Lake Norman | Sports

Concord late model racer sets sights on Snowball Derby

Posted at 11:29am on Nov. 26, 2014

When Preston Peltier was in his late teens he decided he needed to move to North Carolina if his racing career was to progress. He sold most of his possessions, packed a truck and drove from California to North Carolina. Two decades later with PASS South and national championships in hand, Peltier is now focused on the prestigious Snowball Derby.

Wildcats cross country teams wrap up season at NCAA regional meet

Posted at 10:34am on Nov. 21, 2014

Davidson’s cross country teams wrapped up their 2014 season with a pair of top-20 team finishes at the NCAA Southeast Regional championship meet held Nov. 14 in Louisville, Ky.

Gymnast competes at World Championships

Posted at 2:31pm on Nov. 20, 2014

Ashton Locklear, a 16-year-old gymnast who trains at Everest Gymnastics in Huntersville, competed with Team USA at the World Championships Oct. 3-12 in Nanning, China.

Fishing with Gus: Gift ideas for kids and adult anglers

Posted at 12:28pm on Nov. 18, 2014

There are rods and reels for all ages – and all skill levels.

Lake Norman Charter girls’ tennis caps season with state title

Posted at 12:33pm on Nov. 18, 2014

The Lake Norman Charter girls’ tennis team finished an undefeated season with a state championship.

Hickory father-son team captures 1st racing title

Posted at 12:19pm on Nov. 19, 2014

Ever since Tyler Church’s mother lost her battle with lung cancer when he was 12 years old the Hickory resident and his father have focused on racing as quality father-son time. However, they never envisioned their small family operation emerging as the 2014 Pro All Stars Series South Super Late Model champion.

Emily Allen stands out for NOMAD swimming

Posted at 12:47pm on Nov. 13, 2014

Hough senior swimmer Emily Allen has trained with NOMAD since 2006. She’s committed to Tennessee.

Lincoln Charter volleyball reached the regional final

Posted at 4:22pm on Nov. 13, 2014

One Lake Norman-area high school volleyball team came within a match win of playing for its first state title during the recent N.C. public and private schools state tournaments.

Fishing with Gus: Winter fishing is all about staying warm

Posted at 10:34am on Nov. 11, 2014

Some might be surprised to learn that cold weather affords some of the best fishing of the year. The reason is simple: As temperatures cool, the metabolism of fish slows and causes them to hole up in the same places for much of the season.

Mooresville racer says 2014 K&N season was ‘solid’

Posted at 12:33pm on Nov. 12, 2014

Brandon McReynolds had 11 top-five and 12 top-10 finishes, two poles and a 5.9 average finish in his first full NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season; however, it was the little things that kept him out of victory lane and made a solid season frustrating.

Mooresville golfer made another strong showing at states

Posted at 8:35am on Nov. 13, 2014

Mooresville High golfer Samantha Vodry finished fifth at the NCHSAA 4A girls’ golf state tournament.

Top tennis player leaves mark on Christ the King program

Posted at 11:29am on Nov. 6, 2014

Christ the King senior Gaby Hurt is one of the top girls’ tennis players in the state, but her school isn’t yet eligible to compete in the NCHSAA tournaments.

Davidson basketball teams picked to finish 12th in A-10

Posted at 3:00pm on Nov. 6, 2014

Davidson’s men’s and women’s basketball teams get to share a dubious honor in their first year playing in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Fishing: Gift ideas abound for anglers

Posted at 10:53am on Nov. 5, 2014

It’s difficult to find gifts for a person who has everything, especially if that person is a fisherman. So to make this task a little easier, here are a few thoughts that might help you pick the perfect holiday gift.

Community School of Davidson girls sweep 1A cross-country

Posted at 11:51am on Nov. 5, 2014

Community School of Davidson’s Malia Ellington won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A girls’ cross-country title and helped the Spartans to the team title.

Lake Norman High student Cole Timm competing for late model title

Posted at 1:51pm on Nov. 5, 2014

During the week, Cole Timm focuses on his classes at Lake Norman High School, but on the weekend he straps into a super late model and competes for top honors on the Southeast’s short tracks.

Two area doubles teams win titles at NCHSAA state championships

Posted at 3:01pm on Oct. 30, 2014

Doubles teams from Lake Norman Charter and Community School of Davidson won titles at the NCHSAA girls’ tennis championships.

November can be a great month on the lake

Posted at 12:29pm on Oct. 28, 2014

Lake Norman anglers will experience some of the best fishing of the fall season during the cool weather and clear skies of November.

Former coach Marc Calderone ‘coming home’ to North Meck

Posted at 2:49pm on Oct. 28, 2014

Marc Calderone, who coached North Mecklenburg High’s soccer programs to state championship-level success, returns after a seven-year absence to take over as school’s athletics director.

Golf takes Huntersville’s Alistair McLean around the world

Posted at 3:53pm on Oct. 29, 2014

For Alistair McLean, Monday is always laundry day.

Tifft surprises most with top-10 truck series debut

Posted at 8:52am on Oct. 30, 2014

Matt Tifft always enjoyed Martinsville Speedway as a boy, so when the UNC Charlotte freshman recorded an eighth-place finish in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at the tough little short track, he couldn’t quit smiling.

