Tuesday, March 31, 2009

State poll: Boys' tennis

N.C. Boys' Tennis Polls
(Observer-area teams in bold)

Class 4A
Team Points
1) East Chapel Hill 68
2) Raleigh Millbrook 58
3) Raleigh Broughton 52
4) Ardrey Kell 49
5) Greensboro Page 40
6) R.J. Reynolds 38
7) Myers Park 23
8) Green Hope 19
9) Greensboro Grimsley 10
10) Fayetteville Terry Sanford 9

Others receiving votes: Chapel Hill 8, Wakefield 5, Watauga 3, Providence 2 .

Class 3A
Team Points
1) Charlotte Catholic 72
2) Lake Norman 70
3) Western Alamance 59
4) Southern Nash 55
5) Charles B. Aycock 36
6) D.H. Conley 30
7) Mooresville 29
8) T.C. Roberson 24
9) Union Pines 23
10)Marvin Ridge 17

Others receiving votes: Northern Nash 8, Western Guilford 8, Gastonia Forestview 3, Burlington Williams 2, Nash Central 2, Southern Alamance 1, Southwest Guilford 1.

Class 2A
Team Points
1) Cardinal Gibbons 80
2) First Flight 57
3) Newton-Conover 54
4) Greene Central 49
5) Salisbury 39
6) Cedar Ridge 34
7) Ledford 31
8) Durham School of the Arts 21
9) Lexington 19
10) Tarboro 16

Others receiving votes: Patton 15, Brevard 9, East Duplin 7, John A. Holmes 4, Shelby 3, Ashe County 2.

Class 1A
Team Points
1) Mount Airy 37
NC School of Science & Math 37
3) Topsail 29
4) East Wilkes 23
Gastonia Highland 23
6) Hendersonville 20
7) Bishop McGuinness 13
8) Alleghany 11
Jordan-Matthews 11
10) Raleigh Charter 7

Others receiving votes: East Montgomery (4), Ayden-Grifton (3), Misenheimer Gray Stone Day (1), North Johnston (1).

- Cliff Mehrtens

Monday, March 30, 2009

Memphis still leads for John Wall

Memphis is still the leader for Raleigh Word of God basketball point guard John Wall.

The 6-foot-4 point guard visited Duke on Sunday and he said he learned a lot about the Duke program from Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski.

"It was great to meet Coach K and talk him to him," Wall said Monday night. "Everybody is always saying what he says or what he thinks, but I was good to talk to him and get the answers to my questions.

"He showed me around campus and we were able to talk very frankly. I learned a lot about the program."

Wall said Krzyzewski told him that Duke program would use him in an offense similar to the one used by the Blue Devils when Jason Williams was the point guard.

"He told me the program had not had a point guard in a while that could penetrate and create," Wall said. "Duke has lots of great players and players who can really score. I would be surrounded by great players there."

Wall said Memphis is still his leader, even though there are questions about head coach John Calipari's interest in the Kentucky head coaching job.

"I talked to Memphis [Sunday] and they said it was too early to know what will happen," Wall said. "I'm waiting."

Wall has Memphis, Baylor, Duke, N.C. State, Kansas and Miami on his list. He has scheduled a visit to Miami on April 22.

Before then, he plans to play for the U.S. team in the Nike Hoop Summit Game in Portland, Ore., on April 11 against the World Select Team. He also plans to play in the Jordan Brand All-American Game on April 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Last Friday, Wall was named as The Associated Press boys high school basketball player of the year in North Carolina. -- Tim Stevens, (Raleigh) News & Observer

North Meck's Padgett new football coach at Concord


Glen Padgett is the new football coach at Concord High. He replaces longtime coach E.Z. Smith who recently retired.


Padgett (pictured above in a 2007 staff file photo) is the 19th coach at the school. He comes from North Mecklenburg, where he led the Vikings to seven straight playoff appearances.

Read more about this breaking story in Tuesday's Observer.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

After de-commiting to N.C. State, CJ Leslie weighs options

CARY — C.J. Leslie is not in a hurry.

After committing to N.C. State as a freshman, the Word of God junior wants to take a second look at his college options. As the 16th-rated prospect in the country in the class of 2010, Leslie has plenty of options.

"I wanted to open it up and see what else is out there," Leslie said Saturday at Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge in Cary. "I wanted to make sure I didn't miss any opportunities."

Leslie, a 6-8 forward, said he was too young when he made his initial verbal commitment. Leslie said the Wolfpack is still on his list but he has "no favorite." Leslie said he has offers from "everybody" and has recently talked to Florida, Memphis, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Miami.

"I want to look at everybody before I make my final decision and make sure that's the place that I really want to go," Leslie said. "There may be something else out there and I would have missed out on that if I had stayed committed [to N.C State]."

Leslie showed flashes of the ability that has so many colleges pursuing his services. The tall and skinny forward hit a quick turn-around in traffic, a move that showed touch, in his first game on Saturday with Team Josh Howard. In the same game, he rained in a 3-pointer from the left corner, showing some range.

Leslie has a busy summer planned with trips to the Vince Carter Skills Academy (June in Orlando), LeBron James Skills Academy (July in San Diego) and NBPA top 100 camp. He said he will make his official visits in the fall before making a final decision.

"I want to take my time," Leslie said. "I'm going to weigh my options after all the visits. I'm just focused on finding a good team that's a good fit for me."

-- JP Giglio, Raleigh News & Observer

Friday, March 27, 2009

W. Charlotte's Caldwell named state player of year


Christal Caldwell spent a year thinking about making up for a missed chance to lead West Charlotte to a state championship. Now, with that title in hand, Caldwell can also celebrate being considered North Carolina's top player.

