QGHS Stallions Improve And Add New Athletic Facilities

QGHS Principal Josh Swartzlander.
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MINT HILL, NC – The Queens Grant High School Stallions have added to their sports complex while upgrading existing facilities and athletic fields.

The charter school has made some significant investments in their athletic facilities to be able to attract more student-athletes and become more competitive while offering an excellent academic alternative in a small campus atmosphere.

Diagram of New Facilities.
Diagram of New Facilities.


The administration built a new softball field, made additions and expanded their soccer and lacrosse complex, completed the baseball stadium, and have plans for a new Activity Center consisting of a gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, and wrestling programs.

‘”We are growing and have reached a point to invest in our athletic facilities on campus,” said Principal Josh Swartzlander.  “Our girls’ softball team would have to practice and play games at a local park located down the road; our basketball teams practice and play home games at Carolina Courts, located in Indian Trail. Overall, the investment will be beneficial for our students, coaches, fans, and parents to be able to remain on campus to participate in high school sports.”

Baseball Field.
Baseball Field.

The soccer coach said he is very pleased with the improvements made on the field used for practice and games. “It feels more like a stadium environment,” said Coach Mark Guercio.  “Our players will benefit from the experience of having a facility that is on par with any in our conference.” He also mentioned his team is young, but they have some good talent, and he expects to fully compete this upcoming season.

The Stallions New Corral.
The Stallions New Corral.

This writer also sat down with the baseball coaches, Head Coach Mac Watson and Assistant Coach Austin Kegarise. The baseball team will begin practice on April 12 and will play their first game on April 26. The Stallions will play all-conference teams on their schedule. “The team looks solid, we will be very competitive in our conference,” said, Coach Watson. He went on to mention returning senior Cameron King will be his ace on the mound; when not pitching he will be the team anchor at third base. Senior Cody Marsh is the number two pitcher in the starting rotation; when not pitching, he will be the team’s primary first baseman. Junior Alwin Duran will be returning as shortstop and will also be the third starter. Freshman Zack Gaydos will be the team’s fourth starting pitcher. Gaydos is pegged to be the team’s future ace.

Due to the pandemic, there are certain restrictions and protocols for social distancing that will be followed. However, all the coaches fully expect to have competitive athletics in 2021 during the winter and spring semesters starting in January.

According to Principal Swartzlander, the current plan is to begin construction on the Activity Center/Gymnasium sometime during 2021, with a completion date in 2022 as the best-case scenario.

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