Monday, December 15, 2014

Observer-area Prep Basketball Schedule

Tuesday, December 16
A.L. Brown at Vance
Alexander Central at North Lincoln
Ardrey Kell at Olympic
Berry at South Mecklenburg
Bessemer City at Pine Lake Prep
Bunker Hill at West Lincoln
Central Academy at Cuthbertson
Charlotte Catholic at Harding
Community School of Davidson at Cherryville
Concord at Carson
Crossroads Charter at New Hope Christian
East Mecklenburg at Butler
First Assembly Monroe at Fletcher School
Forest Hills at Anson County
Forestview at Lake Norman Charter
Greater Cabarrus Stallions at Grace Academy
Hickory Christian at Statesville Christian
Indian Land at Cheraw
Jay M. Robinson at Hough
Lake Norman at Statesville
Lincoln Charter at Highland Tech
Lincolnton at East Lincoln (Girls)
Mallard Creek at Hopewell
Marvin Ridge at Cox Mill
Nation Ford at Lancaster
North Gaston at Hunter Huss
North Iredell at Mooresville
Northwest Cabarrus at Hickory Ridge
Piedmont at Parkwood
Porter Ridge at Independence
Providence at West Mecklenburg
Queens Grant at North Stanly
Rock Hill at Clover
Rocky River at Garinger
South Point at East Gaston
South Rowan at Central Cabarrus
Sun Valley at Monroe
Statesville at Lake Norman
Stuart Cramer at Ashbrook
West Charlotte at North Mecklenburg
West Iredell at South Iredell
York at Gaffney

Wednesday, December 17
Australian National (Travel) Team at South Point
Bessemer City at Mountain Island Charter
Chester at Rock Hill
Davidson Day at York Prep
Fort Mill at South Pointe (SC)
Hickory Ridge at Mount Pleasant
Kennedy Charter at Trinity Christian
Monroe at Anson County
West Stanly at Central Cabarrus
Thursday, December 18
A.L. Brown at Jay M. Robinson
Alexander Central at Mooresville
Berry at Providence
Butler at Myers Park
Carson at Northwest Cabarrus
Central Academy at Piedmont
Charlotte Catholic at Olympic
Cox Mill at Central Cabarrus
East Mecklenburg at Rocky River
Fletcher School at Carolina Academy
Garinger at Porter Ridge
Harding at Ardrey Kell
Hough at Mallard Creek
North Iredell at North Lincoln
North Mecklenburg at Hopewell
Piedmont Charter at Crossroads Charter
Porter Ridge at Garinger
South Iredell at Lake Norman
Statesville at West Iredell
Vance at West Charlotte
West Mecklenburg at South Mecklenburg

Friday, December 19
Albemarle at Union Academy
Ashbrook at North Gaston
Cannon School at Hickory Grove
Carson Newman at Charlotte Catholic (Girls)
Charlotte Latin at Davidson Day
Cherryville at Pine Lake Prep
Chesterfield at Indian Land
Clover at Nation Ford
Community School of Davidson at Bessemer City
East Lincoln at Bunker Hill
Forestview at Stuart Cramer
Hickory Ridge at South Rowan
Hunter Huss at South Point
Lake Norman Charter at East Gaston
Lincolnton at Bandys
Metrolina Christian at Central Academy
Nation Ford at Clover
Newton Conover at West Lincoln
Parkwood at Sun Valley
Providence Day at Forsyth Country Day
Rabun Gap Nacoochee at Charlotte Christian
Scotland County at Piedmont
South Stanly at Queens Grant
Spartanburg Day at Gaston Day
Statesville Christian at Millers Creek Christian
West Iredell at Statesville
West Rowan at Concord

Saturday, December 20
Bandys at East Lincoln (Boys)
Christ the King at Carmel Christian
Crossroads Charter at North Rowan
Metrolina Christian at Hickory Grove
Olympic at Dudley (Boys)

Observer Area Tournaments (starting between Dec. 15-22)

BSN Sports Buccaneer Sports Classic
At Charlotte Country Day
Dec. 19
Independence vs. Hickory Christian, 6
Grace Academy at Charlotte Country Day, 7:30
Dec. 20
Consolation Game, 3:30
Championship Game, 5

Novant Health Invitational
At Host Schools, 1st Round
Dec. 19
(Game 1) East Mecklenburg at Weddington in Novant Health Invitational, 7:30
(Game 2) Providence at Forest Hills in Novant Health Invitational,7:30
(Game 3) Fort Mill at Cuthbertson in Novant Health Invitational, 7:30
(Game 4) Porter Ridge at Monroe in Novant Health Invitational, 7:30
Friday, Dec. 26
At Monroe High
(Game 5) Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 4
(Game 6) Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 5:30
(Game 7) Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 7
(Game 8) Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 8:30
Saturday Dec. 27
At Monroe High
7th-place game, 4
5th-place game, 5:30
3rd-place game, 7
Championship game, 8:30

Panther Classic
At Carolina Forest High in Myrtle Beach, SC
Sat., Dec. 20
(Game 1) Darlington vs. Carvers Bay, 4
(Game 2) Mt. Paran Christian vs. Georgetown, 5:30
(Game 3) West Mecklenburg vs. Carolina Forest, 7
(Game 4) Durham Academy vs. Myrtle Beach, 8:30
Sun., Dec. 21
Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3, 4
Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 4, 5:30
Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 3, 7
Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 4, 8:30
Mon., Dec. 22
7th-place game, 4
5th-place game, 5:30
3rd-place game, 7
Championship game, 8:30

Top Line Showcase
At Talbert Center (Mooresville)
Sat., Dec. 20
Kennedy Charter vs. Max My Game, 2:30
Comenius vs. Lincoln, 4
Max My Game (PG) vs. Moravian Prep, 5:30
Carmel Christian vs. Christ the King, 7
West Oaks Academy vs. Charlotte United Christian, 8:30
Y.C. Winborn Classic Tournament
At Rock Hill High
Friday, Dec. 19
(Game 1) River Bluff vs. Pinewood Prep, 2:15
(Game 2) Anson County vs. South Mecklenburg, 4:30
(Game 3) Butler vs. Palatka, 5:30
(Game 4) Marvin Ridge vs. Rock Hill, 7
Friday, Dec. 19
(Game 1) River Bluff vs. Anson County, 12:30
(Game 2) Cuthbertson vs. Rock Hill, 3:45
(Game 3) Butler vs. Marvin Ridge, 3
(Game 4) Erwin vs. Covenant Day, 6:30
Sat., Dec. 20
Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 4, 11 a.m.
Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 3, 12:30
Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 5
Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 4, 8
Sat., Dec. 20
Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 9:30 a.m.
Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 2
Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 3:30 p.m.
Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 22
7th-place game, 11 a.m.
5th-place game, 2
3rd-place game, 5
Championship game, 8
Monday, Dec. 22
7th-place game, 9:30
5th-place game, 12:30
3rd-place game, 3:30
Championship game, 6:30

Hoodies House of Hope Holiday Hoops Tournament
Dec.27-30 at Ardrey Kell High
Dec. 27: Davidson Day girls vs. Ardrey Kell, 9 a.m.; White Station (Tenn.) vs. Morgan Co (Ga.), 10:45 a.m.; John Carroll (MD) vs. Luella (Ga.), 12:30 p.m.; Northside Christian girls vs. Norcross (Ga.), 2:15 p.m.; Victory Christian vs. Concord, 4 p.m.; Providence Day vs. Dillard (Fla.), 5:45 p.m.; Ardrey Kell vs. Lake Norman, 7:30 p.m.; St. James (MD) vs. Northside Christian, 9:15 p.m.
Dec. 29: Carroll/Luella loser vs. White Station/Morgan loser, 9 a.m.; Norcross girls vs Davidson Day, 10:45 a.m.; St. James/Northside loser vs. Providence Day/Dillard loser, 12:30 p.m.; Northside Christian girls vs. Ardrey Kell, 2:15 p.m.; St. James/Northside winner vs. Providence Day/Dillard winner, 4 p.m.; Concord vs. Lake Norman, 5:45 p.m.; Caroll/Luella winner vs. White Station/Morgan winner, 7:30 p.m.; Victory Christian vs. Ardrey Kell, 9:15 p.m.
Dec. 30: National boys 7th/8th place, 9 a.m.; National boys 5th/6th place, 10:45 a.m.; Ardrey Kell girls vs. Norcross, 12:30 p.m.; Ardrey Kell vs. Concord, 2:15 p.m.; National boys 3rd/4th place, 4 p.m.; Davidson Day girls vs. Northside, 5:45 p.m.; Lake Norman vs. Victory Christian, 7:30 p.m.; National boys final, 9:15 p.m.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Charlotte Country Day's Katharine Franz named N.C. Gatorade Player of the Year

Charlotte Country Day’s Katharine Franz is the 2014 N.C. Gatorade North Carolina Volleyball Player of the Year.  Franz is the first Gatorade North Carolina Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen from Charlotte Country Day School.

