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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

THIS SITE WILL BE FOR "SAD SAM" USE EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE 2014-15 SEASON. FOR NORTH MECK GAME SCHEDULES AND SUMMARIES GO TO THE NEW TEAM SITE AT  WWW.NORTHMECKBASKETBALL.COM

 SAD SAM'S FINAL MECKA 4A REPORT CARDS AND YEARLY SUPERLATIVES ARE NOW HERE!

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Friday, March 20
SAD SAM TAKES A BATH IN STATE TITLE PICKS!!!



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the NCAA watching piedmont.  The now Woeful One is reeling from last weekend's picks that went awry.  After further review, it was found that the ol cubic zirconium ball (can't afford real crystal) had smudges on it from the previous night's pizza, thus making the Great One see the wrong pick....and if you buy that one, I've got a big house on Pennsylvania Ave. in DC to sell you.  Even the Great One has an off day occasionally but attribute it to the inspired play of teams trying to prove the Sadster wrong instead.  Garner withstood 44 points from the Santa Ana winds and claimed it's first state hoops title.  Senior Julius Barnes dropped 2 rainbow 3's after falling behind briefly 51-50, to build a 56-51 lead and the Trojans never looked back.  Kinston rolled to their 4th title in a row, East Carteret shocked WS Prep in the 1A, and Sanford upset Ashbrook completing a sweep for the East this season.  Myers Park girls survived a game effort from SE Raleigh allowing The Sad One to go a miserable 2-3 in high school state title games last Saturday which closed out this season's prognosticating record at 72-25 or 74.2%.  That's good for most but the Great One expects more fom himself!  So next season you can bet that when you're throwing away those jack-o-lanterns, the Sadster will be burning the midnight oil preparing his assault on prognosticating perfection once again.  Now, the questions are....can anyone stop Kentucky? can Tiger regain his championship form? will the Mets big off season result in a pennant?  The Sad One bids you farewell until his MECKA 4A preview is released in November.  However, the Great One will pop up with a summer AAU report or 2 along the way.  May all of your putts fall in the leather!

SAD SAM - HS BASKETBALL GENIUS 

 



Friday, March 20
SAD SAM'S SUPERLATIVES FOR THE 2014-15 SEASON



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the ball bouncing piedmont.  It's time for the Great One to announce his All-MECKA 4A team, Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, and the Hot Dog of the Year!!!! 

 

COACH OF THE YEAR - LAVAR BATTS, SR. - ROBINSON 

 

ALL MECKA 4A FIRST TEAM-

1. PLAYER OF THE YEAR - C.J. BRYCE, NORTH MECK

2. LAVAR BATTS - ROBINSON

3. ISIAH BLACKMON - WEST CHARLOTTE

4. LUKE MAYE - HOUGH

5. SIMEON CARTER - WEST CHARLOTTE

 

SECOND TEAM-

1. TAJ MIDDLETON - NORTH MECK

2. NAKIA RIVERS - WEST CHARLOTTE

3. DANIEL SPENCER - ROBINSON

4. DAVION MINTZ - NORTH MECK

5. JORDAN MCKENZIE - ROBINSON 

 

THIRD TEAM-

1. MARK SHERRILL - HOPEWELL

2. JAKEEM NEAL - A.L. BROWN

3. JAYLON MCMANUS - NORTH MECK

4. MALIK MASSEY - WEST CHARLOTTE

5. CONNOR BOOTHE - ROBINSON

THE COVETED HOT DOG OF THE YEAR AWARD GOES TO........(drum roll please)............NORTH MECK, WHO BROUGHT OUT THE HEAVY ARTILLERY (ONIONS AND SLAW) IN A CLOSE RACE DOWN THE STRETCH!  

There you have it folks!  This concludes this high school season in which in the MECKA 4A, the 4th place team swept the 3rd, the 3rd swept the 2nd, and the 2nd swept the 1st.  The Sadster had never seen that before now.  Next year promises to be another interesting one so stay tuned to the Great One as he will be back in late November with his annual MECKA 4A preview!

SAD SAM - HS BASKETBALL GENIUS 



Friday, March 20
SAD SAM'S FINAL MECKA 4A REPORT CARD

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the spring-is-springing piedmont!  It's time for the Great One himself to give the final grades on each team's performance in the MECKA 4A based on their predicted order of finish.  The Sadster nailed the top 4 finishers but there were some twists and turns in the bottom 4 that were unexpected.  To the grades......

WEST CHARLOTTE  C- :  LIONS BACKED INTO 1ST PLACE DUE TO PLAYER SUSPENSIONS AT NORTH MECK.

