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AK Sports Report (April 5-10)

By Brian Knab, 04/04/21, 8:30PM EDT

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AK SPORTS REPORT

(April 5-10, 2021)

Spring Break has finally made it here!  Although the break in school work is much needed, we are excited for a big week of athletic action ahead this week.  The Knights will be Home for some major matchups in SoMeck 7 Conference play this week, including Men’s Tennis, Women’s Soccer, Softball, and Football.  Enjoy the break from school AK, but get over to The Castle in the evening time to support your Knights!  Also, please be sure to see below our NCHSAA Scholar-Athlete information from 1st Semester……we are not only proud of our AK student-athletes on the field/court/pool/course, but also always in the classroom!

GO KNIGHTS!  PROTECT THE CASTLE!

 

  • FOOTBALL:  AK Football took the long road trip to A.C. Reynolds for their only non-conference game this past week, shutting out the previously undefeated Rockets 23-0.  The Knights improved to 5-1 overall and head into the final week of the regular season 4-1 in SoMeck 7 Conference play.  The regular season finale is a huge one, as rival and undefeated Providence comes to THE CASTLE with Conference Title and State Playoff implications on the line.  We need a big crowd on Friday night to support our Knights!
    • 4/8 – JV @ Providence (6:00 PM)
    • 4/9 – Varsity @ Home vs. Providence (7:00 PM)

 

  • WOMEN’S SOCCER:  AK Women’s Soccer took care of business this past week with two Home victories over Berry and Olympic in a resumption of their previously postponed game.  The Lady Knights stand at 3-0-1 in SoMeck 7 Conference play going into a huge upcoming week.  AK will host conference rivals Providence and South Meck on the Home turf looking to take control in the conference title race.  Let’s Go Lady Knights!
    • 4/6 – @ Home vs. Providence
      • JV – 4:30 PM
      • Varsity – 6:00 PM
    • 4/8 – @ Home vs. South Meck
      • JV – 4:30 PM
      • Varsity – 6:00 PM

 

  • SOFTBALL:  AK Softball split their two games this past week, earning a Senior Night victory over Berry to even their SoMeck 7 Conference record at 1-1 before losing a non-conference game against Union Academy by a 3-2 score after a great 7th inning rally.  The Lady Knights have one big Home game on the schedule this week against rival Providence, as South Meck has forfeited the other scheduled Home game.  Good luck this week ladies!
    • 4/6 – @ Home vs. Providence
      • JV – 4:00 PM
      • Varsity – 5:30 PM

 

  • MEN’S TENNIS:  AK Men’s Tennis moved to 5-0 on the season and 4-0 in SoMeck 7 Conference play after a 9-0 victory over Berry on Senior Night.  The Knights followed that up with a big time 6-3 win over Myers Park in a top non-conference matchup in the Region.  A big week lies ahead at The Castle Courts, as AK will host Providence and South Meck in two big Home conference matches.  Keep it rolling men!
    • 4/6 – @ Home vs. Providence (4:00 PM)
    • 4/8 – @ Home vs. South Meck (4:00 PM)

 

  • MEN’S & WOMEN’S GOLF:  AK Men’s & Women’s Golf ran into some weather issues this past week, but the Lady Knights were able to stay perfect on the season at 5-0 with another convincing win over Providence.  Both teams will resume match play when we return from Spring Break.
    • NO MATCHES THIS WEEK

 

IMPORTANT NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • AK NCHSAA Scholar-Athlete Report
    • The following Sports have been recognized as receiving the NCHSAA Scholar-Athlete Team Award for grades from 1st Semester (unweighted Team GPA):
      • M-Cross Country – 3.713 Team GPA
      • W-Swim & Dive – 3.712 Team GPA
      • W-Cross Country – 3.566 Team GPA
      • W-Basketball – 3.538 Team GPA
      • W-Lacrosse – 3.516 Team GPA
      • Cheer (Basketball) – 3.424 Team GPA
      • Volleyball – 3.318 Team GPA
      • M-Basketball – 3.283 Team GPA
      • M-Lacrosse – 3.265 Team GPA
      • M-Soccer – 3.234 Team GPA
      • M-Swim & Dive – 3.210 Team GPA
    • See complete report here: https://www.cmsathleticzone.com/page/show/1694133-ak-scholar-athlete-reports
    • Be sure check with your Head Coach to see if you qualified!

 

  • Class of 2021 College Signing Ceremony
    • The AK Athletic Department is looking forward to finally honoring all our Class of 2021 Senior Student-Athletes that have committed to continue their academic and athletic careers at the inter-collegiate level!  It has been our hope all year to do this in-person so that our signees can have family and friends attend for this important event.  On Wednesday, April 21st at 2:30 PM, we will hold our signing ceremony in the Main Gym.  A more detailed schedule will be shared once all information has been gathered for the signees.  If you wish to participate in this signing ceremony, please complete this form by Wednesday, April 14th.  If you have any questions, please direct them to your head coach or Coach Knab at briand.knab@cms.k12.nc.us

 

  • Support AK Athletic Boosters w/ Amazon Smile!
    • Who doesn’t use Amazon at this point?  Take this small step to help support the AK Athletic Booster Club and our athletic programs by going to https://smile.amazon.com and selecting Ardrey Kell Athletic Booster Club to support our Knights as you shop.  It’s that easy!

