Monday, December 30, 2013

Scores from Monday's Wild Wing Cafe Tournament finale

National boys final: Montverde (Fla.) Academy 83, Northside Christian 60

National Boys Consolations
Westlake (GA) 51, Vance 42
South Atlanta 68, Lincoln (NY) 65
Local Boys Round Robin
Victory Christian 48, Charlotte Christian 41
Olympic 41, Ardrey Kell 40
National Girls Round Robin
Ardrey Kell 58, Northside Christian 25
Princess Anne (VA) 58, St. John’s (MD) 39

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Wild Wing Cafe Hoops Classic: Saturday's scores, Monday's pairings


SATURDAY’S SEMIFINAL PAIRINGS

National girls

Princess Anne (VA) 86, Northside 36

Ardrey Kell 68, St. John’s (DC) 65

National Boys

Northside Christian 74, Lincoln (NY) 67
Montverde (Fla.) Academy 78, St. James 46

Local Boys

Olympic 44, Charlotte Christian 40

Victory Christian 56, Ardrey Kell 53

National Boys Consolations

Alrington Country Day 72, Vance 39
Westlake (GA) 65. S. Atlanta 59

Monday's Pairings

Local Boys Round Robin


Victory Christian vs. Charlotte Christian, 10:15 a.m.

Olympic vs. Ardrey Kell, 7:15 p.m.

National Girls Round Robin

Ardrey Kell vs. Northside Christian, noon

St. John's (DC) vs. Princess Anne (Va.), 3:30 p.m.

National Boys Final

Northside Christian vs. Montverde, 9 p.m.

National Boys Consolations

Vance vs. Westlake, 8:30 a.m.

Arlington Country Day vs. St. Jame’s, 1:45 p.m.

Southlake vs. Lincoln, 5:15 p.m.


Read more here: http://prepinsiders.blogspot.com/2013/12/live-scores-from-wild-wing-cafe-hoops.html#storylink=cpy

Friday, December 27, 2013

Wild Wing Cafe Hoops: Day 1 scores, Saturday's semifinal pairings


Friday’s Charlotte-area tournament

Wild Wing Cafe Hoops Classic

FRIDAY’S FIRST ROUND RESULTS

National Girls

St. John’s (DC) girls 71, Northside 38

Princess Anne (VA) girls 60, Ardrey Kell 43

Local Boys

Ardrey Kell 68, Charlotte Christian 41

National Boys

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

National girls

Princess Anne (VA) vs. Northside, 9 a.m.

St. John’s (DC) vs. Ardrey Kell, 2:15 p.m.

National Boys

Northside Christian vs. Lincoln (NY), 7:30 p.m.

St. James (MD) vs. Montverde (Fla), 9:15 p.m.

Local Boys

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.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Charlotte Observer Area Christmas Tournament Schedules


Observer Area Christmas Basketball Tournaments

 

BUD BLACK, DENNIS TATE HOLIDAY CLASSIC
BOYS

Friday, December 27 at Cherryville High
Thomas Jefferson vs. Australia A, 11:30 a.m.
Crossroads Charter vs. Australia B, 2:30
Bessemer City vs. Chase, 5:30
Stuart Cramer vs. Cherryville, 8:30
Saturday, Dec. 28
Loser Bracket Game 1, 11:30 a.m.
Loser Bracket Game 2, 2:30
Winners Bracket Game 1, 5:30
Winners Bracket Game 2, 8:30
Monday, Dec. 30
7th place game, 11:30 a.m.
5th place game, 2:30
3rd place game, 5:30
Championship game, 8:30
GIRLS
Friday, Dec. 27 at Cherryville High
Chase vs. Stuart Cramer, 10 a.m.
Haysi vs. South Point, 1
Bessemer City vs. Castlewood, 4
Thomas Jefferson vs. Cherryville, 7
Saturday, Dec. 28
Losers Bracket Game 1, 10 a.m.
Losers Bracket Game 2, 1
Winners Bracket Game 1, 4
Winners Bracket Game 2, 7
Monday, Dec. 30
7th-place game, 10 a.m.
5th-place game, 1
3rd-place game, 4
Championship game, 7

BURKE COUNTY CHRISTMAS TOURNAMENT
BOYS
Thursday, December 26

at Freedom High
McDowell vs. Forestview, 5:30
Freedom vs. T.C. Roberson, 8:30
at East Burke
West Mecklenburg vs. R.S. Central, 5:30
East Burke vs. West Caldwell, 8:30
Friday, Dec. 27
at East Burke

Losers Bracket Game 1, 2
Losers Bracket Game 2, 5
at Freedom
Winners Bracket Game 1, 5:30
Winners Bracket Game 2, 8:30
Saturday, Dec. 28
at East Burke

7th-place game, 2
5th-place game, 5
at Freedom
3rd-place game, 5:30
Championship game, 8:30
GIRLS
at Freedom

