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

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE VIKING SENIORS OF 2018:

  • 2018 N.C. SECTIONAL FINALIST
  • 2018 I-MECK 4A TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
  • 2018 I-MECK 4A REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONS
  • 2017 ARBY'S HOLIDAY CLASSIC CHAMPIONS
  • 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:

  • 2018 I-MECK 4A CHAMPIONS, 18-0 OVERALL AND 14-0 CONF. RECORDS
  • 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

THIS SITE WILL IS NOW FOR "SAD SAM" USE EXCLUSIVELY. 

 SAD SAM'S LONG AWAITED I-MECK 4A FINAL REPORT CARDS AND YEARLY SUPERLATIVES ARE HERE !!!!!!!!!

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Thursday, March 15
SAD SAM'S STATE FINALS RECAP AND ANNUAL FAREWELL

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the NCAA watching piedmont.  It's time again for The Great One to recap the state finals and say goodbye for 8 months.  The Sadster posted a 3-1 record in the state finals, losing only Forest Hills' upset of Greene Central, as the West swept all titles.  The "Back-to-Back Attack" of Cox Mill survived Northside-Jacksonville, Independence zoned out Heritage, and WS-Prep steamrolled Pamlico but all teams that made it to the finals deserve a Sad Sam Salute....SAAAAAAAAAALUTE!!!!  His record finishes at 121-27, or 82% which is a stellar mark.  If not for a couple of buzzer beaters, shockers, and another disallowed buzzer beater, his mark would've been even higher but that's the way the ball bounces.  The state tourneys were exciting in all classes and next season promises to be another exciting year.  Now, we turn our attention to the NCAA's and then to the baseball season.  But when God pulls out his natural paintbrush and the leaves are turning colors, and the jack-o-lanterns are glowing, you can be best be assured that The Brilliant One is once again peering into the ol' cubic zirconia ball (can't afford crystal) in order to bring clarity to the foggy time of the preseason.  He now bids you farewell and "May all of your long putts fall in the leather".

 

IN MEMORY OF HENRY WILLIAMS 1970-2018

 

SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS



Friday, March 9
SAD SAM'S STATE TITLE WINNERS AND REGIONAL FINALS RECAP

SAD SAM'S REGIONAL FINAL RECAP AND STATE CHAMPION PICKS 

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the "its winter again" piedmont.  The Great One is here to recap the regional finals and give you your state champion picks.  The regional finals produced an abysmal 4-4 mark for The Sadster bringing his overall record to 118-26, or an 82% winning rate.  That's stellar for most people but The Sad One has higher standards and was disappointed.  Two big factors in two losses were the foul trouble of Kody Shubert in Lincoln Charter's loss to WS Prep in the 1A West, and South Central's OT loss to Heritage in The 4A East.  The shocker of Pamlico handing Rocky Mt. Prep their only loss of this season cost The Great One another "L" in the 1A East.  In the 2A East, Greene Central continued their Cinderella run as they indicted Clinton and will face 1A West winner Forest Hills, who survived a game Salisbury squad.  In the 3A West, Cox Mill outlasted Smith and in the 3A East, Northside-Jacksonville won another 2 point game, this time over E. Guilford.  In the 4A West, Independence tolled the bell at midnight for Cinderella Rocky River as the Patriots wasted the Ravens by 27 utilizing a 3-2 zone for much of the game.  The finals are once again upon us and for the final time this season, the ol' cubic zirconia ball (can't afford crystal) will give us the winners.  To the picks!!!!!

4A:  INDEPENDENCE over Heritage 

3A:  COX MILL over Northside-Jacksonville 

2A:  GREENE CENTRAL over Forest Hills 

1A:  WS PREP over Pamlico 

There you have it folks!  The Brilliant One will return next week to recap the finals and bid farewell until November.  Now get to Raleigh or Chapel Hill, or catch the games on local cable TV.  Stay tuned!!!!

SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS 


Wednesday, February 28
SAD SAM'S FINAL IMECK REPORT CARD





Wednesday, February 28
SAD SAM'S YEARLY SUPERLATIVES FOR 2018



Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the blooming piedmont.  The Sadster is here to release his All-Conference picks for the I-MECK 4A.  The picks were made a couple of weeks ago and are usually released after the regionals.  Since The Great One's favorite trees, Eastern Redbuds, are blooming early this year, he was motivated to release his superlatives early.  We will now see the Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, 3 All-Conference teams, and the all important Hot Dog of the Year.  To the Winners....

 

COACH OF THE YEAR:  DUANE LEWIS, NORTH MECK

 

ALL-CONFERENCE 1ST TEAM

JAE'LYN WITHERS - NORTH MECK, PLAYER OF THE YEAR

TRISTAN MAXWELL - NORTH MECK

BRICE WILLIAMS - HOPEWELL

PATRICK WILLIAMS - WEST CHARLOTTE

MYLES WASHINGTON - HOUGH

 

2ND TEAM

CHRIS FORD - NORTH MECK

CARTIER JERNIGAN - WEST CHARLOTTE

ZACK DIXON - HOPEWELL 

BRANDON BEIDLEMAN - VANCE

DEMARCUS JOHNSON - LAKE NORMAN


3RD TEAM

KYLE AUSTIN - MALLARD CREEK

COOPER CRAWFORD - HOUGH

RALPH BLACK - VANCE

CHRISTIAN KOONCE - WEST CHARLOTTE

YANCEY HAIRSTON - NORTH MECK  

 

AND NOW FOR THE ALL-IMPORTANT HOT DOG OF THE YEAR AWARD..... THE H.D.O.T.Y. FOR 2018 GOES TO...............(DRUM ROLL PLEASE).................... NORTH MECK as they came strong with good chili and good slaw to seize another title.

That wraps up the yearly superlatives.  The Brilliant One returns later this week to continue his state playoff picks and recaps of the action.  Stay tuned!!!!!!

SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS



Monday, February 26
SAD SAM'S 3RD ROUND RECAP AND REGIONAL SEMI WINNERS

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the rainy piedmont.  The Magnificent One is here to recap the 3rd round and provide the winners who will be your regional finalists.  The Sadster continued his assault on the prognosticating record books as he posted a 27-5 mark, bringing his overall record to 102-18, or 85%.  His losses included a couple of 1 seeds being shocked in Kinston and North Meck as well as the clock striking midnight for his upset pick Westover. The Pope's boys (Catholic) also bit the dust and one of the Great One's traditional favorites, New Hanover, squeaked past N. Durham in an upset.  Three Cinderellas became history but five more teams arose that are now "playing with the house's money" in Rocky River, Butler, Greene Central, Granville Central and New Hanover.  Two of these are conference rivals who will collide Tuesday night for Round 4 in what the Sadster is dubbing, "The Thriller in the River" as the Rocky River Ravens host the Butler Bulldogs.  The saga of these teams this season has lasted 3 games as Butler posted wins in the 1st game in which "The Butler did it" as the Dogs downed Rocky River. The 2nd game was "Shock at the Rock" as the Ravens returned the favor.  The 3rd game was in the conference tournament semis and is called "The Bark at the Park" as the Dogs beat the Ravens at Myers Park.  Who will win round 4 will be revealed shortly.  Another huge "coin toss game" looms as Broughton hosts Heritage in the 4A East.  Greene Central also has had a four-game saga of their own with Kinston with both teams splitting the four games but Greene Central won when it counted the most.  Eastern Guilford also won the Battle of Guilford County Courthouse Circa 2018 over Northern Guilford in blowout fashion. The Sadster sees some real donnybrooks in the ol' cubic zirconia ball (can't afford crystal) and a couple of KOD's (kisses of death) could be in order.  The big question of the night is, "can 9 seeds Rocky River and Greene Central muster up enough moxie to win again so soon after posting huge emotional upsets over top seeds?  To the picks!!!!!!!

4A WEST:  INDEPENDENCE over Olympic, and the Upset Special, BUTLER over Rocky River.

4A EAST:  GARNER over South Central, and the possible KOD to BROUGHTON over Heritage.

