Olympic’s boys had never been No. 1 in the Sweet 16 before this season.
Today, the Trojans get to try on the top spot crown for the second time this season. Thanks to North Mecklenburg’s Karl Barkley, who hit a game-winning 3-point buzzer-beater to stop former No. 1 West Charlotte last week, Olympic moves back to the high ground.
West Charlotte drops to No. 2 and Concord moves up a spot to No. 3. Charlotte Christian, No. 3 last week, drops two spots. The Knights lost two close games to nationally ranked competition at an invitational tournament in Florida last week.
North Meck, which shares the I-MECK conference lead with West Charlotte, jumps four spots to No. 4.
-- Indian Trail Sun Valley, which has won eight of its past nine and four in a row, moves into the poll at No. 16. Sun Valley has beaten former Sweet 16 Weddington twice during the win streak.
-- In the girls poll, Berry fell three spots after being upset by Unionville Piedmont last week. And Indian Trail Porter Ridge (13-2) joins the poll at No. 15.
Team Cl Rec. Pvs
2. West Charlotte 4A 15-2 1
3. Concord 3A 16-1 4
4. North Mecklenburg 4A 18-2 8
5. Charlotte Chrisitan IND 18-5 3
6. Gastonia Huss 3A 15-2 5
7. Hickory 3A 16-2 6
8. Butler 4A 15-3 7
9. Fort Mill 3A 16-3 10
10. Hickory St. Stephens 3A 15-3 11
11. East Rutherford 2A 14-1 13
12. Lawndale Burns 3A 14-3 9
13. Berry 2A 14-2 15
14. Cherryville 1A 14-2 14
15. W. Caldwell 2A 16-1 15
16. Indian Trail Sun Valley 4A 14-5 16
Team Cl Rec. Pvs
1. Butler 4A 19-0 1
2. Salisbury 2A 14-1 2
3. Mallard Creek 4A 17-3 4
4. Hopewell 4A 16-2 5
5. Providence Day IND 17-4 6
6. Berry 2A 15-2 3
7. Shelby 2A 16-0 7
8. North Iredell 3A 14-1 8
9. Gastonia Forestview 3A 14-3 9
10. Charlotte Christian IND 16-2 10
11. Belmont South Point 3A 16-1 11
12. Hickory 3A 16-2 12
13. Ardrey Kell 4A 16-3 14
14. West Mecklenburg 4A 14-2 15
15. Indian Trail Porter Ridge 4A 13-2 –
16. Newton-Conover 2A 15-2 13
Monday, January 31, 2011
Olympic’s boys had never been No. 1 in the Sweet 16 before this season.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Thanks to North Meck coaches, here is video of Karl Barkley's back to back game winning shots. On Tuesday, Barkley hit one to beat Sweet 16 No. 1 West Charlotte. About 24 hours later, he hit another to stop upset-minded Mooresville.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
With high school football recruiting signing day coming up next week, ESPN The Magazine is featuring Rock Hill South Pointe star Jadeveon Clowney on its cover this week. Clowney is the near-consensus No. 1 high school prospect in the country. He's uncommitted for college.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
1. Princeton 16-0 (10) - 160
2. Cherryville 12-2 (5) - 146
3. East Surry 15-1 (2) - 131
4. North Edgecombe 11-1 - 129
5. Riverside 14-3 - 95
6. Murphy 13-2 - 81
7. North Rowan 11-3 - 62
8. Hendersonville 11-4 - 38
9. Lejeune 13-4 - 30
10. Rocky Mount Prep 11-5 - 27
Honorable Mention: Pender (11-4) - 24; Albemarle (7-2) - 8; Plymouth (10-3) - 4; North Wilkes (11-6) - 3; Perquimans (12-4) - 1; East Carteret (10-4) - 1;
1. Smoky Mountain 15-0 (13) - 161
2. West Caldwell 15-1 (2) - 139
3. Cummings 13-1 (1) - 132
4. East Rutherford 11-1 - 97
5. Fairmont 11-0 - 84
6. Jordan-Matthews 14-1 - 83
7. Berry 14-2 (1) - 81
8. Clinton 13-2 - 54