Thursday, Dec. 26
RS Central vs. Asheville Christian, 4
Forestview vs. Freedom, 7
at East Burke
T.C. Roberson vs. Crest, 4
McDowell vs. East Burke, 7
Friday, Dec. 27
at East Burke
Losers Bracket Game 1, 12:30
Losers Bracket Game 2, 3:30
at Freedom
Winners Bracket Game 1, 4
Winners Bracket Game 2, 7
Saturday, Dec. 28
at East Burke

7th-place game, 12:30
5th-place game, 3:30
at Freedom
3rd-place game, 4
Championship game, 7

CAROLINA CHRISTIAN HOLIDAY CLASSIC
BOYS
Monday, Dec. 30 at Carolina Christian
Grace Christian vs. Monroe First Assembly Christian, 4:30
Carolina Christian vs. Lee Christian, 7:30
Tuesday, December 31
Boys Consolation Game, 4:30
Boys Championship Game, 7:30
GIRLS
Monday, Dec. 30 at Carolina Christian

Grace Christian vs. Community School of Davidson, 3
Carolina Christian vs. Lee Christian, 6
Tuesday, Dec. 31
Girls Consolation Game, 3
Girls Championship Game, 6

CAROLINA HEATHCARE SYSTEMS HOLIDAY CLASSIC
BOYS
Friday, Dec. 27 at Cox Mill High

Rocky River vs. Jay M. Robinson, 11:30 a.m.
Hickory Ridge vs. Sun Valley, 2:30
Weddington vs. A.L. Brown, 5:30
Cox Mill vs. Union Academy, 8:30
Saturday, Dec. 28
Losers Bracket Game 1, 11:30 a.m.
Losers Bracket Game 2, 2:30
Semifinal Game 1, 5:30
Semifinal Game 2, 8:30
Monday, Dec. 30
7th-place game, 11:30 a.m.
5th-place game, 2:30
3rd-place game, 5:30
Championship game, 8:30
GIRLS
Friday, Dec. 27 at Cox Mill High

Rocky River vs. Jay M. Robinson, 10 a.m.
Concord vs. Sun Valley, 1
Weddington vs. A.L. Brown, 4
Cox Mill vs. Union Academy, 7
Saturday, Dec. 28
Losers Bracket Game 1, 10 a.m.
Losers Bracket Game 2, 1
Girls Semifinal 1, 4
Girl Semifinal 2, 7
Monday, Dec. 30
7th-place game, 10 a.m.
5th-place game, 1
3rd-place game, 4
Championship game, 7





CATAWBA VALLEY CLASSIC
BOYS
Friday, Dec. 27 at Hickory High

Newton Conover vs. Maiden, 4:30
St. Stephens vs. South Caldwell, 6
Bunker Hill vs. Hickory, 7:30
Alexander Central vs. Fred T. Foard, 9
Saturday, Dec. 28
Losers Bracket Game 1, 4:30
Losers Bracket Game 2, 6
Winners Bracket Game 1, 7:30
Winners Bracket Game 2, 9
Monday, Dec. 30 at Catawba Valley Community College
5th-place game, 2:30
3rd-place game, 5:30
Championship game, 8:30
GIRLS
Friday, Dec. 27 at Catawba Valley Community College

Hickory vs. Newton Conover, 4
South Caldwell vs. Bunker Hill, 5:30
Alexander Central vs. Fred T. Foard, 7
St. Stephens vs. Maiden, 8:30
Saturday, Dec. 28
Losers Bracket Game 1, 4
Losers Bracket Game 2, 5:30
Winners Bracket Game 1, 7
Winners Bracket Game 2, 8:30
Monday, Dec. 30
5th-place game, 1
3rd-place game, 4
Championship game, 7


CLEVELAND COUNTY HOLIDAY CLASSIC
BOYS
at Thursday, Dec. 26 at Kings Mountain

Crest vs. Hunter Huss, 3
Shelby vs. Harding, 4:30
Burns vs. Ashbrook, 6
Kings Mountain vs. East Mecklenburg, 7:30
Friday, Dec. 27
Loser Bracket Game 1, 3
Loser Bracket Game 2, 4:30
Winners Bracket Game 1, 6
Winners Bracket Game 2, 7:30
Saturday, Dec. 28
7th-place game, 3
5th-place game, 4:30
3rd-place game, 6
Championship game, 7:30

EAST LINCOLN WINTER JAM

BOYS

Friday, Dec. 27 at East Lincoln High

East Gaston vs. York, 1

Mallard Creek vs. Garinger, 2:30

Lake Norman Charter vs. Mooresville, 5:30

East Lincoln vs. Hopewell, 8;30

Saturday, Dec. 28

Consolation Bracket Game 1, 1

Consolation Bracket Game 2, 2:30

Winner’s Bracket Game 1, 5:30

Winner’s Bracket Game 2,8:30

Monday, Dec. 30

7th place game, 1

5th-place game, 2:30

3rd-place game, 5:30
Championship game, 8:30

GIRLS

Friday, Dec. 27 at East Lincoln High

Mallard Creek vs. Central Cabarrus, 1 (Old Gym)

