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Gravy train: Bojangles' to be sold CHARLOTTE – A pair of limited partnership companies have agreed to buy Bojangles'. Durational Capital Management LP and The Jordan Company LP expect to compete the purchase of the Charlotte-based brand during the first quarter of fiscal year 2019. The chain will continue to be operated as an independent, privately held company and remain based in Charlotte. “Bojangles’ is an iconic brand with an authentic Southern heritage and a deeply loyal following,” said Eric Sobotka, managing partner at Durational Capital Management. “We have admired the brand and its high quality and craveable food for years, and we look forward to partnering closely with the employees and franchisees to drive its future growth and continued success.” Bojangeles' board of directors had been evaluating strategic alternatives over the last several months, according to William Kussell, director and non-executive chairman. Randy Kibler, Bojangles’ interim president and CEO, said the news represents the brand's next phase. “The new ownership group is committed to maintaining the qualities of this brand that have sustained it for over four decades,” Kibler said. The restaurant has locations in Matthews (East Independence Boulevard), Mint Hill (Lawyers Road) and Charlotte (Galleria Boulevard).

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CHARLOTTE – Several seats in Mecklenburg's Republican strongholds flipped to Democrats during the Nov. 6 election, including the county commission and N.C. House of Representatives. The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners will consist of all Democrats in the next term, after Republicans Bill James, Matthew Ridenhour and Jim Puckett were defeated by challengers. Perhaps the biggest shocker was James losing his District 6 seat to challenger Susan Rodriguez

McDowell. James has been representing southern Mecklenburg for more than 20 years. McDowell won with 51.76 percent of the vote. Incumbents Pat Cotham, James George Dunlap, Trevor Fuller, Ella Scarborough and Vilma Leake will be joined by McDowell, as well as Susan Harden, Mark Jerrell and Elaine Powell. The election saw Democrats McDowell gain a majority in the N.C. House. Republicans lost three seats in Mecklenburg County. Those were held by John Bradley,

Scott Stone and Andy Dulin. N.C. Rep. Bill Brawley, of Matthews, held off Democratic challenger Rachel Hunt by 52 votes to retain his District 103 seat. Brawley was the only Republican to win a House race in Mecklenburg County. Mary Belk, Chaz Beasley, Carla Cunningham and Kelly Alexander were re-elected to House seats, while Christy Clark (D-98), Nasif Majeed (D-99), Carolyn Logan (D-101), Brandon Lofton (D-104) and Wesley Harris (D-105) are among new faces. In the N.C. Senate, Jeff Jackson, Dan Bishop see ELECTION, Page 4A

Grammy hopeful has Mint Hill roots by Karie Simmons

MINT HILL – A Nashville singer songwriter with ties to Mint Hill has a shot at winning a Grammy Award. Mason Zgoda, 21, whose parents Tami and Mike live in Mint Hill, has been placed on the official ballot for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards by The Recording Academy. She’s competing in several categories, including Best American Roots

Mason Zgoda, 21, is competing to win a Grammy Award for several of her songs and a music video. Photo courtesy of Madison Zgoda

see GRAMMY, Page 4A

Mint Hill voters reject bonds by Paul Nielsen

MINT HILL – Mint Hill voters rejected two bond proposals, totaling $18 million, that would have built a baseball stadium, athletic fields and a cultural center in town on Nov. 6. Both bonds were defeated by margins of 53 percent to 47 percent. The $15 million parks and recreation bond was defeated 5,743 to 5,089. The bond would have funded the construction of a 2,500-seat baseball stadium at Veteran’s Memorial Park and multi-use athletic fields, a playground and a walking trail for an athletic park on Brief Road. The $3 million public facility bond that would have renovated Bain Academy into a cultural center went down 5,634 to 5,093. The parks and recreation bond went down to defeat in five of the six precincts in town. Only precinct 235 voted in favor of the proposal, 612 to 563. "No" votes captured 56 percent of the vote in precinct 236, 54 percent of the vote in precinct 220, 53 percent of the vote in precinct 219 and 52 percent of the vote in precincts 221 and 234. The public facility bond, or Bain Bond as it was known, also only carried precinct 235 but by just one vote, 585-584. "No" votes captured 54 percent in precinct 234 while "no" votes captured 53 percent of the vote in precincts 220 and 236. In precinct 219, "no" votes captured 52 percent of see BONDS, Page 4A


Thank you, Principal LeGrand by Scott Fernandez Butler High School teacher

I am a veteran social studies teacher who has been teaching at Butler High School for the last 17plus years. On Thursday morning, Nov. 1, roughly 1,800 students entered their high school for the first time see THANK YOU, Page 3A

'Still in the remembrance phase' After shooting, teacher sets record straight about lockdown by Paul Nielsen

MATTHEWS – In the hours after a deadly shooting inside Butler High School on Oct. 29, Bulldogs’ wrestling coach and physical education teacher Van Barkley had seen on social media and heard a lot of false rumors floating around what happened after the shooting. So, Barkley filmed a short video after the school went

into a lockdown to explain what really happened in the aftermath of the shooting. Barkley titled his video, “Let us clear up some things.” Barkley posted the video to his Facebook page and as of Nov. 5, the video had been seen almost 130,000 times after being shared almost 2,200 times. The lockdown was called after freshman Jatwan Cuffie see LOCKDOWN, Page 3A

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools shared a video Van Barkley created following a school lockdown. Screenshot of CMS Facebook post

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“To put on such a wonderful family tradition in Matthews alongside our sponsors, volunteers and town staff – and then to give back in a big way – is so gratifying,” said Lee Anne Moore, executive director of Matthews Alive. “We are now over the $1.7 million mark for 26 years.”

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Eleven World War II veterans, as well as veterans from more recent wars, attended the fourth annual Gathering of Heroes on Oct. 21 at VFW Hall in Indian Trail. The event was a chance to be in the presence of so many WWII veterans and for family, friends and the public to show respect. Photo courtesy of Bryan Boyett


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• “Don’t know if you all have been inundated with mailers from groups but we have. Mailers with pigs, cartoons, Reagan, a baby, and even two disclosing my kids voting record. Not from candidates but from ‘dark money’” – Commissioner Bill James ‫@(‏‬meckcommish) • “As students head back to class tomorrow, we want to express our support for Butler High School students and teachers. Our hearts are with you. #WeAreButler #Butler Strong” – Town of Matthews‫@( ‏‬townofmatthews)


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ONGOING EVENT Mint Hill Arts showcases the work of artists who teach classes for the organization at its quarterly exhibit at Mint Hill Town Hall. The new show will include acrylic, colored pencil, mixed media, oil and watercolor. The public may view it 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through December at town hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane in Mint Hill.


