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RETIRED:          21 - JAMIE SKEEN             #1 FAN - DARVIN CAMP

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE VIKING SENIORS OF 2014:

  • 2014 N.C. 4A STATE PLAYOFFS
  • 2014 MECKA 4A TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
  • 2012 N.C. 4A STATE PLAYOFFS 
  • 2011 N.C. 4A STATE PLAYOFFS 

 OTHER RECENT ACHIEVMENTS:

  • 2009 N.C. STATE PLAYOFFS 
  • 2008 N.C. 4A SECTIONAL CHAMPIONS
  • 2008 ME-CA 7 REG. SEASON CO-CHAMPIONS
  • 2007 N.C. 4A STATE PLAYOFFS
  • 2006 N.C. 4A STATE RUNNERS-UP, 23-7 RECORD
  • 2006 CHARLOTTE OBSERVER "SWEET 16" RUNNERS-UP
  • 2006 N.C. 4A WESTERN REGIONAL CHAMPIONS
  • 2006 N.C. 4A SECTIONAL CHAMPIONS
  • 2006 ME-CA 6 REG. SEASON AND TOURN. RUNNERS-UP
  • 2005 N.C. 4A STATE CHAMPIONS, 31-1 RECORD
  • 2005 CHARLOTTE OBSERVER "SWEET 16" CHAMPIONS
  • 2005 ME-CA 8 TOURN. CHAMPIONS
  • 2005 ME-CA 8 REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONS 14-0
  • 2005 N.C. 4A SECTIONAL CHAMPIONS
  • 2005 N.C. 4A WESTERN REGIONAL CHAMPIONS
  • 2005 SCHOOL RECORD 31 WINS
  • 2005 SCHOOL RECORD 32 GAMES PLAYED
  • 2005 UNDEFEATED AT HOME
  • 2005 #16 NATIONAL RANKING


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE VIKING JV'S:

  • 2014 MECKA 4A CHAMPIONS, 17-2 OVERALL AND 11-2 CONF. RECORDS
  • 2010 I-MECK 7 CHAMPIONS, 19-1 OVERALL AND 11-1 CONF. RECORDS 
  • 2009 ME-CA 7 CHAMPIONS, 19-1 OVERALL AND 11-1 CONF. RECORDS
  • 2008 ME-CA 7 CHAMPIONS, 19-1 OVERALL AND 11-1 CONF. RECORDS
  • 2007 ME-CA 6 RUNNERS-UP, 16-4 OVERALL AND 7-3 CONF. RECORDS
  • 2006 ME-CA 6 RUNNERS-UP, 15-3 OVERALL AND 8-2 CONF. RECORDS
  • 2005 ME-CA 8 CHAMPIONS, 16-4 OVERALL AND 11-3 CONF. RECORDS
  • 2004 ME-CA 8 CHAMPIONS, 19-1 OVERALL AND 13-1 CONF. RECORDS

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SAD SAM'S FINAL REPORT CARDS AND SUPERLATIVES COMING NEXT WEEK!!!!

FOLLOW SAD SAM'S PLAYOFF PICKS AVAILABLE NOW!!!!



Tuesday, March 18
SAD SAM'S STATE CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP AND YEARLY FAREWELL



Greeetings HS hoops junkies from across the iced up piedmont.  The Great One will now give his last post until late fall as the state titles have now been won.  The Sadster went 4-2 in his championship picks bringing his final total to 80-28, which is just over 74%.  It was another banner year for the Sad One even though he went out on a limb several times on some picks.  The Sadster missed on two games as the Cinderella slipper fit Apex who won on a "controversial" call over Lake Norman and Bandys girls fell short of a dream season.  It was an outstanding tournament season with shockers galore and next season promises to be an interesting one in waiting with Page, LN, North Meck and Ardrey Kell returning the core of strong teams.  It's now time to see if the Gators can get back to the Final 4 and will the Red Sox go back-to-back.  The Great One will now bid you farewell and as the pumpkin season turns into Christmas time, you can best believe The Sadster will be priming the ol cubic zirconium ball for another season of prognosticating perfection.   The Sad One will now give his customary farewell: "May all your putts fall in the leather".

SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS    



Tuesday, March 18
SAD SAM'S MECKA 4A AWARDS AND FINAL REPORT CARDS



Greetings HS hoops junkies!  It's now time for the Great One to give out his final report cards and name his MECKA 4A superlatives.  Remember, the Sad One bases his grades on his preseason expectations for each team.  After a topsy turvy season that had many surprises, here is how the teams graded out:

HOUGH - B:  FINISHED FIRST IN REG. SEAS. WITHOUT A TRUE PG.

WEST CHARLOTTE - C-:  FAILED TO WIN REG. SEAS. OR TOURNEY TITLES.

NORTH MECK - B:  BLENDED TOGETHER 9 NEW PLAYERS AND WON TOURNEY TITLE. 

VANCE - C:  NOT MUCH EXPECTED AS COUGARS FINISHED A DISTANT 4TH AND FAILED TO MAKE STATES.

ROBINSON - C+:  PULLED A COUPLE OF STUNNERS WITH A YOUNG TEAM.

HOPEWELL - C+:  TURNED TO A FRESHMAN PG TO SALVAGE 6TH PLACE.