The senior guard was named the 2008-09 Associated Press women's prep basketball player of the year for the state on Friday, an honor that comes two weeks after guiding the Lions to the Class 4-A championship.

The Florida signee earned eight of a possible 16 votes from sports writers across the state and was the leading vote-getter on the AP All-State women's team for the second straight season. She easily outdistanced Gastonia Forestview's Shannon Smith, who finished with three votes after averaging 26 points to help her team reach the 3-A final.

Caldwell averaged 19 points and eight rebounds on the season, but upped her play during the playoffs to help West Charlotte win the first North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship in program history. It came one year after the Lions lost in the title game to Fayetteville Westover by just five points.

“At the beginning of the school year, the whole time I was just thinking about when basketball season would start,” Caldwell said. “Then the season started and from then on, that's all me and my teammates were thinking about. We knew if we did what we were supposed to do, we could get there.”

With help from AP All-State second-team performer Nikki Burton, Caldwell upped her averages to 24 points and 10 rebounds per game in the postseason. She finished that run with 19 points in the final, earning MVP honors for guiding the Lions (28-3) past Durham Hillside 78-60.

“She just did anything to help the team win,” West Charlotte coach Reggie Mobley said. “She wants to get better each and every year. She's worked hard on different facets of the game. That work ethic, I had seen it in very few kids. It sort of transferred to the rest of the team.”

The title was the perfect reward for Caldwell, who worked out more and tried to eat better over the past year so she would be better prepared to win that championship.

“I had to step up for my team,” she said. “I had to go harder in practice and do other things outside the gym that I knew would come back and help my team. I just pushed myself a little bit harder so I could be there and do what I had to do.”

WALL NAMED BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

John Wall is regarded as one of the nation's best recruits. It's no surprise then that he's been voted the top player in North Carolina.

The Raleigh Word of God point guard was named the 2008-09 Associated Press men's prep basketball player of the year Friday. The senior earned six of a possible 16 votes from sports writers across the state, edging Kinston junior Reggie Bullock for the honor.

Bullock, a 6-foot-7 guard who has committed to North Carolina, had five votes after averaging 23 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. Winston-Salem Mt.

Tabor's C.J. Harris finished third with three votes; the Wake Forest recruit averaged 23 points per game to lead his team to the Class 4-A championship.

Wall averaged 21 points, seven rebounds and nine assists for a team that reached the 1-A final of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association playoffs. The 6-4 playmaker is ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the country by both rivals.com and scout.com.

Word of God, a private school with about 250 students, declined to make Wall available for an interview with the AP when notified of his award.

In a recent interview with a local newspaper, Wall said he began to realize how talented he was while playing for a YMCA team as a 10-year-old.

“Everybody said I was cheatin', that I was too old to play against ‘em,” he told The News & Observer of Raleigh in a story published last month.

Wall remains uncommitted on a college choice, though he has been recruited by Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Memphis and North Carolina State among others. He has said he wants to play in a fast-paced offense.

“If you go to a school where you don't get along with the coaches, y'all are having a lot of arguments, you're not going to play, you might take more years than you expect to go to the next level,” he told The News & Observer. “I need a coach to push me to make sure I get to the next level as soon as possible.” -- Observer News Services

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

Area players fill roster for Carolina Challenge

More than 30 Observer-area players are part of an 81-man field at Saturday's Carolina Challenge at Cary Academy. National recruiting analyst Dave Telep annually invites the state's top freshmen, sophomores and juniors for a day of skill evaluation and gives the kids a chance to go head-to-head against the state's best.

Here are invited players.

CLASS OF 2010
1. DeMon Brooks, 6-6, PF, Charlotte Hopewell
2. Reggie Bullock, 6-7, G, Kinston
3. Jay Canty, 6-5, SG, Ragsdale
4. James Carlton, 6-7, PF, Winterville
5. Emanuel Chapman, 6-0, PG, Raleigh Enloe
6. Justin Cheek, 6-2, SG/PG, Ardrey Kell
7. Luke Cothron, 6-8, PF, Red Springs Flora McDonald
8. Luke Davis, 6-0, PG, Raleigh Ravenscroft
9. Manny Dias, 6-8, F, Greensboro Veritas Sports Academy
10. Jordan Downing, 6-5, SF, Hopewell
11. Jarell Eddie, 6-7, SF, Concord Cannon
12. Tevin Friday, 6-5, SF, United Faith
13. Jonathan Frye, 6-4, G, Northern Guilford
14. Kadeem Green, 6-8, PF, United Faith
15. Damontre Harris, 6-9, C, Fayetteville Christian
16. Jeremy Ingram, 6-1, SG, East Mecklenburg
17. Jeremy Jeffers, 6-5, SF, Greenfield School
18. Sebastian Koch, 6-8, SG, Arden Christ School
19. Paul Larsen, 6-6, PF, Lake Norman
20. Leek Leek Malual, 6-6, SF, Veritas Sports Academy
21. C.J. Leslie, 6-8, PF, Raleigh Word Of God
22. Stargell Love, 6-2, G, Winston-Salem Quality Education
23. TaShawn Mabry, 6-6, SF, Rocky Mount
24. George MaNgoue, 6-8, C, Forsyth Country Day
25. Reco McCarter, 6-7, SF, Goldsboro Wayne Country Day
26. Ian Miller, 6-2, PG, United Faith
27. Akil Mitchell, 6-6, SF/PF, Charlotte Christian
28. Weston Murphy, 6-7, PF, Apex
29. Reggie Price, 6-3, SG/PG, Lake Norman
30. Corey Raley-Ross, 6-3, SG/PG, Gaston Day
31. Jonathan Rice, 6-6, SF, Fayetteville Academy
32. Brian Richardson, 6-5, SG/PG, Wilson Greenfield
33. Melvin Tabb, 6-8, PF, Raleigh Enloe
34. J.T. Terrell, 6-3, SG, Burlington Cummings
35. Anthony Thomas, 6-5, SF, Winston-Salem Prep
36. Aaron Toomey, 6-1, PG, Bishop-McGuinness
37. Daryl Traynham, 5-9, PG, Vance
38. Jermaine White, 6-6, PF, Butler
39. David Wishon, 7-1, C, Concord
40. Brennan Wyatt, 5-10, PG, Greensboro Dudley
41. Jarrick Brown, 6-2, SG, Raleigh Millbrook

