Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bob Gibbons national top 150 senior basketball players

Lenoir-based national recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons has released his early list of the nation's top 150 seniors.

Hough High forward Luke Maye, who is a North Carolina recruit, is ranked 72nd

Click here for full list

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Guilford County finds rules violations at 7 of 15 football programs; 3 get one-year probation

The N.C. High School Athletic Association has placed three Guilford County high school football teams on probation for one season after Guilford County Schools found rules violations at seven county schools.

Greensboro Dudley, the 2013 N.C. 4A state champion, along with High Point Andrews and Southeast Guilford were placed on a one-year probation.

Dudley was kicked out of the 2014 playoffs before they began after violating a participation rule. A Dudley player who is a junior in school played in both the varsity and junior varsity football games in the same week. That is a violation of the NCHSAA rule.

After Dudley was eliminated from postseason contention, Guilford County did a review of all of its 15 football programs. After the review, it was determined that Dudley had at least one ineligible player in each of its varsity games. As a result, Dudley has now forfeited its entire season.

Southeast Guilford and High Point Andrews had similar participation violations.

Below is the full press release from Guilford County Schools that details the rulings:

Nov. 25, 2014 - Guilford County Schools found violations with football programs at seven high schools, after conducting a detailed review of North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) requirements. GCS reported the violations to the NCHSAA on Monday, Nov. 24.

As a result of the review and the violations found, three football programs – Dudley, Andrews and Southeast High schools – were placed on probation for one year and their head coaches were reprimanded by the NCHSAA.

Four other high schools – Northeast, Western, Ragsdale and Page – were fined for failing to complete required paperwork. The NCHSAA also reprimanded the football programs at Western, Ragsdale and Page.

District Athletic Director Leigh Hebbard and other staff did the review of all 15 high school football programs after discovering eligibility issues at Dudley High School earlier this month. After the review, GCS learned at least one ineligible player dressed out for all Dudley High School’s varsity games; Dudley will now forfeit its entire 2014 football season.

The player was on the junior varsity team, but also dressed out for all 10 varsity competitions and took the field in at least four. According to NCHSAA rules, student-athletes who are juniors may not participate in more than one game within one week. NCHSAA rules say that dressing out for a game is the same as participating.

These nine violations are in addition to the one reported after the Southeast High game on Nov. 7, which Dudley forfeited and which kept the school out of the playoffs. Dudley will pay a $500 fine for each violation (for a total of $4,500 in additional fines; the school already paid a $500 fine for the Nov. 7 violation) and will forfeit those games, which means the school forfeits the entire season. In addition, the NCHSAA reprimanded the head coach and placed the football program on probation for one year.

“I’m disappointed to discover these additional violations,” said Jesse Pratt, Dudley High’s principal. “At Dudley High, I expect our staff and students to play by the rules in the classroom and on the athletic field. I will be taking immediate action to ensure these issues will not happen again. This is unfair to our students, our student-athletes, our staff and community, and I am sorry for everything we have learned over the past few weeks.”

Dudley and the six other high schools – Andrews, Southeast, Northeast, Western, Ragsdale and Page – failed to complete required paperwork related to the NCHSAA’s eight-quarter rule.

The eight-quarter rule allows freshman and sophomore junior varsity football players to participate in the JV game as well as the varsity game in the same week. The NCHSAA requires two forms to be filled out as part of the process: the first form must be submitted before the student plays in the varsity game.

In addition to being signed by the student’s parent, athletic director and coach, the team’s licensed athletic trainer or physician also has to evaluate the student and sign the form to ensure there are no health concerns before the student may play in a second game in one week.

Failing to fill out the advance form results in a $500 penalty per game. The association will not reduce the fine related to the advance paperwork, because it is critically important to ensure students are evaluated physically before taking the field in two games in one week.

The Monday after the game, an additional form must be completed on the NCHSAA website, listing any players who participated in the eight-quarter program, as well as the number of quarters in which the student-athlete played.

Andrews did not fill out the pre- or post-game paperwork for nine games, for a total of $4,500 in fines. The NCHSAA also reprimanded the head coach and placed the football program on probation for one year. In addition, the school forfeits all nine games and must return to the NCHSAA any money earned during the 2014 playoffs.

