Sports Shorts for February 3

Local athletes poised to pursue college careers

On Feb. 1, a number of athletes from south Charlotte high schools were expected to sign National Letters of Intent to compete in college. Among them:

• Ardrey Kell football player Romeo Okwara (Notre Dame); boys golfer Andrew Klasing (Central Alabama Community College); girls softball player Taylor Freeman (Greensboro College); girls soccer players Hope Walker (College of Charleston) and Mackenzie Stelljes (Iona); and girls swimmer Shannon Foreman (Rice)

• Charlotte Catholic girls gymnast Ryann Anderson (Air Force); boys soccer player Johnny Archer (Presbyterian); football players Matt Cincotta (Marshall), Mark Harrell (Notre Dame) and David Herlocker (Richmond); and girls soccer player Amanda Steiner (Belmont Abbey)

• Charlotte Christian baseball players Colin Kellermeyer (UNC Pembroke); Erik Markwat (North Greenville) and Devland Zakar (Louisburg Junior College)

• Charlotte Country Day field hockey player Esty Byrd (William & Mary); football player Brian Duncan (Bucknell); girls soccer players Raina Johnson (South Carolina) and Courtney Stutts (Virginia Tech); and swimmer Hayden Bumgardner (Villanova)

• Charlotte Latin football players Spencer Ball (Georgetown) and Paul Griggs (Purdue); and boys soccer player Brandon Jordi (Richmond)

• Myers Park football players Napoleon Belk (N.C. Central), Emmet Howle (The Citadel) and Mychal Turner (Mars Hill); girls soccer player Emily Shuler (Lipscomb); and girls track and field athletes Anna Gelbach (UNC Asheville) and Kasey Spence (University of Alabama-Huntsville)

• Providence High baseball and football player Xander Maddox (Richmond); football players Harrison Monk (Furman) and Impa Kasanganay (Carson-Newman); and boys soccer players Ben Burdon (High Point), Ward Gavin (Navy) and Brandon Kardos (Charlotte 49ers)

• Providence Day football players Sam Frye (The Citadel) and Nick Verlardo (Richmond)

• South Mecklenburg football player Casey Blaser (Duke); and boys soccer players Austin Yearwood (High Point) and Bennett Yort (Furman)

Several other athletes have committed to compete in college, although they will not sign National Letters of Intent. They include:

• Ardrey Kell football player Kendall Brown (Charlotte 49ers)

• Charlotte Country Day field hockey player Caroline Plyler (North Carolina); football player James Howe (Williams College); girls soccer player Kelly Bach (Dartmouth) and boys soccer player John Kendall (Princeton)

• Charlotte Latin girls track athlete Stephanie Coma (Rhodes); boys soccer player Ryan Fine (Denison); boys soccer player Harris Oates (Birmingham Southern); and boys basketball player Matt Tome (Sewanee)

Country Day baseball earns honors

The 2011 Charlotte Country Day baseball team recently received some accolades from the Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League.

During the annual Hot Stove Dinner at Charlotte Catholic High School, Country Day’s Mike Hennessy was named Coach of the Year. Also, Bucs first baseman Colin Walls was chosen as the Scholar Athlete of the Year.

The Country Day baseball squad finished second to Waxhaw Marvin Ridge for Team of the Year honors.

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