North Mecklenburg vs. Hickory Ridge, 2:30 (Old Gym)
Lake Norman Charter vs. Mooresville, 4

Hopewell vs. East Lincoln, 7

Saturday, Dec. 28

Consolation Bracket Game 1, 1 (Old Gym)

Consolation Bracket Game 2, 2:30 (Old Gym)
Winner’s Bracket Game 1, 4

Winner’s Bracket Game 2, 7

Monday, Dec. 30

7th-place game, 10 a.m.
5th-place game, 11:30 a.m.

3rd-place game, 4

Championship game, 7

 

GASTON CHRISTIAN HOLIDAY BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

BOYS

Friday, Dec. 27 at Gaston Christian

Piedmont Charter vs. Lincoln Charter, 4:30

Carmel Christian vs. Gaston Christian, 7:30

Saturday, Dec. 28

Boys Consolation Game, 4:30

Boys Championship Game, 7:30

GIRLS

Friday, Dec. 27 at Gaston Christian

Piedmont Charter vs. Lincoln Charter, 3

Carmel Christian vs. Gaston Christian, 6

Saturday, Dec. 28

Girls Consolation Game, 3
Girls Championship Game, 6

 

HOLY ANGELS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT BY U.S. BANK
BOYS
Friday, Dec. 27

at Charlotte Catholic
Porter Ridge vs. Charlotte Catholic, 3
Piedmont vs. Indian Land, 6
at Charlotte Latin
Marvin Ridge vs. Charlotte Latin, 3
Cardinal Gibbons vs. Myers Park, 6
Saturday, Dec. 28
at Charlotte Catholic

Losers Bracket Game 1, 3
Winners Bracket Game 1, 6
at Charlotte Latin
Losers Bracket Game 2, 3
Winners Bracket Game 2, 6
Monday, Dec. 30
at Charlotte Latin
5th-place game, 1:30, Main
7th-place game, 1:30, Belk
at Charlotte Catholic
3rd-place game, 3
Championship game, 6
GIRLS
Friday, Dec. 27
at Charlotte Catholic
Hickory Grove vs. Charlotte Catholic, 1:30
Piedmont vs. Butler, 4:30
at Charlotte Latin
Marvin Ridge vs. Charlotte Latin, 1:30
Cardinal Gibbons vs. Porter Ridge, 4:30
Saturday, Dec. 28
at Charlotte Catholic
Losers Bracket Game 1, 1:30
Winners Bracket Game 1, 4:30
at Charlotte Latin
Losers Bracket Game 2, 1:30
Winners Bracket Game 2, 4:30
Monday, Dec. 30
at Charlotte Latin
5th-place game, 12noon, Main
7th-place game, 12noon, Belk
at Charlotte Catholic
3rd-place game, 1:30
Championship game, 4:30

LINDBERG MOODY HOLIDAY BASKETBALL CLASSIC
BOYS
Thursday, Dec. 26 at Northwestern (SC) High

Lakewood vs. Allendale, 11 a.m.
Charlotte United Christian vs. Riverside, 12:30
Blythewood vs Oakbrook Prep, 2
Hickory Grove vs. Westwood, 3:30
Bethesda Academy vs. Nation Ford, 5
Cardinal Newman vs. Archbishop Carroll, 6:30
Lewisville vs. Northwestern, 8
Denmark-Olar-BYE
Friday, Dec. 27
Losers Bracket Game 1, 10 a.m.
Losers Bracket Game 2, 11:30 a.m.
Loser Bracket Game 3, 1
Loser Bracket Game 4, 2:30
Winners Bracket Game 1, 4
Winners Bracket Game 2, 5:30
Winners Bracket Game 3, 7
Winners Bracket Game 4, 8:30
Saturday, Dec. 28
Loser Bracket Game 1, 10 a.m.
Losers Bracket Game 2, 11:30 a.m.
Losers Bracket Game 3, 1
Losers Bracket Game 4, 2:30
Losers Bracket Game 5, 4
Loser Bracket Game, 6, 5:30
Semfinal Game 1, 7
Semifinal Game 2, 8:30
Monday, Dec. 30
Loser Bracket Game 1, 10 a.m
Losers Bracket Game 2, 11:30 a.m.
Losers Bracket Game 3, 1
Losers Bracket Game 4, 2:30 FILL
7th-place game, 4
5th-place game, 5:30
3rd-place game, 7
Championship game, 8:30

