Season ends for area teams

HUNTERSVILLE – Six high school basketball teams were eliminated from the state playoffs last week.

• The Hough High boys’ team lost to Ardrey Kell 81-77 in the second round of the N.C. 4A playoffs and finished 22-6.

• The Hough girls’ team also had its season end at the hands of Ardrey Kell, which beat the Huskies 54-43 in the N.C. 4A second-round. Hough finished 19-8.

• The Hopewell girls’ team advanced to the N.C. 4A third round before losing 65-48 to nationally ranked Myers Park. Hopewell, which finished 23-3, had playoff wins against Concord Robinson and Greensboro Dudley.

• The North Mecklenburg boys’ team lost 63-54 to Winston-Salem Mount Tabor in the second round of the N.C. 4A playoffs. The Vikings finished 23-5.

• The Lake Norman Charter girls’ team, a No. 1 seed in the N.C. 1A playoffs, was upset 55-53 by Lexington, a No. 17 seed, in the second round. The Knights had a 24-game winning streak snapped and finished 26-2.

• The Lake Norman Charter boys’ team, a No. 25 seed, was the area’s surprise team. The Knights beat Black Mountain Owen and Bunker Hill in the first two rounds before losing 91-72 to unbeaten Smoky Mountain (27-0). Charter finished 15-13.


North Meck wins baseball opener

HUNTERSVILLE – Leadoff hitter River Ryan went 3-for-3 with a double, RBI and stolen base as North Mecklenburg High beat Mooresville 3-1 in the season opener Feb. 26.

Starting pitcher Zack Ruttkamp earned the victory by limiting Mooresville to one run in four innings. He walked one and struck out five.

River Ryan (one inning) and Ryder Ryan (two innings) combined allow only one hit. Michael Coss and Chris Loll scored one run each for the Vikings.


Knights lacrosse starts strong

HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Norman Charter opened the girls’ lacrosse season with a 13-2 victory against Hopewell on Feb. 27.

Sara Henderson scored six goals for the Knights, Michala Ciambotti scored two, and Maggie Budd, Ally Bock, Emma Szewczyk, McKayla Wabalas and Lauren Loveless scored one goal each.

The defense was led by Lauren Bock, Jessica Kane, Rachel Marquis and Michelle Kunstmann. Goalkeeper Caroline King made four saves.



Davidson flashes power in win

DAVIDSON – Davidson College slammed three home runs, including a grand slam by Ryan Lowe, to erase a five-run deficit and beat Miami (Ohio) 13-6 in a non-conference baseball game March 2.

Lowe had two hits and a career-high five RBIs to help Davidson improve to 3-5. Second baseman Andrew Pope went 3-for-5 with a career-high three RBIs, including an RBI-single in the bottom of the sixth inning that tied the game at 6 and a two-RBI double as part of a seven-run seventh inning.

Right fielder Nathan Becker (2-for-4) and shortstop Sam Foy (2-for-5) also homered for Davidson.


Wildcats announce spring football

DAVIDSON – Davidson College’s football spring practice schedule will include 14 sessions beginning March 11 and concluding with the annual Red-Black Spring Game in Richardson Stadium at 3 p.m. April 12.

Practices will be at 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as Saturday mornings.

Davidson is returning 15 starters (seven offense, eight defense) from last season. Quarterback will be among the key position battles following the departure of four-year starter and career passing leader Jonathan Carkhuff, who is on Davidson’s baseball team this spring.


Fishing tourney held at lake

TERRELL – Larry Lehew, of Charlotte, caught a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, three ounces Feb. 22 to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League North Carolina Division tournament on Lake Norman.

Lehew’s prize was $7,096.

The rest of the top 10 professional fisherman, with fish weight, were Shane Lehew (Charlotte), 17 pounds, 10 ounces; Alfred Kiesling Sr. (Mooresville), 16-0; Wes Lewis (Concord), 15-9; Bryan Thrift (Shelby), 15-6; Michael Stephens (Gastonia), 14-12; Scott Hamrick (Denver), 14-7; Hiroyuki Watanabe (Japan), 14-4; Michael Fox (Statesville), 13-13; and Reginald Pickett (Greensboro), 13-10.

In the co-angler division, Shorty Vaow, of Cornelius, weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 12 ounces to win $2,398. The top co-anglers were Matthew Benge (Maiden), 12-15; Tim Cales (Sandstone, W. Va.), 11-10; Ricky Byrd (Independence, Va.), 11-1; Joel Cerv (North Wilkesboro), 10-13; Chris Myatt (Cornelius), 10-9; Andrew Shundich (Mooresville), 10-8; Chris Graham (Catawba), 10-2; Dale Webber (Kernersville), 9-15; and Dakota Lineberger (Mooresville), 9-5.

Complete results can be found at


Register for hoops showcase

CONCORD – Mid-Eastern Hoops will host an NCAA-sanctioned recruiting showcase for unsigned high school basketball players 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 26 at Concord High.

Players will compete in front of NCAA scouts from Divisions I, II and III and NAIA and junior college recruiters.

The showcase is open to boys and girls.

Registration fee will guarantee three games, a player profile in each coach’s packet and event apparel.

Costs and other details: