SouthLake Christian has four all-state football players

Four SouthLake Christian players were named to the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II all-state football team.

Offensive lineman Troy Lowden, defensive linemen Scott Richardson and Taylor Jurney, and receiver/defensive back Demitri Allison were honored by the NCISAA. Each player was a key part of SouthLake Christian’s 10-2 team that reached the state semifinals.

Allison caught 48 passes for 1,004 yards and 16 touchdowns, rushed 54 times for 464 yards and seven touchdowns, while adding 41 tackles and six interceptions on defense. Lowden was a vital blocker for an offense that rushed for more than 2,220 yards and passed for more than 1,900 yards.

Richardson, a defensive end, had 82 tackles and 14 sacks. Jurney, an end, had 18 sacks and 70 tackles.

Area players named to soccer all-state team

Three Hough High senior players were named to the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association Class 4A boys all-state team: goalkeeper Jaron Bradley, forward Nathaniel Goodwin and midfielder Santiago Patino.

Lake Norman Charter’s Tommy Mikuleza was named to the 1A all-state team. Mikuleza, a junior midfielder, had 16 goals and two assists.

Also named to the 4A team were Lake Norman High senior midfielder Jordan Chillson and Mooresville senior forward Ty Haddock.

Lake Norman Charter swimmer signs

Lake Norman Charter swimmer Lauren Davis signed a partial scholarship with Mars Hill College on Nov. 15.

Davis helped the Knights finish second at the Class 1A/2A state championship last season. She was part of the state champion 200-yard medley relay team, and swam a leg on the 400-yard freestyle relay team that finished second at the state meet.

Youth football event invades lake region

The Triple 8 Sports Holiday Football Festival and All-Star Weekend will be held Nov. 24-27 at Richard Barry Park in Huntersville.

The event, sponsored by Visit Lake Norman and Huntersville’s Park and Recreation Department, is a youth football event and cheerleading competition expected to generate more than $900,000 in visitor spending.

Sixty teams in age groups 5-16 will compete in tackle and flag football, and include squads from several Southern states, Texas, New York, Washington and Canada.

The tournament will include a two-day children’s festival, with Carolina Panthers players signing autographs on Friday, a movie night for kids and a “Parents Night Out.” Sunday, the final day, will begin with a brunch and motivational speaker.

Funds raised from the event will be donated to local sports non-profit programs, and  the Great Expectations of Charlotte Autism Sports Program.

Triple 8 Sports, Inc. is a non-profit organization located in Los Angeles that is dedicated to building character, confidence and sportsmanship in children with a specialized goal to fill the growing void for middle school athletes.

Magic wins AAU hoops title

The Lake Norman Magic won the AAU 12-under Charlotte Queen City fall basketball championship.

The team, coached by Kerry Thompson and Chuck Peterson, included Lauren Loveless, Parker Tompkins, Gabby Gianikos, Alex Hollaway, Juliette Swinea, Kayla Thompson, Paris Hackett, Savannah Reitz and Mackenzie Peterson. The squad was coached by Kerry Thompson and Chuck Peterson.

Former St. Mark student’s star rising

Wes Medeiros, who attended St. Mark Catholic School, recently received an offer to join the Yale University football team, according to his father, Paul.

After St. Mark, Medeiros matriculated to Charlotte Christian School, where he currently is a junior on the high school football team.

This season, Medeiros was the area’s top punter, averaging 40.6 yards per attempt. He also booted 32 of his 47 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.

Paul Medeiros said his son also is receiving recruiting interest from schools such as Navy, Army, N.C. State, Stanford, Virginia and UCLA.

Helms signs to play college baseball

East Lincoln High senior shortstop Jake Helms signed to play baseball at Concord (W. Va.) University, where he will join former Mustang teammates Clayton Dellinger and Randy Beard.

Concord is a member of the NCAA Division II’s West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Last season, Helms batted .300 with 27 RBIs, 14 steals and 19 runs.

“I really enjoyed the campus, and felt comfortable with the coaching staff and where they were taking the baseball program,” Helms said. “I would like to thank my parents and (East Lincoln) Coach (Chris) Matile for believing in me and continually pushing me academically as well as athletically.”

Helms also was recruited by Gardner-Webb, Appallacian State and Brevard College.

Davidson athletes named Academic All-District

Davidson football players John Behm, Joe Cline, Peter Kidwell and Morgan Popham have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The quartet advances to the national ballot for Capital One Academic All-America honors.

Behm has 30 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and a sack in nine games this season. The senior outside linebacker, who owns a 3.43 grade point average in political science, is a three-time Pioneer Football League Academic Honor Roll selection.

Cline, who carries a 3.84 grade point average in math with a minor in chemistry, has played in all 10 games this season and made five starts on the offensive line. The senior is a three-time PFL Academic Honor Roll selection.

Kidwell was a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District and Academic All-PFL?selection in 2009 and 2010. He has a 3.31 grade point average in economics.

Popham, who has a 3.61 grade point average in Spanish, was a 2010 CoSIDA first-team Academic All-District and first-team Academic All-PFL selection. He has been named to the PFL Academic Honor Roll three times.