Sports Shorts for May 11

by C. Jemal Horton

Country Day boys nab CISAA golf championship

Led by a strong performance from medalist Coble Wright, the Charlotte Country Day boys golf team blew away the field to win the Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association tournament championship.

Wright, a senior, fired a 72 at the par-72 River Run Country Club in Davidson to take top individual honors.

As a team, Country Day finished with a score of 303, comfortably ahead of Providence Day and Concord Cannon, which both wound up at 311. Charlotte Christian (314) was fourth, while Charlotte Latin (321) was fifth.

“It was a bit of a surprise for us to win the conference, but anything can often happen in a one-day event,” Country Day coach Bob Plyer said. “The win meant a lot to the guys, and they were excited afterward. Hopefully, this will give our team added confidence for the state tournament.”

Providence Day’s Davis Bateman finished second among the individual scorers with a 73 and was followed by Country Day’s Chakka Pasupa (74) and Charlotte Latin’s Jake McGlone (74); Providence Day’s Christian Cichan (76) and Cannon’s Will Gordon (76); Country Day’s Preston Palmer (77), Charlotte Christian’s Gavin Owen (77) and Cannon’s Grant deGorter (77); and Charlotte Christian’s David Kocher (78) and Aaron Walker (78), Charlotte Latin’s Austin Lancaster (78) and Cannon’s Anthony Perrino (78).

The N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A tournament will be held Monday, May 14-Tuesday, May 15 at Greensboro Country Club.
Christian’s Lawrence earns nomination

Charlotte Christian standout Dez Lawrence is among the 400 high school football players who have been nominated to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.

The prestigious all-star game will be played Jan. 5 in San Antonio, Texas, and televised live on NBC.

The players were nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of a network of regional coaches throughout the country and Rivals.com. Of the 400 nominees, 90 ultimately will be selected for the bowl game. The next step for the nominees occurs in September, when the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour begins. Final player selections will be announced in the fall.

Lawrence, a defensive back who will be a senior next season, has committed to play for the University of North Carolina. He was a first-team selection to Carolina Weekly Newspaper Group’s 2011 Football Super Team.

The 2012 Providence Day middle school boys lacrosse team recently won a conference title. Photo courtesy of C.D. Cater

Three other southern Mecklenburg County players also were nominated for the U.S. Army game: Butler’s Riley Ferguson (quarterback), Peter Kalambayi (linebacker) and Uriah LeMay (receiver).

Charger middle-schoolers earn title

The Providence Day middle school boys lacrosse team defeated Charlotte Country Day, 5-4, to secure the Greater Charlotte Middle School Athletic Association championship on April 27.

Jake Swimmer, Gabe Montgomery, Andrew Ludwick, Reed Baker and Elliot Beiser each scored goals for the Chargers, who wrapped up their season with a 16-1-1 record.

Other team members included Grant Portwood, Michael Witte, John Schweitzer, Gray Marler, John Murdter, Parker Mosack, Ryan Sicard, Alec Framm, Cameron Goldean, Grant Henderson, Sam Coover, Ryan Corrigan, Chase Hartman, McLean Campbell, Gil Gerber, Ryan Manuelsmith, Jackson Broderdorp, Gregory Truong, Kevin Ton, Cary Leech, Chase Marshall and Ben Nason.

Country Day tops ballyhooed Hawks

Charlotte Country Day pulled off one of the biggest upsets in south Charlotte girls soccer this season by defeating highly regarded Charlotte Latin, 3-1, on May 8.

Adelaide Cummings scored two goals for the Bucs, who knocked off a Hawks squad that had been ranked 10th in the National Soccer Coaches Athletic Association Region II poll and No. 1 among North Carolina private schools, according to eurosportscoreboard.com.

The Bucs led 3-0 at halftime.

Country Day, which was ranked eighth in the state, also received a goal from senior Caroline Plyler. Beth Erb was in goal for the Bucs, who improved their record to 9-7-1. Amma Okwara scored the goal for Charlotte Latin, which fell to 14-2.

The Hawks, however, won the Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association regular-season championship this year. And when the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A tournament begins on Saturday, May 12, Charlotte Latin will be heavily favored to win its fifth consecutive state title.

Benson paces Bucs girls lacrosse win

Aided by an outstanding performance from senior Linley Benson, the Charlotte Country Day girls lacrosse team rolled to a 21-4 road victory over rival Charlotte Latin on May 8.

Benson paced the Bucs with six goals and two assists in the regular-season finale for both teams. Hannah Krueger added three goals and four assists for Country Day, while Ellie Lewis, Mattie Shuman, Lucy Pitts, London Vaughn and Mason Lucas each tossed in two goals. Anna Kate Smith and Lindsay Shuford scored a goal apiece.

Ardrey Kell, Myers Park earn spots in Class 4A state golf tournament

The Ardrey Kell and Myers Park boys golf teams fell short of their bids to win the 4A Western Regional title on May 8, but the two programs still had finishes strong enough to land them spots in the state tournament field.

Myers Park (295) and Ardrey Kell (304) finished second and third, respectively, behind winner Cornelius Hough at the regional event at Broadmoor Country Club, near Asheville.

The top three teams and the top three individuals not associated with those teams advanced to the state tournament, which takes places Monday, May 14, at Pinehurst.

Hough’s David Sargent (67) was the individual regional champion, while Myers Park senior Jordan Warren shot a 72 to finish in a second-place tie. Myers Park’s Philip Oweida, who won the regional crown last year, shot a 73 to finish in a fourth-place tie with Ardrey Kell’s Mitch Schneider this year. Ardrey Kell’s Nick Fedchock (74) tied for sixth place.

Giving coaches a ‘timeout’

The annual Coaches Time Out conference will be held June 14-16 at the Marriott Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel.

Coaches Time Out is intended to give coaches and their spouses a “timeout” from the everyday challenges they face. During the conference, coaches and spouses are joined by others who go through similar experiences, all the while having the opportunity to hear guest speakers who cover topics such as enriching relationships, improving communication, managing finances, maximizing the coaching platform and developing personal faith.

This year’s CTO conference will be hosted by former Carolina Panthers kicker John Kasay, now a member of the New Orleans Saints. Charlotte Christian football coach Jason Estep and his wife, Leslie, are regional directors for the conference-based coaches ministry.

Guest speakers this year include former Panthers quarterback Frank Reich, ex-NFL tight end Ben Watson, comedic couple Jay and Laura Laffoon, and musician Zachary Kale, among others.

To learn more about this year’s conference and register, visit www.­coachestimeout.org/conferences/­carolinas/index.html

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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