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Couple visits 31 countries in nine months and one of the things I always wanted to do is travel. I thought it was time to take a break and do something crazy.” So, the couple started thinking about spots they would like to visit as A.J. prepared for his departure from Red Ventures. “The first conversation we had was when I was pregnant,” Natasha said. “I thought he was bluffing. I set it aside until things became more concrete.” Things got pretty solid as A.J. entered his finals months of work.

by Paul Nielsen



CHARLOTTE – After 12 years with Red Ventures and rising to president and chief technology officer of the company, Abhishek (A.J.) Ratani decided it was time for he and his wife, Natasha Sandhir, to cross a few items off their bucket list. It turned out to be a long list. And the couple had to pack for three as they took their 2-year-old son, Aarav, along for the ride that would have them gone from their home in Charlotte for almost nine months. The first bucket list item – a cruise to Alaska – was checked off in July 2017 and the last item, at least on this first bucket list – was checked off this past April. Along the way, the family visited six continents and 31 countries and took almost 40 flights and three cruises. A.J. gave Red Ventures a two-year

The family saw the great geyser explode in Geysir, Iceland. Photo courtesy of A.J. Ratani

notice of his departure and that is when the couple started to think about what their trip would look like. “We started thinking about the trip years ago,” said A.J., who is a

2002 graduate of the University of Arkansas. “I was working at Red Ventures and things were going really well and we decided it was time for me to leave. We started talking about what we would do after I left

Food The Carribou Coffee on Park Road and Passion Food Catering on Sardis Road North are among the highest-scoring establishments in terms of health inspections. You can eat with ease.


Sweets TCBY is celebrating its 37th birthday from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 7 with a buyone-get-one promotion. Buy the first one at regular price and get the second for 37 cents. The brain freeze is on the house.

Streaming Snap ya fingers. Do ya step. We downloaded “Avengers Infinity War” and then we wept. Marvel’s latest blockbuster is now available for streaming. Yeah!

Movies Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon are dropped into the flashy, high-stakes world of espionage in “The Spy Who Dumped Me.” Yuk it up while they save the world on Aug. 3.

Unlock a ride Zip around town on an electric scooter, 3A

Latin alum Duke quarterback is a student of football, 1B

see TRAVEL, Page 5A

United Way chief headed to Chicago

McDonald’s released a MacCoin on Aug. 2 to honor the 50-year anniversary of the Big Mac. The sandwich consists of two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun. More than 1 billion were sold last year.

Revelwood headlines the next installment of Waverly’s Jam Sessions series 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 9 in The Terrace. Legion Brewing will serve people in the event’s beer garden.

Planning on the fly Remarkably, the nuts and bolts of planning the trip didn’t start until a few months before their departure. They only planned the first part of the trip, and ended up flying by the seats of their pants for the rest of it. “We had a basic outline, but what we thought we would do and

National Night Out helps remove barriers to community policing. SCW file photo

National Night Out coincides with 250-year anniversary by Yustin Riopko Contributor

CHARLOTTE – Residents can meet up with law enforcement officers and their local neighborhood communities Aug. 7 to have fun and learn about police and the city. National Night Out, established during the 1980s, takes place annually on the second Tuesday of August all over the United States. The National Night Out official website says the

event “promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.” Assistant City Manager Sarah Hazel described National Night Out to Charlotte City Council at a July 23 meeting. “It’s an awesome neighborhood-led and -driven event,” Hazel said. “CMPD partners with neighborhoods to really think about safety and crime-free see NIGHT OUT, Page 5A

Goodwill boutique opens in South End by Karie Simmons

CHARLOTTE – Tired of digging through bins and rifling through racks to find nice clothes that won’t break the bank? If you’re into thrifting, but not the sifting, then Goodwill’s new boutique GW in South End is right up your alley. Located at 3609 South Blvd., GW offers afford-

able designer and brand name women’s and men’s apparel, jewelry, shoes, accessories and home décor stylized especially for trendy shoppers. It’s modeled after the GW store at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus off Wilkinson Boulevard, but is much, much larger. At 7,000 square feet, it’s is more than double the see GOODWILL, Page 6A

GW offers trendy brands at the same Goodwill prices shoppers love. Karie Simmons/SCW photo

CHARLOTTE – Sean Garrett is leaving United Way of Central Carolinas to become CEO of United Way of Metro Chicago. Garrett joined UWCC as executive director in March 2015. He will remain in Charlotte through early September. During his time with It has been UWCC, Gar- the privilege rett oversaw of my career change of its to be part community of our impact strategy and fund- community’s efforts ing process. Focusing on to drive improving ed- opportunity ucation, health for all.” and financial • Sean Garret stability, the impact strategy works to boost economic mobility across the region, while providing a safety net for people in need. UWCC recently announced the investment of $24.5 million into the community, with $16.3 million going toward its community impact strategy and $8.2 million in donor-directed funding. UWCC launched three major initiatives last year: United Neighborhoods to revitalize neighborhoods, Unite Charlotte to improve racial equity and increase social capital, and Tutor Charlotte to provide reading mentors for students in grades K-3. “He has worked tirelessly to connect donors, volunteers and partners to the impact work needed in our community,” said Wes Beckner, board chair and BB&T regional president. Garrett spent five years in fundraising roles with Metro Chicago from 2005 to 2010. He said the new job will allow his family to return to where his wife's professional career is based, while letting him continue his work with the United Way. “Charlotte welcomed me with open arms and afforded me the opportunity to work on our community’s most pressing issues,” he said. “It has been the privilege of my career to be part of our community’s efforts to drive opportunity for all.”

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SAVE THE DATE September is for Seniors Expo will have dozens of vendors, informative break-out sessions, raffles, breakfast and lunch – all for free. Circle your calendars for 9 a.m. Sept. 28 at Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. People interested in attending have to register (so we can plan for food) by calling 704-849-2261 or emailing


During the July 24 event, winning students were recognized and everyone at the Milton Road Club enjoyed popsicles from King of Pops. Photo courtesy of Salvation Army.

