The Hough High football team allowed a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, then roared back to score the next 38 points and beat Kannapolis Brown 44-20 in a MECKA 4A conference game Oct. 17. Bishop Ford led the Huskies with 173 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Hough improved to 3-1 in the conference and 5-3 overall.
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North Mecklenburg used strong defense and a touchdown run by Corey Patton to beat rival Hopewell 6-0 in the “Shield of Victory” game on Oct. 10. It ended Hopewell’s seven-year winning streak in the series, and gave the Vikings possession of the gold-and-silver shield trophy for a year.
Hough used Corey Bell’s 40-yard punt return for a touchdown on the last play of the first half to spark a 21-13 win against rival Hopewell on Sept. 26 in a MECKA 4A conference game. The Huskies improved to 3-2 and Hopewell (1-4) lost for the fourth straight time.
HUNTERSVILLE – The Davidson Day Patriots remained unbeaten by beating nearby Community School of Davidson 30-6 in a non-conference football game Sept. 19 at North Mecklenburg High. Davidson Day (5-0) used two touchdown passes from Anthony DiGioia to H Strachan, who had seven receptions for 146 yards. CSD slipped to 3-2.
Davidson Day shuts out Harrells Christian - CORNELIUS – Davidson Day’s football team jumped to a 20-0 lead in the second quarter, then saw bad weather shorten its victory against Harrells Christian on Sept. 12 at Bailey Middle School. The teams agreed to halt the game and declare Davidson Day (4-0) the winner. Davidson Day’s Anthony DiGioia was 6-of-7 passing for 162 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown pass to H Strachan.
Surprising Spartans spin shutout - Community School of Davidson win its third straight game for the first time in school history with a 20-0 victory at Lake Norman Charter on Sept. 5. The Spartans improved to 3-0, after winning four games last season. It also was their first shutout this season. Lake Norman Charter slipped to 1-2.
SouthLake’s Washington runs into record book - SouthLake Christian Academy’s Robert Washington Jr. set a school record with 301 rushing yards as the host Eagles crushed Pine Lake Prep 35-0 on Sept. 5. SouthLake improved to 3-0 and Washington four touchdown runs. Pine Lake Prep (2-1) had its two-game winning streak snapped.
Mooresville High’s football team crushed visiting Hough 38-7 on Aug. 29 to improve to 2-0. Most folks thought it would be a close game between two of the lake area’s Class 4A teams, but Mooresville erased any drama by scoring three first-quarter touchdowns. The Blue Devils (2-0) used dominant offensive line blocking to spring running back Akease Rankin for 179 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries, and quarterback Tommy Bullock for 105 yards and a score. Hough, which slipped to 1-1, scored on a late 28-yard touchdown pass from William Coleman to Caleb White.
The Lake Norman High offense topped 30 points for the second straight game and pummeled visiting Hopewell 38-7 in a non-conference football game Aug. 29. Quarterbac Josh Ladowski threw four touchdown passes, including one to Corey Joyner on the Wildcats’ first play from scrimmage. Lake Norman (2-0) ran and passed the ball well, and forced Hopewell to play from behind throughout. Hopewell slipped to 1-1 with the road loss.
Davidson Day wallops Albemarle 43-7 in season opener The Davidson Day Patriots opened the 2014 season with a 43-7 victory against visiting Albemarle High on Aug. 22 at Bailey Middle School in Cornelius. Davidson Day’s Anthony DiGioia threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Patriots built a 27-0 lead after one quarter. Glen Coates caught two scoring passes.
Lake Norman rallies late to beat North Meck 35-28 Lake Norman High quarterback Josh Ladowski ran for four touchdowns and passed for another in a season-opening 35-28 victory at North Mecklenburg on Aug. 22. North Meck rallied from a 20-0 deficit and took the lead by scoring the next 28 points, but Ladowski’s 4-yard touchdown run with 5:19 left put the Wildcats ahead.
Photos of the largest SUP Race in the Charlotte Area hosted by My Aloha Paddle and Surf to benefit the Catawba Riverkeeper and the Charlotte Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Photos by Chris Hull.
North Lincoln High School established a Tech Drive to replace and upgrade technology in their classrooms. On Aprill 5, 2014, they held a 5K Run/Walk fundraiser to help this cause. The 1 mile Fun Run will began at 8:30am with the 5k to follow at 9:00am. An incredible turnout for this great fundraiser to upgrade technology inside the North Lincoln classrooms. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
White Lightning Athletics is GROWING and the official ribbon cutting & opening of their second location was held on Saturday April 5th. The newly constructed state-of-the-art gym is designed to be a world-class facility to develop the fast growing sport of competitive cheerleading. “Every year the skill levels escalate for what it takes to compete on the national stage” said Paige Coleman, Owner of White Lightning Athletics. Coleman added, “This 2nd facility, which is 10,000 sq ft, gives us the space and infrastructure to develop those skills”. Photos of these incredible athletes having fun with their "Cheer Family" and Friends. Photos by Nate.
