Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday's Prep Basketball Scores, Heroes, Roundup

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.


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

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.


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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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Observer-area prep basketball schedule Thursday-Sunday

Here is the Observer-area prep basketball schedule for Thursday, Nov. 21- Sunday, Nov. 24

Thursday, November 21

Burns at South Caldwell
Carmel Christian in Tabernacle Christian Tournament
Carolina Christian at First Assembly Christian (Monroe)
Countryside Montessori at Pine Lake Prep (Boys only)
Crossroads Charter in Tabernacle Christian Tip-off Tournament
Davidson Day at York Prep
First Assembly at Covenant Day
Hickory Christian at Asheville Christian
Independence at North Mecklenburg
Highland Tech at Grace Academy (at Carolina Courts)
Mallard Creek at Butler
Newton Conover at West Iredell
North Hills Christian at Gaston Christian (Girls only)
South Mecklenburg at Rocky River
South Rowan at A.L. Brown
Statesville at Shelby
Stuart Cramer at Cherryville
West Stanly at Northwest Cabarrus

Friday, November 22

Ashbrook at Lake Norman
Cannon vs. Woodlawn School in Cannon Classic
Carmel Christian in Tabernacle Christian Tournament
Central Academy (at Lake Park) at Fletcher School
Comenius at Charlotte United Christian
Covenant Day at Westminster Catawba
Crossroads Charter in Tabernacle Christian Tip-off Tournament
Cuthbertson at Charlotte Latin
Draughn at Freedom
East Gaston at Hopewell
Garinger at Harding
Grace Academy at Gaston Day
Greenfield School vs. Kennedy Charter is Christ School Tip-Off
Hickory at Statesville
Hickory Grove vs. Queens Grant in the Cannon Classic Tournament
High Point Christian at Charlotte Country Day
Jay M. Robinson at Cox Mill
Lincoln Charter at West Brunswick
Maiden at St. Stephens
McDowell at RS Central
Marvin Ridge at Rocky River
Metrolina Christian at Charlotte Christian
Mooresville at Hough
Mount Pleasant at Central Cabarrus
Mount Zion at Victory Christian
Myers Park at Ardrey Kell
North Lincoln at West Lincoln
Patton at Asheville
Porter Ridge at Central Academy
Providence at East Mecklenburg
South Davidson at East Rowan
Statesville Christian at First Assembly
Thomas Jefferson Academy at North Henderson
Union Academy at Covenant Classical
Veritas Christian at Hickory Christian
Watauga at Avery
Weddington at Parkwood
West Iredell at Bunker Hill
West Mecklenburg at West Charlotte
West Wilkes at North Iredell

Saturday, November 23

Cannon in Cannon Classic
Freedom Christian vs. Kennedy Charter in Christ School Tip-Off
Hickory Grove in the Cannon Classic Tournament
Lincoln Charter at Ashley High
Northside Christian at United Faith (Boys only)
Queens Grant in Cannon Classic
Woodlawn School in Cannon Classic

South Carolina

Thursday, November 21

Fort Mill at Lewisville
Union at Clover

Saturday, November 23

Clover at Buford

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Observer-area players well-represented on N.C. Soccer Coaches All-State team

Several Observer-area players were named to the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association all-state team, which was released this week:

Area players include

4A: Hussein Arsene and Tresor Mbuyu, , Garinger; Michael Basnett, Adrian Rinde and CJ Bradley, Hough; Connor Kirby, Matthew Nozedar, Providence; Logan Raichle, Cam Linnville, Watauga; Axel Rojas, South Meck; Josh Sorenson, Bulter; Zhvonte Wilson, Ardrey Kell

3A: Andrew Barton, St. Stephens; Zach Durham, Foard; Brandon Flores, Carson; Will Green, Klint Parker, Marvin Ridge; James Max Miller, Hickory Ridge; Omar Solis, South Iredell, Marcos Vargas, Hickory

Bobby Cardelle, Emi Turceios, Salisbury; Jonathan Cruz Nava, West Caldwell; Ryan Grigston, Central Academy; Seth Jones, Hunter Huss; Franklin Wepner, Newton-Conover

1A/Private: Alain Colnot, Thomas Jefferson; Adam Cosgrove, Francisco Prado, Community School Davidson; Daniel Moore, Lincoln Charter; Cameron Giles, Pine Lake Prep; Nick Gardner, Charlotte Latin; Ben Locke, Country Day

Here is the full team


Hussein ArseneSrFCharlotte Garinger
Michael BasnettSrFCornelius Hough
CJ BradleyJrFCornelius Hough
Ryan BuckleySrDBroughton
Bradley BurnetteSrDLumberton
Ben ChapalSrFAsheville Roberson
Michael ClemmonsSrFSanderson
Zach ComptonSr F Green Hope
Jake DressmanSrMDurham Jordan
Brandon FeasterSrDReagan
Cyrus FitzpatrickSrDNorthwest Guilford
Tyler GeorgeSrDNew Hanover
Andrew GullicksonSrMSouthwest Guilford
Jonah HodesSrDAsheville Roberson
Matt JohnsonSrFNew Hanover
Connor KirbySrDCharlotte Providence
DJ LeslieSrFWinston-Salem Mount Tabor
Cam LinnvilleSrDBoone Watauga
Tresor MbuyuJrFCharlotte Garinger
Matthew NozedarJrMCharlotte Providence
Gerardo PerazaJrMSouthern Pines Pinecrest
Gus PiepmeyerSrDWilmington Hoggard
Logan RaichleSrMBoone Watauga
Walker RainesSrFNorthwest Guilford
Adrian RindeSrDCornelius Hough
Axel RojasSrFSouth Mecklenburg
Dean RutherfordSrFFuquay-Varina
Robert Smith