Dealership donates $10K to Boys & Girls Clubs CHARLOTTE – Scott Clark Auto Group announced a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte on July 24 designed to make an impact in the lives of local youth. Scott Clark and his staff presented a $10,000 check to the clubs at the Milton Road Boys & Girls Club. Scott Clark Auto Group also held a coloring contest, in which students completed pictures of their favorite cars. Impact Promotions created the campaign, Helping Kids Help Kids, to showcase art from local children and raise money. “This donation will go to work immediately to help hundreds of kids in our community,” said Marty Clary, executive director of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte.

Runnymede Lane crash leaves one dead CHARLOTTE – Police say speed and alcohol were contributing factors that led to a vehicle collision that killed one driver and sent three other people to the hospital. Providence Division officers responded to the crash at 11:38 p.m. July 28 in the 2100 block of Runnymede Lane, north of Barclay Downs Drive. They found a 2010 Ford Escape and 2006 Subaru had collided. The driver of the Escape, Juan Octavio Reyes, was pronounced dead at 11:45 p.m., while a passenger was transported to Atrium Health with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Subaru, Jimmy Gallarday, and his passenger were also taken to Atrium Health with non-life-threatening injuries. Police say Gallarday crossed Gallarday the double-yellow line. Police arrested Gallarday on charges of felony death by vehicle and two counts of felony serious injury by vehicle.

tween 3:41 and 11:24 a.m. July 28 on East Tremont Avenue, Maryland Avenue, Selwyn Avenue and Closeburn Road. Three of those cases involved kicking in the back door and stealing items. South Division officers found an unoccupied, running truck at 4:47 a.m. July 28 at 3500 block of Closeburn Road. Inside the running truck were items believed to be related to the break-ins, according to police. However, no suspect was found. Police learned the truck was stolen from the 1900 block of Springdale Avenue. Call CrimeStoppers at 704-334-1600 with any details.

Eileen Fisher displays Virkler's work CHARLOTTE – Local artist Diane Virkler will show her work at Eileen Fisher in Phillips Place. The showing is the first in a series of sponsored local women artists events to be held every month. Meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 26 at 6822 Phillips Place Court.

CMS superintendent talks to breakfast club CHARLOTTE – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox will be among guests invited to the Ballantyne Breakfast Club's upcoming education forum. Others attending including school board chairwoman Mary McCray and member Sean Strain. They'll talk about the upcoming school year, as well as address questions from those attending. The event takes place 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 11 at Ballantyne Hotel, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. No registration is required. The event is free to the community. Visit events for details.

Tillis honors the late Spangler WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) spoke on the Senate floor July 26 to honor the life and legacy of philanthropist and UNC System President Emeritus C.D. Spangler Jr. “I had the privilege of meeting Dick Spangler 11 years ago, and since that first meeting I never left an encounter with him without learning something new. He loved North Carolina and the UNC system that he helped build into what it is today,” Tillis said. ”Even though he is no longer here, his advocacy will live on for decades to come and I am thankful for having some time to share with Dick Spangler.”

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Planes, trains, automobiles CALENDAR and now scooters Karie Simmons News Editor


here’s an electric scooter epidemic sweeping the nation from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles, and it’s infecting everyone around us. First, it was the businessman in a suit riding to his next meeting. Then, the woman all dressed up to meet her friends for happy hour, the couple on a cute date and finally, the group of millennials en route to an avocado toast brunch. Pray for them. They never saw it coming. Now that the craze has hit Charlotte, no one is safe from the trendiness of the electric scooter, including myself. I recently rode one to see what all the fuss was about and I have to admit, it was pretty fun. Although there are other brands like Lime, I’ve seen Bird scooters around my apartment the most, so I downloaded the app. Using my location, I was able to see all the Bird scooters in my area and their battery level. Luckily, there were two right outside my building. I walked up to the scooter, scanned the code on the handlebar and entered my credit card information. It cost $1 to start and 15 cents per minute to ride. Bird riders must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license. By law, Bird requires riders to wear their own helmet, but also offers free helmets. You just have to cover shipping costs. The app instructed me to push the gound two or three times with my foot to get the scooter going and then, while in motion, press the throttle button with my right thumb. It took a few minutes to get used to the speed, which reaches up to 15 miles per hour, but I eventually felt comfortable enough to take it for a real spin. I rode down East 10th Street and took Central Avenue into the heart of Plaza-Midwood. I passed Moo & Brew, Legion Brewing, Common Market, Pizza Peel and then looped back around toward

Midwood Smokehouse. Diners looked up from their meals as I flew by, dogs stopped mid-pee to stare, and kids pointed and asked, “Mommy, what’s that?” It was awesome. As instructed, I rode in bike lanes when available, but sometimes felt safer on the sidewalk. If you’re nervous about riding an electric scooter, I recommend practicing on a quiet, residential street or in an empty parking lot. Riding around in the Piedmont Middle School parking lot helped me gain confidence and made the experience more enjoyable, instead of terrifying. I ended my ride by parking the scooter on the corner by my building and locking it with the app. Bird scooters are picked up every night, inspected for maintenance, charged and repositioned to where they are most wanted the next day. I knew that, but was still a little sad it wasn’t there when I woke up the next morning. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll find another one soon. For more information about electric scooters, visit or electric-scooter.

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Fan Fest The Carolina Panthers gives fans a first look at the 2018 squad during Fan Fest. Tickets cost $5. Proceeds benefit Carolina Panthers Charities. Visit www.panthers. com for details. 7 to 9 p.m.; 800 S. Mint St.

Live Music Todd Murray performs at Picnic in the Park at Fourth Ward Park. Visit www.up fourth-ward-park/ for details. 4 to 6 p.m.; 301 N. Poplar St.

Live Music Borderlyne performs at Music on the Green at Promenade at Providence. Visit www.promenadeonprovi for details. 7 to 10 p.m.; 10844 Providence Road Live Music Groove Masters perform at the Blakeney Summer Concert Series. Visit for details. 7 to 10 p.m.; Ardrey Kell and Rea roads Live Music Tony Eltora performs at River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Visit for details. 7 to 10 p.m.; 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.

