Friday, June 29, 2012

Local baseball players named all-state

Several Lake Norman area baseball players were named to the N.C. Baseball Coaches Association's All-State teams.

Hough's Brandon Gragilla and Johnny Piedmonte led the way in 4A, while North Mecklenburg sophomore Ryder Ryan was named I-Meck Player of the Year and to the all-state squad.

East Lincoln's Addison Parrish and Bandy's Hunter Harvey were named to the 2A all-state team.

Here is a complete list of all-state selections by classification (with local players highlighted):


1.  Trevor Pence            New Bern                  POY            Mideastern
2.  Matthew Parrish      West Johnson            POY         Greater Neuse
3.  Curt Britt            Scotland                  POY            Southeastern
4.  Wood Myers            Jordan                  POY            PAC-6
5.  Will Gilbert            Green Hope            POY            Tri-Nine
6.  Vance Vizciano      Wakefield                  POY            Cap Eight
7.  Tommy Marshall      Southern Alamance      POY            Metro 7
8.  Matt Orth            Southwest Guilford      POY            Piedmont Triad
9.  Corey Randall      Davie County            POY          Central Piedmont
10. Trent Thornton      Ardrey Kell            POY            Southwestern
11. Mike Herbert      Providence            POY            Southwestern
12. Ryan Ryder            North Mecklenberg      POY            I-Meck
13. Matt Profitt            Watauga                  POY            Northwestern
14. Michael Downing      Terry Sanford            POY            Mid-South
15. Alex Rayburn      Durham Jordan          
16. Brad Stone            Ardrey Kell
17. Landon Lassiter      North Davidson
18. Chance Shepard      Ashley
19. Keaton Haack      NW Guilford
20. Jackson Campana      Providence
21. Garrett Suggs      Fuquay-Varina
22. Corey Kimber      Dudley
23. Jimmy Boyd            Middle Creek
24. Ty Buttrey            Providence
25. Dylan Ward            East Forsyth
26. Matt Eddy            Pinecrest
27. Ryan Foster            Davie County
28. Matt Tenuta            Apex
29. Brandon Gragilla      Hough
30. Johnny Piedmonte Hough

4A Player of the Year: Curt Britt - Scotland County


1.   Harry Ferrguson            Currituck            POY      Northeastern Coastal
2.   Davis Kilpatrick            DH Conley            POY      Coastal
3.   Jacob Page                  Hunt                  POY      Big East
4.   Chastin Radford             North Lenoir      POY      Eastern Carolina
5.   Max Shrock                  Card Gibbons      POY      Carolina
6.   Nick Collins                  Union Pines      POY      Cape Fear
7.   Scott Ellington            Williams            POY      Mid State
8.   Jailyn Davis                  NE Guilford      POY      Mid Piedmont
9.   Sean Grant                  West Iredell      POY      North Piedmont
10. Corey Seager            NW Cabarrus      POY      South Piedmont
11. Alex Bostic            Weddington      POY      Southern Carolina
12. Tyler Chadwick          Marvin Ridge      POY     Southern Carolina
13. Eddie Hull                  Charlotte Cath      POY      Mega 7
14. Nick Triplett                  Crest                  POY      Big South
15. Davis Hanvey            Hickory            POY      Northwestern
16. Dustin Greene            Burns            POY      South Mountain Ath
17. Colby Fox                  No Buncombe      POY      Mountain Ath
18. Rob Howard                  Tuscola            POY      WNC
19. Markel Jones            West Brunswick
20. Brody Koener            JM Robinson
21. Reily Hovis                  Forest View
22. Nick Monroe            Eastern Alamance    
23. Nick Debo                  Orange
24. DC Arendas                  Northern Guilford
25. Jeremy Schellhorn      Weddington
26. Zach Mozingo            Eastern Wayne
27. Kevin Wise                  Southern Wayne

