Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Football coach fired over watermelon, ape-like celebrations

Academic Magnet is a public school in Charleston, where football coach Bud Walpole was dismissed by the Charleston County School District Monday night after an opposing team's parent contacted a Charleston County School Board member out of concern for Academic Magnet's postgame celebrations.

The complaint came after Academic Magnet beat Military Magnet 53-30 on Sept. 5

The Charleston Post and Courier reported that the school system investigated and found that the coach and some of his players would smash watermelons and have some players pick up parts of the fruit and eat them while making "ape-like noises."

The noises were offensive to black players on the Academic Magnet team and its opponents, according to the complaint.

Walpole has led the team to a 6-2 record in his 10th season, the second-best start in school history. There is an online petition signed by 1,400 people to keep Walpole in his job as coach. He will remain as a teacher. An interim coach will finish the season.

Walpole, according to the report, has received support from other area coaches. They include Military Magnet's Gene Ross, who said he did not see a "watermelon celebration" after the 53-30 loss.

"I never witnessed anything like that after our game," Ross told the Charleston newspaper. "I have never seen anything that I am reading about after any of our games with Academic Magnet. Bud Walpole is a gentleman, always first-class and gracious. It hurts me to know that all of this negative stuff has cost him his job as a football coach. I have never heard Bud make a disparaging remark about anyone in all of the years that I have known him. I hope this gets resolved soon."





Thursday, October 16, 2014

Butler to play Independence on campus Nov.7

Butler High will not move its high school football game with Independence this year.

The Bulldogs, whose stadium seats 2,500, moved games with Mallard Creek and Richmond Senior earlier this year to Providence. Providence sits 6,000 and presumably could handle the larger crowds.

Butler officials have decided to keep the Independence rivalry game on campus.

Tickets for this game will be pre-sale only and will be sold on Butler and Independence campuses from 10:30 am to 1 pm on Tuesday Nov.  4t, Wednesday Nov. 5 and Thursday Nov. 6 -- or until tickets are sold-out.  

Ticket sales are limited to 2,500 with a maximum number of tickets allowed per person to be determined by each schoolNo tickets will be sold on game day and no one will be admitted on the Butler campus that night without a ticket.  

Senior citizens, children under 6 and CMS employees normally admitted free should come to the Butler or Independence campus during the designated pre-sale hours to pick-up a complimentary ticket while the complimentary ticket allotment lasts. 

A CMS employee with a complimentary ticket must present their ticket and their CMS ID on game night.
No one will be allowed on the Butler campus on game night without a pre-sale or complimentary ticket in hand.  Parking lots will open at 5 pm and gates will open at 6. Car-pooling is encouraged.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Prep football video preview: Mallard Creek's Mike Palmieri talks Hough comeback, Vance rivalry and about Friday's big games

Mallard Creek coach Mike Palmieri was a guest on this week's Observer prep football preview video with @CoreyInscoe and @LangstonWertzJr

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Richmond Sr. reigns atop Associated Press N.C. media football poll

