Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Butler coach Mike Newsome: It'd be fun to play the private schools

Check the new Prep Insiders video for more from coach Newsome, who talks about this week's big games:

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tuesday's top prep performers

By Cliff Mehrtens

Charlotte Catholic’s volleyball team remained perfect in MEGA 7 4A/3A with a 25-14, 25-7, 25-19 sweep against West Mecklenburg on Tuesday.
Alli Strittmater had 12 kills, 12 digs, 10 aces, two blocks and 29 service points for Catholic (13-5), which is 8-0 in conference. West Mecklenburg is 6-7, 4-3.

Unbeaten North Mecklenburg (15-0) rolled to a 25-4, 25-7, 25-9 victory against West Charlotte in an I-Meck 4A match. The Vikings, 9-0 in conference, were led by Amanda Chelko (12 assists), Blair Atkinson (four aces), Kristen Wearsch (five kills), and Bailey Williams and Ali Cooke (five digs apiece).

Fort Mill Nation Ford (16-2) swept Clover 25-19, 25-16, 25-23 in a Region 3 4A match. The Falcons were led by Sara Bebeau (11 kills, nine digs), Caylee Antilley (10 kills, six aces), Ashley Grayson (seven kills) and Ally Lambert (five kills).

Charlotte Latin (17-1) beat Charlotte Country Day 25-18, 25-19, 25-20 to improve to 2-0 in the Charlotte Independent School Athletic Association.


Myers Park extended its winning streak to 28 with a 9-0 victory against Providence. The Mustangs (10-0) are 4-0 in Southwestern 4A, and didn’t lose a set as Grace Baker, Jessica Perez, Anna Rickenbaker, Emily Carpenter, Kelsey Sherck and Samantha Forlenza won singles matches.

Lake Norman (10-3) improved to 4-0 in I-Meck 4A with a 9-0 sweep against Vance. Shruthi Rajan, Lake Norman’s career leader in victories, won at No. 1 singles and teamed with Britta Huibers in a doubles victory.

Charlotte Catholic (14-2) maintained its’ MEGA 7 4A/3A lead with a 9-0 victory against Waddell. Julia Paulson, Ashley Verhein, Ellie Bolton, Blair Cunnane, Bailey Hughes and Paige Ernst won singles matches 6-0, 6-0, helping the Cougars improve to 4-0 in conference.


Charlotte Latin, the state’s top-ranked private school team, beat Charlotte Country Day 4-1 on goals by
Alex Wilson, Will Evans, Jonathan Grad and Will McGinnis. The Hawks (14-1) lead the CISAA at 3-0. States Lee had a goal for Country Day (4-6-1, 0-2-1).

Maverick Starkey scored three goals and goalkeeper Nathan Birmingham had a shutout as Northside Christian beat Concord First Assembly 3-0. The Knights (10-4-3) are 5-3 in the Metrolina Athletic Conference.

Gibril Freeman had three goals and Alex Stackhouse two in West Mecklenburg’s 11-0 victory against Harding. Tyler Morentz had his second shutout of the season for the Hawks (2-6).

Olympic won its fifth straight game with a 4-1 victory against Waddell. The Trojans (9-2-2) are 3-1 in MEGA 7 4A/3A. Tyler McMahan had two goals.


Katie Lonergan (Providence Day) won the girls race by 56 seconds, and Tim Gruber (Concord Cannon) won the boys’ race by 65 seconds in a CISAA meet in Concord. Providence Day won the boys’ and girls’ team titles.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Friday night's highlights

OAKBORO - Kenny Patterson threw for six touchdowns and 385 yards as surprising Berry won 40-34 at West Stanly in a Rocky River 2A/1A game Friday.
Patterson threw four scoring passes to Marquise Buckman, covering 70, 50, 70 and 30 yards. Buckman had 265 receiving yards. Patterson’s other two scores went to Germone Hoppner, covering 85 and 40 yards.
The Cardinals, 0-11 last season, are 4-1 overall and 2-1 in conference. West Stanly fell to 2-3, 1-1.

EAST LINCOLN 56, SOUTHLAKE CHRISTIAN 6 - East Lincoln scored six first-half touchdowns and cruised to a home victory. Preston Perry threw three touchdown passes, and Austin Culp ran for 84 yards and two scores on five carries. Teammate Marcus McDowell gained 87 yards for the Mustangs (3-2).
The lone bright spot for SouthLake (2-3) was Zak Johnston’s 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

CHERAW, S.C. 33, PROVIDENCE DAY 7 – The Chargers, playing without suspended coach Bruce Hardin, fell behind 27-0 in the first half and lost their second straight. Darrell Hawkins and Chad Wilkes ran for two touchdowns apiece for Cheraw (2-3). Josh Covington’s 2-yard run was the lone score for Providence Day (2-4).

CHARLOTTE LATIN 52, ELKIN 7 – Jalen Ross ran for four touchdowns and Sam Spence threw two scoring passes to Davis Austin as the Hawks handed host Elkin (4-1) its first loss.
Latin (5-0) scored 42 in the first half. Ross has nine touchdowns the past two games.

CHARLOTTE COUNTRY DAY 56, RALEIGH RAVENSCROFT 21 – The Bucs scored 42 in the first half in a dominant home victory.
Morgan Roberts (184 passing yards) ran for two touchdowns and passed for three, including two to Miles Boardman. Chris Shembo, Connor Dunaway and Thomas Coker also ran for touchdowns for Country Day (5-0). Boardman had four catches for 103 yards.

NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN 42, ASHEVILLE SCHOOL 19 – Kelvin Allen ran for two touchdowns, caught a scoring pass from Chris Macon and ran for a two-point conversion as the Knights improved to 3-2. Travis Davies also had two touchdown runs.

EAST GASTON 44, HARDING 6 – The winless Rams trailed 6-0 at half, but were doomed by East Gaston’s 30-point third quarter in a MEGA 7 3A/4A road loss. It was the conference opener for Harding (0-5).

FORSYTH COUNTRY DAY 21, HICKORY GROVE 14 – The Lions, N.C.’s top-ranked Divison II private school, were upset on the road. Hickory Grove (4-1) fell behind 14-0 at halftime, but rallied to tie in the fourth quarter when Josh Cheuvront scored on a 1-yard run and threw a 2-point conversion pass to Teddy Walker. Forsyth (3-2) won on Seth Constable’s 6-yard run.

GARINGER 27, WADDELL 12 – Visiting Garinger snapped a four-game skid to win the MEGA 7 4A/3A opener. George McNeil had two touchdown runs for Waddell (1-5, 0-1), which has lost five straight.

NORTH ROWAN 16, SOUTH STANLY 14 – The Cavaliers snapped a 15-game losing streak. North Rowan (1-4) entered the game averaging three points.

BELMONT SOUTH POINT 21, LINCOLNTON 6 - Aaron Crumbley rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns as the Red Raiders (5-1) won the Big South 3A opener.

WEST ROWAN 28, SOUTH ROWAN 0 – West Rowan’s K.P. Parks set a state record by rushing for at least 100 yards for the 45th time in his four-year career, to break Maiden’s Tommy Henry’s record, as the Falcons won their North Piedmont 3A opener. Parks had 164 yards and scored three touchdowns.

-- Cliff Mehrtens

Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday's live football scores, updates

SCORES - All final as of midnight (hadda wait for Crest-Ashbrook, which was delayed by lightning)

