Sports notebook: Ardrey Kell to host High School Hoops Classic
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

Sports notebook: Ardrey Kell to host High School Hoops Classic

    The Wild Wing Cafe High School Hoops Classic will take place Oct. 27-30 at Ardrey Kell High School.
    Organizer Jeff Hood, right, and former Carolina Panther Muhsin Muhammad introduce the Wild Wing Cafe High School Hoops Classic, which will take place Dec. 27-30 at Ardrey Kell High School.
  • Learn more: The Wild Wing Cafe High School Hoops Classic will be Dec.27-30 at Ardrey Kell High School. Here are the teams participating: National girls’ tournament: Ardrey Kell, Princess Anne (Va.), St John’s College High (Washington D.C.) and Northside Christian. Local boys’ tournament: Olympic, Charlotte Christian, Ardrey Kell and Victory Christian. National boys’ tournament: Vance, Montverde Academy (Fla.), Abraham Lincoln High (N.Y.), South Atlanta (Ga.), Arlington Country Day (Fla.), Northside Christian, Montrose Christian (Md.) and Westlake (Ga.).

Ardrey Kell High School will host the first Wild Wing Cafe High School Hoops Classic basketball tournament Dec.27-30.

The event will feature a four-team national girls’ tournament, a four-team local boys’ tournament and an eight-team national boys’ tournament.

Proceeds will benefit Hoodie’s House of Hope for Youth, a nonprofit organization intended to help under-served youths in Mecklenburg County.

Ardrey Kell will play in the girls’ tournament with Northside Christian, Princess Anne (Va.) and St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.).

The Knights boys’ team joins Charlotte Christian, Olympic – the defending NCHSAA 4A state champion – and Victory Christian in the local boys’ tournament.

“It’s a chance for us to again play some of the public schools in town because we can’t, you know, schedule them on a regular basis,” Charlotte Christian coach Shonn Brown said after a news conference announcing the event Monday. “All these kids in town know one another, so it’s a great chance for the kids to compete against one another.”

Vance and Northside Christian – the defending NCISAA 2A state champion – will play in the national boys’ tournament, which also includes reigning USA Today national champion Montverde (Fla.) Academy, New York City public school champions Abraham Lincoln High and Westlake (Ga.) High, where Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton went to school.

The two national tournaments feature nine players ranked in the top 100 of their class by ESPN.

Jeff Hood, who also ran a post-Christmas tournament in Charlotte from 2000 to 2008, is organizing the event. His previous tournament was named the best post-Christmas tournament by USA Today in 2008.

“We are unbelievably excited,” Brown said. “When Jeff called me he didn’t really have to say anything, because I know when I get a call from him, if he’s involved in doing a tournament, it’s going to be great.”

“So we’re very appreciative he thought enough of us to invite us back,” said Brown, “and we hope that we can compete well and it will be a tournament for us to be in for years to come.”

Ardrey Kell wins regional

The Ardrey Kell girls’ golf team won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A Western Regional golf tournament Oct. 21 at Brushy Mountain Golf Course in Taylorsville.

The team, which won the 2010 and 2012 NCHSAA 4A titles, shot a 248 to beat second-place Alexander Central by eight strokes. The Knights were led by Moon Cheong (77), Megan Cullip (83) and Sarah Zimmerle (88). Teammate Alexis Whitney shot a 90 to qualify for the state tournament as an individual.

Myers Park’s Olivia Lynch (92) and Lauren Tinkey (94), and Providence High’s Sarah Godel (92) also qualified for the state tournament as individuals.

The NCHSAA 4A state tournament will Oct.28-29 at Pinehurst No.6.

Providence Day finishes third

Providence Day School finished third at the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association girls’ golf state tournament Oct.21 at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines.

The Chargers shot a team score of 263. Cannon School won the tournament with a 225.

Roshnee Sharma led the Chargers with an 82, followed by Rea Madan (86), Sydney White (95) and Emily Dickson (99).

Sharma, Charlotte Country Day’s Brook Vann (82) and Charlotte Latin’s Emily Herron (82) were named to the all-state team.

Charlotte Country Day finished seventh (296) and Charlotte Latin finished ninth (301).

Staff writer Langston Wertz Jr. contributed to this story.

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