Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Christian qualifies for state playoffs

Charlotte Christian's Knights, who were among the area's top teams in August and September, will get a chance to win their first N.C. Independent Schools 3A championship despite a late-season slide.

Christian began the season 6-0, giving up only 18 points and shutting out three teams. It finished the season 1-3, including an upset loss to Providence Day Friday that might have earned the Chargers a wild-card seed.

Providence Day (4-6) will host Raleigh Ravenscroft (9-2) in the only first-round game Friday.

Charlotte Latin, which upset Charlotte Country Day to win the CISAA regular season title, is the top seed in the five-team bracket. The Hawks won their third straight NCISAA 3A title last season but were decimated by graduation.

Latin will play the Ravenscroft-Providence Day winner at home on Nov. 14.

The other semifinal, also on Nov. 14, will be a rematch between Charlotte Christian and Charlotte Country Day at Country Day. The Bucs beat Christian 21-3 on Oct. 17.

The NCISAA championship will be Nov. 21 at the site of the higher seed.

NCISAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFF’S

#1 Charlotte Latin School
#2 Charlotte Country Day School
#3 Charlotte Christian School
#4 Providence Day School
#5 Ravenscroft School


Friday, 11/7/08
#1, #2, #3: Bye
#4 Providence Day School vs. #5 Ravenscroft @ PD. Game time: TBD

Friday, 11/14/08:
#4/#5 Winner vs. Charlotte Latin @ Latin
#2 Charlotte Country Day vs. #3 Charlotte Christian @ CCDS. Game time: TBD

11/21/08
NCISAA Championship @ Higher Seed

- Langston Wertz Jr.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

So Christian failed to make the pre-determined four team playoffs that were announced on Sunday, jumped up and down and threatened litigation and now they are the #3 seed in a redo two days later? That sets an intersting precedent for future playoff seedings. Only in America.

tom brady said...

Charlotte Christian had a soft schedule the first of the year. When they went against the big boys they lost and did not make the playoffs. Then they cry and get in the playoffs. What a joke..

Anonymous said...

If this doesn't sum up what kind of school Charlotte Christian is, I don't know what does? Total rednecks who think sports are mor important than anything else. Only thing is that even when they try to buy a football team, they can't, so they piss and moan until they get what they want. If I were the NCISAA and a bunch of fathers with ponytails, diamond earrings, jean shorts and schoolbus yellow Hummers, I'd be scared too...

Anonymous said...

Doesn't qualify infer that they earned their spot? I think a better headline would be "NCISAA Gives Christian a Handout"

Anonymous said...

It rains on both sides of the field doesn't it? Christian played a cupcake schedule including home schooled teams to run up six easy wins while Latin, CCDS and PDS played far superior opponents. The record is misleading. If Christian had defeated PDS in the first place this whole redo would have been avoided. But they never led in the game and rightfully were excluded until throwing a temper tantrum and threatening litigation. The conference lacked any backbone to stand up to this nonsense. CCDS will once again take care of business so that the whining Knights can concentrate on basketball.

Anonymous said...

The Christian parents took their money and ran from public schools when their little spoiled brats couldn't compete. Now, they couldn't compete with the privates, so they threatened to take their money and run again. Is there a pattern here. Saw them play and personally knew many of their players before they ran away from the publics--they would not even be competitive with the publics.

Anonymous said...

I don't think you can say among the top teams. That's like saying Syracuse is a top football team early in the season because they beat JC Smith and UNC-Pembroke. Next year when Christian sets their usual out of conference schedule against Jireh Prep, NC School of Science and Math, and SC School for the Deaf and Blind will they be a top team again? At least if they win those they can go 0-3 in conference and have grounds for a complaint to get into the playoffs.

Anonymous said...

Why do we even have criteria if we don't follow it. Let's see what our state association has accomplished with this ruling;

1. If we don't like the seeding committee's results let's higher a lawyer (great lesson for our kids)

2. Why play a rigorous schedule? Why not play a cupcake schedule so you can beef up your overall record. This is so low on the criteria chart you should almost never have to use this.

3. Why have criteria? We don't follow it anyway. The first seeding committee didn't which clearly was approved by our state leaders, and apparently a second committee, which has no dog in the fight, couldn't follow the criteria either.

4. How do you seed a 4th place team ahead of a 3rd place team?

5. Christian could have taken care of business by beating PDS. Don't know if anyone noticed but Christian would have been the #1 seed if they beat PDS.

Criteria
1. Head to head
2. Common opponents

Sad state of affairs for the NCISAA

Anonymous said...

I watched the CCS/PDS game, and I think it is clear that Christian has some amazing athletes. So, while those kids might not have been able to compete in public schools, they do have some talent. PDS seemed to play with more heart from the very first snap, and this led to the upset.