Olympic 21, Charlotte Catholic 14

West Charlotte 25, Hopewell 7

Providence 23, Vance 17

Mallard Creek 41, Mooresville 21

North Meck 24, Lake Norman 20

Ardrey Kell 48, South Meck 27

Butler 56, Myers Park 13

Independence 35, East Meck 13

Charlotte Latin 52, Elkin 7

East Gaston 44, Harding 6

Monroe 69, Cuthbertson 0

Berry 40, West Stanly 34

Sun Valley 28, Wilmington Hoggard 14

West Rowan 28, South Rowan 0

Newton-Conover 53, Maiden 12

Northwest Cabarrus 42, Concord 15

East Lincoln 56, SouthLake Christian 6

Charlotte Country Day 56, Raleigh Ravenscroft 21

Garinger 27, Waddell 12

Cheraw, S.C. 33, Providence Day 7

Forsyth Country Day 21, Hickory Grove 14

Northside Christian 42, Asheville School 19

Boiling Springs Crest 30, Gastonia Ashbrook 19

Lancaster, S.C. at Rock Hill Northwestern, ppd. until 1 p.m. Saturday



West Rowan's Kevin Parks rushed for 164 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries in a 28-0 victory against South Rowan.
Charlotte Catholic is rallying....Cut Olympic's lead to 21-14...Catholic has the ball with 2:25 left.
West Rowan's Kevin Parks has 122 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, and the Falcons lead 21-0 against South Rowan (end of third quarter)
Charlotte Catholic's Angelo Acitelli scored on a 1-yard run, cutting Olympic's lead to 21-7
Independence quarterback Anthony Carrothers is out with an injury. Third quarter, Independence leads 28-13 against East Meck.
Olympic leads Charlotte Catholic 21-0 at half...Lucas Beatty has two touchdown passes, including a 59-yarder to Raheim Jennings. Mike Huff has run for 69 yards and a score.
Turnovers are crippling Catholic - it has three, all inside Olympic's 30-yard line (ouch !)
West Rowan's Kevin Parks has rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown; Falcons lead 14-0 against South Rowan...B.J. Sherrill has thrown for 94 yards and a touchdown.
Ardrey Kell's Justus Pickett has rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns in the first half against South Mecklenburg.
Monroe's Jalen Sowell has five touchdown passes in the first half. (Red Hawks lead 48-0)
Butler's Christian LeMay threw his fourth touchdown pass for a 42-0 lead against Myers Park.
Olympic's Lucas Beatty threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and the Trojans lead 14-0 at Charlotte Catholic.
Butler's Nate Charest, on a halfback pass, hit Tony Yorio for a 54-yard touchdown. The Bulldogs are crushing Myers Park 28-0....Christian LeMay has three scoring passes.
East Meck's Elgin Counts scored on a 4-yard run, cutting Independence's lead to 14-7.
Mallard Creek's Rodney Pettus caught a scoring pass from Marquise Williams, and the Mavericks lead 14-0 against Mooresville.
North Meck scored on its first play - a 61-yard pass from Brad Clay to Desean Payton.
Butler's Christian LeMay has two touchdown passes - a 60-yarder to Anthony Short and a 30-yarder to Jawaun Edwards.
Independence's Anthony Carrothers threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Greg, and ran one yard for another touchdown. Patriots lead 14-0 against East Mecklenburg.

-- Cliff Mehrtens

Concussion sidelines Patriots JV player

Independence High junior varsity football player Christian Broome suffered a concussion in last night's game at East Mecklenburg, Patriots athletics director Kelly Lewis said.

The game was stopped, Lewis said, with one minute remaining and the Patriots leading 32-20 and kicking off. Broome took a big hit on the play and laid on the field for several minutes.

He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center and diagnosed with a medium-grade concussion. The sophomore linebacker/defensive back cannot return to action until he's cleared by a licensed N.C. doctor.

Mallard Creek varsity quarterback Marquise Williams suffered a concussion late in a win against East Mecklenburg on Sept. 4. He sat out the Sept. 11 game against Garinger. Mallard Creek had a bye Sept. 17. Williams is expected to play in tonight's home game against Mooresville.

- Langston Wertz Jr.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ardrey Kell suspends star defensive end

Ardrey Kell defensive end Prince Shembo, who has committed to play college football at Notre Dame, was suspended after an incident at school last week, Knights coach Marty Woolbright said.

Shembo didn't play in a 13-3 loss to Marvin Ridge Sept. 17. He'll miss Friday's home game with South Mecklenburg. A 6-foot-3, 235-pound defensive end, Shembo is ranked No. 9 among senior college prospects by the Charlotte Observer.

Shembo sustained a high ankle sprain in preseason. He has only played in one full game for Ardrey Kell (1-3) - Sept. 11 against Weddington. He was suspended Sept. 16 and hasn't practiced or played with the team since, Woolbright said.

"He did something he shouldn't have done and he's got to pay the restitution," Woolbright said, declining to give further details. "He'll be back Monday."

Shembo is a team captain and his team's top player. He'll return for the Oct. 2 game at Independence.

"We've only played him one game," Woolbright said. "He's been hurt. He was a captain and that hurt more than anything, losing a guy like that. He's been frustrated with the high ankle sprain. He played well against Weddington but it's been hard for him to get back into the flow of things."

- Langston Wertz Jr.

Courier visits Myers Park tennis team

Tennis pro Jim Courier, in town to play in the Breezeplay Championships at the Palisades, dropped in on the Myers Park High girls' tennis team at practice Wednesday.

Myers Park coach Ed Flynn: "He was incredible - conducting drills, signing autographs, posing for pictures, and talking about his life in tennis. It was a great honor for our team."

- Cliff Mehrtens

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Player: "No idea I ran for 463 yards"

Cory Hunter's 463-yard night started quietly.

On his team's first offensive play, the Fuquay-Varina running back ran for five yards against Panther Creek.

But by the time the game was over, the junior had racked up 463 yards, the second-most rushing yards ever by an individual in a North Carolina high school game.

"I had no idea," said Hunter, who thought he had run for 300 yards but, along with everybody else in attendance, was informed by an announcement at the end of the game.

He passed Mike Hill, who had 461 yards for Harnett Central against South Johnston in 2003. Enloe's Greg Williams holds the record with 484 yards against Leesville Road in 2005.

What made the performance so special, Bengals coach Ryan Habich said, was Hunter's role on defense and special teams.

With some key defensive players out, Habich turned to Hunter and others to play defense. Hunter took about 35 defensive snaps and broke up what would have been a touchdown pass.

"I was just happy I tipped it away," Hunter said.

Hunter also came up with the ball when Panther Creek tried an onside kick with 57 seconds left. Fuquay-Varina held on for a 52-41 win.

Hunter broke off some big plays, bursting through holes his offensive line made in a bunched-up defense.

"They played pretty much 10 men in the box," Hunter said. "Once you got through those first couple of yards, there really wasn't anybody."

"He's a hard runner to bring down in the secondary," said Habich, who said he's never witnessed an all-around performance like Hunter's.

When asked if Hunter is scrutinized more than other high school athletes because his father is C.J. Hunter, the former Olympic shot putter who was suspended from the sport in 2000 for testing positive four times for a banned steroid, Habich said, "I don't think so." Habich said the running back is "a great kid and a great character kid. He's very humble."

According to news reports, C.J. Hunter told federal investigators in 2004 that he injected track star Marion Jones, then his wife, with steroids during the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

"I know everything he's done, and where he's been, the whole Olympics, but I don't think there's any added pressure on what I do and what he's done," said Cory Hunter, who said he trains with his father.

He said he doesn't feel more pressure than other athletes.

"Not at all," he said. "Just because of how unrelated the two sports are. ... I've never really had anyone say anything about my dad to me."

-- Raleigh News & Observer

Tuesday's top prep performers

By Cliff Mehrtens

Myers Park High, the reigning N.C. 4A girls' tennis champion, won its 26th straight match in dominant fashion Tuesday.
The Mustangs (8-0) swept East Mecklenburg 9-0, and improved to 2-0 in Southwestern 4A.
Myers Park's top five singles players – Grace Baker, Jessica Perez, Victoria Hughes, Amy Bell and Olivia Turnbull – won by 6-0, 6-0 scores. Teammate Taylor Hayworth won 6-0, 6-1, and Myers Park didn't lose a game in the three doubles matches.

Charlotte Catholic improved to 11-2 with a 9-0 sweep against West Mecklenburg.
The Cougars won 72 of 74 games as Julia Paulson, Ashley Verhein, Meagan Laframboise, Lucia Leahy, Mary Katherine Ferebee and Kelly Tomlin won singles matches.

Providence maintained a share of the Southwestern 4A lead with a 9-0 victory against South Mecklenburg. The Panthers (4-1, 2-0 conference) got singles victories from Katie Porter, Catherine Matulis, Morgan McGowan, Hannah Dotson, Autumn Arciero and Johanna Markiewitz.


North Mecklenburg's perfect season (13-0) rolled on with a 25-12, 22-25, 25-18, 25-10 victory against rival Hopewell in an I-Meck 4A match. Ali Cooke had 19 kills, Blair Atkinson had 28 assists and 10 digs, and Paige Zartman had 10 digs.

Kelsey Newman's 10 aces, 12 kills, 10 digs, four blocks and 11 service points led Charlotte Catholic (11-5) to a 25-15, 25-17, 25-17 sweep against Myers Park (9-3).

Mooresville rallied to beat Lake Norman 19-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-20 in an I-Meck 4A match. Molly Markley had 15 kills and Melanie Lowrance had 11. Heather Wagner had 32 digs and Blade Compton had 21 for Mooresville (6-2, 4-2).

Fort Mill Nation Ford beat Rock Hill Northwestern 25-19, 25-18, 25-13 in the S.C. Region 3 4A opener. The Falcons (10-1,1-0) were led by Sara Bebeau (16 kills, five digs, three aces), Ally Lambert (six kills, five digs), Morgan Wolf (12 digs) and Sheila Walsh (29 assists, three aces).

