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AK Sports Report (November 18-23)

By Brian Knab, 11/17/19, 3:00PM EST





(November 18-23, 2019)

The Winter Sports season is upon us with regular season competition starting this week!  Our AK Winter teams have been working hard in pre-season preparation and are looking forward to a great season……best of luck to our Knights on a strong beginning to the Winter season!  Meanwhile, Football continued as the only Fall Sport still in action with their 1st Round Home Playoff victory this past Friday!  Looking forward to another exciting, action-packed sports week ahead!



  • FOOTBALL:  AK Football opened up play in the NCHSAA 4AA State Playoffs this past Friday, hosting Independence in a rematch of a regular season matchup.  The Knights were once again victorious over the Patriots, earning their 11th Win of the season by a final score of 25-17.  AK will travel to #4 Seed Myers Park this Friday for Round 2, as only 16 teams remain in 4AA.  We need a big road crowd to support our Knights…….LET’S GO AK NATION!
    • 11/22 – #5 AK @ #4 Myers Park – 2nd Round 4AA State Playoffs (7:30 PM)



  • MEN’S BASKETBALLAK Men’s Basketball starts off the season with two non-conference opponents this week, taking on Charlotte Catholic in a tough road test before the Home opener on Thursday.  Looking forward to seeing THE CASTLE rocking again for Home Basketball this season!
    • 11/18 – @ Charlotte Catholic
      • JV – 4:30 PM
      • Varsity – 7:30 PM
    • 11/21 – @ Home vs. East Meck
      • JV – 4:30 PM
      • Varsity – 7:30 PM


  • WOMEN’S BASKETBALLAK Women’s Basketball also begins this season with non-conference match-ups against Charlotte Catholic and East Meck.  Good luck to our Lady Knights as they look for a strong start to the season!
    • 11/18 – @ Charlotte Catholic
      • JV – 3:30 PM
      • Varsity – 6:00 PM
    • 11/21 – @ Home vs. East Meck
      • JV – 3:30 PM
      • Varsity – 6:00 PM


  • MEN’S & WOMEN’S SWIM & DIVEAK Swim & Dive looks to come off the blocks strong to start the season, as they host non-conference opponents Butler and East Meck in Swimming on Monday.  Diving will also be in action this week for the opening skills meet on Saturday.  Good luck to the Aqua Knights in their season opener!
    • 11/18 – Swim Meet vs. Butler, East Meck @ Providence HS Pool (6:00 PM)
    • 11/23 – Diving Skill Meet @ HFFA (9:00 AM)


  • WRESTLINGAK Wrestling opens their season with a big SoMeck 7 Conference dual match @ Home this Wednesday.  Come out and support the Knights as they look to protect the home mats!  AK will also compete in their first tournament of the year on Saturday.  Good luck men!
    • 11/20 – Dual Match @ Home vs. South Meck (6:30 PM)
    • 11/23 – Rumble at the Ridge Tournament @ Marvin Ridge (9:00 AM)



  • Fall College Signing Period Ceremony
    • Congratulations to the following Senior student-athletes that were celebrated this past week for committing to continue their academic and athletic careers at the inter-collegiate level!
      • Jadyn Barry (Volleyball) – UNC-Wilmington
      • Jake Cunningham (Baseball) – UNC-Charlotte
      • Mya Duggan (Volleyball) – UNC-Wilmington
      • Julia Haines (Volleyball) – Anderson University
      • Sania McCoy (Volleyball) – East Carolina University
      • Evan Miller (Women’s Basketball) – UNC-Wilmington


  • 2019-2020 Head Coaches Contact Information


  • 2019-2020 Season Passes & AK Athletic Boosters Membership
  • 2019-2020 Season Passes and AKABC Membership are now available for purchase through Huddle GoFan digital ticketing.Season passes get admission to all Home regular season athletic events throughout the year.Please visit the link below to get started and ready to cheer your Knights on all season long!


