He'll run in college
Nate Nash, a Hopewell High senior, signed with UNC Pembroke to run cross country and track next season. Nash set the school record in the indoor 1,600-meter race at last month's state championship meet. He's captain of Hopewell's cross country and track teams. For the past three seasons, he was named all-conference and Hopewell's most valuable player.
(Picture Courtesy of Hopewell High)
Defensive backs commit to colleges
CORNELIUS – Hough High defensive backs Mark Fields II and Corey Bell, two of North Carolina’s top football recruits, announced their college commitments.
Fields, a junior, will play at South Carolina. He’s a 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback who also had offers from Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and Charlotte.
Bell, also a junior, picked North Carolina. He’s 5-10 and 165 pounds. He had offers from Duke, N.C. State and Virginia Tech.
North Meck to host baseball alumni events
HUNTERSVILLE – North Mecklenburg High’s baseball program will host two events to recognize former Vikings players and coaches. Alumni Night will be April 4, and all former players and coaches attending the home game against Concord Robinson will be recognized. Alums should arrive by 6 p.m. and check in at the pressbox.
North Mecklenburg will host an alumni cookout and pickup game at noon April 5. It’s a free event for former Vikings players and coaches. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 2. Details: Liz Coss, 704-491-7811.
Longtime Davidson coach retiring
DAVIDSON - Gary Andrew, after 29 years of coaching Davidson College men’s track and cross-country teams, will retire after the current season.
Andrew is a three-time Southern Conference coach of the year. When Andrew arrived at Davidson in 1986, he was the lone coach on staff for the men’s and women’s cross-country and track teams. He guided the women’s team through 1992.
Nineteen individual conference champions have been crowned during his tenure, and 77 Wildcats runners earned all-conference honors. Davidson runners have qualified for the outdoor NCAA Regionals each of the past two seasons – a program first.
Hough High golfers roll
HUNTERSVILLE – Hough High opened the boy’s golf season with a convincing victory in a MECKA 4A conference tournament at Northstone Country Club.
Hough’s four best scorers totaled 148 in the nine-hole competition, 30 strokes ahead of second-place Hopewell (178). Concord Robinson (180) was third and Mallard Creek (194) finished fourth. Hough’s 148 score was compiled by Patrick Cover (35), David Yang (37), Blake Fiest (38) and Matt Shrapstein (38). Cover was the match’s individual medalist.
Vikings sweep with heavy hitting
HUNTERSVILLE – North Mecklenburg High’s Zach Ruttkamp and Ryder Ryan combined for eight hits and 18 RBIs in a 19-4, 24-0 doubleheader sweep against West Charlotte on March 20. Ruttkamp had six RBIs in the opener and four in the nightcap. He also had two doubles and two steals. Ryan was 2-for-3 and had four RBIs in each game.
Knights score two hat-tricks
HUNTERSVILLE – Riley Kane and Erin Iknayan scored three goals each in Lake Norman Charter’s 8-0 victory in a girls’ soccer victory March 24. The Knights, who improved to 7-1-1, also had goals from Christin Venable and Aly Grasberger.
Goalkeepers Kelly Dugan and Gianna Tascione combined for the shutout.
Fast start for Wildcats baseball
DAVIDSON – Shortstop Sam Foy hit a home run and drove in three runs as Davidson College defeated Wofford 7-3 in Southern Conference baseball on March 23.
Davidson improved to 13-7 and is off to its best start in conference play since 2000, when the Wildcats also started 5-1. Davidson has won 10 out of its past 11 games.
Foy and designated hitter Ryan Lowe (two runs, one RBI) both went 2-for-4 to lead Davidson offensively. Lowe also earned the save after pitching the final three innings without allowing a hit or a walk.