Davidson Day’s Grier snags Parade Magazine recognition

DAVIDSON – Davidson Day’s Will Grier, the most prolific prep quarterback in the country, was named Player of the Year on Parade Magazine’s annual All-America High School Football Team on Feb. 2.

Grier, who graduated in December, completed 314 of 446 passes (70 percent) for 4,989 yards and 77 touchdowns. He also threw for 12 two-point conversions. Grier rushed for 1,252 yards, 13 touchdowns and five two-point conversions, helping the Patriots win their third straight state championship. The 77 touchdown passes were a state record and led the nation.

Parade has recognized football talent the past 50 years and is considered by many to be the nation’s most prestigious All-American team. 

Previous honorees include 14 Heisman Trophy winners, including Earl Campbell, Tony Dorsett, Marcus Allen, Herschel Walker, Charles Woodson, and the last two Heisman winners – Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Florida State’s Jameis Winston. NFL Hall of Famers who were Parade honorees include Joe Montana, Dan Marino and John Elway. 

Wildcats name Belk Arena court after coach McKillop

DAVIDSON – Davidson College’s basketball court inside Belk Arena will be called “McKillop Court,” an honor college officials presented at a ceremony celebrating head coach Bob McKillop’s 25th season, prior to the Feb. 1 game against The Citadel.

“Appropriately recognizing the trust, care, commitment and leadership that Bob McKillop has brought to Davidson over the last 25 years seemed like a monumental task,” Davidson College President Carol Quillen said, “and the naming of the game court is the perfect tribute. Each time our players, fans and alumni step into the arena, they will feel the impact that one extraordinary person can have on the aspirations of an institution."

The naming was made possible by lead donors Cheryle and Joel Williamson (Class of 1967) of Chicago, Ill., Lorinna Lowrance of Charlotte, and Ayesha and Stephen Curry (Class of 2010) of Orinda, Calif., and other members of the Davidson basketball family.

McKillop is 463-290 in 25 years coaching the Wildcats and has more wins than any coach in Davidson or Southern Conference history.


Register for spring sports

HUNTERSVILLE – Registration for the Huntersville Youth Athletic Association’s spring season of baseball and softball is open.

Details: www.HYAASports.com


Davidson women lose conference game

DAVIDSON - Despite a game-high 26 points from Laura Murray, Davidson College lost 76-62 to first-place Chattanooga in a Southern Conference women’s basketball game Feb. 1 at Belk Arena.

Murray finished 10-of-20 from the floor, sinking a pair of 3-pointers and making all four of her free throws. It was her 28th career 20-point game. Davidson slipped to 10-11 overall and 7-3 in conference.