Mooresville High’s Tim Smith is the conference coach of the year.
The all-conference team includes Riya Anand, Morgan Marin and Courtney Wakeman (Hough); Constance Crisp, Isabella Dokell and Britta Huibers (Lake Norman); Lane Farrell and Maggie Siebert (Mooresville); Jamie Michael and Renata Pace (North Mecklenburg); and Ranette Ricks (West Charlotte).
Team Braves cap perfect season
Team Braves concluded a 9-0 baseball season and won the Shetland/Pinto division in the Huntersville Youth Athletic Association this fall.
In the championship game, Team Braves rallied from a 6-1 deficit in the fourth inning to beat Team Extreme, 10-6.
I-MECK 4A all-conference volleyball
Hough High’s Sandi Skidmore, who guided the Huskies to the I-MECK 4A conference championship, was named the league’s Coach of the Year.
Lake Norman’s Jensen Schott is the conference Player of the Year.
The all-conference team included Kalia Angello (Hopewell); Nikki Hero, Kailyn Overcash, Julia Brown and Kat Kennedy (Hough); Alexis Bednarick, Madison Poovey and Briana Gottberg (Lake Norman); Michaela Manning (Mallard Creek); Taylor Grother and Jodi Johnson (Mooresville); Emily Carmichael and Madie Greer (North Mecklenburg); and Ebony Montgomery (West Charlotte).
I-MECK boys cross country honorees
West Charlotte High’s Mark Blackmon was named the I-MECK 4A conference boys cross country Runner of the Year. Lake Norman’s Kathleen Scott is conference Coach of the Year.
The all-conference team includes Mark Blackmon and Isaiah Blackmon (West Charlotte); Michael Rupinski, Patrick Sheehan, Jonathan Wagner and Patrick Lowry (Lake Norman); Stephen Hansen and Kevin Harrow (Hough); Nate Nash (Hopewell), Daniel Burzlaff and Seth Harrington (Mooresville); and Brandon Nobrega (Mallard Creek).
All-conference girls cross country
Lake Norman High’s Taylor Sweet was named the I-MECK 4A conference girls cross country Runner of the Year. Lake Norman’s Kathleen Scott is conference Coach of the Year.
The all-conference team include Nina Mastandrea, Rachel Valocchi, Elise Devoe, Peyton Soernssen and Sweet (Lake Norman); Jaclyn Ruemmler, Kaitlyn Shetler and Brianna Pauser (Mallard Creek); Lexi Powers and Breanna Jenkins (Hough); Julia Lopez (Mooresville); and Jenna Parker (North Mecklenburg).
Hough loses early in state playoffs
Hough High, the I-MECK 4A conference’s top seed in the Class 4A boys soccer playoffs, was upset, 2-1, by Ardrey Kell in the first-round playoff game on Nov. 2.
Hough finished the season with a 19-2-2 record and was 13-0-1 while winning the conference championship. The playoff loss snapped a 20-game unbeaten streak (18-0-2) for the Huskies.
Lasorda to speak at Davidson College
The Davidson Athletic Foundation will host an event featuring Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and Los Angeles Dodger legend Tommy Lasorda in the Duke Family Performance Hall in the Knobloch Campus Center on Wednesday, Nov. 30.
“An Evening with Tommy Lasorda” will benefit the Davidson College baseball scholarship fund. Lasorda will speak at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $30, with a limited number of seats available for Davidson students for $20, and can be purchased by visiting www.davidson.edu/tickets or by stopping by the DFPH ticket window.
Regarded by many as baseball’s most popular ambassador, Lasorda begins his 62nd season in the Dodger organization and sixth as Special Advisor to the Chairman. In his current position, Lasorda reports directly to the Office of the Chairman, serving as an advisor on all areas of the Dodger organization.
Lasorda¹s current responsibilities include scouting, evaluating and teaching minor league players, acting as an advisor and ambassador for the Dodgers’ international affiliations and representing the franchise at more than 100 speaking engagements and appearances to various charities, private groups and military personnel each year.
Lasorda compiled a 1,599-1,439 record and won two World Series titles, four National League pennants and eight division titles in a 20-year career as the Dodgers’ manager.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Davidson baseball scholarship fund. For more information, visit www.davidsonwildcats.com/DAF.
Davidson duo earns All-SoCon honors
Davidson senior defender Greg Macnamara and junior midfielder Brian McGue were named to the 2011 Men’s Soccer All-Southern Conference first team, the league office announced.
Two of Davidson’s three team captains for the season, Macnamara and McGue led the Wildcats defensively and offensively, respectively. Davidson has now had multiple representatives on the all-conference first team in two of the past three seasons, as Alex Caskey and Charlie Reiter were both named to the first team in 2009
“Success can be defined as giving your all, doing your best, making others around you better, relishing competition and enjoying the process,” Davidson coach Matt Spear said in a statement released by the school’s athletic department. “Greg and Brian are perfect examples of these qualities of achievement and leadership.”
Macnamara earned his second all-conference recognition, as he was named to the second team as a junior last season. He anchored Davidson’s back line as a center back and led the unit to nine shutouts, just one shy of the team record of 10 set in 2003. Two of the shutouts this season were to ranked opponents in No. 19 Denver and No. 2 North Carolina. Macnamara also chipped in offensively, scoring the game-winning goal against Campbell and assisting on the game-tying goal against College of Charleston that allowed the Wildcats to host their SoCon quarterfinal game.
“Greg has earned equal, strong support and respect from his teammates, coaches and opposition,” said Spear. “He is the leader in our back line – his movement, strength, tenacity, anticipation, communication are top, top class. Off the field, he leads, too, with the team’s best GPA.”
McGue earned his first SoCon honor since being named to the SoCon All-Freshman team in 2009. He set new career-highs with three goals and four assists for 10 points. He scored a goal and an assist in wins against Air Force and Gardner-Webb, and tallied a goal against No. 25 East Tennessee State.
“We are so pumped that Brian’s awesome contributions and crucial role have been recognized and rewarded,” said Spear. “Brian is the heart and the glue of our midfield. His work rate is tireless – he takes no plays off. And this is underlined by his work ethic because he gives it all in training and earns top fitness scores.”