Friday, September 30, 2011

4 CMS athletes named Army All Americans: MCreek's Humphrie's, Berry's Dawson and Hopper, W. Charlotte's Jett

Four Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools athletes have been named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl to be held in San Antonio next January:

Berry's Nick Dawson and Germone Hopper will join Mallard Creek's D.J. Humphries in the senior game. West Charlotte's Elijah Jett was named to the All-Freshman team.

Representatives from the Bowl and the U.S. Army present athletes with a special recognition and jersey presentation at school to celebrate the honor. Jett, of West Charlotte, was recognized Sept. 29 among teammates and friends.

Humphries, who has committed to Florida, will be recognized on Oct. 4 at 1:45 p.m. at Mallard Creek. Hopper, who has committed to Clemson, and Dawson will be recognized on Oct. 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Berry at a celebration with the senior class.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl, to be held Jan. 7, brings 90 of the nation's top high school football players in an East versus West matchup. In addition to the game, there is the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, which comprises 125 of the nation’s top high school marching musicians who perform during halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Providence Day to host basketball coaches clinic Saturday

Providence Day will host its annual basketball coaches clinic, open to boys and girls coaches from youth leagues to college.

Speakers include North Carolina women's coach Sylvia Hatchell, Charlotte 49ers men's coach Alan Major and Charlotte Bobcats NBA assists Stephen Silas.

Vendors will be on hand to discuss the latest products and lunch and a notepad is included. The Naismith International Basketball Foundation will be on hand as part of their Sportsmanship Tour with an exhibit about the life of Dr. James Naismith that will include memorabilia and items from Dr. Naismith.  Its mission is to promote sportsmanship and ethics through youth sports to help preserve the game.  This will include their traveling motorcoach that will be on hand that day and is traveling the country sharing the legacy of Dr. Naismith.

Providence Day Basketball Coaches Clinic
(Hosted By Providence Day School Basketball Programs)
Saturday October 1st, 2011 9:00-5:00

Guest Speakers Will Include:
(Speakers and topics subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances)
Alan Major (University of North Carolina- Charlotte, Head Men’s Coach)
♦ Entering his second season as the Head Men’s Coach at UNCC
♦ Former college assistant coach at Ohio State, Xavier, and Pacific
♦ Worked under Purdue coaching legend Gene Keady for 4 seasons while a student at Purdue
♦ Has coached numerous players that went on to be drafted in the first round of the NBA draft
Sylvia Hatchell (University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, Head Women’s Coach)
♦ Inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004
♦ Has coached at Chapel Hill for 35 years
♦ Has been named the National Coach of the Year three times
♦ Has won over 800 career games, including National titles at the NCAA, NAIA, and AIAW levels
Stephen Silas (Charlotte Bobcats, Assistant Coach)
♦ Has been an assistant coach for over 10 years in the NBA including stints in Charlotte, Golden State, and New Orleans
♦ Considered one of the top assistant coaches in the NBA
♦ Recognized for his work in breaking down film and doing individual development
♦ Was hired at the age of 27 as an assistant coach, at the time the youngest assistant coach in the NBA
Mark Byington (College of Charleston, Associate Head Men’s Coach)
♦ Has coached at College of Charleston for 9 years, the last five under legendary coach Bobby Cremins
♦ Was a graduate assistant coach at University of Virginia
♦ Was a three year starter at UNC-Wilmington, and earned a spot on the CAA All-Conference team
♦ Recognized as one of the top young coaches in college basketball
Mike Petersen (Wake Forest University, Head Women’s Coach)
♦ Entering his 8th season as the Head Coach at Wake Forest
♦ Served 4 years as an Assistant Coach for the Men’s Program at the University of Minnesota
♦ Has been a college coach for over 25 years
♦ Is 5 wins shy of becoming the all-time winningest women’s coach in Wake Forest history
Duggar Baucom (Virginia Military Institute, Head Men’s Coach)
♦ Entering his sixth season as the Head Coach at VMI
♦ His teams have led the NCAA in scoring each of the past 5 seasons
♦ Was named the 2009 NABC-District 3 Coach of the Year
♦ Previous coaching stints include: Davidson, Western Carolina, and Tusculum College
Athletic Republic Performance Sports Training (Adam Riddle, Vice-president and Facility Director)
♦ One of the top athletic training facilities in Charlotte with over 160 other locations across the country
♦ This model of training has been used to develop over 2500 Olympic and professional athletes
♦ Integrates science into training to improve movement skills like speed, power, and agility
♦ Adam holds a BS of Exercise Science, Caridac Rehabilitation, Anatolmy, and Physiolology

Tentative Schedule of Events:
(Speakers and Topics subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances)
8:00-9:00 a.m. Registration for Clinic/Visit vendors/Free coffee
9:00-9:50 Duggar Baucom (Virginia Military Institute, Head Men’s Coach)
Topic: “Implementing the Up-tempo Offense”
10:00-10:50 Sylvia Hatchell (UNC- Chapel Hill, Head Women’s Coach)
Topic: “Individual Skill Development”
11:00-11:50 Mike Petersen (Wake Forest University, Head Women’s Coach)
Topic: “How to Teach Rebounding”
12:00-12:50 p.m. Lunch provided by PDS / Shoot-a-Way Demonstration / Visit Vendors
1:00-1:50 Stephen Silas (Charlotte Bobcats, Assistant Coach)
Topic: “Attacking the Zone Defense”
2:00-2:50 Mark Byington (College of Charleston, Associate Head Men’s Coach)
Topic: “Running the High-Ballscreen Offense”
3:00-3:50 Athletic Republic Performance Sports Training
Topic: “Maximizing an Athlete’s Potential through Off-Season Training”
4:00-4:50 Alan Major (UNC-Charlotte, Head Men’s Coach)
Topic: “My Favorite Defensive Drills”

Contact Brian Field, Head Boys Basketball Coach (704-887-7534) or Josh Springer, Head Girls Basketball Coach (704-887-7533) for more information.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mecklenburg County football standings

Football Standings
Southwestern 4A
Conf.    All

Ardrey Kell     2-0    3-2
Butler     2-0    4-1
Independence     1-1    5-1
Myers Park    1-1    4-2
Providence    1-1    1-4
S. Mecklenburg    1-1    2-4
E. Mecklenburg    0-2    0-6
Rocky River     0-2    2-4

ME-GA 7 3A/4A
Conf.    All

Berry     2-0    5-1
Charlotte Catholic     2-0    6-0
West Meck     1-1    3-3
Olympic     0-0    4-1
East Gaston     0-1    2-3
Harding     0-1    2-4
Garinger     0-2    0-6

Conf.    All

Charlotte Christian     0-0    3-2
Charlotte Country Day     0-0    4-1
Charlotte Latin     0-0    4-1
Providence Day     0-0    3-1

I-Meck 4A
Conf.    All

Mallard Creek     2-0    5-0
W. Charlotte     2-0    3-3
Hopewell     1-1    2-3
Hough     1-1    2-4
Lake Norman     1-1    2-4
Mooresville     1-1    4-2
N. Mecklenburg    0-2    1-5
Vance    0-2    1-5

Friday, September 23, 2011

High School Football Gameday



UP | Mount Pleasant punter Andy Hunt: In 18 punts, averaging 41.28 yards per attempt.
UP | West Lincoln's Miquel Corella and Derrick Braun: In a 16-7 loss to North Iredell last week, Corella, a sophomore, had an 82-yard scoring catch. Braun, a junior, had 14 solo tackles.
UP | Sun Valley defense: Allowing 1.5 points per game this month.
UP | Porter Ridge: No. 10 in Associated Press 4A poll for second straight week. Pirates are 19-1 since the start of the 2000 season.

