Monday, November 30, 2009

Mallard Creek dominates I-Meck all-conference football

I-MECK 4A 2009-2010 FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE

Coach of the Year: Michael Palmieri Mallard Creek

Offensive Player of the Year: Marquise Williams Mallard Creek

Defensive Player of the Year: D'vonte Grant Mallard Creek

Special Teams Player of the Year: Calvin Hunter Vance

Punter of the Year: Michael Tart Mallard Creek

Kicker of the Year: Michael Watson Mooresville

Quarterbacks:

Brad Clay Senior North Mecklenburg

Running Backs:

James Cloud Senior Lake Norman

Taylor Beamon Senior Mallard Creek

Jalen Simmons Junior West Charlotte

Dondre Lewis-Freeman Junior Hopewell

Xavier Joplin Senior North Mecklenburg

Marshaun Edwards Senior Mooresville

Wide Receivers/Tight ends:

Jaquez Vanderburg Senior Lake Norman

Jela Duncan Sophomore Mallard Creek

Louis Mitchell Senior Mallard Creek

Tyler Hamilton Junior Vance

Michael Haffner Senior Hopewell

Taylor Chiesa Senior North Mecklenburg

Dalton Pierce Senior Mooresville

Offensive Linemen:

Kane Sherrill Senior Lake Norman

Chris Timmons Senior Lake Norman

Devin Flowers Junior Mallard Creek

Clearance Montgomery Senior West Charlotte

Jaquan Mobley Senior West Charlotte

Pablo Alva Junior Vance

Sean Beaty Senior Hopewell

Jonathan Jones Senior Hopewell

Anthony Hill Senior Mooresville

Defensive Lineman:

Chandler Caldwell Senior Lake Norman

Dirqual Ellis Senior Lake Norman

Lynden Pinnock Senior Mallard Creek

Brent Spisak Junior Mallard Creek

Alex Glover Junior Mallard Creek

Britton Grier Junior West Charlotte

Joseph Goodman Senior West Charlotte

Casey Ifedi Senior Vance

Malcolm Bryant Senior Vance

Kevin Hart Senior Hopewell

Latham York Junior North Mecklenburg

Linebacker:

Connor Donoghue Senior Lake Norman

Cameron Stephenson Senior Mallard Creek

Evan Strange Senior Mallard Creek

Barrett Blue Senior West Charlotte

Jarvaris Massey Senior West Charlotte

Darius Williams Senior Vance

Devonte Applewhite Senior Vance

Justin Avery Senior Hopewell

Chance Miller Senior Hopewell

Defensive Backs:

Davis Ray Senior Lake Norman

Matt Browning Junior Mallard Creek

Ardy Holmes Junior West Charlotte

Dechane Durante Senior Vance

Calvin Hunter Junior Vance

Justin Beatty Junior Vance

Donshae Joyce Senior North Mecklenburg

Barkley Torrence Senior Mooresville

Butler's Newsome: LB Polofsky should play

Butler coach Mike Newsome said linebacker Alex Polofsky, who injured his knee in Friday’s quarterfinal win over East Meck, would likely play Friday.

Polofsky, a 6-foot, 220-pound senior, is one of the Bulldogs top defensive players.

“He’s walking around today without crutches,” Newsome said. “I think I’d rather see him walk with crutches. But I think he’ll be ready to go.”

No presale of tickets for Butler-Indy II

There will be no presale of tickets to the general public for Friday’s N.C. 4AA semifinal between Independence and Butler. The game will be played at 6,000-seat Providence High.

Kickoff is Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Providence parking lot will open at 5 p.m. and tickets will go on sale at 5:30. Tickets cost $8 each. Varsity football players, band members (who are performing Friday) and varsity cheerleaders from both schools will be allowed to buy two tickets each in advance at school this week. No passes will be accepted except N.C. High School coaches passes.

The game was moved to Providence because Butler’s home field seats only about 2,500, well short of the 4,000 required by the N.C. High School Athletic Association.

Mecklenburg County system athletics director Vicki Hamilton said there wasn’t time to organize a pre-sale of tickets as the schools had before their regular-season meeting at Independence. All tickets were sold out more than 48 hours before kickoff for that game, which Butler won 31-24 on Nov. 6.

Hamilton said Providence’s field seats 4,000 on the home side, which will be Butler’s, and 2,000 on the visitors. She added that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is bringing in professional parking attendants and ticket personnel as well as adding additional lighting in the parking areas. She said Providence had more parking spaces than any school in CMS and fans would also be parked on on-campus practice fields, as was the case at Independence.

