Thursday, March 31, 2011

Prep Softball Sweet 16 (3.31.11)

Softball Sweet 16
Rank, School, Class, Record, Prev.
1. Lake Norman, 4A, 11-0, 1
2. Alexander Central, 4A, 8-0, 2
3. East Rowan, 3A, 6-1, 4
4. Indian Trail Porter Ridge, 4A, 8-1, 6
5. West Stanly, 2A, 10-1, 8
6. Forest City Chase, 2A, 7-0, NR
7. South Stanly, 1A, 8-0, NR
8. East Gaston, 4A, 8-0, NR
9. Northwest Cabarrus, 3A, 9-2, NR
10. Ardrey Kell, 4A, 9-4, 3
11. Harrisburg Hickory Ridge, 3A, 7-1, NR
12. Belmont South Point, 3A, 6-1, NR
13. Boiling Springs Crest, 3A, 9-2, 111
14. Marvin Ridge, 3A, 8-2, 7
15. Marshville Forest Hills, 2A, 8-3, 16
16. Butler, 4A, 6-4, 5

Providence at Ardrey Kell baseball ppd tonight moved to Friday

Tonight's big Providence at Ardrey Kell baseball game has been postponed and moved to Friday due to the weather. The teams will begin play Friday at 7 p.m.

Ardrey Kell (12-0, 6-0 Southwestern 4A) is nationally ranked by several publications. Providence (5-1, 4-1) trails Ardrey Kell and South Meck (8-2, 5-1) in the league standings but can make a big push with a win against its arch rival Friday.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Former Panther RB Dee Brown to coach at Victory Christian

Former Carolina Panthers running back Dadrian "Dee" Brown is the new head football coach at Victory Christian.

Brown played at Syracuse and played two years for Carolina in 2001 and 2002. He played in 14 games in the 2002 season, rushing 102 times for 360 yards and four touchdowns. He played with Pittsburgh in 2003, Cleveland in 2004 and finished his career with Kansas City in 2005 and '06.

In 2010, Brown worked as a running backs coach at the NFL Summer Minority Internship Program with the Denver Broncos.

"Dee has a strong desire to help make a difference in the lives of young people," said Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville. "He has a passion for the game and what is has done for him."

Victory Christian athletics director Michael Pratt said Brown, who replaces six-year coach Frank Crockett, is the right guy to turn around the Kings program, which has struggled of late.

"Coach Brown brings solid experience and a strong knowledge of the game," he said.

Rosters announced for 20th annual Charlotte Pro-Am All-Star Basketball Game

Here are rosters for the 20th annual Charlotte Pro-Am All-Star Basketball Game, which will tip off Saturday at Providence Day. The girls game begins at 1 p.m. followed by the boys at approximately 2:45 p.m.

The game annually brings together many of the area's top seniors.


WEST GIRLS GIRLS ALL STARS- White (Coach: Ms. Angela Morton-Concord High School)

1) Karoline Summerville 5’3 1 Hopewell High

2) Hunter Clarke Meakin 5’4 1/2 Hopewell High

3) Mayhana Dunovant 5’5 1 Butler High

4) Matrice Sweezy 5’5 1/2 Shelby High

5) Jasmine Deberry 5’6 1/2 Concord High

6) Jhemelia Edwards 5’6 1/2 Concord High

7) Ali Lane 5’7 1/2 Charlotte Catholic High

8) Jewel Walker 5’10 3/4 Freedom High

9) Landyn Renee Mannion 5’11 3/4 Lake Norman High

10) Sarah Burnick 5’11 4/3 Providence Day School

11) Hannah Early 6’1 3/4 Hopewell High

EAST GIRLS ALL STARS -Blue (Coach: Mr. Chris McNeil-Salisbury High School)

1) Najmah Tillard 5’4 1 Mallard Creek High

2) Sharnesha Brentley 5’5 1/2 West Mecklenburg High

3) Brittany Powell 5’5 2/3 Country Day School

4) Stephanie Honeycutt 5’7 2 West Caldwell High

5) Carly Hammack 5’7 1/2 Myers Park High

6) Ayanna Holmes 5’8 1 Salisbury High

7) Ashia Holmes 5’8 2/3 Salisbury High

8) Tatum McKee 5’10 1/2 North Mecklenburg High

9) Somalia McKenney 5’11 W3 Mallard Creek High

10) Jessica Heilig 6’0 W3 Salisbury High

11) Olivia Rankin 6’2 4/5 Salisbury High

EAST BOYS ALL STAR-White (Coach: Mr. Byron Dinkins-Northside Christian Academy)

