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RETIRED: 21 - JAMIE SKEEN #1 FAN - DARVIN CAMP RIP: CLAVIS "JUICE" SMITH
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE VIKING SENIORS OF 2017:
- 2017 N.C. SECTIONAL FINALIST
- 2017 UNDEFEATED AT HOME
- 2017 MECKA 4A TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
- 2017 MECKA 4A REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONS
- 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 MECKA 4A TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
- 2014 N.C. 4A STATE PLAYOFFS
- 2014 ARBY'S HOLIDAY CLASSIC 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:
- 2017 MECKA 4A CHAMPIONS, 19-0 OVERALL AND 12-0 CONF. RECORDS
- 2016 MECKA 4A CHAMPIONS, 18-0 OVERALL 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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Wednesday, March 15
Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the cold and blustery piedmont. The Great One promised a strong finish and delivered as he swept the board in the 4 NC state championship games last Saturday. Cudos to Kody and the crew of Lincoln Charter, wrecking machine Northside-Jacksonville, the ELL and ELL boys at Cox Mill, and Cowboy Nation at SW Guilford as they all won their respective rings. The Sadster's final tally is 116-36 which is right at 77%, excellent for most, but just average for The Immaculate One. He did, however, finish on a record setting 11-1 run in the regional and state final predictions. Another exciting season has drawn to a close but it's time for new issues like... "how are your brackets?" and "can the Cubbies repeat?". However, you can best believe that later this year when the pigskins and cool breezes are flying through the air and youre putting away the Halloween decorations, The All-Knowing One will have the ol cubic zirconium ball (can't afford crystal) warming up to once again shed light on the cloudy pre-season of what will be the 2017-18 high school basketball season. The Sadster may drop in to report on a particular AAU tourney that he visits during the summer but for the most part, he bids you "so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu. Adieu, adieu to you and you and you."
May all of your long putts fall in the leather.
SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS
Wednesday, March 15
Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the NCAA'a awaiting piedmont. It's time for The Great One to dole out his final grades for the 2016-17 MECKA 4A campaign. The grades are primarily based on how teams finished in relation to where The Sadster picked them to finish. For example, if a team is picked to finish 2nd and they finish 4th, their grade will be below average, and so on. To the bad news!!!!
NORTH MECK: B-, FINISHED 1ST AS EXPECTED, BUT DID SO AFTER GRADUATING 10 SENIORS!
MALLARD CREEK: A, - CAME WITHIN A GAME OF 1ST PLACE AFTER BEING PICKED TO FINISH 6TH.
VANCE: C-, - HIT LATE SEASON SLUMP AS THE CREEK WAS RISING.
WEST CHARLOTTE: C, - FINISHED AS PREDICTED, BUT COULD'VE USED BETTER GUARD PLAY.
HOUGH: D-, - HUSKIES HAD SOME GOOD ELEMENTS BUT FLUNKED CHEMISTRY.
HOPEWELL: D-, - SHOWED GOOD THINGS EARLY, THEN THEY FELL AND COULD'NT GET UP.
A.L. BROWN: C, - BEST PLAYER WAS INJURED IN FOOTBALL, READY TO GO BACK TO 3A.
There you have it folks! The Professor has closed the book on the 2016-17 season and time will tell who hits the books during the off-season to have a better report card next year.
SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS
Wednesday, March 15
Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the freezing piedmont. It's time for The Sadster to give out his yearly awards including All-MECKA 4A, MVP, Coach of the Year and the absolutely critical Hot Dog of the Year. This MECKA 4A season had more surprises than usual. Most of them were by-products of the Cinderella season put together by the Mallard Creek Mavericks. The Creek came within one game of a 1st place regular season finish but were routed on North Meck's senior night as the Vikings added more hardware to their collection. Now, to the annual awards..........
COACH OF THE YEAR: JON HANCOCK - MALLARD CREEK, COACH HANCOCK PUTS HIS LARGE SIGNATURE ON THE MALLARD CREEK PROGRAM.
