Wednesday, November 28, 2012

N.C. state finals to be televised

From staff reports

For the second consecutive year, Time Warner Cable will air all eight North Carolina High School Athletic Association, football championship games live.

All of the championship games will air on Time Warner Cable Special Events Channels 520 or 521 with the exception of the 4AA title game that can be seen on News 14 Carolina. Time Warner Cable customers can catch the action online as well, with live streaming at

Replays will also be available free on Time Warner Cable’s Carolina On Demand.

NCHSAA State Football Championship Schedule:

Friday, November 30 – NCHSAA 4A game, New Bern vs. Porter Ridge – 7:30p.m. – Channel 520                                                                        

Saturday, December 1 – NCHSAA 1A game, Plymouth vs. Murphy – 11:00a.m. – Channel 520                                                                         

Saturday, December 1 – NCHSAA 2A game, Tarboro vs. East Lincoln – 11:00a.m. – Channel 521                                                                              

Saturday, December 1 – NCHSAA 4AA game, Jack Britt vs. Butler – 11:00a.m.  – Channels 14, 114, 414, 1114                                                                                    

Saturday, December 1 – NCHSAA 1AA game, Southwest Onslow vs. Swain 3:00p.m. – Channel 520

Saturday, December 1 – NCHSAA 3A game, Havelock vs. Concord – 3:00p.m. – Channel 521

Saturday, December 1 – NCHSAA 2AA game, Carrboro vs. South Iredell – 7:00p.m. – Channel 520                                                              

Saturday, December 1 – NCHSAA 3AA, Northern Guilford vs. Charlotte Catholic – 7:00p.m. – Channel 521

On Sunday, following the live coverage of the games, Time Warner Cable digital customers can fast-forward, rewind or pause all of the plays as many times as they want on Time Warner Cable’s Carolina On Demand, channels 199 and 1047.  Carolina On Demand is Time Warner Cable’s award-winning On Demand channel dedicated to bringing Carolina-oriented programming into the homes of nearly one million customers across the Carolinas.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Davidson Day QB Will Grier trims college list to five

Davidson Day's record setting quarterback Will Grier, a junior, has narrowed his potential list of college choices.

Grier said Florida is the leader followed by, in order, UNC, Tennessee, N.C. State and Oregon.

Here's some thoughts I offered up on Grier last week after he led his team to a second straight state title

Davidson Day’s Will Grier finished his junior season with 5,609 yards passing. No N.C. quarterback has ever thrown for as many. No N.C. quarterback has ever thrown for 68 touchdown passes like Grier did, either.

Nationally, only three QBs have thrown for more yards in one year, and only three have thrown for more touchdowns. Grier’s records might not be entered into the national or N.C. High School Athletic Association state record books because he plays for a private school.

There’s also a push to discredit him for the competition he plays against. I’ve seen public school athletes run up incredible numbers against worse competition and their records are proudly listed in the record books. But I’d also love to see what Grier could do playing for, say, Butler, against, say, Mallard Creek – or vice versa. I’d love to see him play at a big private school, like Charlotte Latin where his father played, playing against the stiff competition the Hawks face.

But he’s at the school his family has chosen for him, and all I can tell you about him is that I think he’s the real thing. His multiple BCS college offers prove it, and I’ve had three high school coaches tell me – this year – that he’s among the best they’ve ever seen.

Friday night, after Grier’s 315-yard, four-touchdown performance in a state final win at Arden’s Christ School, Christ School coach Mark Monroe had this to say about Grier:

“I’ve been coaching for a long time, and he’s the best quarterback I’ve seen.”

Read more here:

Friday, November 23, 2012

Nation's top BB recruit here for Charlotte Challenge Fri-Sat

On Tap: The Charlotte Hoops Challenge
The nation’s No. 1 recruit, Andrew Wiggins, will be at Waddell Language Academy, 7030 Nations Ford Rd, for the tournament today and Saturday. Wiggins, a 6-foot-7 forward, plays for Huntington Prep ans has schools like Florida State, Kansas, Ketucky, North Carolina, Ohio State and Syracuse among his finalists

There’s also some big games on the schedule like Berry’s girls, No. 4 in the Sweet 16, against No. 9 Providence Day, or Cuthbertson’s boys, a state runner-up last season, facing another in Davidson Day.