MALLARD CREEK - D:  SHOULD'VE DONE BETTER WITH DURHAM AND COMPANY.

A.L. BROWN - C:  WERE COMPETITIVE WITH YOUNG TEAM.

ALL MECKA 4A FIRST TEAM

LUKE MAYE - HOUGH - PLAYER OF THE YEAR

C.J. BRYCE - NORTH MECK

TREY FOSTER - WEST CHARLOTTE

THEO MACK - HOUGH

TORIN DORN - VANCE

SECOND TEAM

LEVAR BATTS - ROBINSON

TERRENCE DURHAM - MALLARD CREEK

TUCKER THOMPSON - HOUGH

SIMEON CARTER - WEST CHARLOTTE

TAJ MIDDLETON - NORTH MECK

THIRD TEAM

JAYLON NEAL - A.L. BROWN

AUSTIN HARRIS - WEST CHARLOTTE

DAVION MINTZ - NORTH MECK

MARK SHERRILL - HOPEWELL

CONNOR BOOTHE - ROBINSON

Honorable mention:  Jordan McKenzie - Robinson, Jacquez Jackson - Hough, and Isiah Blackmon - West Charlotte

COACH OF THE YEAR:  JUSTIN BATTS - HOUGH as he accomplished more than the Sad One foresaw without a true PG.....and a little smoke and mirrors.

HOT DOG OF THE YEAR: (DRUM ROLL PLEASE).................................................................. NORTH MECK!!!! The Viking concession crew pulled out the secret weapon of "good slaw" in the waning moments of the regular season to pull out a nip-and-tuck race.

Look for the Sadster's State Title recap later today! 



Thursday, March 13
SAD SAM'S REGIONAL RECAP AND STATE CHAMPIONSHIP PREDICTIONS!!!!!



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the blustery piedmont.  The winds were howling so strong that the Sadster was yelling, "Auntie Em, Auntie Em" last night and thought he saw an old woman riding her bicycle outside his window.  However, the Sad One survived and is ready to cast the dye for the state finals.  In the regional finals, the Not-so-great-One went a abysmal 3-5, falling victim to several stunners in Apex over Millbrook, who had beaten Apex by 20+ earlier in the season, Hunt nipping top seed Orange Co., and dropping a mild upset pick in Freedom outlasting N. Forsyth.  The Woeful One is notorious for giving out regional final KOD's (kisses of death) but is also known for nailing state final picks.  His record is now 76-26 which is excellent for most but the high standards of the Sadster must be met.  There are 2 bonus picks in the girls 4A and 2A finals in what is the last prognosticating week of the season.  To the 4A preview and picks:

The 4A title game is a battle of Rodney Dangerfields, not to mention a "catfight" featuring the Apex Cougars and Lake Norman Wildcats.  Apex is a cinderella with their 7 losses and Lake Norman is considered by some to still be a cinderella because of their low schedule strength.  The Lakers are definitely the luckiest team, winning on 2 buzzer beaters in the regionals.  As they say, "you must be good, to be lucky" and this team is that.  The Wildcats are led by 6'6 do-it-all JR F Kishaun Pritchett who can hurt you from inside and out, and even run point on occasion.  Fellow JR, 6'8 C Hunter Seacat is the aircraft carrier in the middle who is a good shot blocker, rebounder, and has a nice jump hook.  The PG slot is played by committee but the SG is 6'2 JR David Scott, who can be a deadly 3 point shooter at times.  The Cats will have to stop a pair of Apex aces; actually its a pair of TJ's, Evans and Wells, who are both senior guards.  The 5'10 Wells is the PG and is dishing out 6 APG and the 6'1 SG Evans is the shooter who is dialing up 20 PPG.  They are flanked by 6'3 SO F Ian Boyd who is one of the better players in his class and chips in 15 PPG and almost 7 RPG himself.  At C, 6'6 JR Jon Jones hauls down 6 RPG and must rebound well for the Cougars to slow down the bigs of Lake Norman.  Can Apex's experienced dynamic duo backcourt finish their unlikely run to the title?  The Sad One doesn't think so.  The size of Seacat and versatility of Pritchett figure to be too much for Coach David Neal's Cougars, but it should be a good game.  The Lakers also seem to be living a charmed life....and if they win on another buzzer beater, the Great One will be taking LN coach Brandon Jolly to Vegas.  Lake Norman by 5 over Apex 

4A GIRLS:  MYERS PARK BY 3 OVER S.E. RALEIGH

3A BOYS:  FREEDOM BY 4 OVER HUNT

2A BOYS:  KINSTON BY 5 OVER N. ROWAN

2A GIRLS:  BANDYS BY 6 OVER H.P ANDREWS

1A BOYS:  WS PREP BY 8 OVER E. CARTERET

There you have it folks!  The Immaculate One will return to recap the state title games and release his MECKA 4A superlatives and report cards next week.

SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS



Monday, March 10
SAD SAM'S FINAL FURIOUS 5 FOR 3/9/14



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the sunny and warm piedmont!  The Great One will now release his Final Furious 5 of the season since Lake Norman has already locked up the coveted top spot.  The Lakers are an enchanted team right now winning both regional semis and finals games on buzzer beaters!  The Sad One hasn't seen luck like that since Karl Barkley drained buzzer beating 3 pointers which sank the Kennedy Meeks led West Charlotte and Shawn Lester led Mooresville squads at North Meck on back-to-back nights 3 years ago.  The regional recap and state championship predictions will be revealed on Wednesday.  The Potent One gave out a couple of infamous KOD's (kisses of death) in the regional finals but the state finals could be a sweep as before.  Also, the Sadster's MECKA 4A All Conference team, player of the year, coach of the year and always coveted hot dog of the year awards will be named next week.  His final report cards will also be given out next week as well so it's a big week for the Immaculate One as he will be consulting the ol' cubic zirconium ball (can't afford crystal) on many subjects! To the 5:

1.  LAKE NORMAN - FURIOUS 5 CHAMPS, AS IN 2010......BUT MUST DERAIL ANOTHER CINDERELLA, APEX, IN STATE FINAL.

2.  ARDREY KELL - VICTIMS OF A KISHAUN PRITCHETT BUZZER BEATER, BUT MISSED 2 ONE-AND-ONES WITH UNDER :30 TO GO!

3.  BERRY  - PLAYED CONF. TOURNEY AND STATE PLAYOFFS MINUS A 6'6 STARTER. SEASON COMPLETE

4.  WEST CHARLOTTE - FELL IN REGIONAL TO GREENSBORO PAGE.

5.  NORTH MECK - RETURN ALL OF THEIR GUARDS AND SMALL FORWARDS NEXT YEAR. IF A POST PLAYER TRANSFERS IN, WHO KNOWS? SEASON COMPLETE. 

Outside Looking In:  Hough, Olympic, Butler, Independence



Saturday, March 8
SAD SAM'S PARTIAL REGIONAL SEMI RECAP AND REGIONAL FINAL PICKS

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the weather delayed piedmont.  Due to the playoff schedule being pre-empted by a late season ice storm, The Sadster will pick the regional final games as they are scheduled this weekend.  The regional semis have so far been exciting with Lake Norman's buzzer beater win and Smoky Mtn stealing a Huss upset bid away and winning by 1.  The Immaculate One is once again rolling with a 12-4 regional semi mark bringing his overall record to 73-21, but more is to come!  Here are the teams who will go to their respective state championship games......

4A East:  Millbrook over Cinderella Apex

4A West:  Page over Lake Norman

3A East:  Orange over Hunt

3A West:  N. Forsyth over Freedom in a mild upset

2A East:  Kinston over Northside

2A West:  Smoky Mtn over N. Rowan

1A East:  E. Carteret over Wallace - Rose Hill

1A West:  WS Prep over Avery

A full regional recap will come on Monday with the Great One's state championship picks coming later next week.

Sad Sam - HS hoops genius



Tuesday, March 4
SAD SAM'S SECTIONAL FINAL RECAP AND REGIONAL SEMI PREDICTIONS



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the playoff watching piedmont.  The former Great One floundered in the sectional finals, falling victim to more stunners and Concord's amazing 22-0 run to take a five point lead with 3:30 left, but running out of gas at Pisgah.  Talk of a conspiracy against the now Woeful One abounds, but have no fear, for the ol cubic zirconium ball (can't afford crystal) is all shined up and ready for prime time.  The Sadster is adding additional picks to include all classifications in both regions.  His mediocre 3rd round 9-7 mark brings his total to 61-17, which is not acceptable by the Sad One's standards, however, the regionals will be different! To the picks:

4A West: Lake Norman over Ardrey Kell, Page over West Charlotte.

4A East: Clayton over Apex, Millbrook over Panther Crk.

3A West: Weddington over Freedom, N. Forsyth over Pisgah

3A East: Hunt over Havelock, Orange over W. Brunswick

2A West: N. Rowan over E. Rutherford and my upset special, Huss over Smoky Mtn.

2A East: Northside over SW Onslow in an upset, and another upset special, Kinston over Trinity

1A West:  Avery over Alleghany, WS Prep over Albemarle

1A East:  E. Carteret over Plymouth and Trask over Wallace Rose Hill.....

There you have it folks!  Now you need to get to Greensboro or Greenville, NC and watch everything unfold.  The Great One himself will be in Greensboro Thursday for the 4A regional semis.  Stay tuned!!!!

Sad Sam - HS hoops genius



Tuesday, March 4
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR 3/2/14



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the cold again piedmont.  The Sad One will release his first playoff Furious 5.  Massive changes and a surprise "hold-on" by the Lakers. To the 5:

