Sports Shorts for September 16
by Staff Writer
SouthLake Christian’s volleyball team improved to 12-0 with 3-0 sweeps on consecutive days against Indian Trail Metrolina Christian (Sept. 8) and Matthews Covenant Day (Sept. 9).
The Eagles lead the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association’s Metrolina Conference with a 5-0 record.
“I like my team’s defense,” SouthLake Christian coach Rachel Noreika said. “They’ve been outstanding. I’m also happy so far with our ability to finish games. We’ve been in a few situations these past two weeks where we’ve allowed some teams back in a game, but despite some lackluster moments, we’ve managed to close out those games.”
Katie Schoenrock and Kayla Summer are SouthLake Christian’s top hitters. Schoenrock has 193 kills, 102 digs and 40 service aces. Summer has 115 kills and 127 digs.
Olivia Loeffler has 128 digs and 41 aces, Kelsey Bundy has 30 aces, and freshman Lucy Iannarino (319 assists) has been an effective setter.
SouthLake Christian was scheduled to host Hickory Grove at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15.
Hough benefit tournament a success
Hough’s boys soccer team raised more than $3,500 at its Cookies for Kids’ Cancer soccer benefit tournament on Sept. 10.
The proceeds were donated to pediatric cancer research. For information, go to cookiesforkidscancer.org
The tournament featured eight of North Carolina’s best soccer teams. In the finale of the four games, Hough used first-half goals by Nathaniel Goodwin and Tanner Roberts to defeat Charlotte Catholic, 2-1. Tim Carpenter and Santiago Patino had assists for Hough.
In other games, Skyland Roberson beat Ardrey Kell, 3-1; Winston-Salem Mount Tabor edged Mallard Creek, 1-0; and Myers Park beat Marvin Ridge, 2-0.
On Sept. 12, Hough began I-MECK 4A conference play with a 4-1 victory against Vance. Goodwin had two goals, James Jackson scored and Hough benefited from a Vance own-goal. Cheyn Roux had two assists for Hough (6-1-1), and Goodwin and Roberts added an assist apiece.
SwimMAC adds to North Region staff
Sarah Holman was hired by SwimMAC Carolina’s North Region as the coach of the Bronze and Shark divisions.
Holman has nine years coaching experience at the club and college levels. Most recently, she was head coach at the Danville (Ky.) Swim Club and an assistant coach at Centre College (Ky.).
“From teaching drills for so many years, I’ve developed and honed in being able to explain the drills and techniques in a way that makes sense to each age group I am coaching,” Holman said in a statement released by SwimMAC Carolina. “This ability to adapt to any group allows the swimmers to pick up on the changes quickly and get quicker results.”
In her SwimMAC assignments, Holman, a former middle school teacher, will be working with 13- and 14-year-old swimmers. Having served in leadership roles for Kentucky’s swimming programs, age group chair for the Kentucky Swimming Board of Directors (2004-209) and Kentucky Zone Team Coach (2004-08), Holman grew familiar with SwimMAC.
“There is a wonderful tradition of producing amazing athletes and coaches (at SwimMAC),” she said. “With Coach David Marsh’s vision and all of the phenomenal staff and members to implement those ideas, I really wanted to be part of SwimMAC’s future.”
Gruber sets cross country mark
Concord Cannon School senior Tim Gruber of Huntersville won the boys race and set a home-course record of 16 minutes, 33 seconds in the Cannon Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 9. The event included more than 1,200 runners from 42 schools.
Lake Norman Charter’s Sarah Hardin was second in the girls race, and teammate Stephanie Zaino finished third. The Chargers’ top finishers in the boys race were Michael Westbay (eighth), Chris Hack (ninth) and Jordan Wallace (11th).
Collom sparks Cannon golf victory
Concord Cannon’s girls golf team improved to 3-0 on Sept. 12 with a 128-178 victory against Charlotte Catholic. Cannon sophomore Kate Collom of Davidson led the Cougars with a nine-hole score of 40.
Win streak continues for Knights netters
Lake Norman Charter’s volleyball team is 8-0 after a 3-0 sweep (25-16, 25-13, 25-15) against Gastonia Highland Tech on Sept. 12.
The Knights’ fast start has been highlighted by hitters Katie Fabian and Julie Newell, setter Katie Sevin and defensive specialist Julia Delvalle.
Vikings having a solid volleyball season
North Mecklenburg’s volleyball team (9-2) extended its winning streak to three with a 3-0 sweep (25-11, 25-14, 25-13) against Vance in an I-MECK 4A match on Sept. 13.
Jennifer Hart led North Mecklenburg with 21 assists. Maddie Greer and Emily Carmichael had four kills apiece, and Savannah Dekemper and Ebony Dixon had three kills each.
Charter’s Ports earns golf medal
Lake Norman Charter girls golfer Maegan Ports shot a nine-hole score of 40 to win the individual championship at the Knights’ first Southern Piedmont 1A/2A conference competition Sept. 12 at Woodbridge Golf Club in Kings Mountain.
North Lincoln won the team competition with a score of 147, followed by Lake Norman Charter (150), East Lincoln (151), Gastonia Highland Tech (163) and West Lincoln (164).
The Knights’ other scorers were Megan Ferry (54) and Kayla Thomas (56).
Hopewell soccer has high-scoring night
The Hopewell boys soccer team scored a season-high in a 7-2 romp against West Charlotte on Sept. 12. The Titans (2-3-1) had been shut out in its previous two games.
Cole Tesar and Eli Greear scored two goals apiece for Hopewell, and Ryan Vue, Mark Hoodgendoorn and Lucas Fisher added a goal each. Tesar, a sophomore, leads Hopewell with six goals and an assist this season.
Chargers dominant in tennis singles
Lake Norman Charter swept all six singles matches in an 8-1 girls tennis victory against Pine Lake Prep on Sept. 9.
The Knights, who improved to 5-0, had singles victories in straight sets by Sravya Uppalapati, Mallory Warren, Catherine Onia, Kennedy Phillips, Sarah McIntosh and Katherine Napier. The teams of Warren/Phillips and Onia/Napier won doubles matches.