Here’s the schedule
Friday: Davidson Day vs. Cuthbertson, 11 a.m.; Heathwood girls vs. Charlotte Christian, 12:30 p.m.; N. Rowan vs. Peachtree Ridge, 2; Mt Tabor vs. South Meck, 3:30; Quality Eduation vs. Huntington Prep, 5; Berry girls vs. Providence Day, 6:30; Oldsmar vs. Kennedy Charter, 8
Saturday: W. Craven vs. Davidson Day, 11 a.m.; Providence Day girls vs. W. Craven, 12:30 p.m.; Kennedy Charter vs. Huntington Prep, 2 p.m.; Oldsmar vs. Quality Education, 3:30; Peachtree Ridge vs. Berry, 5; S. Meck girls vs. Heathwood Hall, 6:30; N. Rowan vs. Cuthbertson, 8

Read more here:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ardrey Kell boys get huge upset at No. 5 Harding

Ardrey Kell ran out to a big early lead and held on for a 59-54 win at sold-out Harding Tuesday.

The Rams, preseason No. 5 in the Observer’s Sweet 16, lost their season opener.

Steven Santa Ana had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Knights (2-0). He had the same totals in Monday’s season-opening 84-44 win over Marvin Ridge.

Against Harding, Tate Small had 14 points, seven rebounds and five steals.

“It was a total team effort and a great win in a hostile environment,” Ardrey Kell coach Mike Craft said. “I’m really proud of how we protected the lead and held them off in the end. Harding is a very good team but our players accepted the challenge tonight.”

A few final thoughts on Davidson Day QB Will Grier's record-breaking season

Davidson Day’s Will Grier finished his junior season with 5,609 yards passing. No N.C. quarterback has ever thrown for as many. No N.C. quarterback has ever thrown for 68 touchdown passes like Grier did, either.

Nationally, only three QBs have thrown for more yards in one year, and only three have thrown for more touchdowns. Grier’s records might not be entered into the national or N.C. High School Athletic Association state record books because he plays for a private school.

There’s also a push to discredit him for the competition he plays against. I’ve seen public school athletes run up incredible numbers against worse competition and their records are proudly listed in the record books. But I’d also love to see what Grier could do playing for, say, Butler, against, say, Mallard Creek – or vice versa. I’d love to see him play at a big private school, like Charlotte Latin where his father played, playing against the stiff competition the Hawks face.

But he’s at the school his family has chosen for him, and all I can tell you about him is that I think he’s the real thing. His multiple BCS college offers prove it, and I’ve had three high school coaches tell me – this year – that he’s among the best they’ve ever seen.

Friday night, after Grier’s 315-yard, four-touchdown performance in a state final win at Arden’s Christ School, Christ School coach Mark Monroe had this to say about Grier:

“I’ve been coaching for a long time, and he’s the best quarterback I’ve seen.”

Read more here:

Monday, November 19, 2012

Garinger soccer coach uses iTunes to motivate players

David Garrett used his experiences helping inner-city soccer players with his organization, One7, to turn Garinger's boys' soccer team into one of the best in the ME-GA 7 conference.

Garrett coached several of the Garinger players with One7 and when they told him the Garinger job was available, he took it. He wanted to create a "new culture" within the soccer program, where players are held accountable, show sportsmanship and ultimately succeed on the field.

"We devoted several hours each day to rebuild the program from the inside out," Garrett said in an email. "Bringing discipline, excellence and a focus of integrity to our program."

Garrett trained the team hard, holding weekend practices at 6 a.m. and running timed two-mile runs before training sessions. He struggled for the first month finding eligible players, but once he did Garinger was competitive. The Wildcats (9-4) shutout Berry and Olympic in their first two conference games and had competitive matches against Charlotte Catholic, which made it to the 3A state semifinals.

Garinger was the top 4A seed from the ME-GA 7 3A/4A and lost in the first round of the state playoffs 2-0 to North Mecklenburg.

The team also started a tradition of awarding a member of the opposing team a "man of the match" award, given to the player "who shows the most class and sportsmanship during the game," Garrett said. The award was usually a $15 iTunes gift card.

"This is a valuable lesson for our boys about the importance of sportsmanship," Garrett said. "Our captains also praise the team as a whole for the positive things they did in the match."

Garrett was hired just two weeks before the start of the season this year. He looks forward to continuing to the improve the program next year.