I am unfamiliar with what Christian may or may not have done in the off-season to build up their team and program, so my comments may be ignorant, but the kids themselves worked hard this season and even beat Country Day. I don't think that the stink their parents raised earns them a bye while PDS has to play, and it is clear that the CISSA, which has screwed up over and over again, is in sore need overhaul. But let's not disparage the kids.

Anonymous said...

actually they beat latin not country day...just sayin

Anonymous said...

I think Country Day, Latin, Ravenscorft and Providence Day should all forfeit, and give Christian the title. Could those teams have complained and gotten in? Apparently. Would they have? I think all three schools have more pride and class than that. What is equally scarry is that the NCISAA bowed to the pressure of a school that has by far the least prestige and clout of any of the major private schools in Charlotte. I don't know, Northside might be even be more prestigious than Christian. I can only assume Country Day or Latin would have gotten a straight bye into the finals if they were in Christian's shoes. I thought the NCHSAA was weak and corrupt, I think the NCISAA takes the cake.

Spetator said...

Ignorance..it's an awful thing. If the coaches that were to represent the CISAA had attended the "seeding meeting" this situation would have never happened. They fumbled. There was a conflict of interest in the group present to determine the seeds. The "Tree House Club" determined the initial seeding. Christian protested. The NCISAA subsequently selected an impartial committee to review strength of schedule, record and head to head and determined the final outcome. Sounds like there are teams that don't want to play Christian...

Anonymous said...

Let's break this down

"Ignorance..it's an awful thing. If the coaches that were to represent the CISAA had attended the "seeding meeting" this situation would have never happened."
-Christian finished LAST in the conference
"They fumbled. There was a conflict of interest in the group present to determine the seeds."
-What? There wasn't a Christian parent on the committee?
"The "Tree House Club" determined the initial seeding. Christian protested."
-Correction; Christian pouted like babies, or acted just like they always do. You make the call.
"The NCISAA subsequently selected an impartial committee to review strength of schedule, record and head to head and determined the final outcome."
-No, the NCISAA did the coward thing. Country Day and Latin each lost to one team in the playoffs. the other 3 teams each lost to two teams. Providence Day beat Christian, giving them the upper hand in that match-up. Ravenscroft lost to Christian, but played a tougher schedule and won their conference. UNCC beat Davidson last year, but that didn't get them in the NCAA Tournament. Christian played small town Christian schools while everybody else played big NC public schools, or other big out of state private schools. So saying strength of schedule is a joke.
"Sounds like there are teams that don't want to play Christian..."
-I'm guessing Latin would like nothing more than to play Christian, and I'm sure Providence Day wouldn't mind playing Christian, and considering Christian gained about 40 yards against Country Day, I doubt they're scared. Westminster Catawba or Jireh Prep might be scared though.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately appears to be a poor display by Charlotte Christian on and off the field. Looks like the tantrum throwing is a reputation. Only to be followed by more poor behavior at the NCISAA.

Anonymous said...

Help me understand what poor display Charlotte Christian has shown "on and off" the field. The kids get out and play hard, the parents support the program, and the staff puts the effort in to advance the program. Pretty simple stuff. Guess the wine and cheese at the other schools ain't tasting so great, otherwise the yellow Hummer wouldn't be mentioned (I prefer the Aston Martin myself). With fewer than 30 varsity players, I would say it has been a pretty good year, about to get much better. After football, we can look forward to more domination in basketball, and then onto the baseball diamond for another year of name taking. Ya'll do play basketball and baseball?

Anonymous said...

Come on, we all know that if any parents at Christian drive Aston Martin's, they are leasing them. The bad sportsmanship off the field comes in the form of throwing a fit because you didn't make the playoffs.
I think Latin and Providence Day play basketball, but I think you are more comfortable with the United Faith's and Gaston Day's of the world. Lower than average academic standards and teams full of kids who first showed up at school in the 10th grade. Baseball? Who plays baseball anymore? Almost every single good athlete at the other schools play lacrosse. So you can have baseball, and all that goes with it--gold chains and dad's with goatees.
Does somebody at Christian really have a yellow Hummer? I don't think a car could be trashier than that.

Anonymous said...

Is anyone interested in the truth about the seeding? If so, the truth is that the first seeding committee did not follow the procedures or criteria correctly. CCS respectfully requested that the NCISAA review the matter. There were no attorneys or threats. NCISAA reviewed the work of the first seeding committee and they discovered that the first seeding committee, made up of the head coach from Ravenscroft and the head coach of Providence Day did not follow the procedures or the criteria correctly. A new independent seeding committee of Athletic Directors who did not have any teams in the mix applied the criteria correctly and they re-seeded the teams. The new seeding is now correct.

If the first seeding committee did their work correctly the re-seeding would not be necessary. The CISAA athletic directors will confirm this truth, if you are interested in the truth.

Anonymous said...

Making fun of Christian is more interesting in the truth. In reality, there is no way Providence Day should have been in the playoffs. It still isn't true Christian had a tough schedule out of conference though.

Anonymous said...