Josh SorensonSrFMatthews Butler
Austin StameySrFT.C. Roberson
Brian SwyattJrFHeritage
Ryan TurnerSrMSanderson
Zhvonte WilsonSrFCharlotte Kell
Chris ZappiaSrKLeesville Road
Christian ZavalaSrFWinston-Salem Glenn
Andrew BartonJrDSt. Stephens
Jay DolphSrMSwansboro
Zach DurhamJrFFred T. Foard
Ben FisherJrMChapel Hill
Brandon FloresSoFCarson
Moises GonzalezSrMSouthern Nash
Will GreenSrFMarvin Ridge
Hector GutierrezJrFAC Reynolds
Nate HebertSrFChapel Hill
Harrison HowellSrMSmithfield-Selma
Ryan JohnsonSrMJacksonville
Daniel KearnsSrMAC Reynolds
Noah KembleSrMHavelock
Charlie KillebrewSrFCentral Davidson
Gabe KrugerSoMWhite Oak
Jacob LeeSrMHunt
James Max MillerSrDHickory Ridge
Klint ParkerSrMMarvin Ridge
Chase RhodeSrDCardinal Gibbons
Omar SolisSrFSouth Iredell
CJay SparksJrFJacksonville
Cam SteeleSrMCardinal Gibbons
Marcos VargasSrDHickory
Warren WashingtonSrFJacksonville
Riley ZerfossJrFNorthern Guilford
Luis AguilarSrFClinton
Wes BeamonSrMBeddingfield
Garrett BridgwaterSrMCroatan
Bobby CardelleSrFSalisbury
Jordan CouchSrFSmoky Mountain
Jonathan Cruz NavaSrMWest Caldwell
Caleb FordSrDOwen
Ryan GrigstonSrFCATA
Seth JonesJrMHunter Huss
Daniel NewcomerSrFTrinity
Ivan RebollarSrFFranklinton
Graham SmalleySoMFirst Flight
Emi TurceiosSrMSalisbury
Franklin WepnerSrFNewton-Conover
Peter BarroffSoFWoods Charter
Mitchell BrownSrMMount Airy
Carlos CarilloSrDMount Airy
Alain ColnotSrFThomas Jefferson
Adam CosgroveJrMCommunity School of Davidson
Alex DeOliveiraJrFEast Carteret
Joey DiserafinoJrMRaleigh Charter
Cameron GilesSrDPine Lake Prep
Carlos GomezJrMWallace Rose Hill
Chris HughesSrFFranklin Academy
Zane KerrJrFRaleigh Charter
Daniel MooreSrMLincoln Charter
Erik PatinoSrDWallace Rose Hill
Francisco PradoSoFCommunity School of Davidson
Private schools
Tre' BaileySrDDurham Academy
Corey ChandlerSrFRavenscroft
Collin DworskyJrDCary Academy
Nick GardnerSrKCharlotte Latin
Bruno LazaroSoFFayetteville Academy
Ben LockeJrMCharlotte Country Day
Ryan McCreadySrMNorth Raleigh Christian Academy
Alex RequarthSrDForsyth Country Day
Kirby RobbinsSrMWesleyan Christian Academy
William SchaeferJrMFayetteville Academy
Janse SchermerhornSrMGreensboro Day
Pearce VeazeySrMGreensboro Day

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Saturday's big United Faith vs. Northside boys basketball game moved

Due to a funeral being held on campus at United Faith, the highly anticipated Northside Christian-United Faith boys basketball game is being moved to Northside Saturday at 4 p.m.

The game will feature several of the top players in the city, including Northside senior wings James Demery (St. Joseph’s) and Keyshawn Woods (Charlotte), who are both Division I recruits, and United Faith’s Division I recruit, senior Nehemiah Mabson, and sophomore guard Ty Gadsden, who has an offer from Charlotte.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Hough captures NCHSAA cheerleading championship


                  RALEIGH— Cornelius W.A. Hough captured the Carolina Cup in the 11th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state invitational cheerleading championships at the Raleigh Convention Center on Saturday.
                  Cheer Ltd., Inc., the NCHSAA’s corporate partner that assists with the invitational championship, has established the Carolina Cup to recognize annually the top high school varsity cheerleading team in the state.   It goes to the varsity-level team that earns the highest cumulative score in the whole competition, regardless of the division in which it competes.
                  Hough scored 130.8 points, the highest score of the entire event, to win the large varsity division and grab the Carolina Cup. Middle Creek, Ledford, Raleigh Millbrook, Jamestown Ragsdale, Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons, North Gaston and Raleigh Sanderson are the previous winners of the Cup.
Ledford earned the title in the super large varsity division. Waxhaw Marvin Ridge was the top squad in the medium varsity division and Asheville T.C. Roberson was the champion in the small varsity division.
In other varsity results, the non tumble categories went to East Bend Forbush in the large, North Buncombe in the medium and Hampstead Topsail in the small.
Davie took top honors in the small varsity co-ed division. Greensboro Dudley was first in the high school non-mount category.
                  In junior varsity competition, Cary Panther Creek was the champion in the small junior varsity division while Raleigh Millbrook took the large junior varsity category and Eastern Guilford captured the junior varsity non-tumble division.
                  A total of 140 teams registered to participate in the event.

11th annual Invitational Cheerleading Championship
Raleigh Convention Center
November 16, 2013

Final results: champions are listed, followed by the runners-up and point totals in each division.

Small junior varsity (5 to 15 members)
Champion— Cary Panther Creek                  112.45
Corinth-Holders  108.85; Wake Forest Heritage 107.1; Indian Trail Porter Ridge 104.6; Apex 103.5; Western Harnett 101.05; Harnett Central 93.05; Fuquay-Varina 92.1.
Large junior varsity (16 and up)
                  Champion— Raleigh Millbrook                                    109.6
                  Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 106.05; Greenville D.H. Conley 105.75; Wilmington Hoggard 100.65; East Forsyth 98.9; East Duplin 80.95.
Junior varsity non-tumble
                  Champion— Eastern Guilford                                    116
                  Canton Pisgah 110.85; Lumberton 108.7; Camden 108.55; Fayetteville Pine Forest 106.75; Pembroke Purnell Swett 106.55; Richlands 97.7; Farmville Central 94.8; Northside (Jacksonville) 94.0; Topsail 92.05; Wilson Fike 89.1; South Columbus 80.8.
High school non-mount
                  Champion—Greensboro Dudley                                    107.65
                  Northern Vance                  86.15.
Small varsity non tumble
                  Champion—Topsail                                                      125.95
                  Jamestown Ragsdale 125.05; Asheville A.C. Reynolds 122.3; Camden 120.8; North Johnston 119.6; Eastern Guilford 118.2; North Gaston 117.8; Swain 116.9; Dixon 116.45; Charles D. Owen 115.8; Southwest Onslow 110.1; Ashe County 109.2; Wilson Beddingfield 108.15; South Brunswick 106.55; South Creek 103.5; Farmville Central 101.45; Wilson Fike 101.2; North Carolina School of Science and Math 98.7; East Bladen 94.05; North Forsyth 89.3.
Medium varsity non tumble
                  Champion—North Buncombe                                    124.75
                  Richlands 112.4; Fairmont 112.0; Wilmington New Hanover 111.35; Cameron Union Pines 109.8; East Duplin 106.55; Nash Central 104.4; West Stokes 102.9; Rocky Point Heide Trask 97.35; Gates County 97.30; Northside (Jacksonville) 86.35
Large varsity non tumble
                  Champion—East Bend Forbush                                    127.55
                  Elizabeth City Northeastern 123.85; Canton Pisgah 119.75; West Iredell 117.25; Northern Durham 114.8; West Brunswick 112.55; Shelby 111.6; Matthews David Butler 111.0; Southern Wayne 110.2; West Columbus 108.4; Rocky Mount 103.35; Currituck 100.45; North Pitt 89.75.
Small varsity (5 fo 12 members)
                  Champion—Asheville T.C. Roberson                  121.0
                  Raleigh Leesville Road 117.6; Wake Forest Heritage 114.5; Cherryville 114.2; South Iredell 104.95; Trinity Wheatmore 98.35.
Medium varsity (13 to 16 members)
                  Champion— Waxhaw Marvin Ridge                  119.6
                  Maiden 119.35; Raleigh Sanderson 117.2; Fuquay-Varina 116.45; Harnett Central 110.7; Newport Croatan 108.95; Cary Green Hope 107.7; Durham Riverside 107.25; Corinth-Holders 107.1; Cary 104.6; Monroe Parkwood 103.4; Lake Norman Charter 99.45; Southeast Raleigh 97.35; Swansboro 94.8.
Large varsity (17 to 20 members)
                  Champion—Cornelius W.A. Hough                  130.8
                  Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 127.6; Lake Norman 118.15;Apex Middle Creek 115.9; Weddington 115.0; Cary Panther Creek 114.7; Indian Trail Porter Ridge 112.75; Sun Valley 111.35; Greenville D.H. Conley 110.9; Pikeville Charles B. Aycock 107.9; Wilmington Hoggard 98.6; Southern Alamance 96.95; Jacksonville White Oak 91.9; Cleveland 74.4.
Super large varsity (21-plus members)
                  Champion— Ledford                                                       122.9
                  Apex 119.15; Holly Springs 111.35; Hope Mills Gray’s Creek 111.25; East Forsyth 110.7; Lenoir Hibriten 110.65; Lumberton 109.1; Charlotte Catholic 108.1; Northwest Guilford 107.75; Western Harnett 106.8; Marshville Forest Hills 101.65.
Small varsity coed (2 to 4 males)
                  Champion— Davie                                                      125.3
                  Overhills 115.2; Pembroke Purnell Swett 104.5; South Caldwell 97.45.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday's Playoff Scores, heroes

