Hopewell High announced Tuesday the hiring of Tyrelle Anderson as its girls' basketball coach. Anderson replaces Gary Richmond, who coached the Lady Titans for the last five years and resigned his post after this past season.
A Queens, N.Y., native, Anderson has been an assistant coach on Richmond's staff throughout that time, as the Titans have won three straight I-Meck Conference titles. Hopewell made its first regional appearance in 2011.
Anderson will be the fourth coach in Titans' history.
"We are certainly excited to have someone like Tyrelle, who brings a true passion for basketball and maintains such high integrity while striving for what's best for our young people," says Hopewell athletic director Jamie Billings.
LNC, Hough high in Wells Fargo Cup tally
Aided by strong spring seasons, the athletic programs at Lake Norman Charter and Hough finished the school year in the top four of the NCHSAA Wells Fargo Cup standings in their respective classifications.
LNC, which this spring was second in the state in boys' golf and reached the state semifinals in girls' soccer, was third at the 1A level with 447.5 points, just behind co-champions Kernersville Bishop McGuinness and N.C. Science and Math, which each had 527.5 points.
Hough took fourth at the 4A level with 357.5 points. The Huskies got a boost from the state championship girls' soccer team and the state runner-up baseball team. Morrisville Green Hope (510), Myers Park (400) and Raleigh Broughton (377.5) formed the top three.
Wells Fargo Cup points are awarded based on performance in state championship events.
Pats win 7-on-7 event
Thanks to some last-second heroics, Davidson Day's football team defeated Mallard Creek 28-24 to win the Carolina Panthers 7-on-7 Invitational Tuesday in Charlotte. The Patriots won when quarterback Will Grier found receiver Mike Stevens in the end zone as time expired.
Davidson Day defeated defending 3AA champion Northern Guilford and Orangeburg-Wilkinson (S.C.) prior to meeting Mallard Creek. The Patriots will now represent the Carolinas in the NFL National 7-on-7 tournament July 12-15 in Indianapolis.
Divers earn third consecutive title
Carolina Diving Academy, based at Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatics, won its third straight USA Diving Region 3 title June 8-10 at Koury Natatorium at the University of North Carolina.
CDA compiled 333 points to win the competition, which included teams from Virginia and the Carolinas, by 130 points.
CDA's top finishers included Alexis Kleshik (11U girls), Jocelyn Porter (12-13 girls), Nikki Canale (12-13 girls), Kaitryanna Leinbach (14-15 girls) and Harrison Mitchell (16-18 boys).
"This was the best team I have ever taken to a region meet," said CDA coach Aaron Hintz. "In addition to our winners, there were some great efforts by all of our divers."
The top 15 finishers per age group and from the 10 regions advance to zone championships which are set for mid-July.