Two former Mecklenburg County standout basketball players have landed new college basketball assistant jobs.
Mantoris Robinson, a former all-state and all-conference star at Butler High, is the new director of recruiting/player development at the College of Charleston.
Larry Dixon, who was a four-year letterman at Johnson C. Smith and a head coach at Garinger High, will be an assistant coach at South Florida.
Dixon spent the past five seasons as an assistant at Georgia Southern. Dixon has also been an assistant at Winthrop (2007-12), East Carolina (2005-07), South Carolina State (2003-05) and St. Andrews College (2002-03).
Robinson was a two-time Big South defensive player of the year at Winthrop. For the past four seasons, he's been an assistant at Appalachian State.
Prior to App State, Robinson spent two seasons at Fairmont State University in West Virginia. During his time at Fairmont State, he helped lead the Falcons to back-to-back 20-win seasons including a 23-9 overall record and a NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in 2012-13. In his two seasons at FSU, Robinson coached five all-conference selections.
Former CMS AD Vicki Hamilton honored
Longtime Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools athletics director Vicki Hamilton was one of six people added to the Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course "Wall of Fame" for their contributions to local athletics Thursday.
Hamilton was inducted along with a pair of local legendary golfers, Robert "Git" Brown and Phil "Big Daddy" Neely, longtime swim coach Franke Bell, J.C. Smith men's basketball coach Steve Joyner and longtime UNC Charlotte athletics director Judy Rose.
Appointed in 1994, Hamilton was the first female athletic director of a city-county district in North Carolina. She was in the position until 2011. During her career, she oversaw institution of one of the state's first 2.0-GPA requirements and attendance requirements. She developed a mentoring program for women and minorities to help them advance in athletic administration, and worked to ensure that men and women who coach comparable sports were paid equally.
Elected to the N.C. High School Athletic Director’s Hall of Fame in 2008, Hamilton oversaw major changes in policy because of eligibility concerns as well as helping to ensure that CMS athletes had free medical exams, which included heart screenings.
Once honored by NBC Nightly News as "Person of the Week," recognizing her work as principal with inner-city youth, Hamilton was named a 2010 Woman of Distinction by the Hornets' Nest Girl Scouts.
NCHSAA tennis championships moving
With anticipated rain and thunderstorms forecast Saturday, the NCHSAA has moved its dual team tennis championships from Burlington to the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center in Greensboro. The 3A and 4A meets begin at 8:30 a.m. The 1A and 2A meets begin at 11:30 a.m.
1A Men’s Dual Team Tennis Championship
Raleigh Charter (16-1) vs. Lincoln Charter (16-1)
#1 – Harrison Tseng (Raleigh Charter) vs. Parker Powell (Lincoln Charter)
#2 – Joseph Fisher (Raleigh Charter) vs. Jimmy Sherrill (Lincoln Charter)
#3 – Arjun Juneja (Raleigh Charter) vs. Jackson Law (Lincoln Charter)
#4 – Arya Battula (Raleigh Charter) vs. Scott Noftsger (Lincoln Charter)
#5 – Griffin Whalen (Raleigh Charter) vs. Alex Orr (Lincoln Charter)
#6 – Ranbir Pal (Raleigh Charter) vs. Cutter Law (Lincoln Charter)
2A Men’s Dual Team Tennis Championship
Carrboro (15-2) vs. Brevard (15-0)
#1 – Zach Anderson (Carrboro) vs. Liam Baer (Brevard)
#2 – Andre Javan (Carrboro) vs. Charles Kang (Brevard)
#3 – Ben Lu (Carrboro) vs. Aidan Spradlin (Brevard)
#4 – Jake Twer (Carrboro) vs. Cullen Duval (Brevard)
#5 – Cal Baruch (Carrboro) vs. Bryce Spradlin (Brevard)
#6 – John Blobe (Carrboro) vs. Riley Burton (Brevard)
3A Men’s Dual Team Tennis Championship
Clayton (18-0) vs. Asheville (18-0)
#1 – Banks Evans (Clayton) vs. Zach Theodossiou (Asheville)
#2 – Sam Jones (Clayton) vs. Meade Olson (Asheville)
#3 – Foster Evans (Clayton) vs. Henry Kelso (Asheville)
#4 – Christopher Riley (Clayton) vs. Caleb Owen (Asheville)
#5 – Jacob Granger (Clayton) vs. Paul Kelso (Asheville)
#6 – Dillon Hyde (Clayton) vs. Drew Neill (Asheville)
4A Men’s Dual Team Tennis Championship
Enloe (19-0) vs. Myers Park (17-0)
#1 – Rohan Sachdev (Enloe) vs. Mark Dillon (Myers Park)
#2 – Michael Ogundele (Enloe) vs. Sam Dean (Myers Park)
#3 – Ethan Saber (Enloe) vs. Walker Browne (Myers Park)
#4 – Nathan Griffith (Enloe) vs. Charlie Fox (Myers Park)
#5 – Revanth Bobba (Enloe) vs. Ben Richards (Myers Park)
#6 – Naveen Reddy (Enloe) vs. Charlie Reinery (Myers Park)
NCHSAA 1A/3A track postponed
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1A and 3A Track and Field State Championships, originally scheduled for Friday, will be held Sunday.
The NCHSAA made the decision to move the event after monitoring weather conditions.
“It is always difficult to decide to postpone or delay a State Championship event," NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker said. "However, with inclement weather in the forecast for much of the day on Friday, it became apparent that this decision is in the best interest of the 1A and 3A student-athletes who have worked so hard to reach this year’s State Championship meet."
The 1A/3A meet will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 20th, at Irwin Belk Track at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. The 2A and 4A championships will be held Saturday, May 19, beginning at 10 a.m., also at N.C. A&T.
Local tournament expected to draw thousands to Rock Hill-area
The annual Queen CIty Athletic Association (QCAA) "Rumble" tournament will be in York County this weekend. The Rumble is a long-running successful youth basketball tournament, that will also have top area players in the high school divisions.
Games will be played at Clover High School, Fort Mill High School, Nation Ford High School and York Comprehensive High School.
The QCAA has hosted The Rumble, its largest basketball tournament, in Charlotte, NC for the past 16 years. There will be nearly 200 hundred teams from various states throughout the southeast including teams from AL, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, TN, VA, and WV. Over half the teams will play in area schools for The Rumble.
“Having the QCAA Rumble back in York County, SC is huge for the community,” says Andy Clinton, VP of Destination Services for Visit York County, SC. “The restaurants and hotels near the participating high schools are going to see a great benefit by having the tournament close by.”
Spectators are welcome to attend the tournament. Cost to attend is $15. Click here for the schedule, more information.
SoMeck conference track athletes, coaches of the year
The following were named SoMeck conference track athletes and coaches of the year.
Girls Runner: Arianna Rivera - Providence
Girls Field Event: Na’Zyia Evans - Olympic
Girls Coach of the Year: Steve Touranjoe - Providence
Boys runner: Kyle Lind - Olympic
Boys Field Event: Joey Jegier- Providence
Boys Coach of the Year: Brian Zelk -Ardey Kell
South Fork All-Conference Softball Team
Lake Norman Charter
LaShayla Thompson Maiden
Morgan Bohemier Maiden
Hugh McCall Maiden