Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gate, ticket info for Friday's Vance at Butler state semifinal game

Tickets for Friday's Vance at Butler N.C. 4AA state semifinal are $8. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the parking lot will open at 5:30 p.m.

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Lincolnton QB Wilson sets new county record

Lincolnton quarterback Brandon Wilson rushed for a Lincoln County record 307 yards on 25 carries in Friday’s 28-14 win against Polk County in the N.C. 2A quarterfinals. He also passed for 66 yards.

Polk County had 217 total yards.

The Wolves (14-0) tied the five-year-old school record for wins and another for consecutive wins. Lincolnton has now won 20 straight home playoff games and will Lincolnton goes go for No. 21 against Winston-Salem Carver (12-2) in Friday’s state semifinal.

Butler to host Vance in regional championship on campus

Friday's N.C. 4AA Western Regional championship game between Butler and Vance will be held at Butler High, athletics director Courtney Paschal said.

Vance (11-3) upset nationally ranked and previously unbeaten Mallard Creek 10-7 Friday to reach its first regional final. Butler is in its second in a row and fourth overall.

The Bulldogs (14-0) have a 29-game win streak after winning 48-21 at Richmond Senior Friday and will look to become just the second Mecklenburg County 4A team in history to qualify for back-to-back state championships. Independence made eight in a row from 2000-07, winning the title seven times.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday night scores and updates

North Carolina Scores 

CLASS 4-AA
EAST
(1) Wake Forest-Rolesville 40, (2) Garner 21
MIDEAST
(2) Apex Panther Creek 35, (1) Fayetteville Seventy-First 32
MIDWEST
(2) Matthews Butler 48, (1) Richmond County 21
WEST
(3) Charlotte Vance 10, (1) Charlotte Mallard Creek 7
CLASS 4-A
MIDEAST
(1) Durham Hillside 42, (6) Lee County 22
MIDWEST
(5) Davie County 18, (7) High Point Central 15
WEST
(2) Indian Trail Porter Ridge 24, (1) Asheville Reynolds 21
CLASS 3-AA
EAST
(1) Wilson Hunt 14, (3) Northern Nash 7
MIDEAST
(5) Northern Guilford 35, (3) Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 10
MIDWEST
(2) Charlotte Catholic 45, (1) Kannapolis Brown 7
WEST
(3) Shelby Crest 52, (5) Asheville Erwin 21
CLASS 3-A
EAST
(1) Havelock def. (3) South Brunswick, forfeit
MIDEAST
(3) Eastern Alamance 38, (1) Northeast Guilford 7
MIDWEST
(1) West Rowan 48, (3) Concord 28
WEST
(2) Lenoir Hibriten 31, (4) Asheville 20
CLASS 2-AA
EAST
(1) Elizabeth City Northeastern 35, (2) Bunn 7
MIDEAST
(2) Hillsborough Cedar Ridge 28, (1) Pittsboro Northwood 20
MIDWEST
(3) Salisbury 45, (5) Charlotte Berry Academy 35
WEST
(2) Shelby 28, (4) Wilkes Central 3
CLASS 2-A
EAST
(2) Tarboro 13, (1) East Duplin 10
MIDEAST
(5) East Bladen 56, (3) Carrboro 48
MIDWEST
(2) Winston-Salem Carver 45, (1) Burlington Cummings 14
WEST
(1) Lincolnton 28, (3) Polk County 14
CLASS 1-AA
EAST
(1) Southwest Onslow 38, (3) Ayden-Grifton 6
MIDEAST
(3) Pender County 28, (1) Goldsboro 8
MIDWEST
(5) Albemarle 31, (2) Monroe 13
WEST
(7) Mitchell County 47, (1) Avery County 22
CLASS 1-A
EAST
(3) Plymouth 36, (1) Manteo 32
MIDEAST
(1) Wallace-Rose Hill 50, (6) Northampton-West 7
MIDWEST
(2) Hobbton 20, (1) Roseboro Lakewood 19
WEST
(1) Murphy 42, (2) Robbinsville 7



South Carolina Scores 

Class AAAA Division 1
Semifinal
Dorman 30, Irmo 19
James F. Byrnes 31, Lexington 7
Class AAAA Division 2
Semifinal
Greenwood 34, North Augusta 21
Northwestern 41, Goose Creek 34
Upper State Class AAA
Semifinal
South Pointe 53, Fairfield Central 8
Lower State Class AAA
Semifinal
Myrtle Beach 47, Bluffton 0
Upper State Class AA
Semifinal
Central 40, Woodruff 34
Lower State Class AA
Semifinal
Dillon 28, Manning 22
Class A Division l State Championship
State Championship
Abbeville 42, Bamberg-Ehrhardt 13
Class A Division 2 State Championship
State Championship
Scott's Branch 34, Williston-Elko 32


Area Scores/Highlights 

Butler 48, Richmond 21 (final): Bulldogs missed PAT after 1-yard TD run by Jahwan Edwards (18.4 seconds left in the half). Uriah Lemay to Frost for 10-yard TD. The Bulldogs answered with a 45-yard TD connection from Riley Ferguson to LeMay. Walter Elerbe scored for Richmond on a 73-yard TD run in the first.

Salisbury 45, Berry 35 (final): Patterson another TD (5-yard run) for the Cardinals. Romar Morris with a 9-yard TD run after Kenny Patterson's 2nd INT of the game. Earlier, Morris with a 1-yard TD run, set up by a Salisbury INT. Johnny Knox 51-run started the half for Salisbury.  Patterson with 3 passing TDs for Berry, (35 and 17 to Kendrick Davis and a 10-yarder from Braxton Hicks). Earlier, Salisbury scored on a 1-yard  Morris TD run.

Vance 10, Mallard Creek 7 (final): Vance kicker Corey Dennis connects from 19-yards out for the game-winner with no time remaining. Mallard Creek ties the game on a 22-yard Marquise Williams TD pass to Brent Spisak. Williams came back in the game with about 8 minutes left in the 4th after backup QB Isaiah Laster drove the Mavericks inside the Vance 20-yard-line twice, but didn't score.Halftime stats: Williams is 8-for-16 for 48 yards and 1 INT. Vance score on a 39-yard TD pass from Marc Harris to Calvin Hunter. MC: 102 total yards; Vance 126 total yards.

Catholic 45, Kannapolis Brown 7 (final): C.J. Brodowicz 4-for-5, 150 yards, 3 TDs. Nick Johnson 10 carries, 18 yards, TD. David Herlocker 69-yard TD catch. Brown: Martel Campbell is 21-31, 249 yards, TD.


Albemarle 31, Monroe 13 (final): Hamilton 3 TDs, Cory Dick TD catch for Bulldogs.