Southeast reported seven violations for failing to complete the pre-game paperwork, for a total of $3,500 in fines. The school did complete the post-game paperwork. The head coach was formally reprimanded and the football program was placed on probation for one year.

Four other schools – Northeast, Western, Ragsdale and Page High schools – also reported violations for the post-game paperwork, but all four did complete the important pre-game forms, which include the medical evaluation. Western, Ragsdale and Page face a one-time $500 fine and their football programs were reprimanded. The NCHSAA waived Northeast High’s fine due to internal changes the school made before the football season ended.

The eight-quarter athletic violations by school are as follows:

School
Violation – Pre-Game Paperwork
Violation – Post-Game Paperwork
Total Fines
Andrews
Nine games: $4,500
Nine games
$4,500
Southeast
Seven games: $3,500
No violation
$3,500
Northeast
No violation
$500 flat fee
Waived
Western
No violation
$500 flat fee
$500
Ragsdale
No violation
$500 flat fee
$500
Page
No violation
$500 flat fee
$500

“I’m disappointed to find schools were not following the rules,” said GCS Athletic Director Leigh Hebbard. “This is not new information, and we expect coaches and athletic directors to know and follow NCHSAA rules governing their sports.”

All head football coaches are required to attend a mandatory NCHSAA rules clinic every summer. Athletic directors receive updates, information and reminders about association rules throughout the year, and the district athletic director reviews any changes with athletic directors prior to the start of each season as well. Athletic directors are expected to present an NCHSAA powerpoint to all coaches every year; the presentation provides a review of attendance, academic and residency rules, as well as regulations governing eligibility.

As a result of these issues, school athletic directors will now receive additional training on the NCHSAA policies and procedures. Hebbard also will work individually with the schools that had the greatest number of issues. In addition, Hebbard will develop a district-wide protocol to handle the eight-quarter rule and how it is reported and tracked in the future.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

NCHSAA West Quarterfinal Football Pairings

4AA West
No. 9 Providence (10-3) at No. 4Mallard Creek (12-1)
No. 7 Hough (10-3) at No. 3 Lake Norman (12-1)

4A West
No. 12 Rocky River (9-4) at No. 9 Vance (10-3)
No. 3 Charlotte Catholic (12-1) at No. 2 W-S Reagan (12-1)

3AA West
No. 5 Weddington (12-1) at No. 1 Asheville (12-1)
No. 3 Statesville (9-4) at No. 2 Cuthbertson (10-3)

3A West
No. 4 Forestview (11-2) at No. 1 Crest (13-0)
No. 15 East Rowan (7-6) at No. 6 South Point (9-4)

2AA West
No. 5 Lincolnton 11-2) at No. 1 East Lincoln (13-0)
No. 6 Monroe (9-4) at No. 2 Franklin (13-0)

2A West
No. 4 Mount Pleasant (11-2) at No. 1 Swannanoa Owen (13-0)
No. 3 Shelby (11-2) at No. 2 Reidsville (10-2)

1AA West
No. 5 Starmount at No. 1 West Montgomery (11-1)
No. 10 Swain County (10-3) at No. 3 Whiteville (11-2)

1A West
No. 4 Murphy (10-3) at No. 1 Robbinsville (13-0)
No. 6 Alleghany (9-4) at No. 2 Thomas Jefferson (10-3)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NCHSAA state championship game times set

CHAPEL HILL—Commissioner Davis Whitfield of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced today the game times for the eight NCHSAA football championship games for the 2014 season, which will be played at just two locations.
              BB&T Field in Winston-Salem and Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh will each host four contests.
              One game will be played on Friday night, December 12, at both locations and then three games on Saturday.
              The schedule at Carter-Finley will have the 1-AA championship on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  Then the Saturday games will include the 1-A game at noon, the 3-A final at 4 p.m. and the 3-AA championship at 8 p.m.
              At BB&T Field, the 4-A game is scheduled for Friday night at 7:30.  Then on Saturday the 2-A contest will follow at noon, the 2-AA final at 4 p.m. and then the 4-AA championship at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

This week's Observer-area high school basketball schedule

Wednesday, November 19
Berry at East Gaston
Cuthbertson at Hickory Ridge
Monroe at Cox Mill (Girls only)
Mount Pleasant at Concord
Newton Conover at Lincoln Charter
North Iredell at East Wilkes
Olympic at Rocky River
South Mecklenburg at Butler
West Iredell at Pine Lake Prep

