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AK Sports Report (December 16-21)

By Brian Knab, 12/15/19, 3:30PM EST





(December 16-21, 2019)

Only one school week left in the Year of 2019!  We are all excited for the upcoming Winter Break and Holidays, and it’s also a great time to reflect on another great year at AK for our athletic programs.  We are very proud of all our student-athletes and coaches for many great accomplishments again this year and for how you represent our community as Knights!  Good luck to our Winter teams this coming week as we head into the break!



  • November Student-Athletes of the Month
    • Male: Congratulations to Senior Men’s Basketball player Davidson Hubbard on being named AK Athletics Male Student-Athlete of the Month for November!
    • Female: Congratulations to Junior Women’s Cross Country runner Giselle Russi on being named AK Athletics Female Student-Athlete of the Month for November!



  • MEN’S BASKETBALLAK Men’s Basketball kept things rolling this past week, starting with two victories at Home to win the 3rd Annual Hickory Tavern/Chick-fil-A Blakeney Classic.  The Knights then opened SoMeck 7 Conference play with a big win over South Meck, moving their overall record to 8-1, 1-0 in conference play.  This week, conference play continues to ramp up with two more SoMeck 7 opponents on the slate.  Good luck men!
    • 12/17 – @ Home vs. Harding
      • JV – 4:30 PM
      • Varsity – 7:30 PM
    • 12/19 – @ West Meck
      • JV – 4:30 PM
      • Varsity – 7:30 PM


  • WOMEN’S BASKETBALLAK Women’s Basketball earned two big victories this past week, including a huge Home victory over rival South Meck to open up SoMeck 7 Conference play.  The Lady Knights improved to 1-0 in conference play and
    • 12/17 – @ Home vs. Harding
      • JV – 3:30 PM
      • Varsity – 6:00 PM
    • 12/19 – @ West Meck
      • JV – 3:30 PM
      • Varsity – 6:00 PM


MEN’S & WOMEN’S SWIM & DIVEBoth Knights Swimming & Diving teams had four victories over conference opponents on Thursday night, beating Berry, Harding, Olympic, and West Meck.  Final scores were:


AK 224 - Olympic 35

AK 226 - Berry 28

AK 229 - West Meck 0

AK 229 - Harding 0

  • WOMEN'S EVENT WINNERS: Gracyn Pires, Jackie DePodesta, Mya Branscom, Reese Yankie, Anna Banas, Kylie Brewster, Gabriella Spina, Katherine Lang, Ellie Emmett, Annalee Moore, Jordan Gueterman, Sophia Sidler, Emma Wallace, Sarah Kelly, Michelle Hu
  • MEN:
  • AK 229 - Harding 8

AK 229 - West Meck 3

AK 227 - Berry 37

AK 209 - Olympic 53

  • MEN'S EVENT WINNERS: Bastian Mazarguil, Armaan Dabhade, Ayush Padhi, Christian Losh, Jake Royster, Davis Hull, Ethan Slick, Sam Bundy, Davis Freeman, Jayden Davis, Noah Coderre.
  • The Knights will be back in action this Monday with a non-conference meet against Butler and Porter Ridge before the Winter Break.Keep it up Aqua Knights!
    • 12/16 – Swim Meet vs. Butler, Porter Ridge @ Providence HS Pool (6:00 PM)


  • WRESTLINGAK Wrestling dropped a hard fought match to a tough Olympic team this past week, falling to 2-1 in SoMeck 7 Conference Dual Match competition.  The Knights then competed in the Al Kessie Invitational (County Tournament) over the weekend…… finishers for the Knights in the Varsity brackets were: Cameron Park (2nd Place – 106 lbs.), Cooper Marshall (3rd Place – 126 lbs.), Anthony Farrand (1st Place – 145 lbs.), and Weston Hodnett (4th Place – 160 lbs.).  The Knights will be back in conference dual match competition at Berry on Wednesday, then will compete in another big tournament at Mallard Creek over the weekend.  Good luck on another strong week on the mats Knights!
    • 12/18 – Dual Match @ Berry (6:30 PM)
    • 12/20 – Day 1 E.B. Memorial Clash @ Mallard Creek (6:00 PM)
    • 12/14 – Day 2 E.B. Memorial Clash @ Mallard Creek (9:00 AM)




  • AK Athletic Boosters Senior Student-Athlete Scholarships:
    • The Ardrey Kell High School Athletic Booster Club (AKABC) will award ten (10) $1,000 Scholarships in May 2020.  Applications will be available to seniors in February of 2020.  The deadline for scholarship applications will be in March 2019.  If you are interested in being notified when the application process begins, please complete this form to be added to the AKABC Scholarship Committee’s email distribution list -
    • These scholarships will be awarded to AKHS senior student-athletes based on "Excellence in Academics",  "Excellence and Leadership in Athletics" and "Contributions to the AKHS Student-Athlete Community".  These scholarships will assist AKHS student-athletes in paying to attend a 2-year or 4-year college in the fall of 2020.
    • Please note:
      • You or a family member must be an active 2019-20 AKABC member to be considered by the AKABC Scholarship Selection Committee.  It is NOT too late to join and memberships start at $60 per year!
      • Each scholarship is paid directly to the recipient's college or university in the fall of 2020.  Students who receive full scholarships are not eligible.
    • Questions?  Please contact a member of the AKABC Scholarship Committee


  • 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:


December Community Spotlight - Sylvan Learning of Ballantyne

Welcome to Ardrey Kell's newest AKABC sponsor - Sylvan Learning!  Directors Brandi 

Rhodes and Rachel Cummings are excited to reach out to AK families and students to build confidence in academics and ACT/SAT scores through high-quality tutoring with proven results.

Brandi Rhodes is a local girl, having grown up in Clover, SC. After graduating from USC in Columbia, she went on to get her Masters in Biotechnology.  Brandi explains, "I wanted to be prepared for a STEM driven world."  Brandi is married with 2 young children Evian (3 yrs old) and Daniel (4 mo. old).

Rachel Cummings grew up in VA and graduated from Va. Tech.  She studied abroad for her Masters degree in Malta!  (An island off the Italian coast between Europe and Africa.) She is married with a 14 yr. old daughter.  Rachel advises, "I recommend that students take advantage of studying abroad. These experiences help me every day when meeting with people by communicating more efficiently and enhancing my view on education in other societies. Pursuing education internationally helped foster my own independence as a young professional."

Sylvan Learning of Ballantyne can help AK students prepare more effectively for the ACT and SAT testing as well as help families navigate the complicated college application process. 

Brandi says, "We offer guidance to students in writing their college application essays and help alleviate some of the application anxiety."  

Rachel adds, "We have also helped many first generation families make sense of the University application steps and requirements."

Brandi says, "Sylvan Learning offers free Diagnostic testing for ACT and SAT.  Students can take a sample test on site and Sylvan will meet with the family to review the results, strengths and weaknesses, and advise on how to improve." 

Rachel offers, "The Sylvan Study Skills program teaches students how to study to prepare for better success in college."

This spring - Look for the Sylvan 15-hour study package raffle at the Spring Sports Mandatory Parent meeting!  Four scholarship packages of 15 hours ea. (a $750 value for each scholarship) will be raffled off at the spring meeting to 4 lucky students to get a leg up on their college path.

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

Sylvan Learning of Charlotte & Ballantyne

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)

< >If you want to be an AK Athletic Booster Corporate Partner, please visit the following link for information on supporting our AK Athletic programs:  


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