CLASS OF 2011
1. Keith Bellfield, 6-5, SG, Concord Cannon
2. Deuce Bello, 6-3, SG/PG, High Point Westchester Academy
3. Devince Boykins, 6-3, SG/PG, East Rutherford
4. John Cannon, 6-10, C, Burnsville Mt Heritage
5. Chris Coleman, 6-9, C, Durham Mt Zion
6. Bishop Daniels, 6-1, SG/PG, Raleigh Word of God
7. Jacoby Davis, 6-0, SG/PG, Vance
8. Monroe Faulkner, 6-4, SF/SG, Roxboro Person
9. Anthony Gill, 6-8, PF, Charlotte Christian
10. P.J. Hairston, 6-6, SF/SG, Greensboro Dudley
11. Donta Harper, 6-6, SG/PG, Winterville South Central
12. Tony Kimbro, 6-4, SG, Arden Christ School
13. Jacob Lawson, 6-7, PF, Northern Guilford
14. Deng Leek, 7-0, C, Veritas Sports Academy
15. Travion Leonard, 6-7, C, Raleigh Wakefield
16. Quincy Miller, 6-7, SF/PF, W-S Quality Education
17. Tony Menton, 6-6, SF/PF, Waddell
18. Jacquise Moore, 6-1, SG/PG, Concord
19. Michael Neal, 6-1, SG, Northern Guilford
20. Reggie Perkins, 6-1, PG/SG, Western Guilford
21. Keynan Pittman, 6-9, PG, Burgaw Pender
22. Marshall Plumlee, 6-10, PF, Arden Christ School
23. Tyler Poole, 6-7, PF/SF, Hickory
24. Jervon Pressley, 6-7, C/PF, Waddell
25. Marquis Rankin, 6-1, PG, Vance
26. Jordan Robertson, 6-7, C/PF, Greensboro Day
27. Jackson Simmons, 6-8, PF, Smoky Mountain
28. Anthony Stitt, Butler, 6-1, PG, Butler
29. Bernard Sullivan, 6-7, PF, North Mecklenburg
30. Dezmine Wells, 6-4, SF, Raleigh Word of God
31. Terry Whisnant, 6-3, SF, Cherryville
32. Anthony Williams, 6-8, C, Whiteville Waccamaw Academy
33. Terrence Williams, 6-4, SG/SF, West Mecklenburg
34. Chris Wilson, 6-2, PG, Fayetteville Sanford

CLASS OF 2012
1. Reggie Dillard, 6-5, SG, Greensboro Dudley
2. Julius Hamilton, 6-3, SG, West Charlotte
3. Madison Jones, 5-11, PG, Raleigh Ravenscroft
4. Tyler Lewis, 5-10, PG, Forsyth Country Day
5. Josh Mellette, 6-4, PF, Sanford Southern Lee
6. Braxton Ogbueze, 6-0, SG/PG, Vance
7. Josh Smith, 6-7, C, Bessemer City

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Hickory's Trevin Parks is All-District 10 player of the year

The N.C. Basketball Coaches Association All-District 10 Team

1st Team 2nd Team
Trevin Parks (Hickory) Darius Howell (Cherryville)
Preston Holmes (Forestview) Graham McRory (St. Stephens)
Cody Shuffler (East Burke) DeJuan Means (Forestview)
Eric Mayo (Shelby) Queralos Murray (Shelby)
Terry Whisnant (Cherryville) Jack Sumner (Forestview)
Nick Stamp (Shelby)

Player of the Year---Trevin Parks (Hickory)
Co-Coaches of the Year---Aubrey Hollifield (Shelby) and Dan Ghent (Forestview)

Myers Park's Turner wins District 9 player of the year

Myers Park's Odell Turner is the N.C. Coaches Association All-District 9 Boys basketball player of the year.

Turner, a 6-8 center, led the Mustangs to their first N.C. 4A Western Regional berth in 19 years. He averaged 17 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists helping the Mustangs win the Southwestern 4A regular season championship.

Hopewell's Eric Davis is the coach of the year after leading the Titans to an unbeaten regular season and a berth in the N.C. 4A state semifinals.


The All District 9 Boys Basketball Team
(as selected by N.C. Basketball Coaches Association)
First Team:
Odell Turner, Myers Park, Sr.; Brandyn Curry, Hopewell, Sr.; Marquise Rankin, Vance, So.; Jacquise Moore, Concord, So.; Reggie Arceneaux, Olympic, So.
Second Team: A.J. Evans, Butler, Sr.; Quan Alexander, Myers Park, Sr.; Mark Clyburn, Marshville Forest Hills, Sr.; Jacoby Davis, Vance, So.; J.D. Ey, Myers Park, Sr.
Player of the year: Turner, Myers Park
Coach of the year: Eric Davis, Hopewell

Queen City Relays Canceled Due to Weather

Myers Park athletics director Greg Clewis said the school has canceled Saturday's scheduled Queen City Relays track event due to weather.

