Lake Norman Charter School continues to defy the odds on and off the field.
In the 11 years since it was founded, the school has developed a strong foundation both athletically and academically.
This year's baseball team is a prime example.
The Knights (12-3) have done well considering that the school is yet to have a senior class. Their team consists of three juniors, 10 sophomores and three freshmen.
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"Being a first-year varsity team ever for Lake Norman Charter School, I could not be more proud of how my team is buying into the team concept and working hard in both practices and games," said Lake Norman Charter baseball coach Chris Detweiler.
Playing in a weaker conference, Detweiler has gone out of his way to get his Knights to play bigger schools so the program can grow. This seems to be working.
The Knights have already defeated the defending 3A NCISAA state champs, Charlotte Christian, this season.
Detweiler has big ambitions for his Knights.
"Although we have a successful record and have beaten some good teams, I will not be satisfied unless we win the conference tournament and progress further into the state playoffs," he said.
Lake Norman Charter is led by sophomore Kurt Stabesefski, a third baseman with a great bat. Stabesefski is hitting .526 (as of April 22). Junior Zach Wiggs is a quick centerfield batting .533.
Catcher Nick Daddio might be the most special of all. As a defensive specialist, Detweiler said Daddio has the best chance of playing on the next level.
But for Detweiler, the whole squad is important.
"This team does not have a most valuable player because they all contribute," he said.
The team could use more talent, but good players can be hard to come by because of the school's lottery system.
To become a student at Lake Norman Charter, prospective students must enter a lottery. The lottery process is completely random, leaving coaches in a quandary.
This can make coaches' jobs significantly challenging.
The coaches and players at the school must get to work immediately to get good chemistry going..
Detweiler focuses on the little things to be successful. The Knights aim to play better in the field and to make opponents pay on the base paths.
Just last week, the Knights won a game mostly due to small-ball play, where they strategically used bunting and squeeze plays to come away with the game.
This Friday, the Knights face what could be its toughest challenge of the year: Grace Academy.
The Lions have been Lake Norman Charter's biggest and most competitive rival this season.
Next year is much anticipated at Lake Norman Charter, as the Knights will finally be a fully loaded team with seniors aboard. The team hopes having a more experienced squad will allow them to make a run for a title.