Thursday, December 31, 2009

N.C. Preps All State Football Team

2009 NCPREPS.COM ALL-STATE TEAM

OFFENSE

QB - Christian LeMay - Butler
RB - K.P. Parks - West Rowan
RB - Casey Randolph - Mountain Heritage
WR - Thomas Fryar - Jones Senior
WR - Dee Williams - South Johnston
WR/TE - Seth Cranfill - Bandys
OL - T.J. Leifeit - Hoggard
OL - Takoby Cofield - Tarboro
OL - Robert Crisp - Athens Drive
OL - Tim Pangburn - West Rowan
OL - Corey Robinson - Havelock

DEFENSE

DL - Everett Israel - New Hanover
DL - Jamil Hawes - Asheville
DL - Chris Smith - West Rowan
DL - Terrence Surratt - Parkland
LB - Patrick Blalock - A.C. Reynolds
LB - Steve Williams - Reidsville
LB - Major Bryant - Dudley
DB - Keenan Allen - Northern Guilford
DB - David Amerson - Dudley
DB - Kasheem Reid - Richmond County
DB - Ryan McMahan - Swain County

SPECIAL TEAMS/ATHLETES

K - Kasey Redfern - Ragsdale
P - Bryce Thompson - Providence
KR/PR - Jamison Crowder - Monroe/Jamal Williams - SW Onslow

ATH - Anthony Carrothers - Independence
ATH - Lamar Ivey - Eastern Alamance
ATH - Nate Charest - Butler
ATH - Darius Lipford - Hibriten
ATH - Stephone Anthony - Anson County

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: K.P. Parks - West Rowan

COACH OF THE YEAR: Joey Price - Wallace-Rose Hill

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bojangles' Shootout updates Day Three

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Looking back at 25 years of Sweet 16 basketball

Coverage of Tuesday's Bojangles Semifinals

WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS

Hopewell 56, Victory Christian 38: the Titans, No. 1 in the Sweet 16, dominated from the start, limiting Victory Christian to 11 first half points. Victory shot 33 percent and had 19 turnovers and only eight assists.

Lloyd Simmons had 14 points and five rebounds for Victory. Hopewell got 14 points and 12 rebounds from DeMon Brooks. Bryce Hawkins had 11 points and six rebounds.

Hopewell girls 53, Harding 33, girls championship: Hopewell took an 18-4 lead after the first quarter and cruised home with the title. Hannah Early had 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals and was named championship MVP. Harding didn't get a scorer with more than Bria Lewis' 6 points. The Rams shot 22.8 percent. Hopewell shot 54.3.

Gastonia Forestview 64, Mallard Creek 36: The Jaguars won the third place game easily, jumping out to a 15-6 first quarter lead and limiting Mallard Creek to 26 percent shooting.

Shannon Smith made 3-of-7 3-point attempts and finished with 29 points and 6 assists for Forestview. Nicole Graham had 10 for Mallard Creek.

Harding 65, Ardrey Kell 62: Harding took a 37-20 halftime lead and withstood a bit of a late rally to hold off the Knights in the boys' third place game. Ardrey Kell (9-5) lost its second straight game despite outscoring the Rams 65-62 in the fourth quarter.

Corey Raley-Ross led Harding and all scorers with 36 points. He made 13-of-16 shots and had five rebounds and five steals. Justin Cheek had 22 points and five rebounds for the Knights.


Ardrey Kell girls 46, Victory Christian 45: Amanda Tyson's jumper with 1:48 left was the final score in the game and the winning basket for the Knights, who trailed 26-21 at halftime.

Victory shot 35 percent. Alexis Hicks had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Ayana Rashed had 19 points for the Kings.

Amanda Tyson had 15 points and five rebounds for the Knights. Christelle Shembo had 10 points and 13 rebounds. Erica Chandler had 14 rebounds.

Charlotte Christian 50, Greenville Southside 41: The Knights won their second straight game, limiting Southside to only five points in the fourth quarter. Southside got 12 points and 9 rebounds from Javaris Barksdale. The Knights got 19 points and 6 rebounds from junior center Anthony Gill. Christian got 57 percent for the game.

Concord Cannon 78, Concord Robinson 52: The game was 39-26 at halftime for Cannon and 53-43 going into the fourth quarter, but a big 25-9 push in the final period opened up the game for Cannon, which got its first win this week. Jarell Eddie, who had 31 in Tuesday's round, had 26 points and 12 rebounds. Keith Belfield had 23 points and 11 rebounds for Cannon.

Robinson got 20 points and three steals from Elijah Hampton.

West Meck girls 56, West Charlotte 53, 2 OT: in the 7th place game at the Bojangles Shootout, West Meck outscored the Lions 5-2 in the second OT to secure the win.

West Meck's November Mitchell hit a 3-point shot with 98 seconds left in the second overtime to give her team a 56-51 lead. West Charlotte's Jessica Garris hit a layup with 19 seconds left to get closer but the Lions missed two free throws and two jump shots to end the game.

Mitchell had 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals for West Meck. Sharnesha Brently had 10 points and 8 rebounds and Latoya Nixon had 7 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks.

Garris had 17 points and 11 rebounds for West Charlotte. Kalisha Williams had 19 points, 3 steals and 3 rebounds.

WEDNESDAY'S SUMMARIES
GIRLS
W. Charlotte 12 11 13 9 6 2 -- 53
W. Meck 7 14 17 7 6 5 -- 56
W. CHARLOTTE 53 --
Jenkins 2, Gardner 4, Kalisha Williams 19, McClain 8, Jessica Garris 17, Dixon 2, Puryia 1
W MECK 55 -- Spring 7, Thompson 8, November Mitchell 17, Horton 2, Tyrance 3, Sharnesha Brently 10, Nixon 7, Saunders 2.

Ardrey Kell 46, Victory Christian 45
Ardrey Kell 15 6 16 9 -- 46
Victory Christian 16 10 11 8 -- 45
ARDREY KELL 46 --
White 7, Christelle Shembo 10, Chandler 4, Amanda Tyson 15, Oceania Anderson 10
VICTORY 45 -- Ayana Rashed 19, Thomas 5, Nicholson 3, Alexis Hicks 12, Sales 6

Gastonia Forestview 64, Mallard Creek 36
Forestview 15 16 9 24 -- 64
Mallard Creek 6 10 10 10 -- 36
FORESTVIEW 64 --
Shannon Smith 29, Bre Armstrong 13, Kelsey Harris 16, Joyner 2, Ivory 4
MALLARD CREEK 36 -- Phillips 2, Tarver 3, Benson 8, Spruill 2, Nicole Graham 10, Tillard 3, Overgard 6, Funderburk 2

Hopewell 53, Harding 33, championship
Harding 4 10 9 10 -- 33
Hopewell 18 12 10 13 -- 53
HARDING 33 --
Harris 3, Key 2, Karlyn 4, Coe 2, Lewis 2, Parker 2, B. Lewis 6, Foggie 2, Morrow 1, Harris 7, Parker 2.
HOPEWELL 53 -- Hannah Early 21, Boyd 2, Hunter Meakin 11, Summerville 2, Burks 9, Arey 2, Spaulding 6