"I feel that (this season) totally transformed the lives of the kids involved," Garrett said. "Even after the season has ended our players grades are continuing to get better. ... Next year you will be blown away at what happens with Garinger soccer."

Saturday, November 17, 2012

SW Onslow shuts out Lake Norman Charter in NC 1A soccer finals

   RALEIGH -- Southwest Onslow goalkeeper Nicholas Matics was selected as the Most Valuable Player on Saturday afternoon as he helped lead his Stallions to a 2-0 victory over Lake Norman Charter in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A men's soccer championship at Dail Soccer Field at North Carolina State University.

            Matics was credited with six saves on the afternoon. The Stallions, with a stout defense and Matics in goal, allowed only 13 goals in their 18-game season.

            Sophomore midfielder Paul Bishop put Southwest Onslow on the board in the ninth minute as he won a challenge for the ball and then tucked it into the net for a 1-0 Stallion lead.

            That goal stood until the 67th minute when Austin Tausch, Southwest's leading scorer on the season, crossed a ball that wound up deflecting off a Lake Norman defender  and going into the net for a 2-0 advantage.

            For the game, Lake Norman Charter had seven shots on goal to four for the Stallions and had a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.

        Both teams were playing in their first NCHSAA men's soccer championship, although the Stallions have made it to the regional level on four occasions. Southwest finished the season with a 14-2-2 record and won its final 12 matches, while Lake Norman Charter wound up 19-4-1 overall.

            The Raleigh Sports Consortium serves as a host city sponsor for these championships, along with the city of Raleigh and the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.

Dail Soccer Field, Raleigh

Southwest Onslow                                                0            2            --            2
Lake Norman Charter                                          0            0            --            0

9th minute            SWO--Paul Bishop

67th minute            SWO--own goal

Friday, November 16, 2012

Football Friday Obs: "hated Charlotte", recognizing Davidson Day records, big games

 Forgot how much I missed games at Memorial Stadium when the place was closed for repairs. There’s no better spot in town to watch a game and if the stadium could get some needed renovations, it would be even more special.

• I think Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier’s 837-yard, 10-touchdown pass performance last week should be recognized in the state and national record books. Davidson Day and Harrells Christian are established schools in a statewide organization.

• Interesting how, state-wide, Charlotte teams have become the hated and the hunted. Guess winning nine of the past 12 big-class state titles will do that. Anyone remember when Charlotte went from 1981 through ’94 without winning anything?

• The state may be watching East Forsyth and Butler in a Battle of the Titans, but Belmont (Statesville at South Point) and Union County (Sun Valley at Porter Ridge) might just shut down. And I’m not sure that if you get to Charlotte Catholic (playing Kannapolis Brown) at the final school bell, it would be early enough to get a parking spot and a seat.

Read more here:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Nationally ranked Goose Creek bumped from S.C. playoffs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Defending South Carolina Class 4A Division II football champion Goose Creek is out of the 2012 playoffs after its appeal for reinstatement was denied by the executive committee of the South Carolina High School League.

The league issued its decision Wednesday.

Goose Creek was disqualified from the playoffs this week after reporting it had found one of its players was ineligible. A group led by Goose Creek coach Chuck Reedy presented their case to the panel. The executive committee twice voted against the Gators, ending their chances of returning to the playoffs through the public school's governing athletic body.

A spokeswoman for Goose Creek said the school was exploring its options. Reedy would not comment on the decision.

Goose Creek, ranked No. 11 in USA Today's national high school football, will be replaced by Conway.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Alec Wintering (34 points) leads United Faith past Durham Mt Zion

Alec Wintering had a memorable high school basketball season debut at home against Durham Mount Zion.

Wintering, a 5-foot-9 senior guard committed to Portland, scored 34 points in an 82-72 win. Wintering had five rebounds, four assits and three steals in the win for United Faith, which has a huge game Saturday night at home against Kennedy Charter.

Kyle Williams-Venerable (17 points, five rebounds) and Nehemiah Mabson (15 points, five rebounds) had strong games for Faith (1-0).

Kennedy Charter kicked off its season Tuesday as well, beating North Hills Christian 85-49. Najee Prichett had 20 points and three rebounds for Kennedy Charter, which got 10 pounds, seven rebounds and seven steals from senior guard Julius Hamilton.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Stars, top teams from Olympic High basketball jamboree

Courtesy of Justin Byerly of Carolina Preps/Basketball Elite:

Basketball season is back. This past weekend I attended the Olympic HS Jamboree in Charlotte, an annual event in it's fifth year featuring some of the best teams in North Carolina & South Carolina. Charlotte was represented well as Harding, Olympic, Catholic & Vance high schools also participated.

