SouthLake Christian player named to All-American team

HUNTERSVILLE – SouthLake Christian Academy defensive back Aapri Washington was named to the MaxPreps Freshman All-American Football Team.

He was a second-team selection.

Washington, 5-foot-8 and 155 pounds, had six interceptions, including one in the state championship game, as SouthLake won the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II championship.


Two Patriots picked to play in All-American game

DAVIDSON - Davidson Day’s Hayes Grier and Nolan Groulx were selected to play in the Eastbay FBU 7th Grade All-American Game on Jan. 5 in San Antonio, Texas.

Grier played quarterback for Davidson Day's junior varsity team this season. Groulx was a triple threat player as a wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner.

Davidson Day was 7-0 on the season and has never lost a JV game in their four years of existence.

Grier and Groulx will play for the East team in the game that will be streamed live at 3 p.m. Both played on the FBU All-Charlotte team that made it to the Elite 8 in the national tournament recently.

Both also have older brothers playing in other All-American events in San Antonio this week.Garrett Groulx, a defensive end, is in the ninth grade All-American game Jan. 4, along with Davidson Day teammate Chase Monroe. Will Grier, a quarterback, is playing in the U.S. Army All-American game Jan. 4, which will be televised on NBC.


Briggs affected by Temple University dropping baseball

DAVIDSON – Davidson Day baseball player Lamar Briggs, a senior who committed to Temple University, is searching for another college after the Owls dropped its baseball program as part of an athletics budget cut.

Briggs, an all-state player last spring, is receiving interest from Maryland, among other schools.

NCHSAA Board makes winter rulings

CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Board of Directors completed its winter meeting last week and approved a seeding process for all 64-team bracketed sports for the 2014-15 academic year, which will provide consistency across those sports. Football seeding will remain different from other sports. 

Other major items approved by the board:

• Clarified language on eight-quarter rule for football, noting that it is for freshman and sophomores only.

• Eliminated rule limiting athletes to two all-star football and basketball contests during school year; rule had been based on NCAA rule which is no longer in force.

• Adjusted boy’s tennis calendar to avoid facility conflict. Individual tournament finals now will be May 8-9, 2014; adjusted dual-team tennis calendar from May 12 and 14 to May 13 and 15 for appropriate rounds.

• Adjusted indoor track calendar for 2013-14 season, to approve one championship on Friday and two on Saturday since a classification is being added according to terms of the NCHSAA regulations. Dates are now Feb. 7-8.

• Adjusted in 2014 lacrosse playoff calendar due to 4-A satisfying numbers to have its own boy’s championship, with additional round for 4-A boys.

• Rules clinic attendance for head coaches: If requirement for attending clinic is not met prior to first play date in the sport, coach will not be allowed to coach in contests until he or she is compliant.

• Approved penalty for schools not paying their catastrophic insurance by start of fall playoffs and membership dues by start of winter playoffs. If not compliant by this time, all teams at that school will be ineligible for the playoffs.  Does not replace $100 fine for late submission.

• Required all NCHSAA coaches to take NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching course for certification with effective date Aug. 1, 2015; currently non-faculty coaches and new hires are required to take it, and more than 7,000 have already taken it in North Carolina.

• Require all NCHSAA coaches to take “NFHS Concussion In Sports - What You Need to Know” course as a minimum, which is free.  Some counties already have their own concussion-related sessions, which could meet the requirement.

• Require that any head or assistant coach ejected from a game to take “NFHS Teaching and Modeling Behavior” course before coaching the next contest, effective July 1, 2014.

• In boy’s golf, change current reporting/scoring to five golfers, with best four scores counting. Currently it is six scores, with four counting.

Some proposals were tabled, including a stroke average standard for regional qualifiers in boy’s golf; a season limitation in games/matches in volleyball, dual-team tennis and dual-team wrestling; and a “mercy rule” in football, a point differential where the game would automatically resort to a running clock unless terminated by mutual agreement.


Davidson falls to nationally ranked Wichita State Shockers

WICHITA, Kan. – Cleanthony Early had a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 8 Wichita State past Davidson, 81-70, in non-conference men’s basketball action Dec. 29 at Koch Arena.

Playing their fifth-ranked opponent of the season, the Wildcats fall to 4-9 overall, while the Shockers remain unbeaten (13-0).

Tyler Kalinoski, a Kansas native, led four Davidson players in double figures with 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including three 3-pointers to go along with six assists. Tom Droney added 12 points, while Jake Belford and De’Mon Brooks scored 10 each.

After Davidson reeled off six unanswered to get to within 45-44 early in the second half, Wichita State slowly stretched the margin to double figures and put the game out of reach.