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

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE VIKING SENIORS OF 2015:

  • 2015 N.C. 4A SECTIONAL FINALIST
  • 2014 ARBY'S HOLIDAY CLASSIC CHAMPIONS
  • 2014 N.C. 4A STATE PLAYOFFS
  • 2014 MECKA 4A TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
  • 2012 N.C. 4A STATE PLAYOFFS  

 OTHER RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • 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


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE VIKING JV'S:

  • 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 MECKA 4A CONFERENCE MIDTERM REPORT CARDS ARE HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Monday, February 8
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 2/6/2016




1.  NORTH MECK - BLASTED A.L. BROWN, PLAYED POORLY BUT RUINED VANCE'S SENIOR NIGHT.

2.  CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC - CRUISING INTO CONFERENCE TOURNEY IN A WEEK.

3.  HOUGH - EDGED OUT WEST CHARLOTTE, BUT MUST GO TO NORTH MECK ON TUESDAY.

4.  INDEPENDENCE - SHOWDOWN WITH RIVAL BUTLER LOOMS FRIDAY.

5.  BUTLER - DOGS SEEKING REVENGE ON PATRIOTS FRIDAY.

Outside looking in:  Berry, Mooresville, Myers Park, Alexander Central, Ardrey Kell  



Wednesday, February 3
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 1/30/2016

SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 1/ 30/2016

1. NORTH MECK - BLEW OUT THE WC LIONS....AGAIN.

2. CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC - OUTLASTED BERRY IN A SO. MECK 4A BATTLE.

3. HOUGH - GOT PAST HOPEWELL IN RIVALRY TILT.

4. INDEPENDENCE - TOOK DOWN RIVAL BUTLER.

5. BUTLER - SEE INDEPENDENCE.

Outside looking in:  Berry, Alexander Central, Ardrey Kell, Mooresville 



Wednesday, February 3
SAD SAM'S MECKA 4A MID-TERM REPORT CARDS



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the spring like piedmont. It's time once again for the Great One to give out his grades at the conference season's midpoint.  The grades are based upon how the teams are doing compared to their predicted order of finish. Other factors such as margin of loss and victory are also factors. To the grades!.....

NORTH MECK  A:  RUNNING THE TABLE AS PREDICTED, BUT IN IMPRESSIVE FASHION.

HOUGH  B+:  HIGHER THAN EXPECTED, BUT MUST GO TO WEST CHARLOTTE STILL.

WEST CHARLOTTE  D:  LOST TO HOUGH, BLOWN OUT AT HOME BY NORTH.

VANCE  C:  RIGHT WHERE THEY SHOULD BE.

HOPEWELL  C+:  PLAYED NORTH A DECENT GAME, ALMOST BEAT HOUGH.

MALLARD CREEK  C:  SEE VANCE.

A.L. BROWN  C:  COMPETITIVE BUT NEEDS TO FINISH GAMES.

There you have it folks. We now know who could be a valedictorian and who needs to burn the old midnight oil.  Stay tuned for the final report cards in a few weeks.

SAD SAM - HS BASKETBALL GENIUS  



Tuesday, January 26
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 1/23/2016

SAD SAM'S WEEKLY FURIOUS 5 FOR 1/23/2016

DUE TO LAST WEEK'S WEATHER AND GAME CANCELLATIONS, THERE IS NO CHANGE IN THE FURIOUS 5 FOR THIS WEEK. 



Tuesday, January 19
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 1/16/2016



SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 1/16/2016 

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the suddenly frigid piedmont.  There was no change in the F5 this week.  However, bigger things loom as the Great One will release his MECKA 4A Mid-term Report Cards later this week.  The grades are based on how teams stack up to their predicted order of finish and how they have fared against superior or inferior competetion....... To the F5......

1.  NORTH MECK - DAVION MINTZ ALMOST OUTSCORED THE CREEK HIMSELF.

2.  CATHOLIC - POPE'S BOYS ARE ON CRUISE CONTROL, BUT SHOWDOWN AT BERRY LOOMS.

3.  BUTLER -  HAS NO PICNIC AT RESURGENT GARINGER ON FRIDAY. 

4.  BERRY - THE CARDS WILL BE SWINGING FROM THE RAFTERS AS CATHOLIC COMES CALLING FRIDAY.

5.  HOUGH - AWAITS RIVAL HOPEWELL ON FRIDAY'S CARD.

Outside looking in:  West Charlotte, Independence, Mooresville, South Meck

SAD SAM SALUTE GOES OUT TO CONCORD SPIDER RECHON "LEAKY" BLACK AS HE HAS COMMITTED TO UNC-CH.  SAAAAALLUTE!!!!!!   



