CHARLOTTE – The Lake Norman Charter cross country team placed fifth in the 44th annual Wendy’s Invitational held at McAlpine Creek Park Saturday, Oct. 6.
Racing in the 3A division race with 34 teams, the Knights were led by senior Ryan Creel who took 22nd with a time of 17 minutes, 51.57 seconds. The other boys adding to the team score were seniors Kyle Smith (28th, 17:49.22), Alvin Mutongi (31st, 18:05.64), Jacob Crawford (41st, 18:24.59) and sophomore Nick Lay (42nd, 18:27.89).
LN Charter’s girls, the defending 2A state champions, then finished third out of 26 in a race that featured the state’s top three 2A teams (Carrboro and North Lincoln are the others).
The five girls who contribute to the team score were all in the top 40 individually, with sophomore Abby Farris leading the way with an eighth-place finish in 19:57 – the first LNC girl to go under 20 minutes this season. Freshman Megan Wozniak (11th, 20:23.87) and junior Monique Gandy (12th, 20:27.90) also earned medals. Junior Anna Gartner wasn’t far behind (32nd, 21:35.59), and rounding out the scoring was freshman Sophie Powers (38th, 21:50.39).
The Knights’ 96 points were 5 points off from second-place North Lincoln.
Pride get first conference win
GASTONIA – The Pine Lake Prep football team defeated Highland Tech, 26-14, Friday, Oct. 5.
The Pride (4-3 overall, 1-2 Southern Piedmont 1A) used a balanced offense with 158 passing yards from sophomore John Whelan and 154 on the ground from a host of runners. After Highland Tech (3-3, 0-3) led 14-12 at halftime, the Pine Lake defense shut out the Rams in the second half. Junior linebacker Zach Morlidge had a season-high 21 tackles.
Senior Lucas Massimini led the way on the ground with 78 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown. But senior Austin Schmidt reached the end zone three times on 11 carries for 51 yards.
The Pride’s leading rusher this season, Kris Petroski, left the game in the first quarter with a leg injury.
Hough splits non-conference matches
CHARLOTTE – Hough split a double-header against two south Charlotte volleyball teams Saturday, Oct. 6.
The Huskies defeated Providence 3-0, with scores of 25-19, 25-22 and 25-18. In the next match against Ardrey Kell, Hough lost 3-0 (25-11, 25-16, 25-21).
Coming out of the weekend, Hough had a 12-6 record overall and was 7-2 in the I-Meck 4A with its final regular-season match being Thursday, Oct. 11.