9. Beddingfield 13-2 - 47
10. Kinston 11-5 - 33
Honorable Mention: HP Andrews (12-2) - 13; West Stokes (12-5) - 5; West Bladen (12-3) - 3; Northwood (12-3) - 3; Richlands (12-3) - 2; Salisbury (10-4) - 2; South Stokes (14-3) - 1;
1. Concord 14-1 (17) - 170
2. Huss 14-2 - 147
3. Erwin 16-1 - 115
4. Westover 14-2 - 111
5. NE Guilford 12-3 - 92
6. Burns 12-2 - 85
7. Weddington 17-2 - 74
8. Hickory 15-2 - 62
9. Southern Lee 12-4 - 20
10. Chapel Hill 11-2 - 18
Honorable Mention: Freedom (15-4) - 15; Statesville (12-3) - 13; Forestview (12-3) - 5; Rocky Mount (12-5) - 4; Waddell (13-5) - 4; A.L. Brown (9-3) - 3; South Central (12-4) - 1;
1. Reagan 17-0 (13) - 161
2. West Charlotte 13-1 (2) - 146
3. Garner 13-0 - 129
4. Olympic 18-1 - 112
5. Middle Creek 16-1 - 107
6. Terry Sanford 15-2 (1) - 97
7. Wakefield 14-1 - 63
8. Mount Tabor 16-2 - 52
9. Laney 15-1 - 42
10. North Meck 15-2 - 16
Honorable Mention: Dudley (12-4) - 4; New Hanover (12-3) - 3; Pine Forest (15-3) - 2; Butler (13-3) - 2;
1. River Mill 22-1 (14) - 166
2. Bishop McGuinness 11-6 (3) - 129
3. East Wilkes 12-2 - 123
4. SW Onslow 12-2 - 116
5. Murphy 13-2 - 101
6. Mount Airy 16-3 - 83
7. Jones Senior 9-2 - 62
8. Southside 11-2 - 54
9. Cherokee 11-3 - 45
10. Chatham Central 10-3 - 21
Honorable Mention: Avery (11-5) - 11; Goldsboro (9-3) - 4; Highland Tech (10-4) - 4; Lakewood (12-4) - 3; Riverside (10-6) - 1;
1. Salisbury 12-1 (13) - 161
2. Shelby 14-0 (2) - 144
3. East Bladen 16-1 (1) - 132
4. North Surry 14-0 (1) - 123
5. Newton-Conover 14-1 - 103
6. Bunn 12-0 - 90
7. Berry 13-1 - 59
8. Northside-Jax 13-1 - 45
9. Thomasville 13-1 - 26
10. Bandys 13-2 - 14
Honorable Mention: - Granville Central (17-2) - 12; Clinton (14-2) - 7; Central Davidson (14-2) - 7; Bertie (13-2) - 6; Ashe County (14-1) - 3; Jordan-Matthews (13-2) - 1;
1. North Iredell 12-1 (13) - 164
2. Forestview 11-3 (2) - 117
3. South Point 14-1 (2) - 109
4. Asheboro 15-2 - 97
5. Rocky Mount 15-2 - 90
6. South Central 10-4 - 63
7. Union Pines 15-2 - 61
8. Parkwood 15-2 - 53
9. Williams 13-1 - 40
10. Eastern Guilford 14-2 - 33
Honorable Mention: Erwin (14-3) - 29; Hickory (15-2) - 23; RS Central (12-4) - 12; Freedom (13-6) - 5; Ledford (11-3) - 5; West Carteret (12-3) - 4; Tuscola (12-4) - 4; Northern Nash (10-1) - 3; Carson (11-4) - 1; Northern Guilford (15-3) - 1;
1. Butler 16-0 (17) - 170
2. Green Hope 15-1 - 139
3. South View 16-0 - 138
4. Dudley 16-1 - 124
5. Millbrook 16-1 - 101
6. Hopewell 13-2 - 76
7. SW Guilford 13-1 - 53
8. Riverside 13-3 - 39
9. Mount Tabor 14-2 - 33
10. Porter Ridge 14-2 - 14
Honorable Mention: Mallard Creek (15-3) - 13; TC Roberson (12-2) - 11; SE Raleigh (12-3) - 10; South Caldwell (14-4) - 8; West Meck (13-2) - 4; EE Smith (13-3) - 3; Hoggard (N/A) - 1;
Northside Christian, the Bojangles' Shootout champion, continued its magical season Monday night, beating two-time N.C. 2A Independent Schools state final runner-up Concord First Assembly 75-70.
The win, which came in front of a standing-room only crowd at Northside, ended First Assembly's unbeaten season and pushed the Knights (18-1, 8-0 Metrolina Athletic) into first place in the conference.
Northside got 28 points from center Dionte Adams on a night when star Griffin Pittman scored just eight. First Assembly (13-1, 7-1) got 27 from Chad Frazier.