1) Reggie Arceneaux 5’8 160 1 Olympic High

2) Thomas Bess 6’0 160 1/2 Cherryville High

3) Griffin Pittman 6’0 160 1/2 Northside Christian Academy

4) Connor Sullivan 6’1 200 1/2 Providence Day School

5) Chad Frazier 6’4 185 2/1 First Assembly Christian School

6) Johan Pennerat 6’5 175 2/3 Northside Christian Academy

7) Worth Smith III 6’6 195 4 Charlotte Christian School

8) Joell Hopkins Jr. 6’6 195 3/4 Ravenscroft School

9) Harrison Bowne 6’6 215 3/4 St. Stephens High

10) Kevin Hickson 6’8 225 4/5 Providence Day School

WEST BOYS ALL STARS –Red (Coach: Mr. Ron Bray-Hunter Huss High )

1) Jamison Crowder 5’9 160 1/2 Monroe High

2) Nathyn Johnson 6’4 170 2/3 Grace Academy

3) Carlin Bremner 6’0 185 1/2 North Mecklenburg High

4) Jacquise Moore 6’2 170 1/2 Concord High

5) Thomas “TJ” Wilson 6’2 175 2/3 Hunter Huss High

6) Jihad Wright 6’4 185 2/3 Hunter Huss High

7) Jerod Wallace 6’4 180 2 West Mecklenburg High

8) Keynan Davis-Harper 6’6 195 4/5 Vance High

9) Elliott Pope 6’7 220 4/5 Hopewell High

10) Jordan Robertson 6’7 195 3/4 Greensboro Day School

Friday, March 25, 2011

Cherryville's Whisnant is N.C. AP boys player of the year

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Cherryville's Terry Whisnant scored all season at a prolific pace and made shooting the 3-pointer look easy.

As a result, the senior guard has been named The Associated Press men's prep basketball player of the year for North Carolina.

The Florida State recruit earned 10 of 13 votes from sports writers across the state in results released Friday. Forsyth Country Day junior Tyler Lewis, who has committed to North Carolina State, was second with two votes after averaging about 27 points and seven assists.

Whisnant averaged 31.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists to return to the AP All-State team for the second straight year. He averaged almost 28 points as a junior and finished his career as the school's all-time leading scorer, retaking a record that his father once held for 23 years before it was first broken in 2008.

“When I first came, people talked to me about it, but I didn't think it was possible,” Whisnant said. “But as the years came, I just stayed in the gym and figured I had a shot at it. I just kept working and it happened.”

Whisnant had a memorable season by any measure. He set a school-record with 124 3-pointers, the fourth-most in state history. His 950 points were the No. 2 single-season total in state history for a senior. He set a state record by scoring at least 20 points in 29 games and tying another mark by scoring at least 40 in three straight games.

His 2,561 career points rank seventh in state history.

“He put up that many points and there were times as a coaching staff, we'd sit over there and say, Shoot the ball, son,' because he'd always look to get teammates involved,” Cherryville coach Scott Harrill said. “As soon as double teams came after him, he was looking for the open man. It wasn't just about him. He could've taken more shots than what he did. It's been a pleasure to coach him.”

Whisnant did all that at a Class 1-A school while turning away inquiries to go to private schools known for showcasing star prospects. He wasn't tempted to leave, he said, because Cherryville was home.

“This is where my dad grew from and where my family is from,” he said. “I wanted to break (the school scoring record) and keep it a family-oriented town.”

Thursday, March 24, 2011

CMS All-Conference Basketball Teams Announced

Here are Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools all-conference basketball teams. The teams were voted on by the coaches in each conference.