PEOPLES BANK HOLIDAY CLASH
BOYS
Friday, Dec. 27 at West Lincoln High

Lincolnton vs. Bandys, 5
North Lincoln vs. West Lincoln, 8
Saturday, Dec. 28
Boys Consolation Game, 5
Boys Championship Game, 8
GIRLS
Friday, Dec. 27 at West Lincoln High
Lincolnton vs. Bandys, 3:30
North Lincoln vs. West Lincoln, 6:30
Saturday, Dec. 28
Girls Consolation Game, 3:30
Girls Championship Game, 6



RECORD AND LANDMARK HOLIDAY CLASSIC
BOYS
Friday,  Dec. 27 at South Iredell High

North Iredell vs. West Iredell, 3:30
Statesville vs. South Iredell, 7:30
Saturday, Dec. 28
Losers Bracket Game 1, 12noon
North Mecklenburg vs. North Iredell-West Iredell winner, 3:30
Lake Norman vs. Statesville-South Iredell winner, 7:30
Monday, Dec. 30
3rd-place game, 3:30
Championship game, 7:30
GIRLS
Friday, Dec. 27 at South Iredell

West Iredell vs. Statesville, 2
South Iredell vs. Lake Norman, 6
Saturday, Dec. 28
Losers Bracket Game 1, 2
North Iredell vs. West Iredell-Statesville winner, 6
Monday, Dec. 30
3rd-place game, 2
Championship game, 6

TIGER HOLIDAY CLASSIC
BOYS
Thursday, Dec. 26 at Mount Pleasant High

Central Cabarrus vs. Albermarle, 12noon
South Stanly vs. Mount Pleasant, 2
First Assembly vs. West Stanly, 4
Covenant Classical vs. North Stanly, 6
Friday, Dec. 27
Losers Bracket Game 1, 12noon
Losers Bracket Game 2, 2
Winners Bracket Game 1, 4
Winners Bracket Game 2, 6
Saturday, Dec. 28
7th-place game, 12noon
5th-place game, 2
3rd-place game, 4
Championship Game, 6

UPWARD CLASSIC
BOYS
Friday, Dec. 27 at Gaston Day

Independence vs. Orlando Christian Prep, 1:30
Providence Day vs. High Point Christian, 4:30
Gaston Day vs. Christ Church, 7:30
Savannah High vs. Kennedy Charer, 9
Saturday, Dec. 28
Losers Bracket Game 1, 10:30
Losers Bracket Game 2, 1:30
Winners Bracket Game 1, 6
Winners Bracket Game 2, 7:30
Monday, Dec. 30
7th-place game, 10:30
5th-place game, 1:30
3rd-place game, 4:30
Championship game, 7:30
GIRLS
Friday, Dec. 27 at Gaston Day

Kings Mountain vs. Hough, 9 a.m.
Berry vs. Greer Middle College High, 10:30 a.m.
Charlotte Christian vs. East Mecklenburg, 3
Gaston Day vs. South Mecklenburg, 6
Saturday, Dec. 28
Losers Bracket Game 1, 9 a.m.
Losers Bracket Game 2, 12noon
Winners Bracket Game 1, 3
Winners Bracket Game 2, 4:30
Monday, Dec. 30
7th-place game, 9 a.m.
5th-place game, 12noon
3rd-place game, 3
Championship game, 6

WILD WINGS CAFE HOOPS CLASSIC

BOYS

Friday, Dec. 27 at Ardrey Kell High
St. James (MD) vs. Vance, 9 a.m.
Abraham Lincoln (NY) vs. Westlake (GA), 12:30
Ardrey Kell vs. Charlotte Christian, 4
South Atlanta (GA) vs. Montverde Academy (FL), 5:45
Olympic vs. Victory Christian, 7:30
Arlington Country Day (FL) vs. Northside Christian, 9:15
Saturday, Dec. 28
St. James (MD)/Vance loser vs. Arlington Country Day (FL), 10:45
Charlotte Christian vs. Olympic, 12:30
Abraham Lincoln (NY)-Westlake (GA) loser-Montverde/So. Atlanta loser, 4
Victory Christian vs. Ardrey Kell, 5:45
Northside Christian vs. Abraham Lincoln/Westlake winner, 7:30
Montverder/So. Atlanta winner vs. St. James/Vance winner, 9:15
Monday, Dec. 30
National Boys Consolation Place Game, 8:30 a.m.
Victory Christian vs. Charlotte Christian, 10:15 a.m.
Arlington Country Day vs. TBD, 1:45 p.m.
National Boys 3rd place game, 5:15
‘High Flyin, Rim-Rockin’ Dunk Constest, 6:45
Olympic vs. Ardrey Kell, 7:15
National Boys Championship Game, 9
GIRLS
Friday, Dec. 27
Northside Christian vs. St. John’s College (DC), 10:45 a.m.
Princess Anne (VA) vs. Ardrey Kell, 2:15
Saturday, Dec. 28
Princess Anne (VA) vs. Northside Christian, 9 a.m.
St. John’s College (DC) vs. Ardrey Kell, 2:15
Monday, Dec. 30
Ardrey Kell vs. Northside Christian, 12noon
St. John’s College (DC) vs. Princess Anne (VA), 3:30