ALL-MECKA 4A: 1ST TEAM
MVP - CAM HAMILTON - VANCE
TRISTAN MAXWELL - NORTH MECK
ERIC REED - MALLARD CREEK
PATRICK WILLIAMS - WEST CHARLOTTE
JAE'LYN WITHERS - NORTH MECK
JORDAN CAMPBELL - MALLARD CREEK
VAUD WORTHY - NORTH MECK
JUSTIN FREEMAN - VANCE
BEN TOPP - HOUGH
MELVIN HUNTLEY - WEST CHARLOTTE
JAYLEN LOWERY - NORTH MECK
MARCUS NEAL - VANCE
LARRY MATKINS - MALLARD CREEK
MARK SHERRILL - HOPEWELL
COOPER CRAWFORD - HOUGH
Near misses: Terrell Sherman - North Meck, Isayah Johnson - West Charlotte, Lane Argabright - AL Brown, Zach Dixon - Hopewell, Brice Williams - Hopewell
...And now the all important award for the Hot Dog of the Year goes to.........(drumroll)............HOUGH.
There you have it folks! The Great One has spoken. The awards for the 2016-17 season are now in the books. Which coaches, players and concession stands will put in the hard work to win the awards next season will be told in the story of what will be the 2017-18 season. Stay tuned!!!!!!!!!!!
SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS
Friday, March 10
Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the dealing-with-winter-again piedmont. The NC regional finals saw some exciting action as usual. The bell tolled midnight for one Cinderella in Forest Hills, another, Leesville Road, is still dancing, and a giant that fell in Butler. Also, a couple of teams that have laid waste to the competition maintained their collision course in N. Surry and Northside-Jacksonville. Eastern Guilford won the Battle of Guilford County Courthouse circa 2017 and Cox Mill is trying to give the South Piedmont 3A back-to-back state titles as Robinson won the ring last year. Lincoln Charter finally got over the regional final hump in its quest for a state title. The Great One posted a 7-1 regional final mark as SW Guilford is having Happy Days due to a game winning 3 pointer from Cooper "Dont call me Richie" Cunningham that took down undefeated Butler and gave The Sadster his only setback. He is now 112-36 (76%) for the tourney and wants to finish on a high note. To the picks!!!
4A: The Langley boys (SW Guilford) gun down 2017's version of "Forever's Team" in Leesville Road.
3A: The ELL and ELL boys, WendELL and CarrawELL (Cox Mill) edge out a feisty Eastern Guilford squad.
2A: The Irresistable Force against The Immovable Object as Ali (Northside-Jacksonville) takes out Frazier (North Surry).
1A: Kody Shubert and company finally deliver a title as Lincoln Charter will down Kestrel Heights.
BONUS PICKS: 4A GIRLS: SE Raleigh over NW Guilford, and UNC-CH over a tired Duke team by 8 in the ACC semis.
There you have it folks! Now get to Raleigh or Chapel Hill and take in the action. The Immaculate One will return on Monday with his state final recap, final MECKA 4A report cards and yearly superlatives. Stay tuned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS
Friday, March 3
Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the now cold again piedmont! The Sadster is back to recap his woeful sectional finals picks and give out the participants in the state title tilts. The Once Great One was at it again as apparent KOD's were given out in some tight games, including one OT, as a couple of Cinderellas are still dancing. Forest Hills and Leesville Road have been pleasant surprises in their respective tournaments, but will they advance to the Big Dance? The Wendell Moore show is still playing as Cox Mill crept passed Hickory in the 3A West. The Battle of Guilford County Courthouse will manifest itself once again in the 3A East as Eastern and Northern Guilford collide again. Cinderella Forest Hills will play recent wrecking machine N. Surry in the 2A West. N. Surry has been basketball's version of Clubber Lang as they have destroyed opponents by an average margin of 23 a game on their way for a shot at the regional title. In the 2A East, two more buzzsaw teams, Northside-Jacksonville and Greene Central collide in the finals. NJ has won at an average of almost 30 per game and GC is averaging 22 point wins. In the 1A West, Mt. Airy has been crushing tomato cans along the way but now run into perennial power Lincoln Charter, who finally got past WS Prep. In the 1A East, we have 30-1 Kestrel Heights playing surprise Riverside for a trip to their big dance. In the 4A West, unbeaten Butler takes on the dreaded directional school in SW Guilford and in the East Cinderella Leesville Road will try to keep the clock from striking midnight as they go against "always hard" South Central. The Sad One has repaired the ol cubic zirconium ball (can't afford crystal) from a dismal 9-7 round. He is now 105-35, which is 75%, but aims to finish strong. To the picks!!!!!!!!!!!
