Saturday, December 28, 2013

Upward Classic, Saturday's scores;Monday's final day pairings

Day 2 Girls Results:

East Meck 50 Greer Middle College 32
Jayla Horton with 17 for EM
Tori Cooper added 16 for GMC

Gaston Day 46 Kings Mountain 44
Morgan Whitesides led with 20 for GDS
Tiffani Thompson chipped in 13 for KM

Berry 52 Charlotte Christian 40
Rashika White put in 22 for Berry
Kerstie Phills with 19 for CCS

Hough 64 South Meck 39
Kelsey Dean had 16 for Hough
Courtney Sanderson added 18 for SM

Monday's pairings

Greer Middle College vs Kings Mountain 9am 7th place
Gaston Day vs East Meck 12 noon 5th place
Charlotte Christian vs South Meck 3pm 3rd place
Hough vs Berry 6pm Championship

Day 2 Boys Results:

Providence Day 75 Gaston Day 59
Grant Williams led PDS with 22
Derek Mcknight paced GDS with 21

Kennedy 68 Independence 56
Che Bob poured in 30 for Kennedy
KC Givens and Jr. Bowen both had 12 for Indy

High Point Christian 74 ChristChurch 61
Michael Provenzano led HPCA with 19
Devin Robinson (Florida) had 23 for CCS

Orlando Christian Prep 64 Savannah 44
Dmitri Thompson had 22 for OCP
Christ Cokley (UAB) chipped in 12 for Savannah

Monday's boys pairings

Gaston Day vs Independence 10:30am 7th Place
Kennedy Charter vs Providence Day 1:30pm 5th Place
Savannah vs Christchurch 4:30pm 3rd Place
Orlando Christian vs High Point Christian 7:30pm Championship

Upward Classic Day 1 recap; Day 2 pairings

Day 1 Results


Hough 71 Kings Mt 43
Kelsey Dean had 21pts for Hough
Tiffany Thompson with 16 for KM

Berry 66 Greer Middle College(SC) 28
Rashika White led with 12 for Berry
Killian Milenger added 8 for GMC

Charlotte Christian 50 East Meck 39
Kerstie Phils had 17 for CCS
Zhamya Wills with 14 for EM

South Meck 55 Gaston Day 45
Courtney Sanderson put in 19 for SM
Omarri Holland added 20 for GDS

Day 2 Girls Pairings and times:

Greer Middle College vs East Meck 9am
Gaston Day vs King Mountain 12 noon
Berry vs Charlotte Christian 3pm
South Meck vs Hough 4:30pm

Day 1 Results


Orlando Christian Prep (FL) 78 Independence 69
Brandon Maxwell (Chattanooga) Led OCP with 21
Jr Bowen added 17 for Indy

High Point Christian 60 Providence Day 47
Joey McLean led HPCA with 22
Grant Williams put in 14 for PDS

ChristChurch School (VA) 76 Gaston Day 60
Devin Robinson (Florida) poured in 31 for CCS
Troy Henderson (Mount St. Marys) added 14 for GDS

Savannah (GA) vs Kennedy Charter LATE

Day 2 Boys Pairing and times:

Gaston Day vs Providence Day 10:30am
Independence vs Savannah/Kennedy Loser 1:30pm
Christchurch vs High point christian 6pm
Orlando Christian vs Savannah/Kennedy Winner 7:30p,

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Barry Shuford resigns as Olympic Football coach

Olympic High head football coach Barry Shuford has resigned.

Shuford said he wants to spend more time following his son and daughter, who are playing sports in college.

Shuford coached at Olympic since 2007. His 2013 team was 7-5. After going 4-7 in his first season, Shuford's next six teams produced no losing seasons.

Prior to coaching at Olympic, Shuford was at Monroe's Parkwood High from 2003-06, at Butler from 1997-02, at Garinger from 1992-95, and at Bessemer City from 1989-91.

His career record is 142-137.

In a letter to Olympic's administration, Shuford said, "I am resigning as head football coach at Olympic High School effective immediately. I would like to travel to see my son and daughter participate in college sports and would like to do that freely without the burden of feeling that I am neglecting my kids at Olympic High School."

With Shuford's resignation, there are now five head football jobs open at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

The others (info on each link) are at Myers Park, Garinger and Vance and West Charlotte.