3A WEST:  COX MILL over Carson, SMITH over Hickory

3A EAST:  NORTHSIDE-JACKSONVILLE over New Hanover, E. GUILFORD over Southern Lee

2A WEST:  MOUNTAIN HERITAGE over Salisbury, FOREST HILLS over E. Lincoln

2A EAST:  CLINTON over Fairmont, and the Upset Special GREENE CENTRAL over Farmville Central,

1A WEST:  WS PREP over N. Stanly, LINCOLN CHARTER over Starmount
 
1A EAST:  ROCKY MT. PREP over Voyager, PAMLICO over Granville Central 

There you have it folks!  The Great One will be back later this week to recap the 4th round and give you your state title game participants.  Go out to your nearest game and support these young men Tuesday night.  Stay tuned!!!!!!

SAD SAM -  HS HOOPS GENIUS



Saturday, February 24
SAD SAM'S 2ND ROUND RECAP AND 3RD ROUND WINNERS



Thursday, February 22
SAD SAM'S 1ST ROUND RECAP AND 2ND ROUND WINNERS

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the spring-like piedmont.  The Sadster is here to recap the 1st round and reveal the winners for the 2nd round.  He is feeling really froggy today so he is jumping into the 4A and 3A East, as well as adding the 2A and 1A classes to the docket.  The Great One posted a 20-4 record in the 1st round losing the Concord shocker over North Buncombe, Hough blowing a double digit lead to Myers Park, Grimsley stunning RJR and Parkland winning a toss-up game at NW Cabarrus. He hit his only upset special prediction of the round with Robinson taking out Tuscola by 2 in 3A.  A Sad Sam Salute is in order for 2A SW Onslow, who after taking 3 decisive L's from Heide Trask this season decided that enough was enough and outlasted Trask in 3 OT's, 95-91 in the 2A East 1st round.  SAAAAAAAAAALUTE!!!!!!  The Sad One is at an 83% winning percentage and is looking to improve on that mark in the 2nd round.  Some interesting matchups are on tonight's board so let's get to the winners!......

4A WEST:  NORTH MECK, MCDOWELL, OLYMPIC, NW GUILFORD, ARDREY KELL, INDEPENDENCE, AND TWO UPSET SPECIALS, BUTLER over E, Forsyth and ROCKY RIVER over Hopewell.

4A EAST:  GARNER, LEESVILLE ROAD, HOKE, SOUTH CENTRAL, HERITAGE, GREEN HOPE, OVERHILLS, BROUGHTON.

3A WEST:  COX MILL, TABOR, CATHOLIC, CARSON, HICKORY, AC REYNOLDS, KINGS MTN, SMITH.

3A EAST:  NORTHSIDE-JACK, SANFORD, NEW HANOVER, N. DURHAM, E. GUILFORD, N. GUILFORD, S. LEE, N. NASH.

2A WEST:  MTN HERITAGE, PATTON, HENDERSONVILLE, SALISBURY, E. LINCOLN, RS CENTRAL, W. STOKES, FOREST HILLS

2A EAST:  KINSTON, GREENE CENTRAL, NORTHEASTERN, FARMVILLE CENTRAL, FAIRMONT, REIDSVILLE, FIRST FLIGHT, CLINTON

1A WEST:  WS PREP, S. STOKES, N. STANLY, AVERY, PINE LAKE PREP, STARMOUNT, CHEROKEE, LINCOLN CHARTER
 
1A EAST:  ROCKY MT PREP, VOYAGER, HOLMES, PAMPLICO, RES. TRI., GRAN. CENTRAL, W. COLUMBUS

There you have it folks!  Get yourselves to the nearest playoff game and watch it unfold before your very eyes.  The Brilliant One will return on Friday to recap the 2nd round and give you the teams that will be heading to the regionals. 

SAD SAM -  HS HOOPS GENIUS


Tuesday, February 20
SAD SAM'S STATE PLAYOFF 1ST ROUND PREDICTIONS

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the foggy and dreary piedmont. The Great One is here once again to give out his 1st round playoff predictions. The Sad One is fresh off having correctly nailed the order of finish in the I-MECK 4A all the way back in November so "Uncle Mo" is with him. The ol cubic zirconia ball (can't afford crystal) is heated up and ready to crank out another banner year of near prognosticating perfection. We will begin by picking the 4A and 3A West. The 2A and 1A, as well as East picks will be added along the way. The Sadster will also bestow his infamous KOD's (kisses of death) as we get towards the regionals. Remember what Jim Valvano once said..."beware of the directional schools!" Now for tonight's winners!!!!!

4A WEST:  HOUGH, ROCKY RIVER, SCOTLAND, BUTLER, PINECREST, PAGE, RJR, WEST CHARLOTTE

3A WEST:  COX MILL, SW GUILFORD, TABOR, FREEDOM, CATHOLIC, MARVIN RIDGE, HUSS, CARSON, HICKORY, NW CABARRUS, REYNOLDS, SOUTH IREDELL, KINGS MTN., NORTH BUNCOMBE, SMITH, and the upset special winner ROBINSON.

There you have it folks! The 1st round results as it should happen. Now all you have to do is get to your nearest game and watch these kids in action. The Great One will return on Thursday to recap the results and give out his 2nd round selections. Stay tuned!!!!!

SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS 


Monday, February 19
SAD SAM'S FINAL FURIOUS 5 FOR 2018

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the playoff awaiting piedmont. The Great One is here to release his final Furious 5 of the 2017 - 2018 season. Last week we crowned conference tournament champions in the SW4A, IMECK and SOMECK 8 conferences. In the SW4A tournament we saw Butler take the rubber game against Rocky River but Independence pulled a triple play against the Dogs for the title. In the IMECK, North Meck continued its dominance rolling past Vance and Hopewell for their 4th in a row. In the SOMECK, Olympic's attempt to sweep the regular season and conference tournament titles fell short as Ardrey Kell had other ideas. The all important state playoffs begin on Tuesday and the Brilliant One is poised for another banner year of predictions. He will release his 1st round playoff picks late Monday. To the final 5!!!!!

1. NORTH MECK - the Vikings are poised for a deep playoff run.
2. INDEPENDENCE - the Patriots should easily win their sectional and move on.
3. BUTLER - the Bulldogs have a good chance to be barking in the regionals once again.
4. ARDREY KELL- the Knights made it back into the five, but how far can they get in the states?
5. OLYMPIC - the Trojans fell in the conference finals plus have a tough road to the regionals.

Don't Sleep On:  Hopewell, West Charlotte, Rocky River, Myers Park

SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS 


Monday, February 19
SAD SAM'S NEXT TO LAST FURIOUS 5

SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 2/10/18

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the warmer piedmont.  The conference regular seasons have just ended and it's conference tournament championship time!  Last week's action saw Independence blow out Rocky River, North Meck and Olympic run their respective conference tables, Butler stabilize, and Hopewell jump back into the F5.  It also saw the Great One correctly predict the I-MECK 4A conference finish all the way back in November.  One hitch was that West Charlotte and Hough tied for 3rd but Hough got the tiebreaker.  The post season yields new opportunities for team achievements and for the Sadster to push prognosticating perfection to an even higher level!  This is our next to last Furious 5 as the conference tournaments will determine who finishes on top.  To the 5!!!!

1. NORTH MECK - VIKINGS POISED FOR ANOTHER TOURNEY TITLE RUN.

2. INDEPENDENCE - PATRIOTS SHOULD RUN INTO OLD FOE BUTLER IN THE SW4A FINALS.

3. OLYMPIC - CHASING ANOTHER SoMECK TOURNEY TITLE BUT ARDREY KELL COULD SPOIL.

4. BUTLER - WANTS ANOTHER SHOT AT THE BIG I, BUT MUST CROSS THE RIVER FIRST. 

5. HOPEWELL - BACK IN THE STATE PLAYOFFS, BUT CAN THE TITANS MAKE THE I-MECK FINALS?

Don't Sleep On:  Ardrey Kell, Hough, Rocky River, West Charlotte

SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS 


Monday, February 5
SAD SAM'S LATEST FURIOUS 5

SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 2/3/2018 

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the down-the-stretch piedmont.  As the high school regular season is winding down the carnage continues in the IMECK as even more OT games popped up last week.  The Great One thinks that the IMECK may have set a state record for conference OT games in a season.  North Meck is still cruising, West Charlotte is in a free fall and Lake Norman's level is rising again.  In the SW4A, Independence pulled out the broom on Butler in the regular season and hosts Rocky River for the Patriots' Senior Night and once promising Myers Park got thumped by lowly East Meck.  In the SoMECK 7, Olympic is running the table but has a date with Ardrey Kell on Tuesday.  This week will settle the 2nd through 6th seeds in the IMECK as North Meck has secured the top seed.  Hopewell has the inside track on the 2nd seed as predicted.  Indy has locked up the SW4A's 1 seed, Rocky River the 2nd and Butler will end up as the 3rd seed for their tournament.... To the 5!!!!!!