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Nonprofits received checks during the Oct. 22 town board meeting. Photo courtesy of Town of Matthews

Matthews Alive raises $144K MATTHEWS – Matthews Alive had a record year, raising $144,062 for nearly 40 nonprofits. More than 2,200 volunteers and representatives from nonprofits serve in various capacities during the Labor Day festival. Sales of carnival rides, games, attractions, food vendor, booth rentals and sponsorships generate proceeds, which are shared by nonprofits that worked or participated in the event. Organizations receiving money are as follows: Always Believe Inc, Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care, BSA Pack 214, BSA Troop 164, BSA Troop 174, BSA Troop 39, BSA Troop 46, BSA Troop 502, BSA Troop 140, Butler Girls’ Volleyball, Butler High School Lacrosse Boosters, Butler HS Band Boosters, Butler Key Club, Butler Football Boosters, Butler Men’s Soccer Boosters, Candlewyck Baptist Church, Crestdale Middle School PTO, Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, East Meck Band Boosters, First Baptist Church, Girl Scouts Meck 8 Service Unit/Hornets Nest Council, Girl Scout/Boy Scout Unit 2032, HAWK, Kiwanis Club of Matthews, Levine Senior Center, Matthews Masonic Lodge, Matthews United Methodist Church Youth Ministries, Matthews Woman's Club, Socrates Academy Parent Faculty Involvement Association, TEAM Charlotte Swimming, East Mecklenburg High School Band, Marvin Ridge High School Band, Sun Valley High School Band, Providence High School Band, Butler High School Band, Independence High School Band, Charlotte Woodworkers, Dreamweavers Basket Guild, Charlotte Woodcarvers, Oasis Shrine Club, Play-Well Teknologies, Sweet Union Quilt Guild and Piedmont Fiber Guild.

MINT HILL – As progress on building a roundabout in Mecklenburg County continues, an N.C. Department of Transportation contractor will need to temporarily close the affected intersection this weekend. Weather permitting, the intersection of Lawyers and Bain School roads will close from 7 a.m. Nov. 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 4. Crews for All-American Contracting need to pave the rebuilt intersection. Motorists will be detoured from Bain School Road to Matthews-Mint Hill Road, returning to Lawyers Road. Those using Lawyers Road will follow Thompson Road to Idlewild Road, then taking the I-485 Outer Loop back to Lawyers Road (exit 47).

Driver faces charges in three-vehicle crash MATTHEWS – A driver faces multiple charges in a crash involving three vehicles around 8:28 a.m. Oct. 31 at the 800 block of East John Street, according to the Matthews Police Department. The driver of a Honda Odyssey minivan, identified as 47-year-old Lanny Alfred Hollingsworth, rear-ended a Chevy Volt while trying to pass it illegally, causing the van to go into the oncoming lane and Hollingsworth crashing into a VW Beetle, police said. The driver of the Beetle was transported to CMC Main listed in critical condition, the driver of the Chevy Volt was transported to Novant-Matthews to be evaluated for injuries, and Hollingsworth was transported to CMC Main with injuries listed as serious. Hollingsworth faces charges of driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, reckless driving, exceeding a safe speed and fictitious tag. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.; 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Charlotte


Book Club The Evening Edition Book Club discusses A.J. Finn’s “The Woman in the Window” at Mint Hill Library. Call 704-416-5200 for details. 6 to 7:30 p.m.; 6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill Human Trafficking Global Impact Missions at Matthews United Methodist Church sponsors a seminar on human trafficking in and around Charlotte. Learn why human trafficking is happening and how to help stop it. The panel includes Nikki Rainey, of Present Age Ministries in Concord and Mark Blackwell, of Justice Ministries in Charlotte. The program is appropriate for seventh-graders and older, according to the church. 6:30 p.m.; 801 S. Trade St., Matthews

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Books on Tap The Books on Tap book club discusses Lauren Groff’s “Florida” at Seaboard Taproom and Wine Bar. The club is for people in their 20s and 30s. Call 704-416-5021 for details. 7 to 8:30 p.m.; 213 N. Trade St., Matthews

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5K Run The Exceptional Foundation holds its Let Them Soar 5K at Christ Covenant Church. Call 980-272-7687 or visit for details. 8 a.m.; 800 Fullwood Lane, Matthews Book Club The Pocket-Size Book Club discusses Chinua Achebe's “Things Fall Apart” at the Matthews Library. The club discusses books no more than 300 pages. Members will read titles nominated for American's Favorite Book from PBS' Great American Read for the rest of 2018. New members are welcome. Call 704416-5000 for details. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews Resource Fair The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library showcases resources to newcomers at its upcoming Welcome CLT: Community Resource Fair at the Matthews Library. Call 704-416-5021 for details. 1 to 3 p.m.; 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews

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Dinner Fundraiser The Brace Family YMCA holds its Be A Community Star Dinner Auction at The Ballantyne. The event raises money for youth programs. Tickets cost $150. Call 704-716-4251 for details.

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Veterans Day The Town of Matthews recognizes those who served during a Veterans Day ceremony at Stumptown Park. 11 a.m..; 120 S. Trade St., Matthews

Nov. 13

Artist Demonstration Rupam Rahul presents a playful parrot of geometric patterns using acrylic paint on canvas at the McDowell Art Center. She shares with the Matthews Artists Guild the history of Madhubani painting. 6:30 to 8 pm.; 123 E. McDowell St, Matthews

Nov. 14

Chamber Luncheon The Matthews Chamber of Commerce holds a business luncheon with the theme of “Fostering Innovation for a Healthier Community at Christ Covenant Church. Register in advance. Registration costs $15 for chamber members and $20 for others. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 800 Fullwood Lane, Matthews

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Community Theater The Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts presents “Miracle on 34th Street” Nov. 30 to Dec. 16 at the Matthews Community Center. The show is recommended for ages 6 and older. Tickets cost $16 for adults or $14 for students and seniors. Visit www.matthewsplay for details. Various times: 100 McDowell St. E., Matthews


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allegedly shot and killed sophomore Bobby McKeithen during an altercation in a hallway near the cafeteria. Cuffie went to a classroom and then surrendered to police about six minutes after the shooting. Cuffie has been charged with first-degree murder and is currently in the Mecklenburg County Jail. Social media exploded with condemnation of what turned out to be false rumors that Butler had resumed classes following the fatal shooting. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said only around 100 of the 2,200 students remained at school the entire day as almost all students were checked out after the lockdown was lifted. “Bad information got out there, and people took it and just ran with it,” Barkley said. “My thought process was that I was tired of typing out what happened. I wanted to show from a teacher’s side what was really going on. We never talked about going back to class.” The shooting occurred around 7:15 a.m., just before classes were set to start. Many students had not yet arrived at their first-block classes.