Thursday's prep basketball schedules

Thursday, December 19

Alexander Central at Mooresville
Ardrey Kell at Harding
Carolina Chargers at Highland Tech
Central Cabarrus at South Rowan
Countryside Montessori at Community School of Davidson
Hickory Ridge at Northwest Cabarrus
Independence in Kernersville Medical Center Tournament (Girls only)
Jay M. Robinson at A.L. Brown
Lake Norman at South Iredell
Maiden at Bunker Hill
Mallard Creek at Hough
Mount Pleasant at South Stanly
Myers Park at Butler
North Lincoln at North Iredell                                
North Mecklenburg at Hopewell
Piedmont at Central Academy
Pine Lake Prep at Cherryville
Porter Ridge at Garinger
Providence at Berry
Rocky River at East Mecklenburg
South Mecklenburg at West Mecklenburg
West Charlotte at Vance
West Iredell at Statesville
West Rowan at East Rowan

Monday, December 16, 2013

Monday and Tuesday's Observer-area prep basketball schedules

Here are tonight and Tuesday's games

Monday, December 16
Hickory Christian at Statesville Christian
Pageland Central at Central Academy
West Stanly at Sun Valley

Tuesday, Dec. 17

Albermarle at Gray Stone Day
Anson at Cheraw
Arborbrook at Fletcher School
Burns at East Rutherford
Butler at East Mecklenburg
Carolina Christian at Metrolina Christian
Charlotte United Christian at New Hope Christian
Chase at Crest
Cherryville at Community School of Davidson
Christ the King at Davidson Day
Cox Mill at Concord
East Burke at Shelby
East Gaston at Lake Norman Charter
East Rowan at Northwest Cabarrus
Forest Hills at Piedmont
Fred T. Foard at Freedom
Garinger at Rocky River
Harding at Charlotte Catholic
Hickory at Patton
Highland Tech at Lincoln Charter
Hopewell at Mallard Creek
Hough at Jay M. Robinson
Independence at Porter Ridge
Kennedy Charter at Grace Academy (at Crews Road Rec Center)
Kings Mountain at Draughn
Marvin Ridge at Monroe
Mooresville at North Iredell
North Gaston at Ashbrook
North Lincoln at Alexander Central
North Mecklenburg at West Charlotte
North Stanly at Queens Grant
Olympic at Ardrey Kell
Parkwood at Sun Valley
Pine Lake Prep at Bessemer City
Riverside Christian Academy at Crossroads Charter
St. Stephens at Watauga
Salem Baptist at Concord First Assembly
South Caldwell at Hibriten
South Iredell at West Iredell
South Mecklenburg at Berry
South Point at Hunter Huss
South Rowan at Carson
South Stanly at Union Academy
Statesville at Lake Norman
Stuart Cramer at Forestview
Thomas Jefferson at Crossnore
Vance at A.L. Brown
Weddington at Hickory Ridge
West Rowan at Central Cabarrus
West Mecklenburg at Providence

Friday, December 13, 2013

Time Warner to broadcast all 8 NCHSAA state football finals

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and News 14 Carolina will exclusively televise the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) football championship games live this weekend. The games will also all be streamed live online for authenticated subscribers as well as on

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel can be found on channel 520 on Time Warner Cable systems in the Carolinas, with Time Warner Cable SportsChannel2 available on channel 521 and Time Warner Cable SportsChannel3 on channel 522. For more information,


Friday, December 13
LIVE at 7:30 p.m. Division 2AA Championship Game - TWC SportsChannel
  High Point T.W. Andrews vs. Monroe High School
  Talent: Chris Edwards/Joe Simmons/Lyndsay Rowley

Saturday, December 14
LIVE at 11:00 a.m. Division 1A Championship - TWC SportsChannel
  Plymouth High School vs. Murphy High School
  Talent: Patrick Kinas/Sean McNally/Paul Doherty

Saturday, December 14
LIVE at 11:00 a.m. Division 3A - TWC SportsChannel2
  Havelock High School vs. Concord High School
  Talent: Mike Solarte/Ethan Horton/Jim Connors

Saturday, December 14
LIVE at 11:00 a.m. Division 2A - TWC SportsChannel3
  Southwest Onslow High School vs.
  Shelby High School
  Talent: Chris Edwards/Joe Simmons/Lyndsay Rowley

Saturday, December 14
LIVE at 3:00 p.m. Division  1AA -TWC SportsChannel
  Warsaw James Kenan High School vs.
  West Montgomery High School
  Talent: Patrick Kinas/Sean McNally/Paul Doherty

Saturday, December 14
LIVE at 3:00 p.m. Division 4A - TWC SportsChannel2
  Scotland County High School vs.
  Greensboro James B. Dudley High School
  Talent: Mike Solarte/Ethan Horton/Jim Connors

Saturday, December 14
LIVE at 7:00 p.m. Division 3AA - TWC SportsChannel
  Southern Durham High School vs. 
  Crest High School
  Talent: Patrick Kinas/Sean McNally/Paul Doherty

Saturday, December 14
LIVE at 7:00 p.m. Division 4AA - News 14 Carolina
  Wake Forest High School vs.
  Charlotte Mallard Creek High School
  Talent: Mike Solarte/Ethan Horton/Jim Connors

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Prep Basketball Roundup 12.10.13: Tuesday's heroes, scores, notes

UP, Shannon Bradley, United Faith: Averaging 17.3 points for Falcons (2-1) who didn’t have a team last season and are starting over in 2013-14. Bradley had 19 points in Monday’s 28-15 win at Legacy Charter (S.C.)

