Sports Shorts for February 17
by Staff Writer
Lake Norman Charter’s boys and girls swim teams each finished second at the N.C. 1A/2A swimming championships Feb. 10 in Cary.
The Knights boys scored 267.5 points, second to champion Carrboro’s 291.5. Lake Norman Charter’s Nathan Lane won the diving state championship by scoring 325.8 points, and Chris Cardwell tied Carrboro’s Caleb Camp for the 100-yard backstroke championship. Both finished in 52.98 seconds.
Lake Norman Charter’s Chris Cardwell, Jake Koferl, Brian Piccirilli and Brian Davis combined to win the 200-yard medley relay in 1 minute, 40.8 seconds. The Knights also had second-place finishes by Piccirilli (50-yard freestyle), Davis (100-yard breaststroke) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (Cardwell, Austin Jones, Davis and Piccirilli).
The girls team scored 238 points, well behind champion Raleigh Charter’s 378 points.
Lake Norman Charter’s Adyson Lowe won the state diving championship with 411.45 points, and teammate Erin Lee was third. Emma Rubel finished second in the 100-yard backstroke.
Rubel, Lauren Davis, Gabi Osterholz and Abby Joiner combined to finish second in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The Knights’ 400-yard freestyle relay team (Osterholz, Emily Hunt, Rubel and Joiner) also finished second.
SouthLake Christian sweeps conference swimming
The SouthLake Christian Academy boys and girls teams won the Metrolina Athletic Conference swimming championships Feb. 10 at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatic. It was the fourth year in a row that each team was conference champion.
“Throughout the year, our conference was very close,” SouthLake coach Gary Anderson said. “Our boys and Hickory Grove would have close matches. Covenant Day and our girls would go back and forth; we’d win by 10, then they’d win by 12. It was very close scoring.”
“What made the championship so great was that the SouthLake swimmers exploded. We won by a combined 160 points.”
SouthLake Christian’s boys scored 244 points, followed by Covenant Day (146) and Hickory Grove Christian (145).
SouthLake Christian’s John Baker won the 200-yard individual medley (2:05.61) and 100-yard butterfly (55.07), and teammate Austin Meletiou won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.33).
Andrew Vanwingerden, Meletiou, Baker and Joseph Bryant combined to win the 200-yard medley relay (1:51.63) and the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:40.43). SouthLake’s Sam King, Evan Crooke, Cam Dehart and Lucas Haskins combined to win the 400-yard freestyle relay (4:18.31).
SouthLake’s girls scored 273 points, followed by Covenant Day (211) and Westminster Catawba Christian (142).
Kate King, Brittany Bisese, Moriah Anderson and Taylor Harkey combined to win the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:53.32). The Eagles had second-place finishes by Ashton Rotella (200-yard freestyle), Olivia Rasbornik (100-yard butterfly), Taylor Harkey (100-yard freestyle) and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Rasbornik, Taylor Rock, Rotella and Bisese.
SouthLake Christian will compete in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state meet Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Greensboro.
SouthLake Christian wrestling
SouthLake Christian’s lineup for the NCISAA wrestling championships Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18 at Charlotte Country Day will be Chris Green (106-pound division), Adam Edwards (113), Kyle Summer (120), Patch Robertson (126), Cody Tucker (132), Hamilton Hewitt (138), Nick Wilson (145), Sam Bryant (152), D.J. Wilson (160), Gant Allen (170), Brian Jones (182), Nick Miller (195), Scott Richardson (220) and Jackson Smith (285).
The Eagles won the team championship at the Cary Blue and Gold Invitational Feb. 4. SouthLake scored 204 points, followed by Wesleyan Academy (164). SouthLake Christian’s individual champions were Green, Tucker, Hewitt, Bryant and Richardson.
SouthLake finished third among 17 teams in the Magna Vista (Va.) Tournament on Jan. 21, a competition of teams from Virginia and North Carolina.
