Lake Norman & Mooresville

Mooresville aims for third straight cross-country title

The Mooresville cross-country team started it all. The Blue Devils boys, who won the 2006 cross country state championship, starting a run of five (boys') state titles for the track team in the last three seasons (two outdoor, one indoor and two cross country).

In less than two weeks, the Mooresville cross country will begin its quest for a third straight N.C. 3A state title. The Blue Devils will have to do so without their all-everything leaders from past three seasons, Patrick Campbell and Nathan Craig. Campbell begins his track career at N.C. State this fall, while Craig will run for Brigham Young University.

“We have a lot to replace. Our seniors went out on top,” Mooresville track coach Mike Serefine said earlier this summer. “But we still have a lot of talent here. We'll have our ups and downs. But I think we'll still be the team to beat in conference, and then we'll go from there.”

The Blue Devils will be led by all-North Piedmont distance runner Joseph Newman and Chase Martin, both of whom have had a lot of experience, and have a lot of success.

“We'll definitely have to count on some different people,” Serefine said, the Observer cross country and track coach of the year last season. “But I think a lot of these (cross country) guys have had a lot of success and have seen what it takes to win a championship.”

Mooresville can also continue to re-write the history books as they won the first triple crown in state history last spring winning the cross country, indoor and outdoor state meets in the same school year. The Blue Devils could make it four state titles in row overall, and three in a row in cross country, if they can win another state championship this fall.

All-Star MVP

Hopewell girls' soccer star Lena Suarez was named the most valuable player of the 2008 East-West N.C. All-Star game Tuesday in Greensboro. Suarez scored the only goal in the game less than five minutes in, leading her west squad to a 1-0 win.

Big-time prospect

Former North Iredell basketball player Andrew Kyles is getting a lot of attention from college coaches. Kyles – who transferred to Veritas Christian Academy, where he plays for former Statesville Christian coach John Jordan – is being recruited by Air Force, American and Colorado State.

Jordan says Kyles, who played for North Iredell his freshmen and sophomore years, says one of the major reason for his increasing college interest is his improved body.

“(Andrew) came here, he was about 6-foot-8, 280-plus pounds at times,” Jordan said. “Now not only has he improved as a basketball player, but he has trimmed down and is 6-foot-10, 260.”

Anybody, anytime, anywhere

John Jordan also said his Veritas Christian Academy team is always looking for opponents to fill out their schedule. “Our motto is that we'll play anybody, anytime, anywhere,” Jordan said, who adopted that policy at Statesville Christian. Jordan encourages coaches to call him if they are interested in playing Veritas at 704-253-2006.