UP, Salem Cuthbertson, Desiree Newman, Charlotte United Christian: Cuthbertson had 20 points, 16 steals, 13 rebounds in a 50-8 win over the Fletcher School. Newman, a 2012-13 All-Mecklenburg pick, had 21 points.

UP, Providence girls: Three players had double-doubles in Tuesday's 58-42 win over Sun Valley: Megan Fleury (21 points, 24 rebounds); Chi-Chi Madguebunam (15, 16) and Michaela Daniels (10 steals, 10 assists, seven points). Fleury's 24 rebounds broke her school-record of 20 set earlier this season.

UP, L.J. Peak, Gaffney: Georgetown recruit had 34 points and 14 rebounds in 76-65 win over Rock Hill Tuesday, scoring 19 in the second half. Peak, a 6-5 senior forward, is rated among the nation's top 100 recruits by ESPN.

UP, Luke Maye, Hough: Junior scored his 1,000th career point in a one-point win over Independence.


Brittany Autry, Parkwood: 19 points, 10 rebounds in 63-15 win over Buford. Emry Tsitouris had 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Sarah Billiard, Covenant Day:
25 points, 12 rebounds in 63-43 win over Metrolina Christian. Erica Van Dusen finished with 16 points, six assists and six steals.

Miya Bull, East Mecklenburg: 10 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks in a 64-52 win at Olympic.

Lauren Arney, East Burke: 31 points in 70-67 win over East Rutherford. East Rutherford's Rachel Camp had 38 points, 7 rebounds and teammate Shay Dewberry added 21.

Kelsey Dean, Hough: Scored 32 points in a 73-28 win over Independence and also scored her 1,000th career point in the fourth quarter.

Mahaley Holit, Central Cabarrus: freshman had 21 points, eight assists and six steals in a 61-55 win over Hickory Ridge.

Haleigh Lackey, Bandys: made 12-of-16 shots from the field and had 24 points in 94-17 win over Foard. She also had five steals.

Eleah Parker, Northside Christian: nine points, 16 rebounds, eight blocks in a win over Concord First Assembly.

Marie Ritchie, Alexander Central girls: 13 points, 12 rebounds in 44-32 win over Watauga. Alexander Central is 6-0.

Stephanie Watts, Weddington: National recruit had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 12 steals in a 59-33 win over Forestview. Teammate Bailee Carter had 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks, nearly getting a triple double.


No. 1 Myers Park 62, No. 15 North Mecklenburg 43: Myers Park (8-0) made a statement in the second half of Tuesday's showdown at North (4-3). The Vikings led Myers Park 21-20 at halftime, but the Mustangs outscored North 42-22 in the second half. Aliyah Mazyck had 18 points and Rydeiah Rogers 16 to lead the Mustangs. North got 13 from Dynasty Heyward and 12 from Destiny Barrino.

Australia 40, No. 2 Providence Day 37: The Chargers were outscored 14-11 in the fourth quarter of a close game and fell to a team of Australia high school age players. Jatarie White had 24 for the Chargers.

No. 5 Mallard Creek 76, No. 11 Harding 67: The Mavericks stayed unbeaten at 6-0 beating the two-time N.C. 3A champs behind 21 points from Chantel Williams, 19 from Autumn Drayton and 18 from Zaria Wright. Mallard Creek outscored Harding (3-2) 24-16 in the decisive fourth quarter. Harding got 18 from Brianna Hamrick and 14 from Myicha Drakeford.

Charlotte Catholic 56, Charlotte Latin 46:
Sophie Rossitch had 21 pionts and Sarah Dudzinski added 11 in the Cougars' win. Catholic led 23-7 after the first quarter. Chanin Scott led Latin (1-6) with 16 points. Catholic is 2-2.

Hough 73, Independence 28:
Hough (4-2) jumped out to a 27-3 first quarter lead and won this non-conference game easily at home in Cornelius. Camile Martin led Independence with 12 points.


Ty-shon Alexander, Concord: 33 points in a 72-53 win over East Rowan with N.C. State coaches into see the 6-3 freshman wing.

Gabe DeVoe, Shelby:
39 points, courtesy of eight 3-point shots, from Clemson signee in a 94-54 win over Chase.

Terrance Durham, Mallard Creek: Scored 27 points in a 79-77 win over Harding. Harding, which got 31 points from Darryl White and 22 from Teyon Henry, outscored Mallard Creek 39-15 in the fourth quarter to get close. White had 20 of his 31 points in the quarter.

Daivon Gamble, Garinger:
16 points, 22 rebounds in a 54-46 win over East Gaston.

Jay Harrill, Watauga:
25 points, five rebounds in 61-43 win over Alexander Central. Alexander's Ty Ireland had 22 points, 13 rebounds, three assists.

Luke Maye, Hough:
Scored his 1,000th point with 98 seconds left in the first quarter. He finished with 19 points, 16 rebounds in a one point win over Independence.

