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AK Sports Report (Feb. 17-22)

By Brian Knab 02/16/2020, 3:45pm EST

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

 

AK SPORTS REPORT

(February 17-22, 2020)

An exciting span of the Sports year lies ahead the next few weeks.  For Winter Sports, NCHSAA post-season play begins for Basketball this week with Conference Tournament action, along with the State Individuals Tournament for Wrestling.  Meanwhile, the Spring Sports pre-season has officially begun and we are only two weeks away from first contests!  It’s going to be an exciting time watching our Knights compete with some big stakes on the line!  Have a great week AK!

GO KNIGHTS!  PROTECT THE CASTLE!

 

WINTER SPORTS

  • MEN’S BASKETBALLAK Men’s Basketball completed the regular season with two conference Home victories to finish 18-6 overall and 9-3 (2nd Place) in the SoMeck 7 Conference.  The Knights have locked up an automatic berth for the upcoming State Playoffs, but this week look to win their 3rd straight SoMeck 7 Conference Tournament, as they enter as the #2 Seed.  Good luck Knights……….the post-season his here!

SoMeck 7 Conference Tournament @ Phillip O. Berry (all games)

  • 2/18 – 1st Round vs. Providence (4:30 PM)
  • 2/20 – Semi-Finals vs. TBD (6:00 PM)
  • 2/21 – Finals vs. TBD (8:00 PM)

 

  • WOMEN’S BASKETBALLAK Women’s Basketball split their final two regular season games, defeating Berry before an extremely tight loss to Conference Champion Providence by a score of 51-50 in front of a great Home crowd.  The Lady Knights finished 8-4- (3rd Place) in SoMeck 7 Conference play, and 14-10 overall as they begin post-season play this week in the Conference Tournament as the #3 Seed.  Best of luck to our Lady Knights!

SoMeck 7 Conference Tournament @ Phillip O. Berry (all games)

  • 2/17 – 1st Round vs. West Meck (6:00 PM)
  • 2/19 – Semi-Finals vs. TBD (6:00 PM)
  • 2/21 – Finals vs. TBD (6:30 PM)

 

  • WRESTLINGAK Wrestling competed in the Individuals Regional Tournament over the weekend, with many strong performances to post 7th Place in the team standings.  But the highlight was Anthony Farrand’s Regional Championship title in the 145 lb. weight class to punch his ticket to the NCHSAA 4A State Tournament this week in Greensboro.  Great season by our Knights wrestlers and best of luck at States Anthony!
    • 2/20-22 – NCHSAA 4A Individuals State Tournament @ Greensboro Coliseum

 

  • INDOOR TRACK & FIELD:  AK Indoor Track & Field completed their Winter season at the NCHSAA 4A State Championship Meet in Winston-Salem over the weekend.  Two great podium performances highlighted the event for the Knights.  Congrats to Amber Jackson taking 3rd Place in the Women’s High Jump, and congrats to Murphy Smith taking 3rd Place in the Men’s 3200m Run!  Now turns the attention to the Spring for Outdoor Track & Field Season!
    • SEASON COMPLETE

 

IMPORTANT NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS 

  • Spring Sports Pre-Season Parent Meeting:
    • The mandatory Pre-Season Parent Meeting for Spring Sports is coming up on Monday, February 24th at 6:00 PM in the Main Gym.All Spring student-athletes and a parent/guardian are required to attend this NCHSAA and CMS mandated meeting.

 

  • Sylvan Learning Center – SAT/ACT Prep Scholarships Raffle:
    • Our AK Athletic Boosters have partnered with Sylvan of Ballantyne to offer a chance to win one of four SAT/ACT Prep Scholarship packages each valued at $750!Raffle tickets became available at this past Friday’s Home Basketball games and will be on sale this week and at the upcoming Spring Sports Pre-Season Parent Meeting.The drawing will take place and be announced at the meeting as well.Don’t miss out on this great value opportunity and support the AK Athletic Boosters at the same time!