Boys' soccer

Nate Clark scored two second-half goals in Lincoln Charter's 2-0 victory against West Lincoln. Goalkeepers Andrew Campbell and E.J. Morphew shared the shutout, and Zach Taylor and Mason Peterson had assists for Lincoln Charter (7-4).

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Indy, Butler 1-2 in AP State football poll

Mecklenburg County rivals Independence and Butler rank 1-2 in the Associated Press N.C. poll, as voted by a statewide panel of media members.

Independence is No. 1, Butler No. 2.

Mallard Creek, which lost to Independence by one point, is No. 8.

Among the 16 media members, Independence got nine first place votes and Butler 6.

Nationally, Independence is No. 23 in the National Prep Poll and No. 40 in ESPN's national poll. ESPN ranks Butler No. 48.

In this week's Sweet 16, Butler is No. 1 and Independence No. 2.

Click here to see a video of Independence coach Tom Knotts helping to announce this week's Sweet 16.

This week's AP polls:

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

Class 4-A
1. Charlotte Independence (9) (5-0) 144 1
2. Matthews Butler (6) (4-0) 137 2
3. Fayetteville Britt (5-0) 107 3
4. Jamestown Ragsdale (5-0) 99 4
5. Richmond County (4-1) 81 5
6. West Forsyth (5-0) 73 6
7. Wake Forest-Rolesville (5-0) 58 7
8. Mallard Creek (3-1) 40 8
9. Greensboro Dudley (4-1) 28 9
10. Winston-Salem Reynolds (5-0) 20 10

Others receiving votes: Southeast Raleigh 11, East Wake 7, Lake Norman 5, Raleigh Leesville Road 5, East Mecklenburg 3, Asheville Reynolds 3, Alexander Central 2, Southern Pines Pinecrest 2.

Class 3-A
1. West Rowan (15) (5-0) 150 1
2. Eastern Alamance (4-0) 127 2
3. Shelby Crest (3-0) 105 3
4. Lenoir Hibriten (4-0) 101 4
5. Hertford County (5-0) 74 8
6. Belmont South Point (4-1) 73 6
7. Asheville (2-0-1) 42 10
8. Havelock (3-1) 41 5
9. Waynesville Tuscola (2-1-1) 22
10. Rocky Mount (2-2) 14 7

Others receiving votes: Marvin Ridge 13, Southern Nash 12, R-S Central 11, Pikeville Aycock 10, Northeast Guilford 8, Northern Guilford 7, Kannapolis Brown 3, Fayetteville Byrd 3, West Carteret 3, West Craven 3, Franklin 2, Anson County 1.

Class 2-A
1. Reidsville (12) (5-0) 146 1
2. Newton-Conover (2) (4-0) 130 2
3. Tarboro (1) (5-0) 117 3
4. SouthWest Edgecombe (5-0) 103 4
5. Kinston (5-0) 92 5
6. East Duplin (4-0) 70 6
7. Pittsboro Northwood (5-0) 43 9
8. Shelby (3-1) 41 8
9. Canton Pisgah (3-1) 33 7
10. East Bladen (4-0) 19

Others receiving votes: Burnsville Mountain Heritage 8, Louisburg 6, East Davidson 5, East Lincoln 3, Catawba Bandys 3, East Burke 2, Wilson Beddingfield 2, Black Mountain Owen 1, South Granville 1.

Class 1-A
1. Mt. Airy (12) (4-0) 147 1
2. Albemarle (3) (4-0) 136 2
3. Elkin (4-0) 97 4
4. Southwest Onslow (5-0) 96 6
5. Hendersonville (4-0) 94 5
6. East Surry (4-0) 72 7
7. Monroe (5-0) 55 9
8. Manteo (4-0) 36 10
9. Williamston (3-0) 33 3
10. Kernersville McGuinness (4-0) 17

Others receiving votes: Warsaw Kenan 10, Bessemer City 9, Cherokee 6, Robbinsville 5, Pender County 5, Murphy 3, Dunn Midway 2, Wallace-Rose Hill 1, Salemburg Lakewood 1.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Indy rises in National Prep Poll

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 won-loss-tie records:


#1. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aquinas (2-0-0), coach George Smith 335 wins

#2. Duncan, S.C., Byrnes (4-0-0), dominated Woodland, 85-8

#3. Miami, Northwestern (2-0-0), led by talented jr. QB Teddy Bridgewater

#4. Valdosta, Ga., Lowndes (4-0-0), seeks fifth state title in 11 years

#5. Cleveland, St. Ignatius (4-0-0), defending Division I champ

#6. Anaheim, Calif., Servite (3-0-0), beat state-ranked Crespi, 38-28

#7. Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco (1-0-0), plays at defending Ala. champ Prattville Friday on ESPNU

#8. Cedar Hill, Texas (4-0-0), escaped Arlington Martin’s upset bid, 47-39

#9. Chesapeake, Va., Smith (3-0-0), led by Alabama-bound QB Phillip Sims

#10. Ventura, Calif., St. Bonaventure (3-0-0), OL Giovanni Di Poalo headed to USC

#11. Westlake Village, Calif., Oaks Christian (3-0-0), beat then-No. 9 Skyline (Wash.), 28-25, on ESPNU

#12. Miami, Central (3-0-0), outscored foes by combined 129-3

#13. Cincinnati, St. Xavier (4-0-0), crushed four-time defending Ky. champ Trinity, 43-13

#14. Lakeland, Fla. (2-0-0), plays at Calif. power De La Salle Friday on ESPN2

#15. Cincinnati, Elder (4-0-0), TE Alex Welch committed to Notre Dame

#16. Peoria, Ariz., Centennial (4-0-0), defeated state-ranked Brophy, 24-12

#17. Loganville, Ga., Grayson (4-0-0), beat then-unbeaten South Gwinnett, 27-16

#18. Dallas, Skyline (3-0-0), nine seniors committed to FBS colleges

#19. Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha (3-0-0), smacked then-unbeaten Friendship, 45-12

#20. Jenks, Okla. (3-0-0), seeks 10th state title since 1996

#21. Round Rock, Texas, Stony Point (3-0-0), state 7-on-7 titlist

#22. River Ridge, La., John Curtis (2-0-0), topped state-ranked Salmen, 24-23 (OT)

#23. Charlotte, N.C., Independence (5-0-0), has won 138 of last 142 games

#24. Hampton, Va., Phoebus (3-0-0), average win margin is 46-3 during 18-game win streak

