Friday, October 31, 2008

Concord Cannon's Gross commits to UNC

Concord Cannon girls' basketball star Krista Gross committed to North Carolina Friday morning.

Gross, a 6-foot senior, is ranked among the top 25 players in the nation by most recruiting services. She chose the Tar Heels over over Connecticut, Florida and Stanford.

Gross (no 23) is the fourth player ranked in ESPN’s top 100 to commit to North Carolina, following Waltia Rolle, a 6-6 center from Texas (No. 28), Cierra Warren, a 6-3 center-forward from California (No. 31), and Nyree Williams, a 6-1 wing from Maryland (No. 88).

Gross was a first-team All-Piedmont pick by the Charlotte Observer last season. She averaged 21 points and 13.5 rebounds last season.

Langston Wertz Jr.

What class is your team in for playoffs?

The N.C. High School Athletic Association has released average daily attendance figures for member schools. The association will break up each class, in a single-A and double-A format, for the playoffs which begin Nov. 14.

The "AA" in each class will be the 32 largest QUALIFIERS into the playoffs and the "A" will be the 32 smallest qualifiers.

4A CLASSIFICATION

MECKLENBURG COUNTY MYERS PARK HIGH - 2 ,973
MCDOWELL COUNTY MCDOWELL HIGH # 2,911
MECKLENBURG COUNTY HOPEWELL HIGH - 2 ,764
WAKE COUNTY WAKEFIELD HIGH - 2 ,713
MECKLENBURG COUNTY INDEPENDENCE HIGH - 2 ,702
WAKE COUNTY WILLIAM G ENLOE HIGH - 2 ,623
MECKLENBURG COUNTY DAVID W BUTLER HIGH - 2 ,527
WAKE COUNTY LEESVILLE ROAD HIGH - 2 ,480
MECKLENBURG COUNTY WEST MECKLENBURG HI - 2 ,413
RICHMOND COUNTY RICHMOND SENIOR HIGH - 2 ,397
WAKE COUNTY MILLBROOK HIGH - 2 ,386
MECKLENBURG COUNTY WEST CHARLOTTE HIGH - 2 ,315
WAKE COUNTY GARNER HIGH - 2 ,287
MECKLENBURG COUNTY NORTH MECKLENBURG HI - 2 ,232
WAKE COUNTY NEEDHAM BROUGHTON HI - 2 ,230
GUILFORD COUNTY NORTHWEST GUILFORD HI - 2 ,210
JOHNSTON COUNTY WEST JOHNSTON HIGH - 2 ,197
WAKE COUNTY APEX HIGH - 2 ,191
WAKE COUNTY PANTHER CREEK HIGH - 2 ,176
MECKLENBURG COUNTY PROVIDENCE HIGH - 2 ,169
MECKLENBURG COUNTY EAST MECKLENBURG HI - 2 ,169
ROBESON COUNTY LUMBERTON SENIOR HI - 2 ,141
JOHNSTON COUNTY CLAYTON HIGH - 2 ,036
MECKLENBURG COUNTY GARINGER HIGH - 2 ,027
WAKE COUNTY GREEN HOPE HIGH - 2 ,002
MOORE COUNTY PINECREST HIGH - 1 ,999
GUILFORD COUNTY GRIMSLEY HIGH - 1 ,992
FORSYTH COUNTY WEST FORSYTH HIGH - 1 ,972
DURHAM COUNTY RIVERSIDE HIGH - 1 ,970
IREDELL-STATESVILLE LAKE NORMAN HIGH - 1 ,958
MECKLENBURG COUNTY MALLARD CREEK HIGH - 1 ,926
DURHAM COUNTY C E JORDAN HIGH - 1 ,923
WAKE COUNTY SANDERSON HIGH - 1 ,917
CUMBERLAND COUNTY SOUTH VIEW HIGH - 1 ,907
SCOTLAND COUNTY SCOTLAND HIGH - 1 ,903
NEW HANOVER COUNTY JOHN T HOGGARD HIGH - 1 ,902
MECKLENBURG COUNTY ZEBULON B VANCE HIGH - 1 ,901
DAVIE COUNTY DAVIE COUNTY HIGH 1 ,893
MECKLENBURG COUNTY ARDREY KELL HIGH - 1 ,887
CUMBERLAND COUNTY JACK BRITT HIGH SCH - 1 ,881
FORSYTH COUNTY EAST FORSYTH HIGH - 1 ,865
WAKE COUNTY WAKE F-ROLESVILLE HI - 1 ,865
WAKE COUNTY FUQUAY-VARINA HIGH - 1 ,831
CRAVEN COUNTY NEW BERN HIGH # 1 ,821
GUILFORD COUNTY PAGE HIGH - 1 ,819
ROBESON COUNTY PURNELL SWETT HIGH - 1 ,805
WAKE COUNTY ATHENS DRIVE HIGH - 1 ,805
WAKE COUNTY KNIGHTDALE HIGH - 1 ,796
NEW HANOVER COUNTY EMSLEY A LANEY HIGH - 1 ,792
MECKLENBURG COUNTY SOUTH MECKLENBURG HI - 1 ,781
DURHAM COUNTY HILLSIDE HIGH - 1 ,776
PITT COUNTY J H ROSE HIGH - 1 ,769
CALDWELL COUNTY SOUTH CALDWELL HIGH - 1 ,755
FORSYTH COUNTY MOUNT TABOR HIGH - 1 ,743
WAKE COUNTY CARY HIGH - 1 ,740
CUMBERLAND COUNTY PINE FOREST HIGH - 1 ,690
WAKE COUNTY MIDDLE CREEK HIGH - 1 ,688
DURHAM COUNTY NORTHERN DURHAM HIGH - 1 ,676
HOKE COUNTY HOKE COUNTY HIGH - 1 ,671
CUMBERLAND COUNTY SEVENTY-FIRST HI - 1 ,670
WAKE COUNTY HOLLY SPRINGS HIGH - 1 ,656
ALEXANDER COUNTY ALEXANDER CENTRAL HI - 1 ,655
NEW HANOVER COUNTY NEW HANOVER HIGH - 1 ,651
PERSON COUNTY PERSON HIGH - 1 ,639
NEW HANOVER COUNTY EUGENE ASHLEY HIGH - 1 ,628
DAVIDSON COUNTY NORTH DAVIDSON HIGH - 1 ,622
FORSYTH COUNTY R.J. REYNOLDS HIGH - 1 ,622
WAKE COUNTY SOUTHEAST RALEIGH HI - 1 ,619
FORSYTH COUNTY PARKLAND HIGH - 1 ,581
WAKE COUNTY EAST WAKE HIGH - 1 ,562
CHAPEL HILL-CARRBORO EAST CHAPEL HILL HI - 1 ,559
CABARRUS COUNTY JAY M ROBINSON HIGH - 1 ,557
FORSYTH COUNTY REAGAN HIGH - 1 ,557
CUMBERLAND COUNTY DOUGLAS BYRD HIGH - 1 ,555
GASTON COUNTY EAST GASTON HIGH - 1 ,549
DURHAM COUNTY SOUTHERN DURHAM HIGH - 1 ,545
JOHNSTON COUNTY SMITHFIELD-SELMA HI - 1 ,536
GUILFORD COUNTY BEN L SMITH HIGH - 1 ,509
CUMBERLAND COUNTY CAPE FEAR HIGH - 1 ,508
GUILFORD COUNTY HIGH POINT CENTRAL HIGH - 1 ,490
RANDOLPH COUNTY TRINITY HIGH - 1 ,476
CUMBERLAND COUNTY TERRY SANFORD HIGH - 1 ,471
BUNCOMBE COUNTY A C REYNOLDS HIGH - 1 ,465
UNION COUNTY WEDDINGTON HIGH - 1 ,453
WATAUGA COUNTY WATAUGA HIGH - 1 ,448
DURHAM COUNTY DURHAM SCH OF ARTS - 1 ,445
CUMBERLAND COUNTY E E SMITH HIGH - 1 ,443
LEE COUNTY LEE COUNTY HIGH - 1 ,427
GASTON COUNTY ASHBROOK HIGH - 1 ,409
CUMBERLAND COUNTY WESTOVER HIGH - 1 ,359
CHAPEL HILL-CARRBORO CHAPEL HILL HIGH - 1 ,342
CLEVELAND COUNTY CREST HIGH - 1 ,312
BURKE COUNTY FREEDOM HIGH - 1 ,293
FORSYTH COUNTY NORTH FORSYTH HIGH - 1 ,228
MECKLENBURG COUNTY HARDING UNIV HIGH - 1 ,156
MECKLENBURG COUNTY PHILLIP BERRY ACAD - 1 ,100
CABARRUS COUNTY CENTRAL CABARRUS HI - 1 ,083