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since it was changed forever by a tragic incident earlier in the week. None of the staff or students knew exactly what to expect that day. The only thing that was certain was that it wasn’t going to be easy. The Butler High School administrative team planned to have an assembly (rather than the usual closed circuit TV) to speak to the students and staff first thing in the morning. They decided that it needed to be said in person. They were correct. They then decided it needed to take place in the auditorium, where it could be a bit more intimate and personal (due to the maximum capacity the auditorium holds – roughly one-fourth of the student body). Another good decision. This required that Mr. John LeGrand give the same 30-minute heart-wrenching speech four times to different groups of students/

Barkley started the video saying he was not discussing the shooting itself but what happened in the hours after the event. Below is a transcript from the video. “Before school started, a lockdown was called. When a lockdown happens before school starts or during a class change, teachers are instructed to grab whatever students they can, place them in their classroom and lock the door behind them. For over two hours, we remained in this lockdown. I myself was in a lockeroom with several other PE teachers with over 100 students, many that were not in PE classes. “When police told Butler that we could remove the lockdown, we moved to our second block class. This was not done so we could resume a normal school day as many of you have heard. We did not teach yesterday (on Oct. 29). We did not test yesterday (Oct. 29). Instead, we moved our students to second block so we could account for where they were. Imagine a parent’s anger and confusion when they came to pick up their child after this tragic event and we could not find them. “We would have to call the gym, the auditorium, the cafeteria, many classrooms before we could find their student. If we moved them to their second-block classes, we could

staff. I attended one of the sessions and this is what I (and many of my concurring colleagues) witnessed: The students filled the seats in the auditorium, and unlike any of the hundreds of other student assemblies that I have attended in my lengthy teaching career, the students did not have to be asked for their attention. As soon as Mr. LeGrand turned on the microphone you could hear a pin drop. I didn’t see a single student look at their phones (unprecedented). The students and staff were looking for guidance as to how to cope, understanding as to what happened and why, empathy as to what they were going through, motivation to move on, and a belief that we will all get through this together. As leader of our school, Mr. LeGrand was given the Herculean task of attempting to do all this. He delivered. He gave possibly the most difficult and important speech that he will ever give in his life after 72

account for them, it would be much easier to move these students along as their parents came to check them out. We did not teach. Again, we did not teach. We did not test. But instead, teachers are there for their students to provide any support that they needed. We mourned together. We reflected together. We were there for each other because that is what Butler High School does. We stand as a family. We are Butler, and we are Butler strong.” Barkley said he was surprised that his video went viral. “I’m extremely surprised because I thought it might reach the immediate Matthews, Mint Hill area because that is where a majority of my friends are located at,” Barkley said. “I thought it would maybe get 2,000 views. But it took off.” Classes were canceled the day after the shooting and Oct. 31 had already been scheduled as a teacher work day with no students on campus. Students returned to classes on Nov. 1. Barkley said the time off benefited students and teachers alike. Barkley went to the school on both Oct. 30 and 31. “It was good to be around other teachers so we could talk and discuss our feelings,” Barkley said. “There were counselors here and they were a great help. We needed a day

hours of mental and physical stress, and he nailed it. He began with a full 60-second moment of silence for Bobby McKeithan. He then went on with his very heartfelt, genuine and unscripted talk. He started by saying how much he was hurting for everyone affected by this tragic event. He meant every word he was saying, and everybody in that room could feel his grief. There were long pauses as he chose his words. The raw emotion he was feeling came through loud and clear in that room. He nailed it. He said, “I want to hug each and every one of you in here even if it takes me the rest of the week” (and he meant it). I witnessed a few hugs from students during the day and I am sure there were many more. He was not afraid to say, “I love each and every one you in here today” (and he meant it). He said, “Anyone in here can talk to me or hug me anytime you want to” (and he meant it).

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off just like the students needed a day off.” Barkley said it will take some time for the school to completely heal. “We have had tremendous community support,” Barkley said. “People were definitely upset about it when school resumed that first day. I’m glad there were grief counselors here, and I am glad my students took advantage of that. That first day was a slow day. We kind of let the students in PE dictate what they wanted to do. We wanted to get a feel for what they were ready for. Today (Nov. 5) was pretty normal. We are right back in the middle of things. Everybody is back to business but still in the remembrance phase.” A funeral service was held for McKeithen on Nov. 3 before a large crowd of family and friends at Progressive Baptist Church in Charlotte. Butler Principal John LeGrand was one of several speakers at the event and said the entire school was heartbroken by McKeithen’s death. “Above all, we're going to miss Bobby,” LeGrand said. “We're going to miss his infectious personality, his love for life, that beautiful smile he brought to school with him each day. We're going to miss that.” Barkley’s video can be seen on the CMS Twitter account @CharMeckSchools.

He said, “I don’t care about academics today, the only thing I care about is you.” He said, “We will not allow Butler High School to be defined by one tragic event.” He said, “crying or reaching out doesn’t make you weak, it makes you human." My perspective was from the back of the auditorium and as he delivered his talk, I could see more and more students putting their arms around each other. I saw several place their heads on the shoulders of the friend next to them and a few heads were shaking. I knew at this point that he was nailing it. He made everyone feel that it is OK to cry. He made everyone feel it is OK to reach out and talk to someone or to ask for a hug. He was realistic in telling everyone that this is Day 1 of what will be a long healing process. He made us feel like we would get through this as long as we supported each other, and he made us feel that We are Butler! The healing process was

off to the best start possible. He nailed it. On Thursday and Friday, students approached me and asked how I was doing before I could ask them how they were doing. I try to interact with some students in the hallway (whom I don’t know) on most days, but at the end of last week I received positive interaction in return every time. There was an intangible sense of calm and unity between everybody like I had never felt before in my 27-year long teaching career. The small stuff in life that sometimes bothered us didn’t matter. While many struggled through the days, some seeking out the numerous local counselors on campus, I believe they were overall very good days thanks in part to the person I am proud to call my boss. On behalf of the entire Butler community, I’d like to say, “Thank you, John LeGrand, for nailing the perhaps most important speech of your life.”

Second Look

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and Joyce Waddell retained their seats. Bishop held off Chad Stachowicz to retain his District 39 seat, despite Democrats hitting the Republican incumbent hard for his House Bill 2 legislation, dubbed “the bathroom bill.” Bishop, who had 49,386 votes, won with 53 percent of the vote. N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte lost his District 41 seat to Democratic challenger Natasha Marcus. Tarte's district had included parts of

southern Mecklenburg until this election. Democrat Mujtaba Mohammed will succeed Joel Ford in the Senate District 38 after defeating Republican Richard Rivette. Mecklenburg County voters collectively favored Democrat Dan McCready over Republican Mark Harris in the U.S. House of Representatives race, but support in other counties across District 9 gave Harris the edge to succeed Robert Pittenger. Harris, who had 138,338 votes, defeated McCready by 1,860. Libertarian Jeff Scott earned 5,042 votes, or 1.8 percent.

