The Knights basketball team won the premiere age group (14-17) championship in the Huntersville Youth Athletic Association. Kneeling (from left) are Matt Panza, Neil Baugh, Jake Hoertt and Jake Smiley. Standing (from left) are coach Perry Clark, Chris Miller, Michael Clark, Shaun Caber, Jake Rossini, Peyton White, assistant Jeff Baugh and assistant Jim Smiley.

- courtesy of Perry Clark



Hough, North Meck eliminated in basketball regionals

GREENSBORO – Hough High’s boys basketball team lost 75-55 to unbeaten Olympic High in the N.C. 4A West regional semifinal on March 7. The Huskies finished 23-6 in the program’s third year of existence, combining to win more games than the first two seasons combined.

• North Mecklenburg’s girls team lost 67-46 to Indian Trail Porter Ridge in the N.C. 4A West regional semifinal on March 8. The Vikings, who were the I-MECK 4A conference champions, finished 26-4.


Season’s first golf tournament ends in a tie

KINGS MOUNTAIN - Lake Norman Charter and North Lincoln tied for the winning score of 158 in the first Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference boys golf tournament of the season March 11 at Woodbridge Golf Club.

Lake Norman Charter was led by Blake Fiest, Ben Cattoni and Ross Goldbrum, who each shot 39 in the nine-hole competition, and David Shaw, who shot a 41. North Lincoln’s top scorers were Alston Taylor (39), Tanner Renyolds (39), Jake Haynes (39) and Nick Steel (41). West Lincoln's John Talent led all scorers with a par round of 36.   
The team scores: Lake Norman Charter 158, North Lincoln 158, Lincolnton 166, Gastonia Highland 171, East Lincoln 176, West Lincoln 177, Bessemer City 199 and Cherryville 201.

Spartans split two golf events

DAVIDSON – Community School of Davidson’s boys golf team split its first two matches of the season. The Spartans beat Christ the King, 180-197, at Birkdale Golf Club on March 5. The lowest individual scorers were CSD’s Brennan Kayes and Max Sapp, and Christ the King’s Will Straub, who each shot a 44 in the nine-hole competition.

CSD lost 179-191 to SouthLake Christian Academy on March 11 at Birkdale. SouthLake Christian’s John Henry was low scorer with a 39, followed by SouthLake’s
Ethan Sawyer (44) and Nash Stewart (45), and Community School’s John McKibbon (46) and D.J. Chaffman (47).

Wildcats add two coaches

DAVIDSON – Davidson College’s football team completed its offensive staff March 11 by hiring Mitch Browning as the assistant head coach, offensive line and tight ends coach, and Diauntae Morrow as running backs coach.

Browning has 33 years of coaching experience, including stops at six BCS (Bowl Championship Series) schools and appearances in 11 bowl games. Twenty of the players he’s recruited went on to play in the NFL, including first-round draft picks Dana Stubblefield and Laurence Maroney.

Browning most recently was running backs and tight ends coach for one season at Ashland (Ohio) University, helping the Eagles to their first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship and to the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. He spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons at Akron as the offensive line coach, and served as the co-offensive line coach at Tennessee in 2009.

Morrow is beginning his coaching career after four seasons as a letter winner at both Iowa and Toledo, where he was a defensive back. He first attended Iowa for two seasons before transferring to Toledo, where he played in 2010-11.

Browning and Morrow join Mike LaFleur, who was named the offensive coordinator in January.


- compiled by Cliff Mehrtens