Hough High’s Clark commits to Belmont Abbey

CORNELIUS – Hough High guard Drexler Clark committed to play basketball at Belmont Abbey College next season. He’s the first player in Hough’s three-year history to advance to the college level.

Clark, a 5-foot-11 senior, was an I-MECK 4A all-conference pick this season. He led the Huskies to a 23-6 and the fourth round of the N.C. 4A playoffs. Clark averaged 14.7 points, 4.3 assists, 2.2 steals and shot 49 percent from the field.

Pine Lake Prep football coach resigns

MOORESVILLE – Pine Lake Prep football coach Jay Poag, the first coach in the program’s history, resigned April 10.

Poag, who took over in January 2012, said he left “in order for my family to pursue other opportunities.” 

Pine Lake Prep planned to play a varsity schedule last season, but altered those plans in July (a month before the season) because of the team’s lack of depth and experience. The Pride fielded a junior varsity team in 2012.

The school will field a varsity team this summer and be part of the Southern Piedmont 1A conference in the N.C. High School Athletic Association, with Bessemer City, Cherryville, Community School of Davidson, Gastonia Highland, Thomas Jefferson Academy and Lincoln Charter.

Poag’s announcement was posted on the school website, and in part read “I offer my sincere thanks to each of you for your support and involvement over the last 1½ years.  I feel like the program has a strong foundation and will do great things in the future. I will always look back on my time spent at PLP with fond memories.”


Arizona State makes offers to SouthLake Christian freshman

HUNTERSVILLE – SouthLake Christian running back Robert Washington Jr., a freshman, has received his third college scholarship offer. Arizona State made Washington an offer after he visited the campus last week. The offer was extended by Aztecs coach Mike Norvell.

Washington, who committed to Mississippi State last November, also received an offer from Mississippi. He’s a 5-foot-11, 180 pounder who rushed for 1,017 yards and 11 touchdowns in 11 games last season.

Washington battled a hip injury during the first half of his freshman season, but returned with rushing games of 151, 155, 163 and 165 yards in consecutive weeks. He averaged 11.4 yards per carry during the season.


Titans cruise in softball

HUNTERSVILLE – Hopewell High’s Brooke Myers pitched a perfect game with seven strikeouts in a 27-0 softball victory against West Charlotte on April 15.

Hopewell’s Rachel Alexander was 5-for-5 at the plate and hit for the cycle (home run, triple, double and single). Teammate Patricia Thompson was 4-for-4 with 11 RBIs.



Call pitches no-hitter

HUNTERSVILLE – North Mecklenburg High’s Justin Call pitched a no-hitter in a 7-0 victory against Vance in an I-MECK 4A conference baseball game April 12. He struck out three batters and didn’t walk anyone.

Call also went 2-for-3 hitting and drove in three runs. North Meck’s Ryder Ryan also had three RBIs.



LN Charter soccer wins big

HUNTERSVILLE – Rina Leonidas and Julia Johnson scored two goals each as Lake Norman Charter beat Cherryville 9-0 in a Southern Piedmont 1A/2A conference girls soccer match April 15.

Carolina Sanchez, Taylor Gilbert, Carolyn Huddy, Brianna Del Valle and Leanne Smithers scored for the Knights, who improved to 9-2-2. Lake Norman Charter’s Huddy and Rachel Quest shared the shutout as goalkeepers.


LN Charter wins golf match

DAVIDSON – Lake Norman Charter, the host team, won a Southern Piedmont 1A/2A conference boys golf match April 15 at River Run Country Club. The Knights’ winning score was 315, led by sophomore Blake Fiest’s one-under-par 71 in the 18-hole competition.

North Lincoln was second at 322, followed by West Lincoln (337), Gastonia Highland (355), Lincolnton (358), East Lincoln (367), Cherryville (389) and Bessemer City (398).

Fiest had the best individual score, followed by North Lincoln’s Alston Taylor (74), Lake Norman Charter’s Jake Blum (78) and West Lincoln’s John Talent (79).


Pitch, Hit and Run competition

CORNELIUS - The Cornelius PARC Department will host a free Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition for youth players at 1 p.m. May 5 at Bailey Road Park.  Pitch, Hit and Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball.            
Competition is open to boys and girls in four age groups: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14.

Participants will advance through four levels, with the ultimate chance to reach the national finals at the 2013 MLB All-Star Game in New York City. The individual pitching, hitting and running champions, along with the all-around champion in each age group will advance to sectional competition.
Participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have their parent or guardian fill out a registration/waiver form prior to competing.  Registration will begin on site at 12:30 p.m.  In case of bad weather, call the hotline at 704-896-2460, ext. 290. For information, call the Cornelius PARC Department, at 704-892-6031, ext. 160.



Dale Earnhardt Day set for April 29

MOORESVILLE -  “Dale Earnhardt Day” will be April 29 at the DEI headquarters on N.C. 3 in Mooresville. The annual celebration of Earnhardt’s birthday is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

The DEI showroom will be opening its newest exhibit:  “Being Dale Earnhardt,” which highlights the many facets of the life of the seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Champion.

The Grand Showroom will also be open to the public, for the newest Dale Earnhardt Inc. vehicle display.  The Grand Showroom is occasionally opened to the public, and this event will give fans a rare opportunity to see these special vehicles up close.

Cupcakes will be served in the afternoon, an annual tradition on Dale’s birthday celebration. For information, go to www.daleearnhardtinc.com



Fucigna ties Davidson record

DAVIDSON – Davidson College junior lacrosse player Ann Fucigna tied the school’s career points record as the Wildcats beat Coastal Carolina 18-8 on April 12. The victory extended Davidson’s winning streak to eight. The Wildcats (9-5) are 6-0 in Big South Conference games.

Fucigna, who set the Davidson career goals record this season, tied Amanda Fleck’s record of 185 points with three goals and an assist. She has a school-record 146 career goals to go with 39 assists.


- compiled by Cliff Mehrtens