McCready received 53.76 percent of the vote (51,188 total) in Mecklenburg. Congresswoman Alma Adams earned a third full term after defeating Republican challenger Paul Wright in the District 12 race with 73 percent of the vote. Adams described the success of her race and other across the nation as a “rebuke of President Trump's agenda.” Want to see results? Visit www.matthewsmint for a list of results.

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the vote while "no" votes captured 51 percent of the votes in precinct 221. A dozen or so supporters of the proposal to renovate Bain Academy gathered at Vinter’s Hill in downtown on election night for a watch party and expectations for victory turned somber after early voting totals showed the proposal being rejected by voters. Carol Timblin, who helped lead the effort to pass the bond to save Bain, told a young supporter waiting for the final results to be tabulated, “We tried our best.” “This was our one chance,” Timblin said. “I guess the town will now have to make a decision on what to do. They could do something in spite of the election or they could just respect the election.” The baseball stadium at Veterans Memorial Park, which would have also been used for non-baseball events, would have used $9 million of the parks and recreation bond. Local businessman Alain Lillie said he would have brought a Coastal Plain League summer collegiate baseball team to Mint Hill if the bond passed. The team would have used the stadium 26 times each summer. Several residents at two infor-

The future of Bain Academy is uncertain after Mint Hill voters rejected a $3 million bond proposal on Nov. 6 that would have renovated the historic building. Paul Nielsen/MMHW photo

mation sessions that the town sponsored said Mint Hill didn’t need a stadium that size and didn’t need a summer baseball team for college players. Several other residents expressed concern about the extra tax burden that would be placed on residents. If both bonds had passed, a homeowner in Mint Hill with a home valued at $300,000 would have seen a tax increase of approximately $150 a year. The proposed athletic park on Brief Road would have been a multi-use facility with four fields that would have been used for soc-

cer, football, field hockey, lacrosse and other sports. One of the fields would have featured a synthetic turf field with lights. There also would have been picnic shelters and restrooms at the park. The public facility bond would have been used for a cultural arts center at Historic Bain Academy. Under the proposal, the building and its auditorium would be renovated and it would have been used for such cultural events as theater productions, art gallery events, fashion shows, craft shows, family events, seminars and weddings and reunions.

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Performance, Best American Roots Song, Best Americana and Best Music Video. Over the next few weeks, the Recording Academy's voting membership – comprised solely of music creators, including artists, engineers, producers and songwriters – will narrow down the submissions to the top four or five in each category. Those artists will be announced as official Grammy nominees on Dec. 5. Voting members will then narrow it down even further to choose the winners. Zgoda said even if she doesn’t make it to the next round, just being on the official ballot opens up a lot of doors and helps with exposure. “It allows people in the industry, particularly people in Nashville, to hear my music, see my name and know that I’m out there,” she said. “Even just that is great for me.” Zgoda grew up in Harrisburg and moved to Los Angeles after high school to attend The Master’s University, a non-denominational, conservative Christian liberal arts college in Santa Clarita, Calif. She received her degree in political studies and moved to Nashville to pursue music and work as a substitute teacher. Her parents moved to Mint Hill two years ago. Although she never thought she would pursue music as a career, she said she’s loved singing and performing ever since she was a kid. “My parents tell me I used to grab a wooden spoon and stand up on a chair and tell everyone, ‘Look at me! Look at me!’ And I would perform for them,” she said. Zgoda wrote her first song, “Superman,” when she was 12 years old after being inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” album. She continued to write more songs as a teenager, but was hesitant to ever record them. “Prior to that, it really was like my diary and a way to work out my thoughts and feelings,” she said.

After a little push from her parents, Zgoda decided to do it. She recorded her first album, “Black and White,” when she was 18 years old and included her very first song, “Superman.” Her latest album is called “Where Else Can I Go.” Although she’s competing for Grammys in the American Roots genre, Zgoda describes her music as singer-songwriter, inspired by 1960s artists like Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel. Zgoda said she hopes to win Best American Roots Song for her song “Joey Ramone.” “I’m so proud of the writing we did on it and everything we did production-wise,” she said. “I would just die and go to heaven if I won Best American Roots Song.” However, she thinks her music video for “Where Else Can I Go” has the best shot. Zgoda said she wrote the song the year after she “ran away from home” and moved to Southern California for college. The video, which is a Vaudeville-type production with theater-like props that move around to portray different scenes, stars an exaggerated version of Zgoda and pokes fun of how she’s moved around to follow her dreams. “I think our idea is unique enough that it will stand out,” she said. Regardless if she’s nominated for a Grammy, Zgoda said she would have never made it this far without her parents. “They’ve really believed in me and my talents and abilities even more than I’ve believed in myself sometimes,” Zgoda said. “That has given me the encouragement to really go for it and do something special.” Want to know more? Listen to Mason Zgoda’s music at goda and watch the music video for “Where Else Can I Go” at C8LKjPn8. You can also follow her on Instagram @masonzgoda or check out her website, which is

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SPECIAL EDITION: Independence readies to defend, 2B; Bulldogs boys stay in title mix, 2B; Can Panthers girls keep building?, 4B

BASKETBALL Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly • Nov. 9, 2018 • Page 1B

Andrew Stark Sports Editor

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s a sports writer there are a few things that hold true. First, I must have an understanding of and an appreciation for all sports. I do, and I know this paper covers more sports better than anyone else, and it’s not close. Second, I can’t cheer for anyone. Now, I’ll admit, I cheer internally for good kids, good coaches and good people. I want them to do well. But I don’t cheer for teams or schools although I’m a Providence Day graduate and people, usually parents, will accuse me of rooting for this school or that. I really don’t. But I do root for two sports football and basketball more than others. I love football. But by the time it’s over, I’m ready to get out of the cold and into a gym. Last season I didn’t get to. I missed Piedmont’s Hunter Tyson, Providence Day’s Devon Dotson and Trey Wertz, Preston Davis (who is one of the guys I root for) leading Independence to a title, Carmel Christian and one of my boyhood idol’s, Byron Dinkins, getting it done, Matt Sides (another of the good ones) getting over the hump and leading his beloved Yellow Jackets to a title, South Meck’s girls rise to finally knock off rival AK, Ardrey Kell themselves who continue to win and so much more. This year I’m going to see as much as I can and try to catch as many games as possible. I think Carmel Christian, Independence, Forest Hills and Charlotte Christian are really good in boys hoops. Butler can be. Country Day nearly won 20 games. Providence Day is still king of the mountain for now. Rocky River will be good and United Faith may be great. In girls, South Meck and Ardrey Kell will battle again this year. The Providence girls made huge strides last year. Providence Day didn’t win a title for the first time in forever. Myers Park is young, but they have Barbara Nelson (another of the good ones). So who knows what’s going to happen. Since I wasn’t there to watch last season I won’t make any bold predictions or rank the areas best players. Maybe I will after the season. But for now, I’m going to sit back and enjoy some basketball with the rest of you. And I can’t wait.

