Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Complete NCHSAA/NCISAA football playoff pairings

N.C. High School Football Playoff Pairings
Here are western pairings by overall seed
4AA West: No. 14 Lake Norman (5-5) at No. 3 Mallard Creek (9-1); No. 10 Myers Park (6-4) at No. 8 Vance (8-2); No. 11 West Meck (8-2) at No. 7 Hough (9-1); No. 13 McDowell (7-3) at No. 4 Olympic (6-4)
4AA Midwest: No. 16 West Forsyth (5-5) at No. 1 Butler (10-0); No. 9 NW Guilford (7-3) at No. 6 Independence (9-1); No. 12 Rocky River (7-3) at No. 5 Page (6-4); No. 15 Providence (5-5) at No. 2 East Forsyth (10-0)

4A West: No. 16 Hopewell (4-6) at No. 1 South Caldwell (10-0); No. 8 Sun Valley (7-3) at No. 5 Skyland Roberson (9-1); No. 10 Alexander Central (5-5) at No. 4 AC Reynolds (8-2); No. 14 Watauga (5-5) at No. 3 Porter Ridge (9-1)
4A Midwest: No. 15 Western Guilford (4-6) at No. 2 North Davidson (10-0); No. 11 Reagan (8-2) at No. 9 Dudley (6-4); No. 12 Ragsdale (7-3) at No. 7 Davie Co. (8-2); No. 13 Mount Tabor (5-5) at No. 6 HP Central (9-1)

3AA West: No. 16 Berry (4-6) at No. 1 South Point (10-0); No. 10 Ashbrook (6-4) at No. 4 Crest (9-1); No. 12 Asheville (6-4) at No. 6 Erwin (7-3); No. 15 Enka (5-5) at No. 3 Statesville (10-0)
3AA Midwest: No. 14 Ledford (5-5) at No. 2 Hickory Ridge (10-0); No. 9 North Forsyth (6-4) at No. 8 AL Brown (8-2); No. 11 Cox Mill (7-3) at No. 5 Weddington (8-2); No. 13 Marvin Ridge (6-4) at No. 4 Charlotte Catholic (9-1)

3A West: No. 14 Hunter Huss (5-5) at No. 1 East Henderson (10-0); No. 6 Franklin (8-2) at No. 4 Freedom (9-1); No. 7 Hibriten (7-3) at No. 3 Hickory (7-3); No. 13 Forestview (7-3) at No. 2 Burns (8-2)
3A Midwest: No. 16 McMichael (4-6) at No. 5 Concord (8-2); No. 11 NE Guilford (7-3) at No. 10 West Rowan (8-2); No. 12 Central Cabarrus (7-3) at No. 9 Rockingham County (8-2); No. 15 Carson (4-6) at No. 8 East Rowan (6-4)

2AA West: Ashe County (4-6) at No. 3 Newton-Conover (8-2); No. 13 East Burke (5-5) at No. 10 Bandys (7-3); No. 14 West Lincoln (5-5) at No. 7 South Iredell (9-1); No. 15 Smoky Mountain (4-6) at No. 6 Pisgah (5-5)
2AA Midwest: No. 12 Piedmont (5-5) at No. 1 Andrews (9-1); No. 8 North Surry (8-2) at No. 5 West Stokes (6-4); No. 9 Central Davidson (6-4) at No. 4 Forest Hills (8-2); No. 11 Cuthbertson (6-4) at No. 2 Salisbury (8-2)

2A West: No. 16 Mountain Heritage (4-6) at No. 3 Madison (9-1); No. 13 Owen (5-5) at No. 12 Draughn (5-5); No. 14 E. Rutherford (5-5) at No. 9 Polk Co. (8-2); No. 15 Chase (5-5) at No. 5 Shelby (6-4)
2A Midwest: No. 11 Wheatmore (5-5) at No. 1 E. Lincoln (10-0); No. 7 Carver (5-5) at No. 6 Starmount (9-1); No. 8 Thomasville (4-6) at No. 4 Maiden (8-2); No. 10 Lincolnton (6-4) at No. 2 Wilkes Central (9-1)

1AA West: No. 16 East Wilkes (2-8) at No. 1 Swain Co. (10-0); No. 12 Cherryville (4-6) at No. 10 West Wilkes (4-6); No. 13 Avery County at No. 4 Lake Norman Charter (9-1); No. 14 N. Wilkes (3-7) at No. 3 Hendersonville (10-0)
1AA Midwest: No. 15 Central Academy (2-8) at No. 2 Mount Airy (10-0); No. 8 W. Montgomery (6-4) at No. 7 North Rowan (8-2); No. 9 East Surry (5-5) at No. 6 South Stokes (8-2); No. 11 Bishop McGuinness (4-6) at No. 5 Monroe (8-2)

