Athletic Results from Friday, February 11


  • The Aqua Cougars men finished 3rd and women finished 4th Thursday in Conference Championships.  Freshman Maija Roses won the 200 IM and the 100 breast, setting a new conference record in the 100 breast going 1:05.42.  Another Conference Champion for the Cougar women was senior Hannah Sommerville in the 100 free in a time of 56.45. On the mens side senior Cameron Cook finished 3rd in the 200 IM with a best time of 2:10.17, and freshman Matt Randolph was 2nd in the 100 back in a time of 1:00.82.  The team is gearing up for State Championships in Cary, NC February 21.  There are 22 athletes qualified in individual events this year for State Championships.

 

  •  Friday evening the Lady Cougars matched up against Charlotte Country Day in an important conference game with state tournament implications. Both teams came out strong and the game became a back and forth offensive battle as the first quarter ended 12-11. Chantal Neuwald led the charge in the second as Cannon led at halftime 24-21.  The second half began with more of the same but with strong offensive plays from Emma Virtanen and Olivia Osborne the Lady Cougars maintained their led 34-33 at the end of the third quarter. CCDS remained steady and in striking distance but Mackenzie Moyer put an end to their run with two late baskets as Cannon won 46-44. Chantal Neuwald led Cannon with 17, Emma Virtanen added 15, Olivia Osborne 10 and Mackenzie Moyer 4.

 

  •  Cannon School hosted the Buccaneers of Charlotte Country Day School on Friday night and nearly pulled off an improbable comeback for an important CISAA victory.  Cannon and Country Day both came out of the gates hitting on all cylinders on the offensive end of the court. For the Cougars the offense was being led by Alec Wintering and Will Nork. For CCDS, Ben Simmons was raining three-pointers from all over the court. Cannon would hold a 16-13 lead after one period but saw the hot shooting of Simmons and Wake Hamilton begin to take over for the Bucs in the second quarter. The tide would turn near the end of the half though. Country Day’s Bryan Erb was whistled for a foul and then a technical which resulted in Alec Wintering draining six consecutive free throws to push the Cougars ahead by 5 at the half.  Ben Simmons would take over the game with his outside shooting in the third quarter and the Bucs would outscore Cannon 26-14 for the quarter to take a 7 point lead into the final stanza. The CCDS lead would grow to 10 with just under three minutes remaining when the Cougars began to mount a furious comeback. Thanks to some intense defense that caused several CCDS turnovers, Cannon clawed their way back into the game. Sr. Stewart Brown and Soph. Trevor McWilliams would hit two big three pointers down the stretch. Soph. Myles Martino would come up with a huge steal and fed a streaking Alec Wintering for a lay up to draw Cannon to within one point. After a defensive stop the Cougars would get one last chance to win it. Wintering’s pull-up jumper would fall short though and after a mad scramble for the ball Myles Martino would secure the rebound and toss up a miracle shot that was unanswered for the Cougars. Country Day had held on to a 68-67 victory.  Alec Wintering would put in a brilliant performance. He would score 35 points, made (10-11) FT’s, dished out 6 assists and collected 4 steals. For his efforts in the three-game week versus Forsyth Country Day on Tuesday, Gaston Day on Wednesday and then Friday night versus Country Day, Wintering received the prestigious honor of being selected as the Charlotte Observer’s Player of the Week. In addition to Wintering’s heroics, Jr. Will Nork would score a career-high 19 points while yanking down 7 boards versus Country Day.