Hawks soar to championship

HUNTERSVILLE – The Hawks, baseball team of 9-10-year-olds, won the spring championship in the Huntersville Youth Athletic Association’s (HYAA) Mustang League.

Pictured are (front row, from left) Jake Hobson, Clay Christy, Nicholas DiMenna, John Bagg, Cal Landry, (middle row) Hunter Campbell, Jackson Kmieciak, Ryan Crawford, Connor Michaud, Luke Starr, Sam Moorman (back row) John Hobson, Jake Smiley, David Christy and head coach Jim Smiley. 


Giants football registration begins

CORNELIUS – The Lake Norman Giants Pop Warner Football organization is accepting registrations for its upcoming season.

 The Giants are the largest youth football organization in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties and the second largest in the state. Play is open to ages 6-13 against others of similar size and age. Registration is online at www.lkngiants.com.

“Being one of the largest organizations, we take pride in being the best,” president Mike Newell said. “That starts with getting the best coaches, best equipment and teaching the kids the correct way to have contact. This year the Giants have partnered with Schutt Sports to bring our kids the new Schutt Vengeance helmets, the most technologically advanced helmet released by Schutt Sports. We also have implemented the King-Devick concussion tests that many of the NFL teams use today as well as partnering with USA Football on their new ‘Heads Up’ program.”


Register for Junior Eagle football

HUNTERSVILLE - The Junior Eagle Football Association (JEFA) is accepting registrations for the upcoming season. JEFA is a youth tackle football league hosted by SouthLake Christian Academy and is open to families in the Lake Norman community. All practices and league games are on SouthLake’s campus. There are three age/weight divisions for ages 8-13. Details and registration: www.southlakeeagles.org/athletics-dept/junior-eagles.html#jefa


Vikings snag two fourth-place finishes at state meet

GREENSBORO - North Mecklenburg High had two fourth-place finishes at the N.C. 4A track championships at N.C. A&T on May 18. Sabrina Moore, who signed with Texas Christian University, was fourth in the girls 200 meters (24.74 seconds) and Rashaan Williams, Nicholas Larson, Jaiquan Manning and Michael Parkins were fourth in the boys 1,600-meter relay (3:20.96).

Swimmers compete in national meet
HUNTERSVILLE - Three local SwimMAC Carolina Masters swimmers competed at the U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championships at Indiana University from May 9-12.  All three represented the statewide N.C. Masters Swimming team, which finished seventh in the combined regional club team standings and fourth in the men’s regional club team standings. More than 1,600 swimmers nationwide from ages 18-96 competed.

Steve Pegram, 44, of Huntersville finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly (54.81), fifth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.53), sixth in the 50-yard butterfly (24.87), and ninth in the 100-yard freestyle (50.68) in the 40-44 age group.

Jay White, 52, of Mooresville, finished 15th in the 100-yard backstroke, 27th in the 50-yard backstroke and 46th in the 100-yard individual medley in the 50-54 age group.

 Kevin Happ, 24, of Cornelius, finished third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.65), third in the 50-yard backstroke (24.12), fourth in the 100-yard backstroke (52.14), and eighth in the 100-yard individual medley in the 18-24 age group.

Happ, who coaches the SwimMAC Masters north group that trains at the Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics facility, won a national championship as a member of the mixed 200-yard medley relay (1:44.23), which is comprised of two women and two men.  Happ (backstroke) was joined by fellow SwimMAC Masters swimmers Chandler Thomas (breaststroke), Lindsay Treece (butterfly) and Rachael Mullen (freestyle). Thomas, Treece and Mullen are also SwimMAC Masters coaches. Mullen won the team’s only individual title in the women’s 500-freestyle (5:22.37).