Five Carmel Christian players have already committed to Division I college programs. Paul Nielsen/MMHW photo

Can’t cage Cougars Carmel Christian adds players, changes coaches, but goal remains the same by Paul Nielsen

Prior to his first year as an assistant coach at Carmel Christian, Joe Badgett told the Cougars they had the talent to win a state championship. “They looked up at me like I was crazy,” Badgett said. Well, Carmel Christian did make the championship game in 2017, losing to Village Christian in the state finals. Last season, the Cougars took the next step when they defeated Gaston Day 74-72 in double overtime to win the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 2A championship, the school’s first in basketball. And there is a good chance Carmel Christian may add a second state championship come March as the Cougars return the bulk of last year’s team while adding two transfers. Carmel Christian starts the season Nov. 9 and Badgett will be in the head coach’s chair as he took over the program last spring after former head coach Byron Dinkins left for a job as director of player development for the Charlotte 49ers. Badgett had been an assistant under Dinkins for

eight seasons, including a stint at Northside Christian. Badgett has head coaching experience after a stint at Queen’s Grant. “It’s really not a big transition,” Badgett said. “I was with Coach Dink for eight years and we miss him and it has been a little different with him not being around. But as far as what we do, it is the same stuff we have been doing for

“Our expectation is to come in and do the exact same thing. We have the same system set in place. We are stronger than last year because we have a lot of people on the team that are experienced and we have players that have talent.” - Senior Myles Pierre the eight years I was with him and prior to that at Queen’s Grant. The transition has been seamless.” Carmel Christian will be the hunted this season but Badgett said the Cougars are ready for the challenge of attempting the difficult proposition of winning backto-back state championships. The Cougars overcame injuries during their championship run to win the

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title last season. “Last year, we started the season knowing what it takes to get there (state championship game),” Badgett said. “Last year, we got there and we finished despite having some major obstacles that popped up. There is a little pressure to repeat. I think they are ready for the challenge. The kids know what the expectations are.”


And those expectations are obviously high as five players have already committed to Division I college basketball players while several others are being recruited to play at the next level. Returning starters Donovan Gregory and Myles Pierre both earned all-state honors last season as juniors. Pierre finished with 28 points in the championship

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game last season while Donovan finished with 19 despite suffering an ankle injury. Gregory (6-5) has committed to Appalachian State. Pierre, who has committed to Houston Baptist, said the team is looking forward to the challenge of trying to win a second-straight title. “Our expectation is to come in and do the exact same thing,” he said. “We have the same system set in place. We are stronger than last year because we have a lot of people on the team that are experienced and we have players that have talent.” Senior Marten Maide (6-5) has committed Liberty, and is in his fourth season with the Cougars. Deangelo Epps transferred in from Country Day after being named to the Class 3A all-state team and the 6-6 senior has committed to The College of Charleston. Senior Jake Boggs (6-8), who broke both wrists over the summer but is now back, has committed to North Carolina-Wilmington. Johnathan Murphy (5-10) and Zach Morris (6-3) round out a talented senior class. “We are a very experienced team,” Badgett said. “Of the seven see COUGARS, Page xB

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Boys basketball capsules Butler High Boys Coach: Myron Lowery, fifth season at Butler (102-18) 2017-18 Record: 25-6, 10-4 Southwestern 4A Starting Five: • Raquan Brown, 6-3 senior guard (4.8 points, 2.0 rebounds) • Brayden Dixon, 5-10 junior guard (3.2 points, 2.3 rebounds) • Jordan McPhatter, 5-8 sophomore guard (5 points, 1 rebounds) • Moses Payne, 6-2 sophomore guard • Rajuan Connor, 6-6 senior forward (3.5 points, 3.9 rebounds) Rotation Players: Christian Rudisell, 5-10 sophomore guard; Patrick Wessler, 6-9 freshman center Points in the paint: • Brown has offers from North Carolina A&T, Hampton, Columbia and Catawba, but recently committed to New Orleans where he’ll join ex-Butler teammate Gerrale Gates. • Connor is being recruited by Mars Hill, Mt. Olive and UNC-Pembroke • Dixon has an offer from North Carolina Wesleyan • In the last four seasons under Lowery, Butler has won three conference championships, has made two Elite Eight appearances and one Final Four. Carmel Christian Coach: Joe Badgett, first season 2017-18 Record: 25-4, NCISAA 2A champions Starting Five: • Donovan Gregory, 6-5 senior forward • Myles Pierre, 6-3 senior guard • Marten Maide, 6-5 senior guard • Deangelo Epps, 6-6 senior forward • Jake Boggs, 6-8 senior post Rotation Players Myles Hunter, 6-6 junior guard/forward; Kenny Gwynn,

6-4 junior guard; Ford Cooper, 6-3 junior, Johnathan Murphy, 5-10 senior guard; Zach Morris, 6-3 senior guard. Points in the paint: • Badgett is in his first year as head coach after being an assistant the previous two seasons at the school • The Cougars are the defending NCISAA champions after losing in the finals in 2017 • Five players - Maide, Gregory, Pierre, Epps and Boggs - have already committed to play Division I basketball • Carmel Christian gave defending NCHSAA Class 4A state champions Independence its only loss last season

for. Last season, he set the school record for 3-pointers made in a game (nine) and a season (97) while shooting 35 percent from deep. Tabor was an all-CISAA pick last year. • Four of five starters return, but the Bucs will miss Carmel Christian transfer DeAngelo Epps, who averaged 19 points and seven rebounds per game. • Cherry, a former Country Day and Guilford College star point guard, is one win away from earning his 100th career coaching victory at his alma mater. CISAA coaches Cherry, Chris Berger (Charlotte Latin) and Brian Field (Providence Day) all coach at schools they once starred at.

