National boys final: Montverde (Fla.) Academy 83, Northside Christian 60
South Atlanta 68, Lincoln (NY) 65
Olympic 41, Ardrey Kell 40
Princess Anne (VA) 58, St. John’s (MD) 39
National boys final: Montverde (Fla.) Academy 83, Northside Christian 60
Friday’s Charlotte-area tournament
Wild Wing Cafe Hoops Classic
FRIDAY’S FIRST ROUND RESULTS
St. John’s (DC) girls 71, Northside 38
Princess Anne (VA) girls 60, Ardrey Kell 43
Ardrey Kell 68, Charlotte Christian 41
Lincoln (NY) 56, Westlake (Ga) 51
St. James (MD) 45, Vance 34
Montverde (Fla) 98, South Atlanta 39
Northside Christian 100, Arlington Country Day 90
SATURDAY’S SEMIFINAL PAIRINGS
Princess Anne (VA) vs. Northside, 9 a.m.
St. John’s (DC) vs. Ardrey Kell, 2:15 p.m.
Northside Christian vs. Lincoln (NY), 7:30 p.m.
St. James (MD) vs. Montverde (Fla), 9:15 p.m.
Charlotte Christian vs. Olympic, 12:30 p.m.
Victory Christian vs. Ardrey Kell, 5:45 p.m.
National Boys Consolations
Vance vs. Arlington County Day (FL), 10:45 a.m.
Westlake (GA) vs. S. Atlanta, 4 p.m.
The first of a series of top-level prep holiday tournaments hits the Charlotte-area Friday and Saturday. Games begin Friday at 6 p.m. and resume Saturday at 3 p.m. at Monroe High. Admission is $15 for adults for a two-day pass or $10 per day. Student pricing is $8 for the two-day pass and $6 per day.
The feature game is Saturday at 6 p.m. when 4A powers Mount Tabor and Olympic meet in a rematch of last year's N.C. 4A Western Regional championship game.
Friday’s pairings: Cheraw (S.C.) vs. Cuthbertson, 6 p.m.; West Montgomery vs. Monroe, 7:30 p.m.; Mount Tabor vs. Independence, 9 p.m.
Saturday’s pairings: Cheraw (S.C.) vs. West Montgomery, 3 p.m.; Weddington vs. Monroe, 4:30 p.m.; Mount Tabor vs. Olympic, 6 p.m.; Independence vs. Concord, 7:30 p.m.; Butler vs. Cuthbertson, 9 p.m
Covenant Day, a private school in Matthews, will join the Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) beginning in the 2014-15 academic year. The CISAA currently includes Charlotte Christian, Charlotte Latin, Concord Cannon, Country Day and Providence Day.
“We look forward to competing in such an excellent athletic conference with strong member schools,” Covenant Day athletics director Mark Jones said.
Covenant Day opened in 1989 and has more than 800 students in kindergarden through 12th grade.
Union County athletics director Doug Jones told the Observer that Marvin Ridge football coach Danny Bailey has resigned.
Bailey coached the Mavericks for one season. His team finished 2-9.
That was the fewest wins in school history. Marvin Ridge, which opened in 2007, only had one losing season before 2013. The Mavericks were 4-8 in their inaugural season in 2007.
- The Lake Norman Citizen is reporting that Lake Norman Charter football coach Bob
McKay has resigned after four seasons.
According to the report, McKay has three young children active in sports and he could no longer dedicate the time needed to coach. McKay was 21-24 with three playoff appearances in the school's first four seasons.
UP, Rocky Reid, Concord: First Cabarrus County player to rush for more than 3,000 yards in a season
UP, Shelby fans: Media reports had Shelby’s side of the stands in Reidsville at 95 percent full. That’s a 156-mile, three-hour drive.
UP, Cleveland County: Shelby and Crest, schools that are bitter rivals, have advanced to state championship games next week. It's the first time in nine years two Cleveland County schools advanced in the same year.
UP, Monroe: In the state finals for the second time in school history and first time since 1989. Redhawks still hunting their first state title.