In an email, Clewis wrote "With the impending forecast for severe weather over the next 24 hours, the present condition of the facility and trying to be proactive and err on the side of caution for safety of student athletes, volunteers and spectators, the 53rd annual running of the Queen City Relays scheduled for Saturday 28 March 2008 at Myers Park High in Charlotte, NC has been cancelled. The planned reception for former track and field coach Stuart B. Allen will go on as scheduled at 11:30 am in the Art Gallery located on the campus of Myers Park High."

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Shelby's Hollifield is AP coach of the year

Shelby’s Aubrey Hollifield is the 2009 Associated Press N.C. All-State boys basketball coach of the year.

Hollifield got six of a possible 16 votes from a statewide media panel after leading the 2A Golden Lions to the first N.C. state title in school history. Winston-Salem Mount Tabor’s Andy Muse (four votes), who led his school to a 4A state title, was runner-up. Gastonia Forestview’s Dan Ghent , whose team reached the 3A final for the first time, was one of three coaches to get two votes.

The girls coach of the year was East Davidson’s Terry Allmon, who led his team to a 31-1 record, which included a 37-game win streak that started last season and ended in the regional playoffs. Allmon remained with his team this year despite suffering from prostate cancer. He had surgery Wednesday.

He received eight of 16 votes from the media panel. West Charlotte’s Reggie Mobley got one vote after leading the Lions to their first state title in 71 years.

At Shelby, Hollifield’s team ended several near-miss seasons. The Golden Lions reached the 2006 finals under Ken Napier, losing by three to Burlington Cummings in the finals. They lost in the regional playoffs the past two seasons.

This year, Shelby won its last 13 games including a 62-50 win over Pittsboro Northwood to win the championship.

“This has been a great year. We've had good years the last four years – we've been right there,” Hollifield said. “We had a core of five boys that were with me since their sophomore year, this being their senior year … seeing those guys develop and come into their own.”

The Associated Press contributed.
-- Langston Wertz Jr.

Myers Park, Ardrey Kell postpone spring sports events today

MYERS PARK
Baseball/softball: East Meck at Myers Park has been postponed until April 1 at Myers Park (jv/varsity)

Boys tennis: Butler at Myers Park has been postponed and rescheduled for March 30 at Myers Park (Monday)

Girls Soccer: Providence at Myers Park has been postponed and a requested reschedule date is March at Myers Park (jayvee/varsity)

ARDREY KELL
Tennis match with Independence at Independence has been postponed until next Wednesday, April 1.
South Meck Soccer has postponed today's match at Smeck…they will reschedule and try for next week if possible.
Baseball and softball will try to make a go of it today (weather permitting)…
Baseball at 4:30pm, and softball at 4pm.
If baseball/softball get rained out, we will let you know what will be determined.

ALSO
Hickory St. Stephens at Patton softball has been rescheduled to April 30 at Patton

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

West Charlotte's Christal Caldwell leads voting for N.C. AP All-State team

Kinston's Reggie Bullock and West Charlotte's Christal Caldwell were the leading vote-getters on The Associated Press All-State prep basketball teams for North Carolina.

Bullock was a first-team pick on 14 of 16 ballots and earned 30 points in voting by sports writers across the state in results released Wednesday. The 6-foot-7 junior has committed to North Carolina and averaged 23 points per game.

Caldwell, who helped West Charlotte to the first state championship in school history, was a first-team pick on 13 ballots and earned 28 points to lead the women's first team. It was the second straight year the Florida recruit had led the voting for the women's team.

Votes for the first team counted as two points, while second-team picks were one point.


MEN
FIRST TEAM
Reggie Bullock, Kinston (30), 6-7, G, Jr.
C.J. Harris, Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor (28), 6-3, G, Sr.
John Wall, Raleigh Word of God (24), 6-4, PG, Sr.
Ryan Kelly, Raleigh Ravenscroft (20), 6-10, F, Sr.
J.T. Terrell, Burlington Cummings (20), 6-3, G, Jr.
SECOND TEAM
Ian Miller, Charlotte United Faith (18), 6-3, G, Jr.
Eric Mayo, Shelby (12), 6-4, F, Sr.
Mason Plumlee, Arden Christ School (11), 6-11, F, Sr.
Aaron Toomey, Kernersville McGuinness (8), 6-1, PG, Jr.
Akeem Richmond, Southern Lee (7), 6-2, G, Sr.
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WOMEN
FIRST TEAM
Christal Caldwell, West Charlotte (28), 5-11, G, Sr.
Keyrra Gillespie, Statesville (25), 5-6, PG, Sr.
Asia Williams, Durham Hillside (25), 5-11, G/F, Sr.
Erinn Thompson, Kernersville McGuinness (22), 6-3, C, Sr.
Shannon Smith, Gastonia Forestview (21), 5-7, G, Jr.
SECOND TEAM
Anna Freeman, East Davidson (20), 6-1, F, Sr.
Katie Paschal, Williamston (11), 5-7, G, Jr.
Krista Gross, Concord Cannon (11), 6-1, G, Sr.
Eleisha Hairston, Reidsville (11), 6-1, F, Sr.
Nikki Burton, West Charlotte (10), 5-10, F, Sr. AP-ES-03-25-09 1502EDT

Myers Park postpones spring sports events today

Due to rainy conditions, Myers Park High has postponed today's tennis match at Mallard Creek. It will be played April 22.