NORTH MECK  C+ :  DESPITE SUSPENSIONS, MADE IT TO THE SECTIONAL FINALS.

HOUGH  C :  HUSKIES SAID GOODBYE TO ALL EVERYTHING F LUKE MAYE. 

ROBINSON  B :  SWEPT NORTH MECK, GOT SWEPT BY HOUGH AND WC.  

A.L. BROWN  A :  WONDERS OVER ACHIEVED BEHIND THE NEAL BOYS.

HOPEWELL  C+ :  TITANS STAYED OUT OF THE CELLAR THANKS TO MR. SHERRILL.  

MALLARD CREEK  D :  PLAYER DEFECTIONS DRIED UP THE CREEK'S STATE PLAYOFF HOPES.

VANCE  D- :  COUGARS HAD MASS DEFECTIONS, INCLUDING BEST PLAYER MYLES DORN.

 

There are the final grades for the 2014-15 MECKA 4A campaign.  Look for the Great One's MECKA 4A preview in late November.

SAD SAM - HS BASKETBALL GENIUS 

 



Friday, March 13
SAD SAM'S 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW AND ALL TITLE GAME PICKS!!!!!



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the once-again-wet piedmont.  It's time for the All-Knowing One to release his picks for the state title games in all classifications for boys, and for the girls 4A.  The Sadster will also preview the boys 4A state title game.  The Great One has amassed a 70-22 mark thus far but the ol cubic zirconium ball (can't afford real crystal) guarantees a sweep of the board on Saturday!  If the Sadster misses a game he will send you a coupon for a free ice water at McDonald's!!!! To the 4A preview and picks.......

4A:  ARDREY KELL OVER GARNER................  The Ardrey Kell Knights have lived by the sword this season after dying by the sword last season.  Last season they lost on a Kishaun Pritchett buzzer beater that put Lake Norman in the regional finals against Page.  This season, Steven Santa Ana drained a 3 from the corner at the buzzer for AK that sent West Charlotte home.  The Knights are led by 6 seniors, but their best player Devin Cooper had his season end in the sectional finals.  The 6'2 Santa Ana leads the charge and he is aided by fellow all regional 6'5 F Rhyle Scott, who is the glue of the offense.  6'5 Josh Freund is a big body who almost averages a double double and needs to have a good game Saturday.  Garner is fresh of an upset of heavy favorite Millbrook, who suffered through foul trouble the entire second half of the east regional final.  The Trojans are led by their perimeter players of 6'2 soph Thomas Allen who leads the team in scoring, and 5'8 senior Julius Barnes who has amassed over 1000 points and 450 assists to boot.  The inside must have a big game out of 6'6 junior Jashaun Smith, and 6'4 all region soph F Alex Reed is the wild card.  Youth abounds in the Trojan rotation but the Sad One sees the experience and discipline of Ardrey Kell winning out in a hard fought contest.  Garner will be The Omniscient One's favorite to come out of the east next year, but the Santa Ana winds will blow one more time in Chapel Hill.

3A:  ASHBROOK OVER SANFORD

2A:  KINSTON OVER EAST LINCOLN

1A:  WS PREP OVER EAST CARTERET

BONUS PICKS:  4A GIRLS:  MYERS PARK OVER S.E. RALEIGH,  ACC TOURNAMENT WINNER WILL BE THE TARHEELS OF UNC-CH.

There you have it folks!  The state title winners have been revealed long before the Sadster has taken his courtside seat.  Now get to Chapel Hill and see these kids give all they have tomorrow!  We will review the state title game picks, give out the yearly superlatives and give the final grades for the MECKA 4A teams next week.

SAD SAM - HS BASKETBALL GENIUS  

 



Monday, March 9
SAD SAM'S REGIONAL RECAP

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the spring fevered piedmont.  It's time for the Great One to recap the regionals and tally up his record.  The Sadster was blessed to have witnessed some incredible games in the Western regionals in Winston Salem last weekend.  Smoky Mountain's 2 OT win over Lexington which featured Lexington's Jakise Page draining a high arching 3 to put the game in OT, Ardrey Kell's Steven Santa Ana's buzzer beater that beat West Charlotte, Chaz Surratt snatching 2 key rebounds away from Smoky Mountain players that propelled East Lincoln to a win, and Ashbrook's come-from-behind 1 point win over Crest behind Austin Mitchell's game winning dunk, allowed the Sad One to see it all!  What a show these kids and more put on!  The Great One's ran his record to 70-22 which is an off year for the Sadster's standards but he managed to keep the annual KOD (kisses of death) tradition in the 4A bracket going as WC and Millbrook were victims of a buzzer beater and foul trouble respectively.  Some of the superlative players from this past weekend that get Sad Sam Salutes are as follows:

Daivien Wiliiamson, Kwa'Tre Hollingsworth, Zaire Williams - WS Prep

Chaz Surratt, Sage Surratt - East Lincoln

Isiah Whaley, Austin Mitchell - Ashbrook

Steven Santa Ana, Ryhle Scott - Ardrey Kell

Jaylon Wray - Crest

Isiah Blackmon, Nakia Rivers - West Charlotte

Lee Autry, Terrace Ellis - Albemarle

Kody Shubert, Trey Johnson - Lincoln Charter

Cal Raleigh, Spencer Norris - Smoky Mtn.

Zaqwaun Matthews - Myers Park

Jalen Seegars - Page 

James Stewart - Avery County

Jalen Sanders - North Rowan

Jakishe Page - Lexington

Ryan Mobley - Cuthbertson

Brandon Rothrock - Ledford

To all of these fine players, the Sadster says.....Saaaaaaaaalute!!!!  The Excellent One will return to give you the state championship winners on Thursday.

 SAD SAM - HS BASKETBALL GENIUS 

 

 

 



Monday, March 9
SAD SAM'S FINAL FURIOUS 5 FOR 2014-15 SEASON



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the state-championship-games-awaiting piedmont.  This is the Great One's final F5 of the season.  This last one encompasses the state playoffs through the regionals and since no more spots can cnange with Ardrey Kell headed to Chapel Hill, this is it!!!  Keep in mind the Sadster will release his final report cards for the MECKA 4A teams and his yearly superlatives including the ultra coveted, Hot Dog of the Year Award, after the state title games are completed!  To the 5.....

1. ARDREY KELL - SANTA ANA WINDS ARE BLOWING TOWARDS CHAPEL HILL.

2. WEST CHARLOTTE - LIONS FALL PREY TO BUZZER BEATER.

3. BUTLER - DOGS WERE STUNNED BY MYERS PARK IN SECTIONAL FINALS.

4. NORTH MECK - SHORT HANDED VIKINGS FELL IN SECTIONAL FINALS TO PAGE.

5. LAKE NORMAN - PRITCHETT-LESS WILDCATS LOST TO ARDREY KELL IN SECTIONAL FINALS.

Don't sleep on:  Myers Park, Hough, Berry, Olympic 



Saturday, March 7
SAD SAM'S REGIONAL FINAL PREDICTIONS



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the regional watching piedmont.  The Sad One is here once again to deliver his annual KOD' S (kisses of death) in the 4A regional finals.  The Sadster went a mediocre 4-2, with Smoky Mtn stunning Lexington in 2 OT ' S and Ardrey Kell getting past Page when the Pirates went away from the post. A conspiracy must be in effect to drag down the Great One but have no fear, the ol cubic zirconium ball will compensate.  Here are your participants in the state championship games.

4A west:  WEST CHARLOTTE OVER ARDREY KELL

3A west:  ASHBROOK OVER CREST

2A west:  EAST LINCOLN OVER SMOKY MTN.

1A west:  WS PREP OVER ALBEMARLE

4A east:  MILLBROOK OVER GARNER

3A east:  SANFORD OVER HUNT

2A east:  KINSTON OVER FAIRMONT

1A east:  E. CARTERET OVER NORTHSIDE

There you have it folks! The Immaculate One has delivered to you the state finalists.  Now get to a site and support your teams. The Sadster will return on Monday to recap the regionals and tally up his record.  State championship winners will be released next Thursday. 

SAD SAM - HS BASKETBALL GENIUS 



Friday, March 6
SAD SAM'S 4A AND 2A REGIONAL PREDICTIONS

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the spring craving piedmont.  The Sad One bounced back in the sectional finals with a 12-4 mark bringing his overall mark to 53-15.  He also has gone 5-1 in his early regional picks but will not add those to the tally until after the regionals are concluded.  Today's 4A and 2A picks are as follows.........

4A:  WEST CHARLOTTE OVER MYERS PARK, PAGE OVER ARDREY KELL

2A:  EAST LINCOLN OVER NORTH ROWAN, LEXINGTON OVER SMOKY MTN.

BONUS PICKS:  3A EAST:  HUNT OVER HAVELOCK, SANFORD OVER E. ALAMANCE 

There you have it folks!  Get to the regionals and support your teams!  The Great One will return on Friday with your state finalist predictions.