Aug. 3-4 Live Music Randy Paul & The Revelry perform at Music at the Fountain at Stonecrest at Piper Glen. Visit www.shopstone for details. 7 to 10 p.m.; 7832 Rea Road

Aug. 4 Author Event Authors of “The Love of Baseball” will sign copies at Park Road Books. Call 704525-9239 or visit www.park for details. 2 to 4 p.m.; 4139 Park Road

Lime has stocked Charlotte with plenty of electric scooters that can be unlocked by phone. Photo courtesy of Lime


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Live Music MJ Acoustic Duo performs at the Blakeney Summer Concert Series. Visit www. for details. 7 to 10 p.m.; Ardrey Kell and Rea roads Live Music The Stark Reality performs at Music on the Green at Promenade at Providence. Visit www.promenadeon for details. 7 to 10 p.m.; 10844 Providence Road Live Music Heather Gillis performs at River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Visit for details. 7 to 10 p.m.; 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.

Aug. 6 Author Event Amber Tamblyn talks about her latest novel, “Any Man,” at Park Road Books. Call 704-525-9239 or visit for details. 7 to 8:30 p.m.; 4139 Park Road

Aug. 8 Pro Soccer Charlotte Independence plays the Bethlehem Steel FC in United Soccer League action at Matthews Sportsplex. Ticket prices vary. Visit www. for details. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.; 1505 Tank Town Road, Matthews

Summer Concerts Party Parrot Band performs at Fort Mill's Summer Concert Series at Anne Spring Close Greenway. Visit www.ascgre for details. 6:30 p.m.; 104 Adventure Road, Fort Mill Outdoor Concert Old Salt Unionville performs at the U.S. National Whitewater Center's River Jam series. Visit www.usnwc. org for details. 7 to 10 p.m.; 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. Author Event Patrice Gopo talks about her latest novel, “All the Colors We Will See,” at Park Road Books. Call 704-525-9239 or visit www.parkroadbooks. com for details. 7 to 8:30 p.m.; 4139 Park Road

Aug. 10 Food Trucks The Catalinas bring beach music to the Food Truck Fridays & Concert Series at Stumptown Park. The event takes place on the second and fourth Fridays of the month through September. Visit for details. 5 to 9 p.m.; 120 S. Trade St., Matthews Outdoor Movie Promenade at Providence screens a film selected by fan vote as part of the Movies on the Green series. Visit www.

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Summer Concert Amy Broome performs at Blakeney's Summer Concert Series. Visit www.shopblak for details. 7 to 10 p.m.; Ardrey Kell and Rea roads Outdoor Concert The Paper Crowns performs at the U.S. National Whitewater Center's River Jam series. Visit www.usnwc. org for details. 7 to 10 p.m.; 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.

Outdoor Music Flute Praise performs at Stonecrest at Piper Glen's Music at the Fountain. Visit for details. 7 to 10 p.m.; 7832 Rea Road

Aug. 11 Bubble Day The President James K. Polk State Historic Site hosts Bubble Day, featuring opportunities to make fun bubbles and get wet. Admission costs $5 per car. Visit www.jamesk for details. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 12031 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville Summer Jazz Adrian Crutchfield and Gerald Veasley perform at Charlotte's Summer Jazz Series at Freedom Park. Visit www. freedom-park/ for details. 6 to 9 p.m.; 1900 E. Blvd. Outdoor Music Nita B & Her Soiree performs at the Promenade at Providence's Music on the Green series. Visit www. promenadeonprovidence. com for details. 7 to 10 p.m.; 10844 Providence Road Summer Concert Matt Stratford Band performs at Blakeney's Summer Concert Series. Visit www. for details. 7 to 10 p.m.; Ardrey Kell and Rea roads

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Outdoor Music Acoustic Syndicate and Yellow Feather perform at Charlotte's Live on the Green series at Romare Bearden Park. Visit www.uptownchar park/ for details. 7 to 10 p.m.; 300 S. Church St.

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CHARLOTTE – Two years ago, Regal Stonecrest underwent renovations, including adding king-size recliners in all 22 theaters, switching from celluloid film to digital cinema and ridding the front entrance of ticket booths. These dramatic changes have altered the way one sees a movie at Stonecrest. Before the renovations, you would walk into the theater and stand in a line to speak to the employee behind the ticket booth glass. The employee behind the window would double-check the availability of the movie and charge you the correct amount. Two tickets would be printed and passed through the cut-out at the bottom of their glass window, completing the transaction. From there, you would enter from one of the sides and a second employee would tell you right or left, based on which theater your movie would be showing in. A third employee would be standing at the entrance to one of the theater halls and would rip off half of your ticket, confirming your theater once again. In between the second and third employee, you would have the chance to visit the concession stand. Finally, you would enter the theater, walk down the dark-lit side hall toward the screen, turn the corner and face the stadium seating. You and whoever you were with would then scan the audience and choose whichever seats you fancied the most. The movie commenced. Not anymore. Since the renovation, the movie-going process has changed completely. Instead of two employees standing

behind glass windows giving you tickets, you enter the building to see a line of machines ready to facilitate your transaction. On these machines, you select which movie you wish to see at what time and then choose specific seats from the theater layout image the machine produces. These machines coordinate with online sales as well, meaning that customers can pre-order their tickets in designated seats from a computer at home, holding priority over the seats bought at the theater. After choosing your tickets and seats, a receipt is emailed to you. This receipt holds a QR code that acts as your ticket. With that email, you enter to the back of the theater entrance through one of the sides, and the first employee you interact with scans the QR code with a camera-equipped machine. The employee tells you which side of the building your movie is on and you’re in. From there, you have the option to visit concessions before searching for your row and seat. Each theater’s stadium seating is broken up by lettered rows and numbered seats. Once you find yours, you settle in and sit back in the king-size recliners. The movie commences. The upgrades that Regal Stonecrest underwent make it feel as though you’re watching a movie in your living room and provide just one example of how technology is truly integrating its way into our daily lives.

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The Regal Stonecrest Movie Theater opened Oct. 30, 1998, in the Stonecrest Shopping Center, 7824 Rea Road. Call 844462-7342 for details.

