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AK Sports Report (May 25, 2020 Updates)

By Brian Knab 05/25/2020, 10:00pm EDT

MISSION:  TO PROVIDE ATHLETIC PROGRAMS THAT PRODUCE A PRIDEFUL EXPERIENCE FOR ALL AND PREPARE STUDENT-ATHLETES TO COMPETE IN LIFE.

 

AK SPORTS REPORT

(Updates – May 25, 2020)

We hope that all of AK Nation had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend with family and loved ones and was able to reflect on the men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.  We also hope that our Class of 2020 had a great Senior Week last week!  Only a couple of weeks remain in the 2019-2020 school year with remote learning.

AK Athletics continues to plan and look forward to the upcoming Summer and Fall Sports, as we begin to receive some promising news about the potential return of athletic activities.  We will continue to provide updates as we are able to, and will always plan with our student-athletes safety in mind first and foremost.

GO KNIGHTS!  PROTECT THE CASTLE!

IMPORTANT NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS 

  • AK Athletic Updates – ZOOM MEETING:
    • Thank you to all that were able to join in this past Friday’s Zoom meeting for Athletic Updates.  We understand the response was high and that many were not able to get in due to full capacity being reached.  The presentation was re-recorded and can be viewed in full at the link below.
    • Zoom Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnZ3gREv1xc&t=5s

 

 

  • Senior Student-Athlete Awards:  Congratulations to the following members of the Class of 2020 that earned the following awards on this past week’s Senior Virtual Awards Ceremony:
    • Student-Athlete of the Year Awards
      • Male Knight of the Year – Cedric Gray (Football)
      • Female Knight of the Year – Ruta Petrikis (Women’s Tennis)
      • Male Knight Pride Award – Peter Gullo (Baseball)
      • Female Knight Pride Award – Casey Lepley (Women’s Soccer)

 

  • AK Athletic Booster Club Student-Athlete Scholarship Recipients
    • Valerie Dartey-Hayford (Women’s Track & Field)
    • Anthony Farrand (Wrestling)
    • Jared Joseph (Football)
    • Katherine Kirsch (Women’s Swimming)
    • Jonathan Lee (Men’s Tennis)
    • Casey Lepley (Women’s Soccer)
    • Cade McCoy (Football)
    • Anna Scott (Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field)
    • Adam Szabo (Football)
    • Anthony Testa (Men’s Basketball)

 

  • 2020-2021 Athletic Pre-Participation Packet & TICKET-TO-PLAY INFORMATION:
    • The on-line 2020-2021 AK Athletic Pre-Participation Packet is currently being updated and will be launched on our athletic web-pages on June 1st.  These forms must be completed before participating in any athletic program (in-season or off-season practices/workouts).  Please visit the following link to view:  http://www.cmsathleticzone.com/ardreykell?id=843586-ak-athletic-forms
    • Information and schedule for Ticket-to-Play sessions for Fall Sports is currently being constructed and will be finalized once final decisions are made concerning COVID-19 summer regulations.

 

  • 2020 Summer Calendars/Workouts Posted:

 

 

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

 

May Community Spotlight – Rose Transportation

Rose Transportation was hired by the US Military this April to take Ft. Bragg Medical Personnel to New York to assist with the COVID-19 crisis. Andy Thompson, owner and native Charlottean, said, "Safety is our number one focus in our community."

Andy and Jeff Thompson are the sons of H.A. Thompson, former midday show host on WBT Radio. Andy, who has been a key supporter of the AKABC annual Golf Tournament for years, went to school at East Meck and has been married to his wife, Jennifer for 20 years. They have 2 adopted children who are now in high school themselves.  Andy tells us, "Rose Transportation and Charters has been in business for 35 years.  My father started the business in 1985 while still on WBT radio and I drove on the weekends while still in high school."

When asked about how the Coronavirus has affected his business, Andy explains, "During the quarantine, Rose has gone from Sold Out to No business during what is typically our busy season.  Our military charters are the only trips that have taken place in the last 2 months."

Rose Transportation is hopeful that school trips and other business will return soon in a healthy and safe way.  "All our vehicles are cleaned and thoroughly sanitized before and after each trip."

So how did the Rose name come about? Andy remembers, "The Thompson family chauffeuring service started as Rolls Limousine Limited.  But soon after, Rolls-Royce accused the company of violating their trademark.  So we re-named it Rose after the red rose our drivers hand to new brides."

Thank you Rose Transportation for all you have done for our student athletes, our community, and your support of our NC health care professionals as they traveled to New York to help in the pandemic.  

