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Notebook: Providence Day baseball coach Jim Cerbie captures 400th win; Hornets to honor local teams

Providence Day baseball coach Jim Cerbie recently won his 400th game
Providence Day baseball coach Jim Cerbie recently won his 400th game

Providence Day baseball coach Jim Cerbie recently won his 400th game.

Cerbie has coached the Chargers for 29 years and has led the program to three state championships – in 1988, 1997 and 1998. Providence Day was state runner-up in 1992, 1996 and 2013. Cerbie’s teams have won six conference titles.

In 1998, the Observer and the American Baseball Coaches Association named him coach of the year.

“I would like to take a moment to thank the people who have had such an impact on me personally as the baseball coach at Providence Day,” Cerbie said. “Twenty-nine years ago, athletics director Bill Rogers took a chance on a young coach to come in and take over the baseball program. I am forever grateful for that opportunity.”

Cerbie’s team is 11-3 this season. The Chargers have won seven in row, including unbeaten runs through the Disney Spring Break Classic and the local Jack Sink Easter Tournament.


The Charlotte Hornets will honor three local state championship high school basketball teams, beginning this week.

On Friday, the Hornets will introduce Charlotte Catholic’s 4A champion boys’ team during the game against Brooklyn. On Wednesday, Providence Day’s nationally ranked boys’ and girls’ 3A private school state champion will be recognized during the regular-season finale with Orlando.

Players will receive free admission and watch the games from a suite.

▪ Hough High sophomore guard Qon Murphy will transfer to Cannon, a private school in Concord, Murphy’s father, Ron, told the Observer. Murphy is a 6-foot-5 all-conference guard. At Cannon, he will join 6-8 sophomore all-state forward Jairus Hamilton, a top-60 national recruit. The team is expected to return the bulk of its players from last season, when it finished 18-12.

▪ Former North Mecklenburg star Titus Ivory will be inducted into the Phillips Academy (Mass.) Hall of Fame in June. Ivory went there for a post-grade season during the 1995-96 school year after graduating from North Mecklenburg. At Phillips, Ivory helped the basketball team to a 21-3 mark. He also led the team to a state championship in football. In track, Ivory was second in the long jump and triple jump in the Class A state finals.

Ivory graduated from North Mecklenburg in 1995, where he was two-time All-Observer in football and basketball. He later played basketball at Penn State and enjoyed an 11-year professional career in Italy, Germany, Belgium, Israel, the Philippines and Lithuania. Ivory won two European League championships and a German Cup title.

Ivory, 38, recently resigned after four seasons as boys’ basketball coach at Hickory Grove Christian.


More than 350 athletes from the Charlotte-area are expected to try out for the 2017 USA Football national team during a regional development camp Saturday and Sunday at Rock Hill South Pointe High. NCAA coaches and former NFL players will guide players through a series of 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 training drills. Camp will be from 1 to 7:15 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information: usafootball.com/regionals

▪ Monroe football coach Johnny Sowell, who led the Redhawks to the N.C. 2AA championship in December, is the N.C. High School Athletic Association Toby Webb male coach of the year. Basketball and volleyball coach Darlene Joyner of Northwest Guilford was the female winner.

The 10-year-old award honors coaches who “have made an impact on the lives of student-athletes, and students in general.”

Sowell has coached basketball for 25 years, track for 22 and football for 11 at Monroe. He has won state titles in all three sports. Sowell has won more than 400 basketball games and been conference coach of the year 11 times. He has won the award seven times in track and three in football.

Sowell and Joyner will receive a $2,000 cash award and a plaque.


The Providence girls’ soccer team is No. 3 in the latest USA Today national ranking. Weddington is No. 20.