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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 MECKA 4A CONFERENCE FINAL REPORT CARDS AND ANNUAL SUPERLATIVES COMING SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Monday, March 28
SAD SAM'S ANNUAL MECKA 4A SUPERLATIVES



SAD SAM'S ANNUAL MECKA 4A SUPERLATIVES

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the full blooming piedmont.  This is the Great One's final article of the 2016-17 campaign, and what a season it was!  We will look at the Sadster's All-MECKA 4A squad, Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, and of course, the all important Hot Dog of the Year award.  Let's get to it............

COACH OF THE YEAR - JASON GRUBE, HOUGH - COACH GRUBE MANAGED A 2ND PLACE FINISH WITH A PIECED TOGETHER LINE-UP WITH LEFTOVERS FROM THE LUKE MAYE ERA.  CONGRATS COACH GRUBE!

ALL-MECKA 4A 1ST TEAM

DAVION MINTZ - NORTH MECK - PLAYER OF THE YEAR

JAYLEN MCMANUS - NORTH MECK

RYAN FRIDAY - HOUGH

JALEN KNIGHT - WEST CHARLOTTE

CAMERON HAMILTON - VANCE

 

2ND TEAM

QON MURPHY - HOUGH

KOBIE WILLIAMS - WEST CHARLOTTE

MARK SHERRILL - HOPEWELL

KENDALL COLES - NORTH MECK

ED REED - MALLARD CREEK

 

3RD TEAM 

BEN TOPP - HOUGH

JAYLON NEAL - A.L. BROWN

MARCUS NEAL - VANCE

BRANDON FAISON - MALLARD CREEK

TRE FAISON - HOPEWELL

 

HOT DOG OF THE YEAR - GOES TO .........(DRUM ROLL PLEASE)................A.L. BROWN

There you have it folks!  This is now a wrap to the 2015-16 season.  Now, we move on to a new set of issues....Can the NCAA trophy stay in the ACC?.... Can the Mets and Royals get back to the World Series?  We will see the answers to these and other questions in the natural course of time.  Now the Sadster must wish you a happy and safe spring, summer and fall.  Remember, when you're putting away your Halloween decorations, the Great One will be charging up the ol cubic zirconium ball and burning the midnight oil in preparations for more prognosticating perfection in 2016-17! 

May all of your long putts fall in the leather!

SAD SAM - HS BASKETBALL GENIUS     

 

 

 

 



Tuesday, March 22
SAD SAM'S FINAL MECKA 4A REPORT CARD

SAD SAM'S FINAL MECKA 4A REPORT CARD FOR 2015-16 

The Great One is here once again to give out his final MECKA 4A report cards.  Keep in mind, the grades are based on how teams compared to their predicted order of finish, and margins of loss against better teams. To the grades.....

NORTH MECK - A .............. WON CONF. REG SEAS, TOURNEY IMPRESSIVELY, AND WENT TO REGIONAL FINALS

HOUGH - B- ............... LOST CLOSE GAMES TO NORTH, FINISHED 2ND INSTEAD OF 3RD, BUT LOST IN STATE 1ST ROUND.

WEST CHARLOTTE - C- ...............LOST 3 NAIL BITERS TO HOUGH AND FAILED TO FINISH 2ND, BUT PLAYED RESPECTIBLE IN STATE TOURNEY

VANCE - C+ ...............FINISHED WHERE PREDICTED, BUT IMPROVED AS SEASON WENT ALONG

HOPEWELL - D- .............LOST EVERY GAME IN THE 2ND HALF OF THE CONF. REG SEASON AND MISSED STATES BY 1 GAME.

MALLARD CREEK - C ............FINISHED AS THE GREAT ONE HAD FORESEEN, LOST BEST PLAYER DOWN THE STRETCH

A.L. BROWN - D ........... COULD HAVE STOLEN ANOTHER GAME OR 2.... BUT DIDN'T

Those are Professor Sadster's final grades for the 2015-16 season.  Stay tuned for the Great One's All Conference teams, Coach of the Year, and the all-important Hot Dog of the Year awards coming out ASAP.