Also, the completion of a suspended baseball game with Weddington, scheduled for today, will be rescheduled for a later date.

Forestview's Smith is District 11 player of the year

Gastonia Forestview's Shannon Smith who led her team to the N.C. 3A girls final is the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association District 11 player of the year. Her coach, Ken Beaty, is coach of the year.

1st Team
First name Last name Grade  School
Shannon Smith 11   Forestview
Kelsey Harris 11   Forestview
Ali Ford 12   Freedom
Elizabeth  Ross 12   Draughn
Autumn Ward 11 McDowell
2nd Team
First name Last name Grade  School
Chelsea Connelly 11  Freedom
Brittany Yancey 12  Draughn
Xandi Gellman 11  McDowell
Shannon Hines 9  RS Central
Natalie Baker 12  East Burke
3rd Team
First name Last name Grade  School
Mercedes Davis 9  RS Central
Ariel Bumgardner 11  Cherryville

Sherrill is District 11 player of the year

Charlotte recruit K.J. Sherrill, a 6-8 forward, signed to Charlotte, is the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association District 11 player of the year. Here is the all-district team:

First Team

KJ Sherrill- Player of the Year in District 11 as well- West Rowan
Tommy Spagnolo- Ashe County
Ryan Hargrave- Alexander Central
Brandon Abel- Salisbury
Drew Absher- Davie County

Second Team

Jeff Newell- Watauga
Darien Rankin- Salisbury
Daniel Waln- Ashe County
Shawn Lester- Mooresville
Kevin Canevari- Lake Norman

Third Team

Kaleb Kimber- West Rowan
Paul Larsen- Lake Norman
Tatum Lemly- Ashe County
Reggie Price- Lake Norman

Coach of the Year- Jason Causby – Salisbury

Pack's Sidney Lowe give recruit "scholarship of his dreams"

Raleigh Athens Drive forward Josh Davis said he expected his recruitment to pick up this spring.

He had been contacted by some high major college basketball programs, and although none had offered him a scholarship, he still thought there might be some interest.

If no attractive offers came his way, Davis harbored thoughts that he might need to attend prep school for a year to further improve his basketball skills.

But Davis' dream became reality on Monday when N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe offered Davis the scholarship that he had wanted for years.

"This is what I have been hoping for," Davis said Tuesday. "Ever since I was in the ninth grade, I've wanted to play for State."

A volunteer assistant coach at Athens Drive took Davis to a Wolfpack game against Virginia three years ago. Davis decided that night he wanted to play for N.C. State.

"I knew State has been looking at me since they saw me at an elite camp," Davis said. "But it got serious very quickly."

On Saturday, Davis played for the North Carolina all-stars in the Carolinas All-Star Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He led the North Carolina all-stars to a 106-82 victory over the South Carolina team. He made all five of his field-goal attempts and set a game record with 10 rebounds.

Davis was hoping that Lowe would offer him a scholarship when they arranged for a Monday on-campus visit.

"He talked about how they had been following me and where I could fit in on the team," Davis said. "We had talked about 15 or 20 minutes, and then he offered me."

The 6-foot-6 athlete is projected as a small forward, but he said Lowe believes he can defend several positions.

"A lot of it is going to depend on the matchups," Davis said. "I just want to get there and contribute any way that I can."

Davis averaged 25.1 points for the 22-6 Jaguars.

"This is a great opportunity for Josh," said Dave Telep, the director of recruiting for Scout.com. "The chance to play in your hometown for your dream school is a great opportunity for Josh.

"Now, he has to work his tail off and take advantage of this chance."

Davis joins an incoming class that includes 6-7 power forward Richard Howell of Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler, 6-4 shooting guard Lorenzo Brown of Roswell (Ga.) Centennial, and 6-5 shooting guard Scott Wood of Marion, Ind.

"I think it is a great class," Davis said. "I really think we are going to have a good team next year."


- Raleigh News & Observer


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Butler's Stewart is All District Girls Player of the year

Here is the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association District 9 team

Here is District 9 ALL- DISTRICT Players
Player of Year --- Celeste Stewart
Coach of Year ---- Brady Monismith

1st Team
Celeste Stewart Sr. Butler 16.3 ppg 4rpg 3.9 apg 3.6 spg 44FG% 65FT% signed ECU
Monet Tellier Jr. East Meck 14.1ppg 7.4rpg 2.6apg 4.6spg 54FG% 68FT%
Danaira Erwin-Spencer Sr. East Meck 15.3ppg 4.2rpg 2.8apg 3.4spg 46FG% 69FT% signed Radford
Allie Cashion Sr. Weddington 17.0ppg 4.1rpg 2.5apg 2.5spg 44FG% 74FT% Signed App. St (Softball)
Jaquaria Forney Sr. Butler 14.0ppg 7.0rpg 3.4apg 3.1spg 46FG% 62FT% Signed UNCC
Kelsee Cheek Soph. J.M. Robinson 18.2ppg 4.3rpg 3.8apg 3.0spg 45FG% 78FT%

2nd Team
Aliyah Kilpatrick Fresh East Meck 12.3ppg 5.4rpg 3.3apg 3.6spg 45FG% 73FT%
Tabby Koerner Jr. J.M. Robinson 13.8ppg 10.1rpg 1.3apg 2.9spg 35FG% 51FT%
Ciera Burdick Soph Butler 12.5ppg 11.1rpg 2apg 2.3spg 46FG% 82FT%
Clair Watkins Jr. Butler 11.2ppg 7rpg committed to DUKE
Alexis Grant Jr. Vance 16.4ppg 5rpg 1.6apg 4.4spg 65FG% 72FT%

3rd Team
Christal Caldwell Sr. West Charlotte no information signed Florida
Nikki Burton Sr. West Charlotte no information signed Louisville
Jatzmine Johnson Soph Concord no information
Nyesha Hammonds Soph Concrod no information

Monday, March 23, 2009

Mallard Creek soph named to All-America team

Mallard Creek sophomore Mikal Hill, an infielder, was named to the Perfect Game USA High School Preseason Underclassman All-American baseball second team.

