High School Sports

High School Roundup: Country Day wins 3rd straight NCISAA tennis title

Charlotte Country Day #1 doubles team of Avery Hunter (left) and Shana Nigam (right) played Charlotte Latin's #1 team of Fleming Landau and Margaret Redic Saturday. Nigam returns a serve from Landau.
Charlotte Country Day #1 doubles team of Avery Hunter (left) and Shana Nigam (right) played Charlotte Latin's #1 team of Fleming Landau and Margaret Redic Saturday. Nigam returns a serve from Landau. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte Country Day won its third straight N.C. Independent Schools 3A state championship Saturday.

The Bucs polished off an unbeaten season with a dominant 5-0 win over Charlotte Latin. The match was played at Charlotte’s Providence Day School. Country Day (20-0) won each of its three playoff matches by the same 5-0 score.

Charlotte Latin finished its season at 18-3.

The NCISAA All-State 3A team: Fleming Landau, Charlotte Latin; Ellie Johnson, Cary Academy; Avery Hunter, Charlotte Country Day; Jordan Lauher, Cannon School; Anna Daniels, Covenant Day; Caroline Kurani, Providence Day; Joy Callwood, Durham Academy; Brinley Bell, Wesleyan Christian; Taylor Timinskas, Cary Academy; McKinley Riley, Covenant Day

▪ St. David’s beat Cape Fear 5-2 to win its second straight 2A title. Two area players made the 2A all-state team: Gaston Day’s Caroline Garrido and Elsa Schuls.

▪ Wayne Country Day beat Kerr-Vance Academy 5-1 in the 1A final.


Community School’s Marisa Deininger was runner-up in the state individual tennis championships two years ago in doubles. Saturday, she won a 1A state title all by herself.

Deininger beat Durham Voyager’s Morgan Blount 6-1, 6-0 in a decisive championship match at the Cary Tennis Center.

In doubles, Morgan Auger and Anna Petrangeli of Kernersville Bishop McGuinness beat Elkin’s Miracle Walters and Morgan Randleman 6-4, 7-5 for the championship.

▪ In 2A, Maiden’s Zoe Huffman beat Lake Norman Charter’s Lauren Bush 6-0, 6-4. Lake Norman Charter’s doubles team, the sister duo of Olivia and Hannah Archer, won their second straight state title. The Archers beat Salisbury’s Kayla Honeycutt and Kathryn Rusher 6-0, 6-0 in the championship round.

▪ Asheville’s Adrienne Haynes won her second straight 3A title, beating Cox Mill’s Sarah Jiang 6-2, 6-4. Jiang is a three-time state finalist. In doubles, Cameron Union Pines’ Mary Beth Jackson and Hailee Haymore beat Fayetteville Terry Sanford’s Huda McGraw and Sophia McGraw 7-5, 7-5.

▪ In 4A, Cary Panther Creek’s Sammi Smith and Jordan Strickland won their fourth straight title, beating Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons’ Lizzie Galush and Jenna Knors 6-3, 6-2. In singles, Raleigh Wakefield’s Suzanne Boyden won her third straight title, beating Panther Creek’s Amanda Cyr 6-3, 6-0. Cyr beat Myers Park’s Maddie Weber 6-2, 6-1 in her semifinal. Boyden, the champion, beat Lake Norman’s Lauren Gish 6-2, 6-1 in her semi.

NCHSAA cross-country

Charlotte Observer-area runners had a big day at N.C. High School Athletic Association cross-country regionals Saturday:

▪ Individual winners included: South Mecklenburg’s Haywood Ferguson (4A West boys); Providence’s Kayla Glova (4A West girls); Weddington’s Mitchell Resor (3A Midwest); Marvin Ridge’s Alexa King (3A Midwest); Lizzy Evely, Lake Norman Charter (2A West girls); Brittany Stanley, Mount Pleasant (2A Midwest)

Team winners included: Providence boys and girls (4A West); Weddington boys (3A Midwest); Marvin Ridge girls (3A Midwest); Lake Norman Charter girls (2A West); Central Academy boys (2A Midwest)

NCISAA Field Hockey

Charlotte Latin beat rival Charlotte Country Day 3-1 in the N.C. Independent Schools final Saturday in Durham and denied the Bucs a third straight state title.

Charlotte Latin (14-3) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first half Saturday at Durham Academy off a goal from Camille Kane. UNC signee Kathryn Holland tied the game in the second half for Country Day. But with 7:37 to play, Caroline Balogh scored off a Kane assist for the go-ahead goal. With 3:45 left, Hannah Burlingame off a shot by Isabelle Sumichrast who got an assist

NCISAA Field Hockey All-State team: Lakin Barry, Hannah Pope, Sarah Hantzmon, Durham Academy; Stephanie Kesselring, Greensboro Day; Celine Ives, Abby Scully, Grayson Buben, Hannah Scully, Providence Day; Kathryn Holland, Blair Boyles, Alison Gakenheimer, Anna Rhyne, Charlotte Country Day; Isabelle Sumichrast, Camille Kane, Corbett Foster, Cecilia Monnin, Charlotte Latin; Anna Collawn, Megan Ragusa, Raleigh Ravenscroft


High Point Wesleyan won its second straight N.C. Independent Schools 3A state title, beating Charlotte Country Day 1-0 in Saturday’s championship game.

Wesleyan finished the season at 21-0. Country Day ended at 14-3-4.

In 2A, Asheville Christian beat Fayetteville Academy 5-4 on penalty kicks and in 1A, Wayne Country Day shut out Oakwood School 4-0.


Ty-Shon Alexander, who lives in Concord but plays at Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, has committed to Creighton. Alexander is a 6-foot-3 junior guard. North Meck 6-4 senior point guard Davion Mintz has also committed to Creighton.

NCISAA Volleyball

North Raleigh Christian beat Matthews Covenant Day in five sets Saturday to win their first 3A state championship.

In the 1A state final, Statesville Christian beat Oakwood School to finish the season at 24-0. Statesville won 3-1. In 2A, Caldwell Academy polished off a 28-4 season with a 3-1 win over Davidson Day (22-2).

In the 3A classification, North Raleigh Christian – the tournament’s top seed, finishing its season at 28-2 – overcame a furious comeback by the second-seeded Lions (25-9), who fought back from a 2-0 deficit to force a tiebreaker.

Before Saturday, the last Raleigh-area school to win the NCISAA 3A volleyball title was Cardinal Gibbons. The Crusaders won six consecutive championships between 1998-2003 before moving to the N.C. High School Athletic Association in 2005, where they have won nine titles over the past 10 years.

Since then, however, the Charlotte schools have dominated the NCISAA volleyball scene – Charlotte Latin, which ended Gibbons’ title run in 2004, went on to take the 3A title nine straight years; Charlotte Country Day ended Latin’s run in 2013, and won again in 2014.

Correspondent Bill Kiser