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RETIRED:  21 - JAMIE SKEEN     #1 FAN - DARVIN CAMP    RIP: CLAVIS "JUICE" SMITH

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE VIKING SENIORS OF 2016:

  • 2016 N.C. 4A FINAL 4
  • 2016 N.C. 4A SECTIONAL CHAMPIONS
  • 2016 MECKA 4A TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
  • 2016 UNDEFEATED AT HOME
  • 2016 MECKA 4A REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONS, 12-0 RECORD
  • 2015 N.C. 4A SECTIONAL FINALIST
  • 2014 ARBY'S HOLIDAY CLASSIC CHAMPIONS
  • 2014 N.C. 4A STATE PLAYOFFS
  • 2014 MECKA 4A TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS

  OTHER RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • 2012 N.C. 4A STATE PLAYOFFS
  • 2011 N.C. 4A STATE PLAYOFFS
  • 2009 N.C. 4A 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
  • 2004 SECTIONAL FINALIST


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE VIKING JV'S:

  • 2016 MECKA 4A CHAMPIONS, 18-0 AND 11-0 CONF. RECORDS
  • 2015 MECKA 4A CHAMPIONS, 17-2-1 OVERALL AND 11-2-1 CONF. RECORDS
  • 2014 MECKA 4A CHAMPIONS, 17-2-1 OVERALL AND 11-2-1 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 MIDTERM REPORT CARDS COMING THIS WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Sunday, January 22
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the rain soaked piedmont.  The F5 for 1/21/17 sees no change as the current teams held serve as others attempted to drop them in the rankings.  The Creek continues to rise but the question that is surfacing is, "how will the Mavericks handle being the hunted instead of the hunter"?...To the 5!!!!

1.  BUTLER - DOGS ARE IN CRUISE CONTROL.

2.  VANCE - PREPARING FOR SHOWDOWN WITH RIVAL MALLARD CREEK.

3.  INDEPENDENCE - HAS TO KEEP PACE WITH RIVAL BUTLER.

4.  MALLARD CREEK - BLASTED WEST CHARLOTTE, PUSHED WIN STREAK TO 9 IN A ROW.

5.  NORTH MECK - WON IN THE DUNGEON AT A.L. BROWN, VISITS WC TUESDAY.

Don't sleep on:  Olympic, West Charlotte, Rocky River, Ardrey Kell 



Sunday, January 15
SAD SAM AND THE LATEST FURIOUS 5

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the springlike piedmont.  Last week saw Butler stay unbeaten and The Creek's win streak reach 8 games.  This coming week will feature most teams playing 1 game due to exams. Speaking of exams, the Sadster will release his MECKA 4A midterm report cards later this week....To the 5!!!!!

1.  BUTLER - TOPPED RIVAL INDY IN SHOWDOWN.

2.  VANCE - COUGARS ARE BACK ON TRACK AGAIN.

3.  INDEPENDENCE - FELL IN THE DOG POUND, BUT HOST BUTLER IN A COUPLE WEEKS.

4.  MALLARD CREEK - STUNNED NORTH MECK, WIN STREAK NOW AT 8.

5.  NORTH MECK - DROWNED IN THE CREEK, TRAVELS TO K-TOWN FRIDAY.

Don't sleep on:  West Charlotte, Ardrey Kell, Olympic, Rocky River 



Monday, January 9
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS FIVE



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the frozen tundra..er..uh..piedmont.  The Great One will now release his first F5 of 2017.  Keep in mind that holiday tourney results aren't factored into the F5 due to the various levels of competetion from one tourney to the next, unless 2 F5 teams play head-to-head.  To the 5!!!!...................

1.  BUTLER - UNBEATEN DOGS AWAIT DATE WITH INDY.

2.  INDEPENDENCE - WON A CHRISTMAS TOURNEY, BUT BUTLER LOOMS.

3.  NORTH MECK - DROPPED VANCE AT THE COUGARS' DEN.

4.  VANCE - LICKING WOUNDS FROM LOSS, BUT LOOKING FORWARD.

5.  MALLARD CREEK - WON 7 IN A ROW, BUT VIKINGS COME CALLING FRIDAY.

Outside looking in:  West Charlotte, Myers Park, Olympic 

Special Predictions:  Bama OVER Clemson and Eggs OVER easy 



Monday, December 19
SAD SAM'S LAST FURIOUS 5 OF 2016

Greetings HS hoops fans from across the cold and rainy piedmont.  Last week saw a shocker or 2, led by Hopewell's slow down offense boring North Meck to death as the key to their home upset of the Vikings.  It also has seen East Meck on the rise as the Eagles are trying to crack the top 5 later this season. To the 5 for 12/17/2016......

