by Andrew Stark
Butler’s Tewell drafted by Atlanta Braves
On June 6, the Atlanta Braves chose former Butler standout Tyler Tewell in the 14th round (449th overall) of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
Tewell, who attends Appalachian State, started every game at catcher for the Mountaineers this season and hit .357. As a first-year starter, he led the team with 79 hits, 17 doubles and four triples. He also scored 47 runs and had 45 RBIs.
As a junior, Tewell has the option to sign with the Braves by July 13 or return for his senior season and re-enter the draft next season.
LeMay chooses University of Georgia
Butler football star Uriah LeMay made his college choice official on June 1, when he chose the University of Georgia.
MaxPreps.com ranks LeMay, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound rising senior wide receiver, as the 95th overall prospect in the class of 2013 and the 12th-best receiver. At Georgia, he will join his older brother, Christian, a rising sophomore quarterback.
“(Christian and I) have worked out a little bit over the years so we will have to see how it goes playing together,” said LeMay, who made his announcement at his father’s church, Champion Christian Center in south Charlotte.
LeMay said his final three schools came down to the Bulldogs, Virginia Tech and Clemson after he received 30 total scholarship offers. He said the relationship he’s developed with the Georgia coaching staff, along with an attraction to the campus and overall environment at the school, are what ultimately led to his decision.
Having his older brother there didn’t hurt, either.
“It is a dream come true,” LeMay said. “I have a picture in my head of how it might be, but I will have to see how it plays out. Playing at Georgia with Christian is something I have thought about a lot. It’s very exciting.”
Butler athletes have ‘Heart of a Champion’
Two Butler seniors – baseball player Matthew Rumble and girls golfer Logan Garman – have been honored by the N.C High School Athletic Association’s “Heart of a Champion” program for their outstanding sportsmanship.
Each of the NCHSAA member schools had a chance to nominate one boy and girls for the award. To be considered, nominees must have participated in at least one varsity sport during the 2011-12 school year and demonstrate excellent sportsmanship during their scholastic career.
Rumble and Garman are among 20 “Heart of a Champion” winners, who will be honored at a luncheon on Saturday, June 9, at Durham’s Radisson Governors’ Inn.
Standley top Southwestern 4A softball player
Independence’s Erin Standley has been named the Southwestern 4A conference’s Softball Player of the Year after leading the Patriots to a 19-3 record and a regular-season league championship.
Fellow Patriots Morgan Benson, Jen Birch, Katie Pearsall and Ashley Varnadoe joined Standley on the all-conference team.
Butler was represented by Caroline Barnette and Brianna Capristo. Rocky River’s Kristen Wilhoit and Tiffany Carter also were named all-conference performers.
Other members of the Southwestern 4A team included Ardrey Kell’s Alexa Grauer, Jesse Hassl, Taylor Freeman and Erin Powers; East Mecklenburg’s Rachel Collins and Tiffany Hill; Myers Park’s Anna Kate Ramsey and Emily Scott; South Mecklenburg’s Jordan Harmon and Shelby Hitchcock; and Providence’s Elena Covert, Stephanie Bortz and Jenna McLintock.
Providence’s John Reid was named conference coach of the year.
Local players make all-conference baseball
Independence had three players listed on the Southwestern 4A’s all-conference baseball team after finishing fourth in the league.
Patriots James Hickes, Cody Lekavich and Nick Salisbury earned spots on the all-conference team.
Butler’s Chase Gehringer and Jacob Whittingham made the squad, as did Rocky River’s Danny Dunning.
Ardrey Kell’s Trent Thornton and Providence’s Michael Herbert were named the league’s Co-Players of the Year. Ardery Kell’s Hal Bagwell is the Coach of the Year.
Other members of the team are Ardrey Kell’s Justin French, Brad Stone and Preston Tiller; East Mecklenburg’s Tennant Gardner, David Marvin and Logan Sherer; Myers Park’s Ryan Ahlum and Ross Groome; Providence’s Ty Buttrey, Jackson Campana, Andrew MacLatchie and Austin Proehl; and South Mecklenburg’s Logan Koch, Andrew Mauldin and Michael Smith.
Bulldogs, Patriot make all-conference soccer
Butler’s Victoria Sneyd and Kelly Culicerto, and Independence’s Morgan Brigman were named to the Southwestern 4A’s all-conference soccer squad.
Ardrey Kell swept the highest accolades, as Hope Walker won Player of the Year, and Jeff Mercado was named Coach of the Year.
The all-conferenceteam was rounded out by Providence’s Kate Brandon, Ellie Deaver, Megan Gray, Tanner Murphy, Jessie Pagnatta and Logan Vitale; Myers Park’s Caroline Alexander, Ginnie Little, Virginia McNeill, Lindsay Parkhurst and Emily Shuler; South Mecklenburg’s Casey Butler, Elizabeth Grune and Madison Neely; and Ardrey Kell’s Kourtney Conway, Lauren Nalevaiko, Megan Panzanella, Sarah Phillips, Courtney Schellin, Mackenzie Stelljes and Sam Steyl.
Three Bulldogs make all-league tennis
Butler boys tennis players Blake Givens, Tyler Givens and Dyon Vega were chosen for the Southwestern 4A’s all-conference team.
Ardrey Kell’s Mike Roberts was named the league’s top player, and Providence’s Katy Walters is the top coach.
Other all-conference selections include Ardrey Kell’s Karthik Arunkmar, Jim Fan and Thomas King; Myers Park’s Patton Hearn and Brian Perez; and Nicholas Cottrill, John Kruszka and Michael McGowan from Providence.
League names girls track and field honorees
Here is the Southwestern 4A girls all-conference track and field team:
100 meters: Breanna Lee (Butler) and Devon McDonald (East Meck)
200: Jonah Edwards (Myers Park) and Marie Atwater (Rocky River)
400: Anna Gelbach (Myers Park) and Kiyonna Morgan (East Meck)
800: Gina Daniel (Providence) and Kaitlyn Kramer (Ardrey Kell)
1600: Kramer and Sydney Foreman (Ardrey Kell)
3200: Foreman and Kramer
100 hurdles: Isabel Fee (Rocky River) and Jasmine Woods (Ardrey Kell)
300 hurdles: Fee and Lauren Etheridge (Myers Park)
Shot put: Bryanna Hames (Myers Park) and Adebsi Benjamin (South Meck)
Discus: Hames and Nia Baker (Butler)
Long jump: Ashlii Barnett (East Meck) and Felicia McCarthy (Butler)
Triple jump: Alexis Davis (Butler) and Lauren Etheridge (Myers Park)
High jump: Sydney Blue (Ardrey Kell) and Emily Lucero (Providence)
Pole vault: Hannah Walters (Myers Park) and Lainey Hunnicut (South Meck)
4×100 relay: Butler and Ardrey Kell
4×200: East Meck and Myers Park
4×400: Myers Park and Ardrey Kell
4×800: Ardrey Kell and Myers Park