Hough’s Jordan Thompson (152-pound division) and Palmer Maples (160 pounds) won regional championships. Teammates Adam Nivens (126 pounds) and Tanner Russ (132 pounds) were regional runner-ups.
Hopewell’s third-place finishers at the regional meet were Austin Randall (113 pounds) and Wesley Petrick (120 pounds).
Lake Norman Charter sweeps playoff victories
Lake Norman Charter hosted and won two N.C. 1A first-round basketball playoffs on Feb. 20. The Knights girls beat North Rowan, 46-33, and advanced to play Monroe in the second round on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Lake Norman Charter bolted to a 28-12 halftime lead, and was led by center Ezinne Mbamalu’s 17 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocked shots. The Knights (19-7) also had solid games from Alex Busch (nine points, eight rebounds), Brittany Busktad (eight rebounds) and Abbey Gregory (10 rebounds).
Lake Norman Charter’s boys opened the 1A playoffs with a 55-48 victory against Albemarle. The Knights built a 29-16 halftime lead, and were led by Davis Elkins’ 19 points and Alex Scearce’s 18 points.
Lake Norman Charter (12-11) advanced to a second-round playoff game at North Rowan on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Two area basketball players invited to prestigious camp
North Mecklenburg High forward Tahjai Watt and Hough High forward Luke Maye were among 80 basketball prospects statewide invited to Dave Telep’s Carolina Challenge, March 24 at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh.
The one-day session includes skill sessions and live games, and discussions about life skills, academics and college preparation. Telep is a national high school recruiting analyst for ESPN.
Watt, a 6-foot-5 junior, averages 8.8 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Vikings (21-5). He had 18 points and 12 rebounds in a 63-50 victory against Myers Park in the first round of the N.C. 4A playoffs on Feb. 20.
Maye, a 6-6 freshman, led Hough in scoring (15.9 points per game) and rebounding (6.5) this season.
Davidson Day boys win conference tournament
Forward Phillip Anglade’s 27 points and 15 rebounds sparked Davidson Day to a 85-73 victory against Gaston Day in the Southern Piedmont Athletic Association tournament championship game Feb. 17. He was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
Guard Rashun Davis scored 20 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Davidson Day improved to 28-3 heading into the state playoffs on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
All-MAC basketball teams named
The All-Metrolina Athletic Conference basketball teams were named at the conference tournament.
SouthLake Christian Academy’s Kourtnie Hailey, Bri Mack and Giselle Verville were named to the girls team, which included Jordan Cook and Nora Logan (Metrolina Christian), Amanda Dobner and Megan Luke (Hickory Grove), Shelbie Hall (Gaston Christian), Laura Beth Hite, Anna Melton and Morgan Mosteller (Covenant Day), and Paris Johnson, Goddess Steele and Zaria Wright (Concord First Assembly).
SouthLake Christian’s Demitri Allison was named to the boys team, which included Dionte Adams, Justin Ashford, L.C. Cooks and Justin Gordon (Northside Christian), David Airing (Covenant Day), Calvin Davis, Josh Dominguez and Tyrell Nelson (Metrolina Christian), Dustin Dodd and Keith Griffin (Hickory Grove), Mark Vehaun (Westminster Catawba Christian), and Dante Simmons and Andrew Wheet (Concord First Assembly).
Over-45 softball set to begin
The Ralph Lambert Senior Softball League, operated by the Huntersville and Cornelius Parks and Recreation Departments, offers softball for players ages 45 and older. There will be two divisions – competitive and recreational. Games will be on Wednesday nights, and the 10-game regular season will be followed by a season-ending tournament.
Registration is open until March 2, and costs $30 for residents and $45 for non-residents. A skills day/players meeting will be at 3 p.m. March 3 at North Mecklenburg Park in Huntersville.
For information, call 704-766-2220, or 704-896-2460, ext. 160.
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 Sunday, Feb. 26 for league members 7-years-old and older who want extra practice and coaching. It will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at North Mecklenburg Park. The academy is free, and 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 email@example.com or Randy Schuette (kid pitch) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Saturday mornings from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. from March 3 through 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 non-residents. Register in person at Cornelius Town Hall or online at http://www.cornelius.org/parc. For more information, contact the Cornelius PARC Department at 704-896-6031 ext. 160.