1. NORTH MECK - HOSTS VANCE TUESDAY ON THE VIKINGS' SENIOR NIGHT.

2. INDEPENDENCE - RAVENS COME CALLING ON TUESDAY.

3. OLYMPIC - TRYING TO RUN THE SoMECK TABLE BUT ARDREY KELL STANDS IN THE WAY.

4. ROCKY RIVER - DOES THE RIVER WANT TO BEAT INDY? QUOTH THE RAVENS, "EVERMORE"!

5. ARDREY KELL - KNIGHTS WILL TRY AND SPOIL THE TROJAN'S CLEAN CONFERENCE SWEEP ON TUESDAY.

Don't sleep on:  Butler, Hopewell, Lake Norman, Hough  



Sunday, January 28
SAD SAM'S MIDTERM I-MECK 4A REPORT CARDS

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the suddenly mild piedmont. It's time for The Great One to delve out his grades for the 1st half of the I-MECK conference season. Keep in mind that these grades are based on the order of finish that the Sadster predicted using the ol' cubic zirconia ball (can't afford crystal) in the preseason. Criteria for these grades include, but are not limited to, what place teams are in in relation to where they're predicted to finish, upset wins, wins against higher opponents and losses to lower opponents. Now The Amazing One will reveal who is at the head of the class, who is treading water, and who needs to burn the midnight oil.

NORTH MECK - A.... the Vikings ran the table in the first half but without starting point guard Vaud Worthy.

HOPEWELL- C.... won big one at West Charlotte but dropped home game to Hough.

WEST CHARLOTTE - C-.... lost a home game to Hopewell, has tough road games in the second half.

HOUGH - C-.... had a bad loss at home against Mallard Creek but stole one at Hopewell.

LAKE NORMAN - B.... lost in two overtimes to 2nd place Hopewell, beat Vance in overtime.

VANCE - D.... the Cougars drowned at the Lake and lost in 3 OT's to Hopewell.

MALLARD CREEK - B.... sneaked out of Hough with a win, nipped Lake Norman in overtime, and lost to Hopewell by 1.

MOORESVILLE - D-.... the Devils haven't figured out that they can at least be competitive. 

There you have it folks! We now know who needs to hit the books in order to make the grade in the second half of the season. It will be very interesting down the stretch in the conference race to see who makes the state playoffs and who watches it from the bleachers. Injuries could play a key role. Stay tuned!!!!!!!!

SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS 


Sunday, January 28
SAD SAM'S LATEST FURIOUS 5

SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 1/27/18

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the rainy piedmont. The Immaculate One is here again to lost his latest Furious 5. There were some big games last week as North Meck swept the regular season series at West Charlotte and at Hopewell and Rocky River took out Myers Park and finally beat Butler. Next week doesn't hold many big games but the Game of the Week is the biggest of all as Butler entertains Independence. The Bulldogs are seeking revenge for an earlier loss at the Big I and really need this game to get a decent state playoff seed. To the 5.....

1. NORTH MECK - won 2 big road games last week, Hough comes calling on Tuesday.

2. INDEPENDENCE - after an easy week last week, Patriots set their sights on sweeping Butler.

3. OLYMPIC - the Trojans are riding a 9 game win streak and have a week to prepare for Ardrey Kell's visit.

4. ROCKY RIVER - the Ravens finally beat Butler, but a trip to Independence looms in a week.

5. BUTLER - the dogs are looking for revenge on the Patriots Tuesday in The Great One's Game of the Week. 

Don't Sleep On: Hopewell, Ardrey Kell, Myers Park, West Charlotte


Thursday, January 25
SAD SAM UPDATE

DUE TO THE FACT THAT NO GAMES WERE PLAYED LAST WEEK BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER, THE SADSTER WILL NOT HAVE ANOTHER FURIOUS 5 UNTIL JANUARY 30. KEEP IN MIND THAT HE IS PREPARING HIS MID-TERM REPORT CARDS FOR ALL I-MECK 4A TEAMS THAT WILL BE RELEASED ON phenomhoopreport.com AND THIS WEBSITE VERY SOON!!!