1A West: No. 15 Alleghany (3-7) at No. 2 Elkin (6-4); No. 8 Rosman (5-5) at No. 7 Thomas Jefferson (5-5); No. 10 Hayesville (4-6) at No. 5 Robbinsville (8-2); No. 14 Cherokee (3-7) at No. 3 Murphy (9-1)
1A Midwest: No. 16 South Robeson (3-7) at No. 1 Albemarle (10-0); No. 11 West Columbus (4-6) at No. 9 Union (4-6); No. 12 Chatham Central (4-6) at No. 6 South Stanly (8-2); No. 13 North Stokes (3-7) at No. 4 East Columbus (7-3)
Note: NCISAA private pairings are expected Sunday

Click for here for complete pairings and brackets

NCISAA Football
Here are Friday’s first round pairings
Division I: Charlotte Latin (5-5) at Charlotte Christian (7-3), 7; Providence Day (7-4) at Country Day (9-1), 7
Division II:
Wake Christian (2-8) at Christ School (10-0); Hickory Grove (6-4) at N. Raleigh (8-2); HP Christian (5-5) at Harrells (8-2); First Assembly (5-4) at Davidson Day (8-2)
Division III: Trinity Christian (2-6) at Victory Christian (6-3); Fayetteville Christian (5-5) at SouthLake (10-1)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Butler All-American WR Uriah LeMay to sit out Friday's playoff game

Butler All-American receiver Uriah LeMay will sit out the Bulldogs' first round N.C. 4AA playoff game against West Forsyth (5-5) Friday. LeMay has committed to the University of Georgia.

LeMay, a 6-foot-3 senior, was ejected in the first half of Butler's 33-14 win over Independence. He was removed from the game after making a catch on the Independence sidelines.

N.C. High School Athletic Association assistant commissioner Mark Dreibelbis told the Observer that LeMay was ejected for taunting and baiting. Dreibelbis said that brought about the one-game suspension. Per Charlotte-Mecklenburg School rules, LeMay will have to miss a second game if Butler wins Friday. CMS rules call for a student-athlete to miss an additional game, athletics director Sue Doran said.

LeMay is Butler's leading receiver. He had two catches for 31 yards against Independence and has 33 catches for 733 yards and 10 touchdowns for the season.

Efforts to reach Butler coach Brian Hales as well as LeMay's father, Stacy, were unsuccessful.

Butler (10-0) is ranked No. 1 in the Observer's Sweet 16 football poll as well as the N.C. Associated Press statewide rankings. The Bulldogs are No. 8 in USA Today's national poll and jumped two spots to No. 6 in ESPN's national poll.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Providence Day DB Bryon Fields commits to Duke

Providence Day senior wide receiver/defensive back Bryon Fields has committed to Duke.

"It was a dream come true for him," Chargers assistant athletics director Ed Prisco said.

Fields is second on the team in receiving yards with 38 catches for 669 yards and six touchdowns behind teammate Mark Brame (55-696-5).

Fields is second on the team with four interceptions behind teammate Grant McGarity, who has five.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mallard Creek All American Marquez North out for the season

Mallard Creek will have to play Hough for the I-Meck 4A championship Friday and will have to go into the playoffs without the state's top ranked player.

Mavericks running back/receiver Marquez North, a preseason All-American, will miss the remainder of the season after surgery on his shoulder this week, Mallard Creek coach Mike Palmieri told the Observer Wednesday night.

North informed Palmieri that he would be having surgery on Sunday. Palmieri said it's a lingering issue with North's shoulder and not something that happened in a recent game.

"This is something he's had issues with," Palmieri said. "He didn't miss any games. It's a lingering thing. We'll be alright. We've got a bunch of good players. We'll be fine. Of course, this hurts a little bit. But we're confident in what we've got."

North, a 6-4, 220-pound senior, has 20 catches for 322 yards and seven touchdowns. He's also rushed 45 times for 642 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Mallard Creek (8-1, 6-0) is ranked No. 3 in the Observer's Sweet 16. The Mavericks, who have won eight straight games, will play at No. 11 Hough (9-1, 6-0) Friday in the conference championship game. Hough has won nine straight games.

