Monday, August 31, 2009

CMS rules W. Charlotte player ineligible

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has suspended a West Charlotte football player from participating in athletics at any N.C. public school for 365 days.

The district said it discovered residency and honor code violations with the student. The school did not incur a penalty. The player participated in the Lions first game, but West Charlotte lost to East Mecklenburg.

The player sat out Friday’s win over West Mecklenburg.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday night football updates

Whew. Deep breath, everyone, we've got a final.

After 3 overtimes, Catholic outlasted Providence 48-47 when Providence went for 2 and the pass came up short.

Final stats: Chauncey Concepcion had a monster day, scoring 6 TDs (5 throwing) and racking up 312 yards. For Providence, RB Joe Piraino racked up 105 yards and 3 scores.


Lid-lifter Alert: WR Damon Magazu caught a 27-yard pass on 4th-and-goal as Providence tied Catholic 21-21 with :54 left.

West Rowan 33, NW Cabarrus 6 (final)
Kevin Parks rushed for 265 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries.

A final score - Hickory Grove 36, Wake Christian 9
A final score - Olympic 35, Myers Park 14.

North Meck's Xavier Joplin rushed for 238 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.
Another lopsided score -
West Charlotte 48, West Meck 18...third quarter.
West Charlotte's Scoot Simmons has 163 yards rushing and three touchdowns on nine carries, a pretty sweet yards-per-carry average, eh ?

The night's first final was a blowout - North Mecklenburg 51, Ardrey Kell 21.

Independence 49, Hopewell 6...Anthony Carrothers is 16-of-24 passing for 289 yards and three touchdowns...Kierre Brown has six receptions for 173 yards.

Hopewell is making mistakes, and Independence is making them pay.
The Titans have lost fumbles on three straight possessions, leading to Independence's 42-6 lead.
Quarterback Anthony Carrothers is 14-of-22 passing for 237 yards and two touchdowns.

Rain casualty -
West Iredell at Alexander Central was postponed to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Independence 35, Hopewell 6....Indy's Carlton Brown scored on a 5-yard run, and Jeremy Inglesi returned a fumble 56 yards for a score on the Patriots' fifth sack.

East Meck 15, Vance 7 (third quarter)

North Meck's crushing Ardrey Kell 41-14, midway through the third period.
Mallard Creek leads Harding 44-0. Marquise Williams has thrown for 165 yards and four touchdowns, and run for 73 yards and a score.

West Rowan is crushing NW Cabarrus 27-0 at halftime.
Kevin Parks has 14 carries for 181 yards and two touchdowns.
B.J. Sherrill is 6-for-6 passing for 102 yards and two scores.
Jon Crucitti has five receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown.

Olympic 21 Myers Park 14 (third quarter)

Mallard Creek is ruining Harding coach Jeremy Buck's debut - it's 30-0 after one quarter. ...Ouch !
Most of the other Rams aren't enjoying it either.


Catholic and Providence are tied 14-14 in the second quarter.

Halftime - Independence 21, Hopewell 6.
Patriots quarterback Anthony Carrothers is 10-of-16 passing for 211 yards and a touchdown.

Charlotte Christian leads 21-0 after one quarter on the road against Augusta (Ga.) Christian.

Halftime - North Mecklenburg 27, Ardrey Kell 14.
No rain. Lots of points.

End of the first quarter - West Rowan 13, NW Cabarrus 0

West Rowan's Kevin Parks has six carries for 96 yards and two touchdowns....that's seven TDs in five quarters for Parks.

Providence 7, Charlotte Catholic 7 (end of first quarter). Providence scored on a 67-yard reception by Jarrid McKinney.

Mallard Creek has two safeties in a 23-0 lead over Harding. Quarterback Marquise Williams has more than 150 yards total offense and two touchdowns.

Independence's Kierre Brown caught a 67-yard. The Patriots lead Hopwell 14-6; Independence's Anthony Carrothers is 6-of-8 passing for 165 yards....Two minutes left in the first half.

Friday's Live Scoreboard

Catholic 48, Providence 47 (final, 3rd OT)

Independence 56, Hopewell 12 (final)

North Meck 51, Ardrey Kell 21 (final)

Mallard Creek 51, Harding 0 (4th)

Olympic 21 Myers Park 14 (3rd)

East Meck 18, Vance 7 (final)

West Charlotte 55, West Meck 18 (4th)

Charlotte Christian 38, Augusta Christian 0 (4th)

West Rowan 33, NW Cabarrus 6 (final)

South Rowan 21, Kannapolis 13 (3rd)

Charlotte Christian 21, Augusta Christian 0

Albemarle 34, West Stanly 0

Jay M Robinson 62, Cuthbertson 6

Lexington 15, Concord 0

West Iredell vs. Alexander Central (ppd., Sat, 6 p.m.)

Clover 39, Ashbrook (N.C.) 6 (final)

Goose Creek 14, Northwestern 0 (final)

Rock Hill 35, Wando 0 (final)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Myers Park, Charlotte Catholic atop N.C. tennis polls

The N.C. girls' tennis poll:

Team Points
1) Charlotte Myers Park 40
2) East Chapel Hill 28
3) Wilmington Hoggard 26
4) Greensboro Grimsley 25
5) Green Hope 24
6) Raleigh Broughton 15
7) Charlotte Providence 14
8) Winston-Salem Reynolds 9
Greenville Rose 9
10) Smithfield-Selma 5
Greensboro Page 5
Others receiving votes: Pinecrest (4), Raleigh Athens Drive (4), Wakefield (3), T.C. Roberson (3),Watauga (2), Leesville Road (1), Durham Riderside (1), Southeast Guilford (1).

Team Points
1) Charlotte Catholic 64
2) Wilson Fike 59
3) Cardinal Gibbons 43
4) Chapel Hill 29
5) Rocky Mount 25
6) Burlington Williams 24
7) Charles B. Aycock 14
8) Marvin Ridge 13
Asheville 13
10) Ragsdale 12

Others receiving votes: Weddington (10), Union Pines (9), Eastern Wayne (8), Ragsdale (6), Northern Nash (5), Hickory (2).

Team Points
1) Salisbury 59
2) Greene Central 52
3) Edenton Holmes 51
4) Tarboro 30
5) North Lincoln 26
6) Brevard 21
Shelby 21
8) East Duplin 20
9) Topsail 9
10) Forest Hills 7
East Lincoln 7

Others Receiving Votes-Northwood(5), Carrboro(4), Maiden(3), Swansboro(2), Jordan Matthews(2), Cedar Ridge(1), Wilkes Central(1).
Team Points
1) Raleigh Charter 47
2) Bishop McGuinness 38
3) Mount Airy 35
4) East Wilkes 23
5) East Montgomery 22
North Stokes 22
7) N.C. School of Science and Math 20
8) Gray Stone Day 17
9) Spring Creek 12
10) East Surry 9

Others receiving votes: Bear Grass (4), Elkin (3), Dixon (3), Avery (1).

