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.

38 comments:

HEELS-OWN-NOTRE-DAME said...

Was it not just last week you were saying what a great guy this was? The fact is these are kids. You do not know yet what kind of characater they have, or do not have. If he can't hack it in high school, he will never make it at Notre Dame.

Anonymous said...

Character or the lack thereof shows up in all situations. It's apparent not being in the spotlight has placed him in it. A lesson learned will only enhance what he may have lacked at that particular moment in time. He should realize character is always on display regardless of where you are.

JAT said...

So he's suspended, but still a captain?

You lost me there, coach.

Anonymous said...

LW has pumped him up so much the past 3 years,,thats LW's boy,,,make you wonder,,hope the best for the kid,,,,

Anonymous said...

if it was a really big deal he would be suspended from school, so he maybe he is just being taught the importance of being on time to practice.

Anonymous said...

Wertzsky does have a tendancy to lay it on awlful thick for his boyz ... but hez the top dawg down at the BigO and everybodyz scared to say anything or they could get their face smashed in ...

tarheelmm said...

Another example that proves winning is more important then to teach these kids some values. I would have to assume that if a kid is suspended from school he would be off the team. At least thats the way I remember things. I hate to see a potential great athlete possibly damage things for himself but how far are the rules bending?

Go Irish said...

First of all who are you to question someone's character.You don't know what the infraction was. So I would not jump to any conclusions, especially when it comes to character. My daughter has gone to school with Prince since the 6th grade. This young man has integrity and character. Notre Dame, not only looks at performance on the field, but off of it as well. GPA, SAT scores, community service all play a part when you are recruited by Notre Dame. Prince hit's a home run in all of these catagories.

Anonymous said...

"This young man has integrity and character. Notre Dame, not only looks at performance on the field, but off of it as well. GPA, SAT scores, community service all play a part when you are recruited by Notre Dame. Prince hit's a home run in all of these catagories."

Then why was he suspended again? More than likely it was something definitely not filled with integrity or character...so you might want to amend your Notre Dame homer post to: Prince hits triples in these areas rather than homeruns.

r miller said...

LW........I personally think that you have been in
the dark since you arrived at the big O. You still
seem to have about three months experience times 20 years. Of course high schools sports is about as low as one can go in the newsroom.

You need to dig deeper on your stories if you want to be taken as a real sports reporter .

Anonymous said...

LOL @ Go Irish. GPA, SAT scores, community service all play a part when you are recruited by any school but it all boils down to whether you can play football. Notre Dame is not special. They aren't recruiting rocket scientists for the football team.

Anonymous said...

We don't know if he was suspended from school because teachers (including coaches) are not allowed to discuss a student's punishment (or lack thereof) with anyone but that child's parents/guardians. He very well could have been suspended from school. Which if he were, then he should be removed from the team completely, not for just one week. I seriously doubt that he is being suspended from play because he was late to practice. You, as a young man, have to know what is right/wrong and as an athlete you have to know that everythig you do is watched, scrutinzed and judged and your future could potentially be on the line.

Anonymous said...

People who rip a ND recruit probably couldn't get into ND.

Go Irish said...

Anyone who has any knowledge about Notre Dame, outside of football, knows that the place is special. The degree there will take you places that many other schools will not. I really don't want to get into the facts about Notre Dame's Student Athletes. But if you want to base this discussion on facts; Notre Dame led the nation in Graduation Sucess Rates for all student-athletes 98%.The NCAA also calculated graduation rates over a 10-year period (student-athletes who entered from 1992-93 through 2001-2002). During those 10 years, Notre Dame had 627 student-athletes who exhausted their eligibility - and 100 percent of them graduated within the allotted six-year period. By comparison, Northwestern had a 100 percent rate, Duke recorded 99 percent, and Boston College and Stanford both had 98 percent rates. Just stating facts! Again this a fine young man...as a parent I would love to see more kids of his caliber. Let's not just sit behind our computers and offer opinions that can hurt a young man.

Anonymous said...

Prince is better than any kid, any of you could raise. So unless you know what he did and how it has affected him personally you shouldn't comment on this. After all he is a KID, kids do dumb things and you have to learn from them. But this will no be a frequent thing in his life.