Porter Ridge 27, Reynolds 14  (4th)



West Rowan 48, Concord 28 (final)

Lincolnton 21, Polk 7

Crest 35, Erwin 21

Hibriten 31, Asheville 13 

Shelby 7, Wilkes-Central 3 


South Carolina


South Pointe 53, Fairfield Central 8 (final)


Northwestern 41, Goose Creek 34 (final)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Richmond Sr. coach: We're better on offense than in first Butler game

Richmond Senior coach Paul Hoggard said his team has improved offensively from the bunch that only scored a touchdown in a loss against Butler in September.

“We’ve really started jelling offensively,” Hogard said. “We’ve just gotten better at what we’re doing.”

Walter Ellerbe leads the Raiders in rushing, with 208 carries for 1,870 yards and 22 touchdowns. Steve Houston has rushed 49 times for 636 yards and 8 touchdowns. Quarterback LaRon Ellerbe has rushed for 538 yards and four scores and throw thrown for 1,229 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Hoggard said it usually takes option offenses, like Richmond, a little time to get going.

“It’s about timing and finesse and it takes awhile to get it clicking,” Hoggard said. “This year took a lot longer.”

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Private School Shrine Bowl kicks off Friday at Charlotte Country Day

Here are rosters for the N.C.-S.C. private schools Oasis All-Star Shrine Bowl to be held Friday, Nov. 26 at Charlotte Country Day School. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

NC ROSTER
Christian Little First Assembly 6'6 335 OL
Brian Chestnutt Harrells DL
Daniel Donley Trinity LB
Garrett Long North Raleigh Christian 6'5" 205 TE
Matt Martin Christ School 6'1" 175 OLE
Nick Ritcher Ravenscroft OLB
Storm Baker Wake Christian 6'6" 205 K/P
Travis Hallman Southlake 6'2" 208 WR
Ugonna Awuruonye First Assembly 6'4" 204 OL
Jeremiah Walker First Assembly 5'3" 165 RB
Blake Ezzell Harrells 6'0" 230 OL
Graham Walker Harrells 6'1" 175 DB
Abu Lamin Trinity OL
Kente Jenkins Trinity 5'6" 153 WR
Landry Wood North Raleigh Christian 6'2" 212 OL
Temple Sloan Ravenscroft 5'11" 180 RB
Connor Gonet Ravenscroft RB
Leonard Martin Asheville School WR
Andrew Duvall Westminister Catawba OL
Joshua Parker Westminister Catawba RB
Matt Comer St. David's TE
Wesley Scott Cannon School 6'2" 255 DE
Ward Showalter Charlotte Day OL
Wade Hamilton Country Day DB
Morgan Roberts Country Day QB
Mathins Farley Charlotte Christian WR
Kyler Brown Charlotte Christian TE
Simms McElfresh Charlotte Christian 5'10" 165 WR
Jack Taylor Providence Day 6'2" 260 OL
Jonathan Bridges Victory Christian 6'1" 203 WR
Tyler Albert Forsyth Country Day TE
Robert Stack Providence Day 6'1" 200 HB
Joshua Coungton Providence Day RB
Andrew Cooney Charlotte Latin
Sam Spence Charlotte Latin
Colton Walls Charlotte Latin
SC ROSTER
JERSEY # FIRST LAST SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT POSTION
47 Jamey Mears Charleston Collegiate 6'2" 230 LB
38 Ethan Gaskins Pinewood Prep 6'3" 237 LB
10 Dave Nidiffer Hammond 6'1" 185 QB
70 Jon Nahlen Ben Lippen 6'3" 270 C/NG
66 Jimmy Carlen Ben Lippen 5'11" 235 DL/OG
41 Joey Brunson Lawrence Manning 5'11" 175 LB
65 Mason Cargill Colleton Prep 5'10" 192 LB/G
64 Ethon Shelley Holly Hill 6'0" 215 C/DL
31 Thomas McAlhony Dorchester Academy 6'0" 175 TB/SS
5 Matt Rogers Augusta Christian 5'10" 175 WR/DB
87 Tyler Smith Wilson Hall 6'3" 215 DL
30 Tyshawn Walls Hilton Head Christian 5'9" 185 RB/WR
74 Joseph McDougal Hammond 6'10" 225 DL
36 Reco Simms Lawrence Manning 6'0" 170 DB
43 Thacker Staley Orangeburg Prep 5'11" 200 LB/FB
9 Michael Fitzgerald
Thomas Sumter
Academy 6'1" 190 DE
88 Will Cloyd Heathwood 6'2" 180 DE
8 Les Cotter Hammond 5'9" 160 SS
21 Seth Graham Northwood Academy 5'10" 165 K/P
2 Staton Seckinger Porter Gaud 6'5" 200 WR
JERSEY # FIRST LAST SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT POSTION
22 Taylor Wilson Ben Lippen 6'1" 175 WR/DB
4 Matt Layman Hilton Head Prep 6'3" 185 QB
23 Jerel Richards Bible Baptist 5'11" 185 WR/QB
3 Trey Kyzer Orangeburg Prep 5'9" 170 CB/TB
25 Christian Croft Augusta Christian 6'2" 200 RB/DB/K
6 Logan Mock Thomas Heyward 5'8" 155 RB/DB
1 Luke Sirgo Hilton Head Christian 6'2" 185 QB/P
80 Andrew Smith St. Andrew 6'4" 185 WR/LB
7 Derrick Robinson Palmetto Christian 6'1" 185 WR/FS
71 Danny Zuvia Pinewood Prep 6'1" 255 OL/DL
62 Michael Gruber Dorchester Academy 6'2" 220 G/LB
79 Joe Mistretia Porter Gaud 6'0" 260 G/DL
Coleman Flowers Porter Gaud 6'4" 238 OT/DL
73 Tyler Brown Lawrence Manning 6'2" 255 OL
24 Barrett Goodson Byrnes School 5'10" 190 LB
34 Storm Page Pee Dee Academy 6'0" 200 RB/LB

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

NCISAA All-State and CISAA All-Conference Football Teams

ALL Conference  CISAA Football 2010

QB- Morgan Roberts- SR- Charlotte Country Day
WR- Matthias Farley- SR- Charlotte Christian
WR- Wake Hamilton- SR- Charlotte Country Day
WR- Tyler Miess- SR- Charlotte Latin
RB- Josh Covington- SR- Providence Day
RB- Thomas Armstrong- SR- Charlotte Latin
OL- Andrew Cooney- SR- Charlotte Latin
OL- Ward Showalter- SR- Charlotte Country Day
OL- Jack Taylor- SR- Providence Day
OL- Sam Frye- JR- Providence Day
OL- Devin Redmond- SO- Providence Day  
DL- Kyler Brown- SR- Charlotte Christian
DL- James Howe- JR- Charlotte Country Day
DL- Brett Cherry- SR- Charlotte Christian
LB- Robert Stack- SR- Providence Day
LB- Derek Passenant- SR- Charlotte Country Day
LB- Colton Walls- SR- Charlotte Latin
LB- Will Smith- SR- Providence Day
DB- Mac Sanders- SR- Providence Day
DB- Scott McGinnis- SR- Charlotte Latin
DB- Thomas Passenant- SR- Charlotte Country Day
DB- Marshall Burlingame- JR- Charlotte Latin 
K- Paul Griggs JR- Charlotte Latin
P- Garrett Huneycutt-SR- Charlotte Christian





