Sports Shorts for March

Davidson Day narrowly misses basketball title

Davidson Day’s boys basketball team advanced to the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 2A championship game, but lost, 59-55, to Northside Christian on Feb. 25 in Raleigh.

Davidson Day, the top seed in the playoffs, finished 31-4. The Patriots had a five-point lead in the fourth quarter. Davidson Day won the regular-season meeting, 64-59, on Jan. 14. It was the lone loss for Northside Christian (31-1) this season.

Guard Rashun Davis led Davidson Day with 19 points, and forward Dorian Albritton scored 15 points. The Patriots led 27-15 in the second quarter, and took a 29-22 lead into halftime.

Davis and forward Phillip Anglade were named to the NCISAA 2A all-state team.

Hopewell soccer starts strong

The Hopewell High girls soccer team opened its season with a 2-0 victory against East Gaston on Feb. 27.

Brianna Lance and Kelly Flanders scored goals for the Titans, and Shelby Thompson was in net for the shutout.

Wrestlers at state championships

Seven area wrestlers competed at the N.C. High School Athletic Association state tournament Feb. 23-25 in Greensboro, but none won a championship.

Hough’s Palmer Maples, a junior, finished fourth in the 160-pound division. He went 3-2 in the tournament, and finished the season 46-6.

Hough had four other wrestlers in the state tournament – Adams Nivens went 1-2 in the 126-pound division and finished with a 43-12 record. Tanner Russ (48-11) was 1-2 at 132 pounds, Jordan Thompson (32-11) was 3-2 at 152 pounds and Jacob Efird (34-12) was 1-2 at 145 pounds.

Hopewell High’s Wesley Petrick was 2-2 at 120 pounds, and finished the season with a 32-8 record. Teammate Austin Randall was 0-2 at 113 pounds, and finished the season 23-12.

SouthLake Christian’s swimming champion

SouthLake Christian Academy freshman Austin Meletiou won the NCISAA 2A state championship in the 100-yard breaststroke at the state meet Feb. 21 at Greensboro Aquatic Center. His winning time was 1 minute, 3.49 seconds.

SouthLake Christian’s John Baker, a sophomore, finished second in the 100-yard butterfly and third in the 500-yard freestyle. SouthLake Christian’s boys team finished ninth among 21 teams.

Southlake boys, girls win swimming titles

SouthLake Christian’s boys and girls teams won the Metrolina Athletic Conference swimming championships Feb. 10 at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatic. It was the fourth year in a row that each team was conference champion.

“Throughout the year, our conference was very close,” SouthLake coach Gary Anderson said. “Our boys and Hickory Grove would have close matches. Covenant Day and our girls would go back and forth; we’d win by 10, then they’d win by 12. It was very close scoring.

“What made the championship so great was that the SouthLake swimmers exploded. We won by a combined 160 points.”

SouthLake Christian’s boys scored 244 points, followed by Covenant Day (146) and Hickory Grove Christian (145).

SouthLake Christian’s John Baker won the 200-yard individual medley (2:05.61) and 100-yard butterfly (55.07), and teammate Austin Meletiou won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.33).

Andrew Vanwingerden, Meletiou, Baker and Joseph Bryant combined to win the 200-yard medley relay (1:51.63) and the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:40.43). SouthLake’s Sam King, Evan Crooke, Cam Dehart and Lucas Haskins combined to win the 400-yard freestyle relay (4:18.31).

SouthLake’s girls scored 273 points, followed by Covenant Day (211) and Westminster Catawba Christian (142).

Kate King, Brittany Bisese, Moriah Anderson and Taylor Harkey combined to win the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:53.32). The Eagles had second-place finishes by Ashton Rotella (200-yard freestyle), Olivia Rasbornik (100-yard butterfly), Taylor Harkey (100-yard freestyle) and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Rasbornik, Taylor Rock, Rotella and Bisese.

