Saturday, November 29, 2008

Independence vs Richmond Senior to be played at Independence

Independence High’s N.C. 4AA football semifinal against Richmond Senior will be played at Independence Friday. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.

Coach Tom Knotts said Friday after winning against Butler that there was no need for the Patriots to switch the game to Memorial Stadium to accommodate a potential large crowd.

“We looked on TV at the West Charlotte game (vs. Richmond Senior on Nov. 21) and they didn’t fill their side of the stands,” Knotts said, refering to Richmond’s crowd. “They used to travel good, but they’re not traveling quite like they used to.
“The game will be at Independence, and we look forward to playing them at home.”

Independence-Butler games have routinely been switched to Memorial Stadium because of large crowds. Independence switched home playoffs against Richmond Senior to Memorial Stadium in 2003 and 2004.

Patriots athletics director Kelly Lewis confirmed Saturday that the semifinal is scheduled to be played at Independence’s home field on Friday.

-- Cliff Mehrtens

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Q&A with Tom Knotts

Observer reporter Langston Wertz Jr. sat down with sometimes controversial Independence High Tom Knotts for a 90-minute talk Sunday night that ranged from what he thinks CMS principals need to be successful to why this run to a potential state championship is more important to him than any other. You can read the interview in Friday's Observer. Here are portions that will not appear in the print version:

Q. Could you take not winning?
A. “It would be hard. I’d be tough to live with. But I wouldn’t complain about not having p layers. I’d go to work like we did at Harding (going 6-14 in two years before turning it around). We made some changes and we were successful. We felt we had a plan and just needed the backing of the administration and teachers and for kids to be willing and you’ve got to have some players. But I believe every Charlotte school has 10 to 12 great players.”

Q. You’ve turned out more great players than a lot of coaches here, though. How do you want to be remembered when you stop?

A. “That I’ve given it my best and that I’m in it for the kids. That I enjoyed coaching kids and seeing them grow up to be young men. That I give it my all.”

Q. You ever think about doing something else?

A. “I’m not going to get out of it. Nothing else interests me as far as making money.”

Q. OK, what’s next then? Would you be interested in a new school?

A. I’m not interesting in starting a program like at UNCC or the new Mint Hill High. I have a great relationship with Mint Hill mayor (Ted) Biggers and we’ve talked about several things. It remains to be seen. But I’m more a Westside guy than an Eastside guy and I guess Indy right now is like a Westside school. But if the mayor has a hand in it, I could maybe do the Mint Hill school. A Mint Hill school would be good but not if all the Mint Hill kids keep going to Butler. I don’t know why we don’t get any Mint Hill kids. It’s like they’re letting our school go the way of others that are struggling.”

Q. Two CMS officials recently told me they’d favor leaving the N.C. High School Athletic Association and have city championships instead. What do you think?

A. “I don’t really care to leave the state association but I think the state has to be pay more attention to Charlotte since we’ve got so many teams going deep into the playoffs every year. We’ve got ADs who have good ideas and it seems to be we’re behind the times when it comes to so many things.”

Q. How has having a son, Jaxon, this year changed your life?

A. “It’s easier to leave work at school even though I have worked all weekend on Butler. My wife has been very accommodating. But I get frustrated by kids today. I don’t understand them. That really motivates me but it also makes me irritable, makes me mad. I don’t understand their attitudes and their terrible work ethics, but when I come home now I’m able to forget about the four or five guys that drive me nuts until the next day. I don’t bring it home much anymore.”

Q. Will you hang around long enough to coach your son and coach into your 70s like Catholic’s Jim Oddo? Will he play quarterback, your favorite position?

A. “It remains to been seen if Jaxon's a quarterback. He’s a little bit chunky now, but he might be a dad gum good lineman. Coach’s sons are always good. I probably will coach until I’m Oddo’s age. But there’s going to be a time when I take a year off. I haven’t had a Thanksgiving in 20 years. I had a momma the other day say, ‘I don’t think my son needs to practice, we’re going to the Outer Banks.’ I’m like, ‘We have practice and if he doesn’t practice, he doesn’t play.’ I’ve given up maybe 19 of the past 22 Thanksgivings. It’s a hard life. I’ve been going from July full-tilt now.”

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Oasis All-Star Shrine Classic rosters

Here are rosters for the Oasis All-Star Shrine Classic, 1 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium (Charlotte).

The game matches football all-stars from private and independent schools in both Carolinas.

North Carolina

Team

Jersey No.

