Lake Norman's Harrison Honeycutt and Mooresville's Santonio Thompson won individual 4A state wrestling championships Saturday in Greensboro.
Honeycutt, the defending state champ in the 189-lb. class, won the 215-lb. weight class for his 104th straight win including a 50-0 record this year.
Meanwhile, Thompson won 135-pound 4A title for the first time.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Lake Norman's Harrison Honeycutt and Mooresville's Santonio Thompson won individual 4A state wrestling championships Saturday in Greensboro.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Cannon School’s first-round win in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) basketball tournament was especially sweet for head coach Glen Taylor. The Cougars (16-13) defeated Durham Academy 60-42 on Feb. 23, giving Coach Taylor his 300th career win.
Taylor is in his first year as Cannon’s varsity coach. He came to Cannon from Christchurch School in Christchurch, Va., where he led its varsity basketball team to four consecutive Virginia Prep League championships during his five years as coach.
Prior to coaching at Christchurch School, Taylor spent six years as head varsity and junior varsity coach at Kerr Vance Academy in Henderson, N.C., during which he was a four-time Coastal Plains Independent Conference varsity basketball coach of the year. He began his coaching career at Lawrence Academy in Merry Hill, N.C., and received the Tarheel Independent Conference varsity coach of the year award twice during his four-year tenure.
Cannon School’s varsity basketball team was co-champion of the Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) during the 2008-09 season, its first in the highly-competitive conference. In the three years prior to joining the CISAA, Cannon won three consecutive Metrolina Athletics Conference titles and won the NCISAA 2A state championship in 2006.
The SouthLake boys' and girls' swim teams both finished fifth at the NCISAA 1A/2A state swimming championships Monday.
The East Lincoln Mustangs boys' basketball team was forced to forfeit their first round win in the 2A NCHSAA tournament and ended their season early because of a ineligible player.
The Hopewell basketball team has fallen apart over the last three weeks. After looking like the team to beat in the state and earning No. 1 rankings in the Sweet 16 and the state for most of the season, the team lost three games and got knocked out of the second round of the state tournament.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Public schools played their first round games Monday and private schools played yesterday in the first round of the state tournaments. Here's how local schools did.
NCHSAA 1A West:
East Wilkes 74, Lake Norman Charter 53.
NCHSAA 2A West:
East Lincoln 62, TW Andrews 45.
The Mustangs will play at undefeated Salisbury tonight.
NCHSAA 4A West:
Olympic 46, North Mecklenburg 43.
Lake Norman 65, Sun Valley 47.
Lake Norman will play at Olympic tonight.
Hopewell 63, Providence 40.
Hopewell will play Porter Ridge tonight.
Carolina Day School 64, SouthLake Christian 38.
NCHSAA 4A West:
Hopewell 66, East Mecklenburg 59.
Hopewell will host Myers Park tonight.
Lake Norman 69, McDowell 63.
Lake Norman will play at West Mecklenburg tonight.
Davidson Day 78, Lawrence Academy 34.
Davidson Day will play United Faith on Thursday.
Cannon School 60, Durham Academy 42.
Cannon will play Ravenscroft Thursday.
Monday, February 22, 2010
East Lincoln's Jordan Handy won the 140-pound 2A Western Regional tournament this weekend. The team finished 14th at the regional with 45.5 points.
The top four wrestlers from each weight class will move on to compete at states.