4A WEST: BUTLER DOGS ARE STILL BARKING
4A EAST: CAN'T BEAT LEESVILLE ROAD, SO THE SADSTER IS ROLLING WITH THEM.
3A WEST: WIZARD WENDELL (COX MILL) TAKES AWAY FREEDOM.
3A EAST: EASTERN TAKES OVER THE GUILFORD COUNTY COURTHOUSE.
2A WEST: CLUBBER (N. SURRY) STILL ROLLING TOWARDS A SHOT AT BALBOA
2A EAST: NORTHSIDE-JACKSONVILLE CONTINUES THEIR ROLL.
1A WEST: LINCOLN CHARTER FINALLY MAKES IT TO THE TITLE GAME.
1A EAST: KESTREL REACHING FOR HIGHER HEIGHTS!
There you have it folks! Now get to your regional final locations this weekend and take in the action and support the players! Stay tuned...............
SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS
Monday, February 27
Greeting HS hoops junkies from across the ball bouncing piedmont! The Sadster is back with his 3rd round recap and regional semi winners. The sectional finals yielded some exciting action. W. Forsyth led by 22-4 in the 1st quarter, trailed by 4 with 3 minutes left, yet pulled off a home win over North Meck. 71st trailed at halftime, led by 4 after 3, and held off a Heritage rally to sneak out of the Huskies' lair by 1. There were also surprises as Cinderella team Leesville Road stunned Garner and North Surry upset Lincolnton in grand fashion, 94-60. The clock also struck midnight for some Cinderellas as Albemarle, Apex, Cardinal Gibbons Bishop McGuinness, and Rocky River all bowed out. The Sadster posted a 15-5 record bringing his total to 96-28 (78%) for the tournament. The Great One will now add the 3A, 2A and 1A East classes to the mix and he is hearing the bell tolling midnight once again in this round. We now move to the always fun regional semis as The Sad One could at any time begin giving out his infamous KOD's (kisses of death)! To the picks..............
4A WEST: BUTLER OVER W. FORSYTH, SW GUILFORD OVER HOKE
4A EAST: S. CENTRAL OVER GREEN HOPE, 71ST OVER LEESVILLE ROAD
3A WEST: FREEDOM OVER ROBINSON, COX MILL OVER HICKORY
3A EAST: ORANGE OVER N. GUILFORD, E. GUILFORD OVER N. NASH
2A WEST: E. RUTHERFORD OVER FORSET HILLS AND THE UPSET SPECIAL: SHELBY OVER N. SURRY
2A EAST: NORTHSIDE-JACKSONVILLE OVER CLINTON, GREENE CENTRAL OVER HERTFORD
1A WEST: WS PREP OVER LINCOLN CHARTER, AVERY OVER MT. AIRY
1A EAST: SE HALIFAX OVER RIVERSIDE, KESTREL HEIGHTS OVER WHITEVILLE
There you have it folks! The regional semi winners are released and the only thing left to do is to go watch them come to pass at your nearest game. Stay tuned!!!!!
SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS
Saturday, February 25
Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the kite flying piedmont! The 2nd round of the state playoffs saw some monster matchups and upsets that have produced several Cinderella teams including Apex, Rocky River, Bishop McGuinness, Cardinal Gibbons, Green Hope, Shelby, and Albemarle. The Now-Great-Again One went 34-6 in the 2nd round, bringing his overall record to 81-13 for a 78% winning percentage. North Meck, Forest Hills, Kings Mtn., and SW Guilford headlined some monster matchup winners, with SW Guilford downing Independence in 3 OT's. The ol' cubic zirconium ball (can't afford crystal) is now warmed up and ready to give you the regional participants in the 4A East and West, 3A West, 2A West and 1A West brackets. Here we go...............
