NOTEBOOK: Huskies sweep XC meets; North Lincoln wins conference tennis

CHARLOTTE – Hough won the boys and girls cross country meets at the Queen City 3A/4A conference championship Oct. 13.

Racing at McAlpine Creek Park, the Huskies took the top three spots in the girls race, with senior Lilly Waters winning by a full minute in 18 minutes, 40 seconds. Freshman Reagan Rainey was second in 19:41 and senior Julia Kulagowski next in 20:22.

Hopewell senior Patrice Hinkson was fourth in 22:10, and freshman teammate Kasey Wigginton was 11th in 23:18 for a third-place team finish.

The Mallard Creek girls finished second.

Also cracking the top 10 for the Huskies were senior Leah Ritchey (seventh, 22:46), sophomore Sawyer Stallings (ninth, 22:57) and freshman Mackenzie Nesta (10th, 23:00).

Hough’s boys also represented the top three spots. Sophomore Backton Parrish took gold in 17:27, followed by seniors Jack Zimmerman (18:01) and Cooper Smith (18:26).

Hopewell was third behind Mallard Creek. Junior Mitchell Marelli was sixth overall in 19:01, while classmate Joshua Garcia also took eighth in 19:35.

Lilly Walters. /Doug Coats

Carver leads N. Lincoln to tennis title

PUMPKIN CENTER – North Lincoln followed up its regular-season conference tennis title by winning the Western Foothill 3A tournament Oct. 16.

The Lady Knights scored 9 points, 3 ahead of East Lincoln and Hickory, with two of the top four singles placers. Freshman Emma Carver was conference champion, while senior Meghan Restino was third. North had gone undefeated in regular-season conference play.

The Mustangs were led by the doubles team of sisters Hannah and Holly McGuirk finishing second. 

The state dual-team playoffs began Oct. 20 with the second round Tuesday, Oct. 26. Here are the local qualifiers with seedings:

1A: Christ the King (4)

2A: Pine Lake Prep (6)

3A: Lake Norman Charter (2), North Lincoln (5)

4A: Hough (6), Lake Norman (9)


CTK volleyball ousts Eagles

DENVER – Christ the King defeated Lincoln Charter 3-2 to win the Catawba Shores 1A/2A volleyball tournament Oct. 14.

The Crusaders entered as the two seed behind the regular-season champion Eagles but avenged two earlier losses in a back-and-forth victory. The teams alternated winning the first four sets, then CTK took the deciding fifth, 15-8.

It was Lincoln Charter’s first conference loss this season. Setter Kamden Dalton put up a season-high 40 assists in the loss. 


CSD rolls past streaking Knights

HUNTERSVILLE – Community School of Davidson trailed 14-7 after one quarter, but shut out a hot Lake Norman Charter the rest of the game for a 52-14 victory Oct. 15.

The home Spartans (5-2, 3-0 Catawba Shores) scored 21 in the second quarter, then 17 more in the third for their fourth straight victory. They finish the regular season at home against Chris the King then at Pine Lake Prep.

LNC’s loss snapped a three-game win streak. The Knights rushed for 225 yards on 35 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown by quarterback Anthony Ryerson. Freshman backup Grayson Harvey impressed late in the game by completing all six of his passes for 57 yards.


Mooresville schools jostle near top of league standings

MOORESVILLE – Lake Norman and Mooresville each picked up big wins Oct. 15 to remain in the top three of the Greater Metro 4 standings.

Mooresville wiped out West Cabarrus on the road 55-14 for its second consecutive blowout victory. Meanwhile, The Wildcats escaped a nail-biting affair with a 15-7 win over Cox Mill. Three different Lake Norman players recorded nine tackles, Ranger Glaser, Tate Smith and Jack Baker.

Hickory Ridge leads the conference at 4-0, and the two Mooresville schools are tied for second at 3-1. They face each other to close the season Oct. 29.

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