WELLS FARGO WNC HOLIDAY CLASSIC
BOYS
Thursday, Dec. 26 at UNC Asheville and Carolina Day School
Appalachian Boys Division

New Hope Christian vs. Asheville School, 4, Justice Gym
New Garden Friends vs. Cannon School, 5:30, Justice Gym
North Cross (VA) vs. Veritas Christian Academy, 7, Carolina Day
Freedom Christian vs. SouthLake Christian, 8:30
Friday, Dec. 27
Losers Bracket Game 1, 11:30 a.m., Kimmel Arena
Losers Bracket Game 2, 11:30 a.m., Justice Gym
Winners Bracket Game 1, 5:30, Kimmel Arena
Winners Bracket Game 2, 5:30, Justice Gym
Saturday, Dec. 28
7th-place game, 8:30 a.m., Justice Gym
5th-place game, 8:30 a.m., Carolina Day
3rd-place game, 5:30, Carolina Day
Championship game, Justice Gym
BOYS
Blue Ridge Boys Division
Thursday, Dec. 26

Westminster Catawba vs. Greenville Technical Charter, 2:30, Kimmel  Arena
Calvary Baptist Day vs. Covenant Day, 4, Carolina Day
Bishop McGuinness vs. Charlotte Country Day, 5:30, Kimmel Arena
St. David’s School vs. Carolina Day, 8:30, Kimmel Arena
Friday, Dec. 27
Losers Bracket Game 1, 2:30, Justice Gym
Losers Bracket Game 2, 2:30, Kimmel Arena
Winners Bracket Game 1, 8:30, Kimmel Arena
Winners Bracket Game 2, 8:30, Justice Gym
Saturday, Dec. 28
7th-place game, 1, Carolina Day
5th-place game, 1, Justice Gym
3rd-place game, 4, Carolina Day
Championship game, 5:30, Justice Gym
GIRLS
Appalachian Girls Division

Thursday, Dec. 26
Tennessee High vs. Davidson Day, 2:30, Carolina Day
Cannon vs. Blue Ridge High, 4, Kimmel Arena
Providence Day vs. Carolina Day, 7, Kimmel Arena
Rosman vs. Trinity Christian, 8:30, Justice Gym
Friday, Dec. 27
Losers Bracket Game 1, 1, Justice Gym
Losers Bracket Game 2, 1, Kimmel Arena
Winners Bracket Game 1, 7, Kimmel Arena
Winners Bracket Game 2, 7, Justice Gym
Saturday, Dec. 28
7th-place game, 11:30 a.m., Carolina Day
5th-place game, 11:30 a.m., Justice Gym
3rd-place game, 2:30, Justice Gym
Championship, 7:30, Justice Gym
GIRLS
Blue Ridge Girls Division

Thursday, Dec. 26
SouthLake Christian vs. Greenville Technical Charter, 1, Kimmel Arena
Westminster Catawba vs. New Garden Friends, 2:30, Justice Gym
Covenant Day vs. Veritas Christian Academy, 5:30, Carolina Day
St. David’s vs. St. Joseph’s Catholic, 7, Justice Gym
Friday, Dec. 27
Losers Bracket Game 1, 10:00 a.m., Kimmel Arena
Losers Bracket Game 2, 10:00 a.m., Justice Gym
Winners Bracket Game 1, 4, Justice Gym
Winners Bracket Game 2, 4, Kimmel Arena
Saturday, Dec. 28
7th-place game, 10:00 a.m., Carolina Day
5th-place game, 10:00 a.m., Justice Gym
3rd-place game, 2:30, Carolina Day
Championship Game, 4, Justice Gym


WILDCAT CHRISTMAS INVITATIONAL
BOYS
Friday, Dec. 27 at Draughn High
Patton vs. Highland Tech, 5:30
Draughn vs. Avery, 8:30
Saturday, Dec. 28
Boys Consolation Game, 5:30
Boys Championship Game, 8:30
GIRLS
Friday, Dec. 27 at Draughn High

Avery vs. Patton, 4
Draughn vs. Highland Tech, 7
Saturday, Dec. 28
Girls Consolation Game, 4
Girls Championship Game, 7


Observer area individual teams in tournaments outside greater Charlotte region

·         Butler, South Point Boys in Morehead Shootout in Eden, NC, Dec. 26-28

·         Clover Boys, East Rutherford Girls in Landrum High Tournament, Dec. 26-28

·         Cuthbertson Girls, Forest Hills Boys in Chesterfield High Farm Bureau Classic, Dec. 26-27