Sunday, January 10
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 1/9/2016

 SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR 1/9/2016 

1.  NORTH MECK - READY TO ROLL THROUGH THE CONFERENCE.

2.  CATHOLIC - COUGARS STILL UNBEATEN.

3.  BUTLER - DOGS BARKING AGAIN.

4.  BERRY - CARDINALS WANT TO CHALLENGE THE POPE'S BOYS.

5.  HOUGH - LOST A CLOSE ONE TO NORTH.

Outside looking in:  West Charlotte, Independence, Vance, South Meck 



Sunday, December 27
SAD SAM'S PRE-HOLIDAY TOURNEY FURIOUS 5



SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 12/19

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the un-Christmaslike piedmont.  The Great One is posting his final F5 of 2016.  Remember, the Sadster will not take into consideration Holiday tourney results unless teams in the F5 play head to head, since the competition level of tourneys varies from team to team.  The next poll will be released on Jan 10.  Here we go.....

1. NORTH MECK - VIKINGS TRAVEL TO TENNESSEE TO DEFEND ARBY'S CLASSIC TITLE.

2. CATHOLIC - COUGARS ARE 11-0.

3. BUTLER - DOGS ARE HEADED FOR SHOWDOWN WITH RIVAL INDEPENDENCE IN EARLY JANUARY.

4. INDEPENDENCE - SEE BUTLER. 

5. WEST CHARLOTTE - LIONS WERE BLOWN OUT AT HOME BY NORTH MECK.

Outside looking in:  Vance, Berry, Hough, Garinger  



Saturday, December 12
SAD SAM'S 1ST FURIOUS 5 FOR PRE-CONFERENCE PLAY



1. NORTH MECK - VIKINGS ARE LOADED TO GO TO STATE.

2. CATHOLIC - THE POPE'S BOYS WILL MAKE SOME NOISE.

3. BUTLER - COACH LOWERY'S DOGS ARE READY DESPITE LOSS TO 3A POWER J.M. ROBINSON.

4. WEST CHARLOTTE - LIONS ARE ALWAYS IN THE MIX.

5. BERRY - CARDS SHOULD MAKE A MOVE THIS YEAR, BUT DROPPED EARLY ONE TO SOUTH MECK.

Outside looking in:  Hough, Vance, Independence, Myers Park 



Saturday, December 12
SAD SAM'S ANNUAL MECKA 4A CONFERENCE PREVIEW



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the 12-0 Panther piedmont.  It's time once again for the Great One himself to clear the muddy waters of preseason hoops speculation and release his picks for the MECKA 4A.  The ol' cubic zirconium ball (can't afford real crystal) has spoken and the picks are ready.  The season's first Furious 5 will also be released and it consists of the rankings for the Charlotte area's 4A schools only.  Sometimes the Sadster sneaks a 3A team or two in that really deserves big props and that may happen again this year.  The Sad One will also release his mid-season progress reports and his end of the year superlatives, including the all important Hot Dog of the Year award that recognizes the best concession stand dog that the Sadster will consume this season.  The order of finish will be as follows and the "why" will follow in each team article.  North Meck is the consensus top pick but the real race is for second.  The Great One believes that one of 3 teams could easily fill that spot, but this is how things should pan out:

1. North Meck

2. West Charlotte

3. Hough

4. Vance

5. Hopewell

6. Mallard Creek

7. A.L. Brown 

 



Saturday, December 12
NORTH MECKLENBURG



The Vikings are coming off a very promising season that was derailed by suspensions, but they are once again one of, if not, THE best team in the state.  Coach Lewis's 15-16 squad is led by the M&M boys of 6'3 SR PG Davion Mintz (Creighton) and 6'7 SR F Jaylen McManus.  Mintz is a smooth ball handler who can also beat you from the perimeter and McManus can post up, get to the hole, and shoot 3's.  He has high D1 offers but hasn't committed yet.  Joining Mintz in the backcourt will be 6'0 SR Timmy "Sky" Walker who has hops and can stroke the 3 ball.  The post will be manned by the 6'5 oak tree SR Ethan Wacker who is a solid force in the paint, and 6'5 SO reserve jumping jack Yancey Hairston.  6'0 SR Kendall Coles will be the "6th starter" for the Norsemen, and 6'3 shooter Derrick Maxwell will mix starting duties with 6'3 Kannapolis refugee SR Greg Joyner.  The Vikings are deep and talented and are the Sad One's pick to come out of the West but must rebound consistently to stay ahead of rival........................... 