Charlotte Country Day Coach: Dwayne Cherry, ninth season (99-132) 2017-18 Record: 19-14, 5-5 in CISAA Starting Five: • Rylan McLaurin, 5-8 senior guard (9.0 points, 6.9 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 1.7 steals) • Alex Tabor, 6-0 senior guard (13.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists) • Myles Browner, 6-0 senior guard (4.9 points, 2,7 rebounds, 1.9 assists) • Walker Gillespie, 6-4 senior forward (4.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists) • Richard Gillespie, 6-5 senior forward (5.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists) Rotation Players: Jackson Krisko, 6-4 junior wing (2.1 points, 1.7 rebounds); Luke Gardner, 5-11 sophomore (2.6 points, 1.0 rebounds) Tidbits: • The Bucs defeated Ravenscroft in last year’s opening round of the playoffs and into the quarterfinals for the first time in a decade. • Tabor is a sweet-shooting guard defenses need to account

Charlotte Latin Coach: Chris Berger, 10th season (135-95) 2017-18 Record: 10-15, 2-8 in CISAA Starting Five: • John Beecy, 6-2 senior guard (13.5 points, 4.2 rebounds) • Randy Johnson, 5-11 junior guard (8.5 points, 5.8 assists) • Bennett Smith, 6-5, junior forward (9.8 points, 7.5 rebounds) • Graham Carlton, 6-4 sophomore forward • Jackson Clements, 6-5 junior forward Rotation Players: Ryan Brouse, 6-1 senior guard; David Felkner, 6-2 junior guard; William Lloyd, 6-4 senior forward Points in the Paint: • The Hawks are coming off their first back-to-back losing seasons since long-time coach Jerry Faulkner led the program, but there is much room for optimism. • Newcomer Ryan Brouse will provide toughness and leadership at the guard position. The senior has led the Hawks football team in tackles for the past three years, but is playing basketball for the first time.

Seniors Rajuan Connor, Raquan Brown and Brayden Dixon will play key roles for the Bulldogs this season. Photos courtesy of Butler High School

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seniors, five of them have already committed to Division I schools and another one has a Division I offer and we will see what that leads to. That senior group is very seasoned and very talented. They work hard and they get it. This is a great group of kids.” Junior Ford Cooper (6-3) scored 13 points in the title game last year after logging key minutes a year ago. “Ford Cooper came up big for us all of last year, Badgett said. “He has D-1 offers already.”

Junior Myles Hunter (6-6) transferred in from North Meck while junior Kenny Gwynn (6-4) logged big minutes as a sophomore. “Myles Hunter can really shoot the ball. That is a great fit for us as well,” Badgett said. “Kenny played major minutes for us last year. He has a lot of college interest also. That kid is a workhorse. Anything you need done, he can do it.” Badgett said he is ready for the Cougars’ title defense to begin and he knows the team faces a challenging schedule. The team opens the season Nov. 9 against Northwood Temple Christian at the Carmel Tip-off. Gametime is scheduled for 9 p.m.

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• Johnson and Beecy will form one of the top backcourts in the conference and be a big strength this season. They are both bigtime scorers, deft outside shooters and plus defenders. • The Hawks have some size and experience in their frontcourt, and have a lot of guys who will get time in the post. The one to watch is Smith, the junior forward who has enough talent to average a double-double this season and be Charlotte Latin’s anchor down low. Covenant Day Coach: Marty Parrish, second season 2017-18 Record: 3-23, 0-10 CISAAt Starting Five: • Jacob Dahlberg, 6-1 junior guard (6.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.1 steals) • Britt Anderson, 6-5 sophomore forward (4.1 points, 3.1 rebounds) • James Jiang, 6-0 senior guard (3.2 points, 1.4 rebounds) • Caleb Ross, 6-1 senior forward (4.7 points, 1.9 rebounds)

“I have been in this a long time, but at the end of the day I haven’t been the one standing up. I have been the one referees tell to sit down,” Badgett said with a laugh. “Let’s get is started and see what happens.” Carmel Christian Cougars Coach: Joe Badgett, first year Last Year’s Record: 24-4, NCISAA Class 2A champions

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(9.7 points, 3.3 rebounds) • Andra’ McKee, 6-2 senior guard (14.4 points, 3.4 rebounds) • Matthew Smith, 6-5 senior forward (12.3 points, 8.8 rebounds) • Miles Pauldin, 6-4 senior forward (3.0 points, 3.2 rebounds) • Tyler Harris, 6-6 junior Rotation Players: Amonti Burton, 6-3 senior forward (1.3 points, one rebound); Anthony Allen, 5-11 junior guard (2.9 points, 1.1 rebounds) Points in the paint: • Defending NCHSAA 4A champions • Coach Preston Davis was a player for Independence the last time the Patriots had won a state championship in 1997 • McKee has committed to Queens University of Charlotte and Smith is a Murray State recruit. • Harris, a transfer from Northside Christian Academy, has committed to Western Carolina. :Jaydn Lewis (Rocky River) and Nygell Verdier (Charlotte Secondary) are also new. Providence Coach: Larry Epperly, third season (2-47) 2017-18 Record: 2-22, 0-12 in So. Meck 7 Starting Five: • Tate Mulkey, 6-2 senior guard (13.5 points, three rebounds, 39 3-point percentage) • Ben Schloeder, 5-9 senior guard (5.8 points, 1.8 assists 1.2 rebounds) • Eddie Garner, guard (3.0 assists, 1.8 points) • Ben Pedernales, forward (2.9 points, 1.0 rebound) • Will Cotton, senior guard (5.5 points, 1.5 rebounds) Rotation Players: Hayden Joiner, forward (2.8 points, 1.6 rebounds); Connor Meehan, guard (1.5 points, 1.4 assists) Points in the Paint: • The Panthers have struggled over Epperly’s two seasons, but

improved after going winless in his first season. They haven’t had a winning year since the 2009-10 season. • JV callups and sophomores Maizen Price, Matthew Cicco and Lucas Thillet are expected to contribute to a team looking for depth. • The Panthers won just two games last year, but they were in many more as seven of their losses were decided by 10 points or less. • Providence will look to end their current 14 game winless streak that dates back to Dec. 19 of 2017 when the Panthers defeated Covenant Day 54-40. Providence Day Coach: Brian Field, 13th season (228-138) 2017-18 Record: 25-10, 9-1 in CISAA Starting Five: • John Miralia, 6-7 junior center (5.0 points, 6.5 rebounds) • Cyncier Harrison, 5-10 sophomore guard (Davidson Day transfer) • Drew Patterson, 6-2 junior guard (Covenant Day transfer averaged 15.4 points per game with the Lions) • Barrett Kinzinger, 6-4 senior forward • Michael Zanoni, 6-2 freshman guard Rotation Players:Jacolbe Cowan, 6-5 senior forward; Luke Brighton, 6-1 junior guard; John Morris Bryne, 6-0 sophomore guard; Christian Reeves, 6-9 freshman center Points in the Paint: • Providence Day went 11-19 in the 2011-12 season, but in the six season since have posted a 151-41 record, won a state championship and been to three Final Fours. In conference, the Chargers have won all six titles during that stretch going 53-3 in CISAA play. • The Chargers welcome back Cowan, who played as a freshman but has not played since. Cowan is the No. 3 football prospect in the state and holds offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State among others.

