Week of October 18

Congratulations to the cross country team on a great championship meet! The boys' team placed 4th with Stephen Parker taking the 1st place championship win in 10:46. Devin Chiu was another strong team member, placing in 12:35, Sriswaroop Koundinya in 3rd in 12:57, Gabe White in 13:01 and Noah Pate in 13:32.

Congratulations to Skye Yampolsky who was 10th overall female in 12:36. Mikayla Freeland, our second team member came in 14:14, Praaisha Meta in 14:25, Karalyn King in 14:25 and Daianah Racziu in 14:37. The girls' team placed 7th.

Our season closes with great time improvements for everyone. Congratulations; Coach Lingor and Coach McCarthy are very proud of you!

The Lady Knights defeated Central Cabarrus in the first round of the conference tournament in 3 sets with scores of 25-14, 25-10, 25-6.

It is not an easy course, but the runners came ready for the challenge and came away with some good performances.

The JV race started the day with both the boys and girls taking to the course together. The Knights ended up taking 1st place on the boys and girls side of the JV race with Truitt Evely taking the boys race and Caroline Peterson winning the girls race. As a team, the boys JV had 6 athletes in the top 7 spots (almost a perfect score).

The day continued with the men's varsity. We knew coming into the day that South Rowan was our competition, and we gave them everything we had. A few of our athletes were not satisfied with their overall finish, but we will come back more focused and ready for them at regionals. Brady Rowland had the race of the day for LNC as he not only was our 4th runner to cross the line but he also ran a 22-second PR. While the 1-5 split was only 34 seconds, we need to just get a bit faster on the next two courses with also keeping that time spread. As the results came in, it was confirmed that South Rowan did just enough to hold us off as the Knights took a respectable 2nd place.

The final race of the day was the ladies' varsity. Our Lady Knights took a conservative approach for the first mile and by the time they hit mile 2, they had the top 4 spots in Lily Yampolsky, Jenna Peterson, Megan Rinehardt and Megan Wozniak. A small pack of Sophie Powers, Morgan Tartal and Sofia Moreta were all together for the first 1.5 miles solidifying our position of 1st place with a mile to go. As our girls crossed the finish line, we claimed the top 4 places (Yampolsky, Peterson, Rinehardt and Wozniak) and Powers closed out our scoring by finishing 5th for us. The ladies' first place finish marked the first time since 2017 that a men or women's team claimed a conference title.

The top 11 finishers in the varsity races were named to the All-Conference team and we ended up with 7 athletes being named All-Conference: Braden Bole, Aidan Mutongi, Javon Taylor, Lily Yampolsky, Jenna Peterson, Megan Rinehardt and Megan Wozniak. In addition to earning All-Conference honors, Lily also was named Womens' Runner of the Year for the conference.

We are now down to just 2 more meets left in our season with the 3A Midwest Regional coming up on Saturday October 30 at Salisbury Community Park.

Men's Results

Ladies' Results

The men's team notched its 4th win in a row with a score of 4-0 against West Rowan High School. After another slow start and with only 1 goal in the first half, the Knights persevered and tacked on 3 goals more late in the 2nd half. Goal scorers were junior Jake Magnuson, junior Nick Nowick, senior Andreas Racziu and senior Mitchell Tucci. Goalkeeper junior Chas Hawley recorded another shut out with 2 saves while the Knights defense allowed only three shots on goal. With the win, LNC moves to 12-4-1 overall and 10-2 in the league play and remains in 2nd place in the South Piedmont 3A Conference.

The Knights traveled to East Rowan High School and brought home a 5-0 win. After a slow start to the game, senior Arie Conder and junior Jake Magnuson scored 1 goal each while senior Andreas Racziu got the ball in the back of the net for 3 goals. The Knights did not allow East Rowan a single shot on goal.