Deion Lane, Independence:
27 points, 10 rebounds, three steals in a 69-68 narrow loss at Hough. Teammate Tayon Gleaves had 21 for the Patriots (3-4), No. 15 in the Observer's Sweet 16.

Derek McKnight, Gaston Day: 29 points in a 65-50 win over Davidson Day.

Justus Melton, Covenant Day: 28 points, 21 rebounds in 62-55 win over Metrolina Christian. Melton averages 22 points, 14 rebounds.

Desean Murray, Northside Christian: In a 99-62 win over First Assembly, Murray had 15 points and 18 rebounds. Keyshawn Woods had 24 points, five assists. James Demery had 22 pionts an eight rebounds.

Darnell Rogers, Indian Land: 5-5 sophomore guard scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and 26 overall as Indian Land, No. 10 in the S.C. 2A state poll, beat 4A York.

Chad Sanders, Kings Mountain: 25 points 87-58 win over Chase. Teammate James Tillman had 21 points, 11 rebounds.

Hunter Seacat, Lake Norman: 24 points, six rebounds and two blocks in 77-52 win over Hopewell.

Chazz Surratt, East Lincoln:
made 7-of-7 free throws in the final two minutes to seal a 68-63 win over South Point. He had 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Travis Waldroup-Rodriguez, East Rutherford: 24 points, eight rebounds in 67-56 win over East Burke.


No. 8 North Mecklenburg 92, Myers Park 81: C.J. Bryce had 30 points, 10 rebound and three assists in a tight win over rival Myers Park. North (7-0) also had 20 points and six rebounds from Taj Middleton.

Gaston Day 65, Davidson Day 50:
In a meeting of two of the state’s top 2A private schools, Gaston Day got 12 points from Adam Koziol and held Davidson Day’s Kenny Hairston to 11. Hairston came into the game averaging 22 points. Blake Schermann led Davidson Day (6-1) with 14 points. Gaston Day improved to 7-4.

Greensboro Day 54, Cannon 50: Greensboro Day got 24 points from Bryan Rouse and 10 points from eighth grader Will Dillard to improve to 6-2 and slow down Cannon. Cannon (9-2) got 17 from Ryan Marks.

Sun Valley 67, Providence 59: Sun Valley had four double-figure scorers in a solid win. Jay Rowell had 17 points, Daquan Moody 14, Malcolm Cumberbatch and Jimmy Hudgens had 12 each for Sun Valley (2-2). Providence (1-6) got 15 from Nolan Nelson and 14 from Dalen Dotson.

No. 1 Myers Park 62, No. 15 North Mecklenburg 43
Australia 40, No. 2 Providence Day 37
No. 4 Bandys 94, Foard 17
No. 5 Mallard Creek 76, No. 11 Harding 67
No. 7 Parkwood 63, Buford 15
No. 16 Weddington 59, Forestview 33

Alexander Central 44, Watauga 32
Bessemer City 62, Piedmont Charter 10
Central Cabarrus 61, Hickory Ridge 55
Charlotte Catholic 56, Charlotte Latin 46
Charlotte United Christian 50, Fletcher School 8
Christ The King 47, Pine Lake Prep 27
Covenant Day 63, Metrolina Christian 43
Davidson Day 50, Charlotte Latin 48
East Burke 70, East Rutherford 67
East Mecklenburg 64, Olympic 52
Forsyth Country Day 50, Country Day 46
Fort Mill (SC) 60, River Bluff 18
Gaffney (SC) 50, Rock Hill 48
Gaston Day 49, Davidson Day 40
Hopewell 58, Lake Norman 47
Hough 73, Independence 28
Indian Land (SC) 46, York 34
Kings Mountain 59, Burns 34
McDowell 66, Freedom 53
Northwestern (SC) 74, Boiling Springs 21
Northside Christian 48, First Assembly 22
Parkwood 59, Buford 54
Providence 58, Sun Valley 42
Shelby 51, Chase 18
South Point 59, East Lincoln 26
Union Academy 58, East Montgomery 47
West Lincoln 42, North Lincoln 27

No. 1 Providence Day 60, Australia 55
No. 3 Lake Norman 77, Hopewell 52
No. 4 Hough 69, No. 15 Independence 68
No. 5 Olympic 63, East Meck 53
No. 8 North Meck 92, Myers Park 81
No. 11 Freedom 67, McDowell 56
No. 13 Concord 72, East Rowan 53
No. 14 East Rutherford 67, East Burke 56

