Sports Shorts for May 4

by C. Jemal Horton and Andrew Stark

Mustang golfers earn Southwestern 4A conference title

The Myers Park boys golf team outdueled a strong field to win the Southwestern 4A conference tournament at Providence Country Club on April 30.

The Mustangs’ team total of 299 was three shots better than last year’s league champion, Ardrey Kell, which finished at 302. South Mecklenburg High took third place with a score of 338.

Medalist honors went to Ardrey Kell’s Hunter Oxford, who fired a 71 and earned Southwestern 4A Player of the Year honors.

Myers Park’s Davis Morrison (72) was second, followed by teammate Luke Thalman (74). South Meck junior Will Rainey (74) was fourth.

But the day belonged to the Myers Park team.

Myers Park entered the season with tremendous expectations after finishing second in the Class 4A state tournament last year. This week’s conference title is a critical first step in the Mustangs’ bid to finish the season on an even better note this time around.

“It feels good to reach one of our goals that we set as a team before the season started,” Myers Park coach Jason Lockwood said. “It’s great to see the boys get rewarded for all of the hard work and hours they put in every week. Some of our guys didn’t play as well as they usually do or would have liked to. Instead of giving up, the boys battled (and) grinded it out for the win.

“The key for us winning was just keeping the ball in play and hitting fairways (and) greens. As long as we can stay away from the big numbers like double and triple bogeys, then our scores will be good in the end.”

Next, the Mustangs will focus on the 4A Western Regional tournament, starting Monday, May 7, at Broadmoor Golf Links, located in Fletcher, N.C., near Asheville.

“The mind-set going forward is to just keep doing what we have been doing all year long,” Lockwood said. “I always tell the boys to have fun, stay relaxed and to not lose focus on what our team goals are.”

Morrison and Thalman were joined on the all-conference team by teammates Philip Oweida (76), Austin Morrison (77), Jordan Warren (77) and Andy Simmons (78).

Trio of Chargers sign with colleges

Three Providence Day seniors recently made their college choices official by signing National Letters of Intent to play sports at their respective schools.

Baseball player Tim Mansfield inked with Louisburg College, girls tennis player Umarah Mughnee signed with Howard University in Washington, D.C., and girls basketball player Dacia Thompson joined Queen’s University of Charlotte during a ceremony at Providence Day’s Mosack Athletic Center.

Mansfield is a 5-foot-9, 170-pound switch-hitter who has the flexibility to play the middle infield as well as the outfield.

Mughnee was one of the top players in the state during her junior year but missed her senior year while recovering from an injury.

Thompson was a strong interior presence for the Chargers’ girls basketball team, which won its third consecutive state championship this past winter. Thompson also is one of south Charlotte’s top track and field athletes, excelling in the shot put and discus events.

 

The Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School boys tennis team includes (front row, from left) Jack Deering, Spencer Hayes, Sean Nestor, Evan Erickson, Quinlan Darling, Liam Benezcu; and (back row) coach John Dempsey, Liam Watts, Jaret Anderson, Lance Clementi, Michael Nantais, John Connery, Cole Diachenko and Ian Stratus.

Catholic boys tennis adds another title

The Charlotte Catholic boys tennis team wrapped up its 22nd consecutive conference championship, when it won the ME-GA 7 3A/4A crown on April 24.

The Cougars, who are 11-3 overall, have been aided by the return of Kyle Johnson, the three-time 3A individual state champion. Johnson is 7-0 in individual matches this year, and he defeated teammate Nick Russo in the ME-GA 7 3A/4A final to claim his fourth consecutive conference championship.

“His return helps us in lots of ways,” said coach Ken Hazen. “First of all, we become more confident of a win at (the No. 1 position), but it also improves our chances all the way down the line. One spot on the ladder makes a big difference for everyone.”

While Johnson was recovering from a knee injury, several Cougars rallied to keep the conference tournament win streak intact. Seniors Matthew Martinez (9-4 in singles matches) and Zach Sachee (11-2), along with juniors Collin Wohlfort (8-3) and Nick Russo (10-3), stepped up in Johnson’s absence. Sachee and Martinez are also 4-1 in doubles this season.

The Cougars finished second in last year’s 3A dual-team state championship and last won the title in 2008. The Cougars kicked off the 2012 dual-team state tournament on May 1 by defeating top seed Concord, 8-1.

“Our main focus is to take the matches one at a time,” Hazen said. “The most important match is always the next one on the bracket, and we must respect every opponent. I hope we can cut down on the unforced errors.”

What can Brown do for Chargers?

As the 2012 season winds to a close, Providence Day girls lacrosse player Austin Brown is putting some impressive finishing touches on what already was a dominating career.

On May 1, Brown scored the 300th goal of her career during a game against Charlotte Country Day.

On April 27, Brown notched the 400th point of her career while shining in an 18-1 home win over Pinecrest on Senior Night.

Brown, who will play at Coastal Carolina University next season, is the first Providence Day girls lacrosse player to sign a National Letter of Intent with a college.

Holy Trinity tennis secures perfection

On April 27, the Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School boys tennis team capped a perfect season by winning the Greater Charlotte Middle School Athletic Association championship.

The 7-2 victory over Charlotte Latin at Jeff Adams Tennis Center improved Holy Trinity’s record to 15-0 and secured the first undefeated season in school history. It was the second boys tennis title for the school.

The tournament began April 23, and in the semifinals Holy Trinity defeated Charlotte Country Day, 6-3, before going on to their title-clinching win over Charlotte Latin four days later.

Calvary Church hosts sports camp

South Charlotte’s Calvary Church will be the site of the CHAMP All-Sports Camp June 11-15.

Youths ages 6 to 12 may participate in the camp, choosing to play either soccer, baseball or flag football. The camp includes sports instruction, team huddle time, field games, T-shirts, popsicles, prizes and a Friday lunch celebration for families.

The cost is $140 until May 16.

With 18 playing fields at Calvary Church, located at 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, CHAMP Sports Outreach offers kids a top-notch experience with an emphasis on fun, sportsmanship, Christian character development and athletic skills.

To register, visit www.champsportsinfo.com. For more information, call 704-887-3689.

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