Marquette University’s Sam Johnson (Statesville H.S.) registered three top-three finishes during last weekend’s BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships in New York and, in doing so, was named All-BIG EAST in each of those three events.

Johnson turned in a gold-medal performance in men’s triple jump, winning the title with a distance of 15.50 meters (50 feet, 10.25 inches). Coupled with his third-place finish in long jump—7.20 meters; or 23 feet, 7.5 inches—the sophomore was named the BIG EAST Men’s Most Outstanding Field Performer.

His triple jump result earned him a spot in the NCAA regionals.

Competing in a running event for only the third time this season, Johnson aided Marquette’s second-place finishing 4x100 relay squad as well at the BIG EAST championships. That quartet posted a time of 41.81 seconds.

Johnson is a former two-time R&L Iredell County Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

ACHS picks Statesville grad to coach soccer

Alexander Central High School announced this past week that it has hired Statesville High alum David McConnell to be the school’s next boys soccer coach.

“I am thrilled and excited about the opportunity,” McConnell said in a prepared statement. “When I was in high school, I competed against A.C. in many different sports, and I am familiar with their success of many different sports. I hope that I can continue the standard of excellence that is displayed throughout the school, and I hope to build the soccer program into a successful competitor.”

McConnell is employed with Alexander County Schools as the Credit Recovery and Online Courses teacher at Alexander Central.

From 2015-17, McConnell served as boys soccer coach at Forestview High in Gastonia. His coaching experience prior to that includes seven years as an assistant coach at Statesville as well as five years as head coach at McDougle Middle School in Chapel Hill.

“I am very excited to be able to announce this hiring of David McConnell to direct our program,”

Alexander Central Athletic Director Nathan Robinson said. “David played college soccer and has coached the game at different levels also. I feel that David will be a great leader for our soccer program and is a good fit in our Athletic Department.”

NIHS basketball camp set

North Iredell High School announced dates for its 2019 boys and girls basketball camp.

It will be June 18-20. It’s for boys and girls entering grades 2 through 9. The camp will meet daily from 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The goal, as stated in the camp flyer, is to give young players an opportunity to enhance their overall knowledge of the game and have fun playing basketball, while also placing an emphasis on the proper fundamentals.

The cost is $50. Campers may pre-register at the school office or register the morning of June 18.

For more information, contact North Iredell High School.

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