Anonymous said...

Rumor has it he was caught wearing a Tarheel Jersey, with no intentions of playing for the mighty heels... Blasphemy, unless you are a Walmart Fan

Anonymous said...

What a Prince? He's the captain while being suspended? Sounds like perfect NFL material to me?

Anonymous said...

Glad to see LW and the Observer all over this story--it only happened 11 days ago! Hey Observer-the Titanic sunk. If it was the Big I it would have been headlines within hours of happening.

Anonymous said...

I love reading delusional Notre Dame fans. A Notre Dame degree will take you places another degree won't? Are you kidding me? A ND degree is only valued by other ND koolaid drinkers. You aren't an Ivy, you aren't even close. A BC degree is worth more overall in that realm anyway.

And now you aren't even a football powerhouse anymore. You are basically the equivalent of somewhere like Purdue.

Go irish said...

What was said is (The degree there will take you places that many other schools will not) Do you get that!

Anonymous said...

You guys act like you didn't make mistakes in high school. Not saying that he shouldn't face consequences. He is serving his consequences. Because he made a mistake doesn't make him a BAD person.

Anonymous said...

"People who rip a ND recruit probably couldn't get into ND."

I doubt most ND recruits could get in without athletics, so what's your point? And no, I don't care if he has a 4.0 GPA, Jason Parker was a cum laude graduate from West Charlotte and was NCAA ineligible his first year, because he didn't crack 800 on the SAT.

Anonymous said...

Wow at least they are not all over him like they were Victor Hampton and guess what he's not letting any of the negativity spoken by people who don't have all the facts slow him down. He has been selected as a US ARMY ALL AMERICAN. I look forward to seeing him play. Go Victor let your haters be your motivators.

Anonymous said...

"People who rip a ND recruit probably couldn't get into ND."

I doubt most ND recruits could get in without athletics, so what's your point? And no, I don't care if he has a 4.0 GPA, Jason Parker was a cum laude graduate from West Charlotte and was NCAA ineligible his first year, because he didn't crack 800 on the SAT.

This has nothing to do with other recruits...ALL potential recruits have to have the same scores as the rest of the student population...that is why alot of schools can take a kid with average grades, average SAT scores, maybe even an arrest or two. Get your facts right you big strong man!

Anonymous said...

Bottom line...he's not the squeaky clean choir boy his backers are making him out to be. He was/is suspended for a large portion of the season and that doesn't happen unless wrong has been done. This is especially sad since this kid is suppose to be a leader and captain on his team.

Here's hoping he gets things turned around as everyone makes mistakes, but those claiming he "is better than any kid, any of you could raise" are ridiculous and make it sound like you are his mother. Those types of statements don't make people change their opinions, it just throws fuel on the fire.

Also GO IRISH, just stop with spouting all of the ND elitist crap when the truth is that ND football players have had their share of 'bad judgment' just like many other schools. And next time try pulling up a copy of US News and World Report because ND is no harder to get into than Duke, UNC, VA, BC or several others in the ACC. Statements like that are nothing more than broad strokes of ignorance.

By the way, this is being posted by someone who could get in ND and received the letters to prove it.

Anonymous said...

Damn ... you punkz need to lay off the great Wertzsky ... HS sports is as low as you can go? Huh? Ah contraire you moron... HS sports is as HIGH as you can go ... That showz how much that idiot knowz ...
Even mediocre ex-NFL player turned HS coach Mike Minter just said a single HS win felt better than any win he ever had in college or pros.
That proves he forgot about his ole high school dayz playing and the raw fresh pure innocence enjoyment and excitement of Friday night football the #1 high school sport in America for the past 100 yrz.

Nuttin like it ...

Nature said...

All of you talking smack about a 17 year old high school kid should be very proud. Im sure your life is perfect. Props to Coach for playing a part in this young man's life. Frankly, it should not matter what he did. Coach is handling the situation in a manner that is best for the school, his football team, and most importantly for Prince.

Max B said...

Half You ppl have never meet Prince Shembo! How dare you question the kids charecter.I went to school with Prince for three at AK. He is a great kid. Also were 17 and 18. we make mistakes. dam let the kid be.

Go Irish said...

