Monday, June 3, 2013

Husky, Wildcat named lacrosse All-Americans

Lake Norman's Kyle Gradert and Hough's Mike Hart were named All-Americans by the state's coaches.

Gradert, a senior defender/long-stick midfielder, was also named Conference 10 Player of the Year.

Here is the complete All-Conference boys' lacrosse team:

First team
Goalie: Michael Clark- LN Charter
Defenders: Kyle Gradert- Lake Norman, Randall Hassell- LN Charter, Ian Radcliff- Lake Norman
LSM: Brendan McCarthy- Lake Norman
Midfielders: Mike Hart- Hough, Matt Kos-Lake Norman, Hudson Harris- LN Charter, Brendan Friss- Mooresville, Shane Gottenberg- Lake Norman(Face-off specialist)
Attackers: Petey Fabian- LN Charter, Bryan Kos- Lake Norman, Josh Ford- LN Charter

Second team
Goalie: Perrin Robinson- Lake Norman
Defenders: Truman Spittell- LN Charter, JD Bunch- Lake Norman, Frankie Walsh- Hough
LSM: Griffin Stechmiller- LN Charter
Midfielders: Robert Berry- Mooresville, Eddie Hendrickson- Lake Norman, Jake Nanney- Lake Norman, Connor Wilson- Hopewell
Attackers: Eric Koehler- Lake Norman, Luke Koferl- LN Charter, Joey Ruggerio- Hough

Honorable mention
Goalie: Robert Odom- A.L. Brown
LSM: Josh Shipman- Hopewell
Midfielders: Joseph Clontz- A.L. Brown
Attackers: Jonathan Oracion-Hough

Player of the Year: Kyler Gradert, Lake Norman

Coach of the Year: Matt Wiehl, LN Charter

I-Meck 4A all-conference spring teams

I-Meck 4A baseball all-conference team

Tommy Bullock - Mooresville
Devan Watts - Mooresville
Chris Hill-Huntley - West Charlotte
Jesse Seaford - Lake Norman
Josh Ladowski - Lake Norman
John Stires- Lake Norman
Ivan Acuna - Hopewell
Mitch Nowicki- Hopewell
Craig Zalewa - Hopewell
Alex Chiuchiolo - Mallard Creek
David Folk - Mallard Creek
Kyle Bynum - Mallard Creek
Anderson Castillo - Vance
Andrew Altamira - Hough
Brandon Casas - Hough
Brandon Gragilla - Hough
Pierce Suttles - Hough
Zack Ruttkamp- North Mecklenburg

Player of the Year: Ryder Ryan - North Mecklenburg
Co-Pitchers of the Year: Ryder Ryan - North Mecklenburg, Kayden Krause -  Mallard Creek
Coach Of The Year: Shawn McGeorge - Mallard Creek

I-Meck 4A softball all-conference team
Shelby Bailey - Lake Norman
Dominique Wilson - Lake Norman
Kayla Mcguffery - Lake Norman       
Mackenzie Winslow - Lake Norman  
Kasey Moffett - Lake Norman
Sydney Ditto - Lake Norman
Patricia Thompson - Hopewell
Shelby Wiggs - Hopewell
Brooke Myers - Hopewell
Ada Thompson - Hopewell
Kayla Hall - Hough
Katelyn Shifflett - Hough
Leah Murray - Hough
Katrina Cassel - Hough
Kelsey Clark - Mooresville
Brandi Stamey - Mooresville
Sarah Doolen - Mooresville
Megan Curazo - North Mecklenburg
Katie Stokes - North Mecklenburg
Adrianne Mcdonald - Mallard Creek

Player of the YearShelby Bailey - Lake Norman
Pitcher of the Year: Dominique Wilson - Lake Norman
Co-Coaches of the YearBob Hall - Lake Norman, Dana Catchpole and Janna Lewis - Hopewell

I-Meck 4A girls' soccer all-conference team
Hopewell:  Jessica Burroughs, Kelly Flanders, Logan Sandate
Hough:  Brandi Arey, Courtney Carroll, Courtney Crump, Brianna Cuevas, Marnie Merritt, Sarah Moon
Lake Norman:  Kristin Brown, Kendall Fischlein, Amanda Karlsson, Justine Lockman, Riley Orr, Kelsey Steiner, Samantha Stoney
Mallard Creek:  Sabrina Baker, Trisha Clarke, Michaela Manning, Bree Roberts, Kelly Teague
Mooresville:  Meredith Cottrell, Peyton Roberts, Erin Settles
North Mecklenburg:  Malorie Bolster, Jill Robson
Vance: Kara Mitchell
West Charlotte: Chinh Rahlan

