenoir Community College. Catcher hit .317 and scored 22 runs this season.
↑Roger Woodell, Hickory Grove softball: won his sixth state championship in 16 seasons last week. He has a career record of 304-82. His team also won the MAC regular-season and conference tournament championships. Assistant caoch Jordyn Pagan, who won four softball and one basketball state titles as a Hickory Grove player, won her first as a coach.
West Forsyth eliminates Charlotte Catholic soccer on PKs
Charlotte Catholic’s girls soccer team will drop down to the 3A class next season, but before the Cougars left, they really wanted to get a 4A state championship.
The Cougars were very close to getting their shot at one.
West Forsyth beat Charlotte Catholic 4-3 on penalty kicks Thursday at Pine Lake Prep School in Mooresville to advance to the state championship for the first time in school history. Catholic (21-3-3) had won championships in the past. The Cougars won 1A/2A state championships in 2002 and ‘03 and took the 3A championship in 2011.
Catholic was trying to get back to the championship round for the first time since losing to Jacksonville White Oak in the 2012 3A final. The Cougars had never qualified for the 4A championship.
“There’s very few things in life that I was at a loss emotionally -- obviously my children, my wedding and things,” said West Forsyth coach Scott Bilton, whose team plays Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons Saturday at N.C. State for the 4A championship. “And I don’t know if this up there on that pedestal, but that was pretty fun. It was a phenomenal team that we played against. And my girls just left everything out. Penalties are such a harsh way to end the game. One way it doesn’t matter or the other. It’s such an emotional roller-coaster.”
The game went scoreless for 80 minutes of regulation, two 10-minute overtimes and two five-minute sudden-death overtimes before it went to penalty kicks.
West Forsyth (25-1-1) took a 3-1 lead penalty kicks, but Rachel Hedrick of Catholic made her shot to trim it to 3-2. Kat Spencer of West Forsyth had her shot blocked by Rock, and Grace Wielechowski made her shot to knot it at 3-3.
Riley Terry of the Titans had her shot blocked. At 3-3, Lindsey Poff of Catholic (21-3-3) missed a shot high over the goal post. Up next, West Forsyth’s Delaney Cowart scored to give her team a 4-3 lead. Charlotte Catholic goalkeeper Amanda Rock missed the final shot in penalty kicks off the left post.
When Rock’s attempt to tie hit the post, the Titans rushed the field in a mad celebration.
“It’s part of the game,” coach Gary Hoilett of the Cougars said. “It’s one of the ways that they decide who advances. We didn’t lose the game. I don’t see us as losing the game.”
Jay Spivey of the Winston-Salem Journal contributed
Northside Christian athletics director/baseball Brian Larsen resigns
After six years at the school, Northside Christian athletics director Brian Larsen has signed. While at the school, Larsen helped rebuild the Knights’ baseball team, turning it into a state championship contender. Northside won the 2016 state championship, its first since 1992. Northside was state runner-up this season.
Larsen was athletics director at the school for the past two years.
R-S Central 6, Lake Norman Charter 4
R-S. 3 2 0 0 0 1 X. 6 9 0
LNC 0 0 0 0 0 4 0. 4 3 2
WP- Dillion Phillips
LP - Grayson Hickert
R-S: Jace Crowe - 3 for 4, 1RBI, 2R; Cam Snethen - 2 for 4, 1RBI, 1R; Jake Laughter - 1 for 2, 1RBI; Nate Collins - 1 for 3, 2RBI; Wesley Smith - 1 for 3, 1R; Keaton Snethen - 1 for 3, 2R
LNC: Ryan Morrow - 1 for 2, 1R; Landon Calton - 1 for 3, 3RBI's, Grayson Hickert - 1 for 3, 1RBI; Daniel Alperi, Evan Borcich & Chris Torres each with 1R