SAD SAM - HS BASKETBALL GENIUS 



Tuesday, March 22
SAD SAM'S STATE FINALS RECAP



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the bracket busted piedmont.  The Great One is here to lick his wounds from a 1-4 day in the state finals although he went an impressive 92-24 (80%) for the post season.  Some of the "missed" picks were KODs and picks that he had actually gave alerts on so the misses are actually inflated by about 10, but its all in fun anyway.  The Magnificent One himself dropped in on JM Robinson's final practice before they went to The Hill and brought home the gold.  Coach Batts was a gracious host and was informed by the Sadster that he was picked to lose as motivation for them to win.  The strategy worked as Robinson pulled out a come-from-behind win in the 3A title game.... Just as North Meck felt bad for letting Catholic off the hook, Cary blew an 18 point 4th quarter lead and lost to Catholic in the 4A finals.  Some things are just meant to be as the Cougars brought home an improbable title behind MVP Josh Brodovich's gutsy performance.....East Lincoln had a ring in their hand but a late rally led by Tyler Maye gave Farmville Central an undefeated season and a state title in the 2A game.  It was an exciting post season as usual and the ol cubic zirconium ball (can't afford crystal) worked to near perfection.  Next season will no doubt bring more of the same.  The Sad One will post his MECKA 4A final report card and his yearly MECKA 4A superlatives ASAP.

SAD SAM - HS BASKETBALL GENIUS 



Friday, March 11
SAD SAM'S REGIONAL RECAP AND STATE CHAMPION PICKS

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the blossoming Piedmont.   The Great One is here to give out the state champion picks for the boys 1A through 4A and the girls 4A.  The Sadster went a mediocre 7-4 in the regional finals, once again hitting his KOD's with Garner getting stopped by Cary, and Northeastern falling short against Farmville Central.  The shocker was North Meck stumbling against a gutsy Charlotte Catholic squad.  That leaves 2 "lucky" teams left in the 4A so something has to give as the immovable object faces the irresistible force!  The Sad One's record is now 91-20 in the postseason so let's get to the prognostications!

4A STATE CHAMPIONS:  CARY

3A STATE CHAMPIONS:  TERRY SANFORD 

2A STATE CHAMPIONS:  EAST LINCOLN 

1A STATE CHAMPIONS:  VOYAGER ACADEMY

4A GIRLS STATE CHAMPIONS:  NW GUILFORD 

There you have it folks! The dye has been cast so get to Chapel Hill and watch it all unfold tomorrow.  The Sadster will return next week to recap the title games and give out his superlatives and final MECKA 4A report cards.  Stay tuned!!!!!

SAD SAM - HS BASKETBALL GENIUS  

 

 



Friday, March 4
SAD SAM'S REGIONAL FINAL PICKS



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the net-swishing piedmont.  The Illustrious One is here to give you this year's regional finals winners.  The ol cubic zirconium ball (can't afford real crystal) is working like a charm so far and barring any conspiracies to derail the Sadster's torrid pace of picking winners, will no doubt continue cranking them out.  The regional semis produced some nailbiters with Garner edging Millbrook after blowing a 19 point lead, Farmville Central needing a buzzer beater to stay unbeaten, and Cary coming from an 18 point deficit to win in OT.  The Great One has his own Super Tuesday, going 14-2, thus running his record to 84-16 for the playoffs, an 84% winning percentage.  There are some classic games on the agenda for Saturday in Cary-Garner and Hickory-Robinson so The Sadster is amped up.  However, The Sad One is notorious for giving out what result in K.O.D.'s (kisses of death) in the regional finals in close games so we'll look at a couple of those potential games as well.  We will also throw in a couple of bonus picks from the Girl's bracket, and a college pick as well.  To the picks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4A EAST:  K.O.D. #1.....GARNER OVER CARY

4A WEST:  NORTH MECK OVER CATHOLIC

3A EAST:  TERRY SANFORD OVER E. ALAMANCE

3A WEST:  HICKORY OVER ROBINSON

2A EAST:  K.O.D. #2.....NORTHEASTERN UPSETS FARMVILLE CENTRAL 

2A WEST:  E. LINCOLN OVER FOREST HILLS

1A EAST:  VOYAGER OVER SOUTH CREEK

1A WEST:  WS PREP OVER LINCOLN CHARTER

 

BONUS PICKS:

GIRLS 4A WEST:  NW GUILFORD OVER SW GUILFORD IN THE BATTLE FOR GUILFORD COUNTY COURTHOUSE, CIRCA 2016.

