Caroline Queen, a Davidson College sophomore and U.S. women’s kayaker at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, narrowly missed advancing to the semifinals in the 1-kilometer slalom race July 30.
The top 15 finishers advanced to the semifinals Aug. 2. Queen finished 17th.
She was in the middle of her second and final qualifying heat, but had a mishap late in the course. Queen, 20, nearly missed the second-to-last gate (No. 21), but was able to paddle back earnestly, which drew loud cheers from the crowd of 8,386 at the Lee Valley White Water Centre. She avoided the 50-second penalty for missing a gate, but lost time retracing her route. Queen finished the second heat in 1 minute, 36.23 seconds, which included a four-second penalty for touching the side of the gate.
Queen was 13th after her first qualifying heat, which she completed in 1:17.05.
“It was going pretty well, I had some penalties,” Queen said about her second run. “But I think that the boat was moving well, so I think I would have been able to survive those penalties. But I think I came a little too high out of the second-to-last (upstream gate), the line was off, I was late in (Gate) 20. I was trying to get back on line and didn’t quite do it as effectively as I ought to have.”
Pine Lake Prep postpones varsity football plans
DAVIDSON – Varsity football games at Pine Lake Prep will have to wait one more year.
The Pride decided to field just one high-school team – a junior-varsity squad – after coach Jay Poag met with his staff and program boosters July 27. Sixteen freshmen and 16 sophomores signed up to play for the Pride, but fewer than 10 upperclassmen joined the squad.
“We met with everybody and decided that playing J.V. is the right decision for us at this time,” Poag said. “We’re trying to build this program up (gradually).”
Pine Lake Prep booster club president Calvin Carter supported the decision.
“We didn’t want our ninth-graders out there playing against 12th-graders,” Carter said. “This puts us in a position to get the kids some experience and be very competitive when we move to varsity next year.”
Pine Lake Prep opened junior-varsity practice July 30. The team, which doesn’t have a field on campus, hasn’t decided on a home playing site for its J.V. team.
Pine Lake Prep is slated to join an N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A conference to begin the 2013-14 school year. The other conference teams will be Bessemer City, Cherryville, Christ the King, Community School of Davidson, Gastonia Highland, Thomas Jefferson Classical and Lake Norman Charter.
Grier receives scholarship offer from Tennessee
DAVIDSON – Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier, set to begin his junior season, received a scholarship offer from the University of Tennessee after a workout at the school last week.
Grier, who led North Carolina with 49 touchdown passes last season, also has received offers from Florida, North Carolina, Wake Forest and East Carolina. He led the Patriots to an 11-1 record and a private-school state championship last season. Grier also is receiving heavy attention from LSU, Alabama, Nebraska, Texas and UCLA.
Davidson basketball to host Duke
DAVIDSON – The Davidson College men’s basketball team will host national power Duke in Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena on Jan. 2, 2013. The game will be televised live at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
“Playing Duke on national television is always a special opportunity,” Davidson coach Bob
McKillop said. “Having the game in Time Warner Cable Arena will make the experience even more special for the Davidson College community as well as the city of Charlotte.”
The Wildcats and Blue Devils last faced each other in Charlotte in 2007, when then seventh-ranked Duke held off Davidson, 79-73. Davidson played at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium last season and lost 82-69 to the then sixth-ranked Blue Devils in the third game of the season. Davidson returns all five starters from last season’s 25-8 team.
Sign up for lacrosse clinics
HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Norman Charter will host lacrosse clinics for boys and girls in grades 5-12 at the school stadium Sept. 8, 15 and 22. Each session will be three hours. Cost is $80 per date, payable to the Lake Norman Charter Athletic Boosters Club.
The clinics will feature Belmont Abbey College men’s and women’s lacrosse coaches, who will work with high-school age players. Lake Norman Charter’s high school coaching staff with work with middle-school players. This will be a light work/skills clinic with minimal contact. Players can register at www.lncslacrosse.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Schedule change for Lake Norman Charter football
HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Norman Charter’s football opener Aug. 17 has been changed to a home game against Community School of Davidson. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. The Knights’ junior-varsity game against Community School of Davidson scheduled for Sept. 6 at home also has been changed to 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at North Mecklenburg High (CSD will be the home team).
– Compiled by Cliff Mehrtens and Aaron Burns