North visited Florida and Tennessee this month. He has offers from both schools as well as about 20 other SEC, ACC and Big 10 schools. Rivals ranks North the No. 28 recruit in the nation, regardless of position. He is the top ranked recruit in the Carolinas by many publications, including the Observer.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Riley Ferguson won't start for Butler against Independence Friday

Butler High football coach Brian Hales said All-America quarterback Riley Ferguson won’t start for the Bulldogs in Friday’s Southwestern 4A championship game with Independence.

Ferguson, a Tennessee recruit, has missed the past six games with a broken hand. He had his cast removed last week and has been practicing with the Bulldogs. Hales anticipates Ferguson will play in the game.

Ferguson has completed 40-of-65 passes for 726 yards and eight touchdowns this season. His replacements have been Zach Gross (47-74, 863, 8 TDs) and Anthony Ratliff (19-34, 347, 6).

Gross will start Friday’s game, Hales said.

Butler (9-0, 6-0) and Independence (9-1, 6-0) are tied atop the conference. The winner of Friday’s game wins the league title and a top playoff seed.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

Monday, October 22, 2012

N.C.-S.C. private school Shrine Bowl rosters

Here are rosters for the N.C.-S.C. private school Shrine Bowl.

The game, which began in 2005, will be played Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. at Mooresville High.

North Carolina: Demitri Allison, SouthLake; Charles Beale, Christ School; Gabe deBeus, Christ School; Blake Brewer, Cannon; Rockhill Brown, HP Christian; Travis Brown, Victory Christian; Kenny Bumgardner, SouthLake; Nate Casey, Westminster; Schuyler Coleman, Davidson Day; John Cook, N. Raleigh Chrsitian; Andrew Davenport, Arendell Parrott; Matt Earman, N. Raleigh; Chase Ferguson, Providence Day; Bryon Fields, Providence Day; Reavis Ford, Country Day; Evan Gates, Davidson Day; Keshawn Holiday, Hickory Grove; Jon Jackson, Word of God; Christian Jewks, Christ School; Coleman Johnson, Forsyth Country Day; Brian Jones, SouthLake

Dez Lawrence, Charlotte Christian; Zach Myers, Charlotte Christian; Damien Nwobi, Victory; Gerrel Patton, Hickory Grove; Alex Pourlos, Providence Day; Michael Radford, Country Day; Will Barefoot, Ravenscroft; Adrian Robinson, Charlotte Christian; Aaron Seward, Davidson Day; Casty S. Louis, Word of God; Royce Turnbull, Country Day; Russell Washington, Harrells Christian; Jake Wentworth, Westminster Catawba; Sheldon Williams, First Assembly; Sam Wilson, Latin

South Carolina: Paul Amick, Ben Lippen; Jacob August, Cardinal Newman; Joe Bates, Pinewood Prep; Shelton Blue, Heathwood; Cheyenne Bodie, WW King; Gabe Bradner, Heathwood; Cody Brewerton, Palmetto Christian; Tyler Chisholm, Hilton Head; Andrew Clinkscales, Wilson Hall; Roo Daniels, Hammond; Ryan Day, Thomas Heyward; Zack Felkel, Orangeburg Prep; Heath Fisk, Colleton Prep; Rickie Ford, Trinity_Byrnes; Nick Garrick, Orangeburg; Brantly Gray, Thomas Sumter; Reed Grubbs, Orangeburg; Matt Herzwurm, Augusta Christian; Alex Hollis, Oakbrook

Chis Kellahan, Williamsburg; Austin Lipski, Bible Baptist; James McClary, Florence Christian; Quayshon Myers, Hammond; Trey Pierce, Porter Gaud; Tyler Renew, Ben Lippen; Tyler Robinson, Augusta Christian; Thomas Rogers, Porter Gaud; Horace Scott, Wilson Hall
Braden Shockley, Hammond; Phillip Shuler, Wilson; Mark Simmons, Bible Baptist; Falcon Stewart, Northwood; Sean Sweeting, Augusta Christian; Tashawn Taylor, Laurence Manning; JD Tuten, Thomas Heyward; Jamario Williams, Hilton Head

Saturday, October 20, 2012

A few thoughts on charter schools and the NCHSAA playoffs

Today, I heard from a number of callers/readers who were upset about charter schools that are in the N.C. High School Athletic Association. A few were looking at tennis results and volleyball results and were upset.

Now where have I heard this before?

We know there has long been an uproar about private parochial Catholic schools like Charlotte Catholic and Raleigh's Cardinal Gibbons being in the association.