#25. Denver, Mullen (4-0-0), won at Mo. power Rockhurst, 17-7



#1. Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco, 1-0-0

#2. Lansdale, Pa., North Penn 3-0-0

#3. Harrisburg, Pa., McDevitt, 3-0-0

#4. Oradell, N.J., Bergen Catholic, 2-0-0

#5. Montvale, N.J., St. Joseph’s, 2-0-0

#6. Wayne, N.J., Wayne Hills, 2-0-0

#7. Monroeville, Pa., Gateway, 3-0-0

#8. Upper St. Clair, Pa., 3-0-0

#9. Easton, Pa., 3-0-0

#10. Central Valley, N.Y., Monroe-Woodbury, 3-0-0


^East Coast=

#1. Duncan, S.C., Byrnes, 4-0-0

#2. Chesapeake, Va., Oscar Smith, 3—0-0

#3. Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha, 3-0-0

#4. Charlotte, N.C., Independence, 5-0-0

#5. Hampton, Va., Phoebus, 3-0-0

#6. Olney, Md., Good Counsel, 3-0-0

#7. Matthews, N.C., Butler, 4-0-0

#8. Rock Hill, S.C., 4-0-0

#9. Frederick, Md., Linganore, 3-0-0

#10. Rockingham, N.C., Richmond, 3-1-0



#1. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aquinas, 2-0-0

#2. Miami, Northwestern, 2-0-0

#3. Valdosta, Ga., Lowndes, 4-0-0

#4. Miami, Central, 3-0-0

#5. Lakeland, Fla., 2-0-0

#6. Loganville, Ga., Grayson, 4-0-0

#7. River Ridge, La., John Curtis, 2-0-0

#8. Jacksonville, Fla., Bolles, 2-0-0

#9. Madison, Miss., Madison Central, 4-0-0

#10. Memphis, Tenn., University, 5-0-0



#1. Cleveland, St. Ignatius, 4-0-0

#2. Cincinnati, St. Xavier, 4-0-0

#3. Cincinnati, Elder, 4-0-0

#4. Cleveland, Glenville, 3-1-0

#5. Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South, 4-0-0

#6. Cincinnati, Moeller, 4-0-0

#7. Indianapolis, Cathedral, 4-1-0

#8. Dublin, Ohio, Coffman, 4-0-0

#9. Louisville, Ky., St. Xavier, 3-1-0

#10. Novi, Mich., Central Catholic, 4-0-0



#1. Denver, Mullen, 4-0-0

#2. Hutchinson, Kan., 3-0-0

#3. Plymouth, Minn., Wayzata, 3-0-0

#4. South Jordan, Utah, Bingham, 4-1-0

#5. Eden Prairie, Minn., 3-0-0

#6. Florissant, Mo., Hazelwood Central, 4-0-0

#7. Littleton, Colo., Columbine, 3-0-0

#8. Jefferson City, Mo., 4-0-0

#9. Iowa City, Iowa, 4-0-0

#10. Omaha, Neb., Millard South, 4-0-0



#1. Cedar Hill, Texas, 4-0-0

#2. Peoria, Ariz., Centennial, 4-0-0

#3. Dallas, Skyline, 3-0-0

#4. Jenks, Okla., 3-0-0

#5. Round Rock, Texas, Stony Point, 3-0-0

#6. The Woodlands, Texas, 4-0-0

#7. Katy, Texas, 3-1-0

#8. Tulsa, Okla., Union, 2-1-0

#9. Houston, North Shore, 3-1-0

#10. Southlake, Texas, Carroll, 4—0-0


^West Coast=

#1. Anaheim, Calif., Servite, 3-0-0

#2. Ventura, Calif., St. Bonaventure, 3-0-0

#3. Westlake Village, Calif., Oaks Christian, 3-0-0

#4. Sammamish, Wash., Skyline, 2-1-0

#5. Mission Viejo, Calif., 3-0-0

#6. Huntington Beach, Calif., Edison, 3-0-0

#7. Sacramento, Calif., Grant, 3-0-0

#8. Los Angeles, Crenshaw, 3-0-0

#9. Oceanside, Calif., 3-0-0

#10. Kahuku, Hawaii, 5-0-0


FEATS OF THE WEEK: An ESPNU television audience watched No. 11 Westlake Village, Calif., Oaks Christian defeat then-No. 9 Sammamish, Wash., Skyline, 28-25. The home loss ended the Spartans’ 30-game winning streak. Oaks Christian has now won 24 straight. Senior quarterback Nick Montana (Washington), son of NFL legend Joe, threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns. Skyline senior Jake Heaps (BYU) had 256 passing yards and one touchdown . . . Regionally ranked Sacramento, Calif., Grant shut out Bellevue, Wash., 14-0, in a battle of defending state champions in Seattle. It was the third shutout in as many games for the Pacers, who have won 17 consecutive contests . . . According to the Arizona Republic, junior Rathen Ricedorff of Show Low, Ariz., set a state record with nine touchdown passes in a 67-0 annihilation of Chinle . . . Senior running back Ismail Brooks of Auburn, N.Y., has scored seven touchdowns in each of his last two games. The most recent feat came during a 294-yard rushing effort in a 48-28 defeat of Manlius, Fayetteville-Manlius . . . The nation’s longest current losing streak was ended when Phoenix, Carl Hayden beat Yuma, San Luis, 44-21. The Falcons had lost 66 straight games, dating back to 2002.


Friday, September 18, 2009

Friday football updates

Potential upset alert !

Devon Garnder's 3 yard run gives Jireh Prep 7-0 lead over Charlotte Christian (No. 3 in Observer Sweet 16); 3:56 to play

Christian is 4-0.....Jireh is 3-1.

End of third quarter: Kannapolis Brown 49, Kings Mountain 14.
Brown's Travis Riley has rushed for 130 yards and four touchdowns.

End of the third quarter: East Mecklenburg 20, Charlotte Catholic 7....Catholic's Angelo Acitelli scored on a 2-yard run
Halftime (ouch) - Asheville 42, Kennedy Charter 0.

Still no score - end of the third quarter between Jireh Prep and Charlotte Christian.
Forestview 14, East Gaston 0 at halftime. East won one game in 2007 and 2008. Doesn't look like they're gonna win this one.
Halftime: Kannapolis Brown 28, Kings Mountain 14
Brown's Travis Riley has run for three touchdowns (he has nine carries for 48 yards).
Kings Mountain's Tim Hines scored on an 86-yard kickoff return.

Let's go south of the border for some scores:

Rock Hill 14, Clover 10, half
South Pointe 22, Fort Mill 0, end of first quarter
York 0, Lancaster 0, end of 1st quarter
Nation Ford 7, Chesnee 0, end of first quarter
Andrew Jackson 14, Indian Land 0, half
Great Falls 21, North Central 0, 2nd quarter
Westminster Catawba 9, Carolina Pride 3, end of 1st quarter.

Halftime: Two teams, zero points....Charlotte Christian and Jireh Prep are scoreless.

Jireh Prep has 65 yards rushing and 86 passing but also has two interceptions and 8 first half penalties for 64 yards.
Christian had 1 first down via penalty, minus 1 yard rushing and 12 yards total.
Halftime: East Meck 20, Charlotte Catholic 0
East Mecklenburg went ahead 14-0 against Charlotte Catholic on a 26-yard scoring pass from Olen Little to Anthony Gore....3:38 left in the second quarter.

Kings Mountain' Tim Himes has a 86-yard INT return, but AL Brown leads 14-7 after one quarter.
West Rowan 14, Mooresville 3. ....West Rowan's Kevin Parks has three carries, 41 yards...B.J. Sherrill has two touchdown passes.
East Meck 7, Charlotte Catholic 0 ....end of the first quarter.
An official was injured in the Forestview-East Gaston game. Removed on stretcher by paramedics. Forestview leads 7-0.
Sun Valley leads 10-7 against Myers Park... 2 mins left in first quarter.
Charlotte Christian has 15 yards offense with 5:45 left in first half...still scoreless against Jireh Prep.
Myers Park 10-0 over Sun Valley, 5:27 left first quarter; AL Brown 14-7 over Kings Mountain.

-Cliff Mehrtens

Friday's Live Scoreboard

All scores are final, unless noted

A.C. Reynolds 19, Watauga 12

A.L. Brown 56, Kings Mountain 28

Alexander Central 42, Patton 0

Arden Christ School 35, Northside Christian 0

Bessemer City 16, East Rutherford 6

Boonville Starmount 22, East Wilkes 16

Carolina Pride 27, Westminster 19

Chase 30, West Lincoln 6

Concord First Assembly 24, Providence Day 12

East Burke 42, South Caldwell 13

East Lincoln 40, Bandys 12

East Meck 20, Catholic 14

Forest Hills 49, Union Academy 7

Forestview 28, East Gaston 6

Freedom 14, McDowell County 0

Hickory 41, North Lincoln 12

Hickory Grove 36, Southlake Christian 6

Jireh Prep 7, Charlotte Christian 0

Monroe 49, Piedmont 24

North Gaston 26, Cherryville 16

Northwest Cabarrus 32, Parkwood 14

Olympic 31, Ashbrook 7

Porter Ridge 39, Hickory Ridge 6

South Rown 51, Central Cabarrus 6

St. Stephens 34, Maiden 15

Sun Valley 34, Myers Park 31

Q Foundation 35, Durham Mt. Zion 14

Shelby 42, Lincolnton 20

West Rowan 48, Mooresville 9

South Carolina

Rock Hill 28, Clover 10

South Pointe 53, Fort Mill 13

Lancaster 17, York 7

Nation Ford 42, Chesnee 20

Andrew Jackson 14, Indian Land 0 (half)

Great Falls 49, North Central 0

McBee 30, Lewisville 7

Carolina Pride 28, Westminster Catawba 18

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thursday night football updates

Thursday's football recaps:

SOUTH MECKLENBURG 35, WEST MECKLENBURG 12 – Larry Kennedy scored on a 30-yard run and a 65-yard reception as the Sabres (3-1) won their third straight. West Mecklenburg (0-5) has allowed 34 or more points in every game.

CHARLOTTE COUNTRY DAY 23, BLUEFIELD (W. VA.) 15 – The visiting Bucs (4-0) won a matchup of unbeatens. Morgan Roberts’ touchdown passes to Connor Dunaway (55 yards) and Tate Bloomer (25 yards) helped the Bucs build a 17-0 halftime lead.

Country Day’s Ben Rhyne had two 36-yard field goals and a 34-yarder. Country Day’s defense was strong against a team averaging 38.3 points. Bluefield (3-1) lost to Country Day for the second straight year.

MARVIN RIDGE 13, ARDREY KELL 3 – The surprising Mavericks (5-0) continued the best start in school history with a road victory, their fourth away from home in five weeks. Ardrey Kell fell to 0-3.

