State wrestling champion
CONCORD – Brandt Fajerman (right) won the 7-year-old, 50-pound division wrestling championship at the N.C. AAU Championships at Cabarrus Arena on March 9. The tournament included more than 800 wrestlers from across the state.
Fajerman is a member of the Titan Wrestling Academy in Cornelius. Other Titan wrestlers in the tournament were Jason Fajerman (age 7), Marshall Blackwell (age 6), Brady Heiar (7), and Geovany Munoz (10), all from Huntersville.
Hough High’s win streak is longest in state history
CORNELIUS – The Hough High girls soccer team has the longest winning streak in state history. The Huskies, reigning N.C. 4A champions, extended the streak to 31 with a 9-0 romp against West Charlotte on March 21.
Hough’s Courtney Carroll, Emmily Cowie and Lydia Drakeford scored two goals each. Brandi Arey, Hannah Fuller and Brooke Sawyer scored one apiece. Goalkeeper Hope Stuart was in net for the shutout. Hough improved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the I-MECK 4A conference.
Hough’s 6-0 victory against Hopewell on March 14 broke the N.C. record of 28 held by Skyland Roberson High in 2008. The Huskies extended the streak to 30 with a 7-0 victory against North Mecklenburg on March 19. Arey scored two goals and Carmen Babcock, Courtney Crump, Bri Cuevas, Cowie and Carroll scored one each. Goalkeepers Marnie Merritt and Katie Easley shared the shutout.
Hough’s streak includes the last 25 games of last season, when it went 26-0-1 en route to winning a state championship.
Davidson women’s team bounced from NIT
CHARLOTTE - The Davidson women’s basketball team was eliminated from the Women’s National Invitation Tournament in a 72-60 second-round loss to county rival Charlotte on March 24 at Halton Arena.
Charlotte pulled away with a 19-8 run in the final six minutes. Davidson finished with a 22-13 record, which included the program’s first postseason victory.
Charlotte (26-5) advanced to the third round of the WNIT to face the Florida/Winthrop winner. Charlotte's Jennifer Hailey scored a game-high 22 points.
Sophia Aleksandravicius capped her Davidson career with 18 points and five rebounds. The two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year finished with seven school career records, including points (1,878), rebounds (1,143) and blocks (339).
Marquette’s late rally bounces Davidson from NCAA Tournament
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Guard Vander Blue’s left-handed layup with one second left gave Marquette a 59-58 victory against Davidson in the second round of the NCAA Tournament’s East Regional on March 24.
Davidson’s loss snapped a 17-game winning streak, the longest in the nation. The Wildcats, a No. 14 seed, finished the season 26-8.
Davidson took a 58-54 lead on Nic Cochran’s two free throws with 20 seconds left, and seemed poised to upset No. 3 seed Marquette. But the Golden Eagles cut the lead to 58-57 with a three-pointer and forced a turnover with 6.7 seconds left.
After a timeout, Marquette inbounded the ball to Blue, who drove down the lane and launched the shot over Davidson center Jake Cohen (6-foot-10). Davidson’s long inbound pass as as the buzzer sounded was intercepted, ending the Wildcats season.
North Meck baseball stats
HUNTERSVILLE – Ryder Ryan’s .448 batting average (13-for-29) leads the North Mecklenburg High baseball team. He also leads the Vikings in runs (12), RBIs (11), double (four), home runs (three) and steals (six). On the mound, Ryan is 1-1 with a save. In 14 innings, he hasn’t allowed an earned run and has struck out 23.
North Meck is 4-4 overall, and 4-2 in the I-MECK 4A conference. Zach Ruttkamp is hitting .321 with seven RBIs. Lucas Ayres, Justin Call and Ruffkamp have one pitching victory apiece.
Kane’s hat trick sparks win
HUNTERSVILLE – Riley Kane scored three goals to lead Lake Norman Charter to a 4-2 victory against North Lincoln on March 23. Carolyn Huddy scored the other Knights goal, and Lake Norman Charter improved to 4-2-2. North Lincoln fell to 0-5.
Hot start for SouthLake baseball
HUNTERSVILLE – The SouthLake Christian baseball team improved to 5-2 under first-year coach Mike Causey with a 7-0 victory against Forsyth Country Day on March 23.
Josh Hiatt has a team-high .524 batting average, and five Eagles have six RBIs each. Kaelin Fuller has six steals and is 2-0 as a pitcher, with a 1.08 earned run average. Bradley Hallman is 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA.
Spartans win golf match
HUNTERSVILLE – The Community School of Davidson boys golf team improved to 2-1 with a 191-210 victory against Woodlawn on March 20 at Birkdale Golf Club. Individual low-scorers were Will Robinson (CSD), who shot a 46 in the nine-hole competition, Max Sapp (CSD) 47, John O’Connell (WL) 49, DJ Chaffman (CSD) 49, Brennan Kayes (49), John McKibbin (CSD) 49 and Will Hedrick (WL) 51.
Charter wins tennis match
HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Norman Charter rallied to win two doubles matches to beat Hough High 5-4 in a boys tennis match March 20.
Lake Norman Charter’s Roman Rogawski, Nathan Baugh and Sabastian Eckmann won singles matches. Blake Scherrman and Baugh combined for one doubles victory, and Charter’s Hermant Vallabhapuram and Rogawski won the other.
Hough’s victories were by Ryan Wydra, Sean Wydra and Clay Kennedy in singles, and by the Wydra brothers in a doubles match.