The teams meet again Friday at First Assembly. A win there would likely give Northside the conference title in coach Byron Dinkins' first season.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Charlotte Catholic lineman Mark Harrell was named one of the nation’s top underclassmen recruits by national analyst Randy Taylor, diretor of football for the National Collegiate Scouting Association. Five hundred of the nation’s top underclassmen gathered in San Antonio this month for the U.S. Army All-American combined. Harrell was named one of the top 25 overall and one of the top three offensive linemen.
Below are Taylor’s Top 25 recruits (in no particular order)
1 Chance Allen WR 6-2 180 Elkins High School
2 Vince Biegel LB 6-3 210 Lincoln High School
3 Ray Buchanan Jr. DB 5-10 165 Peachtree Ridge High School
4 Cayman Bundage OG 6-2 255 Douglass High School
5 Jason Croom WR 6-5 215 Norcross High School
6 Jordan Diamond OT 6-5 265 Simeon High School
7 Stefon Diggs WR 6-0 165 Good Counsel High School
8 Khaliq Gatson DB 5-10 160 William Penn High School
9 Xavier Grindle RB 5-10 170 East Marion High School
10 Mark Harrell OT 6-5 250 Charlotte Catholic High School
11 Marcus Holliday RB 5-9 165 Fairley High School
12 Nick James DT 6-3 310 Long Beach High School
13 Brian Kimbrow RB 5-10 165 Memphis East High School
14 Byron Marshall RB 5-10 195 Valley Christian High School
15 Michael McHugh WR 6-2 185 Kirkwood High School
16 Vincent Miller WR/DB 5-11 170 Henry Clay High School
17 Trenton Norvell QB 6-4 215 Seabreeze High School
18 Dorian O'Daniels LB 6-1 180 Good Counsel High School
19 Ondre Pipkins DT 6-2 295 Park Hill High School
20 Deaysean Rippy LB 6-2 200 Sto-Rox High School
21 Patton Robinette QB 6-4 190 Maryville High School
22 Anthony Smith DT 6-1.5 260 Westfield High School
23 Caleb Smith TE 6-5.5 215 Kentridge High School
24 Spencer Stanley DE 6-4 250 Trinity Valley High School
25 DJ White DB 5-11 180 Union Grove High School
Carroll is leaving South Pointe High, where he built the Stallions' football program into a state power in just six years. He started the program when the school opened.
His hiring was approved Tuesday night by the York school district board and was announced by York schools superintendent Vernon Prosser. The move was not surprising and had been rumored to be in the works since York decided not to renew the contract of football coach Mike Propst after just one season.
"I had an informal discussion with Mr. Prosser at a basketball game in December and asked him what he was looking for in a football coach. When he told me a state championship, that closed the book on my decision to seek the job. To be successful in football you need four things: facilities, good assistant coaches, athletes and the support of your administration and community. That's in place here.''
Carroll said he had to take the job for his family. He applied another time when it opened, but admitted he didn't get it because he wasn't ready. But he got his chance to be a head coach in 2005 when hired by South Pointe Principal Al Leonard to build the Stallions' program from scratch after spending 22 seasons as an assistant at Northwestern High.
His son, Spencer, is a sophomore at York, and Carroll will have the opportunity to coach him the next ball season. He also will be united on Friday nights with his family, which spent Friday night's this fall watching the Cougars play. That includes his wife, Sherry, who Carroll described as the best "football wife in the country," his fifth-grade daughter, Chloe, and his mom, Mary Etta, who retired from teaching at York Comprehensive.
"We (South Pointe) beat York 56-7 in late October and one of the hardest things I've ever done in football was not going on the field and patting Spencer on the back after he threw that 80-yard touchdown pass. Now I can be part of it, coach him and all his friends who grew up with him and hang out at our house.
"And I'll get to see Chloe grown up. I remember telling her when she was only 5 to come let me tie her shoes. She told me she already knew how to tie them, and I didn't even know it. I drove to South Pointe while it was dark each morning and came home after dark. I live a mile from the high school here and can walk to work.''
Carroll was a standout offensive lineman for York and played in the 1979 Shrine Bowl Game. In five varsity seasons at South Pointe, he compiled a 50-18 record.
South Pointe had freshmen and sophomores its first season and fielded 9th grade and JV teams. Carroll decided to leave the freshmen together and when they were seniors in 2008, the Stallions beat Northwestern in the Class AAAA Division II state championship game 35-14 to complete a 15-0 season.
