CORNELIUS – Sonja Tate resigned as Hough High’s girls basketball coach to become an assistant coach at Arkansas State University, her alma mater.
Tate, 40, was the Herald Weekly’s 2011-12 Girls Basketball Coach of the Year, after leading the Huskies to a 19-9 record, the I-MECK 4A conference tournament championship and two rounds into the Class 4A state playoffs. The team didn’t have any seniors.
Tate, the only coach Hough had its first two seasons, was 37-19 overall and made the state playoffs twice. Tate, a former WNBA player who played at Arkansas State from 1990-93, is the school’s career scoring leader (2,312 points) and career steals leader (402). She also was an All-American track and field athlete in college.
“I can’t tell you how happy I am to be coming back, and for the support that I have out there,” Tate said. “I have stayed very familiar with the program, and I am happy to be coming back to help continue the tradition, and to continue to build the Arkansas State women’s basketball program.”
Area athletes at 4A track meet
GREENSBORO – North Mecklenburg High sprinter Sabrina Moore, a junior, finished third in the 100-meter dash and fifth in the 200-meter dash at the N.C. 4A girls championship meet at North Carolina A&T on Saturday, May 19.
Hopewell’s Cheyenne Hutchinson, a senior, finished sixth in the girls 100- and 300-meter hurdles, and sixth in the long jump. Hopewell’s Chandler Chase finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in the boys meet.
Knights’ solid soccer season ends
HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Norman Charter’s girls soccer team advanced to the N.C. 1A semifinal before losing 2-1 to Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy on May 18. The loss snapped Lake Norman Charter’s 19-game winning streak. The Knights finished 20-2.
On May 16, Lake Norman Charter defeated Monroe Central Academy, 2-1, to reach the semifinal. Riley Kane scored both goals for the Knights.
Knights earn lacrosse honors
HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Norman Charter lacrosse midfielder Jake Koferl was named to the all-state second team. He was a first-team all-region pick, and teammate John Clark (goalkeeper) was honorable mention all-region.
Lake Norman Charter’s all-conference picks were Randon Hassell (long stick midfielder), Andrew Gobble and Koferl (midfielders), Josh Ford (attacker) and Clark. Matt Wine (attacker) and Taylor Day (defense) were second-team all-conference.
Davidson’s Sisson snags
DAVIDSON – Davidson College pitcher Henry Sisson was named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team by the league’s coaches.
Sisson had a team-best 4.40 ERA and a 4-3 record in nine starts and six relief appearances. He threw three complete games, including the sixth no-hitter in Davidson history, a 1-0 win against Wofford on April 13.
College of Charleston center fielder Marty Gantt was voted the Southern Conference Player of the Year, while teammate Christian Powell was named Pitcher of the Year. Appalachian State’s Chris Pollard was voted the league’s Coach of the Year, after guiding the Mountaineers to a share of the regular-season championship for the first time since 1987.
Georgia Southern catcher Chase Griffin earned Freshman of the Year honors.
Register for volleyball camp
HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Norman Charter will host a volleyball camp June 11-12 for players ages 8-13. The camp, to be held at the middle school gym, will be from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Cost is $55. There will be individual and team competitions, and drills on serving, passing and hitting. For information, contact Jessica Canovali at 704-875-3389 or email@example.com.
Register for North Meck High
HUNTERSVILLE – Registration is open for the North Mecklenburg High School Booster Club 20th annual golf tournament June 14 at Cowan’s Ford Country Club. The format will be four-person captain’s choice. Entry fee is $90 per player. Registration begins at noon, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
To register, contact Buddy Caldwell at 794-778-1718 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To sponsor a hole for $100, call John Woods at 704-868-6917.
Register for benefit golf tournament
CHARLOTTE - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Centers Golf Classic will be June 18 at Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte. Proceeds will help CMSC continue providing services to more than 4,000 older adults each year at four locations in Mecklenburg County, including the North Mecklenburg Senior Center in Huntersville.
Registration and breakfast will begin at 8 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and an awards luncheon. Entry fee is $125, which includes cart and greens fees, use of locker room, practice facility and range balls, breakfast and lunch, awards and prizes. For information, call 704-522-6222, or go online at www.cmcharlotteseniorcenters.org.
– Compiled by Cliff Mehrtens