I-MECK 4A Boys
Elliot Pope, Hopewell; Chris Patterson, Lake Norman; Jamal White, Mallard Creek; Shawn Lester, Isiah Johnson, Kendrick Johnson, Mooresville; Carlin Bremner, Jermaine Forte, Shivaughn Wiggins, North Meck; Keynan Harper, Juwan Springs, Eric Lusha, Vance; Michael Brown, Kennedy Meeks, Jacoby Davis, W. Charlotte
Player of the year: Jacoby Davis, W. Charlotte
Coach of the year: Duane Lewis, N. Mecklenburg
I-MECK 4A Girls
Anna Diggs, Hough; Marissa Riley, Landyn Mannion, Lake Norman; Hunter Meakin, Sharee’ Boyd, Hopewell; Gabrielle McClain, Rachel Porter, W. Charlotte; Tatum McKee, North Meck; Shakirah McLaughlin, Mooresville; Karmen Barringer, Vance; Somalia McKenney, Niya Phillips, Nicole Graham, Amber Neely, Mallard Creek
Coach of the year: Gary Richmond, Hopewell
Player of the year: Hannah Early, Hopewell
ME-GA 7 Girls
Ali Lane, Lizzie Henshaw, Charlotte Catholic; Shelby Winchester, Lindsey Greeson, East Gaston; Latika Harris, Briana Key, Harding; Alexius Hampton, Vanissa McMillian, Olympic; Rajsha Blackmon, Sharnesha Brently, West Meck.
Player of the year: Ali Lane, Catholic
Coach of the year: Anthony Jones, Harding
ME-GA 7 Boys
Preston Earle, Harding; Robert Champion, Catholic; Vidol Crawford, East Gaston; Reggie Arceneaux, Allerik Freeman, Josh Smith, Olympic; Terrance Williams, Julius Hamilton, Jerod Wallace, West Meck; Jarvis Haywood, Waddell
Player of the year: Reggie Arceneaux, Olympic
Coach of the year: Ty Baumgarnder, Olympic
Southwestern 4A Girls
India Timpton, Saadia Timpton, Mason Jeffries, Carly Hammack, Myers Park, Jaymee Fisher-Davis, Cierra Burdick, Butler; Oceania Anderson, Christelle Shembo, Ardrey Kell; Laquisha Taylor, Independence; Casey Reiger, Providence; Sandra Knox, E. Meck
Player of the year: Cierra Burdick, Butler
Coach of the year: Tina Lawrence, Ardrey Kell
Southwestern 4A Boys
Marcus Burton, Anthony Stitt, Zach Ferguson, Jalen White, Butler; DeQuann Simpson, Matt Ward, Rocky River; Carrington Kirkpatrick, South Meck; Brandon Davis, Independence; Clayton Massey, Myers Park; Jerrin Morrison, East Meck; Andrew Alexander, Ardrey Kell
Player of the year: Marcus Burton, Butler
Coach of the year: Kurt Wessler, Butler

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ed Addie hired to coach basketball at Kennedy Charter School

Ed Addie, 44, is the new boys basketball coach at Kennedy Charter School in south Charlotte.

Addie is president of the 10-year-old Queen City Athletic Association, a youth and AAU basketball program, where he’s coached 22 Division I college basketball players including five high school academic All-Americans. His teams won four AAU state championships and made seven straight trips to the N.C. state AAU final four.

At Kennedy Charter, Addie returns five of 14 players. Nine seniors graduated.

“I hope to build a great basketball program, that’s well respected and well recognized in the community with kids who are focused on academics while excelling on the basketball court,” said Addie, whose son Adrian from Hopewell in 2010, where he was a starter for the boys basketball team and carried a 4.0 GPA.

Ed Addie played football at Tennessee State but transferred to Daytona State and played basketball for three years before graduating in 1988 with a degree in marketing. He was on the Dean’s list and President’s List.

Clover hires South Point's John Devine as its new football coach

CLOVER -- Clover High School ventured just across the state border to hire one of Gaston County’s winningest football coaches.

John Devine has been the head football coach at South Point High in Belmont, N.C., for 15 seasons where he guided the Red Raiders to a 137-55-1 career record. At South Point, Devine won two state titles (2003 and 2009) and 10 conference championships. The 2010 Red Raiders finished 9-4 and won the Big South 3A Conference title. Devine was named the league’s coach of the year.

Clover High School principal Mark Hopkins has known Devine for close to 15 years.

"I have seen his South Point teams up close on many occasions," Hopkins said in a press release issued by Clover High School. "His teams have always represented their community with class and played the game the way it is intended to be played. We believe he is a great fit for our community and that his past experiences and success will follow him to Clover. We welcome Coach Devine into the Blue Eagle family with open arms."

"I am very blessed and honored to have been considered, and I’m very excited for the opportunity to coach Clover High School,” Devine said in Clover press release. "Clover and the upstate of South Carolina have great football tradition and great coaching. I know we’ll have a challenge each and every Friday night. I am looking forward to that challenge."

Clover athletics director Carroll Hester added, “…We are very excited and feel most fortunate to announce that John Devine will be the new Blue Eagle football coach. Coach Devine’s record, the success he has achieved, and the program he has built at South Point High School is tremendous. We look forward to Coach Devine’s leadership, his passion, and his desire to help Clover remain at the top.”

Devine will replace Jet Turner who announced on Feb. 28 that he will leave at the end of the school year to become the head football coach at Wilson Hall in Sumter, his hometown.

Turner served eight years at Clover and led the Blue Eagles to the Class AAAA Division II South Carolina State Championship in 2007. He leaves with a career record of 70-29.

