Ron Massey, who coached high school football at Piedmont, A.L. Brown and Kings Mountain, died of an apparent heart attack Saturday.
Massey, 56, was hired as Piedmont’s coach in March 2012. This was his third season. Massey coached in Piedmont’s 74-58 loss to Sun Valley on Friday. Piedmont is 3-4 this season. It was 8-3 in 2013 and 5-7 in 2012 under Massey.
Massey had a 120-32 record at A.L. Brown, where his teams won or tied for nine conference championships in his 11 seasons. His 2008 team at Kannapolis reached the N.C. 3AA state finals. Prior to Brown, Massey was head coach at Kings Mountain for five years starting in 1995. His teams were 48-15-2.
Massey also was head football coach at Fayetteville’s 71st High School from 1992-94. His teams there were 32-14. Massey began his coaching career in 1988 at Raleigh Enloe. His record is 221-101-3.
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Massey’s funeral will be 4 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Kannapolis.
• Independence is the top-ranked team in the state regardless of class, according to MaxPreps’ computer-based analysis. Richmond Senior is No. 2 followed by Mallard Creek and Mooresville. Butler, which beat Mallard Creek earlier this season, is No. 8. Private school Charlotte Christian is No. 12.
• Gastonia Forestview star Moe Neal received an offer from Old Dominion, coach Chris Medlin said ... Former Mallard Creek star Jamel Harbison ran 41 times for 290 yards and three touchdowns in Mars Hill’s 37-31 win over Brevard ... Charlotte Country Day’s JD Dellinger made a school-record 52-yard field goal in a 17-13 loss to Davidson Day Friday.
• Maddie Weber of Myers Park won the Southwestern 4A Conference girls’ conference tournament last week beating V Beltran of Independence 6-0, 6-0. In doubles, Myers Park’s Madeleine Fox and Aubrey Bader beat Independence’s Basden/Kinard 6-0, 6-1.
• Ardrey Kell’s Hailey Simon won the SoMeck 8 Conference tournament title, beating Olympic’s Nicole Spencer 6-2, 6-4. In doubles, Charlotte Catholic’s Rachel Marthinsen and Megan Leonard beat teammates McKinley Riley and Catie Nelson 6-4, 6-2 to win the title.
• Lake Norman won the North Piedmont Conference tournament last season. Lauren Gish beat Mooresville’s 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 1 singles final. In doubles, Lake Norman’s Elizabeth Farley and Ali Bates beat Mooresville’s Kaylee Beaudoin and Rachel Glendenning 6-1, 6-0.
• Lake Norman Charter won the Big South tournament last week. Hough, which finished 7-0 in league play, won the MECKA 8.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ conference tournaments began Monday. The MECKA 8 semifinals are Tuesday at 5 and 6:30 p.m. at West Charlotte High. The finals are Wednesday at 6 p.m. at West Charlotte. The SoMeck 8 semifinals are at Berry Tuesday at 5 and 6:30 p.m. The finals are Wednesday at 6 at Berry. The Southwestern 4A semifinals are Tuesday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at East Meck. The finals are Wednesday at 6:30 at East Meck.
• Hough (18-3, 14-0) won the MECKA 8 regular-season title after beating Vance in straight sets last week. Hopewell (19-4, 12-2) was second.
The CMS conference championships are this week: Southwestern 4A at Myers Park, 4 p.m. Wednesday; MECKA 8 4 p.m. Wednesday at McAlpine; the SoMeck 8 4 p.m. Thursday at McAlpine.
The CISAA conference tournament is Friday at McAlpine Park.
The Metrolina Athletic all-conference soccer team: Gaston Day: Benny Bloemen, Kjell Bruegge, Sergio Gil Maestro, Steven Manolakis, Harrison Romero, Conrad Sloand; Gaston Christian: Alfredo Cacho, Davis McBee, Denver Monteith, Thomas Rhom; Hickory Grove: Kaylin Claibourne, Sam Cox, Colby Shumate; Concord First Assembly: Matthew Griffin; Northside Christian: Seth Morgan; Metrolina Christian: Emeka Nwankwo