Davidson basketball snags commitment from local star

MOORESVILLE – Lake Norman High’s KiShawn Pritchett, an all-state basketball player, committed to play at Davidson College next fall.

He made the announcement via Twitter on Aug. 8, and added “Proud and blessed to say that I will remain a Wildcat in college.”

Pritchett, a rising senior and 6-foot-5 guard/forward last season averaged 17.9 points, 8.7 rebounds' 4.5 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.7 blocked shots.

Pritchett was the centerpiece on Lake Norman’s 28-2 team that roared through the conference season and playoffs to reach the N.C. 4A title game.

He was named the North Piedmont 3A/4A Conference player of the year and to the all-conference team. He was voted Most Valuable Player at the N.C. 4A Western regional tournament and was named to the all-tournament team. 


Morris, Casey named to All-PFL Team

DAVIDSON – Davidson College wide receiver William Morris and linebacker Matt Casey were among 28 players named to the 2014 Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Team, selected by the league’s coaches.

Morris, a junior from Dallas, Texas, was one of three wide receivers recognized. He was an All-PFL honorable mention pick last season. Morris moved into the starting lineup in the second game and nearly set a school season record for receiving yards after finishing with 1,090. The total was third-best in Davidson history, and he led the PFL.

Casey, a senior from Powell, Ohio, was on the All-Pioneer Football League second team last season, when he made 106 tackles. He also had three tackles for losses, 2½ sacks and an interception. 


Davidson adds to basketball staff

DAVIDSON – The Davidson College men’s basketball program promoted Will Reigel to assistant coach, and hired recent graduate Will Thoni as the assistant for program development.

Reigel, a two-time captain and Wildcats player from 2008-12, joined the staff a year ago as the assistant for program development.

He was a four-year member of the Davidson Student-Athlete Advisory Council, which implements ideas to promote academics and athletic achievement among varsity athletes.

“What an incredible opportunity it has been to come back home to Davidson College and be a part of a basketball staff that I once played for,” Reigel said.

Thoni has been an integral part of the Wildcats’ program the last four years. After serving as a student manager for three, he was awarded a spot on the 2013-14 roster as a walk-on.

“I'm both very thankful and very fortunate to be able to join such a well-respected coaching staff,” Thoni said. “After observing their work ethic over the past four years, I hope to mirror that same passion and enthusiasm everyday.”


SwimMAC sweeps national meet

HUNTERSVILLE – SwimMAC Carolina won the men’s, women’s and combined team titles at the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships on Aug. 6-10 in Irvine, Calif.

The competition was the first of two opportunities for USA’s best swimmers to qualify for the 2015 world championship team.

Among the winners were Ryan Lochte in 200 individual medley; Micah Lawrence in 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke; Lochte, Nic Eriksson, Tim Phillips and Dax Hill in 400 medley relay; Tyler Clary in 400 individual medley and 200 backstroke; Cammile Adams in 200 fly; Katie Meili, Madison Kennedy, Melissa Gates and Nora McCullagh in 400 free relay; and Hill, Paul Powers, Michael Chadwick and Mark Weber in 400 free relay.  

Details: http://swimmaccarolina.org.


Tickets available for Chiquita Classic golf tournament

DAVIDSON – The Web.com Tour's Chiquita Classic golf tournament will be played Sept. 4-7 at River Run Country Club.

The tournament will feature the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour regular season money list and 75 professionals ranked Nos. 126-200 on the PGA Tour's FedExCup points list. 

Tickets start at $15.

Details: www.chiquitaclassic.com.


Group to collect school supplies 

HUNTERSVILE – HOYAS – Helping Our Youth Achieve Success – will hold its first school drive Summer Basketball League championship game.

The event – free and open to the public – will collect school supplies to benefit Classroom Central, an organization that supports the needs of children attending Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The event also allows youth to participate in a fun sport in a safe environment.

“We are excited about the upcoming game,” said Melody Harris, HOYAS board member. “Collecting school supplies is a bonus that will benefit our youth.”

The event starts at 1 p.m. Aug. 16 at Barnette Elementary School. Mayor Jill Swain is billed as a special guest. 

H.O.Y.A.S. Community Development Corporation inspires citizenship, leadership, sportsmanship and team work in our youth through recreational development.

Details: www.hoyascdc.org.

Trio helps win AAU title

HUNTERSVILLE – SouthLake Christian Academy basketball players Myles Monroe, Kevin Wharton-Price and Brett Carter helped their squad win the AAU Nationals Showcase Gold Division, Copper Bracket Championships, in Louisville, Ky. on July 23-26. The trio plays for Proskills Select Basketball's 16U Gold team. 

Register for youth flag football

CORNELIUS – The towns of Cornelius and Huntersville will combine to offer an NFL Youth Flag Football league for the 12th season.  This nationally affiliated program provides a non-contact, co-ed football opportunity for boys and girls ages 4-14.

The program was recently recognized by the Carolina Panthers for being the largest NFL Flag program in the Carolinas.  Registration closes Aug. 24. Online registration is available at www.cornelius.org/parc.

Registration forms also will be accepted at Cornelius Town Hall or Huntersville Parks and Recreation office.  

The resident cost is $45 for the 4-5 year-old instructional division and $65 for all other divisions, which are ages 6-7, 8-10 and 11-14. There is an additional $10 fee for non-residents.  Financial assistance is available on a limited basis.  

Practices and games will begin in September, with practices on weeknights and games on Saturdays.

Details: Cornelius PARC Department at 704-892-6031 ext.161 or the Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department at 704-766-2220.  


Bailey Field to be dedicated

CORNELIUS – The Town of Cornelius will hold a dedication ceremony at Bailey Field at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 19. The field is at 11536 Bailey Road. The town board in April unanimously approved a contract with Sports Construction Management for the installation of synthetic turf. The fields were made possible by a partnership between the Cornelius PARC Department and the Carolina Rapids Soccer Club.