DAVIDSON - Davidson College men squared off against the UNC Greensboro Spartans and with a dominant 79-46 win. The victory was the 11th straight for the Wildcats (18-11, 14-1) and clinched the outright Southern Conference regular season title - their 23rd overall and third straight. Davidson hit 50 percent of its field goal attempts, with 9 of 16 from behind the 3 point line. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
The basketball season came to a shocking end for the Lake Norman Charter girls’ team. The Knights, top seeded among 32 teams in the N.C. 1A Western region, was upset 55-53 by Lexington (a No. 17 seed) in a second-round playoff game Feb. 26 in Huntersville. Lake Norman Charter finished with a 26-2 record and had its 24-game winning streak snapped. The Knights led 53-49, but were outscored 6-0 in the final two minutes. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
HUNTERSVILLE – The Hopewell High girls’ basketball team and North Mecklenburg High boys’ team won championships at the MECKA 4A conference tournament Feb. 21 at Hopewell High. Hopewell beat North Mecklenburg 56-46 in the girls’ title game. The Titans (22-4) were led by Mariah Washington’s 10 points. Taneesha Schott and Rhema Francis scored eight each. Dynasty Heyward led North Mecklenburg (17-10) with 19 points. North Meck won the boys’ title by beating top-seed Hough 55-52 in the championship game. Quay Collins and Taj Middleton scored 12 points each for the Vikings (22-4), Kendall Coles scored 10 and C.J. Bryce added nine points. Luke Maye had a game-high 19 points for Hough (21-5). Photos by Dana Pianowski.
DAVIDSON - Davidson Days balanced scoring keyed a 78-68 victory against visiting Forsyth Country Day in a boys' basketball game Feb 7th. Three Patriots - Jermaine Blackmon, Blake Scherrman and Kendon McLaurnin - scored 15 points each. Johnny McLean scored 13 and Kenny Hairston added 11. Davidson Day's 78 points were the most it scored in the past 13 games. The Patriots improved to 14-8. Forsythe Country Day slipped to 19-12. Photos by Courtney Parlier.
Local Sports photographers, Serge Skiba and Pete Dixon, flew out to Aspen to document the festivities of the ESPN 2014 Winter X-Games. Charlotte bid to get the Summer X Games here, but we lost the bid to Austin, TX. We wanted to show ESPN that how much we want them to come to Charlotte so we documented the athletes, the fans, and the event overall. Special thanks to ESPN for the Credentials and thanks to Serge and Pete for the great photos. For more information about the games see our article in the Sports section.
Hough High won the team championship at the MECKA 4A conference wrestling tournament Feb. 1. The Huskies also had five individual conference champions. Hough, which also won the regular-season title, scored 181 points, followed by Mallard Creek (154) and Kannapolis Brown (148.5). The Huskies’ individual champions were Austin Powell (113 pounds), Kevin O’Brien (138), Jake Efird (152), Jordan Thompson (170) and Sebastian Barreto (182). Hough’s Connor Brooks was runner-up in the 285-pound division. Photos by Dana Pianowski.
The Hough High boys’ basketball team routed Hopewell 61-40 on Jan. 24 to improve to 14-3 overall and 5-0 in the MECKA 4A conference. Luke Maye, a junior forward, dominated with 29 points, 18 rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers. Huskies Jaqueaz Jackson (10 points, three assists) and Tucker Thompson (10 points, eight rebounds) helped snap Hopewell’s two-game winning streak. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
The Hopewell High boys’ basketball team had its two-game winning streak snapped in a 61-40 road loss against Hough on Jan. 24. The Titans slipped to 4-13 overall and 2-6 in MECKA 4A conference games. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
Lake Norman Charter brought an abrupt end to Lincoln Charter’s 14-game winning streak. The Knights beat the host Eagles 56-23 in a non-conference girls’ basketball game Jan. 22, in a match of two of the lake area’s top teams. Lake Norman Charter improved to 15-1 and Lincoln Charter fell to 14-1. Lake Norman Charter jumped to an 18-4 lead after one quarter and extended it to 26-6 by halftime. Ezinne Mbamalu scored a game-high 21 points for Lake Norman Charter. Photos by Dana Pianowski.