First-year Charlotte Catholic football coach Mike Brodowicz wants to do away with some ugly history Friday in North Carolina’s 4A state final against New Bern.
The Cougars are in the finals for the sixth time since 2004, but Catholic has lost the last three times it’s played in the championship round. In 2012, Catholic lost 64-26 to Northern Guilford in the 3AA final as TJ Logan set state records with 512 yards rushing and eight touchdowns.
So Catholic hunts its first state title since 2005 Friday night.
“It’s nice around the public to be able to say we’ve been to the Final Four eight times in 10 years and been to the finals six out of 10,” Brodowicz said, “but then you only win two, you can get to be the Buffalo Bills or (Minnesota) Vikings (two NFL teams that are infamous for losing Super Bowls). We don’t want to be the team that people say, ‘Well, you all were good, but you weren’t the winners.’ I told the kids we’re not happy to just go there. We’re breaking down (our team huddles) by saying ‘State Champs Finish.’ We want to finish this thing.”
• MaxPreps has named Saturday’s Wake Forest-Mallard Creek N.C. 4AA state final a top 10 game nationally.
• Charlotte Catholic is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation to its football stadium that includes a new parking deck, new press box and additions to the visitors seating areas and a visitors concession stand.
• Rocky River WR/DB Jaire Alexander decommitted from South Carolina and committed to Louisville … SouthLake Christian linebacker Sam Murphy picked up an offer from Tusculum.
The Novant Health Holiday Invitational is Dec. 19, 26-27 in Union County.
Here are the pairings
Dec. 19 (games at 7:30 p.m.): East Meck at Weddington; Providence at Forest Hills; Fort Mill at Cuthbertson; Porter Ridge at Monroe; Dec. 26 (at Monroe High): East Meck/Weddington loser vs. Providence/Forest Hills loser, 4 p.m.; Fort Mill/Cuthbertson loser vs. Porter Ridge/Monroe loser, 5:30 p.m.; semifinals, 7 and 8:30 p.m.; Dec. 27 (at Monroe High): Consolations, 4, 5:30, 7 p.m. Championship, 8:30 p.m.
Charlotte Country Day’s Katharine Franz is the 2014 Gatorade North Carolina Volleyball Player of the Year. Franz is the first winner of the award to be chosen from Charlotte Country Day School.
The 6-foot senior middle hitter led the Buccaneers to a 44-1 record and their second straight N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A state title this season. Franz had 412 kills, 295 digs, 65 service aces and 47 blocks while posting a kill percentage of .537. A 2014-15 American Volleyball Coaches Association Honorable Mention Under Armour All-America selection, she racked up 19 kills and 11 digs in the title-clinching win over Covenant Day.
Franz has maintained a 3.65 GPA. She led her team to a No. 15 ranking in MaxPreps final national poll.
Three Charlotte players made the National Field Hockey Coaches Association all-region team: Charlotte Country Day’s Shannon Baker and Kathryn Holland and Charlotte Latin’s Leila Evans. Charlotte Country Day beat Latin 1-0 in the state semifinals before beating Durham Academy 1-0 in the championship, claiming its second straight title.