·         East Rutherford Boys in Dorman Classic in Spartanburg, Dec. 27-30

·         Fort Mill Boys in Dom C. Joyner Tournament at Furman University, Dec. 27-28

·         Hough Boys at Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, Dec. 26-31

·         Hibriten Boys, Girls, Watauga Boys, Girls at Ashe County Tournament in West Jefferson, NC, Dec. 27-28

·         Lancaster Boys in Capital City Classic in Columbia, SC, Dec. 26-28

·         Myers Park Girls in Naples Holiday Shootout in Naples, FL, Dec. 30-Jan. 1

·         Parkwood Boys, Girls in Comporium Classic at Andrew Jackson High, Dec. 26-28

·         Providence Day Girls, West Charlotte Girls, West Mecklenburg Girls in Carolina Invitational Tournament in Charleston, SC, Dec. 27-30

·         Rock Hill High Boys, Girls in Cherokee Classic in Cherokee, NC, Dec. 26-28

·         United Faith Boys in Arbys Classic, Dec. 26-30 in Knoxville, TN

Union County Hardwood Showcase comes to area Friday-Saturday

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

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Mallard Creek's place in history and the top 10 all-time Meck Co. teams


It is a testament to Mecklenburg County football that nearly every year now I'm trying to figure out where great players like Charlotte Catholic's Elijah Hood rank against his peers from the past, or where all these great teams that are popping up compare to the teams of yesteryear.
After watching Mallard Creek dispose of Wake Forest 59-21 in the 2013 state finals, I'm back at the think tank. 
I believe in Jaylen Samuels, the Mavericks have a player who can measure against the greats and the Mavericks have a defense that can, too. I"ve seen few defensive units hit with the velocity these guys do. Mallard Creek has size and team speed and I can't say I can remember a team since 2004 Independence leave as many players limping after plays.
Mallard Creek lost senior QB Emiere Scaife early in the season to ankle surgery and sophomore James Smith was thrown into the system a year early. Smith did wonderfully well. He was his team's offensive MVP in the state final after throwing for 180 yards and three touchdowns. So this is nothing against Smith, but the Mavericks coaches settled on Scaife as the starter because they felt he was the better guy

With Scaife this team could perhaps have ranked way up my list. As it stands, I'm going to slot them in at No. 9, dropping 2005 Charlotte Catholic into a 10th place tie with two Harding teams (1952 and '53). And yes this is cheating, but for this exercise it's OK.

Now, before you hit send on that email, know that some of the great teams at Country Day and Charlotte Latin don't make the top 10 list because they simply didn't have the size, speed or numbers to compete with the other super teams here. That's no knock against them. They were all great teams, but here we're talking about the Mount Olympus of Mecklenburg County football, and here's my list:

10 (TIE).. HARDING 1952-53: I put both teams together. The Rams, coached by the legendary Dave Harris, didn't lose a game for 35 straight games and won two state titles.

10. (TIE). CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC 2005: For me, this was the best Cougars team. Big offensive line. Stud running backs. Speed. It won by an average of 23 points and these Cougars held nine teams to seven points or less in rout to a state 3AA title.
9. MALLARD CREEK 2013: See above.

8. MALLARD CREEK 2010: One of two teams on my list that didn't win a state championship. This team was nationally ranked and beating teams by nearly 50 points per game behind All-American QB Marquise Williams. Williams injured his ankle against Ardrey Kell in a second round playoff and was limited in a quarterfinal game against Vance. With Williams at full strength, Mallard Creek beat Vance 44-24 in the regular-season. With him sitting much of the rematch and limited, Mallard Creek lost the rematch 10-7 and ruined what could've been one of the greatest matchups in county history: nationally ranked Mallard Creek against nationally ranked Butler, which later won the 2010 state title.

7. SOUTH MECKLENBURG 1981: Led by superstar tailbacks Steve Griffin and Kelvin Crooms, a pair of Shrine Bowlers, the Sabres shut out two playoff opponents and allowed the other two to score just 17 points and rolled to a 14-win unbeaten season and a 27-14 win over Fayetteville Sanford in the NC 4A championship game.

6. WEST CHARLOTTE 1996: The second non-championship winning team on my list. This was the best West Charlotte team I've ever seen led by All-American QB Keith Matkins, who signed with South Carolina, and USA Today offensive national player of the year Steve Shipp, a wide receiver who signed with Florida. The '95 Lions won the NC 4A championship and this team was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation in 1996. It held seven opponents to eight or fewer points with future Wilmington Hoggard state championship winning coach Scott Braswell and future Independence head coach Bill Geiler coaching the defense and the county's best ever coach, Tom Knotts, running the team and the offense. But the Lions D fell apart in a 42-41 home playoff loss to Greensboro Page behind a splendid tailback named Carlos Doggett. Had this team won it all, as expected, it would challenge for the best ever around here.