 

  • 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 2021.  Applications are available now to all Seniors.  The deadline for scholarship applications will be on March 31, 2021.  If you are interested in applying, please visit the following link to AKABC Scholarship Info. webpage on our CMsAthleticZone site:  https://www.cmsathleticzone.com/page/show/1152823-athletic-booster-club-scholarship-info
    • 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 2021.
    • Please note:
      • You or a family member must be an active 2020-21 AKABC member to be considered by the AKABC Scholarship Selection Committee.  It is NOT too late to join and memberships is specially priced at only $10 this year!
      • Each scholarship is paid directly to the recipient's college or university in the Fall of 2021.  Students who receive full scholarships are not eligible.  
    • Questions can be directed to akabc.scholarships@gmail.com.

 

  • Other Senior Student-Athlete Scholarship Opportunities
    • 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:  https://hoodhargettbreakfastclub.com/liz-murray-scholarship/

 

  • NFHS Network
    • Livestreamed sporting events are coming to THE CASTLE!  Ardrey Kell High School is thrilled to announce its partnership with the NFHS Network!  With stadium and gym capacity limitations, we are now able to provide you and your family access to all events held in our stadium and main gym through the NFHS Network from the safety and comfort of your home!  Please access the link below, subscribe to our channel, and select Ardrey Kell High School as your school of choice.
    • https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/
    • By subscribing to the AKHS channel, you will not only gain access to ALL of our stadium and main gym events, you will also be able to access every sporting event nationwide that is streamed on the NFHS Network.  At AK you will be able to view Football, Basketball, Cheer, Volleyball, Wrestling, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track & Field and also Swimming (as cameras have also been installed at the two CMS pools) and any other event we host at THE CASTLE stadium and main gym!  A percentage of each subscription cost will return to AK Athletics to continue to provide support for our programs and student-athletes.

 

  • AK Athletics Pre-Season Parent Meeting (Video Presentation)
    • Due to current restrictions on mass gatherings, we obviously cannot hold our Athletics Pre-Season Parent Meetings in the traditional format in the main gym.  These will be held at the team level through video conferencing, but we have also put together a video presentation of information that applies to all sports this year.  Below is the YouTube link and this will also be posted on the AK Athletics web-site along with the slide deck of the presentation:

 

  • 2020-2021 – AK Athletics Schedule Page
    • Most season schedules for the 2020-2021 athletic seasons have been posted on our AK Athletic Schedules page.  Please visit the following link to view the most up-to-date schedules as they unfold throughout the school year:  http://www.cmsathleticzone.com/ardreykell?id=1319821-ardrey-kell-knights-athletic-schedules
    • 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.

 

  • 2020-2021 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.
    • https://www.cmsathleticzone.com/page/show/843586-ak-athletic-forms

 

  • 2020-2021 Head Coaches Contact Information
    • AK once again has the best coaching staff in North Carolina, full of driven professionals that are passionate about interscholastic athletics and care about the student-athletes they are privileged to serve.  Below is the link to our AK Coaching Info. page, with contact information for all AK Head Coaches.  Make sure you reach out if you have not been connected yet with the sport you are interested in participating in.
    • https://www.cmsathleticzone.com/page/show/979728-ak-athletic-department-information

 

  • 2020-2021 Season Passes & AK Athletic Boosters Membership
  • AK Athletic Booster Club Memberships are currently available for purchase at a special rate this year of only $10!  Membership can be purchased through the following platforms:
  • Due to the continued restrictions and COVID-19 protocols, All-Season Passes will not be sold this year.  The athletics department is offering single sport season pass options that will be available through VarsityTix digital ticketing.  Information will be shared at the team level as the different seasons get underway.

 

  • 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 2020-2021 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.
    • https://sideline.bsnsports.com/schools/north_carolina/charlotte/ardrey-kell-high-school

 

AK Corporate Partners – 2020-2021

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 2020-2021 school year by supporting their businesses. 

The White Group – Keller Williams Realty

Carolina’s Center for Oral & Facial Surgery

Coca-Cola

Nothing But Noodles

True Craft Pizza at Stonecrest

VeloPops

Atrium Health

Jersey Mike's at Stonecrest  

City BBQ

Tropical Smoothie

Domino’s

Ted’s Montana Grill

Sylvan Learning of Charlotte & Ballantyne

Brixx at Blakeney

Hodnett Orthodontics

Saladworks

Becca Rouse Photography, LLC

Lifetime Fitness

Little Burger at Rea Farms

Qdoba Mexican Eats

BSN Sports

Wendy’s

Circle K

Firebird’s Wood-Fired Grill

Chic-Fil-A at Blakeney

Cycle Bar

Rose Transportation

Hickory Tavern

Providence Country Club

Ballantyne Country Club

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:  http://www.cmsathleticzone.com/page/show/1285298-corporate-sponsor-forms  

< >Don’t forget to follow us online (www.cmsathleticzone.com) and on Twitter (@AKsportsinfo) for up-to-date and late breaking info.  

GO AK KNIGHTS!