Friday, January 11, 2008

Your biggest basketball rivalries

In today's editions of the Observer, I profiled what I believe to be the greater Charlotte area's biggest basketball rivalry, North Meck vs. Vance

I also listed five other rivalries that stick out in my mind. What do you say? Let me know and let me know why your rivalries are better than mine:

1. North Meck vs. Vance

2. Charlotte Christian vs. Victory Christian: Recent meetings in the Bojangles' Shootout championship and last season's game, when the fire marshal had to clear Victory's gym, have stoked this one. The schools' gyms can't handle the crowds anymore. They'll go to Grady Cole Center Jan. 25.

3. McDowell vs. Morganton Freedom: These foothills neighbors have produced some of the state's best girls' teams for years and the boys aren't bad either. Often these meetings determine conference champions.

4. North Mecklenburg vs. Hopewell: Every year the fans try to outdo themselves, in all sports. A Hopewell student renting a plane for a low flyover during football last November wasn't a good idea, though.

5. Gastonia Huss vs. Gastonia Ashbrook: All-time greats Sleepy Floyd (Huss) and James Worthy have helped to spice this Gaston County rivalry.

6. West Charlotte vs. Harding: Ever since all-white Harding played all-black West Charlotte in Mecklenburg's first integrated football game in October 1966, these two have been rivals in all sports.

Langston Wertz Jr.


Anonymous said...

I think VCC-CCS is now the biggest rivalry in Charlotte when it comes to prep bball. Its always been big ever since some players left VCC and went to CCS, but after the introduction of the Bojangles Shootout it has grown and become a lil like duke-carolina

Anonymous said...

I think South Meck and Ardrey Kell is pretty big already and will only keep growing as the years go by.

Anonymous said...

Hey Langston,

With Mallard Creek High now in existence, do you think MC-Vance will ever be a big rivalry?

What a Big Four it would be in the northern part of the county if MC can compete with North, Hopewell and Vance.

Anonymous said...

East Rowan vs. West Rowan is the biggest rivalry in the county.

LKN-MP said...

If you're going to include McD and Freedom, you shouldn't stop at no. 3. That rivalry has been strong for over 30 years and they have crowds that Charlotte area schools only dream about. But, I understand, at the end of the day, you've got to do right by the Charlotte schools and put them on top.

Anonymous said...

i think myers park and east meck is turning into one of the biggest rivalries in charlotte

Anonymous said...

look into the Gaston Day-Statesville Christian rivalry....Brandis Raley-Ross(now at University of South Carolina) and Kendall Toney(UNC Greensboro) vs. Doneal Mack(University of Memphis) a few years back....

Anonymous said...

Mr. Wertz,

Albeit new, I believe the Weddington/Marvin Ridge rivalry will become quite large in the future. The first game this season between the these close knit schools at Marvin Ridge had the Fire Marshall turning away about 500 fans at the door. These kids live, went to school, and played together and believe it will only get bigger due to the fact they will be in the same conferance next season.

Anonymous said...

The South AK game last night was a good one. Those "kastle krazies" didn't really impress me though, I guess they didn't really have much to cheer about.