ALL State NCISAA FOOTBALL 2010

QB- Morgan Roberts- SR- Charlotte Country Day
WR- Matthias Farley- SR- Charlotte Christian
WR- Wake Hamilton- SR- Charlotte Country Day
WR- Tyler Miess- SR- Charlotte Latin
RB- Josh Covington- SR- Providence Day
RB- Thomas Armstrong- SR- Charlotte Latin
OL- Andrew Cooney- SR- Charlotte Latin
OL- Ward Showalter- SR- Charlotte Country Day
OL- Jack Taylor- SR- Providence Day
OL- Sam Frye- JR- Providence Day
OL- Nick Ritcher- SR- Raleigh Ravenscroft  
DL- Kyler Brown- SR- Charlotte Christian
DL- James Howe- JR- Charlotte Country Day
DL- Brett Cherry- SR- Charlotte Christian
LB- Robert Stack- SR- Providence Day
LB- Derek Passenant- SR- Charlotte Country Day
LB- Colton Walls- SR- Charlotte Latin
LB- Will Smith- SR- Providence Day
DB- Mac Sanders- SR- Providence Day
DB- Scott McGinnis- SR- Charlotte Latin
DB- Thomas Passenant- SR- Charlotte Country Day
DB- Garrett Bird- JR- Raleigh Ravenscroft

K- Paul Griggs JR- Charlotte Latin
P- Garrett Huneycutt-SR- Charlotte Christian

Parking fees cut for tonight's W. Charlotte-Harding game at Grady Cole

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Mecklenburg County Parks & Rec officials have decided to reduce the parking fee for tonight's big Harding-West Charlotte basketball doubleheader at Grady Cole Center.

The parking fee is being cut from $5 to $3. That makes sense.

Tickets are $6, with $1 surcharge going to the CMS participation fee pool to support middle school athletics. Door opens at 3:30. The girls varsity will tip approximately at 6:30 with boys to follow.

Monday, November 22, 2010

4 in, 4 out of the Sweet 16 football poll

This is the final Sweet 16 poll until the champion is decided on Christmas Day, and four new teams are in.

Last week, four ranked teams suffered close playoff defeats and fell out: Lawndale Burns (No. 8 last week), Indian Trail Sun Valley (9), Belmont South Point (15) and Unionville Piedmont (16). That opened the door for the largest influx of new teams this season.

Welcome No. 12 Boiling Springs Crest (9-3), which has won five of its last six games; No. 13 Concord (9-4), which has advanced to the state quarterfinals after a tough 2-2 start; No. 15 Albemarle (9-4), which had to forfeit three games and lost only to 2A power Thomasville; and No. 16 Berry, back in the poll after beating Piedmont on the road and avenging an earlier loss.

-- Kannapolis Brown jumped from No. 10 to No. 8, Lenoir Hibriten rose from 12 to 9 and Vance, in the quarterfinals for the first time is up three spots to No. 10.

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Rk.     Team (Class)     Rec.    Prev.
1     Butler (4A)     13-0    1
2     Rock Hill Northwestern (4A)     13-0    2
3     Mallard Creek (4A)     13-0    3
4     West Rowan (3A)     13-0    4
5     Rock Hill South Pointe (3A)     12-1    5
6     Charlotte Catholic (3A)     13-0    6
7     Indian Trail Porter Ridge (4A)     12-1    8
8     Kannapolis Brown (3A)    12-1    10
9     Lenoir Hibriten (3A)     11-2    12
10     Vance (4A)     10-3    13
11     Lincolnton (2A)     13-0    11
12     Boiling Springs Crest (3A)     9-3    --
13     Concord (3A)    9-4    --
14    Charlotte Country Day (IND)     10-2    14
15    Albemarle (1A)    9-4    --
16    Berry (2A)    11-2    --

Others receiving consideration (listed alphabetically): 3A Belmont South Point (9-4); 2A Unionville Piedmont (11-2); IND Charlotte Latin (9-3); 2A Salisbury (10-3); 1A Monroe (9-4); 3A Lawndale Burns (11-2); 4A Indian Trail Sun Valley (10-3)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday Night Scores and Updates

Week 2 of Playoffs

North Carolina 

Butler 35, Page 14 (Final): Final Stats: Jahwan Edwards 18 carries, 97 yards, 2 TDs; Riley Ferguson 14-21, 262 yards, 2 TDs; Uriah LeMay 4 catches, 124 yards, 2 TDs. Butler faces Richmond next week (at Richmond). Butler knocked off Richmond 21-7 earlier in the year at Memorial Stadium. Page with 66 total yards and 3 first downs. Austin Stewart returned the onside kick return 60 yards for Butler. Earlier, Page's James Summers scores his 2nd TD, an 8-yard TD run. In the 3rd, Summers hit Orlando Hatfield with a 9-yard TD pass. Page showing life after 2 Butler turnovers.

Mallard Creek 49, Ardrey Kell 23 (Final): The Knights have recovered an onside kick. Marquise Williams not playing 100 percent with sprained ankle, but leads Mavericks to another TD (3:36 in 3rd) after Knights' TD pass pulls them to within 18 with 5:35 left in the 3rd. Ardrey Kell's Justus Pickett returned the opening kickoff in the 2nd half for a TD. Marquise Williams reportedly has a high ankle sprain but has returned in the 2nd half.

Catholic 58, Weddington 14 (Final): With 8 minutes left in the game, Catholic has 383 yards rushing as a team. Halftime stats: Catholic RB Steven Bevilacqua with 172 yards on 13 carries and 3 TDs (including a 69-yarder). Catholic as a team has 187 yards of offense.

Vance 17, Hopewell 7 (Final): Larenz Bryant 116, 24 carries, 1 TD. Ryan Stewart with a INT return for TD. Corey Dennis with a 33-yard FG. Larenz Bryant 5 carries for 95 yards and a TD. His first TD run was set up by a high snap on a Hopwell punt, recovered by Vance at the Hopewell 5.

Berry 47, Unionville Piedmont 7 (Final):  Berry 75 yards in penalties, Piedmont 0. A 10-yard run by Germine Hopper with 3:18 left in half. Hopper with an 88-yard TD run plus Kenny Patterson 2-point conversion.

Burns 21, Asheville 21 (OT)

AC Reynolds 24, Sun Valley 21 (final)

Porter Ridge 27, West Charlotte 0 (2nd): Javonte Truesdale scores on a 31-yard run.