3A CLASSIFICATION

MECKLENBURG COUNTY OLYMPIC HIGH - 1 ,939
CABARRUS COUNTY NW CABARRUS HIGH - 1 ,842
MOORESVILLE CITY MOORESVILLE SR HIGH - 1 ,632
UNION COUNTY PORTER RIDGE HIGH - 1 ,620
BUNCOMBE COUNTY T C ROBERSON HIGH - 1 ,616
GUILFORD COUNTY DUDLEY HIGH - 1 ,603
GUILFORD COUNTY LUCY RAGSDALE HIGH - 1 ,577
GUILFORD COUNTY SOUTHWEST GUILFORD HI - 1 ,498
FORSYTH COUNTY R B GLENN HIGH - 1 ,486
GUILFORD COUNTY WESTERN GUILFORD HI - 1 ,432
HARNETT COUNTY HARNETT CENTRAL HIGH - 1 ,429
ALAMANCE-BURLINGTON SOUTHERN ALAMANCE HI - 1 ,428
UNION COUNTY SUN VALLEY HIGH - 1,411
PITT COUNTY D H CONLEY HIGH - 1 ,396
GUILFORD COUNTY SOUTHEAST GUILFORD HI - 1 ,385
CLEVELAND COUNTY KINGS MOUNTAIN HIGH - 1 ,376
WILSON COUNTY JAMES HUNT HIGH - 1 ,376
HARNETT COUNTY TRITON HIGH - 1 ,369
HICKORY CITY HICKORY HIGH - 1 ,366
BUNCOMBE COUNTY ENKA HIGH - 1 ,354
BRUNSWICK COUNTY WEST BRUNSWICK HIGH - 1 ,350
PITT COUNTY SOUTH CENTRAL HIGH - 1 ,327
HARNETT COUNTY OVERHILLS HIGH - 1 ,322
NASH-ROCKY MOUNT NORTHERN NASH HIGH - 1 ,320
KANNAPOLIS CITY A L BROWN HIGH # 1 ,308
GASTON COUNTY FORESTVIEW HIGH - 1 ,304
ANSON COUNTY ANSON HIGH - 1 ,302
ALAMANCE-BURLINGTON WALTER M WILLIAMS HI - 1 ,289
CATAWBA COUNTY ST STEPHENS HIGH - 1 ,288
ASHEBORO CITY ASHEBORO HIGH - 1 ,280
VANCE COUNTY NORTHERN VANCE HIGH - 1 ,277
IREDELL-STATESVILLE NORTH IREDELL HIGH - 1 ,273
HARNETT COUNTY WESTERN HARNETT HIGH - 1 ,271
BUNCOMBE COUNTY CLYDE A ERWIN HIGH - 1 ,267
CABARRUS COUNTY HICKORY RIDGE HIGH - 1 ,256
UNION COUNTY MARVIN RIDGE HIGH - 1 ,251
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY ROCKINGHAM CO HIGH - 1 ,248
GUILFORD COUNTY NORTHEAST GUILFORD HI - 1 ,246
ROWAN-SALISBURY EAST ROWAN HIGH - 1 ,244
WILSON COUNTY FIKE HIGH - 1 ,243
NASH-ROCKY MOUNT NASH CENTRAL HIGH - 1 ,242
WAYNE COUNTY CHARLES B AYCOCK HI - 1 ,239
CLEVELAND COUNTY BURNS HIGH - 1 ,238
GASTON COUNTY SOUTH POINT HIGH - 1 ,223
IREDELL-STATESVILLE STATESVILLE HIGH - 1 ,221
NASH-ROCKY MOUNT SOUTHERN NASH HIGH - 1 ,217
ONSLOW COUNTY JACKSONVILLE HIGH - 1 ,214
NASH-ROCKY MOUNT ROCKY MOUNT HIGH - 1 ,210
CARTERET COUNTY WEST CARTERET HIGH - 1 ,209
RANDOLPH COUNTY SOWESTERN RANDOLPH HI - 1 ,198
GASTON COUNTY HUNTER HUSS HIGH - 1 ,194
MOORE COUNTY UNION PINES HIGH - 1 ,194
CUMBERLAND COUNTY GRAY'S CREEK HIGH - 1 ,179
ONSLOW COUNTY WHITE OAK HIGH - 1 ,177
ROWAN-SALISBURY JESSE C CARSON HIGH - 1 ,174
CURRITUCK COUNTY CURRITUCK COUNTY HI - 1 ,173
ALAMANCE-BURLINGTON WESTERN ALAMANCE HI - 1 ,171
ROWAN-SALISBURY WEST ROWAN HIGH - 1 ,168
JOHNSTON COUNTY SOUTH JOHNSTON HIGH - 1 ,166
BUNCOMBE COUNTY NORTH BUNCOMBE HIGH - 1 ,161
WAYNE COUNTY EASTERN WAYNE HIGH - 1 ,158
CRAVEN COUNTY HAVELOCK HIGH - 1 ,156
GRANVILLE COUNTY J F WEBB HIGH - 1 ,156
CABARRUS COUNTY CONCORD HIGH - 1 ,150
ALAMANCE-BURLINGTON EASTERN ALAMANCE HI - 1 ,144
MACON COUNTY FRANKLIN HIGH - 1 ,141
LEE COUNTY SOUTHERN LEE HIGH - 1 ,136
UNION COUNTY PARKWOOD HIGH - 1 ,124
BURKE COUNTY EAST BURKE HIGH - 1 ,123
HAYWOOD COUNTY TUSCOLA HIGH - 1 ,121
RUTHERFORD COUNTY R-S CENTRAL HIGH - 1,112
MECKLENBURG COUNTY E E WADDELL HIGH - 1,111
IREDELL-STATESVILLE WEST IREDELL HIGH - 1 ,106
CATAWBA COUNTY FRED T FOARD HIGH - 1 ,103
ASHEVILLE CITY ASHEVILLE HIGH - 1 ,096
WAYNE COUNTY SOUTHERN WAYNE HIGH - 1 ,096
CRAVEN COUNTY WEST CRAVEN HIGH - 1 ,093
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY JOHN M MOREHEAD HIGH - 1 ,090
GASTON COUNTY NORTH GASTON HIGH - 1 ,049
BEAUFORT COUNTY WASHINGTON HIGH - 1 ,034
ROWAN-SALISBURY SOUTH ROWAN HIGH - 1 ,024
GRANVILLE COUNTY S GRANVILLE HIGH - 1 ,009
CASWELL COUNTY BARTLETT YANCEY HIGH - 9 86
WILSON COUNTY BEDDINGFIELD HIGH - 9 80
CALDWELL COUNTY WEST CALDWELL HIGH - 9 74
EDGECOMBE COUNTY SW EDGECOMBE HIGH - 9 57
LENOIR COUNTY KINSTON HIGH - 9 46
HERTFORD COUNTY HERTFORD COUNTY HIGH - 9 23
UNION COUNTY PIEDMONT HIGH - 911
GUILFORD COUNTY T WINGATE ANDREWS HI - 9 10
RANDOLPH COUNTY EASTERN RANDOLPH HI - 9 08
BERTIE COUNTY BERTIE HIGH - 8 70
RANDOLPH COUNTY RANDLEMAN HIGH - 8 27

2A CLASSIFICATION

GUILFORD COUNTY EASTERN GUILFORD HI - 1 ,218
ORANGE COUNTY ORANGE HIGH - 1 ,191
WAKE COUNTY CARDINAL GIBBONS HI 1 ,166
CALDWELL COUNTY HIBRITEN HIGH - 1 ,156
DAVIDSON COUNTY LEDFORD SENIOR HIGH - 1 ,154
BRUNSWICK COUNTY SOUTH BRUNSWICK HIGH - 1 ,088
STOKES COUNTY WEST STOKES HIGH - 1 ,086
HENDERSON COUNTY WEST HENDERSON HIGH - 1 ,076
LENOIR COUNTY NORTH LENOIR HIGH - 1 ,063
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY DALTON MCMICHAEL HI - 1 ,056
GUILFORD COUNTY SOUTHERN GUILFORD HI - 1 ,055
CLEVELAND COUNTY SHELBY HIGH - 1 ,053
VANCE COUNTY SOUTHERN VANCE HIGH - 1 ,053
LINCOLN COUNTY NORTH LINCOLN HIGH - 1 ,052
ORANGE COUNTY CEDAR RIDGE HIGH - 1 ,035
ONSLOW COUNTY SWANSBORO HIGH - 1 ,034
IREDELL-STATESVILLE SOUTH IREDELL HIGH - 1 ,029
HENDERSON COUNTY EAST HENDERSON HIGH - 1 ,028
ROWAN-SALISBURY SALISBURY HIGH - 1 ,018
BURKE COUNTY ROBERT L PATTON HIGH - 1 ,008
HENDERSON COUNTY NORTH HENDERSON HIGH - 1 ,008
CHATHAM COUNTY NORTHWOOD HIGH - 1 ,005
DAVIDSON COUNTY CENTRAL DAVIDSON HI - 1 ,003
PITT COUNTY NORTH PITT HIGH - 1 ,003
ONSLOW COUNTY RICHLANDS HIGH - 9 98
DAVIDSON COUNTY EAST DAVIDSON HIGH - 9 95
HAYWOOD COUNTY PISGAH HIGH - 9 93
YADKIN COUNTY FORBUSH HIGH - 9 65
SURRY COUNTY NORTH SURRY HIGH - 9 62
LINCOLN COUNTY WEST LINCOLN HIGH - 9 61
ASHE COUNTY ASHE COUNTY HIGH - 9 41
CATAWBA COUNTY BUNKER HILL HIGH - 9 35
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY REIDSVILLE HIGH - 9 34
CABARRUS COUNTY MT PLEASANT HIGH - 9 33
STANLY COUNTY WEST STANLY HIGH - 9 29
RUTHERFORD COUNTY CHASE HIGH - 9 21
CATAWBA COUNTY BANDYS HIGH - 9 17
LINCOLN COUNTY EAST LINCOLN HIGH - 9 17
FORSYTH COUNTY ATKINS HIGH - 9 16
JACKSON COUNTY SMOKY MOUNTAIN HIGH - 9 15
DUPLIN COUNTY EAST DUPLIN HIGH - 9 09
LINCOLN COUNTY LINCOLNTON HIGH - 9 04
UNION COUNTY FOREST HILLS HIGH - 9 02
FORSYTH COUNTY CARVER HIGH - 8 96
BUNCOMBE COUNTY CHARLES D OWEN HIGH - 8 92
RUTHERFORD COUNTY EAST RUTHERFORD HIGH - 8 91
ROBESON COUNTY SAINT PAULS HIGH - 8 84
WILKES COUNTY WILKES CENTRAL HIGH - 8 84
FRANKLIN COUNTY BUNN HIGH - 8 69
PASQUOTANK COUNTY NORTHEASTERN HIGH - 8 67
ROANOKE RAPIDS CITY ROANOKE RAPIDS HIGH - 8 58
WARREN COUNTY WARREN COUNTY HIGH - 8 55
NEWTON-CONOVER NEWTON-CONOVER HIGH - 8 53
PASQUOTANK COUNTY PASQUOTANK CO HIGH - 8 53
LENOIR COUNTY SOUTH LENOIR HIGH - 8 49
ONSLOW COUNTY NORTHSIDE-ONSLOW HIGH - 8 42
GUILFORD COUNTY NORTHERN GUILFORD HIGH - 8 41
CARTERET COUNTY CROATAN HIGH - 8 40
ALAMANCE-BURLINGTON HUGH M CUMMINGS HIGH - 8 39
CATAWBA COUNTY MAIDEN HIGH - 8 37
DARE COUNTY FIRST FLIGHT HIGH - 8 37
GREENE COUNTY GREENE CENTRAL HIGH - 8 31
ALAMANCE-BURLINGTON GRAHAM HIGH - 8 30
DAVIDSON COUNTY WEST DAVIDSON HIGH - 8 25
LEXINGTON CITY LEXINGTON SR HIGH - 8 24
PITT COUNTY FARMVILLE CENTRAL HI - 8 23
HALIFAX COUNTY NORTHWEST HIGH - 8 16
BLADEN COUNTY WEST BLADEN HIGH - 8 13
YANCEY COUNTY MOUNTAIN HERITAGE HI # 8 13
BRUNSWICK COUNTY NORTH BRUNSWICK HIGH - 811
TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY BREVARD HIGH - 8 00
FRANKLIN COUNTY FRANKLINTON HIGH - 7 95
SURRY COUNTY SURRY CENTRAL HIGH - 7 78
STANLY COUNTY NORTH STANLY HIGH - 7 77
CLINTON CITY CLINTON HIGH - 7 75
YADKIN COUNTY STARMOUNT HIGH - 7 71
EDENTON/CHOWAN JOHN A HOLMES HIGH - 7 67
CHAPEL HILL-CARRBORO CARRBORO HIGH - 7 57
MADISON COUNTY MADISON HIGH - 7 47
EDGECOMBE COUNTY TARBORO HIGH - 7 46
COLUMBUS COUNTY SOUTH COLUMBUS HIGH - 7 42
WILKES COUNTY NORTH WILKES HIGH - 7 37
WAYNE COUNTY GOLDSBORO HIGH - 7 35
BURKE COUNTY JIMMY C DRAUGHN HIGH - 7 23
ROBESON COUNTY FAIRMONT HIGH - 7 23
ONSLOW COUNTY SOUTHWEST ONSLOW HI - 7 16
RANDOLPH COUNTY PROVIDENCE GROVE HI - 7 12
UNION COUNTY MONROE HIGH - 7 12
ROWAN-SALISBURY NORTH ROWAN HIGH - 7 03
GASTON COUNTY BESSEMER CITY HIGH - 7 00
WHITEVILLE CITY WHITEVILLE HIGH - 6 92
ROBESON COUNTY RED SPRINGS HIGH - 6 68
MITCHELL COUNTY MITCHELL HIGH - 6 59
GRANVILLE COUNTY GRANVILLE CENTRAL HI - 5 64