First

Last

School

Height

Weight

Position-1

Position-2

NC

33

Cole

Gonet

NC-Ravenscroft School

6-2

218

LB

RB

NC

35

Jonathan

Williams

NC-First Assembly Christian School

5-11

200

LB

RB

NC

72

John

Benson

NC-Charlotte Country Day School

6-2

255

OL

DL

NC

32

Trevor

Taylor

NC-Ravenscroft School

5-10

182

RB

DB

NC

10

Landon

Adams

NC-Hickory Grove Christian Academy

6-1

160

RB

DB

NC

19

Lanny

Funsten

NC-Ravenscroft School

6-2

175

DB

WR

NC

24

Carter

Barnhardt

NC-Charlotte Latin School

5-11

200

RB

LB

NC

44

Ryan

Rawlins

NC-Halifax Academy

6

215

DB

LB

NC

88

Christian

Rogers

NC-Christ School

6-5

240

TE

DE

NC

75

Wesley

Bryant

NC-Northeast Academy

6-1

260

DL

OL

NC

36

Arch

Harrell

NC-Northeast Academy

6

207

LB

RB

NC

30

Terrell

Tyrance

NC-Providence Day School

5-11

190

RB

LB

NC

42

August

Campbell

NC-Christ School

6-3

207

LB

RB

NC

53

Kip

Haddock

NC-Charlotte Country Day School

6-1

227

OL

DL

NC

15

Josh

Strickland

NC-Forsyth Country Day School

6-2

185

WR

LB

NC

77

Curtis

Porter

NC-Victory Christian Center School

6-3

330

DL

OL

NC

78

Zach

Cook

NC-Charlotte Christian School

6-3

235

OL

DL

NC

3

Grey

Berry

NC-Ravenscroft School

6-4

225

DE

TE

NC

6

Cromatia

King

NC-Trinity Christian School

6-4

177

QB

DB

NC

70

Zach

Orsino

NC-Charlotte Christian School

6-2

230

OL

DL

NC

9

Sylvester

Crawford

NC-Northside Christian Academy

6-5

221

TE

DE

NC

14

Jonathan

Miller

NC-Charlotte Christian School

6

180

WR

DB

NC

55

Andrew

Dos Santos

NC-Asheville School

6

255

OL

DL

NC

2

Ross

Cockrell

NC-Charlotte Latin School

6

170

WR

DB

NC

21

Kitric

Reeves

NC-Trinity Christian School

6-2

200

WR

LB

NC

56

Vic

Showalter

NC-Charlotte Country Day School

6

195

LB

OL

NC

5

Blake

Wylie

NC-Providence Day School

5-11

167

WR

DB

NC

7

Hayden

Maples

NC-Ravenscroft School

6-2

185

QB

DB

NC

12

Jarvis

Denning

NC-World Of God Christian Academy

6-2

190

QB

DB

NC

4

Wil

Kamin

NC-Charlotte Christian School

5-9

165

K/P

K/P

NC

52

Mark "Bo"

Ernsberger

NC-Charlotte Latin School

6

195

LB

RB

NC

1

Michael

Staton

NC-Victory Christian Center School

5-7

165

RB

DB

NC

90

Justin

Foxx

NC-Victory Christian Center School

6-3

211

DE

TE

NC

17

Hedley

Jennings

NC-Charlotte Country Day School

6-1

190

QB

DB

NC

8

Travis

Wilson

NC-Harrells Christian Academy

5-11

190

RB

LB

NC

65

Justin

Campbell

NC-Victory Christian Center School

6

295

OL

DL

NC

11

Doug

Mayo-Tapp

NC-Providence Day School

6-1

180

WR

DB

NC Coaches:

NC Head Coach:

Ned Gonet

NC Assistant Coach:

Bob Whitman

NC Assistant Coach:

Steve Wall

NC Assistant Coach:

