Sports Shorts for October 14

Hawks soccer extends streak to eight, still improving

With an overall record of 12-3-1, the Charlotte Latin boys soccer team has plenty to feel confident about these days.

The Hawks are ranked third in Eurosportscoreboard.com’s 3A private-school poll behind only High Point Wesleyan and Greensboro Day. But a recent eight-game win streak, which began Sept. 9, has Hawks coach Lee Horton feeling confident that his team has made the appropriate strides to put itself in good position headed into the final two games of the regular season, especially after a 2-2-1 stretch to open the year.

After recording two wins to start the season, the Hawks fell to Fayetteville Academy (a 15-1-1 record) and public-school power Myers Park (13-1-1), and recorded a tie against Gastonia Ashbrook (10-3-4) before losing to Greensboro Day on Sept. 8.

But the brutal early stretch served a larger purpose, said Horton.

“The whole idea from the beginning of the season was to get better every week and hope we’d be at our best at the end and give ourselves a chance to do the best we can in the state playoffs and try to win another title,” he said.

Offensively, the Hawks have been strong all season, as their 3.56 goals-per-game average attests. Brandon Jordi has led the way with 18 goals and seven assists, while Ryan Fine has led the team with 10 assists. Reed Dowdy has nine goals and nine assists, while Chuka Anyafo and Carson Clough each have six goals and five assists.

But the Hawks’ improvement hasn’t simply been a matter of building strength through strife. Instead, the Hawks have made some tweaks to their lineup, especially defensively. Senior Harrison Gamble moved from center forward to right outside back, while Michael Metzger stepped into the center back role. Former center back Mark Taylor moved to left back. Throw in defensive stalwarts Jack Zollicoffer (a midfielder) and center back James Mingoes, and Horton is happy with his team’s current defensive alignment.

“Those guys make the back line a little more solid, and defense, when it comes down to it, wins championships,” Horton said.

Ardrey Kell girls golf secures league title

The Ardrey Kell girls golf team defeated Providence, 114-135, to clinch the Southwestern 4A conference championship on Oct. 10.

Junior Emily Stinson led the Knights with a 1-under-par 35 during the event at Raintree Country Club. Fellow junior Allyson Markiewicz fired a 38, while freshman Megan Cullip carded a 41 for Ardrey Kell, which improved its record to 6-0.

Michelle Fogarty led the Panthers with a 40, Devon Gerenza shot a 47 and Melissa Manderbach had a 48. Providence’s record dipped to 4-2.

Ardrey Kell was scheduled to host -Butler at Providence Country Club on Oct. 12. The Knights will be among the contingent when the 4A Western Regional tournament is held at Charlotte’s Pine Island Country Club starting Oct. 25.

Bucs’ Newson commits to Samford

On Oct. 10, Charlotte Country Day volleyball player Mattie Newson has committed to play at Alabama’s Samford University.

Newson, a three-year starting junior libero, currently has 229 kills, 66 aces and 420 digs this season for the 19-9 Bucs. She was an all-Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association player in 2010.

“Mattie plays volleyball with incredible amounts of heart and passion,” said Bucs coach Brian Rosen. “Her joy for the game is so fun to watch. Playing college volleyball has been her dream since she started playing for me three years ago, and I am so happy and proud that she has achieved it. She continues to get better and work harder every time she steps onto the volleyball court. She has been a huge reason for our success this season.”

Cougars young but improving

With a 19-8 record, the Charlotte Catholic volleyball team has suffered nearly the same amount of losses this year as it had in the previous two seasons combined, when the Cougars went 55-11. But with a large amount of turnover this year, coach Tim Leary expected some dropoff. Despite the losses, Leary said his team has looked very dangerous in stretches.

“When we have it all together, when we’re playing well, we look like a very good team,” Leary said. “The biggest problem when you have a bunch of 15-year-old sophomores in there is that, when things go bad, it’s kind of hard to recover. But for the most part, the girls are practicing great.”

