by Chris Hunt
North Meck senior boys soccer player Patrick Harrow was named the 2010 I-MECK 4A conference Player of the Year. Harrow played all over the field for the Vikings, who won their second consecutive conference championship and finished with a record of 13-7-3, including a 9-1-2 mark in the I-MECK 4A.
First-year Hopewell coach Robb Bolar captured coach of the year honors after leading the Titans to a 12-6 mark and third place in the I-MECK 4A. The Titans improved on their sixth-place effort last fall.
Lake Norman’s Nick Hensley earned goalkeeper of the year honors, while his teammates Morgan Myslinski, Jordan Chillson, Nicky Rembowski, Marcus Lohrmann, Ben Herron and Ben Steen made the all-conference team. Six Vikings made the I-MECK 4A team, including keeper Jaron Bradley, Andrew Holt, Kevin Walsh, John Pouliot, Evan Clatterbuck and Hunter Slanton.
Titans Anthony Castaneda (12 goals), Ryan Santee, Tyler Roberts (four goals and five assists), Lee Woods and Eric Portillo (eight goals) also received postseason recognition. Hough’s first-year program, which advanced to the semifinals of the 4A state tournament, boasts three all-conference selections: Nathaniel Goodwin (10 goals), Santiago Patino (13 goals) and sweeper Mace Timberlake.
Vance’s Cory Dennis, Rodigo Vasquez, Oliver Salmeron, Brice Elian; Mallard Creek’s Cole Devaul, Cole Jameson, Garrett Poell, Chris Meda; and Mooresville’s Josh Skidmore, Ty Haddock and Sam Joffe round out the I-MECK 4A squad.
Knights pick Christmas tourney
The Lake Norman Charter boys and girls basketball teams will play in the David Wright Holiday Classic at Cherryville High School Dec. 28-30.
The tournament, labeled “a Small High School Basketball Tourney since 1981,” boasts an international flavor, including teams from Australia, Canada and the Bahamas, and includes area boys teams Forest City Chase High School, Concord First Assembly, Harrisburg Hickory Ridge, Belmont South Point and Bladenboro West Bladen. The girls bracket includes Castlewood (Virginia), Forest City Chase, Cherryville, Concord First Assembly, Durham’s N.C. School of Science and Math and Belmont South Point.
Bartolomeo notches top-15 effort
On Nov. 27, Huntersville native Rachel Bartolomeo competed in the 2010 South Regional Foot Locker Cross Country Championships at Charlotte’s McAlpine Park. Bartolomeo, a freshman attending Charlotte Catholic, finished 15th overall in the freshman/sophomore race with a personal best of 19 minutes, 17 seconds. The field featured more than 1,600 high school runners from 14 states throughout the Southeast.
Bartolomeo finished seventh among all freshman girls and first among North Carolina competitors.
ACC football hits Charlotte
A limited number of tickets remain for the 2010 Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship, which will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, at Bank of America Stadium.
The sixth ACC Football Championship will be a matchup between Virginia Tech and Florida State. Kickoff is 7:45 p.m., and the game will be aired nationally on ESPN. The winner of the championship earns the Atlantic Coast Conference’s bid to play in the Discover Orange Bowl, if it is not selected for the BCS National Championship Game.
Early this week, event organizers said more than 65,000 tickets had been sold for the game in 73,778-seat Bank of America Stadium. Tickets began at $25 and were available by visiting www.accfootballcharlotte.com, www.ticketmaster.com or calling 704-378-4455.
ESPN 3D now available in Charlotte
Time Warner Cable recently launched ESPN 3D in most of its markets, including Charlotte.
Located on channel 1505, ESPN 3D is available to digital subscribers who purchase the Time Warner Cable 3D Pass at a monthly subscription rate of $10.
This launch is part of a larger, long-term agreement reached between the two companies earlier this fall which included a variety of video and digital services. Subscribers will be able to watch sporting events in 3D from the industry’s first 3D network. Some of the programming highlights will include the X Games, the BCS Championship Game and select NBA, college football and college basketball games.
“For sports fans, the 3D viewing experience is the next best thing after being at a live sporting event,” Mike Smith, area vice president for Time Warner Cable Charlotte, said in a company press release. “We are excited to bring to our 3D customers the best of sports from ESPN 3D.”
To experience 3D, viewers need a 3D TV with matching 3D glasses and a compatible Time Warner Cable HD or HD/DVR set-top box connected to their TV with an HDMI cable. For more information, or to sign up, call 1-800-TWCABLE.