Josh Russell is the new baseball coach at Lake Norman Charter.
Russell replaces Chet Korczynski. Korczynski, who led Lake Norman Charter to a 18-7 record and a Big South 2A/3A championship this spring, will be joining the school’s football staff. He will also continue in his role as junior varsity boys’ basketball coach.
Russell has been at Lake Norman Charter since 2013 and has been a varsity assistant coach on the baseball team as well as head junior varsity baseball coach. He has taught social studies, American History and psychology at the school.
“Coach Russell's familiarity and experience within the baseball program will provide great opportunities for continued success,” Lake Norman Charter Principal Craig Smith said.
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▪ Jarrod Bell, who was an assistant baseball coach at Houghton College in New York, is Lake Norman Charter’s new junior varsity coach. Bell, who will teach in the social studies department, will also be an assistant football coach.
N.C Independent Schools 2A all-state guard Nate Hinton told the Observer he is transferring from Northside Christian to Gaston Day. Hinton played his sophomore season at Northside Christian in 2015-16, where he averaged 18 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 1.8 assists per game. He helped lead Northside to a 21-7 record and an appearance in the NCISAA 2A state championship game.
Hinton, a 6-foot-5 rising junior, took an unofficial visit to Wake Forest Tuesday morning. He played his freshman season at Gaston Day in 2014-15, averaging 12.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists.
▪ Girls’ basketball player Courtney Meadows will transfer from Davidson Day to Butler, her father, Chris, told the Observer. Courtney Meadows will be a junior in the fall. She started for a Patriots team that was ranked in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll all season and reached the N.C. Independent Schools 2A state championship game.
Providence’s baseball team, which reached the N.C. 4A state semifinals, is ranked No. 13 in the latest CBS/MaxPreps national poll. South Caldwell is No. 14, and N.C. 4A state champ North Davidson is No. 6.
Covenant Day junior Sophie Lindner, 16, qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha June 26 in the 100 fly.
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