The thinking, at least on the Catholic schools, has always been this: my school has to use kids from within drawn geographic boundaries; those schools can pull kids from anywhere.

And that's true. Kind of.

In the case of the Catholic schools, most of the general population is not Catholic and most of the students who attend Catholic schools are. Charlotte Catholic, for example, pulls more than 95 percent of its students from its feeder schools, even the stud athletes. Jim Oddo just ain't filling up his powerhouse football team with kids who went to CMS feeder middle schools. Just not so.

The NCHSAA has strict rules about transferring to a non-boarding parochial school, too.

Basically if you transfer in once you start ninth grade, you have to sit a year before you can play sports. And there are virtually no exceptions.

Interestingly, a kid can transfer from, say, Charlotte Catholic to Charlotte Latin and play right away.

That brings me back to charter schools.

Charter schools can also draw from anywhere, but unlike the Catholic schools, they don't draw from a segment of society. Anyone can and does apply for the lotteries at these schools to get in.

It is very easy, in some cases, to put together powerhouse teams at charter schools. Many have wait lists, but there are open lotteries and I'm sure some people wonder how the 6-5 center always seems to win the lottery when their 5-5 algebra student doesn't. And if you take the 6-5 center from the west side of town and match him up with the 6-2 shooter from the east and mix in a few more, well, you've got yourself something, right?


And then these charter schools often are in the NCHSAA's smallest classification, 1A. Those small schools don't produce national powerhouses like with West Charlotte basketball or Butler football. And often the charters begin to do well very quickly.

What should we do?

Hmm, how about these three suggestions?

1. Put the charters into their own playoff pool that is NCHSAA sactioned.

2. The NCHSAA open up membership to interested private schools that are currently in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association. Those schools would have to follow the eight semester rule and other stipulations, but then those schools would be placed into the charter/private school playoff block. Think, say, Queens Grant and Lake Norman Charter in a pod with Country Day and Charlotte Latin or something like that.

3. Move the charter schools up to the 2A level so they are playing bigger schools in the playoffs.

Davidson Day's Aaron Seward breaks 1 week old receiving record that was 30 years old

Aaron Seward of Davidson Day had a big receiving night at Charlotte Latin Friday. He broke a one-week old receiving record that, before last week, had stood 30 years.

Seward caught eight passes for 306 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-28 win over Charlotte Latin. Independence’s Red Springs had held the single-game county receiving record since 1982, when he played with All-American quarterback Mark Maye.

But last week, South Meck receiver C.J. Thompson had 303 yards receiving against Myers Park. Thompson’s mark lasted one week.

Seward’s five touchdown catches rank second in county history, a mark he shares with several other players.

Mecklenburg County Single-Game Receiving Marks
1. Aaron Seward, Davidson Day, 306 (2012)
2. CJ Thompson, South Meck, 303 (2012)
3. Red Springs, Independence, 271 (1982)
4. Marquise Buckman, Berry, 265 (2009)
5. Hakeem Nicks, Independence, 262 (2005)
6. William Rann, West Charlotte, 249 (2005)
7 Mickey Brewer, Butler, 246 (2006)
8. Mohamed Massaquoi, Independence, 238 (2004)
9. Mohamed Massaquoi, Independence, 231 (2004)
10. Erik Nowell, West Meck, 227 (2004)
11 (tie). Brad Hinton, Independence, 225 (2000)
Jahuann Butler, Myers Park, 225 (2006)
13. Steve Shipp, W. Charlotte, 221 (1996)
14. Aaron Seward, Davidson Day, 219 (2012)
15. Erik Nowell, West Meck, 215 (2004)
16. Dechane Durante, Vance, 211 (2008)
16T. Josh Harris, Victory Christian, 211 (2012)
19. Banks Jenkins, Myers Park, 203 (2009)
20. Steve Shipp, W. Charlotte, 201 (1996)
Lawrence Martin, Independence, 201 (2008)

Friday, October 19, 2012

NCHSAA, MaxPreps sign 3 year partnership agreement

From NCHSAA media release:

CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association and, the online high school sports leader and a site, have signed a partnership agreement for the next three years, NCHSAA officials have announced. The selection of as the Associations “Official Statistician and Digital Media Partner” will give NCHSAA member schools a single location to report all Box Score information. provides schools with a publishing platform which allows schools to keep their statistics in real time along with mobile extensions and easy-to-use stat keeping interfaces for each sport.   The NCHSAA will use the data collected from the platform to help to manage their regular season standings, post-season qualifiers, state record book, NCHSAA stat leaderboards, media publications, and much more.  Schools will need to update their Box Score information on after each contest in order to efficiently manage these initiatives.
NCHSAA Commissioner Davis Whitfield announced, “The North Carolina High School Athletic Association is pleased to renew its partnership with MaxPreps and expand our existing relationship. We anticipate that the utilization of the various MaxPreps technologies will streamline our reporting and playoff qualification processes and enhance efficiency across many of our Association initiatives.", the nation’s most visited site for high school sports information and results, has been on the prep sports scene since 2002 and successfully partnered with other state athletic associations.

“ is honored to partner with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and looks forward to deepening our strong relationship. Our platform will allow the NCHSAA to launch multiple initiatives around the content we will provide, while streamlining the playoff qualification process.  We firmly believe North Carolina high school sports will be very well served” said Andy Beal, Founder and President. “We look forward to continuing our official relationship with the NCHSAA and stand ready to serve its member schools.”

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Donte Means has big year for East Rowan football (which is having a big year)

Donte Means of East Rowan is having a special season. Earlier this year, when East upset West Rowan 13-7, Means had the first interception returned for a touchdown for his school since 2008. Friday night, Means returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, starting a 47-14 win over South Rowan

Friday's game advance:

East Rowan (6-3, 5-0 North Piedmont) at No. 8 Statesville (8-1, 4-0)
A year ago, East Rowan was 1-9. Two years ago, East was 2-9. Friday night, East Rowan will try to win its first conference championship since 1997. Statesville rallied to beat Alexander Central 37-27 last week. Statesville’s Tyree Ward, Brevin Renwick and Jaylan Williams have a combined 60 catches for 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

N.C. Associated Press Top 10 football polls

¶ BC-FBH--North Carolina Prep Poll
¶ AP prep football poll for N.C.
¶ AP prep football poll for North Carolina
¶ By The Associated Press
¶ RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ The Associated Press state high school football poll for the week of October 16, first-place votes in parentheses, records and total points as voted upon by a statewide panel of prep sports writers:
^Class 4-A=
†1. Matthews Butler (12) (8-0) 120 1
†2. New Bern (8-0) 107 2
†3. Richmond County (8-0) 92 3
†4. Charlotte Mallard Creek (7-1) 83 5
†5. Garner (9-0) 68 6
†6. East Forsyth (9-0) 63 7
†7. Scotland County (7-1) 41 8
†8. North Davidson (9-0) 25 9
†9. Indian Trail Porter Ridge (7-1) 22 4
†10. Fayetteville Smith (8-1) 12 10

¶ Others receiving 10 or more points: Raleigh Leesville Road 11. <
^Class 3-A=
†1. Northern Guilford (12) (8-0) 120 1
†2. Belmont South Point (8-0) 101 2
†3. Havelock (8-1) 100 3
†4. Statesville (8-1) 74 4
†5. Charlotte Catholic (7-1) 69 5
†6. Wilson Hunt (8-0) 60 T7
†7. Shelby Crest (8-1) 46 9
†8. Concord (8-1) 25 10
†9. Erwin Triton (8-0) 20 NR
†10. Clayton Cleveland (8-1) 15 6

¶ Others receiving 10 or more points: None.<
^Class 2-A=
†1. Tarboro (12) (8-0) 120 1
†2. Jacksonville Northside (9-0) 105 2
†3. East Lincoln (9-0) 87 3
†4. Edenton Holmes (8-0) 75 5
†(tie)South Iredell (8-1) 75 4
†6. Boonville Starmount (8-0) 62 6
†7. Carrboro (9-0) 55 7
†8. East Duplin (8-1) 39 8
†9. Reidsville (7-2) 15 10
†10. Elizabeth City Northeastern (8-1) 8 NR

¶ Others receiving 10 or more points: None.<
^Class 1-A=
†1. Swain County (11) (9-0) 119 1
†2. Warsaw Kenan (1) (8-0) 101 2
†3. Murphy (8-1) 85 3
†4. Southwest Onslow (7-1) 78 4
†5. Hendersonville (8-1) 64 T6
†6. Manteo (8-0) 63 5
†7. Albemarle (8-1) 57 T6
†8. Plymouth (8-1) 28 8
†9. Ayden-Grifton (7-1) 27 T9
†10. Goldsboro (7-1) 21 T9

¶ Others receiving 10

Monday, October 15, 2012

Butler still reigns atop Sweet 16, but lots of movement and Hickory Ridge joins in

There’s serious movement all around the Observer’s Sweet 16 football poll, but not much at the top.

