Hough, CSD athletics win Conference Cup awards
CORNELIUS – Hough High and Community School of Davidson won the Wells Fargo Conference Cup awards in their respective conferences by having the most successful athletic programs during the 2013-14 school year.
The Wells Fargo Cup award, sponsored by Wells Fargo and the N.C. High School Athletic Association, recognizes the top performances within each of the state’s four classifications.
Points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points.
Hough won the conference cup in the MECKA 4A with a stellar performance in spring sports. The Huskies won championships in baseball, boys’ tennis and boys’ golf.
Concord Robinson was the runner-up, finishing first in softball and second in boys’ outdoor track and field this. Mallard Creek passed Hopewell to finish the year in third, thanks to a sweep of the conference outdoor track and field championships.
The MECKA 4A conference standings: Hough 137.5 points, Concord Robinson 111.5, Mallard Creek 107.5, Hopewell 100.5, North Mecklenburg 83, Kannapolis Brown 78, Vance 36.5 and West Charlotte 24.
Community School of Davidson used its spring championships in boys’ soccer and boys’ tennis to win the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference Cup.
Thomas Jefferson Academy edged third-place finisher Lincoln Charter to take second, thanks to a runner-up finish in boys’ outdoor track and field. Lincoln Charter won the conference titles in softball and finished second in baseball and girls’ outdoor track and field.
The Southern Piedmont 1A conference standings: Community School of Davidson 200 points, Thomas Jefferson 182, Lincoln Charter 180, Gastonia Highland Tech 166, Pine Lake Prep 165, Cherryville 156 and Bessemer City 132.
Hough alum is a top college baseball pitcher
CHARLESTON, S.C. – College of Charleston freshman pitcher Bailey Ober, a Huntersville native, was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. He was invited to try out for the USA Baseball 24-player team.
Ober also was selected by Collegiate Baseball as a Freshman All-American, finishing runner-up for national Freshman Pitcher of the Year. He was 10-2 with 81 strikeouts and 19 walks. Ober’s 1.55 ERA was second nationally among freshmen and 23rd overall.
Spartans win postseason honors
DAVIDSON – Community School of Davidson’s boys’ lacrosse players named to the Southern Piedmont 1A all-conference team were defenders Nick Piselli, Grayson Rhyne and Isaac Gittleman, goalie Matt Babb, midfielder Joey Bernardini, face-off specialist Del Duffield and attacker Harrison Clark.
Piselli and Rhyne, both sophomores, also were named to the all-region team and were honorable mention all-state picks.
Former Wildcat signs in Belgium
DAVIDSON - Former Davidson College women’s basketball star Sophia Aleksandravicius signed to play with BC Belfius Namur Capitale in the Belgian Basketball League.
Last season, Aleksandravicius, a 6-foot-5 forward, played with Kibirkstis-VICI-IKI Vilnius in the Lithuanian LMKL league, which went 27-1 and won the league’s title and cup. She averaged nearly nine points and seven rebounds and was named All-Lithuanian Forward of the Year by Eurobasket.com. Aleksandravicius is Davidson’s career scoring leader (1,878 points) and holds six other records.
Landmark Pride athlete
Pine Lake Prep senior Will Welborne, a Huntersville resident, signed academic and athletic scholarships to play at Belmont Abbey College next fall. He's the first Pine Lake male athlete to receive an athletic scholarship. Welborne, a pitcher and center fielder, was a four-year varsity player. He also was a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.
He'll wrestle in college
SouthLake Christian Academy senior Trevor Ross signed a National Letter of Intent to wrestle at Belmont Abbey College next season. Ross (132 lbs.) finished third in the N.C. Independent School Athletic Association 3A Tournament and had a 28-5 record as a senior.
Broncos get international gifts
The Bailey Middle School boys' soccer team, which recently completed its third straight undefeated season, was surprised with gifts of World Cup Soccer T-shirts from Brazil. A U.S. Airways employee, working with Bailey coach Andrew Uglehus, picked up the shirts on a flight to Rio de Janeiro. "I was really surprised," Bailey captain Jacob Humer said. "They're pretty cool shirts." The team included David Carlin, Matthew Baer, Jared Curry, Alexander Faulk, Pablo Garza, Jacob Humer, Jonathan Garcia, Kyle Jeffrey, Austin Labretone, Jackson Lamb, Camden Lewis, Kyle Polanco, Graham Stuart, Daniel Steedman, Blake Van Rossen, William Yang, A.J. Whisenant, Curtis Warren, Jonathon Orr (manager), coach Andrew Uglehus and assistant coach Fred Norchi.