Sports Shorts for December 16

Forest Hills’ Privette picks Appalachian State

This week, Forest Hills offensive lineman Matt Privette committed to continue his football career at Appalachian State University.

Privette, a senior, is a three-year starter at left tackle who anchored a line that helped account for 3,131 yards rushing and 46 touchdowns. The Yellow Jackets also passed for 1,433 yards and 15 touchdowns.

“We felt very confident running behind (Privette),” said Forest Hills coach John Lowery. “He’s been real instrumental in our being able to pass and plays on what we call the ‘quick side,’ which is where most of the rush comes from. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. He’s a big kid (6 foot 4, 275 pounds), he’s strong, he can run and he’s a smart kid. He’s handled his job well, and we haven’t had to worry about that for three years. That’ll obviously be a big hole we need to fill next year.

“He’s not a rah-rah kind of guy,” Lowery continued. “He just leads by example and does his thing. I’d almost qualify him as a quiet kind of leader. He does what he’s supposed to do. He keeps his mouth shut and doesn’t complain. He just does his job.”

Privette will sign his National Letter of Intent with Appalachian State in February.

Local players fill football all-conference lists

Porter Ridge’s Lee McNeill (left) and coach Blair Hardin (Aaron Garcia/UCW photo)

The Southern Carolina 3A/4A and Rocky River 1A/2A conferences released their all-conference football teams, and several Union County players were honored.

• Porter Ridge quarterback Lee McNeill and Sun Valley running back JaDarrius Williams, both seniors, shared the league’s Offensive Player of the Year award. Weddington linebacker/defensive end Buck Jones garnered Defensive Player of the Year honors, while Porter Ridge coach Blair Hardin was named Coach of the Year.

Porter Ridge (14-1) led all teams with 13 selections, including Thomas LaBianca, Tim Dose, Ethan Suzenvich, Najee Davis, Ryan Dilworth, Shane Burns, Justin Oldja, Jordan Oakley, Avery Worsham, Nick Vagnone, Marcus Freeman, Chris Duffy and Matt Wogan.

Marvin Ridge (10-2) was next with 10 selections. Quarterback Tyler Chadwick was honored, as were teammates Trey Cherry, Carter Harris, Cam Hunt, Jacob Henderson, Matt Townsend, Adam Smits, Phil Younis, Luke Stennitt and Tyler Cochran.

Sun Valley (7-6) and Weddington (7-5) were next with nine selections apiece. Spartans Jarred Barr, Jacob Cannell, Jody Fuller, Will Holmes, Eddie Kelly, David Marino, Cordarrius Williams, Danny Sawyer and Luke Gill each made the team. Weddington’s Billy Ryan, Cole Finch, Heath Moore, Darius Brower, Bobby Jenkins, Zach Cooper, Colin Lisa, Drew Podreberac and Shane Vogel also made the all-conference team.

Parkwood (0-10) was represented by Chad McWhorter, James Houston and Matt Brantley.

• The Monroe Redhawks swept the player of the year awards for the Rocky River 1A/2A. Junior quarterback Quayshawn Chambers was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year, while teammate Mason Sledge, a senior defensive lineman, collected Defensive Player of the Year honors. Central Academy’s Tad Baucom was tabbed as the conference’s Coach of the Year.

Monroe (10-4) led the county with eight selections. Chambers and Sledge were joined by Tre Shun Wynn, Caleb Walker, Ashad Byrd, Jaylan Barbour, Jamarcus Glenn and Brandon Little.

Forest Hills (8-5) was next with six honorees. Tyreke Laney, Jamal Little, Marces Thomas, Jamarcus Clyburn, C.J. Kiser and Matt Privette each were selected for the team.

Cuthbertson (6-7) had five selections, including Emmitt Afam, Julius Stratford, Ryan Kendall, Kevin McVay and Zach Panek.

Central Academy (6-7) and Union Academy (6-6) each had two selections. The Cougars were represented by Trae Funderburke and John Quintero, while Cardinals Tyree Drakeford and Rasheed Rushing were selected.

Cavs’ Recher sisters sign with Montreat

Melanie and Megan Recher, both senior softball players at Cuthbertson, signed National Letters of Intent to continue their careers with Montreat College on Dec. 14.

Megan Recher, a senior, completed her junior season with a .432 batting average with 26 RBI, four triples and scored 28 times. She also had a .483 on-base percentage and recorded a .970 fielding percentage as an infielder.

Melanie Recher, a pitcher, was solid on the mound as a junior, notching an 18-7 record in 26 appearances. She struck out 100 batters, walked 33 and boasted a 1.73 ERA. At the plate, Melanie Recher batted .419 and scored 29 runs.

Charlotte Eagles holds open tryout

The Charlotte Eagles, members of the USL PRO League, will be hosting their open tryouts for the 2012 season March 2-3. The tryouts are an opportunity for any free agents, college seniors and other amateurs hoping to make the jump to the professional level.

The players attending tryouts will be assessed by the Charlotte Eagles coaching staff, led by longtime coach Mark Steffens who, according to an Eagles press release said, “We are very excited to hold open tryouts this year. I expect there will be quite a few strong players that we don’t know about. It would be great to find a few impact players that could immediately help the Eagles in 2012.”

The tryout will consist mainly of 11-on-11 matches. On the first day of tryouts players will be competing for an opportunity to come back on the second day to be evaluated by the coaching staff.

There will be a $100 non-refundable registration fee, which will change to $125 after February 15. The walk-up registration fee will be $150. If a player should make the team, the registration fee will be reimbursed.

The Doubletree Gateway Village will be offering participants discounted hotel rooms at $79/night, as well as a free shuttle service to and from the tryout.

Formed in 1993, the Charlotte Eagles are entering their 20th season as a USL club. The Charlotte Eagles have been in the USL finals on 8 occasions, winning two Championships in 2000 and 2005.

The Charlotte Eagles are owned and operated by Missionary Athletes International, an evangelical Christian organization.

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