1. BUTLER - BLEW OUT ROCKY RIVER

2. VANCE - SKIPPED ACROSS "THE CREEK"

3. INDEPENDENCE - SURVIVED A CHALLENGE FROM EAST MECK

4. NORTH MECK - STUMBLED AT HOPEWELL

5. WEST CHARLOTTE - WENT 2-0 FOR THE WEEK

Outside looking in:  Olympic, Hough, Rocky River 



Tuesday, December 13
SAD SAM'S 1ST FURIOUS 5 FOR 2016-17

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the holly jolly piedmont.  It's time for the first F5 of this season.  The F5 is a ranking of public Charlotte area 4A schools, but once in a while The Great One will rank a 3A school. The F5 will not be affected by Christmas tournaments due to the varied levels of competition in each.  Unless 2 schools in the F5 play each other in one of these tournaments, the rankings at the time will be unchanged.  Now, to the F5!!!!...........

1. BUTLER - PLENTY OF RETURNING FIREPOWER FOR A SOLID RUN.

2. NORTH MECK - NEW CAST, SAME RESULTS EXPECTED.

3. VANCE - GUARD HEAVY COUGARS WILL STIR THE POT.

4. INDEPENDENCE - ONE PRESEASON INJURY AWAY FROM THE #1 SLOT. 

5. WEST CHARLOTTE - LIONS HAVE GOOD SIZE, BUT NEED BETTER GUARD PLAY. 

Outside looking in:  Hough, Rocky River, Catholic 

 



Tuesday, December 6
SAD SAM'S ANNUAL MECKA CONFERENCE PREVIEW, PART 1

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the dreary piedmont.  Christmas shopping has begun which means its time for The Great One to clear the fog of the conference preseason and deliver the order of finish 2 months in advance.  The ol cubic zirconium ball (can't afford real crystal) is coming off a stellar prognosticating season in 2015-16 and is primed to deliver once again.  Last season saw a improbable cinderella season for Charlotte Catholic culminate in a state title win over Cary, after upsetting North Meck in the regional finals.  What will be the big story lines this year come playoff time?  We will find out in the natural course of time, but the MECKA conference should end up like this...................

1.  NORTH MECK - Young Vikings are really good despite loss of 10 seniors

2.  VANCE - It's the Cameron Hamilton show!!!

3.  HOUGH - Friday and Murphy are gone, but enough pieces remain

4.  WEST CHARLOTTE - New coach tries to keep Lions in contention

5.  HOPEWELL - New coach tries to get Titans back into contention

6.  MALLARD CREEK - Eric Reed is a poor man's Cam Hamilton

7.  A.L. BROWN - Year 1 after Jaylon Neal

 



North Meck
Tuesday, December 6
NORTH MECKLENBURG

The M&M boys are gone, as are 8 other seniors, but the beat goes on as the Vikings have reloaded.  It all starts with 6'1 JR PG Vaud Worthy, who is a crafty playmaker and sees the floor like few high school players do.  Joining him on the perimeter are a pair of aces, 6'1 SR SG Jaylen Lowery and 6'2 FR SG Tristan Maxwell.  Both are accomplished shooters with Lowery handling the ball more while Maxwell collect steals as well as dropping dimes.  The latter is also the son of former NBA player Vernon Maxwell.  6'0 JR PG Maleek Luckey also figures to get minutes.  The front line is anchored by 6'6 SR C Terrell "Tank" Sherman, who is a load to handle at 250 and can score.  The PF position is manned by 6'8 SO Jae'lyn Withers, who is the son of former WC and UNCC standout Curtis Withers.  Withers is a HM D1 player who is still growing and can score from the outside and the paint.  They are backed up by 6'5 JR F,C Yancey Hairston, 6'3 JR F Tyren Clark and 6'5 JR F,C Corban Strother.  The Vikings are young but talented enough to get back to the regionals and stay ahead of.............................    

vance
Thursday, December 8
VANCE

The Cougars of Vance are coming off a successful season and are looking to improve with a senior laden roster in 2016-17.  The man with the plan is HC Brian Frasier and his main weapon is 5'11 SR G Cameron Hamilton, who is a playmaker as well as a bona fide scorer and is money from beyond the arc.  Joining him in the other guard slots are 6'1 SR Maurice Abraham and 5'11 SR Marcus Neal.  5'8 SO PG Brandon Beidleman is also in the mix and will have the baton passed to him next year.  The frontline is small but scrappy and is led by 6'4 SR F Tysheem Rabouin and hustling 6'3 SR F Justin Freeman.  Getting their back is 6'2 SR F Divine Johnson and the promising 6'1 SO F Trayvon Barnes.  The Cats are small but quick and will play a fast paced, perimeter oriented game but must over achieve on the boards if they are to have a chance to move up the totem pole.  However, they should have enough firepower to stay ahead of......................     