Erwin 49, South Point 49 (tied in final minute)

A.L. Brown 28, Statesville 14 (4th)

Concord 14, Carson 7 (half)

 West Rowan 34, NW Cabarrus 0 (4th)

Lincolnton 49, Mountain Heritage 20 (Final)


Hiberton 21, E. Henderson 7


Salisbury 41, Forest Hills 17 (final)


Shelby 17, Owen 13


Crest 27, Freedom 0


Monroe 20, West Montgomery 14

Richmond 35, NW Guilford 14 (Final)


South Carolina Scores

Northwestern 49, Ashley Ridge 35 (Final)


South Pointe 50, Greenville 7 (Final)


First Assembly 27, Westminster Catawba 7 (Final)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Friday's N.C. football playoff pairings

4AA
NW Guilford (9-3) at Richmond Senior (11-1)
Greensboro Page (10-2) at Butler (12-0)
Ardrey Kell (8-4) at Mallard Creek (12-0)
Hopewell (8-4) at Vance (10-2)

4A
Davie (6-6) at Mount Tabor (11-1)
High Point (8-4) at Jamestown Ragsdale (10-2)
Sun Valley (10-2) at AC Reynolds (11-1)
West Charlotte (8-4) at Porter Ridge (11-1)

3AA
Statesville (7-5) at Kannapolis A.L. Brown (11-1)
Weddington (9-3) at Charlotte Catholic (12-0)
Erwin (9-3) at Belmont South Point (9-3)
Boiling Springs Crest (8-3) at Morganton Freedom (10-2)

3A
NW Cabarrus (7-5) at West Rowan (12-0)
Concord (8-4) at China Grove Carson (10-2)
Burns (11-1) at Asheville (9-3)
East Henderson (10-2) at Hibriten (10-2)

2AA
Berry Academy (10-2) at Unionville Piedmont (11-1)
Marshville Forest Hills (9-3) at Salisbury (9-3)
Wilkes Central (9-3) at Canton Pisgah (10-2)
Black Mountain Owen (8-4) at Shelby (7-5)

2A
Lexington (7-5) at Burlington Cummings (11-1)
Thomasville (11-1) at Winston-Salem Carver (10-2)
Mountain Heritage (10-2) at Lincolnton (12-0)
East Rutherford (7-5) at Polk County (11-1)

1AA
Albemarle (8-4) at Mount Airy (10-2)
West Montgomery (7-5) at Monroe (8-2)
Swain (7-5) at Avery (9-3)
Mitchell (6-6) at West Wilkes (6-6)

1A
North Stokes (5-7) at Lakewood (8-4)
Rosewood (4-8) at Hobbton (8-4)
Andrews (6-6) at Murphy (10-2)
Elkin (7-5) at Robbinsville (9-3)

CMS adding certified athletic trainers to all high schools

Over the next five years, each high school in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will get a certified athletic trainer on campus.

CMS announced a five-year agreement with Carolinas Health Care to bring the trainers, who will be Carolinas Health Care employees, to the schools campuses. Each one will be nationally certified and state licensed as is part of a joint effort between both parties to address recent national concerns about athletic injuries, particularly concussions in football and sudden cardiac arrests.

“This is a remarkable opportunity for us to ensure that our student-athletes are receiving the best care while they take part in sports,” said CMS Supt. Peter Gorman. “We are very fortunate to have Carolinas Medical Center and Carolinas Healthcare Systems as partners, and we thank them for helping us keep athletics safe for participants.”

This year, trainers will be added at Berry, East Mecklenburg and South Mecklenburg. Additional trainers will be added each year until 2015, when all CMS high schools will have one.

In addition to the trainers, all schools will get a new dietary and health and wellness program, CPR and Automated External Defibrillator training, a 24-hour sports medicine nurse hotline, sports medicine web site and a quarterly newsletter.

This is not the first partnership between CMS and Carolinas Health Care.

Heart of a Champion Day, begun in 2008, screens more than 1,000 CMS student athletes annually. The free screenings include a general medical evaluation, orthopedic exam and two heart tests to check for conditions that could lead to sudden cardiac death.

CHS’ Sports Medicine Department and Carolinas Rehabilitation jointly operate the Carolinas Concussion Network, which monitors brain injuries, provides treatment and tests athletes before they are allowed to resume competition.

Concussion Network programs include a research study using wireless sensors in football helmets that record the force of impacts during football games. The data is transmitted to a sideline computer in real time. Also, athletes in all sports who have sustained a concussion are given a computer-based test that measures cognitive function before being cleared to play.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Has Mallard Creek been tested enough? Players say they're ready

Mallard Creek will host Ardrey Kell (8-4) on Friday in a second-round playoff. While teams such as Butler and Richmond Senior have played each other and some top-notch competition, the Mavericks' schedule hasn't included many heavyweights.

Mavericks QB Marquise Williams said Mallard Creek fans needn't worry.

"Everybody talks about our schedule," he said. "We don't control what goes on with that. Our coach ( Mike Palmieiri) has been trying to schedule other teams but hasn't gotten answers from anybody. We play who's on our schedule.
"It doesn't worry us. We have been tested before. We will be ready. Chester was a good football team and they are a powerhouse in South Carolina, and they could compete with some of the teams up here. Like I said, we are ready. We are just coming to play."


Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/11/16/1841768/mavericks-qb-firm-for-unc.html#ixzz15SptIp9Z

Monday, November 15, 2010

Country Day, Belmont South Point join Sweet 16 football poll

After winning its first N.C. Independent Schools’ state championship Friday night, Charlotte Country Day jumps back into the Sweet 16 poll.

The Bucs beat Charlotte Latin 45-17 to win their first NCISAA championship since 2004. Country Day, which was ranked for much of the season, returns to the poll at No. 14.

The top 12 teams all won first-round public school playoff games, by an average of 32 points, and that includes narrow wins by No. 5 Rock Hill South Pointe (20-14 over Daniel), No. 9 Indian Trail Sun Valley (38-35 over Mooresville) and No. 10 Kannapolis Brown (21-18 over Hickory Ridge).

Two ranked teams lost and dropped out: No. 13 Clover was upset by former Independence coach Tom Knotts’ resurgent Dutch Fork (S.C.) team, which had won four games in two years prior; and No. 14 South Iredell’s unbeaten season was blown up by Marsvhille Forest Hills. Forest Hills, who beat South Iredell 31-30, has won six straight since a 3-3 start.