- Cliff Mehrtens

Butler QB LeMay on ESPNU tonight

Butler High junior quarterback Christian LeMay will featured on ESPNU tonight at 7.

LeMay attended the Elite 11 quarterback camp this summer in California. The nation's top senior quarterbacks are invited to work with current college and pro quarterbacks, along with coaches, in a week of skills and instruction. LeMay was one of two juniors invited to work at the camp.

ESPNU will offer an hour-long feature on the camp tonight.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

NPR radio to tackle high school football

NPR News plans a season-long series about the phenomenon of high school football.

"Friday Night Lives" will air every Friday on the syndicated network's "All Things Considered" two-hour afternoon show. NPR is broadcast on more than 660 member stations nationwide. The network reaches more than 13 million listeners weekly.

The first prep football report is available at

NPR sports correspondents Tom Goldman and Mike Pesca are traveling around the country to tell the stories of the participants and their schools as well as talk about some of the issues that face the sport, including pressures put on young players and coaches earning more than prinicpals.

-- Observer News Services

Flag retirement ceremony part of Vance football opener

Vance High plays its home opener against Indian Trail Sun Valley on Sept. 11. The school will celebrate "Football Night in the Governor's Village" during the game.

Part of the night's activities will include the retirement of the U.S. flag that has flown in the school's football stadium for 12 years.

An Honor Guard from the 23rd Naval Mobile Construction Brigade (the “Seabees”) will conduct the ceremony, which will be followed the presentation of a new flag, which flew previously over one of the U.S. military bases in Iraq. This ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Vance stadium Sept. 11.

-- Observer News Services.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tuesday's prep highlights

Myers Park, the reigning N.C. 4A champion in girls’ tennis, opened the season with a 5-4 victory against Charlotte Catholic on Tuesday.

The Mustangs, 18-0 last season, got singles victories from Grace Baker, Anna Rickenbaker, Jessica Perez and Debolina Banerjee. Baker and Perez combined to win in doubles, which clinched it for Myers Park.

Banerjee’s win at No. 6 singles was a two-hour match, and gave Myers Park a 4-2 lead after the singles matches.

Charlotte Catholic (0-1) had singles victories by Megan Laframboise and Lucia Leahy, who also combined to win in doubles. Kelly Tomlin and Mary Kathryn Ferebee won a doubles match for the Cougars, who were 18-3 last season and reached the third round of the 3A playoffs.


North Mecklenburg improved to 3-0 with a 25-23, 19-25, 25-12, 25-16 victory against Myers Park in a nonconference battle between two of Charlotte’s best teams.

Last season, North Mecklenburg reached the 4A quarterfinals, and Myers Park was a 4A semifinalist.

Cross Country

Myers Park dominated a six-team meet at Wingate.

The Mustangs, led by Patrick Sidlovsky’s winning time of 17 minutes, 48.5 seconds, had the top nine finishers in the boys’ race. Sidlovsky was followed by teammates Jack Matkins, Robert Terry, Alex Smith, Jansen Coulter, Parth Shah, Jeff Prouty, Hunter Powell and Andrew Hall.

Myers Park’s Becca DeLoache won the girls’ race in 20:32.7, followed by teammate Emily Zizzi (20:54.4) as the Mustangs won the team title. Weddington’s Haley Kapheim was third, and teammate Chelsea Matson fourth.


Boys’ Soccer
Charlotte Christian’s Stephen Gilbert, John Humphries and Clay Johnson scored a goal apiece in a 3-0 home victory against United Faith Christian. Jeffrey Yoh and Humphries each had an assist.

-- Kyle Searles scored two goals to spark Butler’s 3-0 victory against Monroe Sun Valley. The Bulldogs (2-0-1) also had a goal by Eric Roman, assists by Morgan Boyle, Robby Beatty and Ryan McIntyre, and eight saves by goalkeeper Zach Hensel.

-- Kevin Scott scored three goals in Hickory Grove Christian’s 3-2 victory at Gaston Christian.

- Cliff Mehrtens

Ardrey Kell: Basketball news

Tina Lawrence is the new girls' basketball coach at Ardrey Kell High.
Lawrence, a former player and captain at Pace University (in New York), replaces Sonja Tate.

Ardrey Kell senior Erica Chandler, a 6-foot-4 center, committed to George Washington.
Chander is the younger sister of NBA center Tyson Chandler, who was acquired last month by the Charlotte Bobcats in a trade with the New Orleans Hornets.
Erica Chandler averaged 10 points and eight rebounds last season.

-- Cliff Mehrtens

Monday, August 24, 2009

Lake Norman's soccer team makes surge

Special Correspondent

- The team that benefitted most from the Soccer for a Cure tournament last week was Lake Norman, moving from seventh to third in the Observer Sweet 16 soccer rankings based on convincing wins.

- Myers Park remains No. 1 because of its come-from-behind tie against Charlotte Catholic. Look for Cougars forward Sutton Porter to score a lot of goals this season. He scored Catholic’s lone goal in this game and several in the tournament.

- Congratulations to coach Steve Stith’s Mooresville Blue Devils for their championship in the Freedom Invitational last weekend. They beat host Freedom 3-2 in the final.

- Catholic moved up to No. 2 on the strength of its 3-0 win against Mallard Creek. Catholic has two tough tests this week with a match Tuesday at Sweet 16 newcomer Providence Day and a home match against South Mecklenburg this Saturday. Their non-conference schedule is one of the toughest in the region, playing seven teams in this week’s Sweet 16 throughout the year.

- Coach Jim Lynch will know a lot about his South Mecklenburg team after this week with three grueling matches. The Sabres will play at No. 15 North Mecklenburg on Tuesday, at home against No. 3 Lake Norman on Thursday, and Saturday at No. 2 Catholic.

- After an opening day upset of South Mecklenburg, Mallard Creek lost two tough matches this past week and looks to rebound with a home match against Porter Ridge on Tuesday and an away match against Independence on Thursday.

- Thanks to the reader who pointed out a mistake in my article on the Mexico-USA game. The World Cup final was played in Azteca Stadium in 1986, but France had eliminated Brazil in the quarterfinals in penalty kicks. Argentina secured its second World Cup title that year, beating West Germany 3-2 in the final.

Larry Bosc coached high school soccer for more than 30 years, including 20 years at East Mecklenburg. He writes a regular soccer column for the Observer.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Vance star transfers to West Charlotte

Jacoby Davis’ family is moving, and it might change the balance of power in Mecklenburg County high school basketball.

Davis, a 6-foot junior guard, is transferring from Vance to West Charlotte, where the two-time all-conference star will play with Wake Forest-bound guard J.T. Terrell, a 6-3 senior who transferred from Burlington Cummings this year. Terrell, a top 100 national recruit, moved to Charlotte to live with his father, James “Trigger” Terrell, a former Charlotte 49ers player.