-- Karl Lyles, Rock Hill Herald

Local McDonald's to give Butler's Burdick big sendoff to All-America game

Butler's Cierra Burdick will play in the McDonald's All-America game March 30 with 22 of the top girls players in the nation.

A local McDonald's plans to give her a big sendoff party Thursday at 4 p.m. Members of her high school team, and her coach, Mark Sanders, will be at the McDonald's location at 9607 East Independence Boulevard (Windsor Square)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Duke recruit Marshall Plumlee named Gatorade N.C. player of the year

Marshall Plumlee, a 7-foot center from Arden Christ School, is the 2010-11 Gatorade N.C. Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Plumlee is the first Gatorade North Carolina Boys Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Christ School.

Butler's Cierra Burdick repeated as N.C. girls player of the year.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Plumlee as North Carolina’s best high school boys basketball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year award to be announced in March, Plumlee joins an elite alumni association of past state boys basketball award winners, including Dwight Howard (2003-04, SW Atlanta Christian Academy, Ga.), Chauncey Billups (1993-94 & 1994-95, George Washington HS, Colo.), Jason Kidd (1991-92, St. Joseph Notre Dame HS, Calif.), Paul Pierce (1994-95, Inglewood HS, Calif.) and Chris Bosh (2001-02, Lincoln HS, Texas).

The 7-foot, 220-pound senior center led the Greenies to a 32-5 record and a fourth consecutive North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 3A state championship this past season. Plumlee recorded 13 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one block in the 59-57 state title-clinching victory against Charlotte Christian School. A McDonald’s High School All-American Game selection, he averaged 11.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.5 assists per game in 2010-11. Plumlee shot 56.7 percent from the field and 77.1 percent from the free-throw line. Also a two-time NCISAA All-State selection, he produced 8.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and three blocks per contest as a junior.

Plumlee has maintained a 4.06 weighted GPA in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade Award’s broad criteria. In addition to serving as a dormitory prefect and chair of his school’s Honor council, he has volunteered in association with the National Honor Society.

“He plays with great intensity on both ends of the floor,” said Paul Biancardi, National Director for ESPN Basketball Recruiting. “He’s an inside presence offensively with a nice jump hook and drop-step move. Defensively, he’s a rim protector; he can block shots or make it difficult for opponents to score over him. He’s a consistent rebounder at both ends. He cares so much about his team, and that’s one of the most important qualities an athlete can have. Along with being an exceptional player and a high-level student, he’s an excellent teammate.”

Plumlee has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at Duke University this fall.

-- Gatorade Media Release

National football combines hit Carolinas this weekend

The Schuman National Underclassmen Combines (NUC) () will be at Winsor (NC) Bertie High and Dutch Fork (SC) High Saturday and Sunday.

Attendees will be evaluated by the scouting service, and their results will be provided to college football recruiting scouts, including every college in the U.S. from D-1a BCS to DIII.


WHERE: Bertie HS, Windsor, NC


3/26/11 All Combine Prep Training 4:00 PM

3/26/11 All Positions Skill Training at 5:30 PM

3/26/11 All All American Recruiting Seminar at 7:00 PM

3/27/11 8th/9th grade combine at 8:00 AM

3/27/11 10th grade combine at 8:00 AM

3/27/11 11th grade combine at 1:00 PM


WHERE: Dutch Fork HS, Irmo, SC



3/26/11 All Combine Prep Training at 4:00 PM

3/26/11 All Positions Skill Training at 5:30 PM

3/26/11 All All American Recruiting Seminar at 7:00 PM

3/27/11 8th/9th grade Combine at 8:00 AM

3/27/11 10th grade Combine at 8:00 AM

3/27/11 11th grade Combine at 1:00 PM

Antawn Jamison's Right Moves Youth Basketball Event is Saturday

NBA star Antawn Jamison will have his eighth annual March Madness Right Moves For Youth championship Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Berry Academy.

Right Moves for Youth students will compete in cheerleading, stepping and basketball competitions.

Right Moves For Youth is a nonprofit organization that works with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. Working with students in a group setting, Right Moves offers 72 school-based sites with a volunteer base of more than 500 individuals. It promotes promote positive youth development by enhancing participants' academic accomplishments, leadership ability, life skills awareness, self-esteem, civic responsibility and cultural awareness.

Right Moves For Youth’s “Pay-To-Play” philosophy rewards students for their achievements by providing opportunities to participate in a variety of athletic and cultural activities. Students who “pay” by improving their attendance, behavior and/or academic performance are rewarded with various opportunities to “play”.