Meck matchups

Ardrey Kell (2-2, 1-0 Southwestern 4A) at No. 9 Independence (5-0, 1-0)
Indy's defense is led by defensive end Brandon Jackson, who has 39 tackles and 10 sacks. Ardrey Kell will need to slow him down to let QB Jonah Duggan (43-87, 630 yards passing; 77-450 rushing) get going. Ardrey Kell has never beaten the Patriots, but Independence is 2-2 in its past four home games. Playing at Patriot Field used to be an automatic win for the home team.

North Mecklenburg (1-4, 0-1 I-Meck 4A) at West Charlotte (2-3, 1-0)
Vikings QB Kerry Hall (55-100, 548, 5 TDs) has a real weapon in Terrence Clyburn, who has 217 yards rushing, averaging 8.7 yards per carry, and 352 yards receiving, averaging 13.5 yards per catch. But the Vikings have lost two straight and need to get back into the chase for a playoff spot. West Charlotte ended a two-game losing streak with a 16-7 win over Hopewell and wants to keep pace with Mallard Creek for a possible championship showdown Oct. 21 at home.

No. 2 Butler (3-1, 1-0 Southwestern 4A) at Rocky River (2-3, 0-1)
Last season, Rocky River didn't win a game and scored 28 total points. This year's Ravens, who have lost two games by a combined 15 points, already have two wins and have scored 117. QB Andre Rice has thrown for more than 300 yards for Rocky River. Butler has averaged 64 points since losing to Mallard Creek Aug. 19.

Hopewell (1-3, 0-1 I-Meck 4A) at Hough (2-3, 1-0)
Second-year Hough has won two of its past three games. The only loss in the streak was an 18-7 defeat at the hands of Sweet 16 No. 13 Berry, a game Hough had chances to win. Tonight, rival Hopewell comes to town in a near must-win game as both teams begin to jockey for a playoff berth. Keep an eye on Hough receiver Sanders Poff, who averages 17.1 yards per catch, and safeties Ben Craig and Nate Mays, who have 85 tackles combined. Mays has four interceptions, too.

Providence (1-3, 1-0 Southwestern 4A) at South Mecklenburg (1-4, 0-1)
Big conference game for rivals who have annually been among the region's top teams. Providence scored only 16 points in the first three weeks before busting out for 47 against Rocky River last week. South Meck lost by three to rival Ardrey Kell last week.

Regional contests

No. 12 Freedom (5-0, 1-0 South Mountain) at No. 8 Burns (4-1, 0-0)
Important game in a conference with two unbeatens (Chase, Freedom) and two once-beatens (East Rutherford, Burns). Burns has won the past two meetings, but Freedom is off to its best start since 2001 behind QB Michael Helms, who has thrown for more than 4,800 yards and 55 TDs in his career.

No. 16 Hunter Huss (5-0, 1-0 Big South) at No. 4 South Point (5-0, 1-0)
Huss won three games last season and is one of the season's biggest surprises. Are the Huskies for real? Everyone finds out tonight.

Sun Valley (2-2) at Clover, S.C. (2-3)
After losing to Richmond and No. 1 Mallard Creek to open the season, Sun Valley has won two straight by a combined 115-3. Can it keep it going in South Carolina tonight?

Of particular interest
1 Independence: The Patriots offense is rolling, averaging 44.8 points for the season and nearly 50 in September.
2 Troy Leeper, South Point: In three games this month, rushed for 662 yards and 12 TDs in three games. Can "Mr. September" keep it up?
3 Mt Pleasant's pass game: QB Alan McDonald (879 yards, 10 TDs) and receivers Andy Hunt (292, 4 TDs) and Junior Gonzales (252, 3 TDs) are having big years.


--South Iredell's John Bustle is having a great season. He's got 45 tackles, including 12 tackles for a loss. He has three interceptions, one of which he returned for a score, and he has scored three times off blocked punts this year.

-- The CISAA conference championship race and the N.C. Independent Schools state race got a little more interesting last week. Providence Day, which nearly upset No. 6 Porter Ridge, showed it's ready to challenge Country Day or Charlotte Latin, which always seem to play for the conference and state title.

-- Mecklenburg County football is obviously down this year and local teams may not feel the effect until the playoffs. Stronger teams like Butler, Mallard Creek and Independence normally are tested throughout the season, which helps come playoffs. That likely won't happen much this year.

-- Independence and Butler play each other Oct. 28. Mallard Creek will have to find other ways to stay sharp.

-- Providence Day's Sam Frye kept up a family tradition when he committed to the Citadel this week. His four brothers all played college football.


Games at 7:30, unless noted (*denotes highlights on WCNC, Channel 36 tonight at 11:13).
North Carolina
AFC Rangers at Marvin Ridge
Alexander Central at Fred T. Foard
Ardrey Kell at Independence, 7*
Bessemer City at Cherryville
Bluefield, W.Va., at Charlotte Latin
Burns at Freedom*
Butler at Rocky River, 7
Carson at Salisbury
C. Cabarrus at A.L. Brown*
Chatham Central at S. Stanly
Christ School at Metrolina Christian
Cox Mill at Hickory Ridge
Crest at Forestview
Cuthbertson at Forest Hills
Davidson Day at Asheville School, 4:30
Davie Co. at Hibriten
East Burke at Draughn
E. Gaston at Olympic, 7
E. Mecklenburg at Myers Park, 7
Garinger at Berry
HP Christian at Southlake Christian
Hickory Grove at Forsyth Country Day
Highland Tech at Lincolnton
Hopewell at Hough
J.M. Robinson at Concord*
Kings Mountain at Shelby
Mallard Creek at Lake Norman
Mount Pleasant at NW Cabarrus*
Newton-Conover at Bandys
N. Gaston at Ashbrook
N. Iredell at Statesville
N. Lincoln at E. Lincoln
N. Mecklenburg at W. Charlotte, 7*
N. Rowan at E. Montgomery
N. Stanly at Central Academy NE Prep at Providence Day
Patton at E. Rutherford
Providence at S. Mecklenburg, 7*
Q Foundation at Hoggard
Ravenscroft at Charlotte Country Day
R-S Central at Chase
S. Caldwell at St. Stephens
S. Iredell at Bunker Hill
South Point at Hunter Huss
Union Academy at Monroe
Vance at Mooresville
Watauga at Hickory
W. Caldwell at Maiden
W. Iredell at E. Rowan
W. Lincoln at Lake Norman Charter
W. Mecklenburg at Charlotte Catholic
W. Montgomery at Albemarle
W. Rowan at S. Rowan
W. Stanly at Piedmont
South Carolina
Blythewood at Rock Hill
Fort Mill at Broome
Great Falls at Buford
Lancaster at Ridge View
Nation Ford at Northwestern
North Central at Indian Land
Spartanburg at South Pointe
Sun Valley, NC, at Clover
Victory Christian at Westminster Catawba

Here are scheduled games to be covered on "Friday Night Frenzy" Friday night at 11:13 p.m. on WCNC, TV, Channel 36:

South Point (5-0, 1-0 Big South 3A) at Hunter Huss (5-0, 1-0) GAME OF THE WEEK

Ardrey Kell at Independence

Burns at Freedom

North Mecklenburg at West Charlotte

West Mecklenburg at Charlotte Catholic 

Providence at South Meck

JM Robinson at Concord

Central Cabarrus at A.L. Brown

Mt. Pleasant at NW Cabarrus

Update for Mecklenburg County football games tonight

Only one CMS game has been postponed so far.

