Former Providence Day guard Tiffany Mitchell was selected No. 9 in Thursday’s WNBA draft. Mitchell, a former Ms. N.C. Basketball and Observer player of the year, was selected by the Indiana Fever.
Mitchell played at South Carolina last season.
Connecticut center Breanna Stewart went No. 1 to Seattle, followed by teammates Moriah Jefferson (San Antonio) and Morgan Tucker (Connecticut). It was the first time three players from the same university were selected 1-2-3 in the draft.
Mitchell was one of 12 prospects invited to the WNBA draft Thursday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
In the spring of 2012, Mitchell was named N.C. Ms. Basketball and the Charlotte Observer player of the year after her senior season. She then went to play at South Carolina for coach Dawn Staley, whom Mitchell idolized as a player when Staley was in the WNBA, including with the now-defunct Charlotte Sing. At South Carolina, Mitchell was a three-time Associated Press All-American, a three-time All-SEC first team pick and was two-time SEC player of the year.
Thursday’s High School Heroes
Corey Deveaux, Cannon track: won high jump and long jump in multi-team meet. High Point Christian won the boys event, ahead of Metrolina Christian second and Charlotte Latin third. Charlotte Latin won the girls event with Lake Norman Charter second and Cannon third.
Kevin Dobos, Marvin Ridge baseball: 3-for-3 in a 3-1 win over Piedmont.
Jack Fletcher, Providence Day lacrosse: four goals, four assists in a 14-9 win over Charlotte Latin. Joe Gitlin had four goals for the Hawks.
Zach Iverson, Providence Day baseball: 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs in a 7-1 win over Charlotte Latin.
Rhodes Karriker, Charlotte Country Day golf: medalist honors with a 69 in a two-team match with Charlotte Christian. Christian won the two-team match 304-320.
Alina McCue, Covenant Day girls soccer: scored game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over Charlotte Country Day. She also broke the school’s scoring record. She has 106 goals.
Josh Parker, Hough baseball: 2-for-3 with two RBIs in an 8-1 win over South Mecklenburg. Hough improved to 12-4.
River Ryan, North Mecklenburg baseball: signed national letter of intent to play at UNC-Pembroke.
Sydney Scott, Charlotte Latin girls track: won 100, triple jump and long jump in multi-team event.
Greyson Smith, Colin Geier, Metrolina Christian baseball: Both were 2-for-3 with an RBI in an 11-1 win over Gaston Christian.
Jack Strachan, Davidson Day lacrosse: five goals and three assists in a 18-6 win over Pine Lake Prep.
Bekah Summa, Jenny Carlton, Covenant Day softball: Summa had three singles and three RBIs in a 13-12 win over Concord First Assembly. Carlton had two singles and a triple.
Grace Wasulko, Weddington girls lacrosse: four goals in a 14-9 wiin over Cuthbertson.
Justin Williams, Independence baseball: 2-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs in a 12-2 win over Porter Ridge.
Jason Seidel named football coach at Hickory Ridge
Former Berry High assistant Jason Seidel is the new head football coach at Hickory Ridge. Seidel takes over for Marty Paxton and will coach the team for one year in 3A before Hickory Ridge moves up to 4A in the fall of 2017.
Seidel, a New York native, is the second head football coach ever at Hickory Ridge. He most recently was an assistant at Gastonia’s Ashbrook High.
Sage Surratt named MaxPreps All-American
East Lincoln guard Sage Surratt was named a third team MaxPreps All-American. Surratt, runner-up for N.C. player of the year to High Point Christian’s Bam Adebayo, averaged 31.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists last season.
Brian Rosen named volleyball coach at Providence
After seven years at Charlotte Country Day, Brian Rosen is leaving to become head volleyball coach at 4A public school power Providence High School.
At Country Day, Rosen led the Bucs to back-to-back CISAA conference and NCISAA 3A state titles in 2013 and 2014. In 2014, his Country Day team finished 44-1 and ended the season ranked No. 15 nationally by MaxPreps. That same year, Rosen was named Charlotte Observer and American Volleyball Coaches Association coach of the year. In 2013, Rosen was selected to the 2013 AVCA Thirty Under 30 list as one of the top 30 coaches in the country, at any level, under the age of 30. Only two high school coaches received this award.
Rosen has also been a head national team coach at Carolina Juniors Volleyball for the past seven years. He has been the head coach of five consecutive teams who qualified for the USAV National Championships.