Lake Norman Charter girls soccer

The Lake Norman Charter girls soccer team opened the season with a 7-0 rout against Lincoln Charter on Feb. 28.

Carolina Sanchez scored three goals for the Knights, and Rina Leonidas, Katie Fabian, Riley Kane and Mary Daugherty scored one goal apiece. Lake Norman Charter goalkeepers Carolyn Huddy and Rachel Quest combined for the shutout.

Lake Norman Charter runners-up at state meet

Lake Norman Charter’s boys and girls swim teams each finished second at the N.C. 1A/2A swimming championships Feb. 10 in Cary.

The Knights boys scored 267.5 points, second to champion Carrboro’s 291.5. Lake Norman Charter’s Nathan Lane won the diving state championship by scoring 325.8 points, and Chris Cardwell tied Carrboro’s Caleb Camp for the 100-yard backstroke championship. Both finished in 52.98 seconds.

Lake Norman Charter’s Chris Cardwell, Jake Koferl, Brian Piccirilli and Brian Davis combined to win the 200-yard medley relay in 1 minute, 40.8 seconds. The Knights also had second-place finishes by Piccirilli (50-yard freestyle), Davis (100-yard breaststroke) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (Cardwell, Austin Jones, Davis and Piccirilli).

The girls team scored 238 points, well behind champion Raleigh Charter’s 378 points.

Lake Norman Charter’s Adyson Lowe won the state diving championship with 411.45 points, and teammate Erin Lee was third. Emma Rubel finished second in the 100-yard backstroke.

Rubel, Lauren Davis, Gabi Osterholz and Abby Joiner combined to finish second in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The Knights’ 400-yard freestyle relay team (Osterholz, Emily Hunt, Rubel and Joiner) also finished second.

Cornelius PARC’s Couch to 5k running program

The Cornelius PARC Department will conduct a Couch-to-5K Running Plan for ages 14 and up, beginning March 5. The six-week program is Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. until April 11, and held at Bailey Middle School Track, 11900 Bailey Road, Cornelius. Registration is $40 for residents and $48 for non-residents. Participants can register in person at Cornelius Town Hall or online at

Register for youth volleyball

Registration is open for the Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department’s spring volleyball league, for girls ages 9-16. There will be an eight-game regular season with Saturday morning games, and an end-of-season tournament.  The Davidson College women’s volleyball team will direct clinics for coaches and players at the season’s start. Practices begin March 12.

Cost is $65 for residents and $80 for non-residents. For information call 704-766-2220 or email jbrock@hunt

Davidson Day football

Several Davidson Day football players excelled at All-American games in January, led by Ricky Smith’s defensive Most Valuable Player award at the FBU 8th-grade unlimited weight game in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Tex.

Smith had four sacks and returned a fumble for a touchdown in the East’s 40-14 victory. Davidson Day’s Ronald Albritton (guard on the 15-under Team USA), Jake Helms (guard, 8th-grade limited weight game) and Garrett Groulx (defensive end, 7th-grade unlimited game) each started for their respective East teams, and won their games.

Robert Washington had more than 150 yards rushing and receiving for the East squad in the Semper Fi Junior Rank 8th-grade All-American game in Tempe, Ariz. Aapri Washington started at cornerback in the 7th-grade game in Tempe. To participate in the Semper Fi games, a player must have at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Jordan Young participated in the Proving Ground Elite 100 national combine as part of the Semper Fi activities.

Davidson Day has been invited to the Palmetto State Showdown 2012 National 7-on-7 Tournament at Byrnes High in Duncan, S.C. on June 15-16. The Patriots will compete against a national field that includes Byrnes, Valdosta (Ga.), Dover (Del.) and Bergen (N.J.) Catholic.

Coach Chad Grier said the Patriots also have accepted an invitation to play in the Carolina Panthers 7-on-7 Tournament at the team’s practice facility June 19 against top teams from the Carolinas.

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