Jamison's event is one of the "play" activities. Participation in March Madness is a reward for club members who show continuous improvement in attendance, behavior and academic performance.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

VIDEO: West Charlotte championship highlights

WCNC highlights of Saturday's West Charlotte state championship victory over Raleigh Millbrook.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Butler's Burdick named N.C. Gatorade player of the year. Again

Butler High McDonald's All American Cierra Burdick is the 2010-11 Gatorade N.C. girls basketball player of the year. Burdick also won the Gatorade award last year.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Burdick as North Carolina’s best high school girls basketball player.

Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award announced in March, Burdick joins an elite alumni association of past state girls basketball award-winners, including Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central HS, Ill.), Diana Taurasi (1998-99 & 1999-00, Don Antonio Lugo HS, Calif.), Maya Moore (2005-06 Collins Hill HS, Ga.), Rashanda McCants (2004-05, Asheville HS, N.C.), Shyra Ely (1999-00, Ben Davis HS, Ind.) and Lisa Leslie (1988-89, Morningside HS, Calif.)

The 6-foot-2 senior guard and forward averaged 23.1 points, 15.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 5.0 blocks and 4.1 steals per game this past season, leading the Bulldogs (30-1) to the Class 4A state quarterfinals. The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Burdick shot 61 percent from the field, 48 percent from 3-point range and 85 percent from the free-throw line. A 2011 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association High School All-America Game selection, she recorded 18.9 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.6 blocks per contest as a junior, leading Butler to the Class 4A state championship in 2010. A returning ESPN RISE First Team All-American, Burdick has participated on the USA Basketball Women’s U16 and U17 National Teams in each of the past two summers.

Burdick has maintained a 4.28 weighted GPA in the classroom. A member of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered as the lead counselor at the Butler Bulldog Basketball Camp and on behalf of multiple charitable organizations to benefit area breast cancer survivors and underprivileged children, including the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation.

“Cierra Burdick is a phenom,” said Butler head coach Mark Sanders. “Cierra is the definition of a scholar-athlete. She is an extremely hard worker and is very competitive in the classroom and on the court. She deserves everything that comes her way because she has worked so hard to get to where she is today. She is not only a great player but she is an even better leader, and the way she leads is what makes her so special.”

Burdick has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Tennessee this fall.

Two time winner Burdick joins recent Gatorade North Carolina Girls Basketball Players of the Year Asia Williams (2008-09, Hillside) and Candace Wood (2007-08, Victory Christian Center School) among the state’s list of former award winners.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

W. Charlotte to sponsor bus trip to Saturday's state championship game

The West Charlotte class of 1962 is sponsoring a bus trip to Saturday's N.C. 4A state championship game in Chapel Hill against Raleigh Millbrook.

Cost is $21 per person, which does not include a ticket. Money will be collected today (Wednesday, March 9) from 6-8 p.m. at the Beatties Ford Road Burger King near I-85.

Information? John Love at 980-253-1176 or Earl Adams at 704-763-4941

Monday, March 7, 2011

VIDEO: West Charlotte boys vs. Pfafftown Reagan

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Live updates from N.C. Western Regional Tournaments

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Salisbury girls 49, Newton-Conover 35: Salisbury’s girls will go for a third straight state championship next Saturday after winning the regionals with another dominant performance. Salisbury (26-1) led 10-3 after the first quarter and didn’t allow Newton-Conover (25-4) to score in double figures in a quarter until the fourth.
            Salisbury limited Newton-Conover to 21.2 percent shooting and got 12 points and 9 rebounds from Jessica Helig plus 22 combined points Brielle Blaire and Ashia Holmes. Newton-Conover 11 points and 7 rebounds from Shynese Whitener.
Newton-Conover 3 9 9 14 – 35
Salisbury 10 15 13 11 – 49
Littlejohn 9, Shynese Whitener 11, Tipps 9, Gibbs 6
SALISBURY 49 – Ashia Holmes 11, Ayanna Holmes 5, Brielle Blaire 11, Rankin 4, Jessica Helig 12, Richardson 2, Miller 2, Allison 2

