North Mecklenburg High’s Loll is awarded Holden Cup

HUNTERSVILLE – North Mecklenburg High’s Mitchell Loll was awarded the Leroy Holden Cup at the Vikings’ postseason football banquet.

The award goes to a senior who exhibits superior qualities in athletics, academics, leadership and sportsmanship, North Mecklenburg coach Brad Baker said.

Loll is a four-year football player, wrestles and competes in the throwing events in track and field. He’s recovering from shoulder surgery. Loll is in the International Baccalaureate academic program and has a 4.37 grade point average.

“The only practices (Loll) missed was when he had his surgery,” Baker said. “He was at every practice on crutches, helping any way he could. He was a leader throughout the season, despite not being able to play. He was a constant motivator. He is an excellent role model for his peers and well-respected throughout the team, school and community.”

The award is named for Leroy Holden, longtime athletic director and basketball coach at North Mecklenburg.

Davidson Day’s Grier named to All-America football team

DAVIDSON – Postseason honors continue to pile up for Will Grier.

Grier, a junior quarterback at Davidson Day, on Jan. 7 was named to the MaxPreps Junior All-America team. Grier, who set several records leading the Patriots to a second straight state championship, last month was named the N.C. Gatorade Player of the Year. He also was named to two all-state teams.

Grier set state records for passing yards in a season (5,785) and touchdown passes (69). He completed 324 of 414 passes (78 percent) and threw 11 two-point conversions. Grier also led the Patriots in rushing (813 yards) and scored eight touchdowns.

Grier, who led the nation in passing yards and touchdowns this season, last month committed to play college football at Florida.

– compiled by Cliff Mehrtens