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Goldfish Swim School has an air-conditioned viewing gallery for parents to watch lessons, a spacious family dressing area with private changing rooms, snack bar, retail shop and warm, tropical décor. Photo courtesy of Goldfish Swim School

Goldfish Swim School announces grand opening CHARLOTTE – Goldfish Swim School is opening an 11,000-square-foot location in August at 13403 South Ridge Drive. The school provides swim instruction to children 4 months to 12 years old, as well as weekly family swims and party packages. It is hosting a grand opening event from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 18, with an open family swim, raffles and snacks. “I am thrilled to bring the Goldfish curriculum, high quality instruction and state of the art facility to local families,” co-owner Zip Harlan said. “My team and I want to ensure that children have a safe, fun, and friendly place to learn this important, life-saving skill.” Families can register for lessons by visiting www. charlotte/ or calling 704625-6251.

The Invigory, Good Feet Store join Waverly CHARLOTTE – The Invigory and The Good Feet

Store have signed leases at Waverly. The Invigory is a modern health and wellness center with treatments that include cryotherapy, as well as salt, compression and infrared therapies. The 1,684-square-foot location is expected to open this fall. The Good Feet Store specializes in arch supports designed to correct poor foot biomechanics, generating long-term pain relief solutions. It offers over 300 sizes of arch supports. The 2,335-square-foot location is expected to open in the fall. “Promoting health and wellness has been part of our vision for Waverly since the beginning and helped guide the community’s walkable, pedestrian-friendly design,” said Peter Pappas, managing partner at Crosland Southeast. Newly opened tenants include The Bar Method, Café Moka, HM Properties and Source1Phones.

Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center offers various classes and camps. Paul Nielsen/SCW photo

Dance center offers aerial twist

The Collective signs retail tenant

by Paul Nielsen

CHARLOTTE – Rhino Market has signed a lease to take 3,000 square feet of retail space at The Collective, a mixed-use project being developed by Ram Realty Advisors on 3.6 acres at 2300 North Davidson St. Ram is under construction on a major redevelopment of the site that includes the renovation of the existing commercial building (to be complete in early 2019) and the addition of a new 250-unit multifamily residential community. Rhino Market joins Free Range Brewing as part of the project.

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center has been a beehive of activity this summer, hosting classes and camps. But then again, the center is always pretty busy. The center specializes in aerial silks, contemporary dance, lyra, trapeze, jazz, acrobatics, hip-hop, Spanish web, hand balancing and ballet, to name a few. It offers classes for youth and adults. Classes range from a more structured schedule to an unlimited op-

tion, which is like belonging to a gym where people can take unlimited classes. The center also hosts week-long summer camps. But as the school summer break wound down in late July, the Summer Intensive class had Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center director Caroline Calouche’s full attention. Students were on the go, working on trapezes and performing dance routines. “Summer Intensive is geared towards youth, teens, those 12-and-up, but we have some college kids, as well,” Calouche said. “They

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are interested in doing dance and circus arts as a profession. We give them extra push. There are a lot of dances ranging from musical theater, to silks, to trapeze, to ballet, both classical ballet and contemporary.” There are also classes and camps for students who want to learn routines while having fun. “We have a range for all expertise levels and desires,” Calouche said. “We range from novice to professionals.” The center’s teaching philosophy values creativity, support, understanding and community. The staff teaches skills and technique and the faculty also focuses on helping students see dance as a form of expression and an

art form. This involves having a student problem-solve how to use their body, mind and soul to convey meaning. Teachers have college degrees in dance or certificates in aerial arts or fitness techniques like Pilates. Calouche chooses faculty members who will support the growth of students through positive teaching methods and focused on the art of dance. “We have a very diverse staff,” Calouche said.

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DINING SCORES The Mecklenburg County Health Department inspected these restaurants July 20 to 26:

Lowest Scores • Qdoba Mexican Eats, 16631 Lancaster Hwy. – 91 Violations include: Employee didn't wash hands properly; chemical bottles stored on sinks; unwashed produce located over ready-to-eat foods; tea urn nozzle accumulated black soil residue; flip top prep unit at front counter wasn't working; kitchen had two flies.

28209 • 7-Eleven, 2601 South Blvd. – 95.5 • Bruegger's Bagel Bakery, 4327 Park Road – 94 • Caribou Coffee, 4327 Park Road – 99.5 • Chopt Creative Salad, 4125 Park Road – 97.5 • Harris Teeter (meat/ seafood), 2717 South Blvd. – 98.5 • Harris Teeter (produce), 2717 South Blvd. – 99.5 • Libretto's Pizzeria, 1600 E. Woodlawn Road – 91.5 • Portofino's Italian, 5126 Park Road – 96 • Reid's Fine Foods, 2823 Selwyn Ave. – 92.5 • Subway, 4323 Park Road – 97

• Urban Cookhouse, 1601 E. Woodlawn Road – 97

28210 • Barclay Downs Snack Bar, 2812 Inverness Road – 94 • McDonald's, 6428 Fairview Road – 93.5 • Phillips Place Cinema, 6911 Phillips Place Court – 97 • Waffle House, 501 Westinghouse Blvd. – 96.5

28211 • Auntie Anne's, 4400 Sharon Road – 96 • Chipotle Mexican Grill, 4400 Sharon Road – 97 • Donato's Pizzeria, 6555 Morrison Blvd. – 97.5 • Five Guys, 4400 Sharon Road – 96 • Food Lion (deli), 931 N. Wendover Road –95.5 • Fresh Chef, 2935 Providence Road – 92 • Harris Teeter (produce), 6701 Morrison Blvd. – 98 • McDonald's, 1035 N. Wendover Road – 95 • Namastay Kitchen & Hangout, 274 S. Sharon Amity Road – 95.5 • Passion Food Catering, 1636 Sardis Road N. – 99.5 • Starbucks, 4400 Sharon Road – 97.5 • Starbucks, 6701 Morrison Blvd. – 98

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28226 • Brooklyn Pizza Parlor, 7725 Colony Road – 95.5 • Harris Teeter (seafood/ meat), 5800 Old Providence Road – 99.5 • Harris Teeter (Starbucks), 7823 Colony Road – 98

28270 • Chopstick Chinese Restaurant, 9626 Monroe Road – 95 • Pizza Hut, 9614 Monroe Road – 97.5 • Providence Meadows, 4123 Kuykendall Road – 96.5 • The Southern Gourmet, 9101 Monroe Road – 97.5

