Athletic Results from the Holiday Break 2010

  • The Lady Cougars traveled to Asheville Tuesday to participate in the Carolina Day School Holiday Classic. Their first opponent was AL Brown High School. The Lady Cougars came out strong and led at halftime 20-11 with Chantal Neuwald leading the way with 10 points. The second half had much of the same as the Lady Cougars defeated AL Brown 42-33. Chantal Neuwald led the team with 22 pts and 10 rebounds. Emma Virtanen added 9, Mackenzie Moyer added 6 and Olivia Osborne had 5.


  •  The second round of the Carolina Day School Holiday Classic provided some excitement for the Cannon fans in attendance as the Lady Cougars came out in the first quarter against a very aggressive Veritas Christian Academy. Emma  Virtanen was on fire and connected with 14 pts in the quarter as the Lady Cougars led 17-6 at quarters end.  As the Lady Cougars cooled Veritas heated up and came within 2 by the half trailing Cannon 24-22. The second half was hard fought as both teams scrapped and clawed in an attempted to make it to the championship game. But the Lady Cougars held off Veritas  44-37. Emma Virtanen led all scorers with 27 pts. Chantal Neuwald added 12, Madision Miller 3 pts. Julie Harriss and Olivia Osborne added 1 pt each.


  • The Championship game of the Carolina Day School Holiday Tournament pitted the Lady Cougars against the 13-0 Carolina Day Lady Wildcats. The first quarter proved to be a battle as the Lady Cougars trailed 20-13. As the second quarter began all the screws came lose for the Lady Cougars as Carolina Day proved why they are rank as the best in the state.  The Lady Wildcats eventually won the contest and the CDS Holiday Classic  with a score of 67-27. Emma Virtanen led the Lady Cougars with 12, Chantal Neuwald added 6, Julie Harris 5 pts, Mackenzie Moyer 2 pts Anna Estep and Reed Harmon added 1 pt each.  Emma Virtanen and Chantal Neuwald were awarded All Tournament Honors.


  • The varsity boys basketball team opened play in the Carolina Day Holiday Classic in Asheville with a repeat encounter with the Covenant Day School. Cannon had played at Covenant Day back on Nov. 23rd and lost a hard fought 51-48 contest to the Lions after the Cougars had made a dramatic fourth quarter rally. In the opening round of the Carolina Day Classic, the second clash between these two former conference rivals would be nip and tuck throughout until another strong fourth quarter for Cannon would secure the victory. Cannon jumped out to a 12-8 first quarter lead behind six points from Jr. Will Nork and a Soph. Myles Martino three-pointer. Covenant Day would outscore Cannon 19-13 in the second quarter though and went into the locker room with a 27-25 lead. The second half saw some outstanding team play by Cannon as they would get contributions from several players. Soph. Trevor McWilliams would knock in a big three-pointer and Soph. PG Alec Wintering would begin to put his stamp on the game. Wintering would go for six quick points to end the quarter and after three periods the score stood at Cannon 40 Covenant Day 39. The fourth quarter would be Wintering’s official “coming out” party for his club. Alec would go for 12 fourth quarter points and put his team on his back down the stretch to lead the Cougars to an all-important 61-52 victory over Covenant Day. Alec Wintering would finish with 21 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals for the game. Will Nork put together his best effort of the season with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals. Hans-Christian Lauer added 8 points and 4 rebounds and Myles Martino would collect 7 points and 3 rebounds.



