• Several lake-area players qualified for the N.C. individual championships Oct. 25-26. In the Class 4A tournament at Raleigh’s Millbrook Exchange Tennis Park, Hough High sophomore Gabby Moore and Lake Norman freshman Lauren Gish will compete in singles.
Gish, a No. 3 seed, beat second-seed Moore 7-5, 6-4 in the regional semifinal, then beat Charlotte Catholic’s Grace Deering (the No. 1 seed) 6-1, 6-2 to win the regional championship.
Lake Norman’s Bella Dokell and Ali Bates qualified in doubles competition after winning the consolation finals at the regional.
In the Class 2A tournament at Cary Tennis Center, Lake Norman Charter’s Sravya Uppalapati and Lauren Loveless are in the doubles field after finishing runner-up in the regional tournament. Lake Norman Charter’s Hannah Archer, the reigning 1A state champion who was third in the regional, qualified for 2A singles.
Community School of Davidson’s Courtney Mudge and Marissa Deininger qualified as singles players in the Class 1A tournament, which also will be in Cary. Mudge won the regional championship, and Deininger was fourth.
• SouthLake Christian, a No. 11 seed, was eliminated in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A playoffs in a 7-2 loss Oct. 19 to St. Mary’s. The Eagles finished 11-5 overall and 10-0 in conference. Their top players were Kylie Barnes, Alex Weber, Jenn Corley, Anna Schuldt, Miranda Gilkerson and Hannah Bozzini.
• Hough High won the MECKA 4A conference championship and Bailey Jones was the conference player of the year with a 39.83 scoring average in seven conference matches.
The all-conference team included Bailey, Renee Janis, Tessa Young and Natalie Cleveland (Hough), Reina Pozo (Hopewell), Alex Hull (North Mecklenburg), Taylor Scovel (Mallard Creek), Meredith Julian and Emily Davis (Concord Robinson), and Mackenzie Rodgers (Kannapolis Brown).
Janis, Young and Pozo qualified as individuals for the state tournament Oct. 28-29 with top-20 finishes in the regional competition Oct. 21 at Brushy Mountain Golf Club in Taylorsville. Janis shot an 85, Young scored 92 and Pozo 94.
• Lake Norman Charter finished third at the N.C. 1A/2A West regional tournament Oct. 21 at Linville Falls Golf Club. Kaelyn Pack shot a 90 to finish fourth and teammate Kate Beeken shot 113. The Knights advanced to the state tournament Oct. 28-29 at Longleaf Golf & Country Club in Southern Pines.
• Hough (28-1) beat Providence 25-20, 25-21, 25-23 in the first round of the N.C. 4A playoffs Oct. 19. The Huskies were led by Jennifer Hart (27 assists, 19 digs, three aces), Morgan Fisher (10 digs), Julia Brown (12 kills, 10 digs) and Jazmine Linder (13 kills).
Hough, a state semifinalist last year, won the MECKA 4A conference tournament by beating Hopewell 25-21, 25-19, 25-12 in the final Oct. 16.
• Hopewell (22-6) swept Alexander Central 25-15, 25-17, 25-19 in the first round of the N.C. 4A playoffs Oct. 19. Anyla Kryeziu had 17 kills, nine digs and three aces; Patricia Thompson had eight digs; and Ada Thompson had 26 assists.
• Lake Norman Charter improved to 19-2 with a 25-19, 25-20, 25-12 victory against South Stokes in the first round of the N.C. 2A playoffs Oct. 19. The top players were Jessi Harris (13 kills, 18 digs), Julie Newell (13 kills, 17 digs), Danielle Reed (three aces, 15 digs) and Korrine Belfield (12 digs).
• Community School of Davidson (18-3) beat Gastonia Highland 25-10, 25-11, 25-11 in the first round of the N.C. 1A playoffs Oct. 19. Sarah Fink led the Spartans with 10 kills, a .625 hitting percentage, three blocks and an ace.
• Hopewell High’s Dane Mohn finished fifth at the MECKA 4A conference championship with a time of 17 minutes, 16 seconds. Teammate Nate Nash (17:33) was seventh. North Mecklenburg’s top finishers were Stephan Snyder (17:49, 10th place) and Rashaan Williams (17:56, 12th place).
In the girls’ conference race, Hough’s Malea Smith (20:24), Paige McKinney (20:26) and Heloise Hedlund (20:29) finished fourth, fifth and sixth. Teammate Breana Jenkins (20:42) was eighth.
• Lake Norman Charter’s Matt Panza won the Big South 2A/3A conference meet Oct. 16 in 16:26, well ahead of runner-up (and teammate) Nathan Kemper (16:54). The Knights also dominated the girls’ conference race, as Vicky Kohlwey (20:19) finished nearly a minute ahead of the field, followed by teammates Raven Seldon (21:23, third place) and Lauren Swift (21:24, fifth place).
• Hough High’s C.J. Bradley had a goal and three assists in a 4-3 victory against North Mecklenburg on Oct. 21. Brad Waite had two goals and Michael Basnett had a goal and assist for Hough (17-5), which improved to 13-0 in the MECKA 4A conference.