Vance, expected to challenge for a N.C. 4A championship, is now without three potential starters. Point guard Daryl Traynham moved to the Washington, D.C. area. Big man Enoch Hood moved to Virginia, and now Davis has left for West Charlotte, which will have three of the county’s top guards. Julius Hamilton, a 6-3 sophomore, averaged double digits as a freshman.

“It just works for us financially to move into (the West Charlotte) area,” said Davis’ father, Jacoby Davis Sr. “I told (Vance coach Will) Robinson that I think he’s a great coach and me, my son and our family appreciate everything he’s done. But for us as a family, this move works out better.”

Davis Sr. said his son has taken an unofficial visit to South Carolina and has serious recruiting interest from Clemson, East Carolina, George Mason, High Point, Mississippi, Northeastern, South Carolina, Winthrop and Wright State.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday's live scoreboard

Independence 42, Mallard Creek 41, (final)

Butler 35, Mount Tabor 14 (final)

East Meck 28, West Charlotte 20 (final)

West Rowan 54, Central Cabarrus 0 (final, called at 10:26 in the 4th, lightning)

Hopewell 38, West Meck 21 (final)

North Meck 41, Olympic 30 (final)

Myers Par 37, Garinger 30 (final)

Charlotte Catholic 34, South Meck 12 (final)

Charlotte Christian 36, Carolina Pride 6 (final)

Richmond 27, Providence 17 (final)

Kannapolis 35, Statesville 7 (final)

South Rowan 38, Salisbury 20 (final)

West Caldwell 34, North Wilkes 0 (final)

South Caldwell 32, McDowell County 0 (final)


Butler (BUT)
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Periods: 7, 0, 14, 14
Charest, Nate (Charest)
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Easter, Calvin (Easter)
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Kelly, Demetrius (Kelly)
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LeMay, Christian (LeMay)
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Delete stat Pass interceptions 0
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Mitchell, Marcus (Mitchell)
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Short, Anthony (Short)
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Turner, Isaac (Turner)
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Walker, Deion (Walker)
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N.C. Scores (AP)

Albemarle 35, Mt. Pleasant 7

Apex Middle Creek 40, Northern Durham 6

Cape Fear 52, Hoke County 36

Carrboro 26, St. Pauls 7

Charlotte Christian 36, Carolina Pride 6

Charlotte Waddell 28, North Gaston 27

Clover, S.C. 28, Belmont South Point 21

Durham Jordan 17, Orange County 7

East Davidson 19, Randleman 14

East Mecklenburg 28, West Charlotte 20

Edenton Holmes 21, Northampton-East 14

Farmville Central 27, Plymouth 23

Fayetteville Britt 30, East Wake 0

Fayetteville Byrd 21, Hope Mills South View 6

Fayetteville Pine Forest 28, Lumberton 26

Fayetteville Westover 7, Fayetteville Sanford 2

Fuquay-Varina 38, Knightdale 14

Gastonia Forestview 20, Nation Ford, S.C. 14

Green Sea Floyds, S.C. 24, West Columbus 6

Harnett Central 42, Apex 7

Havelock 21, New Bern 3

Hickory Grove 51, Gastonia Highland Tech 6

Hope Mills Gray's Creek 26, Fairmont 0

Huntersville Hopewell 38, West Mecklenburg 21

Jamestown Ragsdale 39, Southern Guilford 7

Kernersville McGuinness 41, Union Academy 0

Kill Devil Hills First Flight 55, Perquimans County 37

Lake City, S.C. 34, South Columbus 13

Lexington 27, Eastern Randolph 0

Maiden 20, North Lincoln 17

Manteo 34, Currituck County 19

Matthews Butler 35, Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor 14

McCallie, Tenn. 38, Charlotte Providence Day 12

North Raleigh Christian 13, Charlotte Northside Christian 6

Northeast Guilford 30, High Point Andrews 19

Oxford Webb 48, Granville Central 6

Pembroke Swett 20, Fayetteville Smith 6

Princeton 19, Hobbton 12

Raleigh Athens Drive 21, Raleigh Sanderson 14

Raleigh Broughton 21, Cary 6

Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 20, Clayton 7

Raleigh Leesville Road 35, Panther Creek 28

Raleigh Millbrook 34, Garner 24

Raleigh Ravenscroft 40, Northern Vance 6

Raleigh Wakefield 31, Morrisville Green Hope 7

Reidsville 53, Western Alamance 7

Scotland County 19, Fayetteville Seventy-First 14

Smithfield-Selma 28, Erwin Triton 26

South Davidson 53, Wheatmore 6

Southeast Raleigh 41, Holly Springs 17

Southern Alamance 14, Burlington Williams 14, TIE

Southern Durham 47, Greenville Rose 17

Southern Nash 37, Franklinton 28

Southern Pines Pinecrest 41, Raleigh Enloe 20

SouthWest Edgecombe 42, Elizabeth City Northeastern 6

Southwest Guilford 20, Southeast Guilford 10

Swansboro 40, Lejeune 12

Tarboro 39, Nash Central 0

Thomasville 31, Cox Mill 0

Trinity 16, Thomasville Ledford 7

West Johnston 37, Spring Lake Overhills 13

West Montgomery 28, South Robeson 8

West Rowan 54, Central Cabarrus 0

Western Harnett 20, Lee County 6

Wilson Beddingfield 29, Northern Nash 14

Winston-Salem Reynolds 20, High Point Central 7


Camden County vs. Pasquotank County, ppd. to Aug 24.

Jacksonville vs. Wilmington Laney, ppd. to Aug 24.

S.C scores (AP):

Ashley Ridge 60, Johnsonville 34

Bamberg-Ehrhardt 18, Edisto 0

Battery Creek 52, Wade Hampton (H) 20

Blythewood 23, Ridge View 0

Carvers Bay 24, Marion 12

Chapin 28, Strom Thurmond 21

Chester 35, Union County 14

Christ Church Episcopal 44, Liberty 7

Clover 28, Belmont South Point, N.C. 21

Conway 21, North Myrtle Beach 14

Dillon 42, A.C. Flora 7

Dillon Christian 47, Robert E. Lee Academy 7

Dorman 20, Spartanburg 7

Gastonia Forestview, N.C. 20, Nation Ford 14

Gilbert 27, Great Falls 6

Green Sea Floyds 24, West Columbus, N.C. 6

Hartsville 56, Camden 38

Hunter-Kinard-Tyler 30, Barnwell 29

Lake City 34, South Columbus, N.C. 13

Lamar 24, Cheraw 21

Latta 12, Aynor 6

McBee 62, North Central 0

Ninety Six 43, Whitmire 2

Friday night football updates.....

Final (it's OK to exhale now):

Independence 42, Mallard Creek 41.

Wow !
Mallard Creek scores a touchdown with 11 seconds left to close to within 42-41 against Independence.
Quarterback Marquise Williams is stopped on 2-point conversion attempt that would have given the Mavericks the lead.


Charlotte Christian, No. 1 in the Observer Sweet 16, beat Carolina Pride 36-6 in the opener.

Indy retakes the lead, 42-35 against Mallard Creek.

There's 1:24 left.