East Gaston will play at Olympic Monday at 7.

Games that are on for sure tonight are:
Ardrey Kell @ Independence, 7
Bluefield, W Va @ Charlotte Latin, 7
Butler @ Rocky River, 7
East Meck @ Myers Park, 7
North Meck @ West Charlotte, 7
Providence @ South Meck, 7
West Meck @ Charlotte Catholic, 7:30

Keep checking back for further updates.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

High School "Rudy" Awards to offer $25,000 in college scholarships

Former Dallas Cowboy quarterback Troy Aikman has joined the selection committee for the third High School Rudy Awards, which awards  $25,000 worth of college academic scholarships to inspirational high school football players.

Former New England Patriot stars Drew Bledsoe and Tedy Bruschi are also on the committee, which will pick a winner from national submissions to

The award is named for Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, who overcame long odds to play football at Notre Dame and later had a movie made out of his life story.

Since the program began three years ago, nominees have received more than five million votes.

“Rudy never gave up, he never quit,” said Inspireum Founder and CEO John Ballantine, who company, along with the Trusted Sports Foundation, is sponsoring the program. “Many of our nominees are facing overwhelming challenges, yet they turn up at every practice, showing such deep love of the game as they inspire their teammates to work harder and be better individuals on and off the field. Their courageous and uplifting stories connect on a deep level within their communities, and everyone who learns about them. It’s an honor to share their stories.”

This year, 12 finalists will share the $25,000 in scholarship monies, with the overall winner taking home $7,500. Anyone can nominate athletes and upload video and images via the website. Online voting begins Sept. 30. The top 12 will be chosen Dec. 11 and the winner, four runners-up and one fan will be announced Jan. 15.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ardrey Kell volleyball coach Zoe Bell wins 500th, faces old team tonight

Ardrey Kell volleyball coach Zoe Bell won her 500th career match last week in a 3-0 victory over East Mecklenburg.

With wins last week against Marvin Ridge and Rocky River, Bell now has 502 wins. 

Bell is in her fourth year coaching at Ardrey Kell after spending 19 years as the coach at Providence High. She won 12 conference titles and four state championships at Providence and was in the 2009 state finals with Ardrey Kell.

The Knights are 14-0 this season (6-0 Southwestern 4A) and travel to rival Providence High (13-1, 6-0 SW4A) tonight. The winner will have sole possession of first place in the conference.

-- Corey Inscoe

Monday, September 19, 2011

High School Football, Soccer, Volleyball Stat Leaders

Area Football Leaders
Here are leaders reported to the Observer by area schools:

Rushing    School    Att-Yds.    TD

Jevande Grambling    South Stanly    76-895    10
Reggie Davis    Bunker Hill    118-887    15
Jela Duncan    Mallard Creek    80-701    3
Daquan Ellis    Albemarle    72-680    8
Elijah Hood    Charlotte Catholic    56-667    11
Matt Johson    Maiden    69-652    7
Cameron Mattox    South Iredell    94-648    11
Devante Hamilton    South Stanly    56-647    5
Lee Wright    York    80-542    7
T.J. Mixson    W. Charlotte    65-523    10
Will Jenkins    Maiden    43-519    2
Elijah Jett    W. Charlotte    95-516    2
Tre shun Wynn    Monroe    73-504    4
Quayshawn Chambers    Monroe    47-502    3
Jonah Duggan    Ardrey Kell    77-450    7
Justin Lynch    Bunker Hill    73-420    4
Ben Herlocker    Charlotte Catholic    34-412    4
Jonathan Adams    Carolina Pride    45-393    4
Josh Glisson    Butler    53-390    NA
Ray    Olympic    68-375    4
Harris    Olympic    62-369    3
Trent Jordan    Hickory Ridge    73-363    4
Jackson Campbell    Hough    76-348    NA
RJ Baker    Independence    53-348    2

Passing    School    Cmp-Att.    Yds.    TD
Will Grier    Davidson Day    92-140    1,653    26
Sayer Robinson    W. Iredell    86-128    1,349    14
Riley Ferguson    Butler    46-65    991    17
Alan McDonald    Mt Pleasant    57-97    879    10
Randy Schroeder    Southlake    46-89    838    5
Evan Guest    Independence    44-81    777    12
Eric Lynch    Charlotte Christian    54-107    756    8
Andrew Goodman    Mallard Creek    46-75    727    11
Michael Radford    Country Day    33-61    717    6
Jonah Duggan    Ardrey Kell    43-87    630    4
Spencer Carroll    York    58-113    615    8
Quyshawn Chambers    Monroe    36-73    588    8
Nick Tyson    Hickory Ridge    42-67    566    4
Kelly Hall    North Meck    55-100    548    5
Deon Christian    Albemarle    31-50    544    2
Josh Stilley    Hough    36-70    537    3
Chase Ferguson    Providence Day    24-55    385    2
Matt Johnson    Maiden    24-54    341    1

Receiving    School    Rec.-Yds.    TD
Aaron Seward    Davidson Day    27-526    9
Austin Duke    Independence    20-486    9
Demitri Allison    Southlake    17-413    6
Kamron Summers    W. Iredell    20-365    5
CJ Gibbs    W. Iredell    27-364    4
Uriah LeMay    Butler    15-352    NA
Terrence Clyburn    N. Mecklenburg    26-352    3
Evan Gates    Davidson Day    17-335    2
Vincent Robinson    W. Iredell    15-315    2
Jordan Brown    Davidson Day    15-315    6
Andy Hunt    Mt Pleasant    21-292    4
Jamel Harbison    Mallard Creek    16-288    6
Jalen Barbour    Monroe    13-274    4
Brandon Mobley    Hough    24-253    NA
Michael Ruhe    Ardrey Kell    21-253    1
Corey Miller    Mallard Creek    11-250    4
Marquez North    Mallard Creek    8-249    4
Zach Ferguson    Butler    15-248    NA
Dequan Barnes    Independence    17-243    4
Blazevich    Charlotte Christian    14-240    4
Jordan Young     Davidson Day    12-220    4
Desi Dockery    Albemarle    12-214    0