To the Cougars’ credit, five of the losses have come against Class 4A powers Providence and Ardrey Kell, as well as private-school favorites Charlotte Country Day and Charlotte Latin (twice).

The Cougars also went 1-3 last weekend in a four-match tournament in South Carolina, which was a bit misleading, said the coach.

“This year, because we’re so young, the girls kind of grasped (the idea of), ‘Hey, let’s let everybody play and see what we can get out of it like that. If we do come out of it on top, that’s great,’” said Leary, who added that Molly Lindway was named to the all-tournament team.

What Catholic lost in possible wins with the team-wide approach it gained in experience, which should help as the postseason approaches.

“Team-wise, I think we’re ready to go,” Leary said. “It’s just a matter of can we roll it out there at the right time and the right place?”

Country Day soccer downs Chargers

On Oct. 6, the Providence Day boys soccer team missed an opportunity to climb within a game of second-place Charlotte Country Day when the two squads battled to a 1-1 tie in Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association play.

The teams were tied 0-0 at halftime, but each scored second-half goals. Charlotte Country Day’s Matt Siman put the Bucs up one, only to have Providence Day’s Matthew Lomino knot the game with a goal of his own.

Charlotte Country Day outshot the Chargers, 10-4, while Providence Day tallied five saves to the Bucs’ three. Lorenzo Hernandez logged Providence Day’s assist, while Carl Cedarholm found Siman for the Bucs’ score.

John Kendall leads the Bucs with nine goals, followed by Cedarholm’s six. States Lee is third with three goals. Tyler Perper is pacing the Bucs with five assists, followed by Siman (four) and Danny Ostrow (three). Goalkeeper Robert Haggard has notched four shutouts, en route to his 0.625 goals-against average.

Myers Park finishes season strong

The Myers Park girls tennis team made the most of its regular-season finale, taking a decisive 9-0 win over Rocky River on Oct. 6.

Myers Park starters Jessica Perez, Olivia Turnbull, Clare O’Brien, Poulumi Banerjee and Meredith Hunter all recorded 6-0, 6-0 wins, while Catherine Neilson won her match 6-1, 6-0.

The Mustangs’ doubles play was equally impressive. The tandem of Perez and Turnbull teamed to down Haylee Hilton and Janell White, 10-0; Rebecca Cann and Molly Kenny blanked Alexus Rawls and Rubia Guzman, 10-0; and Hunter and Paige Stover beat Zakia Spencer and Destinee Clark, 10-0.

With the win, the Mustangs finished their regular season with an overall record of 11-3 and 6-1 in the Southwestern 4A conference. The conference tournament was slated to begin on Oct. 12 at South Mecklenburg.

Providence Day hosts Ganon Baker clinic

Renowned basketball trainer Ganon Baker will conduct a clinic at Providence Day School on Friday, Oct. 14.

Baker’s High School & College Workout will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Providence Day’s Mosack Athletic Center. The cost is $100.

Participants are asked to bring a tennis ball, jump rope and basketball. Coaches who would like to sit courtside, take notes and ask questions may do so for an additional $25.

Baker has trained current NBA players such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Vince Carter, Chris Paul, Amare Stoudemire and Deron Williams.

Baker also will conduct a Middle School Workout at Olympic High on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $75.

For more information, send an e-mail to coachcj@ncspartans.org or visit ganonbakerbasketball.com.

Latin’s Carter leads Point Guard Camp

New Charlotte Latin girls basketball coach Milton Carter will be the director of the Point Guard Boot Camp on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Mint Hill’s Rocky River High School from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The camp is being hosted by the Carolina Basketball Club, in conjunction with the Naismith Foundation and is open to boys and girls in grades 7 through 12.

Carter will be on hand, as will coaches from Charlotte Christian, Charlotte Country Day and Independence High. It also will include instructors such as NBA player Speedy Claxton (Golden State Warriors) and Yatta Gaines (New Jersey Nets), and former Davidson coach and NBA scout Marv Kessler.

For more information or to register, visit www.phoenixsouth.org or call Carter at 516-695-1432.

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