 

SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS 



Wednesday, March 4
SAD SAM'S QUICK PICKS FOR EARLY REGIONALS

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the regional watching piedmont. Today's quick picks for the 3A and 1A west regionals and 4A east, are as follows:

4A EAST: GARNER OVER SO. CENTRAL, MILLBROOK OVER 71ST 

3A ASHBROOK OVER LEDFORD,  CUTHBERTSON OVER CREST

1A WS PREP OVER AVERY, ALBEMARLE OVER LINCOLN CHARTER

Full recap of 3rd round and full regional predictions come out tomorrow.  



Tuesday, March 3
SAD SAM'S 2ND ROUND RECAP AND SECTIONIAL FINAL PREDICTIONS



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the gloomy piedmont. The Great One bounced back somewhat from a mediocre first round, almost sweeping his upset picks in the process. It took 2 OT's for Page to stave off Mt. Tabor's upset bid but the Lakers took down Hough as predicted. The cinderellas of this year's dance have to be East Chapel Hill in the east and Myers Park in the west. The Sadster hears the bell tolling midnight for each of these upstarts tonight as the cream begins to rise to the top heading into the regionals. The Sad One pushed his record to 41-11 so far in the 4A brackets but looks to bear down even more tonight. Here are your regional participants..... 4A EAST: GARNER, SOUTH CENTRAL, 71ST, MILLBROOK 4A WEST: PAGE, ARDREY KELL, WEST CHARLOTTE, BUTLER BONUS PICKS: 3A EAST: SANFORD, E. ALAMANCE, W. BRUNSWICK, CLEVELAND 3A WEST: LEDFORD, HICKORY, CUTHBERTSON, CREST There you have it folks! Your regional teams are revealed long before the tip offs tonight. Get out to a game and support your team! The Great One will return on Thursday with your regional final predicitons. SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS

Saturday, February 28
SAD SAM'S 2ND ROUND STATE PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the yearning for spring piedmont. It's time to recap the 1st round results and make the call for the 2nd round. Upsets dotted the landscape in the eastern bracket as New Hanover, Rose, and Jordan were upset victims. The western front was quieter with Berry stunning SW Guilford as the only real shocker on the board. The Former Great One posted a disappointing 25-7 record in the first round due to those upsets. Have no fear, for the Woeful One will bounce back with a vengeance as always!!! The ol' cubic zirconium ball is shined up and ready to spit out the results before they're even played. There are some monster matchups in the 2nd round as the Sad One sees Butler-Olympic, Tabor-Page, Hough-Lake Norman and Broughton-No. Durham as the biggies. To the winners..... 4A EAST: GARNER, BROUGHTON, E. CHAPEL HILL, SOUTH CENTRAL, 71ST, HOGGARD, APEX, MILLBROOK 4A WEST: ARDREY KELL, NORTH MECK, WEST CHARLOTTE, NW GUILFORD, BUTLER, EAST FORSYTH UPSET SPECIALS: LAKE NORMAN OVER HOUGH, TABOR OVER PAGE There you have it folks! Now get to a game near you tonight and cheer your favorite team on. The Sadster will return tomorrow for his 3rd round winners. SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS

Monday, March 2
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 WEEK ENDING 2/28

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the playoff piedmont! Here is the latest F5 straight from the Great One himself. No changes this week but some collisions loom on the horizon this week. 1. ARDREY KELL - SANTA ANA WINDS STILL BLOWING HARD 2. WEST CHARLOTTE - LIONS PEAKING AT RIGHT TIME 3. BUTLER - DOGS SHOULD BARK INTO REGIONALS 4. LAKE NORMAN - WILDCATS HOST HOUGH IN 2ND ROUND 5. NORTH MECK - VIKINGS GET GIFT HOME GAME IN 2ND ROUND COURTESY OF BERRY. Don't sleep on: Hough, Berry, Olympic - season over, Rocky River - season over

Wednesday, February 25
SAD SAM'S FIRST ROUND STATE PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS!!!!

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the winter storm awaiting piedmont.  It's time for the Great One to proliferate the pursuit of prognosticating perfection with his first round state playoff predictions.  The Sadster posted all time high numbers last season and this season should be no different.  Mother Nature could play havoc with the schedule and potential game results this week so stay tuned to your local weather forecast for info.  The ol cubic zirconium ball (can't afford real crystal) is warmed up and its time to gaze into it with the hope that there are no smudges.  To the first round winners..............