 

  • 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

 

  • 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

 

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

 

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

 

  • 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/

 

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

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 (Feb. 10-15)

By Brian Knab 02/09/2020, 10:00am EST

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

 

AK SPORTS REPORT

(February 10-15, 2020)

We hope that everyone survived and was safe during the severe storms that swept through the Charlotte area at the end of last week!  Now that 2nd semester has settled in and we hit the mid-point of February this week, a very busy week lies ahead.  Spring Sports officially starts this week with tryouts/practices on Wednesday!  Any student wishing to tryout for a Spring team must have their “Ticket-to-Play” by Wednesday or they will not be permitted to participate.  Coach Knab will be holding a final session for all teams on Tuesday immediately after school at his office……be sure to attend if you haven’t been cleared yet!  Meanwhile, Winter Sports continue down the final stretch of their season.  A special congratulations to AK swimmer Teresa Ivan on her NCHSAA State Championship Title in the Women’s 100yd Freestyle at this past Friday’s 4A State Meet!

GO KNIGHTS!  PROTECT THE CASTLE!

  • 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

 

WINTER SPORTS

  • MEN’S BASKETBALLAK Men’s Basketball dropped a heartbreaker in overtime at Olympic in what was a showdown for 1st Place outright in the SoMeck 7.  The Knights will look to bounce back this week with two Home games in conference play to close out the regular season.  They enter this final week at 16-6 overall and 2nd Place outright at 7-3 in conference.  Good luck to the Knights finishing the regular season strong, capped by the season finale on Friday night against Providence on Senior Night!
    • 2/10 – @ Home vs. Berry
      • JV – 4:30 PM
      • Varsity – 7:30 PM
    • 2/14 – @ Home vs. Providence – SENIOR NIGHT
      • JV – 4:30 PM
      • Varsity – 7:30 PM

 

  • WOMEN’S BASKETBALLAK Women’s Basketball got a huge road conference win this past week by defeating Olympic in an overtime thriller.  The Lady Knights improved to 7-3 in SoMeck 7 Conference play and 13-9 overall.  They enter the final week of the regular season tied for 2nd Place in the conference with two big Home games, including rival Providence on Friday for Senior Night!  Please come out early on Friday night to support the Lady Knights!
    • 2/10 – @ Home vs. Berry
      • JV – 3:30 PM
      • Varsity – 6:00 PM
    • 2/14 – @ Home vs. Providence – SENIOR NIGHT
      • JV – 3:30 PM
      • Varsity – 6:00 PM

 

  • MEN’S & WOMEN’S SWIM & DIVEAK Swim & Dive’s season culminated at the NCHSAA 4A State Swim & Dive Championships at the end of this past week.  In the Diving competition on Thursday, congrats to David Schuster on a Top 15 State performances, finishing 13th Place overall!  In the Swimming Championships on Friday, two Knights reached the podium as medalists.  Congrats to Men’s swimmer Gaige Ryan on finishing 4th Place in the State in the 100yd Freestyle.  On the Women’s side, the Lady Knights had a strong team performance finishing Top 10 in the State in 9th Place overall.  The highlight of the State Meet for the Knights came from Teresa Ivan’s State Championship performance in the Women’s 100yd Freestyle!  Teresa also finished State Runner-Up in the 50yd Freestyle!  Great season overall by our Aqua Knights and a great way to end it with an Individual State Champion performance!
  • NCHSAA 4A State Meet Results: https://www.nchsaa.org/sites/default/files/4a%20state%20-%20results_1.pdf
    • SEASON COMPLETE

 

  • WRESTLINGAK Wrestling saw their Dual Team season come to an end in the 1st Round of the NCHSAA State Playoffs with a loss to a very good Davie County team.  This week, NCHSAA post-season competition begins for Individuals with the 4A West Regional Tournament at Hough.  Good luck to our Regional qualifying Knights on the mats this week!
    • 2/14 – Day 1 NCHSAA 4A West Individuals Regional Tournament @ Hough (6:00 PM)
    • 2/15 – Day 2 NCHSAA 4A West Individuals Regional Tournament @ Hough (9:00 AM)