Those losses allowed Vance to move up two spots to No. 13. It also allowed reigning N.C. 3AA champ Belmont South Point to rejoin the poll. The Red Raiders have won seven straight, scoring more than 40 points in four of the wins

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Rk.     Team (Class)     Rec.    Prev.
1     Butler (4A)     12-0    1
2     Rock Hill Northwestern (4A)     12-0    2
3     Mallard Creek (4A)     12-0    3
4     West Rowan (3A)     12-0    4
5     Rock Hill South Pointe (3A)     11-1    5
6     Charlotte Catholic (3A)     12-0    6
7     Indian Trail Porter Ridge (4A)     11-1    8
8     Lawndale Burns (3A)     11-1    10
9     Indian Trail Sun Valley (4A)     10-2    9
10     Kannapolis Brown (3A)     11-1    12
11     Lincolnton (2A)     12-0    11
12     Lenoir Hibriten (3A)     10-2    7
13     Vance (4A)     9-3    15
14    Charlotte Country Day (IND)     10-2    --
15    Belmont South Point (3A)    9-3    --
16    Unionville Piedmont (2A)     11-1    16
Others receiving consideration (listed alphabetically): 1A Albemarle (8-4);4A Ardrey Kell (8-4); 3A China Grove Carson (10-2); 4A Morganton Freedom (10-2); 3A Weddington (9-3); 4A West Charlotte (8-4)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Players of week and key games for Week 2 of the playoffs

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

  • Ardrey Kell's Justus Pickett had 371 total yards against South Meck. 
    Country Day QB Morgan Roberts had 318 total yards and accounted for five scores in the Bucs state title win over Charlotte Latin
  • Mallard Creek’s Marquise Williams was 14-of-15 for 257 yards and five touchdowns against Olympic. 
  • Butler’s Riley Ferguson was 8-for-8 for 152 yards and three scores against East Forsyth.
  • China Grove Carson QB Zack Gragg threw for a school-record 329 yards, including seven passes to Cody Clanton for a school record 192 yards against Hickory
  • Belmont South Point’s Troy Leeper, who missed the past two games with slipped disks in his neck, ran for 171 yards in Friday’s win over Gastonia Forestview. 
  • Vance QB Marc Harris threw for 270 yards in a 14-3 win over South Caldwell, his team’s first postseason win in five years.
  • Monroe senior Qwadarius Duboise ran for 232 yards and two TDs in a win over East Surry. Monroe played without injured Duke recruit Jamison Crowder, who scored a Union County best 22 touchdowns in the regular-season.
Games of the Week
  • Ardrey Kell (8-4) at Mallard Creek (12-0): Two of the best players in the nation meet: Mallard Creek QB Williams and Ardrey Kell RB Pickett
  • Hopewell (8-4) at Vance (9-3): I-MECK conference rivals meet for second time. Vance won 34-14 at Hopewell Oct. 29.
  • Berry (10-2) at Unionville Piedmont (11-1): A rematch of the Rocky River conference title game. Piedmont won it at Berry 24-18 Nov. 5.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday night scores and updates

Scores


North Carolina



PREP FOOTBALL
CLASS 4-AA
EAST

(1) Wake Forest-Rolesville 13, (8) Raleigh Millbrook 0

(2) Garner 42, (7) Raleigh Broughton 9

(5) Raleigh Wakefield 31, (4) Wilmington Laney 28

(6) Apex Middle Creek 41, (3) Raleigh Leesville Road 40, OT

MIDEAST

(1) Fayetteville Seventy-First 36, (8) Durham Jordan 28

(3) Fuquay-Varina 6, (6) Cary 0

(4) Fayetteville Britt 28, (5) Lumberton 13

(7) Cary Panther Creek 44, (2) Hope Mills South View 21

MIDWEST

(1) Richmond County 35, (8) Charlotte Providence 0

(2) Matthews Butler 56, (7) East Forsyth 7

(3) Greensboro Page 33, (6) West Forsyth 10

(4) Northwest Guilford 23, (5) Scotland County 22

WEST

(1) Charlotte Mallard Creek 56, (8) Charlotte Olympic 0

(3) Charlotte Vance 14, (6) South Caldwell 3

(4) Charlotte Ardrey Kell 35, (5) South Mecklenburg 10

(7) Huntersville Hopewell 35, (2) Garinger 6

CLASS 4-A
EAST

(1) New Bern 32, (8) Greenville Rose 22

(2) Southeast Raleigh 35, (7) Harnett Central 20

(3) Southern Durham 14, (6) New Hanover County 7

(4) Clayton 20, (5) Wilmington Hoggard 14, OT

MIDEAST

(1) Durham Hillside 46, (8) Southeast Guilford High School 0

(2) Dudley 19, (7) Fayetteville Smith 14

(4) Pembroke Swett 28, (5) Fayetteville Sanford 14

(6) Lee County 16, (3) Northern Durham 12

MIDWEST

(1) Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor 42, (8) Southwest Guilford 17

(3) Jamestown Ragsdale 49, (6) Kernersville Glenn 21

(5) Davie County 35, (4) North Davidson 10

(7) High Point Central 28, (2) Greensboro Smith 22
WEST

(1) Asheville Reynolds 42, (8) Asheville Roberson 7

(2) Indian Trail Porter Ridge 49, (7) East Gaston 7

(4) Sun Valley 38, (5) Mooresville 35

(6) West Charlotte 20, (3) Alexander Central 7

CLASS 3-AA
EAST

(1) Wilson Hunt 67, (8) Greenville Conley 36

(2) South Central Pitt 25, (7) West Brunswick 6

(3) Northern Nash 26, (6) Southern Nash 7

(4) West Carteret 20, (5) Nash Central High School 13

MIDEAST

(1) Hope Mills Gray's Creek 28, (8) Asheboro 0

(3) Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 24, (6) Spring Lake Overhills 14