Quarterback Anthony Carrothers just rushed for his fourth touchdown.

They're back on at Mallard Creek.

Mallard Creek's D'Vonte Grant just intercepted a pass by Independence's Anthony Carrothers at the Mallard Creek 25, to preserve the 35-34 lead.

Final score: Charlotte Catholic 34, South Meck 14.

Career victory number 299 for Cougars coach Jim Oddo.


Mercifully, West Rowan's 54-0 victory against Central Cabarrus was called with 10:26 remaining because of lightning.
Just what Central Cabarrus needs.....losing 54-0 to West Rowan, and the game is delayed by lightning. It's the only thing that's slowed down West Rowan all night.

Independence just scored two two touchdowns in a 20-second span to cut Mallard Creek's lead to 35-34.
End of the third quarter. The game was delayed 20 minutes by lightning.


Charlotte Catholic leads South Meck 27-6 with 5:05 left.


Final score: Hopewell 38, West Mecklenburg 21.

Final score: Butler 35, Mt. Tabor 14.
The Bulldogs, after leading 7-0 at half, rolled in the second half for a home victory.
Lopsided !
West Rowan leads Central Cabarrus 54-0 halftime.
Kevin Parks has rushed for 226 yards and five touchdowns on 17 carries. ...B. J. Sherrill has three carries for 51 yards and a score.

Here's where it gets even uglier - West Rowan has 344 yards and 17 first downs....Central Cabarrus has minus-45 yards and zero first downs.

Charlotte Catholic is grinding out what appears to be a victory against South Meck.
The Cougars' scored two third-quarter touchdowns to go up 20-0 - Angelo Acitelli's 1-yard score, and Jadarius Bruce's 2-yard touchdown.
Wow, when's the last time Independence lost two straight games?
Hadn't happened in this decade, but it might tonight.
Mallard Creek leads the Patriots 35-21 in the third quarter, and quarterback Marquise Williams has rushed for four touchdowns and 173 yards, and passed for 106 yards.
Butler's Nate Charest returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown. The Bulldogs are hammering Mt. Tabor 35-0 early in the fourth quarter.

Hopewell is crushing West Mecklenburg 32-7 in the third quarter.

Dondre Lewis has scoring runs of 29, 12 and 34 yards, and quarterback Justin Avery scored on a 48-yard run on the final play of the first half.

Where's the defense, fellas?

At halftime (it's tied at 21), Independence's Anthony Carrothers is 10-of-18 passing for 197 yards and a touchdown, and has run 58 yards and a touchdown.

Mallard Creek's Marquise Williams is 8-of-13 passing for 95 yards, and has run for 74 yards and two scores.

The teams have combined for more than 500 yards, and 14 penalties for 114 yards.


Charlotte Catholic leads 6-0 at halftime against rival South Mecklenburg.. Catholic's Angelo Acitelli scored on a 28-yard run.

Butler's rolling....Quarterback Christian LeMay ran 35 yards for a touchdown, and the Bulldogs lead 21-0 against Mt. Tabor with 4:39 left in the third quarter.

Deion's got a double !.....Butler's Deion Walker scored his second touchdown, on a 2-yard run, as Butler leads 14-0 against Mt. Tabor.

Mallard Creek QB Marquise Williams throws a 12-yard TD pass at the end of the half, tying Independence, 21-21.

Butler, despite two turnovers, leads 7-0 against Mt. Tabor at halftime.

Ten Providence starters are hurt as Richmond is up 7-3 after the first.

Anthony Carrothers' 54 yard TD run gives Indy a 21-14 lead over Mallard Creek.

West Rowan, No. 2 in the Observer Sweet 16, leads 27-0 after one quarter against Central Cabarrus. West Rowan's Kevin Parks has rushed for 89 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries.

Anthony Carrothers' 69-yard pass puts Indy up 14-6 over Mallard Creek. Game is now tied 14-14.

Butler 7, Mt. Tabor 0 (1st quarter): Butler's Deion Walker scored on a 4-yard run.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cross-country finals move back to Winston-Salem

CHAPEL HILL--The annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state cross-country championships will be moving back to Tanglewood Park in Winston-Salem for 2009.

The NCHSAA had previously announced that the event would move to the cross-country course at SAS Soccer Park in Cary starting this year, but an unforeseen scheduling conflict with the facility could not be worked out and forced the change.

Tanglewood has been the site of the NCHSAA championships since 2002, and before that they were held at McAlpine Park in Charlotte for many years.

-- Observer News Services

ME-GA 7 football conference preview

OVERVIEW: Charlotte Catholic has dominated this conference but has gotten competition from Olympic. Expect more of the same this season. Berry has left the conference to join the Rocky River conference and Gaston County’s East Gaston has joined the league.
10 PLAYERS TO WATCH: East Gaston RB Charles Johnson; West Meck wide receiver/corner Jahmeek Daniels; Waddell QB Donterius Dawkins; Olympic QB Lucas Beatty; Olympic linebacker Sean Hubbard; Harding receiver Walt Gwin; Harding QB Carlos McCary; Garinger RB Maurice Bethea; Catholic RB Jadarius Bruce; Catholic defensive end Bennett Brookman
BEST LEAGUE RIVALRY: Catholic and Olympic seem to always meet for a league title
LEAGUE GAME OF THE YEAR: Olympic at Catholic, Sept. 25
MEGA MARK YOUR CALENDAR MATCHUPS: Garinger at Waddell, Sept. 25; Catholic at West Meck, Oct. 2; Harding at Olympic, Oct. 9; Harding at Garinger, Nov. 6
PREDICTION: 1. Catholic; 2. Olympic; 3. West Meck; 4. Harding; 5. Garinger; 6. Waddell; 7. East Gaston

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Former Richmond coach Daryl Barnes gets NCHSAA post

CHAPEL HILL— Allison Sholar, superintendent of the Pender County schools, will serve as president of the North Carolina High School Board of Directors for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Daryl Barnes, principal of the new Wheatmore High School in Randolph County and former Richmond Senior High football coach , has been named vice-president. Dr. Diane Frost, superintendent of Asheboro City Schools, will serve again in the role as immediate past president since Dr. Bill Harrison, who served as president
during most of the 2008-2009 school year, has retired.

Born in Asheboro and a 1983 graduate of Elon College, Allison taught high school English for five years before moving into
administration. At the high school level she has been a principal at Manteo, Currituck and First Flight High Schools and was named Principal of the Year in both Currituck County and Dare County.

She has been a member of the NCHSAA Board since 2005. New Board members were recommended by the NCHSAA's Nominating Committee, based on the requirements of the Association's constitution and by-laws. The member schools at eight regional meetings select nominees for consideration across the state, then from among those nominees individuals are selected by the Nominating Committee to fill the available slots. They are approved by the membership at the Annual Meeting.

The new Board members nominated were either filling vacancies produced by members going off the Board due to completion of their terms or those who are off due to retirement or leaving public school work.