Friday's Top Performers
Keenan Black, Concord: Completed 8-of-12 passes for 220 yards and four touchdowns in the Spiders 35-14 win over Forestview. Concord is going back to the state championship game for the second straight season.
Elijah Hood, Charlotte Catholic: 31 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns plus a big tackle on a fake punt in the Cougars’ narrow 20-15 loss at unbeaten Greensboro Dudley.
Lawrence Pittman, Mallard Creek: 35 carries for 315 yards and four touchdowns in 56-14 N.C. 4AA Western Regional championship win over Butler. Pittman’s rushing total was a school record and the 14th highest rushing total in Mecklenburg County history.
Isaiah Thomas, Monroe: scored on a 55-yard interception reutrn and a 28-yard scoring pass in the Redhawks 48-20 win over Parkwood.
Shelby 49, Reidsville 3: The game ended with Reidsville at Shelby’s 1, but it didn’t matter. The Golden Lions (11-4) dominated the other 47 minutes rolling to an easy win. The game was pretty much decided when Shelby QB RJ George hit Antwan Wright for a 39-yard score with 10 minutes, 19 seconds left in the third quarter. Shelby led 21-3. Shelby beat a Reidsville team that has won 18 state titles. The Golden Lions, who won their N.C. best 725th game in school history, will play Southwest Onslow (12-3) in next week’s state championship game. Shelby QB George surpassed the 3,000-yard mark Friday.
Murphy 53, Albemarle 21: Murphy (12-3) advanced to its fourth straight state championship game with a dominating performance at home Friday. Albemarle had to travel 266 miles, nearly five hours, to make the game, and fell behind 19-7 at halftime. By then, Murphy had 26 rushes for 191 yards and three scores. Albemarle had 13 carries for 16 yards. Murphy lost in the 2010 and 2012 state finals. It defeated Jones Senior 21-6 in 2011. Murphy will play unbeaten Plymouth (14-0) in next week’s state final. Albemarle was in the regional round for the sixth time in seven years.
He Said It
"Congrats to Dudley they earned that 1 cant take nothing away from them 2 walked in 1 walked out
#respect been fun cc community I love u all" -- Charlotte Catholic All-America running back Elijah Hood took to Twitter after his team's tough 20-15 loss to Greensboro Dudley in the N.C. 4A state semifinals.
North Carolina Regional Finals
East: Wake Forest 24, Middle Creek 23
West: Mallard Creek 56, Butler 14
East: Scotland County 53, Greenville Rose 40
West: Greensboro Dudley 20, Charlotte Catholic 15
East: Southern Durham 38, Wilson Hunt 10
West: Crest 23, Northern Guilford 17 (OT)
East: Havelock 44, Eastern Wayne 20
West: Concord 35, Forestview 14
East: High Point Andrews 42, Washington 15
West: Monroe 48, Parkwood 20
East: SW Onslow 19, Northeastern 9
West: Shelby 49, Reidsville 3
East: James Kenan 28, Wallace Rose-Hill 14
West: West Montgomery 44, Swain County 38
East: Plymouth 50, Lejeune 13
West: Murphy 53, Albemarle 21
NCHSAA State Finals
1A: Dec. 14, BBT Field Winston-Salem, 11 a.m.
Plymouth (14-0) vs. Murphy (12-3)
1AA: Dec. 14, BBT Field, Winston-Salem, 3 p.m.
James Kenan (14-0) vs.West Montgomery (14-1)
2A: Dec. 14, Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, 11 a.m.
SW Onslow (12-3) vs. Shelby (11-4)
2AA: Dec. 13, Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, 7:30 p.m.
Monroe (13-2) vs. High Point Andrews (13-1)
3A: Dec. 14, Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, 11 a.m.
Concord (15-0) vs. Havelock (15-0)
3AA: Dec. 14, BBT Field, Winston-Salem, 7 p.m.
Crest (14-1) vs. Southern Durham (13-2)
4A: Dec. 14, Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, 3 p.m.
Greensboro Dudley (14-0) vs. Scotland County (15-0)
4AA: Dec. 14, Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, 7 p.m.
