Sunday, January 27, 2013

Olympic, Myers Park girls hold steady in Observer Sweet 16 poll

As we head down the final stretch of the high school basketball regular season, unbeaten Olympic and unbeaten Myers Park girls still sit atop the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll.

There was a little movement beneath them in both polls.

On the boys side, Hough is to a school best No. 2 after West Charlotte dropped one spot after losing in a Washington, D.C.-area tournament last week.

Shelby also fell three spots to No. 9 after being losing 68-59 to Freedom. Freedom jumped one spot to No. 7

In the girls poll, North Meck is up to No. 4 and there could be more change next week, as No. 1 Myers Park visits No. 2 Ardrey Kell Friday.

Boys Sweet 16
Rk.    School (Class)    Rec    Prv

1.    Olympic (4A)    16-0    1
2.    Hough (4A)    13-3    3
3.    West Charlotte (4A)    14-2    2
4.    Cuthbertson (2A)    16-1    4
5.    Concord (3A)    13-1    5
6.    Freedom (3A)    14-3    7
7.    Vance (4A)    12-3    8
8.    Hunter Huss (3A)    13-3    9
9.    Shelby (2A)    16-3    6
10.    East Rutherford (2A)    12-4    10
11.    Independence (4A)    13-4    12
12.    Mallard Creek (4A)    13-4    11
13.    Providence Day (IND)    19-4    13
14.    Hickory (3A)    15-3    14
15.    Rock Hill (4A)    14-4    15
16.    Rock Hill South Pointe (4A)    14-2    16

Dropped out: None. Also receiving consideration: Ardrey Kell (4A, 14-3); East Burke (2A, 13-4); Piedmont (2A, 14-2); Foard (3A, 14-2); North Rowan (1A, 11-3)
Girls Sweet 16
Rk.    School (Class)    Rec    Prv

1.    Myers Park (4A)    17-0    1
2.    Ardrey Kell (4A)    16-1    2
3.    Providence Day (IND)    18-3    3
4.    North Mecklenburg (4A)    16-1    5
5.    Hickory (3A)    17-1    6
6.    Bandys (2A)    15-1    7
7.     Porter Ridge (4A)    13-3    8
8.    Freedom (3A)    16-2    9
9.    West Rowan (3A)    15-1    4
10.    Hough (4A)    11-3    11
11.    Crest (3A)    13-2    13
12.    Rock Hill Northwestern (4A)    14-2    14
13.    Alexander Central (4A)    16-2    15
14.    Carson (3A)    15-3    16
15.    Weddington (3A)    14-4    10
16..    East Burke (2A)    14-3    12

Dropped out: None. Also receiving consideration: Mallard Creek (4A, 12-5); Berry (3A, 12-5); Harding (3A, 10-4); South Point (3A, 12-3);
Forestview (3A, 12-5)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Vance, Shelby and Freedom make big jumps in Observer Sweet 16 poll

West Charlotte’s boys, No. 2 in the Sweet 16, will play a hot Vance team Saturday night at Waddell. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday.

Vance, No. 8 in the Sweet 16, has won four straight games in the new year for coach Will Robinson, who recently won his 500th game.

The Cougars (12-3, 5-1 I-Meck 4A) trail the Lions (14-1, 6-0) by one game in the conference championship race. Vance, however, will play West Charlotte Saturday one day after facing No. 3 Hough in a big showdown game.

The girls poll remained exactly the same, but the boys poll underwent a big shakeup as several teams lost. Among the biggest moveers were Shelby, which jumped from No. 10 to No. 6 and Freedom, which jumped from No. 13 to No. 7.