 

  • INDOOR TRACK & FIELD:  AK Indoor Track & Field competed in the Charlotte City Championships over the weekend in the final meet of the season before the NCHSAA State Indoor Meet this coming weekend in Winston-Salem.  Congrats to Amber Jackson for taking 1st Place in both the Women’s High Jump and Triple Jump events.  Full results are below with other strong performances from our Knights.  Good luck to all our State qualifiers this coming weekend!
  • Charlotte City Championship Resultshttps://nc.milesplit.com/meets/362581/results#.Xj9lpsKovIW
    • 2/15 – NCHSAA 4A State Championship Meet @ JDL Fast Track (Winston-Salem)

 

IMPORTANT NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS 

  • 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

 

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

 

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

 

  • 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/

 

February Community Spotlight – Brad Smith / Hickory Tavern

Brad Smith is the founder and owner of Hickory Tavern Restaurant.  He is originally from Hickory, NC and went to high school with our own AK Varsity Men's Basketball Coach - Coach Michael Craft.  Brad has been in Charlotte since graduating from Appalachian State University and opened his first Hickory Tavern here in 1997. Charlotte is now the headquarters of Hickory Tavern.  Brad comments, "We’ve been in Charlotte for 22 years and we now have 28 Hickory Tavern’s throughout NC, SC, AL and TN."

Coach Craft says about his friend since high school, "Brad and the Hickory Tavern have been a tremendous sponsor of Ardrey Kell basketball for the past eleven years! We eat our pre-game meals for our home games at the Tavern and they couldn’t treat us any better. It has become part of our “routine” to eat at the Tavern and the players love it. In fact, Steven Santa Ana came home from college and asked if he could eat the pre-game meal at the Tavern with us and said that is one of the things that he missed most about AK basketball---eating at the Tavern!" 

Brad explains, "All of our Hickory Tavern locations strive to be highly visible in the local neighborhoods we serve.  With AK’s proximity to our Providence Road location – AK was an awesome choice as a community partner.  The families that attend AK are our neighbors and our guests and we enjoy supporting them, particularly in sports, as our brand definitely has a passion for sports. Many of the AK athletes have grown up with us so it is extra special to see them succeed on the field and in the classroom."

Coach Craft tells us, "We have also eaten at other Hickory Taverns when we travel. They have many locations around Charlotte and the region. When we played in the state championship in 2015, we ate lunch at the Providence location before we left and then ate our pregame meal at the Chapel Hill/Carrboro location. Brad and his son, Paxson, ate with us at both locations and supported us throughout the playoffs." 

Coach Craft recalls, "Three years ago we started an in-season tournament at Ardrey Kell. I asked Brad to sponsor it and his response was 'whatever you need we are all in.' We have used it as a way to have two home games and play private schools. This year we had an exciting game with Charlotte Latin. Hickory Tavern provided food to all the teams involved and the support staff."

Brad offers, "Our partnership with AK is simple.  We provide pre-game meals for Coach Craft and in return they decorate our office with championship plaques – EZPZ – particularly from our side 

AK Sports Report (Feb. 3-8)

By Brian Knab 02/03/2020, 11:30am EST

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

 

AK SPORTS REPORT

(February 3-8, 2020)

Happy Super Bowl Sunday to all you big sports fans out there!  Hopefully everyone is able to enjoy the big game with family and friends before the start of another busy sports week at AK!  As we hit the first full week of February, only two weeks remain in the regular season for Basketball, while our other Winter Sports are in NCHSAA post-season competition.  Also, Spring Sports will officially begin next week (Feb. 12)…..it’s going to be a very busy month of February for sure!  Be sure to also check out our Community Spotlight for this month below, featuring another great AK Sponsor!  Have a great week AK!

