Thursday, October 30, 2014

Garinger at Myers Park football moved to Thursday, Oct. 30

Myers Park's Senior Night game with Garinger has been moved to Thursday, Oct. 30.

Myers Park athletics director Rick Lewis called Garinger officials last week to ask about changing the date. Garinger agreed.

So kickoff is tonight at 7 p.m.

Other CMS teams play Friday.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

West Charlotte to honor Mo Collins Friday night

West Charlotte High School will hold a special memorial during halftime of Friday night’s football game to honor coach Mo Collins.

Denada Jackson, community engagement coordinator for the Project LIFT district that includes West Charlotte, said several special guests will offer remarks about Collins, who passed away suddenly Sunday. Collins was 38.

Collins, who graduated from West Charlotte in 1994, is a former Florida Gator and Oakland Raiders offensive lineman. This season, his first as head coach, he had guided the Lions (4-5) to their most wins since 2010. Collins, who did not coach in last week’s 35-7 loss to Hough, had been receiving dialysis treatments for kidney failure. He wass the second area football coach to pass away in recent weeks. Piedmont football coach Ron Massey died two weeks ago of a heart attack.

West Charlotte plays MECKA 8 conference opponent A.L. Brown from Kannapolis Friday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Click here to read the Observer's obit on Collins

West Charlotte football coach Mo Collins dies Sunday


West Charlotte High football coach Mo Collins,  a former NFL lineman who had guided the school to its most wins since 2010, passed away early Sunday morning.

Collins, who did not coach in Friday's 35-7 loss to Hough, had been receiving dialysis treatments for kidney failure. Collins is the second area football coach to pass away in recent weeks. Piedmont football coach Ron Massey died two weeks ago of a heart attack.

West Charlotte High principal John Wall is notifying school staff Sunday afternoon, said Denada Jackson, Community Engagement Coordinator for Project L.I.F.T. School officials plan to have additional guidance counselors at school Monday to talk with students and staff to provide support. Collins' family has asked for privacy at this time.

Collins, 38, was one of 10 new football coaches in Mecklenburg County this fall. Players and school officials said he brought hope and discipline to the school.

"We are in the NFL former players chapter together," said former Carolina Panther and Victory Christian high school coach Dee Brown, "and I know he had a big heart to help kids and really wanted to turn West Charlotte High School around. I know he was taking great pride in that. Charlotte, West Charlotte High School, the NFL and the entire community has just lost a good man, but I'm sure his legacy will remain in the hearts and lives he touched."

Charlotte Christian assistant coach Eugene Robinson, who is a radio announcer for the Carolina Panthers, said Collins would be missed. Robinson said Collins played a pivotal role in helping get a new artificial turf field for West Charlotte via a grant from the Panthers.

"He's a guy that tried to include everybody," Robinson said. "Mo's a motivator and a guy that gets things done. He's one of those guys that says, 'There's a need,' and he gets things done. He's real passionate and impresses upon you his passion....He's one of those guys when you talk to (him), he's so lovable because he's such a big guy. The first thing you think of is a big teddy bear. He'll bust you in the mouth on the football field. But when he's talking to you, he's real kind and compassionate."

Collins played on a 1993 West Charlotte team that reached the N.C. 4A championship game. He later enrolled at Florida, where he was a three-year starter and played on a national championship team. In 1998, after his junior season, Collins entered the NFL draft and was selected by Oakland in the first round, No. 23 overall. He played six seasons with the Raiders, including in the 2002 Super Bowl against Tampa Bay. For his NFL career, Collins started in 64 of 71 regular-season games in which he appeared.

For the past several years, Collins kept a close eye on West Charlotte, where he once donated money to build a new weight room. He said he didn’t like where the program was headed.

From 1973 through 2008, West Charlotte had four losing seasons. In those 35 years, West Charlotte reached the 4A state championship game seven times.

From 2008-13, West Charlotte had four losing seasons.

Collins joined the school’s coaching staff just before the 2013 season. He coached offensive linemen. Collins had an up-close view of perhaps the worst season in school history.

The Lions finished 0-11 and were outscored 532-146. Near midseason, Collins said he knew he wanted to be head coach. West Charlotte is 4-5 this season under Collins, the most wins the Lions have had since 2010. West Charlotte is scheduled to play A.L. Brown at home Friday.

“West Charlotte is where it all started,” he said in an interview with the Observer before the season began.  “You hear how bad it is and what’s happening. All you hear is negative things. I wanted to find out what it was myself. When I got in there, these were still kids and they deserve some positive people to see and be around, especially people their color.

“Me coming back was saying, ‘I care about you.’ I’m not doing it for money or status, by no means. I’m not trying to stay relevant. I have a job to show them what it is to be a man, to have a strong work ethic. Instead of me donating money – and money is always good for a program – but giving these boys this type of attention and male leadership, I think, I hope, will be invaluable to them.”

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