Andy P. Thompson

Rose Chauffeured Transportation  -   NEW OFFICE ADDRESS

3331 Asbury Ave

Charlotte, NC  28206

 

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 

Coca-Cola

Nothing But Noodles

True Craft Pizza at Stonecrest

VeloPops

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

Little Burger at Rea Farms

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:  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. Knight Head (White Background).jpg

 

GO AK KNIGHTS!

AK Sports Report (May Updates)

By Brian Knab 05/17/2020, 11:45am EDT

MISSION:  TO PROVIDE ATHLETIC PROGRAMS THAT PRODUCE A PRIDEFUL EXPERIENCE FOR ALL AND PREPARE STUDENT-ATHLETES TO COMPETE IN LIFE.

 

AK SPORTS REPORT

(May Updates, 2020)

The AK Sports Report is back after a hiatus from the COVID-19 impact.  We hope that AK Nation is doing well and staying safe during these times.  It has obviously been a challenging time with ever-changing and unsure information, but we wanted to provide some updates as we look to close out the 2019-2020 AK Athletic year while planning for 2020-2021.  Information and decisions are fluid during this time, but we will continue to provide weekly updates as appropriate through the remainder of the school year as final decisions are made concerning Summer and Fall COVID-19 sports regulations.

Hang in there Knights and don’t hesitate to reach out to AK Athletics for any questions or concerns you may have.  We are thinking about you and here for you……we miss our Knights!

GO KNIGHTS!  PROTECT THE CASTLE!

 

IMPORTANT NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS 

  • AK Athletic Updates – VIRTUAL MEETING:
    • Friday, May 22nd @ 2:00 PM
    • Coach Knab will be hosting a virtual meeting via Zoom open to the AK community and Rising Freshman to give general updates for AK Athletics.
    • Zoom Meeting I.D. – 860 9237 2036
    • Meeting Password – AKKNIGHTS
    • Topics will include:
      • Closing out 2019-2020 Athletic Year
      • 2020 Summer/Fall Sports Calendars
      • 2020-2021 Athletic Eligibility
      • Q & A

 

  • SENIOR WEEK
    • #BeTheLight – Sunday, May 17th:
      • In honor of our Class of 2020 and to kick off Senior Week, all of the athletic facilities will be lit this evening at 8:20 PM (20:20 military time) as part of the NFHS #BeTheLight campaign.
    • Senior Awards
      • The Senior Awards Ceremony will be streamed live virtually from the AK Auditorium at 6:00 PM this Wednesday.  AK Athletics will be awarding the following annual awards to some very deserving Senior student-athletes!:
        • Male Knight of the Year
        • Female Knight of the Year
        • Male Knight Pride Award
        • Female Knight Pride Award
        • AK Athletic Booster Club – 10 Senior Student-Athlete Scholarships in the amount of $1,000.

 

  • Class of 2020 College Signings
    • Congrats to the 12 Senior student-athletes that participated in our first ever Virtual Signing Day on May 8th!  Here is our complete list of Seniors that have committed to continue their academic and athletic career at the inter-collegiate level:
      • Jadyn Barry (Volleyball) - UNC-Wilmington
      • Samantha Casey (Women's Soccer) - Averett University
      • Jake Cunningham (Baseball) - UNC-Charlotte
      • Mya Duggan (Volleyball) - UNC-Wilmington
      • Logan Englert (Track & Field) - Loyola University-New Orleans 
      • Emma Foard (Women's Lacrosse) - Presbyterian College
      • Cedric Gray (Football) - UNC-Chapel Hill
      • Keller Grossman (Rugby) - University of South Carolina
      • Peter Gullo (Baseball) - Anderson University
      • Julia Haines (Volleyball) - Anderson University
      • Emerson Harding (Women's Basketball) - Rollins College
      • Katie Herrmann (Women's Soccer) - U.S. Naval Academy
      • Davidson Hubbard (Men's Basketball) - Hampden-Sydney College
      • Jared Joseph (Football) - University of Richmond
      • Sania McCoy (Volleyball) - East Carolina University
      • Evan Miller (Women's Basketball) - UNC-Wilmington
      • Gaige Ryan (Men's Swimming) - Seton Hall University
      • Jarret Self (Rugby) - University of Tennessee
      • Anthony Testa (Men's Basketball) - Kenyon College

 

  • 2020-2021 Athletic Pre-Participation Packet & TICKET-TO-PLAY INFORMATION:
    • The on-line 2020-2021 AK Athletic Pre-Participation Packet is currently being updated and will be launched on our athletic web-pages on June 1st.  These forms must be completed before participating in any athletic program (in-season or off-season practices/workouts).  Please visit the following link to view:  http://www.cmsathleticzone.com/ardreykell?id=843586-ak-athletic-forms
    • Information and schedule for Ticket-to-Play sessions for Fall Sports is currently being constructed and will be finalized once final decisions are made concerning COVID-19 summer regulations.