1.  LAKE NORMAN - SHOCKED OLYMPIC ON THEIR WAY TO GREENSBORO.

2.  ARDREY KELL - AVENGED TOURNEY TITLE LOSS TO THE DIRTY BIRDS.  HEADED TO SECOND REGIONAL IN 5 YEARS.

3.  BERRY - LOST TO RIVAL ARDREY KELL IN STATE SECTIONAL FINAL AT THE NEST.

4.  WEST CHARLOTTE - RIDING GOOD FORTUNE BACK TO THE REGIONALS.

5.  NORTH MECK - ATE SOME OF TABOR'S HOME COOKING AS SEASON ENDED IN 2ND ROUND.

Outside looking in: Olympic, Hough, Butler, Independence



Friday, February 28
SAD SAM'S 2ND ROUND RECAP AND SECTIONAL CHAMPION PICKS

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the tree-budding piedmont.  In the 2nd round, The Great One was somewhat sharp.  However, he missed an upset pick on McDowell and fell victim to 4 more shockers, Lake Norman, N. Buncombe, Forest Hills and Carson giving him a 19-5 2nd rd mark, and a 52-10 overall record.  Have no fear; the Sadster has been burning the midnight oil with the ol cubic zirconium ball (can't afford crystal) and will present to you tonight's sectional winners who will travel to Greensboro and Greenville (4A East) next week.  The 4A east will be predicted today along with the western 2, 3, and 4A brackets with the HOME TEAM IN CAPS.  To the picks...............

4A West:  PAGE over Watauga, MOUNT TABOR over West Charlotte, BERRY over Ardrey Kell, and LAKE NORMAN over Independence

4A East:  N. DURHAM over Apex, CLAYTON over Broughton, MILLBROOK over 71st, and NEW HANOVER over Panther Creek

3A:  WEDDINGTON over Kings Mtn, N. FORSYTH over Carson, FREEDOM over N. Buncombe and my upset pick, Concord over PISGAH.

2A:  SMOKY MTN over Lake Norman Charter, NEWTON CONOVER over Huss, SHELBY over N. Rowan and in the battle of cinderellas E. RUTHERFORD over Forest Hills.

There they are folks!  We already have the winners, now let's go out and watch it materialize before our own eyes.  The Sad One himself will be headed to....(drum roll please)......... Lake Norman HS to view the Wildcats entertain the Patriots of Independence.  Stay tuned!!!!!!!!!

Sad Sam - HS hoops genius 



Tuesday, February 25
SAD SAM'S 1ST ROUND RECAP, 2ND ROUND PICKS

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the net swishing piedmont.  The 1st round is in the books and the Sad One posted solid numbers although missing a couple of upset attempts.  He went 15-1 in the all important 4A and swept the 3A picks.  A spit shine on the ol cubic zirconium ball is necessary for the 2A as the Sadster stumbled to an 8-4 record, bringing his 1st round total to 33-5.  Now its time for the 2nd round picks of who will move closer to Greensboro and who gets more study time.  To the picks:

4A:  PAGE OVER DUDLEY, TABOR OVER N. MECK, WEST CHARLOTTE OVER HP CENTRAL, BERRY OVER BUTLER, INDEPENDENCE OVER SMITH, OLYMPIC OVER LAKE NORMAN.....AND MY 2 UPSETS IN THE 4A, ARDREY KELL OVER HOUGH, AND MCDOWELL OVER WATAUGA

3A:  ERWIN OVER CARSON, N. FORSYTH OVER ASHBROOK, CONCORD OVER LEDFORD, PISGAH OVER STATESVILLE, FREEDOM OVER HICKORY, N. IREDELL OVER N. BUNCOMBE, KINGS MTN OVER COX MILL AND WEDDINGTON OVER MARVIN RIDGE

2A:  SMOKY MTN OVER W. CALDWELL, LAKE NORM. CHARTER OVER BUNKER HILL, HUSS OVER LEXINGTON, NEWTON-CONOVER OVER WHEATMORE, MONROE OVER FOREST HILLS, N. ROWAN OVER E. LINCOLN, SHELBY OVER CENT. ACADEMY AND 1 3A UPSET CALL, E. RUTHERFORD OVER W. STOKES

There you have it folks!  The results have been revealed so its now time to go take in the action on Wednesday night.  Remember, the results were seen here before the tipoffs!  Stay tuned!!!!!



Monday, February 24
SAD SAM'S 1ST ROUND PLAYOFF PICKS!!!!



Greetings HS hoops fans from across the playoff watching piedmont.  It's time once again for the ol cubic zirconium ball (can't afford crystal) to show us how the playoffs are going to pan out.  The Great One will select all the winners in the 4A West and will add some bonus predictions in the 3A and 2A.  More selections from the East will be added later in the playoffs.  To the picks!......

4A:  Page pilfers S. Caldwell, Dudley bedevils Mooresville, Watauga divides Alexander Central, McDowell Bolts past Ragsdale, Tabor smokes RJ Reynolds, N. Meck corrals Myers Park, W. Charlotte vetoes Reagan, E. Forsyth lowers High Point Central, Berry pecks W. Forsyth, Butler bites SW Guilford, Hough calms Grimsley, Ardrey Kell lances N. Davidson, Independence plucks E. Meck, NW Guilford cages Smith, Olympic takes out Richmond Co., and Lake Norman floods T.C. Roberson.

BONUS PICKS from 3A:  Erwin over C. Davidson, N. Forsyth outranks Patton, Ashbrook breaks on St. Stephens, Concord clouds up Sun Valley, Freedom over W. Rowan, Hickory blows away Foard, Pisgah crushes C. Cabarrus, N. Iredell flattens Hickory Ridge, Cox Mill cranks on E. Gaston, Weddington routs NW Cabarrus.

