Vote for the Charlotte Observer high school athlete of the week (4.23.21)

Langston Wertz Jr., Jay Edwards
·5 min read

Meet the nominees for the Charlotte Observer high school athlete of the week. Vote as often as you like until Friday, around noon, when the poll closes.

Charlie Barr, Cannon School Golf: The Cougars’ senior shot a 71 to earn medalist honors while leading his Cannon School golf team to victory over Carmel Christian and Forsyth Country Day at River Run Country Club April 13.

Barr, a High Point University commit, had four birdies and an eagle in his round.

Barr is averaging a 36.1 scoring average per nine holes (this season) for a Cannon School (4-1) team that has won the last two NCISAA 4A state championships.

M.C. Eaton, Charlotte Christian Softball: The Knights’ junior went 6-for-10 with three home runs and nine RBI to lead Charlotte Christian to 2-1 record with wins over Charlotte Country Day and Charlotte Latin and a loss to Cannon School.

Eaton was 2-for-2 with a triple, home run and two RBI in a 15-0 win over Charlotte Latin April 13.

She also went 4-for-5 with a single, a double and two home runs in a 12-2 victory over Charlotte Country Day April 15.

Eaton was also 0-for-3 at the plate in a 7-4 loss to Cannon School, April 16.

Eaton, a University of Virginia commit, is batting .806 with eight home runs, five doubles and five triples for Charlotte Christian (8-1 through Sunday).

Timmy Gannon, Charlotte Country Day Golf: The Buccaneers’ senior shot a 2-under par 69 to lead his Charlotte Country Day team to a nine-shot win over Charlotte Latin at Myers Park Country Club April 13.

The Charlotte Country Day golf team is 7-1 through Sunday.

Mary Leise Grier, South Mecklenburg Soccer: The Sabres’ sophomore forward had all four goals in a 4-0 win over Providence (April 15) to help South Mecklenburg stay unbeaten at 6-0-1 through Sunday.

Grier also had a goal and an assist in 6-0 win over Olympic, April 13.

Thomas Hullinger, Charlotte Latin Baseball: The Hawks’ junior outfielder was 3-for-7 at the plate with two doubles, four RBI and two runs scored as Charlotte Latin completed a two-game sweep of CISAA conference rival Cannon School.

Hullinger was 2-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI in an 8-6 win at Cannon School April 13.

He was also 1-for-3 with a run scored in a 7-3 victory over Cannon School.

Hullinger is batting .300 with 11 RBI and 11 runs scored for Charlotte Latin (5-8).

Caroline Mills, Cannon School Lacrosse: The Cougars’ sophomore scored five goals to lead the Cannon School girls’ lacrosse team to their first win in program history, a 13-12 win at Greensboro Day April 13.

Mills also scored a goal in a 22-3 loss at Charlotte Latin April 15.

Cannon School also lost to Davidson Day 14-4, April 16.

Mills has 14 goals and three groundballs for Cannon School (1-8, through Sunday).

Maraja Pass, Shelby Soccer: The Golden Lions’ sophomore scored all nine of her teams’ goals last week as Shelby beat Chase, East Gaston and R.S. Central.

Pass had three goals in a 3-1 win at R.S. Central April 12.

She also had all three goals in a 3-0 win over Chase April 14.

Pass finished off the week with three more scores in a 3-1 victory over East Gaston.

Pass has 18 goals and three assists for Shelby (8-2, through Sunday).

Tyler Ramanata, Pine Lake Prep Tennis: The Pride junior won two singles and two doubles’ matches this week to help Pine Lake Prep to back-to-back wins over Community School of Davidson.

Ramanata, who plays No. 1 singles, beat the Spartans’ top player, Luke Breen, 6-1, 6-3, while pairing with teammate Gavin Nazir to win his doubles’ match 8-3, as Pine Lake Prep beat Community School of Davidson April 13.

The next day, Ramanata won his singles’ match 6-1, 6-2, while teaming with Nazir to win 8-6 in doubles’ play as the Pride beat the Spartans again.

Pine Lake Prep also blanked Union Academy 9-0,April 15.

Ramanata is a perfect 7-0 in both singles’ and doubles’ play without losing a set for Pine Lake Prep (7-1, through Sunday).

Addie Riley, Charlotte Country Day Lacrosse: The Buccaneers’ had five goals in a 20-6 win over Providence Day April 13.

Riley, who now has 108 career goals, surpassed the 100-career goal mark last week.

The Charlotte Country Day girls’ lacrosse team is 10-4 through Sunday.

Chesney Stikeleather, Alexander Central Softball: The Cougars’ junior was 6-for-9 with a home run and four doubles as Alexander Central won road games at Freedom and McDowell.

Stikeleather was 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, and an RBI in a 22-2 win at Freedom April 15.

She was also 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI in a 9-5 victory at McDowell April 12.

Alexander Central is 9-1 through Sunday.

Claudia Winterberg, Hickory Ridge Golf: The Ragin’ Bulls’ senior shot an even part, 36, to earn medalist honors while leading her team to a victory over Butler and South Mecklenburg at Rocky River Golf Club April 15.

Winterberg, a SUNY Cortland University commit, is averaging a 37.5 score per nine holes this season, having earned medalist honors in three of her four matches.

Mitchell Zammitti, Davidson Day Track: The Patriots’ junior won the 800 and 1600-meter runs to help his team to victory at Woodlawn School April 16.

Zammitti also teamed with Cooper Ferguson, Carter Laatsch and Thomas Watson to set a school record time of 3:46.30 in the 4 X 400-meter relay at the same meet.

** Information published today includes statistics through April 17.

Want to nominate an athlete?: Athletes of the week highlights high school players with outstanding performances. The goal is to recognize all athletes in all sports, both the most accomplished and the underrated or underappreciated players. If you want to suggest someone to be included in the Athletes of the week column, send email to Jay Edwards at

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