4A EAST:  GARNER, NEW HANOVER, BROUGHTON, N. DURHAM, JORDAN, ROSE, EE SMITH, S. CENTRAL, 71ST, PANTHER CREEK, HOGGARD, CARY, APEX, KNIGHTDALE, LEESVILLE ROAD, MILLBROOK

4A WEST:  ARDREY KELL, RICHMOND CO., HOUGH, LAKE NORMAN, PAGE, TABOR, NORTH MECK, SW GUILFORD, WEST CHARLOTTE, ROBINSON, RJ REYNOLDS, NW GUILFORD

Thats it folks!  There are some upset picks built into this week's card but moving forward we will call those separately from the other picks.  The Sad One will also add the 3A West and other bonus picks along the way as well. The dye is now cast so keep your fingers crossed and your eye on the TV to track any schedule changes.  The Immaculate One will post his picks on the day of each round so keep checking this site and/or phenomhoopreport.com.

Sad Sam - HS hoops genius   



Monday, February 23
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 2/21

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the freezing piedmont.  This is the pre-state playoff version of the F5, which would've included the conference tourney info except they were cancelled.  To the 5..........

1. ARDREY KELL - NATIONALLY RANKED KNIGHTS ARE THE TOP SEED IN THE WEST.

2. WEST CHARLOTTE - LIONS READY TO MAKE A REGIONAL RUN.

3. BUTLER - IN SCOTT THE DOGS TRUST...... RAEQUAN THAT IS.

4. LAKE NORMAN - LAKERS GET PRITCHETT BACK FOR STATES???

5. NORTH MECK - VIKINGS CAN GET BACK TO REGIONALS IN THEIR SECTIONAL.

Don't sleep on:  Robinson, Olympic, Hough, Rocky River 



Monday, February 16
SAD SAM'S WEEKLY FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 2/14

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the icy piedmont. The Sadster is here to release his final F5 of the regular season.  There were drops and adds because of North Meck falling to upstart Hough and Robinson failing to get a piece of the conference title from WC. To the 5......

1. ARDREY KELL - KNIGHTS RUN THE CONFERENCE TABLE.

2. WEST CHARLOTTE - AS PREDICTED, LIONS FALL IN FIRST PLACE.

3. BUTLER - DOGS BOUNCE BACK WITH WIN AGAINST RIVAL INDY.

4. LAKE NORMAN - LAKERS WIN CONFERENCE, DOWNING RIVAL MOORESVILLE.

5. OLYMPIC - TROJANS PREPARE FOR TOURNEY.

Dont sleep on...... North Meck, Robinson, Hough, Rocky River 

 



Sunday, February 8
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 2/7

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the spring like piedmont.  There were a couple of stunners last week that shuffled the F5 but the Knights are still riding high.  Rocky River shocked Butler and Robinson made another late run to slip past North Meck.  To the 5.......

1. ARDREY KELL - KNIGHTS BROOMED BERRY.

2. WEST CHARLOTTE - LIONS BENEFIT FROM 2 UPSETS.

3. NORTH MECK - VIKINGS JUST CAN'T SOLVE ROBINSON.

4. BUTLER - WINNING STREAK? QUOTH THE RAVENS, NEVERMORE! 

5. ROBINSON - BULLDOGS SHOCKED NM AGAIN, BUT MUST BEAT WC THE LAST GAME.

Don't sleep on....... Lake Norman, Olympic, Rocky River, Hough 



Friday, February 6
SAD SAM'S MID TERM MECKA 4A REPORT CARDS



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the windy and cold piedmont.  It's time for the Great One himself to hand out his annual midterm grades to the MECKA 4A teams.  These grades are based on where the Sadster has predicted each team to finish.  We will see who is headed to the honor roll and who needs to burn the midnight oil.  There have been some surprises in the first half of the season and the stretch run and post season both promise to be memorable.  Now, to the grades.......

WEST CHARLOTTE - C+, lost at North Meck so it doesn't count against them. 

NORTH MECK - C-, lost due to an uninspired effort at home against Robinson.

HOUGH - D, were blown out by the top 2 teams.

ROBINSON - B, upset North, lost to Hough without Batts.

MALLARD CREEK - C, beat rival Vance but wasn't very competitive against the top teams.

HOPEWELL - C+, has been more competitive this season, but needs to hit the boards harder.

VANCE - C, doesn't have high expectations and haven't done anything special.

A.L. BROWN - C-, the Wonders have improved as the season has progressed, but lack size.

There you have it folks. Read em and weep! The stretch run could contain some shockers that will affect the final report cards so stay tuned and we'll see who rises to the top of the class and who needs more tutoring. 