28277 • Asian 1, 16646 Hawfield Way Drive – 93 • Ballantyne Hotel, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. – 95.5 • Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, 9820 Rea Road – 94 • The Butcher's Market, 8410 Rea Road – 98.5 • Lifetime Athletic Life Cafe, 112200 Golf Links Drive – 95 • Poke Bar, 9816 Rea Road – 98 • Qdoba Mexican Eats, 16631 Lancaster Hwy. – 91 • Sushiya Japan, 8200 Providence Road – 95.5 • Switchin Kitchens, 8025 Ardrey Kell Road – 98

what we ended up doing was completely different,” A.J. said. “We planned the first 30 days and I booked a couple of the cruises, but everything else we planned on the fly. I was booking flights maybe three days before we took the flight. We were not stuck on a schedule. If we liked something, we could stay longer.” “We did check (lodging) inventory beforehand to see what was available,” Natasha said. “Trans-Atlantic flights and cruises are what we did try to book in advance.” But one thing that was set in stone was they would visit countries during the warmer months, which made packing a little easier. “Our strategy was we wanted to see summer basically the whole trip,” A.J. said. “We started in the Northern Hemisphere and then visited the Southern Hemisphere.” “We never saw winter, but we did see cold,” Natasha said. “China was cold. Japan was cold.” The family had just two large checked bags and some carry-on items. They only bought new clothes when needed. And of course, they had a car seat and a stroller, and one bag of toys for Aarav. The only souvenirs they bought on the trip are magnets that nearly cover the couple’s refrigerator in their Charlotte home. The family also has around 20,000 photos and 1,000 videos from the trip. “We did not add to the suitcases,” Natasha said. “There was no shopping, and that was hard. The magnets are a memento.” Stops in Australia, India and Dubai to visit family provided a break for the couple and some downtime from the rigors of international travel. “We had fun with them,” A.J. said. Favorite Spots Spain would be one place the couple would return to for an extended visit. “The people are so nice and the people are amazing,” A.J. said. “I just love the laid-back lifestyle.” Patagonia, the Galapagos Islands and China were among the family’s top spots they visited but it was Iceland that really caught their eye. “Iceland is the best place for natural beauty,” A.J said. “We only spent five nights in Iceland, and I wish it was more. What we saw was beautiful. Iceland was unbelievable. The Galapagos Islands were amazing, especially the things we saw underwater.” But where was the best food? “The Chinese food is so different than the Chinese food here. It was unbelievable,” A.J said. “The food is nothing like you taste in the U.S.” Looking back, the couple is glad they traveled the world with their infant son. “We learned so much on this trip, and it wasn’t a piece of cake for sure, but it was so worth it,” A.J. said. “Life is short and you have to take advantage of it.”

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neighborhoods. It’s an opportunity for people to get together to do cookouts and other types of celebrations under that theme.” National Night Out is one of Mayor Pro Tem Julie Eiselt’s favorite events of the year. “It’s a great opportunity to get out into the neighborhoods,” Eiselt said. To celebrate Charlotte’s 250-year anniversary, the city will be getting more involved with the 100 various celebrations going on.

A.J. Ratani and Natasha Sandhir carry their son in the Forbidden City in Beijing.

“It is so amazing to experience it with your child,” Natasha said. “It wasn’t a sprint. It was more like a marathon. We paced ourselves.” Both A.J. and Natasha said they would like to take a similar trip every five to seven years. “We actually have a list for our next trip,” A.J said. “We only did the east coast of China and there is so much more to see in China. We want to work hard for five to seven years, then take a year off to recharge our batteries.” Before the family embarks on its next trip, they have decided to provide advice to other couples thinking about traveling the world with young children with a blog on Facebook and an Instagram account. The Facebook blog is titled: The 2 Idiots Blog. During their trip, the family used the hashtag #2idiots1baby on their social media posts. “Many people would say we wouldn’t last and they asked if we were two idiots,” A.J. said with a laugh. “We had so many people ask us, ‘what stroller do you recommend.’ Things like that. We want to let people know you can do this with young children. So, we kept that hashtag for the blog.” “We had so many people ask us about our experience,” Natasha said. Before leaving, the couple shifted all their bills to online payments and they had neighbors check on their house and check the mail just in case something important arrived. They also had to choose a wireless carrier carefully. “T-Mobile has free data in 140 countries and that really helped,” A.J. said. “We had access the whole time, even China.” It looks like that T-Mobile plan is going to come in handy in the future.

ON THE WEB Instagram: www.instagram. com/2idiotstravel Facebook: www.facebook. com/2idiotstravel “We’ll be engaging residents in one-onone conversations on what they would like to see Charlotte be over the next 250 years. We’ll be highlighting city services that may be important to them, and also doing a fun quiz trivia game from the past and the future,” Hazel said. “This is just one other way we’re really looking to actively engage our residents and be more coordinated as an organization so we can do that.” Visit and search “National Night Out” to find a celebration going on near you.

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size of the original location and offers an expanded men’s section, as well as furniture and active wear. There’s also a grab-and-go food area served by Community Table Bistro, where customers can buy cold drinks, Vietnamese coffee, salads, sandwiches, frozen dinners and desserts. Community Table Bistro is a culinary training division of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont that was first launched at the Opportunity Campus in 2016. It provides hands-on job training for Goodwill clients, while offering healthy, homemade food and drinks to campus visitors. Barbara Maida-Stolle, Goodwill’s chief business officer, said the GW boutique did so well at the Opportunity Campus that officials decided to expand the brand to reach even more customers. They chose South End based on the close proximity to the LYNX Blue Line, the young and hip demographic and the increase in new apartments, shopping, breweries and restaurants in the area. Aside from trendier clothing, the biggest difference between GW and Goodwill is how the stores are set up. GW’s design and layout looks more like a specialty store with color blocking, style stories and pairings, and a variety of home décor items. “You could find the same brands at our typical Goodwill stores, you just have to shop a little harder,” Maida-Stolle said. “GW is presented in a much more neater and cleaner way.” Lori Terrell, of east Charlotte, said she




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Duke QB has plenty of options Former Charlotte Latin star has player of the year potential by Paul Nielsen

CHARLOTTE – Linebacker Joe Giles-Harris will anchor the Duke defense this fall but the Blue Devils’ junior singled out quarterback Daniel Jones as the team’s leader during ACC Media Days on July 18 in Charlotte. And rightly so. Jones has gone from being a two-star recruit out of Charlotte Latin to one of the top quarterbacks in the country. Jones (6foot-5, 220-pounds), who passed for 2,691 yards and 14 touchdowns while rushing for 518 yards and seven touchdowns last

season, has already been named to several preseason watch lists for the top player and the top quarterback in the country. Giles-Harris and Jones were the two Duke players chosen by head coach David Cutcliffe to participate in media days. Jones , who was 257-for-453 passing a year ago, also attended the event as a red-shirt sophomore in 2017. “He is a consistent leader,” Giles-Harris said. “The best thing about him is he’s a smart kid who works his butt off in the film room day in and day out. There are days where I will be leaving our facilities and Daniel has been in there after school or whatever.