Hill, who stole 37 bases as a freshman, has committed to South Carolina. Christian Pfaft, an R-S Central infielder, also was a second-team pick.

Named as honorable mentions were Grayson Atwood and Brandon Burris (Mount Pleasant), Hunter Conley and Keith Prowse (Hopewell), Caleb Cunningham and Duece Wright (South Mecklenburg), and Brian Holberton and Grant Fisher (Myers Park).

- Cliff Mehrtens

W. Charlotte's Burton is all-star MVP

West Charlotte's Nikki Burton, who helped the Lions win their first N.C. 4A girls state basketball championship this season, was named MVP of the Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic in Myrtle Beach Saturday.


The game, billed as a Shrine Bowl basketball game of sorts, pits some of the top seniors from North and South Carolina against each other. The N.C. girls won 111-77. The N.C. boys also won 106-82.

Burton, signed to Louisville, finished with 16 points and six rebounds. Durham Hillside's Asia Williams, signed to Wake Forest, had a team-high 19 points. Spartanburg Dorman's  Ashlen Dewart was the S.C. MVP (17 points, 14 rebounds).

Morganton Freedom's Ali Ford had seven assists for the N.C. girls.

In the boys game, Raleigh Athens Drive's Josh Davis had 15 points, on 5-for-5 shooting, and had 10 rebounds to earn team MVP. Southside's Robbie Dreher, who has signed with Winthrop, was the S.C. MVP (23 pints). Hopewell's Brandyn Curry, signed to Harvard, had 12 points. North Meck's Andre Marhold, signed to Duquesne, had six points for the N.C. team and West Rowan's K.J. Sherrill, signed to Charlotte, had 7 points.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Three area athletes sign with Catawba

Cross country seniors Jonathan Cooley (Lake Norman High) and Jarrett Jackson (Hopewell) signed with Catawba.

Cooley was a two-time team most valuable runner. He was all-conference last season, twice all-North Piedmont 3A and set the team record in the 5-kilometer race (16 minutes, 57 seconds).

Jackson was named Hopewell’s most improved runner last season. He helped the Titans to the ME-CA 7 4A title as a junior.

East Rowan girls’ tennis player Emilee Smith, the Mustangs’ No. 1 singles player the past two seasons, also signed with Catawba.

Smith was all-North Piedmont 3A twice, and all-Rowan County three times.

- Cliff Mehrtens

Thursday, March 19, 2009

West Charlotte sprinter signs with LSU

West Charlotte High sprinter Nyosha Bryant, the reigning N.C. 4A champion in the 400-meter sprint, signed with Louisiana State.

Bryant, a senior, was named most valuable athlete at the N.C. 4A Indoor championships last month, when she won the long jump (19 feet) and second in the 55-meter dash (7.11) seconds.

She also won indoor state titles in the 55 and 300 as a junior in 2008.

- Cliff Mehrtens

Coach: Unbeaten team still can improve

The Lake Norman girls’ soccer team is undefeated, No. 2 in the state, has given up only two goals all season, and just beat archrival Mooresville. But still Wildcats’ head coach Jon Mertes is not happy with his team’s play.


“We have not played up to the level that I expect,” Mertes said, who also plays in the Fort Mill tournament this weekend against Fort Mill and Lexington, No. 5 and 6 in the state in South Carolina. “We have done what we need to do to win, but that isn’t enough. We won’t get where we want to be, playing like this.”


The Wildcats (5-0) came back from a goal down to beat Mooresville 2-1 Wednesday night (March 18) with Sarah Tang and Kaitlyn Ferguson scoring for Lake Norman. But Mertes pulled nine starters out in the first half to send the message that he was not happy with their intensity or approach to the game.


“I think a lot of the way we are playing is mental,” Mertes said, whose team has outscored their opponents 26-2 this season. “I have challenged the girls (to step up) and I think we will get to see just how they respond and how good we really are really soon. Right now, I think that is what we need.”


The Blue Devils (3-2), No. 5 in the state, lost their second contest in as many games after falling to No. 6 Northwest Cabarrus Monday (March 16).

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

West Charlotte to host victory parade for championship winning girls basketball team

West Charlotte will host a victory parade for its state championship-winning girls basketball team Saturday at 1 p.m., starting at the school gym. The Lions beat Durham Hillside 78-60 Saturday to win the first girls championship in West Charlotte's 71-year history.


-- Langston Wertz Jr.

Area players invited to Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge

Here are invited players to the Dave Telep Carolina Challenge. Telep, a national basketball recruiting evaluator for scout.com, holds an annual camp in the Raleigh area for the top underclass boys basketball players in the state.