BONUS PICKS from 2A:  Smoky Mtn. over Brevard, Owen owns LN Charter, N. Wilkes attacks Bunker Hill, Huss mauls N. Surry, Newton-Conover double teams Madison, Monroe drives through Parkwood, E. Burke raids W. Stokes, E. Rutherford over Wilkes Central, N. Rowan exterminates Salisbury, E. Lincoln out spins RS Central, Carver shuts down Central Academy, and Shelby slashes S. Stokes..................

There you have it folks. The Sadster's string of phenomenal playoff prognosticating continues.  So now that you have the winners, go out and watch it transpire with your own eyes!  Stay tuned!!!!!      



Sunday, February 23
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR 2/23/14



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the dribbling and shooting piedmont.  The Sadster is still exhaling over the exciting tournament games this week.  The 5 saw much movement in and out of the rankings and with the states beginning on Monday, there promises to be more movement.  To the 5:

1.  LAKE NORMAN - WILDCATS SURVIVE CONF. TOURNEY FINALS VS THE 'VILLE.

2.  BERRY - DIRTY BIRDS COMPLETE REG. SEASON AND TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP SWEEP.

3.  NORTH MECK - LIONS AND TITANS AND HUSKIES, OH MY! NO PROBLEM FOR MECKA TOURNEY CHAMPS.

4.  BUTLER - BESTED THE RIVAL PATRIOTS FOR THE SW4A TOURNEY TITLE.

5.  HOUGH - REELING FROM TOURNEY LOSS, BUT HAS HOME COURT IN SECTIONAL.

Outside looking in:  Ardrey Kell, West Charlotte, Independence, Olympic 

The Great One will release his first round state 4A West playoff predictions on Monday 2/24.  He will also have a few predictions in 3A and 2A so get ready to see some good hoops this week! 



Tuesday, February 18
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR 2/16/14



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the suddenly spring-like piedmont.  The Sadster will now release his final Furious 5 of the regular season.  Soon, the Great One will release his final report cards, all-conference team, Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, and the all important Hot Dog of the Year awards.  Last week, there was more movement in the 5 as teams jockied for playoff position.  The conference tourneys promise to have a couple of classics coming but as for now, to the 5:

1.  LAKE NORMAN - STILL HOLDING ON TO TOP SPOT.

2.  BERRY - PULLED OUT THE BROOM ON THE TROJANS, BUT MAY SEE THEM AGAIN.

3.  WEST CHARLOTTE - PLAYING THE BEST BALL IN THE MECKA 4A AT THE MOMENT.

4.  HOUGH - SWEPT NORTH MECK, EYEING A TOURNEY TITLE.

5.  OLYMPIC - JUST CAN'T SEEM TO BEAT THE DIRTY BIRDS.

Outside looking in:  North Meck, Independence, Ardrey Kell, Butler



Monday, February 10
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR 2/9/14



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the awaiting a snowstorm piedmont.  The Sadster is now releasing his weekly Furious 5.  The Lakers remain in the top spot but there was movement in the ranks.  To the 5.....

1.  LAKE NORMAN - JOLLY'S GIANTS HOLDING PAT.

2.  OLYMPIC - TROJANS HELD SERVE AGAINST AK.

3.  BERRY - LOST A CLOSE ONE TO AK. TROJANS LOOM.

4.  WEST CHARLOTTE - WON AT NM AND HOUGH.

5.  HOUGH - LOST AT HOME TO THE LIONS, GO TO NM TUESDAY.

Outside looking in: North Meck, Independence, Ardrey Kell, Butler



Friday, February 7
SAD SAM'S MIDTERM MECKA 4A REPORT CARDS



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the wishing for spring piedmont.  It's time once again for the Great One to give out his midterm Mecka 4A grades.  Keep in mind that the Immaculate One gives grades based on his preseason predicted order of finish and also considers other intangibles.  Now we will see who could be headed to the Dean's list and who needs tutoring:

HOUGH:  B-, Could've had a higher mark except for winning a couple of lucky games and beat West Charlotte on a neutral court, not in the Lion's Den.  Still, managing to be in first without a true PG is an accomplishment.

WEST CHARLOTTE:  C-, Managed to hold serve against North, but gave away the Hough home game and laid an egg at Robinson.

NORTH MECK:  C-, Lost two road games that they were "supposed to lose", but were blown out at WC.  Thus the below average mark.  The Vikings will have their chance to hold serve in the 2nd half.

MALLARD CREEK:  C-, Right where they're supposed to be, but still can't beat Vance.

ROBINSON:  B, Young Dogs are better than expected...... and they stunned WC, but lost to A.L. Brown.

HOPEWELL:  C+, Doing better than predicted, but go on road more in 2nd half.  Managed to beat Vance.

VANCE:  D, Underachieving but T. Dorn needs help. Could make a move in the 2nd half.

A.L. BROWN:  C+, Right where predicted, but even though the Wonders are young, they've been competitive.

There you have it folks!  Now, we will sit back and see who makes adjustments to their study habits and who will flunk out!  Stay tuned

 



Sunday, February 2
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR 2/2/2014



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the groundhog watching piedmont.  The Illustrious One will now release his latest Groundhog Day version of king-of-the-hill.  The Great One's favorite non-domesticated mammal, Punxsutawney Phil, has called for a longer winter.  For some struggling hoops teams, it almost seems like nuclear winter.  For only the 2nd week this season, there is no change at the top as the "Lakers" of Lake Norman HS rolled to another conference win.  Hard charging Berry did jump Hough, much to the chagrin of Husky Nation, but they'll have their chance to make amends.  To the 5..................