The first game featured Mount Tabor High out of Winston-Salem against Harding, which features 6-8 cemter Steven Burroughs, a Presbyterian College commitment.

Burroughs had a solid game, rebounded the ball, blocked shots, and finished with around eight points. Sophomore Teyon Henry, a 6-1, shooting guard kept Harding in the game connecting on multiple three pointer's and finishing with 20. Speedster point guard Aaron Linton controlled the ball for Harding and is one of the fastest guards in the city.

Mount Tabor, one of the preseason favorites for the NCHSAA 4A state championship would pull away late for a 74-59 victory. Leading the way for Tabor was 6-4 Deion Robinson, who had 20 points, 6-4 guard Matt Madigan with 13 points and 6-4 shooting guard LaPreece Lynch, who has three D2 offers, had 14 points.

The second game of the day pitted Charlotte powerhouse Olympic against Greensboro Dudley.

Olympic jumped out to a 19-10 first quarter lead and never looked back on their way to the win. Handling the floor-general role for the Trojans is former Gastonia Highland Tech star Jevon Patton. He's a strong, physical point guard who is tough as nails. Olympic is still without Akron commit BJ Gladden, who must sit until early December because of Mecklenburg County transfer rules. Chicago bred Trey Mitchell, a 6-5 small forward had a great game, finishing with 23 points on a variety of deep shots and attacks to the basket.

For Dudley, Jacksonville University commitment Sam Hunt, a 6-1, point guard/shooting guard is great at coming off screens and knocking down shot after shot. Hunt finished with 21 points in the loss.

The third game of the day was North Forsyth taking on Vance.

Vance coach Will Robinson has a group of very talented guards this year led by Torin Dorn (who has a Charlotte 49er offer) and Derrick Brewer, a 5-10 shooting guard. Brewer is one of the best shooters in Charlotte. He scored seven first quarter points for Vance, who took a 22-10 lead. North Forsyth  would battle back and make it a two-point game at halftime down 34-32. Kedrick Flomo, a 6-1 PG really got going in the second half and finished with 21 points. Derrick Brewer finished with 16 points, Torin Dorn finished with 12 points and 6-4, 2015 Malik Massey added 11 for Vance.

Davidson Day's Will Grier wins national player of week award after 837 yard pass night

From Observer News Services

Wharton, N.J. (Nov. 12, 2012) - Quarterback Will Grier of Davidson Day (N.C.) High School was named the U.S. Army All-American Bowl High School Player of the Week, for the week ending November 11. Will Grier threw for a national record 837 yards and 10 touchdowns as Davidson Day defeated Harrells Christian 104-80.  Grier shattered the previous national mark of 764 set in 2000 by Pacific Palisades (Calif.) quarterback David Koral. 

Grier was joined by some other outstanding players who earned U.S. Army All-American Bowl High School Player of the Week nomination honors. One nominee was U.S. Army All-American running back Thomas Tyner of Aloha (Ore.) High School. Tyner’s 431 yard performance increased his total yards for the year to over 3,000. Tyner’s 5 touchdowns helped Aloha High School win its playoff game against Glencoe (Ore.) High School 38-35. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl High School Player of the Week was designed to recognize the nation’s top high school performance of the week.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Davidson Day's Will Grier sets national record with 837-yard passing night

Davidson Day junior QB Will Grier threw for a national record 837 yards in Friday's 104-80 win over Harrell's Christian.

Yes, you read the right: 104-80.

In a high school football game.

Grier's 837 yards passed the old national mark of 764 was set by Pacific Palisades (CA) QB David Koral in 2000. Friday night, Grier completed 35-of-42 passes and threw for a new N.C. record 10 touchdowns. The 10 touchdowns ties six other players for the national record, originally set in 1990.

Early reports had Grier throwing for nearly 800 yards and 11 scores, but Davidson Day coaches carefully reviewed the film to confirm the passing totals.

Grier, who is 6-3 and 190 pounds, now has 5,294 passing yards for the season, breaking former Independence QB Chris Leak’s 10-year-old N.C. and Mecklenburg County mark of 5,193 (Unofficially Raleigh Wakefield’s Connor Mitch threw for 643 yards Friday in a 76-34 loss to Garner which would give him 5,344 passing yards for the season).

