Trio of south Charlotte girls hoops stars commit
CHARLOTTE – It was a busy week for south Charlotte girls basketball stars as three players from the area verbally committed to continue their careers at the next level.
Chargers’ Boyd commits to Tar Heels
Providence Day point guard Kennedy Boyd announced Sept. 14 that she had verbally committed to continue her playing career with the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Boyd was an integral part of the Chargers’ run to their seventh consecutive NCISAA 3A basketball title this past winter when they went 25-4 overall.
Boyd, who was named to the all-state team for the first time last year, averaged 11.9 points, 3.7 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game as a junior.
Sabres’ Gilbert says yes to App. State
On Sept. 16, South Meck basketball announced on Twitter that star A’lea Gilbert had verbally committed her career to play at Appalachian State University.
Gilbert has been an integral part of the Sabres last three seasons. She has scored 913 points and grabbed 645 rebounds in her career to this point.
Last season as a junior, Gilbert averaged 13.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and more than a steal and an assist per game.
Cougars’ Roper verbals to Marshall
On the morning of Sept. 20 Charlotte Catholic hoops star Lorelei Roper took to Twitter to announce she has committed to continue her career at Marshall University.
“I am extremely proud to announce that I have committed to play DI basketball at Marshall University,” she wrote. “…a huge shoutout to every friend, teammate, coach and parent who (has) believed in me through this process.”
Roper is coming off her best season to date, when the 6-foot-1 senior averaged a team-best 14.1 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.2 blocks and 1.6 steals per game.
Annual Serve for the Cure returns to Charlotte Latin
CHARLOTTE – Former Charlotte Latin volleyball coaches Suzie Pignetti and Ellen Kazura are hosting the 16th annual Serve for the Cure Tournament, which will be held Sept. 23 at Charlotte Latin.
Pignetti, a retired Charlotte Latin coach and breast cancer survivor, founded the tournament. She led the Hawks to nine straight NCISAA titles from 2005 to 2013.
Kazura was a long-time assistant coach under Pignetti and the program head for two years at Charlotte Latin before becoming a coach at Cape Fear Academy.
Last year, the event raised $39,000 and over the previous 15 years Serve for the Cure has raised and donated $433,350 to fight breast cancer causes in North Carolina.
Schools participating in this year’s tournament are Ardrey Kell, Cape Fear Academy, Charlotte Christian, Charlotte Country Day, Charlotte Latin, Community School of Davidson, Covenant Day, Gaston Day School, Nation Ford, Providence Day, Providence and Weddington.
The tournament, which is sponsored by Carolina Juniors Volleyball and Sports Connection, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Charlotte Latin school. Admission is $5 for adults, but students and children are free.
South Meck soccer riding six-game unbeaten streak
CHARLOTTE – The South Meck soccer team has hit its stride and has played six consecutive games without a loss following an 0-2 start.
The Sabres opened the year with consecutive 2-1 losses to Independence and Marvin Ridge, but closed out last month with wins over Charlotte Catholic (2-0 on Aug. 24), Mallard Creek (5-0 on Aug. 26) and at Cuthbertson (4-0 on Aug. 29).
South Meck tied rival Myers Park 1-1 on Sept 5. Jonathan Littlefield scored the Sabres’ lone goal off an assist from Leo Diaz, and the defense, led by Cesar Bonilla’s nine saves, held on to preserve the tie.
South Meck next routed Olympic 7-1 on Sept. 14.
Ameen Onasanya led the scoring with a hat trick and Andrew Brown, Nick Aliota, Malik Diablo and Littlefield each scored. Phillips Glass had two assists in the win and Ross Billon made two saves in goal.
The Sabres continued their winning ways with a 3-0 win over Ardrey Kell on Sept. 19. Aliota, Brown and Stephen Wilkerson scored for the Sabres, and Billon made nine saves in goal for the shutout.