BOYS
Concord Cannon 78, Concord Robinson 52
Robinson 14 12 17 9 - 52
Cannon 19 20 14 25 -- 78
ROBINSON 52 --
Gadd 7, Fandal 5, Elijah Hampton 20, Smithson 5, Allen 6, Weber 2, Francis 3, Bostick 2, Koerner 2
CANNON 78 -- Decker 8, Belfield 1, Hennigan 7, Keith Belfield 23, Jarell Eddie 26, Jason Eddie 2, Michael Falcone 10, Willoughby 1

Charlotte Christian 50, Greenville Southside 41
Christian 14 11 9 16 -- 50
Southside 10 16 5 10 -- 41

CHRISTIAN 50 --
Walker 7, Smith 4, Maharaj 2, Mitchell 9, Anthony Gill 19, Harris 2, Potocnik 3, Hall 4
SOUTHSIDE 41 -- Lawrence 5, Lloyd 7, Pinson 4, Bell 9, Hudgens 3, Banks 1, Barksdale 12

Hopewell 56, Victory Christian 38
Victory 4 7 16 11 -- 38
Hopewell 7 13 20 16 -- 56
VICTORY 38 -- Thomas 6, Corley 4, Lloyd Simmons 14, Clyburn 7, Tillet 3, Hall 4
HOPEWELL 56 -- McLaurin 4, Downing 9, Addie 8, DeMon Brooks 14, Bryce Hawkins 11, Pope 2, Avery 4, Finney 2, Burney 1, Hairston 1

Harding 65, Ardrey Kell 62
Ardrey Kell 11 9 16 26 -- 62
Harding 17 20 11 17 -- 65
ARDREY KELL 62 --
Alexander 7, Cox 2, Pickett 5, Justin Cheek 22, Owen 9, Hower 2, Shelton 2, Jefferson 1, Troy Elkins 12
HARDING 65 -- Crooms 9, Corey Raley-Ross 36, Hairston 4, Wright 8, Jackson 8.

Best Sweet 16-era basketball teams/players ever?

The Observer's Sweet 16 basketball and football polls debuted in 1984. This is the 25th anniversary for the rankings, which have been a hit for the newspaper.


Last week, we published the top football teams and top football players of the past 25 years, the Silver Anniversary poll and teams.

Today, we published some of the top memories of the past 25 years of Sweet 16 basketball.

We are putting together our lists of the top teams and players in girls and boys basketball of the past 25 years and will release those lists later this week.

Wondering if there's anybody or any teams we should consider?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Bojangles' Shootout updates Day Two

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Victory Christian 63, Harding 51: the Kings broke open a tight game with a 25-11 third quarter. Victory's superior size advantage wore down the Rams, who shot 34 percent for the game. Victory got 19 points and 9 rebounds from senior Josh Clyburn and will play Sweet 16 No. 1 Hopewell in Wednesday's championship game of the Bojangles' Shootout at Bojangles' Coliseum.

Tip off is 8:30 p.m.

Victory Christian 63, Harding 51 Harding 10 11 11 19 -- 51 Victory 9 18 25 11 -- 63 HARDING 51 -- Burris 3, A. Linton 10, Corey Raley-Ross 13, Michael 3, Patton 6, Earle 3, Hairston 6, Jackson 7 VICTORY 63 -- Valentino Thomas 18, Tillet 3, Corley 8, Gumwel 4, Simmons 8, Bakheit 1, Hall 2, Josh Clyburn 19



Hopewell girls 55, No. 3 Gastonia Forestview 44: Hopewell (10-2) dominated Forestview, forcing the Jaguars into 26 percent shooting. Forestview star Shannon Smith, signed to North Carolina, had 20 points for Forestview but shot 5-for-23. Teammate Kelsey Harris, signed to Elon, had 16 points but shot 7-for-18.

Hunter Meakin had 18 points and three rebounds for Hopewell, which got 13 points and six rebounds from Margaret Spaulding and 12 points and five rebounds from Hannah Early.

Hopewell 62, Ardrey Kell 38: Hopewell, No. 1 in the Sweet 16, held No. 16 Ardrey Kell without a field goal for nearly eight minutes starting in the middle of the second quarter and extending to the third. The Titans (12-0) built a big lead and moved to their second straight Bojangles' final.

Hopewell will face either Harding or Victory Christian in Wednesday's 8:30 p.m. championship game at Bojangles' Coliseum.

DeMon Brooks made 7-of-8 shot attempts and had 19 points and five rebounds for Hopewell. Ardrey Kell didn't have a double figure scorer. Justin Cheek led the team with 9 points.

Harding girls 47, Mallard Creek 43 OT: Harding shot 17 percent and scored only four points in the first quarter but rallied to win in overtime. The Rams grabbed 39 offensive rebounds and got 18 points from Olivia Parker, who had 10 rebounds. The Rams will play Hopewell in Wednesday's championship.

Greenville Southside 74, Concord Cannon 62: Cannon got 31 points and 12 rebounds from Virginia Tech signee Jarell Eddie, but lost for the second time in the tournament in as many days. Southside outscored Cannon 16-11 in the second quarter and 23-16 in the third to build a working margin.

Javaris Barksdale had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Southside, which bounced back from a blowout loss to Victory Christian Monday, by limiting Cannon to 36 percent shooting.

Victory Christian girls 55, West Meck 43: Victory Christian outscored West Meck 18-6 in the first quarter and 11-5 in the third opening up their consolation round win. Victory Christian got 18 points and 10 rebounds from Alexis Hicks. West Meck was led by November Mitchell and Sharnesha Brently, who both had 14

Ardrey Kell girls 72, West Charlotte 36: Ardrey Kell shot out to a 22-4 first quarter lead and led 40-16 at halftime. Four Knights scored in double figures: Katelyn White (13), Christelle Shembo (12), Erica Chandler (10) and Amanda Tyson (14).

West Charlotte got 13 points and 7 rebounds from sophomore Gabrielle McClain, who had her second straight strong showing.

Charlotte Christian boys 63, Concord Robinson 26: After a big rally against Hopewell last night, and ultimately a 3-point loss, Charlotte Christian had a quick turnaround for its 9 a.m. consolation game with Concord Robinson at Bojangles' Coliseum at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning.

No problem. The Knights forced Robinson into 11 percent shooting in the first half and 18 percent for the game. Christian outrebounded Robinson 41-25. The Knights led 29-8 at halftime.

Kyler Brown, who made 7-of-8 field goals, led the Knights with 15 points. Anthony Gill had 14 on 7-for-8 shooting. Christian shot 61.5 percent in the second half and 56.6 percent for the game.

Christian will play at 3:30 Wednesday at Bojangles' Coliseum against the winner of today's Concord Cannon-Greenville Southside game. If its Cannon, it would match two bitter conference rivals who shared the CISAA championship last season -- and two N.C. 3A Independent Schools state title contenders.