Alexander Central 61, Watauga 43
Bessemer City 70, Piedmont Charter 62
Charlotte Christian 61, Community School of Davidson 34
Charlotte Latin 73, Charlotte Catholic 67
Charlotte United Christian 67, Fletcher School 48
Covenant Day 62, Metrolina Christian 55
Cox Mill 62, NW Cabarrus 57
East Lincoln 68, South Point 63
Forsyth Country Day 66, Country Day 39
Ft Mill (SC) 52, River Bluff 46
Gaffney (SC) 76, Rock Hill 65
Garinger 54, East Gaston 46
Gaston Day 65, Davidson Day 50
Greensboro Day 54, Cannon 50
Hickory Ridge 63, Central Cabarrus 63
Indian Land (SC) 76, York 74
Kings Mountain 87, Burns 58
Legacy Charter (SC) 67, United Faith 52
Lincolnton 68, North Gaston 47
Mallard Creek 79, Harding 77
Marvin Ridg 80, Nation Foard 58
Northside Christian 99, Concord First Assembly 62
Piedmont 63, Forest Hills 48
St. Stephens 75, Newton-Conover 73
Sun Valley 67, Providence 59
Weddington 64, Forestview 58


No. 2 West Charlotte (3-1) at Berry (4-0), 7:30 p.m.:
Berry has won four games by 23 points, specializing in the close win. Berry is also holding its opponents to slightly more than 50 points per game. The Lions are averaging triple digits. Something will give in this huge rivalry game.
Note: Wednesday's No. 13 Concord at No. 12 North Rowan game has been postponed. No makeup date has been announced.


A.L. Brown at South Rowan
Carson at Salisbury
Clover at Hunter Huss

Crest at Ashbrook
Cuthbertson at Central Academy
Forest Hills at Pageland Central
Fred T. Foard at West Caldwell
Freedom at McDowell
Lincoln Charter at Queens Grant
Monroe at Sun Valley
North Henderson at Thomas Jefferson Academy
Piedmont at Rocky River
Porter Ridge at Anson
South Caldwell at Alexander Central
South Davidson at Union Academy
South Stanly at West Stanly
Vance at East Gaston
West Charlotte at Berry

Read more here:

Friday, December 6, 2013

Prep Basketball Roundup: Friday's scores, heroes


UP, Myers Park girls: 6-0 after Friday’s 61-15 win over Providence. Mustangs, No. 1 in the Sweet 16, got 11 points from Aliyah Mazyck and 10 each from Morgan Uptegraff and Saadia Timptonz

UP, Stephanie Butler: Former Butler High girls coach won her coaching debut at Rock Hill South Pointe Friday against Gaffney. Coach Butler led the Butler High Bulldogs to the 2010 state title and a national ranking.

UP, Ezinne Mbamalu, Lake Norman Charter girls: All-Mecklenburg star scored her 1,000th point Friday against Hough.

UP, Devin Parks, West Rowan: hit a game-winning shot against rival Northwest Cabarrus Friday.

UP, Gray Stone Day: Boys win over South Stanly ended a losing streak that goes back to the 2011 season.

Friday's Top Girls Performers

Sarah Billiard, Covenant Day: 17 points, 12 rebounds in 51-45 win over Gaston Christian. Sister Hannah Billiard had 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Bailey Carter, Weddington: 19 points and 10 rebounds in a 74-29 win over Garinger. North Carolina recruit Stephanie Watts had 24 points for Weddington (5-2).

Evonna McGill, Gaston Day: 17 points, 11 rebounds in a 65-33 win over Burlington Christian

Mary Ritchie, Alexander Central: 16 points, 10 rebounds in 56-50 win over South Caldwell.

Shaigna Wentz, Porter Ridge: 20 points in 43-34 win over South Meck. Mary Quick had 10 for the Sabres.

Jatarie White, Providence Day:
18 points, six rebounds and five assists in a 48-33 win over Raleigh Ravenscroft on the road. The Chargers, No. 2 in the Sweet 16, play at Durham Academy Saturday at 2 p.m.

Friday's Girls Roundup

No. 4 Lake Norman Charter 59, No. 14 Hough 50: Alex Busch had 22 points and made 8-of-10 free throw attempts as Lake Norman Charter stopped Hough in overtime. Hough was outscored 18-0 in the second quarter, but rallied behind Julia Brown (20 points) and Kelsey Dean (11).

Friday's Top Boys Performers

Michael Baez, Charlotte United Christian: 18 points, seven assists in 76-71 win over Oakbrook Prep. Stefan Kostic had 12 points and six assists and Stephen Adams had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors (8-5) who lost 122-80 to Oakbrook last season.

Austin Dasent, Myers Park:
14 points, five rebounds, six assists in win over Providence. Teammate ZaQwaun Matthews had 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Adam Durden, Charlotte Christian:
21 points in 59-43 loss to Fayetteville's Trinity Christian.

Devonte Fuller, Hickory: 27 points in a 73-58 loss to Statesville. Fuller had 45 in a loss to Newton-Conover Tuesday. Kender Thompson led Statesville with 24.

Andrew Guillot, Union Academy: hit game-winning shot in 53-51 win over Pine Lake Prep with three seconds left. He finished with nine points.

Luke Lawson, Grace Academy:
34 points, eight rebounds, two steals in a 94-83 win over GCAA. Juice Narusas had 16 points, 10 rebounds and threee assists.

Matt Morgan, Cox Mill: 33 points, three assists in 70-50 win over Hickory Ridge. Cox Mill is 5-1.