Marvin Ridge’s Tyler Chadwick threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to J.C. Howze, and scored on a 1-yard run, Chadwick was 7-of-12 passing for 131 yards.

GREENSBORO SMITH 44, WADDELL 0 - The visiting Raiders (1-4) were shut out for the third time in four games.

BERRY 40, MONROE CENTRAL 14 - Berry, which won three games the past two seasons combined, matched that total in the first month this season. The Cardinals (3-1) had a season-high point total.

CHARLOTTE LATIN 57, VICTORY CHRISTIAN 0 - Jalen Ross ran for four touchdowns as the Hawks (4-0) crushed visiting Victory Christian (0-5). Latin scored 42 in the first half, including Chase Carbone’s 20-yard interception for a touchdown.

HOPEWELL 28, HARDING 0 – The Titans overwhelmed winless Harding for a road victory. Hopewell improved to 3-2. Harding (0-4) was shut out for the third time this season.

CHESTER 35, ROCK HILL NORTHWESTERN 27 – The Cyclones snapped an 11-game losing streak against Northwestern by building a three-touchdown lead. Julius Pendergrass ran for 167 yards and had one of five Chester interceptions. Chester, the top-ranked S.C. 3A team, is 5-0.

Chester’s Tony McNeal was 19-of-29 passing for 173 yards and two touchdowns, both to tight end Robert Gore. Northwestern (0-4) is off to its worst start since 1984.

- Cliff Mehrtens

You want close, exciting games?
Thursday wasn't the night.

FINAL: Butler 38, West Charlotte 7
FINAL: Independence 40, Vance 7
FINAL: Hopewell 28, Harding 0
FINAL: North Meck 49, Garinger 0
FINAL: South Meck 35, West Meck 12
FINAL: Charlotte Latin 57, Victory Christian 0
FINAL: Berry 40, Monroe Central 14
FINAL: Greensboro Smith 44, Waddell 0

There were a couple games that might qualify as close, at least compared to the above blowouts:

FINAL: Charlotte Country Day 23, Bluefield, W. Va. 15
FINAL: Marvin Ridge 13, Ardrey Kell 3

Chester 35, Northwestern 21, 6:00 left in 4th.
Butler's second-teamers drive for score, 37-yard field goal from Vaughn Bandy... 38-7 Butler leads Vance with 4:02 left.
FINAL: North Mecklenburg 49, Garinger 0.

North Meck's Xavier Joplin had 15 carries, 130 yards, 3 TDs; 3 catches, 30 yards, 1 TD.

Bradley Clay was 10-of-14 passing, 150 yards and two touchdowns.
Independence 40-7 lead against Vance, with eight minutes left.
Hopewell 21-0 over Harding in the third quarter.
DeSean Payton of North Meck had a 71-yard interception return for a touchdowns, and a 45 -yard interception return to the Garinger 1.
Let's hop over the state line:
Chester 14, Rock Hill Northwestern 7, halftime
Butler up 28-7 over West Charlotte, 6:44 left in the third quarter...Christian LeMay threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Nate Charest.
Larry Kennedy scored on a 65-yard screen pass for South Meck, his second TD, and Sabres lead West Meck 35-6 early in the third quarter.
Butler's Anthony Short returns kickoff 50 yards inside West Charlotte territory to start seocnd half.
Ugly at halftime: North Meck 42, Garinger 0

North Meck's Brad Clay is 9-of-11 passing for 151 yards and two touchdowns...Xavier Joplin has 11 carries for 82 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught a scoring pass.
Halftime: Independence 27, Vance 0.
Halftime: Butler 21, West Charlotte 7. Christian LeMay 9-16 passing, 115 yards, 1 TD. ..Scoot Simmons 9 carries, 103 rushing yards..... Total yards, Butler 174, West Charlotte 122.
Butler's Jawaun Edwards scored on his second 1-yard touchdown run.
Bulldogs lead 21-7 against West Charlotte.
South Meck leads 21-6 over West Meck.... Larry Kennedy scored on a 28-yard run for the South Meck.
West Charlotte tries a short pass and it's dropped and ruled a lateral. Butler's Mark Bridges picks it up and returns it to the West Charlotte 1.
Redemption !
West Charlotte's Scoot Simmons, who fumbled on his first carry, ran 72 yards for a touchdown to trim Butler's lead to 14-7.
Anthony Carrothers ran for his second touchdown, and Independence leads Vance 14-0 with 10 minutes left in the second quarter.
Jawuan Edwards scored on a 1-yard run. Butler leads West Charlotte 14-0.
Butler's Chrisitan LeMay is 6-of-10 passing for 91 yards and a touchdown.
Independence leads 7-0 aganist Vance; Anthony Carrothers scored on a 7-yard run.

- Cliff Mehrtens

Thursday's Live Scoreboard

Butler 38, West Charlotte 7 (final)

Independence 40, Vance 7 (final)

North Meck 49, Garinger 0 (final)

Hopewell 28, Harding 0 (final)

South Meck 35, West Meck 12 (final)

Marvin Ridge 13, Ardrey Kell 3 (final)

Charlotte Latin 57, Victory Christian 0 (final)

Charlotte Country Day 23, Bluefield, W. Va. 15 (final)

Greensboro Smith 44, Waddell 0 (final)

Chester 35, Rock Hill Northwestern 27 (final)

Raleigh Ravenscroft 21, Forsyth Country Day 7 (final)

Berry 40, Monroe Central 14 (final)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Butler, Indy atop AP state football polls

Class 4-A
1. Charlotte Independence (9) 4-0 126 1
2. Matthews Butler (4) 3-0 119 3
3. Fayetteville Britt 4-0 100 4
4. Jamestown Ragsdale 4-0 88 5
5. Richmond County 3-1 70 2
6. West Forsyth 4-0 57 7
7. Wake Forest-Rolesville 4-0 56 6
8. Mallard Creek 3-1 31 9
9. Greensboro Dudley 3-1 22 10
10. Winston-Salem Reynolds 4-0 11 _
Others receiving votes: Greensboro Page 10, Southeast Raleigh 6, Lake Norman 5, Raleigh Leesville Road 5, East Mecklenburg 3, Greensboro Grimsley 2, Asheville Reynolds 2, Harnett Central 1, Southern Pines Pinecrest 1.

Class 3-A
1. West Rowan (13) 4-0 130 1
2. Eastern Alamance 3-0 102 2
3. Shelby Crest 3-0 89 4
4. Lenoir Hibriten 4-0 77 8
5. Havelock 3-0 70 6
6. Belmont South Point 3-1 49 9
7. Rocky Mount 2-1 44 3
8. Hertford County 4-0 35 _
9. R-S Central 4-0 18 _
10. Asheville 1-1 16 _
Others receiving votes: Fayetteville Byrd 14, Charlotte Catholic 13, Kannapolis Brown 11, Waynesville Tuscola 11, Northern Guilford 7, Southern Nash 6, West Craven 5, Pikeville Aycock 5, Western Alamance 4, Kings Mountain 3, Wilson Hunt 3, Marvin Ridge 2, Fayetteville Westover 1.

Class 2-A
1. Reidsville (10) 4-0 126 1
2. Newton-Conover (2) 4-0 113 2
3. Tarboro (1) 4-0 107 3
4. SouthWest Edgecombe 4-0 89 5
5. Kinston 4-0 69 7
6. East Duplin 3-0 57 8
7. Canton Pisgah 3-1 35 4
8. Shelby 2-1 28 6
9. Pittsboro Northwood 4-0 15 _
10. Burnsville Mountain Heritage 3-0 14 _
(tie) Catawba Bandys 3-0 14 _
Others receiving votes: Lincolnton 12, East Bladen 9, Jacksonville Northside 6, South Granville 6, Winston-Salem Carver 6, Louisburg 5, East Lincoln 3, East Burke 1.

Class 1-A
1. Mt. Airy (7) 4-0 124 2
2. Albemarle (6) 4-0 121 1
3. Williamston 3-0 85 3
4. Elkin 3-0 80 4
5. Hendersonville 3-0 79 5
6. Southwest Onslow 4-0 76 6
7. East Surry 3-0 42 9
8. Warsaw Kenan 2-1 29 8
9. Monroe 4-0 23 _
10. Manteo 3-0 21 _
Others receiving votes: Cherokee 8, Wallace-Rose Hill 8, Murphy 6, Robbinsville 6, Bessemer City 4, South Stanly 2, Pender County 1.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tuesday's top performers

Hopewell’s volleyball team swept Mallard Creek 25-22, 25-10, 25-22 in an I-Meck 4A match Tuesday.

