Twins qualify for national Spartan race
MATTHEWS – A set of twins from Matthews have qualified for the Spartan Race world championship later this year after placing in the top three of their age group.
Paris Koulouris placed second in the 12-13-year-old boys 2-mile competitive with a time of 34 minutes, 23 seconds.
Elektra Koulouris was third in the 2-mile girls competitive with a time of 34:25.
The twins, who attend Weddington Middle School, will compete in the Spartan Race Nationals on Sept. 28 and 29 in Lake Tahoe.
Springer, IMG win first national title
MINT HILL – Former Rocky River basketball star Jaden Springer helped IMG Academy win its first national title with a 66-55 victory over La Lumiere in the championship game of the nationally televised Geico Nationals on April 5.
Springer started for IMG and scored 12 points to go with seven assists and five rebounds in the victory. The junior guard is ranked the No. 18 overall prospect in the Class of 2020 by 247sports.com.
In 2017-18, the 6-5 guard led Rocky River to the regional finals by averaging 25 points and 10 rebounds per game. Springer, who was offered by North Carolina on April 8, has over 20 scholarships extended but is undecided.
Butler baseball looks for spark after bad streak
MATTHEWS – After a 3-1 start to the year, the Butler baseball team has struggled mightily, and after getting swept by Hickory Ridge and blown out by Ardrey Kell, the Bulldogs have now lost five in a row and nine of their previous 10 games.
On April 2, the Bulldogs got on the board first in the second inning but immediately surrendered five runs in the bottom of the inning before losing 8-2.
Freshmen Canon Pierce and Ryan Wilson paced the offense with two hits, a stolen base and a run scored apiece while senior Justin Bennett walked, doubled and drove in a run.
Butler couldn’t overcome five errors and three unearned runs, but junior Drew Roberts pitched a solid inning with two strikeouts.
Two days later, Butler returned home to face Hickory Ridge but fell 10-4. The Bulldogs were smoked 11-1 by Ardrey Kell on April 6.
The Bulldogs had a good shot to get back on track when one-win Garinger comes calling for a two-game set this week.
Penalty kicks help Lions girls soccer prevail
MATTHEWS – Covenant Day had a flair for the dramatic during a recent two-match win streak that came to an end with a 3-1 loss to Country Day on April 4.
On March 30, the Lions got scores from Sedona Dancu and Madeline Barnes off assists from Katherine Ashley, but still ended regulation tied at 2 with Asheville School. In the penalty kicks, the Lions prevailed with a 4-2 advantage.
Emma Koulovatos picked up the win in goal.
The Lions kept the momentum going with a 4-3 win over Charlotte Christian on April 2. The Lions had a goal and an assist from Dancu, a pair of assists from Ashley and goals from Kate Rau and Emma Kruger when Charlotte Christian scored in the second half.
A late Dancu score lifted the Lions to a big conference win.
Patriots topple Bulldogs on court
CHARLOTTE – Independence had an easy time with rival Butler on April 2 as the Patriots blew past the Bulldogs 7-2 on the tennis court.
In singles, Independence got wins from Jack Lorick, who defeated Butler’s Corey McKinstry 6-1. 6-1 on Court 1; Tucker Moore, who overtook Graham Moore 6-2, 6-1 on Court 2; Javier Chancay Cevallos, who beat Kevin Thai 6-0, 6-1 on Line 3; Eli Hanrahan, who made short work of Nikola Malesevic with a 6-1, 6-1 win on Court 4; and Nate Duncan, who overtook Luke Schaefer, 6-3, 6-3.
The Patriots won two of three doubles matches with Tucker Moore and Lorick defeating McKinstry and Graham Moore 10-1 on Court 1; and Hanrahan and Cevallos taking out Thai and Malesevic 10-1.
Butler’s Jake Joyner won 6-0, 6-1 over the Patriots Carlos Santos Ortiz on Court 6. Joyner later teamed with Schaefer to take out Ortiz and Duncan 10-3.
Lions lacrosse having record-setting year
MATTHEWS – The Covenant Day boys are in their first season playing NCISAA Division 1 lacrosse this year amid a pretty tough schedule that includes private-school powers Providence Day and Charlotte Latin.
But the Lions have more than held their own under coach Rush Dickson, who has been at the helm each of the past two seasons when the Lions won three games both years.
With at least eight games to play, the Lions have already set the program record for wins (four) and put up some impressive victories over Parkwood and South Meck with a near-miss in an 11-10 loss to Davidson Day earlier in the year.