Friday’s roundup: High school football, basketball and soccer, College basketball and baseball
By Richard Walker
South Point bounced back emphatically from last week’s 28-27 season-opening loss to Burns with an impressive win at longtime rival East Gaston.
The Red Raiders beat East Gaston 44-6 to even their record at 1-1 entering next week’s game at Cramer.
It marks South Point’s 14th straight win in the “Black Friday” rivalry matchup and its 24th victory in the last 25 matchups. The rivalry dates to 1923 when old Mount Holly and old Belmont were fielding their first teams. And including Friday’s win, Belmont/South Point holds a 41-24-6 all-time series advantage.
In Friday’s game, South Point scored 21 first quarter points before rolling to the victory. Hunter Hogue scored two touchdowns and Will Rhinehart, Trevon Jones, Cam Medlock and Jack Milford scoring one touchdown apiece for the Red Raiders.
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Burns 14, Chase 0: Burns improves to 2-0 for the first time since 2016 as Cam’Ron Sweezy and Lemont Wilson had touchdown runs for the Bulldogs.
Mountain Island Charter 58, Christ the King 0: The Raptors rolled in their Southern Piedmont 1A Conference opener.
Crest 55, Cramer 24: The Chargers won their eighth straight Big South 3A Conference game and gave coach Nick Eddins the 100th head coaching victory of his career.
East Lincoln 41, Lincolnton 0: The Mustangs (2-0) beat rival Lincolnton for the ninth time in their last 10 meetings and closed the all-time series deficit to 32-18.
Kings Mountain at North Gaston, ppd. to a later date
North Lincoln 34, West Mecklenburg 0: The Knights improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2014 by routing the Mecklenburg County 4A school.
Pine Lake Prep 46, Cherryville 7: Vic Garrido passed for 420 yards and six touchdowns as the Pride (2-0) ruined Cherryville’s homecoming.
Shelby 38, R-S Central 22: The Golden Lions (2-0) rallied from an 15-14 second quarter deficit to stay unbeaten. Omar Phillips had 189 yards rushing and four touchdowns and Gabe Huitt had 158 yards passing and a touchdown to Tyler Arrington, who caught seven passes for 121 yards.
Bessemer City 18, Union Academy 6: The Yellow Jackets bounced back from last week’s loss to Pine Lake Prep with a convincing home victory.
Maiden 21, West Lincoln 20: A missed extra point was the difference in West Lincoln’s second straight heartbreaking road defeat; The Rebels lost 10-6 at North Lincoln last week.
Newton-Conover 32, Bandys 14
Polk County 49, East Rutherford 14
Thomas Jefferson 21, East Rowan 6
Hough 37, Mooresville 6
Lake Norman 29, Mallard Creek 24
West Charlotte 23, North Meck 12
Butler 42, Porter Ridge 21
Independence 15, East Meck 9
Hickory Ridge 46, Garinger 0
Myers Park 35, Rocky River 9
Providence 27, Berry Academy 7
Olympic 28, South Meck 3
Weddington 7, Catholic 3
Ashbrook at Forestview, 2 p.m. at Cramer
High school basketball
Here are the full N.C. High School Athletic Association state championship game pairings for Saturday:
Saturday, 1 p.m at Wheatmore High School
Princeton Bulldogs (15-0) VS. Murphy Bulldogs (16-2)
Saturday, 1 p.m. at Providence Grove High School
Farmville Central Jaguars (14-0) VS. Shelby Golden Lions (17-0)
Saturday, 6 p.m. at Providence Grove High School
Asheboro Blue Comets (14-0) VS. China Grove Carson Cougars (18-0)
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. at Wheatmore High School
Garner Trojans (16-0) VS. Charlotte Vance Cougars (11-0)
Saturday, 3:30 p.m at Wheatmore High School
Wilson Prep Tigers (7-2) VS. Lincoln Charter Eagles (16-2)
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. at Providence Grove High School
Farmville Central Jaguars (14-0) VS. Hendersonville Bearcats (17-0)
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. at Providence Grove High School
Pittsboro Northwood Chargers (14-2) VS. Weddington Warriors (17-0)
Saturday, 6 p.m. at Wheatmore High School
Raleigh Millbrook Wildcats (18-0) VS. Charlotte Kell Knights (10-0)
Here’s a look at the S.C. High School League playoffs:
Saturday’s final at USC-Aiken, 7:30 p.m.
Dorman vs. River Bluff
Saturday’s final at USC-Aiken, noon
South Pointe vs. Hilton Head
Saturday’s final at USC-Aiken, 3 p.m.
Seneca vs. Marlboro County
Saturday’s final at USC-Aiken, 7:30 p.m.
Christ School Episcopal vs. Wade Hampton
Wednesday’s final at USC-Aiken, 3 p.m.
Southside Christian 66, Scott’s Branch 45
Saturday’s final at USC-Aiken, noon
Clover vs. Sumter
High school boys soccer
Forestview JV 1, South Point 0
Forestview 8, Huss 0 (Thursday): Anthony Aguilar and Tyler McMurray had three goals apiece and Ethan Frizzle two for the Jaguars (10-0).
College men’s basketball
Marshall 75, Charlotte 67: Four 49ers scored in double figures in a road loss that dropped Charlotte to 9-14 overall and 5-10 in Conference USA entering Saturday’s 2 p.m. regular season finale at Marshall. Jordan Shepherd had a team-high 15 points for the 49ers.
College women’s basketball
Florida Atlantic 77, Charlotte 73: Four 49ers starters scored in double figures, led by Octavia Jett-Wilson’s 17, but they couldn’t hold on against the Owls’ fourth quarter rally. Charlotte (9-9, 8-5) hosts Florida Atlantic (10-9, 8-7) on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the 49ers’ regular season finale.
All-Big South Conference: High Point junior guard Skyler Curran and Panthers’ head coach Chelsea Banbury have been voted the 2020-21 Big South Conference player of the year and coach of the year, respectively, by the league’s head coaches. The panel also voted Gardner-Webb guard/forward Alasia Smith freshman of the year and Longwood’s Akila Smith defensive player of the year. Campbell’s Lauren McNamara-Clement was voted scholar-athlete of the year by the league’s sports information directors.
The full all-league team follows:
First-Team All-Conference: Skyler Curran, G, Jr., High Point; Nadiria Evans, G, Sr., UNC Asheville; Kyla McMakin, G, Soph., Longwood; Akila Smith, F, Jr., Longwood; Shy Tuelle, G, Jr., Campbell
Second-Team All-Conference: Jenson Edwards, G, R-Soph., High Point; Taya Bolden, F, R-Sr., Campbell; Lauren Bevis, G, Soph., Gardner-Webb; Nylah Young, F, Soph., Hampton; Kai Carter, F, Soph., UNC Asheville
Honorable Mention All-Conference: Jade Compton, G, Sr., Presbyterian College; Trinity Johnson, G, Jr., Presbyterian College; Jhessyka Williams, G, Jr., Gardner-Webb; Tionna Carter, F, Soph., Presbyterian College; Tra’Dayja Smith, G, Sr., Longwood
All-Freshman Team: Alasia Smith, G/F, Gardner-Webb; Claire Wyatt, G, High Point; McKinley Brooks-Sumpter, G, USC Upstate; Adriana Shipp, G, Longwood; Cydney Johnson, G, High Point
All-Academic Team: Lauren McNamara-Clement, F, Sr., Campbell; Tori Gittens, G, Jr., Charleston Southern; Nia Lee, G/F, Sr., Gardner-Webb;
Alyssa Sweeney, G, Jr., Hampton; Jenson Edwards, G, R-Soph., High Point; Mallory Odell, F, Sr., Longwood; Tionna Carter, F, Soph., Presbyterian College; Tina Lindenfeld, F, Sr., Radford; Tamiah Lewis, G, Sr., UNC Asheville; Maya Timberlake, G/F, Soph., USC Upstate; Sydney Hunter, F, Soph., Winthrop
Player of the Year
Skyler Curran, G, Jr., High Point
Freshman of the Year
Alasia Smith, G/F, Gardner-Webb
Defensive Player of the Year
Akila Smith, F, Jr., Longwood
Coach of the Year
Chelsea Banbury, High Point
Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Lauren McNamara-Clement, F, Sr., Campbell
Conference Carolinas men’s tournament pairings and results:
#1 Emmanuel 93, #8 King 68
#4 North Greenville 93, #5 Lees-McRae 88
#6 Chowan 79, #3 Southern Wesleyan 75
#2 Belmont Abbey 63, #7 Mount Olive 61
#1 Emmanuel 89, #4 North Greenville 72
#2 Belmont Abbey 70, #6 Chowan 58
#2 Belmont Abbey at #1 Emmanuel, 4 p.m.
Conference Carolinas women’s tournament pairings and results:
#1 Belmont Abbey 82, #8 Lees-McRae 47
#4 King 81, #5 North Greenville 52
#6 Mount Olive 63, #3 Emmanuel 59
#2 Barton 82, #7 Chowan 58
#1 Belmont Abbey 68, #4 King 59
#2 Barton 66, #6 Mount Olive 64
#2 Barton at #1 Belmont Abbey, 2 p.m.
Big South men’s tournament pairings and results:
Feb. 27 first round
#7 Hampton 67, #10 Presbyterian 65
#8 High Point 65, #9 USC Upstate 60
#1 Winthrop 83, #8 High Point 54
#5 Longwood 77, #4 UNC Asheville 61
#2 Radford 67, #7 Hampton 52
#3 Campbell 63, #6 Gardner-Webb 57
#3 Campbell 78, #2 Radford 60
#1 Winthrop 82, #5 Longwood 61
#3 Campbell at #1 Winthrop, Noon (ESPN)
Big South women’s tournament pairings:
Note: Radford (9-9) withdrew due to COVID pause in program.
Saturday’s first round
#9 Charleston Southern (4-14) at #8 USC Upstate (5-11), 2 p.m.
#8/9 winner at #1 High Point (17-3), 6 p.m.
#5 Presbyterian (10-8) at #4 Gardner-Webb (10-7), 7 p.m.
#7 Winthrop (5-15) at #2 Campbell (11-4), 6 p.m.
#6 UNC-Asheville (9-10) at #3 Longwood (12-6), 7 p.m.
March 11 semifinals
at higher seeded teams
March 14 championship
at highest remaining seed, 2 p.m.
Belmont Abbey 4-14, Southern Wesleyan 0-1: The Crusaders swept the Conference Carolinas home doubleheader to improve to 8-4 overall and 7-3 in the league play. Jason White pitched a complete game shutout in the opener and former West Lincoln High standout Sam High pitched five strong innings for the win in the nightcap. The teams play another doubleheader on Saturday at the Abbey.