Tuesday, January 16
SAD SAM'S LATEST FURIOUS 5

Greetings HS Hoops Junkies from across the post holiday Piedmont. The Great One is once again here to give out his weekly Furious 5 for the week ending January 13th. Two of the five lost this week as Rocky River and Ardrey Kell took the tumble down the mountain. A couple of former F5 members now return to the fold as Hopewell and Olympic are making noise again. North Meck is still King of the Hill as we have completed the first half of the conference season with Independence and Butler not far behind and at this point you won't find any 6 loss teams in the Sadster's F5.... To the 5!

1. North Meck - won an ugly game at Vance and sailed over Lake Norman.

2. Independence - outlasted Rocky River in the Raven's own nest and took out upstart Myers Park.

3. Butler - dogs cruised in two games, looking forward to next match up against the Patriots.

4. Olympic - Coach Terry has the Trojans on a roll at the right time in taking down Ardrey Kell.

5. Hopewell - Titans have a nice win streak going culminating in a win at West Charlotte, but road game at Hough looms.

Don't Sleep On: Ardrey Kell, Rocky River, Myers Park, West Charlotte

SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS


Tuesday, January 9
SAD SAM'S LATEST FURIOUS 5

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the frozen tundra AKA the piedmont. The Great One is here once again with his 1st Furious 5 of the new year! Local teams fared well in Holiday tournaments in December so there is little change in the 5. North Meck, Butler, Ardrey Kell, Rocky River and the new version of the Pony Express from Myers Park shined during the Yuletide season. No surprises on Friday night in conference play but West Charlotte needed 3 OTs to down Hough. To the 5.....

1. NORTH MECK - TOOK THE ARBYS CLASSIC TITLE,  GLIDED PAST THE CREEK.

2. INDEPENDENCE - DROPPED AN UPSET LOSS IN TOURNEY, BACK ON TRACK FRIDAY.

3. BUTLER - HAD A NICE HOLIDAY AFTER BACK TO BACK CONFERENCE LOSSES.

4. ARDREY KELL - NOTCHED COACH MIKE CRAFT'S 200TH WIN FRIDAY OVER BERRY.

5. ROCKY RIVER - RAVENS FELL IN TOURNEY BUT BOUNCED BACK AGAINST LOWLY PORTER RIDGE.

Don't Sleep On: Myers Park, West Charlotte, Hough, Olympic


Thursday, December 28
SAD SAM F5 UPDATE

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the Christmasing piedmont. The Great One will next post a Furious 5 on Monday January 9. Since there are different competition levels in holiday tournaments, he will take that into consideration  if certain teams lose to great competition as opposed to other teams winning against weak competition. He will be consulting the ol cubic zirconia ball (can't afford crystal) to come up with the most accurate results as possible. See you soon.

Monday, December 18
SAD SAM'S LATEST FURIOUS 5

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the mild piedmont. The Awesome One is here once again to give out his latest F5 for the week ending 12/16/2017.  Several showdowns last week culminated in Butler taking the dreaded "double dip", Ardrey Kell stumbled at Harding and North Meck TKO'd Hopewell and prevailed over Hough's deliberate offense. The Big I ascended to 1st place in the SW4A with a serve holding win over Butler.  There is a light schedule this week so get to a game on Tuesday... To the 5!!!!