BOYS RESULTS

Hopewell 62, Ardrey Kell 39

Ardrey Kell 14 6 11 8 -- 39

Hopewell 11 17 11 23 -- 62

ARDREY KELL 39 -- Alexander 6, Cox 4, Cheek 9, Elkins 5, Owen 2, Shelton 7, Kisonas 2, Pickett 4

HOPEWELL 62 -- McLaurin 4, Downing 9, Addie 2, DeMon Brooks 19, Bryce Hawkins 14, Pope 2, Avery 2, Finney 2, Burney 4, Hairston 4




Greenville Southside 74, Concord Cannon 62

Cannon 16 11 16 19 – 62

Southside 17 16 23 18 – 74

CANNON 62 – D. Belfield 2, Jason Eddie 7, Keith Belfield 13, Jarell Eddie 31, Decker 5, Hennigan 3, Jewell 1

SOUTHSIDE 74 Jalen Lawrence 10, Lloyd 2, Jakoye Pinson 10, Bell 9, Irby 8, Wells-Simmons 1, Hudgens 9, Morton 9, Richardson 1, Javaris Barksdale 15

Charlotte Christian 63, Concord Robinson 26
Robinson 5 3 12 6 -- 26
Christian 12 17 19 15 -- 63
ROBINSON 26 -- Gadd 7, Hampton 2, Koerner 3, Allen 9, Weber 2, Little 1, Smithson 2
CHRISTIAN 63 -- Walker 2, Smith 2, Maharaj 4, Mitchell 8, Anthony Gill 14, Watkins 7, Robinson 3, U-edosomwan 2, Potocnik 4, Hall 2, Kyler Brown 15

GIRLS RESULTS
Ardrey Kell 72, West Charlotte 36
W. Charlotte 4 12 8 12 -- 36
Ardrey Kell 22 18 17 15 -- 72
WEST CHARLOTTE 36 -- Kalisha Williams 11, Gabrielle McClain 13, Garris 4, Moses 2, Byers 4, Jenkins 1, Puryia 1
ARDREY KELL 72 -- Steele 2, Katelyn White 13, Christelle Shembo 12, Erica Chandler 10, Amanda Tyson 14, Grauer 9, Perry 2, Conway 3, Dykes 4, Whalen 1, Anderson 2

Hopewell 55, Gastonia Forestview 44

Forestview 4 12 15 13 – 44

Hopewell 14 14 16 11 – 55

FORESTVIEW 44 – Shannon Smith 20, Armstrong 2, Kelsey Harris 16, Gardin 4, Ellis 2

HOPEWELL 55 – Hannah Early 12, Boyd 2, Hunter Meakin 18, Summerville 4, Burks 6, Margaret Spaulding 13.


Victory Christian 55, West Meck 43
West Meck 6 16 5 16 -- 43
Victory 18 14 11 12 -- 55
WEST MECK 43 -- Thompson 2, Sharnesha Brently 14, White 3, November Mitchell 14, Springs 5, Tyrance 4, Garrett 1
VICTORY 55 -- Wood 5, Ayana Rashed 13, Thomas 7, Nicholson 4, Alexis Hicks 18, Whitley 2, Washington 2, Sales 4

Harding 47, Mallard Creek 43 OT

Harding 4 9 6 19 9 – 47

Mallard Creek 8 11 12 7 5 – 43

HARDING 47 – Harris 2, Key 3, Coe 5, Lewis 2, A. Harris 4, Olivia Parker 18, B. Lewis 4, Karlyn 7, Foggie 2

MALLARD CREEK 43 – Phillips 4, Tarver 3, Blackmon 2, Benson 3, Spruill 2, Nicole Graham 11, Najmah Tillard 16, Funderburk 2

Monday, December 28, 2009

Bojangles' Shootout updates

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Hopewell boys 58, Charlotte Christian 55: Hopewell led by 18 with seven minutes to play but Christian put on a big rally to get back in it and had three shots to tie the game in the final seconds. None went in and Hopewell moved to today's semifinals against Ardrey Kell.

Harding 82, Concord Cannon 70: The Rams pressure defense caused problems all game for Cannon, which shot 37 percent and had 20 turnovers. Cannon's Keith Belfield (36 points, 9-of-18 FG, 5-for-10 3-pt FG) had a big game. He also had 8 rebounds. Senior Virginia Tech recruit Jarell Eddie had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Corey Raley-Ross had 29 points, 9 assists and two steals for the Rams, who will play Victory Christian in tonight's 8:30 semifinal at Bojangles' Coliseum.

Mallard Creek girls 64, Victory Christian 52: The Mavericks held Victory Christian to 15 points in the first half, built a double-digit lead and kept it most of the game. Mallard Creek star Somalia McKinney played only three minutes, recovering from injury, and scored one point. Umeka Benson had 12 points and 17 rebounds, including 10 offensive rebounds.

Alexis Hicks and Ayana Rashed had 12 points each for Victory (6-6).

Gastonia Forestview girls 74, West Charlotte 35: Forestview's Shannon Smith, a North Carolina signee, had 19 points on 9-for-12 shooting plus 9 steals and seven assists for the Jaguars, who reached the N.C. 3A championship game last year. Bre Armstrong had 16 and Kelsey Harris 12 for Forestview, which led 22-4 after the first quarter.

Sophomore Gabrielle McClain had 11 points and 8 rebounds for the Lions.

Victory Christian 73, Greenville (SC) Southside 51: Victory Christian jumped out to a 22-5 lead and never looked back. The Kings led by more than 20 points nearly the entire final three quarters, despite making 26 turnovers. Victory Christian had 14 blocks and got monster games from senior forward Karor Gumwell (13 points, 14 rebounds, 8 blocks, 2 steals) and Joshua Clyburn (18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks).

Ardrey Kell boys 59, Concord Robinson 41: Bad sign for Concord Robinson: the team shot 65 percent in the first half and outrebounded the Knights 16-9 -- and the team still trailed.

Robinson led 28-16 before Knights coach Mike Craft put on a press. Robinson never could figure it out, being outscored 15-1 to end the half. In the second half, Robinson only scored 12 points, including four in the fourth quarter.

The Knights (9-3) cruised behind Justin Cheek's 22 points on a day when starting forward Prince Shembo was playing in an all-star football game in South Carolina and starting center Cameron McQueen injured his ankle early in the first quarter and did not return.

Hopewell girls 45, Ardrey Kell 39 -- Hopewell jumped out to a 15-6 first quarter lead but had trouble scoring late before holding on to win a first round game. The Titans will play Gastonia Forestview or West Charlotte in tomorrow's 5:10 p.m. semifinals at the Bojangles' Coliseum.

Christelle Shembo had 8 points and 19 rebounds for Ardrey Kell, including 13 offensive rebounds. Erica Chandler had 13 points.

Hunter Meakin had 22 points for Hopewell, making 6-of-9 three-point shots.

Harding girls 60, West Meck 29: Harding jumped on West Meck with a 20-4 first quarter. West scored 17 in the second quarter but only 4, 3 and 5 in the other three quarters.

Jazmine Lewis led the Rams with 11 points. Harding will play Victory Christian or Mallard Creek in Tuesday's semifinals at Bojangles' Coliseum at 6:50 p.m.





