Big weekend for Davidson Day’s Grier

DAVIDSON – Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier was the starting quarterback for the East team in the nationally televised U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 in San Antonio, Texas.

The game, featuring the nation’s top senior football players, drew a crowd of 40,017 to the Alamodome.

Grier split time with two other East quarterbacks. He was 4-of-8 passing for 109 yards, including a 51-yard completion to wide receiver DeMarre Witt. It was the longest play of the game, which the West all-stars won 28-6. Grier also rushed five times for four yards.

Grier, who set a state record with 77 touchdown passes this season, was named as quarterback on the MaxPreps All-American Football Team. He is beginning classes this month at the University of Florida.


Hough wrestling team wins tourney

CHARLOTTE – The Hough High wrestling team won the Holy Angels Invitational, a two-day tournament that included competitors from more than 50 schools, Jan. 3-4 at Bojangles Arena.

Hough scored 189.5 points, followed by Morehead (176), Hickory St. Stephens (176), Ledford (146.5) and Concord Robinson (129.5).

Hough’s Sebastian Barreto won the championship in the 182-pound division by pinning Payton Mills (Morehead) in the second period. The Huskies also had three second-place finishers – Austin Powell (113 pounds), Jake Efird (152 pounds) and Connor Brooks (285 pounds).

Hough will next host the Husky Duals at 8 a.m. Jan. 11.


SouthLake Christian’s Washington named to All-American team

HUNTERSVILLE – SouthLake Christian Academy running back Robert Washington Jr. was named to the MaxPreps Sophomore All-American Football Team. He was a first-team selection.

Washington rushed for 2,512 yards and 28 touchdowns on 219 carries, helping SouthLake (11-1) win the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III championship.


Brooks' career-high sparks Wildcats

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – De’Mon Brooks, a Hopewell High graduate, scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Davidson College to a 78-63 victory over Wofford in Southern Conference men’s basketball Jan. 4 at Johnson Arena.


Former Davidson College basketball coach named to hall of fame

RALEIGH – Eddie Biedenbach, a former Davidson College men’s basketball coach, was among nine inductees named to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame on Jan. 6. They will be enshrined May 9 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Biedenbach, a former All-Atlantic Coast Conference player at N.C. State, coached Davidson from 1978 to 1981. He guided the Wildcats to the Southern Conference regular-season championship in 1981.

He currently is an assistant at UNC Wilmington.