“Daniel has been in there since like 8:00 in the morning and it’s like 10:00 at night and he is still watching film. You kind of look at him and you are saying, ‘Hey, how much are you going to watch, how much can you get.’ It’s always a little bit more. He never short ends anything, he never backdoors anything. He always gives his all.” Duke had an up-and-down season a year ago, starting 4-0 before dipping to 4-6 after six-straight losses. But the Blue Devils rebounded to end the season with three-straight wins, including a 36-14 win

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Boys Tennis Super Team Alex Bitter, Providence Day The sophomore has already ascended to the top of the Chargers rotation and has proven he can live up the pressure. The two-star recruit is ranked as the state’s 24th best player in the Class of 2020, and the all-state selection is only getting better. Sam Dean, Myers Park Dean was spectacular for the runner-up Mustangs. Playing No. 2, the junior went 18-0 in singles during the regular season. He was a 4A singles qualifier. He is ranked No. 8 in the Class of 2018 and listed among the top 300 players in the nation by Mark Dillon, Myers Park Dillon was the leader of the 4A Western Regional champs. He placed second in the state in the individual tournament, and went 15-1 in singles play and 5-0 in doubles. The South Charlotte Weekly Player of the Year is ranked third in the Class of 2019 and No. 201 in the country. Charlie Fox, Myers Park The senior had a memorable final year. He helped the Mustangs win the region by going 15-1 in singles play and 7-0 in doubles. Fox also teamed with Charlie Reiney to advance to the quarterfinals of the 4A individual tournament.

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Dillon's tennis prowess preserves family, school legacies by Andrew Stark

CHARLOTTE – One of Mark Dillon’s favorite things about playing Court 1 for one of the state’s best teams is that he’s representing his school. To Dillon, that means more than it would to most Mustangs. His uncle played Court 1 for the Mustangs in the 1970s, and his father, Mark Sr., helped Myers Park win consecutive state championships during the 1977 and 1978 seasons. Mark Sr. also won the 1978 NCHSAA individual singles title. More recently, Dillon’s older and middle brothers have

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played for the Mustangs. So, it’s very important that Dillon not only carry on the family tradition, but also the Mustangs-rich tradition of success. “I’m the fourth Dillon to play on Court 1 and it’s pretty neat,” he said. “I’ve watched my older brothers play on this court and they’ve all come out to watch me play, so it’s just neat to carry on the tradition. And it’s nice and a good responsibility to be the number one player, but it doesn’t really matter if you’re playing one or six because every point counts. At the same time it’s great being at one and representing Myers Park.” And through his junior season, he’s doing just fine with that.

Matthew Gooch, Carmel Christian Just a sophomore, Gooch has been a huge part of two of the Cougars three consecutive NCISAA 2A titles. This season the all-state selection went 11-0 in singles play. Gooch is ranked No. 12 in Class of 2020 by

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Catholic golf star was cut from team as freshman by Paul Nielsen

CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Catholic golfer Drew Hackett has come a long way in a short time. Back in spring 2016, Hackett didn’t even make the Catholic golf team, but that didn’t deter the rising senior. Hackett made the cut as a sophomore in 2017 but was anywhere from Hackett the No. 4 to 6 in the Cougars’ lineup. This past spring was a totally different story. Hackett was solid from the first match to the last. He dominated during Southern Carolina Conference play before helping Catholic

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He led the Mustangs to their seventh state championship as a sophomore in 2017 with a pair of matches that sum up how Dillon approaches tennis and what it means to play for the Mustangs. Dillon matched up with Northwestern commit Trice Pickens, the No. 1 ranked player in the Class of 2018, who beat him handedly in a 6-2, 6-1 defeat that had the Mustangs down 4-2 and one loss away from losing the match. Undeterred, Dillon teamed with Sam Dean to defeat Pickens and his teammate 10-8 in a back-and-forth tense match.

Dillon Gooch, Carmel Christian The all-state senior hasn’t lost a high school match in three seasons. This year, the UNC Wilmington signee led the Cougars to their third straight state title, and the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly Player of the Year was 12-0 in singles play, is ranked No. 3 in the state in the Class of 2018 and No. 129 nationally.


to the school’s first golf state championship in 14 years after a fourth-place overall individual finish at the NCHSAA Class 3A championship. For his efforts, Hackett is the South Charlotte Weekly Boys’ Golfer of the Year. “It’s a neat story,” Catholic boys golf coach Shawn Panther said. “I will be using his story for years to come. He now has Division I colleges talking to him. This was a rewarding experience as a coach to see the growth in his game. “Solid is a great word for it. You look through his scores for the whole year, never had a nine-hole round in the 40s. He came through for us every week in the conference matches. He came through for us in the big matches.”

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Hackett fired a sizzling 3-under 69 to win the SCC title on the difficult layout at Firethorne Country Club in Marvin. He followed that up with a third-place finish at the Class 3A-West regional. Hackett then fired a 76-74 150 6-over par for a fourth-place finish at the state meet to help Charlotte Catholic to a 19-shot victory in the school’s first golf state championship since 2004. Hackett was 3-under on his last eight holes in the final round at the state tournament. Hackett had a simple explanation for his improved play this past spring. “I practiced a ton,” Hackett said. “Every day that I had a chance, even if it was


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Luke McClelland, Country Day McClelland hasn’t lost a match in three seasons, and this year the three-time allNCISAA selection went 17-0 playing at No. 1 and was 16-2 in doubles. McClelland led the Bucs to their fourth straight championship.