(5) Northern Guilford 43, (4) Erwin Triton 7

(7) Fayetteville Byrd 34, (2) Western Alamance 7

MIDWEST

(1) Kannapolis Brown 21, (8) Harrisburg Hickory Ridge 18

(2) Charlotte Catholic 65, (7) Southwestern Randolph 10

(4) Statesville 35, (5) North Forsyth 14

(6) Weddington 28, (3) Waxhaw Marvin Ridge 14

WEST

(1) Belmont South Point 14, (8) Gastonia Forestview 0

(2) Morganton Freedom 44, (7) Enka 21

(3) Shelby Crest 29, (6) Gastonia Ashbrook 26

(5) Asheville Erwin 61, (4) Kings Mountain 40

CLASS 3-A
EAST

(1) Havelock 55, (8) Currituck County 28

(3) South Brunswick 39, (6) Washington 7

(5) Southern Vance 22, (4) Eastern Wayne 14

(7) Southern Wayne 35, (2) Hertford County 19

MIDEAST

(1) Northeast Guilford 16, (8) Burlington Williams 13

(3) Eastern Alamance 36, (6) Rockingham County 10

(4) South Johnston 47, (5) Oxford Webb 12

(7) Mt. Pleasant 37, (2) Southern Guilford 21

MIDWEST

(1) West Rowan 34, (8) Charlotte Harding 8

(2) China Grove Carson 45, (7) Hickory 33

(3) Concord 31, (6) Cox Mill 12

(4) Northwest Cabarrus 20, (5) West Iredell 17

WEST

(1) Lawndale Burns 38, (8) West Henderson 7

(2) Lenoir Hibriten 42, (7) Morganton Patton 0

(3) East Henderson 32, (6) Franklin 3

(4) Asheville 32, (5) Waynesville Tuscola 14

CLASS 2-AA
EAST

(1) Elizabeth City Northeastern 39, (8) Topsail 13

(2) Bunn 21, (7) North Pitt 20

(4) Wilson Beddingfield 36, (5) SouthWest Edgecombe 28

(6) Kinston 34, (3) Richlands 19

MIDEAST

(1) Pittsboro Northwood 41, (8) South Granville 7

(2) Hillsborough Cedar Ridge 29, (7) Central Davidson 8

(4) High Point Andrews 52, (5) St. Pauls 0

(6) Randleman 38, (3) Reidsville 35

MIDWEST

(1) Monroe Piedmont 28, (8) West Stanly 6

(3) Salisbury 56, (6) North Surry 21

(5) Charlotte Berry Academy 51, (4) West Stokes 30

(7) Marshville Forest Hills 31, (2) South Iredell 30
WEST

(1) Canton Pisgah 48, (8) Ashe County 14

(2) Shelby 38, (7) Claremont Bunker Hill 6

(4) Wilkes Central 35, (5) West Lincoln 27

(6) Black Mountain Owen 28, (3) Newton-Conover 25

CLASS 2-A
EAST

(1) East Duplin 61, (8) Northwest Halifax 18

(2) Tarboro 47, (7) Pasquotank County 0

(3) Roanoke Rapids 56, (6) Jacksonville Northside 0

(5) Kill Devil Hills First Flight 45, (4) South Lenoir 14

MIDEAST

(1) South Columbus 43, (8) Franklinton 7

(2) Fairmont 40, (7) North Brunswick 26

(3) Carrboro 55, (6) Whiteville 33

(5) East Bladen 47, (4) North Johnston 40
MIDWEST

(1) Burlington Cummings 55, (8) Eastern Randolph 14

(2) Winston-Salem Carver 44, (7) West Davidson 0

(3) Thomasville 36, (6) Siler City Jordan-Matthews 9

(4) Lexington 35, (5) Climax Providence Grove 0

WEST

(1) Lincolnton 44, (8) Brevard 7

(3) Polk County 52, (6) Maiden 21

(4) Burnsville Mountain Heritage 33, (5) East Lincoln 19

(7) East Rutherford 24, (2) Boonville Starmount 14

CLASS 1-AA
EAST

(1) Southwest Onslow 63, (8) Dixon 0

(2) Gates County 42, (7) Camden County 7

(3) Ayden-Grifton 42, (6) Rocky Point Trask 21

(4) Riverside Martin 47, (5) Perquimans County 6

MIDEAST

(1) Goldsboro 44, (8) Dunn Midway 0

(3) Pender County 55, (6) East Montgomery 6

(5) Warsaw Kenan 29, (4) Clinton Union 28

(7) East Columbus 22, (2) Red Springs 19

MIDWEST

(1) Mt. Airy 41, (8) Monroe Central 6

(2) Monroe 34, (7) East Surry 27

(5) Albemarle 27, (4) Kernersville McGuinness 14

(6) West Montgomery 14, (3) North Rowan 0

WEST

(1) Avery County 42, (8) Bessemer City 20

(3) West Wilkes 21, (6) East Wilkes 7

(4) Swain County 30, (5) Hendersonville 7

(7) Mitchell County 49, (2) Cherryville 27

CLASS 1-A
EAST

(1) Manteo 74, (8) Swan Quarter Mattamuskeet 0

(2)Creswell 20, (7) Northampton-East 8

(3) Plymouth 49, (6) Pinetown Northside 12

(4) Chocowinity Southside 40, (5) Columbia 0

MIDEAST

(1) Wallace-Rose Hill 70, (8) Lejeune 16

(2) North Edgecombe 40, (7) KIPP Pride 20

(6) Northampton-West 14, (3) Jones County 0

MIDWEST

(1) Roseboro Lakewood 35, (8) Princeton 7

(2) Hobbton 42, (7) Chatham Central 29

(3) Goldsboro Rosewood 35, (6) South Davidson 6

(4) North Stokes 12, (5) South Stanly 0

WEST

(1) Murphy 58, (8) Union Academy 12

(2) Robbinsville 46, (7) Rosman 28

(3) Elkin 59, (6) Cherokee 19

(4) Andrews 43, (5) Hayesville 25





South Carolina



PREP FOOTBALL
Class AAAA Division 1
First Round

Dorman 31, White Knoll 0

Dutch Fork 30, Clover 25

Fort Dorchester 31, Stratford 17

Gaffney 28, Wando 0

Irmo 39, Spartanburg 26

James F. Byrnes 44, Mauldin 14

Lexington 22, Boiling Springs 21

Summerville 41, Blythewood 34

Class AAAA Division 2
First Round

Ashley Ridge 28, Lugoff-Elgin 24

Easley 33, Beaufort 14

Goose Creek 28, Conway 14

Greenwood 41, Laurens 21

North Augusta 52, Richland Northeast 14

Northwestern 45, James Island 14

South Florence 24, Wren 21

T.L. Hanna 41, J.L. Mann 7

Upper State Class AAA
Second Round

Belton-Honea Path 37, Chester 7

Fairfield Central 20, Union County 7

Greenville 51, Seneca 7

South Pointe 20, D.W. Daniel 14

Lower State Class AAA
Second Round

Berkeley 35, Midland Valley 7

Bluffton 34, A.C. Flora 30

Hartsville 20, Airport 17

Myrtle Beach 45, Cane Bay 22

Upper State Class AA
Second Round

Central 40, Chesnee 21

Columbia 38, Palmetto 34

Strom Thurmond 38, Mid-Carolina 14

Woodruff 48, Cheraw 21

Lower State Class AA
Second Round

Dillon 56, Wade Hampton (H) 7

Lake City 62, Hanahan 41

Manning 34, Silver Bluff 14

Timberland 37, Woodland 13

Upper State Class A Division l
Second Round

Abbeville 24, Calhoun County 0

Lamar 28, Chesterfield 13

Lower State Class A Division l
Second Round

Bamberg-Ehrhardt 49, Ridgeland 6

Hemingway 20, Burke 0

Upper State Class A Division 2
Second Round

Christ Church Episcopal 63, Fox Creek 19

Williston-Elko 78, Great Falls 27
Lower State Class A Division 2

Second Round

Hardeeville 24, Denmark-Olar 7

Scott's Branch 32, Lake View 6

SCISA
Semifinal

SCISA Class AAA

Hammond 37, Augusta Christian 12

Porter-Gaud 44, Wilson Hall 7

SCISA Class AA

Hilton Head Christian Academy 32, Hilton Head Prep 26

Thomas Sumter Academy 48, St. Andrews School 24

SCISA Class A

Bible Baptist 33, Byrnes School 8

Dorchester Academy 29, Colleton Prep 6

SCISA Class Eight Man

Jefferson Davis Academy 36, Francis Hugh Wardlaw Academy 34

W. Wyman King Academy 41, Laurens Academy 40



Highlights


North Carolina 


Butler 56, East Forsyth 7 (Final): Uriah LeMay with a 12-yard TD run. Demitrus Kelly with a 34-yard TD run. Earlier, Uriah LeMay added a 35-yard TD run. Riley Ferguson with 3 TD passes (Uriah LeMay for 19 yards,  Channing Stribbling 16 yards, and Zach Ferguson 9 yards). Butler scored on a defensive TD as well.