1A CLASSIFICATION

PENDER COUNTY TOPSAIL HIGH - 1 ,037
WAYNE COUNTY SPRING CREEK HIGH - 9 69
JOHNSTON COUNTY PRINCETON HIGH - 8 29
POLK COUNTY POLK COUNTY HIGH - 7 70
FRANKLIN COUNTY LOUISBURG HIGH - 7 50
CHATHAM COUNTY JORDAN MATTHEWS HIGH - 7 43
BLADEN COUNTY EAST BLADEN HIGH - 7 40
JOHNSTON COUNTY NORTH JOHNSTON HIGH - 7 38
THOMASVILLE CITY THOMASVILLE HIGH - 7 20
AVERY COUNTY AVERY COUNTY HIGH - 7 06
STOKES COUNTY SOUTH STOKES HIGH - 6 99
HENDERSON COUNTY HENDERSONVILLE HIGH - 6 98
GASTON COUNTY CHERRYVILLE SR HIGH - 6 97
PENDER COUNTY HEIDE TRASK HIGH - 6 86
SAMPSON COUNTY MIDWAY HIGH - 6 85
WILKES COUNTY WEST WILKES HIGH - 6 71
PITT COUNTY AYDEN-GRIFTON HIGH - 6 66
SURRY COUNTY EAST SURRY HIGH - 6 65
ONSLOW COUNTY DIXON HIGH - 6 61
PENDER COUNTY PENDER HIGH - 6 59
MONTGOMERY COUNTY WEST MONTGOMERY HIGH - 6 43
DUPLIN COUNTY JAMES KENAN HIGH - 6 27
CARTERET COUNTY EAST CARTERET HIGH - 6 26
MONTGOMERY COUNTY EAST MONTGOMERY HIGH - 6 15
GATES COUNTY GATES COUNTY SR HIGH - 6 07
SWAIN COUNTY SWAIN COUNTY HIGH - 5 96
HALIFAX COUNTY SOUTHEAST HALIFAX HI - 5 89
DUPLIN COUNTY WALLACE-ROSE HILL HI - 5 87
PAMLICO COUNTY PAMLICO COUNTY HIGH - 5 83
COLUMBUS COUNTY EAST COLUMBUS HIGH - 5 82
CAMDEN COUNTY CAMDEN COUNTY HIGH - 5 78
MOORE COUNTY NORTH MOORE HIGH - 5 72
FORSYTH COUNTY BISHOP MCGUINNESS HI 5 71
STANLY COUNTY ALBEMARLE HIGH - 5 68
WILKES COUNTY EAST WILKES HIGH - 5 54
COLUMBUS COUNTY WEST COLUMBUS HIGH - 5 53
PERQUIMANS COUNTY PERQUIMANS CO HIGH - 5 42
STANLY COUNTY SOUTH STANLY HIGH - 5 39
MOUNT AIRY CITY MOUNT AIRY HIGH # 5 35
SAMPSON COUNTY UNION HIGH - 5 34
CHEROKEE COUNTY MURPHY HIGH - 5 29
WELDON CITY WELDON HIGH - 5 26
ROBESON COUNTY SOUTH ROBESON HIGH - 5 17
WASHINGTON COUNTY PLYMOUTH HIGH - 5 15
BEAUFORT COUNTY SOUTHSIDE HIGH - 5 09
WAYNE COUNTY ROSEWOOD HIGH - 5 06
BEAUFORT COUNTY NORTHSIDE HIGH - 5 05
SAMPSON COUNTY HOBBTON HIGH - 4 94
CHATHAM COUNTY CHATHAM CENTRAL HIGH - 4 85
MARTIN COUNTY WILLIAMSTON HIGH - 4 84
DAVIDSON COUNTY SOUTH DAVIDSON HIGH - 4 82
ALLEGHANY COUNTY ALLEGHANY HIGH - 4 73
DUPLIN COUNTY NORTH DUPLIN HI - 4 61
NORTHAMPTON COUNTY NORTHAMPTON HI EAST - 4 59
SAMPSON COUNTY LAKEWOOD HIGH - 4 49
STOKES COUNTY NORTH STOKES HIGH - 4 47
ONSLOW COUNTY LEJEUNE 4 36
DARE COUNTY MANTEO HIGH - 4 24
TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY ROSMAN HIGH - 3 95
CLAY COUNTY HAYESVILLE HIGH - 3 93
ELKIN CITY ELKIN HIGH - 3 89
CHEROKEE COUNTY CHEROKEE HIGH 3 87
MACON COUNTY HIGHLANDS SCHOOL - 3 85
JONES COUNTY JONES SENIOR HIGH - 3 75
EDGECOMBE COUNTY N EDGECOMBE HIGH - 3 66
DARE COUNTY CAPE HATTERAS SECOND - 3 45
GRAHAM COUNTY ROBBINSVILLE HIGH - 3 17
MARTIN COUNTY ROANOKE HIGH - 3 12
NORTHAMPTON COUNTY NORTHAMPTON HI WEST - 2 89
CHEROKEE COUNTY ANDREWS HIGH - 2 78
MARTIN COUNTY JAMESVILLE HIGH - 2 61
TYRRELL COUNTY COLUMBIA HIGH - 1 86
HYDE COUNTY MATTAMUSKEET HIGH - 1 78
WASHINGTON COUNTY CRESWELL HIGH - 1 65

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Q&A with Observer's Langston Wertz Jr.

Observer staff writer Langston Wertz Jr. answers your sports-related questions. Have one? Post it as a comment at the bottom of this blog or email lwertz@charlotteobserver.comFor older Q&As, click one of the following links:
http://prepinsiders.blogspot.com/2008/10/q-with-observers-langston-wertz-jr.htmlorhereorhere

Q. Tommy Bowden deserved to get fired. Tom Sorensen is crazy if he thinks we'll hire Danny Ford back. What do you think about Fulmer in Clemson?

Ford back? No. Fulmer? Would anyone want him right away if he is dismissed from Tennessee? Clemson's a great job, but I think the fans need to be a little realistic. I don't think Clemson is set up to be a competitor with the LSUs, Floridas and Georgias of the world. The Tigers might have a great season like that in every eight to 10 years, but to expect a 10-1 record every year is unrealistic. I don't think the Tigers can recruit as well as those schools due to geography and conference.

Q. Did you see CMS new eligibility requirements? Why are the media so quiet about that?

I saw them. I thought they made sense. Just stricter requirements about paperwork to make it more difficult to slip through the system. Look, I'm all for moving if you want to move. If that's what you or your parents want to do to switch schools, for whatever reason, it's your right. I think sometimes people from smaller school systems without as much choice don't understand. We've got nearly 40 high schools in immediate Mecklenburg County. That's a lot of options.

Q. Good column Steve Smith. You think people are too hard on the guy? I thought it was pretty cool he went to high school last week.

Steve has brought some of this stuff on himself. He knows that. He says he wonders what people are thinking when they talk to him, wondering if they still associate him as the guy who punched Ken Lucas in training camp. Steve does a lot of things in the community all the time, many without any fanfare.

Q. How low can you go to use the purity and innocence of high school football and especially children to try to attempt to rehabilitate the thuggish behavior of little man Steve Smith? This stoops to new levels and hard to believe a newspaper of quality and integrity like the Observer would promote such as this.

The high school kids, you will remember, wrote essays in an attempt to have Smith on campus. Seems they wanted him there.

Q. When does your basketball coverage start? What can we expect? Who do you think will be in the Sweet 16?

Basketball coverage will start Sunday. We're going to do class-by-class previews and a few new gadgets and features I think you'll like. Sweet 16? I can't give that away, but I will say this might be the best year for girls' basketball ever in Charlotte.

Monday's high school football scores

Football scores involving Observer Sweet 16 teams that played Monday and Saturday, after games were postponed by rain Friday:

No. 6 West Rowan beat Lake Norman, 23-17 (OT)

No. 7 Rock Hill Northwestern beat York, 40-0

No. 11 East Lincoln beat West Lincoln, 43-7

No. 12 Albemarle beat Mount Pleasant, 49-28

No. 13 Lenoir Hibriten beat Hickory 42-35 (OT)

No. 15 Salisbury beat Ledford, 24-7

No. 16 Newton-Conover beat West Caldwell, 35-7

-- Cliff Mehrtens

Monday, October 27, 2008

United Faith's Miller commits to FSU

United Faith Christian junior basketball player Ian Miller has verbally committed to Florida State, his mother, Cheryl Miller, said.

Miller, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound combo guard, averaged 25 points per game as a sophomore at South Mecklenburg last season. He was named to the All-Charlotte Observer team before transferring to United Faith, in south Charlotte, over the summer.

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton coached Miller’s father, Julian Miller, at Austin Peay in the early ‘70s.

“Academically he looked at their curriculum for athletes and he thought it was top of the line,” Cheryl Miller said of her son. “He liked atmosphere, the people, the coaching staff and the environment.”

National recruiting analyst Dave Telep of scout.com ranks Miller 56th in the nation among juniors and fourth in North Carolina behind Kinston’s Reggie Bullock, a 6-6 forward; Winston-Salem Mount Tabor’s C.J. Leslie, a 6-3 point guard; and Concord Cannon’s Jarell Eddie, a 6-7 wing.

“Florida State is getting a guy who can flat out score,” Telep said. “He’s developed into a really strong scoring combo guard who may have a chance to steal some legitimate minutes at the point. This is a guy who keeps getting better. That’s a big pickup for Florida State to go into North Carolina and dig him out.”

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

Friday, October 24, 2008

McGee vs. McKee for 1-A tennis title

Danielle McGee of Hampstead Topsail will take on Mount Airy¹s Maggie McKee on Saturday morning for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A women's singles tennis championship.

Both players won a pair of matches on Friday at the Cary Tennis Center on the first day of play, and both had to rally from a set down in one match.