1st: Ryan Lewis Owen 11 score: 10-8
2nd: Chad Stamey West Lincoln 11
3rd: Juan Vera North Henderson 9 score: 2-0
4th: Ian Canrobert Newton Conover 10
1st: Cody Roberts Madison 11 score: fall 1:34
2nd: German Ramirez North Henderson 11
3rd: Austin Edwards Owen 11 score: fall 2:08
4th: Ty Conant West Lincoln 11
1st: Nate Smith North Lincoln 11 score: fall 1:15
2nd: JJ Davis Madison 12
3rd: Jesse Poovey Maiden 12 score: fall 3:37
4th: Zackary Barber North Henderson 11
1st: BJ Tomlin East Burke 12 score: 12-4
2nd: Thomas Lunsford Bandys 11
3rd: David Sailors West Lincoln 10 score: 6-4
4th: Ben Reinhardt Newton Conover 12
1st: Jake Nelson North Lincoln 11 score: 2-0
2nd: Tyler Knopp Newton Conover 11
3rd: Brandon Hicks Bunker Hill 11 score: 5-3
4th: Emory Greer Lincolnton 12
1st: Enrique Vera North Henderson 12 score: 9-5
2nd: Ricky Shelton Madison 10
3rd: Matt Wooten West Caldwell 10 score: 2-0
4th: Austin Setzer Newton Conover 12
1st: Jordan Handy East Lincoln 12 score: 8-2
2nd: Seth Ratchford Bandys 11
3rd: John Luke Sapp Owen 10 score: 5-4
4th: JC Ray Madison 11
1st: Taylor Barber West Lincoln 12 score: 5-1
2nd: Felix Soto Shelby 12
3rd: Randy Ortega Newton Conover 12 score: fall 2:25
4th: Stephen Pressley Pisgah 12
1st: David Middleton Madison 12 score: Inj
2nd: Henry Bustle South Iredell 11
3rd: Jesus Figueroa Owen 12 score: 5-4
4th: Richard Kerekes Maiden 10
1st: Gene Goodson Lincolnton 12 score: fall 2:54
2nd: James Turner South Iredell 11
3rd: James Maxwell Polk County 11 score: 22-6
4th: Phillip Hicks Bunker Hill 11
1st: Glen Self West Lincoln 11 score: 5-1
2nd: Caleb Huffman East Burke 12
3rd: Travis Smalling Pisgah 11 score: 7-3
4th: Colt Kale West Caldwell 11
1st: Cody Wesson Bandys 12 score: 5-4
2nd: John Navey West Lincoln 12
3rd: Jacob Shepherd Bunker Hill 11 score: fall 1:58
4th: Gage Norris Pisgah 11
1st: Josh Metcalf Polk County 11 score: fall 1:09
2nd: Kris Haney Pisgah 10
3rd: Joseph Platt Newton Conover 11 score: 9-5
4th: Oliver Sanchez Chase 11
1st: Andrew Tremain Newton Conover 11 score: 3-2
2nd: Seth Stewart Owen 12
3rd: Bo Henson Pisgah 11 score: 2-1
4th: Tyler Philpott Polk County 11
After an impressive run this season, going 21-6 after winning just five games last year, the Davidson Day basketball team will make school history by hosting the athletic program's first home playoff game.
Davidson Day begins its quest for a state championship as they take on Lawrence Academy (Merry Hill, NC). The game will take place on Tuesday, February 23rd. Tipoff is at 7:00 pm.
The Patriots are seeded 7th in the 2010 NCISAA 1A boys' state tournament, while Lawrence Academy is seeded 10th with a current record of 16-7.
Principal Terri Cockerham of Hough High School, which will open this fall in Huntersville, announced several of the coaches who will be leading the Huskies in their first year.
Two successful North Mecklenburg coaches, Tim Queen (swimming) and Sandi Skidmore (volleyball), will move to the new school. Also, Hopewell assistant basketball coach Justin Batts will be the Huskies' first basketball coach.
From Prep Insiders:
Former Providence Day assistant coach Bobby Collins will be the first football coach at Hough High, a new school opening this fall in northern Mecklenburg County. Hopewell assistant Justin Batts will be the school’s first boys basketball coach.
Hough principal Terri Cockerham announced the majority of the school’s coaching hires Monday. She continues to interview for other positions.
“I was very impressed with the quality of the candidates,” said Cockerham, who was principal at Providence from July 2005-June 2009. “The chemistry seemed good. They’re all good coaches and good teachers and have good ideas about building a new program. I’m very pleased with those who decided to join us and I look at them as teachers and coaches, and they know that.”
Other new coaches at Hough: Tim Queen, swimming (Queen comes from North Meck); Sandi Skidmore, volleyball (Skidmore comes from North Meck); David Smith, soccer (Smith comes from Vance); Sonja Tate, girls basketball (Tate comes from Ardrey Kell), Jimmy Cochran, baseball (currently Monroe Parkwood coach); Tripp Rogers, wrestling (former state champ at East Gaston and current assistant at Belmont Abbey).