Mallard Creek (15-0) vs. Wake Forest (12-3)
S.C. 4A Division II Championship
Northwestern vs. Stratford, noon, Columbia
Davidson Day’s Will Grier repeats as N.C. Gatorade player of the year
After polishing off a record-breaking career at Davidson Day, Patriots quarterback Will Grier has repeated as the N.C. Gatorade player of the year. Grier is also one of six finalists for the U.S. Army All-America player of the year award.
The Gatorade award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.
This season, Grier led his team to a 12-1 record and a third straight N.C. Independent Schools state title. He threw for 4,989 yards and a Mecklenburg County and N.C. record 77 touchdowns. He completed more than 70 percent of his passes. Grier also rushed for 1,252 yards and 13 touchdowns on 115 carries.
In his final game against Harrell’s Christian, Grier completed 32-of-42 passes for 599 yards and seven touchdowns in a 69-28 state championship win. Grier also rushed seven times for 57 yards and a touchdown. For his career, Grier threw for 14,559 yards and 195 touchdowns on 888-of-1,258 passing (70.5 percent) while rushing for 2,990 yards and 32 touchdowns on 307 carries.
Grier has maintained a 3.40 weighted GPA in the classroom. A member of his school’s Spanish Club, he has also donated his time as a youth football instructor and volunteered on behalf of a youth literacy-outreach program as well as the Pop Warner Challenger Flag Football League.
“Let me make one blanket statement that will cover everything: In chatting with all the coaches around here, we all feel he’s the best high school quarterback any one of us has ever gone against—period—and I’ve been doing this since 1970,” said Larry McNulty, head coach at rival Charlotte Latin School. “If you try to stop the passing game, he’ll pull it down and run right past you, over you or through you. And if you defend the run, he’ll throw around you and over you."
West Charlotte football coach Marcus Surratt resigns
West Charlotte athletics director Chris Satterfield told the Observer that Lions football coach Marcus Surratt has resigned.
Surratt coached the Lions for four seasons. His first team, in 2010, finished 8-5. The Lions have been 5-28 since. Satterfield said the school will begin a search for a replacement immediately.
In the just completed 2013 season, Surratt's team was 0-11 and was outscored 532-146. West Charlotte reached the state semifinals in 2007 under Maurice Flowers but had to forfeit its wins because of ineligible players.
The 2013 season was the first time West Charlotte had gone without a win on the field since 1968.
From 1980-1999, the Lions had two head coaches -- Bruce Hardin and Tom Knotts, a pair that led the Lions to five state championship appearances.
Since 2000, the Lions have had six head coaches: Mike Helms (6-5, 2000 season), Pete Gilchrist (50-29, 2001-06, one state finals appearance), Flowers (0-14-1, 2007), Aaron Brand (9-4, 2008), Jeff Simpson (5-7, 2009) and Surratt.
West Charlotte joins Myers Park, Garinger and Vance as Mecklenburg County schools with head coaching vacancies.
It's regional championship week for football in North Carolina and many Charlotte-area teams vying for state championship berths.
Observer reporters Langston Wertz Jr., Corey Inscoe and Bill Kiser sat down to talk about some of the week's biggest games, including:
From Observer news reports
Greensboro, NC (December 2, 2013) – Time Warner Cable SportsChannel has launched new live video streaming capabilities that Time Warner Cable video customers throughout the country will be able to enjoy without geographical restrictions.
This new service not only makes it possible for TWC video customers in North Carolina and South Carolina to watch streamed games on their personal computers, it also gives family and friends around the country who are also TWC video customers the opportunity to enjoy those games as well.
Access to live events on the website (www.twcsportschannel.com) will be available on laptop and desktop computers. To enjoy this local content, users must authenticate themselves as TWC video customers by logging in with their Time Warner Cable user IDs, and then simply click on the “Watch Now” button.
This new feature will give TWC video customers access to select live local game telecasts, as well as a library of games from the previous year which includes up to twenty full-length matchups. The website also includes a section with program schedules specific to regions throughout the country, along with original show pages with information on locally-based programming. In addition, the live streaming feature will include high school game statistics, box scores and play-by-play action as it happens.
