Sports notebook: Student support gives Bulldogs extra boost

At most high schools, the students come and cheer on the traditionally popular sports like football and basketball. At Jay M. Robinson, a particular group of students supports just about every sport.

They call themselves "the Rowdies" and their main goal is to cheer on the Bulldogs, while making life miserable for the opposing teams.

At most Robinson home games, there are more than 40-50 students cheering on their team.

"The Rowdies really give us a home-field advantage like few other teams have," said Robinson softball coach Jim Allen. "They are always loud and make sure everybody knows they are there."

The majority of the Rowdies are athletes on other teams, like Kyle Thomson, who plays football and runs track, but also was the leader of the "Rowdie" contingent at most softball games this year.

Other Rowdies regulars include Robinson tennis star and SPC player of the year Forrest Cannon and teammates Michael Dalton, Darren Kataja and William Shelley.

But there are many more that show up on a regular basis including Kevin Anzenberger, Kathryn Byrd, Aaron Cook, Caleb Edwards, Corrine Gach, Mackenzie Hines, Glenn Mullis, Kaities Paredes, Kendall Pierce, A.J. Stewart, swimming star Brian Todd and Hannah Wilt.

"I hope that it is a tradition that the students keep going," said Allen.

SPC Softball Honors

One of the main sports the Rowdies' have supported this spring is softball, where Robinson made it all the way to the state quarterfinals.

Robinson sophomore pitcher Dallas King was named SPC pitcher of the year after an eye-popping season where she went 22-4 on the mound with 113 strikeouts and only 16 walks in 156 innings of work. King, who has a 1.51 earned-run average, also allowed less than one base-runner per inning (0.71).

Central Cabarrus shortstop, Lindsey Brown, was named SPC player of the year.

Brown will play softball at Francis Marion University next year.

Central Cabarrus softball coach Doug Buckwell was named SPC coach of the year after leading the Vikings to a 19-8 record. Buckwell and Central Cabarrus made it to the second of the 3A playoffs after beating Harding 28-0. The Vikings then lost to East Rowan in the second round.

Baseball honors

The All-SPC baseball team also was released last week.

Mount Pleasant and Northwest Cabarrus led the way with five all-conference players each. The Tigers' Anthony Allende, Grayson Atwood, Matt Barrier, Brandon Burris and Corey Huneycutt were All-SPC selections. Northwest Cabarrus' Rob Bain, brothers Justin and Corey Seager, Jonathan Wallace and Taylor West were also all-conference. The Trojans' coach, Joe Hubbard, was named conference coach of the year.

A.L. Brown had two All-SPC performers in John Tuttle and Wes Honeycutt, while Concord's Erik Brenk and Corey Smith as well as Central Cabarrus' Jamey Lee and Brandon Porter were also named all-conference.

Robinson also had two All-SPC players in Thomas Emery and Brody Koerner.

Hickory Ridge's Zach Andrews and Cox Mill's Travis Watkins wrapped up the list. The SPC player and pitcher of the year were not yet released by print deadline.