Waxhaw diver earns national honors
The next few weeks are going to be busy for Waxhaw resident Sara Maleski.
But that’s a good thing.
Earlier this month, the 14-year-old Maleski qualified to go to Riverside, Calif. for the AAU National Diving Championships, which began July 19 and wrap up on Tuesday, July 26. A day later, the USA Diving National Championships, to which Maleski also earned an invitation, begin in Knoxville, Tenn.
Maleski earned trips to the national competitions as a member of Huntersville-based Carolina Diving Academy, which is led by Davidson College coach Aaron Hintz.
Hintz didn’t hold back while recently singing Maleski’s praises.
“Sara is near the top of her age group nationally,” Hintz said. “She has worked hard this year to overcome some obstacles and is close to reaching her goals. She has the potential to (make the finals) at Junior Nationals on the 3-meter springboard.”
The AAU national meet has a qualifying score that can be reached at any meet: AAU, high school or USA Diving. USA Diving has a qualifying process through competition: the top 15 at region meets (10 across the country) advance to zones, then the top six at the zone meet (five across the country) attend the Junior National meet, and places seven-12 compete in the Age-Group National meet.
All-State softball list released
The North Carolina Softball Coaches Association released its All-District and All-State teams this week and, as one might expect, Union County was well represented, garnering 19 all-state honors and 24 all-district selections, including several Player-of-the-Year picks.
Marvin Ridge led the charge with four all-state selections in the 3A classification, including Ashley Christy, Caitlyn Kurtz, Erin Kayton and Madison Arroyo. Parkwood freshman Abby Lathan also garnered a mention, as did Weddington’s Anna Rose Borelli.
The area was especially well-represented on the 2A level, where 11 local athletes were honored. Cuthbertson was rewarded for its strong season with three selections in Mel and Megan Recher and Kara Salvo. Forest Hills’ Dawn Harris, Kimberly Rivers and Natalie High also were named all-state, as was Piedmont’s Eileen McHugh, Kaycee Stegall and Taylor Flynn. Metrolina Christian also was represented as Cassi Carpenter and Mallory Broome made the 2A list.
Porter Ridge’s Haley Seachrest and Lexi Davis were the only two Union County players to make the 4A All-State team.
All of the aforementioned athletes also made the All-District 6 team, which consists of 69 schools within Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan and Stanly counties. In addition to the all-state players, five more local athletes garnered All-District honors, including Cuthbertson’s Jessica Weber, Metrolina Christian’s Bailey Bjorson, Piedmont’s Taylor Barrineau, Parkwood’s Ashley Thomas and Weddington’s Emily Usiak.
Mel Recher and Forest Hills’ Harris were named the District 6 Class 2A Co-Pitchers of the Year. Marvin Ridge’s Christie picked up District 6 Class 3A Player of the Year honors while Porter Ridge’s Davis was named the District 6 Class 4A Co-Pitcher of the Year, along with North Mecklenburg’s Morgan Lashley.
Carolina Courts to host AAU championships
From July 18-24, Indian Trail’s Carolina Courts will be hosting the 2011 AAU National Basketball Championships. The tournament will feature over 60 teams from around the nation all vying for titles within one of the country’s most well-respected youth basketball organizations. It is the first of a three-year stretch in which Carolina Courts will host the tournament, which is quite an honor for the facility, said general manager Matt Jones.
“The opportunity to have such high-profile athletes and athletic events come through our facility is an absolute blessing,” Jones said. “We have been told that our facility is one of the best youth facilities in the nation and the fact that they keep coming back with more and more events, allows me to believe it.”
Football team seeks players, cheerleaders
There will be a new football team in the area when the 2011 high school football season kicks off.
The St. Jude Fighting Christians will begin play this fall as an independent varsity team. The squad is primarily for home-schooled and private-school students in Mecklenburg and Union counties, although the organization also welcomes public-school athletes who don’t have a chance to play for their school teams for various reasons. The cost to join the St. Jude team is $299.
For more information, contact head coach Jim Mallos at email@example.com or visit www.stjudefootball.com.
Registration for the St. Jude cheerleading team also has begun. The cheer squad is open to girls and boys ages 13 to 18. To register, contact Charlene Summerfield by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 704-989-6991.