HUNTERSVILLE – SouthLake Christian running back Robert Washington Jr., who just finished his freshman season, received his second scholarship offer from a Southeastern Conference school.
Mississippi State made an offer Nov. 10 to Washington, a 5-foot-11, 180-pounder who rushed for 1,017 yards and 11 touchdowns in 11 games. He received an offer from Mississippi last summer, but it didn’t include a four-year guarantee.
Robert Washington Sr. told the recruiting website 247sports.com that Mississippi State assistant coach Tim Brewster said the school would honor the commitment for four years, regardless of injury. Washington Sr. said his son is ready to commit but “we want him to go through the full process for a little longer before he makes a decision.”
Washington Jr. battled a hip injury during the first half of his freshman season, but returned with rushing games of 151, 155, 163 and 165 yards in consecutive weeks. He averaged 11.4 yards per carry during the season.
Hough, North Mecklenburg fall in third round of soccer playoffs
CORNELIUS – Hough High and North Mecklenburg High’s boys soccer teams each advanced to the third round of the N.C. 4A playoffs before being eliminated Nov. 7.
Hough lost 2-0 to Watauga, and finished 13-7-2. The Huskies’ playoff victories were 4-0 against West Mecklenburg and 5-1 Winston-Salem Glenn.
North Mecklenburg was eliminated in a 4-2 overtime loss to Skyland Roberson. The Vikings had advanced with playoff victories against Lake Norman (2-1 score) and Garinger (2-0). North Mecklenburg finished 12-8-4.
Baseball tournament to benefit cancer assistance fund
HUNTERSVILLE – The Out of the Park for Cancer youth baseball tournament will be held Nov. 17-18 to benefit the Oxendine Cancer Assistance Fund.
Games will be at North Mecklenburg and Hough high schools. Eight 14-and-under all-star travel teams will compete. All proceeds will benefit the Oxendine family. Mom Lisa, whose three sons and husband Randy are involved in baseball, is battling cancer.
Area umpires, high school teams, coaches and families are donating time to host the tournament. Admission costs $5. Students get in free.
The Oxendine Cancer Assistance Fund has been established at Wells Fargo Bank. Donations of any kind can be made at any Wells Fargo location in the Charlotte area. For details about the fund, call Matt Truitt, of Wells Fargo Huntersville, 704-875-3635. Donations can be mailed to 14215 Market Square Drive, Huntersville, NC, 28078.
Davidson College basketball loses game in the wee hours
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Davidson College men’s basketball team lost 86-81 at New Mexico in a game that began at 2 a.m. (Eastern) on Nov. 13. It was part of ESPN’s 24 hours of College Hoops Marathon.
De’Mon Brooks led five Wildcats scorers in double figures with 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting and 7-of-8 from the foul line. Chris Czerapowicz, Tyler Kalinoski and Clint Mann each added 12 points, and J.P. Kuhlman scored 10 and had a game-high nine assists. Davidson fell to 1-1.
The Wildcats made just 38.5 percent of their shots after halftime and saw a 45-31 halftime lead disappear. New Mexico (1-0) outrebounded the Wildcats 27-7 in the second half and had a 45-28 advantage overall.
Davidson opened the season with a 93-67 victory at home against Emory (an NCAA Division III school) on Nov. 9. Brooks scored 24 points and Jake Cohen had 13 points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots. Davidson will play the second of six straight road games at 8 p.m. Nov. 17 at Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Davidson Day middle-schoolers named to all-star squads
DAVIDSON – Nine Davidson Day middle-school football players were picked for Team Charlotte to play in the FBU (Football University) national all-start tournaments.
The FBU eighth-grade Team Charlotte all-star team will include Patriots running back Griffin Buck, defensive end Garret Groulx, wide receiver Tommy Lawley and linebackers Chase Monroe and Ryan Titus.
Davidson Day offensive lineman Chase Cook, defensive lineman Jaydon Ford, quarterback Hayes Grier and wide receiver Nolan Groulx were named to the FBU sixth-grade Team Charlotte all-star team.
Davidson women lose opener
CHAPEL HILL – The Davidson women’s basketball team lost 70-59 at North Carolina on Nov. 9 in the preseason Women’s National Invitational Tournament.
Laura Murray led the Wildcats with 16 points and Sophia Aleksandravicius had 15 rebounds. The game was tied at 40 midway through the second half before North Carolina took control with a 17-1 run over a five-minute stretch.
– Compiled by Cliff Mehrtens