High School Sports

HS Update: Providence Day’s Brian Field named N.C. Coach of the year

Providence Day head coach Brian Field talks to his team during a time out while facing Douglas County High during a Hoodie's House National High School Hoop's Classic prep basketball game Monday, December 28, 2015 held at Providence Day School. JASON E. MICZEK - Special to the Observer
Providence Day head coach Brian Field talks to his team during a time out while facing Douglas County High during a Hoodie's House National High School Hoop's Classic prep basketball game Monday, December 28, 2015 held at Providence Day School. JASON E. MICZEK - Special to the Observer WWW.MICZEKPHOTO.COM

High School Heroes

McKaley Boston, Gaston Day girls soccer: four goals and an assist in a 7-0 win over Concord First Assembly.

Carrie Eberle, Charlotte Catholic softball: Improved to 16-1 in a 7-1 win over Rock Hill Northwestern. She allowed two hits and was 2-for-2 with a home run. Teammates Sarah Anderson (3-for-4, double, RBI) and Suzie Borda (2-for-5, 2 RBIs) also had strong games.

Abby Givens, Myers Park girls soccer: three goals in a 9-0 win over Butler Friday. Abby Britt and Corey Choka shared the shutout.

Casey Hewett, Charlotte Country Day softball: 3-for-4 with a triple in a 8-0 win over Cannon. Teammates Mady Less, Alyssa Farmer and Harlee Hawthorne each had two hits.

Jaclyn Perkins, Charlotte Country Day girls lacrosse: six goals in an 18-9 win over Kell (GA) High Friday. Riley Harrison and Lucy Pedlow had four goals each.

Madison Ramsey, Gaston Christian softball: 10 strikeouts in a win over Concord First Assembly.

Emily Reinstadtler, Lake Norman Charter softball: threw a no-hitter in Friday’s 12-0 win over East Gaston. She had six strikeouts in five innings and was 2-for-4 from the plate with two RBIs. Teammate Khristen McPherson was 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Jared Shingledecker, Hough golf: Shot a 37 at Irish Creek to win medalist at a regular-season MECKA conference match. Hough won the match with 144 strokes. North Meck (251) was second.

USA Today N.C. All-State Basketball Team

Providence Day boys basketball coach Brian Field was named N.C. boys basketball coach of the year by USA Today. The national newspaper named its all-state teams Tuesday. Field led Providence Day to a 30-4 record and the school’s first state championship in 17 years. The Chargers were also one of eight teams to play in the DICKS high school national tournament in New York City.

High Point Christian’s Bam Adebayo, a McDonald’s All-American signed with Kentucky, was N.C. player of the year. He was joined on the first team by Apex’s Ian Boyd and three Observer-area stars: North Meck’s Davion Mintz, East Lincoln’s Sage Surratt and Providence Day’s Grant Williams. The second team featured four area players: Concord’s Leaky Black, Providence Day’s Devon Dotson, Concord Robinson’s Lavar Batts and Cannon School’s Jairus Hamilton. Coby White of Wilson Greenfield was the fifth second team selection.

▪ Surratt was named to MaxPreps’ junior All-American team Friday.

Notes: Los Angeles School District to spent $9 million on high school uniforms

The Los Angeles Unified School District has set aside $9 million to buy sports uniforms for all of its 83 district high schools over the next three years. The move will help remove pay-for-pay costs and make playing sports free. At many schools, parents and coaches are paying for uniforms.

▪ Concord Robinson’s Jordan McKenzie, part of his team’s N.C. 3A state championship team, is going to go to Hargrave Military for a postgrad year.

▪ Charlotte Catholic’s Sam Smith, a 6-1 senior guard, has committed to Guilford College. He averaged eight points and shot 37 percent from 3-point range for the N.C. 4A state champion Cougars.

▪ Former Providence Day star Tiffany Mitchell, who was Charlotte Observer player of the year in 2012, has signed a deal with Nike basketball. A former All-American at South Carolina, Mitchell was drafted No. 9 overall in last week’s WNBA draft by the Indiana Fever.

▪ Carmel Christian 6-10 senior Mac Brydon has committed to Mercer...Northside Christian girls soccer goalie Olivia Ficklin, a junior, has six shutouts this season, setting a new school record.

Conference Races heating up

A look at conference races in Mecklenburg County (records via MaxPreps).


▪ In the SoMeck 8, Providence (18-1, 10-0) leads the league by two games over South Meck (13-7, 8-2) with four games to play. The Panthers, ranked No. 5 in MaxPreps’ national poll, plays Ardrey Kell Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at home. Ardrey Kell (13-6, 7-3) is tied with Charlotte Catholic (13-6, 7-3) for third place.

▪ In the Southwestern 4A, Independenbce (14-5, 7-1) leads Butler (13-5, 7-2) by a half game. Independence plays at Garinger and Rocky Rivere is at Butler Tuesday.

▪ Hough (14-4, 7-1) is up by a game on Hopewell (12-7, 6-2) and two over A.L. Brown (7-10, 5-3). Hough hosts rival North Meck (9-10, 3-4) Tuesday.

▪ In the CISAA, Providence Day (15-4, 6-1) is just ahead of perennial power Charlotte Christian (15-8, 7-2).


▪ In the SoMeck 8, Charlotte Catholic (17-1, 10-0) leads Providence (12-3, 9-2). Providence hosts rival Ardrey Kell (9-8, 6-4) Tuesday.

▪ In the Southwestern 4A, Porter Ridge (13-3, 8-0) is up over Butler (12-6, 8-1). Porter Ridge is at Myers Park (5-7, 3-4) Tuesday.

▪ In the MECKA, A.L. Brown (15-3, 8-0) is up over Hopewell (11-4, 7-2) and Hough (10-6, 7-2).


▪ Hough (10-3-1, 8-0) is up over Mallard Creek (11-2-1, 6-1) in the MECKA. Hough is at Mallard Creek Friday.

▪ Myers Park (11-2-2, 7-0) leads the Southwestern 4A by a game over Porter Ridge (14-2, 6-1). Independence (9-5, 4-2) is also still in the chase. Porter Ridge plays at Myers Park Tuesday.

▪ Providence, No. 1 in USA Today’s national poll, is 14-0-1, 8-0 and up over Charlotte Catholic (14-1, 8-1). Providence hosts rival Ardrey Kell (10-5-1, 5-3) Tuesday and plays Catholic at home April 29.

▪ In the CISAA, Charlotte Latin (8-1-4, 4-0-1) is tied with Providence Day (9-2-4, 4-0-1).

Providence-AK baseball: Providence, No. 5 in MaxPreps

Tuesday’s complete schedule is here