They include from Region 1, Dwayne Stallings, superintendent of Perquimans County schools; from Region 1, Herman Little, athletic director,Northeastern High School (Class 2-A, Region 1, athletic director); from Region 3, Shelly Marsh, deputy superintendent, Johnston County schools (Class 4-A, Region 3, athletic director); Ernie Purnsley, athletic director,
Pinecrest High School (Class 4-A, Region 4, athletic director); Bill Miller, superintendent, Polk County schools (superintendent, Class 1-A, Region 8). Re-nominated to a full term were Rexanna Lowman, principal of East Burke High School (Class 4-A, Region 7), and Page Carver, principal of Ashbrook High School (Class 4-A, Region 6).

Prep Football Games To Air Weekly on Channel 55

Each week during the season, an area high school football game will be televised on WMYT, which is available over-the-year on Channel 55 or on Channel 12 on Time Warner Cable in Charlotte (Channels 255 and 256 on Time Warner’s digital tier).

The games will be taped Friday nights and shown Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

The schedule: Aug. 23, Person County at Lake Norman; Aug. 30, Providence at Catholic; Sept. 6, East Gaston at Belmont South Point; Sept. 13, Ardrey Kell at Weddington; Sept. 20, Kings Mountain at Kannapolis Brown; Sept. 27, York at Rock Hill South Pointe; Oct. 4, West Rowan at West Iredell; Oct. 11, West Charlotte at Mooresville; Oct. 18, Country Day at Charlotte Christian; Oct. 25, Charlotte Latin at Providence Day; Oct. 30, Rock Hill Northwestern at Fort Mill; Nov. 6, TBA.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

Monday, August 17, 2009

McClatchy newspapers S.C. state football poll

Here is the McClatchy Newspapers S.C. writers poll for S.C. high school.

Voters: Steve Wiseman (The State), Barry Byers (Rock Hill Herald), Justin Jarrett (Beaufort Gazette/Hilton Head Island-Packet), Bob Castello (Greenville News), Langston Wertz (Charlotte Observer), Shane Bowen (Myrtle Beach Sun-News), Kevin Melton (Spartanburg Herald-Journal), Kenton Makin (Aiken Standard)

Class 4A

1. Byrnes 80
2. Sumter 58
3. Rock Hill 56
4. Dorman 55
5. Northwestern 44
6. Gaffney 28
7. Clover 26
8. South Pointe 24
9. Goose Creek 20
10. Beaufort 18.

Others receiving votes: Summerville 10, Irmo 7, Boiling Springs 4, Spartanburg 2, Conway 2, Aiken 2, Laurens 2, Berkeley 1, North Augusta 1.

Class 3A
1. Chester 76
2. Myrtle Beach 65
3. Marlboro County 57
4. Lake City 53
5. Daniel 43
6. Greer 41
7. Camden 30
8. Lugoff-Elgin 13
9. Wilson 12
10. (tie) Crestwood and Fairfield Central 10

Others receiving votes: Greenville 8, Belton-Honea Path 8, Clinton 6, J.L. Mann 5, Airport 2, Midland Valley 1.

Class 2A
1. Central Pageland 65
2. Strom Thurmond 64
3. Dillon 58
4. Woodruff 56
5. Manning 47
6. Timberland 40
7. Cheraw 30
8. Silver Bluff 27
9. Abbeville 20
10. Batesburg-Leesville 16

Others receiving votes: Woodland 11, Broome 2, Chesnee 2, Southside 1, Hanahan 1.

Class A
1. Chesterfield 80
2. Calhoun County 59
3. Bamberg-Ehrhardt 49
4. Blackville-Hilda 48
5. Scott's Branch 46
6. Allendale-Fairfax 37
7. Carvers Bay 33
8. Lake View 31
9. Williston-Elko 18
10. Lamar 16

Others receiving votes: Christ Church 8, Lewisville 6, Baptist Hill 6, Hemingway 2, Ninety Six 1.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Charlotte Christian causes Sweet 16 controversy

Oh my emails this morning.

"How could you name that private school No. 1 in the Sweet 16?"

And that was a nice one.

People were, um, surprised to see the Observer named Charlotte Christian as the first No. 1 preseason team in the popular newspaper poll.

At the end of the Sweet 16, I always try to list how we do it. We look at strength of class, strength of schedule, but not how teams would do against each other unless they really play. It's not a what if thing. Ultimately, though, it's our best guess as to which teams have the best chance to win a state championship.

The poll was created that way to give smaller schools, like 350-student Christian, a chance to be ranked with the Boiling Springs Crests and Rock HIll Northwesterns of the world. Generally, with some exceptions, the larger schools will usually beat smaller ones head-to-head. If we did a Sweet 16 power poll, it would look awful familiar year to year and be loaded with 4A and 3A teams.

I like that the Sweet 16 offers the little guy a chance.

Last, here is a video of Charlotte Christian that videographer Phil Hoffman put together that may offer a little insight into the Knights.
-- Langston Wertz Jr.

Surprise No. 1 on top of the preseason Sweet 16

Here's the preseason Sweet 16 football poll and this one has some surprising rankings and a first in the poll's 25-year history.

Sweet 16 video

And here's a video of the No. 1 ranked team.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Preseason Sweet 16 out at 8 p.m. tonight

The Preseason Sweet 16 releases tonight at 8 p.m. at

Be sure to tune in for the video.

The poll will be released in Sunday's newspapers.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

Friday, August 14, 2009

On the preseason Sweet 16 poll....

A number of you have written and emailed about the Sweet 16 preseason poll. It's coming Sunday in the newspaper.

You can get an early look via an online video that will be released at Saturday at 8 p.m.

The poll will kick off a week of special stories as we head into prep football opening kickoff Friday, Aug. 21

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

Season preview: Mooresville football

Mooresville begins the season not only in a new conference, but also with a new coach who has the task of replacing 32 seniors from the 9-4, 2008 squad.

But while it seems daunting, head coach Steve McCurry, who comes to the Blue Devils from Greenville High School (2006-08) in Tennessee, has a track record for building successful program in a short amount of time. McCurry, who also was a head coach at Asheville Reynolds (NC) (2002-05), is 56-18 in his past seven seasons at the two schools.

“Everything is new for both me and the players,” McCurry said. “I don’t think we really know what to expect. But that can be both a strength and weakness, because our opponents won’t know much either.”

McCurry has already installed his aggressive style that includes a shotgun, one-back, four-wide, no-huddle offense and an attacking 4-3 defense that will Blue Devil opponents a new and different look. Senior tailback Marshaun Edwards, who has been impressive in practice after waiting his turn behind Pinkston for several years, will be the early focal point of the offense.

The quarterback position has yet to be decided between 6-foot-4 junior Patrick O’Brien and senior Caleb Raper and Jay Willis. But whoever is throwing the ball will have solid options as in seniors Cody Locklear, Dalton Pierce, Santonio Thompson and Bakary Torrence.

The Blue Devil offensive line lost a lot, but will does have some talent back in 6-foot-3, 266-pound senior Anthony Hill and center Ryan Rudy.

