Sports Shorts for November

SouthLake Christian wins cross country title

SouthLake Christian’s girls cross country team won the Metrolina -Athletic Conference championship for the third time in four years, beating Westminster Catawba, 54-58, on Oct. 17.

SouthLake’s Anna Landis (fifth) and Ansley Rikard (eighth) earned all–conference honors with top-10 finishes. It was Landis’ fourth all-conference honor. Only five girls have accomplished that feat in the meet’s 12-year history, and Landis is the first from SouthLake.

SouthLake sophomore Joe Bryant finished third in the boys race to earn all-conference for the second consecutive year.

HITMEN win local tournament

The Lake Norman 11-and-under HITMEN, a new elite baseball team, won the Nation’s Baseball All-American Championship Series by sweeping four games last month. The victory moved the HITMEN into the No. 1 spot among the state’s Nation’s Baseball Elite teams.

Sign up for indoor lacrosse league

Registration is open for Top Tier -Lacrosse’s Winter Indoor League. Play is available for boys in grades 5-12 and will take place on Saturday afternoons from Nov. 5 to Jan. 28, 2012, at -Charlotte Sports Center.

For information and to register, visit

Charter qualifies for state golf tourney

The Lake Norman Charter girls golf team finished second in the Class 1A/2A Western Regional on Oct. 24 and earned its first-ever berth to the state tournament.

The Knights finished second among 13 teams at the regional, which was played at Woodbridge Golf Club in Kings Mountain.

Lake Norman Charter was led by junior Maegan Ports, freshman Kaelyn Pack and junior Kayla Thomas, who qualified for the state tournament, slated for Monday, Oct. 31, and Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Longleaf Country Club in Pinehurst. Brittany Buckstad and Megan Ferry also contributed to the Knights’ victory.

Hendersonville won the regional with a 282 score, followed by Lake Norman Charter (305), North Lincoln (306) and Mountain Heritage (306).

Fitness Boot Camp is waiting

The Cornelius PARC Department will conduct a Boot Camp for participants ages 18 and up. The six-week program will be held on Saturday mornings from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., starting Saturday, Nov. 12 and concluding Dec. 17. All classes will be held at the Bailey Middle School track, located at 11900 Bailey Road in Cornelius.

Boot Camp with Jeff Heal is an outdoor fitness program that offers instruction, nutritional counseling and motivational training packed with fun and energizing activities designed to help you reach your fitness goals.

Heal, owner of Fitness Together in Cornelius and Davidson, has been in the fitness industry for more than 15 years. He was a high school track coach for eight years coaching both boys and girls in jumping and hurdle events. He has been a personal trainer for more than seven years, working with more than 200 clients, including some professional athletes.

The cost is $40 per resident and $48 per non-resident. Participants may register in person at Cornelius Town Hall or by visiting

For additional information, contact the Town of Cornelius PARC Department at 704-896-6031, ext. 160, or visit

Davidson College men’s hoops squad picked first in SoCon Coaches Poll

The Davidson men’s basketball team has been picked to win the Southern Conference South Division by the league’s 12 head coaches, and juniors Jake Cohen and JP Kuhlman were named to the preseason all-conference team.

Davidson earned 10 first-place votes and finished the balloting with 65 points in the South Division. College of Charleston earned the final two first-place votes and finished with 56 points. Georgia Southern was tabbed third (42) ahead of Furman (34). Wofford (32) was selected fifth with The Citadel (17) rounding out the South Division.

Chattanooga captured nine first-place votes and led the North Division with 64 total points. Appalachian State (51) earned two first-place votes and finished second, while Western Carolina (44) grabbed the final first-place vote in the North Division. UNC Greensboro (42) was slotted fourth, while Elon (39) and Samford (16) rounded out the North Division.

Appalachian State senior guard Omar Carter, a Charlotte native, was named the SoCon Preseason Player of the Year as part of the preseason all-conference team. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team or player as part of the balloting.

Davidson returns 11 lettermen and four starters for the 2011-12 season, and seven of the Wildcats’ top eight scorers last season were freshmen or sophomores. The Wildcats posted an overall record of 18-15 (10-8 in conference play) and advanced to the second round of the College Basketball Invitational tournament a season ago.

The Wildcats’ 2011-12 campaign opens with an exhibition game against Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday, Nov. 5, and Davidson starts the regular season with consecutive home games against Guilford (Nov. 11, 8 p.m.) and Richmond (Nov. 14, 8:15 p.m.).

Single-game tickets for the 2011-12 men’s and women’s basketball seasons are now on sale. Men’s single-game tickets are priced as low as $14 for adults and $7 for youth. Tickets for the women’s team are $6 for adults and $3 for youth.

Season tickets and Five-Game Mini Packs are also still available, starting as low $50 per package.

Davidson’s Sanders earns national honor

Davidson goalkeeper Chip Sanders received his most prestigious honor to date, as he was named the Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week for Oct. 26 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Sanders earned a pair of 1-0 shutouts against No. 2 North Carolina and Wofford last week, making seven saves in each game. He now has eight shutouts on the season, tying a Davidson single-season record.

Sanders is the first Southern Conference player to win the award this season. He was nominated for the NSCAA award by the SoCon as the league’s player of the week.

The senior tri-captain will be recognized at halftime of the NSCAA College Game of the Week on Fox Soccer Friday, Oct. 28, as High Point hosts Virginia Commonwealth at 7 p.m.

Earlier this week, Sanders was named to the Primetime Performer Weekly Honor Roll and the College Soccer News National Team of the Week for his exemplary performance in the North Carolina and Wofford games.

The Wildcats will honor their seniors, including Sanders, before Saturday’s game against Appalachian State, set to start at 7 p.m. in Alumni Stadium. The game will also be the team’s inaugural Kick Cancer event to raise money to support the Susan G. Komen foundation and its efforts to fight breast cancer.

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