Thursday, November 20
A.L. Brown at Carson (Girls only)
Arborbrook at Charlotte Country Day
Central Academy at Mountain Island Charter
Central Cabarrus at Vance
Charlotte United Christian at Christ the King
Concord First Assembly at Quality Education (Boys only)
East Mecklenburg at Providence
Forest Hills at Covenant Day
Gaston Christian at Westminster Catawba
Grace Academy at Mountain Island Charter
Grace Christian at Davidson Day
Highland Tech at North Gaston 
Mallard Creek at Butler
Metrolina Christian at Carmel Christian
Northwest Cabarrus at Piedmont
Riverside Christian at Crossroads Charter
South Point at Kings Mountain
Statesville Christian at Christ the King

Friday, November 21
Arborbrook at Carolina Christian
Ardrey Kell at Myers Park
Bunker Hill at North Iredell
Central Cabarrus at Mount Pleasant
Charlotte Christian at Community School of Davidson
Christ the King at Charlotte Catholic
Covenant Day at Metrolina Christian
Cox Mill at Jay M. Robinson
Crossroads Charter at Faith Assembly of Durham
Cuthbertson at Parkwood
East Mecklenburg at Providence
Fletcher School at Central Academy at Lake Park
Freedom Christian at Gaston Day
Forestview at Weddington
Greensboro Day at Charlotte Latin
Harding at Garinger
Hibriten at West Iredell
Hickory Grove at Concord First Assembly
Hopewell at East Gaston
Kennedy Charter vs. Greenfield in Christ School Showcase (Boys only)
Kennedy Charter at Christ School in Christ School Showcase (Boys only)
Lake Norman at Hough
Lincoln Charter at South Brunswick
Marvin Ridge at Hickory Ridge
Mount Zion at Charlotte United Christian
Northwest Cabarrus at Mooresville
Piedmont Charter at Highland Tech
Pine Lake Prep at Statesville Christian
Rocky River at South Mecklenburg
Statesville at Vance
Wake Christian at Cannon School in Cannon Classic (Boys only)
West Charlotte at West Mecklenburg
West Lincoln at North Lincoln
Victory Christian vs. TBA in Victory Christian Millennium Tournament
York Prep at Westminster Catawba

Saturday, November 22
Carmel Christian at Charlotte Secondary School (Boys)
Charlotte Christian vs. Gainesville in Hilton Invitational in Norcross, GA (Girls)
Crossroads Charters vs. Prominence Academy of Durham 
Greensboro Day at Charlotte Country Day
Forsyth Country Day/Spartanburg Day vs. Cannon in Cannon Classic (Boys only)
Lincoln Charter at West Brunswick
Metrolina Christian at High Point Christian (Girls only)
Victory Christian vs. TBA in Victory Christian Millennium Tournament

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Area college signees 11.12.14

Area players who are signing with colleges through next Monday

ARDREY KELL:
Steven Santa Ana (Elon University, Men’s Basketball); Raven Dean (East Tennessee State University – Women’s Basketball); ARDREY KELL: Quiera Gilmore (Norfolk State University – Women’s Basketball); Deja McCain (North Carolina Central University – Women’s Basketball); ARDREY KELL: Jordan Muhammad (Princeton University – Women’s Basketball); Jack Eudy (United States Naval Academy – Men’s Swimming); Connor Long (Texas A&M University – Men’s Swimming); Lauren Wallace (University of Richmond – Women’s Swimming); Allison Kennedy (Belmont Abbey College – Softball); Kanisha Davidson (Limestone College – Women’s Lacrosse); Kerani Davidson (University of Virginia-Wise – Women’s Lacrosse); Maeve Healey (Belmont Abbey College – Women’s Lacrosse)

ASHBROOK: Xzavier Robinson (Appalachian State, men's track) 

CANNON SCHOOL: Anna Redding (University of Virginia, women’s golf); Annie Collom (University of Richmond, women’s golf); Noah Edmondson (University of Arkansas, men’s golf); Will Gordon (Vanderbilt University, men’s golf); Anthony Perrino (Georgetown University, men’s golf); Davis Kiger (High Point University, men’s golf); Jordan Wallace (Claflin University, volleyball); Savana Gandy (Appalachian State University, volleyball); Patrick Hunter (Washington and Lee, men’s cross country)

CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC: Annie Brannon (Belmont Abbey, women's lacrosse); Katie Simpson (Queens, women's lacrosse); Sara Stranick (Virginia, women's swimming); Rebecca Postoll (Michigan, women's swimming); Nora McCullagh (Texas, women's swimming); Nick Rizzieri (Queens, lacrosse); Jake Priester (Mercer, lacrosse); James Powers (Furman, lacrosse); Seamus Byrne (Hampden-Sydney, lacrosse); Dan Crotty (Stevens Institute of Technology, lacrosse); Annie Brannon (Belmont Abbey, women's lacrosse); Saidey Whalen (Central Michigan, women's lacrosse); Natalie Wallon (Syracuse University, women's lacrosse); Katie Simpson (Queens, women's lacrosse); Paige Bredder (Denison University, women's lacrosse); Johnny Koletic (Clemson, baseball); Hannah Bolly (Spalding University, women's basketball)

CHARLOTTE COUNTRY DAY: Katharine Franz (Davidson, volleyball); Jordan Greene (Clemson, baseball); Ashton Poole (University of Virginia, men’s golf)

CHARLOTTE LATIN: Leila Evans (UNC Chapel Hill, field hockey); Clifton Mathis (Holy Cross, lacrosse); Rozhina McClanahan (NC State, swimming); Megan McClelland (Maryland, gymnastics); Jackson Monnin (Lehigh, lacrosse); Carson Song (Brown, lacrosse)

CHRIST THE KING: Gaby Hurt (Western Carolina University, women's tennis)

​CLOVER: Marisa Harkey (Furman, softball) Blake Wallert (Winthrop, softball)

COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF DAVIDSON: Malia Ellington (Harvard, cross country, track)

CONCORD FIRST ASSEMBLY: Carley Cox (James Madison University, women’s golf)

CUTHBERTSON: Bailey Connell (Wingate Univ., Baseball); Nicole Wild (NC State, Gymnastics)

HICKORY RIDGE: Jalen Stowe (Mercer, basketball)

HIGHLAND TECH: Madison Armstrong (Western Carolina, softball)

HOPEWELL: Katie Dillon (Montreat, women’s basketball); Drew Goodman (UNC Greensboro, baseball); Tristan Baker (Western Carolina, baseball); Joey Hill (NC A&T Baseball)a

HOUGH: Kayla Finnerty (NC A&T, Volleyball), Drew Ober (UNCC, Baseball), Kensleigh Owens (Gymnastics, Pittsburgh), Evan Heldman (Swimming, Alabama), Emily Allen (Swimming, Tennessee), Trey Poff (Swimming, NC State), Karly Adams (Diving, Florida Gulf Coast), Savannah Dorn (Lacrosse, Alderson-Broaddus), Blake Fiest (Golf, Virginia Tech), Hannah Jones (Barton, Softball), Casey Brescia (Softball, Appalachian State), and Leah Murray (Softball, UNC)

INDEPENDENCE: Natalie Barnett (Presbyterian, women's lacrosse)

INDIAN LAND: Mike Webb (Erskine, baseball)

LAKE NORMAN CHARTER: John Creel (Ole Miss University, baseball); Zach Queen (Catawba College, baseball); Steven Farkas (Longwood University, baseball); and Griffin Stechmiller (Queens University, men’s lacrosse); Jessica Kane (Lenoir-Rhyne, women's lacrosse)

LAKE NORMAN:
 Alexandra Bates (Belmont Abbey-Tennis), Sydney Ditto (Queens-Softball), Josh Ladowski (UNC - Baseball), Zach Little (Wingate-Baseball), Jamie Pisel (Lander-Softball), KiShawn Pritchett (Davidson-Mens Basketball), Hunter Seacat (William & Mary - Mens Basketball), Austin Vogel (Mercer-Mens Lacrosse)

LINCOLN CHARTER: Victoria Carter (Catawba Valley Community College, Volleyball); Lincoln Charter: Emily Kenley (Lenoir Rhyne, Softball)

