SouthLake Christian fires athletic director; rescinds coaching offer

HUNTERSVILLE – SouthLake Christian Academy fired athletic director Joe Haney on March 14 and rescinded its offer from a month ago to Bobby McLaughlin to coach the Eagles’ football team, according to sources close to the athletic program.

SouthLake Church senior pastor Wade Malloy, who oversees the church and school, met with more than 200 booster club members March 18. He offered no explanation about why Haney was fired or the offer to McLaughlin was withdrawn, sources said. The meeting lasted more than three hours.

Haney’s wife Paula, a secretary at the school, also was fired, sources said. Haney, when contacted March 19 by telephone, declined to discuss the situation. Malloy couldn’t be reached for comment.

McLaughlin, a Lincolnton High assistant football coach the past 10 years, was hired Feb. 19. He was set to replace Geoff “Bub” O’Donnell, who resigned Feb. 5.

Haney was fired less than two years after being hired in July 2012. He directed 36 teams totaling hundreds of students playing varsity, junior varsity and middle school sports.


Davidson basketball ousted in first round of NIT

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Davidson College, despite a career-high 29 points by De’Mon Brooks, lost 85-77 to Missouri in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament on March 18 at Mizzou Arena. Davidson ended with a 20-13 record.

Missouri, led by Jabari Brown’s game-high 30 points, shot 61 percent in the second half to slowly erase Davidson’s 13-point lead. The Tigers (23-11) will play the Southern Mississippi/Toledo winner in the second round.

Brooks, a Hopewell High alum, capped a stellar career by shooting 9-of-17 from the floor and 11-of-12 at the free-throw line. Fellow senior Chris Czerapowicz scored 10 points and became the 45th player in school history to crack the 1,000-point plateau. Tyler Kalinoski had 16 points, six rebounds and six assists.

After a Brooks’ 3-point play put the Wildcats up 72-71 with just more than five minutes left, Missouri answered with a 10-2 spurt to grab the lead for good. Davidson will join the Atlantic 10 Conference on July 1.

Hough soccer crushes Brown

HUNTERSVILLE – Courtney Carroll had three goals and three assists, and Alex Denny scored a hat trick in Hough High’s 8-0 victory against Kannapolis Brown in a MECKA 4A conference girls’ soccer match March 17.

Nicole Ferren and Sarah Steedman scored one goal each for Hough, which improved to 5-0-1 overall and 2-0 in conference. Huskies Ashley Johnson and Brooke Sawyer had two assists each, and Nicole Duncan added an assist.

Goalkeepers Marnie Merritt and Katie Easley combined on the shutout.


MECKA 4A conference names girls’ basketball honorees

HUNTERSVILLE – Hopewell High’s Mariah Washington and Hough High’s Julia Brown shared the Player of the Year award in MECKA 4A conference girls’ basketball.

Tyrelle Anderson (Hopewell) is the conference coach of the year. The all-conference team is Bryanna Curry (Hopewell), Dynasty Heyward, Destiny Barrino and Brianna Jones (North Mecklenburg), Kelsey Dean and Anna Diggs (Hough), Kelsi Mahony (Concord Robinson), Chantel Williams and Zaria Wright (Mallard Creek), Rachel Porter and Jessica Gaston (West Charlotte), Aitana Grant (Kannapolis Brown) and Destini Reed (Vance).