• Freshmen Reeves and Zanoni will both play big minutes, and must contribute immediately. Reeves may have more time to develop with Cowan’s return, but the Chargers need Zanoni to knock down open shots. • Miralia comes back as the only remaining starter from last year’s squad. A two-year starter, Miralia is an ace for the Chargers baseball team and has committed to Duke as a left-handed pitcher. Queen’s Grant Coach: Jay Forsythe, sixth season (72-53) 2017-18 Record:9-14, 5-7 in PAC 7 Starting Five: • Jah’Quez Sanders, 6-3 senior guard (18 points, seven rebounds, four assists) • LB Boytette, 6-4 junior guard (13 points, six rebounds) • Xavier Westbrook, 6-4 senior forward (eight points, six rebounds) • Ahmad McKnight, 6-6 senior forward, • Josh Suggs, 5-9 senior guard (four points, three assists) Rotation Players: Jeremiah Murphy, 6-5 junior forward (nine points, five rebounds), Darnell Craig, 6-0 guard, Quan McKee, 6-0 guard, Javari Cox, 5-11 guard Points in the Paint: • Last season’s losing record was just the second in Forsythe’s time at Queens Grant, and first since his rookie season at the school in 2013-14. • The PAC 7 is a tough conference featuring school mostly in the Davidson, Huntersville and Mooresville areas and the Stallions first year proved difficult. • Sanders is the engine that makes the Stallions go. The 6-3 guard is a stat-stuffer and for sure a next-level prospect. • The Stallions went 9-5 down the stretch and will look to carry that momentum into the season. Queens Grant lost to Providence Day by three points in an early season scrimmage, so they look to be much more competitive this season.

Girls basketball capsules WHAT’S INCLUDED: Starters, key players and information on each team Butler Coach: Mark Sanders, ninth season (158-71) 2017-18 Record: 18-10, 10-4 Southwestern 4A Starting Five: • Michaela Lane, 6-1 junior wing (13 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.5 steals, 2 blocks) • Michaela Dixon, 5-10 senior wing (5.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 steals) • Payton Sutton, 5-6 junior guard (8.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 4.7 steals) • Renee Kennedy, 5-7 senior guard (9.2 points, 2.0 rebounds) • Ashlynn Dotson, 5-6 junior guard Rotation Players: Micahla Funderburk , 5-10 junior guard Points in the paint: • The lack of depth and experience could hurt the Bulldogs. • The Bulldogs return experi-

ence at several key positions on the court. • Butler lost 58-38 to state semifinalist Mallard Creek in the second round of playoffs last season. • Lane scored 28 points and had 24 rebounds in one game last season. Charlotte Christian Coach: Tony Busby, first season 2017-18 Record: 3-23, 1-9 in CISAA Starting Five: • Kate Walker, 6-0 senior forward (13.4 rebounds, 10.8 points, 2.0 steals, 1.3 blocks) • Lindsay Noonan, 5-7 junior forward (6.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.6 steals) • Emma Coles, 5-4 junior see GIRLS, Page 4B

Charlotte Latin’s Ruthie Jones averaged over 13 points and four rebounds and was a big reason for the Hawks’ 20-win season. The Duke soccer commit should have a similar impact on the court this season. Photo courtesy of Angel Trimble

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guard (3.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists) • Megan Igbinadolor, 5-8 senior forward (4.0 rebounds, 1.7 points, 1.7 steals) • Anna Coles, 5-5 sophomore guard Rotation Players: Brennan Long, 5-6 sophomore forward (1.4 rebounds, 1.0 point); Rachel Noonan, freshman center; Ansley Allison, 5-7 sophomore forward; Jordan Montgomery 5-8 sophomore forward; McKenzie Reed, 5-11 sophomore center; Kaylee Andrievk, 5-3 sophomore guard; Malayna Eudy, 5-4 senior guard Points in the Paint: • The Knights had seven freshmen get big minutes last season in an effort to have them all come up together and build from within. • The Knights are on their sixth coach over the past eight seasons. During that time the Knights have had five winning records, but none in the past three seasons. • Walker led the team in field goal percentage, shooting 33 percent from the floor. As a team, the Knights were 314-1250 (25.1 percent) from the floor, a number that must come up. The Knights also shot 46 percent from the free throw line and made just 12 3-pointers in 26 games. • The Knights averaged just 30.5 points per game and were held to a season-low nine against Providence Day. Christian needed to score big to win, but was just 3-11 in games when they scored 30 or more, meaning there is work to be done on the other end of the floor as they averaged 52.3 points per game. Charlotte Country Day Coach: Andre Haston, ninth season (67-119) 2017-18 Record: 11-14, 5-5in CISAA Starting Five: • Lindsay Batten, 6-1 sophomore forward (3.8 rebounds, 2.2 points) • Toni-Ann Ocloo, 5-4 junior guard (3.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.4 steals) • Sophie Rucker, 5-5 sophomore guard (5.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists) • Mary Holland Waters, 5-7 freshman forward • Hudson Rixham, 6-0 freshman forward Rotation Players: Sadie Ridell, 5-7 junior forward (2.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.5 steals); Margaret Lostetter, 5-4 senior guard (1.0 point); Lulu Sasz, 5-5, freshman guard; Lacy Cory, 5-6, sophomore guard; George O'Neil, 5-6, freshman forward Points in the Paint: • Haston has guided the Bucs to 11 wins in each of the previous two seasons. That’s the most wins in a season for any Country Day girls team since the 2010-11 season. The five conference wins both of the past two teams have had tie