Tackles    School    No.
Ty Currecne    York    76
Garrett Holt    South Stanly    75
Yakeem Carpenter    Albemarle    64
Scott Miller    South Iredell    63
Anthony Smith    South Stanly    61
Deon Pillsbury    Mt Pleasant    61
Tre Hunt    Davidson Day    55
T’shun Byers    Independence    49
Dezmond Leach    Mt Pleasant    48
Tyler Fay    Independence    46
Drik Simpson    York    46
Kahlil Gonzales    Independence    45
John Bustle    South Iredell    45
Ben Craig    Hough    45
Shamal Sanders    York    44
Deontae Fleming    Rock Hill    44
Lee Autry    Albemarle    44
LaChaston Smith    South Iredell    42
Joshua Walker    Independence    41
J. Frazier    W. Charlotte    41
Nate Mays    Hough    40
Greg Cunningham    W. Charlotte    40
Corey Dover    York    40
D, Foster    W. Charlotte    39
Brandon Jackson    Independence    39
Krone    Charlotte Catholic    39
Rominique Mobley    York    38
Jay Dockery    Albemarle    37
B Carroll    Charlotte Catholic    37
Bobby Strother    Albemarle    36
Nick Esposito    Independence    36
Peter Kalambayi    Butler    36
David Moore    Butler    35
Fuquan Wiggins    Albemarle    35
Mason Sledge    Monroe    35
Noble    Olympic    35
Jeb Blazevic    Charlotte Christian    34
Dakota Painter    Maiden    33
Pete Showalter    Country Day    33
Dreke Young    Rock Hill    32
Josiah Starnes    Carolina Pride    32
Michael Stanback    Country Day    31
McAfee    Olympic    31
Ashard Byrd    Monroe    31
Sean Wiggins    Butler    30

Interceptions    School    No.
Nate Mays    Hough    4
Demitri Allison    Southlake    4
Sam Hatfield    Southlake    3
Andre Diouf    Southlake    3
Knox    Catholic    3
Jack Tocho    Independence     3
Takhare Donalson    Mallard Creek    3
Sean Wiggins    Butler    3
Sam Dexter    Charlotte Christian    3

Sacks    School    No.
Brandon Jackson    Independence    10
Shamal Sanders    York    7
Taylor Jurney    Southlake    7
Scott Richardson    Southlake    7
Jalen Holt    South Stanly    6
Jordan Starnes    South Stany    5
Mitchell Jeter    Rock Hill    5
Michael Croom    Rock Hill    5
Ty Currecne    York    4.5
Blake Henderson    Providence Day    4.5
Nick Velardo    Providence Day    4.5
James Yeldell    Providence Day    4.5
Dinkins    Olympic    4
Andre Foulks    York    4
Blake Dueitt    Hough    4
Ben Greenberg     Providence Day    3.5
Seth Pope    Hough    3.5
Josiah Starnes    Carolina Pride    3.5
Boyd Palmer    Carolina Pride    3
Peter Kalambayi    Butler    3
Devante Brister    Independence    3
Moll    Charlotte Catholic    2.5

Boys’ Soccer

Goals    School    No.
Lucas De Oliviera    South Meck    15
Nathaniel Goodwin    Hough    13
CJ Bradley    Davidson Day    13
Brandon Jordi     Charlotte Latin    12
Zack O’Connor    Porter Ridge    12
Tanner Roberts    Hough    10
Ivan Morales    Porter Ridge    10
Bennett Yort    South Mck     9
Jamil Arita    South Meck     9
Ryan Grigston    Monroe Central    7
Jaime Demera    Monroe Central    7
Brian Price    Monroe Central     6
Reed Dowdy    Charlotte Latin    6
Axel Rojas    South Meck     5
Michael Djali    First Assembly    5
Carson Clough    Charlotte Latin     5

Assists    School    No.
Bennett Yort    South Meck    12
Axel Rojas    South Meck     8
Nathaniel Goodwin    Houh    7
Santiago Patino    Hough    6
Cheyn Roux    Hough    6
Reed Dowdy    Charlotte Latin    6
Jaime Demera    Monroe Central    6
Ryan Grigston    Monroe Central    5
Tanner Roberts    Hough    5
Brandon Jordi    Charlotte Latin    5
Ryan Fine    Charlotte Latin     5
Nikolas Stylianou    Cannon    5
Jordan Williams    Charlotte Latin    5
Jamil Arita    South Meck    4
Carson Clough    Charlotte Latin     4
CJ Bradley    Davidson Day     4
Ivan Morales    Porter Ridge    4

Goals Against    School    GAA

Danny Zwick    First Assembly    0.55
Austin McCarty    Davidson Day    0.77
Didier Grillet    South Meck    1.00
Nick Gardner    Charlotte Latin    1.00
Scott Krussell    Cannon    1.70

Shutouts    School    No.
Nick Gardner    Charlotte Latin    6
Scott Krusell    Cannon    5
Austin McCarty    Davidson Day    5
Joey Douglas    Monroe Central    3
Didier Grillet    South Meck    2

Kills    School    No.
Eve Davis    Latin    323
Kellie Williams    Latin    190
Jessie Penner    Providence Day    183
Mattie Newson    Country Day    176
Madie Greer    North Meck    140
Taylor Portland    Country Day    139
Shelby Nassar    Covenant Day    137
Rachel Eppley    Ardrey Kell    132
Caitlin Watkins    Ardrey Kell    132
Emma Vail    Ardrey Kell    101
Katharine Franz    Country Day    98
Amanda Carter    Cox Mill    85
Julia Brown    Hough    80
Bailey Wall    First Assembly    65
Amma Okwara    Latin    64
Claire Richardson    Providence Day    64
Laura Beth Hite    Covenant Day    61
Kailyn Overcash    Hough    59
Asya Patterson    Cox Mill    58
Emma Price    Latin    57

Assists    School    No.
Emma Price    Latin    564
Megan Lewis    Country Day    423
Caroline Zybala    Ardrey Kell    350
Katie Metzger    Providence Day    344
Nikki Hero    Hough    286
Jennifer Hart    North Meck    259
Meredith Furr    Cox Mill    177
Megan Embry    Covenant Day    130
Emily Stevens    Cox Mill    107
Hannah Muolo    First Assembly    89
Emma Tuttle    RH South Pointe    82
Brooke Helton    Hopewell    70
Brittany Stout     Covenant Day    56

Aces    School    No.

Jennifer Hart    North Meck    73
Asya Patterson    Cox Mill    40
Mattie Newson    Country Day     39
Eve Davis    Latin    39
Taylor Portland    Country Day     39
Cameron McDuffie    Ardrey Kell    39
Caitlin Watkins    Ardrey Kell    38
Meredith Furr    Cox Mill    36
Amma Okwara    Latin    36
Katelynn Granger    North Meck    34
Shelby Nassar    Covenant Day    34
Emma Vail    Ardrey Kell    32
Rachel Epply    Ardrey Kell    32
Kellie Williams    Latin    29
Emma Price    Latin    29
Emily Carmichael    North Meck    29
Emily Stevens    Cox Mill    26
Savannah Disman    Lincoln Charter    23
Katie Trimble    Cox Mill    23
Amanda Carter    Cox Mill    22
Jessie Pongetti    Myers Park    21
Jessie Penner    Providence Day    21
Madison Dennis    Myers Park    20

Muggsy Bogues is new boys basketball coach at United Faith Christian

Former Charlotte Hornet point guard Muggsy Bogues is the new boys basketball coach at private United Faith Christian, the Observer has learned.

Bogues, 46, will meet with the players tonight and be officially introduced at a parent/faculty meeting Tuesday afternoon at the school. He replaces Shaun Wiseman, who led United Faith to three straight appearance in the N.C. 1A Independent Schools state championship game. The Falcons won the title in 2009 and 2010.

Wiseman, 34, told the Observer he was exhausted from coaching summer AAU ball, running a series of high level basketball camps across the country and coaching at United Faith. He said he wanted to take some time and "recharge his batteries" and spend more time with his wife and young child.

