Knights win golf title
CHARLOTTE – The Ardrey Kell girls golf team defeated Olympic 122-181 on Oct. 5 to wrap up an unbeaten conference season and the So. Meck 7 regular season conference title.
Nicole Kramer and Emily Lang were the individual medalists for the Knights with nine-hole scores of 38.
Vaishnavy Reddy rounded out the scoring with a round of 46, but the Knights also got solid play from Hannah Dong, who shot a 49.
The Knights closed out the regular season on Oct. 10 against South Meck.
The NCHSAA 4A Western Regional will be played Oct. 16 or 17 with the state championship Oct. 23-24 at Pinehurst No. 1.
Bucs soccer breaks out
CHARLOTTE – The Country Day boys soccer team is having a fantastic season, but had three nail-biters before breaking out in a big way with a 7-0 win over Charlotte Christian on Oct. 12.
The Bucs, who improved to 13-1-4 and 6-1-2 in CISAA play, have now won four straight after tying Cannon 3-3 on Sept. 26, but those wins have not come easy.
On Sept. 28, Stuart Windell scored in the 77th minute as the Bucs edged Charlotte Latin 1-0. Connor McPhilliamy recorded the shutout in goal, marking the 10th of the season for Country Day.
On Oct. 2 McPhilliamy was again sensational in net and the Bucs got an overtime goal from Walker Gillespie off an assist from Taylor LaFar to edge Providence Day 1-0.
The following day the Bucs needed overtime again, getting past Covenant Day 1-0 with a goal from Gillespie in the 91st minute off an assist from Richard Gillespie. McPhilliamy recorded the shutout.
But Country Day had a coming out party in the second half to blow past Charlotte Christian 7-0 on Oct. 10. Walker Gillespie and LaFar scored first half goals, but the Bucs caught fire in the second half as Stuart Windell, Hidde Ploeger, Myles Winston and Richard Gillespie, who scored twice, added strikes.
McPhilliamy and Brendan Slomka recorded the shutout, which was the 13th of the season for the Bucs.
Latin field hockey remains perfect, eyes third title
CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Latin girls field hockey team is unbeaten once again as the Hawks look to claim their third consecutive NCISAA championship.
The Hawks (16-0) have been outstanding all season, especially on defense. They allowed six goals in the first first four games of the season, but have allowed just seven over the course of their last 12 games and have outscored their opponents 82-13 on the season.
The Hawks have wins this month over Country Day (2-1 on Oct. 3), Covenant Day (5-0 on Oct. 5) and Providence Day (4-1 on Oct. 10).
Caroline Juckett led the scoring with two goals against the Chargers.
The Hawks close the regular season this weekend with home games against Cary Christian on Oct. 13 and East Chapel Hill on Oct. 14.
The first round of the NCISAA playoffs begin on Oct. 17 at the school with the highest seed and the state championship will take place Oct. 28 at the highest-seeded school remaining.
Charlotte Latin went 16-0-1 and defeated Providence Day in the state championship last season. In 2015, they went 13-3 and won the title with a 3-1 win over Country Day, ending the Bucs two-year run as state champions.
Providence soccer still
undefeated at 15 wins
CHARLOTTE – The Providence soccer team hasn’t lost this season and, perhaps even more impressive, has only allowed more than one goal once all season.
The Panthers (15-0-3, 7-0-1 in So. Meck 7) are ranked 90th in the nation by Maxpreps.com and are coming off some huge recent games.
They tied 3A power Charlotte Catholic 1-1 on Sept. 25 and have been on a roll since. Providence beat Olympic (6-0 on Sept. 26), Berry (5-0 on Sept. 28) tied South Meck (1-1 on Oct. 3) and defeated Ardrey Kell (2-0 on Oct. 5) and Harding (9-0 on Oct. 10).
The Panthers hold a half game lead over South Meck (6-0-1)in the conference standings and have four games remaining including at West Meck, Olympic and at Berry.
They close the season with a showdown against the Sabres on Oct. 26 that will likely decide the conference champion.
Ardrey Kell volleyball wins four straight to finish second
CHARLOTTE – The Ardrey Kell volleyball team wrapped up its regular season with four straight wins to finish second in the So. Meck 7 standings behind Providence, who is unbeaten in league play.
After falling to Hough on Sept. 30, the Knights recorded four straight shutout wins including a 3-0 victory over Harding on Oct. 3.
The Knights dominated the Rams, posting 28 service aces in the easy win. Morgan Frame recorded nine aces and Shannon Carney had seven aces and led the Ardrey Kell attack with five kills. Erin Ottavianelli had four aces and eight digs and Jordan Schmidt recorded 13 assists.
The following day the Knights blanked Charlotte Catholic, who is 17-4 on the season, winning 3-0.
Sylvia Duggan had 11 kills to lead the Knights attack, Mya Duggan recorded six aces and Schmidt had 21 assists in the win.
On Oct. 5, Ardrey Kell upended Berry 3-0.
Mya Duggan had five kills and four aces, Sylvia Duggan had 12 digs and Schmidt added 11 assists.
Most recently the Knights shutout Olympic 3-0 on Oct. 10.
Mya Duggan led the way with nine kills, Ottavianelli added six aces, Frame and Jana Engle recorded nine digs apiece and Erika Strickland had 14 assists in the win.
The Knights will get ready for the first round of the NCHSAA playoffs, which kick off on Oct. 19. Last year they advanced to the third round before losing 3-1 to Northwest Guilford.