by Aaron Garcia
Weddington lands three on all-state soccer team
The N.C. Soccer Coaches Association released its 2012 all-state team this week, and the list features the customary heavy dose of Union County athletes.
Four local players made the Class 3A team. Weddington was represented by sophomore midfielders Chandler Arrowood and Virginia Lingo, and junior forward Auburn Mercer.
Marvin Ridge senior defender Taylor Dove also made the 3A all-state squad, while Central Academy of Technology & Arts senior defender Katie Kurtz was named to the Class 1A team.
Weddington finished its season with a 16-5-1 record. Marvin Ridge was 17-4-2, and CATA was 15-6-1.
Metrolina athletes garner all-state, conference awards
The N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association released its all-state teams for the spring season, and three Metrolina Christian Academy athletes were honored.
In softball, senior pitcher Mallory Broome and junior catcher Bailey Bjorson were tapped for all-state recognition after leading the Warriors to a 24-1 record and a 3A private-school state title.
In baseball, senior pitcher/shortstop Ross Rushing also earned all-state honors. The Piedmont transfer helped lead the Warriors to an 11-1 Metrolina Athletic Conference record and a 14-5 overall mark.
The MAC also released its all-conference team, which was well-populated by Metrolina Christian athletes.
In softball, senior Casey Long joined Broome and Bjorson as an all-league choice. In baseball, Rushing, Adam Adamczyk, Justin Kenley and Drew Matthews earned all-conference nods, as did girls soccer players Janie Holland and Nora Logan.
Cuthbertson alum Morrison makes history
On May 22, former Cuthbertson star and current Texas Christian University freshman Preston Morrison made Mountain West Conference history when he became the first player to be named both the league’s Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year.
Morrison was 5-0 in league action with a 1.54 ERA, 37 strikeouts and only seven walks. On the season, Morrison was 9-0 with a 1.55 ERA and 61 strikeouts, and was third in the nation with just 0.73 walks per nine innings pitched.
The Horned Frogs finished the regular season 36-19, which earned them a No. 2 seed for the upcoming NCAA tournament, where they will open against Mississippi. Morrison earned the first win of his career against Mississippi on Feb. 19, when he held the team scoreless over 3 1/3 innings and took a 5-3 victory.
Former Catholic star shines on national stage
Weddington resident and former Charlotte Catholic lacrosse star Mike Sawyer garnered national attention last week while helping Loyola University (Md.) win its first national men’s lacrosse championship.
Sawyer, a junior attacker, had a goal and an assist in the 9-3 win over Maryland on May 28. He totaled seven goals and two assists in the postseason.
The championship improved the Greyhounds to 18-1 on the season and wrapped up a stellar season for Sawyer, who’s one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, given annually to the nation’s top college player.
On the season, Sawyer racked up 52 goals and 10 assists and was third in the nation with three goals per game. In addition, Sawyer was named a second-team All-American by The U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
The Tewaaraton Award winner was scheduled to be announced on May 31.
Cuthbertson to hold softball camp
Cuthbertson High’s softball program will hold a fast-pitch softball camp June 25-28.
The camp, headed by Cavs coach Jessica Marchand and staffed by members of the team, will focus on the fundamentals of throwing, catching, hitting, fielding, base running and individual position play.
The camp is for players ages 6 to rising ninth-graders and will run daily from 8 a.m. to noon. The cost is $95 for the first camper and $75 for the second camper. A non-refundable deposit is due on June 8, with the remaining balance due at the start of the camp.
For more information, visit http://chs.ucps.k12.nc.us/links/SummerCamps.php.