↑Cierra Burdick, Tennessee women’s basketball: Former Butler High girls basketball star was the No. 14 overall pick in Thursday’s WNBA draft. Burdick, a 6-foot-2 forward, was picked by the Los Angeles Sparks. Burdick, an AP honorable mention All-American, was a first team all SEC player. She averaged 11 points and 7.6 rebounds as a senior and had 1,072 career points. She’ll team with former Tennessee star Candace Parker in Los Angeles.
↑CMS conference track meets: the MECKA 8 is Monday-Wednesday at Mallard Creek (pole vaulting is Monday at Robinson). Competition begins at 4:30 each day. The Southwestern 4A meet is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at Butler, and the SoMeck 8 meet is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at West Meck.
↑Alexander Central softball: If the Cougars win Friday’s game against South Iredell at home, they will tie Central Cabarrus’ state record of 83 consecutive wins.
Thursday’s Top Performers
Clara Ellington, Gaston Christian girls soccer: Scored game-winner in 1-0 win over Gaston Day.
Malia Ellington, Community School of Davidson girls track: Multiple N.C. state champ won the girls 1,600 by 12 seconds and the 800 by six seconds at a multi-school regular-season meet at Cannon School in Concord. Ellington also won the 3,200 by nearly 30 seconds. Community School won the girls meet ahead of Cannon and Charlotte Christian. Charlotte Christian won the boys, ahead of High Point Christian and Community School.
Abbe McCarter, Mary Elliott McCabe, Charlotte Latin girls soccer: two goals each in a 9-1 win over Charlotte Christian.
Natalie Wallon, Charlotte Catholic girls lacrosse: six goals in an 18-11 win over Myers Park.
Nick Wilson, Charlotte Latin lacrosse: eight saves in a 14-10 win over Charlotte Christian. Carson Song and Jackson Monnin had four goals each for Latin. Matthew Weigel scored five times for Christian.
These area athletes signed with colleges this week
Charlotte Christian: Caroline Dennehy (Converse College, women’s basketball); Dalton Gouveia (Hawaii, football); Trey Linton (Hawaii, football); Emily Saba (Lafayette College, volleyball)
Gaston Day: Adam Koziol (St. Thomas Acquinas, basketball)
Lake Norman Charter: Luke Koferl (Mount Olive, lacrosse); Julia Johnson (Mars Hill, women’s soccer); Hunter Gregory (Mount Olive, women’s soccer); Jack Saunders (Mars Hill, lacrosse)
Victory Christian: Jordan Lane (J.C. Smith, football); Marcus Abraham (Gardner-Webb, football, track)
Southwestern 4A All-Conference wrestling team
2015 Southwestern 4A All Conference Wrestling Team
106: Jacob Gallimore, Butler, Justyn Ricketts, Rocky River
113: Brady Mullis, Independence
120: Cliff Ricciardi, Myers Park, Nebyu Assefa, East Mecklenburg
126: Jared Onque, Butler, Logan McMahan, Porter Ridge
132: Adam Pelter, Butler, Bryan Newsome, Porter Ridge
138: Joseph Romaine, Porter Ridge, Upright Odoemena, Rocky River
145: Chris Jordan, Independence, Trey Merritt, Porter Ridge
152: Billy Jack Cupp, Porter Ridge, Daniel Rodriguez, Independence
160: Cooper Mueller, Porter Ridge, E.J. Bradley, Myers Park
170: Joey Battoglia, Porter Ridge, Chris Mangum, Independence
182: Tayshon Risher, Independence, Anthony Roberson, Rocky River
195: Stuart Cochran, Independence, Christian Villacres, Porter Ridge
220: Hayden Brown, Butler, Xavier Lenear, Independence
285: Russell Brown, Independence, Brandon Nguyen, Porter Ridge
Wrestlers of the Year
Adam Pelter- Butler
Tayshon Risher- Independence
Coach of the Year
Philip Davis- Independence