Spartans soccer heads to state final

DAVIDSON – The Community School of Davidson girls’ soccer team won the match, but lost a key player in the N.C. 1A semifinal May 27. The Spartans beat Gray Stone Day 2-0 to advance to the state final May 31 in Raleigh.

Community School of Davidson improved to 18-0. Gray Stone Day finished 18-2-1.

Sophomore Julia Grainda, CSD’s leading scorer, left in the first half with a leg injury. She scored in the 20th minute to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead, blasting in a shot from about 10 yards away. Freshman Lissi Gordon, who assisted on Grainda’s goal, slid behind the defense to score CSD’s second goal.

Community School of Davidson will play East Carteret in the 1A state championship at 5 p.m. May 31 at N.C. State.


Davidson College’s Brooks wins prestigious conference award

DAVIDSON – Davidson College basketball player De’Mon Brooks, a Hopewell High alum, was named the Southern Conference Male Athlete of the Year on May 27. Brooks was honored at the league's annual Honors Dinner on May 28 in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Brooks, a graduated senior, is the sixth Wildcat to win the award, joining Davidson basketball greats Whit Cobb (1950), Fred Hetzel (1965), Dick Snyder (1966), John Gerdy (1979) and Stephen Curry (2008-09).

Brooks, a two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year, finished his career  as Davidson’s seventh-leading scorer (1,777 points) and sixth-leading rebounder (765). He led the league in scoring (20.5 points) and field goal percentage (.660) last season.


Business owner and athlete is area’s fittest man

HUNTERSVILLE - CrossFit LKN owner Kyle Ruth finished 12th at the Reebok CrossFit Mid-Atlantic Regional May 23-25, earning the title as the fittest man in the Charlotte area. The competition in Fairfax, Va., consisted of seven events combining weightlifting, gymnastics and endurance tests over three days.

Ruth, who won the title of Fittest Man in North Carolina in 2013, struggled the first day, but rallied from 26th place to finish 12th. More than 120,000 men competed in the Cross Games.


North Meck boosters to hold benefit golf tournament

HUNTERSVILLE – Registration is open for the North Mecklenburg High School Booster Club’s 22nd Annual Golf Tournament. It will be at 1 p.m. June 12 at Cowans Ford Country Club. It’s the largest fundraiser for the Vikings’ athletic program. North Meck teams will be on hand grilling food that will be the golfers’ post-round dinner.

Entry fee is $90 and the format will be a four-person captain’s choice. Registration information: Buddy Caldwell, 704-778-1718 or To sponsor a hole: John Woods , 704-868-6917 or


Register for youth basketball camp

DENVER – Registration is open for the Lincoln Charter basketball camps June 16-19. The camps, for boys and girls in kindergarten through rising ninth-graders, will be held 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. daily. Cost is $90, which includes a T-shirt. The camp will include two “fun” leagues – the ACC for ages kindergarten through fifth grade, and the NBA for grades 6-9. Registration information: Coach Bradley Gabriel at 


HYAA offers youth summer camps

HUNTERSVILLE – Registration is open for two Huntersville Youth Athletic Association camps:

• Dick’s Sporting Goods/Football Factory training camp on June 30-July 1 at Hough High. Cost is $20. Participants receive a $20 DSG gift card at the camp. Campers will receive instruction from coaches whose experience ranges from the NFL to colleges. It will include challenges, stations and drills. To register:

• Big Shooter Baseball camp on July 7-9 at Bradford Park. Cost is $150 ($10 discount if you register by June 1). The camp will teach baseball fundamentals to various age levels, and will include individual and multiple-player instruction. Registration information:


Register for Lake Norman Giants

HUNTERSVILLE – Registration is open through June 10 for Lake Norman Giants youth football. Play is open to ages 6-13 in various weight classes – Tiny Mite (35-75 pounds), Mitey Mite (45-90 pounds), Junior Pee Wee (60-105 pounds), Pee Wee (75-120 pounds) and Junior Midget (90-145 pounds). Details and registration:


Davidson runner qualifies for regional

DAVIDSON - Davidson College runner Sarah Paddon extended her season by at least one meet, qualifying to run in the NCAA East Regional Meet on June 29 in Jacksonville, Fla. Paddon was selected to compete in her signature event, the 1,500-meter run, after ranking in the top 48 in the East Region. She is seeded 35th in the event.

Paddon is the Southern Conference champion in the 1,500 meters. Her best time is four minutes, 22.9 seconds. Paddon will run May 29 in the first round. The top 24 runners will advance to the quarterfinals May 31. The top 12 runners from each regional will compete at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships on June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore.