Friday, September 19, 2014

Butler-Richmond Sr postponed to Saturday

Due to poor field conditions at Providence High, Friday's highly anticipated showdown between Richmond Senior and Butler has been postponed.

The teams will kickoff Saturday at 7 at Providence.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Athletics director Sue Doran said heavy rains in south Charlotte Thursday night had left Providence's field very wet. School officials didn't think it was playable.

The game has been moved from Butler because it's 2500 seat stadium isn't large enough for the anticipated crowd. Providence's stadium sits about 6,000.

Doran said all other CMS games would be played and that could mean an even larger crowd Saturday since Butler-Richmond would be the only local prep football game.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Providence Day volleyball Ciera Cockrell commits to Davidson

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Providence Day senior volleyball player Ciera Cockrell verbally committed to Division I Davidson College Wednesday. 

“Out of the colleges that I was looking at for volleyball," she said, "Davidson definitely felt like the

best fit for me. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and cannot wait to be a

Wildcat next fall."



The senior captain and outside hitter also plays club volleyball in the Carolina Region, most recently competing for CUVC (Carolina Union Volleyball Club).

Cockrell was honored as a 2013 CISAA all-conference player. This season, she is currently leading her team with a .321 hitting percentage with 210 Kills, 24 aces, and 129 digs on the season.



The Chargers are currently 17-2 overall and undefeated in conference play.

“Ciera raises our level of competitiveness in the gym every day," Providence Day coach
Emily Carrara said. "She is relentless in her pursuit of excellence and inspires others to follow her lead. I am incredibly proud of Ciera as both a person and an athlete. I am confident that she will accomplish great things during her collegiate career as a Wildcat.”

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NC Associated Press prep football poll

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ The Associated Press state high school football poll for the week of September 16, first-place votes in parentheses, records and total points as voted upon by a statewide panel of prep sports writers:
^Class 4-A=
† 1. Matthews Butler (15)                  (4-0)    169 1
† 2. Charlotte Mallard Creek               (3-1)    154 2
† 3. New Bern (2)                          (4-0)    130 5
† 4. Greensboro Dudley (1)                 (4-0)    127 4
† 5. Charlotte Independence                (4-0)    91  6
† 6. Mooresville                           (4-0)    70  7
† 7. West Forsyth                          (4-0)    58  8
† 8. Scotland County                       (3-1)    46  3
† 9. Apex Middle Creek                     (3-0)    45  9
†10. Wake Forest                           (4-0)    43  10
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: Greenville Rose (4-0) 21, Richmond County (4-0) 15.<
^Class 3-A=
† 1. Southern Durham (11)                  (3-0)    171 2
† 2. Shelby Crest (6)                      (3-0)    168 1
† 3. Havelock (1)                          (3-1)    128 4
† 4. Northern Guilford                     (3-0)    118 3
† 5. Concord                               (3-0)    99  5
† 6. Orange County                         (4-0)    72  8
† 7. Morganton Freedom                     (3-0-1)  65  7
† 8. Wilson Fike                           (4-0)    47  10
† 9. Weddington                            (4-0)    30  NR
†10. Asheville                             (3-1)    26  6
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: Southern Guilford (4-0) 19. <
^Class 2-A=
† 1. Southwest Onslow (14)                 (4-0)    175 1
† 2. East Lincoln (1)                      (4-0)    135 5
† 3. Elizabeth City Northeastern (1)       (4-0)    112 6
† 4. Monroe                                (3-1)    105 2
† (tie)Shelby (1)                          (3-1)    105 4
† 6. Farmville Central                     (4-0)    89  8
† 7. Reidsville                            (3-1)    85  3
† 8. Newton-Conover (1)                    (3-0-1)  52  9
† 9. Franklin                              (3-0)    45  NR
†10. Clinton                               (3-0)    29  NR
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: Washington (3-1) 27. <
^Class 1-A=
† 1. Wallace-Rose Hill (18)                (4-0)    180 1
† 2. Princeton                             (4-0)    138 3
† 3. Warsaw Kenan                          (3-1)    132 5
† 4. Murphy                                (3-1)    127 4
† 5. Mt. Airy                              (4-0)    113 6
† 6. Swain County                          (3-1)    74  2
† 7. Robbinsville                          (3-0)    70  7
† 8. Tarboro                               (3-1)    47  9
† (tie) West Montgomery                    (3-1)    47  8
†10. Plymouth                              (3-1)    27  NR
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: Alleghany County (4-0) 13, Southeast Halifax (3-1) 10. <

Monday, September 15, 2014

National basketball analysts Paul Biancardi, Bob Gibbons to host player clinics

Two showcase camps are coming up featuring some of the area’s top talent:

National recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons will host his 28th annual Fall Evaluation Clinic Sept. 20-21 at Xcel SportsPlex in Hendersonville. Gibbons serves on the McDonald’s All-American selection committee and sends player evaluations to hundreds of college. Information: bobgibbons.net

ESPN national recruiting analyst Paul Biancardi is hosting a player showcase eent Oct. 18-19 at Westchester Country Day in High Point for a collection of top high school players from around the state. Information: acceleratebasketball.com

Friday, September 12, 2014

Monday's delayed prep football games



Cherryville at North Gaston, Mon, 7:30

Charlotte Catholic at Mallard Creek, Mon, 6


Cuthbertson at Ardrey Kell, Mon, 7

Fred T. Foard at West Lincoln, Mon, 6

Greenville at Nation Ford, Sat, 7

Harding at East Meck, Mon, 6

Highland Tech at Lake Norman Charter, Mon, 7

Hunter Huss at Rocky River, Mon, 6

Independence at West Meck, Mon, 6

Mount Tabor at Butler, Mon, 6

Myers Park at Providence, Mon, 6

Olympic at Hopewell, Mon, 6

Raleigh Ravenscroft at Charlotte Latin, Mon, 5:30


South Meck vs Porter Ridge at Monroe, 7:30

 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Friday weather forecast forcing schools to move football games

Throughout the state, several schools are beginning to move high school football games up a day to Thursday.

The forecast Friday calls for heavy rain and storms in many areas.

As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, only two Observer-area games had been affected, but more than 20 games had been moved.

Observer-area team Sun Valley will play at East Bladen Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and Jordan-Matthews visits Parkwood at 7:30 p.m.

The National Weather Serivce calls for a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms in the Charlotte-area Friday night. The chance of precipitation is 50 percent with temperatures in the high 60s.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools athletics director Sue Doran said CMS had no plans as of Wednesday afternoon to move games.

Concord High to name football field for EZ Smith Friday night

Friday night, Concord High will rename the football field at the campus' Robert Bailey Stadium for retired football coach E.Z. Smith. Concord hosts Cabarrus County rival Hickory Ridge. The honor came after a recommendation from current Spiders coach Glen Padget and Concord principal Carla Black to the Cabarrus County School Board.

There will be a pre-game reception at the Concord cafeteria from 5-6:30 p.m. and the field naming ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.

Smith resigned in January 2009 after 29 seasons. He started coaching at the school, his alma mater, in 1980 and Smith coached the Spiders to N.C. state championships in 2004 and 2006. He finished with a career record of 254-100-1. Only two of his teams finished with losing records.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Associated Press N.C. football polls 09.09.14

 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 September 9, first-place votes in parentheses, records and total points as voted upon by a statewide panel of prep sports writers:
^Class 4-A=
† 1. Matthews Butler (16)              (3-0)  160 1
† 2. Charlotte Mallard Creek           (2-1)  120 2
† 3. Scotland County                   (3-0)  119 3
† 4. Greensboro Dudley                 (3-0)  111 4
† 5. New Bern                          (3-0)  101 5
† 6. Charlotte Independence            (3-0)  73  6
† 7. Mooresville                       (3-0)  63  7
† 8. West Forsyth                      (3-0)  41  T8
† 9. Apex Middle Creek                 (3-0)  31  T8
†10. Wake Forest                       (3-0)  27  10
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: Charlotte Catholic (3-0) 16, Greenville Rose (3-0) 11. <
^Class 3-A=
† 1. Shelby Crest (11)                 (2-0)  155 1
† 2. Southern Durham (5)               (2-0)  129 2
† 3. Northern Guilford                 (2-0)  119 3
† 4. Havelock                          (2-1)  106 4
† 5. Concord                           (2-0)  85  5
† 6. Asheville                         (3-0)  77  6
† 7. Morganton Freedom                 (3-0)  62  7
† 8. Orange County                     (3-0)  51  8
† 9. Statesville                       (2-0)  40  9
†10. Wilson Fike                       (3-0) 16  NR
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: Southern Guilford (3-0) 10, Weddington (3-0) 10. <
^Class 2-A=
† 1. Southwest Onslow (8)              (3-0)  144 2
† 2. Monroe (2)                        (3-0)  133 3
† 3. Reidsville (3)                    (3-0)  127 5
† 4. Shelby (1)                        (2-1)  100 1
† 5. East Lincoln (1)                  (3-0)  90  6
† 6. Elizabeth City Northeastern       (3-0)  70  7
† 7. North Rowan                       (2-1)  55  4
† 8. Farmville Central                 (3-0)  39  9
† 9. Newton-Conover (1)                (3-0)  33  10
†10. East Bladen                       (2-0)  32  8
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: Franklin (2-0) 15, Washington (2-1) 13, Black Mountain Owen (3-0) 11.<
^Class 1-A=
† 1. Wallace-Rose Hill (15)            (3-0)  150 1
† 2. Swain County                      (3-0)  129 2
† 3. Princeton                         (3-0)  107 3
† 4. Murphy                            (2-1)  95  4
† 5. Warsaw Kenan                      (2-1)  91  5
† 6. Mt. Airy                          (3-0)  89  6
† 7. Robbinsville                      (3-0)  39  T9
† 8. West Montgomery                   (2-1)  34  8
† 9. Tarboro                           (2-1)  31  7
†10. Whiteville                        (2-1)  27  T9
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: Plymouth (2-1) 14, Southeast Halifax 12 (3-0).<

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NCHSAA adjusts state championship football schedule

CHAPEL HILL—Commissioner Davis Whitfield of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association confirmed today that the eight NCHSAA football championship games for the 2014 season will be played at just two locations.
        BB&T Field in Winston-Salem and Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh will each host four contests.
        Kenan Stadium on the campus of the University of North Carolina has hosted at least one football championship game since 1989 as the NCHSAA made a push for neutral sites, including collegiate facilities, for many of its state championships.  But Kenan will not be available this season due to work on the field that will commence when the North Carolina Tar Heels have finished their season.
        “We look forward to continuing to contest the NCHSAA state football championships at North Carolina State and Wake Forest,” said Whitfield, “and we appreciate the campuses of these two schools and their administrations’ willingness to absorb the games that had to be moved from Kenan Stadium.”
        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-A, 1-AA, 3-A and 3-AA games on tap, while the 2-A, 2-AA, 4-A and 4-AA finals will be played at BB&T Field.
        Specific game times will be announced at a later date.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Butler tops first AP Prep Football Poll

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ The Associated Press state high school football poll for the week of Sept. 2, first-place votes in parentheses, records and total points as voted upon by a statewide panel of prep sports writers:
^Class 4-A=
† 1. Matthews Butler (11)              (2-0)    119 -
† 2. Charlotte Mallard Creek (1)       (1-1)    98 -
† 3. Scotland County                   (2-0)    88 -
† 4. Greensboro Dudley                 (2-0)    73 -
† 5. New Bern                          (2-0)    63 -
† 6. Charlotte Independence            (2-0)    51 -
† 7. Mooresville                       (2-0)    38 -
† 8. West Forsyth                      (2-0)    26 -
† (tie) Apex Middle Creek              (2-0)    26 -
†10. Wake Forest                       (2-0)    24 -
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: Richmond County (2-0) 11, Charlotte Catholic (2-0) 11, Greenville Rose (2-0) 10. <
^Class 3-A=
† 1. Shelby Crest (6)                  (2-0)    113 -
† 2. Southern Durham (4)               (2-0)    104 -
† 3. Northern Guilford                 (2-0)    77 -
† 4. Havelock (2)                      (1-1)    76 -
† 5. Concord                           (2-0)    63 -
† 6. Asheville                         (2-0)    62 -
† 7. Morganton Freedom                 (2-0)    35 -
† 8. Orange County                     (2-0)    34 -
† 9. Statesville                       (1-0)    25 -
†10. Gastonia Forestview               (2-0)    20 -
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: Wilson Fike 18 (2-0). <
^Class 2-A=
† 1. Shelby (11)                       (2-0)    119 -
† 2. Southwest Onslow                  (2-0)    90 -
† 3. Monroe                            (2-0)    89 -
† 4. North Rowan                       (2-0)    87 -
† 5. Reidsville (1)                    (2-0)    68 -
† 6. East Lincoln                      (2-0)    57 -
† 7. Elizabeth City Northeastern       (2-0)    40 -
† 8. East Bladen                       (2-0)    23 -
† 9. Farmville Central                 (2-0)    20 -
†10. Newton-Conover                    (2-0)    11 -
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: None. <
^Class 1-A=
† 1. Wallace-Rose Hill (9)             (2-0)    108 -
† 2. Swain County                      (2-0)    90 -
† 3. Princeton                         (2-0)    73 -
† 4. Murphy (1)                        (1-1)    72 -
† 5. Warsaw Kenan (1)                  (1-1)    65 -
† 6. Mt. Airy                          (2-0)    53 -
† 7. Tarboro                           (1-1)    33 -
† 8. West Montgomery                   (1-1)    32 -
† 9. Whiteville                        (1-1)    20 -
† (tie) Robbinsville                   (2-0)    20 -
¶  
¶   Others receiving 10 or more points: Pamlico County (2-0) 10, Plymouth (1-1) 10. <