Saturday, December 12
WEST CHARLOTTE



The Lions lost a boat load of talent from last year's regional final team, but they have enough leftovers to compete.  6'0 JR PG Jalen Knight will lead Coach Terry's Lions in scoring and assists.  Joining him in the backcourt will be a host of Lions, including 6'0 SR Stefon Stukes and 6'0 JR Mark Alexander.  On the perimeter is 6'4 SF Kobie Williams who can score inside and out.  The lack of perimeter shooting will force the need for the younger post players to develop.  6'4 JR C,F Daquan Hatchett and 6'5 JR F Melvin Huntley should be better in February.  The Lions will press, run and play WC basketball but must rebound and shoot the 3 ball to stay ahead of another rival.........................

Saturday, December 12
HOUGH



The Luke Maye era is now over and it's time for Jason Grube's Huskies to rebuild with a group of Super Sophs.  6'4 SO G Qon Murphy will make the rebuilding job easier as the smooth, slashing ball handler will lead the way.  6'1 SO Cooper Crawford is a 3 point sharpshooter that will help take pressuer off of Murphy.  Another Maye, the 6'5 SO F Cole, will help in the paint, as will 6'6 JR F Ben Topp.  The perimeter is completed by 6'1 SR G Ryan Friday who is a four year Husky defender who has become a forgotten commodity.  The Huskies will be disciplined but must defend if they are to move up and/or stay ahead of...................................   

Saturday, December 12
VANCE



The Cougars of Coach Frasier will be small and athletic this season as they could play a 5 "guard" system.  The basic guard duties will be handled by 5'10 JR G Cameron Hamilton who is a streak shooter and will probably be their leading scorer.  He is joined in the backcourt by 5'11 SR G Julius Simmons and 6'1 SR Delvin Teah, who lend experience to the mix.  Another G, 5'8 FR Brandon Beidleman should get substantial minutes and contribute.  Vance will be scrappy but needs to find a couple of rebounders if they are to have a chance to move up and stay ahead of....................

Saturday, December 12
HOPEWELL



The Titans haven't been to the state playoffs in a while but Coach Bost's squad has a chance to challenge for one this season.  A pair of Seniors who want to end the drought are 6'5 F Tre Faison and 6'1 G,F Brian Smart.  Joining Smart in the backcourt is 5'7 JR PG Mark Sherrill who is an accomplished shooter and slasher.  Lending some help in the frontline is 6'5 FR Brice Williams who should be a good complement to Faison.  Will isn't enough and if the Titans are to move into playoff contention defense and rebounding improvement are a must especially to keep them ahead of..........  

Saturday, December 12
MALLARD CREEK



This year's version of Creek hoops will be led by another Faison.  6'1 SR G Brandon Faison will be the Mavericks leading scorer from the guard spot.  Aiding him in the backcourt will be 6'2 SR Kerry Porter.  5'10 JR Ed Reed is primarily a 3 point bombardier who can light it up at times.  6'2 F Jaylen Swain should get minutes on the frontline and must play well if the Mavs have a shot to rise, and stay ahead of.......................... 

Saturday, December 12
A.L. BROWN



The Wonders have been around the bottom of the league since joining but have some pieces to finish higher.  The main reason is 6'2 SR PG Jaylon Neal who is a silky play maker who can get to the cup.  Another reason is 6'4 JR F Sherrod Sutton who is athletic and rugged on the boards and if 6'2 Damon Johnson can be a consistent scorer, the Wonders may pull a surprise or two!

 

There you have it folks!  The dye has now been cast and it's time to get out to the gyms and take it all in.  The Great One will return every Sunday with his weekly Furious 5, so stay tuned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Saturday, December 5
SAD SAM'S ANNUAL MECKA 4A CONFERENCE PREVIEW AND FIRST FURIOUS 5 ARE COMING THIS WEEK!!!!!!