5. BUTLER 2010: Won its games by nearly 35 points per game behind sophomore QB Riley Ferguson. It's scary to think how good this team may've been if senior Christian LeMay was back. LeMay didn't play but he was the nation's No. 2 ranked quarterback in 2010 and he eventually signed with Georgia. As it was, Butler still averaged 46 points per game, held seven teams to single digits and won the state final -- behind Auburn-bound stud linebacker Kris Frost -- 44-0 over Wake Forest.

4. INDEPENDENCE 2002: Chris Leak's senior year and he has at the height of his (high school) abilities. This team won by an average of nearly 40 points and outscored playoff teams 207-40. Knotts got a viral illness in the playoffs and wasn't himself. He missed a 20-7 playoff win over Scotland Senior but this team kept rolling. Of all the teams I rank here, this one might be low.


3. BUTLER 2012: I think this team slots in here. Hard to deny all the high major Division I recruits and just pure overall talent. Like so many of my teams on this list, you wonder how good it really could've been with QB Riley Ferguson  healthy all season (Ferguson missed games with a hand injury), but these Bulldogs were dominant for nearly the entire season and put a huge exclamation point on the season with one of the more lopsided championship games I've ever seen. There was never any doubt.

2. INDEPENDENCE 2004: This was the biggest Independence team, with Division I sized linemen, superior skill athletes and All-America QB Joe Cox quarterbacking the whole thing. The state's overall talent was down and Charlotte was a good bit down, but man, these guys were good. They won by an average of 46 points. The closest game was a 47-19 win over Richmond Senior in the semifinals.

1 INDEPENDENCE 2001: For my money, Leak -- a three-time national high school player of the year (two in his age group, one overall) -- is the best prep player ever from Mecklenburg County. This was his best team. These Patriots won by nearly 40 points per game and began the year with a 77-13 win over an Austin East (Tenn) team that came in with a national ranking and a state championship win streak. The 2001 season ended with a 49-25 win over Wilmington Laney in a state final where the Patriots faced a bit of a challenge -- and then rolled to Leak's second straight state title.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Covenant Day to join CISAA conference next fall

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.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Marvin Ridge, Lake Norman Charter football coaches resign

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. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Prep Football Roundup: Friday's heroes, regional scores, state final pairings

ELEVATOR
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.

Friday's Roundup

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 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.


Friday's Results/Pairings

North Carolina Regional Finals
4AA
East: Wake Forest 24, Middle Creek 23
West: Mallard Creek 56, Butler 14
4A
East: Scotland County 53, Greenville Rose 40
West: Greensboro Dudley 20, Charlotte Catholic 15
3AA
East: Southern Durham 38, Wilson Hunt 10
West: Crest 23, Northern Guilford 17 (OT)
3A
East: Havelock 44, Eastern Wayne 20
West: Concord 35, Forestview 14
2AA
East: High Point Andrews 42, Washington 15
West: Monroe 48, Parkwood 20
2A
East: SW Onslow 19, Northeastern 9
West: Shelby 49, Reidsville 3
1AA
East: James Kenan 28, Wallace Rose-Hill 14
West: West Montgomery 44, Swain County 38
1A
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)
South Carolina
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.


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/12/05/4522967/high-school-football-gameday-120513.html#storylink=cpy

Video: Previewing the Regional Championships



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:

  • Butler vs. Mallard Creek
  • Charlotte Catholic vs. Greensboro Dudley
  • Northern Guilford vs. Crest
  • Forestview vs. Concord
  • Parkwood vs. Monroe
  • Shelby vs. Reidsville

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Davidson Day QB Will Grier repeats as NC Gatorade player of the year

 Link to Langston Wertz Jr. column: Will Grier deserves all his accolades

CHICAGO (December 5, 2013) — In its 29th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Will Grier of Davidson Day School as its 2013-14 Gatorade North Carolina Football Player of the Year.  Grier is the first Gatorade North Carolina Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Davidson Day School. 

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Grier as North Carolina’s best high school football player.  Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award announced in December, Grier joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.), Wes Welker (1999-00, Heritage Hall HS, Okla.), Terrell Suggs (1999-00, Hamilton HS, Ariz.), Anquan Boldin (1998-99, Pahokee HS, Fla.) and Jerome Bettis (1989-90, Mackenzie HS, Mich.).

The state’s returning Gatorade Player of the Year, Grier led the Patriots (12-1) to a third consecutive North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association state championship this past season. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior quarterback threw for 4,989 yards and 77 touchdowns on 314-of-446 passing (70.4 percent). A U.S. Army Player of the Year finalist, he also rushed for 1,252 yards and 13 touchdowns on 115 carries. In a 69-28, NCISAA Division II title-clinching win over Harrells Christian Academy, Grier completed 32 of 42 attempts for 599 yards and seven touchdowns in addition to rushing for 57 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. In his three-year career, he 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."

