Monday, November 14, 2011

Lake Norman football playoff update - week 2

Patriots wins state championship
Davidson Day's football team won the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III title Friday in a 41-26 rout of Trinity Christian. The Patriots, in their first year as a varsity program, were led by quarterback Will Grier, who threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns. The sophomore was also key on defense, recovering a fumble for a touchdown while also picking off a pass and recording six tackles. The Patriots went 11-1 for the year and are slated to return all but two of its players next year.

SouthLake eliminated in quarterfinals
SouthLake Christian came just short of reaching the NCISAA Division II championship game, losing to Asheville School 21-17 Friday. The Eagles, the No. 1-ranked team in their bracket, had a 17-14 lead with four minutes left in the game after a field goal, but allowed Asheville to return the ensuing kickoff for the winning touchdown. SouthLake made a long drive, which included a couple of fourth-down conversions, afterwards but  a turnover with a minute left allowed Asheville School to drain the clock and upset the Eagles. SouthLake finished the year with a 10-2 record.

NCHSAA playoff update
Bandys, South Iredell and Mooresville are the only Lake Norman area teams left in the N.C. High School Athletic Association football playoffs. The Trojans (2AA), the Vikings(2AA) and the Blue Devils (4A) will play in their respective sectional finals Friday. Here are last week's scores (local teams in bold):

South Iredell def. Forest Hills 51-21
Bandys def. Smoky Mountain 26-0

4ASun Valley def. Hopewell 35-28
def. Watauga 38-7

Friday's games:
Bandys at Shelby
South Iredell at West Stokes
Sun Valley at Mooresville

Monday, November 7, 2011

Lake Norman Charter girls win state cross country title

Lake Norman Charter's girls' cross country team won the N.C. High School School Athletic Association 1A championship. The Knights were led by Sarah Hardin, who finished in second place with a time of 19:44.31, and Stephanie Zaino, who was fifth with a 20:11.36. Danielle Clark finished 14th, while Lauren Swift was 24th.

The Knight boys finished state runners-up behind N.C. School of Math and Science.  They were led by Michael Westbay's sixth-place finish. Participating without No. 2 runner Jordan Wallace, who was injured, Chris Hack (11th), Matt Panza (21st), Bryan Hooker (23rd) and Sean Kenney (26th) also had strong races.

In the 2A championship, North Lincoln's boys were crowned state champions behind Chris Boyle's third-place finish. Three other Knights finished in the top 10. East Lincoln was sixth as a team. Justin Wilkes, who finished sixth in the race, led the Mustangs. North Lincoln's girls finished second behind Allie Castro and Savannah Fornshell, who were seventh and eighth in the race respectively. Alley Whitley's  26th-place finish led the East Lincoln girls to finish eighth as a team.

Lake Norman's Michael Rupinski was the best local finisher at the 4A boys' race, finishing 17th. Teammate Patrick Sheehan was 37th.

Three teams remain in boys' soccer playoffs

Three Lake Norman-area boys' soccer teams are still alive in the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs. Here are Saturday's scores (local teams in bold):

Lake Norman Charter def. North Moore 3-0

East Lincoln def. Polk County 2-0
Cuthbertson def. South Iredell 3-1

Lake Norman def. Olympic 4-4 (4-2 penalty kicks)

Third-round games (must be played by Wednesday):

Hendersonville at Lake Norman Charter
Lincolnton at East Lincoln
Mallard Creek at Lake Norman

Lake Norman football playoff update - week 1

NCHSAA football
First-round playoff play for the N.C. High School Athletic Association got under way Friday. Hopewell pulled a big upset, defeating T.C. Roberson, the No. 1 seed in the 4A West bracket, 14-9 to move on to the second round.