GO KNIGHTS!  PROTECT THE CASTLE!

  • December Student-Athletes of the Month
    • Male:  Congratulations to Senior Wrestler Anthony Farrand on being named AK Athletics Male Student-Athlete of the Month for December!
    • Female:  Congratulations to Junior Women’s Swimmer Emily Brown on being named AK Athletics Female Student-Athlete of the Month for December!

WINTER SPORTS

  • MEN’S BASKETBALLAK Men’s Basketball suffered a tough loss in the closing seconds at Harding to start this past week, but quickly responded with two impressive wins at Home to improve to 16-5 overall and tied for 1st in the SoMeck 7 Conference at 7-2.  The Knights have a huge week ahead with two conference games, highlighted by a showdown at Olympic on Tuesday, with 1st Place in the conference on the line.  Good luck this week Knights!
    • 2/4 – @ Olympic
      • JV – 4:30 PM
      • Varsity – 7:30 PM
    • 2/7 – @ Home vs. Berry
      • JV – 4:30 PM
      • Varsity – 7:30 PM

 

  • WOMEN’S BASKETBALLAK Women’s Basketball earned two conference victories this past week to improve to 6-3 in SoMeck 7 Conference play and 12-9 overall.  The Lady Knights look to keep things going against two tough conference opponents this week in Olympic on the road and Berry at Home.  Let’s Go Lady Knights!
    • 2/4 – @ Olympic
      • JV – 3:30 PM
      • Varsity – 6:00 PM
    • 2/7 – @ Home vs. Berry
      • JV – 3:30 PM
      • Varsity – 6:00 PM

 

  • MEN’S & WOMEN’S SWIM & DIVEAK Swim & Dive entered NCHSAA post-season competition in the 4A West Regional Championship meets over the weekend.  Diving took place on Friday with David Schuster earning a spot in the State Championship Meet with a 7th Place finish.  On Saturday, the Aqua Knights posted many more strong State Qualifying performances, highlighted by Women’s swimmer Teresa Ivan’s Regional Championship titles in the 50yd and 100yd Freestyle races!  Good luck to our State Qualifying Knights below in the State Championship Meet this week!
  • AK Women’s Regional Results: Teresa Ivan (1st Place in 50yd Freestyle and 100yd Freestyle); Emily Brown, Abby Bocian, Reese Yankie, Gabriella Spina (8th Place 200yd Medley Relay); Abby Bocian (5th Place 200yd IM); Abby Bocian, Taylyn Adams, Gabriella Spina, Teresa Ivan (4th Place 200yd Freestyle Relay); Emily Brown (3rd Place 100yd Backstroke); Taylyn Adams, Kylie Brewster, Emily Brown, Teresa Ivan (5th Place 400yd Freestyle Relay).
  • AK Men’s Regional Results: Gaige Ryan (2nd Place in 200yd Freestyle and 100yd Freestyle); David Schuster (7th Place Diving); Davis Hull, Jake Royster, Bastian Mazarguil, Gaige Ryan (6th Place 200yd Freestyle Relay).
    • 2/6 – NCHSAA 4A State Diving Championships @ Koury Natatorium (UNC-Chapel Hill)
    • 2/7 – NCHSAA 4A State Swimming Championships @ Triangle Aquatic Center (Cary, NC)

 