MALLARD CREEK: Gabbie Cunningham (NC State University – Track); Taylor Scovel (Brevard – Women’s Golf); Michael Moorehead (Tusculum – Baseball)

MARVIN RIDGE: Sara Maleski (UNC-Chapel Hill – Diving); Ashley McGowan (Tennessee Tech – Softball); Clare Murphy (VCU – Women’s Lacrosse); Taylor Sweeney (University of Tampa – Women’s Lacrosse); Max Wotell (University of Arizona – Baseball)

METROLINA CHRISTIAN: Aaron Stewart, Gardner Webb, men’s baseball)

MOORESVILLE: Ashley Cullen (UVA Wise, Women's Basketball)

MYERS PARK:
Jackson Dean (Presbyterian, baseball); Will Kobos (George Washington, baseball); Scot Kobos (UNC-Asheville, baseball); Evan Todd (Marymount University, baseball); Anna Habacevich (Wingate, women's lacrosse); Zaqwaun Matthews (UT Chattanooga - Basketball); Aliyah Mayzck (Southern California, women's basketball); D.D. Rogers (N.C. State, women's basketball); Katie Tylman (High Point, Women's volleyball); Nolan Mills (N.C. State, golf); Hoke Carlton (Davidson, men's golf); Jack Smith (South Carolina, swiming)

NATION FORD: David Sweezer (IUPUI, Men's swimming); Sabrina Riehl (Berry College, women's swimming); Brandon Fite (Winthrop, baseball); Clay Hunt (College of Charleston, baseball)

NORTH MECKLENBURG: Vincent Crisp (Texas Tech, track)


OLYMPIC: Ally Sherman (Mars Hill, Softball); Tanner Mann (App. State, Baseball); Von Koon (Spartanburg Methodist, baseball); Brandon Keller (Univ. of Cincinnati, swimming); Richard Keller (Towson, swimming; Brooke Sanford (Queens, softball)

PARKWOOD:
Julianna Cannamela (LSU, gymnastics)

PIEDMONT: Natalie Harris (Carson Newman – women’s volleyball)

PINE LAKE PREP: Cody Carlson (Milligan College, Men's Golf)

PORTER RIDGE: Kara Cunningham (Lees-McCrae, women's softball); Caleb Homesley (Liberty University, men's basketball); Hallie Rice (North Greenville, women's softball)
PROVIDENCE: Grace Sullivan (East Carolina, cross country and track); Mary Weinstein (Bucknell, Women's Swimming); Catherine Maxey (TCU, Women's Swimming); Andrew Fishel (Ohio State, baseball); Josh Hiatt (UNC, baseball); Trevor Rhyne (Catawba, baseball); Andrew Moritz (UNCG, baseball); Elizabeth Melching (Queens); Ellie Deaver (UNCC, women's soccer)

PROVIDENCE DAY SCHOOL: Alex Brea (Appalachian State University, tennis); Emma Brown (Elon University, cross country and track); Ciera Cockrell (Davidson College, volleyball); Will Stewart (College of William and Mary, golf); Cassie Brown (Florida Southern, women's lacrosse)

ROCK HILL: Byron Foust (Winthrop, baseball); Isaac Rodgers (Erskine, baseball); Zach Carter (Erskine, baseball); Caleb Hamilton (Erskine, baseball)

ROCK HILL NORTHWESTERN: Dupree Hart (College of Charleston, Baseball); Eric Taylor (Furman University, Baseball); Kori Wancheck (USC-Upstate, Softball); Charlie Duncan (Anderson University, Golf)

SOUTH IREDELL: Samantha Cerio (Auburn, gymnastics)


SUN VALLEY: Hannah Adamcyzk (University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Softball), Jayde Collins (University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Softball)

WEDDINGTON: Stephanie Watts (North Carolina, basketball); Heidi Swope (App. State, tennis); Claire Kern (Univ. of Denver, gymnastics); Krista Collins (Pittsburgh, gymnastics)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Greensboro Dudley punted from NCHSAA 4A playoffs, causing major shakeup

The Greensboro News & Record is reporting today that Greensboro Dudley has been removed from the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A playoffs.

Dudley (10-0) is the reigning N.C. 4A state champion and has won 25 straight games. Dudley is appealing the decision and hopes for a ruling today.

