Sports Shorts for April 20

by C. Jemal Horton, Andrew Stark and Aaron Garcia

Cougar baseball players again will help Strike Out Cancer
For the second consecutive season, Charlotte Catholic baseball players will travel to West Mecklenburg High School to compete in the Strike Out Cancer event.

The competition will be held Friday, April 20, and will feature a JV baseball game (4:30 p.m.), a JV soccer game (5 p.m.), a girls softball game (5:30 p.m.), a varsity soccer game (6:30 p.m.) and a varsity baseball game (7 p.m.).

Admission is $5 and provides entry to all five games.

Strike Out Cancer is designed to help raise money for Camp Care, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing a week of overnight summer camp, as well as year-round activities, for youths ages 3 to 17 who have or have had cancer.

Last year, with two West Meck players’ family members battling the disease, Charlotte Catholic competed in the event. This year, Hopewell High School also will participate in the games. There also will be a Strike Out Cancer Fish Fry/Chicken Tender Dinner for purchase for $9 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, contact Casey Corser at 704-957-6935 or

Charlotte Christian’s recent college signees are (from left) Maryah Mazyck, Colin Kellermeyer, Erik Markwat and Devland Zakar. Photo courtesy of Candace Gowan

Charlotte Christian athletes sign
Four Charlotte Christian seniors recently signed National Letters of Intent to continue their careers at the college level.

Baseball player Colin Kellermeyer signed with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Baseball player Erik Markwat inked with North Greenville University in South Carolina. Girls basketball player Maryah Mazyck decided to join Bluefield College in West Virginia. And another baseball player, Devland Zakar, signed with Louisburg College.

Hawks soccer has bittersweet week
For much of the season, Charlotte Latin has been the No. 1-ranked girls soccer team in the state, according to Last week, however, the Hawks took their profile to the national level, as they earned a spot in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings.

With a 9-0 record at the time, the Hawks debuted in the No. 20 spot in the April 10 edition of the national poll, which is released every two weeks. Charlotte Latin also was ranked fourth in the NSCAA’s Region II poll.

Two days after being recognized by the NSCAA, however, the Hawks suffered their first loss of the season, a 1-0 decision to Padua Academy of Wilmington, Del., which is ranked ninth in the Region I poll.

That, however, did not affect Latin’s standing in the poll, as they maintained the No. 1 spot when the website released its April 15 rankings.

Charlotte Latin boys lacrosse still rolling
The Charlotte Latin boys lacrosse team had reeled off seven consecutive wins, including a 13-7 victory over Marietta, Ga.’s Walton High on April 13, before falling to Milton (Ga.) on April 14. The 10-9 loss to Milton ended the Hawks’ win streak but showed coach Dick Sipperly the resilience that he believes will help them as the season plays out.

Milton has a 9-1 record and is ninth in the Southeast by The Eagles scored five first-quarter goals and had the Hawks down 8-6 at the half. But during the second half, Charlotte Latin, which had 23 shots on goal deflected, had a barrage of shots that were turned away, and the final play of the game was a Hawks’ shot that hit the net but was just outside the pipes.

“We finished one goal short, (but) this was a great game for both sides,” Sipperly said. “We will learn from the weekend and be better from playing an outstanding opponent.”

Against Milton, the Hawks were led by Will Donohue’s five scores and Carson Clough, who recorded four assists. Will Gardner had 13 saves in goal.

On April 3, the Hawks ended a seven-year drought against Charlotte Country Day with an 11-6 victory, the highlight of their season so far. Seth Portaro scored four goals, and Marshall Burlingame and Donohue added three apiece against the Bucs.

“Winning (the Country Day game) was a milestone for the team,” Sipperly said. “We broke a long streak but we recognize it as only the beginning. We need to continually improve.”

The Hawks were scheduled to face Arden Christ School on Thursday, April 19.

Bucs, Knights split track meet
Charlotte Country Day and Charlotte Christian squared off in a track and field meet on April 11 at Charlotte Christian, and each program earned a win: Charlotte Christian edged Country Day, 112-98, in the girls meet, while the Bucs picked up a win in the boys meet, 150-83.

The Country Day boys received winning performances in nine events. The Bucs’ winners included Jackson Goode, who cleared 38 feet, 5 inches in the triple jump; Byron Smith, who won the long jump with an effort of 18-0; Braden Franz, who cleared 5-2 in the high jump; Brent Thompson, who threw the discus 108-6; Alexander Simpson, who finished the 300-meter hurdles in 46.6 seconds; States Lee, who won both the 400 (51.8) and the 200 (22.7); and Conor Jones, who won the 800 in 2 minutes, 7.3 seconds. Lee, Rob Saunders, Martin Lee and Michael White also teamed to win the 4×400 relay in 3:41.80.

Charlotte Christian received wins from Jeb Blazevich, who put the shot 45-1.5; Alex Johnson, who won the 100 hurdles (18.0); Bo Hines, who finished the 100 in 10.8; John Good, who claimed gold in the 1,600 (4:42.50); and Griffin Wilson, who crossed the line in the 3,200  in 12:35.20.

The Charlotte Christian boys also won a pair of relays. Hines, Johnson, Collin Bowman and Sam Dexter finished the 4×200 in 1:36.40, while John Good, Michael Good, James Finch and Christian Taylor took top honors in the 4×800 (9:12.30).

The Charlotte Christian girls team won the meet despite being edged in total number of victories by Country Day, 9-8. The Knights had three girls who won two events apiece, including Sarah Drummond, who was first in both the discus (68-4) and the shot put (24-7); Carson Kowar, whose cleared 4-10 in the high jump and 31-2 in the triple jump; and Katelyn Decherd, who claimed gold in the 100 hurdles (17.2) and the 400 (1:06.8). Katelyn Gill added a win in the long jump (15-5.5) and combined with Laura Hogan, Mari Pillmore and Catherine McCreary on the Knights’ winning 4×100 team (55.5).

Charlotte Country Day sprinter Jessica Gregory paced the Bucs with wins in the 100 (13.7) and the 200 (29.8) while also leading off the Bucs’ first-place 4×200 relay team (1:54) included Gloria Bobwana, Katrina Smith and Hope Simonoko. Emily Borrello’s time of 6:34.10 was tops in the 1,600, while Molly Quillin won the 3,200 (14:33). Mia Wilson added a win in the 300 hurdles (52.00) and Allyson Quillin claimed gold in the 800 (2:39.40).

Allyson Quillin and Wilson joined Plyler and Natalie Kamerer to win the 4×400 (4:46). Plyler, Allyson Quillin, Kamerer and Kathryn Kennedy also won the 4×800 (12:27.7)

Grace Academy hosts 5K walk/run
Grace Academy is hosting its annual Grace to Walk and 5K Run For Healthier Families and Communities on Saturday, April 21. The event will start at 8:30 a.m. and will begin at the Grace Center on Pleasant Plains Road and go through Squirrel Lake Park in Matthews.

The walk/run is taking place on National Healthy Kids Day and proceeds will be used to benefit future growth of the Grace Center, Matthews Free Medical Clinic, Stallings Parks & Recreation and Samaritan’s Feet.

For more information about participation in the walk/run or for corporate sponsorships, visit or contact Lynne Foreman at or by calling 704-234-0292.

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