The previous week, each player gave up something she normally enjoyed – Starbucks coffee, a movie, sodas at lunch, extra snacks – to help fund a dinner for the men and women who serve at the Huntersville Volunteer Fire Department.
The team purchased a homestyle meal from Bob Evans Restaurant and added sweets they’d baked themselves. The Eagles presented the firefighters with cards that read “Thank you for your service” and a handwritten prayer of protection.
Players Bri Mack and Anna Landis prayed publicly for the firefighters before they ate.
“It always feels good to give back to those who so unselfishly give all the time,” said Mack, a senior. “All I had to do was sacrifice a few dollars and a simple pleasure in life for a week. They put it on the line each and every day with very little reward.”
SouthLake assistant coach David Ostroff added: “We closed with a blessing over the food, took a group picture, and let the guys return to serving our community. The only difference is they will do it with a big, hearty meal to help put a smile on each of their faces.”
Tournament to raise shoes for the needy
SouthLake Christian Academy, in conjuction with Samaritan’s Feet, is hosting the SouthLake Christian Classic, a charity basketball tournament, Dec. 19-20.
It will include 16 teams (boys and girls), and coaches for each team will go shoeless during games to increase awareness and help raise donations.
The tournament will include teams from Lake Norman Charter, Charlotte’s Kennedy Charter, Greensboro’s Caldwell Academy, Fayetteville Village Christian, Statesville Christian, Matthews Grace Academy, Greenville, S.C.’s Hampton Park Christian School and host SouthLake Christian.
SouthLake is working with Samaritan’s Feet to set up a shoe distribution event in January and is seeking volunteers. Seniors at SouthLake plan to take some of the shoes on its service trip to Peru in May.
Davidson Day on a hot streak
The Davidson Day boys won three games last week to improve to 9-1. The Patriots beat Cape Fear Academy, 82-47, on Dec. 10 behind senior Phillip Anglade’s 20 points, eight rebounds and four steals, and 12 points and nine rebounds from 6-foot-7 sophomore Andrew Howard.
Earlier in the week, Anglade had 19 points and 22 rebounds in a victory against Gaston Day.
Hough, Davidson Day in Hardwood Classic
The Davidson Day boys and Hough girls teams are in the 16-team field for the first Charlotte Sports Commission Hardwood Classic Dec. 27-29 at Bojangles’ Coliseum.
In the opening round on Dec. 27, Hough faces Gastonia Forestview at 3:30 p.m., and Davidson Day meets Concord First Assembly at 8:30 p.m. The Mooresville boys also are in the field and will play Charlotte Ardrey Kell at 6:50 p.m.
Other first-round games include Mint Hill Queen’s Grant (girls) against Harrisburg Hickory Ridge, 9 a.m.; Charlotte Kennedy Charter (boys) against Mint Hill Queen’s Grant, 10:40 a.m.; Berry Academy (girls) against Anson, 12:10 p.m.; Northside Christian (boys) against Gastonia Forestview, 1:50 p.m.; and Ardrey Kell (girls) against Matthews Covenant Day, 5:10 p.m.
The girls championship game is Dec. 29 at 6:50 p.m., while the boys final is at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $12 per day for adults, $6 for students, and admission is free for children 3 and under. The price includes parking.