High School Sports

Weather cancels CMS basketball tournaments

There will be no conference basketball tournaments for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ conference this year. Officials from the MECKA 8, SoMeck 8 and Southwestern 4A all announced Wednesday that the 2014-15 conference tournaments would be canceled.

Each tournament was scheduled to begin Monday and conclude Friday. A major ice storm forced CMS to cancel classes and prevent the events from starting. Wednesday afternoon, the N.C. High School Athletic Association announced it would handle seeding for next week’s state playoffs on Saturday, as usual, and that conference tournaments would not factor into that seeding. Conferences that needed to have play-in games to determine seeding could do so, ifthose games were played by Friday night.

The SoMeck 8 will have two play-in games Friday at Providence – South Meck vs. Berry at 4 p.m. to determine fifth and sixth place; and Harding vs. Charlotte Catholic at 5:30 to determine third and fourth place.

The NCHSAA isn’t preventing conferences from finishing Saturday, though those tournaments won’t affect playoff seedings. In Union County, the Southern Carolina tournament will start Thursday and finish Saturday. Mecklenburg County officials decided to not hold conference tournaments.

NCHSAA spokesperson Rick Strunk said he knew of at least eight conferences who were postponing tournaments. Later Wednesday, officials from the Big South 2A/3A, Northwestern 4A and North Piedmont 3A/4A canceled tournaments.

▪ The second North Carolina private school all-star basketball game will be held March 7 at Providence Day. The game will be broadcast live by Time Warner Cable Sports Channel and will feature many of the state’s top senior boys and girls private school players. Rosters below.

▪ Myers Park’s DD Rogers and Aliyah Mazyck made the North Carolina girls team for the Carolina Classic on March 28 at Socastee (S.C.) High. The game matches a team of the state’s top public school seniors against their South Carolina counterparts. North Meck’s C.J. Bryce, Hough’s Luke Maye, Lake Norman’s KiShawn Pritchett and Hunter Seacat, Ardrey Kell’s Steven Santa Ana and Hickory Ridge’s Jaylen Stowe made the N.C. boys team.


Gaston Day sophomore Nathaniel Hartley won two events at this week’s N.C. Independent Schools 1A/2A meet at Charlotte Latin. He won the 100-yard backstroke in 52.86, breaking his own state meet record of 54 seconds. He won by nearly five seconds. He also won the 100 freestyle in 47.64, winning by nearly three seconds. Hartley has won five NCISAA championships.

Track and Field

Providence Day’s Anna Cockrell won the 60-meter hurdles at the David Oliver Classic Feb. 6 in Winston-Salem. Her time of 8.43 seconds in a prelim race was a personal best, a facility record and the top time in the nation this season for a high school girl.


Charlotte Christian senior Emily Saba committed to Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. Saba averaged 5.5 digs per game.


The NCHSAA individual state tournament, scheduled to start Thursday in Greensboro, was pushed back to Friday due to weather concerns in the Greensboro area. The tournament will conclude Saturday. Finals begin at 4 p.m. Saturday.

▪ Queens Grant’s Nic Mitchell and Wesley Joyner are the first wrestlers in school history to qualify for the state tournament. Mitchell (32-0, 138 pounds) won first place at last week’s 1A Western Regional in Walkertown. Joyner (27-13, 106 pounds) finished second.

▪ The N.C. Independent Schools tournament starts Friday at 1 p.m at Charlotte Latin. The finals begin Saturday at approximately 2 p.m. ... Christ School coach Ken Kiser and Asheville School coach Chris Arbor both wrestled for Charlotte Latin coach Richard Fletcher when they were in high school at Latin.

N.C. Private School All-Star rosters

East Boys: Christian Adams, Calvary Baptist; Peter Agba, Greensboro Day; David Ayodele, Westchester Country Day; Will Crandell, Greenfield School; Joel Davis, Wayne Country Day; Nick Johnson, N. Raleigh Christian; Trevor Mayo, Greensboro Day; Darius Moore, Greensboro Day; Michael Provenzano, HP Christian; David Reynold, Ral. Ravenscroft; Ajay Sanders, Greenfield School; Marko Tomic, Freedom Christian; Alonzo Tyson, Trinity Christian. Coach: Freddy Johnson, Greensboro Day

West Boys: Lysander Bracey, Northside; Nemanja Djorovic, Cannon; Romeao Ferguson, Burlington School; Kenny Hairston, Davidson Day; Adam Koziol, Gaston Day; Jeff McIlwain, Asheville Christian; Derek McKnight, Gaston Day; Charles Minlend, Concord First Assembly; Trey Phills, Charlotte Christian; Chaz Raye, Providence Day; Rayjon Tucker, Northside; Matthew Wheet, Concord First Assembly. Coach: Ron Johnson, Burlington School

East Girls: Kenya Smith, Davidson Day; Courtney Bode, Forsyth Country Day; Taylor Fluette, Burlington School; Jada Peterson, Village Christian; Cailin Dorsey, Raleigh Ravenscroft; Tamera Thorpe, Greensboro Day; Deja Whitlock, Trinity Christian; Amanda Dobner, Hickory Grove; Corinthia Lindsay, Trinity Christian; Hailey Riffe, HP Christian; Tayah Lowery, Cape Fear. Coach: Pamela Tutor, Hobgood

West Girls: Taylor Robinson, Asheville Christian; Dani Brown, Providence Day; Sarah Thomsen, Carmel Christian; Cydne Pennington, Charlotte Latin; Cheyenne Bunner, Carolina Day; Remesha Bennett, Concord First Assembly; Pallus Kunaiji, Rabun Gap; Raven Mobley, Concord First Assembly; Caroline Dennehy, Charlotte Christian; Ksenija Madzavezic, Rabun Gap. Coach: Dale Earnhardt, Rabun Gap