The defense, known as McCurry’s specialty, maybe a little more of a question mark with only three returnings starters. The strength will be senior defensive tackle Davontay Dixon with Pierce, Torrence, Thompson and Demarion Sherill making up an experience secondary.

-- Jay Edwards

Football season preview: Lake Norman

The Lake Norman football program is in better shape than it has ever been. After winning five games combined from 2005 to 2007, the Wildcats won seven games a year ago including a 17-7 win over archrival Mooresville.

“We feel like we have the best team that we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Lake Norman football coach Scott Sherrill said. “Honestly, I don’t know exactly what to expect (in the IMAC) in conference. But, we think we are building something here.”

The Wildcat offense, which returns nine starters, will rely heavily on the its offensive line which returns all five senior starters and could be one of the top units in the state. Kane Sherrill (6-3, 275), Coach Sherrill’s son, is team’s best lineman with interest from several Division I schools including Wofford, Elon and Delaware. Avery Ekrin (6-6, 300), Chandler Caldwell (6-2, 290), Tyler Thrasher and Chris Timmons round a group that should pave the way for senior tailback James Cloud, who rushed for over 900 yards last seaon and David Ray.

Lake Norman should also be able to air it out when needed as they return senior quarterback Chris Blanton is back as well as two talented wideouts in Jacquez Vanderburg and Austin Eisenhofer.

“We feel like with our experience, we will be able to take a lot of chances and put up a lot of points,” Sherrill said. “When you put points on the board, you always can put a lot of pressure (on the other team).”

The Wildcat defense should be just as good with eight starters back led by all-NPC defensive lineman Dirqual Ellis. Ellis, who also score seven touchdowns as the team’s fullback on offense, should be dominant on both sides of the ball.

The back seven will be much the same as last with three starting linebackers returning including Connor Donahue, Dillon Wemyss and Nick Stange. The secondary will also be strong with Ray, Brad Chamberlin and Rob McGee back to lead the way.

-- Jay Edwards

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Live from Providence Day: Team preseason video

A look at the Chargers and coach Bruce Hardin as they prepare for the season. QB Price Litton, who hasn't played much varsity ball, is getting major college attention.

Click here for the video.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

LIVE from Providence: the Panthers plan to pass (VIDEO)

Here's a video we shot at Providence High. The Panthers have three Division I wide receivers and a solid QB.

Says coach Randy Long: We plan to pass.

Click here for video or read below for a team synopsis

Coach: Randy Long.

2008 record: 7-6.

Fast Facts: Receivers Braxton Deaver and Brandon Braxton have committed to Duke, and wideout/defensive back Damon Magazu has committed to East Carolina. … The Panthers return eight starters on offense and eight on defense.

Did you know? Magazu's father Dave is a Carolina Panthers assistant coach.

Players to watch: Quarterback Chauncey Concepcion, receiver Brandon Braxton, kicker Bryce Thompson, defensive back Keon Williams, defensive end/offensive lineman Trevor Hicks, defensive lineman Jake Hall.

Keys to the season: The passing game should thrive. Concepcion got plenty of experience as a sophomore, with several 200-yard passing games. The receiving corps is experienced and talented, and if the defense plays well, it could be a breakthrough season for the Panthers.

Can't-Miss Game: Oct. 9 vs. Independence.

2009 Schedule: Aug. 21, Richmond Senior; Aug. 28 at Charlotte Catholic; Sept. 4, North Mecklenburg; Sept. 11 at Hopewell; Sept. 25 at Vance; Oct. 2 at South Mecklenburg; Oct. 9,Independence; Oct. 16 at Myers Park; Oct. 23, Butler; Oct. 30 at East Mecklenburg; Nov. 6Ardrey Kell.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Preseason football scrimmage schedules

High School football season unofficially starts Wednesday with the first scrimmage games.

One of the area's most anticipated is the annual Charlotte Catholic-Independence scrimmage. Since 2000, these two have won nine state championships combined and played in 12 state championship games.

The teams meet Wednesday at Independence. Kickoff is at 7. Observer reporter Langston Wertz Jr. will offer live updates from that scrimmage at

Here are other Mecklenburg County scrimmages:

Wednesday: Catholic at Independence, 7 p.m; Myers Park at Shelby (with East Burke and South Point), 6 p.m.; Porter Ridge at Providence Day, 6 p.m.; Butler at Olympic, 8 a.m.; York at Ardrey Kell, 6; East Meck at North Forsyth, 6; Mallard Creek at Gastonia Forestview, 9 a.m.; North Meck, Davie County, Ashbrook at South Meck, 6 p.m.

Thursday: Country Day at Fort Mill, 6:30 p.m.; North Meck at Harding, 6 p.m.; South Meck at Hopewell, 7 p.m.; Concord at West Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Friday: Waddell and Cox Mill at Myers Park, 7 p.m.; Ardrey Kell at Clover, 7 p.m.; Berry at Butler, 7 p.m.; Independence at Rock Hill Northwestern jamboree, 6 p.m.; Olympic at Providence, 6 p.m.; South Meck at Fort Mill Jamboree, 8 p.m.; West Meck at Vance, 8 a.m.

Saturday: Hickory Grove at Providence Day, 6 p.m.; Carolina Pride at Country Day, 10 a.m.; Charlotte Christian at Greensboro Smith Jamboree, 5 p.m.; Catholic at Monroe (with Sun Valley and Charlotte Latin), 8:30 a.m.; Harding, Mallard Creek, West Charlotte at Gastonia Huss Jamboree, 7 p.m.; Spartanburg at Independence, 6 p.m.; Waddell vs Chesterfield at Cheraw Jamboree, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 18: Country Day at Charlotte Latin, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 19: Vance at Harding, 6:30 p.m.

Rowan County wins berth in American Legion World Series

Rowan County Post 342 won the Southeast Regional Tournament with a 3-2 victory against Tuscaloosa, Ala. in Sumter, S.C. to earn a berth in the American Legion World Series.

The World Series will begin Friday in Fargo, N.D., and Rowan (37-8) is scheduled to play Festus, Mo. (Central Plains Regional champion).

Billy Veal (6-0) earned the victory against Tuscaloosa with 5 1/3 innings of scorless relief pitching. He allowed one hit. Rowan County scored the winning run when Phillip Miclat scored on a bases-loaded balk in the bottom of the eighth.

Rowan County erased a 2-0 deficit with two runs in the fourth. Trey Holmes had an RBI-double, and scored on Zach Smith's single.

Rowan County last won a regional championship in 1996.

- Cliff Mehrtens

High-tech suits banned in prep swimming

High-tech swimsuits that have been linked to record performances at all levels of competition the past couple of years have been banned for high school competition, effective immediately.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Swimming and Diving Rules Committee approved changes to Rule 3-2-2 that will make the high-tech swimsuit no longer a legal suit for swimmers at the high school level. The committee's recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Swimmers shall be limited to one swimsuit, which shall be constructed of a woven/knit textile material, permeable to water and air, constructed so as not to aid in buoyancy, and shall not contain zippers or other fastening systems.

