Hough High football coach takes job at South Carolina school

CORNELIUS – Hough High’s Bobby Collins, the school’s football coach since the school opened in 2010, resigned Feb. 21 to become coach at Lancaster (S.C.) High.

Collins was 25-20 in four seasons and quickly turned the Huskies into contenders. Hough was 11-2 last season and finished second in the MECK 4A conference. It was the second consecutive season Hough was second in the conference to state power Mallard Creek.

Hough lost in the first round of the N.C. 4A playoffs each of the past two seasons – to Independence in 2013 and to West Mecklenburg in 2012. Collins was an assistant coach at Providence Day and West Mecklenburg before launching Hough’s program. Collins is replacing Bennie McMurray, who is retiring after a 38-year coaching career.


Hopewell, North Meck win MECKA 4A tournament titles

HUNTERSVILLE – The Hopewell High girls’ basketball team and North Mecklenburg High boys’ team won championships at the MECKA 4A conference tournament Feb. 21 at Hopewell High.

Hopewell beat North Mecklenburg 56-46 in the girls’ title game. The Titans (22-4) were led by Mariah Washington’s 10 points. Taneesha Schott and Rhema Francis scored eight each. Dynasty Heyward led North Mecklenburg (17-10) with 19 points.

North Meck won the boys’ title by beating top-seed Hough 55-52 in the championship game. Quay Collins and Taj Middleton scored 12 points each for the Vikings (22-4), Kendall Coles scored 10 and C.J. Bryce added nine points. Luke Maye had a game-high 19 points for Hough (21-5).


HYAA names baseball director

HUNTERSVILLE - Crystal McArdle is the new director of baseball for the T-Ball through Mustang age groups in the Huntersville Youth Athletic Association. She’s a teacher, and her son has played HYAA baseball and basketball since 2012. McArdle is an HYAA alum and directed the T-ball program last fall. She can be contracted at crystal_mcardle@yahoo.com if you’re interested in volunteering.


Davidson hoops extends winning streak to 10

DAVIDSON  – Davidson shot 52 percent from the field to beat Wofford 59-49 and clinched at least a share of the Southern Conference regular season title on Feb. 22 at Belk Arena.

Davidson (17-11, 13-1 conference) won its 10th straight game and ended the Terriers’ nine-game winning streak. De’Mon Brooks led the Wildcats with a game-high 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Tyler Kalinoski added 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including two 3-pointers. Davidson will conclude its home schedule with a 7 p.m. “Senior Day” game against UNC Greensboro on Feb. 27.


Verville sets SouthLake records

HUNTERSVILLE – SouthLake Christian Academy’s Giselle Verville finished her high school career as the Eagles’ all-time scoring leader (1,407 points) and career leader in 3-pointers (203). Verville was all-conference three years and helped SouthLake reach the playoffs three times. She’s considering several college offers, coach Terrence Batts said, and next week will be presented a commemorative basketball.


Local rowers compete in Boston

HUNTERSVILLE - North Charlotte Rowing's Mara Bhalla, Sophia Bhalla, Cameron Ferguson and Erin Norton competed at CRASH-B Indoor World Rowing Championships in Boston on Feb. 16. In the junior women's category with 239 participants, Sophia Bhalla finished 13th with a time of seven minutes, 17.3 seconds.  Mara Bhalla finished 113th (time of 7:56) and Norton finished 133rd. Her time of 7:58.7 was a personal record.

In the junior men's category with 243 participants, Ferguson finished 201st with a personal-best of 7:18.9.  J.P. Shaw didn’t compete because a winter story cancelled flights out of Charlotte. CRASH-B’s began in the 1980s when about 20 rowers in Harvard’s Newell Boathouse did it as a way to break the monotony of winter training. It now attracts more than 2,000 rowers from around the world to Boston University’s Agganis Arena. Athletes row 2,000 meters on Concept 2 ergometers (rowing machines) in classifications divided by sex, age, weight and physical challenges. North Charlotte Rowing provides rowing programs for youth and adults of all abilities. Details: www.northcharlotterowing.org/.   


Sharman is productive freshman

LEXINGTON, Va. – Forward Samantha Sharman, a Hopewell High alum, is having a solid freshman season for the Washington and Lee University women’s basketball team. She has played in all 24 games, including seven starts. She averages eight points and 3.6 rebounds. Washington and Lee is 6-18.


Register for youth rugby

HUNTERSVILLE – The Charlotte Junior Rugby Association is expanding to include a youth tackle rugby club based in the Huntersville/Cornelius area.  The Cornelius Cobras will practice 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Hambright Soccer Fields (behind Blythe Elementary in Huntersville).  Play is open to boys and girls in grades 2-8. Practice begins March 11. Details:  www.charlottejuniorrugby.com.