Wes Wilder

South Carolina

Team

Jersey No

First

Last

School

Height

Weight

Position-1

Position-2

SC

9

Zachary

Robertson

SC-Thomas Sumter

6

180

TE

LB

SC

11

William

Banks

SC-Augusta Christian

5-9

180

ATH

DB

SC

7

Joey

Davis

SC-Hilton Head Christian

6

170

WR

DB

SC

76

Jonathan

Gibbs

SC-Augusta Christian

6-1

260

OL

DL

SC

48

Justin

Tretera

SC-Northwood Academy

6

200

RB

LB

SC

21

Mark

McDevitt

SC-Hilton Head Christian

5-11

155

WR

DB

SC

14

Jeffrey

Kinard

SC-Colleton Prep

6-1

180

TE

LB

SC

88

William

Hyman

SC-Proter-Gaud

6-3

228

TE

LB

SC

55

Jordan

Randolph

SC-First Baptist

6-4

235

OL

DL

SC

42

Andrew

Harvin

SC-Wilson Hall

6-1

180

TE

LB

SC

67

William

Clinkscales

SC-Wilson Hall

6-4

235

OL

DL

SC

6

Dustin

Scott

SC-Thomas Sumter

5-9

185

RB

DB

SC

20

Rickie

Crum

SC-Wilson Hall

5-9

174

RB

DB

SC

28

Josh

Funderburk

SC-Dillon Christian

6

165

WR

DB

SC

34

Nicolas

Montalto

SC-Bible Baptist

5-11

217

RB

LB

SC

19

Garrett

Freel

SC-Dillon Christian

6-1

215

RB

LB

SC

8

Carson

Parker

SC-Proter-Gaud

5-9

165

WR

DB

SC

31

Xan

Mangum

SC-Ben Lippen

6

205

WR

DB

SC

70

Michael

Robinson

SC-Laurence Manning

6

240

OL

DL

SC

12

Davis

Ray

SC-Heathwood Hall

6-1

180

WR

DB

SC

75

Evan

Peterson

SC-Heathwood Hall

6-2

255

OL

DL

SC

72

Nathan

Parrish

SC-Ben Lippen

6-2

275

OL

DL

SC

10

Ryan

Salley

SC-Orangeburg Prep

5-10

165

WR

DB

SC

5

Thomas

Plumb

SC-Orangeburg Prep

6-2

190

QB

ATH

SC

17

Jarin

Bouie

SC-Pinewood Prep

6-1

160

WR

DB

SC

13

Michael

Williamson

SC-Orangeburg Prep

6-2

185

WR

DB

SC

2

LaQuan

Gilliard

SC-Pinewood Prep

6-3

185

WR

DB

SC

58

Phillip

Thames

SC-Laurence Manning

6

225

OL

DL

SC

57

Chase

Loveless

SC-Hammond School

6-5

255

OL

DL

SC

4

Cliff

Ayers

SC-Hammond School

6-3

175

QB

ATH

SC

22

Melvin

Lesure

SC-Pinewood Prep

5-10

190

RB

DB

SC

44

Will

Patterson

SC-Hammond School

6

230

RB

LB

SC

73

Francois

Gaudreault

SC-Pinewood Prep

6-4

300

OL

DL

SC

3

Kyle

George

SC-Hammond School

5-8

165

WR

DB

SC

33

Justin

Bishop

SC-Pinewood Prep

6-5

210

TE

LB

SC

58

Greg

Regan

SC-Cardinal Newman

6-1

230

OL

DL

SC Coaches:

SC Head Coach:

Tommy Lewis

SC Assistant Coach:

Ken Kellahan

SC Assistant Coach:

Will McCombs

SC Assistant Coach:

Matt Smith

-- Cliff Mehrtens

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

N.C.'s top recruit listing 5 schools

Fayetteville Jack Britt High's Xavier Nixon, the top offensive line prospect in the state, seems to have narrowed his college choices, according to his coach.

Britt coach Richard Bailey said that from what Nixon has told him, he would guess that Nixon had trimmed his list to Florida, Miami, LSU, North Carolina and Notre Dame.

"That's not definitive; it's just what I've picked up," Bailey said. "He expects to announce his choice next month at the (U.S. Army) high school all-American game, and he's pretty much quit doing interviews now and stopped talking to (college) coaches."

Bailey added that Nixon is concentrating on Britt's playoff run, which continues Friday night at Hope Mills South View.

Rivals.com ranks Nixon, who is 6-foot-6 and 263 pounds, as the No.3 offensive lineman nationally.

The all-star game is set for Jan. 3 in San Antonio.

-- Stan Olson

Monday, November 24, 2008

Regional basketball, state wrestling tournaments move to Greensboro

GREENSBORO -- Forty-five years ago, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association played its first championship in the Greensboro Coliseum. Today, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, the Greensboro Sports Commission, the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, and the Greensboro Area Convention and Visitors Bureau are pleased to announce a new partnership agreement that will bring the Western Regional basketball championships and state wrestling championships to Greensboro, and continue the state track championships in Greensboro.

Other partners in this endeavor are the Greensboro Sports Council, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and North Carolina A&T State University.

Beginning in March of 2009, the Western Regional basketball championships will be held in the Special Events Center of the Greensboro Coliseum Complex and at Fleming Gymnasium on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The State Individual Wrestling Championships will be held in the Greensboro Coliseum in 2010 and 2011.

The State Track and Field Championships, which have been held at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University since 2004, will continue through 2011.

"Greensboro has long been considered an excellent sports city and we believe our events certainly fit in with a fine sports tradition," said Charlie Adams, executive director of the NCHSAA.