Boys Sweet 16

Rk.    School (Class)    Rec    Prv

1.    Olympic (4A)    15-0    1
2.    West Charlotte (4A)    14-1    2
3.    Hough (4A)    11-3    3
4.    Cuthbertson (2A)    14-1    4
5.    Concord (3A)    13-1    5
6.    Shelby (2A)    15-2    10
7.    Freedom (3A)    13-3    13
8.    Vance (4A)    12-3    14
9.    Hunter Huss (3A)    13-3    6
10.    East Rutherford (2A)    11-4    11
11.    Mallard Creek (4A)    13-3    12
12.    Independence (4A)    12-4    15
13.    Providence Day (IND)    17-4    16
14.    Hickory (3A)    13-3    7
15.    Rock Hill (4A)    12-4    8
16.    Rock Hill South Pointe (4A)    12-2    9
Dropped out: None. Also receiving consideration: Ardrey Kell (4A, 13-3); East Burke (2A, 11-4); Piedmont (2A, 13-1); West Caldwell (2A, 12-2); Foard (3A, 14-2); Statesville (3A, 10-2); North Rowan (1A, 11-3)
Girls Sweet 16

Rk.    School (Class)    Rec    Prv

1.    Myers Park (4A)    16-0    1
2.    Ardrey Kell (4A)    15-1    2
3.    Providence Day (IND)    15-3    3
4.    West Rowan (3A)    14-0    4.
5.    North Mecklenburg (4A)    15-1    5
6.    Hickory (3A)    15-1    6
7.    Bandys (2A)    13-1    7
8.    Porter Ridge (4A)    12-3    8
9.    Freedom (3A)    14-2    9
10.    Weddington (3A)    13-3    10
11.    Hough (4A)    10-3    11
12.    East Burke (2A)    12-2    12
13.    Crest (3A)    12-2    13
14.    Rock Hill Northwestern (4A)    13-2    14
15.    Alexander Central (4A)    14-2    15
16    Carson (3A)    13-3    16
Dropped out: None. Also receiving consideration: Mallard Creek (4A, 12-4); Berry (3A, 11-5); Harding (3A, 9-4); South Point (3A, 12-3)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Friday's top prep basketball performances

David Airing, Covenant Day: 26 points in Thursday’s 61-55 loss to regional power Charlotte Christian. Had 31 points in Friday’s 63-48 win over Metrolina Christian.
Destiny Barrino, North Meck girls: Game winning buzzer beater in 46-44 win over Mooresville. Finished with 13 points, 10 steals, nine rebounds, four assists.
Jayla Horton, East Meck girls: 10 points, 12 rebounds, two steals in 36-33 win over Providence.
Luke Maye, Hough: 27 points, 11 rebounds, three assists in 69-51 win over Lake Norman. Theo Mack had 19 ponits, four rebounds.
Kennedy Meeks, West Charlotte: 18 points, 16 rebounds, four blocks and a steal in 81-76 come-from-behind win over Mallard Creek. Teammate Nakia Rivers finished with 20 points, seven steals, five assists and five rebounds.
Patrick Rooks, Charlotte Christian: 28 points in a 60-56 wiin over Cannon
Sophie Rossitch, Charlotte Catholic girls: 23 points in 54-37 win over Olympic.
Kara Straite, South Mecklenburg girls: 14 points, 11 rebounds in 41-36 win over Butler.
Mariah Washington, Hopewell girls: 16 points, 11 rebounds in 43-32 win over Vance.
Stephanie Watts, Weddington girls: 32 points, 11 rebounds, eight steals, three assists in 61-44 win over Anson Senior. Weddington (13-3) won its 10th straight game.
Shaigna Wentz, Queens Grant: 40 points in 62-43 win over Community School of Davidson.
Chantel Williams, Mallard Creek girls: 13 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, three steals in 63-48 win over West Charlotte.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

North Meck to dedicate basketball court to former coach Leroy Holden Friday

North Meck will officially rename its court for former boys basketball coach and athletic director Leroy Holden Friday. The ceremony starts at the end of the girls game against Mooresville, approximately at 7:30 p.m.

Holden won more than 400 games in a long career at North Meck and led the Vikings to the 1987 N.C. 4A state championship game.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

East Meck's Jason Grube, Monroe's Johnny Sowell reach coaching milestones

Two area coaches hit big milestones Friday night.

In Union County, Monroe’s legendary football and basketball coach, Johnny Sowell, won his 400th basketball game.

In Charlotte, East Mecklenburg’s Jason Grube, who is building towards a legendary career of his own, won his 200th game, one day shy of another big milestone.

Grube turned 40 Saturday.

