CSD’s Ellington sets Mecklenburg County track record

RALEIGH – Community School of Davidson’s Malie Ellington broke a 12-year-old Mecklenburg County record in the 3,200-meter run at the Raleigh Relays on March 28.

She finished in 10 minutes, 30.07 seconds in a field loaded with the best distance runners in North Carolina, and a few from other states. Ellington’s performance broke the mark of 10:31.43 set in 2002 by Myers Park High's Julia Lucas, who went on to run at N.C. State and is now a sponsored runner.


Ryan pitches a gem

HUNTERSVILLE – North Mecklenburg High senior Ryder Ryan pitched a three-hit shutout, struck out 10 and didn’t walk a batter in a 7-0 victory against Hough in a MECKA 4A conference game March 26. Zack Ruttkamp drove in two runs, and Leontay Massey and James Barrino had one RBI each. Massey had a triple and Stephen Langford had a double for the Vikings, who capitalized on five Hough errors.


Hopewell baseball wins big

HUNTERSVILLE – Hopewell High's baseball team had lopsided wins in the past three games – 25-0 against Vance (March 25), 11-0 against Vance (March 27) and 11-1 against East Mecklenburg (March 31). The Titans (8-2) improved to 5-1 in MECKA 4A conference games. In the first win against Vance, Luke Orr was 4-for-4 with four RBIs, Tristan Baker had three hits and four RBIs, and Kullen McDonald was 3-for-3 with five RBIs.


Hough golf wins easily

CONCORD – The Hough High boys’ golf team finished 34 strokes ahead of the field in a MECKA 4A conference match at Cabarrus Country Club on March 24.

The Huskies’ team score of 141 consisted of Matt Shrapstein (34 on the nine-hole competition), David Yang (35), Blake Fiest (36) and Blake Wagner (36). Hopewell, led by T.J. Long’s score of 39, finished second with 175 strokes. 


CSD wins conference opener 

DAVIDSON – The Community School of Davidson girls’ soccer team beat Cherryville 7-0 in the Southern Piedmont 1A conference opener March 26. Freshman Lissi Gordon scored three goals, her second hat trick this season. Cassidy Wheaton, Anna Lavella, Eliza Robinson and Julia Grainda scored one goal each. Cassidy Haddock added an assist, and leads the Spartans with five. Rebecca Kuzmanovich led the defense.

On March 31, CSD beat Gastonia Highland 4-1 in a conference match on goals by Gordon, Kuzmanovich, Wheaton and Grainda. Lavella and Grainda had two assists each.


Hough soccer is unbeaten

CORNELIUS – The Hough High girls’ soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to 10 games with 9-0 blowouts against Vance and West Charlotte. Hough, a state finalist last year, improved to 9-0-1 and 5-0 in the MECKA 4A conference.

Against Vance, Hough’s Courtney Carroll and Sarah Moon scored two goals each. Bailey Jones, Ashley Johnson, Katie Minogue, Alex Denny and Nicole Ferren scored once. Nicole Duncan had four assists and Johnson added two.

Against West Charlotte, Hough’s Emily Fuerst and Brooke Sawyer scored two goals each. Carmen Babcock, Molly Leiker, Moon, Denny and Carroll had one goal each. Sarah Steedman, Carroll and Duncan had two assists each.


Fucigna snags lacrosse award

DAVIDSON – Davidson College senior Ann Fucigna was named the Big South Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week, the third Wildcat to win the honor this season.

She had season-highs in goals (five) and points (seven) in an 11-8 comeback victory at Saint Francis on March 29. Davidson erased deficits of 4-0 and 6-3 in the first half. Fucigna, Davidson’s career leader in goals (166) and points (217), has scored nine goals and assisted on five others in the past three games.


Wildcats pitch a shutout

DAVIDSON – Four Davidson College pitchers combined on a shutout and Forrest Brandt went 4-for-5 hitting in a 6-0 victory against Georgia Southern in a Southern Conference baseball game March 30. The Wildcats (16-8) have won 13 of their past 15 games and are 7-2 in conference play.

Winning pitcher Nick Neitzel (4-0) allowed four hits  and struck out in six innings. Relievers Ryan Lowe, Matt Saeta and Michael Goldberg each pitched a scoreless inning and combined for five strikeouts.