Live Streaming Schedule for TWC SportsChannel.com for North Carolina and South Carolina
December 6: NCHSAA 4AA East and West Regional Championships
December 6-7: SCHSL Football Championships
Class AA Division I, Class AA Division II,
Class AAA Division I,
Class AAAA Division I, Class AAAA Division II
December 13-14: NCHSAA Football Championships (all eight games)
UP, Emry Tsitouris, Parkwood girls: Monroe-area girls star averaging 23 points and 13 rebounds. Her team is 4-0.
UP, Jennifer Baker, North Mecklenburg girls: Baker won her 100th career game Friday.
UP, Cuthbertson girls: beat Olympic 65-49 to win the Blue Division championship at the Clover (S.C.) Optimist tournament. Taylor Helms had 17, Mara Arnold had 15 and Morgan Carlson had 13 for Cuthbertson (4-1).
UP, Northside Christian: boys are 95-6 over the past four seasons under coach Byron Dinkins. Northside will try to reach a fourth straight state final this season.
UP, Charlotte Hoops Challenge: Great matchups Saturday at Providence Day highlighted by No. 2 Hough vs. No. 1 Providence Day at 7 p.m. and No. 5 Ardrey Kell girls vs. No. 2 Providence Day at 10 a.m.
Friday's Top Girls Performers
Ezinne Mbamalu, Lake Norman Charter: Impressive season debut for Winthrop recruit: 15 points, 17 rebounds in 61-39 win over Mooresville.
Janelle Bailey, Providence Day girls: 24 points, 11 rebounds in a 56-39 win over South Meck at the Charlotte Hoops Challenge at Providence Day Friday.
Friday's Top Boys Performers
C.J. Bryce, North Mecklenburg: 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals in 88-41 win over Mooresville.
Chris Bridges, Freedom: Game-high 20 points for Patriots (2-0) in easy 90-45 win over Draughn.
Lucas Johnson, Kennedy Charter: 23 points in a 69-47 loss to Oldsmar (Fla.) Christian. Oldsmar held Kennedy Charter star Che’ Bob to eight points. Bob came into the game averaging 30 points per game, fifth in the nation.
Malik McCormick, Lake Norman Charter: 29 points, six rebounds in a overtime loss to Cox Mill at the Holden Challenge at North Mecklenburg.
Luke Maye, Hough: 29 points, a game-high, in a 58-54 win over Gaston Day at the Charlotte Hoops Challenge.
Grant Williams, Providence Day: 17 points, five rebounds in a 58-46 win over Independence. Williams also had several big blocks in the fourth quarter.
Lake Norman Charter girls 61, Mooresville 39: Ezinne Mbamalu had 15 points, 17 rebounds, six steals and four blocks and teammate Hannah Gaskins chipped in for 14 points and six rebounds in her first varsity game. Lake Norman Charter (1-0) advanced to Saturday’s Holden Classic Final at North Mecklenburg.
North Mecklenburg girls 60, Cox Mill 32: North Meck grabbed a 36-10 halftime lead and cruised to the finals of the Holden Classic at North Meck. Destiny Barrino led the Vikings with 13 points.
Cox Mill 58, Lake Norman Charter 54: Malik McCormick scored 29 points and six rebounds for Lake Norman Charter but his team lost by four in overtime, being outscored 6-2.
North Mecklenburg 88, Mooresville 41: North Mecklenburg (4-0) continued a trend of blowouts in the early season. The Vikings, No. 9 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll, won their first three games by an average of 40 points. Friday, North Meck led 29-7 after the first quarter and 50-23 at half. Taj Middleton had 13 points for the Vikings and Davion Mintz added seven points, five asists and two steals.
Hough 58, Gaston Day 54: Hough, No. 2 in the Observer's Sweet 16, led 30-23 at halftime and held on to win. Gaston Day, which got 23 points from point guard Trevor Anderson and 19 from shooting guard Derek McKnight, nearly pulled off the upset, outscoring Hough 31-26 in the second half.