Saturday, February 20, 2010
The Lake Norman wrestling team has had a record breaking season. After winning a school record 33 matches, the I-Meck dual tournament and advancing to the state quarterfinals as a team, the Wildcats added another notch to their belt Saturday, earning the 4A Western Regional title.
"This is the best season we've ever had (at Lake Norman)," Lake Norman wrestling coach Morgan Fore said, in his first season as head coach at Lake Norman. "I think we accomplished a lot of things and winning a regional title is just another stepping stone on the way to a state championship (next year)."
Lake Norman got individual regional titles from Harrison Honeycutt, Josh Smith and Cody Karns, while Nick Rodrigues, Mike Hayes and Collin Foster were runners-up in their respective weight classes. Lake Norman's Ryan Renfroe and Mike Rubino also qualified for the 4A state individual meet next Friday and Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Honeycutt, the school's only defending state champion, won his 100th consecutive match, and is 46-0 this season after going 54-0 a year ago.
Mooresville finished in a tie for second with Alexander Central. The Blue Devils got regional championships from Hunter Hefner and Dalton Pierce, while Santonio Thompson and Tyler Bruton were runners-up in their weight classes. Mooresville's Matt Krider and Zach Brown also qualified for states.
Hopewell's Joseph Acquarulo and North Meck's Joe DiDonato also qualified for the state individual meet next weekend.
The Mooresville wrestling team has a one point lead over archrival Lake Norman going into the second and final day of the 4A Western Regional meet at Bojangles Arena.
The Blue Devils and Wildcats are 15 points ahead of the rest of the field as Alexander Central, T.C. Roberson and Olympic round out the top five.
The Blue Devils boast seven wrestlers in the individual semifinals to start the day including Matt Krider (112-lb.), Justin Yox (119-lb.), Hunter Hefner (130-lb.), Santonio Thompson (135-lb.), Dalton Pierce (145-lb.), Tyler Bruton (160-lb.), Zach Brown (215-lb.).
Thompson and Pierce are the No. 1 seeds in their weight classes.
The Wildcats have eight wrestlers in the semifinals, including Cody Karns (103-lb.), Ryan Renfroe (119-lb.), Nick Rodrigues (130-lb.), Mike Hayes (145-lb.), Josh Smith (152-lb.), Mike Rubino (160-lb.), Collin Foster (189-lb.) and Harrison Honeycutt (215-lb.).
Smith and Honeycutt are No. 1 seeds in their weight class. Honeycutt is a perfect 42-0 this season.
Hopewell's Joseph Acquarulo is also the No. 1 seed at the 119-lb. weight class and the only Titan in the semifinals. North Meck's Joe DiDonato advanced to the semifinals for the Vikings.
The West Charlotte boys' basketball team seemed like they would go as far as senior guard J.T. Terrell could take them. But in the second half of the I-Meck tournament championship game, Terrell played the decoy while his teammates led the way to a 75-70 win over host Lake Norman as the Lions earned the I-Meck tournament title.
Terrell had 20 points to lead West Charlotte, but got a lot of help from his friends, as Brandon Richardson (18 points), Jacoby Davis (14 points) and Anthony Estes (11 points) all had double figures to make a balanced attack.
"I really deferred to my teammates in the second half," Terrell said, who scored 16 points in the first half, but only four in the second 16 minutes. "I knew that I couldn't force anything, because we had a lead. My teammates did a great job of making plays."
Terrell made most of the plays over the three-game tournament as he had 44 points Tuesday night against Mallard Creek, 45 points against Hopewell Thursday night, totalling 109 points for the event (36 ppg). The Lions beat the top two seeds (Hopewell and Lake Norman), who are also No. 2 and No. 3 in the state, respectively, in consecutive nights.
The Lions (19-9) move into the No. 2 seed from the I-Meck with win, going into the playoffs, which could earn them up to two home games if they advance. Lake Norman slides to the No. 3 seed, which will force them to go on the road.
Hopewell remains the top seed because they won the regular season title.