Sad Sam - HS hoops genius 



Monday, February 2
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 1/31



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the blustery piedmont! The Great One is here to release his latest F5. There were some ranking changers last week as North Meck pulled out the broom on West Charlotte and The Lakers make a quantum leap back into the 5. The Santa Ana winds are still blowing as Ardrey Kell swept Olympic to keep their streak alive. To the 5.....

1. ARDREY KELL - KNIGHTS BROOMED THE TROJANS

2. NORTH MECK - VIKINGS PLUNDERED THE LIONS DEN.

3. BUTLER - SCOTT HAS POSTED 1000+ POINTS IN HIS CAREER.

4. WEST CHARLOTTE - LIONS FALL TO NORTH AGAIN.

5. LAKE NORMAN - LAKERS ARE ON A RUN, AND GET PRITCHETT BACK SOON.

Don't sleep on :  Hough, Olympic, Robinson, Myers Park 



Sunday, January 25
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 1/24

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the blizzard proof avoiding piedmont. The Sadster is posting the latest F5 in anticipation of more potential earth moving games this week. Charlotte's version of Fat Tuesday is here as North Meck goes to WC and AK hosts Olympic. Here's the current F5.....

1. ARDREY KELL - KNIGHTS WILL JOUST WITH TROJANS

2. WEST CHARLOTTE - VIKINGS SAIL INTO LIONS DEN TUESDAY.

3. NORTH MECK - TOUGH ROAD GAME AT WC LOOMS.

4. BUTLER - MR. SCOTT KEEPS BEAMING UP VICTORIES.

5. OLYMPIC - THE BIG O WANTS PAY BACK AT THE ROUND TABLE OF AK.

Don't sleep on: Rocky River, Berry, Robinson, Catholic 



Monday, January 19
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 1/17



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the pleasant piedmont.  This week's F5 will remain unchanged but there are some potential slot moving games on the horizon as Robinson goes to WC, and AK faces South Meck on Tuesday.  To the 5...............

1. ARDREY KELL - POTENTIAL TRIP UP GAME AGAINST SOUTH MECK NEXT.

2. WEST CHARLOTTE - ROBINSON COMES CALLING THIS WEEK.

3. NORTH MECK - BLASTED HOUGH, LOOKING AHEAD TO WC.

4. BUTLER - SCOTT GOES FOR HIS 1000TH POINT THIS WEEK.

5. ROBINSON - SEE WEST CHARLOTTE.

Don't sleep on:  Olympic, Catholic, Berry, Hough



Monday, January 12
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 1/10

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the cloudy piedmont.  The Sadster is releasing his latest F5. There were some shockers last week that shook the foundation of the area hoop scene.  To the 5.......

1. ARDREY KELL - KNIGHTS FIRST WEEK ATOP THE 5 EVER.

2. WEST CHARLOTTE - LIONS EXPOSED HOUGH'S GUARDS.

3. NORTH MECK - UNINSPIRED EFFORT PRODUCES LOSS TO ROBINSON. 

4. BUTLER - DOGS ARE BACK IN THE 5 AND BARKING LOUD.

5. ROBINSON - STUNNER OVER NORTH VAULTS THESE DOGS UPWARD. 

Don't sleep on: Hough, Catholic, Berry, Olympic 



Tuesday, January 6
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 1/3/15



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the Auld Lang Syning piedmont!  It's time to go out with the old and in with the new as the Sadster is back with his first F5 of the new year.  The Great One doesn't factor in holiday tourneys due to the different levels of competetion teams can encounter, unless teams in the F5 play against each other in one.  To the 5!...........

1. NORTH MECK - WON PRESTIGIOUS ARBY'S CLASSIC IN BRISTOL, TN.

2. ARDREY KELL - WON HOODIE'S HOUSE TOURNEY AT HOME.

3. HOUGH - PLAYED IN THE BEACHBALL CLASSIC IN MYRTLE BEACH.

4. WEST CHARLOTTE - READY TO RESUME CONFERENCE PLAY.

5. BERRY - DROPPED OLYMPIC IN A HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT

Don't sleep on: Butler, Olympic, Catholic, Robinson 



Sunday, December 21
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 12/20

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the holly jolly piedmont.  The first 3 conference games are in the books and there were changes in the F5 as the Immaculate One had foreseen.  To the 5........