Providence Day girls 56, South Meck 39: Freshman Janelle Bailey had 24 points and senior Jatarie White had 21 for the Chargers (5-0). Providence Day limited South Meck to only 13 points in the first half.
Freedom 90, Draughn 45: Freedom led 24-7 after the first quarter and spurted to a 46-24 halftime lead against their Burke County rivals. Jeron Hemphill had 17 points and Khris Gardin had 11. Kasen Wilson and Gabe Logan ha 10 each for Freedom (2-0), which is No. 13 in the Observer's Sweet 16 poll.
Berry 52, Zion Lutheran (Fla.) 49: Berry outscored Zion Lutheran 21-4 in the third quarter to break open a close game and then held on in the fourth quarter to win. Zion Lutheran outscored Berry 17-8 in the final eight minutes at the Charlotte Hoops Challenge at Providence Day.
Friday's Girls Scores
East Gaston 39, West Stokes 37
Lake Norman Charter 61, Mooresville 39
North Mecklenburg 60, Cox Mill 32
Friday's Boys Scores
Berry 52, Zion Lutheran (Fla.) 49
Cox Mill 58, Lake Norman Charter 54
Freedom 90, Draughn 45
Hough 58, Gaston Day 54
North Meck 88, Mooresville 41
Oldsmar 69, Kennedy Charter 47
Providence Day 58, Independence 46
The Rock (Fla.) 46, Athlete Institute 43
22 Foot Academy (SC) 71, Legacy Charter (SC) 61
Wade Hampton (SC) 58, Victory Christian 57
Charlotte Hoops Challenge at Providence Day
Ardrey Kell girls at Providence Day. 10 a.m.
Legacy Charter vs. Oldmar (Fla), 11:30 p.m.
Athlete Institute vs. Kennedy Charter, 1 p.m.
Zion Lutheran vs. Gaston Day, 2:30 p.m.
The Rock vs. Quality Education, 4 p.m.
South Meck vs. Wade Hampton, 5:30 p.m.
Providence Day vs. Hough, 7 p.m.
Shelby vs. Independence, 8:30 p.m.
Holden Classic at North Mecklenburg
Mooresville vs. Cox Mill, 3rd place, 3 p.m.
Lake Norman Charter vs. Mooresville, 3rd place, 4:30 p.m.
North Meck girls vs. Lake Norman Charter, championship, 6 p.m.
North Meck vs. Cox Mill, championship, 7:30 p.m.
Charlotte Christian vs. TBA in Freeport, Bahamas Tournament
Charlotte Latin vs. Christ School (Boys only) in Coaches vs. Cancer at UNC Asheville
Charlotte United Christian in Bull City Classic in Durham
East Gaston vs. TBA in North Surry Shootout (Girls only)
East Rutherford vs. Olympic in Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at UNC Asheville (Boys only)
Garinger at Greensboro Grimsley (at UNC Greensboro)
Highland Tech at Ashbrook
RS Central at Mitchell
SouthLake Christian at High Point Christian (Boys only)
Vance at West Montgomery
Weddington vs. Enka in Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at UNC Asheville (Girls only)
Vance High athletics director Carlos Richardson told the Observer that Keith Wilkes will not return as the Cougars' head football coach next season.
Richardson said "it was a mutual decision" between Wilkes and the school to make the move.
Wilkes coached at Vance for two seasons. His 2012 team finished 9-4. Vance was 6-6 this season after a promising 4-1 start. The Cougars lost their final three games of the season and four of their final five.
Vance has had two winning seasons in the past seven years.
Mecklenburg County schools now have three head coaching vacancies: at Vance, at Garinger and at Myers Park.
Two Mecklenburg County high school prep football players are among six finalists for a national player of the year award.
Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier and Charlotte Catholic running back Elijah Hood are finalists for the 2014 U.S. Army Player of the year Award, annually given to the nation's most outstanding senior, as voted on by a special committee.
The winner will be announced during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Awards show Jan. 3 in San Antonio.
