Sung Ju Park and Jacquelyn Caldwell, senior violinists from Rocky River High School, have been selected for CMS Honors Orchestra. Park and Caldwell participated in a two-day clinic at Mallard Creek High School Feb. 6 and 7 with a concert following. This is the second heart that both students have been selected for this Orchestra […]
By Andrew Stark
Rocky River has had an up-and-coming track and field program since the school opened in 2010, but the Ravens have not yet reached their pinnacle as they have never had a state champion. That might change on Feb. 14, as senior sprinter Kaylan Love-Soles and freshman high jumper Kenya Livingston look to make school history by taking gold at the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s indoor track and field championships at Winston-Salem’s JDL FastTrack.
“They can both do it,” Ravens coach Antoine Sidberry said. “Kenya has come out as a freshman and is (No. 2) in the state, and Kaylan is back from last year and has single-handedly changed the boys program.”
Love-Soles got his start as a freshman running on a 4×400 relay team that advanced to the state meet in 2012. That team featured Raven track and field all-timers Johnny Nunn, Quin Burkhalter and Tom Mathis, all upperclassmen who pushed their wide-eyed freshman into a leadership role. […]
Independence High School 120 lb. wrestler Jennifer Solares Zeledon took on East Meck’s Nebyu Assefa in the semi-final match at the SW4A Conference Tournament. She was pinned, but only in the last period at 5:24. Zeledon ended up taking third place at the tournament. The Patriots took second place as a team to Porter Ridge. […]
Mint Hill’s Queen’s Grant senior wrestling standout Nic Mitchell already has one state championship to his credit, hopes to repeat next month
By Andrew Stark
Queen’s Grant High School’s Nic Mitchell has a plan to return to the top of the high school wrestling landscape, but his quest won’t end with just another state championship.
Mitchell has already reached the apex once, winning the 138-pound N.C. High School Athletic Association’s Class 2A title last season as a junior at High Point’s TW Andrews.
“It was something I will never forget,” said Mitchell, who moved to the Charlotte area this summer. “It was eye-opening because there were so many wrestlers all there for the same reason – to win a state championship – and it was great to come out on top.
“It was hectic. I got up at 6 in the morning, practicing two to three times a day, but I was so glad I did it. This year I brought the same work ethic and a level head. It was great to win it, but that was last year and I can’t let what happened last year effect how I wrestle this year.”