Soccer players (from left) Brandi Arey (Hough High), Carolyn Huddy (Lake Norman Charter) and Kendall Fischlein (Lake Norman High) played on North Carolina's team in the "Clash of the Carolinas," an all-star game in Daniel Island, S.C.’s Blackbaud Stadium, home of the Charleston Battery professional soccer team. The “Clash” is the only interstate all-star soccer contest of its kind and features the top graduated prep soccer players from the Carolinas.  

Fischlein extended North Carolina's lead to 3-1 with a second-half goal on a header, and the game ended tied at 3. Huddy split time in goal, limiting South Carolina to one goal in 45 minutes of late first-half and early second half-play. Arey locked down the midfield for the Tar Heels.
All three girls will play NCAA Division I soccer this fall – Arey at Gardner-Webb, Huddy at UNC Wilmington, and Fischlein at Wake Forest.  

– Courtesy of Chris Huddy



North Mecklenburg’s Ryan commits to North Carolina

HUNTERSVILLE – North Mecklenburg High pitcher Ryder Ryan, the Lake Norman Publications’ 2013 Baseball Player of the Year, committed to North Carolina recently.

Ryan, a rising senior, also considered South Carolina and N.C. State. As a junior, Ryan was 5-3 with a 0.72 earned run average, two saves and 109 strikeouts in 68 innings. He batted .579 with five home runs and 29 RBIs.


Davidson’s Cooke is finalist for college baseball award

RICHMOND, Va. – Davidson College baseball coach Dick Cooke is a finalist for’s 2013 Tom Walter Inspiration Award.

The award recognizes examples of inspiration in college baseball and is named for Wake Forest coach Tom Walter, who donated a kidney to freshman outfielder Kevin Jordan before the 2011 season.

In September 2012, Cooke was driving home from a recruiting visit when he was rear-ended on Interstate 77, forcing his car into a wooded area. Cooke sustained multiple serious injuries, including bleeding on his brain, broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a broken right tibia, a broken right ankle and a broken right cheekbone. Despite a strenuous rehab regimen and lingering effects from injuries that often required him to use a crutch and continue to slow him, Cooke returned to the dugout for the 2013 season to guide the Wildcats for a 23rd season.

Cooke is one of eight finalists for the award. The winner will be announced July 25.



LN Copperheads post league-best record

HUNTERSVILLE – The Lake Norman Copperheads finished with the best record (22-13) in the regular season of the Southern Collegiate Baseball League.

Lake Norman led the league in hits (261), doubles (24), home runs (15), RBIs (121) and total bases (366). Forrest Brandt, an outfielder, was fourth in the SCBL with a .345 batting average.

The Copperheads’ team earned run average of 2.80 was second in the league. Chris Hassold (4-0), Mathew Ferraiolo (4-0) and Aaron Spano (4-2) finished tied for third in the league in victories. Hassold had a team-best ERA of 1.99. Josh Russell had five saves. The SCBL playoffs were scheduled to begin July 23.


Local teen sinks hole-in-one

STATESVILLE - Ben Woodruff, a Huntersville resident playing a National Junior Golf Tour event at Statesville Country Club, sank his first hole-in-one.

Woodruff, competing in the boys 12-13 age group, aced hole No. 12. He used a seven-iron on the 160-yard shot.


Davidson’s Schafer shifts from playing to coaching

DAVIDSON - Joe Schafer, after playing tennis four years at Davidson College, joined the men’s team as an assistant coach.

Schafer was a four-year starter from 2009 to 2013, playing both the No. 1 and 2 singles slots. He won at least 10 matches all four years, including a career-best 12 in 2011.

The Orchard Park, N.Y., native finished his career by earning the Southern Conference's Don Bunch/Buddy Hartsell Sportsmanship Award as a senior. Schafer tied for the team lead with 11 singles victories, going 11-8 overall.


- compiled by Cliff Mehrtens