1. NORTH MECK - THE NORSE MEN SENT THE LIONS PACKING, AND IT COULD'VE BEEN MUCH WORSE.

2. ARDREY KELL - THE KNIGHTS STOLE ONE AT THE OLYMPIC OVEN. 

3. HOUGH - GOT PAST BATTS-LESS ROBINSON. 

4. WEST CHARLOTTE - LOST TO NM, BUT BLASTED VANCE.

5. OLYMPIC - ALLOWED AK TO BREAK THEIR SERVE.

Don't sleep on: Berry, Robinson, Lake Norman, Catholic 



Thursday, December 11
SAD SAM'S FIRST FURIOUS 5 FOR PRE-CONFERENCE PLAY



Grettings HS hoops junkies from across the hall decking piedmont.  It's time for the All-knowing One to release his first Furious 5 on the eve of conference play.  The F5 covers 4A Charlotte area public schools only!  Let's get to it:

1.  WEST CHARLOTTE - HAS TO TRAVEL TO SEE NORTH MECK ON TUESDAY

2.  NORTH MECK - PREPARING TO TRY TO CAGE THE LIONS ON TUESDAY

3.  OLYMPIC - TROJANS ARE LOADED FOR RUN AT THEIR CONFERENCE TITLE

4.  ARDREY KELL - KNIGHTS WILL LET THE SANTA ANA WINDS BLOW ONE LAST YEAR

5.  HOUGH - LUKE MUST USE THE FORCE TO MAKE A RUN AT WC AND NM

Dont sleep on:  Robinson, Berry, Lake Norman, Myers Park, Butler 



Tuesday, December 9
SAD SAM'S ANNUAL MECKA 4A CONFERENCE PREVIEW



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the once again sunny piedmont.  It's time for the Great One to continue his assault on prognosticating greatness! The dye is ready to be cast on the MECKA 4A season by the ol' cubic zirconium ball (can't afford real crystal). Last season, we saw a North Meck team come of age in the post season, capturing the tournament title. Can they turn that success into bigger things? The Sadster is here to answer that and other questions surrounding the fast approaching conference season. This promises to be another exciting year as we will see C.J. Bryce, Luke Maye, Simeon Carter, Connor Boothe, etc. embark on their senior campaigns. The weekly Furious 5 is another staple of local high school hoops that will come out every Sunday as well. The first F5 of the season will be released December 11 and the Great One can now be followed on Twitter at @sadsamhoops. This year will culminate next March with the Sad One's superlatives, including the all important Hot Dog of the Year award. Let's get to the preview.

This year the MECKA 4A is top heavy with good talent and good teams. Looking at the evidence and weighing the facts, first place should fall in the hands of........................



Tuesday, December 9
WEST CHARLOTTE



The Lions have enjoyed life atop the conference recently and this season should be no different.  They return a quartet of key seniors led by the man in the middle, 6'7 C Simeon Carter.  He's a defensive presence and if has space, will dunk on almost anyone.  He must stay out of foul trouble if the Lions are to maintain a high level of play.  Next, is the perimeter of 6'1 SG Isiah Blackmon, 6'1 PG Malik Massey and 6'0 Nakia Rivers.  Massey is more of a distributor of the goods while Rivers and Blackmon handle more of the scoring load.  The Lions' Den will rock and roll this year, and if the tenants can stay healthy, out of foul trouble, and can overcome a thin bench, they will survive a tight race from...................................... 

Tuesday, December 9
NORTH MECKLENBURG



The Vikings are basking in the glow of a conference tourney title but have other things in mind.  The deep roster is led by a trio of seniors, 6'5 UNCW committ C.J. Bryce, 6'1 SG Taj Middleton and 6'2 banger Nolan Beasley. Bryce is a do everything player and can play practically every position on the floor. Middleton is a shooter that can get to the cup with the best of them. Beasley is a tough guy with a strong rebounding and post presence, although he is undersized.  Junior Davion Mintz, a 6'2 PG who can score, and 6'6 F who is an East Meck refugee, Jaylon McManus round out the lineup. 6'0 bundle of energy Timmie Walker brings life off the deep bench, which also includes 6'5 C Ethan Wacker. The Norsemen have all of the pieces to make a run to the Dean Dome but must defend and rebound well to make that happen, and stay ahead of rival............................



Tuesday, December 9
HOUGH



The Huskies suffered severe losses from graduation and are in a rebuilding mode.  New coach Jason Grube, another East Meck refugee, is up to the task.  6'8 senior F Luke Maye isn't a bad place to start that process.  The future UNC walk on is where it all begins and ends in Cornelius.  He will vie for player of the year honors and lead the Dogs in rebounding as well as scoring.  This team aspires to be another "Danny and the Miracles" from 1988, as Danny Manning led the Kansas Jayhawks to an unlikely NCAA title.  The questions is, who will step up?  The Sad One has the answer in fellow senior, 6'1 G Ryan Friday, who will try to fill the shoes of the graduated Theo Mack.  6'4 Ethan Post will add some hustle and bulk, and 6'2 Connor Whipp is a role player who can burn you from the perimeter if you're not careful. 6'6 Chase Sweetman will get minutes on the front line and 6'1 Freshman G Qon Murphy brings much needed athleticism to the lineup.  The Huskies have unrealistically high expectations in some circles but may can live up to them, but must defend and find a good deal of help to do that and stay ahead of surging......................