In doubles, the team of Caitlen Corbett and Molly Peele of Misenheimer Gray Stone Day will take on the duo of Jessie Elmore and Brianna Fulp of East Wilkes for the state title.

Corbett and Peele had to come from a set down to beat Eastern champion Lori Wang and Margaret Gaines of Raleigh Charter to advance to the finals.

The finals are scheduled to begin at 9 am at the Cary Tennis Center but will move indoors to courts at North Carolina State University if there is rain Saturday morning.

NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIN
2008 1-A WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Cary Tennis Center

Singles Quarterfinals
Danielle McGee (Hampstead Topsail) def. Taylor Roper (Siler City
Jordan-Matthews) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4; Jessica Curtis (Chatham Central) def. Jamie Johnson (Seven Springs Spring Creek) 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2; Maggie McKee (Mount
Airy) def. Caroline Chandler (Raleigh Charter) 6-3, 6-0; Elizabeth Davis (Kernersville Bishop McGuinness) def. Jessica Patterson (Hampstead Topsail) 6-4, 6-2.

Singles‹Semifinals
McGee (Topsail) def. Curtis (Chatham Central) 6-1, 6-2; McKee (Mount Airy) def. Davis (Bishop McGuinness) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0.

Singles‹Championship
Danielle McGee (Topsail) vs. Maggie McKee (Mount Airy)

Doubles--Quarterfinals
Lori Wang-Margaret Gaines (Raleigh Charter) def. Myranda Blake-Damen Hinson (East Montgomery) 6-0, 6-3; Caitlen Corbett-Molly Peele (Misenheimer Gray Stone Day) def. Kate Matthews-Sara Chesson (Williamston) 6-3, 6-1; Jessie Elmore-Brianna Fulp (East Wilkes) def. Natalie Singletary-Chelsea Nance (West Columbus) 6-0, 6-0; Ellie Case-Jordan Gwyn (Mount Airy) def. Liz Lyons-Kendre Kesler (Hampstead Topsail) 7-6(5), 6-3.

Doubles‹Semifinals
Corbett-Peele (Gray Stone Day) def. Wang-Gaines (Raleigh
Charter) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1; Elmore-Fulp (East Wilkes) def. Case-Gwyn (Mount
Airy) 6-1, 6-2.

Doubles‹Championship
Caitlen Corbett-Molly Peele (Gray Stone Day) vs. Jessie Elmore-Brianna Fulp (East Wilkes)

- Cliff Mehrtens

Saturday's Star 50 Basketball Clinic

INVITEES TO SATURDAY’S STAR 50 HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL CLINIC AT HICKORY GROVE

50 of the best high school basketball players in the Mecklenburg County area were invited to a day of skill sessions, scrimmages and instruction by the Charlote Pro-Am Coaches Coalition. Featured speakers will include former Charlotte Hornets players Dell Curry and Muggsy Bogues, and former Philadelphia 76er and North Carolina star Bobby Jones.


Boys attending:

T.J Wilson, Hunter Huss
Jon Hall, Hunter Huss
Jarvis Anderson, Hunter Huss
Jihad Wright, Hunter Huss
Marshall Smith, Marvin Ridge
C. Julian Abbott, Marvin Ridge
Ryan Ledova Marvin Ridge
Charles Harrison West Meck
Earl Williams Butler
Charles Robinson Vance
Kevin Hickson Providence High
Evan Shelton Hickory Grove Christian
Miles Lawrence Shelby High
Eric Mayo Shelby High
D. Tyree’ Turner Jay Robinson
Marcus Burton Hickory Grove Christian
Nicholas Stamp Shelby High
Derrick Mayo Shelby High
Myles Funderburke Hickory Grove Christian
Charles Tinsley Porter Ridge High
Dequan Starnes Porter Ridge
Javonte Truesdale Porter Ridge
Raheem Chisholm Kennedy Charter
Enoch Hood Vance
Marquise Rankin Vance
Daryl Traynham Vance
Montrey Sayles Vance

Girls attending:

Jessica Freeman West Charlotte
Rajsha Blackmon Mallard Creek
Mayhana Dunovant Butler
Alexys Taylor Vance
Sydney Jones Country Day School
Ryane Smart Vance
Janice Roberts Country Day School
Lacherish Reed Hickory Grove Christian
Shawn-Marie Heiliger Charlotte Catholic
Chelsea Douglas Hickory Grove Christian
Mariah Case RS Central
Taylor Cook Hopewell
Lauren White Hickory Grove Christian
Cierra Burdick Butler High
Kellie Smith Vance
Nicole Graham Mallard Creek

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Girls Golf Championships start Monday

Top golfers from across the state will compete next week in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association¹s 28th women¹s state golf championships.

For the sixth year in a row, the NCHSAA will offer classified championships because the number of schools competing in the sport has grown. The two-day event will be held on Monday and Tuesday at two different sites.

The 4A championships are set for Pinehurst No. 1. The 1A/2A/3A finals are at Fox Fire Village on the West Course.

Players qualified to the state championships from regionals across the state. Last year Northwest Guilford earned the state 4-A team title by four strokes over Gastonia Ashbrook, with Charlotte Myers Park in third.

Raleigh Wakefield¹s Courtney McKim was the individual champion and returns to defend her title.

Cameron Union Pines captured the 2007 1A/2A/3A team title by four shots over Wilson Fike, with Salisbury finishing third.

Courtney Gunter of Indian Trail Porter Ridge, with a 71 on the last day, won the individual championship by a 11 shots and has qualified to defend her crown. Gunter will be trying to win her third straight championship.

The best three scores for a team, which may have up to five individuals, are counted each day toward the team total.

The championships include a field of 78 golfers competing in each classification. The first group in the 4-A championships will tee off at 8 a.m. Monday. The 1A/2A/3A final begins at 9 a.m. Monday. -- Observer News Services

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

N.C . girls tennis singles, doubles pairings

Singles and doubles first-round pairings for N.C. girls' tennis championships

Friday

Class 1A

­Cary Tennis Center

Singles

East 1‹Danielle McGee (Hampstead Topsail) vs. West 4‹Taylor Roper (Siler City Jordan-Matthews) West 2‹Jessica Curtis (Chatham Central) vs. James Johnson (Seven Springs Spring Creek) West 1‹Maggie McKee (Mount Airy) vs. East 4‹Caroline Chandler (Raleigh Charter) East 2‹Jessica Patterson (Hampstead Topsail) vs. West 3‹Elizabeth Davis (Kernersville Bishop McGuinness).

Doubles

East 1‹Lori Wang-Margaret Gaines (Raleigh Charter) vs. West 4‹Myranda Blake-Damen Hinson (East Montgomery) West 2‹Caitlen Corbett-Molly Peele (Misenheimer Gray Stone Day) vs. East 3‹Kate Matthews-Sara Chessons (Williamston) West 1‹Jessie Elmore-Brianna Fulp (East Wilkes) vs. East 4‹Natalie Singletary-Chelsea Nance (West Columbus) East 2‹Liz Lyons-Kendre Kesler (Hampstead Topsail) vs. West 3‹Ellie Case-Jordan Gwyn (Mount Airy).

Class 2A

­Cary Tennis Center

Singles

East 1-- Elizabeth Leary (Edenton Holmes) vs. Mideast 4-- Nelessa Lewis (Southern Vance) Midwest 2-- Hannah Herlocker (North Stanley) vs. West 3-- Emily Bridges (Shelby) Mideast 1-- Lauren Brooker (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) vs. East 4-- Christine Conti (Newport Croatan) West 2-- Davis Clare Hyatt (Brevard) vs. Midwest 3-- Tiffany Vanhpraseuth (Ledford) West 1-- Amie Cloer (West Henderson) vs. Midwest 4--Brooke Johnson (Salisbury) Mideast 2‹Rukhsona Usmanova (Durham School of Arts) vs. East 3- Mei Mei Clark (Kill Devil Hills First Flight) Midwest 1‹Laura Baker (West Lincoln) vs. West 4- Penny Lane Buckner (Burnsville Mountain Heritage) East 2‹Paige Chase (Kill Devil Hills First Flight) vs. Mideast 3‹Casey Perriccio (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons).

Doubles

East 1‹Caroline Small-Isabelle Boehling (Edenton Holmes) vs. Mideast 4‹Samantha Taylor-Abby Sugg (Greene Central) Midwest 2‹Shea Comadoll-Joy Loeblein (Salisbury) vs. West 3‹Sydney Lyda-Julia Wallace (North Henderson) Mideast 1-- Elizabeth McLawhorn-Lauren Carraway (Greene Central) vs. East 4‹Shay Grainger-Morgan Dameron (South Columbus) West 2-- Blair Lutz-Hillary Lutz (Shelby) vs. Midwest 3‹Anne Rinaldo-Claire Rinaldo (East Lincoln) West 1- Kristie Combs-Tara Dockery (Surry Central) vs. Midwest 4-- Hannah Potter-Brooke Corley (Marshville Forest Hills) Mideast 2‹Catherine Shactman-Katie Watkins (Pittsboro Northwood) vs. East 3--Quinn Carlton-Allie Miller (East Duplin) Midwest 1-- Hannah Lebowitz-Kirstin Meyerhoeffer (Salisbury) vs. West 4-- Kate Treacy-Lauren Bullard (Brevard) East 2-- Jessica Halso-Libby Herring (East Duplin) vs. Mideast 3‹Nellie Wilson-Bailey Proctor (Tarboro).

Class 3A ­

Burlington Tennis Center

Singles

East 1--Mary-Katherine Prince (Wilson Fike) vs. Mideast 4---Juliana White(Bartlett Yancey Midwest 2---Julia Paulson(Charlotte Catholic) vs. West 3---Mackenzie LaSure(Asheville Mideast 1---Neena Wanko(Cameron Union Pines) vs. East 4---Keiona Love(Wilson Hunt)

West 2---MayaBlue Stauffer-MacDowell (Asheville T.C. Roberson) vs. Midwest 3---Lucy Schermerhorn (Southwest Guilford) West 1---Kathryn Talbert (Lake Norman) vs Midwest 4---Kaylee Bullard(Southeast Guilford) Mideast 2---Carolyn Kernodle(Burlington Williams) vs. East 3---Tara Hirsch(Southern Wayn Midwest 1---Brooke McAmis (Southeast Guilford) vs. West 4---Kelli Ferguson(Northwest Cabarrus) East 2--Connor Allegood (Wilson Fike) vs. Mideast 3--Lourdes Ros (Western Guilford).