Davidson preps for start of 2014-2015 basketballl season

Posted at 6:40pm on Oct. 29, 2014

Davidson’s men’s basketball team holds Red-Black scrimmage at Belk Arena on Oct. 18; Wildcats open season Nov. 15 vs. Catholic

A guide to fishing on Lake Norman

Posted at 1:29pm on Oct. 21, 2014

This week’s column will attempt to answer some fishing questions on the minds of Lake Norman newcomers.

McLaughlin following in dad’s dirt-track racing footsteps

Posted at 12:01pm on Oct. 23, 2014

Max McLaughlin enjoyed piloting his go-kart around his parents’ yard at age 3, but it wasn’t until he was 11 years old that the Mooresville resident discovered his passion for the sport. Now at age 14 he’s racing in Millbridge Speedway’s Mini Outlaw Series and campaigning a dirt modified.

Hough boys’ soccer set to make another run for 4A title

Posted at 10:00am on Oct. 23, 2014

Hough boys’ soccer capped the regular season with a third straight conference title and readies for the start of the NCHSAA state playoffs.

South Iredell running back Chris Holmes has record-setting night

Posted at 5:28pm on Oct. 16, 2014

South Iredell running back Chris Holmes set a county record during his 372-yard, four-touchdown performance against West Iredell Oct. 4.

Fishing with Gus: Squads of sea birds signal schools of fish

Posted at 2:38pm on Oct. 14, 2014

When shad are chased to the surface by schools of hungry bass, perch or hybrids, things really get exciting. Hunry sea birds screech loudly between dives as they snare the fleeing shad with their sharp bill.

Community School of Davidson, Hough play ‘Pink Out’ match for former coach

Posted at 8:42pm on Oct. 17, 2014

On Oct. 1, Community School of Davidson’s and Hough’s girls’ tennis teams turned their regular-season non-conference match into a “Pink Out” match in honor of Crystal Hamilton, who coached at CSD for six years before stepping down at the end of the 2013 season.

Broken wrist costs Huntersville’s Osborne shot at modified rookie title

Posted at 9:39am on Oct. 16, 2014

Entering the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season finale at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Joe Ryan Osborne trailed Spencer Davis by only five points in the battle for rookie honors. A broken left wrist cost Osborne the opportunity to challenge for the title.

Longtime baseball coach Dick Cooke honored by Davidson

Posted at 3:52pm on Oct. 7, 2014

Dick Cooke, who recently began his 25th season as Davidson’s baseball coach, was honored with day of celebration Sept. 27.

Local anglers fare well at Lake Norman tournament

Posted at 4:02pm on Oct. 7, 2014

Does a home field advantage make a difference in a bass fishing tournament? It just may if you look at the statistics from last week’s tournament on Lake Norman.

Hybrid striped bass are tackle-busting fighters

Posted at 4:25pm on Oct. 7, 2014

The hybrid striped bass caught from Lake Norman in recent weeks are larger than average spotted bass and fight harder than a striped bass of equal size.

Action Express Racing Claims Championships With Flawless Season

Posted at 11:56am on Oct. 8, 2014

Approximately nine months after winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Denver-based Action Express Racing emerged from the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s inaugural season with four titles and the phenomenal accomplishment of completing every race lap in the 13-event season.

This time, Community School of Davidson tennis players want a doubles tennis title

Posted at 8:50am on Oct. 8, 2014

Community School of Davidson’s Courtney Mudge and Marisa Deininger, opponents in last year’s NCHSAA 1A state singles final, teaming up this season to go for a state championship in doubles

Hough’s Mark Fields selected for All-American game

Posted at 2:39pm on Oct. 8, 2014

Hough senior football player Mark Fields II has been selected to play in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 3 in San Antonio.

Mooresville driver becomes youngest NASCAR winner

Posted at 9:56am on Oct. 8, 2014

Cole Custer, 16, became the youngest NASCAR winner when he won a Truck Series race in New Hampshire.

Cooler days benefit October anglers

Posted at 3:47pm on Oct. 1, 2014

Much to the delight of fishermen, October finds fewer pleasure boats plying the waters of Lake Norman, while cooling water temperatures help to improve fishing.

Pet memorial garden in Statesville dedicated

Posted at 11:53am on Oct. 2, 2014

Sept. 25, Krissie Newman dedicate the ground on the family’s 87-acre Rescue Ranch in Statesville where a pet memorial garden will open next spring.

Healthy Seth Cranfill becomes ‘go-to’ receiver for Gardner-Webb

Posted at 12:22pm on Oct. 1, 2014

Gardner-Webb redshirt senior Seth Cranfill, a Bandys High graduate and Sherrills Ford native, set the Big South record for career receptions by a tight end.

SouthLake Christian volleyball back in state contention

Posted at 4:12pm on Oct. 1, 2014

After two straight losing seasons, SouthLake Christian’s volleyball team is in good position to return to NCISAA playoffs. Entering the final week of the regular season, SouthLake Christian is 14-4 overall and undefeated (12-0) in the Metrolina Athletic Conference.