Tuesday, December 9
ROBINSON



The running Bulldogs from near the speedway are ready to crack the top 3 in the league in their final year in the MECKA 4A.  They will be led by 6'2 super sophomore G Lavar Batts who has a motor like no other and can score and get up the floor a la former Central Cabarrus PG Ish Smith.  He will be joined in the starting lineup beginning with 6'2 junior G Deonte Spencer who has a good handle and can score as well.  6'2 junior F Jordan McKenzie is a capable shooter and a freak athlete.  6'6 senior Connor Boothe can shoot lights out at times and can take it to the hole as well.  The key to the Dogs is how well this mix of talent blends together.  The Dogs are capable of knocking Hough down a notch. However, rebounding and defense are big keys to the effort to make the state playoffs and keep in front of................................

 



Thursday, December 11
HOPEWELL



The Titans have been bottom feeders for a few years now but this season may be the time they move up slightly.  Coach Damon Bost's crew will be led by a sophomore, 5'9 G Mark Sherrill who is an accomplished sharpshooter but sometimes struggles to get his shot off due to his size.  Joining him on the perimeter will be 6'1 senior SG Raquan Houston, who can also make the 3 ball.  Fellow senior 6'3 F Jermaine Smalls will man the baseline as will 6'1 junior F Brian Smart.  The Titans will play hard and enthusiastically but must rebound and play strong defense if they are to have a chance to move up, and stay in front of......................

Thursday, December 11
MALLARD CREEK



The Mavericks continue to be in a transitional phase after their state playoff seasons of 2 and 3 years ago.  This campaign will be led by the 6'3 senior F Ken Gorham and 6'2 senior G Emmanuel Dupree.  Gorham is undersized but battles on the boards and Dupree can shoot the 3 as well as get to the paint.  Helping out Gorham on the front line will be 6'4 junior F Deandre Thomas who must step up and play strong on the boards as the Creek is short on size.  5'11 sophomore Deonte Grier is a talented compliment to Dupree in the backcourt and must score in double figures if the Mavs are to stay with Hopewell and stay ahead of rival........................

Thursday, December 11
VANCE



The Cougars will be young and will be looking for leadership since Torin Dorn is gone to Charlotte.  6'2 G Myles Dorn will be the team leader but the rebounding load will have to come from 6'4 F Jamal Cook, who hopes to get help from 6'2 G,F Julius Simmons, who is also an adequate 3 point shooter.  The backcourt will be manned by a host of Cats as they are deep on guard numbers but small on size.  The most likely player to step forward is 6'0 G Cameron Hamilton, who has a chance to lead the Cougars in scoring almost every night.  5'10 Daquante Perry is a quick defender and is comfortable dishing the rock.  The V must find good chemistry and rebounding prowess if they are to compete and stay ahead of...........................

Thursday, December 11
A.L. BROWN



The Wonders became Blunders at times as they were young and made many mistakes in the 2013-14 campaign, but showed signs of solid play.  Although there are many questions about the frontline, the backcourt will be led by a pair of Neals.  5'10 senior G Jakeem Neal will lead the attack and will be joined by 6'0 G Jaylon Neal.  Both can score but must get some help now that former Kannapolis starting SF, Greg Joiner is gone to North Meck.  We'll learn much about Wonders as the Vikings from North Meck sail into K-town the first conference game.

There you have it folks!  The final standing before the opening conference tipoff is right before your eyes.  We shall now sit back and enjoy watching it all come to fruition in a gym nearest you.  Check back with The Sad One every week and on Twitter to see the weekly Furious 5.  Now, let the games begin!   

SAD SAM - HS BASKETBALL GENIUS

 

 



Monday, December 8
SAD SAM TO RELEASE ANNUAL MECKA 4A PREVIEW DECEMBER 9TH!

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the chilly piedmont.  The Sadster is releasing his much anticipated annual Mecka 4A conference preview and first Furious 5 of the season on December 9th.  Stay tuned every week as the Great One will review the action in the MECKA 4A conference culminating with his post season awards from MVP to the coveted Hot Dog of the Year award.  Stay tuned!!!!!