Charles Minlend, Concord First Assembly: 33 points in 87-56 win over Westminster Catawba.

Zaccheus Rorie, Forest Hills: 19 points, 12 rebounds for the sophomore point guard in a 80-75 win over Anson Senior. Terrance Huntley had 17 and 6-10 Michael Whitis had 18 for Forest Hills (2-0).

Patrick Tape’, Queens Grant: Second straight double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks) Friday.

Michael White, Country Day:
20 points, four steals in 71-51 win over Community School of Davidson.

Friday's Boys Roundup

Raleigh Ravenscroft 86, No. 1 Providence Day 83, 2 OT: The Chargers (6-1) were down seven with 60 seconds left and tied it with seven seconds left to force overtime. Providence Day missed a shot to win at the end of the first overtime and missed a shot to tie at the end of the second OT. Ravenscroft made 13-of-20 three-point shots. Jordan Watkins led the Chargers with 27 points. Grant Williams had 19 points and 10 rebounds.

No. 5 Olympic 69, Hopewell 34:
The Trojans won their 34th straight game after jumping out to a 20-4 first quarter lead. Damari Parris had 14 points for Olympic, which also got 11 points from Malik Constantine and 10 from C.J. Jackson. Hopewell's Jerod Ellis had 13.

Country Day 71, Community School of Davidson 51:
Country Day outscored Community Schoool 19-9 in the first quarter and opened up a 37-21 halftime lead. Andy Salisbury (seven points, 11 rebounds) and Alex Owen (11 points, nine rebounds) were key players for the Bucs (3-4). Community School fell to 0-3.

Charlotte Latin 48, Durham Academy 47: A few days after scoring his 1,000th career point, Latin's Rusty Reigel made a buzzer-beating layup to give his team the win.

Sun Valley 59, Rocky River 48: Sun Valley (1-2) got its first win of the season, behind 21 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals from senior Daquan Moody. Sun Valley grabbed a 22-10 first quarter lead and never let up. Rocky River fell to 3-2.

South Meck 62 Porter Ridge 55: Jalen Blakeney had 22 points and Terrance Pearson 11 to pace the Sabres, who outscored Porter Ridge 21-14 in the fourth quarter. Caleb Hornseley had 27 points for Porter Ridge.

No. 1 Myers Park 61, Providence 15
No. 2 Providence Day 48, Raleigh Ravenscroft 33
No. 4 Lake Norman Charter 59, No. 14 Hough 50
No. 11 Harding 74, East Meck 47

Alexander Central 56, South Caldwell 50
Carmel Christian 52, Queens Grant 19
Covenant Day 51, Gaston Christian 45
Cuthbertson 55, Indian Land 38
Gaston Day 65, Burlington Christian 33
Freedom 40, East Burke 37
Gray Stone Day 51, South Stanly 41
Hickory Ridge 42, Cox Mill 39
Hopewell 67, Olympic 39
Lincolnton 57, North Lincoln 29
North Gaston 52, Cherryville 29
Porter Ridge 43, South Meck 34
South Point 52, East Lincoln 26
Weddington 74, Garinger 29

Raleigh Ravenscroft 86, No. 1 Providence Day 83, 2 OT
No. 3 Lake Norman 89, Bandys 48
No. 4 Hough 55, Lake Norman Charter 29
No. 5 Olympic 69, Hopewell 34
No. 11 Freedom 61, East Burke 55

Alexander Central 63, South Caldwell 32
Burns 67, Chase 32
Charlotte Latin 48, Durham Academy 47
Charlotte United 76, Oakbrook Prep 71
Cherryville 83, North Gaston 71
Country Day 71, Community School of Davidson 51
Covenant Day 68, Gaston Christian 46
Cox Mill 70, Hickory Ridge 50
East Lincoln 74, South Point 66
Gray Stone Day 71, South Stanly 65
Harding 71, East Meck 60
Kennedy Charter 96, North Hills Christian 21
Myers Park 61, Providence 43
North Lincoln 47, Lincolnton 42
South Meck 62, Porter Ridge 55
Sun Valley 59, Rocky River 48
Union Academy 53, Pine Lake Prep 51
Weddington 69, Garinger 62
West Caldwell 33, Hibriten 27


Charlotte Christian at Forsyth Country Day
Charlotte Latin at Ravenscroft
Crossroads Charter at Victory Christian
Davidson Day vs. Fayetteville Academy at Forsyth Country Day
Grace Academy at Northside Christian
Mallard Creek at A.C. Reynolds
North Raleigh Christian at Cannon
Providence Day at Durham Academy
TBA at North Rowan in Bull City Classic
United Faith at Word of God
Vance at Harding
Victory Christian at SW Edgecombe

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.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Prep Basketball Roundup 12.3.13: Tuesday's scores, heroes and more

UP, Olympic girls: Trojans were down 34-30 at halftime to Independence, but scored 48 points in the second half to spark a 78-53 win.
UP, United Faith: Falcons held Kennedy Charter to 11 points in the second half of Tuesday's 52-37 win.
UP, Rhyle Scott, Ardrey Kell: career-high 12 points in 60-40 win over Rocky River. Ardrey Kell (5-0) plays at rival Myers Park Thursday.
UP, Nycieko Dixon, North Rowan girls: Scored her 1,000th career point in Tuesday’s win over Mooresville.
UP, Hopewell girls: Upset Sweet 16 No. 4 Lake Norman Charter 80-61.


