Mountain Island April Sports Shorts

Hawks’ stadium still closed

CHARLOTTE – West Mecklenburg High’s football team will have to be road warriors again this fall.

The Hawks’ home stadium was closed last season due to safety concerns. The Hawks’ visiting bleachers were condemned, so they’ll have to play their home games at the stadium formerly used by Waddell High for the second consecutive year.

West Mecklenburg went 9-4 last year despite playing no games on its campus.

“A new stadium was to be built and a bond sale was approved in 2007, but this was delayed due to economy problems in 2008,” West Mecklenburg Booster Club member Judy Pinkston said.

New soccer park to open in 2014

Belmont will have a new city soccer park by spring 2014.

City Manager Barry Webb told the Charlotte Observer the 7-acre park, on Brook Street, will be named the Everette C. “Ebb” Gantt Park and will include picnic shelters and a playground.

Bryce makes all-conference

HUNTERSVILLE – C.J. Bryce’s work as the No. 1 scoring option on Hopewell High’s boys basketball team earned him more than just a ton of points this season.

Bryce, a 6-foot-4 guard, made the I-MECK 4A conference’s boys basketball all-conference team on the strength of an 18.4 points-per-game scoring average and team bests in steals (45) and assists (46).

Hough High’s Justin Batts was named the I-MECK 4A conference boys basketball coach of the year. West Charlotte High center Kennedy Meeks, a North Carolina signee, was named conference player of the year.

Titans pair collects girls hoops honors

HUNTERSVILLE – A pair of Hopewell High girls basketball standouts received post-season accolades from I-MECK 4A conference coaches.

Bryanna Curry and Mariah Washington, two of the Titans’ top players on a team that went 11-14 and 7-7 in I-MECK 4A play, made the all-conference team.

The North Mecklenburg High Vikings went 26-4 and won the conference regular season and tournament championships.

Vaughn, Whitlock make all-league team

HUNTERSVILLE – Hopewell’s Gore Vaughn, from the 182-pound weight class, and Deshjion Whitlock (195 pounds) made the I-MECK 4A conference’s all-conference wrestling team after serving as the Titans’ top wrestlers in the 2012-13 season.

Lake Norman High’s Cody Karns, who was undefeated en route to a state championship in the 113-pound class, was named the I-MECK 4A conference wrestler of the year.

– compiled by Aaron Burns and Cliff Mehrtens

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