SouthLake Christian has hired Joe Haney as its athletic director, the school announced this week.
Haney played baseball at Wake Forest University and has been coaching in Greenville, S.C. at Southside Christian.
"I have always been intrigued with the possibility of athletic administration," Haney said in a statement. "I am now seeing a longtime passion coming to fruition."
While SouthLake's previous athletic directors have also coached, Haney will not.
"We are transitioning to a collegiate model, where the athletic director is a functioning manager of coaches, athletically, but also spiritually," said Wayne Parker, SouthLake's head of school. "Mr. Haney's duties will not include directly coaching a sport, so that the proper attention can be given to all sports teams, athletes and families."
Haney replaces Rich Landis, who became athletic director in 2005 and left this spring to coach at North Raleigh Christian.
Post 321 falls in second round
The end of the road for Huntersville Post 321's baseball team came in the second round once again.
The three-time defending Area IV Eastern Division champions were eliminated from the postseason in the second round for the third straight year. After being swept by Cherryville and Hickory the past two years, Huntersville lost its best-of-five series to Shelby 3-2.
Huntersville won the series opener 4-3 and then dropped Games 2 and 3 by 6-1 and 2-1 margins, respectively. Because rain delayed the series twice, Games 4 and 5 were played at Shelby July 14. Huntersville won Game 4 9-1 to force the fifth game, but Shelby won 10-4 to advance.
Huntersville closed the season 17-5. Shelby and Cherryville are now meeting in the Area IV semifinals.
Harrell fourth in Carolinas Amateur
Huntersville golfer Logan Harrell finished in a tie for fourth at the 98th Carolinas Amateur Championship July 12-15 at Charlotte Country Club.
Harrell compiled a four-day, 72-hole score of 282 and finished 2-under par and six shots off the winning pace. Davidson's Spencer Lawson and Huntersville's Joe Jaspers finished at 3-over par in a tie for 16th.
Patriots reach NFL tourney's round of 8
The Davidson Day football team advanced into the quarterfinals in the 32-team NFL National 7-on-7 tournament, but lost to the team representing Detroit.
Representing Carolina after winning the Carolina Panthers' 7-on-7 event this summer, the Patriots beat teams from Atlanta and New Orleans in the first two rounds, becoming the first Carolina team to beat Atlanta and the first to win in the second round.
Lambert league now registering
The Ralph Lambert Senior Softball League, hosted by the parks and recreation departments from Cornelius and Huntersville, is now registering for its fall league.
The league is open to players ages 50 and older, and teams will compete in competitive or recreational divisions. Games will be played on Wednesday nights. The season will consist of 10 games, followed by a postseason tournament.
The cost per player is $30 (resident) and $45 (non-resident). Registration closes July 27. A skills day and players' meeting will be held July 28 at North Meck Park.
For more information, call Huntersville Parks and Recreation at 704-766-2220 or Cornelius PARC at 704-896-2460 ext. 160.
Youth football combine coming up
The fifth annual Lake Norman Youth Football Combine is set for July 23-26 at Davidson Day.
The combine is open to players entering grades 3-8 and for players from any local league. The camp will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. daily. The cost is $125 per player and includes a camp t-shirt and a pizza party on the final night.
For more information, visit www.lknfootballcombine.com.