Two SEC teams make offers to Davidson Day's Grier

DAVIDSON – Will Grier is firm in his verbal commitment to play football at Florida, but that hasn’t stopped other colleges from offering him a scholarship.

Grier, a junior quarterback at Davidson Day, this week received offers from Arkansas and Auburn. It bumped his total to 10, which includes East Carolina, Wake Forest, UNC, Tennessee, N.C. State, Charlotte and Louisiana-Lafayette.

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 also was named the N.C. Gatorade Player of the Year, and was on the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association and N.C. Associated Press all-state teams.

He completed 324 of 414 passes (78 percent), and threw 11 two-point conversions. Grier also led the Patriots in rushing (813 yards) and scored eight touchdowns. He was named the national football player of the year on the MaxPreps Small Schools All-American team.


Two SouthLake Christian athletes commit to colleges

HUNTERSVILLE - SouthLake Christian senior Kelsey Bundy committed to play volleyball at Asbury University, a 1,300-student school in Wilmore, Kentucky. Last fall, Kelsey was the Eagles’ starting middle hitter with a kill percentage of 41 percent. She had a passing accuracy of 92 percent and service accuracy of 93 percent.
 “Not only does Kelsey’s raw volleyball talent impress me, but her leadership both on and off the court is something to be admired,” SouthLake Christian coach Katie Cook said. “Kelsey’s teammates look up to her and respect her immensely. As her coach, she continually impressed me with her level of maturity and composure during practices, matches, and team huddles.”
  • SouthLake Christian Academy pitcher/infielder Devin Bagwell committed to Charlotte.  Bagwell is 1-1 with a 1.75 ERA in three appearances. In 12 innings, the Eagles junior has struck out nine and walked two. On March 8, Bagwell pitched a no-hitter against Providence Day to win 2-0. Bagwell is batting .263, with four runs and six RBIs.

Hopewell guard signs with college

HUNTERSVILLE – Hopewell High’s Samantha Sharman signed to play basketball at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. this fall.

Sharman, a 6-foot shooting guard, averaged 5.2 points and 5.5 rebounds for Hopewell as a senior. She also played with the CBC Magic AAU team. Sharman has worked on shooting accuracy with the help of NBA shooting coach Buzz Braman.


Fishing tournament at Lake Norman

HUNTERSVILLE – The Bassmasters 2013 Carhartt College Series Eastern Regional fishing tournament, sponsored by Visit Lake Norman, will be held April 12-13 on Lake Norman. 

The weigh-in station will be Blythe Landing, 15901 N.C. 73. For registration and competition information, go to


Hopewell softball pitcher throws a no-hitter

HUNTERSVILLE – Hopewell High’s Brooke Meyers threw a no-hitter in a 19-0 victory against Vance on March 28. Anna Ruse was 4-for-4 hitting and Shelby Wiggs was 4-for-5 for the Titans. Hopewell (6-3 overall) improved to 5-1 in I-MECK 4A conference games.



Lake Norman Charter soccer

HUNTERSVILLE – The Lake Norman Charter girls soccer team improved to 6-2-2 with a 9-0 romp against West Lincoln on March 28.

Riley Kane scored three goals, Libby Ernst had two and Erin Iknayan, Taylor Gilbert, Rachel Quest and Carolyn Huddy scored one each. Huddy and Quest also split time in net to record the shutout.



Busy week for Community School golf team

DAVIDSON – The Community School of Davidson’s boys golf team opened conference play with three matches last week.

The Spartans lost to Pine Lake Prep 181-184 on March 26 at Pine Lake Prep’s D.J. Thornton shot a 38 in the nine-hole competition to win low-scoring honors, followed by teammate Sean Steager (40), Community School of Davidson’s Brennan Kayes (44) and PLP’s Cody Carlson (44).

 On March 27, Community School of Davidson beat Lincoln Charter 194-200 at Birkdale Golf Club. Lincoln Charter’s Evan Brown shot a 42 for individual scoring honors, followed by CSD’s Chaffman (47), Bo Adams (47) and Lincoln Charter’s Kris Brown (48).
SouthLake Christian edged Community School 177-182 on March 28 at Cowans Ford Golf Club. Community School’s Adams shot a 41 for the lowest individual score, followed by SouthLake’s John Henry (43) and Nash Stewart (43).



Davidson’s del Giudice wins 800-meter race

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Sophomore Sal del Giudice led the Davidson College men’s track and field team at the Winthrop Invitational March 30 with a victory in the 800-meter run on Winthrop University’s Irwin Belk Track.

Del Giudice completed the race in 1 minute, 54.12 seconds to earn a place on Davidson’s all-time top-10 performers list in the event and win by 0.78 seconds. He was joined in the top five by teammate Patrick Rollo, who placed fourth in 1:56.17.

Junior Michael Lorentsen also earned a top-five finish, clearing 13 feet, 11 1/4 inches in the pole vault to place fifth. Freshman Xzavier Killings earned the same place in the triple jump with a leap of 44-3 1/4.



Tennis state championships headed to Lake Norman

HUNTERSVILLE - The Lake Norman Tennis Association (LNTA) and Visit Lake Norman (VLN) will host the North Carolina United States Tennis Association (USTA) League Adult State Championships from June 27-30. 

 More than 1,500 of the state’s top players, ages 18 and older, are expected to compete.

It will be the first time a tennis tournament of that large will be held in the Lake Norman region. The host organizations have been preparing for months on their bid, which was accepted last November and lasts two years. The tournament, previously held in Pinehurst, will include competition on 81 courts. The second year will be played June 26-29, 2014.

Each team must qualify at their respective local level to advance to the upcoming state championships.  Competition will take place at 12 sites throughout Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville. 


Hough, LN Charter lead conference cup standings

HUNTERSVILLE – Hough High and Lake Norman Charter lead their respective conferences in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup standings following the winter sports season. 

The Wells Fargo Cup award, sponsored by Wells Fargo and the N.C. High School Athletic Association, recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall athletic performance in each of the state’s four classifications (4A, 3A, 2A and 1A). The Wells Fargo Conference Cup is a companion to the Wells Fargo Cup and recognizes schools with the best performances within conferences.

   In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its method of awarding points.

Hough leads the I-MECK 4A conference race after winning conference titles in wrestling, boys swimming and girls swimming. The Huskies have 89 points, followed by

Lake Norman High (73 points), Mallard Creek (68.5), North Mecklenburg (53), Mooresville (46.5), Hopewell (44), West Charlotte (28) and Vance (25).

Lake Norman Charter increased its lead in the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A conference race with a conference title in boys basketball and a share of the girls basketball championship (with Lincolnton High). East Lincoln High moved into second place with a second-place finish in boys basketball.

Lake Norman Charter has 127 points, followed by East Lincoln (118 points), North Lincoln (115), Lincolnton (109), West Lincoln (104), Gastonia Highland (85), Cherryville (79) and Bessemer City (47).

The final Cup standings will be determined after the spring sports season concludes in June.