by Andrew Stark
Two Bulldogs sign to play baseball at Mars Hill
Butler baseball players Dalton Eisenbath and Tommy Ollis have signed to play at Mars Hill College.
Eisenbath, a first baseman and pitcher, hit .226 on the year and was second on the team with two home runs and 14 RBIs. On the mound, Eisenbath was 4-4 with two saves in 12 appearances. Eisnebath led the team with 55 1/3 innings pitched, striking out 36 batters while posting a team-low 2.40 ERA.
Ollis, a third baseman, hit .303 on the year, collecting 23 hits, including six doubles and six RBIs while scoring 14 runs.
Lions named to all-state teams
Two Covenant Day athletes – Anna Melton and Peter Englert – were named to the N.C. Independent Schools 3A all-state teams.
Melton, a senior attacker on the girls soccer team, broke the school record for goals scored in a single season. She helped lead Covenant Day to a 19-6-1 record and to the second round of the NCISAA playoffs, marking the first time it had won a 3A playoff game since moving from Class 2A following the 2008 season.
Melton scored 41 goals for the Lions this season, breaking the old school mark of 39 set by Jessica Schwerter in 2007, and finished her career with 85 goals.
Englert, a sophomore first baseman and pitcher on the baseball team, helped lead the Lions to a school-record 23 victories. Englert batted .446 on the season and had 41 hits, including 12 doubles and three triples.
Athletes receive free physicals, heart exams
Butler, Independence and Rocky River are participating in the Heart of a Champion Day on Saturday June, 2. The program offers free health screenings to student-athletes, courtesy of Carolinas Medical Center and a host of medical professionals who volunteer their time.
The program is open to all rising 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders. Each participant will receive a screening valued at more than $1,500 per student.
The screening includes a review of medical history, a general sports screening, an electrocardiogram (ECG), an echocardiogram (ECHO), an orthopedic screening (musculoskeletal exam) and a vision exam.
The ECG and ECHO exams are painless, non-invasive tests that provide information on the heart’s anatomy, rate and rhythm, and help detect potentially dangerous cardiac abnormalities.
The Heart of a Champion program is directed by Nicholas Sliz, a pediatric cardiologist at Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, and David Price, associate director of primary care sports medicine at Carolinas Medical Center.
In 2009, more than 65 students were made aware of abnormal screenings and were referred to further medical care.
Buses will leave from each school on Saturday and transport participants to CMC’s downtown location, where the screenings are performed. Students must travel on the bus to receive the free screenings, unless they are scheduled for the SAT that day, at which time they can have a family member drop them off between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Rocky River’s buses will leave at 7:15 a.m. and return at 9:15 a.m. Independence will depart at 8:45 a.m. and return at 10:45 a.m. Butler’s buses will pick students up at 1:45 p.m. and bring them back to campus at 4:00 p.m., according to CMS’s website.
Ex-Bulldog Hodge earns Big South honor
Ryan Hodge, a freshman at Gardner Webb College and former Butler baseball standout, was named to the All-Big South Conference second team. Hodge, a shortstop, hit .310 on the season. He scored a team-high 44 runs, had 10 doubles, two triples, a home run and drove in 23 runs. Hodge also stole 14 bases.
Hodge had the conference’s longest hitting streak at 17 games, going 33-for-66 in that stretch.