Lake Norman & Mooresville

This season’s finest: LKN Charter wins first 2A West Regional track championship

Lake Norman Charter girls’ track team picture after winning regionals.
Lake Norman Charter girls’ track team picture after winning regionals.

Mariah Howlett, Lake Norman Charter Track: Junior Mariah Howlett helped lead the Knights to their first 2A West Regional championship (boys or girls) in school history.

Howlett set meet records in both the 1600 (5:04.59) and the 3200-meter run (11:05.38).

Howlett already has the top time in the state this outdoor season in the 3200 (10:37.39) and the No. 5 time in the state in the 1600 (5:03.80).

Lake Norman Charter now goes to the 2A state championships May 19 at North Carolina A&T University.

Max Vicario, Pine Lake Prep Tennis: Pine Lake Prep junior continued his undefeated season winning the 1A state singles’ championship for the second time in three years, beating Raleigh Charter’s Chinna Baskaran, 6-2, 6-1, in the finals.

Vicario, who won the 1A state singles’ title as a freshman in 2015, is 19-0 in singles’ play this season and has yet to drop a set. His closest matches came in a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Lincoln Charter’s Parker Powell.

Vicario also led Pine Lake Prep (8-3) to a second round, 1A state dual playoff win over Lincoln Charter, 5-2, on May 9.

The Pride travel to Elkin on May 15 with a berth in the 1A state semifinals on the line.

Michael Sanders, Cannon School Golf: The Cannon School junior shot a 4-under par, 68, to win the CISAA conference championships at Carolina Golf Club on May 9.

Sanders, a Louisiana State University (LSU) commit who is the defending NCISAA 3A state champion, also was named CISAA conference player of the year this week.

Sanders led the Cougars to another CISAA conference title, as his team made 21 birdies combined in route to tying a conference record with a six-under team score of 278.

Cannon School’s Lansdon Robbins (69), Michael Childress (70) and Tim Bunten (71) also shot under par in the same event.

The Cannon School boys’ will go for their third straight NCISAA on May 15-16 at the Country Club of Whispering Pines (Pines’ course) in Pinehurst.

Lake Norman Charter Golf Team: The Lake Norman golf team finished off their best season in school history as the 2A state runner-up at Beacon Ridge Golf and Country Club on May 9.

The Knights, who shot a team score of 645, were led by senior, Jacob Rowland, who tied for 12th (80-76-156) and sophomores, Jace Arko, who tied for 20th (81-78-159) and classmate, Ian Johnson, who tied for 22nd (80-80-160).

Knights’ seniors, Matt Miller (170) and Cameron Callahan (177) also contributed.

Lake Norman Charter won its first 2A West Regional and Big South conference titles earlier this season.

Jonathon Perez, Lake Norman Baseball: The Lake Norman junior had another big week helping the Wildcats to two one-run victories in the first two rounds of the 4A state playoffs.

Perez went 1-for-3 at the plate and also tossed 5.2 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts on the mound in a 1-0 win over Davie County on May 10.

The next day, Perez went 2-for-3 at the plate with a RBI and two runs scored in Lake Norman’s 4-3 second round win over Ronald Reagan.

Perez is 8-0 on the mound, and batting .273 this season.

The Wildcats (24-3) now host archrival, Mooresville on May 16 in the third round of the playoffs.

Ashlynn Serepca, Hough Girls’ Soccer: The Hough, all-American forward owns the school record for assists in a single season with 33 this year.

Serepca had a goal and three assists in both of Hough’s (19-1-2) playoffs win this week over Southeast Guilford on May 9 and Mooresville on May 11.

The 2016 N.C. Gatorade player of the year, who is in the U18 U.S. National team pool, has 24 goals and 33 assists this season and 81 goals and 65 assists in her Hough High career to date.

Helen Summerell, West Iredell Girls’ Soccer: The West Iredell sophomore forward scored all three goals to set two school records in a 5-3 loss to Forestview in the first round of the 3A state playoffs May 10.

Summerell’s three scores gave her 32 goals for the season, a new, Warrior single-season school record.

Summerell also already owns the West Iredell girls’ soccer school record for goals in a career with 50 scores in her first two high school seasons.

Lincoln Charter Golf Team: The Lincoln Charter golf team finished off a historic season with a 1A state championship, beating the field by 13 shots at the Country Club of Whispering Pines on May 8-9.

Senior Justin Morgan led the way with two-day total of 149 (74-75), to finish tied for 3rd-place, while junior William Crook (74-79-153) finished ninth, and senior Harrison Hall, finished tied for 12th (78-78-156).

Morgan, Crook, Hall and senior Dylan Land were all-conference performers.

Lincoln Charter has won the last three, South Piedmont 1A conference titles, two of the last three 1A West Regional titles and now add a state championship to their resume.

Eagles’ golf coach Jamie Seitz, also won his second state championship ring in the last two months, after helping the Lincoln Charter basketball team to 1A state title in March as an assistant coach.

Jay Edwards is a freelance writer:


This season’s finest highlights high school athletes with outstanding performances. Information published today includes statistics through May 14. In most cases, the athletes featured will come from sports that don’t get a lot of recognition. However, the goal is to recognize excellence. If you want to suggest someone to be included in This Season’s Finest column, send email to Jay Edwards at Please include the athletes’ name, school, class and applicable game performance statistics. Coaches must be willing to verify information.

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