Hough boys are conference champs

CORNELIUS – The Hough High boys’ basketball team won the MECKA 4A conference regular-season championship with an 80-44 romp against Vance on Feb. 17. The Huskies (19-4 overall) finished with a 13-1 conference record and earned the top seed in the conference tournament.

Hough, which led 41-16 at halftime, was led by center Tucker Thompson, who had 21 points and 14 rebounds. Theo Mack scored 12 points and had five assists. Jaqueaz Jackson added 11 points. Luke Maye grabbed 19 rebounds and scored nine points. Evan Umstead had five assists and two steals.


Hopewell girls win conference

HUNTERSVILLE – The Hopewell High girls’ basketball team clinched the MECKA 4A conference regular-season title with a 61-42 victory at Kannapolis Brown on Feb. 17. The Titans (19-4) finished 11-3 in conference, one game ahead of Hough (18-6, 10-4) and North Mecklenburg (14-9, 10-4).

Hopewell’s win against Brown was highlighted by Bryanna Curry (16 points, five rebounds), Mariah Washington (13 points, four steals), Ineesha Hankerson (11 points, five rebounds), Katie Dillon (eight points) and Alicia Francis (four assists).


LN Charter girls are champs

HUNTERSVILLE – The Lake Norman Charter girls’ basketball team won the Big South 2A/3A conference regular-season title by winning all 14 of its league games. The Knights are 24-1 overall. They clinched the perfect mark with a 78-45 rout against North Gaston on Feb. 15, and opened the conference tournament with a 79-47 victory against Gastonia Huss in the first round Feb. 17.

Lake Norman Charter’s standouts were Ezinne Mbamalu (26 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and two assists) and Sarah Novroski (16 points, nine rebounds, six steals and two assists).


Big day for SouthLake’s Baker

HUNTERSVILLE – SouthLake Christian Academy swimmer John Baker won three championships at the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A meet Feb. 17 in Greensboro.

Baker won the 200-yard individual medley in one minute, 55.26 seconds and the 100-yard backstroke in 52.74 seconds.

He also teamed with Andrew Vanwingerden, Joseph Bryant and Noah Vanwingerden to win the 200-yard freestyle relay.

SouthLake also won its sixth Metrolina Athletic Conference championship last week.


Two Hough wrestlers win regional titles

CORNELIUS – Hough High’s Austin Powell won the championship in the 113-pound division and Jordan Thompson was the 170-pound champion at the N.C. 4A West Regional wrestling tournament Feb. 16 at Hough.

Both wrestlers advanced to the 4A state tournament Feb. 20-22 in Greensboro.

Three other Hough wrestlers qualified for the state meet – Sebastian Barreto (50-5 at 182 pounds), Jacob Efird (42-6 at 152 pounds) and Michael Rawlins (40-16 at 220 pounds).


SouthLake has three state champs

HUNTERSVILLE – Three SouthLake Christian wrestlers won individual state championships at the NCISAA championship meet Feb. 15.

Hamilton Hewitt won the title at 147 pounds. He finished the season with a 54-6 record, earning his third straight state championship.

SouthLake’s Dylan Boone (51-4) was champion at 108 pounds and Chris Green (48-8) won the title in the 140-pound division.


Eagle named an all-star

HUNTERSVILLE – SouthLake Christian Academy’s Andrew Howard, a 6-foot-7 senior, was selected for the N.C. private school basketball all-star game March 8 at Providence Day School in Charlotte.

More than 100 players were nominated, and the games will include 20 players who’ve signed college scholarship.


Register for youth basketball
HUNTERSVILLE - SouthLake Christian Academy will host its third annual Junior Eagle Basketball Association (JEBA) youth basketball league.

Player evaluations with be held at SouthLake from 6:15-7:15 p.m. Feb. 25 (for second- and third-graders); 6:15-7:15 p.m. Feb. 26 (for kindergarten and first-graders); and 7:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 27 (for fourth- and fifth-graders).

Teams will practice once per week and play one game per week (on Saturdays) from March to May.

All practices will be 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Kindergarten and first-graders will practice on Mondays; second- and third-graders will practice on Tuesdays, and fourth- and fifth-graders will practice Thursdays.

To register, go to www.southlakeeagles.org/athletics-dept/junior-eagles.html#jeba.


Davidson hires football assistant

DAVIDSON – Derham Cato, a Charlotte Country Day graduate, was hired as Davidson College’s offensive line and tight ends coach.

He was a graduate assistant the past three seasons at Vanderbilt, where he worked with offensive and defensive lines. He also handled film breakdown, scouting reports and scout team responsibilities.

Cato was a three-year starter (2002-04) as a defensive tackle at Dartmouth. In 2010, Cato coached tight ends at his alma mater. He also played professionally, with the Toronto Argonauts (Canadian Football League) in 2007, Nashville Kats (Arena Football League) and Frankfurt Galaxy (NFL Europe) in 2006 and the Manchester Wolves (Arena Football 2 League) in 2005.


Lux headed to Catawba

Pine Lake Prep's Jenny Luxsigned to play soccer at Catawba College. She is a forward who was twice named all-conference and was three times the team's most valuable player at Pine Lake.


Hager signs with UNC Ashville

Woodlawn School's David Hager, a senior, signed to run cross-country and track for UNC Asheville. Hager is Woodlawn's record holder in four events (3200, 1600, 800 and 400 meters). He's the third Woodlawn runner to run in college and the first to sign with an NCAA Division I school.