No. 1 Butler is still lodged at the same place it started the season. The Bulldogs, No. 1 in the Associated Press N.C. 4A  poll last week, moved up two spots to No. 8 in USA Today’s national poll this week. Butler is also No. 8 in the ESPN national poll. The Bulldogs are the highest ranked Carolinas’ team and are making the run without All-American quarterback Riley Ferguson, who has missed more than a month with a broken hand.

New to the poll this week is Harrisburg’s Hickory Ridge High, which pulled off one of the season’s biggest upsets Friday, taking down A.L. Brown for the first time in school history. Hickory Ridge won its seventh straight game by a wild score of 63-42 over the Wonders last week.

A.L. Brown fell from No. 8 to No. 13 in this week’s Sweet 16 poll. That loss -- coupled with former No. 5 Porter Ridge’s upset loss to Weddington and former No. 12 York’s loss to Nation Ford -- saw many teams move up in the rankings. Porter Ridge dipped from fifth to ninth.

This week, Hickory Ridge can lock up at least a share of the league title against No. 13 Concord in one of the week’s top games.

Rk. School (No. 1 votes) Cl    Rec    Pts    Prv
1. Butler (3)    4A    8-0    48    1
2. RH South Pointe     4A    8-0    45    2
3. Mallard Creek    4A    7-1    42    3
4. Crest    3A    8-1    35    6
T5. Rock Hill Northwestern    4A    6-2    34    4
T5. Charlotte Catholic    3A    7-1    34    7
7. South Point    3A    8-0    33    9
8. Statesville    3A    8-1    27    10
T9. Independence    4A    8-1    23    11
T9. Porter Ridge    4A    7-1    23    5
11. Hough    4A    8-1    18    14
12. East Lincoln    2A    9-0    13    15
T13. Concord    3A    8-1    10    T16
T13. A.L. Brown    3A    7-2    10    8
15. South Caldwell    4A    9-0    9    16
16. Hickory Ridge    3A    8-1    2    NR

Dropped Out: York (4A, 7-1); Charlotte Country Day (IND, 7-1). For rules on the poll and eligible teams visit; a three-man panel of Observer sportswriters voted

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Vance LB Brandon Hudson commits to Navy

Vance High linebacker Brandon Hudson committed to Navy Wednesday night, Cougars athletics director Carlos Richardson told the Observer.

Hudson is a 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior. He's the third Cougar to commit to a college. Earlier this year, linebacker/running back Larenz Bryant (6-1, 217) committed to South Carolina. Linebacker/end Kirk Donaldson (6-3, 240) has committed to East Carolina.

Donaldson and Bryant were named to the N.C. Shrine Bowl team Wednesday.

Harding's JaNey Carrothers, West Meck's Nikki Roach win ME-GA tennis titles

Harding's JaNey Carrothers beat Charlotte Catholic's Megan Arizmendi 6-4, 6-3 to win the ME-GA 7 3A tennis championship Tuesday. The conference has 4A and 3A schools and held conference titles in each class.

In 4A, West Mecklenburg’s Nikki Roach beat teammate Chelsea Thompson 6-0, 6-0.

Roach defeated East Gaston’s Abby Breakfield 6-0, 6-0 in the semis after earning a bye in the first round.

In 4A doubles, East Gaston’s Erika Noblett and Jodie Winchester beat Olympic’s Shanel Smith and Michelle Anderson 6-2, 6-0 to win the league title.

In 3A, Charlotte Catholic's Grace Deering and Rachel Tomchin beat teammates Caroline Smith and Christine Kessel 6-1, 6-1 to take the doubles championship.

First Round
Molly Leonard (CC) d. Malaysia Mitchell (Berry) 6-0, 6-1
Sara Vasic (H) d. Morgan Johnson (B) 6-4, 6-4
Second Round
JaNey Carrothers (H) d. Molly Leonard (CC) 6-3, 6-2
Megan Arizmendi (CC) Sara Vasic (H) 6-0, 6-0
Final Round
JaNey Carrothers (H) d. Megan Arizmendi (CC) 6-4, 6-3