East Rutherford advances to state final, easily beats Mountain Heritage

GREENSBORO – East Rutherford’s boys basketball team advanced to its first state championship game with an easy 70-49 win over Mountain Heritage in the N.C. 2A boys western regional championship game.
Championship MVP Devince Boykins had 17 points and 7 rebounds for East (26-1), which shot nearly 50 percent and held Mountain Heritage to just 27.5 percent shooting Zack Price had 23 points and Raheem Hampton 14 for East Rutherford.
John Cannon a 7-foot center, had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and teammate Alex Biggerstaff had 11 for Mountain Heritage (23-8).
East Rutherford 24 12 16 18 – 70
Mountain Heritage 13 13 12 11 – 49
Raheem Hampton 14, Devonte Boykins 8, Devince Boykins 17, Watkins 5, Zack Price 23, Flack 3
MOUNTAIN HERITAGE 49 – Tomberlin 7, John Cannon 11, Alex Biggerstaff 11, Letterman 5, Burleston 8, Krause 2,  Bishop 2, Kardulis 1, Buckner 2
All-Tournament Team: Darien Rankin, Salisbury; Alex Biggerstaff, Mountain Heritage; John Cannon, Mountain Heritage; Raheem Hampton, East Rutherford; Zack Price, East Rutherford; Devince Boykins, East Rutherford (MVP)

North Rowan rallies to upset Winston-Salem Prep in regional championship

The North Rowan boys’ basketball team refused to lose.

After trailing for most of the game, the Cavaliers overcame a nine-point fourth quarter deficit and outlasted Winston-Salem Prep Academy 92-85 in double overtime to advance to their first state championship game since 1986.

North Rowan (26-5) will play the winner of Red Springs and Pinder High School Saturday at N.C. State.
“Perseverance is what we are all about,” North Rowan sophomore guard Timothy Bates, II said, who was the MVP of the 1A Regional. “We didn’t want to lose, we didn’t want to go home. We were going to do whatever it took to get the win.”

The Cavaliers got another great team effort as Bates, II led the way with 22 points, but five other North Rowan players were in double figures.

Senior Javon Hargrave (all-tournament) added 19 points, Malik Ford had 12, Jordan Kimber had 11 while both Pierre Givens (all-tournament) and Sam Starks had 10 points, apiece.

“Our guys come to work every day whether it is in practice or in games,” North Rowan basketball coach Andrew Mitchell said, first year coach, who will be in his third straight state final after coming over from Salisbury High School. “We expect a lot out of our team.”

Trailing 57-48 going into the final quarter the Cavaliers needed a big effort in the final eight minutes. North Rowan got it, but didn’t take a lead until Sam Starks, who was celebrating his birthday, hit a three-pointer with 1:37 left in regulation to give the Cavaliers a 69-68 lead.

But the teams remained deadlocked after 32 minutes of play with score tied at 71, then again after another four minutes of overtime at 80.

North Rowan finally separated themselves from the Phoenix in the second overtime as they scored six of the first seven points, and then closed on a 6-0 run to clinch the game.

Winston-Salem Prep (24-10) got big efforts from sophomore forward, Greg McClinton, who had 25 points and 10 rebounds, junior Jerran Foster, who had 22 points, and senior D.J. Bishop, who had 17 points, as all three were selected to the all-tournament team.

“This was two great teams battling each other to the finish,” Winston-Salem Prep basketball coach Andre Gould said. “It was a game of runs, and they made the right plays down the stretch and we didn’t.”

N. Rowan 14 19 15 23 12 -- 92
W-S Prep 19 15 23 14 9 5 -- 85
Timothy Bates II 22, Javon Hargraves 19, Malik Ford 12, Jordan Kimber 11, Pierre Givens 10, Sam Starks 10, M. Connor 4, M. Bowman 4.
Greg McClinton 25, Jerran Foster 22, D.J. Bishop 17, J. Valentine 8, M. Hughes 6, O. Fenton 4, C. Simmons 2, T. Trent 1.
Records: North Rowan (26-5); Winston-Salem Prep (24-10).

Mallard Creek's poor shooting costs the Mavericks in regional championship

Mallard Creek shot just 25 percent in a 42-40 loss to Southwest Guilford in Saturday's N.C. 4A regional championship. Southwest Guilford will face Raleigh Millbrook, a 57-39 winner over previously unbeaten Hope Mills South View, in next Saturday's state championship game in Chapel Hill.

SW Guilford 8 9 10 15 – 42
Mallard Creek 3 13 10 14 – 40
SW GUILFORD 42 – Connor 1, Buchanan 3, Zena Lovette 10, Jessica Pone 14, Shanel Lawrence 14
MALLARD CREEK 40 – Neely 8, Phillips 2, Graham 8, Somalia McKinney 11, Crawford 4, Tarver 4, Tillard 3
All-Tournament Team: Shannon Buchanan, SW Guilford; Shanel Lawrence, SW Guilford; Cierra Burdick, Butler; Najmah Tillard, Mallard Creek; Amber Neely, Mallard Creek; Zena Lovette, SW Guilford (MVP)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Saturday's Eastern and Western Regional basketball pairings



Saturday, March 5

Eastern Regionals--Men

  Class 1-A at Crown Arena
2 p.m.: Red Springs (18-7) vs. Pender (23-4)

