High School Sports

Harding to dedicate its field to former coach Dave Harris Friday

Harding High will rename its football field for former coach Dave Harris during a ceremony Friday. The Rams play East Mecklenburg at home.

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

Harris, who died in 2010 at age 86, worked in CMS for more than four decades, including a long stint as system-wide 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.


▪ Monroe High beat Hunter Huss 45-0 Saturday. Monroe’s defense allowed minus-9 yards and had 23 tackles for losses. Monroe forced two fumbles, had two fumble recoveries and had four sacks. Six times, Huss ran three plays and had to punt.

▪ The fourth annual Patriotism Bowl is Friday between south Charlotte rivals Myers Park and South Mecklenburg. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m at South Meck. Tickets are $8. The game is to benefit four organizations who support veterans, active military and their families. It will feature a skydiving exhibition, flight simulators and military displays. Both teams will wear camouflaged jerseys and there be a special guest to perform the coin toss.

This will be the teams’ 55th meeting.


The first Queen City Holiday Classic is Dec. 28-30 at Vance High School. It will be one of two high-profile tournaments in town on the same date. The third Hoodies House Of Hope tournament is at Providence Day School.

Teams playing at Vance High are: Cape Henry (Va.), Fayetteville Northwood Temple, Arden Christ School, Coolidge (DC), Columbia Keenan (SC), Raleigh Millbrook, Hickory Moravian Prep, Columbia (SC) Ridge View, Vance, Raleigh Word of God, Carmel Christian and Hopewell.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth daily or three-day passes are available for $25. Organizer Thad Bonapart, a former West Charlotte star, hopes to raise $20,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society.

First-day pairings, at Vance, Dec. 28: Vance vs. Christ School, noon; Ridge View vs. Moravian Prep, 1:30; Carmel Christian vs. Northwood, 3; Keenan vs. Word of God, 4:30; Millbrook vs. Coolidge, 6; Hopewell vs. Cape Henry, 7:30


Former WCNC, Channel 36 sports anchor Chuck Howard will launch a one-hour high school sports show on ESPN 730 AM Monday, Sept. 14. The show, “Carolinas Prep Talk,” will focus on high school sports in the immediate Charlotte region.

Langston Wertz Jr: 704-358-5133; @langstonwertzjr

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