First Round
Ashlee Armbrister/Hannah Williams (B) d. Nina Perez/Alexandra Worthy (H) 6-1, 6-1
Briana Horton/Gabriela Worthy (H) d. Sharrisse Berry/Trinity Drew (B) 6-2, 6-1
Second Round
Grace Deering/Rachel Tomchin (CC) d. Armbrister/Williams (B) 6-0, 6-0
Caroline Smith/Christine Kessel (CC) d. Horton/Worthy (H) 6-0, 6-1
Final Round
Deering/Tomchin (CC) d. Smith/Kessel (CC) 6-1, 6-1


Singles 1st Round-
Nikki Roach (West Meck)-#1 Seed-Bye, Chelsea Thompson (West Meck)-#2 Seed-Bye, Abby Breakfield (East Gaston) def. Jennifer Kesel (Olympic) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4;
Nadine Birkhahn (Olympic) def. Meredith Rhyne (East Gaston) 6-3, 6-0

Singles 2nd Round-
Chelsea Thompson (WM) def. Nadine Birkhahn (O) 6-1, 6-3; Nikki Roach (WM) def. Abby Breakfield (EG) 6-0, 6-0

Singles Championship;
Nikki Roach (WM) def. Chelsea Thompson (WM)  6-0, 6-0

Doubles 1st Round-
Erika Noblett/Jodie Winchester (East Gaston)-#1 Seed-Bye, Shanel Smith/Michelle Anderson (Olympic)- #2 Seed-Bye; Rachel Stanford/Brittany Shipes (West Meck)
def. Amber Lam/Lauren Anderson (Olympic) 7-6 (7-4TB), 6-4; Victoria Stanford/Jaycee Loud (WM) def. Sydney Sisk/Briana Atkins (EG) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles 2nd Round-
Shanel Smith/Michelle Anderson (O) def. Victoria Stanford/Jaycee Loud (WM) 7-5, 6-3, Erika Noblett/Jodie Winchester (EG) def. Rachel Stanford/Brittany Shipes (West Meck) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles Championship-
Erika Noblett/Jodie Winchester (EG) def.  Shanel Smith/Michelle Anderson (O)  6-2, 6-0

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

West Meck's Nikki Roach rolls to ME-GA 7 4A tennis title

West Mecklenburg’s Nikki Roach beat teammate Chelsea Thompson to win the ME-GA 7 4A tennis championship Tuesday. Roach won 6-0, 6-0.

Roach defeated East Gaston’s Abby Breakfield 6-0, 6-0 in the semis after earning a bye in the first round.

In doubles, East Gaston’s Erika Noblett and Jodie Winchester beat Olympic’s Shanel Smith and Michelle Anderson 6-2, 6-0 to win the league title.

Singles 1st Round-
Nikki Roach (West Meck)-#1 Seed-Bye, Chelsea Thompson (West Meck)-#2 Seed-Bye, Abby Breakfield (East Gaston) def. Jennifer Kesel (Olympic) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4;
Nadine Birkhahn (Olympic) def. Meredith Rhyne (East Gaston) 6-3, 6-0

Singles 2nd Round-
Chelsea Thompson (WM) def. Nadine Birkhahn (O) 6-1, 6-3; Nikki Roach (WM) def. Abby Breakfield (EG) 6-0, 6-0

Singles Championship;
Nikki Roach (WM) def. Chelsea Thompson (WM)  6-0, 6-0

Doubles 1st Round-
Erika Noblett/Jodie Winchester (East Gaston)-#1 Seed-Bye, Shanel Smith/Michelle Anderson (Olympic)- #2 Seed-Bye; Rachel Stanford/Brittany Shipes (West Meck)
def. Amber Lam/Lauren Anderson (Olympic) 7-6 (7-4TB), 6-4; Victoria Stanford/Jaycee Loud (WM) def. Sydney Sisk/Briana Atkins (EG) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles 2nd Round-
Shanel Smith/Michelle Anderson (O) def. Victoria Stanford/Jaycee Loud (WM) 7-5, 6-3, Erika Noblett/Jodie Winchester (EG) def. Rachel Stanford/Brittany Shipes (West Meck) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles Championship-
Erika Noblett/Jodie Winchester (EG) def.  Shanel Smith/Michelle Anderson (O)  6-2, 6-0

Monday, October 8, 2012

Observer Sweet 16 poll: Concord tumbles, East Lincoln jumps in

After one week out of the Sweet 16, unbeaten East Lincoln rejoined the poll this week.

The Mustangs (8-0) beat rival West Lincoln 40-20 Friday, playing without star quarterback Garrett Young, who suffered a knee injury against Lincolnton one game previous. Young was averaging more than 300 yards per game.