“This was a joint effort between the three schools, Butler, Independence and Providence,” she said. “It was neat to see 27 people (Monday) come together to plan this. We had police from Mint Hill, Matthews, CMS and CMPD, plus area superintendents. I would challenge any system in the state to pull that many people together to pull off a football game.”

Brown's Riley, 1st Assembly's Minter win player, coach of year on North Neighbors team

From Lake Norman to Lincoln to Cabarrus County, some of the best teams, players and coaches have emerged this football season. So who are the best in the area? Here's our All-North Neighbors team (The Observer publishes several Neighbors sections throughout its coverage area that focus on specific areas. North Neighbors touches on Lake Norman area, University City in Charlotte and Cabarrus County).

Coach of the Year: Mike Minter, First Assembly.

Mike Minter came to First Assembly to win championships. But after winning 10 games and a conference title in his first year, Minter came up one point short of a state championship, losing 34-33 to Harrells Christian Academy in the title game.

This year, everything went perfectly. Minter led the Eagles to a flawless 13-0 mark and the NCISAA Division II state championship in a rout of Harrells 32-12.

"This win ranks right up there with winning a national championship, winning a high school championship and going to the Super Bowl for me," Minter, a former Carolina Panthers safety, said. "Right now, all you have to do is look at how hard these kids worked and how much they wanted this. That is why it feels so good."

Player of the Year: Travis Riley, A.L. Brown.

The Kannapolis Brown game plan is usually pretty simple: Run right, run left, run up the middle. The Wonders' main weapon is Travis Riley, who has run for more than 1,900 yards and 31 touchdowns this season.

Riley's nickname, "The Train," says most of what you need to know about the 6-foot, 200-pound junior tailback. He is getting interest from several Division I schools, including Duke and Wake Forest.

Offense

QB - Jeremy Cannon, Northwest Cabarrus. One of the top dual-threat QBs in the state.

RB - Travis Riley, A.L. Brown. More than 1,900 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns move the Wonders.

RB - Brian Baltimore, Hickory Ridge. Rushed for more than 1,900 yards and 18 touchdowns.

RB - Tony Moore, First Assembly. 1,927 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns led Eagles' offense.

RB - Shaun Warren, Carson. Rushed for more than 2,000 yards in a potent offense.

WR - Michael Haffner, Hopewell. More than 700 yards receiving and six touchdowns.

WR - Jacquise Moore, Concord. The Spiders' main weapon in their comeback season.

WR - Cody Clanton, Carson. 48 catches for more than 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns.

OL - Kane Sherrill, Lake Norman. Coach's son has made name for himself.

OL - Tavis Bailey, A.L. Brown. A major reason the Wonders' running game works.

OL - William Pate, First Assembly. All-state guard helped power the Eagles' strong offense.

OL - Danny Book, Hickory Ridge. One of main weapons paving the way for Brian Baltimore.

OL - Travis Furr, Central Cabarrus. A good player on a team that is building for the future.

Utility - Antonio Francis, Jay M. Robinson. Tailback does it all for the Bulldogs.

Defense

DL - Ainsley Miller, First Assembly. Can wreck an offensive line by himself.

DL - Zack Cook, Mount Pleasant. A terror, with more than 100 tackles and 16 sacks.

DL - Chandler Caldwell, Lake Norman. A major part of the Wildcats' best unit.

LB/DL - Dana Moss, A.L. Brown. One of leaders on a solid defensive unit.

LB - Jalen Brown, Concord. Helped Concord turn its season around with suffocating defense.

LB - Chance Miller, Hopewell. Seven sacks in one game; for most, that makes a season.

LB - Ryan Lemke, North Mecklenburg. Tackle machine led talented Vikings defense.

LB - Travis Hallman, Southlake Christian. 118 tackles in the regular season alone.

DB - Brandon Stegall, First Assembly. Future Division I player led Eagles to perfect mark.

DB - Cameron Hughes, Hopewell. All-conference corner one of the best cover guys around.

DB - Derrick Sewell, Carson. Six interceptions this season, including a game winner.

DB - Anthony Kilgore-Parker, North Mecklenburg. Going to the Shrine Bowl for his efforts.

Special Teams

K - Bradley Pinion, Northwest Cabarrus. Sophomore will be a big weapon for two more years.

P - Michael Haffner, Hopewell. Nearly 38 yards per punt helps field-position battle.