On the girls side, Hopewell won the I-Meck tournament title 56-49 over Lake Norman. The Titans (21-4) earn the conference's No. 1 seed in the playoffs, breaking the three-way tie between Lake Norman, Hopewell and Mallard Creek (regular season standings)
The Titans got 20 points from Margaret Spaulding in the title game and 15 points apiece from Sharee Boyd and Hannah Early.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Lake Norman has beaten every team in their path this year, except Hopewell. Tonight, in the I-Meck tournament championship they will get West Charlotte instead off the Titans, after the Lions upset the conference's No. 1 seed 80-77 last night.
West Charlotte senior guard J.T. Terrell, who will play at Wake Forest next season, had 45 points against Hopewell, including eight three-pointers, on the heels off a 44-point explosion against Mallard Creek in the I-Meck quartefinal Tuesday night.
Lake Norman (20-2) has been just as impressive rolling past Mooresville (78-55) before taking out No. 9 (in the state) Vance for the third time this year last night. Senior Matt Eller led the way with 26 points, while Reggie Price and Kevin Canevari had 16 points, apiece.
The Wildcats swept West Charlotte in the regular season beating them 89-78 on the Lions' floor Jan. 8 before winning at home 71-66 Feb. 4.
Lake Norman will being making their second consecutive conference tournament final, after winning the North Piedmont Conference (NPC) conference tournament championship last year.
Monday, February 15, 2010
1. Hopewell 19-4, 10-2
2. Lake Norman 19-4, 10-2
3. Mallard Creek 15-6, 10-2
4. North Mecklenburg 14-9, 6-6
5. Mooresville 8-14, 4-8
6. Vance 3-19, 2-10
7. W. Charlotte 2-22, 1-11
Girls Wednesday at Lake Norman
Girls Friday at Lake Norman:
1. Hopewell 21-1, 11-1
2. Lake Norman 19-2, 10-2
3. Vance 17-5, 9-3
4. W. Charlotte 14-9, 5-7
5. Mallard Creek 8-13, 3-9
6. North Meck 13-10, 2-10
7. Mooresville 7-15, 2-10
Boys Tuesday at Vance
Boys Thursday at Lake Norman
Boys Friday at Lake Norman
The boys' and girls' Southern Piedmont Athletic Association tournament starts on Tuesday. Here's the full schedule of the tournament and the tournament seeding.
6 p.m.: Girls: No. 5 Davidson Day School vs. No. 4 Gaston Day School
7:30 p.m.: Boys: No. 5 Statesville Christian School vs. No. 4 Gaston Day School
Thursday Feb. 18 at Victory Christian Center School
3:00 p.m.: Girls: Davidson Day/Gaston Day winner vs. No. 1 Victory Christian Center School
4:30 p.m.: Girls: No. 3 United Faith Christian Academy vs. No. 2 Statesville Christian School
6:00 p.m.: Boys: Statesville Christian/Gaston Day winner vs. No. 1 United Faith Christian Academy
7:30 p.m.: Boys: No. 3 Victory Christian Center School vs. No. 2 Davidson Day School
Friday 2-19 @ Victory Christian Center School
6:30 p.m.: Girls final (Semifinal winners)
8:00 p.m.: Boys final (Semifinal winners)
The Lake Norman Charter Knights won the Piedmont Athletic Conference tournament title with a 43-35 victory over Covenant Classical School Friday night.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The Lowe’s YMCA in Mooresville is giving local youngsters ages 9 to 14 the opportunity to participate in the inaugural iHoops Skills Challenge.
The Lowe's YMCA will host the skills challenge on Saturday, Feb. 20, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The branch is located at 170 Joe V. Knox Ave., Mooresville, N.C.
“We are excited to offer local youth the opportunity to showcase their basketball skills and get active,” said sports director Doug Parker. “The Lowe’s YMCA is the only location in Greater Charlotte hosting a local competition, so we are looking forward to serving children from across the area.”
For additional information on the iHoops Skills Challenge, please visit www.iHoops.com/skillschallenge.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
In a surprising upset Tuesday night, the undefeated top-ranked Hopewell boys fell in conference play to I-Meck foe Vance 56-52.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Several local players made the nominee list for the 2010 McDonald's All-American games.
The 4A western regional meet last Saturday featured some of the best talent in the state. A number of Lake Norman area swimmers showed they were amongst the best of the best.
North Meck did the best as a team finishing second in both the boys and girls' to champion Providence.
