High School Sports

HS Roundup: Northside Christian earns first state title baseball berth since 1992; Providence soccer, baseball advance

Providence’s Abigail Schomburg in center, celebrates a goal against Hough during Wednesday night's third-round playoff match played at Rocky River High on May 18, 2016. Providence won 2-0.
Providence’s Abigail Schomburg in center, celebrates a goal against Hough during Wednesday night's third-round playoff match played at Rocky River High on May 18, 2016. Providence won 2-0. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com


Northside Christian baseball: Beat Faith Christian 10-3 in eight innings to advance to the school’s first state baseball final since 1992. Northside is 19-5.

Covenant Day tennis: Beat Providence Day 5-1 in the N.C. Independent Schools 3A quarterfinals. Will Ockerman, Jacob Wall and Ben Airing got singles wins.

Mecklenburg County 4A softball: Once the dominant area of the state, Mecklenburg County will be without a 4A state champ for a ninth straight year. West Forsyth beat Charlotte Catholic 5-0 Wednesday, allowing the Cougars only two hits in a third-round game. Catholic was the lone county team remaining. Now, there hasn’t been a 4A champ from Mecklenburg County since Butler in 2008. Local schools won six of the nine titles before that.

Victoria Ballard, SouthLake Christian girls’ track: Set school and Metrolina Athletic Conference meet records in the 100- and 200-meter dash events at the conference tournament this month. She is all-conference for the third straight year. Ballard was third in the 400 this year.

Providence baseball: Beat Mooresville 3-1 to advance to Friday’s regional semifinal at South Caldwell. Providence is ranked No. 14 nationally by MaxPreps. South Caldwell is No. 12. Butler will play Friday at North Davidson, ranked No. 7 nationally.

High School Heroes

JT Agosto, Northside Christian baseball: 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs in a 10-3 win against Faith Christian in the NCISAA 2A semifinals. He also got the win in relief of Alec Huffstickler, who gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings. Northside Christian’s Caleb McCrary (2-for-4) and Cory Delair (2-for-4) also had strong games.

Suzie Borda, Sammy Reele, Olympic softball: Both players were 1-for-3 in a 5-0 loss to West Forsyth in a third-round game.

Riley Harrison, Charlotte Country Day girls’ lacrosse: Five goals in a 20-0 NCISAA playoff victory over Raleigh Ravenscroft. Julia Loesch and Charlotte Pedlow had three goals each. Country Day will host Durham Academy in Saturday’s state final.

Jake Kuchmaner, Marvin Ridge baseball: Improved to 11-1 with a 2-0 win against A.C. Reynolds. The Rockets (19-8) got one hit. Reigning 3A state champ Marvin Ridge improved to 25-4.

Sam Russ, Providence Day softball: 2-for-3 with a home run, three runs scored and one RBI in a 9-4 win against Metrolina Christian. Teammates Julianna Roupas (2-for-3) and Chandler Hunt (2-for-4, 2 RBIs) also had strong games in a NCISAA playoff.

Abigail Schomburg, Molly McGarry, Providence girls’ soccer: Both had scores in a 2-0 N.C. 4A third-round win against Hough. Providence (22-1-1) will host Lake Norman in the fourth round, which will be played by Saturday.


Cox Mill’s Wendell Moore and Charlotte Christian’s B.J. Mack will attend the Nike Elite 100 camp at Saint Louis University. Nike annually invites 100 of the nation’s top underclassmen to attend. Both players made the MaxPreps freshman All-America team.

Moore, a 6-foot-5 wing, averaged 17.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and two steals last season. Mack, a 6-7 center, helped Charlotte Catholic to the school’s first N.C. 4A state championship last season. He plans to transfer to Charlotte Christian this fall.

▪ Reigning NCISAA 3A boys’ basketball champion Providence Day will play in seven national showcase events next season: the Phenom Hoops National High School Showcase (Forsyth Country Day, Lewisville); Charlotte Hoops Challenge 7 (Myers Park High, Charlotte); LakePoint Basketball Showcase (LakePoint Sports Emerson, Ga.); Chick-fil-A Classic (Lower Richland High, Columbia); Hoodie’s House National Showcase (Providence Day, Charlotte); Music City Classic (Opryland Resort, Nashville, Tenn.); and the Montverde Academy Invitational Tournament (Montverde Academy, Orlando, Fla).

▪ Charlotte Christian all-state senior Kerstie Phills signed with Wagner College. She is the 16th student-athlete from Charlotte Christian to sign this season.