-- Correspondent Jay Edwards

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Northwestern 3A/4A all-conference football team

2009 Football Results
Release Date: Not Yet Released
Final Standings:
Team Conf Rec. Overall Rec.
1. Hibriten 6 / 0 11 / 0
2. Alexander 5 / 1 10 / 1
3. Watauga (T) 3 / 3 6 / 5
3. Hickory (T) 3 / 3 6 / 5
5. Fred T. Foard (T) 2 / 4 4 / 7
5. St. Stephens (T) 2 / 4 4 / 7
7. South Caldwell 0 / 6 3 / 8

4A Standings: 3A Standings
1. Alexander 1. Hibriten
2. Watauga 2. Hickory
3. South Caldwell 3. Fred T. Foard
4. St. Stephens
All Conference:
Hibriten: Leo Guevara
Alexander: Kyle Kinnaird, Darius Lipford Kyle Bradshaw
Josh Dula Thomas Fortner
Kaylen Pearson Parks Harrington
Tyler Harshaw Gus Smith
Tripp Patterson Dustin Anderson
Logan Bruton Blake Baker
Aaron Frye AJ Hopke
Cliff Swanson Kevin Markham
Nick Easton Taylor Pennell
Fisher Minton
Ryan Callaway

Watauga: Logan Smith

Hickory: Shaquan Reid
Devan Corum Fearious Anderson
Travis Oliver DJ Mouzon
Robbie Sherrill DJ Holloway
Jordan Pineda Jason Hill
Tanner Wilson Buddy Withers
Jared Pitts Patrick Smith
Matt Horney Alex Martin

Fred T. Foard: Quentin Owens
St. Stephens: Marcus Byrd
Tyler Ruth Parker Kersey
Orville Arel Tanner Miller
John Arney Jerry Grillo
Jameel Owens Keith Cooper

South Caldwell: Matt Volz
Kevin Jones
Michael Burton

Offensive Player of the Year:
Kyle Kinnaird Alexander Central

Defensive Player of the Year:
Josh Dula Hibriten

Special Teams Player of the Year:
Keith Cooper St. Stephens

Coach of the Year:
Tom Harper Alexander Central

Friday, November 27, 2009

Friday night's football recaps

West Rowan’s Kevin Parks, who became North Carolina’s career rushing leader last week, ran for four touchdowns in a 28-14 victory against Asheville in the 3A playoffs Friday.

Parks’ four scores pushed his season touchdown total to 50. He gained 197 yards on 29 carries. Parks’ final touchdown, with less than two minutes left, clinched it for the Falcons.

West Rowan improved to 14-0, and extended its winning streak to 28. The Falcons advanced to the semifinal, and will host Waynesville Tuscola, which upset Lenoir Hibriten 28-27 on Friday. Asheville finished 11-1-1.

NEWTON CONOVER 35, EAST LINCOLN 14: The Red Devils scored 21 consecutive points in the second quarter to win this 2AA third-round playoff.

Newton-Conover (13-1) advanced to next week’s semifinal, and will host Salisbury, which beat Canton Pisgah 35-7 on Friday.

Newton-Conover recovered three fumbles and intercepted two passes to beat East Lincoln (11-3) for the second time this season.

East Lincoln scored first on Cole Bowen’s blocked punt return, but Newton-Conover scored the next four touchdowns – Rashad Kissler’s 2-yard run, Paul Forney’s 52-yard interception return, Jamal Coates’ 15-yard run and Kissler’s 3-yard run.

ALBEMARLE 28, SWAIN COUNTY 27: The Bulldogs stopped the potential go-ahead, two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter for a 1AA playoff victory.
Albemarle (14-0) fell behind 14-0 to visiting Swain County, but scored four straight touchdowns to take a 28-14 lead.

The Bulldogs advanced to the semifinal, where they will host West Montgomery, which beat Hendersonville 17-14 on Friday.

Albemarle's running game featured Rusty Parks (97 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries), Malcolm Hammond (82 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries) and A.J. Little (71 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries).

Julius Williams and Shontigo Parker had 15 tackles apiece for Albemarle, and Montego Baldwin had an interception.

SALISBURY 35, CANTON PISGAH 7: The Hornets (10-4) topped 30 points for the fourth straight game, and won their second straight 2AA playoff game on the road.

Salisbury advanced to the semifinal against Newton-Conover, which beat East Lincoln 35-14 on Friday.

WAYNESVILLE TUSCOLA 28, LENOIR HIBRITEN 27: Tuscola scored two touchdowns in the final seven minutes to erase Hibriten’s 27-14 lead, and hand the Panthers their first loss in a 3A playoff.

Hibriten finished 13-1. Tuscola, which won its 12th straight game, is 12-1-1 and advanced to the semifinal against West Rowan, which beat Asheville 28-14 on Friday.