1. LAKE NORMAN - SMOOTH SAILING UNTIL CATS FACE THE 'VILLE AGAIN.

2. BERRY - DREAM SEASON CONTINUES FOR THE DIRTY BIRDS.

3. HOUGH - LUCKILY ESCAPED BY 1 AGAINST OUTMANNED MALLARD CREEK.

4. NORTH MECK - BLASTED HOPEWELL, FOCUSED ON WC.

5. OLYMPIC - MADE THE POPE FROWN BY BLOWING OUT CATHOLIC, LOOKING TO ARDREY KELL.

Outside looking in: West Charlotte, Independence, Ardrey Kell, Myers Park, Butler 



Monday, January 27
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR 1/26/2014



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the wishing-for-spring piedmont.  It's time again for the Great One to post his weekly Furious 5, and, as usual, there is a change at the top!  Here we go......

1.  LAKE NORMAN - CATS ARE FEEL JOLLY GOOD ABOUT BEING BACK ON TOP.

2.  HOUGH - LUKE IS STILL USING THE FORCE TO KEEP HUSKIES WINNING, BUT BEWARE THE DARK SIDE!

3.  BERRY - CARDINALS TOPPLE OLYMPIC'S HOME STREAK.

4.  NORTH MECK - VIKINGS USE 22-0 RUN TO LEAVE A.L. BROWN IN WONDER.

5.  OLYMPIC - TROJANS HAVE WATER IN THEIR GAS AS THEY CONTINUE TO SPUTTER.

Outside looking in:  West Charlotte, Ardrey Kell, Independence, Butler, Myers Park



Monday, January 20
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR 1/19/2014



Greetings hs hoops junkies from across the soon to be frozen tundra of the piedmont.  The Sadster is back for his weekly rankings.  This weeks version of king of the hill features yet another change at the top.  Here we go......

1. OLYMPIC - TROJANS ON TOP OF HILL, BUT BERRY GAME LOOMS.

2. LAKE NORMAN - PLOWING THROUGH EASY COMPETITION.

3. HOUGH - HELD SERVE AGAINST THE VIKINGS.

4. BERRY - FIRST TIME IN FURIOUS 5 EVER.

5. NORTH MECK - COULDNT FINISH AT HOUGH.

Outside looking in: West Charlotte, Independence, Ardrey Kell, Myers Park, Butler



Tuesday, January 14
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR 1/12/2014



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the rain weary piedmont.  The holiday tourney time is history and the conference season is now in full swing.  For the first week this season the #1 team remained the same but that may not stay that way for long as the Sadster's 5 is a vaunted group.  Let's get to the 5:

1. NORTH MECK - STAYS ON TOP AFTER CRUSHING VANCE.

2. OLYMPIC - TROJANS STARTING TO ROLL IN CONFERENCE, SHOWDOWN WITH BERRY COMING.

3. LAKE NORMAN - BEGINNING TO ANNIHILATE THEIR CONFERENCE FOES.

4. HOUGH - TOPPED WC AT A NEUTRAL SITE.

5. WEST CHARLOTTE - MOVING HOUGH GAME TO A NEUTRAL SITE COULD PROVE COSTLY.

Outside Looking in:  Berry, Independence, Butler, Myers Park



Tuesday, January 7
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR 1/5/2014



1. NORTH MECK - TOOK DOWN LAKE NORMAN FOR TOURNEY TITLE.

2. WEST CHARLOTTE - FOCUSED ON CONFERENCE NOW.

3. OLYMPIC - WON 3 GAMES AND AVENGED ARDREY KELL LOSS.

4. LAKE NORMAN - MUST AVOID CONFERENCE SLIP UP.

5. HOUGH - LOST 2 GAMES IN TOURNEY, WC AND NORTH MECK ON HORIZON.

Outside looking in: Independence, Myers Park, East Meck, Mallard Creek



Sunday, December 29
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR 12/29/2013



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the christmassed out piedmont.  The Great One will now post his vaunted Furious 5 for the tourney week.  So far, every top ranked team has been knocked off after receiving the "good news" of being ranked number 1.  This week will show possibilites of the same trend continuing.  To the poll!

1. LAKE NORMAN - UNBEATEN BUT HAS A TOUGH TEST AGAINST NORTH MECK ON MONDAY,

2. NORTH MECK - HAS A CHANCE TO RECLAIM TOP SPOT WITH A WIN OVER THE LAKERS.

3. WEST CHARLOTTE - DROPPED A SURPRISE GAME IN VIRGINIA.

4. HOUGH - GUARDS GAVE ONE AWAY AT BEACH BALL CLASSIC.

5. OLYMPIC - HAD A COMEBACK WIN OVER VICTORY CHR.. PLAY ARDREY KELL ON MONDAY,

Outside looking in:  Independence, Ardrey Kell, East Meck, Mallard Creek 



Monday, December 23
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR 12/22/13



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the tree trimming piedmont.  The Sadster will once again release his weekly Furious 5!  The 5 teams in the rankings stay the same but the order has been shuffled.  It seems that the Sad One's KOD's have already begun as the top ranked team has fallen two weeks in a row.  To the 5!......

