Alexander Central’s girls golf team won the N.C. 4A West Regional on Monday at the Bermuda Run Country Club, near Winston-Salem.
Alexander Central finished with a team sore of 253 and Alexander’s Abbey Hartsell won medalist honors. She shot an even-par 74 on the 5,220-yard course. Lake Norman’s Kathryn Carson and Ardrey Kell’s Alexis Whitney both shot 2-over-par 76s to tie for second.
In the team race, Ardrey Kell finished two strokes behind Alexander Central (255), and Charlotte Catholic (270) was third. All three teams advanced to next week’s state finals in Pinehurst.
Several Observer-area players qualified for states as individual players: Lake Norman’s Carson, Mooresville’s Sam Vodry, Porter Ridge’s Emily Anderson, Independence’s Parker Melting, Hough’s Renee Janis and Hannah Hovsepian , Providence’s Sarah Godel and Campbell Robinson, Myers Park’s Bailey Dorton and Hopewell’s Reina Pozo.
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Mallard Creek is the state’s No. 1 overall team in the latest MaxPreps computer rankings. The Mavericks (7-1) are followed by Wake Forest (8-0), Richmond Senior (8-0) and Independence (8-0). Four other Charlotte-area teams are in the top 10: Butler (8-1) is fifth; Mooresville (8-0) sixth; Charlotte Cathoic (7-1) eighth; and Charlotte Christian (6-1) is 10th.
• Academic Magnet (SC) coach Bud Walpole was dismissed by the Charleston County School District Monday night after an opposing team’s parent contacted a Charleston County School Board member out of concern for Academic Magnet’s postgame celebrations. The complaint came after Academic Magnet beat Military Magnet 53-30 Sept. 5
The Charleston Post and Courier reported the school system investigated and found that the coach and some of his players would smash watermelons and have some players pick up parts of the fruit and eat them while making “ape-like noises.”
The noises were offensive for black players on the Academic Magnet team and its opponents, according to the complaint.
Walpole, according to the newspaper report, has received support from other area coaches. They include Military Magnet’s Gene Ross, who said he did not see a “watermelon celebration” after the 53-30 loss.
“I never witnessed anything like that after our game,” Ross told the Charleston newspaper. “I have never seen anything that I am reading about after any of our games with Academic Magnet. Bud Walpole is a gentleman, always first-class and gracious. It hurts me to know that all of this negative stuff has cost him his job as a football coach. I have never heard Bud make a disparaging remark about anyone in all of the years that I have known him. I hope this gets resolved soon.”
Charlotte Catholic (17-2-1, 12-1 SoMeck 8) will play host to Providence (16-3-1, 11-2) Wednesday night at 6:30 in the conference championship game. It’s the regular-season finale for both teams.
Charlotte Catholic, ranked No. 1 in the N.C. 4A coaches poll, lost 2-1 to Ardrey Kell Monday, ending a 13-game win streak. Providence, ranked No. 6, had five-game win streak snapped Monday in a 2-0 loss to South Meck.
Ardrey Kell (14-5-2, 9-3-1) and South Meck (13-5-2, 9-3-1) are tied for second place; They play Wednesday night at 6 at South Mecklenburg.
• In the MECKA 8, Hough (17-3-1, 13-0) has clinched the championship. Kannapolis Brown (12-8, 8-5) is in second place heading into Wednesday’s regular-season finales.
• In the Southwestern 4A, Garinger (15-3-2, 11-1) has completed regular-season play. Porter Ridge (18-1-1, 10-1) plays at Rocky River (3-14-2, 1-10) Wednesday night at 6. If the Pirates win, they will tie Garinger for the league crown.
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