Grier, committed to Florida, followed up his junior season where he was named Gatorade N.C. state Player of the year, with an impressive senior season, leading his team to a third straight state championship. Along the way, he became the state's all-time touchdown passing leader with 188.
Grier also became the sixth player in high school history to throw for 70 touchdowns in a season. During his senior year, Grier completed 70 percnet of his passes, threw for 4,989 yards and 77 touchdowns.
Hood, committed to North Carolina, has rushed for 2,811 yards and 41 total touchdowns. He will play in a N.C. 4A quarterfinal Friday night. During his junior and senior seasons, Hood has rushed for over 6,100 yards and has 89 touchdowns.
Information on the other finalists:
Nick Chubb, Running Back, Cedartown High School, Cedartown, Ga.
During his senior year, Chubb rushed for 2,683, averaging 9.8 yards a carry with 41 rushing touchdowns. Nick helped his team to a 9-2 record and a GHSA playoff berth. Chubb is committed to the University of Georgia.
Marshon Lattimore, Defensive Back, Glenville High School, Cleveland, Ohio
During his senior season Lattimore had ten receiving touchdowns, three special teams touchdowns and one interception to go along with two pass break-ups. Lattimore has helped his team to the OHSAA playoffs. Lattimore remains undecided on his college choice.
Joe Mixon, Running Back, Freedom High School, Oakley, Calif.
In his first playoff game of his senior year he rushed for 281 yards and seven touchdowns. Mixon rushed for over 4,281 yards and 76 touchdowns in just three varsity seasons. In addition to his success on the ground, Mixon hauled in 37 passes for 682 yards and 10 touchdowns at Freedom High. Mixon remains undecided on his college choice.
Trey Quinn, Wide Receiver, Barbe High School, Lake Charles, La.
During his senior campaign, Quinn hauled in 97 passes for 1,797 yards and 18 touchdowns. Throughout his stellar four-year career at Barbe High School, Quinn had 65 receiving touchdowns, including a career high 26 during his junior season. Quinn and his teammates are currently in the Louisiana State Playoffs. Quinn is committed to LSU.
The selection process began this fall as players were evaluated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee and by coaches from across the country. Past U.S. Army Player of the Year Award winners include: 2001 - Kevin Jones; 2002 - Lorenzo Booker; 2003 - Chris Leak; 2004 - Adrian Peterson; 2005 - Ryan Perrilloux; 2006 - Mitch Mustain; 2007 - Jimmy Clausen; 2008 - Terrelle Pryor; 2009 - Bryce Brown; 2010 - Dillon Baxter; 2011 – Demetrius Hart; 2012 – Dorial Green-Beckham; and 2013 – Max Browne.
UP, Rachel Porter, West Charlotte: Scored her 1,000th career point Friday against West Meck.
UP, Ardrey Kell boys: 3-0 after come-from-behind win over Myers Park.
UP, West Charlotte boys, girls: both teams are 2-0
Friday's Top Performers
Meghan Fleury, Providence girls: 12 points, 20 rebounds in a 52-16 win over East Meck. It was Providence's first win of the season
Gabe Logan, Freedom: Career-high 25 points in a 60-33 season-opening win over Draughn. Teammate Jeron Hemphill added 18 points
Isaiah Blackmon, West Charlotte: 26 points in a 100-54 win over West Meck.
Kelsi Mahoney, Robinson girls: 17 points, 16 rebounds in 65-26 win over Cox Mill.
Trey Phills, Charlotte Christian: 20 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals in 63-45 win over Metrolina Christian (1-5). Charlotte Christian (1-1) plays in the Bahamas over Thanksgiving. Adam Durden had 12 points for the Knights.
Sean Bryant, Jack Shanahan, Country Day: Combined for 33 points in a 71-68 win over Westminster Catawba.
Charlotte United Christian 67, Comenius 54: Charlotte United, coached by former Charlotte 49ers guard Mitchell Baldwell, got out to a 32-19 lead at haltime and cruised home. Junior Michael Baez led the Warriors with 17 points. Stefan Kostic had 13 and Stephen Addams had 11. Charlotte United is 4-3.