Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lake Norman boys, Hickory Grove girls suffer blows to state title hopes

Hickory Grove's girls and Lake Norman's boys, both favorites to win state championships this season, have both lost key players.

Hickory Grove's LaCherish Reed will miss the remainder of the season to concentrate on her academics. She's signed to N.C. A&T.

Lake Norman's Matt Denyes was removed from the team due to a violation of team/school rules and policy. Denyes, who is getting some Division II and Division III recruitment in football and basketball, was averaging 10 points and five rebounds for the Wildcats, No. 2 in the Sweet 16.

Lake Norman plays at No. 1 Hopewell Friday.

Hickory Grove is at Westminster Catawba Friday.