Led by David Sargent’s winning 18-hole round of 67 at Broadmoor Golf Links in Asheville Monday, Hough won the 4A West Regional title. LNC’s Jake Blum and Sean Murphy were among four players to fire low rounds of 75 at Woodbridge Golf Links in Kings Mountain, helping LNC secure the 1A West Regional crown on the same day.
Both teams now advance to their respective state tournaments Monday, with the 1A event slated for Keith Hills Country Club in Buies Creek and the 4A field playing at Pinehurst No. 8.
Sargent’s round, one shot off his career best, included six birdies and one bogey. Last year, he qualified for the state tournament as an individual, but he’ll have his teammates with him this year.
Hough’s Seth Gandy was second with a round of 72, while Conner Lewis (74) and David Yang (75) completed Hough’s score of 288, which beat Myers Park by seven strokes.
Hopewell’s Brandon Holst shot 74 and tied Lewis and three others for sixth place. Holst also earned a spot at the state tournament, having finished among the top three individuals not on one of the regional’s three state-qualifying teams.
North Meck’s Phillip Parrish shot 76 and finished in a tie for 15th.
LNC totaled 309 strokes to edge Avery County and Pine Lake Prep by two strokes. PLP was paced by north Mecklenburg resident Patrick Cover, who shared first place individually with Blum, Murphy and Avery’s Shea Buchanan.
Completing the Knights’ scoring was David Shaw (79) and Blake Fiest (80), who finished 10th and 11th, respectively.
LNC will be making its third straight state championship appearance, having finished fourth and fifth the past two years.
Kosmalski takes Swarthmore post
Landry Kosmalski has left the Davidson College bench and is the new head basketball coach at Swarthmore College, a Division III program in Pennsylvania. Kosmalski served as an assistant coach to Bob McKillop from 2004-06 and 2009-12. He is a 2000 graduate of Davidson and was a four-year starter for McKillop.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Swarthmore community, and I look forward to building on the college’s tradition of high achievement,” said Kosmalski.
At Swarthmore, Kosmalski will coach former North Meck High player Karl Barkley, who grew up in Davidson. Barkley’s father, Skip, is Davidson’s team doctor.
Pats win SPAA tourn.
Davidson Day’s baseball team completed its unbeaten conference season by winning the Southern Piedmont Athletic Association tournament Monday. The Patriots (20-4) topped Hickory Christian 3-1 in the final.
Down 1-0 in the fourth, Lamar Briggs singled, stole second and reached third on a groundout. A triple by Taylor Cox drove him in, and Cox scored on Adam Sapp’s triple. Sapp then scored on a wild pitch.
Patriots pitcher John Goss threw a complete game, struck out seven and allowed three hits. Now 5-0, Goss was named tournament MVP. Cox, Sapp and Briggs also made the all-tournament team.
Playoffs heating up
The baseball and softball teams from Hopewell, Hough and Lake Norman Charter will open play in the N.C. High School Athletic Association postseason on Friday.
In 4A baseball, Hough (17-10) will host Porter Ridge (8-17), while Hopewell (15-11) travels to T.C. Roberson (24-2). LNC (10-12) has a home game with North Moore (13-8) in the 1A bracket.
Hough’s softball team, now 17-4, will host Sun Valley (7-13). Hopewell (14-7) is on the road at Olympic (14-5), and LNC (11-8) is at home against Hiwassee Dam (10-10).
Two soccer teams were to host first-round playoff games Wednesday, after this edition’s press time. Hough (20-0-1) was to host South Meck (12-8-1) in the 4A first round, while LNC (17-1) had a home match with Lincoln Charter (11-5-2) in the opening round of the 1A bracket.
In tennis, LNC’s second-round dual playoff match with Mount Airy was set for Thursday.
The N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association’s playoff brackets were not released at press time. For more information, visit www.ncisaa.org.
Anglade heads to VMI
Davidson Day senior basketball player Phillip Anglade has committed to play at Virginia Military Institute, where the Keydets run an up-tempo offense.
Anglade averaged 13.9 points and 11.1 rebounds per game this past season as the Patriots went 31-4 and reached the state final. Along with teammate Rashun Davis, he was an all-state selection.
Anglade will join fellow Davidson Day senior Dorian Albritton on the VMI roster. Albritton signed earlier this year.
VMI is coached by Duggar Baucom, formerly an assistant coach at North Meck High and Davidson College. Baucom just received a contract extension through 2016-17.
Hough’s Wydra/Black reach round of 16
Hough tennis players Collin Black and Ryan Wydra finished third in doubles at last weekend’s 4A West Regional on their home court, and that means the Huskies tandem will keep playing.
With the top-four finish, Black and Wydra advanced into the state’s round of 16, which begins Friday at Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center in Raleigh. In the first round, Black and Wydra will face the No. 2 seed from the Midwest Regional, the team of Will Albright and Graham Pearson of Greensboro Grimsley.
Knights get first lacrosse playoff win
The Lake Norman Charter boys’ lacrosse team rolled past Patton 21-0 in the first round of the state playoffs this past week, securing the program’s first postseason victory.
Jake Koferl and Blythe Tegland led the Knights with five and three goals, respectively.
The Knights (14-5) advanced to meet Marvin Ridge in the second round, but the game was stopped at halftime by rain Tuesday. LNC led 4-1, and the game was to resume Thursday.
Marvin Ridge knocked the Hough girls’ lacrosse team from the state playoffs with a 17-9 first-round win last Friday.
Julia Brown led Hough with three goals, and Morgan Freese and Bailey Leonard added two each. But the Lady Huskies could not stop Marvin Ridge’s Amy Collins, who scored nine goals. The Huskies ended the season 10-6.
Titans lose in first round
Hopewell’s soccer season ended Tuesday with a 7-0 loss to Sun Valley in the first round of the 4A playoffs. The Titans ended the year 7-12-2 and fifth in the I-Meck.
Hopewell closed the regular season with a 7-0 win over North Meck last Thursday. Leanne McAlexander had a hat trick for Hopewell, and Kelly Flanders scored two goals.
Holleran wins WPAA
Connor Holleran, a golfer at St. Mark Catholic School, recently won the Western Piedmont Athletic Association title.
He fired a nine-hole round of 39 at Cowan’s Ford Golf Club and wrapped up the title on the second hole of a sudden death playoff.