In addition, the suit shall be constructed so that the style/shape for males shall not extend above the waist or below the top of the kneecap and for females shall not extend beyond the shoulders or below the top of the kneecap, and it shall not cover the neck.

"These high-tech suits had fundamentally altered the sport and become more similar to equipment, rather than a uniform," said Becky Oakes, NFHS assistant director and liaison to the Swimming and Diving Rules Committee.

"The rules of swimming have always prohibited the use or wearing of items that would aid in the swimmer's speed and/or buoyancy. The technical suits and styles had evolved to a point where there was little, if any, compliance with these basic rules."

The committee discussed the high-tech swimsuit issue at its meeting in March, but did not have enough factual information to take action at that time.

Butler's Burdick stars for US National team

Butler High girls basketball star Cierra Burdick had 13 points as the USA Women's U16 National team in a 128-17 win over the Dominican Republic in the opening game of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Mexico City, Mexico.

The USA jumped to a 30-0 lead at the 3:16 mark of the first period and never looked back, holding Dominican Republic to a total of six made baskets and two made free throws for the game.

"I loved their attitude. I loved their effort," said Barbara Nelson, USA and Wingate University head coach. "They were very focused on the way we asked them to play, and it was very exciting to watch."

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Mater Dei H.S. / Anaheim, Calif.) led seven U.S. players in double figures with 21 points, including four 3-pointers. Burdick and Breanna Stewart (Cicero-North Syracuse H.S. / North Syracuse, N.Y.) added 13 points apiece; Justine Hartman (Brea Olinda H.S. / Brea, Calif.) contributed 14 points; Elizabeth Williams (Princess Anne H.S. / Virginia Beach, Va.) contributed12 points; and Bashaara Graves (Clarksville H.S. / Clarksville, Tenn.) and Betnijah Laney (Smyrna H.S. / Clayton, Del.) scored 10 points each.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

Monday, August 10, 2009

VIDEO: Live from West Charlotte

The Lions are deep at running back and awful young, but coach Jeff Simpson thinks his team can make a lot of noise in 2008.

Click here for the preview.

Independence -Catholic scrimmage moved to Indy

Wednesday's anticipated Catholic-Independence scrimmage has been moved to Independence, Patriots athletics director Kelly Lewis said.

The teams played at Independence last year and were scheduled to play at Catholic this year, but the Cougars are still trying to get their field in condition for the Aug. 21 home opener against South Mecklenburg.

Admission to the game Wednesday is $2. Kickoff is at 7.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

West Charlotte football player, Garinger coach on the move

West Charlotte junior tailback Josh Covington has transferred to Providence Day, Chargers coach Bruce Hardin told the Observer.

Covington, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound junior, is expected to compete for a starting job with senior Peyton Landrum and sophomore Greg Goff, Hardin said.
Hardin said Covington’s family had applied to Providence Day two years ago, but the school was full.

“It’s a pretty good situation to have (three good running back candidates),” Hardin said. “At least we’ve got one for the next couple of years. And Josh has a lot to offer. He’s just learning our system and he’s come in and had a good strong work ethic. We enjoy having him here.


Dwight Miller will join his third school in three months, at least technically, when he starts at Marvin Ridge in Union County, where he will coach the girls basketball team.

Miller coached the Mallard Creek boys team last season and was hired in the summer to coach and teach at Garinger High. At Marvin Ridge, he’ll rejoin Mavericks athletics director Tony Guylitto and boys basketball coach Gosnell White. Guylitto and White formerly worked at West Charlotte, where Miller was a longtime assistant to White on the Lions boys basketball team.

Marvin Ridge’s girls team was 8-16 a year ago, Guylitto said.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Hopewell's Downing commits to Davidson

Hopewell High basketball player Jordan Downing, a 6-5 senior, has committed to Davidson, Titans coach Eric Davis said.

Downing chose the Wildcats over Air Force, Appalachian State, Northwestern, St. Bonaventure, Winthrop and Wright State. Downing was one of four Hopewell starters to average 13 points per game last season when the Titans finished 29-1 and reached the N.C. 4A state semifinals.

"He didn't take any visits anywhere," Davis said. "He decided Davidson was where he wanted to go. He'd been up there on some unofficial visits and he told me (Saturday) that basically for the past year, that's where he wanted to go to school."

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

(Photo: Hopewell's Jordan Downing (21) glides past Vance's Montrey Sayles (11) during a game in January. DAVID T. FOSTER

Friday, August 7, 2009

VIDEO: Live from Mallard Creek: "Hunt for a title"

Mallard Creek went 9-0 to start the 2008 season and then forfeited all nine games because of an ineligible player. The Mavs lost to West Charlotte in the same week that happened.

Immediately after that game, the Mavericks went to work on 2009. A look at what they're putting together.

Click here for the video

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

VIdeo: Live from Indy: "State title or bust"

Got a chance to visit Independence recently. Here's the video and what coach Tom Knotts hopes for at the end of the season.

Click here to see it.

S. Meck names state champ basketball coach

Former South Mecklenburg High state basketball champion John Fitch will coach the Sabres next season, athletics director Kevin Hinson said.

Fitch played for the Sabres from 1976-78. The 1976 team beat McDowell 74-61 at the Greensboro Coliseum to win the N.C. 4A championship. Fitch played for Bobby Cremins at Appalachian State from 1978-82.
Fitch, who won’t teach at school, is married with three children and has been with the New York Life Insurance company for 27 years.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Independence No. 23 in national prep football poll

Independence High is ranked No. 23 in the first National Prep Football poll of the season. Duncan Byrnes (S.C.) is No. 2 behind Florida 5A champ St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale).

St. Thomas, which has about a dozen potential Division I recruits in their senior class, will play a difficult schedule that kicks off with an August 29 trip to play Upper Arlington, Ohio, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. On October 2, Aquinas will host Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) in a much-anticipated nationally televised matchup.

In the East Coast regional rankings, Byrnes is No. 1, Independence No. 3, Butler No. 5, Sumter, SC is No. 7 and Rock Hill South Pointe is No. 8. Independence plays Butler and South Pointe this season.