Mallard Creek 56, Olympic 0 (Final): Mallard Creek QB Marquise Williams is 8-for-9 for 100 yards, 2 TDs. Wesley Field recovered a fumble in the end zone. Jela Duncan with a 47-yard TD run; Brandon Key with a 17-yard TD run.

Richmond Senior 35, Providence 0 (Final):  Providence QB Chauncey Concepcion left the field after a big hit; return is questionable. Providence's Chris Williams leads team with 76 yards rushing. Walter Ellerbe 6 carries, 89 yards, 2 TDs; Laron Ellerbe 4-5, 75 yards passing, 2 TDs.

Sun Valley 38, Mooresville 35 (Final): Dee Tomlinson scores on a 14-yard run to cut the lead to 7 points. Jadarrius Williams adds a 5-yard TD run. Earlier, Sun Valley's Jody Fuller scores his 3rd TD for Sun Valley on a 4-yard run out of the Wildcat formation. Wesley Hamilton with an INT return for the Blue Devils. Ryan Smith with 2 TD passes.

Hopewell 35, Garinger 6 (Final): Dondre Lewis-Freeman scores from 8 yards out, but Garinger's Sam Marsh returns kickoff 92 yards for TD. Halftime stats: Hopewell's Leroy Jackson has 3 catches for 109 yards and 2 TDs; QB Cole Blythe is 6-for-15, for 148 yards, TDs. 





Vance 14, South Caldwell 3 (Final): Marc Harris 7-for-12, 199 yards, TD; also rushed 6 times for 23 yards. Hayden Frank kicked a 35-yard FG for S. Caldwell.

Country Day 45, Latin 10 (Final): Passenant runs 25 yards untouched for a TD to extend the lead.

Ardrey Kell 35, South Meck 10 (Final: At half, Justus Pickett with 180 yards, 3 TDs.

Shelby 38, Bunker Hill 6 (Final): Ben Cheaney adds a 34-yard FG


Charlotte Catholic 58, Southwestern Randolph 10 (4th): Catholic with just 17 plays but 328 yards of total offense. Steven Bevilacqua 5 carries, 131 yards, 2 TDs.

South Iredell 24, Forest Hills 17

Crest 14, Gastonia Ashbrook 12 (half)


Erwin 34, Kings Mountain 17


West Rowan 7, Harding 0


Carson 7, Hickory 7


N. Surry 7, Salisbury 0


Lincolnton 14, Brevard 0


Mitchell County 29, Cherryville 7 (half)


Mountain Heritage 20, East Lincoln 3


Avery 28, Bessemer City 6 (half)


Monroe 27, East Surry 6 (half)


Hibriten 35, Patton 0 (half)


Wilkes-Central 35, West Lincoln 27




South Carolina


Dutch Fork 30, Clover 25 (final)


Northwestern 45, James Island 14 (final)


South Pointe 20, Daniel 14 (final)


Belton-Honea Path 37, Chester 7 (final)


Williston-Elko 78, Great Falls 27 (final)


Westminster Catawba 33, South Lake 15 (final)

Prep basketball coach accused of whipping players

An assistant basketball coach in Mississippi was placed on leave after he was accused of whipping team members.

The act was apparently caught on camera.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

State cheerleading championships Saturday

The eighth annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state invitational cheerleading championships are scheduled for Saturday at the Raleigh Convention Center.

A record number of 133 teams have registered to compete in the event, featuring over 2,000 cheerleaders.

Competition will be held in 10 different categories. The doors open at 7:30 am and competition will begin at nine o’clock Saturday morning.

The Carolina Cup will also be awarded during the course of competition. Cheer Ltd., Inc., an NCHSAA corporate partner that assists with the invitational championship, established the Carolina Cup to recognize annually the top high school varsity cheerleading team in the state. The team that earns the highest cumulative score among varsity teams during the invitational championship earns the Cup.

 Raleigh Millbrook won the Carolina Cup last year. Previous winners include Jamestown Ragsdale in 2008, Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons in 2007, North Gaston in 2006 and Raleigh Sanderson took the Cup in its inaugural year in 2005.

The Raleigh Sports Consortium is the primary host city sponsor for the event.
-- NCHSAA Release

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

National College Signing Day: Area Signees

These area athletes are signing National Letter Of Intent forms today with their new schools.
Albemarle: Corey Dick (UNC-W, baseball)
Ardrey Kell:
Conner Patterson (Pitt Community College, baseball); Collin Keefer (UMass-Boston, baseball); Alex Leach (App. State, baseball); Brett Lang (Charlotte, baseball); Logan Ratledge (N.C. State, baseball); Chris McCue (UNC, baseball); Allison Emrey (Wake Forest, golf); Guiseppe Gentile (Charlotte, soccer); Nick Barnhorst (Charlotte, soccer); Alex Calott (Charlotte, tennis)

Butler: Cierra Burdick (Tennessee, women's basketball); Jessica Rappe (Va. Tech, softball); Mayhana Dunovant (Garner-Webb, basketball); Anthony Stitt (College of Charleston, basketball); Marcus Burton (Wagner, basketball)
Charlotte Catholic: Kelsey Newman (George Washington, volleyball, George Washington); Ali Lane (Western Carolina, women's basketball); Shawn-Marie Heiliger (Wagner, women's basketball); Devin Murphy (East Carolina, women's golf); Collin Manning (Holy Cross, baseball); Alex Jensen (U.S. Military Academy, baseball); Jena Ready (Presbyterian, women's lacrosse)
Charlotte Christian: Anthony Gill (South Carolina, basketball), Tyler Simmons (Wingate, baseball), Worth Smith (Navy, basketball)
Cherryville: Terry Whisnant (Florida State, basketball)
Concord First Assembly: Zac Cantadore (Milligan College, TN, basketball)
Fort Mill Nation Ford: Riley Smith (USC Lancaster, tennis); Melanie Mullen ( USC-Lancaster, tennis), Austin Hicks (Charleston Southern, baseball), Alex Pittman (Limestone, baseball)
Gaston Christian School: Caitlin Campbell (Armstrong Atlantic, Softball)
Hopewell: Hannah Early (Davidson, women's basketball; signing Monday)
Kings Mountain: Brian Brown (VMI, basketball)

