High School Sports

HS Roundup: Northside Christian gets baseball state title; Butler falls in NCHSAA quarterfinals

Butler #2 Alex Almonte hits the ball during Friday's Butler at Myers Park matchup in a battle of teams tied for first place in the Southwestern 4A baseball standings.
Butler #2 Alex Almonte hits the ball during Friday's Butler at Myers Park matchup in a battle of teams tied for first place in the Southwestern 4A baseball standings. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com


Northside Christian baseball: Knights won their first N.C. Independent Schools baseball championship since 1992. Northside Christian defeated Westchester Country Day. After rainy weather forced the final to be moved to Monday, the teams played three games on the same day. Westchester won the first 7-1. Northside won the second 3-2. The Knights then won the deciding Game 3, 7-6. Caleb McCrary pitched a complete game in Game 3 for Northside. Alec Huffstickler pitched a complete game in Game 2

Anna Cockrell, Providence Day girls’ track: Won four state titles at Saturday’s N.C. Independent Schools 3A state championship. Cockrell won the 300 meter hurdles in 40.42 seconds, the fastest in the nation this year.

Providence girls’ soccer coach Nathan Williams: Will lead the Panthers to a third straight trip to the N.C. 4A Western Regional championship. Providence will face West Forsyth at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Rocky River High. Providence will try for back-to-back state finals appearances.

Mallard Creek’s boys’ 400-meter relay team: Mavericks won the N.C. 4A state championship Saturday and ran the fastest time in North Carolina this year. That qualified Cravont Charleston, Thomas Gordon, William Eason and Cam Stover for the New Balance Nationals this summer.

Union County baseball: Parkwood (2A) and Marvin Ridge (3A) are in the baseball Final Four in their respective classifications.

Baseball: Butler falls in 4A quarterfinals

Nationally ranked North Davidson ended Butler’s run through the N.C. 4A playoffs Monday.

The Knights, ranked No. 8 nationally by MaxPreps, won 5-3 and improved to 26-1. North Davidson will host reigning N.C. 4A champion Providence in a best-of-3 regional series that begins Tuesday at 7. Providence will host Game 2 later this week. A deciding Game 3, if needed, would follow at North Davidson.

Providence (26-2) is ranked No. 9 nationally by MaxPreps.

Monday, North Davidson got a leadoff home run and eventually led 4-1 before the Bulldogs made their move. Dean Looney had a home run for Butler in the top of the fourth to trim the lead to 4-2, but Joe Butts scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fourth to push the lead to 5-2.

Butler loaded the bases in the sixth with one out but only got one run over.


Providence Day, trying to win its first softball title, fell 7-6 to High Point Wesleyan in a deciding Game 3 on Monday at Gaston Christian. Wesleyan had won the first game 5-1. Wesleyan finished the season at 21-3. Providence Day finished 22-5.

▪ Enka’s Courtney Pearson threw a two-hit shutout in a 3-0 win over Belmont South Point, the No. 1 seed in the 3A public school playoffs. Pearson and Addison Harris hit home runs for the reigning N.C. 3A state champs.

Girls’ soccer

West Forsyth scored the game’s only goal at the buzzer to upset Charlotte Catholic in the N.C. 4A Western Regional semifinals Monday. Catholic was ranked No. 17 nationally by MaxPreps.

West Forsyth (20-2-4) ended Catholic’s streak of 15 games without a loss. Catholic’s last loss was 2-1 to nationally ranked Providence on April 5. West Forsyth will face Providence at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Rocky River, with the winner advancing to the state finals.