Click here for Friday's heroes, notes and roundup

Friday's scores

AC Reynolds 65, Sun Valley 14
Asheville 33, Cuthbertson 7
Avery County 36, Bessemer City 21

Bunker Hill 20, Ashe County 17
Burns 35, North Gaston 18
Butler 55, Olympic 28
Charlotte Catholic 56, AL Brown 14
Charlotte Christian 48, Charlotte Latin 10
Cherrvyille 42, Highland Tech 13
Concord 29, NW Cabarrus 0
Crest 38, Hickory Ridge 20
Davidson Day 73, Hickory Grove 24
East Lincoln 35, Bandys 27
Freedom 33, East Rowan 13
HP Andrews 34, Thomas Jefferson 15
Hibriten 41, Patton 0
Hunter Huss 30, West Lincoln 27
Independence 13, Hough 10
Lincolnton 14, Thomasville 7
Maiden 35, Forbush 0
Mallard Creek 62, Ardrey Kell 7
Monroe 48, R-S Central 8
Mooresville 33, Alexander Central 6
North Rowan 42, Surry Central 0
North Stanly 27, Bishop McGuinness 14
Owen 13, Mount Pleasant 0
Parkwood 28, Franklin 17
Piedmont 31, Tuscola 17
Pisgah 30, Hickory 14
Porter Ridge 32, Watauga 26
Providence 14, West Meck 7
Richmond Sr. 55, Lake Norman 27
Rock Hill Northwestern 66, West Florence 19
Rock Hill South Pointe 30, Irmo 0
Shelby 58, Mountain Heritage 8
South Point 28, West Rowan 7
SouthLake 7, Victory Christian 0
Statesville 35, South Iredell 17
Union Academy 12, South Stanly 0
Weddington 42, Ledford 0
West Forsyth 27, Vance 14
W-S Carver 53, Lake Norman Charter 14
York 42, Greenwood 3