Doubles

East 1---Mallory Short-Meredith Pruden (Wilson Fike) vs. Mideast 4---Raleigh McCoy-McKenzie Owen (Western Alamance) Midwest 2---Tori Anderson-Megan Laframboise (Charlotte Catholic) vs. West 3---Lauren Vaughn-Shannon Morse (Asheville T.C. Roberson) Mideast 1---Adele Henderson-Helen Powell (Burlington Williams) vs. East 4---Kate Gray-Caroline Gray (Rocky Mount) West 2---Shruthi Rajan-Hayley Hammond (Lake Norman) vs. Midwest 3--Cameron Grist-Mary Kathryn Ferebee (Charlotte Catholic) West 1---Erin Williams-Elle Klein (Asheville T.C. Roberson) vs. Midwest 4---Jill Padfield-Sara Helms (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge) Mideast 2---Jessica Brown-Meagan Teague (Southern Alamance) vs. East 3--Lindsey Frederick-Mollie Musgrave (Eastern Wayne) Midwest 1---Catherine Wood-Sruthi Cherkur (Ragsdale) vs. West 4--Maddy Daniel-Ciera Combs (Mooresville) East 2---Lindsay Thomas-Addie Keeter (Rocky Mount) vs. Mideast 3--Kristin Blue-Katie Morgan (Eastern Alamance).

Class 4A

Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, University of North Carolina

Singles

East 1---Miller Hales (Wilmington New Hanover) vs. Mideast 4--Ally Prior(Raleigh Wakefield Midwest 2---Nikki Curnes (Greensboro Grimsley) vs. West 3---Kelsey Sherck (Charlotte Myers Park) Mideast 1---Jennifer Huang( East Chapel Hill) vs. East 4---AllyParziale (Southern Pines Pinecrest) West 2---Djana Volny (South Mecklenburg) vs. Midwest 3---Alexis Reynolds (North Mecklenburg) West 1---Grace Baker (Charlotte Myers Park) vs. Midwest 4---Jessica Davis (West Forsyth Mideast 2---Hamilton Lovett (Raleigh Broughton) vs. East 3---Ally Stillwell (Willmington Laney) Midwest 1---Clare Cox (Greensboro Grimsley) vs. West 4---Catherine Matulis (Charlotte Providence) East 2---Marisa Pereira (Fayetteville Jack Britt) vs. Mideast 3---Helen Wang(Morrisville Green Hope).

Doubles

East 1--Kaitlin Burns-Maggie Dickens (Wilmington Hoggard) vs. Mideast 4--Amy Weischedel-Maria Evans (Raleigh Leesville Road) Midwest 2--Lauren Tuscano-Carli Tuscano (Greensboro Grimsley) vs. West 3--Kendall Schmitt-Meredith Branham (Weddington) Mideast 1--Lauren Frazier-Kristen Joyner (Greenville Rose) vs. East 4--Kaytlyn Gilbert-Rebecca Keefe (Fayetteville Terry Sanford) West 2--Anna Rickenbaker-Jessica Perez (Charlotte Myers Park) vs. Midwest 3--Caroline Lamy-Stephanie Vlasis (Winston-Salem RJ Reynolds) West 1--Debolina Banerjee-Emily Carpenter (Charlotte Myers Park) vs. Midwest 4--Callie Payne-Peyton Riley (Northwest Guilford) Mideast 2--Katie Kane-Asha Iyengar (Raleigh Broughton) vs. East 3--Kaitlin Bailey-Leigh-Anne McAfee (Wilmington Laney) Midwest 1--Melissa Addington-Morgan Owsley (Greensboro Page) vs. West 4--Ashley Hovis-Brittany Hovis (Gastonia Ashbrook) East 2--Varice Love-Mary Lawrence Newton (Fayetteville Jack Britt) vs. Mideast 3--Tori Helpingstine-Hannah Kimbrough (Chapel Hill).

-- Cliff Mehrtens

Gaffney-Fort Mill football moved to Thursday

Fort Mill’s home football game against Gaffney, originally scheduled for Friday, has been switched to 7 p.m. Thursday because of heavy rains predicted for Friday.

Fort Mill (0-8) is 0-2 in Region 3 4A, and has allowed more than 40 points five times.

-- Cliff Mehrtens

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Charlotte dominates Shrine Classic N.C. roster

Fourteen of the 28 football players on the North Carolina team in the Oasis All-Star Shrine Classic on Nov. 28 are from Charlotte.

Players from seven Charlotte schools – Charlotte Christian, Charlotte Latin, Providence Day, Charlotte Country Day, Victory Christian, Northside Christian and Hickory Grove - were named to the N.C. team, which will play South Carolina at 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, in the all-star game for independent schools.

The game, organized by the Charlotte-based Oasis Shrine Temple, is for seniors. It debuted at Latin in 2005. All proceeds benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children.

The event is similar to the Shrine Bowl, which is in its 72nd year, but doesn’t include private-school players. The Shrine Bowl is operated by five Shriners temples in the Carolinas. Oasis withdrew seven years ago.

Charlotte Christian’s honorees are linemen Zach Cook and Zach Orsino, receiver/defensive back Jonathan Miller and kicker Wil Kamin.

Latin’s picks are running back Carter Barnhardt, receiver defensive back Ross Cockrell and fullback/linebacker Mark Ernsberger. Two-way linemen John Benson and Kip Haddock will represent Charlotte Country Day.

Victory Christian lineman Curtis Porter and running back Michael Staton were chosen, with Hickory Grove receiver/defensive back Landon Adams, Providence Day running back Terrell Tyrance and Northside Christian defensive lineman Sylvester Crawford.

Another N.C. player from an Observer-area school is Jonathan Williams (Concord First Assembly).

For tickets and information, call 704-717-7827.

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North Carolina roster

Andrew DosSantos (Asheville School); Zach Cook, Zach Orsino, Jonathan Miller and Wil Kamin (Charlotte Christian); John Benson and Kip Haddock (Charlotte Country Day); Carter Barnhardt, Ross Cockrell and Mark Ernsberger (Charlotte Latin); Christian Rogers and August Campbell (Arden Christ School); Jonathan Williams (Concord First Assembly); Josh Strickland (Forsyth Country Day); Ryan Rawlins (Halifax); Landon Adams (Hickory Grove); Sylvester Crawford (Northside Christian); Terrell Tyrance (Providence Day); Cole Gonet, Trevor Taylor, Lanny Funsten, Grey Berry and Hayden Maples (Raleigh Ravenscroft); Cromatia King and Kitric Reeves (Trinity Christian); Curtis Porter and Michael Staton (Victory Christian), and Jarvis Denning (Word of God).

Coach: Ned Gonet (Raleigh Ravenscroft). Assistants: Bob Witman and Steve Wall (Charlotte Country Day), Wes Wilder (St. David’s).

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South Carolina roster

William Banks and Jonathan Gibbs (Augusta Christian); Xan Mangum and Nathan Parrish (Ben Lippen); Nicolas Montalto (Bible Baptist); Michael Bolchoz (Cardinal Newman); Mark Breland (Charleston Collegiate); Jeffrey Kinard (Colleton Prep); Josh Funderburk and Garrett Freel (Dillon Christian); Jordan Randolph (First Baptist); Chase Loveless (Hammond); Davis Ray and Evan Peterson (Heathwood Hall); Joey Davis and Mark McDevitt (Hilton Head Christian); Ian Anderson (Hilton Head Prep); Michael Robinson and Phillip Thames (Laurence Manning); Justin Tretera (Northwood); Jarin Bouie, LaQuan Gilliard and Melvin Lesure (Pinewood); William Hyman and Carson Parker (Porter-Gaud); Zachary Robinson and Dustin Scott (Thomas Sumter); and Andrew Harvin, William Clinkscales and Rickie Crum (Wilson Hall).

Coach: Tommy Lewis (Hilton Head Christian). Assistants: Ken Kellahan (Laurence Manning), Will McCombs (First Baptist) and Matt Smith (Bible Baptist)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

South Pointe's Gilmore commits to USC

Rock Hill South Pointe’s Stephon Gilmore, a quarterback who is being recruited as a defensive back, committed to South Carolina.

Gilmore, 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, was recruited by dozens of Division I schools and considered Alabama as the other finalist.

Gilmore has helped South Pointe (7-0) to rankings in most national polls, and No. 2 in the Observer Sweet 16. He hasn’t played defense full-time, but has 11 tackles, a recovered fumble, three pass breakups and one tackle for a loss.

Gilmore has rushed 54 times for 599 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is 50-of-80 passing for 727 yards and four touchdowns.`

Gilmore plans to graduate in January and enroll in South Carolina so he can participate in spring practice.

South Pointe receiver Charles Holmes committed to the Gamecocks in July.

- Cliff Mehrtens

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Q&A with the Observer's Langston Wertz Jr.

Observer staff writer Langston Wertz Jr. answers your sports-related questions. Have one? Post it as a comment at the bottom of this blog or email lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

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Q. Were you surprised by Clemson coach Tommy Bowden's resignation, and how about Tennessee's Phil Fulmer? Is North Carolina safe with Butch Davis? Do you think DeVonte Holloman did the right thing?

Was I surprised Tommy Bowden resigned at Clemson? No. But I was surprised it was done in October. I thought he might finish out the year. Bottom line, he hasn’t won enough big games and this year, a season when Clemson was supposed to be in the hunt for a national championship. Now is UNC safe with Butch Davis? If Phil Fulmer is gone from Tennessee maybe not, but I think Davis has more of a chance to win at UNC than with Tennessee, where he’ll have to deal with Florida and Georgia and potentially LSU in an SEC Championship game. He can win the ACC title and get to a BCS easier at UNC and maybe even a national title game. As for DeVonte Holloman, I think he made the right decision for him. I think he loved Clemson but wasn’t sure about what would happen with a new coach and a new system. So he’ll look around.

Q. What is going on with Mallard Creek and Vance?

Mallard Creek principal Kit Rea said she disciplined three students who were involved in the incident, which was reported to her by Vance principal Phil Cauthen. There’s no place for vandalism in athletics. We should play the games, pull for our schools and keep it clean. If you want to paint something, let’s paint the school rock.

Q. Why is everyone going crazy because Jessica Simpson sang at the race?

I’m the wrong person to ask. I don’t get the whole Jessica Simpson thing. I guess it’s the celebrity thing.

Q. Who do you like in the Butler-East Mecklenburg game this week?

For our picks this week, I chose Butler. But these games tend to be close. Butler won 42-20 four years ago, but the past three have been decided by all of five points. East Meck has the best defense in town, but the Eagles cannot score as well as Butler. So if Butler quarterback Christian LeMay gets off to a good start, his running backs should have lanes and Butler should score at least 24 points. I don’t think East Meck can score that many right now on Butler. So I’ll go Butler 24, East Meck 20.

Q. Who do you like in the Charlotte Country Day-Charlotte Christian game?

Country Day is coming off a big win against Crest and Christian lost a little momentum in losing 28-21 to Northern Guilford, but the Knights are going for three straight over the Bucs. I think both teams are hungry. Country Day, used to winning state title games every year, hasn’t won one in four years and didn’t make the finals last year. Christian has never won a NCISAA championship. Who do I like? When the teams are even, like I think these are, you pick the home team. So I’ll go Country Day. And remember, the winner could be hosting a state title game next month, if there’s a rematch, so this one is extra large.