"I've been done," Wiseman said. "Every time I drive down Providence Road, I ask myself why do I keep doing this, especially with a wife and a young son at home. It's time to concentrate on being a good father for awhile, so something had to go. I can't keep working three full-time jobs."

Wiseman's career record is 254-42. He coached at United Faith for four years, coached one year at the now-closed Hope Christian in Kings Mountain and for four years at Gaston Day. His teams won three state titles.

Bogues was an assistant on Wiseman's first state championship team at United Faith in 2009, which featured one of the players Bogues mentors and coaches, Ian Miller, now a sophomore point guard at Florida State. Bogues is likewise close to another current Falcon, 7-foot senior center Peter Jurkin, who has committed to Indiana.

"The reason I did this mainly was because of Peter's situation," Bogues said. "When I got a phone call from the school, I was kind of shocked. High school coaching wasn't something I was looking for and I thought Shaun was doing a really good job. The time I spent with him, he had the program going in the right direction. I don't know what all took place, but I want to make sure the guys continue to get the attention and development I think they should."

Saturday, September 17, 2011

High School Football Players of the Week

Troy Leeper, South Point: Rushed for career-high 285 yards and three scores in a 45-9 win over Kings Mountain. This month, “Mr. September” has rushed for 662 yards and 12 scores in three games. Friday he had four runs of 40 or more yards.
Takhare Donalson, Mallard Creek: Two interceptions in the second half of Friday’s 45-3 win over No. 16 Mooresville. The Mavericks forced seven turnovers in the second half. Donalson has three interceptions this season.
Reggie Davis, Bunker Hill: 234 yards rushing and four scores in 27-14 win over East Burke.
Matt Johnson, Maiden: Quarterback ran 20 times for 338 yards and six touchdowns and threw for another score in a wild 62-39 win over Newton-Conover.
Marcus Kincaid, Freedom: Caught 11 passes for 149 yards and had two interceptions in 35-21 win over rival Shelby.
Brandon Littlejohn, Burns: Threw for 163 yards in 38-6 win over Q Foundation and now has more than 6,000 for his career. He is the 27th N.C player to hit 6,000.
Evan Guest, Independence: Threw for 267 yards and five touchdowns in 49-0 win over East Mecklenburg. Also ran for two touchdowns.
Riley Ferguson, Butler: Threw for 256 yards and five touchdowns in first half of 77-14 win over Myers Park. Ferguson also caught an 8-yard scoring pass from halfback Josh Glisson.
Bryon Fields, Providence Day: 5-11, 170-pound junior had eight tackles, a blocked field goal attempt, a pass interception and a 76-yard punt return for a score in 10-7 loss to No. 4 Porter Ridge.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Former AL Brown star Tevin Jones commits to Virginia

Former A.L. Brown basketball star Teven Jones committed to the University of Virgina last night.
Jones, who averaged 21.6 points per game as a Wonders' senior, is attending prep school at Fishburne Academy, just west of Charlottesville, VA.
Jones is the fourth pledge of a 2012 class that some analysts rank among the nation’s top 15, joining center Mike Tobey and forwards Evan Nolte and Justin Anderson.
Jones was also an all-South Piedmont conference (SPC) wide receiver for the A.L. Brown football team, and runs a 4.3, 40-yard dash time.
--Jay Edwards

Monday, September 12, 2011

Two teams make noise in an otherwise quiet Sweet 16 football poll week

In a pretty dull week in the Sweet 16 rankings overall, in terms of team movement, two schools made news this week:

-- Sweet 16 No. 1 Mallard Creek zoomed up Sports Illustrated’s national poll to land at a school-best No. 13. Only three Mecklenburg County teams have ever been ranked higher nationally: West Charlotte, Independence and Butler.

Mallard Creek is the only Carolinas’ team in the top 15. The Mavericks are ranked No. 33 by ESPN (Butler is No. 43)

-- The other team making news this week is No. 4 Porter Ridge, which zoomed from 11th to fourth in the Sweet 16 after dominating A.L. Brown 41-13 Friday, despite missing six starters. The game left new Wonders coach Mike Newsome saying that the Pirates are one of the two best teams he’s seen since the start of the 2009 season.

-- A.L. Brown fell from No. 4 to No. 11.

-- No. 6 Rock Hill South Pointe beat West Rowan 23-9 Saturday on the road. West Rowan, which entered the season with a 46-game win streak, is now 2-2 with losses to South Pointe and No. 15 Mooresville.

The Sweet 16
Rk.     Team (Class)     Rec.    Prev.
1     Mallard Creek (4A)     3-0    1
2     Butler (4A)     2-1    2
3     Charlotte Catholic (3A)    4-0    3
4     Porter Ridge (4A)    4-0    11
5    South Point (3A)    4-0    5
6     Rock Hill South Pointe (3A)     3-0    6
7     Rock Hill Northwestern (4A)     2-1    7
8     Burns (3A)     3-1    8
9     Independence (4A)    4-0    10
10    South Iredell (2A)    4-0    13
11    A.L. Brown (3A)    3-1    4
12    Freedom (3A)    4-0    12
13    Berry (3A)    3-1    14
14    Lincolnton    3-1    15
15    Mooresville (4A)    3-1    16
16    West Rowan (3A)    2-2    9

Dropped out: None On The Bubble: Albemarle (1A, 3-1); Charlotte Country Day (IND, 2-1); Salisbury (2A, 3-1).
Note: To be ranked in the Observer’s Sweet 16, a team must be in the Observer’s coverage area, field football and basketball teams and not allow a student-athlete to re-class after ninth grade. For a detailed look inside the poll, including the criteria used to compile it, visit this link:

