Hough baseball team registers historic victory

CORNELIUS – The Hough High baseball team won the first playoff game in school history with a 2-1 victory against Porter Ridge in the N.C. 4A first round playoffs May 11. Nick Daddio’s force-out grounder scored Jacob Buchanan with the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Winning pitcher Brandon Gragilla limited Porter Ridge to three hits and struck out five batters. He didn’t allow any hits the final four innings. Hough (18-10) fell behind 1-0, but tied the game on Will Champion’s RBI-double in the third inning.

Hough began its second-round playoff game against Mooresville on Tuesday, May 15, but the game was suspended by lightning. It was scoreless in the top of the fourth inning and is scheduled to resume on Wednesday, May 16.

Lake Norman Charter golf second in state

BUIES CREEK – The Lake Norman Charter boys golf team finished second in the N.C. 1A golf tournament at the Keith Hills Country Club at Campbell University on Tuesday, May 15.

The Knights won the Western Regional last week to qualify for the state event for the third straight year. Kernersville Bishop McGuinness won the title for the second straight year and finished 52 strokes ahead. Lake Norman Charter was led in scoring by senior Sean Murphy (78-77) and freshman Blake Fiest (75-80), who each had two-day scores of 155.

Pine Lake Preparatory finished sixth, led by sophomore Patrick Cover who fired a two-day score of 151.

Hough soccer extends win streak to 21

CORNELIUS – The Hough High girls soccer teams won its first two N.C. 4A playoff games convincingly, bumping its winning streak to 21. The Huskies (22-0-1) beat South Mecklenburg 4-0 on May 9, and Indian Trail Sun Valley 3-1 on May 12.

Brandi Arey scored two goals, and Courtney Carroll and Allison Stearns had one each against South Mecklenburg. Lindsey Byrne had three assists and Marnie Merritt was in net for the shutout.

Arey, Brianna Cuevas and Hannah Robinson scored goals against Sun Valley. Sarah Moon, Byrne and Arey each added an assist. Hough’s third-round playoff was at Skyland Roberson (19-3-3), scheduled for Wednesday, May 16.

Hough golf is fifth at state tournaent

PINEHURST – The Hough High boys golf team finished fifth in the N.C. 4A golf tournament at Pinehurst No. 8 on Tuesday, May 15.

The Huskies team score of 602 was 20 strokes behind champion Raleigh Broughton. Hough’s Clay Brown (75-74) and David Sargent (74-75) each had two-day totals of 149.

Davidson Day’s Hunt wins scholarship

DAVIDSON – Davidson Day football player Tre Hunt won a Bonner scholarship and will play football at Mars Hill College next fall.

During their four years at Mars Hill, Bonner Scholars participate in 1,400 hours of community service opportunities, and more than 300 hours of training, reflection and leadership development activities.

Hunt, who played linebacker and center, was an all-state pick who helped the Patriots (11-1) win a state championship.

Playoff success for Lake Norman

Charter softball

HUNTERSVILLE – The Lake Norman Charter softball team opened the N.C. 1A playoffs with the first two postseason victories in school history. The Knights beat Hiwassee Dam 5-3 May 11, and crushed Cherokee 19-2 Tuesday, May 15.

Brittany Buckstad and Rachel Gebelein each were 3-for-4 with three RBIs against Cherokee, as Lake Norman Charter pounded out 19 hits and had two eight-run innings. Meagan Martucci and Taylor Norris had three hits apiece as the Knights improved to 14-7.

Lake Norman Charter fell behind 2-0 in the opener against Hiwassee Dam, but rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Knights tied the game at 2 when Sarah McIntosh drew a bases-loaded walk and Gebelein hit a sacrifice fly.

Lake Norman Charter went ahead on the sixth on consecutive two-out singles by Brittany Buckstad, Sarah Mcintosh, Rachel Gebelein and Alex Busch.

The Knights will be on the road against Bessemer City for their third-round playoff on Friday, May 18.

– Cliff Mehrtens