Longtime area coach and athletics director Bill Rogers is retiring at the end of the school year.
Rogers is currently athletics director at Union County’s Porter Ridge High School.
Rogers worked 25 years in N.C. public schools and 10 with N.C. privates. He coached football, basketball, baseball, tennis, golf and softball at Garinger, North Mecklenburg, Albemarle and Myers Park. He was athletics director for nine years at Providence Day, seven years at Independence and 10 at Porter Ridge.
Rogers was the 1992 Observer softball coach of the year and received two special service awards from the NCHSAA in 2003 and ‘06.
Rogers was also a grad assistant football coach at Appalachian State, an assistant baseball coach at Charlotte and was an associate scout for the Cincinnati Reds for four years.
North Meck forward Taj Middleton signed with Navy. Teammate C.J. Bryce, who has signed with UNC-Wilmington, will play in the East-West All-Star game in Greensboro in July.
Lake Norman sophomore Kieran Rinaldi was named N.C. High School Athletic Association female athlete of the week after leading her team to a 17-15 win over Cardinal Gibbons in last week’s state championship game. Rinaldi scored twice in overtime to deliver her school’s first lacrosse state title.