Grier has 64 touchdown passes this season, just two short of former Independence QB Joe Cox’s eight-year-old county and N.C. record. Grier’s 64 TD passes ties Leak for sixth-most in national history.

Grier has scholarship offers from East Carolina, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Wake Forest. Duke coach David Cutcliffe was on campus Friday, and Chad Grier said his son is being heavily recruited by Alabama, Duke, N.C. State and Oregon.

There's been a lot of conjecture about Grier's age this season, something that his father, Chad, has heard about. Chad Grier, a former East Carolina QB, is the Davidson Day coach.

Chad Grier said his son turns 18 next April and that he repeated half a year in sixth grade when the family moved him from public to private school.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Central Academy's grand football gesture touches a community

One of the beauties of high school sports, sometimes, is the purity of it all. There are sometimes special moments that go way beyond just a game.

Such a moment happened last week in Mount Airy.

Towards the end of Mount Airy’s 47-14 playoff win over Monroe’s Central Academy, Mount Airy put in a special needs player Austin Bowman.

Bowman had run the ball at the end of some games but had never scored. Mount Airy was near the Central goal line and Central coach Tad Baucom, who knew of Bowman's story, had an idea. He wanted Bowman to score.

Baucom was out of timeouts but asked the refs to stop the game to coordinate a treat for Bowman. Baucom consulted Mount Airy coach Kelly Holder and then he consulted his defense.

Everybody was in agreement to make a very special moment happen.

On the next play, Central’s players dove out of the way and let Bowman finish his three-carry 38 yard night with a 16-yard touchdown run. You should've seen Bowman's face

And after the game, the teams met and prayed at midfield and Bowman got the game ball.

“There is a buzz in our school that hasn’t left us yet,” Baucom said. “This may be the best loss that any of us have ever experienced. I know it is in my 32 years of coaching.”

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Mecklenburg County high school all-conference teams

All-Conference Teams
ME-GA 7 Soccer
 First Team: Pablo Orozco - Garinger; Brendan McDonough - Char Catholic; Fabrizzio Fernandez - Olympic; Jose Vargas - Garinger; Matt Lauder - Char Catholic GK; Diego De La Cruz - PO Berry; Deon Davis - Olympic; Muhammed Freeman - West Meck; Mika Ria’Yang - West Meck; Teaj Patel - Olympic; Jack Miller - Char Catholic; Jorge Perez - East gaston
 Second Team: John Duffy - Char Catholic; David Huerta - Olympic; Laich Sache - Garinger; Anthony Rodriguez - Olympic; Rory Quigley - Char Catholic; Yeng Xiong - West Meck; Chris Ocasio - East Gaston; Edwin Solorio - Olympic; Spain Niemer - Char Catholic; Miles Morrow - Harding; Luis Aguilar - Berry; Kevin Lynch - Char Catholic
 Coaches of the year: Oscar Del Pino - Char Catholic (3A); David Garrett - Garinger (4A)

ME-GA 7 Girls Tennis
Grace Deering, Caroline Smith, Rachel Tomchin, Christine Kessel, Catholic; Erica Noblett, Jodi Winchester, East Gaston; Jaycie Loud, Chelsea Thompson, Nikki Roach, West Meck; Shanel Smith, Michelle Anderson, Olympic; Janay Carrothers, Harding; Malysia Mitchell, Berry
Player of the year: Grace Deering, Catholic; Devanshi Patel, Olympic
Coach of the year: Don Abernathy, West Meck

ME-GA 7 Volleyball
Kaitlyn Massey, Molly Lindway, Emma Mitchell, Cara Toebbe, Catholic; Milan Quinn, Jamyah Fuller, Malaaka Hart, Berry; Carly Klutz, Lauren Abernathy, Kelsey Hayes, East Gaston; Shyla Mobley, Harding; Grace Beatty, Tori Cordova, Olympic; Lakesha Moss, West Meck
Players of the year: Milan Quinn, Berry; Kaitlyn Massey, Catholic
Coach of the year: Jessica Banks, Berry

