↑Andrew Porter, AL Brown girls basketball: Porter, former coach at Starmount and Winston-Salem State, is the new Wonders coach.
↑Lance Ware, Jason Fowler, Shelby, Olympic football: named to the East-West All-Star coaching staff for the 2018 game.
↑Riley Tucker, Leah Schelling, Central Cabarrus volleyball: combined for 29 digs in a 3-2 win over South Stanly Wednesday
Thursday’s Top Performers
Sylvia Duggan, Ardrey Kell volleyball: 16 kills, 7 digs in a 3-1 win over Weddington in the season opener for both teams.
Jesse Kuteyi, Charlotte Christian soccer: junior had two goals in a 3-1 win over Gaston Day
Makenna MacDougall, Central Cabarrus: 13 assists in a 3-0 win over Albemarle. Aniyah Tate and Riley Tucker had six kills each.
Football University returning to Rock Hill
Football University is returning to Rock Hill’s South Pointe High School next July.
All American Games, the owner and operator of Football University & the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, will host its “Top Gun Showcase” July 8-14, 2018 at South Pointe.
Now in its tenth season, FBU’s faculty of former NFL coaches and players focus on improving an athletes’ position technique in a NFL mini-camp structure. The FBU Top Gun Showcase will combine more than 500 years of NFL coaching and playing experience.
“Hosting the country’s largest football showcase for two more years is a testament to the support of our community and how we truly embrace this sport in Football City USA,” says Auvis Cole, Interim Executive Director of the Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
“We are excited at the opportunity to continue to base the FBU Top Gun Showcase in Rock Hill,” says Doug Berman, Chairman/CEO of All American Games. “Our partnership with the Rock Hill CVB and other organizations in greater Rock Hill has enabled us to provide a first class experience for the Top Gun athletes and their families. We look forward to continuing to build on those relationships.”
Area Coaches Inducated into NCHSAA Hall of Fame
Four Observer-area coaches are among eight inductees into the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
South Point football coach Jim Biggerstaff, Hickory football and girls basketball coach David Elder, former Kings Mountain superintendent Bob McRae and Statesville girls basketball coach Herb Sampsel will be officially inducted April 14 at a ceremony in Cary.
Other inductees are former longtime Fayetteville Observer sportswriter Earl Vaughan, Thomasville football coach Allen Brown, Elizabeth City Camden football coach Donnie Simpson and Pikeville Aycock coach and adminstrator Dave Thomas.
From the official NCHSAA media release:
▪ Jim Biggerstaff served as the Head Football Coach at South Point High School from 1969 to 1995. During his time with the Red Raiders, Biggerstaff’s teams won two State Championships, one in 1971 in the WNCHSAA (Western North Carolina High School Activities Association) when they tied Salisbury 14-14, and the other in 1979 in the NCHSAA when they defeated Ahoskie 34-13. His teams compiled a record of 143-74-7 during his tenure and he was named Coach of the Year by the NC Association of Sports Broadcasters in 1971. He was a Head Coach in the 1973 East/West All-Star game and the Head Coach for North Carolina’s team in the 1975 Shrine Bowl.
▪ Dave Elder taught and coached for over 35 years in five different high schools in the NCHSAA, most prominently at Hickory High School. While at Hickory High, Coach Elder was a football and women’s basketball coach, compiling a record of 418-129 in Women’s Basketball during his Hickory tenure. Those women’s hoops teams won three NCHSAA State Championships. Elder’s football career spanned five schools as a head coach with a record of 143-71-1. Elder’s Hickory team won the NCHSAA 3A Football State Championship in 1996, defeating Ragsdale 42-0.
▪ Bob McRae is a highly-awarded former Superintendent in a few school systems within North Carolina, most notably in Cleveland County Schools where he made great contributions to the NCHSAA. McRae was integral in the development of the NCHSAA’s Scholar Athlete program and served 10 years on the NCHSAA Board of Directors during his time. One of the most notable services McRae has provided to the NCHSAA is his time as chairman of the Realignment Committee, a capacity in which he served on three separate occasions. He was named the Region 6 Superintendent of the Year in 1988 and the NCHSAA’s State Award for Superintendent of the Year, presented each year at the Annual Meeting, is named in his honor.
▪ Herb Sampsel was one of the pioneers of women’s athletics in the western part of North Carolina. Sampsel served 34 years as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Statesville High School, posting a record of 580-102 during his tenure which ended during the early 1980’s. His teams at Statesville won 22 Regular Season Regional Championships and 13 Regional Tournament titles. He also coached the Varsity Baseball team for over 20 years. The gymnasium at Statesville High is named in his honor, as is the school’s Senior Female Athletic Award. Coach Sampsel is being inducted in the NCHSAA Hall of Fame posthumously, and will be represented by two of his sons in the presentation.
