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High School Spring Sports Update 05.10.14

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↑  Local kids realize NFL dream: three former Mecklenburg County high school stars were drafted in the NFL fourth round Saturday: former Duke/Charlotte Latin defensive back Ross Cockrell (Buffalo, 109th overall); former Liberty/Harding defensive back Walt Aikens (Miami, 125th); and former Notre Dame/Ardrey Kell linebacker Prince Shembo (Atlanta, 139th). And after tearing his ACL last year, former Alabama/Marvin Ridge safety Vinnie Sunseri went to New Orleans in the fifth round (167th overall).

↑  Landon Taylor, Watauga boys’ tennis: Named Northwestern conference player of the year. South Caldwell’s Will Rudicill won coach of the year honors.

↑  Metrolina Christian boys’ track, Covenant Day girls: Teams won the Metrolina Athletic Conference track championship Friday

↑  Jack Morelock, Frankie Cook, Providence boys’ lacrosse: five goals each in Friday’s 15-8 NCHSAA playoff win over East Forsyth.

↑  Grace Beatty, Olympic softball: 2-for-3 with an RBI in the Trojans’ 3-1 win against Charlotte Catholic in the SoMeck 8 conference championship game Friday.

Saturday’s Top Performers

Amy Collins, Marvin Ridge girls’ lacrosse: Collins led the Mavericks to a 18-7 win against Western Guilford in the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs. Collis scored a team-high five goals. Clare Murphy and Taylor Sweeny had three goals each.

Alina McCue, Covenant Day girls’ soccer: Had three goals in a 4-0 win against Gaston Christian in the first round of the N.C. Independent Schools 3A playoffs. Allison Kaika had the other goal and Catherine Pierce and Kristen Stewart shared the shutout. Covenant Day plays a second-round game at Durham Academy Tuesday.

Mallard Creek’s boys speed to N.C. 4A West Regional title

Mallard Creek’s boys literally ran away from the field at the N.C. 4A Western Regional at Providence High Saturday.

The Mavericks’ team total of 128.5 points, was well ahead of second place Butler (58.3). Hopewell (49) was third and North Mecklenburg (41) fourth. In the girls’ meet, Skyland Roberson (126) took the team title, winning the relay events and easily out-distancing second-place Berry (80). Mallard Creek (72) was third and Olympic (54) was fourth.

Mallard Creek girls’ star Gabriele Cunningham took home titles in the 200-meters and 100 hurdles. Mallard Creek boys’ sprint star Quashawn Cunningham won the 100 and 200. He also anchored the winning 400-meter relay team.

Girls’ Observer-area winners: Sun-sara Williams, Independence (100); Gabriele Cunningham, Mallard Creek (200, 100 hurdles); Victoria Porter, South Mecklenburg (400); Grace Sullivan, Providence (1,600); Bianca Bishop, Providence (3,200); Amake Awuruonye, Olympic (300 hurdles); Sydney Blue, Ardrey Kell (high jump); Alison Seramur, Watauga (pole vault); Alexis Davis, Butler (long jump); Alycia Springs, Mallard Creek (shot put); Bryanna Hames, Myers Park (discus)

Boys’ Observer-area winners: Quashawn Cunningham, Mallard Creek (100, 200); Nicholas Lawson, Hopewell (400); Ryan Hastings, Porter Ridge (800); Wyatt Maxey, Providence (1,600); Patrick Sheehan, Lake Norman (3,200); Will Adams, Mallard Creek (300 hurdles); Mallard Creek 400 relay (Kyle Horton, Vernon Grier, Cravont Charleston, Quashawn Cunningham); Butler 800 meter relay (Anthony Ratliff, Christopher Hancock, Gerald Clark Jr, Chuka Soronadi); Hopewell 1,600 relay (Jairrin Dickins, Logan Chester, Nicholas Lawson, Micah Grier); Lake Norman 3,200 relay (Wes Anderson,Ty Sauerbrey, Cody Maynard, Patrick Sheehan); Keon Howe, Mallard Creek (high jump); Jacob Lewis, Butler (pole vault); Josh German, Ardrey Kell (long jump); Markel Dalton, Robinson (triple jump); Derrick Freeland, Mallard Creek (shot put); Kevin Alanis, Alexander Central (discus)

N.C. 2A track: Monroe’s Collins leads Redhawks girls to state title

Monroe’s Renezia Collins won four events at the N.C. 2A state championships at N.C AT Saturday. She won the 100-meters and the 200- and 400- plus she anchored the winning 800-meter relay team, running with Akeyra Hailey, Julice Crowder and Simone Gwehi. Collins and Monroe took the 2A title after winning the 1A championship in 2013. Collins was MVP of the 2013 1A meet.

North Brunswick won the boys’ title.

Shelby’s Blanton Gillespie won the 1,600-meter run. Maiden’s Corbin Boyles won the 3,200 and Bandys’ Nathan Flowers won the pole vault.

Marvin Ridge sweeps N.C. 3A Midwest track regionals

Marvin Ridge’s boys and girls won team titles at the N.C. 3A Midwest regionals Saturday. The girls won by nearly 10 points over Western Guilford. Weddington was third. The boys won easily, scoring 111 points. East Rowan (64.5) was second and Weddington (58) third.

Observer-area girls winners included: Taylor Kirk, East Rowan (shot put wheelchair); Victoria Friel, Northwest Cabarrus (discus); Khaila Hall, West Rowan (long jump); Elizabeth Olesen, Hickory Ridge (high jump); Taylor Helms, Marvin Ridge (pole vault); Marvin Ridge 3,200 relay (Jennae Jacob, Alexa King, Alexia Hoch, Kaitlyn Harper); Weddington’s Courtney Blanden (100, 200); Alexa King, Marvin Ridge (1,600, 3,200); Weddington 400 relay (Maria Sanches, Tracey Weekes, Courtney Blanden, Cyan Mercer); Nikolete Hurrinus, Cuthbertson (400); Tori Gaul, East Rowan (300 hurdles); Caitlin Potter, North Lincoln (800); Weddington 1,600 relay (Tracey Weekes, Cyan Mercer, Maria Sanchez, Courtney Blanden)

Observer-area boys winners included: Myquon Stout, Carson (shot put, discus); Allen Campbell, Anson (long jump); Chris Patterson, West Rowan (triple jump); Chris Garrick, Marvin Ridge (high jump); Marshall Shank, East Rowan (pole vault); Marvin Ridge 3,200 relay (Austin Payeur, Jake Blizzard, Daniel Ferguson, Nicholas Futia); Evan Wright, Marvin Ridge (110 hurdles); East Rowan 800 relay (Calvin Edwards, Donte Means, Joshua Moses, Josh Little); Andrew Fea, North Lincoln (1600, 800); Statesville 400 relay (Tyrek Morrison, Quan’ye Jordan, Tyree Ward, Treylyn Glover); Ty Jaye Robbins, Piedmont (400); Jason Pierre, Sun Valley (300 hurdles); Armon Dooley, NW Cabarrus (200); Ryan Shannon, North Lincoln (3,200); Piedmont 1,600 relay (Ray Haigler, William Baynard, Justin Hartis, Ty Jaye Robbins);

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