Monday, October 13, 2008

N.C. girls tennis poll released

North Carolina High School Girls’ Tennis Polls

Observer-area teams in bold

4-A

Team Points

1) Raleigh Broughton 59

2) East Chapel Hill 49

3) Greensboro Page 42

4) Charlotte Myers Park 41

5) Greensboro Grimsley 40

6) Wilmington Hoggard 33

7) Green Hope 21

8) Charlotte Providence 19

9) Raleigh Athens Drive 7

10) Chapel Hill 6

Greenville J.H. Rose 6

Others receiving votes: Gastonia Ashbrook (5), Ardrey Kell (1), Weddington (1).

3-A

Team Points

1) T.C. Roberson 85

2) Charlotte Catholic 77

3) Wilson Fike 75

4) Southeast Guilford 58

5) Lake Norman 54

6) Union Pines 37

7) Rocky Mount 35

8) Ragsdale 34

9) Burlington Williams 14

10) Western Guilford 10

Others receiving votes: Hickory (9), East Rowan (3), Bartlett Yancey (2), Eastern Wayne (1), Marvin Ridge (1).

2-A

Team Points

1) Cardinal Gibbons 58

2) Salisbury 56

3) Greene Central 48

4) John A. Holmes 42

5) North Stanly 32

6) Tarboro 28

7) McMichael 21

8) Ashe County 13

East Lincoln 13

10) Northwood 12

Others receiving votes: Cedar Ridge (4), Brevard (2), Ledford (1).

1-A

Team Points

1) NC School of Science & Math 48

2) East Wilkes 44

3) North Stokes 37

4) Topsail 36

5) Mount Airy 26

6) Jordan-Matthews 25

7) East Montgomery 17

Raleigh Charter 17

9) Bishop McGuinness 11

10) Spring Creek 9

Others receiving votes: Elkin (3), Dixon (1), East Surry (1).

-- Cliff Mehrtens

Langston Wertz answers reader questions

Observer staff writer Langston Wertz Jr. answers your sports-related questions. Have one? Post it as a comment at the bottom of this blog or email lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

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Q. Langston, I agree w/what u said on tv last week. Butler-East is game of year; will both of them be 0fer?

“I believe you’re asking if I thought both would be undefeated. I would’ve said yes back in August. Obviously they are now. Should be some game. Both defenses are strong and the past three meetings have been decided by a total of five points. This is your game of the year so far in Mecklenburg County.”

Q. LW-heard alot of talk earlier in the volleyball season coming out of Butler, but they've been awfully quiet lately since being swept by Weddington. How about a story on the Weddington girls?

“Weddington has been strong in volleyball for a number of years. It’s no surprise they are doing well. Butler was a surprise team all year and the Bulldogs had a great season, too. Should be a fun conference tournament this week, highlighted by Zoe Bell, now Ardrey Kell’s coach, facing her old school, Providence, in the first round at Providence today (Monday 10/13).

Q. I'm not sure we should be spending 18M for trainers in this economy. W/o it they want to shut down football. Please explain.

That’s an estimated number, but it’s probably not far off. I’d have to say I think all schools should have qualified personnel at the ready. I was surprised to learn that there were so many schools that did not. We shouldn’t lose one life that we did not need to lose.

Q. You surprised MC got a big test from Vance?

A little, but it’s a rivalry game. Vance was pumped up to beat their neighbors. I loved the idea of running the game ball from one school to the other. I didn’t like the idea of trashing MC’s field before the game. But it was good to see MC get a close game. That will make them better later on. Looks like Mallard Creek-West Charlotte on Oct. 31 will be for your league title.

Q. Langston....Why does South Meck continue to run the ball OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN?? Everyone knows they are running. This middle school offense doesn't work in the toughest conference in the state of NC.

South Meck was 7-4 last year, before the forfeits, and has won three times this year, so you’re a little off on your math about coach James Martin. The Wing-T is something he learned in South Carolina and he’s been successful with it. I can tell you that a lot of Southwestern 4A coaches don’t like playing against it. I think they should and will diversify the offense more. I think what you learn is this: when people figure out what you’re doing, as is apparent now, try (a little of) something else.

Q. Langston, Independence is has high potential to win a state championship this year. Their defense has only given up 46 points in 6 games this year and arguably have the best defense in the state. What truth do you find to this? Who will they need to step up and make big plays?

This Indy team has really surprised me. I didn’t see them being as good as they are given what they don’t have. They don’t have national recruit DeVonte Holloman or D-I recruit Dominique Walker. Knotts dismissed a two-year starter, Kortne Briggs, two weeks ago and Zach Hodges – the young man whose mother passed away earlier this year – moved to Atlanta to live with relatives. He had been Indy’s best defensive player. With all those pieces, Indy’s defense would’ve been great. Without them Indy struggles to stop the run and their blitzes are not as frequent or as effective. So I can’t say they have the best D in the state. All that said, they score so much it doesn’t matter. WR Lawrence Martin is good – as in good like some of other greats at the position before him – and 6-6 Michael Rhynes is going to be great, too, as he gets healthier. Short or not, QB Anthony Carrothers can make all the throws and if you can’t score 40, you’re not going to beat Indy.

Q. Wow. Wasnt that the ex-Vance player who scored the winning points for Mallard Creek against Vance last nite? Or was it the ex-North player? Or both? Naw. Must have been that great head coach from Miami who took over the brand new school made up of Vance and North including all their best players. Well show these yahoos how to play the game. Looks like Da Creek gonna go undefeated in '08 and 'come into Chapel Hill to win it all baby with LW and the CO hangin on tight to that wagon spot as usual. Too bad they will have to knock TK and Indy out too but that the way the ole football bounces.

Boy, someone is upset. Listen, CMS needed Mallard Creek to relieve overcrowding at schools. You don’t want a gazillion trailers at school and kids literally shoulder-to-shoulder at lunch just so your football team won’t have to shed kids? Vance, you remember, was created 11 years ago with players from North Meck. They’re going through what they put someone else through, so to speak. It happens. Indy and Butler will feel a pinch in 2010 when the new Mint Hill opens. It’s just part of growing. … As for the playoffs, is Mallard going to be big 4A or small? If small, watch out. If big, that’s a tough road that will have to go through the SW4A big 3: Indy, East Meck and Butler.

Q. So CMS goes to Miami to hire a football coach and the woods are full of coaches even right here in Charlotte? So typical. CMS does the exact same when they hire teachers and will always go out of state ignoring these right here and then lie to the media saying they cant find them in NC.

Mallard Creek principal Kit Rea interviewed a lot of coaches in this area before deciding on Mike Palmieri from Florida. She felt he was the right coach for the job. And shouldn’t you hire the person you feel is best? And I don’t think too many Mavericks fans have a problem with her hire right about now.

Q. Langston let's see if you want to take back your answer to my last post about the Vance coaching staff. That coaching staff does not care about winning at all. Let's say they don't know how to win!

I was not at the game, but I hear Vance did a great job and pushed MC to the limit. I think it’s easy to always point fingers at the coach. But step back and think. If the coaches identify a weakness and call a play to exploit and the play isn’t run correctly or the ball slips out of the QBs hands and is picked off instead of six points, well, was that really the coaches’ fault? I’m not saying I know what happened over there, but try to step back and think for a minute before you always go for the coaches’ head. If the coach isn’t putting players in the right positions, that’s one thing. If he is, and execution is an issue, that’s another.

Q. LW...Why are people so negative against Coach Palmieri and Mallard Creek? I have a son on the Team and let me tell you he is absolutely all about the kids.

I don’t think ‘people’ are. I think ‘person’ or ‘persons’ might be. Palmieiri is doing a fine job. I picked him as my midseason All-Observer coach of the year.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Langston Wertz Jr.'s Q&A

Observer staff writer Langston Wertz Jr. answers your sports-related questions. Have one? Post it as a comment at the bottom of this blog or email lwertz@charlotteobserver.comFor older Q&As, click one of the following links:

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http://prepinsiders.blogspot.com/2008/09/wertz-answers-your-questions.html.blogspot.com/2008/09/q-with-observers-langston-wertz-jr_13.html

Q. Garinger won tonight Langston. Take care of us tomorrow, like you promised. We're back!

That was amazing. People were calling me as Garinger was rallying. I got calls at 12-7 West Meck, then 17-12 Garinger and so on. I was at the Butler game listening to the crowd at Garinger over the cell phone. It was good to see them end their long losing streak. Congratulations.”

Q. Langston, heard you were at the Butler game tonight. When are you going to write about thier REAL stars? Hawatha Bell, Anthony Short, Jacob Davis, Markel Moore, Jawaun Edwards, Allonte Tuppins, Anthony Mcgill and junior Nate Charest, who's been outstanding EVERY game this year. These 8 gentlemen are the reason Butler is winning! It's time to give credit where credit is due!

“I was at the Butler game. Very impressed with the Dawgs. They’re going to something special. Why don’t I write about the real stars? Well, I think I mentioned every one of the kids you listed in the two times I’ve covered Butler this year. And I wrote a recruiting profile on Hawatha, who I’ll probably write about again. Tuppins was special Monday. He just lived in the Ardrey Kell backfield. He looks major D-Ish to me.”

Q. Hey Langston, how about the job Aaron Brand is doing @ West Charlotte!!!! These kids go thru more btween 7 and 3 than you could imagine. He has brought a since of respect back to our program with his hard work and lead by example attitude. I know that he does not hear this enough, so for what it is worth Coach Brand, keep pushing and caring about our kids. They really love and need you.

“I know there was a little concern in the tight coaching fraternity that Brand, a hard-working type, might burn himself out trying to deal with a troubled new program and a new baby at home. He seems to be juggling it pretty well. Tell me though, what are they going through between 7 and 3? Shouldn’t they be in school then?

" Brand’s doing a great job and I think Dub-C and Mallard Creek have a conference championship date coming up on Halloween.”

Q. Hi Langston, Have you noticed that Ardrey Kell football team has the potential to have a great defense and offense. We watched them last week and noticed that they run four plays on offense.

1) single back off-set formation with small speed back up the middle 45% 0f the time
2)single back off-set formation with small speed back up the gut 45% of the time
3) a sweep 5% of the time 4)their only pass play, a fly 5% of the time.

I'm sorry, I just gave up their offensive scheme. On defense, they have a very good defensive front and linebacker core. They hold down must teams the first and most of the second quarter until the opposing coach remembers that they have the one of the weakest secondary in Charlotte.