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ The Associated Press state high school football poll for the week of October 14, first-place votes in parentheses, records and total points as voted upon by a statewide panel of prep sports writers:
^Class 4-A=
† 1. Richmond County (5)                   (7-0)    150 2
† 2. New Bern (11)                         (8-0)    143 1
† 3. Greensboro Dudley                     (6-0)    106 5
† 4. Charlotte Mallard Creek (1)           (6-1)    95  3
† 5. Matthews Butler                       (7-1)    94  4
† 6. Charlotte Independence                (7-0)    93  6
† 7. Mooresville                           (8-0)    67  7
† (tie) West Forsyth                       (8-0)    67  8
† 9. Greenville Rose                       (8-0)    44  10
†10. Wake Forest                           (7-0)    34  NR
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: None.<
^Class 3-A=
† 1. Southern Durham (12)                  (8-0)    164 1
† 2. Shelby Crest (5)                      (7-0)    157 2
† 3. Havelock                              (7-1)    121 3
† 4. Concord                               (7-0)    104 4
† 5. Orange County                         (7-0)    77  5
† 6. Morganton Freedom                     (6-0-1)  64  7
† 7. Eastern Alamance                      (8-0)    61  10
† 8. Weddington                            (7-0)    53  9
† 9. Northern Guilford                     (6-1)    39  8
†10. Southern Guilford                     (8-0)    35  NR
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: Asheville 24, Asheville Erwin 13. <
^Class 2-A=
† 1. Southwest Onslow (12)                 (7-0)    157 1
† 2. East Lincoln (2)                      (7-0)    148 2
† 3. Elizabeth City Northeastern (1)       (7-0)    120 3
† 4. Shelby (1)                            (7-1)    108 5
† 5. Franklin                              (7-0)    97  6
† 6. Washington                            (6-1)    81  8
† 7. Newton-Conover (1)                    (6-0-1)  74  7
† 8. Black Mountain Owen                   (7-0)    57  9
† 9. Farmville Central                     (6-1)    35  4
†10. East Bladen                           (6-1)    21  NR
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: Reidsville 19, Ashe County 16. <
^Class 1-A=
† 1. Wallace-Rose Hill (16)                (7-0)    169 1
† 2. Warsaw Kenan (1)                      (6-1)    147 2
† 3. Mt. Airy                              (7-0)    138 3
† 4. Princeton                             (6-1)    112 4
† 5. Robbinsville                          (7-0)    110 5
† 6. Plymouth                              (6-1)    77  6
† 7. West Montgomery                       (7-1)    71  7
† 8. Swain County                          (5-2)    25  10
† 9. East Surry                            (6-1)    21  NR
†10. Southeast Halifax                     (6-1)    16  NR
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: Walkertown 15, Alleghany County 12, Murphy 11. <


Monday, October 13, 2014

Piedmont High football coach Ron Massey dies of apparent heart attack

Ron Massey, who coached high school football at Piedmont, A.L. Brown and Kings Mountain, died of an apparent heart attack Saturday.

Massey, 56, was hired as Piedmont’s head coach in March 2012. This was his third season. Massey coached in Piedmont’s 74-58 loss to Sun Valley Friday. Piedmont is 3-4 this season. It was 8-3 in 2013 and 5-7 in 2012 under Massey.

Massey had a 120-32 record at A.L. Brown, where his teams won or tied for nine conference championships in his 11 seasons. His 2008 team at Kannapolis reached the N.C. 3AA state finals. Prior to Brown, Massey was head coach at Kings Mountain or five years starting in 1995. His teams were 48-15-2.

Massey also was head football coach at Fayetteville’s 71st high school from 1992-94. His teams were 32-14. Massey began his coaching career in 1988 at Raleigh Enloe. His career coaching record is 221-101-3.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New Bern reigns at No. 1 in A.P. 4A state football poll

BC-FBH--North Carolina Prep Poll
¶   AP prep football poll for N.C.
¶   AP prep football poll for North Carolina
¶   By The Associated Press
¶   RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ The Associated Press state high school football poll for the week of October 7, first-place votes in parentheses, records and total points as voted upon by a statewide panel of prep sports writers:
^Class 4-A=
† 1. New Bern (10)                     (7-0)    142 1
† 2. Richmond County (5)               (6-0)    140 3
† 3. Charlotte Mallard Creek (2)       (5-1)    128 2
† 4. Matthews Butler                   (6-1)    121 4
† 5. Greensboro Dudley                 (5-0)    99  5
† 6. Charlotte Independence            (7-0)    85  6
† 7. Mooresville                       (6-0)    62  7
† 8. West Forsyth                      (7-0)    55  8
† 9. Apex Middle Creek                 (6-0)    40  9
†10. Greenville Rose                   (7-0)    27  10
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: Wake Forest (6-0) 22.<
^Class 3-A=
† 1. Southern Durham (14)              (6-0)    165 1
† 2. Shelby Crest (3)                  (6-0)    154 2
† 3. Havelock                          (6-1)    129 3
† 4. Concord                           (6-0)    110 5
† 5. Orange County                     (6-0)    81  6
† 6. Wilson Fike                       (6-0)    65  7
† 7. Morganton Freedom                 (5-0-1)  53  8
† 8. Northern Guilford                 (5-1)    46  4
† 9. Weddington                        (6-0)    41  9
†10. Eastern Alamance                  (7-0)    35  NR
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: Asheville (5-1) 25, Southern Guilford (7-0) 16, Asheville Erwin (6-0) 13.<
^Class 2-A=
† 1. Southwest Onslow (15)             (6-0)    168 1
† 2. East Lincoln (1)                  (6-0)    145 2
† 3. Elizabeth City Northeastern       (6-0)    129 3
† 4. Farmville Central                 (6-0)    105 5
† 5. Shelby                            (6-1)    103 4
† 6. Franklin                          (6-0)    77  8
† 7. Newton-Conover (1)                (5-0-1)  62  6
† 8. Washington                        (5-1)    51  10
† 9. Black Mountain Owen               (6-0)    32  NR
†10. Reidsville                        (4-2)    26  9
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: East Bladen (5-1) 14, Ashe County (5-0) 11.<
^Class 1-A=
† 1. Wallace-Rose Hill (16)            (6-0)    169 1
† 2. Warsaw Kenan (1)                  (5-1)    147 2
† 3. Mt. Airy                          (6-0)    132 3
† 4. Princeton                         (5-1)    114 T4
† 5. Robbinsville                      (6-0)    106 T4
† 6. Plymouth                          (5-1)    83  6
† 7. West Montgomery                   (6-1)    65  7
† 8. Murphy                            (5-2)    33  8
† (tie) Walkertown                     (5-0)    33  10
†10. Swain County                      (4-2)    25  9
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: None.<