Player of the Year: Kendall Fischlein, Lake Norman
Coach of the YearBeth Pressley, Lake Norman

I-Meck 4A boys' tennis all-conference team
Tyler Armato - Hopewell
Venton Bell - Mallard Creek
Clayton Bruin - Lake Norman
Greg Dow - Lake Norman
Ryan Farley - Lake Norman
Sean Gallagher - Lake Norman
Perry Hicks - Mooresville
Clay Kennedy - Hough
Spencer Llewellyn - Mooresville
Austin Schafers - Lake Norman
Brady Sowers - Mooresville
Jacob Stechly - Mooresville
Sean Wydra - Hough

Player of the Year: Ryan Wydra (Hough)
Coach of the Year: Adrian Singerman (Lake Norman)

All-I-Meck 4A boys' golf all-conference team
Hough: Seth Gandy, Peyton White, Clay Brown, Patrick Cover, Blake Wagoner
Lake Norman: Sean Shalvoy, Jonathan Moon
Mallard Creek: Keegan Sarchett, Tyler Murphy
North Meck: David Barkley
Mooresville: Nolan Watts
Hopewell: Brandon Holst

Player of the Year: Seth Gandy - Hough
Coach of the year: Erik Herberth - Hough

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I-Meck 4A tennis tournament update

The semifinals for the I-Meck 4A tennis tournament were set after opening-round play at Hopewell High on Monday.

Semifinals and finals are set for Tuesday starting at 3:30 p.m.

Here are the full brackets:



Brackets set for lacrosse conference tourney

The Conference 10 boys' lacrosse tournament gets under way on Wednesday at Hough High.

Wednesday's first round
No. 6 A.L. Brown vs. No. 3 Hough - 5:30 p.m.
No. 5 Hopewell vs. No. 4 Mooresville - 7:30 p.m.

Friday's semifinals
Winner of No. 6/No. 3 game vs. No. 2 Lake Norman Charter - 5:30 p.m.
Winner of No. 5/No.4 game vs. No. 1 Lake Norman - 7:30 p.m.

Monday's finals
Winner of No.6/No. 3 vs. No. 2 game vs. winner of No. 5/No.4 vs. No. 1 game - 7 p.m.

Admission each day will be $5.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Hopewell baseball hosts military appreciation game

The Hopewell High baseball team will host a Military Appreciation Game 6 p.m. Monday at home against Vance High.

The team will wear camouflage jerseys that will be auctioned off at the end of the game. The proceeds will go toward the Wounded Warrior Project.

Admission is free for military veterans and active duty personnel. Those that attend will also be recognized on the field during the game.

For more information, contact Hopewell head baseball coach Chet Greeson at

- Corey Inscoe

Friday, April 5, 2013

Knights lead 1A Wells Fargo Cup standings

Lake Norman Charter leads the way in the 1A standings for the Wells Fargo Cup, the N.C. High School Athletic Association announced.

The award recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications. The Cup program, formerly known as the Wachovia Cup, is in its 33rd year.

Lake Norman Charter was atop the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A conference cup standings after winning boys’ and girls’ basketball titles. East Lincoln was second while North Lincoln came in third.

In the I-Meck 4A, conference championships in wrestling as well as in boys’ and girls’ swimming kept Hough on top of the league's conference cup standings after the winter sports season. Lake Norman was second with Mallard Creek close behind in third. North Mecklenburg was fourth followed by Mooresville and Hopewell.

Hough was tied for fourth in 4A.

The conference cup, presented by the N.C. High School Athletic Association, recognizes schools with the best overall athletic performances.

