Davidson’s Cohen, McKillop earn top Southern Conference honors

DAVIDSON – Davidson College senior Jake Cohen was named the Southern Conference men’s basketball player of the year by media and coaches polls. Wildcats coach Bob McKillop was voted conference coach of the year in a vote of his peers.

Davidson forward De’Mon Brooks, a Hopewell High alum, was named to the all-conference first team.

McKillop, the league’s all-time winningest coach, guided the Wildcats to a 23-7 record and 17-1 conference mark, while capturing a SoCon divisional title for the 12th time. This is the ninth time during his 24-year tenure that McKillop has been honored.

Cohen, a 6-foot-10 forward, is sixth in the conference in scoring (14.9), second in blocked shots (1.7), eighth in shooting (49.5 percent) and fourth in free-throw percentage (83.5).

Cohen scored in double figures 26 times, hitting the 20-point plateau five times, including a career-high 32 points in Davidson’s victory at College of Charleston on Feb. 14. He is Davidson’s all-time leader in blocks and starts.

Brooks was named all-conference for the second straight season. The 6-7 forward led the Wildcats in rebounding and steals, while also ranking among the league’s best in scoring (13.4), field-goal percentage (48.5) and free-throw percentage (78.7). 

Five Hough High wrestlers win medals at state tournament

GREENSBORO – Five Hough High wrestlers earned medals as top-six finishers at the N.C. 4A Wrestling Championships at Greensboro Coliseum on March 2.

Palmer Maples was the state runner-up in the 170-pound division. He won his first three matches at the state tournament to reach the final against Scotland County’s Nick McKee, the top seed. McKee capped a 61-0 season by pinning Maples in 55 seconds. Maples finished 48-3 and was Hough’s highest finisher in the state event.

Tanner Russ, a senior, finished fourth in the 138-pound division. He was 4-2 at the state tournament and finished with a 52-9 record. Austin Powell, a sophomore, finished fifth in the 106-pound division. He went 4-2 in the tournament to finish with a 47-11 record.

Jacob Efird went 2-3 in the tournament to finish sixth in the 152-pound division. He finished with a 38-8 season record. Charles Smith was sixth at 182 pounds. He went 3-2 and finished 46-13.

Hough’s Steven Owens (132 pounds) and Adam Nivens (145) each went 2-2, but didn’t place in the top six in their weight classes. Owens finished 41-18 and Nivens was 47-8.

• Hopewell’s Gore Vaughn, a junior, finished fourth in the 182-pound division. He went 3-2 to cap a 26-6 season.

• North Mecklenburg High’s Jalen Hill, a senior, went 2-2 in the 132-pound division at the state meet. He was 47-15 this season. Fellow Viking Marquel Thompson, a junior, went 0-2 in the 170-pound division to finish with a 23-18 record.


Hopewell High adds baseball assistant

HUNTERSVILLE – Shane Brown, a former all-state baseball player at North Mecklenburg High and an all-Atlantic 10 Conference outfielder at UNC Charlotte, joined Hopewell High’s baseball coaching staff as an assistant. Brown, 23, also teaches math at the school.


Aleksandravicius is player of the month

DAVIDSON - Davidson College women’s basketball senior Sophia Aleksandravicius was named Southern Conference Player of the Month in February, he second straight month as the winner.

She led the Wildcats to a 6-2 record in February by averaging 18 points, 9.1 rebounds and three blocked shots. The Pound Ridge, N.Y., native scored in double figures in all eight games, including 26 against Wofford on Feb. 18, when she shot 84.6 percent (11-for-13) from the floor.


Lake Norman Charter soccer opens with victory

HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Norman Charter opened the girls soccer season with a 5-0 victory against East Gaston on March 1. Carolina Sanchez scored two goals, and Leanne Smithers, Riley Kane and Julia Johnson scored one goal each. Rachel Quest was in net for the shutout. 


Davidson drops Southern Conference baseball series

DAVIDSON - Appalachian State scored seven runs in the first four innings before allowing a hit in a 10-4, series-clinching win against Davidson in Southern Conference baseball March 3 at Wilson Field.

The Mountaineers (7-2) won two of three games in the weekend series, which was the first conference action for both teams. Davidson (5-4 overall, 1-2 in conference) didn’t get a hit in the finale until designated hitter Ryan Lowe (1-for-2) singled up the middle in the fifth inning.

Davidson will return to conference play by hosting Western Carolina in a three-game series beginning at 6 p.m. March 8. The teams will play at 2 p.m. March 9 and at 1 p.m. March 10.