Girls Results
Girls Results
Mallard Creek 64, Victory Christian 52
Victory 9 6 21 16 – 52
Mallard 8 17 18 21 – 64
VICTORY 52 – Ayana Rashed 12, Thomas 2, Alexis Hicks 12, Sales 1, Wood 1, Whitney 8, Chantalle Nicholson 16
MALLARD 64 – Phillips 7, Umeka Benson 12, Nicole Graham 14, Najmah Tillard 14, White 2, Stinson 2, Blackmon 7, Revels 2, Tarver 3, McKenney 1


Harding 60, West Meck 29
West Meck 4 17 3 5 – 29
Harding 20 165 13 11 – 60
WEST MECK 29
– Thompson 4, Brenly 9, Nixon 4, Mitchell 3, Springs 2, White 5, Horton 2
HARDING 60 – Harris 6, Morrow 4, Coe 7, Jazmine Lewis 11, Harris 4, Parker 6, Key 2, B. Lewis 5, Karyln 3, Gresham 3, Foggie 3, Parker 6

Hopewell 45, Ardrey Kell 39
Hopewell 15 9 10 11 – 45
Ardrey Kell 6 9 10 14 – 39
HOPEWELL 45 –
Boyd 7, Hunter Meakin 22, Summerville 2, Burks 4, Spaulding 4, Early 4, Wolfkill 2
ARDREY KELL 39 – Dykes 2, White 4, Shembo 8, Erica Chandler 13, Amanda Tyson 10, Perry 2.

Gastonia Forestview 74, West Charlotte 35
W. Charlotte 4 9 11 11 – 35
Forestview 22 18 20 14 – 74
WEST CHARLOTTE 35 –
Burton 2, Gardner 3, Williams 6, Gabrielle McClain 11, Garris 5, Dixon 3, Geid 2, Puryia 3
FORESTVIEW 74 – Shannon Smith 19, Bre Armstrong 16, Kelsey Harris 12, J. Smith 4, L. Smith 5, S. Harris 2, Schrader 8, Ellis 2, Gardin 2, Ivory 4.


Boys Results
Ardrey Kell 59, Concord Robinson 41
Robinson 16 13 8 4 – 41
Ardrey Kell 12 19 8 20 – 59
ROBINSON 41 –
Ross Gadd 14, Hampton 8, Koerner 8, Allen 6, Francis 3, Bostick 2
ARDREY KELL 59 – Cox 2, Justin Cheek 22, Drew Owens 12, McQueen 6, Shelton 5, Kisonas 2, Jefferson 2, Pickett 2, Elkin 6.

Victory Christian 73, Southside 51
Victory 22 20 12 19 – 73
Southside 5 13 19 14 – 51
VICTORY 73 –
Streater 2, Mitchell 4, Corley 8, Karor Gumwell 13, Bakheit 3, Valentino Thomas 14, Tillet 4, Simmons 7, Joshua Clyburn 18
SOUTHSIDE 51 – Lawrence 4, Braylon Lloyd 14, Jakoye Pinson 10, Bell 4, Irby 2, Hudgens 6, Morton 5, Richardson 3, Barksdale 3

Harding 82, Concord Cannon 70
Cannon 14 10 20 26 – 70
Harding 15 24 25 18 – 82
CANNON 70 –
Jason Eddie 11, Brown 2, Falcone 1, Keith Belfield 36, Jarell Eddie 12, Merrell 4, D. Belfield 4
HARDING 82 – Crooms 2, Corey Raley-Ross 29, Jenkins 2, Hairston 8, D. Jackson 15, Reddick 1, P Earle 15, C. Wright 10

Friday, December 18, 2009

Fall sports Wachovia Cup Leaders

Wachovia Bank, a Wells Fargo company, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, today announced the standings for fall sports in the Wachovia Cup competitions for the 2009-10 academic year.

The Wachovia Cup award, sponsored by Wachovia and the NCHSAA, recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications. Wachovia has sponsored the conference awards program since 1980.
   
The Wachovia Conference Cup, formerly known as the Wachovia Trophy, is a companion to the Wachovia Cup. The Conference Cup is awarded to schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performance in each individual
athletic conference.
   
In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points. Conferences are listed alphabetically by classification.

Class 1-A Conference Results

Carolina 1-A: Princeton is in first place after the fall, with a tie for
first in volleyball with Rosewood and a second-place finish in football.
Ayden-Grifton and Rosewood are in a deadlock for second, with Ayden-Grifton
finishing first in women’s tennis and second in men’s soccer, while Rosewood
wound up second in women’s tennis along with its tie for first in
volleyball. Conference Standings: Princeton 17, Ayden-Grifton 16, Rosewood
16, North Duplin 15, Goldsboro 13, Spring Creek 12.

Coastal Plains 1-A: Dixon dominated the fall with conference titles in
volleyball, men’s soccer, women’s tennis and golf, and men’s and women’s
cross country. Southwest Onslow is in second after a first-place finish in
football. Conference Standings: Dixon 335, Southwest Onslow 220, East
Carteret 190, Lejeune 180, Jones Senior 155, Pamlico 145.

Four Rivers 1-A: Manteo secures the top spot in the conference, thanks to
league crowns in football and men’s soccer. Williamston is in second,
finishing second in both football and volleyball. Perquimans finished first
in volleyball and is currently in third overall. Conference Standings:
Manteo 41.5, Williamston 37.5, Perquimans 32, Camden 29, Northside 28.5,
Southside 26.5, Roanoke 18.5, Plymouth 16.5.

Smoky Mountain 1-A: Murphy leads the conference through the fall with a
first-place finish in football, and third-place finishes in men’s and
women’s cross country.  Hayesville, in second place overall, captured the
men’s cross country championship, and was second in soccer. Swain is in
third, tying Murphy with a first-place finish in football.
Conference Standings: Murphy 61, Hayesville 60.5, Swain 59.5, Robbinsville
53, Andrews 39, Highlands 24, Blue Ridge 19.5, Rosman 18, Cherokee 15.5,
Hiwassee Dam 9, Nantahala 6.


Tar Roanoke 1-A: Gates County leads the way, capturing championships in both
men’s and women’s cross country. The runner-up in football, North Edgecombe,
is in second place. Conference Standings: Gates County 210, North Edgecombe
175, Northampton-East 165, Southeast Halifax 150, KIPP Pride 145, Weldon 90,
Northampton-West 70.

Tideland 1-A: Jamesville is the conference leader after the fall season,
with a top     finish in volleyball. Cape Hatteras ended the fall season
just a half-point out of first place. Conference Standings: Jamesville 12.5,
Cape Hatteras 12, Columbia 9.5, Creswell 9, Bear Grass 7, Mattamuskeet 4.

Tri County 1-A: Pender sits atop the conference after a first-place finish
in volleyball, and a second place finish in football. Hobbton is in second
with a conference title in men’s soccer. Conference Standings: Pender 22,
Hobbton 21, Wallace-Rose Hill 17.5, Union 16.5, James Kenan 15.5, Heide
Trask 15.5, Midway 14.5, Lakewood 12.5.

Yadkin Valley 1-A: East Montgomery sits atop the conference after a
first-place finish in women’s tennis, and a tie for first in men's soccer
with second-place Gray Stone Day. Gray Stone Day also finished first in
men’s and women’s cross country. South Stanly is in third, bolstered by a
second-place finish in men’s cross country. Conference Standings: East
Montgomery 252.5, Gray Stone Day 242.5, South Stanly 235, Albemarle 220,
Chatham Central 202.5, North Moore 190, North Rowan 160, South Davidson 160.

Class 1-A/2-A Conference Results

Carolina 9 1-A/2-A: There is a tie for the conference lead between Carrboro
and the North Carolina School of Science and Math. Carrboro finished first
in both men’s and women’s cross country, while NCSSM led the way in women’s
tennis. The third-place finisher, Northwood, captured the men’s soccer
championship. Conference Standings: Carrboro and NCSSM 33 each, Northwood
31, Cedar Ridge 29, Raleigh Charter 25, Durham School of the Arts 20, South
Granville 15, River Mill 5, Granville Central 5.