Here are the complete standings for all four classes (Lake Norman-area programs in bold):

School                                                                     Points
1.   Lake Norman Charter                              360
2.   Hendersonville                                             335
3.   Kernersville Bishop McGuinness                  300
4.   Raleigh Charter                                            217.5
5.   Durham N.C. School Science and Math       215
6.   Southwest Onslow                                     192.5
7.   West Wilkes                                                185
8.   North Rowan                                               165
      Lincoln Charter                                          165
10. Mitchell                                                        157.5
11. Monroe                                                        142.5
12. East Surry                                                    140
      Murphy                                                        140
      Winston-Salem Preparatory                         140
      Franklin Academy                                         140
School                                                                Points
1.  Carrboro                                                        387.5
2.  Waxhaw Cuthbertson                                    312.5
3.  Corinth-Holders                                             272.5
4.  North Lincoln                                               270
5.  South Iredell                                                 215

6.  Shelby                                                            212.5
7.  Salisbury                                                         207.5
8.  Hillsborough Cedar Ridge                               197.5
9.  Pittsboro Northwood                                     160
     Burlington Cummings                                     160
11. Hampstead Topsail                                     157.5
      Newport Croatan                                          157.5
13. North Surry                                                   152.5           
14. Brevard                                                         150
      Canton Pisgah                                                150
      Swansboro                                                    150
School                                                                Points

1.  Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons                                460
2.  Waxhaw Marvin Ridge                                    375
3.  Charlotte Catholic                                           347.5
4.  Chapel Hill                                                      285
5.  Weddington                                                 197.5                       
     Concord J.M. Robinson                                  197.5
7.  Northern Guilford                                            192.5
8.  Jacksonville                                                 172.5
9.  West Carteret                                                 160
10. Hickory                                                          150
11. Charlotte Berry Academy                                145
12. Statesville                                                        142.5
13. West Henderson                                              137.5
14. Ledford Senior                                                 132.5
15. Concord                                                          130
      Newton Fred T. Foard                                     130
School                                                                   Points
1.  Cary Green Hope                                              372.5
2.  Raleigh Broughton                                             297.5
3.  Ardrey Kell                                        257.5
4.  Providence                                                      247.5
     Hough                                                          247.5

6.  Cary                                                             222.5
7.  Southern Pines Pinecrest                                   215
8.  Fayetteville Jack Britt                                     205
9.  Winston-Salem Mount Tabor                         200
10. Asheville T.C. Roberson                                  190
11. Southeast Raleigh                                            187.5
12. New Bern                                                       172.5
13. Greensboro Grimsley                                     165
14. Raleigh Leesville Road                                     157.5
15. Winston-Salem Parkland                                 155
      Raleigh Millbrook                                            155

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I-Meck 4A winter all-conference teams

I-Meck 4A boys’ basketball all-conference
C.J. Bryce, Hopewell
Dre Howell, Mooresville
Tahjai Watt, North Meck
Kishawn Pritchett, Lake Norman
Dominique Henderson, Mallard Creek
Dupree Potter, Mallard Creek
Caleb Davis, Vance
Torin Dorn, Vance
Malek Massey, Vance
Luke Maye, Hough
Drexler Clark, Hough
Trey Foster, West Charlotte
Gabon Williams, West Charlotte
Austin Harris, West Charlotte

Player of the Year: Kennedy Meeks, west Charlotte
Coach of the Year: Justin Batts, Hough

I-Meck 4A girls’ basketball all-conference
Bryanna Curry, Hopewell
Mariah Washington, Hopewell
Kelsey Dean, Hough
Julia Brown, Hough
Brandi Arey, Hough
Argia Gibson, Lake Norman
Chantel Williams, Mallard Creek
Brianna Nichols, Mallard Creek
Amber Sherrill, Mooresville
Jasmine Bullock, North Meck
Jasmine Cash, North Meck
Jessica Gaston, West Charlotte
Rachel Porter, West Charlotte
Diamond Foggie, Vance

Player of the Year: Destiny Barrino, North Meck
Coach of the Year: Jennifer Baker, North Meck

I-Meck 4A wrestling all-conference
106 - Austin Powell (Hough),  Samuel Crisp (Mooresville)
113 - Conner Kominek (Lake Norman),   Tucker Key (Mooresville)
120 - Jamie Wright (Mooresville), Cody Karns  (Lake Norman)
126 - Kevin O’Brien (Hough), Antonio Patterson (West Charlotte)
132 - Jalen Hill (North Meck),  Hunter Owens (Hough)
138 - Josh Motsinger (Vance),  Tanner Russ (Hough)
145 - Adam Nivens (Hough), Eddie McGrail (Lake Norman)
152 - Jarred Brooks (Mooresville), Jacob Efird (Hough)
160 - Sebastian Barreto (Hough), Marquel Thompson (North Meck)
170 - Ryan Devlin (Lake Norman), Palmer Maples (Hough)
182 - Dontrez Patterson (Mooresville), Gore Vaughn (Hopewell)
195 - Deshjion Whitlock (Hopewell), Austin Newell (Hough)
220 - Jackson Dowless (Lake Norman), Kenan Ralph (Mallard Creek)
285 - Connor Brooks (Hough), Brendan Latham (Lake Norman)