Hewitt and Bryant won individual championships.
North Meck sprinter earns bronze
North Mecklenburg High’s Sabrina Moore finished third in the 55-meter dash at the N.C. 4A Indoor Track championships Feb. 10 at Eddie Smith Fieldhouse in Chapel Hill.
Davidson men’s basketball
Antwaine Wiggins had 25 points and 10 rebounds as the College of Charleston beat visiting Davidson 86-78 in Southern Conference men’s basketball Feb. 10.
De’Mon Brooks led Davidson (19-6 overall, 13-2 conference) with 25 points and nine rebounds, while Chris Czerapowicz scored 15. Jake Cohen added 13 points and six rebounds, and Nik Cochran tallied 12 points and five assists.
Brooks, a sophomore who played at Hopewell High, scored 20 or more points for the ninth time in his career and seventh time this season.
Davidson’s home game against Wichita State on Saturday, Feb. 18, will be televised live at noon on ESPN2.
Davidson women’s basketball
Davidson had three scorers in double figures, and kept its road and overall winning streaks intact with a 58-49 victory at UNC Greensboro in a Southern Conference game on Feb. 14.
Davidson (18-7 overall, 14-2 conference) tied the school record with its 14th league win. The Wildcats pushed their overall winning streak to a season-high seven, while winning their fifth in a row on the road.
Sophia Aleksandravicius led the Wildcats attack with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Laura Murray and Shneeka Center each scored 10 points.
Davidson returns home for its final two games, hosting Appalachian State on Saturday, Feb. 18 and Wofford on Feb. 20. The Wildcats have won 16 of their past 19 games.
Register for Huntersville baseball and softball
Registration is open for the Huntersville Youth Athletic Association’s baseball and softball programs at www.hyaasports.com
HYAA will conduct a Baseball Academy on Sundays in February for league members ages 7 and older who want extra practice and coaching. It will be held from 1-3 p.m. at North Mecklenburg Park. The academy is free. Meet at the picnic shelter to sign in. The academy will serve as an ongoing evaluation of players who desire to play challenge or travel baseball.
For information, contact Mitch Edens (machine pitch) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Randy Schuette (kid pitch) at email@example.com
Register for Boot Camp
The Cornelius PARC Department is offering a fitness Boot Camp for anyone age 18 and older. This six-week program will be held on Saturday mornings from 7:30- 8:30 a.m. March 3 to April 14 (no class April 7). Classes will be held at the Bailey Middle School track, 11900 Bailey Road in Cornelius.
Boot Camp is an outdoor fitness program that offers fitness instruction, nutritional counseling and motivational training.
Jeff Heal, owner of Fitness Together in Cornelius and Davidson, will lead the class. Registration is $40 for Cornelius residents and $48 for others. Register in person at Cornelius Town Hall or online at www.cornelius.org/parc
For information, contact the Cornelius PARC Department at 704-896-6031 ext. 160.
Register for youth volleyball
Registration is open for the Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department’s spring volleyball league, for girls ages 9-16. There will be an eight-game regular season with Saturday morning games, and an end-of-season tournament. The Davidson College women’s volleyball team will direct clinics for coaches and players at the season’s start. There will be a parent information meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 1 at Lake Norman Charter Middle School. A “Skills Day” will be held March 3 at Lake Norman Charter High.
The coaches’ certification meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. March 7 at the park and rec department’s third-floor office. A coaches clinic will be at 9 a.m. March 10 at Lake Norman Charter High. The clinics with Davidson College players will be during the first week of practices, beginning March 12.
Cost is $65 for residents and $80 for non-residents. For information call 704-766-2220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time to register for softball
The Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department is organizing a spring adult softball league. Games will be at Bradford Park and play is open to both men’s and co-ed teams. Individual players can register and be assigned to a team.
Registration is through March 2 for new and returning teams. Cost is $470 for a co-ed team and $575 for men’s teams. For information call 704-766-2220 or email email@example.com.