Lake Norman Charter finds new football coach

HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Norman Charter football coach Bob McKay resigned Dec. 10 after four seasons, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

“I have three kids and all three are involved in some type of sport/after-school activity,” he said. “I just decided I'd rather spend the time with them. The time commitment for football was just way more than I could do.”

School officials didn’t take long to name McKay’s replacement. On Dec. 13, assistant coach Mark Steele was named Lake Norman Charter’s new coach.

McKay was 21-24 since taking over the Knights program in 2010. Lake Norman Charter was 5-7 last season, its first in the Big South 2A/3A conference. McKay’s best season was 10-2 in 2012, when the Knights advanced to the second round of the state playoffs and hosted the first playoff game in school history. He previously was an assistant at Hopewell High and head coach at Coulwood Middle.

“I told the players I was putting them last, and it wasn't fair to them,” McKay said. “I may coach again but right now I'm not in any hurry.  My daughter is 6, and my sons are 8 and 11. It was a tough decision but I feel like I've accomplished what I wanted to do here, which was to build a good program. I know the scores didn't reflect that in our new 3A/2A conference this year but I think we did the best we could with the limited amount of players that we had. It has been fun but it was time for me to move on. I plan on staying here to teach.”


Three area basketball players reach scoring milestone

HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Norman Charter’s Ezinne Mbamalu and Alex Busch, and Hough High’s Luke Maye passed the 1,000-point barrier in recent games.

Mbamalu, a senior center, scored her 1,000th in a 19-point performance during an 81-60 victory against Hopewell on Dec. 3. Busch, a senior guard, scored her 1,000th as part of her 22 points in a 59-50 win against Hough on Dec. 6.

Maye, a junior forward, passed the 1,000-point mark in a 69-68 victory against Independence on Dec. 10. Maye scored 19 points.


Lake-area football players snag postseason awards

CHARLOTTE – Several lake-area players were among the Charlotte Football Award Winners, sponsored by South Charlotte Sports Report.

Lake Norman High quarterback Josh Ladowski was named Offensive Player of the Year. Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier was the Quarterback of the Year. Hough High’s Tim Gawert won the Kicker of the Year award, and teammate Destry Barnwell was Punter of the Year. Defensive lineman Ricky Smith of Davidson Day was named Rising Star Player of the Year, awarded to the best underclassman.


Hough’s Brown wins conference’s top volleyball award

CORNELIUS – Hough High’s Julia Brown, a senior hitter, was named the MECKA 4A conference volleyball player of the year. She helped the Huskies (31-2) reach the N.C. 4A final and had 389 kills, 187 digs, 40 aces and 27 blocks.

Hough’s Sandi Skidmore was named the conference coach of the year.

The all-conference team: Anyla Kryeziu and Ada Thompson (Hopewell), Maddie Lippy,  Haley Kain, Jasmine Lindor and Jennifer Hart (Hough),  Sacsha McCoy and Courtney Rushing (Kannapolis Brown), Keimaya Hunter (Mallard Creek), Kymberli Granger and Lauren Stewart (North Mecklenburg), Kirsten Hunt and Vanessa Blas (Concord Robinson), and Breonda Snead (West Charlotte).


Robinson rules MECKA 4A cross-country awards

HUNTERSVILLE – Concord Robinson High swept the four individual honors on the MECKA 4A conference cross-country teams. The Bulldogs’ Natalie Andrejchak was the girls’ runner of the year, and McCann Sheridan was the boys' runner of the year. Robinson’s Leah Benfield was the conference coach of the year on both the boys and girls teams.

The boys' all-conference team: Sergio Adame, David Evans, Paul Evans and Sheridan (Robinson), Kellen Corson and Curtis Haynie (Kannapolis Brown), Dane Mohn and Nate Nash (Hopewell), Marquise McGee (Vance), Stephan Snyder and Rashaan Williams (North Mecklenburg), Brandon Nobrega and Arijiy Datta (Mallard Creek), and Joey Obeid (Hough).

The girls’ all-conference team: Natalie Andrejchak, Ashleigh Andrejchak, Megan Miller, Lauren Hughes and Alli Renteria (Robinson), Malea Smith, Paige McKinney, Heloise Hedlund, Breana Jenkins and Grace Riley (Hough), Ojai Brooks (Mallard Creek), Kelsie Simpson (Kannapolis Brown), Tasha Regan and Riley Axe (Hopewell).


Shooting woes hurt Davidson basketball

DAVIDSON – Frantz Massenat scored a game-high 25 points to lead Drexel to a 72-58 victory against Davidson College in non-conference men’s basketball Dec. 15. The Wildcats, who played without starters De’Mon Brooks and Tom Droney, fall to 4-7 overall, while Drexel improved to 7-2.

Brian Sullivan led three Wildcats in double figures with 14 points, while Tyler Kalinoski recorded his third double-double of the year with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Jordan Barham added 11 points off the bench.

For the second straight contest, Davidson struggled offensively, converting just 32.8 percent of its attempts from the field. The Wildcats were 3-of-22 on 3-point attempts and 17-of-31 (55 percent) on free throws.

Davidson, which opened 0-of-12 from the floor and didn’t make a field goal until the 8:37 mark, trailed by as many as 14 in the first half.

Davidson will next travel to Chapel Hill for a 5 p.m. televised (ESPNU) game against 18th-ranked North Carolina on Dec. 21.