North Carolina

A.C. Reynolds 65, Sun Valley 14

Asheville 33, Cuthbertson 7

Avery County 36, Bessemer City 21

Bunker Hill 20, Ashe County 17

Burns 35, North Gaston 18

Butler 55, Olympic 28

Charlotte Catholic 56, A.L. Brown 14

Charlotte Christian 48, Charlotte Latin 10

Cherryville 42, Highland Tech 13

Concord 29, NW Cabarrus 0

Crest 38, Hickory Ridge 20

Davidson Day 73, Hickory Grove24

East Lincoln 35, Bandys 27

Freedom 33, East Rowan 13

HP Andrews 34, Thomas Jefferson 15

Hibriten 41, Patton 0

Hunter Huss 30, West Lincoln 27

Independence 13, Hough 10

Lincolnton 14, Thomasville 7

Maiden 35, Forbush 0

Mallard Creek 62, Ardrey Kell 7

Monroe 48, R-S Central 8

Mooresville 33, Alexander Central 6

North Rowan 42, Surry Central 0

North Stanly 27, Bishop McGuinness 14

Owen 13, Mount Pleasant 0

Parkwood 28, Franklin 17

Piedmont 31, Tuscola 17

Pisgah 30, Hickory 14

Porter Ridge 32, Watauga 26

Providence 14, West Mecklenburg 7

Richmond Sr. 55, Lake Norman 27

Shelby 58, Mountain Heritage 8

South Point 28, West Rowan 7

SouthLake Christian 7, Victory Christian 0

Statesville 35, South Iredell 17

Union Academy 12, South Stanly 0

Weddington 42, Ledford 0

West Forsyth 27, Vance 14

W-S Carver 53, Lake Norman Charter 14


Class 1A

First Round

Andrews 34, Thomas Jefferson 15

South Robeson 64, Winston-Salem Atkins 0

West Columbus 13, Community School 0

Class 1AA

First Round

Cherryville 42, Highland Tech 13

North Stanly 27, Kernersville McGuinness 14

Princeton 59, Granville Central 22

Tarboro 52, Seven Springs Spring Creek 0

Wallace-Rose Hill 70, Gates County 6

Warsaw Kenan 49, Union 0

West Montgomery 56, North Moore 14

Whiteville 55, Rosewood 0

Class 2A

First Round

Owen 13, Mt. Pleasant 0

East Bladen 14, Clinton 7

Edenton Holmes 41, Dunn Midway 14

Lincolnton 14, Thomasville 7

Shelby 58, Burnsville Mountain Heritage 8

Winston-Salem Carver 53, Lake Norman Charter 14

Class 2AA

First Round

Jacksonville Northside 45, St. Pauls 14

Maiden 35, East Bend Forbush 0

Marshville Forest Hills 1, Sylva Smoky Mountain 0

Monroe 46, R-S Central 8

Class 3A

First Round

Concord 29, Northwest Cabarrus 0

Freedom 33, East Rowan 13

Class 3AA

First Round

Cleveland 33, Gray’s Creek 13

Northern Guilford 28, Eastern Guilford 0

Crest 38, Hickory Ridge 20

Weddington 42, Ledford 0

Class 4A

First Round

Charlotte Catholic 56, A.L. Brown 14

Greenville Rose 27, Fayetteville Pine Forest 14

Knightdale 38, Southern Alamance 15

Mooresville 33, Alexander Central 6

Class 4AA

First Round

Independence 13, Hough 10

Hope Mills South View 20, Durham Riverside 17

Middle Creek 37, Fuquay-Varina 20

Northwest Guilford 45, Greensboro Page 15

Raleigh Millbrook 24, Raleigh Leesville Road 21

Southern Pines Pinecrest 13, Wilmington Laney 7

Wake Forest 35, Panther Creek 14

South Carolina

Hillcrest 41, Rock Hill 14

Northwestern 66, West Florence 19

Ridge Spring-Monetta 56, Great Falls 12

South Pointe 30, Irmo 0

Stratford 41, Nation Ford 0,

York 42, Greenwood 3


Class AAAA Division 2

First Round

Goose Creek 76, Wade Hampton (G) 0

York Comprehensive 42, Greenwood 3

Upper State Class AA Division 1

Second Round

Cheraw 26, Columbia 6

Newberry 21, Pendleton 9

Pelion 20, Crescent 14

Lower State Class AA Division 1

Second Round

Timberland 42, Aynor 0

Upper State Class AA Division 2

Second Round

Chesnee 42, Abbeville 21

Lower State Class AA Division 2

Second Round

Bamberg-Ehrhardt 43, Garrett Academy of Technology 0

Silver Bluff 28, Barnwell 0

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Garinger fires football coach

Garinger High athletics director Tony Huggins said the school has removed football coach Ryan Alston and is immediately beginning the search for a replacement.

Alston coached at Garinger for two seasons, going 0-20. Garinger was 0-11 this season.

Since 2004, Garinger has had six different football coaches and had five seasons without a win. The Wildcats last winning season was in 2010, when it finished 7-5.

Check back for more on this breaking story as well as in Thursday's Observer print editions.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hough falls, Marvin Ridge, Salisbury win in NCHSAA soccer semifinals

Hough's run through the N.C. 4A playoffs ended Tuesday night in the mountains. The Huskies got down early and lost 5-2 to Skyland Roberson in the Western Regional championship game. Roberson will face Raleigh Sanderson in Saturday's state final.

In 3A, Marvin Ridge beat Fred T. Foard 4-1 to advance to Saturday's 3A final against Jacksonville or Wilson Hunt. In 2A, Salisbury beat Mecklenburg County's Lake Norman Charter 2-0. Salisbury will play First Flight in Saturday's state final. Finally, in 1A, North Moore beat Thomas Jefferson 2-1 to advance to face Wallace Rose-Hill.

Monday, November 11, 2013

NCHSAA Prep Football Playoff Pairings


(teams were seeded on 10-game records, with schools allowed to drop a non-conference result if they played 11, but full season records are listed along with seed. The 4-A, 3-A and 2-A classifications seeds are listed for region; the 1-A classification seeds are by the pod.



16 Cary Green Hope (5-6) at 1 Raleigh Wakefield (10-1)
9 Raleigh Millbrook (9-3) at 8 Raleigh Leesville Road (8-3)
12 Wake Forest (8-3) at 4 Cary Panther Creek (9-2)
13 Wilmington Laney (6-4) at 4 Southern Pines Pinecrest (10-1)
14 Raleigh Sanderson (6-5) at 3 Fayetteville Jack Britt (8-3)
11 Holly Springs (6-5) at 6 Garner (8-3)
10 Hope Mills South View (8-3) at 7 Durham Riverside (7-3)
15 Fuquay-Varina (6-5) at 2 Apex Middle Creek (9-2)

16 Charlotte Zebulon Vance (5-6) at  1 West Forsyth (10-1)
 9 East Forsyth (9-2) at  8 Greensboro Grimsley (5-6)
 12 Charlotte Independence (7-4) at 5 Cornelius W.A. Hough (10-1)
 13 Charlotte Olympic (7-4) at 4 Matthews David Butler (8-3)
 14 Greensboro Page (6-5) at 3 Northwest Guilford (10-1)
 11 Richmond Senior (8-3) at 6 Lake Norman (8-3)
 10 West Mecklenberg (9-2) at 7 Charlotte Providence (7-4)
 15 Charlotte Ardrey Kell (6-5) at 2 Charlotte Mallard Creek (11-0)



16 Wake Forest Heritage (6-5) at 1 Scotland (11-0)
 9 Southeast Raleigh (4-6) at 8 New Bern (8-3)
 12 Clayton (7-4) at 5 Durham Hillside (8-2)
 13 Southern Alamance (6-5) at 4 Knightdale (9-1)
 14 Fayetteville E.E. Smith (6-5) at 3 Greenville D.H. Conley (9-2)
 11 Greenville Rose (9-2) at 6 Fayetteville Pine Forest (10-1)
 10 Northern Durham (3-8) at 7 Wilmington New Hanover (8-3)
 15 Fayetteville Cape Fear (6-5) at 2 Wilmington Hoggard (10-1)

 16 Alexander Central (5-6) at 1 Mooresville (10-1)
 9 Southeast Guilford (9-2) at 8 Winston-Salem Mount Tabor (8-3)
 12 Huntersville Hopewell (6-5) at 5 High Point Central (8-3)
 13 Kannapolis A.L. Brown (7-4) at 4 Charlotte Catholic (9-2)
 14 Pfafftown Ronald Reagan (7-4) at 3 Mint Hill Rocky River (9-2)
 11 Indian Trail Porter Ridge (7-4) at 6 Watauga (8-3)
 10 North Davidson (9-2) at 7 Asheville T.C. Roberson (4-7)
 15 South Caldwell (5-6) at 2 Greensboro Dudley (10-0)



 16 Western Harnett (4-7) at 1 Fayetteville Douglas Byrd (9-2)
 9 Wilson Fike (10-1) at 8 Lee County (9-2)
 12 Corinth-Holders (7-4) at 5 West Brunswick (3-7)
 13 Fayetteville Terry Sanford (4-7) at 4 Wilson Hunt (8-3)
 14 Hope Mills Gray’s Creek (5-6) at 3 Cleveland (8-3)
 11 Rocky Mount (8-3) at 6 Orange (10-1)
 10 Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (8-3) at 7 Erwin Triton (9-2)
 15 Chapel Hill (4-7) at 2 Southern Durham (9-2)