Wrestler of the Year: Cody Karns (Lake Norman)

Coach of the Year:  Tripp Rogers (Hough)

I-Meck 4A swimming and diving all-conference
200 medley relay
Hough (Alexandria Kitchens, Ally Dupay, Katie O’Brien, Emily Allen)
Lake Norman (Elle Tucker, Kalyn Fetter, Erin Dickerman, Courtney Fulton)
200 free
Jessica Merritt, Hough
Lauren McRae , Mallard Creek
200 IM
Megan Dupay , Hough
Ally Dupay, Hough
50 free
Emily  Allen, Hough
Shannon Bauer, Hough
Karly Adams, Hough
Katelyn Abernathy, Hough
100 fly
Katie O’Brien, Hough
Heather Merritt, Hough
100 free
Emily Allen, Hough
Rachel Bright, Hough
500 free
Ally Dupay, Hough
Morgan Holbrook, Lake Norman
200 free relay
Hough (Emily Allen, Heather Merritt, Shannon Bauer, Jessica Merritt)
Lake Norman (Maddy Gillman, Erin Dickerman, Christine Wirt, Morgan Holbrook)
100 back
Heather Merritt, Hough
Alexandria Kitchens, Hough
100 breast
Jessica Merritt, Hough
Kalyn Fetter, Lake Norman
400 free relay
Hough (Katie O’Brien, Heather Merritt, Ally Dupay, Jessica Merritt)
Lake Norman (Courtney Fulton, Maddy Gillman, Christine Wirt, Morgan Holbrook)
200 medley relay
Hough (Jack Manchester, Andrew Botelho, Trey Poff, Jeffery Manchester)
Lake Norman (Austin Tucker, Justin Lindly, Austin Hill, Eric Koehler)
200 free
Jack Manchester, Hough
Charles Blinn, Lake Norman
200 IM
Andrew Botelho, Hough
Brian Davis, Hough
50 free
Brody Heck, Lake Norman
Patrick Cowley, Hough
Charles Mitchell, Hough
Colby Hendrix, Lake Norman
100 fly
Trey Poff, Hough
Josh Moore, Vance
100 free                              
Brody Heck, Lake Norman
Mark Brittain, Hopewell
500 free
Trey Poff, Hough
Evan Heldman, Hough
200 free relay
Lake Norman (John Suther, Eric Koehler, Charles Blinn, Brody Heck)
Hough (Andrew Petry, Alex Kirven, Patrick Cowley, Jeffery Manchester)
100 back
Jack Manchester, Hough
Austin Hill, Lake Norman
100 breast
Mark Brittain, Hopewell
Brian Davis, Hough
400 free relay
Hough (Andrew Petry, Andrew Botelho, Patrick Cowley, Jack Manchester)
Lake Norman (John Suther, Austin Hill, Charles Blinn, Brody Heck)

Coach of the Year: Tim Queen, Hough

Monday, March 11, 2013

North Meck looks to learn from loss

North Mecklenburg's girls' basketball team fell to Porter Ridge 67-46 in the N.C. High School Athletic Association's 4A western regional semifinals Friday night.

The Lady Vikings were outscored 14-4 in the opening four minutes of the game and couldn't crawl out of the hole. The I-Meck 4A regular-season champions finished their year 26-4.

"It doesn't diminish what we accomplished this year and the fact that we made that big turnaround from the year before and since I got there," said fourth-year North Meck coach Jennifer Baker.

Junior Destiny Barrino and sophomore reserve Jaydah Hayden led North Meck in scoring against the Pirates, tallying 14 points each.

Although the Vikings lose four seniors, Kelly Beasley, Jasmine Bullock, Jasmine Cash and Kelsey Ellison, Baker hopes the rest of her team learns from the program's first trip to regionals since 2008.

"You're dealing with a lot of kids who had never been here before. ... Now they know what it feels like," she said. "Hopefully, when they're presented with the challenge again, they'll step up and knock their opponent down."

With Barrino, whose 12 points per game led the team, slated to return alongside with fellow junior Brianna Jones and other young players, Baker hopes her team can carry this year's success onward.

"Our future looks bright," she said.