Saturday, June 23, 2012

Butler LB Peter Kalambayi commits to Stanford

Butler High linebacker Peter Kalambayi committed to Stanford Saturday, Bulldogs coach Brian Hales said.

Kalambayi is the third Bulldog to commit to a major college in the past few weeks, following wide receiver Uriah LeMay (Georgia), wide receiver/defensive back Channing Stribling (Michigan) and quarterback Riley Ferguson (Tennessee).

Kalambayi, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound senior is ranked No. 80 nationally among seniors by

Friday, June 22, 2012

Hough High to host 7 on 7 football scrimmage Saturday

Hough High is hosting a 7-on-7 tournament Saturday. There are still spots available. If you'd like to participate, contact coach Bobby Collins at 704-968-7319 or

Teams need to report to Hough by 9 a.m. Games begin at 9:30 a.m.



Each team will play 4 games 20 minutes each, against a different opponent each game. Teams will be in grouped in pods of five and the top two teams out of each pod will advance to the tournament. Lunch will be served A single elimination tournament will begin after lunch. The Championship game will be played at the stadium on a turf field and we will use the entire football field for the championship.

We will have a max of 30 people per team that includes players and coaches. All fields will be in walking distance This tournament will include teams from North and South Carolina with public and private school participating.

The fee per team is $150, which includes lunch for players and coaches.

Rules Scoring: Touchdowns are worth 7 points, there is no extra point. Ball starts on 40yd line Offense has 4 downs to make a first down (20 yd line), then 4 downs to score Change of possession restarts the offense at the 40 yd line QB has 4 seconds to release the ball ( Then the whistle will blow) Sacks equal a loss of down, restart ball at original Line of Scrimmage (LOS) NO running plays including QB 5 receivers are eligible 25 seconds to put ball in play (play clock)- if team exceeds 25 seconds, loss of down and play clock stops and will restart when ball is snapped Ball is dead when ball carrier is touched with one hand by defense from shoulders down It is the responsibility of the defense to avoid all contact NO blocking is permitted Interceptions count for 3 points
Overtime in the tournament play only! Start ball on 20yd line, 4 downs to score PAT attempt from 5yd line – 1 point (in overtime only) Each team has a chance to score

Monday, June 18, 2012

Charlotte Observer "All Observer" baseball and softball teams

Click here for the baseball teams

Below is softball:

2012 All Observer Softball Team
First Team
P: Lexi Davis, Porter Ridge, Sr.: N.C. Gatorade player of the year had 0.235 ERA. Was 33-1 with 279 strikeouts. Hit .450 with eight HR, 11 doubles, 42 RBIs and 33 runs scored.
P: Chelsea Wilkinson, Alexander Central, Sr.: Ga. recruit set N.C. record for career wins (112) and shutouts (84). Had 0.23 ERA this season. Hit .333 with 32 RBIs.
C: Venus Gonzalez, Olympic, So.: ME-GA 7 player of the year hit .574 with 48 RBIs, including 16 doubles, seven triples and three HRhome runs.
INF: Taylor Burkhalter, East Burke, Sr.: Hit .719, third best in N.C. history with 22 RBIs. Broke state record with 16 consecutive hits without an out.
INF: Emily Poplin, South Stanly, Sr.: Second baseman hit .478 with 25 RBIs. Struck out seven times in 114 plate appearances and had .966 field percentage.
INF: Elena Covert, Providence, Sr: Shortstop hit .517 and had .939 field average percentage. All Southwestern 4A pick also had 27 stolen bases.
INF: Brittany Eudy, Central Cabarrus, Sr.: South Piedmont player of the year, a second baseman, hit .494 (including .616 with runners on base). She was 27-for-27 in stolen base attepts attempts and had 10 doubles, five triples, 30 runs scored and 25 RBIs. Made two errors all year.
OF: Emily Scott, Myers Park, Sr.: Centerfielder is a four-time All-Southwestern 4A pick. She hit .547 with eight doubles, two triples, one HR home run and 26 RBIs.
OF: Addie Bolick, Fred T. Foard, Jr.: All-conference pick hit six HR home runs with 23 RBIs. Hit .381 for N.C. 3A runners-up.
OF: Erin Powers, Ardrey Kell, So.: Hit .505 with seven doubles, four triples, 34 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. MVP of the Southwestern 4A tournament.
UT: Taylor Laskey, Cherryville, Sr.: Catcher was Southern Piedmont player of the year after hitting .440 with 11 home runs and 36 RBIs.
Player of the Year: Lexi Davis, Porter Ridge
Coach of the Year: Lael Rorie, Porter Ridge
Second Team
P: Stacey Houser, Lake Norman, Sr.
P: Lexi Shubert, Fred T. Foard, Jr.
C: Jordan Wilson, South Point, Sr.
INF: Mellana Helms, Central Cabarrus, Sr.
INF: Cheyenne Hunt, Highland Tech, Fr.
INF: Taylor Wike, Alexander Central, So.
INF: Ashley Oliver, Fred T. Foard, Sr.
OF: Ali Gallagher, South Stanly, Sr.
OF: Dakota Keller, Crest, Jr.
OF: Kayla Corriher, South Rowan, Sr.
UT: Mallory Broome, Metrolina Christian, Sr.
Third Team
P: Kayla Pine, Lake Norman, Sr.
P: Lori McCoy, Olympic, Fr.
C: Madison Armstrong, Cox Mill, Fr.
INF: Alexa Grauer, Ardrey Kell, Sr.
INF: Heather Josey, North Iredell, So.
 INF: Emily Hester, Kings Mountain, Fr.
INF: Emily Lopez, Olympic, Jr.
OF: Erica Rodriguez, Olympic, Sr.
OF: Breanna Davenport, North Iredell, So.
OF: Nicole Shepherd, Cox Mill, Sr.
UT: Erin Standley, Independence, Sr.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Jeremy Buck resigns as football coach at East Meck, takes Franklinton job

