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Olympic’s Dave Johnson draws honor for service

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com
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Olympic High School will name its new football stadium in honor of longtime coach and athletics director Dave Johnson on Friday.

The school will host a barbecue dinner in Johnson’s honor at 5 p.m. Kickoff with Myers Park is at 7 p.m.

Johnson, who currently announces Trojans home games, began teaching in Charlotte in 1965 at North Mecklenburg. He worked at Olympic for 41 years. At Olympic, he taught math and was head baseball, football, basketball, tennis and golf coach. He was the school’s athletics director from 1986-98.

Basketball

The N.C. High School Athletic Association Western Regional basketball tournament will return to Winston-Salem next year. The event will be held at the Joel Coliseum and Coliseum Annex on March 3-7. The event had previously been held at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center and UNC Greensboro.

• Hickory Ridge’s 6-foot-4 senior point guard Jaylen Stowe has committed to Mercer, his father, Jason, told the Observer ... Former Hopewell High and Harvard star Brandyn Curry has signed with SPM Shoeters Den Bosch of the Dutch Basketball League. Curry was a three-time all-Ivy league player.

Soccer

The Soccer For A Cure tournament is Thursday and Saturday. Soccer For A Cure ( soccerforacure.org) is a not-for-profit created to help fight against all forms of cancer. Proceeds from the games go the organization. Thursday’s games are Ramblewood Soccer Park, 10200 Nations Ford Road. Saturday’s games are five area high schools.

Thursday at Ramblewood (games start at 6 unless noted): West Meck vs. Butler; Central Academy vs. South Meck; Garinger vs. Sun Valley; Olympic vs. Mallard Creek; South Rowan vs. Cuthbertson; Covenant Day vs. Ardrey Kell; Weddington vs. Providence; Fayetteville Sanford vs. Statesville; Charlotte Catholic vs. Myers Park, 8 p.m.

Saturday at Charlotte Catholic: Statesville vs. Newton-Conover, 2 p.m; Marvin Ridge vs. South Rowan, 4 p.m.; Weddington vs. Charlotte Catholic, 6 p.m.

Saturday at Olympic: Mallard Creek vs. East Meck, 2 p.m.; Independence vs. West Meck, 4 p.m.; Sun Valley vs. Olympic, 6 p.m.

Saturday at Charlotte Latin: Providence vs. Garinger, 4 p.m.; Myers Park vs. Charlotte Latin, 6 p.m.

Saturday at Country Day: East Lincoln vs. Forest Hills, 4 p.m.; South Meck vs. Country Day, 6 p.m.

Saturday at Central Academy: Concord vs. Fayetteville Sanford, 2 p.m.; Porter Ridge vs. Ardrey Kell, 4 p.m.; Covenant Day vs. Central Academy, 6 p.m.

Misc.

• High school sports participation increased for the 25th straight year, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. Based on figures from 51 member state associations, including the N.C. High School Athletic Association, participation during the 2013-14 school year reached a record 7.795 million, an increase of more than 80,000 from the previous year. For boys, the top three participatory sports were football, track and basketball. For girls, it was track, basketball and volleyball.

• West Mecklenburg will induct six new members into the school’s Hall of Fame on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Paw Creek Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $10 and may be obtained by calling Patty Burns at 704-806-3054. The new members will be recognized at halftime of Friday’s home game with Vance. The new members are Donny Lemmond, Eddie McArver, Vance Schrum, Ray Hughes, Becky McDonald and Morgan Walker.

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