-- Observer News Services

Private school all-state, all-CISAA announced

NCISAA All-State Football Team
OFFENSE
Running Backs
Name School HT WT Class
Mike Staton Victory Christian 5'8" 165 Senior
Trevor Taylor Ravenscroft 5'10" 185 Senior
Terrell Tyrance Providence Day 5'11" 190 Senior
Line
John Benson Charlotte Country Day 6'2" 265 Senior
Zach Cook Charlotte Christian 6'3" 250 Senior
Zach Curl Providence Day 5'11" 235 Senior
Kip Haddock Charlotte Country Day 6'1" 225 Senior
Zach Orsino Charlotte Christian 6'2" 230 Senior
Receivers
Tayler Sipperly Charlotte Latin 6'3" 190 Senior
Blake Wylie Providence Day 6'0" 165 Senior
Quaterback
Hedley Jennings Charlotte Country Day 6'0" 190 Senior
DEFENSE
Backs
Ross Cockrell Charlotte Latin 5'10"175 Senior
Lanny Funsten Ravenscroft 6'1" 175 Senior
Paul Paschal Charlotte Latin 5'11" 210 Junior
Kevin Sherrill Providence Day 5'11" 160 Junior
Line
Carter Barnhardt Charlotte Latin 5'11" 190 Senior
Grey Berry Ravenscroft 6'4" 225 Senior
Justin Foxx Victory Christian 6'5" 215 Senior
Curtis Porter Victory Christian 6'3" 330 Senior
Linebackers
Cole Gonet Ravenscroft 6'2" 218 Senior
Ty Linton Charlotte Christian 6'2" 200 Junior
Vic Showalter Charlotte Country Day 6'0" 195 Senior
Kicker
Wil Kamin Charlotte Christian 5'9" 175 Senior
Punter
Sam Myers Charlotte Latin 6'2" 180 Junior

2008 CISAA All-Conference Football Team



Offense

Running Backs
Terrell Tyrance, Providence Day
Michael Watterson, Charlotte Country Day

Line

John Benson, Charlotte Country Day

Zach Cook, Charlotte Christian

Zach Curl, Providence Day

Kip Haddock, Charlotte Country Day

Zach Orsino, Charlotte Christian

Receivers

Taylor Sipperly, Latin

Blake Wylie, Providence Day

Quarterback

Hedley Jennings, Charlotte Country day

Kicker

Wil Kamin, Charlotte Christian



Defense

Line

Aaron Arant, Charlotte Country Day

Carter Barnardt, Latin

Judson Hall, Charlotte Christian

Scott Sattizahn, Providence Day

Linebackers

Kelby Brown, Charlotte Christian

Bo Ernsberger, Latin

Ty Linton, Charlotte Christian

Vic Showalter, Charlotte Country Day

Backs

Ross Cockrell, Latin

Paul Paschal, Latin

Kevin Sherrill, Providence Day

Punter

Sam Myers, Latin

Friday, November 21, 2008

Huss-Kings Mountain hoops canceled

The basketball game between Gastonia Huss and Kings Mountain, originally scheduled for tonight and moved to Saturday, has been canceled.

The game will not be rescheduled.

The schools will play Dec. 5 at Hunter Huss as scheduled.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Myers Park to rename gym, dedicate floor

Myers Park High will rename its gym and dedicate the gym floor to two former coaches at its home game Monday.

The gym will become the James A. Hartman Gymnasium, to recognize 26 years of service at Sedgefield Middle School and Myers Park. Coach Hartman was 238-89 in 14 years at Myers Park.

His 1966 team played for the state championship.

The gym floor will be named George Powell Court, to recognize coach Powell’s service as an adminstrator and coach. His 1961 team played in the state championship game.

A reception for friends, family and former players will be at 6 p.m. in the Art Gallery on campus.

The dedication will take place after the girls’ game, at approximately 7:30 p.m.


-- Cliff Mehrtens

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Concord First Assembly falls in title game

Concord First Assembly fell short of winning a second straight football state championship on Saturday.

The Eagles lost 38-35 to Harrells Christian in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II title game in Concord. First Assembly finished 10-2 in coach Mike Minter's first season (he's a former Carolina Panther).

First Assembly's Andrew Burton, a senior, ran for 263 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries. First Assembly led 21-7 in the first half, and 35-24 early in the fourth quarter, but couldn't hang on.

Harrells Christian finished 10-2.

-- Cliff Mehrtens

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Safety Holloman commits to S. Carolina

Rock Hill South Pointe defensive back DeVonte Holloman committed to South Carolina, Stallions coach Bobby Carroll said.

Holloman, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior, moved to Rock Hill during the summer after playing three seasons at N.C. power Independence, where he won two state 4AA state championships in three seasons.

National recruiting service scout.com ranks Holloman as the No. 2 safety in the country and the top overall recruit in South Carolina.

Holloman had withdrawn his commitment to Clemson after Tigers coach Tommy Bowden was fired this season. Now he'll play for Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks in the SEC.

"He's just got great leadership qualities. He leads by example," Carroll said. "He's not very vocal. He's a great kid. He's articlulate and he's having fun. He's good football players."

South Pointe (12-0), in its third year of varsity football, will plays Berkeley at home Friday in second round of playoffs. Berkeley beat South Pointe in the second round of the 2007 S.C. 4A playoffs. --Langston Wertz Jr.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Should CMS leave NCHSAA ?

