Junior Hawks Perfect in Season Opener
For the third season in a row the BlazeSports Junior Hawks opened their season with perfect first day at the North Carolina Winter Classic. The Junior Hawks’ Prep team started the tournament with a 34 – 17 win over the Mississippi Wheelcats. Collin Lancaster and Taevan Grant led the Junior Hawks with 12 points a piece. Eric Francis scored 6 while Tanner Adkins and Malachi Kirkland scored 2. Rookies Cameron Gunter, Jeremiah Million and Mike Henininger joined second year players Zachery Armas, Michael Kitchens and John Joiner assisting with strong defensive play.
In their second game of the day, the Junior Hawks Prep played the Charlotte Rollin Hornets (NC). Eric Francis led all players with 11 points. Collin Lancaster added 8 points while John Joiner, Malachi Kirkland and Taevan Grant each scored 2 points. The Hawks win 25-6 behind great defense from all twelve players.
In their third game of the day, the Junior Hawks Prep played local rival Lakeshore Sharks (AL). The Hawks had a good offensive game with 9 of 12 –players making the stat sheet. Collin Lancaster led the Junior Hawks with 10 points while Taevan Grant scored 6 and John Joiner and Eric Francis each scored 4 points. Five Hawks players, Tanner Adkins, Malachi Kirkland, Jeremiah Million, Cade Manor and Zachary Armas helped out with 2 points. Cameron Gunter, Mike Henininger and Mike Kitchens continued with great defensive play. Hawks win 34-6 and earn a spot in Sunday’s Championship Prep Game.
On the Varsity side of the tournament the Junior Hawks opened their 2014-15 season with a convincing win over the Jr, Thunder (NC). The Hawks spread the scoring across 10 different players. Josh Joines, Samuel Armas, Treyvon Smith and Cameron Elzey led the way with 6 points each. Brent O’Grady, KJ Reese and rookie Jordan Kozloski each scored 4 points while Chance Boyd Austin Davis and Luke Hutchinson rounded out the scoring with 2 points. The Hawks win 42-18.
The Varsity squad second game was against first year team the Mississippi Wheelcats. The Hawks continued their impressive defense, while upping their offense. Josh Joines led the Hawks with 22 points, while Brent O’Grady and Samuel Armas each scored 8 points. Jordan Kozloski, Treyvon Smith and KJ Reese finished off the scoring with 6 points each. Hawks win 56-20.
The Hawks’ third of four games was against long-time local rival the Lakeshore Foundation. Defense continued to be the team’s strong point limiting a regional powerhouse to only 20 points. On the offensive side seven Hawks contributed points with Josh Joines leading the way and outscoring Lakeshore with 26 points. Treyvon Smith and Brent O’Grady scored 10 and Samuel Armas adding 8 points. The Hawks bench continued to contribute both offensively and defensively. KJ Reese scored 4, with Makayla Jones and Jordon Kozloski each scoring 2 points. Hawks win 64-20.
The end of the Hawk’s long day was another game against a first year team, the Revolution (NC). With a spot in Sunday’s championship Varsity game already earned the Hawks used the fourth game of to day to given their starters some rest and their bench players some good playing time. Nine players made the offensive stat sheet with KJ Reese, Luke Hutchinson and Samuel Armas leading the way with 6 points. Makayla Jones, Brent O’Grady, Jordan Kozloski, Josh Joines and Polina Glukhova all scored 4 points. Chance Boyd rounded out the scoring with 2 points. Hawks go 4-0 with a 44-10 win.