You are correct Notre Dame is no harder to get into than BC, UVA and Duke, However as far as elitist crap. Who's spouting off about their personal achievements! Notre Dame is what it is, I was just stating the facts. Read my posts. They were in response to others that said ND will take anyone as long as they can play ball. Well that is far from accurate. They have to have scores that are the same as the rest of the student population. Also ND rarely has players that mess up and when they do, they are gone. Unlike Florida, which has had close to 50 arrests under Meyers watch. ND had a kid 2 years ago that got a DUI. He was dismissed from the team. I am not being elitist...just stating facts. And back to the matter at hand; Prince is a great kid. He made a minor mistake...are you perfect?

Anonymous said...

Prince is a nice young man. But, he has a history of behavioral issues. I was happy to see the article on him last week, almost in disbelief that he had turned the corner so to speak. He attended 3 middle schools, but was ask asked to leave 2 of them becuase of behavioral issues. He turned up at AK and seemingly got his act together. Hats off to his coach for acting on this issue. Hopefully he will learn his lesson this time. I'm a Notre Dame fan, and I would be very unhappy to hear from buddies a few years from now that the kid from Charlotte turned out to be a problem.

Anonymous said...

On the other side of the coin LW just wrote about the big game tonite with North and Lake Norman with ex-North coach Sherrill who left in 2002 after 4 yrs and went to new Lake Norman HS. Sherrill had 2 playff appearances and went 28-17. Campagna the previous coach before him had 2 playoff appearances. North had never been to the playoffs before 1992 being opened in 1953.
Padgett took over in 2002 for Sherrill and continued the improvement for 7 yrs getting two 10 win seasons and 7 straight playoffs before turning over the reins with a good team intact and one of the the best remodeled stadiums in America. GP took over a 2008 3-8 Concord program in shambles and must be a hellava nice guy or real dumb.

The North-Norman 1st time meeting will be close although North def has the edge at QB.

Anonymous said...

Please, you are delusional if you think every single player on the Notre Dame roster would have gotten into the school without football. I know there are some that would get in without football, but that's a small minority. The average SAT score for students at Notre Dame is something like 1410 (out of 1600). I doubt that's the football team's average SAT score.

Anonymous said...

Notre Dame is not, I repeat, not special contrary to what the golden dumbers think of themselves. Like all Catholics they think their poop no smell. It is a mediocre college, football and athletic program. They need less character and better football players so I would keep him if I were them.

Anonymous said...

I know I'm entering this wayy late but I was "google-ing" Prince's lates behavioral issue and this came up so I decided to read it. 1st of all GoIrish... You really don't know Prince as well as you say you do. If your daughter went to school with him since 6th grade, you would know that he got expelled from Holy Trinity in the 6th grade for threatening a girl. You would also know that he has been disciplined MANY times. I'm not saying he's a horrible person, I'm just saying that you need to check all of your information before going off on other people about him and Notre Dame. And also, he wouldn't have gotten into Notre Dame if it wasn't for football. He had to write a letter to the coach after he was suspended explaining everything to him. Please tell me that if he was a mediocre player, the coach would have let him still come to a CATHOLIC school.

2nd of all- Prince is a good guy, just doesn't know when to stop, or how to control his anger. He was suspended for an anger issue with a teacher. If he worked on his anger management, he would be a really good guy.

Dylan said...

The Threatening the girl was bull shit, i was at Holy Trinity with him when this happened. I played both football and basketball with him and i would never had guessed he would have gone this route with his life. Public School fucked him up!

Anonymous said...

I'm an ND alum who's digging a little deeper about this guy . . . if these stories of severe discipline problems are true, then ND never should have recruited him. They can't be surprised how it turned out. Sickening.

Anonymous said...

http://www.nationalpolicyinstitute.org/2011/01/01/elizabeth-lizzy-seeberg-said-prince-shembo-raped-her-then-she-committed-suicide/

Read this article on Prince. He was accused of raping a girl at St. Mary's College near Notre Dame, but no charges were brought because she killed herself 9 days later. This is what happens when there are no consequences for a person's actions. It appears his violence towards women began at a very young age, but he has been given a pass time and time again because of the status of his family and because he can play a sport well. Now a young girl is dead and a family is grieving.

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