Lake Norman Charter boys impress at state meet

Lake Norman Charter finished second among 16 teams at the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1A boys cross country meet at Kernersville on Nov. 5.

The Knights’ team score of 79 was second to state champion Durham N.C. School of Science & Math, which scored 48 points. Stephen Mulherin of NCSSM won the boys race with a time of 15 minutes, 52 seconds.

Lake Norman Charter’s Michael Westbay finished sixth (out of 127 runners) in 16:47, followed by teammates Chris Hack (11th place, 17:01), Matt Panza (21st, 17:30), Bryant Hooker (23rd, 17:34) and Sean Kenney (26th, 17:41).

Jared Shields (18:21) and Nathan Farber (18:51) also ran in the state meet for Lake Norman Charter.

Hopewell’s Blakley signs with Gardner-Webb

Hopewell High softball player Breanna Blakley signed with Gardner-Webb on Nov. 15. Blakley was an I-MECK 4A all-conference pick as a catcher last season, and was named Hopewell’s most valuable defensive player. Blakley batted .321 with 16 RBIs, and will be a four-year varsity letter winner this spring.

SouthLake Christian’s Mack signs with WCU

SouthLake Christian basketball forward Brianne Mack, an all-state pick as a junior last season, signed with Western Carolina on Nov. 9.

Mack, 6 foot 3, averaged 18 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks per game, and was an All-Metrolina Athletic Conference pick.

“Bri is a fundamentally solid and gifted post player,” Western Carolina coach Karen Middleton said. “She has a long wing span, which will instantly strengthen our defense with her shot-blocking ability. Bri will be a force around the basket due to her excellent low-block scoring and passing.”

Bertone signs with UNC Wilmington

Hopewell baseball player Joe Bertone, an outfielder, signed to play for UNC Wilmington on Nov. 10. Bertone is a four-year varsity member and team captain for the Titans.

Local swimmers earn national award

Ten area SwimMAC swimmers were awarded Scholastic All-America honors by USA Swimming for the 2010-11 school year.

To be eligible, swimmers must be in 10th, 11th or 12th grade, be a member of USA Swimming, have at least a 3.5 GPA and achieve the required time in a single event.

The winners were Sean Corcoran, Linsay Cooper and Kaitlyn Poff (North Mecklenburg High), Logan Heck, Taylor Hill, Adrianna Holbrook and Heather Isetts (Lake Norman High), Alexandria Kitchens, Kathryn O’Brien and Payton Schrum (Hough High).

The Surge

The Surge won the Huntersville Youth Athletic League Mustang League championship Nov. 1, defeating Davidson No. 3 in the final. The Surge roster included (front row, from left) Kolby Carpenter, Noah Caldwell, Tyler Ranagan, Dylan Castoria, Russell Anderson, (second row) Daniel Wildman, Peter Alperi, Ryan McCreary, Jackson Maze, Grant Gais, (back row) coaches Mike McCreary, Todd Maze, Dennis Ranagan, and Kevin Gais. Not pictured: Jacob Flores