Matthews-based Covenant Day School will add football next fall.
The first football team will be for boys in grades 7-9 and will play a modified schedule.
“We have had excellent participation at our fall 2015 combines and are excited about the momentum we are building for the addition of football,” interim coach David Houseton said.
Last Friday, Covenant Day had a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new 2,200-foot Fitness Center on campus. It includes state-of-the-art weight equipment. In addition, the school plans to add 14 sports by the end of the 2016-17 school year. Last year, Covenant Day joined the CISAA conference -- which includes Charlotte Latin, Country Day, Charlotte Christian, Cannon School and Providence Day -- and added boys lacrosse. Covenant Day has more than 300 students in the high school and about 70 percent of them play at least one sport.
Marvin Ridge and Weddington finished second and third at the N.C. 3A West regional golf tournament to qualify for next week’s state finals. North Buncombe’s Callista Rice won individual honors, shooting a 1-under-par 71. Hickory’s Anna McDonald was second with a 72 and Cuthbertson’s Elizabeth Hordes finished third at 77.
North Lincoln’s Karleigh Morrison (85), North Iredell’s Hannah Griffin (87), North Gaston’s Madison Mathis (90), Piedmont’s Ashley Milliken (90), Forestview’s Kasey Owenby (91), South Iredell’s Charleigh Hodges (91), South Point’s Madison Carr (92) and South Iredell’s Emma Plyler (95) also qualified for the state finals as individuals, among Observer-area players.
Cannon’s Jena Metwalli, a senior committed to Michigan, won the CISAA girls cross-country championships Tuesday at McAlpine Park.
Metwalli turned in a time of 18 minutes, 35 seconds, winning by nearly a full minute over Charlotte Latin’s Kiera Dowell (19:30) and Providence Day’s Justine Cronk (19:31). Providence Day took the team title, over Cannon and Charlotte Latin.
▪ Providence Day’s Noah Dolhare won the CISAA boys championship in a time of 16:07. Latin’s Jack Ratterree was second (16:18) and Providence Day’s Elias Eskind third (16:54). Providence Day won the team title, ahead of Charlotte Latin and Covenant Day.
▪ East Lincoln’s girls won the Southern District 7 conference championship at Southside Park Tuesday. Catawba Bandys won the boys. East Lincoln’s Madison Rowles won the girls individual event.
Charlotte Country Day 1, Myers Park 0: Anna Rhyne got the goal for Country Day in overtime. Riley Harrison, who had three saves, got the shutout. Kyle Murray had six saves for Myers Park.
Providence Day 2, Durham Academy 1: Sara Cotsakis and Laney Diehl scored off assists from Grayson Buben and Lily Norris for the Chargers. Coach Miki Osherow earned her 104th career win.
Charlotte Latin 8, Ardrey Kell 0: Camille Kane scored four goals for Latin (10-3). Corbett Foster got the shutout.
Charlotte Latin 3, Forsyth Country Day 0: Rachel Mackey had 17 kills, five digs, one ace and a block to lead Latin to the easy win. The Hawks won 26-8, 25-12 and 25-12. Eloise Monnin had 28 assists and five aces.