“I think Ardrey Kell has some good young talent. I especially liked sophomore RB Justus Pickett and sophomore QB Drew Alexander. As for the offensive plays, Kell did a lot of dives and motion sweeps, but you have to run the plays your talent is best able to run. My grandma used to tell me I had champagne dreams and Coca-Cola pockets. I guess what I am saying is, sometimes you may long for four wideouts and shotgun every play, but if your personnel doesn’t support that (yet) you have to give yourself the best chance you have to win.”

Q. Langston, I have never been your biggest fan. I have to say recently your work has been outstanding. Your'e writing about WHITE kids. Your'e being fair and not covering West Chocolate all the time. Glad you grew up finally after all these years.
“Well, thanks for writing. You make me laugh with the West Chocolate line. That’s good….ButI have always written about kids of every color. I like the good story. I don’t care where it is or who it is. Just that it is. Thanks for the kudos, though, and please keep reading.”

Q. LW, compare Christian leymay and Chris Leak at same age.

“Well, Christian, Butler High’s 6-3 sophomore QB, has more physical gifts. He’s a lot longer and taller than Leak is now and definitely what Leak was then. Christian’s father is a big, thick, man, and I can look and see where Christian’s going to be. Think 6-4 or 6-5 and about 220 pounds or more.

"But even as a 15-year-old sophomore, Leak was remarkably accurate. He had a quick release and a confidence I’ve rarely seen in high school players at any position. He believed in his ability. Christian has a bigger arm than Chris, but he’s not as poised or as accurate. He has plenty of time to get there, and you have to remember, Chris is probably the best high school football player our state has produced. You’re asking me to compare somebody to the best ever or at least one of them.”

Q. Langston, what are your predictions for the North Piedmont Conference this season? are you with the popular vote that Mooresville and west rowan will be undefeated in NPC play...and their match up in the last week of the season decides it all? who do ya like?

“I am with that popular vote and that’s going to be some game Nov. 7 at West Rowan with two of the state’s best tailbacks going at it (Mooresville’s Jishaun Pinkston and West Rowan’s KP Parks).”

Q. LW, when you compare Christian Lemay and Chris Leak remember to add that Chris Leak was a 4.0 honors student. Lemay has an arm but is no where near Leak when it comes to intelligence.

“Now that’s just not nice. Christian, who gave up celebrating his birthday to go do missionary work overseas, is a nice young man and a good student. Don’t believe the rumors you might hear and spread them. Chris was a great high school quarterback. Christian will be.”

Q. LW, I read with great interest the story about how CMS is becoming more and more segregated. What is that going to mean, if anything, for sports? We're considering a move from eastern NC to Charlotte, primarily so our son can benefit from the top notch coaching and competition in Charlotte. He's a sophomore Division I football/basketball recruit. I will withhold my name for obvious reasons.

“Well, first of all good luck with your move. I think Charlotte, by far, is the coolest place to live in the Carolinas. What does segregation mean for sports? Too early to tell, but the poorer schools tend to struggle academically and with a few exceptions might also do so in sports. CMS does look a lot different than we I went to school and was bused. I went to Irwin Avenue, Piedmont Middle and West Charlotte, all inner-city schools, all about 55-45 white. Times have changed. I think we all benefitted by learning about each other’s cultures back then. I wish we could do more of it now.”

Q. LW, I'm all for city championships, too, but how do you do it?

“In football, you have all the teams in CMS start on the first playing date and end one week before the end of the year. So this year, CMS teams would stop playing Friday, Oct. 31, leaving the Nov. 7 date open. This would be the endowment game for CMS schools, which is important (I’ll get to that).

“All year you’d have a top 25 ranking locally voted on by a city championship committee and kind of have a local BCS with bowl games. You could get sponsors to put money back into schools that need them: the Bojangle’s Bowl, the Harris Teeter Bowl and Chik-Fil-A Bowl. Those ‘bowl games’ would take the teams ranked 3-8. They would play two bowl games Thursday, maybe teams 7-8 at Ardrey Kell on the turf and teams 5-6 at Memorial.

“The remainder of the teams would play Thursday as well at higher seed sites in season-ending regular season games. On Friday, you would have teams 3-4 play at Memorial in one of your big bowl games. Then on Saturday, you have your city championship game between teams 1-2. You could announce your all-city team before the game or at halftime and give the kids trophies, T-shirts, jackets, etc. After the game, you’d have a ring ceremony and a trophy ceremony and this would be live on local TV (WJZY).

“By playing this last week as an endowment, it would not interfere with state championship seeding, since teams would be able to drop this game if it’s a loss anyway.

“Basketball? Cancel conference tournaments and do it at the end of the season or have a big two week Christmas tournament, with regional championships at four regional sites (Davidson, Charlotte, Charlotte Latin, Queens) and a Final Four at Bobcats or Cricket. Baseball? Cancel conference tournaments or do it over Easter. Same with volleyball or softball. I think city championships is the way to go here.”

Q. So whats up with all these pro players active or retired trying to steal the spotlight with their massive egos in the high school football ranks as coaches?

“Steal the spotlight? These guys love football and have knowledge and want to give back. I think if they’re qualified for the job, it’s a good hire. They know the ropes and can teach the kids. And who knows about big time college recruitment any better? There’s room for the NFL guy and the guy who didn’t play after high school. There’s plenty of coaching jobs now and more on the way.”

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Garinger wins! Garinger wins! Holy cow ...

Garinger football is no longer a punch line, or a pity party.

The Wildcats won a football game (on the field) for the first time since 2002 last night, and in convincing fashion.

Garinger trailed 12-0 against West Mecklenburg, and seemed headed to (yawn) just another loss. But it rallied for 31 second-half points, and won 31-12.

I imagine the Wildcats didn’t take much joy in “winning” four games via forfeit after last season ended. They wanted to prove it to someone – anyone – on the scoreboard.

The streak had reached 61. None of the current players were there when it began.

Coach Chris Carter and his staff persevered.

There wasn’t much indication the streak would end through the first four games this season – losses by 42-0, 27-0, 63-0 and 41-14. But on Friday, Garinger was respectable in a 34-19 loss at Hopewell.

Three nights later, on a home field that last season couldn’t be played on for one game because flocks of geese had pooped on it, Garinger made sure that no one looks at them the same way again.

Second-year Mallard Creek’s 7-0 start is the most amazing story of this season, so far.

But it’s easier for a new team to gel than for an established program to reverse a nasty losing habit.

That makes Garinger the feel-good story of the season, so far.

-- Cliff Mehrtens

Monday, October 6, 2008

Langston Wertz Jr.'s Q&A



Observer staff writer Langston Wertz Jr. answers your sports-related questions. Have one? Post it as a comment at the bottom of this blog or email lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

For older Q&As, click one of the following links:
http://prepinsiders.blogspot.com/2008/09/q-with-observers-langston-wertz-jr_28.html

http://prepinsiders
.blogspot.com/2008/09/q-with-observers-langston-wertz-jr_13.html

Q. I understand the logic of falling in the polls when you lose, it just seemed odd to me that (Country Day) fell out of the polls after winning a game against a state champ after only falling 3 spots after losing the previous week to a school in Tennessee.

“You are looking at it in a vacuum. That’s the issue. We cover 120 plus schools. When one loses, other teams that are unbeaten have to get a look, especially early in the season. And you’re also looking at the poll as if one person names it. It’s a vote, as I’ve said many times, and everybody has their own thoughts about what qualifies one team over another. And your Bucs did work their way back into the poll.”

Q. Langston, what do you think about Mooresville and their chances this season?

A. I like the Blue Devils. That running back, Jishaun Pinkston (pictured above), has – what – 1,219 yards and 17 TDs right now. He’s No. 2 in the state in yards and touchdowns I believe. Mooresville is 5-1 and looking pretty strong. I think they can definitely compete for a league title and with a big weapon like Pinkston, who can go 90 yards in one play like he did against Northwest Cabarrus Friday – on the first play of the game – anything can happen.

But what I’m interested in right now are great players on not-so-great teams. Know anyone like that? Email me at lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

Q. LW, we pay CMS bureaucrats six figures to create the mess of two games in 48 hours? There were so many alternatives to this and it looks like they didn't even pay attention to the calender....We would probably have a city championship, private-public matchups, and other improvements if we got some new blood in there. What do you think?

“I think Vicki Hamilton and her crew are top-notch. They have a lot to deal with, with a system this large, more than you know. I agree we should’ve avoided this situation. I know CMS is loathe to play Saturday, because it’s hard to get game officials, police, etc, but I think I might’ve exhausted that option. My suggestion was to play Wednesday-Monday-Friday, which I think would’ve worked, but you’re also dealing with out-of-county teams who may not have wanted to move this week’s games to Monday to accommodate the change. It’s reason 471 why I want all CMS conferences in fall 2009.

“As far as the city championships go, sooner or later I hope the Ads and coaches realize they can seriously butter their bread by going that route and create some events the city will get excited about. All this I don’t wanna play because private schools recruit needs to stop. Players will always change schools, public to private, public to public and private to private. Them playing two weeks out of the year won’t change that.”

Q. Hey I'm all for a city championship too especially in foot and basket-ball. I'm from Pittsburgh, PA, and we have them there at Heinz Field. It's huge! My question is this: thanks for the great suggestion about playing Wednesday then Monday. Why CMS didn't think of that? They should hire you. I thought Shelby was the best program around here. Someone is telling me that Indy is better. Your thoughts?

“Why didn’t CMS think of Wednesday-Monday-Friday? They have have I don’t know. Hire me? Well, I have a job now….Shelby has won more games and state titles than any program in our area. I’d say they are, historically, the King Daddy. Indy has won seven titles in eight years.

“City championship? We need one. I know they are huge in Pittsburgh, perhaps bigger than states. I’d just love to see Charlotte teams – every year – win at least one big trophy.”

Q. Langston, Wednesday-Monday makes to much sense not to do it....Seen you have been covering soccer (your favorite sport) lately. Why no love for South Meck? We do have a big game coming up this week, you know. You covering?

“See above for the football reschedule comments. Thanks for the love on soccer. And we did cover the South Meck game you speak of.”

Q. what does dale ross have against you?

“I don’t think he has anything against me. Ross is a chief poster at Carolina Varsity. He is passionate about certain teams and kids. That’s his right. I cannot share that singular passion however and have to report in a more neutral manner. In doing so, what I say or don’t say may not be congruent with him.”

Q. Hey Langston,last year you guys posted an article with all the state records for football. Where can I find that and are you going to put up an updated article sometime this year?

A. State records for football are nchsaa.org Last year I published county records for football. Which did you want?

Q. I have a good question: How can you show Vance cheerleaders on TV and not talk about the game or have any thing about the two schools in the Saturday blitz. Are the two schools that bad? Let me guess you guys boycott some teams like (Vance). For a school to be in the heart of University City you guys look around them for some reason. Guess I have to be a reporter to know why. But in the mean time can you but something about them in the paper sometime this week the kids I know where looking for something about their school last week.