Guilford County reported four ineligible Dudley players to the NCHSAA who dressed out for Friday's game with Southeast Guilford. That was Guilford's final regular-season game.



Here is a statement from Guilford County Schools:

Guilford County Schools reported four ineligible players to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) on Monday, Nov. 10. All four players dressed out for the Dudley High varsity football game against Southeast High on Friday, Nov. 7. One of the players actually played in the game, which Dudley won 50-21.

The four players were on the junior varsity team; that season ended on Thursday, Nov. 6. When that season is over, players may be moved up to the varsity level and may play in the playoffs.

However, according to NCHSAA rules, student-athletes may not participate in more than one game within one week. Even though only one of the four students played in the game, NCHSAA rules say students who dress for a game are considered participating.

The penalty for the violation is a $500 fine and Dudley must forfeit the Nov. 7 game. In addition, Dudley is not permitted to participate in playoffs.

Here’s why: A new NCHSAA rule says any game forfeiture that impacts a team’s record and seeding will also impact its participation in playoffs, if brackets are already finalized. Dudley’s forfeiture of the Nov. 7 game impacts its record and seeding, and since playoff brackets were finalized over the weekend, Dudley may not participate in the playoffs.

GCS and the school will consider any options available to appeal the NCHSAA decision.


If the ruling holds, Dudley will forfeit its first round game Friday against Jamestown Ragsdale (6-5). Dudley is the No. 1 overall seed in the West. Ragsdale is 16th, or last.

Ragsdale would then advance to play the winner of Friday's Vance-Mooresville game, opening up the bracket for the two Charlotte-area teams and everyone else in the West.

The NCHSAA will hold a special conference call this afternoon to make a decision on Dudley's appeal.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

NCHSAA football pairings

click here for complete pairings

Friday, November 7, 2014

Prep basketball scrimmages on tap Saturday

Two girls basketball state champions will play a high-profile scrimmage Saturday at Providence Day as part of the Chargers’ annual girls basketball “Super Saturday” scrimmage.

Games begin at 8:30 a.m. with games on three courts simultaneously.

At 12:40 p.m., Providence Day will face Myers Park. Providence Day won the N.C. Independent Schools 3A state title last season. Myers Park won the N.C. 4A state championship last season.

Click here for full schedule

  • Charlotte United Christian and United Faith won their regular-season openers Thursday. Charlotte United Christian beat Mount Mission 66-64 behind 14 points and two steals from Kryan McClure, 17 points from Reggie Smith and 14 points, four rebounds and two assists from All-Mecklenburg wing Mike Baez.

  • United Faith beat Fort Mill’s Comenius School 69-50 behind 24 points and three blocks from Ben Bennett. Sophomore Nilous Hodge led Comenius with 17.

  • Olympic is hosting a six-team scrimmage Saturday at 9 a.m. Teams are Butler, Berry, Cuthbertson, Charlotte Catholic, Parkwood and South Meck. It will host another Nov. 15 with Berry, Clover, South Pointe, Lake Norman and Mount Tabor.

  • Victory Christian will host a multi-team scrimmage Saturday at 11 a.m. Admission is $5. Schedule: Kennedy Charter vs. Gaston Day, 11 a.m.; Princeton Hall vs. Rocky River, noon; Gaston Day vs. Crossroads Charter, 1 p.m.; Victory Christian vs. Rocky River, 2; Princeton vs. Kennedy Charter, 3; Crossroads vs. Victory, 4; Rocky River vs Kennedy, 5; Princeton Hall vs. Victory, 6
     

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Friday's Independence at Butler game is sold out

Butler High athletics director Courtney Paschal said that Friday's Independence at Butler high school football game is sold out.

No tickets will be sold at the gate and no one will allowed on campus without a ticket.

Independence (10-0) is No. 1 in the Observer's Sweet 16. Butler (9-1) is tied for No. 2 with Mallard Creek (9-1).

The winner of Friday's Independence at Butler game wins the Southwestern 4A conference championship.

Butler's stadium only seats 2,500 and with high interest in the game, school officials at Butler decided to pre-sell tickets at both schools. In the past games between these two have been moved to Memorial Stadium, which seats 18,000, or 6,000-seat Providence High.

Neither venue is available, so the game is being held on campus.