ANSON SENIOR 34, NORTHERN GUILFORD 32: The visiting Bearcats won a high-scoring 3AA playoff to extend their winning streak to four. Anson (10-4) will play the semifinal at Belmont South Point, which beat Kannapolis Brown 24-7 on Friday.

BURNSVILLE MOUNTAIN HERITAGE 27, LINCOLNTON 21: Lincolnton fell behind 27-7 and rallied with two second-half touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough in a road loss that eliminated the Wolves from the 2A playoffs.

Lincolnton finished 10-4. Mountain Heritage (12-2) will host Lexington in the semifinal.

ROCK HILL NORTHWESTERN 24, ROCK HILL SOUTH POINTE 6: Robert Joseph caught three touchdown passes from Justin Worley as the Trojans beat their city rivals to advance to the S.C. 4A Division II championship game.

Northwestern advanced to next Friday’s 8 p.m. championship game at Columbia’s Williams-Brice Stadium, and will play Berkeley, which beat Goose Creek 38-35 in double overtime on Friday.

Joseph’s scoring catches covered 11, 17 and 6 yards, and helped the Trojans (9-5) build a 24-0 lead in the third quarter. South Pointe finished 10-4, after winning its previous two playoffs by shutout.

- Cliff Mehrtens

Friday's football playoff scores

4AA: Butler 58, East Mecklenburg 8 (final)

4AA: Independence 46, Richmond Senior 27 (final)

3AA: Anson Senior 34, Northern Guilford 32 (final)

3AA: South Point 24, Kannapolis Brown 7 (final)

3A: Tuscola 28, Lenoir Hibriten 27 (final)

3A: West Rowan 28, Asheville 14 (final)

2AA: Salisbury 35, Canton Pisgah 7 (final)

2AA: Newton-Conover 35, East Lincoln 14 (final)

2A: Mountain Heritage 27, Lincolnton 21 (final)

1AA: Albemarle 28, Swain County 27 (final)

S.C. 4A: Northwestern 24, South Pointe 6 (final)

- Cliff Mehrtens

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Soccer All Region 10 team

North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association

2009 Region 10 All-Region Team

Public 3A Schools

First & Last Name

Class

Position

School

Austin Barber

Sr.

Defender

Hickory

Adam Betzwieser

Jr.

Midfielder

Hickory

Justin Bolick

Sr.

Defender

Fred T. Foard

Stephen Bridges

Fr.

Defender

Patton

Mitchell Cole

Sr.

Defender

Saint Stephens

Keith Cooper

Sr.

Defender

Saint Stephens

Addison Day

Sr.

Midfielder

Saint Stephens

Michael Delong

Jr.

Forward

Hickory

Jake Duncan

Jr.

Goalkeeper

Patton

Adam Eldin

Jr.

Midfielder

Patton

Drake Fisher

Sr.

Forward

Hickory

Thacher Inglefield

Sr.

Defender

Hickory

Khue Lane

Jr.

Forward

Patton

Cristhian Martinez

Jr.

Forward

Hibriten

Matt Meadlock

Sr.

Midfielder

Hibriten

Jackson Pitofsky

Sr.

Midfielder

Saint Stephens

Jule Picton

Sr.

Forward

Hibriten

Tim Raveica

Sr.

Defender

Fred T. Foard

Alexis Regino

Fr.

Forward

Freedom

Arael Regino

Sr.

Midfielder

Freedom

Brody Ruffner

Jr.

Midfielder

Fred T. Foard

Cody Solesbee

Jr.