The Mustangs would go on to win all three doubles matches and wrap up the season 21-0 and with the state title. Dillon calls it the greatest moment of his career. Myers Park coach Ed Flynn says it’s just how his star responds to adversity. “His mental strength is great, but he’s an all-court athlete and he’s got a strong mental game that you don’t see that often,” Flynn said. “He’s got that approach where he puts bad points behind him and can easily move on to the next point. During his sophomore and junior years he’s been our (number one player) and the guy that sets the tone. He’s always had the mentality of being a one, though.” Despite losing starters Flynn Stover and Christopher Williams from that team, Dillon and his mates wanted to repeat like his father had done nearly 40 years earlier. The Mustangs came as close as they could get, going 17-1 with their only loss coming against Enloe in the championship final. “It’s was great to go undefeated and I think we won 38 matches in a row, so it was great to get there again and show that we could still get there and were a strong team, even though we did lose a couple of players,” Dillon said. “It is more difficult to repeat what we did last year, but we still had a great season that we’re proud of.” Dillon’s individual season went well, too. He went 15-1 in singles play and 5-0 in doubles. He won the conference and regional titles by defeating Dean, his teammate and doubles partner, got to the finals of the NCHSAA 4A individual championship and is the 2018 South Charlotte Weekly Boys Tennis Player of the Year. “I was proud of my season,” he said. “I had a great tournament run. I beat a D-I commit going to Bucknell (Lake Norman’s Ryan Jurist) in the semis and I had to

Charlie Reiney, Myers Park Reiney qualified for the 4A doubles tournament with teammate Charlie Fox and they advanced together to the second round. But Reiney was also a star singles player for the runner up Mustangs as he went 16-1 in singles and 23-1 overall. Bennett Turner, Country Day The NCISAA 3A champs were loaded with talent including Turner. The sophomore earned all-state honors after going 14-2 in singles play and 16-2 in doubles. The Bucs No.2 is ranked 13th in the state in the Class of 2020. Kaelan Van Cleef, Country Day The freshman made a huge impact on the state champions already potent lineup. Van Cleef went 17-0 in singles play on lines three and four and was 15-2 in doubles play this year. The four-star recruit is ranked No. 8 in the N.C. Class of 2021 and within the top 275 nationally. Second Team: Johnny Bingham, Country Day; Walker Browne, Myers Park; Jonathan Lee, Ardrey Kell; Patrick Meehan, Providence; Nikhil Nayar, Ardrey Kell; Tarun Prakash, Country Day; Ben Richards, Myers Park; Ethan Scheper, Providence; Payton Smith, South Meck; Alec Strause, Carmel Christian

grind that one out. I played an incredible player in the finals (Pickens again) and I was gassed, so he took me out. But it was great to represent Myers Park in the state finals because those are fewer and far between.” Dillon has another year with teammates Dean, Charlie Reiney and Ben Richards, along with a host of guys capable and ready to step into larger roles. But first, there’s the recruiting process. Dillon is a 4.0 student, a member of the Dream Team and a heck of a tennis player who has ranked as a fourstar recruit and the No. 3 player in the state and within the top 200 players nationally. He has interest from schools like Davidson, Duke, Harvard, N.C. State, Penn and Vanderbilt. Dillon also has other academic ventures possibly in the works and wants to go to a good business school. “Recruiting is stressful and complicated because there’s an academic aspect, a financial aspect and an athletic aspect to it,” he said. “It’s great to be recognized for all of the hard work you put in, but it does get complicated and tricky, too.” Dillon is in no rush to decide on where he’ll play in college, but he is excited to return for one more season atop the Mustang lineup. “It would be great to take another title,” he said. “We will lose two starters, but our one through nine players are very, very similar so we can have two or three guys fill in. That should make us even stronger than last year. I think we have a shot to do it and win it all.” Flynn said with Dillon leading his talented teammates, anything is possible. “He handles it all so well,” Flynn said. “It’s sad that he’s going to be a senior next year. It’s been a really nice luxury to have someone of his caliber around to lead us. It’s a team sport, and he understands that, because he just has a really high tennis IQ and is a great player and leader for us.”

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CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Independence pro soccer team will face off with the current Liga MX Champions Club Santos Laguna S.A. de C.V. in an international friendly match on Sept. 5 at the Sportsplex at Matthews. Santos Laguna is reigning Champions of Liga MX Clausura in the top division of the Mexican Football Federation. A six-time League Champion, Santos Laguna is based out of Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico and plays home matches at Territorio Santos Modelo, home to Estadio Corona. Not only does the team average a league title once every five years – the most of any Mexican club – Santos Laguna holds the record for most goals scored in CONCACAF Champions League with 120. “This game is a great opportunity for players to play a game against a top International club,” said Independence head coach Mike Jeffries. “I am really happy for the organization and our players. It will be a day where we hope to get an incredible turnout and make it a really fun evening.” “We’re looking forward to knowing Charlotte, which is a new territory for us, and using the international break to keep our competition level high by playing against the Char-

The Charlotte Independence has generated good crowds this season. They will host an international squad for the first time at the Sportsplex at Matthews. Photo courtesy of Charlotte Independence

NFL team’s sale prompts $30M gift CHARLOTTE – Foundation For The Carolinas has announced a $30 million contribution by Derick Springsteen Close to the Springsteen Foundation, a donor-advised fund held at FFTC. The gift follows the sale of the Carolina Panthers to David Tepper for a record $2.275 billion. The initial $30 million gift represents a sizeable percentage of the total proceeds that Close, a limited partner in the team, realized from the sale. “Derick Close is a generous philanthropist who is making a significant impact on our region,” said Michael Marsicano, president and CEO of Foundation For The Carolinas. “We are grateful for Derick’s magnanimity. His gift will benefit our community for many years to come.” Close, on behalf of DSC Football LLC, was among an 11-member group of limited partners at the time of the sale. Close was an initial


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raining, I would go out and spend hours at the range, on the course working on my game. I spent a lot of time on the putting green later in the year and my coach (Panther) gave me a few tips. My putting struggled (as a sophomore) and that kept me from shooting good scores.” Hackett carded four birdies and one bogey in winning the conference tournament and that victory gave him even more confidence. “That was a confidence booster,” Hackett said. “When I broke 70, that gave me the confidence that I could do well at regionals and at state.” Panther said Hackett’s consistency from tee to green and his mental toughness led to his success on the course last season. “The biggest strength of his game was that he didn’t