Monday, October 6, 2014

4 Mecklenburg players make 2014 Shrine-Bowl team

Four Mecklenburg County prep football players made the N.C. Shrine-Bowl team, which was announced Monday afternoon.

Rocky River defensive back Jaire Alexander, Butler defensive lineman Jalen Cousar, Hough tight end Carl Tucker and Ardrey Kell offensive lineman Mason Veal will play in the game. The Shrine-Bowl kicks off Dec. 20 in Spartanburg and will match some of the best seniors in North Carolina against their S.C. counterparts.

Six area players were also named to the N.C. team: Nate Mullen, WR, Hickory Ridge; Tanner Muse, DB, South Point; Akease Rankin, RB, Mooresville; Rocky Reid, RB, Concord; Darian Roseboro, DL, Lincolnton; Chazmyn Turner, DL, Mooresville

Rock Hill Northwestern receiver Dupree Hart and teammate Christopher Bouyer, a defensive lineman, made the S.C. team along with York's Daurice Simpson.


Click here for NC roster

Click here for S.C. roster

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hough's Mark Fields makes US Army All America game

ROCKAWAY, N.J. (October 2, 2014) – The 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour will visit William Amos Hough High School on October 8th,to select Defensive Back Mark Fields for the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. William Amos Hough High School will honor Mark before his teammates, classmates, fans and family during a William Amos Hough High School Tour Stop. 

Five U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour teams are traveling a combined 30,000 miles across the country from late September to mid-December to announce all 90 players and 125 marching band members invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. By becoming an U.S. Army All-American, Fields joins an elite group. Players are chosen not only because they excel on the football field, but because they possess the strengths similar to our Army Soldiers of mental, emotional and physical toughness. 



Friday, October 3, 2014

Area prep football postponements 10.03.14

With the threat of severe weather in the Charlotte-area tonight, some schools are postponing football games. Keep checking back for updates.

Below find results from Thursday's games, plus Friday (10.3.14) and Saturday (10.4.14) schedules:

Thursday's Scores

Ardrey Kell 45, Olympic 16
Butler 62, East Mecklenburg 7
Charlotte Christian 40, Charlotte Latin 30
Crest 44, Forest City Chase 0
East Henderson 35, North Henderson 12
Fort Mill 14, Clover 7
Independence 42, Porter Ridge 7
Mallard Creek 35, Hopewell 0
North Lincoln 21, Alexander Central 9
North Stanly 62, Chatham Central 0
Northwestern 44, York 19
Piedmont 48, West Stanly 0
Providence 30, West Mecklenburg 0
Providence Day 25, Carolina Pride 24 (OT)
Ravenscroft 51, Cannon School 0
Rocky River 45, Garinger 6
Southeast Guilford 33, Salisbury 14
South Mecklenburg 41, Berry 27
South Pointe 35, Union 21
Victory Christian 49, Marvin Ridge 17
Weddington 20, Charlotte Country Day 17
West Charlotte 22, North Mecklenburg 14

