Carolina Rapids win championship

The Carolina Rapids ‘99 Blue girls soccer team won the championship in their division of the CESA 2013 Classic in Greenville, S.C., in late September.

Standing (from left): Abby Kidder, Sierra Gilley, Rachel Gurley, Alex Behnke, McKenna Sleeth, Natalie Forouzad, Coach Drew Polly, Laura White, Armani Chambers and Lindsey Jacobson. Sitting: Kaitlyn Russell, Laura Maples, Sarah Piephoff, Julia Schriefer, Meg Cauley and Peyton Miyares


Eagles honored by USA Football

USA Football and SouthLake Christian Academy honored football players (from left) Robert Washington Jr., Conner O'Donnell and Luke Lancaster for their invitation to play for the National USA Football squad. USA Football presented the Eagles’ players with their Team USA jerseys at halftime of SouthLake’s 57-0 home victory against Gastonia Highland on Sept. 27. SLCA coach Geoff O’Donnell is on the right.

Lancaster, a junior quarterback, made the under-18 USA Football squad that will play in Texas in February. O'Donnell, a sophomore wide receiver, and Washington, a sophomore running back, made the under-17 USA Football team that will also play in Texas next February.


LaKova Gymnasts snag title

The LaKova Gymnastics team, which is based in Cornelius, won the team trophy at the Shooting Stars Invitational on Sept. 28.
The team, coach by owner Amanda Proschuk-Landay, includes Caroline Josephson, Carrie Griffin, Amelie Acton Yanez, Emily Mumford, Sophia Zent and Samantha Wilson. The meet was the first of the season for LaKova Gymnastics, and all its competitors qualified for the state championships.


Hough has a Shrine Bowler

CORNELIUS – Hough High center Jake McCreary was selected to play in the 78th Shrine Bowl all-star football game.

The game pits North Carolina’s top 44 seniors against those from South Carolina and will be at Dec. 21 at Wofford’s Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C.

Proceeds will benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children.


Huskies soccer leads conference

CORNELIUS – The Hough High boys’ soccer team maintained its perfect record in the MECKA 4A conference with a 3-1 victory against Vance on Sept. 30.

The Huskies (10-4) improved to 7-0 in the conference. C.J. Bradley, Landon Moss and Kyle Williams scored goals for Hough. Michael Basnett had two assists and Bradley added one.


Knights rally for soccer win

HUNTERSVILLE – The Lake Norman Charter boys’ soccer team allowed the game’s first goal, then rallied for a 4-1 victory against North Gaston in a Big South 2A/3A conference match Sept. 30.

The Knights improved to 5-1 in conference play. J.C. Brooks, Jackson Laing, Hunter DelValle and Will Silva scored goals for Lake Norman Charter.


Spartans remain unbeaten

DAVIDSON – The Community School of Davidson boys’ soccer team beat Lincoln Charter 3-2 on Sept. 30 to move into the Southern Piedmont Athletic Conference lead.

Adam Cosgrove’s goal three minutes into the game gave CSD an early lead. Lincoln Charter tied the game at 1 in the 39th minute on Ethan Cato’s goal.

CSD’s two goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half – by Jason Coggins and Kyle Tessier – gave the Spartans a 3-1 lead. Daniel Moore scored for Lincoln Charter in the 65th minute, but the Eagles rally fell short. Both teams had nine shots.

CSD is 6-0-2 overall and 3-0 in conference. Lincoln Charter (8-4) slipped to 1-2 in conference.


Register for youth basketball

CORNELIUS - Registration for the Cornelius-Davidson Youth Basketball League is open through Oct. 23.

The program is open to boys and girls ages 5-18.  Eighteen-year-old players must be attending high school to be eligible.  

Registration is available online at or at Cornelius Town Hall or the Davidson Parks & Recreation office. 

The resident fee is $60 for the 5- and 6-year-old instructional division and $75 for other divisions. The non-resident fee is $90 and $105, respectively. Divisions are by gender and age. Financial assistance is available. Skills assessment days will be held Nov. 5-10.

Practices will begin after Thanksgiving and games will begin in December, with practices on weeknights and games on Saturdays. Participants will receive a reversible jersey and a participation award. A birth certificate is required to complete the registration.

Volunteer coaches, timers, and scorekeepers are needed. Team sponsors are also needed, with sponsor's names being printed on team jerseys.

Details: or contact the Cornelius PARC Department at 704-892-6031 ext. 160, or the Davidson Parks and Recreation Department at 704-892-3349.


Davidson football is winless

MOREHEAD, Ky. – William Morris had five catches for 122 yards and Jonathan Carkhuff threw for 192 yards, but Davidson College (0-4) stalled in the second half of a 45-14 loss to Morehead State in the Pioneer Football League opener Sept. 28.

A career-long 63-yard touchdown was a highlight for Morris, who led the receivers with his second consecutive game of 100 yards or more. Jeff McDaniels had three catches for 45 yards, including 22-yard reception, while Garrett Diehl caught four passes for 12 yards. Carkhuff was 17-of-33 with one touchdown. He was sacked four times.

Davidson’s Matt Casey had a career-high 12 tackles and a quarterback hurry. Bryant Bednarek made 11 stops, while Ryan Leak was credited with seven tackles, including one tackle for loss.


Road win for Davidson soccer

STATESBORO, Ga. – Davidson got goals from Alex Feliciano and Valeriy Sviderskiy to beat Georgia Southern, 2-1, in Southern Conference men’s soccer on Sept. 29.

The victory ended a three-game slide for the Wildcats, who improved to 5-3-1 overall and 1-1 in league play. Just 17 seconds after Witt Carlisle gave GSU an early 1-0 advantage, Feliciano evened the score with his first goal of the season off a long cross from Chris Pettiglio.

Sviderskiy continued his impressive play by scoring the game-winner seven minutes, 30 seconds into the second half when he followed up his own shot. It was his team-leading fifth goal of the season.

The Wildcats were efficient on the offensive end, putting 11 of 18 shots attempts on frame.

Davidson goalkeeper Matt Pacifici made three saves en route to his third win of the season. Davidson will conclude its season-long, four-game road trip with a 5 p.m. kick-off Oct. 5 at Jacksonville.