Mooresville (4A) and South Iredell (2AA) were the only other Lake Norman-area public schools to get out of the first round. Here are full results and second-round match ups (local teams in bold):

South Stokes def. Lake Norman Charter 35-26

Starmount def. East Lincoln 21-13

South Iredell def. East Davidson 47-6

Hopewell def. T.C. Roberson 14-9
Mooresville def. East Gaston 35-15

South Caldwell def. Lake Norman 35-0

Friday's games:
Forest Hills at South Iredell
Hopewell at Sun Valley
Watauga at Mooresville

NCISAA football
Davidson Day will play for a state championship in its first season as a varsity program after defeating Fayetteville Christian Friday 35-21 at Hopewell Friday. The Patriots (10-1) will play Trinity Christian (4-5) for the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II title. Davidson Day defeated Trinity Christian 61-34 in August.

In Division II play, No. 1 seed SouthLake Christian (10-1) moved on to the second round of play, defeating Forsyth Country Day for a second week in a row. The 35-21 win secured the Eagles a spot in the state semifinal game Friday. They will face Asheville School (8-2). It will be the team's second meeting this season. SouthLake won the first game 27-14 in late September.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

11/3 playoff update

NCHSAA boys' soccer
The Observer's Sweet 16's No. 1 team, Hough, was eliminated in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A boys' soccer playoffs as Ardrey Kell outlasted them 2-1 Wednesday.

The Huskies were one of six local teams that fell in the first round of their respective brackets. Only Lake Norman Charter, which had a bye in the 1A bracket, 2A's East Lincoln and South Iredell and 4A's Lake Norman will play in the next round.

Here are scores from first-round play (local teams in bold):

Thomas Jefferson def. Pine Lake Prep 5-1
Lake Norman Charter BYE

Shelby def. North Lincoln 3-0
East Lincoln def. Maiden 6-2
South Iredell def. Starmount 3-1
Surry Central def. Bandys 6-1

Lake Norman def. Sun Valley 1-0
Watauga def. Mooresville 2-1
Porter Ridge def. Hopewell 4-1

Second-round game must be played by Saturday.

North Moore at Lake Norman Charter

Polk County at East Lincoln
South Iredell at Cuthbertsom

Lake Norman at Olympic

NCHSAA girls' tennis
Lake Norman's girls' tennis team was eliminated from the NCHSAA dual team playoffs Monday, losing to Myers Park 5-1. The Mustangs lost Wednesday in the state semis to Greensboro Grimsley.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Mustang golfer finishes 21st at states

East Lincoln's Brittany Smith led Lake Norman-area golfers at the N.C. High School Athletic Association's 1A/2A girls' golf championships, which were held Monday and Tuesday at Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines.

Smith finished 21st overall with a 188, while Lake Norman Charter's Meagan Ports (195) and Kaelyn Pack (197) were 28th and 31st respectively. The Knights finished 10th as a team, while North Lincoln finished 13th.

For full results visit the NCHSAA website.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Forward caps off freshman year being named all-state

Davidson Day freshman C.J. Bradley, who led his Patriots and the area with 25 goals in the regular season, was named to the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 2A boys' soccer all-state team.

Bradley, who was the Southern Piedmont Athletic Association Player of the Year, led Davidson Day to a 13-4-2 record. The team's 13 wins was a school record. The Patriots finished their year in the first-round of the NCISAA 2A playoffs, losing 4-1 to Caldwell Academy.

For more on Bradley, check out last week's Lake Norman News feature story on the freshman.

For full all-state soccer honors, visit the NCISAA website.

SouthLake volleyball players get all-state nod

After leading SouthLake Christian to the state 3A finals, Katie Schoenrock and Kayla Summer were named to the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association all-state team.

The Eagles finished their first season at the 3A class with a school-record 27 wins, losing its lone game of the year to eight-time consecutive champ Charlotte Latin in the state title game.

This is the second year that Schoenrock and Summer have earned all-state honors. Last season the duo earned the recognition after leading SouthLake to the 2A state championship.

Davidson Day's Jessi Harris was named to the 2A all-state team.

For full volleyball all-state teams, visit the NCISAA website.

Patriot cross country runners named all-state

Davidson Day sophomores Melissa Zammitti and Rachel Bringewatt earned N.C. Independent School Athletic Association all-state cross country honors after finishing in the top 10 at last weekend's 2A championships.

Zammitti finished fourth in the race with a time of 20:01.72, while Bringewatt was ninth with20:28.36.

Visit the NCISAA website for a complete list of all-state runners.