Southwestern 4A girls cross-country
Sydney Foreman, Aleisha Murrell, Samantha Teague, Sydney Teague, Ardrey Kell; Charotte Deiss, East Meck; Anna McElrath, Independence; Sonia Payerpaj, Mary Prouty, Myers Park; Bianca Bishop, Kayla Glova, Helen Griffth, Kayce Ransone, Providence
Runner of the year: Sidney Foreman, Ardrey Kell
Coach of the year: Kurt Niedenzu, Providence

Southwestern 4A boys cross-country
Ian Barclay, Dyllan Moss, Ryland Peele, Jason Port, Harrison Saint, Ardrey Kell; Fisher Ramsey, East Meck; Corey Garagiola, Independence; Dylan Cohen, Umang Damani, Wyatt Maxey, Joe Sullivan, Providence
Runner of the year: Wyatt Maxey, Providence
Coach of the year: Steven Touranjoe, Providence

Southwestern 4A girls golf
First Team:
Allyson Markiewicz, Emily Stinson, Megan Cullip, Ardrey Kell; Meredith Nelson, Devon Garenza, Providence
Second Team: Lauren Tinkey, Olivia Lynch, Myers Park; Melissa Manderbach, Jackie Fogarty, Providence; Alexis Whitney, Ardrey Kell
Players of the year: Allyson Markiewicz, Emily Stinson, Ardrey Kell
Coach of the year: Bart Whitney, Ardrey Kell

Southwestern 4A girls tennis
Havyn Colon, Jasmine Woods, Lydia Yuan, Sarah Yuan, Ardrey Kell; Hollie Champion, Butler; Charlotte Deiss, East Meck; Catherine Neilson, Myers Park; Bridgette Hickey, Cammie Hobson, Chandler Hobson, Abby Scheper, Haley Tan, Providence
Player of the year: Hollie Champion, Butler
Coach of the year: Laura VanVeen, Ardrey Kell

Southwestern 4A volleyball
Rachel Eppley, Caitlin Watkins, Sarah Wyczawski, Madison Wauchope, Ardrey Kell; Annaka Beatty, Maxine Glenn, Butler; Ashley Johnson, Independence; Katie Tylmam, Virginia Humphries, Myers Park; Casey Rieger, Emily Franklin, Providence; Michal Ann Williams, South Meck
Players of the year: Rachel Eppley, Ardrey Kell; Casey Rieger, Providence
Coach of the year: Zoe Bell, Ardrey Kell

CISAA Field Hockey
(*denotes made all-state team)
Caroline Allbert, Country Day; Sarah Barry, Latin*; Mary Corbin Burlingame, Latin; Mackenzie Busby, Providence Day*; Meredith Clay, Providence Day*; Cannon Clough, Latin*; Beth Erb, Country Day*; Lelia Evans, Latin; Becca Jones, Latin; Kate Lorenz, Providence Day; Lauren McFayden, Country Day*; Arielle Massilon, Providence Day*; Madison Penegar, Country Day; Stephanie Pham, Providence Day; Ellie Shields, Latin*; Princess Sutherland, Country Day; Maggie Whitley, Country Day*

CISAA Soccer
Tim Abrams, GK, Providence Day; Chuka Anyafo, F, Latin; Bradley Barnhardt, D, Cannon; Reed Dowdy, F, Latin; Nick Gardner, GK, Latin; Will Kendall, MF, Country Day; Danny Khardehforus, D, Providence Day; James Mingoes, D, Latin; Tyler Perper, F, Country Day; Xavi Torres Reyes, MF, Christian; Mario Rosano, D, Country Day; Jack Shannon, D, Providence Day; Patrick Shearer, MF, Providence Day; Jack Siman, MF, Country Day; Nikolas Stylianou, MF, Cannon; Mark Taylor, D, Charlotte Latin

CISAA Volleyball

Eve Davis, Emma Price, Kellie Williams, Brooke Brown, Charlotte Latin; Mattie Nelson, Megan Lewis, Taylor Portland, Katharine Franz, Country Day; Sydel Curry, Charlotte Christian; Jessie Penner, Providence Day

Mallard Creek's Marquez North to get US Army All American jersey

Mallard Creek wide receiver Marquez North, the state's top recruit, has been added to the U.S. Army All-American game.

North will get his jersey at a ceremony at his school Tuesday at 1 p.m. Vance linebacker Larenz Bryant is being honored at a similar ceremony Thursday and Butler linebacker Peter Kalambayi on Friday.

Bryant has committed to South Carolina, Kalambayi to Stanford.