3A Player of the Year: Corey Seager - Northwest Cabarrus


1.   Trent Hansley      Topsail                  POY      East Central
2.   Chad Briley            No Pitt                  POY      Eastern Plains
3.   Clay Lockamon      Roanoke Rapids            POY      Northern Carolina
4.   Matt Fuhr            South Granville            POY      Carolina 12
5.   Matt Lowry            No Brunswick            POY      Waccamaw
6.   Alex Britt            Fairmont                  POY      3 Rivers
7.   Christian Snyder      Providence Grove      POY      Mid-State
8.   Dylan Richardson      Randleman            POY       Pac-6
9.   Tyler Stroup            East Davidson            POY       Central Carolina
10. Jake Walser            West Davidson            POY      Central Carolina
11. Colby Barnette      Piedmont                  POY      Rocky River
12. Addison Parrish      East Lincoln          POY     Southern Piedmont
13. Hunter Harvey      Bandys                  POY       Catawba Valley
14. Blaine Durham      West Stokes            POY      Northwest
15. Stefan Susi            Wilkes Central            POY       Mountain Valley
16. Roberto Taft      Polk                        POY       Western Highlands
17. Hunter Donaldson No Henderson            POY      WNC Athletic
18. Hunter Smith      Surry Central
19. Cameron Tekker      Cuthbertson
20. John Mangum      Cuthbertson
21. Ridge Beheler      East Rutherford
22. Lucas Owens      East Rutherford
23. Bryant Battle      North Pitt
24. Chance DuCharme First Flight
25. Joel Booker            Polk                      
26. Andrew Webster      Northwood                            
27. Zack Cooper            South Granville
28. Cody Trogdon      Randleman
29. Easton Welch      Randleman
30. Hunter Smith      Whiteville
31. Nathan Hood       Whiteville
32. Kyland Tyler            Whiteville

2A Player of the Year: Matt Lowry - North Brunswick


1.   Terrence Jackson            Creswell                  POY            Tideland
2. Austin Freese                  Perquimans            POY            Four Rivers
3. Jonathan Hayes            Gates County          POY            Tar-Roanoke
4. Austin Benson            Southwest Onslow      POY          Coastal Plains
5. Matt Sugg                  Ayden-Grifton            POY            Carolina
6. Chad Sykes                  Voyager Academy       POY            Carolina 12
7. Stephen Wallace            South Stanley            POY            Yadkin Valley
8. Zach Wall                  Hayesville               POY            Smoky Mtn.
9. Jacob Rhodes                  Hiwassee Dam            POY            Smoky Mtn.
10. Jackson Reister            Mitchell               POY            Western Highland
11. Russ Weiker                  South Stanley          
12 Grayson Short            South Stanley
13. Jordan Starnes            South Stanley
14. Samuel Linn                  Hendersonville
15. J. P. Lisk                  South Stanley
16. Will Sheppard            West Wilkes
17. Hunter Hamilton            West Montgomery
18. Cody McKenzie            West Montgomery
19. Loy Stone                  Voyager Academy
20. Brett Godwin            Midway
21. Riley Baggett            Midway
22. Brandon Marsh            Northside
23. Hunter Early                  Manteo
24. J. P. Padgett                  Dixon
25. Matt Rouse                  Dixon
26. Will Gurganus            Riverside
27. Tyler Woodhouse            Camden

1A Player of the Year: Stephen Wallace - South Stanley

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Titan assistant inherits girls' basketball coaching job

Hopewell High announced that longtime assistant Tyrelle Anderson will be its new girls' basketball head coach Wednesday.

Anderson, who was born and raised in Queens, N.Y., replaces Gary Richmond, who stepped down from the post after this past season. Anderson was an assistant under Richmond for five seasons.

Anderson’s coaching career began as director of  basketball pperations for Pick n’ Roll Basketball Camp in Hempstead, N.Y., in 1998. He served in this capacity for four years. For the next three years, he served as the assistant coach and lead skill developer for Ahead of the Game AAU boys’ basketball organization in Brooklyn.

Since retiring from FDNY-EMS in 2003 and relocating to Charlotte, Anderson has assisted various basketball organizations in the surrounding area. He was head coach for the Queen City Jewels 2010 girls' AAU basketball team and assistant coach of the 2012 Queen City Dynasty girls' basketball team.

He also held the position of director of basketball operations for the Queen City Dinasty girls' showcase group from 2009-10.

He currently serves as the head coach of the Charlotte Lady Warriors Elite summer basketball team.

Knights, Huskies lead area in final Wells Fargo Cup standings

The N.C. High School Athletic Association released its final Wells Fargo Cup standings and Lake Norman Charter and Hough fared the best out of Lake Norman area schools. 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.