East Mecklenburg football coach Jeremy Buck has resigned, he told the Observer.

Buck said he was making the move for personal reasons.

"Due to the failing health of my family and my wife's family, I have resigned as head football coach at East Mecklenburg," Buck said in a text message. "I have taken a job back closer to home (in Chapel Hill) that will be announced (Friday) afternoon."

Buck, who previously coached at Harding, was 2-9 last season at East.

UPDATE: Buck was hired as coach at Franklinton Friday

Friday, June 8, 2012

Three local basketball stars invited to National Basketball Players Assoc. Top 100 camp

Several Charlotte-area high school basketball players will participate in the National Basketball Players association Top 100 camp at John Paul Jones Arena June 14-16 in Charlottesville, VA. In all, 109 players were invited.

The camp began in 1994 to assist elite high school players in development of basketball and life skills.

This year’s invitees include: Allerik Freeman (Olympic/Findlay Prep, NV, Class of 2013); Clayton Massey (Myers P ark, 2013); Kennedy Meeks (West Charlotte, 2013); and Sindarius Thornwell (Lancaster, 2013).

Raleigh Ravenscroft’s Anton Gill (2013), Sidy Mohamed Djitte (Fayetteville Northwood Temple, 2013) and Winston-Salem Prep’s Greg McClinton (2013) were also invited.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Myers Park hires fmr Prov Day coach Barbara Nelson as girls basketball coach

After five years at Wingate University, Barbara Nelson -- one of the most successful coaches in N.C. history -- is coming back to high school.

Myers Park athletics director Rick Lewis said the Mustangs have hired Nelson to coach the girls basketball team. The former Wingate head women’s coach will replace Dustin Terrel, who resigned to become an assistant at Wingate under new coach Ann Hancock, a longtime former North Carolina assistant coach.

Nelson, 49, resigned at Wingate in May. She’ll start her 27th season as a head coach in November.

“Wingate is a great place to work, with wonderful people,” Nelson said, “but college coaching is very difficult. College is a business and a good bit of your job is the business. At heart, I’m a high school coach. That doesn’t mean I won’t ever coach college again. It was a great ride (at Wingate) and a great five years. I really enjoyed it, but it was time for us to go our separate ways.”

Nelson was 101-51 at Wingate with three NCAA tournament appearances. Her teams won one regular-season South Atlantic conference championship and two tournament titles. Wingate also made one NCAA Elite Eight appearance under Nelson, who was the 2008 South Atlantic conference coach of the year.

Nelson has coached two USA Basketball junior teams to gold medals and was named USA Basketball Developmental coach of the year in 2010.

Before Wingate, Nelson was head girls coach at Providence Day for 21 years. Her teams were 437-176 with seven state cahmpionships and nine conference championships. Nelson’s teams won a record five Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 championships and she was named Observer girls coach of the year a record five times.

At Myers Park, Nelson plans to teach physical education, pending completing entry requirements to teach in N.C. public schools.

She’ll inherit a team that returns nine of 13 players from last season when Myers Park finished 31-1 and reached the N.C. 4A Western Regional championship game -- or N.C. state semifinal.

Nelson said her team will face high expectations.

“Every team has a plateau they can reach by showing up and doing some work to get there,” she said. “But it requires having players who want to work and want to buy into a team philosophy and having a coach who wants to push them. I want to be a coach who can push a team to reach their highest plateau. What that will be I don’t know. I haven’t met these kids yet and haven’t been in the gym with them.”

One thing Nelson does know is that she’s looking forward to the challenge.

“I think change is good,” she said. “It gets you excited about things and thinking about things you haven’t thought about. I think this is going to be fun.”

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Myers Park girls basketball coach Dustin Terrel resigns

Myers Park girls basketball coach Dustin Terrel, who led the Mustangs to the state semifinals in March, has resigned, Mustangs athletics director Rick Lewis said.

Lewis said Terrel has taken a job as an assistant coach at Wingate University. He said Myers Park would hire a coach within a week.

Under Terrel, Myers Park started the 2011-12 season with 31 straight wins. The Mustangs lost in the N.C. 4A Western Regional championship game to West Forsyth. Next season, Myers Park is scheduled to return nine of 13 players and will be a state championship favorite.