for the most since 2009-10. • Junior Kennedy Grier and senior Katie Batten will miss the season with ACL injuries. Grier (12.2 points, 3.3 steals in 201617) and Batten (11.5 points, 15.3 rebounds last year) will be big losses. • Haston is very impressed with his freshmen class, including Waters and Rixham. Both will be asked to contribute immediately, but all four newcomers in the rotation will play big minutes. • The Bucs will try to avoid last year’s fate when they cooled off late, losing six of their last eight games. Charlotte Latin Coach: Charise Mapp, sixth season (75-57) 2017-18 Record: 20-8, 9-1 in CISAA Starting Five: • Kathryn Vandiver, 6-1 senior forward (15.4 points, 7.2 assists, 2.1 steals, 1.4 blocks, 1.1 assists) • Ruthie Jones, 6-0 senior forward (13.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals, 2.1 assists) • Grace Armstrong, 5-9 senior forward (3.4 rebounds, 2.1 points, 1.7 steals) • Elizabeth Rose, 6-0 sophomore guard (4.8 rebounds, 3.8 points, 1.2 steals) • Neely Grace Tye, 5-7 sophomore guard (2.7 points, 1.4 rebounds) Rotation Players: Forrest Williams 5-9 sophomore forward (2.3 rebounds, 2.0 points, 0.7 steals) Points in the Paint: • Jones is a Duke soccer commit where she’ll play attend school with her brother, Daniel. Her middle brother, Bates, plays basketball at Davidson. • Vandiver gives the Hawks, who are already a strong rebounding team, a strong inside presence. Vandiver is a next-level player looking to make a decision soon. • Rose is another inside presence and also a standout lacrosse player. She is getting recruiting interest in both sports. • The Hawks 20 wins marks their best season in at least 13 years. While it will be tough to replace Claudia Dickey, who plays soccer and basketball at North Carolina, the Hawks return four starters and are expecting big performances from Williams and Tye although depth could be a concern. Covenant Day Coach: Zach Turner, seventh season (76-83) 2017-18 Record: 8-17, 5-5 in CISAA Starting Five: (Bold indicates returning starters) • Katherine Ashley, 5-9 sophomore guard/forward (4 points, 5 rebounds) • Madeline Crumpler, 5-5 senior guard (6 points, 1.6 rebounds) • Vickie McCue, 5-5 junior guard (one point, two rebounds) • Jackie Haynes, 5-5 junior guard (one point, one rebound) • Taylor Houseton, 5-7 fresh-

man guard/forward Rotation Players: Caroline Cady, 5-10 freshman forward; Elle Kelada, 5-10 freshman forward Points in the paint: • Won five of their last seven games and two in a row, rebounding from a tough start to finish at .500 in conference play • Three freshmen are expected to see extensive playing time this season • Team’s top returning scorer and rebounder, Taylor Webber, is not playing this season to concentrate on volleyball • The Lions were 8-7 last season when they scored 40 or more points, and 0-10 in all other games Independence Coach: Lauren Galvani, fourth season (22-52) 2017-18 Record:13-12, 6-8 in Southwestern 4A Starting Five: • Braylyn Milton, 5-8 sophomore guard (15.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 3.5 steals) • Sharonda Smith, 5-7 senior guard (9.4 points, 3.0 rebounds) • Ayanna Anderson, 6-0 junior center (7.5 rebounds, 7.2 points) • Natalyah Wilson, sophomore guard • Julia Rohlfing, 6-1 sophomore post Rotation Players: Laura Flynn, 5-7 junior forward; Alexandria Burrino, 6-0 junior forward; Azuria Burrino, 6-0 junior forward Points in the Paint: • The Patriots had gone 3-68 in the three seasons before Galvani arrived including 0-44 in the previous two seasons. But she slowly built and has the Patriots back on track. • Milton is one of the area’s real stars. The super sophomore already has offers from East Carolina, Presbyterian and UNC Wilmington with many more on the way. • The Patriots should dominate on the boards with Milton a terrific rebounder for a guard, but also with four players 6-0 or taller. • The Patriots would had been a playoff qualifier had it not been for a 3-7 finish. Galvani has her system in place, has her star and this is the season they get it all turned around. Providence Coach: Jennifer Bean, third season (20-32) 2017-18 Record: 15-12, 7-5 in So. Meck 7 Starting Five: • Nyla McGill, 5-7 sophomore guard (10 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 3.5 steals) • Jaylynn Askew, 5-8 senior forward (8.0 points, 9.1 rebounds) • Lili Bowen, 5-7 senior forward (9.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals) • Grace Shires, 5-7 senior forward 5.9 points, 2.1 rebounds) • Cameron Mulkey, 5-9 junior forward (6.1 points, 2.9 rebounds) Rotation Players: Marlow Chapman: 5-9 junior wing (4.8

As a freshman, Nyla McGill averaged over 10 points, six rebounds and five assists leading the Panthers to their first winning season in at least a decade. This year, McGill is one of five returning Panther starters. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Bean

points, 4.1 rebounds); Brynn Harrison: 5-8 junior forward (1.9 points, 2.4 rebounds) Points in the Paint: • All five starters return from a Providence team that won more games last year (15) than any Panther team in at least the past 12 seasons. • Bowen is an East Tennessee State softball commit. Last season she batted .456 with 20 runs scored, 16 RBIs, six doubles and three homers for the 22-4 Panthers. Bowen is the team’s top outside shooter (34-114 on 3-pointers last year). • McGill is the point guard and catalyst for the team. Not only did she lead the team in most every statistical category, but also shot 41 percent from the field. McGill is a Division I talent with interest from several Ivy League schools. • If there’s one knock on the Panthers, it’s got to be their free throw shooting. Last year, McGill was 58-130 (45 percent) from the line and the team shot just 52 percent. Bowen (76 percent) and Askew (68 percent) were Providence’s better free throw shooters. Providence Day Coach: Josh Springer, 13th season (322-46) 2017-18 Record: 24-7, 9-1 in CISAA Starting Five: • Andi Levitz, 5-5 junior guard (9.0 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.0 steal) • MiLeia Owens, 5-5 junior guard (4.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.7 steals) • Grace Godwin, 5-8 junior forward (1.9 points, 2.5 rebounds)

• Kailey Smith , 5-7 junior forward (3.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals) • Morgan Kelson, 5-10 junior forward (transferred into school this year) Rotation Players: El Ferguson, 5-7 sophomore guard (4.2 points, 1.2 rebounds, 31 percent form 3-point range); Anna Riley Gutierrez, 5-7 sophomore forward (1.6 points); Dalaney McGuirt, 5-9 sophomore forward (1.2 points, 1.0 rebound); Emnet Naod, 5-8 sophomore wing (1.7 points, 2.9 rebounds)l Taylor Sanchez, 5-6 sophomore guard (0.6 points, 1.0 rebound); Scarlett Greer, 5-7 freshman guard Points in the Paint: • Junior all-conference pick and projected starter Nina-Simone Clark will miss the season due to injury. Last season Clark averaged 6.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals. • The Chargers boast all-conference selections in Levitz (first team) and Owens (second), and those two will be asked to do quite a bit this season. • Providence Day has won the CISAA conference championship for 15 consecutive seasons and the Chargers have won nine of the previous 11 NCISAA 3A state championships. • The Chargers hosted the 11th annual Super Scrimmage in early November with 28 of the state’s top teams. Providence Day will also play its usual rigorous schedules, with dates at the Charlotte Hoops Challenge, Ladies Classic in Tennessee over Christmas and at their own MLK Showcase.

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Boothe completed 16-23 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns on Nov. 2, leading the Panthers to ADMISSION IF YOU DON’T. a 45-27 win over conference rival South Meck. The Panthers have won four straight games and are BUY ONLINE tied with Ardrey Kell for second BUY ONLINE place in the So. Meck 7.


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