Midfielder

Saint Stephens

NC All State Soccer Team Released

Name

Grade

Position

School

Eduardo Alvarez

So

F

Greensboro Day

Wes Butler

Jr

M

Forsyth Country Day

Jonathan Campbell

So

M

Greensboro Day

Alex Givens

Sr

M

North Raleigh Christian

Luke Vande Gueate

Sr

F

North Raleigh Christian

Jordan Lessard

Sr

M

Wesleyan Academy

Will McGinnis

Sr

M

Charlotte Latin

Seth Muller

Sr

F

Faith Christian School

Will O’Brien

Sr

D

Charlotte Latin

Matt Sarett

Sr

M

Cannon School

Joel Teah

Jr

F

Greensboro Day

Jack Ward

Sr

F

Fayetteville Academy

Public 1A

Name

Grade

Position

School

Jordan Cordero

Sr

F

Southwest Onslow

Jesus Cornejo

Sr

F

Monroe

Noah DeAngelo

So

M

Bishop McGuinness

Colby Geohagan

Sr

M

Dixon

Junior Hernandez

Sr

F

West Wilkes

Atticus Lum

Sr

D

Bishop McGuinness

Jordan Oliver

Sr

F

Dixon

Blake Pitz

Sr

F

Dixon

Evan Seach

Sr

F

Bishop McGuinness

Cody Syfrett

Sr

M

Southwest Onslow

Mitch Vodanacharski

Sr

D

Highland Tech

Public 2A

Name

Grade

Position

School

Ricardo Arias

Sr

F

Tarboro

Rob Binion

Sr

K

Shelby

Jose Gallegos

Sr

M

Clinton

Joe Graybeal

Sr

M

Northwood

Javier Guadarrama

Sr

M

Forbush

Trent Johnson

Jr

K

Cuthbertson

Brooks Julian

Sr

F

Randleman

Zach Mellon

Sr

M

Newton-Conover

Wyatt Morton

Sr

K

Swansboro

Luis Perez

Sr

F

Jordan-Matthews

Storm Tootle

Jr

F

Swansboro

Jared Webb

Sr

D

Swansboro

Cole Weicker

Sr

F

Polk County

Public 3A

Name

Grade

Position

School

Grey Baker

Sr

D

Western Alamance

Derek Bartushak

Sr

D

Cardinal Gibbons

Jake Brower

Sr

M

Southern Lee

Daniel Carvajal

Sr

F

Ashbrook

Garrett Condon

Sr

F

Marvin Ridge

Hector Cortes

Sr

M

Hunter Huss

Corey Faughnan

Sr

M

Jacksonville

Drake Fisher

Sr

F

Hickory

Edgar Herrara

Sr

F

South Johnston

Jimmy Johnson

Sr

F

Jacksonville

Hunter Joyner

Jr

K

Orange

Harry Lamm

Sr

D

Hunt

Jack Lindley

Sr

F

Williams

Chris Kyryliuk

Sr

M

Charlotte Catholic

Kenneth Lingerfelt

Sr

F

Asheville

Sean Monahan

Sr

M

Northern Guilford

Andrew Morales

Jr

M

Rocky Mount

Sidney Peterson

Jr

D

Jacksonville

Jule Picton

Sr

F

Hibriten

Sutton Porter

Sr

F

Charlotte Catholic

Angel Rebollar

Sr

F

JM Robinson

Arael Regino

Sr

M

Freedom

Matt Risher

Sr

F

Marvin Ridge

Chipper Root

Sr

F

Chapel Hill

Danny Sassano

Sr

M

Forestview

Public 4A

Name

Grade

Position

School

Clayton Adams

Sr

K

New Hanover

Thomas Allen

Sr

D

Providence

Christian Alphonso

Sr

D

Northwest Guilford

Landon Barefoot

Sr

M

Ardrey Kell

Stanley Broaden

Jr

F

Ashley

Josh Brown

Jr

K

Myers Park

Bo Burns

Sr

D

Leesville Road

Phillip Carmon

Jr

D

Reagan

Casey Caronis

Sr

M

Myers Park

Rocket Court

Sr

F

Terry Sanford

Harrison Delbridge

Sr

F

Broughton

Jeremy Dennis

Sr

F

Vance

Paul Egle

Jr

F

T.C. Roberson

Michael Forsyth

Sr

M

Apex

Giusseppe Gentile

Jr

F

Ardrey Kell

Jared Girard

Sr

M

Green Hope

Blair Jeralds

Sr

M

West Forsyth

Justin Jones

Sr

M

Southwest Guilford

Bjorn Johnsen

Sr

F

Broughton

Oliver Klockman

Sr

D

Laney

John Krentz

Sr

D

North Mecklenburg

Will Krentz

Sr

D

North Mecklenburg

Spencer Lacivita

Jr

K

Millbrook

Patrick Lipps

Sr

M

Myers Park

Robert Lovejoy

Sr

F

Page

David Mathabane

Jr

F

East Forsyth

Walther Mejia

Jr

F

Hoke

Ryan Metts

Sr

M

Wakefield

Montrell Morgan

Sr

K

East Mecklenburg

Senyonju Mukungosr

Sr

D

Jordan

Teddy Mullins

Jr

M

Jordan

James Nero

Sr

D

Olympic

Mike Paye

So

M

East Wake

JP Rafferty

Sr

D

Sanderson

Corey Roberts

Sr

D

AC Reynolds

Glenn Scott

Sr

D

Sanderson

Nate Stephens

So

M

Grimsley

Ross Tomaselli

Sr

M

New Hanover

Hector Valentin

Sr

F

Fuquay Varina