 16 Harrisburg Hickory Ridge (4-7) at 1 Shelby Crest (10-1)
 9  Gastonia Ashbrook (8-3) at 8 Asheville Clyde A. Erwin (9-1)
 12 South Iredell (8-3) at 5 Statesville (6-5)
 13 Asheville A.C. Reynolds (7-4) at 4 Monroe Sun Valley (7-4)
 14 Eastern Guilford (7-4) at 3 Northern Guilford (9-2)
 11 Asheboro (7-4) at 6 Central Cabarrus (10-1)
 10 Ledford (7-4) at 7 Weddington (9-2)
 15 Waxhaw Cuthbertson (4-7) at 2 Asheville (9-2)



 16 Hampstead Topsail (4-7) at 1 Havelock (11-0)
 9 Anson (5-6) at 8 Southern Guilford (6-5)
 12 West Craven (7-4) at 5 Jacksonville (8-3)
 13 Burlington Williams (7-4) at 4 North Forsyth (6-5)
 14 West Carteret (6-5) at 3 Eastern Wayne (8-2)
 11 Southern Nash (8-3) at 6 Swansboro (8-3)
 10 Pittsboro Northwood (8-3) at 7 Eastern Alamance (8-3)
 15 Pikeville C.B. Aycock (4-7) at 2 Western Alamance (10-1)

 16 East Rowan (4-7) at 1 Morganton Freedom (10-1)
 9 Gastonia Forestview (7-4) at 8 China Grove Jesse Carson (7-4)
 12 Morganton Patton (7-4) at 5 Lenoir Hibriten (10-1)
 13 Hickory (6-5) at 4 Canton Pisgah (8-3)
 14 West Rowan (7-4) at 3 Belmont South Point (11-0)
 11 North Gaston (6-5) at 6 Lawndale Burns (10-1)
 10 Monroe Piedmont (7-4) at 7 Waynesville Tuscola (8-3)
 15 Northwest Cabarrus (6-5) at 2 Concord (11-0)



 16 SouthWest Edgecombe (5-6) at 1 High Point Andrews (9-1)
 9 Randleman (8-3) at 8 North Brunswick (8-3)
 12 St. Paul’s (8-3) at 5 Northside (Jacksonville) (8-3)
 13 Hertford County (6-5) at 4 South Granville (9-2)
 14 North Pitt (6-5) at 3 Washington (9-2)
 11 Greene Central (3-8) at 6 Bunn (7-4)
 10 Franklinton (8-3) at 7 Kinston (6-5)
 15 East Duplin (5-6) at 2 Currituck (9-2)


 16 Monroe Parkwood (5-6) at 1 Franklin (11-0)
 9 Marshville Forest Hills (5-6) at 8 Sylva Smoky Mountain (7-4)
 12 West Lincoln (7-4) at 5 Gastonia Hunter Huss (4-7)
 13 Claremont Bunker Hill (7-4) at 4 Ashe County (7-4)
 14 Catawba Bandys (5-6) at 3 East Lincoln (7-4)
 11 East Bend Forbush (6-5) at 6 Maiden (10-1)
 10 East Davidson (9-2) at 7 West Stokes (8-3)
 15 R-S Central (5-5) at 2 Monroe (9-2)



 16 West Bladen (5-6) at 1 Elizabeth City Northeastern (9-2)
 9 Graham (5-6) at 8 Wilson Beddingfield (7-4)
 12 Newton Grove Midway (9-2) at 5 Edenton Holmes (8-3)
 13 Fairmont (8-3) at 4 Ayden-Grifton (5-6)
 14 East Bladen (6-5) at 3 Clinton (7-3)
 11 Siler City Jordan-Matthews (5-6) at 6 Southwest Onslow (8-3)
 10 Farmville Central (8-2) at 7 Eastern Randolph (7-4)
 15 Southern Vance (5-6) at 2 South Columbus (8-3)


 16 Lake Norman Charter (5-6) at 1 Winston-Salem Carver (10-1)
 9 Lincolnton (7-4) at 8 Thomasville (5-6)
 12 Madison (6-4) at 5 Polk County (8-3)
 13 Hendersonville (5-6) at 4 Reidsville (9-2)
 14 Brevard (5-6) at 3 North Wilkes (9-2)
 11 Burnsville Mountain Heritage (7-4) at 6 Shelby (7-4)
 10 Mount Pleasant (5-6) at 7 Black Mountain Charles D. Owen (8-2)
 15 Surry Central (5-6) at 2 North Rowan (11-0)



 8 Seven Springs Spring Creek (3-8) at 1 Tarboro (9-2)
 5 East Carteret (5-6) at 4 Camden (6-5)
 6 Perquimans (5-6) at 3 Riverside (Martin) (7-4)
 7 Gates County (4-7) at 2 Wallace-Rose Hill (9-2)

 8 Rose Hill Union (3-8) at 1 Warsaw James Kenan (10-0)
 5 Granville Central (7-4) at 4 Princeton (8-3)
 6 Lakewood (7-4) at 3 Louisburg (8-3)
 7 Rosewood (4-7) at 2 Whiteville (9-2)

 8 North Moore (2-9) at 1 West Montgomery (10-1)
 5 Kernersville Bishop McGuinness (7-4) at 4 North Stanly (8-3)
 6 Walkertown (8-3) at 3 East Surry (9-2)
 7 East Montgomery (6-5) at 2 Mount Airy (8-3)


 8 East Wilkes (1-10) at 1 Swain County (9-2)
 5 Bessemer City (6-5) at 4 Avery (4-7)
 6 Gastonia Highland Tech (1-10) at 3 Cherryville (5-6)
 7 Mitchell (1-10) at 2 Boonville Starmount (8-3)



 8 Creswell (3-8) at 1 Plymouth (10-0)
 5 Pinetown Northside (6-5) at 4 Manteo (7-4)
 6 Columbia at 3 Northampton County (8-3)
 7 Chocowinity Southside (3-8) at 2 Pamlico County (7-4)


 8 Northwest Halifax (1-10) at 1 Lejeune (10-1)
 5 North Duplin (4-7) at 4 Weldon (4-7)
 6 East Columbus (4-7) at 3 North Edgecombe (5-5)
 7 Rocky Mount Prep (2-9) at 2 Southeast Halifax (7-4)

 8 Chatham Central (2-9) at 1 Albemarle (8-3)
 5 South Stanly (3-8) at  4 Monroe Union Academy (5-5)
 6 Winston-Salem Atkins (2-8) at 3 South Robeson (6-5)
 7 West Columbus (2-9) at 2 Community School of Davidson (4-7)


 8 Rosman (3-8) at 1 Murphy (8-3)
 5 Elkin (6-5) at 4 Alleghany (6-5)
 6 Andrews (4-7) at 3 Mooresboro Thomas Jefferson (8-3)
 7 Hayesville (4-7) at 2 Robbinsville (9-2)

Friday, November 8, 2013

Major preseason basketball tournaments at Olympic High, Providence Day Saturday

There are two large preseason basketball events in Charlotte Saturday.