Mountain Valley 1-A/2-A: Thanks to first-place finishes in football and
volleyball, and a second-place spot in men’s soccer, Starmount holds the
lead. Forbush is in second place after a first-place finish in women’s golf.
Wilkes Central finished first in men’s soccer and second in men’s cross
country, resulting in a third-place finish overall. Conference Standings:
Starmount 50.5, Forbush 41, Wilkes Central 39, Ashe County 38, West Wilkes
33, Elkin 31.5, East Wilkes 30.5, Alleghany 29.5, North Wilkes 13.

Northwest 1-A/2-A: Bishop McGuinness finished first in both men’s and
women’s cross country and second in men’s soccer, earning it first place in
the conference after the fall season. Surry Central is in second, taking
first in men’s soccer and second in men’s cross country. Mount Airy
currently sits in third with first-place finishes in both football and
women’s tennis. Conference Standings: Bishop McGuinness 45.5, Surry Central
37, Mount Airy 35, West Stokes 31, East Surry 28.5, South Stokes 28.5, North
Stokes 27.5, North Surry 24, Winston Salem Prep 7.

Rocky River 1-A/2-A: Piedmont leads the way after a first-place finish in
volleyball and a second-place finish in men’s soccer. West Stanly is just
one point behind in second, finishing first in women’s cross country, and
second in both men's cross country and women’s tennis. Cuthbertson is in
third place, capturing top league honors in both men’s cross country and
soccer. Conference Standings: Piedmont 44, West Stanly 43, Cuthbertson 39,
North Stanly 33, Central Academy 21.5, Union Academy 21.5, Berry Academy
20.5, Forest Hills 20.5, Monroe 20.

Southern Piedmont 1-A/2-A: Championships in football, men’s soccer, and
volleyball propelled East Lincoln to the top of the conference standings.
North Lincoln sits in second place, capturing a championship in women’s
tennis. Lincolnton is in third with second-place finishes in both football
and men’s soccer. Conference Standings: East Lincoln 72, North Lincoln 62,
Lincolnton 54, West Lincoln 42, Highland 35, Cherryville 16, Bessemer City
10, Challenger 8.

Three-Rivers 1-A/2-A: St. Paul’s is in first after a championship in women’s
cross country. Fairmont is the runner-up, finishing first in football and
women’s tennis. League titles in football and volleyball have East Columbus
in third. Conference Standings: St. Paul’s 30, Fairmont 24, East Columbus
20, South Robeson 18, Red Springs 17, West Columbus 12.

Western Highlands 1-A/2-A: Charles D. Owen captured championships in men’s
cross country, women’s tennis and golf to hold the league's top spot.
Hendersonville is just a half-point off the pace, earning second place with
a championship in women’s cross country, and tying for first place with Polk
in men’s soccer and volleyball. Polk is in third place. Conference
Standings: Owen 81.5, Hendersonville 81, Polk 77.5, Mountain Heritage 71,
Avery 65, Thomas Jefferson 45, Madison 36.5, Mitchell 21.

Class 2-A Conference Results

Catawba Valley 2-A: Bandys edged out Newton-Conover for the top spot in the
conference with championships in football and volleyball, and a second-place
finish in men’s cross country. Newton-Conover finished second in football,
women’s tennis, and volleyball. J.C. Draughn is in third, with first-place
finishes in men’s soccer, men's cross country, and women’s cross country.
Conference Standings: Bandys 35, Newton-Conover 34, J.C. Draughn 33, Maiden
28.5, East Burke 24.5, Bunker Hill 23, South Iredell, West Caldwell 10.

Central Carolina 2-A: League titles in women’s cross country, tennis, and
men’s soccer have Salisbury atop the conference standings at the end of the
fall. West Davidson is the runner-up, taking the conference crown in
volleyball and finishing second in men’s soccer. Central Davidson is in
third after a first-place finish in men’s cross country.
Conference Standings: Salisbury 53.5, West Davidson 50, Central Davidson
47.5, East Davidson 43.5, Lexington 37.5, Thomasville 32.

East Central 2-A: East Duplin edges out Swansboro for first place in the
conference after first-place finishes in football, volleyball, and women’s
tennis; Swansboro was first in both men’s soccer and volleyball. Topsail is
in third place. Conference Standings: East Duplin 69.5, Swansboro 68.5,
Topsail 65, Richlands 62, Croatan 60, Northside 50, Clinton 46, South Lenoir
46.

Eastern Plains 2-A: Farmville Central secures the top spot in the
conference, thanks to a championship in women’s cross country. Tarboro is
the runner-up, with a first-place finish in men’s soccer. Beddingfield
finishes right behind Tarboro with championships in volleyball and men’s
cross country. Conference Standings: Farmville Central 29, Tarboro 27.5,
Beddingfield 27, Greene Central 22.5, North Pitt 22, Southwest Edgecombe
20.5, Kinston 18.5.

Mid-State 2-A: Jordan-Matthews is the conference leader at the end of the
fall season after winning championships in men’s soccer and a tie for
women’s tennis. Eastern Randolph is the runner-up after a first-place finish
in men’s cross country. Conference Standings: Jordan-Matthews 30.5, Eastern
Randolph 29, Bartlett Yancey 26.5, Reidsville 25.5, Providence Grove 23,
Graham 18.5, Cummings 11.5.

Northern Carolina 2-A: A strong fall season for Roanoke Rapids resulted in
league championships in football, men’s soccer, women’s cross country and
tennis. Bunn is the runner-up, finishing first in volleyball. Conference
Standings: Roanoke Rapids 35.5, Bunn 29, Franklinton 28.5, Louisburg 26,
North Johnston 24.5, Warren County 14.5, Northwest Halifax 4.

Piedmont 2-A: Trinity captured championships in men’s soccer as well men’s
and women’s cross country to ensure it the top spot in the conference after
the fall season. Randleman is in second with a first-place finish in
volleyball, and a second-place finish in women’s tennis. A championship in
women’s tennis and a second-place finish in men’s and women’s cross country
have Wheatmore in third. Conference Standings: Trinity 30, Randleman 25.5,
Wheatmore 23, T.W. Andrews 15.5, Atkins 10.5, Carver 7.5.

Class 2-A/3-A Conference Results

Appalachian Athletic 2-A/3-A: Conference crowns in women’s golf, volleyball,
and men’s and women’s cross country earned West Henderson the top spot in
the conference. Franklin is in second place after a women’s tennis
championship. Tuscola is in third with a first-place finish in football.
Conference Standings: West Henderson 310, Franklin 260, Tuscola 245, Brevard
235, East Henderson 195, Pisgah 185, Smoky Mountain 170, North Henderson
160.

Northeastern Coastal 2-A/3-A: First Flight is the early leader in the
conference,  with league titles in men’s soccer and cross country and
second-place finishes in volleyball, football, and women’s tennis.
Northeastern is in second, finishing first in volleyball and second in
women’s cross country and men's tennis. A first-place finish in women’s
cross country, and second-place finishes in men’s cross country and soccer
have Currituck in third. Conference Standings: First Flight 36, Northeastern
32, Currituck 27, Edenton 25, Hertford County 17, Pasquotank 17, Bertie 8.