GIRLS 1A WEST:  WS PREP OVER ATKINS

UNC BY 8 OVER DUKE 

There you have it folks!  Now all you need to do is get out to the regionals and watch these kids put it all on the line.  The Sadster will return next Thursday to recap the regional finals and give you the state champions for 2016.  Stay tuned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

SAD SAM - HS BASKETBALL GENIUS 

 



Tuesday, March 1
SAD SAM'S REGIONAL SEMI PICKS



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the spring fevered piedmont.  The Magnificent One will now give you the regional semifinal winners.  The Sadster rolled to an astounding 26-2 mark in the sectional finals, losing his upset picks of NW Guilford, who should've easily beaten Butler with a 17 point 4th quarter lead, and N. Stanly who finally fell by 6 to the Braves of Cherokee.  His record for the playoffs is now 70-14, an 83% winning percentage.  The regional semis bring a pair of monster matchups in the 4A east with Garner hosting Millbrook, and New Hanover visiting Cary.  Let's get to the picks..................

4A EAST:  GARNER OVER MILLBROOK IN OT, CARY 

4A WEST:  NORTH MECK, CATHOLIC 

3A EAST:  E. ALAMANCE, TERRY SANFORD

3A WEST:  HICKORY, ROBINSON

2A EAST:  FARMVILLE, FAIRMONT

2A WEST:  E. LINCOLN, UPSET PICK OF LAKE NORMAN CHARTER OVER FOREST HILLS

1A EAST:  VOYAGER, SOUTH CREEK

1A WEST:  WS PREP, LINCOLN CHARTER

There you have it folks!  The Sad One will return on Friday to recap the regional semis and to release your state championship participants.  Stay tuned!!!!!!!!!!

 

SAD SAM - HS BASKETBALL GENIUS 



Saturday, February 27
SAD SAM'S 2ND ROUND RECAP AND 3RD ROUND PICKS



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the pre March Madness Piedmont.  It's time for the Sadster to recap the 2nd round and give out the regional participants.  The 2nd round yielded more surprises with upstart Ardrey Kell falling after pulling their own upset in the 1st round.  Rose also shocked S. Central in the eastern 4A.  The Great One went 19-5, pushing his record to 44-12 for the post season.  In this round there are lots of bonus picks so let's get to the prognostications.  Here are your 3rd round winners......

4A WEST:   N. MECK, SW GUILFORD, CATHOLIC, AND NW GUILFORD IN A MILD UPSET OVER BUTLER.

4A EAST:   CARY, NEW HANOVER, MILLBROOK, AND GARNER.

3A EAST:  E. ALAMANCE, TERRY SANFORD, HAVELOCK, AND S. DURHAM UPSETS ASHEBORO.

3A WEST:  HICKORY,  ROBINSON, AND MY UPSET PARLAY... FREEDOM OVER AC REYNOLDS, AND COX MILL OVER KINGS MTN. 

2A WEST:  E. LINCOLN, SHELBY, FOREST HILLS, AND LN CHARTER UPSETS SMOKY MTN.

1A WEST:  AVERY, WS PREP, LINCOLN CHARTER, AND MY UPSET PICK OF N. STANLY OVER CHEROKEE. 

BONUS PICKS:  2A EAST:  FARMVILLE CENTRAL, AND FAIRMONT....AND IN THE 1A EAST:  E. CARTERET AND VOYAGER UPSETS WELDON.

There you have it folks! These winners move on to the regionals and the losers put away the uniforms.  The Magnificent One will return to recap the 3rd round and give you all the regional semifinal winners on Tuesday.  Stay tuned!!!!!!! 

SAD SAM - HS BASKETBALL GENIUS 



Thursday, February 25
SAD SAM'S 2ND ROUND PLAYOFF PICKS



SAD SAM'S 2ND ROUND PLAYOFF PICKS

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the playing-off piedmont.  It's time for The Great One to recap his picks and give away the results of the 2nd round.  The Sadster tallied a so-so record of 25-7 in the 1st round falling victim to some major upsets with Concord, Mt. Tabor, and N. Henderson falling.  The Sad One gave upset alerts on Tabor and N. Henderson to his constituents but the big stunner was N. Forsyth coming out of the Web with a 1 point win.  The 2nd round is here and he will add the 4A east to the mix.  To the picks.............

4A WEST:  N. MECK, DUDLEY, NW GUILFORD, BUTLER, ARDREY KELL, SW GUILFORD, CATHOLIC AND WEST CHARLOTTE IN AN UPSET OVER HOKE.