 

  • 2020 Summer Calendars/Workouts Posted:

 

 

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

 

May Community Spotlight – Rose Transportation

Rose Transportation was hired by the US Military this April to take Ft. Bragg Medical Personnel to New York to assist with the COVID-19 crisis. Andy Thompson, owner and native Charlottean, said, "Safety is our number one focus in our community."

Andy and Jeff Thompson are the sons of H.A. Thompson, former midday show host on WBT Radio. Andy, who has been a key supporter of the AKABC annual Golf Tournament for years, went to school at East Meck and has been married to his wife, Jennifer for 20 years. They have 2 adopted children who are now in high school themselves.  Andy tells us, "Rose Transportation and Charters has been in business for 35 years.  My father started the business in 1985 while still on WBT radio and I drove on the weekends while still in high school."

When asked about how the Coronavirus has affected his business, Andy explains, "During the quarantine, Rose has gone from Sold Out to No business during what is typically our busy season.  Our military charters are the only trips that have taken place in the last 2 months."

Rose Transportation is hopeful that school trips and other business will return soon in a healthy and safe way.  "All our vehicles are cleaned and thoroughly sanitized before and after each trip."

So how did the Rose name come about? Andy remembers, "The Thompson family chauffeuring service started as Rolls Limousine Limited.  But soon after, Rolls-Royce accused the company of violating their trademark.  So we re-named it Rose after the red rose our drivers hand to new brides."

Thank you Rose Transportation for all you have done for our student athletes, our community, and your support of our NC health care professionals as they traveled to New York to help in the pandemic.  

Andy P. Thompson

Rose Chauffeured Transportation  -   NEW OFFICE ADDRESS

3331 Asbury Ave

Charlotte, NC  28206

Office – 704 522 8258 ext 202

Cell – 704 361 1610

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 RealtyPulte Homes

Carolina’s Center for Oral & Facial Surgery

Shake Shack at Blakeney 

Coca-Cola

Nothing But Noodles

True Craft Pizza at Stonecrest

VeloPops

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

Little Burger at Rea Farms

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:  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!

AK Sports Report (March 16-April 6)

By Brian Knab 03/16/2020, 10:45am EDT

MISSION:  TO PROVIDE ATHLETIC PROGRAMS THAT PRODUCE A PRIDEFUL EXPERIENCE FOR ALL AND PREPARE STUDENT-ATHLETES TO COMPETE IN LIFE.

 

AK SPORTS REPORT

(March 16—April 6, 2020)

This past week has been like nothing any of us have ever experienced.  We are obviously dealing with unprecedented times, as the coronavirus has turned into a global pandemic.  As our National and State Government continue to deal with the spread of the virus and make decisions on the best course of action to protect the population as a whole, the NCHSAA made the decision to suspend the Spring Sports season beginning this past Saturday (March 14th) through Monday, April 6th.  During this suspension period, no contests, practices, skill development, workouts or open facilities can take place.  The athletic department is also postponing any end-of-season banquets until further notice.

We are remaining optimistic that the Spring Sports season will eventually resume, but obviously, these are unpredictable times.  Our student-athletes and coaches have put in so much work preparing for the season and have looked forward to competing to accomplish team and individual goals.  More than anything, we are hopeful that play will resume for our Senior student-athletes, that have given so much time and dedication representing AK!  Whatever happens, we will not let our Seniors’ hard work and accomplishments go unnoticed and we will be working on some contingency plans for Senior recognitions depending on what transpires in the coming weeks.

To end on a positive note, what an amazing night we had this past Friday at THE CASTLE!  We were fortunate to be able to schedule a big night of Home action on our last play date before the suspension of play, with Varsity Baseball, Softball and Women’s Soccer all posting big wins!  Thank you to everyone that came out to support our Knights, as we had a busy campus with AK Nation coming out strong.  It was great to see so many alumni back as well!  Friday night was a great reminder of what make Sports so meaningful and impactful.  The competition, wins, championships, etc. are all great, but what is truly special are the relationships that are built through sport.  As our Mission states, it truly was a prideful experience getting to share many special moments Friday night with our student-athletes, coaches, alumni and parents…….here is hoping to have the opportunity for more this Spring season!

GO KNIGHTS!  PROTECT THE CASTLE!

 

2019-2020 Winter Sports All-Conference Knights

 

SPRING SPORTS

  • BASEBALLAK Baseball had a strong second week of the season, going 3-1 and also opening SoMeck 7 Conference play at 2-0 with a sweep over Harding.  The Knights improved their overall record to 4-2 after a big non-conference win at Home over Charlotte Catholic on Friday night and will look to keep that momentum rolling when play resumes.