In my Wednesday weekly column this week, I mentioned an idea that I had heard from two different CMS officials at two different times: that CMS ought to consider leaving the N.C. High School Athletic Association and create a city championship system here instead of participating in state playoffs.

I have gotten a lot of emails about it and people have told me it's sparked some message board discussion at few sites.

I think it's an interesting idea. I am for city championships. In a time when we need to raise funds here, it's a great way to do it. There have been two organizations that have put forth ideas for city championships here, both with corporate sponsors and both with promises to create a fund that would help boost coaches salaries.

But I would rather see a city championship played before teams went to state playoffs. There's still something mystical about winning the state championship and I think the NCHSAA does a great job putting on the events.

Still city championships here would be probably the biggest thing going. I could see kids wearing their letter jackets and rings and hats -- and little kids growing up dreaming of getting them.

How to do it?

In football, you could arrange a two-week city championship playoff fairly easily and in basketball you could do it over Christmas break or eliminate conference tournaments, which I'd rather do, while maintaining something coaches enjoy: giving a non-playoff qualifier a chance to steal a bid with a conference tournament championship.

You could eliminate a few regular season games and start conference tournaments early enough to send the three public school league champs and the CISAA regular season champion into a four-team city championship playoff -- or you could have a two week open-ended playoff event. But if the next realignment introduces CMS teams to multiple leagues, as is likely, the Christmas tournament for basketball and an Easter tournament for baseball would be about the only ways to have a city championship.

Also, a few of have asked about the Q&A. Go ahead and ask away. I've been busy putting out all the basketball stuff and didn't have time to answer, but I'm ready now. I'll check back later today for questions.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Providence Day girls star chooses Duke

Providence Day girls basketball star Janee Johnson, one of the top senior recruits in North Carolina, signed with Duke Thursday, according to Chargers coach Josh Springer.

Johnson is a 6-foot-1 guard who averaged 12.1 points and 6.7 rebounds for Providence Day, which won its fourth straight N.C. Independent Schools 3A state championship.

Johnson, a McDonald's All-American nominee, chose the Blue Devils over Florida State, Kentucky, N.C. State and Oklahoma. Butler junior center Clair Watkins will also play at Duke. She chose the Blue Devils last week.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

Kennedy Charter hosting basketball tournament

The Elon Homes & Schools high school basketball tipoff tournament begins today at 3 p.m. and will have four games today and tomorrow. Below are pairings and more information:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13

MATCH-UP TIME

Kennedy Charter Girls vs. Waddell High Girls 3 p.m.

Olympic High Girls vs. Gaston Day Girls 4:30 p.m.

Olympic High Boys vs. Queen’s Grant Boys 6:15 p.m.

Kennedy Charter Boys vs. Waddell High Boys 7:45 p.m.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14

MATCH-UP TIME

Kennedy Charter Girls vs. Olympic High Girls 3:00 p.m.

Waddell High Girls vs. Gaston Day Girls 4:30 p.m.

Waddell High Boys vs. Queen’s Grant Boys 6.15pm

Kennedy Charter Boys vs. Olympic High Boys 7:45 p.m.

Location: Carol Grotnes Belk Sports & Activities Center, Kennedy Charter Public School,
1717 Sharon Road West, Charlotte, NC 28210

Ph: 704-688-2939 (school)

Game times are approximate depending on ending of previous games. At the conclusion of each game, there will be a 15-minute warm-up clock administered and each halftime will be 10 minutes.

Admission: $5 Adult daily / $2 Students Daily / Under Age 4 free.

Coaches, Players, Managers, Cheerleaders (in uniform), will be admitted no charge. Each school's administration will be admitted free with proper ID presented. Seating is limited to capacity of 350. Doors will be shut if that capacity is reached no questions asked.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

4AA title game to be played on a Sunday

The N.C. High School Athletic Association released its state championship football schedule Tuesday afternoon and the N.C. 4AA championship game, as expected, will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill. The game will be broadcast live -- against the NFL -- on Time Warner Cable.

The NCHSAA was forced to move state finals in Chapel Hill to Friday, Saturday and Sunday due to conflicts with sporting events and winter graduation with the University.

Below is the schedule.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2008 STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS‹95TH ANNUAL
WEEKEND OF CHAMPIONS

Friday, December 12
7:30 p.m.: 2-A championship, Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill

Saturday, December 13
11 a.m.: 4-A championship, Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill

11 a.m.: 2-AA championship, Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh
3:30 p.m.: 1-A championship, Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh
7:30 p.m.: 1-AA championship, Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh

Noon: 3-A championship, BB&T Field, Winston-Salem
3:30 p.m.: 3-AA championship, BB&T Field, Winston-Salem

Sunday, December 14
3 p.m.: 4-AA championship, Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill



Monday, November 10, 2008

Weddington QB commits to Duke


Weddington High quarterback Anthony Boone (above) committed to Duke after taking an unofficial visit to Durham last weekend, coach Phil Williams said.