-- Olympic High, the reigning N.C. 4A boys basketball champion, will host the 6th annual Olympic High School Scrimmage Jamboree. There are 12 teams and multiple college coaches expected. Admission is $10. Key games include Olympic facing 2012-13 N.C. 2A semifinalist Shelby at 10:30 a.m.; Greensboro Dudley vs. Independence at noon; and Vance vs. Mount Tabor at 1:30 p.m.

The schedule (two games will be played at once): 9 a.m. (Vance-East Forsyth; Mount Tabor-Berry); 10:30 a.m. (Olympic-Shelby); noon (Hillside-Hough; Dudley-Independence); 1:30 p.m. (Vance-Mount Tabor; Berry-East Forsyth); 3 p.m. (Concord-Olympic; Catholic-Shelby); 4:30 (Hough-Dudley; Independence-Hillside).

-- At Providence Day, 24 of the region’s top girls basketball teams will play in 36 games beginning at 8:30 a.m. The last game tips off at 5:40 p.m. There will be three games going on simultaneously.

Last season, more than 40 college coaches and several national recruiting services attended the event. Admission is $5. Key games include Providence Day vs. Durham Hillside, 11 a.m.; Carolina Day vs. Greensboro Dudley, 11 a.m.; and Riverdale Baptist vs. Providence Day, 5:40 p.m.

The schedule:
8:30 a.m. (Latin-Freedom; Hickory Grove-Wilkes Central; Charlotte Christian-RJ Reynolds); 9:20 a.m. (Greensboro Day-East Burke; Atkins-E. Rutherford; Mt Tabor-Alexander Central); 10:10 a.m. (Southlake-Watauga; New Hope-Riverdale; Covenant Day-Trinity); 11 a.m. (Providence Day-Hillside; Carolina Day-Dudley; Bishop-Forestview); 11:50 a.m. (Mt Tabor-Greensboro Day; Atkins-Freedom; Latin-E. Rutherford); 12:40 p.m. (Hickory Grove-Reynolds; Alex. Central-Covenant Day; Wilkes-Char. Christian); 1:30 p.m. (New Hope-Carolina Day; Trinity-SouthLake; E. Burke-Watauga); 2:20 (Bishop-Riverdale; Providence Day-Forestview; Hillside-Dudley); 3:10 (Freedom-E. Rutherford; Mt Tabor-Covenant Day; Latin-Atkins); 4 p.m. (Wilkes-Reynolds; Hickory Grove-Christian; Alex. Central-Greensboro Day); 4:50 (New Hope-Dudley; E. Burke-SouthLake; Trinity-Watauga); 5:40 (Riverdale-Providence Day; Carolina Day-Forestview; Bishop-Hillside)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday's scores, heroes, next week's schedule

UP, Hopewell: After Friday’s 33-7 win over Vance, Hopewell has won four straight and is tied with A.L. Brown for third place in the MECKA 8. Hopewell plays at Brown next week.

DOWN, Independence special teams: Plagued with giving up big plays on kickoffs and punts, the Patriots allowed a 76-yard kickoff return in a close 21-14 win over No. 13 Rocky River Friday.

UP, Elijah Hood, Charlotte Catholic: 19-carry, 351-yard rushing performance in a win over Ardrey Kell was the second-highest of his career, fifth-best in Mecklenburg County history. Hood, a UNC recruit, also tied a county record he shares with several others with six rushing touchdowns. He didn’t play in the fourth quarter.

UP, Marveon Mobley, Rock Hill South Pointe: Got his 7th interception of the season against York Friday.

UP, Thomas Jefferson: Beat Pine Lake Prep to end a two-game losing streak and earn school-record 7th win. Thomas Jefferson is 7-3.

Friday's Top Performers
Isaiah Robinson, Independence: 21 carries, 113 yards and a score for Wake Forest recruit in a 21-14 upset win over No. 13 Rocky River.

Jaire Alexander, Rocky River: two interceptions and a 76-yard kickoff return in 21-14 loss to Independence. Teammate Nail Ramadan was 11-for-18 passing for 152 yards.

Elijah Deveaux, Charlotte Christian: 21 carries, 138 yards and three touchdowns in 38-10 win over Providence Day to complete 10-0 regular-season. Teammate Austin Kendall threw two touchdown passes of 35- and 58-yards. He also ran for a 34-yard score.

Will Grier, Davidson Day: Florida recruit threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more as Davidson Day, the reigning N.C. Independent School Division II champ beat Division III champ Victory Christian 40-6.

Cole Bloomer, Country Day: Scored game-winning points in 24-21 come-from-behind win over rival Charlotte Latin. He completed 16-of-22 passes for 200 yards and a score. He had two rushing touchdowns.

Dominique Heath, Hopewell: Had 137 yards total offense and three touchdowns in the Titans 33-7 win over Vance. Heath, a Kansas State recruit, also had three catches for 71 yards and two scores. He ran for 66 yards and another touchdown. Teammate Dimitris Camp had 109 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Caleb York, Providence: 8-for-13 for 73 yards and 11 rushes for 22 yards and a score in a 35-16 win over South Meck. Teammate Brian Mattar ran 15 times for 116 yards and a score as Providence set up a game at Charlotte Catholic next week for a conference title. South Meck’s Stephen Griffin threw for 90 yards and a score and ran for 61 yards.

Jerry Chadwick, Hopewell:
9-for-17 passing for 170 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-7 win over Vance.

Friday's Roundup
West Mecklenburg 33, Berry 13:
West Meck struggled early but came on late to win its third game in four weeks. The Hawks (8-2, 4-2 SoMeck 8) are ranked No. 11 in the Sweet 16. West Meck finishes its season at rival Harding Friday. Berry fell to 2-8 overall, 1-5 in league play.

Porter Ridge 41, East Meck 13: Porter Ridge jumped on East Meck early, taking a 27-0 lead in the first half. Porter Ridge (7-3, 4-1 Southwestern 4A) has won four of its past five games and is in a four-way tie for first place with Independence, Butler and Rocky River. Porter Ridge ends its regular-season at home with Rocky River next week.

Myers Park 56, Garinger 6: Myers Park led 42-6 at halftime, which was more points than the Mustangs (3-7, 1-4 Southwestern 4A) had scored in a single game all season. Myers Park ended a four-game losing streak. Garinger dropped to 0-10 overall and 0-6 in league play. Myers Park hosts rival East Meck next week. Garinger’s season is over.