HOUGH
Wednesday, December 7
HOUGH

Coach Jason Grube's Huskies are optimistic about the 2016-17 campaign despite the graduation of 4 year player Ryan Friday and the transfer of Qon Murphy to Cannon.  There are several reasons to look ahead, beginning with the established backcourt of 5'7 JR PG Chase Praeger and 6'1 JR SG Cooper Crawford.  Praeger is a gutsy player and might be the Huskies' best defender.  Crawford can be a deadly spot up 3 point shooter although it is difficult for him to create his own shot.  Spelling them in the backcourt are 2 seniors, 5'10 Donavon Barnes and 5'9 Jackson Rhodes.  More optimism lies in the frontline which is anchored by 6'6 SR C Ben Topp, who must be a nightly double-double man.  6'5 JR PF Myles Washington, a refugee from Berry, will help out on the glass and give a solid defensive presence.  6'4 JR F Damon Early and 6'5 SR C Paxson Sutton will add depth to the Hough front line as well.  Hough must be patient on offense and control the tempo in order to have a chance at moving up, and staying ahead of...................................    



WC
Friday, December 9
WEST CHARLOTTE

The 2016-17 version of the Lions are led by new HC Jacoby Davis.  Would be SR PG Jalen Knight has transferred so the guard duties are left to 6'0 SR Marcus Talley and 3 point shooter 6'2 JR SG Christian Koonce, but WC's hopes hinge on the play of do-everything 6'6 SO F Patrick Williams who will lead the team in scoring and collect his share of rebounds.  Helping out in the backcourt are a trio of 6'0 JRs, Darrius Ivey, Tre Mathis and Jadarius Horton and SR Darius Washington.  The big man in the middle will be 6'7 SR C Melvin Huntley who must be accounted for in the post.  Aiding on the frontline will be 6'7 SR F,C Isayah Johnson.  The Lions must defend much better than last season and find some consistent perimeter shooting to have a chance to move up but should stay ahead of....................................  



hopewell titans
Monday, December 12
HOPEWELL

The 2016-17 edition of the Titans is a new beginning.  The Davis/Bost era is over and former Vance assistant HC Michael Mcneil has taken the helm.  Shifty 5'7 SR PG Mark Sherrill is a good place to start the rebuilding effort.  6'1 JR SG Zack Dixon fills out the other guard slot.  Helping out in the backcourt will be done by committee.  Promising 6'5 SO G Brice Williams could become a legit scorer and fellow sophomore guards 6'1 Steven Sherrill and 5'10 Jalen Jones hope to contribute.  Two more sophomores, 6'7 F Alvin Cannady and 6'6 F Nalik Veasley-Johnson need to step up on the frontline as can 6'7 JR C Micale Harris.  The Titan pieces are young and are probably a year away from competing for a top 3 spot, but have enough talent to possibly spring a surprise or two depending on the matchups, as well as stay ahead of........................



mcmavs
Monday, December 12
MALLARD CREEK

The Mavericks will be similar to Vance as they lack an aircraft carrier, but Jon Hancock's squad has a couple of missile frigates in the backcourt providing firepower starting with 5'11 SR SG Eric Reed who can light it up from downtown.  Joining him in the other guard slot is another scorer in 5'10 JR G Jordan Campbell.  The frontline will be manned by 6'4 JR F Logan Clark, 6'3 SR F Justin Tennyson and 6'1 SR F,G Larry Matkins.  6'4 SR F Daniel Njinimbam and 6'6 JR F Juwuan Tate hope to figure into The Creek's plans as well.  The Mavs have potential to move up a slot and spring an upset or two, but will definitely stay ahead of..............................  



newWC
Monday, December 12
A.L. BROWN

The Wonders of K-town lost PG Jaylon Neal to graduation and hope to rebuild and try and move up a slot in their last year in the MECKA 4A conference.  6'0 3 point bomber Lane Argabright will try to help the cause as Brown will play 4 guards.  5'9 Zac Williamson, 6'0 Lewis Harris, and 5'11 Shymere Scott are in the rotation.  6'4 SR F Sherrod Sutton will be an active force on the boards when he returns from a football injury but probably won't be enough for the Wonders to escape the cellar.

 

That's it folks.  You've got the order of finish straight from the Great One months before it occurs.  All you need to do now is get to the gyms, support the players and watch it unfold.  The Sadster will return every week with his weekly Furious 5 as well as his midterm and final report cards, yearly superlatives and playoff predictions.  Stay tuned...............

Sad Sam - HS Basketball Genius