Boone, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior, has more than 5,000 career rushing and passing yards. He threw for more than 1,200 yards and rushed for more than 300 yards this season for Weddington, which finished 0-11.

Boone was being recruited by N.C. State, Wake Forest, Clemson, Virginia Tech and Illinois, Williams said.

"I've coached 37 years," Williams, "and I coached a guy who played 10 years from the San Francisco 49ers (Jimmy Stuckey, a two-time All-American at Clemson) and Anthony is the best quarterback I've coached. "

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Preseason Basketball Sweet 16 polls

Boys Preseason Sweet 16
Team Class 2007-08 Record
1. Vance 4A 27-6
2, Hopewell 4A, 22-7
3. North Mecklenburg, 4A, 24-6
4. Myers Park, 4A, 20-5
5. East Lincoln, 2A, 24-7
6. Morganton Freedom, 4A, 18-10
7. Lake Norman, 3A, 14-9
8. Shelby, 2A, 26-4
9. West Rowan, 3A, 21-7
10. Hickory, 3A, 27-4
11. East Mecklenburg, 4A, 25-8
12. Charlotte Christian, IND, 22-10
13. Concord 3A 27-3
14. Ardrey Kell 4A 16-11
15. Olympic, 3A, 16-12
16. West Mecklenburg, 4A, 22-6
Also Receiving Votes: Harding (4A, 19-9); Forest Hills, 2A, 17-10; Fort Mill (4A, 23-2); Albemarle (1A, 24-5); Indian Trail Sun Valley (3A, 16-10); West Caldwell (2A, 23-6); East Burke (4A, 20-6)

Girls Preseason Sweet 16
Team Class 2007-08 Record
1. Butler, 4A, 26-4
2. W. Charlotte, 4A,
3. Concord, 3A, 31-2
4. E. Mecklenburg, 4A, 25-4
5. Gastonia Forestview, 3A, 30-1
6. Statesville, 3A, 28-3
7. E. Rutherford, 2A, 25-5
8. North Stanly, 2A, 25-4
9. Providence Day, IND, 26-4
10. Weddington, 4A, 14-12
11. South Caldwell, 4A, 17-10
12. Hopewell, 4A, 10-14
13. Harding, 4A, 19-8
14. Morganton Freedom, 4A, 19-10
15. Charlotte Catholic, 3A, 22-7
16. Catawba Bandys, 2A, 21-8Also Receiving Votes: Concord Robinson (4A, 17-11); E. Gaston (4A, 22-6); Hickory Ridge (3A, 14-13); Monroe (2A, 18-10); Indian Trail Porter Ridge (3A, 19-9)

Note: The Sweet 16 is a ranking of teams in the Observer’s 110-school coverage area. It is not a power poll and does not consider how ranked teams would do against each other unless they play. The poll does consider strength of classification and strength of schedule. To be considered, schools must adhere to the 8-semester rule, draw students from a contained geographic area, field varsity football and basketball teams and be a recognized member of an approved conference and state association.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

4AA title game might be played on Sunday

This year, the N.C. 4AA championship football game could be on Sunday.

Because of scheduling conflicts at North Carolina, the 2A, 4A and 4AA football games, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 13 at North Carolina's Kenan Stadium, may be played over three days.

The N.C. High School Athletic Association will meet with North Carolina officials next week, but the tentative plan for the championships has the 2A championship being played Friday, Dec. 12, the 4A Saturday Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. and the 4AA Sunday at 3 p.m.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

NCHSAA football playoff pairings

NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2008 BB&T/NCHSAA STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Teams were seeded based on 10-game records as submitted to the NCHSAA.
2008 STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
FIRST ROUND NOVEMBER 14

CLASS 4-AA EAST
(10) West Johnston (7-3) at (7) Apex (8-2)
(15) Southern Pines Pinecrest (6-4) at (2) Wilmington Hoggard (9-1)
(11) Raleigh Wakefield (7-3) at (6) Lumberton (8-2)
(14) Durham Jordan (6-4) at (3) Wake Forest-Rolesville (9-1)
(9) Raleigh Millbrook (8-2) at (8) Garner (7-3)
(16) Raleigh Sanderson (5-5) at (1) Fayetteville Jack Britt (9-1)
(12) Raleigh Enloe (6-4) at (5) Raleigh Leesville Road (8-2)
(13) Raleigh Broughton (6-4) at (4) Hope Mills South View (7-3)

