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High School Spring Sports Roundup 05.17.14


↑  Emma Pixley, Providence Day girls soccer: Pixley got a shutout in goal in Saturday’s 3-0 N.C. Independent Schools 3A state title win over Cary Academy. It was the eighth state championship Pixley has won as a Charger, a school-record. She’s won three in basketball, three in tennis and two in soccer.

↑  Quashawn Cunningham, Mallard Creek boys track: won 100- and 200-meter dashses at N.C. 4A state finals at N.C. AT, and anchored the state championship 400-meter relay team. Cunningham has now won six state titles as a Maverick: a 55-meter indoor title this year, an 800-meter relay title in 2013 and a 2013 championship with Mallard Creek’s unbeaten and nationally ranked football team.

↑  Providence Day track: boys and girls repeated as NCISAA 3A state track champions Saturday. Girls won by 45.5 points; boys by 30.

↑  Carson Song, Charlotte Latin lacrosse: Scored his 300th career point in Saturday’s 13-4 NCISAA state championship win over Durham Academy.

Saturday’s Top Performers

Anna Cockrell, Providence Day girls track: Sophomore won 100-meter hurdles, 100-meters and 300 hurdles at NCISAA 3A state track meet.

Kaytlyn Gill, Charlotte Christian girls track: all-state basketball star won girls triple jump and girls long jump at NCISAA 3A state track meet

Bryanna Hames, Myers Park girls track: Won discus at N.C. 4A state finals and set new all-classification record at 159-1. Old mark of 155-3 set by Harding’s Kamorean Hayes in 2006.

Riley Harrison, Charlotte Country Day girls lacrosse: four goals in 12-10 win over Raleigh Ravenscroft in state finals. Lucy Pedlow had three goals.

Morgan Mosack, Providence Day girls soccer: two goals in a 3-0 state championship win over Cary Academy.

Grace Tabor, Charlotte Country Day girls lacrosse: 16 saves in NCISAA state final win against Raleigh Ravenscroft.

Provdence Day girls win second straight NCISAA 3A championship

The confidence and determination of defending champion Providence Day, not to mention three unanswered goals, was too much for upstart Cary Academy in the final of the NCISAA 3A girls soccer championship played on the campus of Forsyth Country Day.

Two goals from senior Morgan Mosack and one from freshman Madeline Marks capped the 3-0 win.

Mosack scored her first 15 minutes into the match off a corner kick by junior Cameron Jones, heading the ball high and hard just under the crossbar and over Cary sophomore keeper Aiden Lefebvre. Providence Day outshot Cary Academy 11-4.

Though a prolific scoring team with 61 goals for the season, the hallmark of Providence Day’s championship run was defense. In 19 games this season, coach Dan Dudley’s team allowed five goals and registered 15 shutouts. Anchored by senior goalkeeper Emma Pixley, the starting backline of centerbacks Caroline Smith and Camille Appleby and outside backs Isabel Rodgers and Dani Brown consistently stifled everything opposing offenses could muster. All four return next season.

“They are the most stellar defense I’ve seen in the state this year and it’s a shame all of them aren’t recognized,” said Dudley.

Providence Day, ranked No. 1 in the N.C. Coaches Association 3A private poll, finished the season at 16-0-3 and has gone 32 games without a loss. In the past two seasons, the Chargers are a combined 33-3-3. Providence Day’s last loss was to Wilmington Hoggard on March 25, 2013.

Before the Chargers run of two straight championships, Charlotte Latin had won five straight championships.

“Compared to yesterday I felt the team were more relaxed,” said Dudley, noting the semifinal against Durham Academy that went to overtime. “I think we jumped out all over them from the get-go, considering we had the extra time yesterday. We pressed them, we pushed them and we created a lot of chances today.”

— Correspondent Steve Goldberg

NCHSAA dual team tennis finals: Marvin Ridge falls in 3A

Marvin Ridge was the only Observer-area school to advance to the NCHSAA state finals Saturday. The Mavericks fell 6-0 to Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons in the 3A state final.

Gibbons won its fourth straight 3A championship and finished the year at 25-4. Marvin Ridge ended its season at 19-3.

In 4A, Raleigh Wakefield beat Winston-Salem Reynolds 5-0. Reynolds beat Ardrey Kell in the semifinals. In 2A, Carrboro beat Brevard 5-0 and Kernersville Bishop McGuinness won the 1A title, stopping Raleigh Charter 5-2.

Victory Christian boys win NCISAA 1A/2A state championship

Victory Christian’s boys won the NCISAA 1A/2A state championship Saturday, running away from the field.

The Kings tallied 146 points, well ahead of Westchester Country Day (88), Coastal Christian (76) and Northside Christian (51). St. David’s won the girls event. Victory Christian was third and Northside fourth.

Observer-area girls winners included: Harmonee Colbert (Victory Christian, discus); Vanda McNeill (Concord First Assembly, high jump); Michelle Pharr (Victory Chritian, shot put)

Obsever-area boys winners included: Marcus Abraham (Victory Christian, discus, shot put); Jordan Dallam (Northside Christian, triple jump); Corbin Jackson (Victory Christian, 100); Victory Christian 800 relay (Hezekiah McKinnon, Marquez Washington; Ramel Addison; Joshua Allen); Bryan Whyms (Northside Christian, 1600); Victory Christian 400 relay (Samuel Sims, Joshua Allen, Hezekiah McKinnon, Corbin Jackson); Caleb Brockman (Victory Christian, 300 hurdles)

Saturday’s Roundup

Providence girls soccer 5, Southwest Guilford 1: The nationally ranked Panthers had a rare Saturday morning game and made quick work of Southwest Guilford in the second round of the 4A playoffs. Maddy McGarry had a pair of goals. Ellie Deaver, Michaela Daniels and Kayce Ransone also scored for Providence (20-1-1). Southwest Guilford (11-4-5) got its goal from Demi Hackney.

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