  • Official Ardrey Kell On-line Spirit Wear Store
    • Visit the official on-line spirit wear store for the Ardrey Kell Knights and get decked out in some great gear to support your Knights for the upcoming season.New gear for the 2019-2020 school year is now available and you can customize your gear with almost endless design options!Visit the link below or click on the banner on our main athletic web-page on the CMSathleticzone site.


  • 2019-2020 AK Athletic Forms Page
    • Be sure to visit the AK Athletic Forms page on our CMSathleticzone web-site to get all the information needed for athletic participation, including the AK on-line athletic pre-participation packet, which is required for all student-athletes.Link to the page is provided below.


  • Also, be sure to frequently view our AK Athletics Master Calendar (Google Calendar) embedded on this page.It is always kept up to date and revised with schedule changes as we move through the season.


  • Student-Athlete Scholarship Opportunities
    • NCHSAA Scholarships:
      • ATTN Senior Student-Athletes!The NCHSAA offers many opportunities for different scholarships they award.The application period has begun for many of them.Please visit the below link to the NCHSAA web-site if you are interested in learning more about the scholarships available and to apply.


  • Liz Murray Scholarship (sponsored by the Hood Hargett Breakfast Club) – ATTN Senior student-athletes, link provided below to apply.  The Hood Hargett Breakfast Club awards a monthly scholarship throughout the school year, with the first application deadline September 3rd.  Once your application is submitted, it will remain in the applicant pool for each month for the remainder of the school year.  AK has a strong history of winners…..let’s keep it going!  Click link below for more information and contact the athletic director if any questions:


November Community Spotlight - Perma Trak, Jason and Nicole Philbin

Last month Jason and Nicole Philbin, whose 2 sons both graduated from AK, donated and provided a Cross Country and Track Records Board located in the end zone of the stadium for all to see.  Jason Philbin said, "Our goal for providing the XC and Track records board was to bring attention to the sport/program as well as recognizing success and inspiring future success. This was a way to give back to AK for the wonderful experience both our boys had by participating in the XC and Track programs throughout their high school career."

The Philbins are another AK sponsor that comes from within our school family.  Originally from Louisville, KY, Jason Philbin went to Trinity High School, which is an all male Catholic school, and ran cross country and track all 4 years. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a masters in Civil Engineering and married his wife Nicole right after graduating in 1993, earning his registration as a professional engineer in Dayton, Ohio soon after that.

Jason remembers, "In 1997 we moved to Charlotte. Our sons were just beginning at AK when we started our company PermaTrak in 2010. Perma Trak designs and manufacturers concrete boardwalk systems and to date we have developed 2 patents."

Jason is still an avid runner and the Philbin family feels strongly about continuing to support running at AK though the donation of a records board. He now participates in Iron Man triathlons and qualified and participated in the Worlds Championship in 2019 in Nice, France. 

Jason reports, "AK prepared our boys well for the future, socially as well as academically. Coach Knab and Principal Switzer were very supportive and easy to work with. We also appreciated the friendships, support and the participation of the athletes and their families. We encourage future AK athletes to reach for the stars."


AK Corporate Partners

A special thank you to our AK Corporate Sponsors.  Your support helps AKHS provide our student-athletes with the best interscholastic athletic experience for our deserving student-athletes!  Please thank the following area businesses and corporate sponsors for their commitment to Knights Athletics during the 2019-2020 school-year by supporting their businesses. 

Pulte Homes

The White Group – Keller Williams Realty

Carolina’s Center for Oral & Facial Surgery

Shake Shack at Blakeney 


Nothing But Noodles

True Craft Pizza at Stonecrest


Atrium Health

Jersey Mike's at Stonecrest  

City BBQ

Tropical Smoothie

Domino’s Pizza

Ted’s Montana Grill

Becca Rouse Photography, LLC

Lifetime Fitness

Qdoba Mexican Eats

BSN Sports

Rita’s Italian Ice

Circle K

Firebird’s Wood-Fired Grill

Chic-Fil-A at Blakeney

Hickory Tavern

Providence Country Club

Ballantyne Country Club

Beamer Sports Photography

Atrium Health (for Head Athletic Trainer)

OrthoCarolina (for Asst. Athletic Trainer)

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