Community School of Davidson gets first football win

DAVIDSON – It didn’t take long for Community School of Davidson’s football team to make history.

The Spartans (1-1) snagged the first varsity victory in the program’s existence with a 22-18 victory at Concord First Assembly on Aug. 30. Quarterback Garrett Hart threw touchdown passes to Jake Benardini, Nick Piselli and Justice Woods, with the winner to Woods coming with just under two minutes left.

“The key was simple: nobody quit,” CSD coach T.J. Albert said. “Our defense was playing lights out. ... So we felt that if we could just punch one in early in the fourth quarter we had a chance.

“Obviously winning helps a our confidence lot. But I think when we watched the game film from the previous week, we knew we were getting closer. … They have been working hard over the past couple of years, and they finally were rewarded for all their hard work.”
CSD will next play at Metrolina Christian at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6.


Local triathlete wins national title

HUNTERSVILLE – Jet Francis, an 8-year-old Huntersville resident, won the IronKids National Championship Triathlon in the 8-year-old division Aug. 31 in Des Moines, Iowa.
She qualified for the championship last fall when she finished first in her age group in the Alpharetta, Ga. IronKids Triathlon. In Iowa, Francis finished first by swimming 50 meters in Gray’s Lake, biking two miles, and running mile in 14 minutes, 12 seconds. More than 1,400 kids participated in the event. Francis received her gold medal from U.S. Olympian and pro triathlete Hunter Kemper.

Francis swims competitively in the SwimMAC program, is a member of the Extreme Multisport kids triathlon team and practices taekwondo.  



Davidson College adds two to men’s basketball staff

DAVIDSON – The Davidson College men’s basketball team added Abe Woldeslassie and Will Reigel to its staff. Woldeslassie will take over as director of operations, and Reigel is the assistant for program development.

Last season, Woldeslassie served in the same capacity at Dartmouth, where he coordinated on-campus recruiting visits, team travel, film travel and a number of other behind-the-scenes duties. Reigel, a two-time captain and member of the Davidson men’s basketball team from 2008 to 2012, returns to his alma mater after serving as a sponsorship sales and marketing intern for the Carolina Panthers.



Lake Norman Charter’s girls tennis team defeats Hough

HUNTERSVILLE – The Lake Norman Charter girls tennis team beat Hough High 8-1 in a non-conference match Aug. 29. The Knights improved to 4-1 with singles victories by Hanna Archer, Lauren Loveless, Tiffany Onia, Emily Chrisman and Meghan Thomas.

Loveless teamed with Sravya Uppalapati to win the No. 2 doubles match, and Grayson Warren and Chrisman won at No. 3 doubles.

“Our team played very strong in every line against a good opponent,” Lake Norman Charter coach Geoff Southwell said. “I would say that this is, by far, the best tennis our team played to date.”



 - compiled by Cliff Mehrtens