Here are the final standings, with local teams highlighted:

SCHOOL             POINTS
1. Kernersville Bishop McGuinness       527.5

    Durham N.C. School of Science and Math     527.5
3. Lake Norman Charter         447.5
4. Hendersonville           432.5
5. Monroe            325
6. West Wilkes            320
7. Raleigh Charter           302.5
8. North Rowan           252.5
9. Riverside (Martin)           242.5
10. Ayden-Grifton            227.5
11. North Stokes           215
12. Thomas Jefferson Classical       207.5
13. Mount Airy           197.5
      Misenheimer Gray Stone Day       197.5
15. Elkin             195 
SCHOOL             POINTS
1. Carrboro            602.5

2. Shelby              415
3. Waxhaw Cuthbertson         400
4. Salisbury             370
5. North Lincoln           362.5
6. Burlington Cummings         350
7. Wilson Beddingfield         307.5
8. Hillsborough Cedar Ridge         282.5
9. Pittsboro Northwood         255
10. Kill Devil Hills First Flight       242.5
11. Kinston              237.5
12. Newton-Conover           222.5
13. Swansboro             220
14. West Davidson           210
15. West Stokes           207.5
SCHOOL             POINTS
1. Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons        775

2. Waxhaw Marvin Ridge         642.5
3. Charlotte Catholic           575
4. Chapel Hill             435
5. Northern Guilford           347.5
6. Weddington             305
7. Asheville             280
8. Hickory               277.5
9.  North Buncombe           272.5
10. Rocky Mount               245
11. Orange             240
12. Burlington Walter Williams       235
13. West Carteret           222.5
14. Pikeville Charles B. Aycock       220
15. Berry Academy           217.5
SCHOOL             POINTS
1. Morrisville Green Hope        510

2. Charlotte Myers Park         400
3. Raleigh Broughton           377.5
4. Cornelius W.A. Hough         357.5
5. Charlotte Ardrey Kell         355
6. Southern Pines Pinecrest         345
7. Lake Norman           292.5
8. Pfafftown Ronald Reagan        285
9. Charlotte Providence         275
10. Raleigh Wakefield         270
11. Raleigh Millbrook           260
12. Apex             255
13. Winston-Salem Mount Tabor       242.5
14. Watauga             237.5
15. East Chapel Hill           227.5

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

I-Meck all-conference honors announced

The I-Meck released all-conference honors for baseball, girls' soccer and softball. Here are the honors by sport:


Player of the Year: Ryder Ryan, North Meck
Pitcher of the Year: Brandon Gragilla, Hough
Coach of the Year: Shawn McGeorge, Mallard Creek

All-Conference team (by school):
Mallard Creek
Kyle Bynum
Kirk Morgan
Kayden Krause
Jamel Harbison

Johnny Piedmonte
Jared Sobo
Nick Bernado

Andrew Meadows
Ryan Brennan
Joe Cobb

Tristan Baker
Joe Bertone

Lake Norman
Ian Edmiston
Jack Edmiston
Alex Cagide
Jon Stires

West Charlotte
Marcus Holmes

Cameron Leland

Girls' soccer

Coach of the Year: David Smith, Hough
Player of the Year: Allison Stearns, Hough

All-Conference team (by school):
Kelly Flanders
Brandi Arey
Morgan Byrne
Lindsey Byrne
Courtney Carroll
Regan Collins
Brianna Cuevas
Marnie Merritt
Hannah Robinson
Allison Stearns

Lake Norman
Sam Condron
Kendall Fischlein
Sydney Foushee
Courtney Reilly
Kelsey Steiner
Taylor Waters
Jenna Weston
Mallard Creek
Allie Gartland
Rachel Kramer
Kelly Teague
Erin Settle
Kara Mitchell


Coach of the Year: Marylee Giurintano, Hough
Player of the Year: Kayla Pine, Lake Norman
Pitcher of the Year: Stacey Houser, Lake Norman.

All-conference team (by school):
Lake Norman
Kayla Pine- Sr. P/OF
Stacey Houser- Sr. P/SS
Kayla McGuffey- Jr. C
Shelby Bailey- Jr. 3B
Gabby Chester- Sr. OF
MacKenzie Winslow- So. OF
Arin Hall- Sr. 2B

Katelyn Shifflett- So. SS
Leah Murry- Fr. OF
Kayla Hall- Jr. OF
Jasmine Lamontagne- Jr. P/OF

Bre Blakely- Sr. IF/C
Madalynn Randall- Sr. OF
Lauren Parker- Jr. OF

Kelsey Clark- Jr. 1B
Brandi Stamey- Jr. SS

Mallard Creek
Ambery Kimrey- Sr. SS
Melissa Race- Sr. C

North Mecklenburg
Diamond Brown- Sr. SS
Katie Stokes- Fr. P