↑ Charlotte Country Day: Soccer team is state finalist; field hockey, volleyball and girls’ tennis are state champs for the second straight season.
↑ Providence Day: N.C. Independent Schools 3A state champion boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams.
↑ Rachel Janson, Charlotte Country Day volleyball: Buccaneers star had 52 assists and 17 digs in a 3-1 win against Covenant Day in the NCISAA 3A state final.
↑ Kathryn Holland, Charlotte Country Day field hockey: Overtime goal delivered state title for Bucs in a 1-0 win against Durham Academy.
Nationally ranked Charlotte Country Day won its second straight NCISAA 3A state championship Saturday, beating rival Covenant Day of Matthews 3-1. Country Day won Game 1 and lost Game 2, but took the final two games 25-12 and 25-20 to secure the championship.
The Bucs (44-1) got 19 kills, 11 digs and two aces from Katharine Franz. Asya Patterson had 13 kills and 15 digs. Hannah Kintzinger had 13 kills and 18 digs. Taylor Portland had nine digs and 17 digs. And Rachel Janson had 52 assists and 17 digs.
Observer-area all-state players: Katelyn Mendenhall, Hickory Christian (1A); Shannon Bradley, United Faith (1A); Hannah Phillips, Statesville Christian (1A); Katharine Franz, Asya Patterson, Hannah Kintzinger, Rachel Janson, Country Day (3A); Ciera Cockrell, Providence Day (3A); Sarah Billiard, Christina Goforth, Covenant Day (3A)
• Providence’s volleyball team (25-2) beat Winston-Salem Reagan 3-0 Saturday at home to reach Tuesday’s regional championship. Providence played better than it did in Thursday’s fourth round 3-1 win against Watauga. In that match, the Panthers lost the first set 25-19 before sweeping the final three.
• Myers Park (21-2) upset No. 1 overall seed Northwest Guilford 3-2 to advance to the regional final at Providence. The Mustangs, who have their first 20-win season since 2007, will try to advance to their first state final since 2007.
NCHSAA/NCISAA State Tennis Championships
Lake Norman Charter’s Hannah Archer and Olivia Archer won the 2A state championship in Cary, beating N.C. Science and Math’s Lydia and Sara Yuan 6-1, 6-1. Archer and Archer beat Salisbury’s Grace Steinman and Kathryn Rusher 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals.
Salisbury’s Kayla Honeycutt won the singles title, beating Carrboro’s Jessica Ille 6-3, 6-0.
• In 3A, Cox Mill’s Sarah Jiang, singles runner-up the past two seasons, was eliminated by state champion Adrienne Hayes of Asheville in the semifinals Saturday morning. Hayes beat Wilson Hunt’s Taylor Love 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in the championship singles match.
In doubles, Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons’s Devin and Jenna Knors beat Fayetteville Sanford’s Huda McGraw and Emma Edge 6-3, 6-2. The Knors are sisters.
• In 1A, Community School of Davidson’s doubles duo of Courtey Mudge and Marisa Deininger beat Gray Stone Day’s Meghan Hedgepath and Brooke Herlocker 6-3, 6-4 to win the state title. Bishop McGuinness’ Morgan Auger beat North Duplin’s Julissa Quantanilla 6-1, 6-2 to take the singles title.
• In 4A, Wakefield’s Suzanne Boyden won the singles title and Panther Creek’s Sammi Smith and Jordan Strickland won in doubles. Smith and Strickland beat Myers Park’s Katie and Gaby Soden 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals.
NCISAA: Charlotte Country Day won its second straight tennis state title 5-4 over Cary Academy. Country Day got singles wins from Ishana Nigam, Rachel Carroll, Aletta Ryan and Kylie Maher. It got a doubles win from Bess McLawhorn and Sally Sasz. Maher’s 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (3) win over Camryn Ross ultimately delivered the title.