Class 2-A at Crown Coliseum

6 p.m.: Pittsboro Northwood (27-4) vs. Kinston (23-5)

Class 3-A at Crown Arena

4 p.m.:  Winterville South Central (25-5) vs. Chapel Hill (22-4)

Class 4-A at Crown Coliseum

2 p.m.: Wilmington New Hanover (23-5) vs. Raleigh Millbrook (21-9)

Eastern Regionals--Women

  Class 1-A at Crown Arena
noon:  Goldsboro (23-4) vs. Southwest Onslow (23-3)

Class 2-A at Crown Coliseum

4 p.m.: Graham (23-6) vs. East Bladen (29-1)

Class 3-A at Crown Arena

6 p.m.: Northern Nash (23-3) vs. Winterville South Central (26-4)

Class 4-A at Crown Coliseum

noon:   Hope Mills South View (29-0) vs. Raleigh Millbrook (30-1)

Western Regional-- Men

Class 1-A—Fleming Gym, UNC-Greensboro

noon:  North Rowan (25-5) vs. Winston-Salem Prep (24-9)

Class 2-A—Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center

2 p.m.:  Burnsville Mountain Heritage (23-6) vs. East Rutherford (25-1)

Class 3-A -- Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center

6 p.m.: Gastonia Hunter Huss (27-2) vs. Hickory (26-3)

Class 4-A—Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center

8 p.m.: West Charlotte (26-2) vs. Winston-Salem Mount Tabor (26-4)

Western Regional -- Women

Class 1-A: Fleming Gym, UNC-Greensboro

2 p.m.: Kernersville Bishop McGuinness (24-6) vs. Saxapahaw River Mill
Academy (35-1)

Class 2-A: Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center

4 p.m.: Salisbury (25-1) vs. Newton-Conover (25-3)

Class 3-A: Fleming Gym, UNC-Greensboro

4 p.m.: Hickory (27-2) vs. North Iredell (26-1)

Class 4-A: Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center

Noon: Charlotte Mallard Creek (27-4) vs. Southwest Guilford (28-2)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Rosters for Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge announced

Here are rosters for the fifth annual Dave Telep Carolinas Challenge to be held March 26 at Raleigh Ravenscroft.

It brings together 80 of the state's best basketball players who are in 9th, 10th and 11th grade.

Players will be divided into eight teams of 10 players each for scrimmages, and will also attend skill sessions conducted by Denny Kuiper, a former Michigan high school coach and academic advisor for the Marquette University basketball program. Alan Stein,  the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the DeMatha Catholic High School boys basketball program, will be the featured speaker.

Last year more than 30 media members covered the event and the participants were showcased in front of multiple voters for the McDonald’s All-American team as well as other state and national awards.

Previous Carolina Challenge participants include six McDonald’s All-Americans, six Jordan Brand Classic participants, more than 20 NBPA Top 100 Camp attendees, and the top pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Dave Telep is a Senior Basketball Recruiting Analyst for ESPN, and his college basketball scouting service is used by more than 225 colleges and numerous NBA teams.

1 Dionte Adams 6-7 210 PF Charlotte   Northside Christian
2 Kadeem Allen

SG Wilmington   Laney
3 Montay Brandon 6-4 180 PG High Point   Wesleyan
4 Mike Brown 6-3 170 SG Charlotte   West Charlotte
5 Brandon Clyburn 6-7 190 PF Greensboro   Dudley
6 Corbin Collins 6-3 200 SG Arden   Christ School
7 L.C. Cooks 6-1 175 PG Concord   Central Cabarrus
8 Justin Cousin 6-2 190 SG Graham   Graham
9 Reggie Dillard 6-3 210 SG Greensboro   Dudley
10 Carlton Ford 6-2 175 PG   Fayetteville   Westover
11 Jerran Foster 5-9 165 PG Winston Salem   Winston Salem Prep
12 Torian Graham 6-4 180 SG Raleigh   Word of God
13 Rob Gray 6-1 165 SG Arden   Christ School
14 Xavier Griffin 6-1 190 PG Charlotte   Victory Christian
15 Montarius Hall 6-6 200 PF Charlotte   Victory Christian
16 Julius Hamilton 6-3 215 SG Charlotte   West Charlotte
17 Montrezl Harrell 6-7 215 SF Tarboro   North Edgecombe
18 Jarvis Haywood 6-3 175 SG/SF Charlotte   Waddell
19 Terry Henderson 6-3 165 SG Raleigh   Neuse Christian 
20 Sam Hughes

