Davidson College's men's basketball team has given the student body plenty to cheer about this year, last week wrapping up the regular season Atlantic 10 Conference championship and earning a double-bye in this weekend's conference tournament. Read more of Justin Parker's coverage in sports.
Last week's snowfall in the Lake Norman area provided some rare wintertime recreational opportunities for the young and young-at-heart. Kendall Heath of Huntersville captured this image of Vermillion residents sledding in an undeveloped area of the neighborhood.
This isn't news to high school baseball teams still waiting for a chance to practice outside, or basketball teams in the second week of "wait-and-see" mode as weather wreaks havoc on playoff schedules, but winter has arrived and made itself right at home here in the Piedmont. Record lows have been just part of the story and icy scenes like this — usually a steady stream bouncing down the rocks near the War Memorial Building in Mooresville — have replaced traditional signs of an approaching spring.
A trendy fashion statement about protecting endangered animals made a timely, seasonal appearance last week in north Mecklenburg. As the early blasts of the recent reminder that it's still winter arrived, Davidson College senior Ellie Diamant was spotted on campus in this red wolf-like (ears and all) 100 percent faux fur wrap from Spirithoods.com. Diamant, like the Spirithoods company, is from Los Angeles and said the clothing line, with similar replicas honoring snow leopards, polar bears, pandas and other endangered species, contributes 10 percent of its net profits to animal conservation efforts.
The final piece of steel was raised into place at Davidson College's Vance Athletic Center during a ceremony Saturday. The $15 million center adjoins the Baker Sports Complex and will feature new practice courts for the Wildcat basketball and volleyball teams, a new athletic club meeting area, an expanded Nisbit Hall of Fame, administrative offices, team rooms, internal and external ticket offices, dance studios and an easily accessible main entrance for game days.
As the Citizen's Lee Sullivan was passing by a fenced-in field at Hinds' Feet Farm in Huntersville, he was greeted by Martin the mule. Martin is named after one of the brain injury treatment facility's founders, Martin Foil. Hinds' Feet Farm is on Black Farms Road, offering equine therapy, day programs and residences for those battling with brain injury.
Hopewell High honored the No. 24 basketball jersey of Meredith Legg Stapleton Jan. 23 during the Titans' games with rival Hough. A 2005 graduate of Hopewell, Legg scored 1,250 points in her high school career, before becoming the all-time leading scorer and a Hall of Famer at USC-Aiken. She passed away last February after a lengthy bout with cancer. She was 26. Pictured are (from left) Hopewell Principal John Gisiano, Hopewell athletic director Jamie Billings and Legg's parents, Robin and Basil.
While playing basketball outdoors in shorts is more closely associated with a time of year when the calendar indicates it to be appropriate, these youngsters took to the courts at Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson to enjoy a little mid-January Indian summer.
A close-up view makes this appear to be a stream cascading into a mountain pond that has frozen over. In reality, it's a water feature in front of an office building on Gilead Road near downtown Huntersville. Winter arrived with a vengeance last week with deep-freezing temperatures followed by a threat of freezing rain this week.
A light dusting of snow greeted travelers from North Carolina — including a northern Mecklenburg contingent — on a charter bus Tuesday morning in the Washington, D.C. area. The group trekked north to the nation's capital for the swearing-in ceremony of Huntersville's own Thom Tillis, the newest U.S. senator from North Carolina.
One sure sign of the end of the Christmas season is the multitude of non-inflated inflatable yard decorations that can be seen all around town. Pictured above is what was once an upright, air-filled Santa now lying flat and lifeless in a yard in Huntersville's Hampton Ridge neighborhood.