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AK Sports Report (April 19-24)

By Brian Knab, 04/19/21, 12:30PM EDT





(April 19-24, 2021)

We have past the midway point of April and the sports seasons continue to roll along.  It looks like we have another great weather week ahead, so best of luck to all our Knights athletic teams that are in competition this week!



  • FOOTBALL:  AK Football gave defending 4AA State Champion Vance all they could handle, leading at halftime and by double digits in the 3rd Quarter.  The Knights couldn’t hold off a very talented Cougars team, ultimately falling in a great 1st Round State Playoff game.  Still, very proud of the Knights for overcoming many obstacles in another great season for the program, highlighted by SoMeck 7 Conference Championship 3-Peat!  Great job men!


  • WOMEN’S SOCCER:  AK Women’s Soccer took care of business in their only conference game last week, improving to 5-1-1 in the SoMeck 7 Conference before dropping a non-conference game to Clover.  The Lady Knights will be on the road this week for matches at Olympic and Berry in conference play.  Good luck ladies!
    • 4/20 – @ Olympic
      • NO JV
      • Varsity – 5:30 PM
    • 4/21 – @ Home vs. South Meck
      • JV – 4:30 PM
      • NO Varsity
    • 4/22 – @ Berry
      • NO JV
      • Varsity – 5:30 PM


  • SOFTBALL:  AK Softball continued their win streak with three straight victories this past week, including two in conference play to improve to 5-1 in SoMeck 7 Conference play.  The Lady Knights have another big week ahead with three conference games, including two against Olympic (one a makeup from earlier in the season).  Best of luck ladies!
    • 4/19 – @ Home vs. Olympic
      • NO JV
      • Varsity – 5:30 PM
    • 4/20 – @ Olympic
      • NO JV
      • Varsity – 5:00 PM
    • 4/21 – @ Providence
      • JV Double-Header – 4:00/5:30 PM
      • NO Varsity
    • 4/22 – @ Berry
      • NO JV
      • Varsity – 5:00 PM


  • MEN’S TENNIS:  AK Men’s Tennis is back in action this week after no matches last week.  The Knights will host a tough non-conference match to open the week before two road matches in SoMeck 7 Conference play to finish.  Good luck Knights!
    • 4/19 – @ Home vs. Marvin Ridge (4:00 PM)
    • 4/20 – @ Olympic (4:00 PM)
    • 4/22 – @ Berry (4:00 PM)


  • MEN’S & WOMEN’S GOLF:  AK Men’s & Women’s Golf were back in action last week with the Men earning victories over Hickory Ridge and South Meck to improve to 5-1 on the season, and the Women over South Meck to remain undefeated at 7-0 on the year.  Both teams are back in action this week looking to continue their impressive play as they prepare for the NCHSAA post-season in a couple of weeks.  Go low Knights!
    • 4/20 – Men vs. Weddington @ TPC Piper Glen (3:30 PM)
    • 4/21 – Women vs. South Meck @ TPC Piper Glen (3:30 PM)
    • 4/14 – Men vs. Providence @ Ballantyne C.C. (3:30 PM)



  • Class of 2021 College Signing Ceremony
    • The AK Athletic Department is excited and proud to recognize our Class of 2021 Senior student-athletes that have committed to continue their academic and athletic careers at the inter-collegiate level.  The Signing Ceremony will take place this Wednesday, April 21st at 2:30 PM in the AK Main Gym.  Only immediate family members and AK coaches/teammates are allowed to attend in person, but we will have the ceremony live streaming on the NFHS Network.


  • AKABC Sylvan Learning Raffle
    • The AK Athletic Booster Club, in conjunction with Corporate Partner Sylvan Learning, are once again raffling off an unbelievable opportunity for scholarships of SAT/ACT Tutoring.  The flyer w/ details has been attached to the AK Sports Report emailing list.


  • 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 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:
    • 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


  • 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:


  • 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.
    • 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:
    • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


Nothing But Noodles

True Craft Pizza at Stonecrest


Atrium Health

Jersey Mike's at Stonecrest  

City BBQ

Tropical Smoothie


Ted’s Montana Grill

Sylvan Learning of Charlotte & Ballantyne

Brixx at Blakeney

Hodnett Orthodontics


Becca Rouse Photography, LLC

Lifetime Fitness

Little Burger at Rea Farms

Qdoba Mexican Eats

BSN Sports


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:  

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