1.  HOUGH - PREPARING FOR A TOUGH HOLIDAY TOURNEY.

2.  WEST CHARLOTTE - HELD SERVE AGAINST NORTH MECK AND CLIPPED VANCE.

3.  LAKE NORMAN - HAVING A JOLLY TIME, BUT WILL FACE NORTH MECK IN HOLIDAY TOURNEY FINALS.

4.  NORTH MECK - FELL AT WC, ROLLED AT RIVAL HOPEWELL.

5.  ARDREY KELL - THE SANTA ANA WINDS BLEW OUT THEN #2 OLYMPIC.

Outside looking in:  Olympic, Independence, Myers Park, Mallard Creek

SAD SAM SEZ..... Of all the things that the Great One has seen in sports, nothing was more bizarre than what occurred at West Charlotte last Tuesday.  Against North Meck, Lions Coach Baronton Terry took Mike Tomlin to another level.  With his team ahead by 11 in the 2nd quarter, the Vikings CJ Bryce was bringing the ball down the sideline on a break when Terry was caught on the playing floor and tripped Bryce causing a turnover.  The Sad One knows that the rules state that at least a technical foul should have been given to Coach Terry, possibly an ejection.  Mysteriously enough, everyone in the gym saw it.......except the 3 officials!  Kinda makes you go "Hmmmmm". 



Tuesday, December 17
FURIOUS 5 FOR 12/15



1. NORTH MECK - played poorly but survived Wonders.

2. OLYMPIC - CJ Jackson leading the way.

3. HOUGH - Huskies settled down after PD loss.

4. WEST CHARLOTTE - stunned at Berry

5. LAKE NORMAN  - Lakers are beginning a roll

Outside looking in: Independence, Ardrey Kell, Myers Park



Tuesday, December 3
SAD SAM'S LONG AWAITED ANNUAL MECKA 4A PREVIEW AND THE FIRST FURIOUS 5!!!!!



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the hall decking piedmont.  It's time to once again peer into the ol' cubic zirconium ball (can't afford crystal) and shed light on the foggy pre-season time of the now called MECKA 4A hoops conference race. Today, the Great One will now release his order of finish and the first Furious 5 of the season.  The Sadster is coming off another brilliant season of HS hoops prognosticating perfection....or close to it.  The 2012-13 season was headlined by WC winning the conference, perennial power North Meck missing the playoffs, Hough's surprise regional appearance and ultimately Olympic's first state title.  This season J.M. Robinson and Kannapolis Brown join the now MECKA 4A, replacing Mooresville and Lake Norman.  Let's get to the MECKA predicted order of finish and the Furious 5:

1. WC  2. NM  3. HOUGH  4. MALL. CRK.  5. VANCE  6. ROBINSON  7. HW  8. A.L. BROWN

FURIOUS 5 FOR 12/10:

1. WEST CHAR. - Its now Foster and Harris's team.

2. NORTH MECK - New blood = new era.

3. OLYMPIC - Leftovers and newcomers could blend for another run.

4. HOUGH - Twin towers of Maye and Tucker harbor high goals.

5. INDEPENDENCE - Gleaves hopes to find some Love with him in the scoring column.

Outside looking in: Lake Norman, Mallard Creek, Myers Park

Thats right, West Charlotte is the Sad One's pick to finish first this year by a nose.  Depth and experience are a key to the Lions' 13-14 campaign.  The backcourt is talented and deep with a 4 guard offense being employed by Coach Baronton Terry.  The PG duties will be manned by steady 6'0 SR Trey Foster, who is a veteran ball handler and has hit his share of big shots in the last two years.  6'1 Vance defector Malik Massey joins him on the perimeter as does 6'1 Isiah Blackmon.  6'4 do everything man Austin Harris will man the wing spot and prefers to slash to the cup as opposed to shoot jumpers.  His athleticism should make him the Lions leading rebounder.  The post will be filled by 6'6 JR Simeon Carter who can block shots and rebound but lacks a solid offensive game.  Solid post defense can be a problem with Kennedy Meeks in Chapel Hill now and 6'6 Xavier Walker out for the season with an ACL tear.  WC will try and compensate by using a trapping defense.  The Lions also could hurt from 6'1 Nakia Rivers being suspended indefinitely.  If Rivers doesn't return, the Lions perimeter game will suffer but could be adequate to keep them ahead of rival.......................... 



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WC should capture another regular season crown.

Tuesday, December 10
NORTH MECKLENBURG



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The Vikings should sail back into the playoffs this season.

