How I voted, NCPreps.com poll Jan. 21

January 21st, 2013

My votes for the poll, which will be released later today at ncpreps.com, for Week 3. One major change: I elevated Raleigh Millbrook from No. 4 to No. 1 in the 4A girls’ poll.

Boys

1A

1. Winston-Salem Prep

2. SW Onslow

3. Rocky Mount Prep

4. Plymouth

5. North Rowan

6. Albemarle

7. Monroe

8. Hendersonville

9. East Carteret

10. Lake Norman Charter

 

2A

1. Waxhaw Cuthbertson

2. Kinston

3. Shelby

4. Trinity

5. West Caldwell

6. Monroe Piedmont

7. Wendell Corinth-Holders

8. South Lenoir

9. East Rutherford

10. Clinton

 

3A

1. Statesville

2. Fayetteville Westover

3. Concord

4. Chapel Hill

5. Rocky Mount

6. Oxford Webb

7. North Forsyth

8. NE Guilford

9. Newton Fred T. Foard

10. Wilson Hunt

 

4A

1. Charlotte Olympic

2. Winston-Salem Mount Tabor

3. West Charlotte

4. Clayton

5. SW Guilford

6. Fayetteville 71st

7. Garner

8. Charlotte Mallard Creek

9. Raleigh Broughton

10. Hoke County

 

Girls

1A

1. Lejeune

2. North Wilkes

3. Cherokee

4. Salemburg Lakewood

5. South Davidson

6. Monroe

7. Plymouth

8. Riverside-Martin

9. Robbinsville

10. Warsaw Kenan

 

 

2A

1. Reidsville

2. High Point Andrews

3. East Burke

4. Pasquotank

5. North Surry

6. East Davidson

7. Jordan-Matthews

8. Kinston

9. Catawba Bandys

10. Burnsville Mountain Heritage

 

3A

1. Northern Nash

2. West Rowan

3. Chapel Hill

4. Southern Vance

5. Morganton Freedom

6. Hickory

7. Eastern Wayne

8. Winterville South Central

9. Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons

10. West Craven

 

4A

1. Raleigh Millbrook

2. Charlotte Myers Park

3. Charlotte Ardrey Kell

4. Southeast Raleigh

5. North Mecklenburg

6. Greensboro Page

7. Cary Green Hope

8. Wilmington Laney

9. Holly Springs

10. West Forsyth

Free Press Radio Show – Jan. 17, 2013

January 17th, 2013

The latest show features me and Jon Dawson interviewing Brian North about a variety of subjects, including Manti Te’o, Lance Armstrong, Kinston High School basketball, Lenoir County basketball, Jamie McCuthcheon’s hair and something you guys are used to: a live iPod shuffle.

Enjoy the show by clicking here!

David Combs is the new South Lenoir baseball coach

January 14th, 2013

I have confirmed with two independent sources that David Combs, a Southern Wayne grad who played baseball at LCC and Mount Olive College, is the new baseball coach at South Lenoir. More details shortly.

Still no word on who is going to take the South Lenoir football job … but it’s not as pressing as baseball, which begins in a few weeks.

Congrats to Coach Combs on getting the position — although I’m still perplexed why former Kinston coach Jason Wade didn’t really get a solid shot for it. I’m also perplexed why Paul Novicki didn’t make a serious run for it. Ryan Herman should have something for Wednesday’s paper about it — and the Hermanator will have ALL the details!

How I voted, NCPreps.com poll Jan. 14

January 14th, 2013

I am once again honored to be voting in the NCPreps.com basketball polls, which will be released later today. Here’s how I voted in Week 2 — if you want to see how I voted last week, let me know and I’ll throw them up here.

Boys

1A

1. Winston-Salem Prep (14-1)

2. SW Onslow (11-2)

3. Rocky Mount Prep (13-3)

4. Plymouth (9-0)

5. North Rowan (12-3)

6. Albemarle (10-1)

7. Monroe (8-3)

8. Hendersonville (9-2)

9. Bessemer City (11-2)

10. East Carteret (12-5)

 

2A

1. Waxhaw Cuthbertson (14-1)

2. Kinston (12-2)

3. Shelby (14-2)

4. Trinity (12-2)

5. East Rutherford (11-3)

6. West Caldwell (10-2)

7. Monroe Piedmont (13-1)

8. Burlington Cummings (10-0)

9. Wendell Corinth-Holders (12-1)

10. South Lenoir (9-4)

 

3A

1. Statesville (10-2)

2. Fayetteville Westover (11-3)

3. Concord (13-1)

4. Chapel Hill (12-3)

5. Rocky Mount (12-2)

6. Erwin Triton (13-2)

7. Oxford Webb (11-3)

8. North Forsyth (12-3)

9. Hickory (11-2)

10. Gastonia Hunter Huss (13-2)

 

4A

1. Charlotte Olympic (14-0)

2. Winston-Salem Mount Tabor (15-0)

3. West Charlotte (11-1)

4. Clayton (13-0)

5. Charlotte Mallard Creek (13-2)

6. SW Guilford (14-0)

7. Fayetteville 71st (14-1)

8. Garner (11-2)

9. Raleigh Broughton (12-3)

10. Hoke County (12-2)

 

Girls

1A

1. Lejeune (13-0)

2. North Wilkes (11-1)

3. Cherokee (13-1)

4. Salemburg Lakewood (13-0)

5. South Davidson (11-2)

6. Robbinsville (8-3)

7. Monroe (10-1)

8. East Surry (12-2)

9. Plymouth (8-1)

10. Manteo (9-1)

 

2A

1. Reidsville (12-0)

2. High Point Andrews (13-1)

3. East Burke (11-2)

4. Pasquotank (11-0)

5. North Surry (13-1)

6. Burnsville Mountain Heritage (14-0)

7. East Davidson (11-3)

8. Jordan-Matthews (14-1)

9. Kinston (11-4)

10. Catawba Bandys (12-1)

 

3A

1. Northern Nash (12-0)

2. West Rowan (14-0)

3. Chapel Hill (14-1)

4. Southern Vance (12-1)

5. Morganton Freedom (13-2)

6. Hickory (13-1)

7. Eastern Wayne (15-1)

8. Winterville South Central (14-1)

9. Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (11-4)

10. West Craven (10-4)

 

4A

1. Charlotte Myers Park (15-0)

2. Charlotte Ardrey Kell (14-1)

3. Southeast Raleigh (15-0)

4. Raleigh Millbrook (14-0)

5. North Mecklenburg (14-1)

6. Raleigh Broughton (12-2)

7. Greensboro Page (14-0)

8. Cary Green Hope (14-1)

9. Wilmington Laney (12-1)

10. Holly Springs (14-2)

Tim Jenkins out at South Lenoir

January 1st, 2013

I’ve confirmed with two independent sources that Tim Jenkins, the football and baseball coach at South Lenoir, has resigned to become an assistant coach at East Duplin. A replacement for Jenkins — who only coached one year at SL — has not yet been announced, although it should be worked out this week by SL Principal Steve St. Amand and Athletic Director Lisa Smith.

Thanks to longtime blog supporter Jonathan Davis for giving me the tip on this nugget.

My take: Interesting development, especially since Jenkins announced on our podcast earlier this season (I’m trying to find the link and I’ll post it here tomorrow) that he was going to be at South Lenoir until he retired or unless he got fired.

I’m never going to denigrate a man’s career choice, but this one hurts for South Lenoir. It’s bad enough Jenkins is leaving the Blue Devils program(s) in a lurch — baseball workouts begin REALLY SOON (this week, I think?) — but to leave Deep Run for Beulaville? To be an assistant? Dang.

I hope Coach Jenkins was/will be classy enough to address his team and look those freshmen, sophomores and juniors in the eye to tell him he was leaving … ESPECIALLY after he was staying there “until he retired.”

HSOT Game 25: Raleigh Word of God 58, New Hampton, N.H. 53 (Randolph championship)

December 29th, 2012

For the first time since 2007 — its first appearance in the tournament — Word of God has a HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational championship trophy.

The Holy Rams used an MVP performance from Tyrek Coger to battle past New Hampton, N.H., 58-53, in the Shavlik Randolph Foundation championship game in the final HSOT game of the 2012 tourney.

WOG coach Quinton Jackson said this championship — after two straight years of not getting out of the first round — was special.

“We’re proud to represent Word of God and all those who have come before us who have won it, those who have come close and those who have not made it out of the first round,” Jackson said. “We’re excited about the win and it’s good to keep it local.”

Coger was joined on the all-tournament team by Holy Rams teammates Josh Newkirk and Jordan Whitfield. Newkirk scored 11 points and finished with 9 assists on Saturday, while Whitfield — an eighth-grader — had 8 points.

New Hampton was led by Lincoln Davis’ 13 points and all-tournament selection Travis Jorgenson’s 10 points on Saturday. Indiana recruit Noah Vonleh finished with 7 points and was also named to the all-tourney team.

“Word of God played very well and had a great game plan in terms of keeping us at bay and not allowing us to get into a rhythm,” New Hampton coach Pete Hutchins said.

The Most Outstanding Player of the Randolph bracket was UNC recruit Isaiah Hicks of Oxford Webb; other all-tournament players included T.J. Evans of Apex, Isaac Copeland of Charlottesville, Va., Miller School, Mike Kobani of High Point Christian and Mitron Terry of Webb.

End 1Q: WOG 10, New Hampton 8

Halftime: WOG 31, New Hampton 22; WOG led by 9 points from Tyrek Coger and 8 points from Jordan Whitfield; NH paced by 8 points from Lincoln Davis

End 3Q: WOG 47, New Hampton 39

Final: WOG 58, New Hampton 53

Word of God       10   21   16   11  –  58

New Hampton      8   14   17   14  — 53

WOG: Tyrek Coger 17, Josh Newkirk 11, Jordan Whitfield 8, Donte Reynolds 7, Rodney Moore 7, Camden Scott 6, Lamar Nobles 2.

New Hampton: Lincoln Davis 13, Travis Jorgenson 10, Mike LeBlanc 8, Noah Vonleh 7, Mike Auger 5, Tory Miller 4, Cole McConnell 3, Dustin Triano 3.

HSOT Game 24: DeSoto, Texas 45, Methuchen, N.J. St. Joseph 42 (Summit Hospitality championship)

December 29th, 2012

It’ll be a few months before DeSoto, Texas senior guard Matt Jones enrolls at Duke, but he’s already made himself at home.

Jones and his Eagles teammates rolled into their first HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational this week and walked away with the championship of the Summit Hospitality bracket after defeating Metuchen, N.J. St. Joseph, 45-42, Saturday night.

Jones was named the Summit MVP after leading DeSoto to victories over Kinston, Hampton, Va., and St. Joseph.

“This has probably been the toughest three days we’ve had, in terms of competition,” DeSoto coach Chris Dyer said. “This is a hellacious tournament and my hat’s off to the organizers. … All three teams make me feel like I’ve been through a marathon; I’m tired.”

In Saturday’s game, Terry Maston was the only Eagle to finish in double-figures scoring with 14 points. Jones added 9 points for DeSoto (19-1).

“This win means a lot,” Jones said. “To be in North Carolina and to now have these bragging rights … I’m definitely proud of my team and coaches, who put us in a great position to win.”

St. Joseph was led by 7-foot Kentucky recruit and Summit Most Outstanding Player Karl Towns, who had 13 points and 8 rebounds. All-tourney selection James Ziemba and Marques Townes added 10 points apiece for the Falcons (4-2).

“It’s a disappointing loss tonight,” St. Joseph coach Dave Turco. “I don’t think we played a full 32 minutes. Give credit to DeSoto, though; they made plays and executed when they had to.”

Jones, Ziemba and Towns were joined on the all-tournament team by Tyrone Outlaw of Person County, Denzel Keyes of Kinston, Shelton Mitchell of Waxhaw Cuthbertson, Anthony Doyle of Holly Springs, Devonte’ Graham of Raleigh Broughton, Anthony Barber of Hampton, Va., and Devin Wyatt of DeSoto.

End first quarter: DeSoto 9, St. Joseph 5

Halftime: DeSoto 21, St. Joseph 16; DeSoto led by Devin Wyatt’s 5 points and 4 each from Duke recruit Matt Jones, Takedrick Brown and Terry Maston; St. Joseph led by James Ziemba’s 6 points

End 3Q: DeSoto 31, St. Joseph 30

Final: DeSoto 45, St. Joseph 42

DeSoto     9   12   10   14   –  45

St. Joseph 5   11  14   12  –  42

DeSoto: Terry Maston 14, Matthew Jones 9, Devin Wyatt 7, Takedrick Brown 6, Tavares Royal 5, Julian Green 4.

St. Joseph: Karl Towns 13, James Ziemba 10, Marques Townes 10, Wade Baldwin IV 6, Michael Brunson 3.

Mix 101.5 Girls’ championship game

December 29th, 2012

I am not blogging this game; for details on it, go to highschoolot.com.

HSOT Game 23: Hampton, Va. 70, Raleigh Broughton 59 (Summit Hospitality third-place game)

December 29th, 2012

Behind 25 points from N.C. State-bound Anthony “Cat” Barber, Hampton, Va., defeated Raleigh Broughton, 70-59, for third-place in the Summit Hospitality bracket of the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational.

Barber finished with 70 points in his three games in the HSOT. More importantly, along with 17 points from Jordan Baker and 15 from Cyonte Melvin, the future Wolfpack guard and his Crabbers (9-1) finished third in the tournament.

“I think our guys stepped up under a little adversity,” Hampton assistant coach Eric Brown said. “We bounced back from our first loss in a good while and we showed a lot of character today.”

The hometown Capitals (9-3) only trailed by four points at the half but were outscored 21-11 in the third quarter. Broughton was led by 19 points from Devonte’ Graham and 13 from Jamie Rucker.

“Congratulations to Hampton; they’re definitely an excellent team,” Caps coach Jeff Ferrell said. “They’re definitely not a one-player or one-person team. They beat us in every phase of the game today — they out-hustled us and we didn’t match their intensity. That’s on me and we’re going to get better at it.”

End 1Q: Hampton 13, Broughton 13

Halftime: Hampton 30, Broughton 26; Hampton led by 12 points from N.C. State recruit Anthony Barber; Broughton led by 6 points each from Devonte’ Graham and James Hemphill

End 3Q: Hampton 51, Broughton 37

Final: Hampton 70, Broughton 59

Hampton   13   17   21   19  –  70

Broughton  13   13   11   22  –  59

Hampton: Anthony Barber 25, Jordan Baker 17, Cyonte Melvin 15, Tre Perry 6, Da’Quin Moore 5, Trey Pressley 1, Sammie Royal 1.

Broughton: Devonte’ Graham 19, Jamie Rucker 13, Chase Johnston 8, James Hemphill 7, Cameron Gottfried 5, Chris Brickhouse 5, Zach Palmer 2.

HSOT Game 22: Oxford Webb 65, High Point Christian 52 (Randolph third-place)

December 29th, 2012

High Point Christian overcame a sluggish start in its third-place Shavlik Randolph Foundation bracket game of the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational to defeat Oxford Webb, 65-52, Saturday afternoon.

The Cougars (12-2) trailed 10-6 after one period but took control of the game in the second quarter by outscoring the Warriors (10-2), 23-13, to take a 29-23 lead. HPC, in its first HSOT, held Webb to only nine points in the third period and cruised in the final quarter to win third-place honors.

“This was a great bounce-back win for us against a good team,” HPC coach Brandon Clifford said. “In our last 46 games, we’re 42-4, so we haven’t lost a lot. I’m not saying that to brag, I’m saying that because we’re not used to losing games.”

The Cougars were led by Mike Kobani’s 22 points and 9 rebounds and Jackson Kent’s 11 points and 7 rebounds.

Webb, also in its first Holiday Invitational, was led by Tyrek Beverly’s 16 points and UNC recruit Isaiah Hicks’ 12 points and 8 rebounds. On Saturday, the Webb coaching staff wore pink shirts in memory of a friend of Warriors head coach Leo Brunelli, who lost a battle to breast cancer.

After the game, all the Warriors players wore purple T-shirts to honor a Webb student named Meghan Bunn, who is currently battling brain cancer.

Brunelli, whose voice shook with emotion while he explained the meaning of the shirts, showed appreciation for the Oxford and Granville County community that supported his team during its inaugural HSOT appearance.

“Thank you for making this possible by coming and supporting us,” Brunelli said. “What a great opportunity for our kids and community. We have the greatest fans in the world and I appreciate them.”

End 1Q: Webb 10, HPC 6

Halftime: HPC 29, Webb 23; HPC led by Mike Kobani’s 12 points; Webb paced by 9 points from Tyrek Beverly

End 3Q: HPC 44, Webb 32

Final: HPC 65, Webb 52

HPC   6   23   15   21  –  65

Webb 10  13   9   20   –  52

High Point Christian: Mike Kobani 22, Jackson Kent 11, Diante Baldwin 8, Isiah Gill 8, Joey McLean 4, Malik Wright 4, Alvah Phillip 3, Connor Flater 3, Rick Mack 2.

Webb: Tyrek Beverly 16, Isaiah Hicks 12, Devonte Williams 8, Stefan Cates 8, Mitron Terry 6, Bryan Smith 2.