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Notes: Ardrey Kell volleyball’s Zoe Bell gets national honor; Country Day runner gets big win

Ardrey Kell’s Zoe Bell was named a national volleyball coach of the year
Ardrey Kell’s Zoe Bell was named a national volleyball coach of the year DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteo

Ardrey Kell High’s Zoe Bell has been named an American Volleyball Coaches Association national girls coach of the year.

Bell was named alongside Christian Heritage (Okla.) Academy coach Heath Kufahl. Both coaches will be recognized at a special luncheon Dec. 13 in Minneapolis and will coach the AVCA All-American game Dec. 14 at the Target Center.

In 28 seasons, Bell has amassed a record of 659-168. Her teams have won 14 conference and five N.C. High School Athletic Association state championships. She’s been state runner-up once.

Named a conference coach of the year 12 times, Bell was also named the 2011 state coach of the year by the NCHSAA.

This season, Ardrey Kell was 21-6 under Bell and won the SoMeck 7 conference title with a 12-0 record. The Knights advanced to the Western Regional semifinals in the postseason.


Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood, who graduated from Ardrey Kell High School, threw a gem in Game 4 of the World Series and will likely pitch in Game 7 if it happens. Wally Skalij TNS

On Dec. 14, Ardrey Kell will retire the jersey of former Knights star Alex Wood, now a pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wood has played in two World Series and was a 2017 All-Star.

His No. 24 jersey will be retired during halftime of a basketball game.


Charlotte Country Day junior Sophie Spada won the FootLocker South Regional girls junior/senior race Saturday at McAlpine Park.

Spada ran a time of 19:03.37.

Below are full meet results

Boys Championship

Girls Championship

All race results