Ellington wins three indoor track state championships

WINSTON-SALEM – Community School of Davidson’s Malia Ellington, a junior, won three state titles at the N.C. 1A/2A Indoor Track State Championship Meet on Feb. 8 at JDL Indoor Fast Track.

Ellington won the 1,600-meter run in four minutes, 58.43 seconds, more than 19 seconds faster than the runner-up finisher. She also won the 1,000 meters in 2:59.72 and the 3,200 meters in 11:27.96. Ellington was named the meet’s Most Valuable Performer.

Her time in the 1,600 surpassed what had been the combined 1A/2A/3A record by almost six seconds. Hendersonville’s Erika Schnable set the record 11 years ago.

Ellington also teamed with Marissa Lundsten, Hunter Cashion and Kaylee Cortese to finish fourth in the girls’ 4x800 relay.

  • In the N.C. 4A meet, Hopewell High’s top finishers were Olivia Walker (seventh in girls’ long jump), Nicholas Lawson (eighth in boys’ 300-meter dash) and the quartet of Dalen Freeman, B.J. Kendrick, Jairrin Dickins and Lawson, which finished eighth in the boys’ 4x400-meter relay.

   North Mecklenburg’s top finishers were Nicole Lawson (fourth in girls’ triple jump), Jhatanah Thomas (seventh in triple jump), Vincent Crisp (fourth in boys’ 1,000 meters), the boys’ 4x800 relay team of Vincent Crisp, Anthony Lorenzo, Michael Parkins and Stephan Snyder (sixth place) and the girls’ 4x400 relay team of Tyresha Alexander, Khai Harris, Lauren Jones and Nicole Lawson (seventh place).


SouthLake dunk hits 'SportsCenter'

HUNTERSVILLE – SouthLake Christian Academy’s Andrew Howard dunked on a lob pass at the buzzer to beat Hickory Grove Christian 61-59 on Feb. 5. The play, on a perfect cross-court, alley-oop pass from teammate Miles Boone, became a national hit when it was No. 3 on "ESPN SportsCenter’s" Top 10 Plays. The video was rebroadcast throughout the following morning.

“I watched it a lot the first couple of days and couldn’t get it out of my mind,” said Howard, a senior forward. “Then I guess I moved on.”

SouthLake officials sent the film clip to a Charlotte television station, which forwarded it to ESPN.


Former WTA pro joins River Run staff

DAVIDSON – Bonnie Gadusek, a former Top 10 player on the Women’s Tennis Association professional tour, has joined the River Run Country Club’s Tennis Professional staff.

Gadusek, 50, played on the WTA Tour from 1981 to 1987. She was the WTA Rookie of the Year in 1982 and her highest world ranking was No. 8 in summer 1984.

Also, River Run announced that Salem Kirven was promoted to full-time tennis professional and Alyssa Brandalik, who played at James Madison University, will be the tennis pro shop manager.