High School Sports

Harding to rename football field for former coach Dave Harris

Dave Harris
Dave Harris Observer file photo

Harding High will rename its football field for former coach Dave Harris during a ceremony on Sept. 11.

Harding made a formal request for the name change to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education in February.

Harris, who died in 2010 at age 86, worked in CMS for more than four decades, including a long stint as systemwide athletic director. He coached at Harding from 1948-66, won two state titles and sent 73 players to college on scholarship. He was twice state coach of the year and was later named national athletic director of the year.

He was CMS director of athletics from 1967-91.


Former Concord First Assembly star Charles Minlend will enroll at Fork Union Military Academy this fall.

Minlend, a 6-4 guard, graduated in May after leading First Assembly to the N.C. Independent School Athletic Association 2A state championship. Minlend, who turns 18 in December, averaged 26 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He was an independent schools all-state pick and made the Charlotte Observer all-star team.

▪ Ardrey Kell guard Seth Davis will play at Lenoir Rhyne next season. He’s the seventh senior from the 2014-15 team to earn a college scholarship. Davis helped the Knights reach the first N.C. 4A state championship game in school history last March.


Hickory Ridge freshman Dakota Christie is the N.C. youth Olympic weightlifting champion at 58 kg. She will compete at the National Youth Championships later this month in Minneapolis.

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