Friday's Schedule

Bunker Hill at West Lincoln
Cabarrus Stallions at Carolina Crusaders
Central Pageland at Indian Land

Harding at Charlotte Catholic
Hickory Ridge at East Rowan

High Point Christian at Metrolina Christian


Lake Norman Storm at Asheville Saints


Northwest Cabarrus at Mount Pleasant

Pine Lake Prep at Sandhill Titans
Q Foundation at Dixon
Rock Hill at Gaffney
SouthLake Christian at Hickory Grove
South Rowan at Cox Mill

West Montgomery at Union Academy

Saturday's Schedule

Concord at Central Cabarrus, Sat, 7:30 

Highland Tech at Thomas Jefferson Academy, Sat, 6:30
Hough at Robinson, Sat, noon
Hunter Huss at South Point, Sat, 7
Lake Norman at Statesville, Sat, 7
Lake Norman Charter at East Gaston, Sat, 6
Lincolnton at East Lincoln, Sat, 1
North Iredell at Mooresville, Sat, 7
Vance at A.L. Brown, Sat, 6
West Iredell at South Iredell, Sat, 7

Monday's schedule
Ashbrook at North Gaston, Mon, 6
Forestview at Stuart Cramer, Mon, 7


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/02/5216824/high-school-football-wrap-up.html#storylink=cpy


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mallard Creek moves to No 1 in AP NC top 10 poll

The Associated Press state high school football poll for the week of September 23, first-place votes in parentheses, records and total points as voted upon by a statewide panel of prep sports writers:
^Class 4-A=
† 1. Charlotte Mallard Creek (4)           (3-1)    147 2
† 2. New Bern (9)                          (5-0)    144 3
† 3. Matthews Butler                       (4-1)    134 1
† 4. Greensboro Dudley                     (4-0)    119 4
† 5. Richmond County (5)                   (5-0)    115 NR
† 6. Charlotte Independence                (5-0)    110 5
† 7. Mooresville                           (4-0)    63  6
† 8. West Forsyth                          (5-0)    57  7
† 9. Scotland County                       (4-1)    35  8
†10. Apex Middle Creek                     (4-0)    26  9
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: Wake Forest (4-0) 22, Greenville Rose (5-0) 11. <
^Class 3-A=
† 1. Southern Durham (13)                  (4-0)    174 1
† 2. Shelby Crest (5)                      (4-0)    165 2
† 3. Havelock                              (4-1)    135 3
† 4. Northern Guilford                     (4-0)    116 4
† 5. Concord                               (4-0)    101 5
† 6. Orange County                         (4-0)    71  6
† 7. Wilson Fike                           (5-0)    62  8
† 8. Morganton Freedom                     (3-0-1)  53  7
† 9. Weddington                            (5-0)    52  9
†10. Asheville                             (4-1)    25  10
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: Southern Guilford (5-0) 11, Asheville Erwin (4-0) 10. <
^Class 2-A=
† 1. Southwest Onslow (15)                 (5-0)    177 1
† 2. East Lincoln (1)                      (4-0)    147 2
† 3. Elizabeth City Northeastern (1)       (5-0)    127 3
† 4. Shelby                                (4-1)    115 T4
† 5. Farmville Central                     (5-0)    95  6
† 6. Newton-Conover (1)                    (3-0-1)  69  8
† (tie)Franklin                            (4-1)    69  9
† 8. Clinton                               (3-0)    46  10
† 9. Monroe                                (3-2)    44  T4
†10. Reidsville                            (3-2)    37  7
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: Washington (3-1) 31, Black Mountain Owen (4-0) 14. <
^Class 1-A=
† 1. Wallace-Rose Hill (17)                (4-0)    170 1
† 2. Princeton                             (5-0)    146 2
† 3. Warsaw Kenan                          (3-1)    132 3
† 4. Mt. Airy                              (5-0)    121 5
† 5. Robbinsville                          (4-0)    84  7
† 6. Swain County                          (4-1)    82  6
† 7. Plymouth                              (4-1)    62  10
† 8. West Montgomery                       (4-1)    57  T8
† 9. Murphy                                (3-2)    27  4
†10. Tarboro                               (3-2)    19  T8
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: Alleghany County (4-0) 17.<