The Stallions made it to the Class AAAA, Division II state semifinals in 2009, but were knocked out 24-6 by Northwestern.
In 2010, the Stallions were moved down to Class AAA by the South Carolina High School League based on enrollment and held the No. 1 ranking in the classification all but one week. They lost 27-23 to Myrtle Beach in the state championship game.
York moved into a new high school building this year, and the football team plays in a state-of-the-art stadium that includes a turf field, dressing rooms at each end, more seats and several concession stands.
But on the field, Propst's young Cougars fell short of expectations and ended the season with a 3-7 record and missed the playoffs. One win was a forfeit by Rock Hill, which won the game 43-18.
Carroll said he will begin working to turn the program around as soon as possible.
He has turned in his resignation with the Rock Hill school district and said he hopes the board will allow him to leave right away at its meeting on Monday.
Carroll will teach social studies at York Comprehensive High.
"I plan to get work here as soon as I can,'' he said. "I plan to meet with the coaches here (York) and tell them what the program will be like. If they want to be part of it, good. If they don't, there will be no hard feelings.
"There are kids here who want to play football; as coaches we need to do our best to make it fun for them while teaching them the game. There was some good young talent on this year's team, and Coach Propst did a good job developing it. Our job it to take it to the next level.''
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Here is a revised Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools sports schedule. Games were moved after weather related postponements
Butler @South Mecklenburg
East Mecklenburg @Providence
Myers Park @Independence
Rocky River @Ardrey Kell
Hough @Lake Norman
Mallard Creek @West Charlotte
Olympic @ Garinger
South Mecklenburg @Ardrey Kell
Myers Park @Butler
Independence @East Mecklenburg
Rocky River @Providence
Harding @East Gaston
Hopewell @West Charlotte
Mallard Creek @Mooresville Senior
North Mecklenburg @Lake Norman
Berry @North Stanly
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26
Mooresville @North Mecklenburg
West Mecklenburg @East Gaston
THURSDAY, JANUARY 27
West Stanly @Berry
Providence @East Mecklenburg
West Charlotte @Hough
Ardrey Kell @Rocky River
Mooresville @ Hopewell
North Mecklenburg @ Mallard Creek
North Stanly @Berry
Providnce @ Rocky RIver
East Meck @ Independence
Butler @ Myers Park
Ardrey Kell @ South Meck
Waddell @ Catholic
West Meck @ Garinger
Hough @ W. Charlotte
E. Gaston @ Olympic
WEDNESDAY, JANURY 26
Independence @Myers Park
Hopewell @ Mallard Creek
North Meck @ Vance
MONDAY, JANUARY 24
East Mecklenburg, Myers Park @Providence HS pool (6:00pm)
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Boys' Players of the Week
Overall, B.J. Gladden, Queens Grant: 17 points, 20 rebounds in win over Lake Norman Charter. He's getting recruiting interest from Charlotte, Akron and Xavier
Anthony Stitt, Jermaine White, Marcus Burton, Butler: Each player scored 20 points in 102-72 win over Independence Friday.
Trent Richardson, East Meck: 22 points in 78-70 upset win over South Meck Friday. East Meck (3-12, 2-4) has won two straight.
Reggie Arceneaux, Olympic: 20 points in 76-63 win over West Meck. Teammate Al Freeman also had 20.
Girls' Player of the Week
Overall, Sandra Knox, East Meck: 29 points, 19 rebounds, 6 steals in 58-54 win over South Meck. She's led her team to three wins in four games.
Aliyah Kilpatrick, Butler: 13 points, 12 steals, 9 assists and 5 rebounds in 85-21 win over Independence.
Gabrielle McClain, West Charlotte: 30 points, 13 rebounds, 10 blocks, four steals and four assists in 57-52 win over Vance.
Oceania Anderson, Ardrey Kell: 29 points in 67-36 win over Providence.
Jordan Gaymon, Indian Trail Sun Valley: 19 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in 49-43 win over Indian Trail Porter Ridge.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Butler's boys will get a real treat Saturday.
The Bulldogs will play Winston-Salem Reynolds at 2 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena, home of the Charlotte Bobcats.
"It is an awesome opportunity for our guys to compete on the same floor as the greatest players in the world," Bulldogs coach Kurt Wessler said.
To see the prep game, fans must buy a ticket to the Bobcats game with New Orleans Saturday night at 7. Wessler is selling discounted tickets (upper level $30 seats for $20 and lower level $69 seats for $55). Walk-up tickets are also available at regular rates.
