Davidson Day plays well in 7-on-7 summer football tournament

DUNCAN, S.C. – Davidson Day’s football team finished second in the 7th Annual Palmetto State 7-on-7 Shootout hosted by Duncan Byrnes High last weekend. The Patriots lost 27-12 to the host Rebels in the championship game.

The event featured 20 teams from the Carolinas, New Jersey, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia. Davidson Day dealt Woodruff (S.C.) High its only loss in pool play and then beat them again in the quarterfinals.

Davidson Day also had victories against Durham Hillside, defending S.C. Class 3A runner up Daniel, Class 5A Brunswick, Ga., Duncan Byrnes, Jones (Ala.) High and Crocket (Tenn.), among others.
Davidson Day has won N.C. private-school state championships each of its first three varsity seasons.

Patriots quarterback Anthony Digioia was exceptional in his 14 games in the tournament. He threw 49 touchdown passes and only six interceptions.

Davidson Day’s Jacob Robinson, Khalil Moore and Glen Coates also were standout performers, made even more impressive because they played both offense and defense throughout the event.


Lake-area players named to all-state soccer team

RALEIGH – Eleven Lake Norman-area soccer players were named to the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association all-state team. Community School of Davidson’s Julia Grainda (sophomore forward) and Rebecca Kuzmanovich (junior defender) were named to the 1A all-state team, along with Lincoln Charter’s Victoria Jackson (senior midfielder).

Lake Norman Charter’s Erin Iknayan (junior midfielder) and Riley Kane (senior forward) were on the 2A all-state squad, with East Lincoln’s Tatum Auvil (senior midfielder).

The 4A all-state team included Hough’s Marnie Merritt (senior goalkeeper) and Courtney Carroll (senior midfielder), who helped the Huskies win the state championship. Lake Norman High’s Amanda Karlsson (senior midfielder) and Justine Lockman (senior defender) and Mooresville’s Erin Settle were 4A all-state picks.

Hough’s David Smith was named the state’s 4A coach of the year. Community School of Davidson’s Chad Solomonson was the 2A coach of the year. Both led their teams to unbeaten, state-championship seasons.


Four lake-area players picked for East-West game

GREENSBORO – Michael Basnett, a recent Hough High graduate, will play in the boys’ East-West All-Star Soccer Game on July 22 at UNC Greensboro. The game includes the state’s top 24 senior soccer players. The boys’ game begins at 8:30 p.m., after the 6 p.m. girls’ all-star game. The girls’ all-star squad includes Tatum Auvil (East Lincoln), Justine Lockman (Lake Norman) and Erin Suttle (Mooresville).


Davidson College lacrosse player named to All-America team

DAVIDSON – For the second consecutive year, Davidson College sophomore Emma Sissman of the women’s lacrosse team was named to the Jewish Sports Review Women’s College All-America Lacrosse Team.

Sissman, one of two sophomores on the 12-member team, was one of the Wildcats’ top players. She earned All-Big South Conference honors after scoring a career-high 50 goals, the third most in a season in Davidson history.

Sissman started all 19 games in helping Davidson to its best season in history. The Wildcats were 12-7 and for the second year in a row advanced to the Big South Championship game. 

Other Wildcats to earn Jewish All-America honors recently are Charlie Reiter (2009, men’s soccer) and Jake Cohen (2011, men’s basketball).


Anundsen takes over college women’s tennis program

DAVIDSON – Former standout North Carolina player and assistant coach Sara Anundsen has been named coach of the Davidson College women’s tennis program.

Anundsen takes over for Caroline Price, who retired in June after leading the Wildcats the past 32 years and winning the 1983 NCAA Division III National Championship.

Anundsen spent the past four years as a Tar Heels assistant, and helped the team reach the NCAA Tournament each season. She was an All-American player in 2006 and 2007, when she was the NCAA doubles champion.


Hel'll play in Charlotte

HUNTERSVILLE – SouthLake Christian Academy basketball player Miles Boone signed his National Letter of Intent on July 1 to play basketball at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte.

He'll play in Charlotte

From left are SouthLake basketball coach Rodney Monroe, Miles Boone, Tamla Boone (mother) and SouthLake athletic director Joe Haney.


Area baseball champions

LAKE NORMAN – The Stewards of the Game 10-under all-star baseball team won the Area 2 Championship tournament for the N.C. Babe Ruth League's Western Division June 27-30 in Sherrills Ford.

Stewards of the Game

The team includes players from Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson. Front row (from left):  Will Gaffney, Sanitago Rodriguez, Cole Chiperfield, Benjamin Krueger, Eli Fugitt, Lucas Franco and Aidan Settle. Middle row: Wessley McIntyre, Sam Kelley, Stanley Reed, Wes Fugitt, Miles Moody and Matthew Ferguson. Back row: Coaches  Alejandro Franco, Tim Kelley and Brian Gaffney. (Courtesy of  Brian Ferguson)