Football/Volleyball/Soccer Area Leaders

Prep Football Leaders
Here are high school leaders reported to the Observer by area schools
Devante Hamilton, South Stanly, 46-556, 5 TDs
Damien Washington, A.L. Brown, 37-544, TDs NA
Daniiel Jackson, Nation Ford, 64-538, 5 TDs
Cameron Mattox, South Iredell, 75-516, 6 TDs
Will Jenkins, Maiden, 38-400, 1 TD
Jela Duncan, Mallard Creek, 41-364, 2 TDs
K. Key, Shelby, 58-292, 2 TDs
Will Grier, Davidson Day, 80-118, 1,446, 23 TDs
Drew Podrebarac, Weddington, 69-115, 869, 11 TDs
Jevande Gramling, South Stanly, 62-780, 8 TDs
Alan McDonald, Mt Pleasant, 50-79, 761, 9 TDs
Cameron Wells, Nation Ford, 43-76, 714, 10 TDs
Tyler Chadwick, Marvin Ridge, 41-63, 620 yards, 4 TDs
D. Fuller, Shelby, 31-94, 444, 2 TDs
Cory Wessinger, Rock Hill, 42-60, 418 yards, 8 TDs
Brandon Eppinger, A.L. Brown, 23-44, 367, 3 TDs
Andrew Goodman, Mallard Creek, 19-32, 348, 5 TDs
Dijuan Ussery, Nation Ford, 18-411, 7 TDs
Colin Lisa, Weddington, 25-391, 6 TDs
Andy Hunt, Mt Pleasant, 16-253, 4 TDs
Jake Yurek, Weddington, 23-251, 3 TDs
Junior Gonzales, Mt Pleasant, 10-223, 3 TDs
Jay Jay McCullough, Nation Ford, 13-197, 3 TDs
Marquez North, Mallard Creek, 4-178, 3 TDs
Damien Washington, A.L. Brown, 8-172, TDs NA
Carter Hill, Marvin Ridge, 10-160, 2 TDs
Jacob Henderson, Marvin Ridge, 10-160, 2 TDs
Quataye Smyre, South Iredell, 7-158, 5 TDs
Ben Drake, Mt Pleasant, 14-152, 0 TDs
Keeon Johnson, A.L. Brown, 9-136, TDs NA
Corey Miller, Mallard Creek, 4-120, 1 TD
Derek Smith, Marvin Ridge, 10-115, 0 TDs
Jordan Starnes, South Stanly, 63
Anthony Smith, South Stanly, 51
Deon Pillsbury, Mt Pleasant, 46
Scott Miller, South Iredell, 44
Dezmond Leach, Mt Pleasant, 39
John Bustle, South Iredell, 38
G. Addison, Shelby, 35
Deante Fleming, Rock Hill, 33
Matt Townsend, Marvin Ridge, 31
Peter Kalambayi, Butler, 31
E.J. Boyd, Shelby, 30
Michael Fisher, South Iredell, 2
Jacolby Everhart, South Iredell, 2
Malachi Hanes, Butler, 2
Zach Ferguson, Butler, 2
Adam Smits, Marvin Ridge, 6
Phil Younis, Marvin Ridge, 3
Peter Kalambayi, Butler, 3
Jalen Holt, South Stanly, 3
Julius Bowe, South Iredell, 2
Deante Fleming, Rock Hill, 2
Dakota Painter, Maiden, 2
Grant Polofsky, Butler, 2
EJ Boyd, Shelby, 2
Volleyball Leaders
Eve Davis, Latin, 283
Kellie Williams, Latin, 168
Akela Branch, Albemarle, 116
Gabrielle Lowder, Albemarle, 109
Caitlin Watkins, Ardrey Kell, 107
Rachel Eppley, Ardrey Kell, 107
Alexis Bednarick, Lake Norman, 64
Madison Poovey, Lake Norman, 62
Amanda Carter, Cox Mill, 60
Amma Okwara, Latin, 56
Emma Price, Latin, 44
Emily Stevens, Cox Mill, 43
Phoebe Cook, Myers Park, 34
Katie Trimble, Cox Mill, 29
Briana Gottberg, Lake Norman, 28
Emma Price, Latin, 497
Caroline Zybala, Ardrey Kell, 306
Raven Hooker, Albemarle, 202
Briana Gottbert, Lake Norman, 170
Meredith Furr, Cox Mill, 110
Morgan Smet, Albemarle, 78
Emily Stevens, Cox Mill, 67
Eve Davis, Latin, 22
Alexis Bednarick, Lake Norman, 9
Gabrielle Lowder, Albemarle, 48
Eve Davis, Latin, 32
Amma Okwara, Latin, 32
Caitlin Watkins, Ardrey Kell, 30
Cameron McDuffie, Ardrey Kell, 29
Emma Price, Latin, 27
Akela Branch, Albemarle, 27
Kellie Williams, Latin, 23
Emma Vail, Ardrey Kell, 23
Amanda Carter, Cox Mill, 21
Steffi Dutton, Albemarke, 20
Jessie Pongetti, Myers Park, 17
Emily Stevens, Cox Mill, 16
Katie Trimble, Cox Mill, 16
Meredith Furr, Cox Mill, 15
Asya Patterson, Cox Mill, 15
Madison Dennis, Myers Park, 14
Briana Gottbert, Lake Norman, 13
Alexis Bednarick, Lake Norman, 10
Madison Poovey, Lake Norman, 10
Soccer Leaders
Brandon Jordi, Charlotte Latin, 12
Charlie Bridger, Gaston Day, 12
Nathaniel Goodwin, Hough, 9
Tanner Roberts, Hough, 9
John Kendall, Country Day, 8
Conrad Sloand, Gaston Day, 7
Adrian Ike, Hickory Ridge, 7
Carl Cedarholm, Country Day, 6
Ty Haddock, Mooresville, 6
Ryan Grigston, Central Academy, 6
Jaime Demera, Central Academy, 4
Gilberto Nava, Central Academy, 4
Winston Haddock, Mooresville, 4
Ian Orr, Lake Norman, 3
Reed Dowdy, Charlotte Latin, 6
Santiago Patino, Hough, 6
Nathaniel Goodwin, Hough, 5
Brandon Jordi, Charlotte Latin, 5
Eric Frederick, Hickory Ridge, 5
Conrad Sloand, Gaston Day, 4
Nikolas Stylianou, Cannon, 4
Ryan Grigston, Central Academy, 4
Tyler Bistok, Mooresville, 3
Winston Haddock, Mooresville, 3
David Sirois, Cannon, 3
Danny Ostrow, Country Day, 3
Tanner Roberts, Hough, 3
Cheyn Roux, Hough, 3
Ian Orr, Lake Norman, 3
Goals Against Average
Nick Gardner, Charlotte Latin, 1.1
Joey Vitale, Country Day, 2.0
Nick Clark, East Burke, 2.0
Scott Krusell, Cannon, 2.2
Goalie Shutouts
Grant Boloyan, Gaston Day, 6
Nick Gardner, Charlotte Latin, 5
Scott Krusell, Cannon, 3
Nick Clark, East Burke, 2
Joey Vitale, Country Day, 1.5
Robert Haggard, Country Day, 1.5

Shiley named new girls basketball coach at Davidson Day

Jennifer Shiley replaces Jessica Mitchell as girls basketball coach at Davidson Day. Mitchell moved to Colorado with her family.

“Everyone here at Davidson Day is pleased that Coach Shiley will be working with our Girls Basketball program,” said DDS Director of Athletics Matt Neville. “Coach Shiley has high expectations of herself and this year’s team. There is no doubt she will do a wonderful job and enjoy many successes throughout the season.”

Shiley played point guard/shooting guard at Bloomsburg University (1997-2001) on a team that made three straight NCAA Div. II tournament appearances.

At Davidson Day, she takes over a team that was 7-18 last season.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Two New Teams Join The Sweet 16 football poll this week

Welcome two new teams to the Sweet 16 this week.

Unbeatens Freedom and South Iredell slipped in this week after No. 16 Vance and No. 10 Crest suffered losses.

Freedom, from Morganton, is 3-0. The Patriots are averaging 36.3 points per game and play unbeaten Draughn Friday.

South Iredell, from Statesville, is 3-0 and allowing about an average of eight points per game. South Iredell has won 14 regular-season games in a row. Things could get tougher with league play ahead.

Three teams in the Vikings’ Catawba Valley conference -- Bandys, Bunker Hill and Draughn -- are all 3-0.

-- In other news: the top nine spots in the Sweet 16 remained the same, headlined by No. 1 Mallard Creek, a nationally ranked 4A team which beat Berry 42-18 at Berry Tuesday. The loss dropped the Cardinals, a 3A team, one spot to No. 14.