NCHSAA Playoff Update
Here are scores and pairings for NCHSAA baseball, softball and girls soccer playoffs
Game 1: Skyland Roberson 11, Lake Norman 0
Game 2: Skyland Roberson (26-1) at Lake Norman (23-4), 7 p.m. Friday
Game 3 (if needed); Lake Norman at Skyland Roberson, 7 p.m. Saturday
Game 1: Wilmington New Hanover 2, Holly Springs 0
Game 2: Wilmington New Hanover (24-3) at Holly Springs (22-5), 7 p.m. Friday
Game 3 (if needed): Holly Springs at Wilmington New Hanover, 7 p.m. Saturday
Game 1: Crest 5, Marvin Ridge 2
Game 2: Marvin Ridge (24-3) at Crest (20-6), 7 p.m. Friday
Game 3 (if needed): Crest at Marvin Ridge, 2 p.m. Saturday
Game 1: Northern Guilford 3, Hampstead Topsail 1
Game 2: Northern Guilford (25-2) at Hampstead Topsail (21-6), 6 p.m. Friday
Game 3 (if needed): Hampstead Topsail at Northern Guilford, 6 p.m. Saturday
Game 1: R-S Central 6, Lake Norman Charter 4
Game 2: R-S Central (24-3) vs. Lake Norman Charter (19-7), at Hopewell High, 7 p.m. Friday
Game 3 (if needed): Lake Norman Charter at R-S Central, 7 p.m. Saturday
Game 1: Edenton Holmes (24-2) at South Granville (25-1), 5 p.m. Thursday
Game 2: South Granville at Edenton Holmes, 7 p.m. Friday
Game 3 (if needed); Edenton Holmes at South Granville, 6 p.m. Saturday
Game 1: Murphy 7, North Stanly 2
Game 2: Murphy (22-5) at North Stanly (20-6), 6 p.m. Friday
Game 3 (if needed): North Stanly at Murphy, 6 p.m. Saturday
Game 1: Whiteville 6, Rosewood 5
Game 2: Rosewood (23-4) at Whiteville (22-5), 7 p.m. Friday
Game 3 (if needed): Whiteville at Rosewood, 7 p.m. Saturday
West Forsyth 0, Charlotte Catholic 0 (West Forsyth wins 4-3 on PK)
Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 2, Wilmington Hoggard 0
(N.C. State, Raleigh)
West Forsyth (25-1-1) vs. Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (22-1-1), 8 p.m.
Weddington 3, Cox Mill 1
Corinth Holders 1, Fayetteville Terry Sanford 0
(N.C. State, Raleigh)
Weddington (21-2) vs. Corinth Holders (19-4-1), 2 p.m.
West Stokes 1, Hendersonville 0
Carrboro 2, Dixon 1
(N.C. State, Raleigh)
West Stokes (24-3-1) vs. Dixon (23-2-1), 5 p.m.
Community School of Davidson 4, Gray Stone Day 1
Wake Forest Franklin Academy 3, Chapel Hill Woods Charter 0
(N.C. State, Raleigh)
Community School of Davidson (25-1) vs. Wake Forest Franklin Academy (22-2), 11 a.m.
Game 1: North Davidson 11, Richmond Senior 4
Game 2: Richmond Senior (24-3) at North Davidson (25-2), 7 p.m. Friday
Game 3 (if needed); North Davidson at Richmond Senior, 7 p.m. Saturday
Game1: Southern Alamance 3, Fayetteville Cape Fear 1
Game 2: Cape Fear (24-1) at Southern Alamance (25-2), 7 p.m. Friday
Game 3 (if needed): Southern Alamance at Cape Fear, 7 p.m. Saturday
Game 1: Piedmont 2, Sun Valley 1
Game 2: Piedmont (22-2) at Sun Valley (18-6), 6:30 p.m. Friday
Game 3 (if needed): Sun Valley at Piedmont, 6:30 p.m. Saturday
Game 1: West Brunswick 8, Hillsborough Orange 5
Game 2: West Brunswick (23-3) at Hillsborough Orange (22-3), 6 p.m. Friday
Game 3 (if needed); West Brunswick at Hillsborough Orange, 8:30 p.m. Friday
Game 1: Parkwood 6, Madison 3
Game 2: Madison (25-1) at Parkwood (21-2), 6 p.m. Friday
Game 3 (if needed), Parkwood at Madison, 6 p.m. Saturday
Game 1: South Granville (24-0) at Eastern Randolph (18-7), 7 p.m. Friday
Game 2: Eastern Randolph at South Granville, time TBA Saturday
Game 3 (if needed); Eastern Randolph at South Granville, time TBA Saturday
Game 1: Gray Stone Day 2, North Stanly 1
Game 2: North Stanly (20-4) vs. Gray Stone Day (21-4), at Pfeiffer University, 7 p.m. Friday
Game 3 (if needed): Gray Stone Day at North Stanly, TBA
Game 1: Whiteville 9, Louisburg 5
Game 2: Louisburg (24-3) at Whiteville (22-5), 6 p.m. Friday
Game 3 (if needed): Whiteville at Louisburg, 6 p.m. Saturday