South Mountain Athletic 2-A/3-A: Shelby finished the fall in first place,
thanks to league titles in football, men's soccer, women’s tennis, and men’s
and women’s cross country. Patton is the runner-up, earning a conference
title in volleyball. Conference Standings: Shelby 37, Patton 26, R-S Central
25.5, Burns 22, Freedom 21.5, Chase 19, East Rutherford 14.

Waccamaw 2-A/3-A: With championships in volleyball, men’s soccer, and men’s
cross country, West Brunswick leads the way after the fall season. South
Brunswick finishes first in women’s tennis and second in volleyball and
men’s cross country, earning them a second-place finish overall. East Bladen
finishes third after a championship in football. Conference Standings: West
Brunswick 45.5, South Brunswick 40.5, East Bladen 29.5, Whiteville 25, West
Bladen 23.5, North Brunswick 20.5, South Columbus 20.5.

Class 3-A Conference Results

Big East 3-A: Rocky Mount leads the conference after capturing championships
in volleyball and in women’s tennis, tying for first with conference
runner-up, Hunt finishes third, winning titles in football and men’s soccer.
Conference Standings: Rocky Mount 57.5, Fike 48.5, Hunt 48, Nash Central 47,
Northern Nash 44, Southern Nash 40.

Big South 3-A: Forestview's conference championships in men and women’s
cross country, women’s tennis, and a tie for the football title with South
Point secured it the top spot in the league. South Point’s first place tie
in football, and a championship in women’s golf put South Point in second
place overall. Ashbrook is in third with a league title in men’s soccer.
Conference Standings: Forestview 77.5, South Point 71.5, Ashbrook 71, North
Gaston 54, Crest 53, Kings Mountain 49, Hunter Huss 34.

Cape Fear Valley 3-A: A strong fall season for Union Pines with
championships in men’s cross country and women’s tennis has it in first
place. Overhills sits in second with a first-place finish in women’s cross
country. Western Harnett is in third overall after a tie for first in
volleyball. Conference Standings: Union Pines 35, Overhills 32, Western
Harnett 29.5, Southern Lee 29, Gray’s Creek 28.5, Westover 18, Douglas Byrd
14.

Carolina 3-A: Cardinal Gibbons is the conference leader, thanks to
championships in women’s tennis, volleyball, and football. Chapel Hill is a
close second with conference titles in men’s and women’s cross country, and
a tie for first in men’s soccer. Orange is in third place after placing
second in football. Conference Standings: Cardinal Gibbons 33.5, Chapel Hill
31.5, Orange 21, Southern Vance 17, Oxford Webb 15, Northern Vance 6.

Coastal 3-A: First place finishes in men’s and women’s cross country and
women’s golf have West Carteret atop the conference after the fall season.
South Central is in second with a second-place finish in volleyball, and
Jacksonville sits in third after a championship in men’s soccer. Conference
Standings: West Carteret 78, South Central 72, Jacksonville 68.5, D.H.
Conley 63.5, White Oak 61, Havelock 60, Washington 58, West Craven 46.

Eastern Carolina 3-A: Triton holds the top spot in the league, capturing
conference championships in volleyball and women’s cross country. Charles B.
Aycock took second in men’s soccer, women’s tennis and cross country,
earning it second place overall. South Johnston captured titles in football,
men’s cross country and soccer, and is in third. Conference Standings:
Triton 28, Charles B. Aycock 27.5, South Johnston 25, Eastern Wayne 24,
Southern Wayne 15.5, North Lenoir 11.

Mid Piedmont 3-A: Ledford is out in front after league crowns in women’s
tennis as well as men’s and women’s cross country. Northeast Guilford is in
second after a first place finish in football. Asheboro is currently in
third overall after taking first in men’s soccer. Conference Standings:
Ledford 29, Northeast Guilford 24, Asheboro 23.5, Southwestern Randolph
18.5, Southern Guilford 15.5, North Forsyth 14.5.

Mid State 3-A: Conference titles in women’s cross country, football, and a
tie for first in men’s soccer have Northern Guilford atop of the conference
after the fall season. Walter Williams is in second place, with a
first-place finish in women’s tennis, and a tie for the top spot in men’s
soccer. Eastern Alamance is in third with a championship in men’s cross
country. Conference Standings: Northern Guilford 79.5, Walter Williams 79,
Eastern Alamance 70.5, McMichael 67, Western Alamance 61.5, Morehead 56.5,
Rockingham County 51, Eastern Guilford 46.

North Piedmont 3-A: With a championship in men’s cross country and a tie for
first in women’s tennis with Statesville, East Rowan sits in first. Along
with women’s tennis, Statesville captured a championship in women’s golf and
finished second in football to hold second overall. Jesse Carson is in third
with a first-place finish in women’s cross country. Conference Standings:
East Rowan 267.5, Statesville 252.5, Jesse Carson 235, South Rowan 217.5,
West Rowan 210, North Iredell 207.5, West Iredell 205.

South Piedmont 3-A: Concord is at the top of the conference after the fall
season with league titles in women’s tennis and men’s cross country, and
second-place finishes in football and women’s golf. Hickory Ridge edged out
Mount Pleasant for second place, tying for first in volleyball with Mount
Pleasant, and also finishing first in men’s cross country. Conference
Standings: Concord 287.5, Hickory Ridge 235, Mount Pleasant 232.5, Northwest
Cabarrus 225, A.L. Brown 222.5, Cox Mill 200, Jay Robinson 197.5, Central
Cabarrus 95.

Class 3-A/4-A Conference Results

Mega 7 3-A/4-A: Charlotte Catholic dominated the conference this fall with
league championships in volleyball, women’s tennis, both men’s and women’s
cross country, and soccer. Olympic took the title in football and finished
the fall season in second place. Conference Standings: Charlotte Catholic
41, Olympic 30.5, East Gaston 30, West Mecklenburg 20.5, Harding 18,
Garinger 9, E.E. Waddell 9.

Mountain Athletic 3-A/4-A: T.C. Roberson leads the conference, capturing
championships in men’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s
tennis and golf. A.C. Reynolds is the runner-up with a first-place finish in
volleyball. Asheville took first in football and sits in third place
overall. Conference Standings: T.C. Roberson 87, A.C. Reynolds 77, Asheville
60, North Buncombe 54, Enka 48, Clyde Erwin 35, McDowell 31.

Northwestern Athletic 3-A/4-A: Conference leader Watauga took fall
championships in women’s golf, tennis and cross country. Hickory is in
second, finishing first in volleyball and men’s soccer. Alexander Central is
currently in third after first-place finishes in football and women’s golf.
Conference Standings: Watauga 75.5, Hickory 63.5, Alexander Central 63,
South Caldwell 60, St. Stephens 52.5, Fred T. Foard 50, Hibriten 40.5.

Southern Carolina 3-A/4-A: After an excellent fall season, Marvin Ridge
leads the way with championships in men’s soccer, women’s golf, and a tie
for first with second-place Weddington in women’s tennis. Weddington also
captured a championship in volleyball. Porter Ridge is in third with a tie
for first in football. Conference Standings: Marvin Ridge 335, Weddington
302.5, Porter Ridge 267.5, Sun Valley 250, Parkwood 182.5, Anson 137.5.

