Butler soccer avenges losses
On Oct. 1, the Butler High School boys soccer team avenged its conference losses to Providence and South Mecklenburg last week with a shutout win over Independence that coach Jim Mueller said got his team back on track.
“I am most proud of how these kids have become a close-knit team,” said Mueller, who is in his first season leading the Bulldogs. “They knew they had the potential to play good. I really am proud of their offseason work ethic to get better and believe in that.”
The Bulldogs, who played shorthanded in their 4-3 loss to the Panthers and 6-3 loss to the Sabres, are still ranked 15th in the state by Eurosportscoreboard.com and are 10-3-1 overall, including a 5-2 mark in the Southwestern 4A conference.
Mueller said Blake Givens, the Bulldogs’ leading scorer, has stood out on offense but added that the team’s back four defenders – Sean Quigley, Rami El-Tahar, Jake Sorensen and Sergio Gomez – have joined freshman Drew Milavic as players who have had pivotal roles in turning around the Butler program that finished 6-15-1 last year.
“We are working still on some things, but it is exciting to have the talent,” Mueller said. “Our goal is to play the best we can play. We believe in each other and just that Belief can take you a long way.”
The Bulldogs are scheduled to host Rocky River on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Covenant volleyball gets tough test
The Covenant Day volleyball team lost four matches at the Nation Ford (S.C.) Invitational on Sept. 29 but have since rebounded with a league win to stay unbeaten in the Metrolina Athletic Conference.
The Lions dropped consecutive matches to South Carolina public-school powers Rock Hill, Blythewood, Nation Ford and Fort Mill at the Nation Ford Invitational. Since then, however, they have responded with a 3-0 win over MAC foe Northside Christian.
Covenant Day coach Heather Mills said this year’s team, which is 17-9 overall and 13-0 in conference play, can be a state championship contender.
“(We have) good chemistry and work ethic,” Mills said. “The girls enjoy each other and work hard. We typically have been passing pretty well, which allows us to run what we want to run.
“I love this team. They are a real joy. I need to help them realize what is possible for this (season).”
The MAC tournament is scheduled to be played Oct. 8-10, and the Lions will be heavily favored to bring home the title.
Lions tennis team holding its own
The Covenant Day girls tennis team suffered a tough 5-4 loss to Charlotte Latin on Oct. 1 but had won three of its previous four matches, and the Lions seem to be finding their groove.
Overall, the Lions have a 6-4 record, 5-0 in the Metrolina Athletic conference.
Seniors Morgan Mosteller, Lindsay Riggins and Sheldon Roper, junior Camile debrun and sophomore Jessie Floyd have been playing the top five singles spots for the Lions.
Blalock has new job in Cabarrus
Brandon Blalock, who was the Rocky River boys basketball coach the past two seasons, has been named the new girls basketball coach at Central Cabarrus High School, where he will also teach P.E.
Jason Buzzard is the Ravens’ new boys basketball coach. Last season, Buzzard coached the JV team. He also previously coached the Rocky River girls team.
Under Blalock, the Ravens finished 10-15 overall and 7-7 in the Southwestern 4A conference last season. He has a career record of 23-26.
“Mr. Blaylock was the founding head coach of our school’s basketball program and worked long hours to ensure our student athletes reached their full potential,” Rocky River Principal Brandy Nelson said. “We wish him the best in his new role.”