Sports Shorts for April 27

by C. Jemal Horton

Providence Day quarterback Chase Ferguson (far right) posed for a photo during a break at the Elite 11 camp in Georgia last week. Some of Ferguson’s Providence Day teammates – junior receivers (from left) Grant McGarity, Ben Bjork and Mark Brame – assisted at the camp, as they ran routes and caught passes for the quarterbacks in attendance. Photo courtesy of C.D. Cater

Providence Day’s Ferguson achieves ‘elite’ status

Providence Day quarterback Chase Ferguson had a strong junior season last fall, passing for nearly 1,600 yards and leading the Chargers to their first state football title in a quarter-century.

Ferguson now is putting himself in position to have an impressive senior season.

On April 20, Ferguson participated in the highly regarded regional Elite 11 camp at Buford (Ga.) High School, near Atlanta. The invitation-only camp put on by ESPN football analyst Trent Dilfer is one of the most highly regarded events for high school quarterbacks.

Ferguson was one of three Charlotte-area quarterbacks who participated in the camp, joining Butler High School’s Riley Ferguson and Davidson Day’s Will Grier.

During the 2011 season, Chase Ferguson completed 103 of 189 passes for 1,579 yards, 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Ferguson currently is receiving interest from a number of college programs, including Western Michigan, Ball State and Delaware.

Area teams rank high in Wells Fargo race

South Charlotte schools were well-represented when the standings for the winter Wells Fargo Cup recently were announced.

Myers Park (237.5 points) is in third place in the 4A standings, while Ardrey Kell (215) is fourth and Providence (192.5) is sixth. Cary Green Hope (322.5) leads the 4A teams, and Southern Pines Pinecrest (242.5) is second.

Charlotte Catholic (322.5) is in third in the 3A competition behind Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (517.5) and Waxhaw Marvin Ridge (362.5).

The Wells Fargo Cup, formerly known as the Wachovia Cup, is sponsored by Wells Fargo and the N.C. High School Athletic Association. The award recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall athletic performance in the state’s four competitive classifications. The Cup program is in its 33rd year.

Wells Fargo Cup points are determined by a system based on performance in state championship events. All schools that finish in the top eight positions (plus ties) earn points.

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