Amanda Dobner, Hickory Grove: 28 points, 14 rebounds, six steals in 77-51 win over Covenant Day.

Myicha Drakeford, Brianna Hamrick, Harding girls: Duo led Harding to an 83-76 win over Sweet 16 No. 8 West Charlotte. Drakeford had 27 points and 11 rebounds. Hamrick finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds.

Meghan Fleury, Providence: had 14 points and 16 rebounds in 48-38 loss to Butler (2-2). It was Fleury's third straight double-double. Kobe Leigh led Butler with 18 points.

Eleah Parker, Northside Christian: 6-4 freshman had 24 points, 19 rebounds, 10 blocks in a 78-18 win over Metrolina Christian. Teammate Jayon Leak had 10 points, 10 assists and 11 steals.

Stephanie Watts, Weddington:
Junior guard had a quadruple double in Tuesday's 85-20 win over Central Academy. It was the second of her career. Watts finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and 10 steals.

Jatarie White, Providence Day:
Top 10 national recruit went for 29 points in a 61-54 win over Greensboro Day in a battle of N.C. 3A Independent Schools state title contenders.

Rashika White, Berry:
21 points, 11 rebounds in 57-38 loss to Mallard Creek.

Tuesday's Top Boys Performers

C.J. Bryce, North Mecklenburg: Had 23 points in a 70-51 win over East Meck. He had seven rebounds and made 3-of-4 shots from 3-point range. Teammate Taj Middleton had 12 points and three assists for the Vikings, No. 9 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll. North Meck is 6-0; East Meck fell to 4-1.

Connor Burchfield, Concord:
30 points in the Spiders 70-61 win over rival Hickory Ridge. Concord is No. 16 in the Observer's Sweet 16 poll.

Austin Dasent, Myers Park: 13 points, five rebounds, five assists in 53-43 win over rival South Meck.

Matthew Fisher-Davis, Butler: 27 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks for the 6-5 guard in a 88-56 win over Providence. Fisher-Davis is a Vanderbilt recruit and a top 100 senior nationally.

Jerick Haynes, Crest: 39 points in an overtime win over Ashbrook. Crest is 3-0.

Ray Kowalski, Northside Christian: 6-2 sophomore guard had 27 points, including six 3-pointers, in the nationally ranked Knights 106-52 win over Metrolina Christian. Teammate Rayjon Tucker had 19.

Nehemiah Mabson, United Faith:
6-6 senior forward had 21 points and 14 rebounds in Tuesday’s 52-37 win over Kennedy Charter. Mabson scored nine of the Falcons’ 11 third-quarter points.

Juice Narusas, Grace Academy: 12 points, 14 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists in 78-63 win over Queens Grant. Teammates Rob Hobson (21 points, 9 rebounds) and Luke Lawson (22 points, 6 rebounds) also had big games.

Rusty Reigel, Charlotte Latin: 40 points in 86-76 loss to Forsyth Country Day. Reigel, who had 11 rebounds, scored his 1,000th career point.

Jordan Watkins, Providence Day:
Davidson recruit shot 7-of-9 from 2-point range and 4-for-9 from 3-point range in the Chargers 69-67 win over Greensboro Day. Grant Williams, a 6-7 sophomore center, had 16 points and six rebounds.

Tre Williams, Carson: 37 points in a 58-50 win over Central Cabarrus.


East Meck 45, No. 7 North Meck 41: East Meck (2-3) pulled off a big upset Tuesday behind 14 points from Jayla Horton. Zhamya Wills had seven points and eight rebounds for the Eagles, who outscored North Meck 17-10 in the fourth quarter to win. North fell to 4-2.

No. 6 Ardrey Kell 69, Rocky River 53:
Ardrey Kell, No. 6 in the Observer’s Sweet 16, improved to 3-2. Erin Whalen (15 points) and Raven Dean (16) led the Knights. Rocky River (3-1) lost for the first time.

West Mecklenburg 63, Garinger 19: West Meck's LaShonda Mayela had 10 points, five rebounds and four steals for the Hawks in the win. Jasmine Gray had 11 points, eight rebounds and five rebounds.


No. 7 Olympic 61, No. 11 Independence 56: Senior guard C.J. Jackson had 20 points and 6-5 junior Malik Constantine had 22 points and 16 rebounds as Olympic (3-0) won its 33rd straight game. Independence got 22 points, 13 rebounds from Deion Lane.