 

  • SOFTBALL: AK Softball opened up SoMeck 7 Conference play with a sweep over Harding, followed by another victory over non-conference opponent East Meck to improve to 4-2 overall, 2-0 in conference play.  The Lady Knights look to continue their strong play when contests resume after the upcoming break.

 

  • WOMEN’S SOCCER:  AK Women’s Soccer saw their trip out East for the annual Brittany Showcase event cancelled due to the obvious recent events, but were able to schedule a Home match against Charlotte Catholic this past Friday before the suspension of play.  The Lady Knights battled a tough Catholic team to the end in what looked like would be a 0-0 draw.  But some late game magic happened with an amazing goal with 8 seconds left to give the Lady Knights a great team win going into the break!

 

  • MEN’S LACROSSE: AK Men’s Lacrosse continued their impressive start to the season with two more victories this past week, beginning with a win at Independence to improve to 2-0 in conference play.  The Knights then defeated a very good Northwest Guilford team at Home in a game between two of the top teams in the West Region……..great job men!

 

  • WOMEN’S LACROSSE: AK Women’s Lacrosse earned a pair of impressive wins this past week, one in the conference opener against Independence and one in the Home opener against Catawba Ridge.  The Lady Knights evened their early season record at 2-2 to pick up some momentum before the break in play.

 

  • MEN’S GOLF: AK Men’s Golf moved their SoMeck 7 Conference record to 2-0 with a win over Olympic this past week.  The Knights also took on defending State Champs Myers Park on their Home course for a big test in non-conference play, coming up short in the dual match.  The Knights will look to get back into match action after the break is over in a few weeks.

 

  • MEN’S TENNIS: AK Men’s Tennis went 2-0 in non-conference play this past week, including a big win over another top team in the Region in Hough by a score of 7-2.  The Knights then defeated Independence in their last match to take a 2-1 overall record into the break and will look to get off to a strong start in conference play when returning to action.

 

  • MEN’S & WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD:  AK Track & Field saw the start of their season delayed by the NCHSAA suspension of competition.  Hopefully the Knights will begin their season on the Home track on April 8th when the break comes to an end!

 

IMPORTANT NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS 

  • Annual AK Athletic Boosters Golf Tournament:
    • Due to recent events, the annual Athletic Booster Club Golf Tournament is being postponed to a later date.Specific details have not been finalized yet, but it looks like we will try for a Fall tournament.Stay tuned for more details as things unfold in the coming weeks.

 

  • AK Athletic Boosters Senior Student-Athlete Scholarships:
    • Applications are now being accepted for theArdrey Kell High School Athletic Booster Club (AKABC) Senior Scholarships.  The AKABC will award ten $1,000 scholarships to SENIOR student athletes.  Interested senior athletes can find details for eligibility, selection criteria and links to the application materials here

 

  • 2020 Spring Sports Schedules Posted

 

  • 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!
  • https://gofan.co/app/events/58458

 

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

 

  • 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.
      • https://www.nchsaa.org/students-parents/nchsaa-endowed-fund-scholarships

 

March Community Spotlight – Rob Trevillian / Little Burger in Rea Farms

The AK Golf Tournament (Monday, April 6th) is one month away and as we sign up golfers and community sponsors, one of our newest business partners is participating in the Golf Tournament in a big way.

Rob Trevillian, Manager of Little Big Burger in Rea Farms at Ardrey Kell and Providence Roads, has created an AK Burger! Rob offered, "Twenty percent of the profits of each AK burger sold will go back to the AK Booster Club to support your athletes."

Rob grew up in Raleigh and is the youngest of 4 kids.  His parents modeled what it meant to be a part of their community through the Sanderson Booster Club.  He remembers, "They ran the concession stand for years and were also the leaders of the local youth group at church.  I have never known anything else. My love for mentoring young kids and supporting athletic programs comes straight from my parents."

After attending NC State and working as a sports trainer there for football and wrestling, Rob took a summer job with Piedmont Airlines that ended up lasting 18 years. Twenty seven years ago, Rob moved to Charlotte and raised his family here. He has been married 31 years and has 2 grown daughters, also living in Charlotte.

"I chose Little Big Burger because of the company's commitment to the local community.  One of my biggest goals is to hire teens with good attitudes, but otherwise a blank slate, and help them learn a good work ethic, respect for each other, and help give them a solid and productive foundation for the rest of their lives."  Rob attributes his success to his coaches and his sports team experiences and is passionate about giving back to local sports programs for today's student athletes.

Go get an AK burger today!  20% back to AKABC!

 

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 

Coca-Cola

Nothing But Noodles

True Craft Pizza at Stonecrest

VeloPops

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

Little Burger at Rea Farms

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: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

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