Sport Shorts for December

December unkind to Warriors basketball

MT. HOLLY – East Gaston High’s boys basketball team got its 2012-13 season off to a hot start in November. The Warriors won their first three games.

The team’s December run was a different story.

East Gaston lost five of six in the month, with a 79-55 win over cross-county rival North Gaston on Dec. 11 keeping the Warriors from a winless holiday slate.

The Warriors’ five losses were a mixed bag. East Gaston lost by just three to Charlotte Catholic, 68-65 on Dec. 7, but no other loss was by less than 10 points.

East Gaston travels to Garinger High on Jan. 8, followed by a road trip to Gastonia Ashbrook Jan. 11 and a home contest against West Mecklenburg High Jan. 18.

DeSean Murray leads the Warriors in scoring, averaging 20.8 points per game.

Sign up for Frigid 5K

CHARLOTTE – The U.S. National Whitewater Center hosts the Frigid 5K Run and Plunge at the center on Feb. 16. The route goes through the entire center and is followed by an optional jump into the nearby man-made river.

Registration costs $22 if done before Feb. 13 and $32 the day of the race, which begins at 8 a.m. Visit for more information.

Hawks season picks up

CHARLOTTE – West Mecklenburg High struggled coming out of the gate in the 2012-13 boys basketball season.

The holidays helped the Hawks get on the right track.

West Mecklenburg, which lost its first six games of the season, captured three straight wins in December: a 79-67 upset win over Charlotte Catholic on Dec. 18, a 73-54 win over Hickory Christian on Dec. 21 and a 66-55 triumph over Matthews Grace Academy on Dec. 22.

Heath highlights Titans’ postseason

HUNTERSVILLE – Hopewell High’s football season ended early with a first-round playoff loss to South Caldwell High, but the Titans’ accolades haven’t stopped.

Hopewell running back Dominique Heath was named the I-MECK 4A conference special teams player of the year after a season that saw Heath terrorize opposing coverage units. Marquez North (Mallard Creek High) won league offensive player of the year, and Larenz Bryant (Vance High) was I-MECK 4A defensive player of the year.

The all-conference team:

Quarterback – Josh Stilley (Hough), Jalen Latter (Vance), Tijuan Sifford (Hopewell) and Josh Ladowski (Lake Norman); Running back – Jaylen Samuel (Mallard Creek), Dre’an Long (Hough) and Manny Johnson (Mooresville); Wide receiver – Jorian Jordan (Mallard Creek), Sanders Poff (Hough), Nick Burrow (Hough), Rashaan Brown (Vance), Trey Foggie (Vance), Jermaine Sanders (Hopewell), Tahjai Watt (North Mecklenburg), Dre Howell (Mooresville) and Trevor White (Mooresville); Offensive line – Tevin Lawshe (Mallard Creek), Keon Brewer (Vance), Zach Howder (Hopewell), Jason Sparrow (Hopewell), Will Davis (Lake Norman), Brendon Latham (Lake Norman), Sheldon Kinard (North Mecklenburg), Blake Porter (West Charlotte) and Stephen Richards (West Charlotte).

Defensive line – Brandon Fowler (Mallard Creek), Stephen Askew (Mallard Creek), Lee Phelps (Mallard Creek), Blake Dueitt (Hough), Brandon Cassarino (Hough), Kirk Donaldson (Vance), Josh Williams (Vance) and Malcolm Surphlis (Lake Norman); Linebacker – Ilim Olive (Mallard Creek), Zach Boyd (Mallard Creek), Ryan Lemke (Hough), Tristen Spruill (Vance), Nick Dykema (Lake Norman), Ralph Montgomery (Mooresville) and Brandon Dixon (West Charlotte); Defensive backs – Brian Walker (Mallard Creek), Anthony Covington (Mallard Creek), Akeem Barringer (Hough), Corey Bell (Hough), Nolan Corpening (Vance), Michael Zanders (Hopewell), Kailan Chavis (Hopewell), Jesse Seaford (Lake Norman), Karl Roberts (North Mecklenburg), Adrian Boyd (North Mecklenburg) and Demar Eaves (West Charlotte).

Warriors wrestling upended by Hough

MT. HOLLY – East Gaston High’s bid for dual-team wrestling greatness in the 2012-13 season took a step back in December, when the Warriors fell 48-20 to Hough High.

The Warriors dominated the lower weight classes, however. Logan Moore pinned Brandon Lang in the 113-pound bout, Michael Bedard won the 120-pound match over Tony Woodward, Jared Bassett captured the 126-pound match over Kelvin O’Brien and Jacob Grigg won over Steven Owens in the 132-pound match.

Playing center is a snap for SouthLake Christian’s Lutzel

HUNTERSVILLE – SouthLake Christian Academy football player Chris Lutzel, a sophomore, is gaining notoriety as a center and long snapper.

Lutzel was named to the National Underclassmen All-American Combine in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Dec. 18-22 and the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 5-7. Lutzel is listed as one of the top 25 long snappers nationally by Nike/Rubio.

Lutzel also will compete Jan. 19-20 at the Nike/Rubio Long Snapping Event in Las Vegas. He has received recruiting attention from Virginia Tech, Temple and Texas-El Paso, among others.

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