4A WEST: BUTLER, W. FORSYTH, SW GUILFORD.. AND THE UPSET SPECIAL: MT. TABOR OVER HOKE
4A EAST: HERITAGE, GARNER, GREEN HOPE,.. AND THE UPSET SPECIAL: APEX OVER SOUTH CENTRAL
3A WEST: FREEDOM, COX MILL,.. AND UPSET SPECIALS: ROBINSON OVER WEDDINGTON, AND HICKORY OVER N. HENDERSON.
2A WEST: E. RUTHERFORD, FOREST HILLS, LINCOLNTON.. AND THE UPSET SPECIAL: SHELBY OVER LKN CHARTER
1A WEST: MT. AIRY, AVERY, WS PREP, LINCOLN CHARTER
Vulnerable favorites tonight include, but are not limited to W. Forsyth, Avery, and E. Rutherford
There you have it folks! The regional participants have been revealed. All you need to do now is go to your nearest game and watch the drama unfold. The Amazing One will return on Tuesday to recap the sectional finals and reveal his regional semi picks. Stay tuned!!!!!!!!!!!!
SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS
Thursday, February 23
Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the warm and sunny piedmont. The Sadster posted a lackluster 1st round record of 47-17 on his picks as upsets abounded in the West. All was quiet on the Eastern front though as most of the higher seeds held serve. The Now Mediocre One is now at 75% for his predictions which is good for most, but for The Sad One is below par. However, he did nail several called upsets as well as tagging vulnerable teams that fell as well. Alexander Central, Statesville, Olympic, and Hibriten were stunned but the biggest shocker was N. Forsyth falling to Fred T. Foard. It was also the 1st time in recent memory that both 4A teams in a previous season's championship game fell in the 1st round in Cary and Charlotte Catholic losing to Clayton and NW Guilford respectively. How will the new Cinderellas handle the 2nd round? We're about to find out. Your 2nd round winners are..............
4A WEST: BUTLER, DUDLEY, N. MECK, W. FORSYTH, SW GUILFORD, PAGE, HOKE, MCDOWELL
4A EAST: HERITAGE, 71ST, GARNER, E. CHAPEL HILL, NEW HANOVER, APEX, SOUTH CENTRAL...UPSET SPECIAL: LEESVILLE ROAD OVER OVERHILLS
3A WEST: FREEDOM, SOUTH POINT, WEDDINGTON, COX MILL, KINGS MTN., HICKORY, N. HENDERSON...UPSET SPECIAL: ROBINSON OVER N. BUNCOMBE
2A WEST: E. RUTHERFORD, ANDREWS, FOREST HILLS, LAKE NORMAN CHARTER, N. SURRY, LINCOLNTON...UPSET SPECIALS: SHELBY OVER THOMASVILLE & W. CALDWELL OVER OWEN.
1A WEST: SWAIN, MT AIRY, AVERY, WS PREP, COMM. SCHOOL DAVIDSON, W. MONTGOMERY, LINCOLN CHARTER, UPSET SPECIAL: BISHOP MCGUINESS OVER N. STANLY
The Sadster thinks that several favorites are vulnerable again tonight including, but not limited to, Butler, North Meck, SW Guilford, 71st, McDowell, and Kings Mtn.
There you have it folks! The winners have been given; now the only thing missing is the final score. Get to a playoff game near you and take in the action. Stay tuned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS
Tuesday, February 21
Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the blooming-too-early piedmont. It's time for the Immaculate One to push the practice of prognosticating towards perfection again. The Sadster posted an astounding 85% accuracy record on his predictions last year and if you take into account his KOD's (kisses of death) which are really picking a loser instead of a winner, his percentage was even higher. The ol' cubic zirconium ball (can't afford crystal) is warmed up and will be giving out winners in the West 4A, 3A, 2A, and 1A. Later in the tourney, East predictions will be added. Now for your 1st round winners..............