CLASS 4-AA WEST
(10) Charlotte Zeb Vance (6-4) at Huntersville Hopewell (7-3)
(15) Charlotte Myers Park (5-5) at (2) East Forsyth (10-0)
(11) Northwest Guilford (6-4) at (6) Richmond Senior (7-2-1)
(14) North Mecklenburg (6-4) at (3) West Charlotte (8-2)
(9) West Forsyth (8-2) at (8) East Mecklenburg (8-2)
(16) West Mecklenburg (5-5) at (1) Charlotte Independence (10-0)
(12) Davie (7-3) at (5) Matthews David Butler (9-1)
(13) Providence (6-4) at (4) Charlotte Garinger (4-6)

CLASS 4-A EAST
(10) Smithfield-Selma (6-4) at (7) Apex Middle Creek (4-6)
(15) Cary (4-6) at (2) Southeast Raleigh (9-1)
(11) Fayetteville Pine Forest (5-5) at (6) Durham Hillside (9-0-1)
(14) Raleigh Athens Drive (4-6) at (3) Southern Durham (8-2)
(9) New Bern (6-3-1) at Fayetteville Douglas Byrd (8-2)
(16) Fayetteville Terry Sanford (4-6) at (1) Fuquay-Varina (10-0)
(12) Northern Durham (5-5) at (5) Wilmington New Hanover (6-4)
(13) Fayetteville Cape Fear (5-5) at (4) Greenville Rose (6-4)

CLASS 4-A WEST

(10) South Caldwell (5-5) at (7) Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds (6-4)
(15) North Davidson (5-5) at (2) Asheville A.C. Reynolds (9-1)
(11) South Mecklenburg (6-4) at (6) East Burke (7-3)
(14) Watauga (5-5) at (3) Boiling Springs Crest (7-3)
(9) Lumberton Purnell Swett (7-3) at (8) Fayetteville Seventy-First (9-1)
(16) Gastonia Ashbrook (4-6) at (1) Winston-Salem Mount Tabor (10-0)
(12) High Point Central (6-4) at (5) Greensboro Page (7-3)
(13) Fayetteville Westover (5-5) at (4) Chapel Hill (8-2)

CLASS 3-AA EAST

(10) Wilson Fike (8-2) at (7) Asheboro (8-2)
(15) Winterville South Central (5-5) at (2) Greensboro Dudley (10-0)
(11) Western Guilford (6-4) at (6) Erwin Triton (8-2)
(14) Southeast Guilford (7-3) at (3) Jamestown Ragsdale (10-0)
(9) Wilson Hunt (4-6) at (8) Northeast Guilford (5-5)
(16) Western Harnett (4-6) at (1) Harnett Central (10-0)
(12) Spring Lake Overhills (4-6) at (5) West Brunswick (6-4)
(13) Trinity (4-6) at (4) Northern Vance (6-4)

CLASS 3-AA WEST
(10) Sun Valley (7-3) at (7) Mooresville (8-2)
(15) Hickory (6-4) at (2) Kings Mountain (8-2)
(11) Asheville T.C. Roberson (6-4) at (6) Charlotte Olympic (8-2)
(14) Hickory St. Stephens (6-4) at (3) Anson (8-2)
(9) Winston-Salem Parkland (4-6) at (8) Asheville Clyde Erwin (6-4)
(16) Northwest Cabarrus (4-6) at (1) Charlotte Catholic (9-1)
(12) Waxhaw Marvin Ridge (6-4) at (5) Gastonia Forestview (8-2)
(13) Lake Norman (6-4) at (4) Kannapolis Brown (9-1)

CLASS 3-A EAST
(10) Havelock (8-2) at (7) Washington (7-3)
(15) Bertie (5-5) at (2) West Craven (10-0)
(11) South Granville (7-3) at (6) SouthWest Edgecombe (8-2)
(14) Nash Central (5-5) at (3) Kinston (9-1)
(9) Wilson Beddingfield (8-2) at (8) Oxford Webb (8-2)
(16) Jacksonville (2-8) at (1) Rocky Mount (10-0)
(12) Hope Mills Gray¹s Creek (5-5) at (5) Eastern Alamance (9-1)
(13) Eastern Wayne (5-5) at (4) Hertford (9-1)

CLASS 3-A WEST
(10) Western Alamance (8-2) at (7) High Point Andrews (7-3)
(15) South Rowan (5-5) at (2) Belmont South Point (10-0)
(11) R-S Central (7-3) at (6) Asheville (7-3)
(14) Gastonia Hunter Huss (6-4) at (3) Waynesville Tuscola (9-1)
(9) Monroe Parkwood (7-3) at (8) Statesville (8-2)
(16) Franklin (5-5) at (1) West Rowan (10-0)
(12) North Buncombe (7-3) at (5) Newton Fred T. Foard (8-2)
(13) West Iredell (6-4) at (4) Winston-Salem Carver (9-1)