The 6-foot senior middle hitter led the Buccaneers to a 44-1 record and their second straight N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A state title this past season. Franz. named the Observer’s player of the year, had 412 kills, 295 digs, 65 service aces and 47 blocks while posting a kill percentage of .537. A 2014-15 American Volleyball Coaches Association Honorable Mention Under Armour All-America selection, she racked up 19 kills and 11 digs in the title-clinching win over Covenant Day.

Franz has maintained a 3.65 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Levine Children’s hospital and as a youth volleyball camp counselor.

“Katharine Franz was a force that we were unable to shut down,” said Heather Mills, head coach at Covenant Day. “She is fierce and the power with which she contacts the ball on a slide is unmatched and proves to be phenomenally difficult to block. She is an even-tempered opponent who supports her team in every way.”

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Time Warner Cable to televise NCHSAA football championships Friday and Saturday

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will televise this weekend’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) State Football Championships live. Mike Solarte, Ethan Horton, Paul Doherty, Jay Sonnhalter and Amanda Busick will call the games at Wake Forest on Time Warner Cable channel 323 and Patrick Kinas, Sean McNally, Chris Edwards, Joe Simmons and Jim Connors will call the North Carolina State games on TWC channel 324.

A full game schedule is below.

Date                     Time                                    Matchup
BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, TWC channel 323
Fri., 12/12          LIVE at 7:30 p.m.            Class 4-A: New Bern (15-0) vs. Charlotte Catholic (14-1)
Sat., 12/13          LIVE at 12:00 p.m.          Class 2-A: Clinton (13-1) vs. Shelby (13-2)
Sat., 12/13          LIVE at 4:00 p.m.            Class 2-AA: Washington (14-1) vs. East Lincoln (15-0)
Sat., 12/13          LIVE at 8:00 p.m.            Class 4-AA: Wake Forest (15-0) vs. Mallard Creek (14-1)
Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, TWC channel 324
Fri. 12/12           LIVE at 7:30 p.m.            Class I-AA: Rose Hill (14-1) vs. Starmount (12-3)
Sat., 12/13          LIVE at 12:00 p.m.          Plymouth (14-1) vs. Robbinsville (15-0)
Sat., 12/13          LIVE at 4:00 p.m.            Havelock (14-1) vs. Crest (15-0)
Sat., 12/13          LIVE at 8:00 p.m.            Northern Guilford (14-1) vs. Weddington (14-1)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Garinger's Mbuyu named soccer All-American

Garinger senior boys' soccer player Tresor Mbuyu was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2014 Boys' Fall High School All-America team. He was one of 20 forwards recognized.

Mbuyu scored a state-best 56 goals and had 16 assists for the Wildcats, who went 18-4-2 and made it to the third round of the N.C. 4A playoffs.

The Southwestern 4A player of the year was also named the Observer boys' soccer player of the year for the second straight season and the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association Player of the year.

-Corey Inscoe

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Concord Robinson to leave MECKA 8 conference in 2015-16

The N.C. High School Athletic Association has granted a request from Concord’s Robinson High to leave the MECKA 8 conference and move down to Class 3A and join the South Piedmont conference in the 2015-16 season. Robinson’s enrollment has dipped well into 3A levels. That will leave the MECKA conference with seven teams: A.L. Brown, Hopewell, Hough, Mallard Creek, North Mecklenburg, Vance and West Charlotte.

It will also leave scheduling issues, particularly in football. With Robinson leaving and creating essentially a bye week for each team, the remaining MECKA schools may have difficultly adding a non-conference game later in the season when most other conferences have begun league play. It may cause teams to only play 10 games, whereas other schools can play 11 games to earn more money and potentially drop a non-conference game for playoff seeding purposes.

“It causes a bit of a quagmire,” said conference spokesperson Jamie Billings, athletics director at Hopewell. “We’re going to look at options. We’re going to have to have a conference call to try to figure it all out.”

Billings said other sports won’t be affected as much as football.

“It won’t impact other sports as much,” he said. “There’s so much flexibility in the schedule that it’s easy to pick up non-conference games in other sports besides football. We hate losing (Robinson) but we’ve got to look at what’s right for kids and not the conference. They have JV in all sports, which is a plus and they travel well, but they are almost a 2A school in a big 4A conference.”