Hickory Christian (17-2) won the NCISAA 1A state championship Saturday at the Greenfield School in Wilson, N.C. Hickory Christian beat The Burlington School 4-0. Hickory Christian didn’t allow a goal in its state playoff run. It beat Oakwood School 4-0 in the quarterfinals and Greenfield School 1-0 in the semifinals. It had a first-round bye.
Several Observer-area players made the 1A All-State team: Alex Perry, Ryan McGrath, Lucas Lehman, Casey Broome, Hickory Christian; Cam Neuwirth, Seth Mason, Statesville Christian
• In 2A, St. David’s School ended Gaston Day’s state championship run with a 1-0 win in the finals Saturday. Gaston Day (23-1) lost for the first time this season. St. David’s finished at 14-8-1.
Several Observer-area players made the 2A All-State team: Conrad Sloand, Steven Manolakis, Gaston Day
• In 3A, Charlotte Country Day reached the finals for the second straight season, but the Bucs (17-5-2) fell to Wesleyan Christian (21-0-2) 2-0.
Several Observer-area players made the 3A All-State team: Ben Locke, Axel Rydberg, Charlotte Country Day; Jack Coover, Providence Day; Chris Gaskin, Cannon; Ben Olmstead, Charlotte Latin
Providence Day’s boys and girls won NCISAA state championships Friday in Hendersonville. The Chargers girls had 70 points to beat Cary Academy (78). Covenant Day was forth, Cannon sixth and Charlotte Country Day ninth. The Chargers boys had 44 points, well ahead of Cary Academy (79). Charlotte Latin was fifth, Cannon seventh and Metrolina Christian ninth.
Cary Academy’s Sarah Bodmer won the girls’ 3A race in 19:00.05. Cannon’s Jena Metwalli (19:25.99) was third. Covenant Day’s Cameron Echols was seventh and Providence Day’s Emma Brown was eighth. Providence Day’s Jack Paddison won the 3A boys’ race in 15:48.14, ahead of teammate Nick Linder (15:50.61). Cannon’s Patrick Hunter was sixth; Charlotte Latin’s Jack Ratteree seventh; and Providence Day’s Noah Dolhare finished eighth.
• Northside Christian’s Austin Moore finished eighth in the 2A boys’ NCISAA final. Hickory Christian’s Kirsten Burton won the 1A girls’ race, leading her team to the team championship. Hickory Christian’s boys finished fourth and Statesville Christian fifth in the boys’ 1A team race.
• Community School of Davidson’s Malia Ellington won the 1A West girls’ regional in Swannanoa Saturday. She ran a time of 18:49.57. Robbinsville’s Shawnda Martin (19:06.17) was second. Community School’s Kaylee Cortese finished seventh. Pine Lake Prep’s Lauren Rattenbury was eighth and Community School’s Hunter Cashion was ninth. Community School and Pine Lake Prep finished 1-2 in the team race.
• Community School of Davidson’s boys won the 1A West regional. Two other Observer-area teams finished in the top four: Lincoln Charter was third and Pine Lake Prep was fourth. Individually, Community School of Davidson’s Frank Bragg finished sixth. Pine Lake Prep’s Andrew Guazzerotti was seventh, followed by William Gosnell and Elliott Anderson of Community School. Lincoln Charter’s Kenny Schild was 10th.
• Elijah Inuwa of Monroe’s Central Academy won the boys’ 2A Midwest regional in Kernersville. He ran a time of 15:58.10 to best teammate Josh Weirich (16:33.90), who was second. Alec Merrill of Central Academy was sixth. Central Academy won the team race with 64 points. West Wilkes was second with 129.
• West Stanly’s Lefler Mcmanus was fourth in the girls 2A Midwest race. Parkwood’s Anna Bristle was eighth. West Stanly won the team title. Mount Pleasant was sixth and Parkwood ninth.
• Lake Norman Charter’s boys finished third and East Lincoln fifth at the 2A West Regional in Morganton. East Lincoln’s Frances Massey won the girls’ race, finishing ahead of Lake Norman Charter’s Mariah Howlett. East Lincoln won the girls’ race. Lake Norman Charter was third.