Thursday, March 26, 2015

The first Queen City Soccer Showcase kicks off Thursday night

Charlotte Latin and Providence Day are hosting the first Queen City Soccer Showcase Thursday and Saturday.

There will be four girls games played between public and private school teams.

On Thursday, Weddington plays at Charlotte Latin at 7:30 p.m. Also Thursday, Marvin Ridge is at Providence Day.

On Saturday, both games are at Charlotte Latin: Providence Day vs. Weddington at 5 p.m. and Charlotte Latin vs. Marvin Ridge at 7 p.m.

Providence Day is ranked No. 1 in the latest N.C. soccer coaches 3A private school rankings and Charlotte Latin is No. 3.

Weddington is No. 1 in the N.C. 3A poll. Marvin Ridge is fifth.

Proceeds from the event benefit the ThyCa organization, which supports survivors of thyroid cancer.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Florida bill could lead to "unlimited" high school transfers

A Florida bill being proposed could lead to rampant high school athletic transfers, reports the Tampa Tribune.

Under the "Extracurricular Activities Bill," which is working its way through the Florida House of Representatives, students would be able to play sports outside of their designated zones or school district so long as they were enrolled at the new school by the start of practice for their sport.

Eligibility would be determined by GPA. The law could go into effect July 1.

The bill also would remove the Florida High School Athletic Association as the sole governing body for the state's high school athletics and allow the Commissioner of Education to select a non-profit to replace it. Schools would have the option to join the state association, or others, by sport. So a school's football team could choose to join and a basketball team from the same school could opt not to do so.

AL Brown releases 2015 football schedule

The Wonders will kick off the season against Concord Aug. 21.

A21 Concord
A28 at South Rowan
S4 NW Cabarrus
S11 Mooresville
S18 open
S25 at North Meck
O2 at Vance
O9 Robinson
O16 Hough
O23 at Mallard Creek
O30 West Charlotte
N6 Hopewell

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fayetteville's Dennis Smiths is NC Gatorade player of the year

          Dennis Smith Jr. of Trinity Christian School is the 2014-15 Gatorade North Carolina Boys Basketball Player of the Year.  Smith Jr. is the first Gatorade North Carolina Boys Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Trinity Christian 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 court, distinguishes Smith Jr. as North Carolina’s best high school boys basketball player.  

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound junior guard averaged 21.8 points per game this past season, leading the Crusaders (23-10) to the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association’s Class 1A state semifinals. Competing for Team United in Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League this past summer, Smith averaged 12.0 points, 5.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per contest. Also a participant in the NBPA Top 100 and adidas Unrivaled camps in 2014, he was a member of the 2013-14 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team.

Smith has maintained a 3.90 weighted GPA in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade Award’s broad criteria. He has donated his time locally as part of multiple community service initiatives in coordination with his church.

“He could be one of the best high school basketball players I have seen in a long time,” said Dan Pruessner, head coach of rival Freedom Christian Academy. “He sees the floor really well. He’s crazy explosive. He scores at will. He has quick hands. He also dropped 22 points in a quarter on us, and 17 of those were on jump shots. So, he really has no weakness.”

Smith will begin his senior year of high school this fall.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Georgia HS Association to allow Wheeler High to play in national championship; Myers Park girls hope for same

The Georgia High School Athletic Association has granted Wheeler High's boys basketball team special permission to play in the Dick's Sporting Goods National Championship in New York City next month.

Like North Carolina, Georgia has a rule that prohibits teams from playing games after the season is complete. Wheeler parents began a petition that led to the special exemption.

Myers Park's girls have also been invited to the national championship, provided they win Saturday's N.C. 4A state championship game against Southeast Raleigh.

Myers Park officials and parents have also started a grassroots effort to try to get the NCHSAA to grant a special exemption. The NCHSAA executive committee will hold a meeting March 17 to make a determination, provided that Myers Park wins Saturday.