North has not committed to a school yet and is sitting out the remainder of the season after having shoulder surgery late last month. He missed the Mavericks regular-season finale and I-Meck 4A championship-clinching win over Hough, and he missed last week's first round playoff win over Lake Norman.

North, a 6-4, 220-pound senior, had 20 catches for 322 yards and seven touchdowns this season. He rushed 45 times for 642 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Last month, North visited Florida and Tennessee. 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.

Read more here:

The U.S. Army All-American game brings together many of the nation's top recruits and will be played Jan. 5 in San Antonio. NBC will televise the game live.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Albemarle rejoins Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 football poll

Albemarle's Bulldogs are back in the Sweet 16.

The Bulldogs (11-1) have won eight straight games since suffering a surprising 26-14 loss to 3A Mount Pleasant (3-8). Mount Pleasant lost seven straight games to end the season after the Albemarle win.

Albemarle is outscoring opponents by an average of 46.25 to 7.91. The Bulldogs have shut out three of their past four opponents. Albemarle beat South Robeson 63-0 in the first round of the N.C. 1A playoffs Friday. This week, the Bulldogs play Union Academy (5-6) in the second round.

There wasn't much movement elsewhere in the poll. The only team to lose was Hough, and the Huskies fell out, opening up Albemarle's spot.

Rk. School (No. 1 votes) Cl Rec Pts Prv
1. Butler (3) 4A 11-0 48 1
2. Mallard Creek 4A 10-1 45 2
3. South Point 3A 11-0 40 3
4. Charlotte Catholic 3A 10-1 38 3
5. Rock Hill Northwestern 4A 9-2 35 5
6. Rock Hill South Pointe 4A 10-1 34 6
7. Statesville 3A 11-1 31 7
8. Porter Ridge 4A 10-1 27 8
9. Crest 3A 10-2 25 9
10. Independence 4A 10-2 22 10
11. Hickory Ridge 3A 11-1 16 11
12. East Lincoln 2A 11-0 15 13
13. South Caldwell 4A 12-0 11 12
14. York, S.C. 4A 9-2 9 14
15. Charlotte Christian IND 8-3 5 16
16. Albemarle 1A 11-0 4 NR

Dropped Out: Hough (4A, 9-3). Also receiving votes: Vance (4A, 9-3). For rules on the poll and eligible teams, visit; a three-man panel of Observer sportswriters voted.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

NCHSAA tennis roundup: Charlotte Catholic, Salisbury win state titles


            BURLINGTON -- Salisbury earned its fifth consecutive state championship on Saturday afternoon in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state women's dual team tennis championships at the Burlington Tennis Center.
            The Hornets rolled past Greene Central by a 5-0 score in the 2-A final, winning all the completed matches in straight sets and taking five of those sets at love.
            Salisbury was in the finals for the 12th time and captured its ninth NCHSAA state dual team title, finishing the season with a 21-2 mark. Greene Central was in the finals for the 11th time with a pair of previous state championships and wound up 21-3 overall.
            The 3-A final was the closest of the day, with unbeaten Nash Central and Charlotte Catholic splitting 3-3 in singles action and two of the matches going to the third-set tiebreaker.
            But Catholic won the second and third doubles contests to take a 5-3 victory, improving its final season record to 20-6. The Cougars have now nine NCHSAA championships in 10 trips to the dual team finals.
            Nash Central lost for the first time this season after 19 consecutive wins.
            In morning championships, Raleigh Broughton completed a perfect 24-0 season as the Caps won the state 4-A title. Broughton rolled past previously unbeaten Greensboro Grimsley by a 5-1 count, winning four of the six singles matches in straight sets,. The Caps were led by number-one singles player Maggie Kane, who won the 4-A singles championship in the individual tournament last weekend.
            Broughton was in the women's dual team finals for a record 15th time and won a record 11th championship. Grimsley (20-1), whose lone winner was Alex Silver in the number-two singles, was the defending champion.
            In the 1-A final, Mount Airy rolled past Durham's North Carolina School of Science and Math 5-0, winning all five of the singles matches which were completed in straight sets and only losing six games total in those five.
            Jordan Jackson, Mount Airy's number-one player in singles, was the state runner-up in the individual tournament last week.
            Mount Airy ended the season at 22-2 overall while NCSSM finished 15-4.