This is fun. Adults dissing each other about the quality of eduation and the level of talent at the big four private schools. Here's my take, with our without the yellow Hummer (no one I know has one either, but I did trade my Maserati in for the new Ferrari. I will let you ride in it if you want).

1. All four of the private schools have kids that enroll later in their school life. No need to diss on the Christian kids, they just know a quality program when they see it. I suspect when a family makes a decision to move to one of the four private schools, all are considered and the family makes the decision that is the best fit for them.
2. Basketball amongst the four schools is improving, but Christian is still the class of the league.
3. Baseball amongst the four schools is also improving much quicker, but here again, Christian's program has been better for a longer period of time (see 6 state titles in last 7 years). A few in the pros and a half dozen at major colleges are a testament.
4. Not certain the statement on the better athletes playing lacrosse holds water. There is no question that lacrosse has become quite popular, but athleticism comes in all forms, and I think a multi-talented athlete that can play and excel at two or three sports is likely a better example than a single sport kid. Hats off to the lacrosse kids though, it is a tough sport to master. Oops, almost forgot. 4 to 5 kids at Christian are getting college athletic scholarship offers in multiple sports. That can't be possible, can it?
5. As a whole, Christian does have the better talent level at the skill positions in football. Each of the skill spots would be starters at any of the public schools in the southern tier of the county.
Gotta go. My wife says we need to hurry to dinner at the club. Should I drive the Ferrari or the R8? What a dilemma.

Anonymous said...

For accurate information about strength of schedule go to www.highschoolsports.net they rate and rank all of the high school football teams and their schedules in the nation

Anonymous said...

Dinner at the club? That's fancy. Which one? Raintree or Pine Island? We all know it isn't Charlotte or Quail Hollow. Maybe it's Providence. I've only seen three kind of people drive Ferarri's. And assuming you aren't an actor or an athlete, that would mean you own your own plumbing company and bought, excuse me, leased, the car through the company. I do bet you own the Ferrari hat, driving gloves and leather jacket though. Is your Ferrari yellow to match your gold chain or red to compliment your jean shorts?

Anonymous said...

Booooohoooooo...."Christian has a cupcake schedule"...and then OWNED country day in the first round of the playoffs. Charlotte christian owns baseball...this year they'll own football...get used to it...

Anonymous said...

Playing into overtime as being "owned"? Come on. As far as "facts" on the seeding, the fact is that there was a dispute stemming from a school who felt unjustly left out of the tournament. So on the field we have seen cheap shots, and off the field we have seen a tantrum.

Anonymous said...

Wow, just got back from the Caymans, had to move some money around. A great CCS/CD game, regardless of who won, but I see the sniping is back. Where is the "on the field" cheap shot, and the "off the field" tantrum? Christian won a great game, hats off to Country Day for making a great comeback after being down 21-6. The only cheap shot I saw was the referee picking up the "personal foul" penalty flag in the first quarter. Other than that, both teams played great, both sets of fans were into the game to the very end. Don't know if Christian can pull off the upset at Latin Friday night, but we're gonna have fun trying.

Anonymous said...

All the trash talking aside, it was an exciting playoff and I'm proud of the Kids at Charlotte Christian and Charlotte Latin for how they handled themselves and played on the field. It sounds like we could all learn from them and display some maturity and dignity.

Anonymous said...

State Champs latins schedule was easier than christian look it up highschoolsports.net. no one knows the real story the rules to get into the playoff were changed because of bias crowd of ccs haters..ccs15-0 #1

Anonymous said...

Just got back from Paris, had to check out the summer house last week, hated to miss my Charlotte Christian Knights play on Friday night. Did we win? I heard a rumor we did, but the static using the SAT phone while cruising at 45,000 feet in the Gulfstream over the Atlantic on the way home broke up the conversation. I hate it when that happens, don't you. Oh well, bring on basketball and baseball. Name taking has already begun for next year. Studs coming back, backup players just slide in and make things happen. Great year for the conference. Hats off to CD/PD/Latin. Hope Ross Cockrell will be fine, I suspect he will be. He is a great kid.

Anonymous said...

Langston Wertz needs to learn the facts about the NCISAA Division I football playoff seeding process and criteria. He has made a few comments that indicate he is unaware of the criteria for seeding. If he is interested in the facts he should do his homework instead of speaking without knowledge. Mr Wertz, if you want to understand the process and criteria for the NCISAA state playoff seeding, then go to their website. If you do, you will see that Charlotte Christian belonged in the playoffs. If the criteria and truth is not enough then perhaps winning the state title should convince you to change your tune about Charlotte Christian.

As a Charlotte Christian parent I am proud of the championship. I also believe that each of the teams in the playoffs are to be commended for their hard work. A lot of people make comments yet very few have played the game of football.
The players on each of these teams deserve our respect and admiration.
They have sacrificed their bodies for months to make it to the playoffs. Even though only one team can be champions, hats off to every team and every player in playoffs this year.