Mallard Creek: Mikal Hill (South Carolina, baseball). Hill will sign Wednesday.
Myers Park: Grace Baker (College of Charleston, tennis); Josh Brown (Savannah School of Art & Design, soccer); Tyler Powell (Western Carolina, baseball)
Providence: Meredith Brami (Peace College, Softball); Kip Darmody (Texas, Swimming); Susie Raichle (N.C. State, Swimming); Brett Austin (N.C. State, baseball); Jake Fincher (N.C. State, baseball); Haley Watts (UNC, Gymnastics); William Goldberg (UNC-Asheville, tennis)
South Mecklenburg: Matt Brown (University of Virginia, soccer); Jake Keating (UNCC, soccer)
Alex Chu (UNC-Asheville, soccer)
Weddington:  Jordan Newsome (Wingate, Baseball); Colby Spivey (Wingate, Baseball)
West Charlotte: Jalen "Scoot" Simmons (Duke, football); Britton Grier (Duke, football); Brandon Sansbury (Shaw, football); Jacoby Davis (N. Florida, basketball). 
West Lincoln: Sadie Saine (Pfeiffer University-softball); Emily Workman (Pfeiffer University-softball)
West Mecklenburg: Terrence Williams (Charlotte, basketball)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Butler sits atop final regular-season AP football poll

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ The Associated Press state high school football poll for the week of November 9, first-place votes in parentheses, records and total points as voted upon by a statewide panel of prep sports writers:

^Class 4-A=

† 1. Matthews Butler (10)            (11-0) 100 1

† 2. Mallard Creek                   (11-0) 86 2

† 3. Richmond County                 (10-1) 72 3

† 4. Durham Hillside                 (11-0) 68 4

† 5. Asheville Reynolds              (11-0) 59 6

† 6. Fayetteville Britt              (10-1) 36 T7

† T7. New Bern                       (10-0) 34 T7

† T7. Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor        (10-1) 34 9

† 9. Fayetteville Seventy-First      (10-1) 28 NR

†10. Indian Trail Porter Ridge       (10-1) 22 10

¶  

¶   Others receiving votes: Greensboro Smith 11. <

^Class 3-A=

† 1. West Rowan (10)                 (11-0) 100 1

† 2. Charlotte Catholic              (11-0) 90 2

† 3. Lawndale Burns                  (10-1) 78 4

† 4. Kannapolis Brown                (10-1) 65 6

† 5. Hope Mills Gray's Creek         (10-1) 53 7

† 6. Lenoir Hibriten                 (9-2)  46 3

† 7. Marvin Ridge                    (9-2)  36 8

† 8. Northern Guilford               (9-2)  24 5

† 9. Western Alamance                (9-2)  16 NR

†10. Wilson Hunt                     (9-2)  12 NR

¶  

¶   Others receiving votes: Asheville 8, Shelby Crest 5, Asheville Erwin 4, East Henderson 4, Morganton Freedom 4, Belmont South Point 2, Havelock 2, South Brunswick 1. <

^Class 2-A=

† 1. Tarboro (10)                    (11-0) 100 1

† 2. Lincolnton                      (11-0) 81 2

† 3. Boonville Starmount             (11-0) 80 3

† 4. Burlington Cummings             (10-1) 65 4

† 5. South Iredell                   (11-0) 60 5

† 6. Thomasville                     (10-1) 39 6

† 7. Polk County                     (10-1) 37 T7

† 8. Newton-Conover                  (10-1) 30 T7

† 9. SouthWest Edgecombe             (9-2)  19 9

†10. South Columbus                  (10-0) 12 10

¶  

¶   Others receiving votes: Winston-Salem Carver 9, Canton Pisgah 6, Burnsville Mountain Heritage 5, Kinston 4, East Duplin 2, Roanoke Rapids 1. <

^Class 1-A=

† 1. Wallace-Rose Hill (9)            (11-0) 99  1

† 2. Albemarle (1)                    (7-4) 84  2

† 3. Southwest Onslow                 (10-1) 80  3

† 4. Mt. Airy                         (9-2) 69  4

† 5. Plymouth                         (10-2) 56  5

† 6. Murphy                           (9-3) 47  7

† 7. Pender County                    (8-2) 36  6

† 8. Gates County                     (10-1) 30  8

† 9. Avery County                     (8-3) 18  10

†10. West Montgomery                  (6-5) 9   9

¶  

¶   Others receiving votes: Kernersville McGuinness 7, Williamston Riverside 6, Goldsboro 3, Ayden-Grifton 3, North Edgecombe 3.<

Monday, November 8, 2010

So why is Butler seeded lower than Richmond Senior?

Butler, the reigning 4AA champ, finished the season unbeaten at 11-0 and with a 26-game win streak but was seeded third for the N.C. football playoffs behind Mallard Creek and Richmond.

Butler beat Richmond 21-7 on Sept. 11.

The NCHSAA allows teams who play 11 games to drop one non-conference game from their record for playoff purposes, because not all of the 390 teams play the extra game. That extra game is allowed so schools can make more money, although they must return a portion of the proceeds over to the NCHSAA to use for its Endowment Fund.

When Richmond dropped the Butler loss, there were three unbeaten 4AA teams in the West. The rules, voted on by the N.C. Football Coaches Association, calls for a hat draw when three or more teams are tied with the same record. Head-to-head is not looked at when there are three or more teams involved.

The NCHSAA’s Tucker said the same thing happened last year with West Forsyth, Jamestown Ragsdale and Greensboro Dudley last season in the 4A West playoffs. Ragsdale beat Dudley during the regular season but ended up with lower seed. Ragsdale had to play at Dudley in the third round of the playoffs. Dudley won 13-7.

“After that,” Tucker said, “what we suggested was that the football coaches association discuss this and if they wanted to come up with some provision in trying to settle that…we had no problem with it. They met and sent forward no recommendation, so we did what we did last year.”

So if both teams advance to the third round at Thanksgiving, Butler goes to Richmond Senior.

“It’s just the way the system is set up,” Bulldogs coach Newsome said. “Whether it’s fair or not, I don’t know. I don’t understand if you’ve got three teams tied and you both played an 11th game, why you can’t use that 11th game record as a tie-breaker. I remember when (former Independence coach Tom) Knotts used to always say if you’re the defending state champ and you went undefeated that should be your bonus (being a No. 1 overall seed). I don’t disagree with that now. Back then, I never thought I’d be in the same situation. How many times do you figure that happen in the future? You win the state and you go undefeated the next year?”

Newsome said he’s not mad about his team’s seed.

“That’s the rule,” he said. “If I thought the rules were against us, I would be upset. But I told our coaches for weeks this could possibly happen, that we could end up in a three-way tie with Richmond Couty and have to to there and play. We’ve been unlucky all year long so why not keep being unlucky now, I guess. But it’ll work out. Do I like it? No? Over Thanksgiving, there’s more people at home and coming to games for their fan base, but hey, that’s what we’ll do.”