Davidson Day’s Will Grier named  national football player of the year

DAVIDSON – Will Grier, a junior quarterback at Davidson Day, on Jan. 16 was named the national football player of the year on the MaxPreps Small Schools All-American team.

Grier led the nation in passing yards (5,785) and touchdown passes (69) last fall. Both marks also set state records, as Grier led the Patriots to a second-straight state championship.

Grier, who committed to Florida, also was named the N.C. Gatorade Player of the Year. Hewas on the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association and N.C. Associated Press all-state teams. He completed 324 of 414 passes (78 percent) percent, and threw 11 two-point conversions. Grier also led the Patriots in rushing (813 yards) and scored eight touchdowns.

The MaxPreps Small Schools All-American team consists of players chosen from schools that have fewer than 1,000 students.

Davidson hires one offensive coordinator, retains another coach

DAVIDSON – Davidson College’s new football coach, Paul Nichols, hired Mike LaFleur on Jan. 21 as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks and wide receivers coach. He retained defensive line coach Brett Hayford.

LaFleur comes to Davidson from Saint Joseph’s College, an NCAA Division II school in Rensselaer, Ind., where he served in the same capacity and also was the recruiting coordinator.

“Mike has an excellent football pedigree,” said Nichols, who was named coach in December. “He brings a passion for the game and an intimate understanding of offensive football. He will energize not only our offense, but also our entire program. I am excited about the opportunity to have him and his wife, Lauren, join our football family.”

LaFleur is a native of Mount Pleasant, Mich. His brother Matt is the quarterbacks coach for the NFL’s Washington Redskins.

Hayford will return for his 21st season as a Wildcats coach. He served as the interim head coach for the final two games of the 2012 season.

North Mecklenburg names basketball court after Holden

HUNTERSVILLE – North Mecklenburg High held a ceremony Jan. 18 to dedicate its basketball floor as “Leroy Holden Court.” The dedication was between the boys and girls games against Mooresville.

Holden, 67, coached 38 years at the school (40 overall) before retiring as athletics director in 2009. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education approved the move last summer.

Holden piled up 464 victories in 25 years as North Mecklenburg’s boys basketball coach. His Vikings squads reached regionals six times and in 1987 advanced to the state final. He became the school’s athletic director in 1985.

Register for Valentine’s race

DENVER – A Valentine’s 5K race and couples’ fun run will be held Feb. 16 at the Cowan’s Ford Country Club, 761 Club Road (off N.C. 73). The 5K will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the couples’ run at 10:15 a.m.

The 5K course will be slightly hilly, begin near the clubhouse, wind through the neighborhood and golf course and finish at the CFCC tennis courts. The fun run will be a one-mile loop along the banks of Lake Norman.

Registration costs $20 for individuals, $35 for couples, if postmarked before Feb. 4. After Feb. 4, it will cost $25 for individuals and $45 for couples. Fun run registration costs $10 per person.

Make checks payable to East Lincoln Cross Country Team. Mail to: Coach Melvin Morrison, East Lincoln High School, 6471 Hwy. 73, Denver, N.C. 28037. Advance registration will be available 4:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Omega Sports in Huntersville, and 4:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Cowan’s Ford Country Club.

– compiled by Cliff Mehrtens