Grier has verbally committed to play football on an athletic scholarship at the University of Florida beginning in the fall of 2014.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Time Warner to broadcast Friday's Butler at Mallard Creek state semifinal on new sports channel

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)

Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday's Prep Basketball Scores, Heroes, Roundup

Elevator
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.


Holden Challenge

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.

Friday's Roundup

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

Saturday's Schedule

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.

Others


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)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Vance to begin search for a new football coach

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.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Davidson Day's Will Grier, Catholic's Elijah Hood national player of the year finalists

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.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Myers Park fires head football coach Scott Stein

Myers Park has fired head football coach Scott Stein. Principal Mark Bosco announced the decision Monday

  After extensive thought and deliberation, I have decided that our football program needs a different direction. All of us involved in athletics at Myers Park High School appreciate the effort that Scott Stein gave this community and our student athletes. We wish him every success in any future endeavors he may undertake.

Bosco said the search for a replacement will begin quickly.

Stein has been out for several months on medical leave and missed the majority of the past season. Myers Park finished 4-7. The Mustangs won their final two games of the season -- 56-6 over Garinger and 49-6 over East Meck.

Last month, Myers Park athletics director Rick Lewis told the Observer that Stein was due to return to school in January.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday's basketball scores, heroes

ELEVATOR
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.


Friday's Roundup

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.

Charlotte Latin 81, Cuthbertson 58: Charlotte Latin scored 27 points in the first quarter and 45 more in the second half of the easy win. Rusty Reigel led the Hawks with 14 points. Latin is 2-1. Cuthbertson dipped to 0-2.

West Charlotte girls 64, West Meck 54: West Charlotte (2-0) won a tight game against a big rival at home Friday in front of a sold-out crowd. The Lions got 24 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals and 2 assists from guard Rachel Porter. Teneithia Stewart had 10 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals. West Mecklenburg got 23 points from T'Niyah James.


“We played well and I thought we shot the ball pretty good," Lions coach Reggie Mobley said. "I’m a defensive-minded coach and I thought we could've defended better, but we're shooting the ball well now and we're getting some pretty balanced scoring."

West Charlotte is scheduled to play Harding Dec. 3 at West Charlotte. The game will likely be moved to a new venue and new date.


Ardrey Kell 65, Myers Park 57 OT: The Knights were down nine points with three minutes to play. Devin Cooper scored nine points in the fourth quarter and Steven Santa Ana hit a 3-point shot to force overtime. In OT, Markel Pollard (13 points) sealed the Knights win from the free throw line. Austin Dasent led Myers Park with 20 points.

West Charlotte 100, West Meck 54: West Charlotte led 42-25 at halftime and cruised in the boys game. Isaiah Blackmon (26 points), Simon Carter (16) and Jadarius McCullough (13) were among four Lions players in double figures. Austin Harris was the fourth. He finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Carter had 11 rebounds and 3 assists.

Gaston Day 81, Grace Academy 53: Gaston Day (4-1) trailed 6-4 after the first quarter but busted the game open with a 26-14 second quarter. Luke Lawson and Rob Hobson led Grace (1-2) with 14 points each. Gaston Day got 22 points from Adam Koziol and 18 from Trevor Anderson.

Cannon 68, Queens Grant 48: Cannon got double figure scoring from Jonathan Green (15 points), Phillip Jewel (14) and Ryan Marks (11) to improve to 5-0 for the season. Cannon will face Durham Academy in the championship game of the Cannon Classic Saturday at 3:30. Queens Grant is 0-3. Duane Goodman led Queens Grant with 13.


BY THE NUMBERS

45: Rebounds for Providence girls in a 52-16 win over East Meck

31: Rebounds for West Charlotte girls star Jessica Gaston in two games.

18-2: Hopewell led East Gaston by 16 points after the first quarter en route to an easy 50-17 win. Shaniah Haynes led Hopewell with 10 points

Friday's Girls Scores

Grace Academy 81, Gaston Day 53
High Point Christian 48, Country Day 21
Hopewell 50, East Gaston 17
Mallard Creek 59, Butler 40
Myers Park 47, Ardrey Kell 36
Providence 52, East Meck 16
Robinson 65, Cox Mill 26
Rocky River 71, South Meck 53
West Charlotte 64, West Meck 54


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Friday's Boys Scores

Ardrey Kell 65, Myers Park 57 (OT)
Cannon 68, Queens Grant 48
Charlotte Christian 63, Metrolina Christian 45
Charlotte Latin 81, Cuthbertson 58
Charlotte United 67, Comenius 54
Country Day 71, Westminster Catawba 68
Countryside Montessori 72, Community School of Davidson 67
East Meck 91, Providence 65
Freedom 60, Draughn 33
W. Charlotte 100, W. Mecklenburg 54



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