Fans that attend the prep game will have to clear the building and re-enter for the Bobcats game. To purchase early tickets contact Wessler at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Apparently my column last week about the city/county championship left a few people confused. Sorry about that.
Basically, I think Mecklenburg County should follow Union County's lead and have a county championship during Christmas break.
Some public school coaches aren't interested in playing with private schools who don't follow the eight-semester rule (meaning you can't repeat a grade in high school and maintain eligibility). Counting those teams, you have a perfect 32-team field. But since there is some opposition, I have a new option:
We take the 19 CMS schools and add the five privates who do play by the eight-semester rule: Charlotte Catholic, Charlotte Latin, Country Day, Charlotte Christian and Providence Day.
Then, I think we should have two fields: a 16-team county championship field and an 8-team open field. Think of it like the NCAA and NIT. Who picks the teams? Assuming the Charlotte Regional Sports Commission runs the event, as it did the Bojangles' Shootout last month, it would.
I think the open field gives two more teams (one boys and one girls) a shot at a title it might not normally get.
This would be a four-day event for the 16-team field and games could be played in two sites each day. I would peg some proceeds to go towards CMS' athletic department and I think we could jam some big crowds into the right venues around town.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/01/08/1964548/high-school-basketball-update.html#ixzz1ASSsnDbI
Friday, January 7, 2011
After more than 25 years of weekly highlight football shows in town, WCNC is going to start a basketball show.
WCNC (Channel 36) is the local NBC affiliate. It will bring back its popular "Friday Night Frenzy" show tonight during the 11 p.m. newscast, providing five minutes of basketball and other winter sports highlights.
It's not long, but it's a start. If enough viewers tune in, who knows, maybe the program expands and other stations follow suit. I just hope WCNC gives it time to catch on.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Charlotte Latin football coach Larry McNulty said he's not ready for retirement after all.
Just a few weeks after announcing that his 25th season at Charlotte Latin would his last, McNulty has decided to come back. He'll coach the Hawks in 2011.
McNulty has coached Latin to appearances in the past eight N.C Independent Schools' state championship games. His teams, overall, have won 11 football and five track championships.
“I began coaching straight out of college because I am committed to the development of young people and to the success, both on and off the field and track, of student athletes," McNulty said. "After reflecting upon my initial decision, I determined that I simply am not ready to end my coaching career, and I am truly grateful that the Charlotte Latin community supports this change of heart."
Latin Headmaster Arch McIntosh was happy McNulty decided to return.
“As a school leader for more than thirty years, I have learned that the key to providing an excellent education for students is to ensure that their teachers and coaches are outstanding in their disciplines and committed to each child in their charge," McIntosh said. "Coach McNulty is one of the finest educators, not to mention coaches, who I have had the privilege of working with on my faculty. I endorse his decision and am pleased that our athletic program will continue to benefit from his leadership, dedication and commitment.”
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
An assistant basketball coach in Union County recently sent me an email saying he thought my ideas for a city championship here over Christmas was good. I heard from about 125 folks via email or text and response was about 98 percent in favor. I'll add the link to that story below.
Long story short, Union County has put on this tournament for nearly 30 years according to the coach. The picture above is from an early round game he took between Porter Ridge and Marvin Ridge. It speaks to the power of local competition. And the coach said by the time the boys hit the floor, it was standing room only and the noise was deafening.
Here is how they do it over there, according to the coach: Organizers divide Anson Senior and 11 Union County teams by record and strength of schedule. Teams go into the eight team championship tourney and a four team mini tournament.
Of course, teams often have to face conference rivals. That happens, but in the context of the city championship (or county as some would rather have me call it), I think the conference affiliations go out the window.
In Charlotte-Meck, you could have a 32-team tournament including nearly all public and private teams; or you could just play with privates that play by the same rules as publics, giving us 24 teams -- and a 16-team city/county championship field and an 8-team "invitational" field. Think of it as the NCAA Tournament and the NIT.
This could be a huge hit here and I think it would be, with crowds just like those you see above. Finishing at UNC Charlotte or Bojangles' Coliseum might open up possibilities for even bigger crowds -- and memories for the players that would last a lifetime. Middle school students would grow up wanting to play. Feed your audience. And to do this, I would give out a limited number of free tickets at all local middle schools.
Of course, there's still room for the current Bojangles' event. Just move to before Christmas, where many holiday tournaments are already on the calendar, but the city/county championship would have a much bigger impact and could provide CMS with a needed financial boost.
Here is the link to the original how to story:
Here's How To A City Championship In Charlotte