No. 1 Providence Day 69, Greensboro Day 67:
Providence Day, No. 1 in the Observer's Sweet 16, improved to 6-0 with the close win. It was the Chargers' first win over Greensboro Day since 2001. Providence Day (6-0) held on for the win, despite the Bengals (4-2) outscoring the Chargers 17-10 in the fourth quarter.

Myers Park 53, South Meck 43: The Mustangs held off a tough challenge from one of their primary rivals. A 16-6 second quarter gave the Mustangs a lead they wouldn't give up. Juwan Davenport led Myers Park with 14 points. Grant Hedberg had 16 for the Sabres.

Gaston Day 97, York Prep 33: Gaston Day scored 49 points in the first half and allowed only two in the second quarter to spark the rout. Ben Henderson (20 points), Adam Koziol (19)and Derek McKnight (18) led Gaston Day (5-4).

Butler 88, Providence 56: Butler (1-3) got its first win of the season and extended Providence's losing streak to seven games, dating to last season. Providence's last win was 67-54 over Butler last February. Tuesday, former Panther guard Giovanni Mack had 22 points and 11 assists against his old team. Raequan Scott added 10. Junior Dalen Dotson, a Charlotte Christian transfer, led Providence with 24 points.

Victory Christian 77, Cannon 74: Victory Christian (2-3) handed Cannon (7-1) its first loss of the season, despite Grant Gossage's fifth double-double of the season for Cannon. Gossage finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Victory got 16 points from Filip Simovic, 13 from Corbin Jackson and 12 from Terry Alston.


No. 6 Ardrey Kell 69, Rocky River 53
Butler 48, Providence 38
Crest 74, Ashbrook 34
East Burke 67, Patton 56
East Lincoln 36, North Lincoln 33
East Meck 45, No. 7 North Meck 41
Harding 83, West Charlotte 75
Hickory Grove 77, Covenant Day 51
Hickory Ridge 54, Concord 27
Hopewell 81, No. 4 Lake Norman Charter 60
Kings Mountain 49, South Point 45
Lake Norman 62, West Rowan 44
Lincoln Charter 51, Christ The King 43
Mallard Creek 57, Berry 38
McDowell 59, Freedom 47
Myers Park 64, South Meck 20
North Rowan 70, Mooresville 42
Northside Christian 78, Metrolina Christian 18
Olympic 75, Independence 58
No. 2 Providence Day 61, Greensboro Day 54
Weddington 85, Central Academy 20

West Lincoln 40, Cherryville 32
West Meck 63, Garinger 14


Berry 66, Mallard Creek 56
Bessemer City 60, Stuart Cramer 51
Butler 88, Providence 56
Carson 58, Central Cabarrus 50
No. 16 Concord 70, Hickory Ridge 61
Concord First Assembly 72, SouthLake 57
Cox Mill 57, East Rowan 56
Crest 84, Ashbrook 75
East Burke 65, Patton 59
Fort Mill, SC 57, Forestview 53
Forsyth Country Day 86, Charlotte Latin 76
No. 13 Freedom 72, McDowell 53
Grace Academy 72, Queens Grant 63
Lake Norman Charter 68, Hopewell 44
No. 6 Lake Norman 87, West Rowan 62
Lincoln Charter 69, Christ The King 35
Myers Park 53, South Meck 43
No. 9 North Mecklenburg 70, East Meck 51
North Rowan 67, Mooresville 54
Northside Christian 106, Metrolina Christian 52
No. 7 Olympic 61, No. 11 Independence 56
No. 1 Providence Day 69, Greensboro Day 67
Salisbury 88, South Iredell 82
United Faith 52, Kennedy Charter 37
Victory Christian 77, Cannon 74
West Caldwell 53, South Caldwell 44
No. 3 West Charlotte 109, Harding 87
West Mecklenburg 72, Garinger 56


Wednesday, December 4
 A.L. Brown at Central Cabarrus
Ashbrook at Shelby
Bunker Hill at West Iredell
Central Cabarrus at A.L. Brown
Central Pageland at Forest Hills

Cherryville at Kings Mountain
Concord at Jay M. Robinson
Crossroads Charter at River Mill Academy
Davie County at Carson
Forestview at Lincolnton
Fred T. Foard at Bandys
Maiden at Bessemer City
North Rowan at West Rowan
North Stanly at West Stanly
Parkwood at Providence
Salisbury at East Rowan
South Stanly at South Davidson
Watauga at Alexander Central
Weddington at Porter Ridge

Thursday, December 5
Ardrey Kell at Myers Park
Cannon at Statesville Christian
Cuthbertson at Indian Land
East Lincoln at Lincoln Charter
East Mecklenburg at Harding
Hickory Christian at Trinity Academy
Nation Ford at Marvin Ridge
North Iredell at West Wilkes
North Moore at Albermarle
United Faith at Walnut Grove Christian
Westchester Country Day at Davidson Day
West Mecklenburg at Independence (at Grady Cole Center)