The Titans (9-1) were led by Adrian Eppley’s 34 assists, Chanel Nelson’s 12 kills, Hannah Early’s 14 service points and six kills, Brie Levitzki’s 21 digs, and Hunter Meakin’s 17 digs and 13 service points.

-- Charlotte Catholic maintained its ME-GA 7 3A/4A lead with a 25-8, 25-9, 25-6 victory against Garinger. The Cougars (8-5) are 5-0 in conference.

-- North Mecklenburg improved to 10-0 with a 25-4, 25-15, 25-7 sweep against Vance. The Vikings’ top players were Blair Atkinson (13 assists), Ali Cooke (six kills) and Cameron Van Hoy (five kills).

-- Myers Park (9-2) swept South Mecklenburg 25-15, 25-20, 25-16 to remain atop Southwestern 4A with a 5-0 record.

Boys’ soccer

-- Butler upset reigning state champion Myers Park 2-1 in the Southwestern 4A opener. Myers Park, No. 3 in the N.C. 4A poll, is 4-2-1 after going unbeaten last season. Butler (6-1-2) extended its winning streak to four matches.

Kyle Searles’ team-leading ninth goal in the 20th minute gave Butler a 1-0 lead. The game settled into a defensive battle until the final two minutes. Myers Park’s Casey Caronis tied the game, and it appeared headed into overtime.

But Butler senior Stephen Grassel knocked a header past the outstretched hands of Myers Park goalkeeper Josh Brown for the winning goal with 15 seconds left.

-- Ulises Luna scored three goals in United Faith’s 5-2 victory at Gaston Day. Steven Keretses and Jordan Straight also scored for the Falcons (4-2-1).

-- Kevin Scott’s four goals helped Hickory Grove (9-1) defeat Metrolina Christian 8-1.

-- Mooresville’s Billy Nantz scored two goals as Mooresville beat Vance 5-3 in an I-Meck 4A match. The Blue Devils (8-1-1, 2-0 conference) also got goals from Grant Gowing, Ty Haddock and Nic Norment. Jeremy Dennis scored two goals for Vance (7-2, 0-1).

Girls’ tennis

-- Myers Park (6-0), the reigning N.C. 4A champion, dominated a 9-0 victory against Mallard Creek. Each Mustangs singles player - Grace Baker, Anna Rickenbaker, Jessica Perez , Kelsey Sherck, Debolina Banerjee and Amy Bell - won in straight sets and didn’t lose more than two games in any set.
Myers Park’s depth was on display as six different players swept the three doubles matches - Emily Carpenter, Samantha Forlenza, Olivia Turnbull, Megan Early, Paige Stover and Stephanie Cameron. The Mustangs have won 24 straight matches.

Cross country

Haylee Dawe won the girls’ 5K race by one minute to help Charlotte Latin wins the girls’ title at a Charlotte Independent School Athletic Association meet at McAlpine Park. Her time of 19 minutes, five seconds was well ahead of runnerup Katue Lonergan of Providence Day (20:05). Latin edged Providence Day by one point for the team title. Both had four runners in the top 10.

Concord Cannon’s Tim Gruber won the boys’ race in 16:26, and Providence Day won the boys’ title.

- Cliff Mehrtens

New system to seed football playoffs?

Drew Pasteur, an assistant professor of mathematics at the College of Wooster in Ohio, may be in the process of changing the way the N.C. High School Athletic Association chooses teams and seeds them for its state playoffs

Pasteur, an Enloe High graduate, loves high school athletics, particularly football, and was the public-address announcer and athletics trainer at Fuquay-Varina for years.

He combined his two loves, math and high school football, with his rankings.

Now, he has taken the next step and has developed what he believes is a FAIR way to determine which teams advance to the state playoffs and how those teams are seeded.

FAIR stands for:

Fresh start (all teams rank equally at the beginning of the year);

All NCHSAA games count (nonconference and conference games are treated equally);

Ignore non-NCHSAA games (only games against NCHSAA games are used for seeding);

Reproducible (formulas are based entirely on math, without subjective material).

"I think the system the NCHSAA uses is better than the old system that used predetermined brackets, but we can develop a better system," Pasteur said.

Some states use a power ranking to seed playoffs, but the NCHSAA has adamantly opposed any system that was subjective. Teams from different regions rarely play each other, so ranking them is difficult.

The NCHSAA's current system uses conference finish and overall record to seed teams.

The system is complex. All conference champions are seeded above any second-place team. Teams are seeded on the basis of 10 games, even if they play 11. And because of combination conferences, leagues that have teams from different NCHSAA classifications, a 4-A team playing in a 3-A/4-A league could finish fourth or fifth behind 3-A teams but still be ranked as a 4-A champion.

And since conference size varies, a team finishing third in a five-team league should be seeded lower than a No. 4 in a nine-team league, but that isn't the case with the current system.

"Several states use rankings as a basis for the playoffs, but the NCHSAA isn't interested in that, and I understand," Pasteur said. "I tried to develop a system that is very objective. Anyone could take the formula and get the same results every time. It is not a case of a person weighing criteria. It is pure math."

Rick Strunk, the associate executive director of the NCHSAA, said the system is fascinating.

"This addresses most of the things we have heard coaches talking about," Strunk said. "I haven't studied it yet, but it definitely looks like something our sports committee would like to see."

Basically, Pasteur's formula gives a team points for each game it wins (more points for beating higher- classification teams) and additional points for the wins by its opposition.

Beating good teams gives the most points, but there is some credit for playing good teams, even if those games are lost, because points are given for the wins of opposing teams. Bonus points are given for winning a conference championship or for being the top team from the lower classification in a split conference.

He said he developed the ratings after hearing from several coaches and from his own struggles filling out the bracket using the current system.

"I'm sitting there with a computer program, trying to figure out who is in and who is not," Pasteur said. "It is pretty complicated."

Pasteur doesn't expect the NCHSAA to embrace the FAIR system as it is or soon.

"There would have to be some refinements," he said. "But I hope that we can start a discussion and perhaps move toward something like this."

The system might have a better shot in four years when the NCHSAA realigns into new conferences. Charlie Adams, the executive director, believes the NCHSAA will go to five or six classes.

Using the FAIR formula and assuming the season ended today, Charlotte Independence would be the No. 1 4-AA seed in the West and Wake Forest-Rolesville would be No. 1 in the East. Southeast Raleigh, Southern Durham, Leesville Road, Durham Hillside, Fuquay-Varina and Harnett Central would be in the top 16.

-- Tim Stevens, Raleigh News & Observer

Saturday, September 12, 2009

East Gaston: Big time rally

East Gaston beat East Lincoln 28-27 on a 10-yard touchdown run by Thaddus Benton on the last play and Richard Sigmon's extra point with time expired.

The Warriors (2-2) rallied from a 27-0 deficit.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Friday night football updates

INJURY UPDATE: Charlotte Catholic quarterback Danny Reyes, taken off the field on a stretcher, has a back injury....Coach Jim Oddo said after the game he didn't know how long Reyes would be out.

FINAL: Charlotte Latin 34, Charlotte Catholic 7
Latin's Sam Spence passed for 194 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 54 yards and a score.

FINAL: Butler 38, Richmond Senior 31.
Enjoy the bus ride home from Rockingham, Bulldogs.

Butler stops Richmond on downs. Takes over with 1:18 left.
Richmond 4th and 8 at its 40 with 1:26 left

Butler scored its 21st unanswered point...takes a 38-31 lead at Richmond.

Nate Charest 41-yard touchdown pass from Christian LeMay, 2:18 to play. LeMay 11-of-21 passing, 316 yards and four touchdowns, and one rushing score.


Butler stops Richmond on downs at its 47. Takes over.... 3:14 to play

Butler ties Richmond Senior with second straight touchdown.
Christian LeMay's 58-yard pass to Anthony Short tied it at 31 with 8:37 to play in Richmond. It was the third touchdown hookup for LeMay and Short.

Butler's Anthony Short caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Christian LeMay to trim Richmond's lead to 31-24. Short has 126 yards receiving, 51 rushing and two touchdowns.

Ouch !
Butler has a 47-yard touchdown called back for holding; Richmond also had a TD nullified earlier.

Quayshawn Dumas' 6-yard touchdown catch from Tedarrius Wiley on third and goal from the 6 gives Richmond a 31-17 lead against Butler with 11 minutes left.

Berry cuts Forest Hills' lead to 27-19 with 4:12 left on Germone Hopper's 19-yard touchdown run...he's got 102 receiving yards and 89 rushing yards (two TDs total).

Chandler Conner's 35-yard field goal gives Richmond a 24-17 lead against Butler with 2:54 left in the third quarter.