4A: BUTLER, OLYMPIC, DUDLEY, N. MECK, NW GUILFORD, ALEXANDER CENT., W. FORSYTH, SW GUILFORD, INDEPENDENCE, PAGE, LAKE NORMAN, HOKE, S. CALDWELL, MT. TABOR, MCDOWELL. UPSET SPECIAL: VANCE OVER RICHMOND
3A: FREEDOM, SOUTH POINT, STATESVILLE, N. BUNCOMBE, ROBINSON, HIBRITEN, WEDDINGTON, COX MILL, W. ROWAN, HICKORY RIDGE, KINGS MTN., N. FORSYTH, HICKORY, S. IREDELL, N. HENDERSON. UPSET SPECIAL: PISGAH OVER PIEDMONT
2A: E. RUTHERFORD, HUSS, WILKES CENTRAL, T.W. ANDREWS, OWEN, MONROE, N. WILKES, FOREST HILLS, THOMASVILLE, WHEATMORE, LAKE NORMAN CHARTER, N. SURRY, SMOKY MTN., LINCOLNTON. UPSET SPECIALS: E. LINCOLN OVER W. STOKES AND W. STANLY OVER SHELBY
1A: SWAIN, BESSEMER CITY, HIGHLANDS, MT. AIRY, AVERY, E. MONTGOMERY, N. STANLY, WS PREP, ROSMAN, COMM. SCHOOL OF DAVIDSON, ALLEGHANY, W. MONTGOMERY, CHEROKEE, MOUNTAIN ISLAND, LINCOLN CHARTER. UPSET SPECIAL: BISHOP MCGUINNESS OVER HIWASSEE DAM
The Sad One believes that in addition to his upset specials, there are several teams that could be vulnerable including, but not limited to Hoke, Bess. City, Olympic, Hibriten, Independence, and S. Caldwell.
There you have it folks! The 1st round winners have been given out. All that's left now is get to your local playoff game and watch it unfold. The Great One will return on Thursday to recap the 1st round and give out 2nd round winners. Stay tuned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS
Monday, February 20
Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the state playoff awaiting piedmont. Last week's F5 saw Butler sweeping arch-rival Independence and North Meck sweeping rival Vance in tournament championship games. Lake Norman, who just made it back to the F5, was bounced from its conference tournament by arch-rival Mooresville. This is the final Furious 5 of the season as the Great One traditionally turns his attention to the state playoffs at this time..... To the 5!!!!
1. BUTLER - SWEPT THE REGULAR SEASON AND TOURNEY IN THE SW 4A.
2. NORTH MECK - SWEPT THE REGULAR SEASON AND TOURNEY IN THE MECKA 4A.
3. OLYMPIC - SWEPT THE REGULAR SEASON AND TOURNEY IN THE SoMECK 4A.
4. INDEPENDENCE - BLOWN OUT BY BUTLER IN SW 4A FINALS, HOPES TO REGROUP FOR STATES.
5. ALEXANDER CENTRAL - WON NPC 4A CONFERENCE TOURNEY, WINNING 13 OF ITS LAST 14.
Don't sleep on: Vance, Lake Norman, Mallard Creek, Rocky River
The Sadster will return Tuesday with his 1st round state playoff predictions.
SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS
Monday, February 13
Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the spring-fevered piedmont. Last week saw the 1 and 2 teams, and the 3 and 4 teams clash in 2 battles. #1 Butler finished the regular season unblemished, winning at rival Independence and North Meck avenged an earlier upset to Mallard Creek with a decisive win, snapping the Mavericks' 14 game win streak. Conference tourneys are on tap for this week!!! To the 5.............
1. BUTLER - SWEPT THE BIG I BUT CAN THEY TAKE TOURNAMENT TOO?
2. NORTH MECK - ROUTED MALLARD CREEK, PEAKING AT RIGHT TIME.
3. INDEPENDENCE - LOST ANOTHER CLOSE ONE TO THE DOGS, WANT ANOTHER SHOT.
4. OLYMPIC - RAN THE TABLE IN THE SoMECK 4A.
5. LAKE NORMAN - 1ST YEAR COACH JEFF LEVAN HAS THE LAKERS BACK IN THE F5.
Don't sleep on: Mallard Creek, Vance, West Charlotte, Rocky River
Tuesday, February 7
Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the post-season approaching piedmont. Last week's Furious 5 action featured some collisions of F5 teams as Mallard Creek ran their win streak to 14 and Vance took a double dip on the road. The regular season is winding down and the Magnificent One will post his final 2 regular season and conference tournament F5's ahead of the state playoffs. The next 2 weeks promise to be wild ones.... To the 5......
