Lake Norman Charter lands eight on all-conference team

HUNTERSVILLE – Eight Lake Norman Charter football players were named to the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A all-conference team, including senior Alex Scearce, who was named the offensive player of the year.

Scearce, who played wide receiver and running back, caught 36 passes for 915 yards and 12 touchdowns. He rushed for 591 yards and 13 touchdowns. Scearce averaged 37.6 yards per punt return and 45 yards per kickoff return. He scored seven touchdowns on returns.

Lake Norman Charter’s other all-conference picks were quarterback Michael Dorsainvil, lineman Conner Peterson, linebacker Landon Wiese, running back Tripp Smith, defensive back Cameron Krueger, linebacker Austin Calton and lineman Chris Williams.

East Lincoln’s Mike Byus was named the conference coach of the year and Lincolnton defensive end Darian Roseboro was defensive player of the year.

Hough earns honors on I-MECK 4A all-conference football team

HUNTERSVILLE – Hough High won three of the six individual awards on the I-MECK 4A all-conference football team, which was voted on by the league’s coaches.

Hough’s Destry Barnwell was punter of the year, Tim Gawert was kicker of the year and Bobby Collins was coach of the year. Barnwell, a junior, averaged 36 yards on 41 punts. Gawert, a junior, was 11-of-12 on field goals and 31-of-33 on extra-point kicks. Collins led the Huskies to a 9-3 record and a second-place finish in the conference.

Hopewell High’s Dominique Heath was named the conference special teams player of the year. Marquez North (Mallard Creek High) was offensive player of the year, and Larenz Bryant (Vance High) was defensive player of the year.

The all-conference team:

Quarterback – Josh Stilley (Hough), Jalen Latter (Vance), Tijuan Sifford (Hopewell) and Josh Ladowski (Lake Norman); Running back – Jaylen Samuel (Mallard Creek), Dre’an Long (Hough) and Manny Johnson (Mooresville); Wide receiver – Jorian Jordan (Mallard Creek), Sanders Poff (Hough), Nick Burrow (Hough), Rashaan Brown (Vance), Trey Foggie (Vance), Jermaine Sanders (Hopewell), Tahjai Watt (North Mecklenburg), Dre Howell (Mooresville) and Trevor White (Mooresville); Offensive line – Tevin Lawshe (Mallard Creek), Keon Brewer (Vance), Zach Howder (Hopewell), Jason Sparrow (Hopewell), Will Davis (Lake Norman), Brendon Latham (Lake Norman), Sheldon Kinard (North Mecklenburg), Blake Porter (West Charlotte) and Stephen Richards (West Charlotte).

Defensive line – Brandon Fowler (Mallard Creek), Stephen Askew (Mallard Creek), Lee Phelps (Mallard Creek), Blake Dueitt (Hough), Brandon Cassarino (Hough), Kirk Donaldson (Vance), Josh Williams (Vance) and Malcolm Surphlis (Lake Norman); Linebacker – Ilim Olive (Mallard Creek), Zach Boyd (Mallard Creek), Ryan Lemke (Hough), Tristen Spruill (Vance), Nick Dykema (Lake Norman), Ralph Montgomery (Mooresville) and Brandon Dixon (West Charlotte); Defensive backs – Brian Walker (Mallard Creek), Anthony Covington (Mallard Creek), Akeem Barringer (Hough), Corey Bell (Hough), Nolan Corpening (Vance), Michael Zanders (Hopewell), Kailan Chavis (Hopewell), Jesse Seaford (Lake Norman), Karl Roberts (North Mecklenburg), Adrian Boyd (North Mecklenburg) and Demar Eaves (West Charlotte).

Hopewell girls flourish under new coach

HUNTERSVILLE – Tyrelle Anderson is the new girls coach at Hopewell High, but he’s familiar with what he inherited. That’s because Anderson spent the past five seasons as a Titans assistant under coach Gary Richmond, who retired after last season.

Anderson’s squad is off to a fast 3-0 start. Each of the three wins has been on the road – 52-41 at Providence, 58-31 at South Mecklenburg and 58-49 at Lake Norman Charter.

Balance has been key for the Titans, who’ve had a different high scorer each game (Sydney Samuels, Bria Washington and Bryanna Curry).

Curry and Washington lead with 9.0 scoring averages, and Curry has a team-high 12 steals. Samantha Sharman is averaging 8.7 points and a team-best 5.7 rebounds.

Hough High girls’ team makes a smooth transition

CORNELIUS – It’s a new coach, but the same pleasant result for the Hough High girls’ basketball team.

The Huskies jumped to a 2-0 start with a 60-44 road victory against Independence and a 47-40 home win against Lake Norman Charter on Nov. 30.

Jason Smith is the new coach, after spending last season as an assistant at Wingate University. He replaced Sonja Tate, who left in May to become an assistant at Arkansas State, her alma mater.

The Huskies were 19-9 last season under Tate and beat South Caldwell in the first round of the N.C. 4A playoffs. Hough also won the I-MECK 4A conference tournament.

The good news for Smith is that most of the team’s core returned.

Kelsey Dean, a junior forward, scored 24 points against Independence and center Julia Brown added 13. Point guard Anna Diggs scored 17 in the win against Lake Norman Charter and Dean scored 13.

Dean, Diggs and Brown were all-conference picks last season.

Sophomores spark Hopewell boys’ squad

HUNTERSVILLE – Hopewell High’s boys’ team is 2-1 behind a pair of impact sophomore guards.

C.J. Bryce, 6-foot-4, leads the team with an 18-point scoring average and has a team-best nine assists. Taj Middleton, 6-3, is averaging 15.7 points.

But coach Damon Bost’s team isn’t a two-man operation. Hopewell is tough to contain because of scoring options with seniors Josh Ross (9.0 average), Michael Sandry (8.0) and Kalon Buchanan (6.7 points).

All three games were on the road. It’s been a stark contrast to last season, when Hopewell lost its first three games en route to a 6-18 season.

Watt’s up with North Mecklenburg

HUNTERSVILLE – North Mecklenburg High’s Tahjai Watt, a 6-5 senior forward, is one of the area’s hottest players so far this season.

Watt has been the centerpiece of the Vikings’ 3-1 start and leads the team in scoring (17.8 average), rebounds (9.2) and steals (2.8). He is tied with Davion Mintz for the team lead in assists, with seven.

SouthLake Christian goes two overtimes for home victory

HUNTERSVILLE – SouthLake Christian’s boys team had four double-figure scorers in a 73-65 victory against Covenant Day in double overtime Dec. 3.

The Eagles improved to 3-5 behind Cody Cox (17 points), Ralph McCollum (16 points), Jalen Sanders (15) and Bruce Dixon (12).

SouthLake’s girls team improved to 3-3 with a 65-57 victory. anay Sanders scored 17 points, Giselle Verville had 15 and Kianna Funderburk added 14 for the Eagles.

– Compiled by Cliff Mehrtens