CLASS 2-AA EAST
(10) Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (6-4) at (7) Ledford (8-2)
(15) Richlands (5-5) at (2) Marshville Forest Hills (8-2)
(11) South Brunswick (8-2) at (6) East Duplin (8-2)
(14) Central Davidson (5-5) at (3) Orange (7-3)
(9) North Pitt (6-4) at (8) Southern Guilford (7-3)
(16) West Stanly (4-6) at (1) Reidsville (10-0)
(12) Mayodan McMichael (8-2) at (5) West Stokes (8-2)
(13) Eastern Guilford (7-3) at (4) Pittsboro Northwood (9-1)

CLASS 2-AA WEST
(10) Mount Pleasant (7-3) at (7) North Surry (4-6)
(15) South Iredell (4-6) at (2) East Henderson (10-0)
(11) Salisbury (6-4) at (6) Canton Pisgah (8-2)
(14) Forest City Chase (4-6) at (3) Lenoir Hibriten (9-1)
(9) North Lincoln (7-3) at (8) Lincolnton (8-2)
(16) East Rutherford (4-6) at (1) East Lincoln (10-0)
(12) Catawba Bandys (5-5) at (5) Ashe County (8-2)
(13) Black Mountain C.D. Owen (4-6) at (4) Shelby (8-2)

CLASS 2-A EAST
(10) North Brunswick (6-4) at (7) Southwest Onslow (8-2)
(15) Whiteville (4-6) at (2) Northside (Jacksonville) 10-0)
(11) Clinton (6-4) at (6) Northwest Halifax (8-2)
(14) Greene Central (4-6) at (3) Elizabeth City Northeastern (10-0)
(9) Kill Devil Hills First Flight (7-3) at (8) Franklinton (6-4)
(16) Pasquotank (4-6) at (1) Tarboro (10-0)
(12) Edenton Holmes (5-5) at (5) Goldsboro (8-1-1)
(13) Newport Croatan (4-6) at (4) Bunn (9-1)

CLASS 2-A WEST
(10) Monroe (8-2) at (7) Bessemer City (8-2)
(15) Graham (4-6) at (2) Newton-Conover (9-1)
(11) Wilkes Central (6-4) at (6) West Bladen (6-4)
(14) Providence Grove (5-5) at (3) Burnsville Mountain Heritage (9-1)
(9) Brevard (6-4) at (8) Lexington (7-3)
(16) Burlington Cummings (4-6) at (1) South Columbus (10-0)
(12) Red Springs (6-4) at (5) West Davidson (8-2)
(13) Maiden (6-4) at (4) Boonville Starmount (8-2)

CLASS 1-AA EAST
(10) Pamlico (6-4) at (7) Hampstead Topsail (9-1)
(15) Gates (2-8) at (2) East Bladen (10-0)
(11) Southeast Halifax (6-4) at (6) Pender (6-4)
(14) Rocky Point Heide Trask (3-7) at (3) Louisburg (10-0)
(9) North Johnston (5-5) at (8) Newton Grove Midway (9-1)
(16) Wallace-Rose Hill (2-8) at (1) Warsaw James Kenan (10-0)
(12) East Columbus (5-5) at (5) Ayden-Grifton (8-2)
(13) Dixon (4-6) at (4) Camden (9-1)

CLASS 1-AA WEST
(10) Kernersville Bishop McGuinness (6-4) at (7) East Surry (8-2)
(15) West Wilkes (2-8) at (2) Murphy (10-0)
(11) West Columbus (5-5) at (6) Siler City Jordan-Matthews (9-1)
(14) Avery (2-8) at (3) Hendersonville (10-0)
(9) Polk County (7-3) at (8) West Montgomery (7-3)
(16) East Wilkes (2-8) at (1) Thomasville (10-0)
(12) Swain County (5-5) at (5) Cherryville (4-6)
(13) South Stokes (3-7) at (4) Albemarle (10-0)

CLASS 1-A EAST
(10) Perquimans (6-4) at (7) Robersonville Roanoke (4-6)
(15) Rosewood (2-8) at (2) Creswell (8-1)
(11) Northampton-West (5-5) at (6) Cape Hatteras (4-5)
(14) Pinetown Northside (2-8) at (3) Williamston (6-4)
(9) Jamesville (4-5) at (8) Manteo (5-5)
(16) Lejeune (2-8) at (1) Jones (10-0)
(12) Northampton-East (4-6) at (5) Plymouth (8-2)
(13) Mattamuskeet (3-6) at (4) Weldon (9-1)

CLASS 1-A WEST
(10) Hayesville (5-5) at (7) Hobbton (7-3)
(15) South Davidson (3-7) at (2) Elkin (9-1)
(11) Alleghany (4-6) at (6) North Duplin (5-5)
(14) North Stokes (3-7) at (3) Robbinsville (9-1)
(9) Rose Hill Union (6-4) at (8) South Stanly (7-3)
(16) Chatham Central (2-8) at (1) Mount Airy (10-0)
(12) Princeton (4-6) at (5) Lakewood (6-4)
(13) Rosman (3-7) at (4) Cherokee (8-2)