Lake Norman Giants win two football titles

HUNTERSVILLE - The Lake Norman Giants won two youth football championships Nov. 9 and was runner-up for a third. It was the organization’s best overall record in its 14-year history.

• The Giants’ Pee Wee team, coached by Tim Wolters, won the Optimist Bowl at Charlotte’s Memorial Stadium with a 30-19 victory against the South Park Falcons. Quarterback Elijah Johnson ran for three touchdowns and threw for another. The Giants defense held the Falcons scoreless in the second half.
• The Giants won the Mighty Mite bowl with a 41-27 victory against the MARA Colts. Lake Norman’s Alec Titus scored three touchdowns, Ethan Johnson scored twice and Harris Hutchins added another. Ian Ashton converted a pair of two-point conversions, and Charlie Cassarino recovered a fumble. Taylor Rhodes completed a key third-down pass Harris Hutchins to seal the victory. The Giants rushed for more than 300 yards.
 • In the Junior Pee Wee Optimist Bowl, the Giants, coached by Mike Newell, lost 14-8 to Weddington in a game that was decided when Weddington scored on a long run late in the fourth quarter. The Giants then drove to the Weddington 15-yard line, but a fumble killed the drive. Lake Norman finished 9-1.


Hough High soccer wins two playoffs in extra time

CORNELIUS – The Hough High boys’ soccer team won two playoffs dramatically to stay alive in the N.C. 4A playoffs. The Huskies beat Southwest Guilford 4-3 on penalty kicks (regulation was a 1-1 tie) in the state quarterfinals Nov. 9. Hough goalkeeper made saves on Southwest Guilford’s first and fifth penalty kicks.

Hough’s Blake Marin, Adrian Rinde, Michael Basnett and Clay Kennedy converted their penalty kicks. Kennedy’s goal was the clincher.

The Huskies’ goal in regulation was by Marin, who pumped in a shot with five minutes left. He was assisted by Brad Waite.

Hough improved to 22-5. Southwest Guilford finished 18-5-2.

On Nov. 6, Hough beat Northwest Guilford 2-1 in overtime. The Huskies’ Michael Basnett scored both goals, and Waite had an assist. Basnett has a team-leading 29 goals this season. Hough has won 22 of 24 matches after starting the season 0-3.


Lake Norman Charter soccer advances to state semifinal match

HUNTERSVILLE – The Lake Norman Charter boys’ soccer team advanced to the N.C. 2A semifinal with two playoff victories this week. The Knights won by identical 2-1 scores against Lincolnton on Nov. 6 and Shelby on Nov. 9.

Will Silva and Parker Moss scored goals for Lake Norman Charter against Lincolnton. Jeffrey Perez scored the lone goal for Lincolnton, which finished 16-4-2.

Lake Norman’s win against Shelby was much more dramatic. J.C. Brooks pumped in the winning goal after a deflected shot landed near him with about two minutes left. Brooks, who doubles as the place-kicker on the Knights football team, helped Lake Norman Charter improve to 16-6-2.

Shelby took a 1-0 lead on a goal 35 seconds into the game, but Lake Norman Charter’s Asa Wessler, a freshman defender, tied the game at 1 with a goal in the 22nd minute.


Benefit baseball tournament for North Mecklenburg family

HUNTERSVILLE – North Mecklenburg High baseball coach Sean Ryan has organized a baseball tournament Nov. 16-17 to benefit the Ruttkamp family.

Ed Ruttkamp, father of Vikings player Zack Ruttkamp, died last spring and the tournament is to raise donations for the family’s medical bills.

Games will be at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. both days at North Mecklenburg’s field. Concessions will be available. There also will be items for auction, including an original Dale Earnhardt Sr. racing jacket,  an unopened bottle of champagne from the NASCAR winners circle (signed by Jimmie Johnson),  jackets, hats and sweatshirts from NASCAR drivers (Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano and others), a mini helmet from hall of fame football player Paul Warfield, an autographed photo of former NFL receiver Plaxico Burress and a year’s family membership to Benchwarmers Sports Complex in Mooresville.

Donations by check can be made to: FBO Ruttkamp Family, 13615 Flatwoods Court, Huntersville, NC 28078.


Spartans eliminated from playoffs

DAVIDSON – The Community School of Davidson boys’ soccer team was eliminated from the N.C. 1A playoffs in a 1-0 loss to Thomas Jefferson Academy in the round of 16 on Nov. 2.

“The game was played by two outstanding and evenly matched teams,” CSD coach Michael Yascur said.

Community School of Davidson finished 13-2-2. Thomas Jefferson improved to 19-1-1. The teams played each other twice in the regular season (both are in the South Piedmont 1A conference). Each won by a 2-1 score.


Rough start for Davidson basketball

DAVIDSON – Milwaukee finished 32-of-40 from the foul line and erased a double-digit deficit in the second half to beat Davidson College, 81-77, in nonconference men’s basketball Nov. 11 at Belk Arena.

The Wildcats, who had won 21 consecutive home openers, fell to 0-2, while the Panthers improve to 1-1.

Tom Droney and Brian Sullivan paced Davidson with 22 points each. De’Mon Brooks recorded his seventh career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Droney, who posted a personal best for the second straight outing, finished 7-of-11 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the foul line.

Matt Tiby led five Milwaukee players in double digits with 21 points. Davidson’s Brooks and Chris Czerapowicz sat a majority of the first half due to early foul trouble.

After Davidson pushed its advantage to as many as 11 on several occasions in the second half, Milwaukee slowly chipped away and went ahead 66-65 with under six minutes to play on a pair of Kyle Kelm free throws.

The Wildcats next game will be at noon Nov. 16 against nationally ranked Virginia at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.

Davidson opened the season with a 111-77 loss to Duke in Durham on Nov. 8. Duke shot 70 percent from the field and four Blue Devils scored 20 or more points. Brooks led Davidson with a game-high 24 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including a 10-of-12 performance at the foul line. Fellow senior Tom Droney scored 16. Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood led Duke (1-0) with 22 points each and combined to shoot 17-of-20 from the field.


Tryouts for youth baseball

HUNTERSVILLE – The 11-Under Huntersville Hornets baseball team will hold tryouts for the Spring 2014 team 1-4 p.m. Nov. 24 at Waymer Park Field No. 1.

Players must be born on or after May 1, 2002.

Details: Coach Matt Schoolfield, or 704-968-7166.