4A EAST:  CARY, MILLBROOK, HERITAGE, GARNER, NEW HANOVER, SO. CENTRAL, AND 2 UPSETS... APEX OVER 71ST AND N. DURHAM OVER RIVERSIDE.

3A WEST:  HICKORY, ASHBROOK, A.C. REYNOLDS, WEDDINGTON, COX MILL, KINGS MTN, HIBRITEN, ROBINSON. (Cox Mill should beware of NW Cabarrus but they are familiar with them.)

There you have it folks!  The Immaculate One will return on Saturday to recap the 2nd round and give out his sectional final winners.  Stay tuned!!!!!!!!!

SAD SAM - HS BASKETBALL GENIUS  

 



Tuesday, February 23
SAD SAM'S 1ST ROUND STATE PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS!!!!



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the jump-shooting piedmont.  It's time once again for the Great One to heat up the ol cubic zirconium ball (can't afford crystal) and shine with stunningly accurate playoff prognostications.  We will begin in the early state tournament stages by predicting the western 4A and 3A, but will add in some bonus picks and include some eastern games as we go along.  The Sad One already hit 4 out of 5 local conference tourney winners, including predciting Robinson over Concord IN OT, which came to fruition, but lost on upstart N. Iredell's stunning of Mooresville.  We now move to the big dance.  The 4A first round winners are as follows:

4A WEST:   N. MECK, RICHMOND, DUDLEY, MCDOWELL, NW GUILFORD, RJR, BERRY, BUTLER, TABOR, INDY, ALEX CENT, SW GUILFORD, HOKE, WEST CHAR, HOUGH, AND CHAR CATHOLIC.

3A WESTHICKORY, PISGAH, ASHBROOK, CONCORD, N. BUNCOMBE, AC REYNOLDS, FREEDOM, WEDDINGTON, N. HENDERSON, COX MILL, KINGS MTN, MARVIN RIDGE, N. IREDELL, HIBRITEN, ROBINSON, and the upset of the week...HICKORY RIDGE over CUTHBERTSON.  (There also could be a near miss upset at N. Henderson tonight as NW Cabarrus, like Hickory Ridge, is from a loaded conference and has been playing good teams really tough.)

There you have it folks!  The dye has been cast and all you have to do is go out and watch it materialize right in front of your eyes.  The Sadster will return on Thursday to recap the first round, relish his winners, call out any conspiracies against him, and give out his second round winners.  Stay tuned!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SAD SAM - HS BASKETBALL GENIUS 



Tuesday, February 23
SAD SAM'S FINAL FURIOUS 5 FOR 2016

SAD SAM'S FINAL FURIOUS 5 FOR 2016 (4A PUBLIC SCHOOLS ONLY)

1. NORTH MECK - SWEPT REGULAR SEASON AND TOURNEY MECKA 4A TITLES, TOP SEED IN WEST.

2. BUTLER - SWEPT REGULAR SEASON AND TOURNEY TITLES IN THE SW 4A, #4 SEED IN WEST.

3. CHAR. CATH. - SWEPT REGULAR SEASON AND TOURNEY TITLES IN THE SM 8 4A, #2 SEED IN WEST.

4. HOUGH - FINISHED 2ND IN MECKA 4A REG. SEASON AND TOURNEY.

5. BERRY - LOST ANOTHER CLOSE ONE TO CATHOLIC IN THEIR TOURNEY TITLE GAME.

Outside looking in:  Myers Park, Independence, Mooresville, West Charlotte, Alexander Central 

 



Monday, February 15
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 2/13/2016

SAD SAM'S FINAL REGULAR SEASON FURIOUS 5 FOR 2016

 

1.  NORTH MECK - RAN THE CONFERENCE TABLE AS THE GREAT ONE HAD FORESEEN.

2.  BUTLER - TOOK REVENGE ON INDY FOR THEIR CONFERENCE REGULAR SEASON TITLE.

3.  CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC -  FELL AT HOME TO ARDREY KELL, STILL WON REG. SEASON SO. MECK  4A.

4.  HOUGH - PLAYED WELL IN LOSS AT NORTH MECK.

5.  INDEPENDENCE - FELL AT BUTLER FOR CONFERENCE TITLE, LOOKS TOWARD RUBBER GAME IN TOURNEY.

Outside looking in:  Berry, Mooresville, Alexander Central, West Charlotte,  Myers Park



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!!!!!!