23rd Annual Women’s Dual Team Tennis Championships
Burlington Tennis Center, Burlington


    Jordan Jackson (MA) def. Anna Page 6-0, 6-0; Davi Barbour (MA) def. Gabrielle Beaudry 6-1, 6-1; Jade Hughes (MA) was leading Laura Weng  6-0, 3-1 when match halted with outcome decided; Haley Thomas (MA) def. Ashleigh Cleveland 6-2, 6-0;  Bree Hughes (MA) def. Erin Rymiszewski  6-1, 6-0; Carley Vanhoy (MA) def. Puja Patel 6-0, 6-1.

            Not played with outcome decided.

    Katelyn Storey (S) def. Jessica Hatch 6-0, 6-0; Alexandra Drye (S) def. Olivia Jackson 6-1, 6-2; Anna Flynn (S) def. Kayla Radford 6-2, 6-0; Sallie Kate Meyerhoeffer (S) was leading Laurie Sutton 6-2, 2-1 when match halted with outcome decided; Madeline Hoskins (S) def. Taylor Keel 6-2, 6-0; Kayla Honeycutt (S) def. Mackenzie Butts 6-0, 6-0.

            Not played with outcome decided.

    Grace Deering (CC) def. Randi Price 6-1, 6-3; Rachel Tomchin (CC) def. Kaley Price 6-2, 2-6, (10-5); Dana Kelly (NC) def. Caroline Smith 6-3, 6-2; Lizzie Eakin (NC) def. Christine Kessel 6-2, 7-6(5);  Caley Bass (NC) def. Molly Leonard (CC) 6-2, 6-7(1), (10-5);Megan Arizmendi (CC) def. Meredith Davis 6-2, 6-1.

R. Price-K. Price (NC) were leading Deering-Tomchin 9-3 when match halted with outcome decided; Smith-Kessel (CC) def. Kelly-Eakin 10-3; Arizmendi-Leonard (CC) def. Bass-Davis 10-6.

    Maggie Kane (B) def. Majdou Lavoie 6-3, 6-3; Alex Silver (G) def. Kelsey Boole 6-4, 6-2; Kara Summerford (B) def. Mari Fugino 6-4, 6-1; Olivia King (B) def. Carolina Chao 6-1, 6-1;  Adrienne Overcash (B) def. Astrid Pascua 6-0, 6-0; Ashley Ramsey (B) def. Rachel Cox 0-6, 6-3, (10-5).

            Not played with outcome decided.

Third annual Hopewell girls basketball Jamboree tips Saturday

The third annual Hopewell girls basketball jamboree is Saturday at NewBirth Church starting at 9:30 a.m. Each game runs 20 minutes with an 8 minute warm up. Tickets are $7.

        3rd Annual Hopewell Women’s Basketball Jamboree
9:30        West Charlotte vs Salisbury
10:00     J.M. Robinson vs Butler
10:30     Hickory Ridge vs  Ardrey Kell
11:00     Butler vs Salisbury
11:30     Ardrey Kell vs West Charlotte
12:00 – 1:00 Bishop Murphy (Team Integrity presentation) and NCAA Compliance
1:00        Ardrey Kell vs  J.M. Robinson
1:30        Salisbury vs Hopewell
2:00        Butler vs Hickory Ridge
2:30        West Charlotte vs J.M. Robinson
3:00        Hickory Ridge vs Hopewell
Doors should open no later than 8:30 am. Each game will last 20 minutes with an 8 minute warm-up.
Tickets will be $7 for a daily pass
Players and Coaches do not pay
Concession stand will be open located within the gym.
NewBirth will be responsible for the gym set up and Hopewell will help with clean up afterwards.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Butler's Kalambayi, Vance's Bryant to get US Army All American jerseys

Two Mecklenburg County linebackers have been added to the U.S. Army All-American game.

Vance's Larenz Bryant and Butler's Peter Kalambayi will play in the game Jan. 5 in San Antonio. It will be televised live by NBC. The game brings together some of the nation's best high school football players.

Bryant will be honored Thursday, Nov. 8 and Kalambayi on Friday Nov. 9 at ceremonies at each player's school in front of his teammates and classmates. Both will begin at 1:30 p.m. At the ceremony, the players will receive their game jerseys.

There are five U.S. Army All-American bowl selection tour teams traveling across the country from September to mid December to honor all 90 players and marching band members. In all, the tour teams will log about 30,000 combined miles.

Bryant has committed to play college football at South Carolina; Kalambayi at Stanford