Young’s replacement, freshman Chaz Surratt, completed 7-of-14 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns. He ran for a team-best 91 yards and one touchdown on 10 rushing attempts.

East Lincoln, which ranks No. 15, has a big game Friday in Mecklenburg County at Lake Norman Charter (7-0). Lake Norman Charter is averaging 50 points per game.

Elsewhere there wasn’t much movement in the poll. The top five spots stayed the same with Butler at No. 1.

Concord fell from No. 10 to No. 16 after an upset loss, 28-21 to Cox Mill. Cox Mill (5-3) rolled up nearly 400 yards of offense and punted just once. Concord played without starting running back Rocky Reid, who sat out with an ankle injury..

Rk. Sch. (No. 1 votes) Cl Rec Pts Prv

1. Butler (3) 4A 7-0 48 1

2. Rock Hill South Pointe 4A 7-0 45 2

3. Mallard Creek 4A 6-1 42 3

4. Rock Hill Northwestern 4A 5-2 39 4

5. Porter Ridge 4A 7-0 36 5

6. Crest 3A 7-1 32 7

7. Charlotte Catholic 3A 6-1 31 6

8. A.L. Brown 3A 7-1 26 9

9. South Point 3A 8-0 25 8

10. Statesville 3A 7-1 21 11

11. Independence 4A 7-1 18 12

T12. York 4A 7-0 12 13

T12. Country Day IND 7-0 12 15

14. Hough 4A 7-1 11 13

15. East Lincoln 2A 8-0 4 NR

T16. South Caldwell 4A 8-0 3 16

T16. Concord 3A 7-1 3 10

Dropped Out: None.

Rules on the poll and eligible teams; a three-man panel of Observer sportswriters voted

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Providence Day WR Bryon Fields' big night sets new school record

Providence Day's Bryon Fields had a memorable night in Friday's 65-7 win over Charlotte Latin.

Playing against one of his biggest rivals, Fields caught five passes for 210 yards, and two touchdowns. He had a 47-yard punt return for a score and a 24-yard interception return for a score. Fields also had three tackles as a defensive back.

Fields set a new school-record with his reception yardage, which ranks 14th in county history.

Chargers QB Chase Ferguson also had a big day, completing 17-of-26 passes for 341 yards and five touchdowns. He also had a rushing touchdown.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Garinger hires Kenneth Breland as interim athletics director

Kenneth Breland is Garinger's interim athletics director. He replaces Claire Gardin.

Gardin began the year as one of four female athletics directors in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, joining Cheryl Feeney (Ardrey Kell), Courtney Paschal (Butler) and Mallard Creek (Karen McKaig). CMS also a female central office athletics director, Sue Doran.

Gardin had been the school's athletics director since 2003.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Latin coach McNulty: CISAA football teams can compete with anyone

Charlotte Latin coach Larry McNulty watched his team lose 56-7 to Charlotte Christian Friday and after seeing all the teams in his league now, McNulty has one important opinion:

The level of football in the CISAA conference is shooting way up.

Now, the rest of the state's independent schools probably don't want to hear that, because Latin and Country Day and Providence Day and Charlotte Christian have dominated private school football for years.

Right now, according to the power rankings for state private schools, Providence Day is No. 1, followed by Country Day, Christian, Davidson Day and Latin. Davidson Day is a Division II power that will play at Country Day Friday. The other four all play in the CISAA.

McNulty marvels at the infusion of young talent at each school, particularly at Christian, saying he's rarely seen a school load up with young talent like that. At Latin, the Hawks have a wealth of young players but not much size. That's something McNulty hopes to address in the offseason.

He said he'll have to.

"This league has gotten mighty competitive again," he said. "You see what Country Day has done (beating N.C. 3AA power Charlotte Catholic at Catholic). Right now, our league is awful strong. Christian, P.D. and Country Day, man, they can compete with a lot of people."

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Butler moves Independence football game to Memorial Stadium Oct. 26

Butler High athletics director Courtney Paschal said the school has moved its home football game with Independence to Memorial Stadium Oct. 26.

Butler is No. 1 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 and ranked in nearly every national poll. Independence is tied with Butler atop the Southwestern 4A conference standings. If both teams continue winning -- and each will be favored in its games until Oct. 26 -- they will play for the outright Southwestern 4A conference title.

Butler’s field seats about 2,500 fans and the game is expected to draw more than the stadium can hold. Memorial Stadium seats about 17,000.