Olympic 55, Harding 0: Playing without star running back Isaac Garcia, Olympic ran out to a 48-0 halftime lead and handed Harding its sixth straight loss. Harding (3-6, 0-6 SoMeck) plays West Meck next week at home. Olympic (6-4, 3-3) plays Berry at home.

SouthLake Christian 56, Lake Norman Storm 6: SouthLake’s Robert Washington scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and four in the first half of an easy win. SouthLake led 20-0 after the first quarter and 33-0 at halftime.

Carolina Pride 27, AFC Rangers 22: Carolina Pride, a home-school team in Mecklenburg County, took a 21-8 lead into the fourth quarter. But the Pride had to hold on as the Rangers scored twice in a row to close to take a 22-21 lead before the Pride got a 1-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter. Ryan Jernigan had 14 tackles in the game and two interceptions for Carolina Pride. He has 131 tackles for the season.

By The Numbers

2-95: South Point’s opening drive over North Gaston went 95 yards in two plays. QB Jaquan Brooks did the heavy lifting, however, going 89 yards for a score on the second play. Brooks also had a 74-yard run in the first half.

4-4: Mallard Creek's N.C. State recruit, Jaylen Sanders touched the ball four times in the Mavericks 62-0 win at Robinson. Sanders scored four touchdowns -- three rushing and one receiving.

7-4: A.L. Brown’s Damon Johnson completed 7-of-10 passes against West Charlotte Friday. Four of his seven completions were for touchdowns. He threw for 133 yards.

4:40: Charlotte Catholic’s Elijah Hood came out of his team’s 49-24 win over Ardrey Kell with just under five minutes left in the third quarter. Catholic led 42-14. Hood finished with 351 yards and a Mecklenburg County -tying six rushing touchdowns on 19 carries.

He said it

“We called off the dogs. He could’ve had 450 (yards). He’s very special. He surprises me every week.” -- Charlotte Catholic coach Jim Oddo on the decision to take Hood out of the game so early.

Friday's scores
Albemarle 29, Union Academy 6
Alexander Central 48, West Iredell 20
Ashbrook 42, Lake Norman Charter 0
Bandys 34, West Lincoln 7
Carson 21, Hickory Ridge 13
Central Davidson 41, South Rowan 13
Charlotte Catholic 49, Ardrey Kell 24
Charlotte Christian 38, Providence Day 10
Charlotte Country Day 24, Charlotte Latin 21
Chase 27, East Burke 8
Cherryville 47, Community School Davidson 8
Cox Mill 34, West Rowan 29
Crest 21, Burns 17
Davidson Day 40, Victory Christian 6
East Lincoln 42, Maiden 0
Forest Hills 20, Central Academy 0
Fort Mill 35, Clover 21
Freedom 48, St. Stephens 14
Hibriten 21, Patton 13
Hopewell 33, Vnce 7
Hough 37, North Meck 14
Independence 21, Rocky River 14
Indian Land 23, Buford 19
Kannapolis 56, West Charlotte 8
Lincolnton 48, West Caldwell 21
Mallard Creek 62, Robinson 0
Marvin Ridge 15, Anson Sr. 7
Monroe 48, West Stanly 8
Mooresville 33, South Iredell 10
Mount Pleasant 20, Parkwood 14
Myers Park 56, Garinger 6
North Rowan 40, Thomasville 0
North Stanly 36, South Stanly 6
Olympic 55, Harding 0
Porter Ridge 41, East Meck 13
Providence 35, South Meck 16
R-S Central 20, East Rutherdford 17
Shelby 49, Draughn 14
South Point 48, North Gaston 10
South Pointe 27, York 10
SouthLake Christian 56, Lake Norman Storm 6
Thomas Jefferson 61, Pine Lake Prep 7
Weddington 20, Piedmont 14
West Meck 33, Berry 13
North Carolina

A.L. Brown 56, West Charlotte 8

Albemarle 29, Union Academy 6

Alexander Central 48, West Iredell 20

Ashbrook 42, Lake Norman Charter 0

Bandys 34, West Lincoln 7

Carson 21, Hickory Ridge 13

Central Davidson 41, South Rowan 13

Charlotte Catholic 49, Ardrey Kell 24

Charlotte Christian 38, Providence Day 10

Charlotte Country Day 24, Charlotte Latin 21

Chase 27, East Burke 8

Cherryville 47, Community School Davidson 8

Cox Mill 34, West Rowan 29

Crest 21, Burns 17

Davidson Day 40, Victory Christian 6

East Lincoln 42, Maiden 0

Forest Hills 20, Central Academy 0

Freedom 48, St. Stephens 14

Hibriten 21, Patton 13

Hopewell 33, Vance 7

Hough 37, North Mecklenburg 14

Independence 21, Rocky River 14

Lincolnton 48, West Caldwell 21

Mallard Creek 62, Jay M. Robinson 0

Marvin Ridge 15, Anson Sr. 7

Monroe 48, West Stanly 8

Mooresville 33, South Iredell 10

Mount Pleasant 20, Parkwood 14

Myers Park 56, Garinger 6

North Rowan 40, Thomasville 0

North Stanly 36, South Stanly 6

Olympic 55, Harding 0

Porter Ridge 41, East Mecklenburg 13

Providence 35, South Mecklenburg 16

R-S Central 20, East Rutherdford 17

Shelby 49, Draughn 14

South Point 48, North Gaston 10

Statesville 42, North Lincoln 20

Thomas Jefferson 61, Pine Lake Prep 7

Weddington 20, Piedmont 14

West Mecklenburg 33, Berry 13


Andrews 54, Cherokee 6

Asheville 41, North Buncombe 7

Asheville Reynolds 37, Asheville Roberson 17

Ayden-Grifton 76, Kinston 0

Clinton 41, Rocky Point Trask 14

Corinth Holders 39, Smithfield-Selma 7

East Bladen 36, Union 6

East Forsyth 42, Jamestown Ragsdale 14

Eastern Alamance 41, Eastern Guilford 13

Eastern Wayne 28, Pikeville Aycock 14

Edenton Holmes 42, Bertie County 6

Enka 43, McDowell County 42 (OT)

