SCW Sports Shorts Nov. 9

Providence Day pitcher Andrew Burnick has committed to the University of Pennsylvania.

PD baseball player Burnick headed to the Ivy League

A Providence Day senior baseball player Andrew Burnick recently committed to play baseball at the University of Pennsylvania.

Burnick, a pitcher, made his decision after recently accepting an invitation to visit the Philadelphia, Pa., campus to participate in a camp and showcase his talents.

The 6-foot-3, 198-pounder had an impressive performance and, shortly after returning home, received a call from Pennsylvania head coach John Cole offering a spot on the team. Burnick, who Providence Day officials said had a childhood dream of attending an Ivy League school, soon committed to play for the Quakers.

Maxey finishes fifth in cross country
Providence junior Wyatt Maxey led all south Charlotte-area runners by placing fifth in the Class 4A state cross country meet on Nov. 3.

Maxey finished in 15 minutes, 46.72 seconds as the Panthers wound up taking seventh place in the team competition.

Other area runners with solid showings included Ardrey Kell’s Ryland Peele (34th place in 16:27.12), and Providence’s Joe Sullivan (57th in 16:41.74) and Dylan Cohen (60th in 16:43.20).

Bishop, Panthers have strong finish
Bianca Bishop’s best performance came in the biggest meet of the season for the Providence High School girls cross country team.

Bishop’s time of 18 minutes, 6.08 seconds established a personal record for the junior and helped her take fourth place among individuals at the Class 4A state meet in Kernersville on

Nov. 3. Bishop’s effort, in addition to several strong outings by her teammates, lifted the Panthers to a second-place finish in the girls team standings.

Providence’s average time of 18:53.02 was behind only Cary Green Hope’s 18:44.51. Fellow Southwestern 4A conference teams Ardrey Kell and Myers Park were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Besides Bishop, Providence placed four other runners among the top 50 finishers in the field of 132 competitiors: Grace Sullivan (18:32.49) was 17th, Kayla Glova (18:36.61) was 20th, Amelia Lennard (19:32.61) was 48th and Helen Griffith (19:37.30) was 50th.

Ardrey Kell junior Sydney Foreman (18:09.16) was eighth, and fellow Knights Aleisha Murrell and Sydney Teague were 34th and 39th respectively. Myers Park’s Sonia Payerpaj was 15th (18:28.96), while teammate Mary Prouty was 42nd.

Corcoran, Cougars come on strong
Aided by an 11th-place finish by junior Margot Corcoran, the Charlotte Catholic girls cross country team took fourth place at the Class 3A state cross country meet on Nov. 3.

Corcoran finished in 19 minutes, 6.12 seconds in the event featuring 130 runners. Charlotte Catholic’s other top-50 finishers were Emma Moore (43rd place in 20:13.87), Phylissa Greeley (46th in 20:18.83) and Alexandra Stanley (48th in 20:21.99).

• Charlotte Catholic was eighth in the Class 3A boys meet, as junior Evan Georges came in with a 15th-place finish (16:25.39). Jeb Roberts (16:53.41) was 39th, and Matthew Phillips (17:08.71) was 54th.

Field hockey all-state honorees
Providence Day, Charlotte Country Day and Charlotte Latin each had three field hockey players named to the N.C.  Independent Schools Athletic Association’s 3A all-state squad.

Providence Day was represented by Mackenzie Busby, Meredith Clay and Arielle Massillon. Charlotte Country Day’s Maggie Whitley, Lauren McFayden and Beth Erb were honored. And Charlotte Latin’s  Sarah Barry, Ellie Shields and Cannon Clough earned all-state status.

Hawks lead all-state soccer team
Three players from Charlotte Latin’s conference-champion boys soccer team were named to the 2012 NCISAA 3A all-state squad: Reed Dowdy, Chuke Anyafo and James Mingoes.

Charlotte Country Day’s Tyler Perper and Providence Day’s Danny Khardehforus also were selected, as was Covenant Day’s Cameron Church.

Chargers earn all-state tennis status
Samantha Light and Linley Busby, two key members of Providence Day’s state-champion girls tennis squad, headlined area players who earned NCISAA 3A all-state nods this fall.

Other south Charlotte honorees included Charlotte Country Day’s Kelsie Grice and Lara Handelsman, and Charlotte Christian’s Rebecca Harris, who has committed to Virginia Tech.

All-state volleyball has three Hawks
On the heels of winning the school’s ninth consecutive NCISAA championship, Charlotte Latin’s Eve Davis, Emma Price and Kellie Williams were chosen for the 3A private-school all-state squad.

Charlotte Country Day’s Mattie Newsom also was chosen, as was Charlotte Christian’s Sydel Curry, who’s headed to Elon University, and Covenant Day’s Shelby Nassar.

Lady Eagles holding open tryout
The Charlotte Lady Eagles professional soccer team will hold an open tryout at Charlotte Latin School on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To register for the tryout, visit

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