CLASS OF 2010
1. DeMon Brooks, 6-6, PF, Charlotte Hopewell
2. Reggie Bullock, 6-7, G, Kinston
3. Jay Canty, 6-5, SG, Ragsdale
4. James Carlton, 6-7, PF, Winterville
5. Emanuel Chapman, 6-0, PG, Raleigh Enloe
6. Justin Cheek, 6-2, SG/PG, Ardrey Kell
7. Luke Cothron, 6-8, PF, Red Springs Flora McDonald
8. Luke Davis, 6-0, PG, Raleigh Ravenscroft
9. Manny Dias, 6-8, F, Greensboro Veritas Sports Academy
10. Jordan Downing, 6-5, SF, Hopewell
11. Jarell Eddie, 6-7, SF, Concord Cannon
12. Tevin Friday, 6-5, SF, United Faith
13. Jonathan Frye, 6-4, G, Northern Guilford
14. Kadeem Green, 6-8, PF, United Faith
15. Damontre Harris, 6-9, C, Fayetteville Christian
16. Jeremy Ingram, 6-1, SG, East Mecklenburg
17. Jeremy Jeffers, 6-5, SF, Greenfield School
18. Sebastian Koch, 6-8, SG, Arden Christ School
19. Paul Larsen, 6-6, PF, Lake Norman
20. Leek Leek Malual, 6-6, SF, Veritas Sports Academy
21. C.J. Leslie, 6-8, PF, Raleigh Word Of God
22. Stargell Love, 6-2, G, Winston-Salem Quality Education
23. TaShawn Mabry, 6-6, SF, Rocky Mount
24. George MaNgoue, 6-8, C, Forsyth Country Day
25. Reco McCarter, 6-7, SF, Goldsboro Wayne Country Day
26. Ian Miller, 6-2, PG, United Faith
27. Akil Mitchell, 6-6, SF/PF, Charlotte Christian
28. Weston Murphy, 6-7, PF, Apex
29. Reggie Price, 6-3, SG/PG, Lake Norman
30. Corey Raley-Ross, 6-3, SG/PG, Gaston Day
31. Jonathan Rice, 6-6, SF, Fayetteville Academy
32. Brian Richardson, 6-5, SG/PG, Wilson Greenfield
33. Melvin Tabb, 6-8, PF, Raleigh Enloe
34. J.T. Terrell, 6-3, SG, Burlington Cummings
35. Anthony Thomas, 6-5, SF, Winston-Salem Prep
36. Aaron Toomey, 6-1, PG, Bishop-McGuinness
37. Daryl Traynham, 5-9, PG, Vance
38. Jermaine White, 6-6, PF, Butler
39. David Wishon, 7-1, C, Concord
40. Brennan Wyatt, 5-10, PG, Greensboro Dudley
41. Jarrick Brown, 6-2, SG, Raleigh Millbrook

CLASS OF 2011
1. Keith Bellfield, 6-5, SG, Concord Cannon
2. Deuce Bello, 6-3, SG/PG, High Point Westchester Academy
3. Devince Boykins, 6-3, SG/PG, East Rutherford
4. John Cannon, 6-10, C, Burnsville Mt Heritage
5. Chris Coleman, 6-9, C, Durham Mt Zion
6. Bishop Daniels, 6-1, SG/PG, Raleigh Word of God
7. Jacoby Davis, 6-0, SG/PG, Vance
8. Monroe Faulkner, 6-4, SF/SG, Roxboro Person
9. Anthony Gill, 6-8, PF, Charlotte Christian
10. P.J. Hairston, 6-6, SF/SG, Greensboro Dudley
11. Donta Harper, 6-6, SG/PG, Winterville South Central
12. Tony Kimbro, 6-4, SG, Arden Christ School
13. Jacob Lawson, 6-7, PF, Northern Guilford
14. Deng Leek, 7-0, C, Veritas Sports Academy
15. Travion Leonard, 6-7, C, Raleigh Wakefield
16. Quincy Miller, 6-7, SF/PF, W-S Quality Education
17. Tony Menton, 6-6, SF/PF, Waddell
18. Jacquise Moore, 6-1, SG/PG, Concord
19. Michael Neal, 6-1, SG, Northern Guilford
20. Reggie Perkins, 6-1, PG/SG, Western Guilford
21. Keynan Pittman, 6-9, PG, Burgaw Pender
22. Marshall Plumlee, 6-10, PF, Arden Christ School
23. Tyler Poole, 6-7, PF/SF, Hickory
24. Jervon Pressley, 6-7, C/PF, Waddell
25. Marquis Rankin, 6-1, PG, Vance
26. Jordan Robertson, 6-7, C/PF, Greensboro Day
27. Jackson Simmons, 6-8, PF, Smoky Mountain
28. Anthony Stitt, Butler, 6-1, PG, Butler
29. Bernard Sullivan, 6-7, PF, North Mecklenburg
30. Dezmine Wells, 6-4, SF, Raleigh Word of God
31. Terry Whisnant, 6-3, SF, Cherryville
32. Anthony Williams, 6-8, C, Whiteville Waccamaw Academy
33. Terrence Williams, 6-4, SG/SF, West Mecklenburg
34. Chris Wilson, 6-2, PG, Fayetteville Sanford

CLASS OF 2012
1. Reggie Dillard, 6-5, SG, Greensboro Dudley
2. Julius Hamilton, 6-3, SG, West Charlotte
3. Madison Jones, 5-11, PG, Raleigh Ravenscroft
4. Tyler Lewis, 5-10, PG, Forsyth Country Day
5. Josh Mellette, 6-4, PF, Sanford Southern Lee
6. Braxton Ogbueze, 6-0, SG/PG, Vance
7. Josh Smith, 6-7, C, Bessemer City

Marvin Ridge at national track meet


Marvin Ridge’s Diego Lawrence, Garrett Jackson, David McCuiston and Austin Jackson finished seventh in the 4x400 relay at the Nike Indoor Nationals last weekend.