Wilson   Greenfield School
21 Madison Jones 6-0 150 PG Raleigh   Ravenscroft
22 Shawn Lester 6-3 170 SF Mooresville   Mooresville
23 Tyler  Lewis 5-11 160 PG Lewisville   Forsyth Country Day
24 Chris Lindsay 6-7 250 C Fayetteville   Trinity Christian
25 Cody McIntyre 6-2 165 PG Concord   First Assembly
26 J.T. Miller 6-3 160 SG Clinton   Clinton
27 Braxton Ogbueze 6-1 180 PG Charlotte   United Faith
28 Rodney Purvis 6-3 185 SG Raleigh   Upper Room Christian
29 Carlos Rankins 6-1 185 SG Oak Ridge   Oak Ridge Academy
30 Aaron Roundtree 6-7 185 SF Wilson   Greenfield School
31 Aaron  Scales 6-8 280 C High Point   HP Christian Academy
32 Jerome Simmons 6-9
C Wilson   Oakwood
33 Josh Smith 6-7 240 C Charlotte   Olympic
34 T.J. Warren 6-6 200 SF Raleigh   Word of God
35 Jalen White 6-0
PG Charlotte   Butler
36 Shane Whitfield 6-6 195 PF Bayboro   Pamlico County
37 Quayshad Williams 6-7 225 PF Greensboro   Greensboro Day

Class of 2013 City   School
1 DeAndre  Bembry 6-4 165 SF Mint Hill   Rocky River
2 Darren Black
150 PG Concord   Concord
3 Marcus Bryan 6-5 185 PF Raleigh   Ravenscroft
4 Tyrek Coger 6-8 235 Raleigh   Upper Room Christian
5 Josh Dawson 6-0 160 PG/SG Kinston   Kinston
6 Allerik Freeman 6-4 200 SG/PG Charlotte   Olympic
7 Anton  Gill 6-2 165 SG Raleigh   Ravenscroft
8 B.J.  Gladden 6-5 180 SF Charlotte   Queens Grant
9 Devonte Graham 6-0 155 PG Raleigh   Broughton
10 Christian Hairston 6-7 185 SF Greensboro   Greensboro Day
11 Isaiah Hicks 6-8 190 PF Raleigh   Body of Christ
12 Nigel Holley 6-7 210 C/PF Wilmington   New Hanover
13 Sam Hunt 5-11 165 PG Greensboro   Dudley
14 Matthew Madigan 6-4 175 SG Pfafftown   Reagan
15 Greg McClinton 6-6 165 SF Winston Salem   W-S Prep
16 Kennedy Meeks 6-8 260 C Charlotte   West Charlotte
17 Josh Newkirk 6-1 170 PG Raleigh   Word of God
18 Tyrone Outlaw 6-4 180 SF Roxboro   Person
19 Quinton Ray 6-0 165 PG/SG Apex   Middle Creek
20 Donte Reynolds 6-6 205 PF Kinston   Kinston
21 Jaylan Robertson 5-10 150 PG Clinton   Clinton
22 Deion Robinson 6-4 180 PF Winston Salem   Mount Tabor
23 Patrick  Rooks 6-3 160 SG Charlotte   Charlotte Christian
24 Tarique Thompson 6-5 210 PF Raeford   Hoke County
25 T.J. Williams

PF Wilmington   Ashley
26 Jakeem Yates 6-9
PF Charlotte    West Charlotte

Class of 2014 City   School
1 Gary Clark 6-6 200 PF Clayton   Clayton
2 Ricky  Council 6-3 165 SF Durham   Northern Durham
3 James Demery 6-4 170 SG Greenville   Oakwood School
4 Kedrick Flomo 6-0 160 PG Winston Salem   North Forsyth
5 Phillip Haynes 6-5 225 PF Raleigh   N Raleigh Christian
6 Eric Johnson 6-1 165 PG Durham   Kestrel Heights
7 Josh Level 6-4
SF High Point   Westchester Country Day
8 Caleb Martin 6-5
SG Mocksville   Davie County
9 Cody Martin 6-5
SF Mocksville   Davie County
10 Sheldon Mitchell 6-2 155 PG Waxhaw   Cuthbertson
11 Theo Pinson 6-4 170 SG Oak Ridge   Oak Ridge
12 Xavier Rathan-Mayes 6-2 180 SG/PG Creedmoor   Christian Faith Center
13 Carhuan Simmons 6-7
PF Winston Salem   W-S Prep
14 Shaun Thompson 6-4 160 SF Charlotte   Victory Christian
15 JaQuel Richmond 6-0 170 SG High Point   Wesleyan
16 Parker Fennema 6-5 180 SF Raleigh   Sanderson