Davidson Day players stand out during the off season

DAVIDSON – Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier was named the 2013 National Football Player of the Year by Sports Stars of Tomorrow, an ABC television show and website. 

In other Davidson Day news: 

• Evan Gates, a 2013 alum, committed to play wide receiver at N.C. Central.

• Chase Monroe (three sacks) and Garrett Groulx (two blocked kicks, including a point-after in overtime to seal the victory) led the East team to a 30-29 overtime win against the West in the Eastbay FBU ninth-grade All-American game Jan. 4 in San Antonio. 

• Hayes Grier (quarterback) and Nolan Groulx (safety) started for the East in the Eastbay FBU seventh-grade All-American game, also played in the Alamodome on Jan. 5 in San Antonio. Both games were broadcast on ESPN3.


Area players named all-tournament

HUNTERSVILLE – Six area players were named to the East Lincoln Winter Jam girls’ all-tournament team, including Lake Norman Charter’s Alex Busch, who was named tournament most valuable player.

Busch was joined on the all-tournament team by Knights teammates Ezinne Mbamalu and Sierra Wiley, Hopewell High’s Ineesha Hankerson and Mariah Washington, North Mecklenburg’s Destiny Barrino, East Lincoln’s Hannah Moolenaar, Central Cabarrus’ Elanna Peay, Mooresville’s Taylor Borlase, Hickory Ridge’s Kianna Davis and Mallard Creek’s Chantell Williams.

Hopewell’s Jonah Hood and Lake Norman Charter’s Brett Hancock were named to the  boys’ all-tournament team. East Lincoln’s Chazz Surratt won the tournament’s most valuable player award. The rest of the all-tournament team was Khadime Celestine and Josh Mikombo (Mooresville), Rayshawn Neal (Garinger), Elijah Gore (East Gaston), Terrance Durham (Mallard Creek), Deshawn Andrews (York), and Sage Surratt and Charlie Hills (East Lincoln).


Hopewell alum signs to play college lacrosse fir NAIA school

HUNTERSVILLE - Jordan DeFazio, who graduated from Hopewell High last June, signed to play lacrosse at Point University, an NAIA school in East Point, Ga.

As a senior, DeFazio played midfielder, long-stick midfielder and goalie for Hopewell. He had 34 ground balls, 42 takeaways and a .620 save percentage as a goalie. DeFazio, who began playing lacrosse at age 7, plans to major in criminal justice.


Davidson’s Goins tabbed for Winthrop University Athletics Hall of Fame

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Scott Goins, a Davidson resident, was among eight inductees of the 2014 class into the Winthrop University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Goins holds the Winthrop and Big South Conference season batting average record at .505, which he set in 1987. He was voted the 1987 Big South Conference Player of the Year and was the Big South All-Conference second baseman and an All-Tournament Team selection that year. His .505 batting average ranks second highest in the NCAA Division I record book. Goins signed as a free agent with the San Francisco Giants in 1987 and played three seasons in the Giants’ minor-league system.

The induction dinner and ceremony will be 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Richardson Ballroom of the DiGiorgio Campus Center. Tickets cost $25. Reservations: Sharen DuBard at 803-323-2129, ext. 6218.


Register for men’s basketball league

CORNELIUS – Recreation departments in Cornelius and Huntersville are offering a men’s basketball league for players 18 and older. Registration will be Jan. 20-Feb. 24. Games will be Tuesday nights in March and April at Bailey Middle School, 11900 Bailey Road.

Register in person at the Cornelius PARC office (21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius) or at the Huntersville Parks and Recreation office (105 Gilead Road, third floor).

Registration costs $400 per team, with an additional $10 to all non-resident participants. Registration is limited to the first eight teams.

Details: Cornelius PARC Department, 704-892-6031, ext. 188, or Huntersville Parks and Recreation, 704-766-2231. Online: www.cornelius.org/parc or www.huntersville.org

North Mecklenburg continues its hot streak

The North Mecklenburg High boys’ basketball team beat Vance 85-69 in a home game Jan. 10 to extend its winning streak to five games. The Vikings, coached by Duane Lewis, improved to 13-1 overall and 4-1 in the MECKA 4A conference. North Mecklenburg’s victory was sparked by a 29-point third quarter. The Vikings next will play a key conference game at Hough High (11-5, 5-0) on Jan. 17. The winner will move into first place in the conference. There were no CMS games Jan. 14 because of exams.