Sowell started coaching Monroe’s boys team in 1990 and took 563 games to hit 400. The Redhawks beat Union Academy 64-26 at home Friday to give Sowell an impressive career record of 400-163.
Sowell won a state title in 1980 as a player at Monroe. In 2010, He won one as a coach.

In 14 years as a coach, Grube now has a career record of 200-145. Despite losing five players to transfers, three to academics and five to graduation, Grube, who led East to the 2008 N.C. 4A championship, has the Eagles (7-8, 2-3 Southwestern 4A) in contention for a league championship.

East is just a few games behind league leading Independence (4-1 in conference) and four teams tied for second at 3-2 -- Butler, South Meck, Myers Park and Rocky River.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Olympic boys earn national ranking, top spot in Observer's Sweet 16

Olympic High’s boys basketball team is No. 1 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 boys basketball poll.

The Trojans jumped into the top spot after former No. 1 West Charlotte lost in the championship game of the Junior Orange Bowl national bracket championship game to Potomac (MD) 57-55 Dec. 28. Andre’ Walker, a 6-foot-10 center, scored the game-winning bucket with less than five seconds left.

West Charlotte fell to No. 2 behind Olympic.

West Charlotte also fell out of USA Today’s top 25 national poll after its loss, dropping from No. 20. Olympic moved in, at No. 24. Olympic is led by Deriece Parks (18.8 ppg) and is winning games by 25 points per night.

Boys Sweet 16
Rk.    School (Class)    Rec.

1.    Olympic (4A)    12-0
2.    West Charlotte (4A)    10-1
3.    Hough (4A)    10-2
4.     Cuthbertson (2A)    12-1
5.    Concord (3A)    10-1
6.    Hunter Huss (3A)    11-2
7.    Hickory (3A)    10-2
8.    Rock Hill (4A)    9-3
9.    Rock Hill South Pointe (4A)    9-1
10.    Ardrey Kell (4A)    12-1
11.    Freedom (3A)    11-2
12.     Providence Day (IND)    15-3
13.    Shelby (2A)    11-2
14.    East Rutherford (2A)    9-3
15.    East Burke (2A)    8-3
16.    Mallard Creek (4A)    11-2

Girls Sweet 16
Rk.    School (Class)    Rec.

1.    Myers Park (4A)    13-0
2.    Ardrey Kell (4A)    12-1
3.    Hickory (3A)    11-0
4.    Providence Day (IND)    12-3
5.    West Rowan (3A)    13-0
6.    North Mecklenburg (4A)    12-1
7.    Bandys (2A)    10-1
8.    Porter Ridge (4A)    9-3
9.    Freedom (3A)    12-2
10.    Weddington (3A)    10-3
11.    Hough (4A)    7-3
12.    East Burke (2A)    9-2
13.    Clover, SC (4A)    12-2
14.    Crest (3A)    9-2
15.    Rock Hill Northwestern (4A)    9-2
16.    Mallard Creek (4A)    10-3

Three Mecklenburg football players make Junior All America team

Three Mecklenburg County football players have been selected to the MaxPreps Junior All-America team.

Davidson Day’s record-setting quarterback Will Grier and Charlotte Catholic running back Elijah Hood were named to the first team. Charlotte Christian tight end Jeb Blazevich made second team.
Grier, earlier named the N.C. Gatorade player of the year, has committed to Florida. He was a first-team All-Charlotte Observer pick and was named quarterback of the N.C. Associated Press all-state team, selected by N.C. media members.

Grier, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior, set new N.C. records with 5,785 yards passing and 69 touchdowns this season. In the playoffs -- where he led Davidson Day to its second straight state title -- he threw for 837 yards and 10 touchdowns in one game.

Hood, the Observer’s offensive player of the year, rushed 278 times for 3,309 yards and 48 touchdowns. He led the Cougars to the N.C. 3AA state championship game. Hood, 6-1 and 215 pounds, set new Mecklenburg County single-season rushing records for touchdowns and yards.

Hood, like Grier, was a first team All-Observer pick and a N.C. Associated Press all-state selection.
Blazevich, a 6-5, 230 pound tight end, was an all-conference, all-state and first team All Charlotte Observer pick. He caught 30 passes for 379 yards and five scores.

Cuthbertson's Shelton Mitchell commits to Wake Forest basketball