  • WRESTLINGAK Wrestling earned a share of the SoMeck 7 Conference Championship with an exciting 38-33 dual match victory on the road at Providence to finish 5-1 in conference competition!  The Knights then won the tiebreak draw and will enter as the #1 seed from the SoMeck 7 in this week’s NCHSAA Dual Team State Playoffs.  AK will host Tuesday on the Home mats in Round 1 and 2……..please come out and support!  The Knights also competed in the Conference Tournament this past Saturday at Harding.  See below results from our top performances!
  • SoMeck 7 Conference Tournament Results:
    • Conference Champions: Jackson Riley (138 lbs.), Anthony Farrand (145 lbs.), Cole Hepler (152 lbs.), Eric Thorn (170 lbs.)
    • Conference Runner-Ups: Cam Parker (106 lbs.), Gaetano Verni (113 lbs.), Douglas Walkley (120 lbs.), Cooper Marshall (132 lbs.), Issam Alzouby (195 lbs.)
    • 3rd Place: Beylor Morgan (126 lbs.)
    • 4th Place: Aryan Vetal (160 lbs.)
  • 2/4 – 1st/2nd Round NCHSAA Dual Team State Playoffs vs. Davie @ Moorseville (6:00 PM)
  • 2/6 – 3rd Round/Regionals NCHSAA Dual Team State Playoffs vs. TBD @ TBD (6:00 PM)
  • 2/8 – State Finals NCHSAA Dual Team State Playoffs vs. TBD @ TBD

 

  • INDOOR TRACK & FIELD:  AK Indoor Track & Field competed in the Mondo Elite HS Invitational at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem over the weekend.  Full meet results can be viewed below, but a special shout out to Amber Jackson on setting a new school record in the Women’s Triple Jump to take 3rd Place against some great competition!  Amber also placed 2nd in the Women’s High Jump.  This coming week, AK will compete in the Charlotte Area Championships at Cuthbertson, in what will be the last competition before the NCHSAA State Indoor Meet the following week.  Good luck AK T&F!
    • 2/8 – Charlotte Area Championships @ Cuthbertson

 

IMPORTANT NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

  • 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 -https://forms.gle/bYspsXakYdvCEqL87.
    • 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 atakabc.scholarships@gmail.com

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  • 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/

 

February Community Spotlight – Brad Smith / Hickory Tavern

Brad Smith is the founder and owner of Hickory Tavern Restaurant.  He is originally from Hickory, NC and went to high school with our own AK Varsity Men's Basketball Coach - Coach Michael Craft.  Brad has been in Charlotte since graduating from Appalachian State University and opened his first Hickory Tavern here in 1997. Charlotte is now the headquarters of Hickory Tavern.  Brad comments, "We’ve been in Charlotte for 22 years and we now have 28 Hickory Tavern’s throughout NC, SC, AL and TN."

Coach Craft says about his friend since high school, "Brad and the Hickory Tavern have been a tremendous sponsor of Ardrey Kell basketball for the past eleven years! We eat our pre-game meals for our home games at the Tavern and they couldn’t treat us any better. It has become part of our “routine” to eat at the Tavern and the players love it. In fact, Steven Santa Ana came home from college and asked if he could eat the pre-game meal at the Tavern with us and said that is one of the things that he missed most about AK basketball---eating at the Tavern!" 

Brad explains, "All of our Hickory Tavern locations strive to be highly visible in the local neighborhoods we serve.  With AK’s proximity to our Providence Road location – AK was an awesome choice as a community partner.  The families that attend AK are our neighbors and our guests and we enjoy supporting them, particularly in sports, as our brand definitely has a passion for sports. Many of the AK athletes have grown up with us so it is extra special to see them succeed on the field and in the classroom."

Coach Craft tells us, "We have also eaten at other Hickory Taverns when we travel. They have many locations around Charlotte and the region. When we played in the state championship in 2015, we ate lunch at the Providence location before we left and then ate our pregame meal at the Chapel Hill/Carrboro location. Brad and his son, Paxson, ate with us at both locations and supported us throughout the playoffs." 

Coach Craft recalls, "Three years ago we started an in-season tournament at Ardrey Kell. I asked Brad to sponsor it and his response was 'whatever you need we are all in.' We have used it as a way to have two home games and play private schools. This year we had an exciting game with Charlotte Latin. Hickory Tavern provided food to all the teams involved and the support staff."

Brad offers, "Our partnership with AK is simple.  We provide pre-game meals for Coach Craft and in return they decorate our office with championship plaques – EZPZ – particularly from our side 

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