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Lake Norman’s Barefoot Challenge draws one of its biggest fields

Posted at 3:32pm on Jan. 7, 2015

This year’s Barefoot Challenge drew one of its biggest fields, with nearly two dozen barefoot skiiers testing their skills and endurance on the cold and choppy waters of Lake Norman.

Davidson College athletes earn postseason honors

Posted at 11:54am on Dec. 31, 2014

William Morris second straight Davidson player voted to Beyond Sports Network’s All-American teams

Creeks are key to cold-water catches

Posted at 11:13am on Dec. 30, 2014

Anglers willing to brave frigid waters will find plenty of bass, perch, hybrids and stripers in the Ramsey, Reed, Mountain, McCrary and Stumpy creek arms of the lake.

Davidson’s Pietro Fittipaldi claims European racing title

Posted at 1:04pm on Dec. 30, 2014

Three years after becoming the first Latin American NASCAR champion, Davidson’s Pietro Fittipaldi has added a European title to his racing resume and taken another step towards one day following in his grandfather’s footsteps into Formula One.

Lake Norman-area football players, coach participate in Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas

Posted at 3:27pm on Dec. 29, 2014

While the 2014 season ended for all of the region’s high school football teams in early December or earlier, three Lake Norman-area players and a coach got to play in one more game.

Stepping up in crunch time: A look back at the fall sports season

Posted at 2:02pm on Dec. 26, 2014

The Lake Norman News looks back at the 2014 fall sports season, highlighting some of the best individual performances.

A challenging sport? Go fish

Posted at 11:00am on Dec. 23, 2014

Every sport requires a different set of skills to overcome the challenges of the game.

Hopewell grad Chaniel Nelson helped Tar Heels volleyball to its best season

Posted at 11:46am on Dec. 23, 2014

Hopewell graduate Chaniel Nelson helped the North Carolina volleyball team to its best season in program history and was also named a second-team All-American.

Concord’s Joshua Brimecombe claims national championship

Posted at 12:20pm on Dec. 23, 2014

Joshua Brimecombe knew the 2014 racing season might be his last opportunity to obtain a national championship, so when the Concord resident achieved his objective in the Legend Semi-Pro asphalt division he still found it difficult to believe.

Harrisburg’s Steve Furr claims 2nd NHRA divisional championship

Posted at 11:10am on Dec. 23, 2014

Steve Furr used victories to bookend a successful 2014 season that provided the Harrisburg resident with his second NHRA Division 2 title and his first in Super Gas.

5 Davidson athletes to be inducted into the athletics Hall of Fame

Posted at 8:03am on Dec. 19, 2014

Five former Davidson athletes have been chosen for the 25th induction class to the college’s Athletics Hall of Fame, school officials announced Dec. 11.

Fishing with Capt. Gus: This song has a fishy smell

Posted at 12:50pm on Dec. 16, 2014

Enjoy Capt. Gus’ 2014 version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Skiers to bare soles in 37th Lake Norman New Year’s Day Barefoot Challenge

Posted at 8:40am on Dec. 17, 2014

The Lake Norman New Year’s Day Barefoot Challenge – now in its 37th year, and hosted by the Carolina Show Ski Team – is one of the nation’s most unique barefoot water skiing competitions.

John Hunter Nemechek caps season with Snowball Derby victory

Posted at 9:00am on Dec. 18, 2014

John Hunter Nemechek didn’t let a lack of sleep keep him from pulling off a bold move in the closing laps of the Snowball Derby to secure a victory and cap off the 2014 season.

Fishing with Capt. Gus: Plan for great fishing over the holidays

Posted at 12:22pm on Dec. 9, 2014

Not only is the fishing excellent, but there are usually several mild days between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

New crop of Bandys girls’ basketball players want chance at state title

Posted at 8:15am on Dec. 11, 2014

Bandys girls’ basketball made it to the state finals for the first time in 20 years last season. The Trojans hope to do it again despite losing two Division I players.

Davidson wrestlers advance in the Wolfpack Open

Posted at 3:36pm on Dec. 4, 2014

Davidson’s wrestling team had two wrestlers advance to the semifinals and two others to the quarterfinals at the Wolfpack Open tournament, held Nov. 16 in Raleigh.

Fishing with Gus: Diving birds lead to big catches

Posted at 12:15pm on Dec. 2, 2014

If you are among the many who believe sea birds are where the fish are, seek them out.

On the track: Kodie Conner quickly establishes himself as PASS Pro Late Model contender

Posted at 8:50am on Dec. 3, 2014

At age 13, Kodie Conner has quickly established himself as a victory contender in the Pro All Star Series, finishing fourth two consecutive years in the Pro Late Model standings.

Alison Cooke’s position change pays off for Wingate volleyball

Posted at 11:54am on Dec. 3, 2014

Former North Mecklenburg High volleyball player Alison Cooke moved from hitter to setter at Wingate.

SouthLake wrestler Hamilton Hewitt goes for 4th straight title

Posted at 11:55am on Nov. 25, 2014

SouthLake Christian senior wrestler Hamilton Hewitt goes for his fourth straight NCISAA title. He would be the first to win four since 2009.

Cape Hatteras surf fishing is great this season

Posted at 11:39am on Nov. 25, 2014

Why would anyone want to go to Cape Hatteras in November? The answer is simple: great surf fishing.

Pine Lake Prep swimmer Alyssa Marsh not feeling pressure to repeat

Posted at 8:31am on Nov. 25, 2014

Last year, Pine Lake Prep sophomore Alyssa Marsh set records while winning a pair of individual-event titles at the North Carolina public schools state swimming championships.

Hough boys’ soccer makes deep playoff run

Posted at 8:57am on Nov. 25, 2014

The Hough boys’ soccer team had the best run among the 13 Lake Norman-area schools that made it to the state playoffs, and had two players named to the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association’s 4A all-state team.

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.