Fayetteville Smith 40, Spring Lake Overhills 14

Franklin 42, West Henderson 7

Fuquay-Varina 24, Raleigh Athens Drive 13

Garner 49, Southeast Raleigh 14

Greenville Rose 45, Southern Wayne 12

Lee County 39, Fayetteville Westover 2

Lejeune 53, Chocowinity Southside 14

Madison County 45, Mitchell County 13

Middle Creek 14, Cary 0

Murphy 55, Hayesville 13

North Duplin 35, Hobbton 12

North Edgecombe 24, South Creek 6

North Forsyth 28, Southwestern Randolph 0

North Raleigh Christian 39, Fayetteville Christian 16

Northern Durham 42, Durham Jordan 7

Orange County 49, Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 28

Panther Creek 27, Holly Springs 0

Pittsboro Northwood 31, Chapel Hill 24

Plymouth 30, Manteo 0

Polk County 41, Black Mountain Owen 24

Raleigh Broughton 10, Raleigh Enloe 7

Raleigh Leesville Road 7, Raleigh Millbrook 3

Raleigh Ravenscroft 31, Harrells Christian 20

Raleigh Wake Christian 7, Cannon School 0

Reidsville 35, Burlington Cummings 7

South Granville 62, Warren County 12

Southern Pines Pinecrest 21, Richmond County 7

Southern Vance 28, Roanoke Rapids 7

SouthWest Edgecombe 35, North Johnston 0

Swain County 56, Rosman 20

Thomasville Ledford 38, Southern Guilford 35

Washington 22, North Pitt 14

Waynesville Tuscola 45, East Henderson 7

Wilson Beddingfield 28, Farmville Central 20


Person vs. Durham Riverside, ppd. to Nov 4.

Western Harnett vs. Erwin Triton, ppd. to Nov 2.

Hoke County vs. Pembroke Swett, ppd. to Nov 2.

New Bern vs. Greenville Conley, ppd. to Nov 4.

Pasquotank County vs. South Central Pitt, ppd. to Nov 4.

Lakewood vs. Princeton, ppd. to Nov 2.

Goldsboro vs. North Lenoir, ppd. to Nov 4.

Greene Central vs. South Lenoir, ppd. to Nov 4.

Northwest Halifax vs. Louisburg, ppd. to Nov 4.

Northern Vance vs. Hillsborough Cedar Ridge, ppd. to Nov 4.

Dunn Midway vs. West Bladen, ppd. to Nov 4.

KIPP Pride vs. Granville Central, ppd. to Nov 4.

Clayton vs. West Johnston, ppd. to Nov 4.

Bunn vs. Franklinton, ppd. to Nov 4.

South Carolina

Fort Mill 35, Clover 21

Great Falls 28, Lewisville 13

Indian Land 23, Buford 19

Northwestern 63, Nation Ford 18

Rock Hill 27, Lancaster 7

South Pointe 27, York 10

Union County 38, Chester 35


A.C. Flora 49, Dreher 18

Airport 23, Brookland-Cayce 20

Allendale-Fairfax 38, Whale Branch 12

Bamberg-Ehrhardt 21, Edisto 18

Battery Creek 53, Academic Magnet 21

Beaufort 24, Fort Dorchester 21

Belton-Honea Path 31, Emerald 7

Berea 47, Travelers Rest 0

Berkeley 26, Hilton Head 6

Bishop England 35, Ridgeland-Hardeeville 13

Blue Ridge 10, Greer 9

Bluffton 40, Colleton County 36

Branchville 44, Bethune-Bowman 16

C.E. Murray 56, Scott’s Branch 0

Carvers Bay 21, Timmonsville 0

Chapin 25, Camden 20

Chesnee 48, Crescent 21

Clinton 42, Woodruff 34

Crestwood 35, Lakewood 13

D.W. Daniel 24, Seneca 0

Dillon 41, Waccamaw 0

Fort Mill 35, Clover 21

Greenville 40, Eastside 7

Hammond 17, Heathwood Hall 0

Hartsville 41, Darlington 0

Hillcrest 25, Easley 7

Irmo 25, Blythewood 7

James F. Byrnes 54, Dorman 14

Johnsonville 41, Hannah-Pamplico 0

Lake City 12, Kingstree 0

Mauldin 56, Spartanburg 42

McCormick 20, Calhoun Falls 10

Myrtle Beach 30, North Myrtle Beach 28

Ninety Six 16, Abbeville 13

North Augusta 55, Aiken 13

Orangeburg-Wilkinson 28, James Island 7

Powdersville 66, Blacksburg 20

Richland Northeast 13, Ridge View 7

Rock Hill 27, Lancaster 7

Silver Bluff 33, Barnwell 16

Socastee 29, St. James 6

South Aiken 17, White Knoll 13

South Florence 26, Stratford 14

Spring Valley 38, Lugoff-Elgin 14

Strom Thurmond 35, Midland Valley 27

Summerville 39, Ashley Ridge 33

Sumter 31, Conway 6

Swansea 48, Gilbert 34

T.L. Hanna 23, Woodmont 21

Timberland 50, Lee Central 0

Wade Hampton (G) 14, Riverside 6

Wade Hampton (H) 34, Calhoun County 8

Wando 34, Cane Bay 13

West Florence 59, Carolina Forest 35

West Oak 35, Walhalla 0

Wren 57, Palmetto 14

Next week's schedule

Bessemer City at Highland Tech
Hunter Huss at Forestview


Ardrey Kell at South Mecklenburg, 7

Ashbrook at Hunter Huss

Berry at Olympic, 7

Butler at Independence, 7

Carson at Cox Mill

Central Academy at Parkwood

Charlotte Country Day at Charlotte Latin

Chase at East Rutherford

Cherryville at Bessemer City

Crest at Shelby

East Lincoln at West Lincoln

East Mecklenburg at Myers Park, 7

East Rowan at South Rowan

Forest Hills at Monroe

Forestview at East Gaston

Fred T. Foard at St. Stephens

Freedom at Patton

Garinger at Concord

Hickory at Hibriten

Highland Tech at Thomas Jefferson Academy

Hopewell at A.L. Brown Jay M. Robinson at West Charlotte

Kings Mountain at East Burke

Lake Norman at Mooresville

Lake Norman Charter at North Gaston

Lincolnton at Maiden

Mount Pleasant at West Stanly

Newton Conover at Bandys

North Iredell at Alexander Central

North Mecklenburg at Mallard Creek, 7

Northwest Cabarrus at Central Cabarrus

North Stanly at Union Academy

Piedmont at Cuthbertson

Pine Lake Prep at Community School of Davidson

Providence at Charlotte Catholic

Providence Day at Charlotte Christian

Rocky River at Porter Ridge

R.S. Central at Burns

Salisbury at North Rowan

South Stanly at Albermarle

Statesville at South Iredell

Sun Valley at Anson Senior

Watauga at South Caldwell

Weddington at Marvin Ridge

West Caldwell at Bunker Hill

West Iredell at North Lincoln

West Mecklenburg at Harding, 7

West Rowan at Hickory Ridge

Vance at Hough, 7

S. Carolina

Nation Ford at Fort Mill

Rock Hill at Northwestern

South Pointe (SC) at Lancaster

York at Clover