The Vikings got regional titles from: Linsay Cooper (100 butterfly) and the 400-freestyle relay (Cooper, Molly Sanborn, Kaitlyn Poff, Payton Schrum).
Lake Norman finished fourth in both the boys and girls' regional championships.
The Wildcats got regional titles from: Heather Isetts (100 and 200 freestyle), Haley Powell (50 free) and Logan Heck (100 butterfly and 200 IM).
The Hopewell girls' also finished fifth overall, getting regional championships from: Amanda Rubel (200 IM), Ali Kitchens (100 backstroke), the 200 IM relay (Emily Conway, Rubel, Kitchens and Mary O'Doherty) and the 200 freestyle relay (Conway, A. Rubel, Emma Rubel and Kitchens).
Monday, February 8, 2010
Lake Norman High School won the I-Meck Conference wrestling tournament held Saturday at Hopewell High School.
West Lincoln continued their dominance in the Southern Piedmont Conference wrestling tournament, finishing over 100 points ahead of second place East Lincoln.
1. West Lincoln: 6-0/20-6
2. Lincolnton: 5-1/10-8
3. East Lincoln: 4-2/16-3
4. North Lincoln: 3-3/5-9
5. Cherryville: 2-4/7-17
6. Highland Tech: 1-5/1-19
7. Challenger: 0-6/0-12
Conference Tournament Standings
1. West Lincoln: 221.0
2. East Lincoln 111.5
3. Lincolnton: 109.0
4. Cherryville: 99.0
5. North Lincoln: 94.5
6. Highland Tech: 22.0
In just their third year as a team, the Southlake swim team swept the MAC Conference Meet on Saturday. The girls' team won by nine points while the boys' team won by 91 points, giving them a 100-point win in the combined category.
Girls - Team Scores
1 Southlake 396
2 Covenant Day School 387
3 Westminster Catawba Christan School 280
4 Hickory Grove Christian School 230
5 Gaston Christian School 223
Boys - Team Scores
1 Southlake 458
2 Covenant Day School 367
3 Hickory Grove Christian School 248
4 Westminster Catawba Christan School 247
5 Gaston Christian School 195
Combined Team Scores
1 Southlake 854
2 Covenant Day School 754
3 Westminster Catawba Christan School 527
4 Hickory Grove Christian School 478
5 Gaston Christian School 418
Thursday, February 4, 2010
The North Meck and Lake Norman boys and girls' swimming teams battled all season for the I-Meck title. Now, the two teams are amongst the favorites to win the 4A Western regional meet this Saturday.
North Meck, who won both the boys and girls' conference titles two weeks ago in the I-Meck's first year, has won 24 straight league titles. Both Vikings team have a chance to grab a regional title, with the North Meck boys' squad, the 2008 4A state champs, likely the favorite overall.
North Meck has two No. 1 seeds going into regionals, including: senior J.T. Stilley (200 freestyle) for the boys and sophomore Payton Schrum (100 breaststroke) on the girls' side, with a wealth of depth in nearly every event.
The Providence boys' squad, who lost to the Vikings by only three points at states, will also be strong with No. 1 seeds in four events, including: Anderson Sloan (50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke), Kyle Darmody (100 freestyle) and Kip Darmody (100 backstroke)
The Lake Norman boys' swim team, who won the 3A state title last season, will also be a major contender at regionals.
The Lake Norman boys team has four No. 1 seeds going into the regional meet including two individual events for sophomore Logan Heck (100 butterfly and 200 individual medley) and the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
On the girls' side, North Meck and Lake Norman are probably the top two teams with Hopewell and Providence right behind them.
Lake Norman has six No. 1 seeds going into regionals, including Haley Powell (50 and 100 freestyle), Heather Isetts (200 freestyle), Kyle-Lynn Kotowski (1-meter diving) and the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. The Wildcat girls' finished 4th overall at 3A states last year.
The Hopewell girls' could also be a factor with No. 1 seeds in four events at regionals, including:
Emily Conway (100 butterfly and 200 individual medley) and the 200 individual medley relay team.
Monday, February 1, 2010
According to the Prep Insiders blog, the much-anticipated rematch between Hopewell and Lake Norman that was originally scheduled for Friday and was pushed to Monday after the snow has now been canceled again because of schools being closed today.