Thursday’s Volleyball Results
CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC 3, COVENANT DAY 0
6-25; 19-25; 18-25
SOUTHLAKE CHRISTIAN 3, CHARLOTTE LATIN 0
(10-25, 14-25, 18-25)
Thursday’s Soccer Results
CHARLOTTE COUNTRY DAY 3, GASTON CHRISTIAN 2
Goals: 5th minute: GCS Jacob Foster; 29th minute: CCDS Peter Mazeine (Johnny Bingham); 68th minute: CCDS Taylor LaFar (Walker Gillespie); 72nd minute: CCDS Stuart Windell (PK)
Records: CCDS now 1-0-1; GCS now 1-1-0
PROVIDENCE DAY 6, CHRIST SCHOOL 0
Records: PD 1-0-0; CS 0-1-0
SOUTH IREDELL 6, CENTRAL CABARRUS 0
Thursday’s Field Hockey Results
CHARLOTTE COUNTRY DAY 1, CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC 1
CCDS: 0 - 1 - 1
CCHS: 0 - 1 - 1
Scoring for Country Day: Caroline Jones
Scoring for Catholic: Julia Chavrin
CCDS Keeper: Sienna Joseph 1 save
CCHS Keeper: Colette Morgan 9 saves
Thursday’s Tennis Results
CENTRAL ACADEMY 6, SUN VALLEY 3
1. Caitlin Collins SVHS defeated Jazmin Harrington CATA 8-4
2. McCarty Beckerman SVHS defeated Kathryn Wittek CATA 9-7
3. Sophie Trantham SVHS defeated Maggie Horne CATA 8-4
4. Alex Johnson CATA defeated Emily Watts SVHS 8-0
5. Sophia Atkinson CATA defeated Olivia Newton SVHS 8-1
6. Haley Beard CATA defeated Skyler Brown SVHS 8-1
1. Wittek/Johnson CATA defeated Collins/Beckerman SVHS 8-4
2. Horne/Beard CATA defeated Trantham/D'Kayla Thomas SVHS 8-5
3. Atkinson/Cora Elliott CATA/ defeated Camryn Coogan/Isabel Klich SVHS 8-1
HICKORY 9, STATESVILLE 0
Destyne Wimbush (H) d. E.Mitchel 8-0; Dawson Clifford d. R. Flores 7-1; Amy Herfurth d. A. Chanthavisaut 8-0; Meg Einfalt d. S Horn 8-0; Mason Paradine d. N. Karimian 8-0; Jessme Lazo d. S. Esteros 8-0.
Wimbush/Einfalt d. Mitchel/Flores 8-0
Cllifford/Lazo d. Chanthavisaut/Horn 8-0
Herfurth/Paradine d. Karimian/Esteros 8-0
HHS 1-0 S 0-1
LAKE NORMAN CHARTER 8, SOUTHLAKE CHRISTIAN 1
#1 Olivia Archer def. Brooke Murphy 6-1,6-2
#2 Zoe Panizza def. Sydney Williams 6-1,6-0
#3 Lindsey Capps def. Lauren Bush 1-6,6-2 (10-4)
#4 Annie Thomas def. Katie Winton 6-2,6-0
#5 Nithya Sampath def. Susanna McIntyre 6-3,6-0
#6 Alicia Bush def. Kylie Maness 6-1,6-1
#1 Archer/L.Bush def. Murphy/Williams 8-2
#2 Panizza/Thomas def. Capps/Winton 8-3
#3 Sampath/A.Bush def. McIntyre 8-0
SOUTH IREDELL 7, ALEXANDER CENTRAL 2
Stephanie Mattei (SI) defeated Darby Sherrill (AC) 6-3, 6-1
Allie Meadows (AC) defeated Emily Mattei (SI) 6-4, 6-4
Tushna Eduljee (SI) defeated Kristin Ratliff (AC) 6-3. 7-6
Aleya Last (SI) defeated Meredith Rogers (AC) 6-3, 6-1
South Mannepalli (SI) defeated Mykenzie Cozart (AC) 6-0, 6-2
Faith Hettinger (SI) defeated Carlee Caskaddon (AC) 6-2, 6-0
Sherrill/Meadows (AC) defeated S. Mattei/E. Mattei (SI) 8-3
Eduljee/Mannepalli (SI) defeated Rogers/Ratliff (AC) 8-4
Last/Hettinger (SI) defeated Emma Maltba/Hannah Maltba (AC) 8-1
Alexander Central 0-3