  •  The varsity boys basketball team would face a stiff challenge in the second round of the Carolina Day Holiday Classic. On the heels of a thrilling victory the night before versus Covenant Day, the Cougars would take on Cardinal Newman HS out of Columbia, SC, who entered the contest with a sterling (10-1) record. The Cougars would prove immediately that they were not going to back down from the challenge and team was anxious to prove that there was a new sense of confidence brewing within them. Soph. Alec Wintering would pick up where he left off the night before as he consistently attacked the basket with his dribble drive forcing numerous Cardinal Newman fouls. Wintering would can 5 early free throws to get the Cougars going. The real story of the early going though was the team’s defensive play. Jr. Forward Hans-Christian Lauer would get in early foul trouble. In his absence the team received valuable contributions from Srs. Brendan McWilliams and Stewart Brown. At the end of one quarter Cannon was proving that they belonged on the court with Cardinal Newman and trailed only 15-12. Wintering would begin to take the game over for Cannon in the second quarter. He would go for 10 points in the second stanza. Lauer would chip in four points in the quarter as well and altogether Cannon outscored the Cardinals 16-13 in the second stanza and went into halftime all knotted up at 28. The second half settled into a defensive slugfest. Neither team could gain much offensive traction, but the Cougars appeared to be in good shape after Alec Wintering buried his third three-pointer of the second half with just over 2 minutes remaining to put Cannon up by 5. The Cougars would take several quick, unadvised shots on their next possessions however and left the door open for a Cardinal Newman comeback. Cannon would get a chance to win the game. Trailing by one point with just over 30 seconds remaining the Cougars would force a turnover and then called timeout. Cannon would execute their final play and with 4.7 seconds remaining Wintering was fouled on his dribble drive to the basket. Wintering would make his first free throw to tie the game at 47. After leaving the second free throw short, Cardinal Newman rebounded the miss and immediately called timeout. The Cardinals would race the ball up the court when play resumed and inexplicably found Colburn Gatling wide open under the basket. Gatling’s shot left his hand as time expired. With the made basket, the Cougars bid for a major upset was extinguished on this night. Final score, Cardinal Newman 49 Cannon 47.  Despite the loss, there was a season’s worth of lessons learned in this contest.  The team knew they could have and should have won the game versus a very good opponent. Alec Wintering would finish with 26 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Hans-Christian Lauer would go for 8 points and 8 rebounds and Will Nork would score 6 points and secure 4 rebounds.


  • The varsity boys basketball team wrapped up play in the Carolina Day Winter Classic by playing a precocious bunch of youngsters from Fayetteville, the Freedom Christian Patriots. Freedom Christian is a relatively new school and will be joining the NCISAA ranks next season. Despite the fact that they start several middle school aged players the Patriots entered their game versus Cannon with a (12-5) record and had given both Covenant Day and Cardinal Newman all they could handle in the first two days of the tournament. Cannon would come right out of the gates and execute their half-court offensive sets to perfection. When Freedom Christian showed man-to-man, the Cougars got open layups. When Freedom Christian switched to zone, the Cougars got open point-blank shots. The problem was that none of them were going in. The Cougars would miss an inexplicable amount of wide-open shots in the first half. As the Cougar’s frustration grew with the situation, the Patriot’s confidence began to rise. Cannon had missed an opportunity in the first quarter to essentially put some distance between them and their young counterparts from Fayetteville. Freedom Christian’s Lee Baggett would score 15 first half points for the Patriots to keep them in the game. Cannon was getting balanced scoring from Alec Wintering with 12 first half points, Hans-Christian Lauer with 7 and Will Nork with 7. The Cougars would fail to put Freedom Christian away in the third quarter and actually found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard after three periods at 48-45. Cannon would put in some yeomen’s work in the fourth quarter. This group of players is truly beginning to prove to themselves and everybody watching them that they will absolutely not give in or give up despite whatever adversity may arise. They have battled through substantial personnel losses, substantial injuries, myriad foul difficulty situations and a very difficult schedule. The fourth quarter was going to tell all of us associated with our team exactly “where we’re at” as a program. The Cougars would respond with a resounding 21-7 “victory” in the fourth quarter to secure its second win in three days in Asheville. The final score was Cannon 66 Freedom Christian 55. Alec Wintering would lead Cannon with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals and ZERO turnovers while running his club the entire game. For his tremendous efforts throughout the week, Alec was named to the All-Tournament Team. Hans-Christian Lauer would also finish with a big effort. Lauer would go for 22 points and 9 rebounds. Will Nork would contribute 14 points and 6 rebounds. It was a great win for Cannon especially considering the team only dressed 8 players for the game.  Overall, the Asheville tournament and trip was an outstanding experience for this young and developing club. We are all looking forward to see what 2011 has in store for us.