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Cougars sweep wrestling, hoops against Lake Norman

 

Alexander Central Junior Devante Clark picked up a key win in the team's 36-30 victory over Lake Norman on Friday night, January 23.
 
(updated Jan. 24, 10 a.m.)

Cougars sweep wrestling,
hoops against Lake Norman

By D.N. PENNELL, Jr.

        Alexander Central athletics has one of its most exciting nights in the short two-year history of the North Piedmont Conference on Friday, January 23.

        In wrestling, the Cougars earned at least a share of the Conference Championship and a state playoff berth with a 36-30 win over Lake Norman in Taylorsville. The match came down to the final bout of the evening where senior Zane Knight posted a pinfall win at 145 pounds to secure the 36-30 victory and the NPC title. ACHS built a 30-12 lead early in the match and held off a late Lake Norman rally to win the match. ACHS improved to 6-0 in league action, while Lake Norman suffered its first league loss of the season and slipped to 5-1. The Cougars will travel to North Lincoln on January 27 for the final match of the regular season.

        Knight’s win closed the evening for the Cougars. Prior to the pivotal win at 145 pounds, ACHS got wins from Calen Lombardy (152), Justin Gregory (170), Caleb Lohrei (182), Devante Clark (195), Kevin Alanis (220), and Tanner Hooiser (106).

ACHS 36 - Lake Norman 30
152: Calen Lombardy (ALCE) over Matt Greene (LANO) (Fall 3:07) 160: Justin Wilson (LANO) over Christian Romero (ALCE) (Fall 2:09) 170: Justin Gregory (ALCE) over Marc Surphlis (LANO) (Dec 5-0) 182: Caleb Lohrei (ALCE) over  Van Den Berg (LANO) (Fall 3:38) 195: Devante Clark (ALCE) over Dylan Kochevar (LANO) (Fall 3:08) 220: Kevin Alanis (ALCE) over (LANO) (For.)
285: Patrick Dabiero (LANO) over (ALCE) (For.)
106: Tanner Hoosier (ALCE) over Clay Greenwald (LANO) (Dec 8-2) 113: Chase Kominek (LANO) over Ben Long (ALCE) (Dec 4-0)
120: Nick Perrelli (LANO) over Damon Sharpe (ALCE) (Dec 6-2)
126: Zac Rainess (LANO) over Daylin Jackson (ALCE) (Dec 2-0)
132: Anthony Perrelli (LANO) over Luke Sharpe (ALCE) (Fall 1:58) 138: Logan Pavia (LANO) over Brax Meade (ALCE) (UTB 3-2)
145: Zane Knight (ALCE) over Noah Augustine (LANO) (Fall 4:33)


ACHS MEN HAND LAKE NORMAN ITS FIRST-EVER NPC LOSS

        In basketball, ACHS traveled to Mooresville and broke out the brooms against Lake Norman in a 4-0 sweep.

        The highlight of the night was Alexander’s 43-39 win over Lake Norman in the varsity men’s game. The loss was the first ever for Lake Norman in NPC play. The Wildcats finished the 2013-14 season with a perfect 15-0 conference mark and was unbeaten in league action this year. However, ACHS knocked off the favored Lake Norman squad in Friday’s clash to keep Alexander’s title hopes alive. Ty Ireland led Alexander’s upset performance with a 20-point outing for the Cougars. The Varsity Cougar Men enter Tuesday’s home game with North Lincoln with a 6-2 league record.

        In Friday’s women’s game, the Cougars rallied from a 24-17 deficit at the half to knock off the Lady Wildcats 47-43 behind 16 points and 12 rebounds from Madi Suddreth.

WOMEN

ALEXANDER CENTRAL 47, LAKE NORMAN 43

ALEXANDER CENTRAL (12-6 (7-1) Madi Suddreth 7-12 1-2 16; Abby Cook 5-10 2-6 13; Willow Blankenship 2-5 0-0 6; Brianna Chapman 2-2 0-0 4; Mattie Barr 1-2 0-0 3; Bailey Harris 0-3 2-2 2; Grace Vinson 1-6 0-0 2; Meredith King 0-3 1-2 1; Alexis Anthony 0-3 0-2 0. Totals 18-46 6-14 47.

LAKE NORMAN (6-8 (4-3) Ali Van Sant 5-16 4-6 14; Sydney Ditto 4-9 2-4 11; Bri Young-Harris 4-12 2-4 10; Elena Dworschak 2-4 0-0 4; Rose Scheimer 1-2 0-0 2; Kathryn Carson 1-4 0-0 2; Farrah Oliver 0-2 0-0 0; Jenn Yates 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-49 8-14 43.

Alexander Central.............   10    7   14   16 -   47

Lake Norman...................    9   15    7   12 -   43

3-point goals--Alexander Central 5-16 (Willow Blankenship 2-4; Abby Cook 1-2; Madi Suddreth 1-3; Mattie Barr 1-2; Meredith King 0-2; Bailey Harris 0-3), Lake Norman 1-6 (Sydney Ditto 1-3; Bri Young-Harris 0-1; Kathryn Carson 0-1; Ali Van Sant 0-1). Fouled out--Alexander Central-None, Lake Norman-Sydney Ditto; Ali Van Sant. Rebounds--Alexander Central 34 (Madi Suddreth 12), Lake Norman 34 (Ali Van Sant 8). Assists--Alexander Central 15 (Madi Suddreth 5), Lake Norman 7 (Rose Scheimer 3; Bri Young-Harris 3). Total fouls--Alexander Central 10, Lake Norman 13. Technical fouls--Alexander Central-None, Lake Norman-None.

MEN

ALEXANDER CENTRAL 43, LAKE NORMAN 39

ALEXANDER CENTRAL (12-6 (6-2) Ty Ireland 7-12 4-4 20; Logan Gant 0-4 5-9 5; Ethan Bowman 2-6 1-3 5; Bryant Wicker 1-2 2-2 4; Ethan Simmons 2-2 0-0 4; Ethan Lingle 1-3 0-0 3; Alek Watts 1-3 0-0 2; Drew Stikeleather 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 14-36 12-18 43.

LAKE NORMAN (8-8 (6-1) David Scott 5-10 0-0 14; Trey Ford 4-10 0-0 11; Ernie Gill 4-6 0-1 8; Louis Simms 1-3 0-0 2; Hunter Seacat 0-1 2-5 2; Shawn Angelucci 1-5 0-0 2; Austin Hughes 0-0 0-0 0; Riley Jones 0-0 0-0 0; Kyle Green 0-0 0-0 0; Kelin Thorpe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-35 2-6 39.

Alexander Central.............   11    8   14   10 -   43

Lake Norman...................   11   10    8   10 -   39

 

3-point goals--Alexander Central 3-10 (Ty Ireland 2-3; Ethan Lingle 1-1; Ethan Bowman 0-2; Drew Stikeleather 0-2; Logan Gant 0-2), Lake Norman 7-19 (David Scott 4-9; Trey Ford 3-7; Louis Simms 0-1; Shawn Angelucci 0-2).


COUGARS TAKE TWO IN JV GAMES

         Earlier on Friday, the Alexander JV Teams rolled to a pair of convincing wins over Lake Norman.

         In the JV Women’s game, KeyKey Miller scored 18 points and the Lady Cougars rolled to a 56-31 win and remained unbeaten in the NPC. It was the 100th career junior varsity win for Head Coach Larry Sharpe.

         ACHS also rolled in JV Men’s play, winning 51-38 behind 14 points from Mykah Harrington.

 

 

 
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