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Prep Notebook: Providence Day to host major hoops tournament in December

Butler High beat Lincoln Charter in the local division championship of the 2017 Hoodies House tournament at Providence Day. The Hoodies House is moving this season and Butler will play in the Crown Town tournament at Providence Day in December.
Butler High beat Lincoln Charter in the local division championship of the 2017 Hoodies House tournament at Providence Day. The Hoodies House is moving this season and Butler will play in the Crown Town tournament at Providence Day in December. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

Providence Day School is losing one major high school basketball tournament, but it is adding another.

After hosting the successful Hoodies House Holiday tournament for the past three years, Providence Day will host a new event this year. The Hoodies House, held after Christmas, will be moving to Rocky River Dec. 27-29.

The new Crown Town Classic will be held Dec. 21-22 at Providence Day and is put on by BallIsLifeEast, a company that specializes in highlight videos from high school basketball games.

The tournament will feature a strong field, including two-time N.C. 3A state champion Concord Cox Mill and N.C. Independent Schools 3A state champion Greensboro Day. Top players will include Cox Mill’s Wendell Moore, a national top 25 recruit in the class of 2019, and Raleigh Trinity’s Isaiah Todd, a top 10 recruit in the class of 2020.

Full field: Butler; Charlotte Country Day; Concord Cannon School; Cox Mill; Fayetteville Trinity Christian; Greensboro Day; Hickory; High Point Wesleyan; Northside Christian; Providence Day; Raleigh Trinity; United Faith; Virginia Episcopal; Walkertown; West Charlotte

Highland Tech hires new football coach

Former Harding High assistant David DeLaO will be the fifth head football coach at Highland Tech in Gastonia and he’ll be charged with trying to win.

The school began its football program in 2002. Since then, the team has won 28 games in 16 seasons.

Highland Tech has had more head coaches (four) than conference wins (1).

DeLaO coached at Harding last season when the Rams won their first state championship since the 1950s.

Former Garinger star being inducted to Citadel Hall of Fame

Former Garinger High star Gene Brown will be inducted into the Citadel’s Hall of Fame in September.

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Former Garinger High star Gene Brown will be inducted into the Citadel's Hall of Fame this fall The Citadel

Brown moved from defensive back to quarterback the Bulldogs to the 1988 I-AA playoffs. That was The Citadel’s first postseason appearance since it made the 1960 Tangerine Bowl. For his efforts, Brown was named 1988 Southern Conference player of the year.

Marvin Ridge names new baseball coach

Trey Putman is the new head baseball coach at Marvin Ridge. An assistant at the school since the program started in 2007-08, Putman will replace Mark Mennitt, who is retiring.

Putman was part of a Mavericks team that has won 11 straight Southern Carolinas conference championships and back-to-back N.C. 3A state championships in 2015 and ‘16.

“I am humbled to have been a part of the Marvin Ridge community and baseball program for the past eleven years,” Putnam said. “ I am so thankful for the opportunity to be the next head baseball coach and understand the tremendous responsibility that entails. Coach Mennitt has set the bar extremely high and I am ready to work to live up to that. Coach Mennitt has been one of the greatest mentors and friends in my life. I was beyond blessed to have been a part of his staff for the past fifteen years. I wish him nothing but the best in retirement.”

Davidson Day goes back to future for new boys basketball coach

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Davidson Day coach Ron Johnson led his team to a big upset over Sweet 16 No. 3 Carmel Christian Monday Courtesy Ron Johnson

Ron Johnson is returning to Davidson Day as head boys basketball coach and athletics director.

Johnson was Dean of Students and boys basketball coach at Davidson Day from 2009-12. Johnson most recently was head boys coach and AD at the Burlington School in Burlington, N.C., where he built a 1A private school state power.

Johnson’s team finished 31-0 and won the 2016-17 NCISAA 2A championship. In 2014-15, his team finished 31-1 with another state title.

In his first run at Davidson Day, Johnson’s teams were 75-21 with a conference championship and a state playoff appearance each year. In 2011-12, Johnson led the Patriots to the NCISAA 2A state championship game.

Prior to coming to Davidson Day, Johnson was an assistant coach at the University of Georgia and was head boys coach at Concord Cannon. At Cannon, he had a record of 98-27 with three consecutive league titles, three straight appearances in the NCISAA 2A Final Four and the 2006 2A state title.

Overall, Johnson’s career record is 446-142 in 20 seasons.

Big award for Charlotte Latin official

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Charlotte Latin's Deb Savino

Charlotte Latin assistant athletics director Deb Savino has earned the title of Certified Master Athletic Administrator (CMAA), a distinction only four percent of athletic administrators attain.

The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) manages the program, which requires applicants to first obtain Certified Athletic Administrator status, a process that includes multiple leadership training courses, a minimum number of years of experience, a written exam and more.

Savino’s project was a four-year study of the implementation and progress of Charlotte Latin’s Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT), a program that she helped develop and manages with assistance from other staff mentors.

In addition to her roles as Assistant Athletic Director and SALT mentor, Savino has been the head of Charlotte Latin’s field hockey program since 2008, and has led her varsity teams to five NCISAA Championships, including three consecutively since 2015.

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