The Sweet 16
Rk.     Team (Class)     Rec.    Prev.
1     Mallard Creek (4A)     3-0    1
2     Butler (4A)     1-1    2
3     Charlotte Catholic (3A)    3-0    3
4     A.L. Brown (3A)    3-0    4
5    South Point (3A)    3-0    5
6     Rock Hill South Pointe (3A)     2-0    6
7     Rock Hill Northwestern (4A)     1-1    7
8     Burns (3A)     3-0    8
9     West Rowan (3A)    2-1    9
10    Independence (4A)    3-0    11
11    Porter Ridge    3-0    14
12    Freedom (3A)    3-0    NR
13    South Iredell (2A)    3-0    NR
14    Berry (3A)    2-1    13
15    Lincolnton (2A)    2-1    15
16    Mooresville (4A)    2-1    12

Dropped out:
Crest (3A, 2-1); Vance (4A, 1-2) On The Bubble: Albemarle (1A, 2-1); Charlotte Country Day (IND, 1-1); Crest (3A, 2-1); Salisbury (2A, 2-1).
Note: To be ranked in the Observer’s Sweet 16, a team must be in the Observer’s coverage area, field football and basketball teams and not allow a student-athlete to re-class after ninth grade. For a detailed look inside the poll, including the criteria used to compile it, visit this link:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

AP High School Football Poll

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ The Associated Press state high school football poll for the week of September 6, first-place votes in parentheses, records and total points as voted upon by a statewide panel of prep sports writers:

Class 4-A
† 1. Charlotte Mallard Creek (10)        (2-0)   118
† 2. Richmond County (1)                 (3-0)   93
† 3. Matthews Butler                     (1-1)   87
† 4. Greensboro Page (1)                 (3-0)   83
† 5. Scotland County                     (3-0)   74
† 6. Garner                              (3-0)   36
† 7. Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor             (2-0)   25
† 8. Raleigh Leesville Road              (3-0)   19
† 9. Wilmington Hoggard                  (3-0)   14
†10. Durham Hillside                     (2-1)   13
Others receiving votes: Southeast Raleigh 12, Northwest Guilford 12, Indian Trail Porter Ridge 9, New Bern 8, Asheville Reynolds 8, Cary 7, Jamestown Ragsdale 7, New Hanover County 7, Raleigh Wakefield 6, Lumberton 6, Wake Forest-Rolesville 4, Pembroke Swett 4, Fayetteville Britt 4, Wilmington Laney 3, Charlotte Vance 1. <

Class 3-A
† 1. Charlotte Catholic (6)              (3-0)   100
† 2. Belmont South Point                 (3-0)   76
† 3. Lawndale Burns                      (3-0)   67
† 4. Asheville                           (3-0)   63
† 5. Havelock (3)                        (3-0)   56
† T6.Fayetteville Byrd (1)               (3-0)   51
† T6.Kannapolis Brown                    (3-0)   51
† 8. West Rowan (1)                      (2-1)   43
† 9. Hope Mills Gray's Creek (1)         (3-0)   18
†10. Morganton Freedom                   (3-0)   17
Others receiving votes: Western Alamance 16, Southern Nash 15, Northern Guilford 10, Concord 9, Marvin Ridge 8, Wilson Hunt 7, Nash Central 6, Eastern Alamance 6, Shelby Crest 6, Weddington 6, Asheville Erwin 6, Southwestern Randolph 5, Charlotte Berry Tech 5, Erwin Triton 4, Statesville 3, Franklin 3, Northeast Guilford 2, Enka 1. <

Class 2-A
† 1. Winston-Salem Carver (3)            (2-0)   105
† 2. East Duplin (4)                     (3-0)   76
† 3. Lincolnton                          (2-1)   63
† 4. South Iredell                       (3-0)   57
† 5. Tarboro (2)                         (1-1)   55
† 6. High Point Andrews (3)              (3-0)   42
† 7. Polk County                         (3-0)   37
† 8. Lexington                           (2-0)   33
† 9. Salisbury                           (2-1)   31
†10. Burlington Cummings                 (2-1)   25
Others receiving votes: Wilkes Central 18, Kinston 18, West Stokes 13, Thomasville 12, Catawba Bandys 12, Boonville Starmount 11, Jacksonville Northside 9, East Bladen 7, East Davidson 7, South Columbus 6, Fairmont 6, East Lincoln 5, Roanoke Rapids 4, Franklinton 2, Reidsville 2, Claremont Bunker Hill 1, Elizabeth City Northeastern 1, Shelby 1, Greene Central 1. <

Class 1-A
† 1. Wallace-Rose Hill (5)               (2-1)   97
† 2. Swain County (6)                    (3-0)   93
† 3. Mitchell County (1)                 (3-0)   72
† 4. Albemarle                           (2-1)   54
† 5. Plymouth                            (2-0)   48
† T6.Manteo                              (2-0)   47
† T6.Southwest Onslow                    (2-1)   47
† 8. Mt. Airy                            (2-1)   37
† 9. South Stanly                        (3-0)   31
†10. Hendersonville                      (2-1)   22
¶   Others receiving votes: Goldsboro 19, Hobbton 15, Avery County 13, Lakewood (Salemburg) 12, Monroe 10, Robbinsville 8, Ayden-Grifton 7, Rosman 6, Williamston 5, Red Springs 4, North Edgecombe 4, West Montgomery 4, North Stokes 2, Andrews 1, Warsaw Kenan 1, South Davidson 1, <

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Charlotte Latin smashes Ware Shoals, remains unbeaten

Charlotte Latin (2-0) rolled past Ware Shoals (S.C.) 48-7 Friday night on the road.

The Hawks jumped out to a 41-0 lead in the first half and never looked back.

Latin running back Spencer Ball had two touchdown runs while quarterback Grayson Foster found Brian Mittl on touchdown passes of 14 and 20 yards.

Foster also added a 9-yard touchdown run of his run.

Score By Quarter

Charlotte Latin 14 - 27 - 0 - 0 -  48
Ware Shoals    0 - 0   - 0 -  7  -  7

Scoring Summary

CL - Spencer Ball 61-yard run (Paul Griggs kick)
CL - Brian Mittl 20-yard pass from Grayson Foster (Griggs kick)
CL - Mittle 14-yard pass from Foster (Griggs kick)
CL - Ball 5-yard run (Griggs kick)
CL - Foster 9-yard run (Griggs kick)
CL - Denzel Pearson 15-yard run (kick failed)
WS - Shamar Rice 35-yard pass from W. Jordan (kick good)
CL - Jacob Navatoff 11-yard run (Griggs kick)

Friday, September 2, 2011

High School Football Gameday

UP | The Schedule: Last week was kinda funky. This week has three games with two ranked teams playing each other. This is delicious.
UP |Porter Ridge offense: Averaging 491 yards per game.
UP |West Rowan’s Jarvin Morgan: Caught seven passes for 180 yards to help his team rally for a 45-32 win over Davie County.
UP |Salisbury’s D: Given up six points, five first downs and minus-18 rush yards in two games.

