CSD wins two regional cross-country titles

DAVIDSON – The Community School of Davidson boys’ and girls’ cross country teams won the N.C. 1A West Regional championship Oct. 26 in Cherokee. The Spartans’ all-region runners were Malia Ellington (girls’ regional champion), Hunter Cashion (fourth) and Marissa Lundsten (sixth). Other regional runners were Frank Bragg, Jason Huber, William Gosnell, Zach McAfee, Nico Anatrella, Colby Godwin, Owen Cosgrove, Seth Tomalis, Vanessa Lundsten, Katie Smith and Kaylee Cortese.

Both teams qualified for the state championship meet Nov. 2 at Beeson Park in Kernersville.

Charter tennis gets to state semis

HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Norman Charter advanced to the N.C. 2A girls’ tennis dual team semifinals with a 5-1 victory against Catawba Bandys on Oct. 28. The Knights’ victories in singles were by Hannah Archer, Sravya Uppalapati, Lauren Loveless, Emily Chrisman and Meghan Thomas.

 “The Lady Knights displayed great poise in winning two out of three very close matches that were decided in the final 10-point tie-break,” Lake Norman Charter coach Geoff Southwell said. “Lauren, Sravya and Emily quickly took control of their matches to win decisively. I'm proud to name Hannah (Archer) as the player of the match.  She took it to the state champ by nearly beating her in straight sets, and the level of play was outstanding. Hannah shook off the disappointment of losing the second set in a tiebreaker to play steady tennis in the deciding tiebreak set.”

Archer, playing No. 1 singles, beat Bandys’ Cassidy Shell 6-3 in the first set. Shell, who on Oct. 26 won the state singles championship, rallied to win the second set 7-6. In the decisive tiebreaker, Archer won 11-9.

Lake Norman Charter (18-1) was scheduled to host Salisbury (16-1) in the state semifinal Oct. 30.


CSD’s Mudge wins tennis state championship

CARY - Courtney Mudge, of Community School of Davidson, defeated teammate Marisa Deininger for the Class 1A girls’ tennis singles state championship Oct. 26 at the Cary Tennis Center.

Mudge took the title in two tough sets by 7-6, 7-6 scores. She won both sets in a tiebreaker. Mudge reached the final by winning a pair of matches Oct. 25, taking three of four sets at love.

Mudge was 17-1 in singles this season. Deininger had an 8-5 record, and missed the first three weeks of the season while recovering from an injury.


Williams wins junior golf event

BLUFFTON, S.C. – Davidson native Patten Williams won the Low Country Junior Shootout at Old South Golf Links on Oct. 27. The tournament is on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, and Williams’ victory was in the Boys (ages) 11-14 Division. It was the second straight tournament win for Williams, who shot rounds of 74 and 68 to finish two under par.

He also won the EFX Birdie Challenge with six birdies during the weekend. Williams added 26 pars and a tournament-best performance on par-4 and par-5 holes.


Local competitors fall at state tennis tournament

CARY – Lake Norman Charter’s Hannah Archer reached the semifinals of the N.C. Class 2A girls’ tennis singles tournament, but was eliminated by Nancy Bridges (Shelby High) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 on Oct. 26.

At the N.C. Class 4A tournament in Raleigh, Hough High’s Gabby Moore beat Melanie Post (Wilmington Hoggard High) 6-2, 7-5 in the opening round of singles competition Oct. 25. Moore was eliminated in the quarterfinals in a 6-1, 6-1 loss to West Forsyth’s Chelsea Sawyer.


Davidson soccer falls in overtime

DAVIDSON – Caue Da Silva scored 49 seconds into the second overtime to lead Elon to a 3-2 victory over Davidson College in Southern Conference men’s soccer Oct. 26 at Alumni Stadium.

The Phoenix, who dropped out of the national Top 25 last week, improved to 11-4-1 and 3-2-0 in the league, while Davidson fell to 6-9-1 and 1-4-0.

Max Pragnell, in addition to giving Davidson an early 1-0 lead, ended the Wildcats’ 269-minute scoring drought with his second goal of the season. The freshman’s header came 15:59 into the match off a long centering pass from John Pace.

Not long after checking into the contest for the first time, Davidson’s Jake Keator scored in the 78th minute to tie the score, at 2. Davidson’s Matt Pacifici led both goalkeepers with 11 saves.


Davidson football falls to 0-8

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After Davidson College scored first, Jacksonville scored touchdowns on its next seven offensive possessions and added one on defense for a 56-13 victory in a Pioneer Football League game Oct. 26.

Turnovers plagued Davidson (0-8, 0-5 PFL) as it fumbled eight times, losing four of them with one pass intercepted. Three of the lost fumbles were in the second quarter, allowing Jacksonville (4-4, 3-2 PFL) to take a 35-6 lead into halftime. Davidson allowed 558 yards, and its 56 points allowed was the most since a 56-0 loss to Elon in 2009.

Davidson will return home to host Mercer at 1 p.m. Nov. 2 in Richardson Stadium.