The National Prep Football Poll is compiled by high school sports journalist Jamie DeMoney with input from sportswriters, experts, and coaches. The national Top 25 and regional Top 10's follow with 2008 won-loss-tie records:
#1. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aquinas (15-0-0), two-time defending 5A champ
#2. Duncan, S.C., Byrnes (14-1-0), travels to No. 1 Aquinas on Oct. 5
#3. Miami, Northwestern (13-2-0), seeks second 6A title in three years
#4. Katy, Texas (13-3-0), back-to-back 5A/II titlist
#5. Cleveland, Glenville (11-1-0), went 1-1 against ’08 state champ St. Ignatius
#6. Chesapeake, Va., Smith (15-0-0), defending Division 6 champion
#7. Lakewood, Calif. (10-3-0), led by USC-bound QB Jesse Scroggins
#8. Bellevue, Wash. (14-0-0), plays at No. 4 Katy on Sept. 12
#9. Sammamish, Wash., Skyline (14-0-0), hosts No. 15 Oaks Christian on Sept. 18
#10. Cedar Hill, Texas (12-2-0), leading rusher Ben Malena (Texas A&M) returns
#11. Valdosta, Ga., Lowndes (12-1-0), three 5A crowns since ‘04
#12. Jenks, Okla. (12-2-0), seventh time in preseason Top 25 since ‘00
#13. Cincinnati, Elder (13-2-0), Division I runner-up last year
#14. Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco (11-1-0), plays No. 18 De La Salle and No. 19 Prattville this season
#15. Westlake Village, Calif., Oaks Christian (14-0-0), QB Nick Montana is son of NFL legend Joe
#16. Allen, Texas (15-1-0), 5A/I champ returns all five offensive linemen
#17. Lakeland, Fla. (14-1-0), plays at No. 18 De La Salle on Sept. 25
#18. Concord, Calif., De La Salle (12-2-0), six-time Prep Poll champion
#19. Prattville, Ala. (13-1-0), has three straight 6A titles
#20. Bethlehem, Pa., Liberty (15-1-0), defending 4A champ returns state MVP QB Anthony Gonzalez
#21. Peoria, Ariz., Centennial (14-0-0), seeks fourth straight 5A/II title
#22. Dallas, Skyline (12-2-0), nine seniors are Division I commitments
#23. Charlotte, N.C., Independence (13-1-0), seven state titles this decade
#24. Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha (10-2-0), seven-time defending WCAC champ
#25. River Ridge, La., John Curtis (14-1-0), 23 state titles in 34 years
#1. Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco, 11-1-0
#2. Bethlehem, Pa., Liberty, 15-1-0
#3. Harrisburg, Pa., McDevitt, 10-3-0
#4. Montvale, N.J., St. Joseph’s, 11-1-0
#5. Oradell, N.J., Bergen Catholic, 9-3-0
#6. State College, Pa., 12-1-0
#7. McKeesport, Pa., 8-3-0
#8. Wayne, N.J., Wayne Hills, 12-0-0
#9. Lansdale, Pa., North Penn, 14-1-0
#10. Central Valley, N.Y., Monroe-Woodbury, 11-1-0
^East Coast=
#1. Duncan, S.C., Byrnes, 14-1-0
#2. Chesapeake, Va., Oscar Smith, 15—0-0
#3. Charlotte, N.C., Independence, 13-1-0
#4. Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha, 10-2-0
#5. Matthews, N.C., Butler, 12-2-0
#6. Olney, Md., Good Counsel, 11-1-0
#7. Sumter, S.C., 12-3-0
#8. Rock Hill, S.C., South Pointe, 15-0-0
#9. Chantilly, Va., Westfield, 9-3-0
#10. Hampton, Va., Phoebus, 15-0-0
#1. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aquinas, 15-0-0
#2. Miami, Northwestern, 13-2-0
#3. Valdosta, Ga., Lowndes, 12-1-0
#4. Lakeland, Fla., 14-1-0
#5. Prattville, Ala., 13-1-0
#6. River Ridge, La., John Curtis, 14-1-0
#7. Miami, Central, 8-4-0
#8. Tampa, Fla., Plant, 14-1-0
#9. Madison, Miss., Madison Central, 12-2-0
#10. Nashville, Tenn., Montgomery Bell, 10-2-0
#1. Cleveland, Glenville, 11-1-0
#2. Cincinnati, Elder, 13-2-0
#3. Cleveland, St. Ignatius, 14-1-0
#4. Cincinnati, Colerain, 11-2-0
#5. East St. Louis, Ill., 13-1-0
#6. Cincinnati, Moeller, 6-5-0
#7. Chicago, Mount Carmel, 10-3-0
#8. Wheaton, Ill., Wheaton Warrenville South, 8-2-0
#9. Sterling Heights, Mich., Stevenson, 10-2-0
#10. Louisville, Ky., St. Xavier, 12-1-0
#1. Denver, Mullen, 12-2-0
#2. Florissant, Mo., Hazelwood Central, 12-2-0
#3. Sandy, Utah, Alta, 13-1-0
#4. Blue Springs, Mo., 9-2-0
#5. Hutchinson, Kan., 11-2-0
#6. Eden Prairie, Minn., 11-1-0
#7. Plymouth, Minn., Wayzata, 13-0-0
#8. South Jordan, Utah, Bingham, 11-3-0
#9. Littleton, Colo., Columbine, 11-2-0
#10. Iowa City, Iowa, 10-1-0
#1. Katy, Texas, 13-3-0
#2. Cedar Hill, Texas, 12-2-0
#3. Jenks, Okla., 12-2-0
#4. Allen, Texas, 15-1-0
#5. Peoria, Ariz., Centennial, 14-0-0
#6. Dallas, Skyline, 12-2-0
#7. Tulsa, Okla., Union, 13-1-0
#8. Round Rock, Texas, Stony Point, 13-2-0
#9. Garland, Texas, 11-2-0
#10. Longview, Texas, 13-3-0-x
x-one loss by forfeit
^West Coast=
#1. Lakewood, Calif., 10-3-0
#2. Bellevue, Wash., 14-0-0
#3. Sammamish, Wash., Skyline, 14-0-0
#4. Westlake Village, Calif., Oaks Christian, 14-0-0
#5. Concord, Calif., De La Salle, 12-2-0
#6. Anaheim, Calif., Servite, 7-4-0
#7. Mission Viejo, Calif., 10-2-0
#8. Long Beach, Calif., Poly, 14-1-0
#9. Sherman Oaks, Calif., Notre Dame, 11-1-0
#10. Huntington Beach, Calif., Edison, 7-3-0

Monday, August 3, 2009

Lake Norman wrestler named All-American

Lake Norman High's Harrison Honeycutt achieved All-American honors at the USA Wrestling High School National Championship in Fargo, N.D.

Honeycutt finished fifth in the Greco-style division's 215-pound class.

After losing in the first round, Honeycutt rallied to win six straight matches to reach the medal round. He finished 7-3 in the tournament, including victories against three state finalists, a two-time state champion and a Senior Nationals finalist.

In 2008, Honeycutt earned All-American honors in the Cadet (freshman/sophomore) division, and has become one of a handful of N.C. wrestlers to repeat as an All-American.

Last winter, Honeycutt capped a 53-0 season by winning the N.C. 3A championship in the 189-pound division as a sophomore.

- Cliff Mehrtens

Sunday, August 2, 2009

And the best quarterbacks in the Carolinas are....

Today we examine some of the best quaterbacks in the Carolinas.

You can go here to see pictures, stories and video

Most of these guys are seniors and juniors. What I'm curious about are some of the best young guns, so to speak.

Who are the area's best young quarterbacks to watch.

Holler at me here, via email ( or at

-- Langston Wertz Jr.