Mallard Creek 40, Garinger 0....Cameron Stephenson scored on a 45-yard interception return, 10:55 left

Ardrey Kell 21, Weddington 10, end of second.... Casey Lang's 57-yard field goal for Weddington was the fourth-longest in state history.

Vance leads Sun Valley 28-10 (nine minutes left).
Big passing night for Vance's Jalen Latter, who is 7-of-14 for 242 yards and four touchdowns.

Forest Hills 27, Berry 12 (end of third quarter)

Berry's Germone Hopper scored on a 9-yard run, and has 86 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards.

Latin leads Catholic 24-0...Catholic quarterback Danny Reyes is being taken out of the game on a stretcher....

Reyes appeared to get hit in the neck area

Latin's Sam Spence has passed for 121 yards and rushed for 52....he has a 52-yard scoring pass to Davis Austin.

Butler rallies

Nate Charest caught a 54-yard pass from Christian LeMay...LeMay then scored on a 3-yard run.

Halftime: Richmond leads 21-17....The Raiders have 265 yards to Butler's 199.
Independence 21, West Charlotte 0, halftime.
Patriots score twice in final 3:04 of second quarter, including 69-yard pass from Anthony Carrothers to Kierre Brown with no time remaining. Patriots running back Nyjee Fleming has 93 yards on 13 carries at the break.

The Cougars scored on a 99-yard touchdown pass (the longest possible) from Jalen Latter to Dechane Durante, and lead 21-7 against Sun Valley midway through the third quarter.

Uh-oh, it might be slipping away from Butler.
Richmond grabs 21-10 lead on Walter Ellerbe's 1-yard touchdown run.
Labarrian Jones' 21-yard touchdown run gives Richmond Senior a 14-10 lead against Butler. Richmond has 11 first downs; Butler has three.

Anthony Short caught a 75-yard touchdwon pass from Christian LeMay, as Butler takes a 10-7 lead at Richmond Senior. There's 8:33 left in first half.

Fast start !
Charlotte Latin leads Charlotte Catholic 14-0 after one quarter,
Sam Spence scored on a 25-yard touchdown run, and Jalen Ross scored on a 14-yard run.

HALFTIME: Vance 14, Sun Valley 7
The Cougars (0-2) have already scored more than they did the first two games combined (10)....Jalen Latter is 5-of-9 passing for 110 yards and two touchdowns, both to Dechane Durante, who has three catches for 97 yards.

Sun Valley's Austin Smith scored on an 18-yard interception return.

HALFTIME: Forest Hills 24, Berry 6
The running game is hurting Berry.

Forest Hills' Juanne Blount has 156 yards and two touchdowns on only six carries....teammate Canius Sturdivant has 77 yards and a touchdown on five carries....Forest Hills has 238 rushing yards.

Bright spots for Berry: Germone Hopper has run for 77 yards on 14 carries, and Jaquan Dupree has two receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown.
Richmond goes for a fourth-and 1 at its 44. Walter Ellerbe gains 3 on agutsy call. Butler leads 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Butler 3, Richmond Senior 0 (1st quarter)...Vaughn Bandy kicked a 27-yard field goal.
Vance 14, Sun Valley 7 (two minutes before halftime)
Forest Hills 21, Berry 6 (almost halftime)

Forest Hills 14, Berry 0…..Forest Hill's Juanne Blount has 106 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Vance 7, Sun Valley 0…..12-yard touchdown pass from Jalen Latter to Dechante Durante.

- Cliff Mehrtens

Flu wipes out an N.C. football game

A North Carolina high school has canceled its Friday football game because of fears that the 16 out of 30 varsity players home sick are suffering from the flu, according to an Associated Press story.

The Dispatch of Lexington reported Friday that Central Davidson football coach Mark Hoover said at least seven of his players have swine flu.

The school canceled its home game against North Davidson on Friday because of the players' illnesses.

Davidson County Schools spokeswoman Meredith Palmer says the district has no plans to close school.

- Cliff Mehrtens

Friday's Live Scoreboard

Butler 38, Richmond County 31 (final)

Vance 28, Sun Valley 10 (final)

Latin 34, Catholic 7 (final)

Ardrey Kell 21, Weddington 10 (3rd)

Independence 35, West Charlotte 2 (final)

Charlotte Christian 43, Victory Christian 0 (final)

North Meck 48, Myers Park 14 (final)

East Meck 34, West Meck 0 (final)

Providence 38, Hopewell 35 (4th)

Mallard Creek 40, Garinger 0 (4th)

Forest Hills 27, Berry 19 (3rd)

Alexander County 26, Mooresville 21 (final)

Hickory 20, Kings Mountain 14 (final)

Lake Norman 31, West Iredell 6 (final)

Charlotte Country Day 47, AFC Rangers 12 (final)

West Stanly 21 Mt. Pleasant 6 (3rd)

Huss 19 Concord 14 (4th)

Crest 24, Shelby 21 (4th)

Northside Christian 12, Wake Christian 0 (final)

South Carolina

Clover 35, South Pointe 17 (3rd)

Rock Hill 34, Northwestern 14 (final)

Boiling Springs 36, York 7 (final)

Broome 42, Fort Mill 14 (final)

Chester 21, Great Falls 18 (3rd)

Nation Ford 28, Lewisville 0 (final)

Central 42, Indian Land 6 (final)

Lancaster 38, Buford 0 (3rd)

Westminster Catawba 34, Christ School (NC) 33 (final, 4 OT)

Mallard Creek's Williams to sit out tonight

Mallard Creek Quarterback Marquise Williams will not play in tonight's game against Garinger.

Williams suffered a concussion near the end of last week's 28-19 win over East Meck. A doctor cleared Williams to play tonight, but Mavricks coach Mike Palmieri chose to sit Williams tonight.

Mallard Creek has a bye next week, and Williams will return on Sept. 25 against Mooresville.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Mallard Creek QB 'questionable' for Friday

Mallard Creek football coach Mike Palmieri said there's a chance that Mavericks quarterback Marquise Williams could play in Friday's game against Garinger.

Williams, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior, was hit by two East Mecklenburg players late in the Mavericks' 28-19 win last week and suffered a concussion. Williams saw a doctor Wednesday and took a test to determine whether he should play. Palmieri expects the test results this afternoon.

"He's questionable right now," Palmieri said. "We won't know for sure until we get the results back from the test. He seems fine, but we'll make a decision after we get the results."

Look for updates on .

- Langston Wertz Jr.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tuesday's top prep performers

Kevin Scott scored four goals and had three assists in Hickory Grove Baptist’s 8-3 victory against Statesville Christian in boys’ soccer Tuesday.

Freshman Chris Pillsbury and senior Sina Safaie had a goal and assist apiece for the Lions (6-1), and Jacob Farthing and Miles Duncan each scored. The eight goals were a season-high for Hickory Grove, which has a six-match winning streak.

Daniel Degraff scored all three goals for Statesville Christian (3-2).

Boys' Soccer
Kyles Searles’ two goals bumped his team-leading total to eight, and helped Butler roll to a 5-2 victory against Concord Robinson. Robby Beatty, Morgan Boyle and Ryan McIntyre also scored for Butler (5-1-2).

East Mecklenburg beat West Mecklenburg 6-2 behind three goals from Riffin Kanjangu, and improved to 4-4. Gibril Freeman scored both goals for West Mecklenburg (1-5).

Maverick Starkey scored three goals in Northside Christian’s 5-1 victory against Concord First Assembly. Stetson Starkey and Zac Dunn also scored for the Knights (3-3-1), who improved to 2-2 in the Metrolina Athletic Conference.

Lui Galleto scored three goals and Ben Weathers had two in Charlotte Christian’s 7-0 victory against Victory Christian. Cody Hand was in net for the shutout.

Girls’ Tennis

Myers Park (4-0), the reigning N.C. 4A champion, didn’t lose a set in a 9-0 romp against Hopewell. The Mustangs got singles victories from Grace Baker, Anna Rickenbaker, Emily Carpenter, Kelsey Sherck, Samantha Forlenza and Victoria Hughes.

Lake Norman (5-2) didn’t lose a set in a 9-0 victory against North Iredell.


Kelsey Newman’s 20 kills, 10 digs, eight aces and four blocks helped Charlotte Catholic sweep East Gaston 25-9, 25-13, 25-15 in a MEGA 7 4A/3A match. The Cougars (7-4) are 3-0 in conference.

North Mecklenburg improved to 8-0 with a 25-3, 25-11, 24-26, 25-16 victory against South Mecklenburg (3-4).