1. BUTLER - DAWGS GUNNING TO RUN TABLE IN REGULAR SEASON.
2. INDEPENDENCE - PATRIOTS GUNNING TO STOP THE DAWGS FROM RUNNING THE TABLE ON FRIDAY.
3. MALLARD CREEK - MAVS SNEAKED PAST MYERS PARK AND BEAT VANCE, MUST GO TO NORTH MECK ON FRIDAY.
4. NORTH MECK - SPANKED VANCE, CAN WIN MECKA 4A REGULAR SEASON WITH WIN OVER THE CREEK FRIDAY.
5. VANCE - REELING AFTER SUFFERING THE DREADED "DOUBLE DIP" LAST WEEK.
Don't sleep on...... Olympic, Lake Norman, Charlotte Catholic, West Charlotte
Monday, January 30
Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the Super Bowl awaiting piedmont. Last week saw The Creek have 2 near misses, Independence build momentum, Vance dodge a bullet, Butler keep rolling, and North Meck remaining back on track. The last 2 weeks of the season should be a memorable one as F5 teams will be clashing!... To the 5 for week ending 1/28/2017.........
1. BUTLER - DOGS TRYING TO RUN THE TABLE.
2. VANCE - GOT BY WC, SHOWDOWN AT THE CREEK IS NEXT!
3. INDEPENDENCE - ROUTED THE RIVER, PATIENTLY WAITING FOR SENIOR NIGHT AGAINST BUTLER.
4. MALLARD CREEK - WIN STREAK AT 11 AS THE MAVS SURVIVE A SCARE FROM HOUGH.
5. NORTH MECK - WON TOUGH GAME AT WEST CHARLOTTE, BLEW OUT HOPEWELL IN REVENGE.
Don't sleep on: Olympic, West Charlotte, Charlotte Catholic
Thursday, January 26
Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the sunny and warm piedmont. The Incredible One is here to give out his mid-term grades for the MECKA 4A. The high school conference season is half over and has seen some surprises already. Mallard Creek's rise to prominence in the first half wasn't even seen by the ol' cubic zirconium ball (can't afford real crystal). Hopewell scored an upset over North Meck and A.L. Brown returned the favor by stunning Hopewell. We will see what crazy finish awaits soon enough but now...to the grades! Keep in mind that grades are mainly based on team performance based on their predicted order of finish, with other intangibles also factored in as well........
VANCE - A .....THE 5-1 COUGARS ARE IN FIRST BUT STILL MUST GO TO NORTH MECK.
NORTH MECK - C- .....THE 4-2 VIKINGS LOST 2 THEY SHOULD'VE WON, BUT ESCAPED AT VANCE.
WEST CHARLOTTE - C .....LIONS ARE 3-3 AT THE TURN, PLAY A.L. BROWN TWICE IN THE 2ND HALF DUE TO SNOW.
HOUGH - D .....THE 3-3 HUSKIES ARE DOING AS PREDICTED BUT HAVEN'T BEATEN THE TOP 3.
MALLARD CREEK - C+ .....THE 3-3 MAVS HAVE ASCENDED INTO THE FURIOUS 5 AFTER A SHAKY START.
A.L. BROWN - C ..... THE 1-5 WONDERS ARE PLAYING BETTER AS THE SEASON GOES.
HOPEWELL - D ..... THE 1-5 TITANS UPSET NORTH MECK, BUT HAVE DONE LITTLE ELSE.
There you have it folks! We now know who has a shot at the Dean's List and who has to burn the midnight oil to try to make the grade. The Sadster will return with the final report cards after the season is over. Stay tuned!!!!!
SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS
Sunday, January 22
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.............................
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......................
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...................................
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....................................
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........................
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..............................
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