Hough’s Robinson is MVP at soccer all-star match

DANIEL’S ISLAND, S.C. – Hannah Robinson, an all-state soccer midfielder at Hough High, was named her team’s most valuable player at the Clash of the Carolinas soccer all-star game on Saturday, July 7.

Robinson helped North Carolina to a 2-1 victory against South Carolina, in a game matching the state’s top senior players. The event is sponsored by the state soccer coaches associations in both Carolinas. Allison Stearns (Hough) and Lake Norman High’s Courtney Reilly and Taylor Waters also played in the game.

Hough forward Nathaniel Goodwin and goalkeeper Jaron Bradley played in the boys game, which South Carolina won 1-0.

Impressive start for Post 321 baseball

HUNTERSVILLE – The Huntersville American Legion Post 321 baseball team swept its first-round series against Asheville in the Region IV playoffs, and got off to a fast start in the second round.

Post 321, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, won 4-3 in the opening game of the second round against Shelby on Monday, July 9. Hunter Conley, Post 321’s starting pitcher, hit a home run for a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Huntersville added three runs in the fourth inning, and held on for the victory. The second game in the best-of-five series was scheduled to be played Tuesday, July 10 in Shelby.

Post 321 swept the first-round series against Asheville by 2-1, 13-5 and 9-8 scores last week. There are eight teams competing in the tournament. The winner will advance to the American Legion state tournament August 1-5 in Granite Falls, N.C. Caldwell County Post 29, as the hosting team, will earn an automatic bid to the tournament. The winner of the Area IV championship will be the second representative in the state tournament. If Caldwell County wins the Area IV championship, the runner-up will also go to the state tournament.

Register for Charter football camp

HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Norman Charter will host a Young Knights football camp for rising fifth- through eighth-graders July 23-26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. daily. Lake Norman Charter’s coaching staff will host the camp, which is open to players from any school. The camp costs $100, which includes a T-shirt. For more information or to register, email Coach Bob McKay at bmckay@lncharter.org

Register for Lake Norman Youth Football combine

DAVIDSON – The fifth annual Lake Norman Youth Football Combine will be held July 23-26 from 6-8:30 p.m. daily at Davidson Day School. Details and online registration are at www.lknfootballcombine.com

Local athletes will play in East-West All-Star games

GREENSBORO – Six area high school seniors, covering three sports, will play in the annual East-West All-Star Games.

Hopewell High’s Shareé Boyd (a Wingate University signee) and North Mecklenburg High’s Shivaughn Wiggins (a Mount St. Mary’s signee) were picked for the basketball game July 16 at Greensboro Coliseum. The girls game will be at 6:30 p.m., and the boys game at 8:30 p.m.

Hough High  forward Allison Stearns and midfielder Hannah Robinson will play in the girls’ soccer match at 6:30 p.m. July 17 at UNC-Greensboro. Hough forward Nathaniel Goodwin will play in the boys match at 8:30 p.m.

North Mecklenburg receiver Terrence Clyburn will play in the football game at 8 p.m. July 18 at Jamieson Stadium. The games are sponsored by the North Carolina Coaches Association.

Punt, Pass and Kick set for Aug. 25

HUNTERSVILLE – The NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass and Kick football competition will be held Aug. 25 at 9 a.m. at the Huntersville Athletic Park, 11720 Verhoeff Drive.

The event allows boys and girls ages 8-15 to showcase their talents in punting, passing and kicking with scores based on distance and accuracy. Top finishers from each of the eight age groups will advance to a sectional competition. There is no cost to participate. Birth certificates are required for registration. Cleats are not allowed. For information or to register, call 704-766-2220 or email bbenshoof@huntersville.org

Funsten tabbed on All-America teams

DAVIDSON – Davidson College receiver Lanny Funsten has been named a preseason All-America by two publications.

The senior from Raleigh was named third-team Preseason All-America by The Sports Network and earned second-team honors from BeyondSportsCollegeNetwork.com.

Last season, Funsten caught 100 passes, a school record, and became the third player in Davidson history and first since 1972 with 1,000 receiving yards in a season. He led the Pioneer Football League in receptions and yards (1,107), ranking third and eighth, respectively, in the NCAA Football Championship Series division in those categories.

He caught eight touchdown passes and ranked seventh in the PFL?in all-purpose yards. Davidson returns 12 starters and 43 lettermen from last year’s squad that went 4-7 overall and 2-6 in the PFL. The Wildcats’ opener is Sept. 1 at home against Georgetown.

Meeting for HFFA baseball parents

HUNTERSVILLE – Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatic will hold a town-hall meeting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, for parents with children playing in the kid-pitch baseball divisions (Mustang and above). Randy Schuette, the director of baseball, will discuss the available programs and answer questions. The meeting will be at the Huntersville Athletic Park’s picnic area, near the entrance to the parking lot.

Copperheads snap losing skid

HUNTERSVILLE – The Lake Norman Copperheads snapped an 11-game losing streak by winning two of three games last weekend in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League.

The Copperheads (13-16) are in second place in the Northern Division. Their next home game will be at 7 p.m. Monday, July 16, at Hopewell High against the Pineville Pioneers.

Lake Norman snapped its losing streak when pitchers D.J. Jauss and Anthony Fossas combined for 15 strikeouts and allowed only five hits in a 4-3, 10-inning victory against Pineville on July 6.

Tony Montalbano (.364) has a 12-game hitting streak, and Daniel Whitecavage (.348) has a team-high 18 RBIs.

– Compiled by Cliff Mehrtens