Myers Park maintained its Southwestern 4A lead by rallying to beat Ardrey Kell 20-25, 25-17, 17-25, 26-24, 15-9 The Mustangs (6-1) are 3-1 in conference. Ardrey Kell fell to 6-2, 2

Girls’ Golf

Katie Kirk’s nine-hole score of 36 was nine strokes than any competitor, and she helped North Mecklenburg win a six-team I-MECK 4A tournament at Sunset Hills Golf Course. Mallard Creek’s Morgan Zemaitis (45) was second.

- Cliff Mehrtens

Watauga's Herndon records "golden" tennis set

Watauga High tennis player Shannon Herndon had a "golden" set in a recent match against Newton Foard.

That rare feat means she not only won all six games (which she often does), but won every point in every game.

Twenty-four points in a row.

"This an astonishing thing, in all my years of tennis I have never witnessed one," Watauga coach Terry Hartley said. "It is much more rare than a baseball no-hitter, for example, and that is the only thing I can think to compare it to."

- Cliff Mehrtens

Monday, September 7, 2009

Independence No. 24 in national poll

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 won-loss-tie records:
#1. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aquinas (1-0-0), seeks third straight 5A crown
#2. Duncan, S.C., Byrnes (2-0-0), whipped defending 3A champ Myrtle Beach, 65-14
#3. Miami, Northwestern (1-0-0), beat state-ranked Carol City, 27-6
#4. Valdosta, Ga., Lowndes (2-0-0), hammered state-ranked Peachtree Ridge, 51-17
#5. Cincinnati, Elder (2-0-0), beat rival Colerain, 20-7, on ESPN
#6. Cedar Hill, Texas (2-0-0), features Texas-bound LB Aaron Benson
#7. Chesapeake, Va., Smith (1-0-0), led by Alabama-committed QB Phillip Sims
#8. Bellevue, Wash. (1-0-0), plays defending Texas 5A champ Katy Saturday
#9. Sammamish, Wash., Skyline (1-0-0), shut out Ore. power Jesuit, 17-0
#10. Anaheim, Calif., Servite (1-0-0), blasted defending CIF-SS Pac-5 champ Poly, 30-7
#11. Cleveland, St. Ignatius (2-0-0), erased 20-point deficit to beat Northmont, 27-20
#12. Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco (0-0-0), hosts No. 17 De La Salle Saturday
#13. Westlake Village, Calif., Oaks Christian (1-0-0), led by blue chip RB Malcolm Jones
#14. Lakeland, Fla. (0-0-0), seeks fourth 5A title in six years
#15. Peoria, Ariz., Centennial (2-0-0), 112 points in two games
#16. Miami, Central (1-0-0), thumped state-ranked Mainland, 34-3
#17. Concord, Calif., De La Salle (1-0-0), escaped Serra’s upset bid, 14-7
#18. Loganville, Ga., Grayson (2-0-0), 11 straight games of less than 14 points allowed
#19. Dallas, Skyline (1-0-0), bombed Kimball in opener, 51-2
#20. Tulsa, Okla., Union (1-0-0), beat state-ranked Broken Arrow, 17-6
#21. Cincinnati, St. Xavier (2-0-0), topped Indiana No. 1 Cathedral, 19-10
#22. Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha (1-0-0), six-time defending WCAC titlist
#23. River Ridge, La., John Curtis (1-0-0), 19 consecutive in-state wins
#24. Charlotte, N.C., Independence (3-0-0), nipped regionally ranked South Pointe, 35-32
#25. Garland, Texas (1-0-0), led by Iowa St.-bound QB Jared Barnett



#1. Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco, 0-0-0

#2. Lansdale, Pa., North Penn 1-0-0

#3. Harrisburg, Pa., McDevitt, 1-0-0

#4. Montvale, N.J., St. Joseph’s, 0-0-0

#5. Oradell, N.J., Bergen Catholic, 0-0-0

#6. State College, Pa., 1-0-0

#7. Pittsburgh, Central Catholic, 1-0-0

#8. Wayne, N.J., Wayne Hills, 0-0-0

#9. Monroeville, Pa., Gateway, 1-0-0

#10. Central Valley, N.Y., Monroe-Woodbury, 1-0-0


^East Coast=

#1. Duncan, S.C., Byrnes, 2-0-0

#2. Chesapeake, Va., Oscar Smith, 1—0-0

#3. Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha, 1-0-0

#4. Charlotte, N.C., Independence, 3-0-0

#5. Olney, Md., Good Counsel, 1-0-0

#6. Matthews, N.C., Butler, 2-0-0

#7. Rock Hill, S.C., South Pointe, 1-1-0

#8. Hampton, Va., Phoebus, 1-0-0

#9. Rock Hill, S.C., 2-0-0

#10. Vienna, Va., Oakton, 1-0-0



#1. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aquinas, 1-0-0

#2. Miami, Northwestern, 1-0-0

#3. Valdosta, Ga., Lowndes, 2-0-0

#4. Lakeland, Fla., 0-0-0

#5. Miami, Central, 1-0-0

#6. Loganville, Ga., Grayson, 2-0-0

#7. River Ridge, La., John Curtis, 1-0-0

#8. Jacksonville, Fla., Bolles, 1-0-0

#9. Madison, Miss., Madison Central, 3-0-0

#10. Memphis, Tenn., University, 3-0-0



#1. Cincinnati, Elder, 2-0-0

#2. Cleveland, St. Ignatius, 2-0-0

#3. Cincinnati, St. Xavier, 2-0-0

#4. Cleveland, Glenville, 1-1-0

#5. Cincinnati, Moeller, 2-0-0

#6. Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South, 2-0-0

#7. Louisville, Ky., St. Xavier, 2-0-0

#8. Indianapolis, Cathedral, 2-1-0

#9. Chicago, Mount Carmel, 2-0-0

#10. Warren, Mich., De La Salle, 2-0-0



#1. Denver, Mullen, 2-0-0

#2. South Jordan, Utah, Bingham, 2-0-0

#3. Blue Springs, Mo., 2-0-0

#4. Hutchinson, Kan., 1-0-0

#5. Sandy, Utah, Alta, 2-1-0

#6. Eden Prairie, Minn., 1-0-0

#7. Plymouth, Minn., Wayzata, 1-0-0

#8. Florissant, Mo., Hazelwood Central, 2-0-0

#9. Littleton, Colo., Columbine, 1-0-0

#10. Iowa City, Iowa, 2-0-0



#1. Cedar Hill, Texas, 2-0-0

#2. Peoria, Ariz., Centennial, 2-0-0

#3. Dallas, Skyline, 1-0-0

#4. Tulsa, Okla., Union, 1-0-0

#5. Garland, Texas, 1-0-0

#6. Round Rock, Texas, Stony Point, 2-0-0

#7. The Woodlands, Texas, 2-0-0

#8. Longview, Texas, 2-0-0

#9. Jenks, Okla., 1-0-0

#10. Springdale, Ark., Shiloh Christian, 1-0-0


^West Coast=

#1. Bellevue, Wash., 1-0-0

#2. Sammamish, Wash., Skyline, 1-0-0

#3. Anaheim, Calif., Servite, 1-0-0

#4. Westlake Village, Calif., Oaks Christian, 1-0-0

#5. Concord, Calif., De La Salle, 1-0-0

#6. Mission Viejo, Calif., 1-0-0

#7. Sherman Oaks, Calif., Notre Dame, 0-0-0

#8. Huntington Beach, Calif., Edison, 1-0-0

#9. Ventura, Calif., St. Bonaventure, 1-0-0

#10. Kahuku, Hawaii, 4-0-0


FEATS OF THE WEEK: Cincinnati, St. Xavier -- Prep Poll champion in 2007 -- returned to the national Top 25 after defeating Indianapolis, Cathedral, 19-10, at Lucas Oil Stadium. The No. 21 Bombers held Cathedral and its standout quarterback Kofi Hughes (Indiana) without a first down in the final quarter of the game. St. Xavier will play its third consecutive regionally ranked opponent to start the season when it travels to Louisville, Ky., St. Xavier Friday . . . Miami, Central entered the national rankings after a 34-3 road blowout of state-ranked Daytona Beach, Mainland. Quarterback Jeffrey Godfrey (uncommitted) threw three touchdown passes and running back Brandon Gainer (uncommitted) ran for 173 yards to lead the No. 16 Rockets . . . Senior kicker Kip Smith (Minnesota) of Broomfield, Colo., Legacy kicked a state-record 67-yard field goal in a 29-7 defeat of Westminster, Mountain Range. According to the National High School Sports Record Book, Smith’s boot was one yard shy of the national record . . . West St. Paul, Minn., St. Croix Lutheran steamrolled St. Paul, St. Paul/Mounds Park, 81-38. Lutheran’s point total wasn’t enough for a state record but the 119 combined points was, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.