  • Have a feeling that No. 2 Butler has settled down now after a nervous season-opening loss to Mallard Creek. The Bulldogs were working in a new head coach and a slightly different offensive philosophy and losing a coach like Mike Newsome was bound to have an effect. Think the Bulldogs are past that now.
  • Porter Ridge is a tough team to get a grasp on. Top-ranked in Union County by the Enquirer-Journal in preseason, the 4A Pirates have smashed 1A Monroe and 2A Piedmont in consecutive weeks. They play 2A Forest Hills tonight. Guess we may find out Sept. 9 when A.L. Brown comes to town. But I would like to see Porter Ridge expand its schedule next season. It would help if the Pirates want to genuinely be considered a state power.
  • Mecklenburg County football, for the past 12 years, has been pretty strong top to bottom. This year, I sense a loss of the middle class. I think it’ll be temporary, though, because the next few years will bring several talented classes of athletes like the county hasn’t seen in a long, long time
No. 1 Mallard Creek at No. 13 Berry
Mallard Creek carries a 22-game regular-season win streak to Berry, which struggled in a 16-10 win over an 0-2 East Meck team last week. Perhaps Berry was thinking ahead to tonight: a chance to beat the Carolinas’ top-ranked team on its home field.
No. 16 Vance at No. 11 Independence
So is Vance still a team that can challenge for a conference and state title appearance? We’ll find out tonight. The Cougars were beaten soundly by Berry two weeks ago after starting the season No. 6 in the Sweet 16. Indy tries to matches its win total from a year ago, but quarterback Evan Guest is questionable.
No. 3 Charlotte Catholic at Country Day
Country Day has won four of the past five meetings and the average margin of victory in that past half-decade is about five points. Class 3A Catholic has averaged 44 points in two easy wins so far over 4A South Meck and 4A Providence.
Harding at West Charlotte
Once upon a time, this may have been the best rivalry in the state. Tom Knotts was at Harding, Bruce Hardin was at West Charlotte. From 1986-88, one of the two played in the regional finals. In 1986, the teams played each other. Today, both teams are rebuilding and are 1-1, but both would love to beat their rival in front of a huge crowd tonight. And if there are two better bands going in the state, please show us. Don’t miss halftime.
West Mecklenburg at South Mecklenburg
Big chance tonight for a pair of teams still looking for their first wins, despite playing good football. West Meck will be used to riding the activity bus with four road games in the first six. South Meck has lost to a pair of Sweet 16 teams -- No. 3 Catholic 46-28 and No. 12 Mooresville 28-16 – and plays its first home game. South plays four of its first five on the road.
Shelby at No. 10 Crest
Hard to find a better rivalry than this throughout the state. The schools are four miles apart and many families have one Shelby grad and one Crest grad (or more) under one roof. The game finds Shelby (0-2) in a tough spot, looking to avoid an 0-3 start at one of the hardest places to win in Western North Carolina.
No. 12 Mooresville at No. 8 Burns
Mooresville’s great start, with wins over West Rowan and South Meck, happened at home. Now the Blue Devils hit the road for a tough game. Note to Mooresville coaches: try to put the brakes on Burns’ tailback Darius Ramsey. The Cleveland County player of the week went for 181 yards on 27 carries and a touchdown against county rival Kings Mountain last week.
Richmond Senior at Anson Senior
There’s nothing Anson fans would like more than to beat archrival Richmond (2-0), probably nothing other than winning state. Richmond tailback Steve Houston ran seven times for 238 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-7 win over Lee County last week. Anson (1-1) lost 20-6 to Central Pageland (S.C.).
Of particular interest
1 Berry’s offensive line:
The Cardinals must protect the quarterback and open up lanes for Clemson-bound Germone Hopper to spring an upset of Mallard Creek
2 Mallard Creek special teams:
Kickoff and punt coverage wasn’t dynamite against Sun Valley last week and the Mavs opted to often kick away from Sun Valley star Jody Fuller. Hopper may be even more dangerous. Mallard fans might see more “pooch” kicks tonight.
3 Live updates:
Follow tonight’s scores at and
Davidson Day QB Tearing It Up
Davidson Day sophomore Will Grier (6-foot-3, 185 pounds) is being recruited by Georgia, Florida, Duke and Virginia. In two games he’s completed 43-of-64 passes for 792 yards and 11 scores. In a 62-34 win over Trinity Christian this week, he hit 26-of-35 for 478 yards and six touchdowns. That’s the fifth-most yards passing in a single game in Mecklenburg County history.
Cannon’s big rushing day
Cannon School beat Westminster Catawba 48-27 last week thanks to 532 yards rushing on 54 attempts. Myles Martino, Mason McClanahan, Justin Redfern, Jason Willix and J.D. Wimbish each averaged at least eight yards per carry.
Latin field goal to stand
Charlotte Latin coaches confirmed Paul Griggs’ 57-yard field goal Saturday was official. It’s the longest in Mecklenburg County history.
Games at 7:30, unless noted (*denotes highlights on WCNC, Channel 36 tonight at 11:13).
North Carolina
Albemarle at North Stanly
Alexander Central at Davie County
Bandys at East Lincoln
Bishop McGuinness at Highland Tech
Bunker Hill at North Lincoln
Camden Military at Davidson Day, 4
Cannon School at Victory Christian
Carson at Hickory Ridge
Central Academy at Central Cabarrus
Charlotte Catholic at Char. Country Day*
Chase at Bessemer City
Chatham Central at Kestral Heights
Concord at Monroe
Cox Mill at Pinecrest
Draughn at Cherryville
East Burke at Freedom
East Gaston at South Point
East Rutherford at North Gaston
Fred T. Foard at West Lincoln
First Assembly at Harrells Christian
Harding at West Charlotte, 7*
Hendersonville at East Henderson
Hibriten at West Caldwell
Hickory at Maiden
Hickory Grove at N. Raleigh Christian
Hopewell at Ardrey Kell, 7*
Hough at Providence, 7
Hunter Huss at Garinger, 7
Lake Norman Charter at Lincolnton
Latin at Ware Shoals (S.C.)
Lexington at Forestview
Mallard Creek at Berry, 7*
Marvin Ridge at Cuthbertson
Mooresville at Burns*
Mount Pleasant at West Stanly
Myers Park at Olympic, 7*
North Meck at East Meck, 7
North Rowan at East Rowan
North Stokes at North Iredell
NW Cabarrus at South Rowan
Parkwood at South Stanly
Patton at South Caldwell
Piedmont at J.M. Robinson
Porter Ridge at Forest Hills
Richmond County at Anson*
Rocky River at A.L. Brown
R-S Central at Polk County
Shelby at Crest*
Southlake Christian at Wake Christian
St. Stephens at Newton-Conover
Starmount at Forbush
Statesville at Lake Norman
Vance at Independence, 7*
Watauga at Avery
Weddington at Kings Mountain
West Iredell at South Iredell
West Meck at South Meck, 7
West Montgomery at East Surry
West Rowan at Salisbury
South Carolina Ashbrook at Clover
Ridge View at Fort Mill
Blacksburg at Indian Land
Chester at Lancaster
Rock Hill at Nation Ford*
Northwestern at York
AFC Rangers at South Pointe
Providence Day at Westminster Catawba

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Friday night football games on WCNC this week

Here are games that will be highlighted on "Friday Night Frenzy" Friday at 11:13 p.m. on WCNC, Channel 36.  Be sure to tune in to what I think is the best Friday night show in town (and I'm not saying that just because I'm on there with No Limit Larry of Power 98 and Greg Bailey, the best local sportscaster in town):

Rock Hill at Nation Ford WCNC GAME OF THE WEEK

Mooresville at Burns

Catholic at Country Day 

Mallard Creek at Berry

Harding at West Charlotte

Richmond co at Anson County

Shelby at Crest  

Vance at Independence

Myers Park at Olympic

Hopewell at Ardrey Kell