Sports Shorts for November 12: West Meck’s Williams signs with Charlotte 49ers

by Aaron Garcia and Chris Hunt

On Nov. 10, West Mecklenburg High School boys basketball player Terrence Williams (front row, center) signed a National Letter of Intent with the Charlotte 49ers. Williams was joined by (front row, from left) his mother Latonia Williams, grandmother Julie Williams; and (back row) great-grandmother Alze Lee Doby, cousin Julius Hamilton and aunt Lawanda Williams.

Even being surrounded by his closest friends and family couldn’t stop Terrence Williams’s hand from shaking as he signed his name on the dotted line, but who could blame him?

On Nov. 10, the West Mecklenburg senior guard signed his National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Charlotte 49ers and new head coach, Alan Major.

According to Williams, the dedication Major and his staff showed him during his recruitment was the biggest reason he chose the 49ers over schools like Clemson, East Carolina, Tulane, George Mason and  the College of Charleston.

“When (Major and his staff) first got there, their first priority was me,” said Williams. “When we first met, it was like we knew each other already, like we had the same personalities. And I really liked the basketball team a lot, too.”

According to Hawks coach Donald Kirby, the scholarship offer is a product of Williams’s commitment to the sport.

“He’s a kid that’s worked so hard and there’s no kid more deserving of the opportunity that he has in front of him,” said the coach. “It’s nice to see a kid whose hard work pays off for him.”

And it’s also a great way to start the season, said Kirby.

“It’s created a lot of excitement throughout the whole team, the entire program, the entire school,” noted the coach. “It makes everyone (excited) for Nov. 22, when we tip off our first game (against West Charlotte).”

Early wins volleyball honor

Hopewell middle hitter Hannah Early was named the 2010 I-MECK 4A conference Volleyball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-1 senior sparked the Titans to a 27-4 mark with team-highs of 310 kills and 88 blocks. This is her second conference player of the year award. She also won the league’s top girls basketball honor last season.

On Monday, Nov. 15, Early is scheduled to sign a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at nearby Davidson College.

Hopewell sisters Rachel and Adrian Eppley also made the all-conference volleyball team. Adrian, a senior, chipped in 759 assists this season, while Rachel, a sophomore was the team’s second leading scorer with 233 kills and 533 digs. Senior Caroline Hughes also made the first team with 139 kills and 272 digs. Titan coach Rhonda Auman was named Coach of the Year.

North Mecklenburg’s Madie Greer (195 kills, 433 digs) and Cameron Van Noy (187 kills, 137 blocks) were I-MECK 4A all-conference selections. So was Hough’s Nikki Hero and Katherine Kennedy.

Day inks with Presbyterian

On Nov. 10, Hopewell senior girls lacrosse player Nikki Day signed a National Letter of Intent with Clinton, South Carolina’s Presbyterian College.
Day was named the Titans’ 2009 Rookie of the Year and 2011 team captain.

Hough survives, Hopewell, North Meck fall

It comes as a bit of a surprise that Hough would be the last of the three local boys soccer teams remaining in the 4A state playoffs. The Huskies were considered an afterthought for the postseason, needing a wild card after a fifth-place finish in the I-MECK 4A conference.

Hough (10-12-1) has made the most of its opportunity with a pair of shutouts against Indian Trail Porter Ridge and Asheville A.C. Reynolds. The Huskies’ Santiago Patino and Eric Livingston scored in the second round at Reynolds to set up a third-round match with Mallard Creek (10-8-6), another wild card team that finished sixth in the I-MECK 4A. The teams split their two regular-season matches; Hough won the first, 1-0, while Mallard Creek took the rematch, 3-0.

Mallard Creek upset I-MECK 4A conference champ North Mecklenburg, 1-0, in the first round on Nov. 3. With a Nov. 3 victory at Olympic, Hopewell advanced to the second round but fell to I-MECK No. 2 seed Lake Norman, 2-0, on Nov. 6. The Vikings finished 13-7-3, while the Titans came in at 12-6.

Rollin’ Bobcats team hosts basketball tournament

The Charlotte Junior Rollin’ Bobcats JV team, which won the National Wheelchair Basketball Association national title last year, will host the 2010 Southern Conference Winter Classic Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13-14.

The event, featuring players ages 7 to 19, will be held at the Cabarrus County Boys & Girls Club, located at 247 Spring St. NW in Concord. Games begin both days at 8:30 a.m.

The Rollin’ Bobcats will take on competition from Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville and Raleigh while working their way back to the NWBA national finals tournament in Denver, Colorado, in April.

Rufus Lynx, the NBA Bobcats team mascot, will be at the tournament from 11a.m. to noon on Nov. 14. The Rollin’ Bobcats play at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.  and 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 13, and 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 14. Ms. Wheelchair USA 2011, Davidson resident Alexandra McArthur, will speak to the athletes at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 13.

Davidson Day hosts tournament

The Davidson Day boys and girls basketball programs will host the Davidson Day Tip-Off Classic Nov. 19-20. Participating schools include Northside Christian, Mint Hill Queen’s Grant and Cary Academy.

The first of four games begins at 3:30 pm on Nov. 19, with the championship game tipping off at 6 p.m. on Nov. 20. Admission is $5 for adults and $8 for a two-day adult pass. Admission for students is $4 and $7 for a two-day student pass. Children 5 and under are admitted free.

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