Boys Golf Super Team Austin Brooks, Carmel Christian Brooks tied for seventh place at the NCISAA 2A championships with rounds of 78 and 75 for a two-day 153. The all-state selection is still just a sophomore and has a bright future for the Cougars. Colin Browning, Providence Browning was the Panthers' best and most consistent golfer this season. He showed why at the end-of-year matches. Browning fired a 73 to tie for fifth in the Western Regional. He bounced back from a 78 to shoot 74 and finished tied for 16th in the state with a two-day score of 152. Graham Chase, Ardrey Kell Chase had a great season for the Knights, finishing tied for 12th in the Western Regional after a round of 76. Chase followed that up with rounds of 74 and 77 for a two-day 151 that left him tied for 11th at the state championship. Thomas Eubanks, Myers Park The top golfer on traditionally one of the best teams in the state, Eubanks played great all year. After shooting a 74 to finish tied for 12th in the region. He took third in the state with rounds of 75 and 71 leaving him with a two-day 146. Drew Hackett, Charlotte Catholic The 3A champion Cougars relied heavily on Hackett and he delivered when it mattered most. The South Charlotte Weekly Player of the Year shot a 74 to tie for third in the region, but carded rounds of 76 and 74 to tie for fourth at the state championship with a two-day score of 150. Luke Hackworth, Myers Park Hackworth is another of the Mustang power hitters who had a phenomenal season. This year,

have a weakness,” Panther said. “He wasn’t my best driver of the golf ball, and he probably isn’t my best putter on the team. But he has a very mature game. He just didn’t have a bad day and when I plugged him into the lineup, I knew I was going to get the midto high 30s. He performed beyond my expectations. It’s been a pleasant surprise on how much he has improved.” Hackett will be one of four returning players next spring and that means Catholic will be a favorite to repeat as state champions. “I have high expectations for Drew, I have high expectations for the team,” Panther said. Hackett doesn’t have any scholarships offers yet, but UNC Wilmington, Davidson and James Madison are showing interest. He knows a solid senior year could expand the list of interested college programs. he tied for fourth in the region by shooting a 72. He closed the season with a two-day 151 that placed him tied for 11th in the state. Jack Hart, Charlotte Catholic Hart was consistently at the top of the leaderboard for the NCHSAA 3A champs. At the regional championship, Hart carded a 74 to tie for third. The next weekend he shot a 152 (77, 75) to tie for seventh and help the Cougars raise their championship. Jack Heath, Charlotte Catholic Heath was the third member of the state champs to finish within the top six in the region and among the top 15 at the state. He shot a 75 at the regional championship to tie for sixth and secured big points for the Cougars with his two-day score of 154 (76, 78) that tied him for 13th. Austin Sharrett, Charlotte Latin Sharrett shot a par 72 in the opening round of the NCISAA championship to lead all area golfers. Although his second roung of 80 dropped the Hawks star into a tie for 13th place, he still was the top 3A golfer and wrapped up consistent season for Latin. Cameron Whitney, Ardrey Kell Whitney had a Day 1 lead at the NCHSAA championship, but ended up finishing fourth in the state with a two-day score of 147 to lead a talented Ardrey Kell team. The sophomore also tied with 12th in the region after a round of 76. Second team: Josh Barnett, Providence; Rex Brietz, Myers Park; Connor Helms, United Faith; Clark Kistler, Ardrey Kell; Pearse Lucas, Myers Park: Ben McCartney, Charlotte Christian; Wyatt Nabatoff, Charlotte Latin; Clay Nelson, Ardrey Kell; Will Sleeper, Charlotte Catholic; Zane Sullivan, Ardrey Kell

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over Northern Illinois in the Quick Lane Bowl. Jones was named the Most Valuable Player in the bowl victory after passing for 252 yards and rushing for 86 yards. He said the late surge last fall has carried over to preparations for the 2018 season. “I think as a team it was important for us to kind of find a way to right the ship and finish the season strong last year,” Jones said. “That was a valuable experience for all of us to go through that. I think that will be big for us going into the season. Duke quarterback Daniel Jones addresses the media at ACC Media Days on July “You know, as a quarterback, you 18 in Charlotte. Paul Nielsen/SCW photo learn a lot in that situation, and being in a similar position this off season as I was last season. You continue to grow, (6-4, 240) and Mark Birmingham (6- accomplish in that regard.” Duke opens the season Aug. 31 4, 245) are also expected to contribute. continue to learn.” Jones will have plenty of targets at Helm, Koppenhaver and Gray com- when they host Army in Durham. wide receiver. Senior T.J Rahming bined for seven touchdowns, forming (5-10, 170) returns after making 65 the only tight end trio in the ACC with Duke players from catches for 795 yards and two touch- multiple receiving touchdowns each. Cutcliffe said the depth at tight end south Charlotte downs last season, while senior Johnathan Lloyd (6-0, 190) had 39 catches is the best he has ever had as a head Elijah Deveaux RB So. 6-0 215 Charlotte Christian for 367 yards and one touchdown. coach. “Daniel Helm, boy, does he look Xander Gagnon LB So. 6-4 230 Chris Taylor (25-332-1) and Aaron Young (16-219-1) will enter fall camp good,” Cutcliffe said. “Our guys are Charlotte Catholic go-to guys. They are situational guys, Elijah Brown DT Fr. 6-4 305 battling for the third spot at receiver. Duke is also strong at tight end with but they are go-to guys. We’ve got Providence Day Twazanga Mugala DT Jr. 6-3 250 three Times senior Syndication receivers andSales two senior four returning letter winners. Redshirt The New York Corporation tight ends. We’ve gotYork, backsN.Y. that 10018 can Ardrey Kell 620 Eighth Avenue, New seniors Daniel Helm (6-4, 225) and DaFor Information Call: 1-800-972-3550 vis Koppenhaver (6-4, 240) anchor the run routes and catch the ball. I’m anx- Daniel Jones QB Jr. 6-5 220 For Release January ious to getTuesday, started and see what30, we2018 can Charlotte Latin position, while sophomores Noah Gray

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