Sports Shorts: July 20

by Aaron Garcia

Porter Ridge’s Davis adds prestigious national honor

Porter Ridge’s Lexi Davis was named the ESPNHS National Softball Player of the Year. Aaron Garcia/UCW photo


There aren’t many things more enjoyable for a freshly graduated high school senior than summer orientation at her future college. But for former Porter Ridge softball standout Lexi Davis, the experience was made even sweeter when she received a phone call she described as “surprising.”

As Davis had lunch with her mother, Robin, at her future college destination, Alabama’s Auburn University, a reporter from ESPN called to tell Davis that she had been named the ESPNHS National Softball Player of the Year.

“I was shocked and surprised and completely excited,” Davis said. “I was mouthing to (my mother) what was going on (while I was on the phone).

“We both got excited. It was pretty cool.”

Davis, a three-time Union County Weekly Player of the Year, earned ESPNHS’s top high school softball honor after posting a dominant senior season in which she helped lead the Pirates to the Class 4A state title. On the mound she posted a 33-1 record and a 0.235 ERA, thanks to just seven earned runs. She also had 22 shutouts and 279 strikeouts.

Davis was also among the top offensive threats around. She batted .450 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs. Davis also was named the North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year.

Davis said while her most recent accolade has been a well-timed confidence boost as she prepares to move to the college level, it doesn’t exactly allow for much complacency.

“I’m going to be thrown into college, and I’m going to be expected to perform,” Davis said. “Now that all those accolades have been picked up, the expectation is, ‘You’re something – you better prove it.’

“It adds a little more pressure, so that’s something where I’m going to have to work hard to prove myself and work twice as hard to maintain and meet those expectations.”

N.C. Softball Coaches Association honors

The N.C. Softball Coaches Association announced its 2012 all-state team, and between the Class 2A, 3A and 4A levels, a staggering 21 Union County athletes were honored.

The county’s two state champions – public-school 4A titlist Porter Ridge and 3A private-school winner Metrolina Christian – were well represented with five and two selections, respectively.

Porter Ridge senior Lexi Davis earned Class 4A Pitcher of the Year honors and was joined on the list by teammates Tara Loken, Haley Secrest, Kayleigh Jonas and Courtney Price.

Metrolina standouts Mallory Broome and Bailey Bjorson, who also earned N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A all-state honors, also garnered spots on the NCSCA 3A team.

Four Marvin Ridge players and three Weddington Warriors joined the Metrolina duo on the 3A list. The Mavs were represented by Jessica Steele, ­Madison Arroyo, Jessica Curtis and Peyton Jordan, along with Weddington’s Emily Usiak, Jordan Keene and ­AnnaRose Borelli.

The 2A team featured seven local athletes. Forest Hills led the way with four selections in Natalie High, Dawn Harris, Shelby Helms and Allyson High. Piedmont rounded out the list with Sarah Tucker, Kaycee Stegall and Hayleigh Gimber.

The aforementioned players also were named to the NCSCA All-District 6 team, which includes 69 schools in nine counties. Forest Hills’ Harris was named the District 6 Class 2A Pitcher of the Year, while teammate Natalie High earned Player of the Year honors. Porter Ridge’s Davis was named the District 6 Class 4A Pitcher of the Year.

Golden Ticket offers rare sports opportunity

For the second consecutive year, area residents will have a chance to win “a sports enthusiast’s dream” as the Charlotte Sports Commission has opened the public Golden Ticket raffle.

Tickets cost $50 each.

The winner of the Golden Ticket raffle will receive tickets to every major sports event in the Charlotte area over the next year, including:
• Two Clubhouse and Hospitality tickets to the 2012 Chiquita Classic Nationwide Tour golf tournament at The Club at Longview in Weddington
• Two Premium tickets to a 2012 Carolina Panthers game
• Two 2012-13 Charlotte Bobcats season tickets
• Two 2012-13 Charlotte Checkers hockey season tickets
• Four 2013 Charlotte Hounds lacrosse season tickets
• Two 2013 Charlotte Knights baseball season tickets
• Two Lawn and Clubhouse tickets to the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament
• Two Charlotte Eagles soccer season tickets
• Two 2013 Charlotte Motor Speedway season tickets
• Two zMAX Dragway season tickets
• Two 2012 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship tickets
• Two Belk Bowl tickets
• Two CIAA basketball tournament ticket books
• Two 2013 ACC men’s basketball tournament tickets (Greensboro)
• Two 2013 Charlotte 49ers football season tickets

Proceeds from the Golden Ticket raffle will benefit the Charlotte Sports Commission.
Tickets are on sale now until Aug. 23 at 11:59 p.m. The drawing will be held on Aug. 24. To purchase tickets, visit www.charlottesports.org.

For more information, contact Chris Raynor of the Charlotte Sports Commission at 704-688-8167 or craynor@charlottepsorts.org

Sean May to conduct annual hoops camp

South Charlotte’s Providence Day School will host the sixth annual Sean May Basketball Camp July 23-27.

The camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will teach boys ages 7-15 offensive and defensive techniques, strength and conditioning, and a variety of drills. There will be playoff and championship games throughout the week, and campers will be taught how to read game film.

In addition, May, a former University of North Carolina and Charlotte Bobcats player, will stress the importance of life skills, including good sportsmanship, discipline, dedication and citizenship.

Guest speakers will include former Tar Heels and current NBA players Marvin Williams and Brendan Haywood in addition to local athletes and coaches.

Campers will receive lunch, drinks and snacks each day and will be given T-shirts, wristbands, backpacks, pictures and other basketball giveaways. The cost per camper is $310.

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