Wildcats baseball leads conference

DAVIDSON – Davidson College’s Forrest Brandt singled with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to drive in the winning run in a 7-6 victory against UNC Greensboro in a Southern Conference baseball game April 17. The games scheduled for April 18 and 19 were rained out.

Davidson (23-10 overall) maintained its conference lead by improving to 13-3 in league games. The Wildcats are ahead of Western Carolina (11-3) and Elon (11-7).

In the decisive 11th inning, Davidson’s David Daniels and Ryan Lowe drew two-out walks. Brandt followed with the winning hit to centerfield. Lowe (2-1) picked up the victory on the mound by pitching scoreless innings in the 10th and 11th.

Davidson’s 13 conference wins are its most since 2005. It was the Wildcats’ first extra-inning game in conference this season, and its first since losing in the 12th inning at Wake Forest in the opener. Davidson will play at 6:30 p.m. April 25 at Appalachian State.


Huntersville bowler wins NCAA title

WICKLIFFE, Ohio – Becca Pittser, a Huntersville resident and North Mecklenburg High alum, helped the Sam Houston State Bearkats win the NCAA Women's National Bowling Championship on April 12.

SHSU upset Nebraska, the defending champion, 4-2 in a match televised live on ESPNU. The title is the first in any sport for the Bearkats since the team moved to Division I in 1986.

The bowling team is in just its fourth year of existence. Pittser, a junior, averaged 191.5 in 34 games this season.


Everest Gymnasts qualify for regionals after great state meet
HUNTERSVILLE – Bria Diorio, Emily Buffington, Lilly Neal and Isabelle Schaefer, who train at Everest Gymnastics Training Center, qualified for regional competition based on their performances at the North Carolina Level 7 state meet.

The four Everest gymnasts were among 36 competitors who had the best all-around scores at the meet, which included more than 150 girls.

Buffington, Neal and Schaefer, based on having top-eight all-around scores, were chosen to represent North Carolina on the state team that will compete against the best Level 7 gymnasts from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee at the regional meet April 25 in Concord.


Patriots dominate shot put event

CONCORD – Davidson Day’s Ricky Smith and Jake Helms finished 1-2 in the boys’ shot put at a six-team track and field meet at Concord Cannon on April 16. Smith won the event with a toss of 43 feet, seven inches. Smith’s second-place throw went 43-3 1/2.


Golfer qualifies for regionals

HUNTERSVILLE – Connor Holleran, a sophomore at Christ the King Catholic High, qualified for N.C. 1A Midwest boys’ golf regional in Elkin on May 5-6.

Holleran has been the individual medalist (top golfer) in three of the team’s six matches this season and finished second the other three times. His average score is 39 in nine-hole competition.


Giants excel at 7-on-7

HUNTERSVILLE – The Lake Norman Giants have joined a citywide 7-on-7 football passing league for players ages 8 and older.

They’re among more than a dozen organizations in and around the Charlotte in the league, including Powerhouse Football (Mooresville), Beatties Ford Saints, Mint Hill Mountaineers, Mallard Creek Hokies, Northside Hurricanes, Northside Christian, FTC Bills, Bravo Alpha (Mooresville) and the Lake Norman Ducks.

There are 44 teams in the league vying for five age-group championships: 6-under, 8-under, 10-under, 12-under and 14-under.

In the 14-under division, the Giants’ Team Newell is 3-0 and leads the league in scoring (154) and fewest points allowed (24). Nate Allen threw for 12 touchdowns in a doubleheader and had five interceptions as a defensive back against Northside Hurricanes and previously undefeated FTC Bills.

Nolan Groulx caught six touchdowns, and Jaquan Thomas, Jack Carter and Sherrod Coates each had two scores.

The team, coached by Mike Newell, is made up mostly of Davidson Day players. In the 12-unders, Lake Norman’s Team Newell/Ingram is 2-0 after beating Mallard Creek’s B team 34-12.

Zach Rhodes connected with A.J. Ingram on three touchdowns and Jackson Conrad for two scores. Chris Gay led the defense with several deflected passes.

Lake Norman’s Team Ellenburg, led by quarterback John Whelan’s four touchdown passes, beat previously undefeated Mallard Creek A 39-31. 

Congressman honors quarterback on House floor

WASHINGTON – In an April 9 speech before the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Robert Pittenger congratulated Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier for being named Parade Magazine's 2014 All-America Player of the Year and America's top high school football player by Football USA.

"At Davidson Day, he chose to be a positive role model, regularly spending time with younger students and reading to elementary classes," Pittenger said.

Grier graduated from Davidson Day one semester early and began attending classes at the University of Florida in January.