The Vikings missed the state playoffs last season and that is not the norm in the land of the Norsemen.  As the old commercial used to ask "how do you spell relief?", this year, the Vikings spelled it T-R-A-N-S-F-E-R.  Three new transfers adorn the Vikings roster led by 6'4 JR W CJ Bryce and 6'1 JR G Taj Middleton, both Hopewell refugees who completed the "Chris Hall and Jerod Ellis, for Blake Frye and two players to be named later deal" from the past.  Bryce is a talented do it all wing who should lead NM in scoring and vie for P.O.T.Y. honors.  Middleton is an accomplished long range shooter who can get hot at any time.  Manning the PG duties is up and coming 6'1 SO Davion Mintz, who also has become a shooting threat during the off season.  6'4 SR F Dequay Collins and 6'4 C Kareem Crawford will get post minutes as will 6'7 Southlake defector Ralph McCollum.  6'4 F Jahmel Watts, is an athletic frontline player who is a poor man's Austin Harris and should have an impact.  The Vikings are talented and deep and have a good chance at tying or winning the conference outright, but should stay ahead of local rival............................ 



Tuesday, December 10
HOUGH



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Hough "Maye" challenge for conference title.

The Huskies enjoyed a shocking run to the regionals last season only to be dismantled by eventual state champion Olympic.  The key cogs of that run are gone, enforcer Sanders Poff and PG Drexler Clarke who pulled a Fraulein Maria and ran away to The Abbey (Belmont Abbey).  However, Coach Justin Batts has enough ammo around to challenge for a conference title and another regional berth.  It begins and seemingly also ends with 6'8 F Luke Maye who can beat you inside or outside.  He is joined by the improved 6'9 C Tucker Thompson, who needs to stay out of foul trouble to be effective.  The backcourt is manned by wiley vets 6'1 Theo Mack, who is a 2G playing PG and 6'3 Jacquez Jackson who is a streaky shooter but very effective.  The Huskies must find effective ball handling across the board and Thompson must be effective in the post if they are to contend for a regular season crown and keep in front of hard charging........................

 



Thursday, December 12
MALLARD CREEK



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MAVS ARE A DARK HORSE THIS SEASON
The Mavericks are a team that the Great One considers as a.....pardon the pun....'dark horse' to make some noise in the conference.  First year coach, Jon Hancock, takes the helm with several players with state playoff experience that will help him put his large signature on this team.  Their leading scorer should be 5'11 SR G Terrance Durham, who is a deadly 3 point shooter.  6'0 JR Emmanuel Dupree will help him out with backcourt duties.  The frontline is not very big but athletic.  6'5 SR Kevin Diggs will man the post and he will be aided by 6'2 Ken Gorham who is capable of some big games.  The Mavs also look to get some help from the talented 6'4 SO F Deandre Thomas.  This is the year no one should sleep on The Creek as they should finally finish ahead of conference rival...................................... 

Thursday, December 12
VANCE



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COUGARS WILL TRY AND KEEP THEIR PLAYOFF STREAK ALIVE
The Vance Cougars have always been competitive under Coach Will Robinson and his 9th season will be no different.  What the Cougs lack in headline talent they will try to make up for in hustle.  6'4 SR F,G Torin Dorn will lead the way into battle along with 6'3 F Trey Foggie.  A host of guards will vie for playing time as usual.  The post should be manned by 6'5 SR C Chris Brown and when Vance puts a more athletic lineup on the floor, look for a pair of 6'4 JR forwards Bryson Rankin and Jamal Cook to get plenty of burn.  The Men in Orange will challenge for a state playoff spot and have enough firepower to stay ahead of.....................................

Thursday, December 12
J.M. ROBINSON



The young Bulldogs are coached by Joe Pike and may also surprise a team or two.  Youth is the norm as they will be led by 6'1 FR G Levar Batts who could easily lead them in scoring.  Accompanying him will be another diaper dandy, 6'3 SO F,G Jordan McKenzie, who definitely has hops.  The Dogs hope to get contributions from 6'4 SR F Kevionne Jackson on the frontline and 6'5 JR W Connor Boothe.  The Canines will be talented but young and would've been really good in their old 3A league, but still they have enough in the fire to cause an upset and to stay ahead of...................................

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YOUNG DOGS READY FOR ACTION

Thursday, December 12
HOPEWELL



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TITANS TRYING TO AVOID ANOTHER LONG SEASON
The Titans are heading into this season with alot of question marks.  Coach Damon Bost will depend heavily on 6'0 SR G Jerod Ellis to lead the way.  6'0 Raquan Houston could help out in the backcourt and 6'1 SO W Brian Smart could be an impact player as well.  The pivot should be manned by the committee of 6'7 SR Nick Bowman and 6'5 SR Noel Reid.  The Bolt Throwers must defend and rebound well to have a chance to compete and move up, but should still be ahead of conference newcomer.........................

Thursday, December 12
KANNAPOLIS A.L. BROWN



The first year in the new conference will be a struggle to a team that had heavy graduation losses last year.  Even to the Great One they remain a relatively unknown commodity but will be athletic if nothing else.  In addition, the Neal cousins, 5'7 Jakeem and 6'0 Jaylon are two good guards to start with.  More than likely, at the end of the season the Wonders may be wondering what just hit them..........

There it is folks!  You just have received the results of the season race before it has begun.  The Sadster will be posting his weekly Furious 5 and will make prognosticating history once again with his hyper-accurate playoff picks and give the occasional K.O.D. (kiss of death).  There will be lots of great HS action to be had this season so get out to a gym on Tuesdays and Fridays and take it all in.  Who knows, you may run into the Great One himself!  Stay Tuned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS