Friday, August 21, 2015

Charlotte's Jeff McInnis caps career year at Elite 24

Jeff McInnis of Charlotte -- the guy who a state title at West Charlotte and was all-ACC at North Carolina and played more than a decade in the NBA -- has had quite a season, post-retirement.

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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.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Charlotte Country Day football coach Bob Witman to retire

Courtesy of Charlotte Country Day School

Charlotte Country Day football coach Bob Witman will retire at the end of this school year after 25 years leading the Bucs, according to a release from the school.

Witman will leave as the winningest coach in school history, compiling a record of 219-67 since he came to Country Day in 1990.

He also led the Bucs to eight state championships: 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2010.

"Coach Witman has a unique ability to develop student-athletes as both football players and as young men, and to build teams that consistently outperform expectations," Director of Athletics Abe Wehmiller said in the release. "The passion he has for his work with our kids is evident in everything he does. I’m disappointed I won’t get to work with him longer than I did, but know his impact on this program will live on even after his departure."

Country Day will begin the process of hiring a new coach later this week, according to the release from the school, and hopes to have a new coach at the school by mid-April. Witman will stay at the school through June to help with the transition.

-Corey Inscoe

Monday, February 9, 2015

This week's Observer-area prep basketball schedule

Metrolina Conf. Tournament

Tuesday's first round:
#8 Westminister Catawba @ #1 Northside Christian
#7 Gaston Christian @ #2 Concord First Aseembly
#6 Metrolina Christian @ #3 Hickory Grove Christian
#5 Gaston Day @ # 4 Southlake Christian

Thursday's girls semifinals
1/8 Winner vs 4/5 Winner @ Northside 3pm Thur
2/7 Winner vs 3/6 Winner @ Northside 6:30pm Thur

Friday's girls championship
Girls Championship Game 5:30pm @ Northside Fri

Tuesday's first round:
#8 Gaston Christian @ #1 Northside Christian
#7 Westminster Catawba @ #2 Concord First assembly 
#6 Hickory Grove Christian @ #3 Gaston Day 
#5 Metrolina Christian @ #4 Southlake Christian
Thursday's boys semifinals
1/8 Winner vs 4/5 Winner @ Northside 4:30pm Thur
2/7 Winner vs 3/6 Winner @ Northside 8pm Thur
Friday's boys championship
Boys Championship Game 7pm @ Northside Fri, 7:30

SPAA Tournament

Tuesday: Statesville Christian at United Faith

Thursday at United Faith: 
3 pm. Girls Semi 1: #1 Victory Christian vs (#4 Hickory Christian/ #5 Woodlawn School Winner)
4:30 PM Boys Semi 1: #1 Victory Christian vs (#4 UFCA/ #5 Statesville Christian winner)
6 pm: Girls Semi 2: #2 Carmel vs #3 Statesville Christian
7:30 pm; Boys Semi 2: #2 HCA vs #3 Carmel

Friday at United Faith: 5:30 Girls Finals; 7:30 Boys Finals

Monday, Feb. 9

Community School of Davidson at Christ the King (Boys)
New Garden Friends at Charlotte United Christian

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Alexander Central at West Iredell
Albemarle at Queens Grant
A.L. Brown at West Charlotte
Ashbrook at Lake Norman Charter
Bandys at West Lincoln
Bessemer City at Thomas Jefferson Academy
Buford at Indian Land
Calvary Baptist at Davidson Day
Cannon School at Charlotte Latin
Central Cabarrus at East Rowan
Charlotte Catholic at Ardrey Kell
Charlotte Christian at Charlotte Country Day
Charlotte United Christian at Oakbrook Prep
Cherryville at Mountain Island Charter
Clover at Northwestern
Covenant Day at Providence Day
Cox Mill at West Rowan
Crossroads Charter at Princeton Hall
East Gaston at Stuart Cramer
Fletcher School at Countryside Montessori
Forest Hills at Central Academy
Grace Academy at Comenius
Gray Stone Day at Union Academy
Hickory Ridge at Carson
Highland Tech at Community School of Davidson
Hopewell at Vance
Hunter Huss at Forestview
Independence at Rocky River
Jay M. Robinson at Mallard Creek
Kennedy Charter at Legacy Charter
Lancaster at South Pointe (SC)
Lincoln Charter at Pine Lake Prep
Lincolnton at West Caldwell
Maiden at East Lincoln
Monroe at West Stanly
Myers Park at Garinger
Nation Ford at Gaffney
North Iredell at Lake Norman
North Lincoln at Statesville
North Mecklenburg at Hough
Northwest Cabarrus at Concord
Olympic at Harding
Parkwood at Mount Pleasant
Porter Ridge at East Mecklenburg
Rock Hill at Fort Mill
South Iredell at Mooresville
South Mecklenburg at Providence
South Point at North Gaston
West Mecklenburg at Berry
York at Spartanburg Christian Academy

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Central (SC) High at Cuthbertson
Thursday, Feb. 12

A.L. Brown at Hopewell
Andrew Jackson at Indian Land
Carolina Christian at Fletcher School
Central Academy at Parkwood
Charlotte Christian at Providence Day
Charlotte Latin at Covenant Day
Christ the King at Arbrorbrook
East Lincoln at West Lincoln
Hough at Vance
Lake Norman at Mooresville
Mallard Creek at North Mecklenburg
North Iredell at Alexander Central
Pine Lake Prep at Countryside Montessori
Statesville at South Iredell
West Charlotte at Jay M. Robinson
West Iredell at North Lincoln

Friday, Feb. 13

Ardrey Kell at South Mecklenburg
Ashbrook at Hunter Huss
Berry at Olympic
Bessemer City at Highland Tech
Butler at Independence
Carson at Cox Mill
Charlotte Country Day at Cannon School
Charlotte United Christian at Mountain Mission
Community School of Davidson at Lincoln Charter
Davidson Day at Greensboro Day
East Mecklenburg at Myers Park
Forest Hills at Monroe
Forestview at East Gaston
Fort Mill at Nation Ford
Harding at West Mecklenburg
Kennedy Charter at Elite Prep
Lake Norman Charter at North Gaston
Lincolnton at Maiden
Marvin Ridge at Cuthbertson
Mount Pleasant at West Stanly
Northwest Cabarrus at Central Cabarrus
Northwestern at Rock Hill
Piedmont at Anson County
Providence at Charlotte Catholic
Queens Grant at Union Academy
Rocky River at Porter Ridge
Stuart Cramer at South Point
Thomas Jefferson Academy at Cherryville
Weddington at Sun Valley
West Rowan at Hickory Ridge
York at Clover

Saturday, Feb. 14

Charlotte United Christian at Wesleyan Christian

Monday, February 2, 2015

This week's Observer-area prep basketball schedule 2/2-2/7

Monday, Feb. 2

Carolina Christian at Charlotte United Christian (Girls)
Gaston Christian at Concord First Assembly
Providence Day at Charlotte Country Day
Winston Salem Christian at Statesville Christian
York Prep at Indian Land

Tuesday, Feb. 3

A.L. Brown at Hough
Alexander Central at Statesville
Anson County at Weddington
Berry at Harding
Butler at Rocky River
Carson at Concord
Central Academy at West Stanly
Central Cabarrus at South Rowan
Charlotte Catholic at South Mecklenburg
Charlotte Christian at Cannon School
Charlotte Country Day at Covenant Day
Charlotte Latin at Providence Day
Charlotte United Christian at Grace Academy
Cherryville at Community School of Davidson
Christ the King at Victory Christian (Girls)
Clover at Fort Mill
Concord First Assembly at SouthLake Christian
Cuthbertson at Piedmont
East Gaston at Ashbrook
East Lincoln at Newton Conover
Fletcher School at Arborbrook
Forest Hills at Parkwood
Forsyth Country Day at Davidson Day
Gaffney at Rock Hill
Garinger at Independence
Gaston Christian at Gaston Day
Hickory Christian at United Faith
Hickory Grove at Westminster Catawba
Hickory Ridge at Northwest Cabarrus
Highland Tech at Lincoln Charter
Hunter Huss at Lake Norman Charter
Legacy Charter at Crossroads Charter
Lincolnton at Bunker Hill
Mooresville at North Lincoln
Mount Pleasant at Monroe
Myers Park at Porter Ridge                                      
North Gaston at Stuart Cramer
North Iredell at South Iredell
North Mecklenburg at Jay M. Robinson
Northside Christian at Metrolina Christian
Olympic at West Mecklenburg
Pine Lake Prep at Bessemer City
Providence at Ardrey Kell
Queens Grant at East Montgomery
South Point at Forestview
South Pointe (SC) at Broome
Statesville Christian at Woodlawn School
Sun Valley at Marvin Ridge
Vance at Mallard Creek
Victory Christian at Carmel Christian
West Caldwell at West Lincoln
West Charlotte at Hopewell
West Iredell at Lake Norman
York at Nation Ford

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Monroe at Union Academy

Thursday, Feb. 5

Community Christian at Christ the King (Boys)
Piedmont Charter at Gaston Christian 
Victory Christian at Christ the King (Girls)
Walnut Grove at Kennedy Charter
Westminster Catawba at Concord First Assembly
York Prep at Metrolina Christian

Friday, Feb. 6

Anson County at Marvin Ridge
Arborbrook at Statesville Christian (Girls)
Ardrey Kell at Berry
Carmel Christian at Hickory Christian
Carolina Christian at Albemarle
Central Cabarrus at Cox Mill
Charlotte Latin at Charlotte Christian
Charlotte United Christian at Elite Prep (Boys)
Chatham Central at Union Academy
Cherryville at Bessemer City
Christ the King at Community Christian
Clinton at South Pointe (SC)
Community School of Davidson at Thomas Jefferson Academy
Concord at West Rowan
Covenant Day at Cannon School
Davidson Day at Wesleyan Christian
East Mecklenburg at Garinger
Forestview at Ashbrook
Gaffney at Fort Mill
Gaston Day at Westminster Catawba
Grace Academy at North Hills Christian
Harding at Providence
Hickory Grove at Northside Christian
Hopewell at Jay M. Robinson
Hough at West Charlotte
Independence at Myers Park
Indian Land at North Central
Lake Norman at North Lincoln
Lake Norman Charter at South Point
Mallard Creek at A.L. Brown
Metrolina Christian at SouthLake Christian
Mooresville at West Iredell
Mount Pleasant at Central Academy
Newton Conover at Lincolnton
New Hope Christian at Crossroads Charter
North Gaston at East Gaston
North Moore at Queens Grant
Northwestern at Nation Ford
Northwest Cabarrus at Carson
Parkwood at Monroe
Pine Lake Prep at Highland Tech
Porter Ridge at Butler
Rock Hill at York
Shelby at Clover
South Iredell at Alexander Central
South Mecklenburg at Olympic
South Rowan at Hickory Ridge
Statesville at North Iredell
Statesville Christian at United Faith (Boys)
Stuart Cramer at Hunter Huss
Sun Valley at Cuthbertson
Vance at North Mecklenburg
Weddington at Piedmont
West Caldwell at East Lincoln
West Lincoln at Maiden
West Mecklenburg at Charlotte Catholic
West Stanly at Forest Hills
Woodlawn at Victory Christian (Girls)

Saturday, Feb. 7

Hickory Grove at Gaston Day
South Pointe (SC) at Northwestern