Week of October 25

Men’s soccer battled through horrible weather to play their final regular season game and ended with another win.  After falling behind 0-1, the Knights ended the night with 4 goals.  Goal scorers on the evening were senior Mitchell Tucci, junior Nick Nowick, senior Andreas Racziu and junior Jake Magnuson.  With his 23rd goal on the season, Jake Magnuson broke the school record for the most goals scored in a single season! Lake Norman Charter finished 2nd in the South Piedmont 3A Conference and earned a 2-seed in the state playoffs.

The Knights defeated South Rowan High School 6-1. Senior Andreas Racziu and junior Nick Nowick each scored 2 goals and junior Jake Magnuson and sophomore Richard King each scored 1 goal.  With the win, the Knights moved to 13-4-1 overall and 11-2 in the conference.

The last game of the season ended much like the first; the student section was hyped, the game was close and the deciding factor occurred in the last few seconds of the fourth quarter for the 11 seniors who graced the field one last time as a brotherhood of Knights.

Brent Ryerson caused the first turnover of the game which enhanced spirits after Mountain Island had an interesting lateral pass on a kick return from the receiver to another player. Brent had an incredible game of running the ball, scoring the first touchdown and tackling any Raptor coming down the field.

LNC quarterback Cameron Ryerson worked diligently to get his team on the scoreboard after the Raptors scored a touchdown and extra point using Avery Wilkerson Jr and his brother Brent Ryerson to help him gain the yards needed. He threw the touchdown pass to Brent Ryerson to tie the score in the 2nd quarter. After the Raptors second score of the night, Cameron moved the ball down the field and Anthony Ryerson ran the Knights' second touchdown into the endzone. Duncan Schneible, the calm, cool and collected kicking sensation gained the extra point to tie the game 14-14. The score gave each of the Ryerson triplets a touchdown in the books.

The Raptors answered with a touchdown and extra point to bring the score to 21-14. Cameron Ryerson coolly moved the ball down the field to end the drive with a touchdown run from Ronnie Massingale to tie the game 21-21.

The Raptors quickly threw a touchdown pass down the field to move the score to 28-14, but leader Cameron Ryerson threw his own down-the-field pass to Jackson Ellington, who scored the Knights' third touchdown. This time Coach McKay called for the two-point conversion to stop the back and forth between man and beast in the match up between the Knights and the Raptors. Aidan Albury caught the pass from Cameron Ryerson and the score moved in the direction the Knights wanted with a score of 29-28.

Defensively, Lake Norman Charter used seniors on both side of the ball - Brent Ryerson, Ronnie Massingale, Avery Wilkenson Jr and Aidan Albury - for stops against the powerful Raptor offense. Cole Rogers, Quincy McKay, Clayton Adams, Tyler Price, Myles Scott, Mark Alkins, Drew Hendrickson and Jackson Ellington are the underclassmen who played the ironman game of their life to attempt the upset at Mountain Island Charter's homefield. Seniors Evan Blackman and Duncan Schneible consistently broke up plays alongside sophomore Nio Espinosa.

Unfortunately, beast prevailed in the last 36 seconds of the game when Mountain Island Charter's pass resulted in a game-winning touchdown. The Knights gallantly fought hard every second and played an incredibly close game defying the expectations that the matchup would be a blow out with the heavily-favored rival prevailing easily.

What an amazing day for the high school cross country teams! This was the first time since 2016 that BOTH men's and ladies' teams had won a regional title. This is also the 5th time the men and 5th time the women have been regional champions in school history (12 years as a program).

The men took to the course first and ran strong from the gun. Braden Bole led the way for the men from the very start with teammates Javon Taylor, Aidan Mutongi and Cooper Wozniak not far behind going into mile 1. Brady Rowland, Kris Chambers and Carter Bole all stuck together through that first mile and were not too far behind our front 4 to help keep the Knights in contention. It was at mile 2 that it started to look like the men had locked up a spot to qualify to go to the state championship (had to finish top 5 as a team), but at the same time it looked like they could finish anywhere from 1st through 3rd (competing with Atkins and South Rowan). With 75 meters to go, it looked more and more like they had the regional title won. Braden was the top runner to cross the line for the Knights in a 7th place finish and teammate Javon was only 6 seconds behind running a BIG PR, taking 9th place. Aidan was the third runner to break 18 minutes (and new season best) on this challenging course and was only one spot out of the top 10. Closing out the scoring were Cooper and Brady while Carter was the 6th runner (running a new PR) and Kris closing it out. Both Carter and Kris were ahead of South Rowan and Atkins #5 runner which helped push their score a little higher.

Congratulations to Braden Bole and Javon Taylor for earning All-Region Honors!

About 20 minutes later, the ladies' team took to the course. They ran just as they did at the conference championship.....relaxed and strong. Coming into mile 1, the top 4 women were in the top 13 and our entire top 7 was in the top 40 (103 women total in the race). As the race progressed, the ladies kept on moving up. Going into mile 2, the ladies' top 4 were in the top 10 and the #5-7 were in the top 30. Lily Yampolsky crossed the line in first place, earning herself 3A Midwest Regional Champion. Not far behind her were teammates Megan Rinehardt (4th), Jenna Peterson (7th) and Megan Wozniak (9th - new season best). The fifth and final scoring runner was Sophie Powers with a season best time. Sofia Moreta was the #6 woman to finish (running about a 30 second PR) and Morgan Tartal finished up the Knights' great day with a new PR as well. The ladies' team scored an impressive 44 points to take home the regional championship.

Congratulations to Lily Yampolsky, Megan Rinehardt, Jenna Peterson and Megan Wozniak for earning All-Region Honors!

Once again, great job to both teams. Next up is the 3A State Championship on Saturday at Ivey Redmond in Kernersville.