Sport Shorts October

West Mecklenburg makes playoff push

CHARLOTTE – West Mecklenburg High’s football team didn’t clinch a state playoff berth when it won 39-0 over Berry Academy on Sept. 28, but it helped the Hawks’ chances.

It also guaranteed a better record than the team’s 4-7 mark in 2011.

The Hawks’ victory over the Cardinals improved their record to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in MEGA-7 3A/4A conference play.

West Mecklenburg entered its Oct. 5 game against Olympic High with five wins in its last six outings. The Hawks lost their season opener on Aug. 17 14-0 to Rocky River High.

Warriors break into win column

MT. HOLLY – The first six games of the 2012 season were unkind to East Gaston High’s football team.

The Warriors lost all six contests. One was close – a 48-34 defeat on Sept. 14 to Berry Academy – but East Gaston’s other five losses were all by 24 points or more.

The Warriors’ losing streak ended on Sept. 28 when East Gaston dominated Harding in a 76-3 win.

East Gaston’s final three games of the season are against Garinger High Oct. 5, Charlotte Catholic Oct. 19 and West Mecklenburg High Oct. 26.

Register for basketball classes

HUNTERSVILLE – Holm Improvement, a Lake Norman basketball skills improvement program, and Benchwarmers Sports Complex in Mooresville are launching several eight-week basketball classes beginning Oct. 3.

The Wednesday classes include: Women’s basketball fitness class from 9:30-10:45 a.m.; lunch hoops from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; pre-kindergarten hoops from 1:10-1:45 p.m.; and kindergarten-fourth-grade hoops from 2:40-3:30 p.m.

Prices vary per class. Go to website to register or find more information. Participants can also register at Benchwarmers, 302 Rolling Hills Road, Mooresville, or by calling 704-664-1218.

Kids’ Soccer Challenge is Oct. 13

HUNTERSVILLE – Boys and girls ages 5-14 are invited to the Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 13 at the St. Mark Elementary School soccer fields.

The competition will include each participant attempting penalty kicks. The soccer goal will be segmented into different scoring zones, and the child with the most points in his or her age group will move on to the next level. The Soccer Challenge is accessible to many kids who may not be able to play a full soccer match or tournament.

All contestants will be recognized for their participation. For information email Joe Ernst at

Entrants ages 10-14 can advance to district and state competitions. The rain date is Oct. 20 (same time and location).

Youth basketball taking register

HUNTERSVILLE – Registration for the Huntersville Youth Athletic Association basketball leagues will begin Sept. 29.

Play will be held in age groups (a player’s age as of Dec. 31, 2012) for co-ed play (ages 5 and under); boys 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-17; and girls 6-8, 9-10, 11-13 and 14-17.

Skills assessment sessions will be held for girls in every age group (except 5-and-under) the week of Nov. 12.

For more information, or to register beginning Sept. 29, go to website

Hopewell High soccer is surging

HUNTERSVILLE – The Hopewell High boys soccer team has an 8-2-2 record, and has surpassed last season’s victory total (six). The Titans are 4-1-1 in I-MECK 4A conference matches, and have limited the past three opponents to one goal.

Hopewell is led by Cole Tesar (eight goals and four assists), Edwin Gomez (six goals), Austin Clamon (five goals and four assists), Lucas Fisher (three goals and eight assists) and goalkeeper Eli Greear (two shutouts).

Hopewell will play at West Charlotte at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 3, at West Mecklenburg at 6 p.m. on Oct. 4, and host Hough at 6 p.m. on Oct. 8.

– Compiled by Aaron Burns and Cliff Mehrtens

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