Sports Shorts for May

East Gaston’s Howell announces retirement

Ken Howell, East Gaston High’s athletics director and boys basketball coach, is retiring after 33 years in athletics.

Howell, 56, has been in both roles the past 16 years at East Gaston. He coached several sports in the 17 years before that at Highland Junior High.

Howell, also a physical education teacher, will officially retire July 1.

His basketball teams at East Gaston were 214-187, and 181-50 at Highland. He won 11 conference championships and four Gaston County titles on the junior-high level.

He also coached football and baseball at Highland. At East Gaston, Howell coached girls golf, boys golf and junior varsity baseball.

Grier attends elite quarterback camp

Davidson Day’s Will Grier was among the highly-recruited quarterback prospects among juniors and sophomores who competed at the Elite 11 Regional Workout April 19 at Buford High in suburban Atlanta.

The event included 86 quarterbacks from 17 states. Grier, a sophomore, passed for 3,785 yards and 49 touchdowns last season, helping the Patriots win a state championship in their first varsity season.

Gerry Hamilton of 247 Sports, a recruiting website, rated Grier No. 2 at the camp, and wrote he “displayed outstanding velocity and arm strength and has a fairly compact release. He has a ‘fast arm’ which features a whip-like delivery. Grier already holds an early verbal scholarship offer from East Carolina and is getting interest from a number of other programs, including Clemson, Duke, Virginia and Georgia.”

Register for benefit golf tournament

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Centers Golf Classic will be June 18 at Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte. Proceeds will help CMSC continue providing programs and services to more than 4,000 older adults each year at their four locations in Mecklenburg County, including the North Mecklenburg Senior Center in Huntersville.

Registration and breakfast will begin at 8 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and an awards luncheon when play is finished. Entry fee is $100 per person before May 1 and $125 after May 1. Fee includes cart and greens fees, use of locker room, practice facility and range balls, breakfast and lunch, awards, prizes, a special drawing and on-course contests. Corporate sponsorships opportunities are available.

For information, call 704-522-6222, or go online at

Rodney Monroe to hold

basketball camps

Rodney Monroe Basketball Camps for ages 6-15 will be held during two weeks this summer at SouthLake Christian Academy.

Camps will be June 25-29 and July 23-27. Ages 6-9 will participate from 9 a.m. to noon, and ages 10-15 will participate from 1 to 4 p.m. at each camp.

Monroe, a former Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year (at N.C. State) and NBA player, is the boys coach at SouthLake. Each camp costs $125. Print registration forms at or

SwimMAC adds veteran

coach to North staff

John Fedena, a 16-year coaching veteran, has joined SwimMAC Carolina’s North Region coaching staff. He will coach in the Dolphin and Senior divisions.

Fedena, a New Castle, Del., native, has coached at USA Swimming Gold Medal Club FLEET in Houston, Texas, since 2009. He coached FLEET’s Gold program (children ages 11-14) and was the organization’s masters coach.

The student-athletes Fedena will be coaching at SwimMAC are ages 11-14 and high school swimmers.

“Coach John brings to SwimMAC a rich background in coaching experiences of all age groups and a passion for sport that is a perfect fit our swimmers, family and coaches,” said North Region Manager/Head Coach Pam Swander.

Fedena has also coached on the college level at Washington, New Mexico State, Florida State and Georgia. His club experience includes King Aquatic Club, Klein Aquatics and Delaware Swim Club. Fedena holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education, with a minor in coaching science from Delaware and a master’s of exercise science from Georgia.

Back 2 Basix plans summer

basketball camp

Registration is open for Back 2 Basix summer basketball camp for ages 5-16. The camps will be at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics June 11-15, June 18-22, July 9-13 and Aug. 13-17. Campers must provide their own lunch. Each camper will receive a certificate and Back 2 Basix memorabilia.

A parent orientation meeting will be held June 3 at 3 p.m. in HFFA’s Craighead meeting room. Register at, or mail forms to Back 2 Basix, P.O. Box 853, Huntersville, NC 28070.

Former Gardner-Webb player Thomas Turner will direct the camps. For information, call 704-999-3781.

New Tiny Mites football program

hits Lake Norman

Lake Norman Giants Pop Warner Football has started a Tiny Mites program for boys ages 6 and 7.

The program is an instructional league to help beginning players understand tackle football. Tiny Mites is designed with specific limitations to maximize a player’s safety and ability to play. For more information or to register, contact a Lake Norman Giants representative at or call 704-992-2838. Signups are online until May 30.

Register for powerlifting event

Lincoln Charter School’s Denver campus will host the USA Powerlifting N.C. State Championships on June 2. Participants must register by May 23 to be eligible. For more information, go to carolinapower or contact Jennifer Thompson at

Ellington runs 11th-fastest

mile in N.C. history

Malia Ellington, a freshman at Community School of Davidson, won the 1,600-meter race in 4 minutes, 56.80 seconds at the Bojangles Apex High Relays on April 21. She tied for the 11th-fastest time in state history, according to

Ellington’s time was the third-fastest nationally by a freshman.

She also set a personal record April 14 by winning the 3,200-meter race in 10:57.62 at the Furman Invitational.

North Meck baseketball star signs

North Mecklenburg High’s Shivaughn Wiggins, the Lake Norman Publications 2011-12 Boys Basketball Player of the Year, signed a National Letter of Intent on Monday, April 16, to play at Mount St. Mary’s University.

Wiggins, a 5-foot-10 guard, set a school record last season with a 25.1-point scoring average. He also averaged five assists and three steals and was named the I-MECK 4A conference player of the year.

Wiggins led the Vikings to a 22-6 record and the second round of the N.C. 4A playoffs.

“Mount St. Mary’s coaches showed me the most love,” Wiggins said.

Mount St. Mary’s, in Emmitsburg, Md., is an NCAA Division I program that competes in the Northeast Conference.

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