Class 4-A Conference Results:

Cap Seven 4-A Results: Conference championships in men’s and women’s cross
county, and ties with Leesville in women’s tennis and men’s soccer have
Broughton at the top of the conference after the fall season. In second
place is Wakefield, with championships in women’s golf and volleyball.
Conference Standings: Broughton 42.5, Wakefield 32, Leesville Road 30.5,
Sanderson 26.5, Enloe 23, Millbrook 23, Wake Forest-Rolesville 18.5.

Central Piedmont 4-A: Mount Tabor dominated the fall season with titles in
volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country. R.J. Reynolds is second
overall, with top finishes in football and women’s tennis. Reagan is in
third with a championship in women’s golf. Conference Standings: Mount Tabor
320, R.J. Reynolds 275, Reagan 270, West Forsyth 265, Davie Country 230,
North Davidson 215.

Greater Neuse River 4-A: Clayton is in first place after capturing
championships in women’s golf, men’s soccer, and a tie for first in women’s
tennis. West Johnston finished first in men’s and women’s cross country and
is tied for second overall with East Wake. Conference Standings: Clayton 79,
West Johnston 66.5, East Wake 66.5, Southeast Raleigh 66, Garner 65.5,
Smithfield-Selma 64.5, Harnett Central 60.5, Knightdale 57.5.

I-Meck 4-A: Lake Norman captured league championships in women’s cross
country and tennis to hold the top spot after the fall season. Mallard Creek
sits in second with a first-place finish in football. North Mecklenburg is
in third with conference titles in volleyball and men’s soccer. Conference
Standings: Lake Norman 33.5, Mallard Creek 29.5, North Mecklenburg 29,
Mooresville 27, Hopewell 23, Vance 14, West Charlotte 12.

Metro 4-A: Page is in first place after conference crowns in both men’s and
women’s cross country and men’s soccer. Grimsley is close behind, with
first-place finishes in volleyball, women’s golf and tennis. Conference
Standings: Page 45, Grimsley 43, Southern Alamance 31, Western Guilford 22,
Southeast Guilford 19, Dudley 16, Smith 8.

Mid-Eastern 4-A: A dominant fall season for Hoggard, with championships in
football and men’s cross country, as well as second place finishes in
volleyball, women’s tennis and cross country, has the Vikings atop the
conference. New Hanover is in second with first-place finishes in men’s
soccer and cross country, and second-place finishes in football and men’s
cross country. Championships in volleyball and women’s tennis have Rose in
third. Conference Standings: Hoggard 34.5, New Hanover 28.5, Rose 25, Ashley
22.5, New Bern 20, Laney 16.5.

Mid-South 4-A: Jack Britt is the leader in the conference race after taking
league titles in women’s tennis, volleyball, and football. Terry Sanford is
the runner-up, with first-place finishes in women’s golf and cross country
and men’s soccer. South View finished first in men’s cross country and is in
third overall in the conference. Conference Standings: Jack Britt 45, Terry
Sanford 38, South View 36, Cape Fear 21, Pine Forest 20.5, Seventy-First 19,
E.E. Smith 13.5.

Pac-6 4-A: East Chapel Hill barely edges out Jordan for the conference lead,
capturing championships in men’s and women’s cross country and women’s
tennis. Jordan earned a first-place finish in men’s soccer, and a
second-place finish in women’s cross country. Riverside is currently in
third after taking second in both men’s soccer and women’s tennis.
Conference Standings: East Chapel Hill 31, Jordan 30.5, Riverside 29, Person
25.5, Northern Durham 24, Hillside 11.5, Southern Durham 10.5.

Piedmont Triad 4-A: Conference crowns in men’s and women’s cross country and
volleyball have propelled Northwest Guilford to the top of the conference
after the fall season. Ragsdale sits in second with championships in
football and women’s golf. Conference Standings: Northwest Guilford 41.5,
Ragsdale 40.5, East Forsyth 29.5, Southwest Guilford 29, High Point Central
24, Glenn 17.5, Parkland 10.

Southeastern 4-A: Pinecrest finishes the fall in first place, thanks to
titles in men’s soccer and women’s golf and a tie for first in women’s
tennis with third-place Scotland, who also finished first in volleyball.
Lumberton is in second place, winning championships in women’s cross country
and football. Conference Standings: Pinecrest 38, Lumberton 25, Scotland 24,
Richmond 22, Purnell Swett 17.5, Hoke County 15.5.

Southwestern 4-A: With conference titles in men’s soccer, women’s tennis,
volleyball, and women’s cross country, Myers Park sits atop the conference.
Ardrey Kell is in second with a title in men’s cross country. Providence is
currently in third after placing second in women’s tennis. Conference
Standings: Myers Park 218, Ardrey Kell 215, Providence 210, Butler 204,
South Mecklenburg 167.5, Independence 162.5, East Mecklenburg 162.

Tri Nine 4-A: Green Hope is in first after capturing championships in men’s
soccer women’s tennis, and both men’s and women’s cross country. Apex is the
runner up with a first-place finish volleyball. Athens Drive is in third
with a title in women’s golf. Conference Standings: Green Hope 53, Apex
47.5, Athens Drive 45.5, Panther Creek 37, Middle Creek 36, Cary 31, Fuquay
30.5, Holly Springs 22, Lee County 12.5.

Weather wipes out Friday games

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools cancelled all games and practices Friday because of potential bad weather later this evening.

Charlotte Catholic also cancelled its sporting events for Friday, and the wrestling tournament at Gastonia Ashbrook High on Saturday has been postponed.

- Cliff Mehrtens

Hough High announces colors, mascot

William A. Hough High School, which will open in fall 2010 in Cornelius, has announced its athletic mascot and colors.

Hough will be known as the Huskies, and will wear black, silver and white.

Notes and scores from busy Thursday night of hoops

-- Mooresville's boys basketball team upset Mallard Creek 59-56 in its 4A opener earlier this week behind 19 points from Shawn Lester. Thursday night, Mooresville upset West Charlotte 70-66. The Lions (8-3, 1-2 I-MECK) lost for the second time in three games and play rival Harding tonight at the Grady Cole Center.

West Charlotte played without leading scorer J.T. Terrell, who served the first of a four-game suspension.

-- Two great games in town last night. East Meck girls stopping Butler and Hopewell winning at Lake Norman in two Sweet 16 1-2 battles.

Here's a column on East Meck girls star Monet Tellier who is leaps and bounds better than what she was last season.

-- The night's other big upset was Myers Park holding Ardrey Kell to under 40 in a 48-38 win. The Mustanags got 17 from Griffin Shaw and held Knights' leading scorer Justin Cheek to only four. Ardrey Kell plays a big game at rival Marvin Ridge tonight.

-- Morganton Freedom girls basketball Chelsea Connelly (St Leo Fla.) and Brittany Roberts (St. Andrews Presbyterian) have signed with colleges. Connelly averages 15 points for Freedom (5-3, 1-0 SMAC) which won its conference opener 59-56 over Shelby Tuesday and plays Burns at home tonight. Connelly had 14 in Thursday's 45-30 win over Alexander Central.

-- Freedom's boys won 56-54 over Alexander Central when Bryant Clay hit the game-winning 3-point shot at the buzzer.

-- Tonight's scheduled St. Stephens-Hibriten game has been postponed. The teams will play Jan. 6 at St. Stephens. There will also be no practice.

-- More than 1,500 people filled Lake Norman's gym for the 1-2 battle between Sweet 16 leader Hopewell and Lake Norman. If there's a better conference than the I-MECK in North Carolina, someone holler and let us know. Five of the top eight boys teams in our poll are from that league.