“I would disagree. Vance gets its share of coverage. They get covered about every week in the University City neighbors. Dan Tierney has written about them quite a bit. We’ve covered their games. I can’t speak on coverage on TV. I’m not responsible for it. I simply appear on the program and offer my thoughts when asked. And you all know my stock answer now. If there’s a great human interest story at Vance – or anywhere else – let me know. I’ll write it and (hopefully) put it on the front page with a big ol’ picture.”

Q. Of course the Sat. Sports Section is primarily about Cht. Christian's Football game. There are other BIG top private schools in Charlotte playing Friday Night Football. There has been minimal coverage on Country Day all football season. No matter who we play there is no coverage but Christian playing anybody in the state of NC and you cover it. There has to be some equality in sports coverage. We all know that you, Langston, has a special interest in Christian, relationships with their coaches, players etc. Isn't journalism suppose to be non-bias? Let's see you write some articals spot lighting Country Day. We know that you will cover our homecoming games because we are playing Christian. But could we have some coverage before them. We are a great and strong team. We deserve some space in the paper. I am not trying to tell you how to do your job, But guys let's look at the season articles and let them say speak for themselves.

“Last week, the big private game was Latin-Christian. Country Day-Vee Cee Cee doesn’t doesn’t inspire the same kind of passion, nor warrant the same kind of coverage. We tend to try to give the biggest “pop” to the biggest games. We can’t cover every game. We’ve lost staff this year and we are no longer doing the Blitz section that gave us more room. Hopefully we’ll return to that next year. I know a lot of you have said you miss it.

“It’s funny because if you look at the older Q&As, Christian people are on here saying I ignore them and I favor other private school teams. You say I like Christian above all others. Maybe that means I’m getting it about right?”

Friday, October 3, 2008

Northside Christian DE picks N.C. State

Northside Christian Academy defensive end Sylvester Crawford, who committed to N.C. State this week, doesn’t immediately stand out as a freakishly talented athlete.

But according to Northside Christian coach Brentson Buckner, college coaches were excited when they turned on the film and saw what he could do on the field.

“You see him do things that a lot of high school football players can’t do as far as technique,” Buckner said.

Crawford, who is 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, chose N.C. State over Clemson and West Virginia, Buckner said. Through four games, Crawford has 41 tackles, including 10 sacks, three caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries, according to Buckner.

N.C. State also has received commitments this week from Ohio prospects Bryan Underwood of Cleveland Heights High and Anthony Talbert of Winton Woods High in Cincinnati.

Underwood is a 5-10, 165-pound wide receiver who was heavily recruited by some Big Ten schools, Texas Tech and West Virginia. Talbert is a 6-5, 230-pound tight end who has dead lifted an incredible 705 pounds and is a ferocious blocker for an offense that relies almost exclusively on the running game. He also was recruited by several Mid-American Conference schools and Cincinnati.

– Ken Tysiac

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Panthers' Smith to be 'coach for a day'

Carolina Panthers Steve Smith will be a "coach for the day" at Lake Norman High on Tuesday.

One of Smith's sponsors is a major sports drink company that offered area high school football teams a chance at a day with Smith. Area athletes submitted an essay in 89 words or less - in deference to Smith's jersey number - about how the school would benefit from Smith's participation.

Lake Norman senior kicker Sully Shidler had the winning essay. He and his teammates will get a new coach for one day next week.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Football, tennis, cross country polls out

Here are the latest high school state polls in football, girls’ tennis and cross country:


N.C. Associated Press high school football polls
(First-place votes in parenthesis; Observer-area teams in bold.
Class 4A
1. Independence (11., 3-0; 2. Butler (1., 4-0; 3. Raleigh Millbrook, 6-0; 4. Raleigh Leesville Road, 6-0; 5. Davie County, 4-1; 6. Fayetteville Britt, 4-1; 7. Wilmington Hoggard, 3-1; 8. East Mecklenburg, 4-0; 9. Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor, 5-1; T10. Asheville Reynolds, 4-1, and Fayetteville Seventy-First, 5-0.
Others receiving votes: Richmond Senior, Mallard Creek, West Forsyth, Myers Park, East Forsyth, East Burke, Greensboro Page, Greenville Rose.
Class 3A
1. Greensboro Dudley (10., 5-0; 2. Rocky Mount (2., 4-1; 3. Eastern Alamance, 5-0; 4. Jamestown Ragsdale, 5-0; 5. Belmont South Point, 5-1; 6. West Craven, 5-0; 7. Waynesville Tuscola, 5-0; 8. Winston-Salem Carver, 5-1; 9. Harnett Central, 4-1; 10. Oxford Webb, 4-1.
Others receiving votes: Asheville Roberson, West Rowan, Wilson Fike, Kinston, Kannapolis Brown, SE Guilford, Mooresville, Charlotte Catholic, Asheville, Hertford County.
Class 2A
1. Reidsville (12., 5-0; 2. Jacksonville Northside, 5-0; 3. Newton-Conover, 5-0; 4. SW Onslow, 5-0; 5. Lincolnton, 5-1; 6. Lenoir Hibriten, 5-0; 7. Bunn, 4-1; 8. Eastern Guilford, 5-0; 9. South Columbus, 4-1; 10. Tarboro, 5-1.
Others receiving votes: Canton Pisgah, Salisbury, East Lincoln, Shelby, East Duplin.
Class 1A
1. Warsaw Kenan (7., 6-0; 2. Thomasville (3., 5-0; 3. Mt. Airy (2., 5-0; 4. Murphy, 6-0; 5. Albemarle, 4-1; 6. Siler City Jordan-Matthews, 5-1; 7. Cherokee, 6-0; 8. Dunn Midway, 5-0; 9. Plymouth, 4-1; 10. East Bladen, 5-1.
Others receiving votes: Topsail, Jones Senior, Robbinsville, Louisburg, West Montgomery, Seven Springs Spring Creek, Elkin, Hendersonville, East Surry.
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N.C. Girls’ Tennis Polls

Class 4A
1. Raleigh Broughton; 2. Greensboro Page; 3. East Chapel Hill; 4. Myers Park; 5T. Wilmington Hoggard and Greensboro Grimsley; 7. Providence; 8. Green Hope; 9. Chapel Hill;
10. Greenville Rose.

Others receiving votes: Raleigh Athens Drive, Independence, Gastonia Ashbrook, Weddington.

Class 3A
1. T.C. Roberson; 2. Charlotte Catholic; 3. Wilson Fike; 4. Lake Norman; 5. Southeast Guilford;
6. Rocky Mount; 7. Union Pines; 8. Ragsdale; 9. Western Guilford; 10. Burlington Williams.

Others receiving votes: Hickory, East Rowan.

Class 2A
1. Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons; 2. Salisbury; 3. Greene Central; 4. John A. Holmes; 5. North Stanly; 6. Tarboro; 7. Northwood; 8. McMichael; 9. East Lincoln; 10. Ashe County.

Others receiving votes: Surry Central, Ledford, Shelby, Wilkes Central.

Class 1A
1. N.C. School of Science & Math; 2. East Wilkes; 3. North Stokes; 4. Topsail; 5. Mount Airy;
6. Jordan-Matthews; 7. East Montgomery; 8. Bishop McGuiness; 9. Elkin; 10. Spring Creek.

Others receiving votes: South Stanly, South Stokes, Gates County, Misenheimer Gray Stone Day, Williamston.

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N.C. boys’ and girls’ cross country polls
4A Boys
1. Raleigh Broughton
2. Chapel Hill
3. Green Hope
4. Northwest Guilford
5. Hoggard
6. Ardrey Kell
7. Myers Park
8. Pinecrest
9. Sanderson
10. South View
Also receiving votes: Mt. Tabor, West Johnston, Athens Drive, East Forsyth.

3A Boys
1. Mooresville
2. Nash Central
3. Marvin Ridge
4. Charlotte Catholic
5. Asheville
6. Reagan
7. Northwest Cabarrus
8. TC Roberson
9. Eastern Alamance
10. Lake Norman
Also receiving votes: Union Pines, East Rowan, White Oak, Union Pines, Gastonia Forestview, South Rowan.

2A Boys
1. Owen
2. Orange
3. Cardinal Gibbons
4. West Stanly
5. Northwood
6. West Henderson
7. Ledford
8. Carrboro
9. Swansboro
10. West Stokes
Also receiving votes: Central Davidson, Cedar Ridge, Brevard, Shelby, Wilkes Central

1A Boys
1. Gray Stone Day
2. Hayesville
3. Hendersonville
4. Murphy
5. N.C. School of Science & Math
6. Bishop McGuinness
7. Raleigh Charter
8. East Wilkes
9. South Stokes
10. Mt. Airy
Also receiving votes: Robbinsville, East Montgomery, Polk County, West Wilkes, Chatham Central, West Montgomery, South Stanly.

1A/2A/3A Independents
1. Durham Academy
2. Cary Academy
3. Providence Day
4. Charlotte Country Day
5. Forsyth Country Day
6. Cary Christian
7. North Raleigh Christian Academy
8. Greensboro Day
9. Fayetteville Academy
10. Charlotte Latin
Also receiving votes: Concord Cannon, Fayetteville Christian.

4A Girls
1. East Chapel Hill
2. Green Hope
3. Myers Park
4. Chapel Hill
5. Watauga
6. Providence
7. Northwest Guilford
8. Mount Tabor
9. Weddington
10. Cary
Also receiving votes: West Johnston, Terry Sanford, Broughton, Pinecrest, Ardrey Kell.

3A Girls
1. T.C. Roberson
2. Sun Valley
3. Lake Norman
4. Marvin Ridge
5. Charlotte Catholic
6. Reagan
7. Asheville
8. Mooresville
9. Jacksonville
10. Northwest Cabarrus
Also receiving votes: West Carteret, Enka, Union Pines, White Oak

2A Girls
1. Cardinal Gibbons
2. West Henderson
3. Carrboro
4. Orange
5. Madison
6. Croatan
7. North Henderson
8. Northwood
9. West Stokes
10. Shelby
Also receiving votes: Central Davidson, Roanoke Rapids, Durham School of the Arts, Owen, Brevard.

1A Girls
1. Bishop McGuinness
2. Robbinsville
3. Topsail
4. Hendersonville
5. N.C. School of Science & Math
6. East Wilkes
7. Hayesville
8. Murphy
9. South Stokes
10. Gray Stone Day
Also receiving votes: North Moore, South Stanly, Chatham Central, Polk County, Raleigh Charter, Avery County, Swain County.

1A/2A/3A Independents
1. Charlotte Latin
2. Providence Day
3. Forsyth Country Day
4. Cary Academy
5. Concord Cannon
6. Charlotte Country Day
7. Caldwell Academy
8. Durham Academy
9. North Raleigh Christian
10. Asheville School
Also receiving votes: St. Mary's, Asheville Christian Academy , Fayetteville Academy, Westchester Country Day, Cape Fear Academy.

-- Cliff Mehrtens