They finished in 3 minutes, 23.64 seconds, the second-fastest time this season by an Observer-area team.

The prestigious meet was held at the Reggie Lewis Sports and Athletic Center in Boston.

Lawrence finished seventh in the long jump (22 feet, seven inches) and McCuiston was eighth in the 400 meters (51.83 seconds).

- Cliff Mehrtens

Around the prep diamonds...

SOFTBALL
Ardrey Kell’s Jennifer Rosene pitched a five-inning no-hitter in a 12-0 victory against East Mecklenburg on Tuesday. Rosene (2-0) struck out 11 and didn’t walk a batter.
Kalie Lang had three hits and four RBIs, and Sarah Campbell drove in two runs.

BASEBALL
Pitchers Nick Newton and Nick Chapman combined for 16 strikeouts and Aaron Attaway had a home run and three RBIs in Morganton Patton’s 4-2 victory against Newton Foard.

- Cliff Mehrtens

Charlotte All-Star Classic Rosters released

CHARLOTTE 2009 ALL STAR CLASSIC

ROSTERS

(Game tips at 1:30, girls and boys at 3 p.m. March 28 at Providence Day. Tickets are $7)

 

EAST ALL STAR- Girl’s Roster Local (Coach: Mrs. Stephanie Butler-Butler High School)

 

1)     Ashlyn Diggs                                                5’3               1/2              Butler High

 

2)     Candace Flowers                                    5’4              1/2            Mallard Creek High

 

3)     Autumn Smith-Faulkner                        5/5            1/2              Mallard Creek High

 

4)     Celeste Stewart                                    5’5            1/2            Butler High

 

5)     Malikah Akbar                                                5’6              2            Independence High

 

6)     Keyrra Gillespie                                                5’6            1/2             Statesville High

 

7)     Jessica Blair                                                5’7                2/3            Independence High

 

8)     Jaquaria Forney                                    5’10            2            Butler High

 

9)     Morgan Geisler                                                6’0            4/5            Butler High

 

10)  Janee Johnson                                                6’1              3/4            Providence Day School

 

11)  Lindsay Cowher                                    6’2            3/4            Raleigh Ravenscroft School

 

 

 

WEST ALL STARS - Girl’s Roster (Coach: Mrs. Amber Fox-Freedom High)

 

1)     Trena Moore-Smith                                    5’4            1             West Charlotte High

 

2)     Da’Naria Erwin-Spencer                        5’4            1            East Meck. High

 

3)     Cassey Tolliver                                                5’5            1             Country Day School

 

4)     Jessica Freeman                                    5’5            1/2            West Charlotte High

 

5)     Ebony Caldwell                                                5’8            2            West Charlotte High

 

6)     Renelle Wyke                                                5’8            2            Victory Christian School

 

7)     Kanisha “Nikki” Burton                                    5’9            2/3/4            West Charlotte High

 

8)     Christal Caldwell                                    5’10            2/3            West Charlotte High

 

9)     Olivia Surratt                                                5’11            3/4            Freedom High

 

10)  Laura Chapman                                    5’11            3/4            Freedom High

 

11)  Emma Reskoska                                    6’3       4/5      Veritas Christian School

 

 


CHARLOTTE

2009 ALL STAR CLASSIC

ROSTERS

 

 

WEST ALL STAR-Boys (Coach: Mr. Walter Aikens-Harding High)

 

1)     Adam Hunt                                                6’2               170             1/2              Olympic High

 

2)     Walter Aikens Jr.                                      6’2               180            1/2             Harding High

 

3)     Alex Godette                                                 6’2               170            2/3              Hopewell High

 

4)     Chance Rucker                                                6’2               170            1/2            Concord High

 

5)     Montrey Sayles                                                  6’2               175             1/2            Vance High

 

6)     Eric Mayo                                                6’4               195             2/3             Shelby High

 

7)     Quan Alexander                                    6’5             185             2/3              Myers Park High

 

8)     Aaron Bennett                                                6’5               215            3/4            West Meck. High 

 

9)     Brandon Abel                                                6’5            210            2/3/4            Salisbury High

 

10)  Odell Turner                                                6’6               200            3/4            Myers Park High

 

11)  Kyle Gaillard                                                6’7            210            2/3            North Meck. High           

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EAST ALL STAR –Boys  (Coach: Mr. Brian Field-Providence Day School )

                                                                                                                                   

1)     Pedro O’Neal Jr.                                     5’9              160              1/2             First Assembly

 

2)     Qualyn Shipp                                                  6’0              165              1/2            Victory Christian School

 

3)     John Jay  Lewis IV                                    6’1               180             1/2               Greensboro Day School

 

4)     David Batson                                                6’2            180            1/2            Covenant Day School

 

5)     Ross Diachenko                                    6’2             170              1/2              Bishop McGuinness School

 

6)     Taylor Wagener                                    6’2            175            1/2            Charlotte Christian School

 

7)     Carson            Sullivan                                     6’3               180              1/2             Charlotte Christian School

 

8)     Javan Mitchell                                                6’8            250            4/5            Greensboro Day School

 

9)     Domas Rinksalis                                     6’9               225             4/5              Greensboro Day School

 

10)  Andrew Kyles                                                6’10               255             4/5             Veritas Christian School

 

11)  Matt Wilson                                                6’11             210             4/5              Raleigh Ravenscroft School