-- Cherryville will play with Bishop McGuinness, Mount Airy, Stouth Stanly, Murphy, Hiwassee Dam, Mitchell and North Wilkes in the MLK Day Great Eight 1A Invitational at Lenoir Rhyne Jan. 18.

-- Jontavius Hall had 27 for Gastonia Huss in a 70-54 win over Kings Mountain Thursday.


High Schools
Basketball
GIRLS
MARVIN RIDGE 74, 
GRACE ACADEMY 8

Grace 5 3 0 0 - 8
M. Ridge 25 26 13 10 - 74

GRACE ACADEMHY 8 – Wilkins 2, Greenlaw 3, Hack 3.
MARVIN RIDGE 74 – Litockey 9, Curry 8, Cannon 4, Lashley 3, Horan 9, Jordan Henry 24, White 2, Rachel Walker 12, Lombard 5.
Records: MR 3-3.
R-S CENTRAL 71, POLK CO. 53

Polk Co. 11 8 16 18 - 53
R-S Cent. 20 19 16 16 - 71

POLK CO. 53 - Kailey Russell 12, Melinda Logan 15, Jamie Harbok 14, Mazzilli 2, Phipps 8, Lynch 2.
R-S CENTRAL 71 - Shannon Hines 23, Melissa McLaughlin 15, M. Davis 7, Gray 3, A. Davis 6, C. Miller 2, T. Miller 2, Twitty 5, Watkins 4, Logan 2, Whitesides 2.
Records: RSC 5-2, 1-0.
Weddington 38, 
South Mecklenburg 26

S. Meck 9 2 6 9 – 26
Wedd. 6 8 10 14 – 38

Points: SME—C.Butler 3, A.Carrick, N.Cobb 2, C.Coughlin 2, C.Sanderson 2, J.Saunders 6, T.Strickland 2, J.Wallace 8. WED—K.Croal 2, R.DeGeare 1, W.Morgan 6, Samantha Sebastian 22, K.Wilson 7.
Records: WED 4-3.
LATE TUESDAY
Ashe Co. 60, Watauga 51

BOYS
Central Cabarrus 66, Porter Ridge 62

Cabarrus 16 6 22 22 - 66
P. Ridge 9 18 8 27 - 62
Points: CCA—LC Cooks 16, B.Deer 9, Aaron Johnson 28, Dustin Payne 10, D.Watson 3. POR—J.Deason 2, T.Fort 8, PJ Freeman 21, V.Freeman 2, B.Jackson 3, S.Thompson 4, C.Tinsley 9, Tyrelle Wardell 13.

South Mecklenburg 64, Weddington 43

S. Meck 13 18 10 23 - 64
Wedd. 3 10 15 15 - 43
Points: SME—J.Belviso 2, N.Calcanes 2, M.Matthews 17, J.Moore 12, K.Ross 23, K.Straite 4, C.Thompson 4. WED—B.Duchan 8, D.Harding 6, J.Haynes 8, D.Mickey 6, B.Rutherford 13.
Records: SME 1-8; WED 3-4.
SUN VALLEY 82, 
MT. PLEASANT 38
S. Valley 22 29 24 7 - 82
Pleasant 9 8 13 8 - 38
LATE TUESDAY
Ashe Co. 66, Watauga 56

MONROE 73, WEST STANLY 44

Monroe 21 17 27 8 – 73
W. Stanly 4 12 10 18 – 44

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Observer area basketball leaders

Observer area high school basketball leaders for girls and boys teams.


Girls Points

NameSchGPTSPPG
G.BaileyCCH612220.3
S.SmithFVW612020.0
M.TelllierEME813516.9
A.TysonKEL1016816.8
B.ArmstrongFVW610016.7
A.LaneCAT69916.5
K.HarrisFVW69716.2
A.KilpatrickEME812315.4
T.StephensMPK68914.8
N.AwuruonyePDS68313.8
L.LewisNME79413.4
M.BensonMAL79012.9
S.PhiferSBY911412.7
L.KobielaCAT67312.2
K.HaileyIND67111.8
J.Fisher-DavisEME89311.6
J.HeiligSBY99810.9
T.MitchellPDS66510.8
N.TillardMAL77210.3
C.BarnettCCH6599.8
A.HolmesSBY9879.7
E.ChandlerKEL10949.4
A.HarrisHAR6569.3
A.DeschenesCAT6549.0
B.KeyHAR6549.0

Girls Scoring Offense

SchoolGPTSPPG
East Mecklenburg855669.5
Forestview641669.3
Salisbury962269.1
Mallard Creek741559.3
North Mecklenburg741058.6
Harding634257.0
Charlotte Christian632253.7
Providence Day631552.5
Ardrey Kell1052352.3
Myers Park631252.0
Charlotte Catholic629449.0
Independence624941.5
Charlotte Northside Christian Academy1131728.8
















































Girls Scoring Defense


SchoolGPTSPPG
Salisbury924427.1
Charlotte Christian620033.3
Charlotte Catholic620634.3
East Mecklenburg828535.6
Ardrey Kell1036536.5
North Mecklenburg727539.3
Providence Day623739.5
Mallard Creek728340.4
Forestview626844.7
Harding630550.8
Charlotte Northside Christian Academy1158953.5
Independence634056.7
Myers Park634557.5
























Boys Points

NameSchGPTSPPG
C.SullivanPDS716523.6
J.HattonCAT614123.5
R.GrayERU613923.2
R.BrownLAT612921.5
A.GillCCH713819.7
T.WilliamsWME815619.5
D.WilliamsMAL713018.6
L.CooksCCA611018.3
D.BrooksHPE814518.1
J.PinderBAC712517.9
R.CobiaMAL712417.7
J.CheekKEL1118216.5
K.RossSME711416.3
M.LotharpFOR69515.8
A.MitchellCCH711015.7
J.DowningHPE812015.0
C.McQueenKEL1116114.6
D.HuntleyFOR68714.5
P.FreemanPOR79413.4
D.GrafBAC79213.1
G.McknightANS67712.8
T.PolkANS67612.7
T.dPIN89411.8
A.JohnsonCCA67011.7
J.WallaceWME89311.6

Boys Scoring Offense

SchoolGPTSPPG
Pinecrest859173.9
Central Cabarrus643873.0
Charlotte Christian750171.6
Mallard Creek746666.6
Hopewell853166.4
Providence Day744263.1
West Mecklenburg849061.2
Charlotte Latin636560.8
Anson County636360.5
Berry Academy954460.4
Forest Hills635559.2
Charlotte Catholic634958.2
Porter Ridge739256.0
South Mecklenburg738955.6
East Rutherford632754.5
Ardrey Kell1159554.1
Independence631953.2
































Boys Scoring Defense

SchoolGPTSPPG
Berry Academy934838.7
East Rutherford626343.8
Ardrey Kell1151646.9
Forest Hills629048.3
Charlotte Catholic630250.3
Hopewell840951.1
Anson County632954.8
Pinecrest845356.6
Mallard Creek739856.9
Charlotte Christian741959.9
Charlotte Latin636260.3
Providence Day742560.7
South Mecklenburg743361.9
Central Cabarrus637362.2
Independence637963.2
Porter Ridge744563.6
West Mecklenburg857471.8