Davidson Day’s All-American
DAVIDSON – Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier posed with his 2-year-old buddy Grayson Wehunt after receiving his jersey in a Nov. 18 ceremony at school to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 4. Grier, who leads the nation with 70 touchdown passes, donned the black jersey in front of family, friends and students in the auditorium. U.S. Army officials and bowl representatives hosted the ceremony.
The game is the nation’s premier high school football all-star game, featuring the best 90 players in an East vs. West match-up. NBC-TV will broadcast the game live (1 p.m. kickoff) to a worldwide audience.
Davidson Day aiming for third consecutive title
DAVIDSON – Davidson Day’s football team will play a familiar foe for its third straight state championship Nov. 22.
The Patriots (11-1) will play Harrells Christian at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II title game.
Davidson Day beat Harrells Christian 64-14 during the regular season and 104-80 in last season’s state semifinal. Harrells Christian is 8-3.
Davidson Day is the defending NCISAA Division II champion and won the Division III title in 2011. The Patriots are averaging 52 points behind All-American quarterback Will Grier, who has thrown for 4,390 yards and 70 touchdowns (most in the country). Davidson Day averages 549 yards per game.
“We are mostly healthy for the first time in a while, and I am very happy with the way our team is executing,” Davidson Day coach Chad Grier said. “Defensively, we are flying around, getting a great push up front and playing with a swarming mentality. Offensively, we are playing fast, taking care of the ball and we feel like we could, and should, score every time we have it.”
Davidson Day’s gaudy offensive numbers sometimes overshadow a defense that has dramatically improved from a year ago. The Patriots have held six opponents to six points or less.
“Our kids prepared for a 13-game season for the last 12 months,” Grier said. “Their goal was to play their best game on Nov. 22 and that’s what it will take to achieve their ultimate on-field goal of winning the state championship. Our team is indeed very confident, and that confidence comes from the hard work they put in throughout the off-season and from their success against the level of competition they have faced all year long.”
All-state soccer teams named
RALEIGH – Seven lake-area soccer players, including three from Hough High, were named to the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association all-state teams.
Hough forwards Michael Basnett, a senior, and C.J. Bradley, a junior, were named to the Class 4A all-state team. They were joined by teammate Adrian Rinde, a senior defender, who helped the Huskies reach the 4A semifinal.
Community School of Davidson’s Adam Cosgrove, a junior midfielder, and Francisco Prado, a sophomore forward, were named to the 1A all-state team. Pine Lake Prep’s Cameron Giles, a senior defender, and Lincoln Charter’s Daniel Moore, a senior midfielder, also were named to the 1A squad.
North Mecklenburg to host honorary basketball tournament
HUNTERSVILLE – The Leroy Holden Classic, a basketball tournament named after former North Mecklenburg High coach and athletic director Leroy Holden, will debut Nov. 29-30. Games will be played at North Meck’s Leroy Holden Court.
The Nov. 29 schedule: 1:30 p.m., Cox Mill vs. North Meck, junior varsity boys; 3 p.m., Lake Norman Charter vs. Mooresville girls; 4:30 p.m., Lake Norman Charter vs. Cox Mill boys; 6 p.m., North Meck vs. Cox Mill girls; and 7:30 p.m., North Meck vs. Mooresville boys.
The Nov. 30 schedule will be determined by Nov. 29 game results.
Game times are: 3 p.m., Girls’ third-place game; 4:30 p.m., Boys’ third-place game; 6 p.m., Girls’ championship; and 7:30 p.m., Boys’ championship.
Tickets cost $6 and there is no re-entry. Concessions will be available.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-968-7166.