1. NORTH MECK - VIKINGS DRUB TITANS AND CONTINUE THEIR WINNING WAYS AT HOUGH.

2. INDEPENDENCE - PATRIOTS FINALLY TAKE DOWN THE DOGS.

3. BUTLER - DOGS TAKE A SURPRISE LOSS AT MYERS PARK PLUS LOSES AT INDEPENDENCE.

4. ROCKY RIVER - RAVENS FINALLY CRACK THE F5. 

5. ARDREY KELL - KNIGHTS DIDN'T SURVIVE 2 GAME ROAD WEEK.

Don't Sleep On:  West Charlotte, Harding, Lake Norman, Hough, Myers Park


Monday, December 11
SAD SAM'S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 9

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the wintry mixing piedmont.  The Incredible One is here to bring you his weekly Furious 5.  Last week saw the first week of conference play and a couple of bitter rivalry games as Butler outlasted Rocky River and North Meck thrashed West Charlotte.  This week promises intense action as Butler comes to call on the Big I and North Meck tangles with Hopewell AND Hough.  To the 5!......

1. BUTLER - BROWN DOWNED HIS FORMER COMRADES, NOW ON TO THE PATRIOTS.

2. NORTH MECK - BLEW OUT WEST CHARLOTTE THEN ALMOST BEAT  NATIONALLY #5 HUNTINGTON PREP THE NEXT NIGHT, ALL WITHOUT THEIR PG.

3. INDEPENDENCE - LOOKING FORWARD TO FRIDAY AS THE DOGS COME CALLING.

4. ARDREY KELL - KNIGHTS HAVE TWO TOUGH ROAD GAMES AT SOUTH MECK AND HARDING THIS WEEK.

5. HOPEWELL - FELL AT RIVAL HOUGH, TRAVELS TO NORTH MECK TUESDAY.

Don't sleep on:  Rocky River, Lake Norman, Hough, West Charlotte 

THE GREAT ONE'S G.O.T.W. IS............... BUTLER AT INDEPENDENCE 



Monday, December 4
SAD SAM'S OPENING FURIOUS 5 FOR THE 2017-18 SEASON

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the Holly Jolly piedmont.  The Great One is here once again to clarify the always murky pre-conference time in HS hoops.  First, he will now post the first F5 of the season.  Notwithstanding early non-conference results, here is his opinion of the top 5 public school 4A teams in the Charlotte area.....

1. BUTLER - BROWN IS NOW A DOG, BUT LITTLE IS THE DJ OF THIS PARTY.

2. NORTH MECK - THE BIG 3 CAN TAKE THE VIKINGS TO RALEIGH... WITH JUST A LITTLE HELP.

3. INDEPENDENCE - BURTON AND THE PATRIOTS DON'T WANT THE SW 4A TO GO TO THE DOGS.

4. HOPEWELL - YES, HOPEWELL. TITANS HAVE SIZE AND BRICE WILLIAMS. PG IS THE QUESTION.

5. ARDREY KELL - KNIGHTS ARE DISCIPLINED AND WILL OUTLAST MANY OPPONENTS.

Don't sleep on:  West Charlotte, Rocky River, Olympic, Myers Park 



Monday, December 4
SAD SAM'S ANNUAL I-MECK 4A PREVIEW FOR 2017-18

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the hoops loving piedmont.  The Amazing One is here once again to give you the results of the I-MECK 4A season before the conference season even starts.  Last season, North Meck continued their conference dominance and this year should yield the same but not without a couple of challenges.  This year promises to be another exciting one.  It wouldn't be a shock to The Sadster if there aren't a tie or two in the standings that need a draw to determine tournament position.  Conference realignment has seen Kannapolis go home to 3A while Mooresville and Lake Norman rejoin the fold.  The Great One hopes the conference tourney can be held at Lake Norman as their hospitality room is always top notch!  (Hough, take notice.)  The season begins here and will culminate with the yearly superlatives from MVP to the all-important and coveted Hot Dog of the Year award.  So players, coaches and concession stands, now is the time to BRING IT!  Now, to the predicted order of finish:

 

1. NORTH MECK

2. HOPEWELL

3. WEST CHARLOTTE

4. HOUGH

5. VANCE

6. LAKE NORMAN

7. MALLARD CREEK

8. MOORESVILLE 

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Monday, December 4
NORTH MECK

NORTH MECK

The Vikings will be led in the 2017-18 campaign by the triumvirate of 6'2 SR PG Vaud Worthy, 6'9 JR F Jae'lyn Withers and 6'2 SO SG Tristan Maxwell.  Worthy is arguably the best pure PG in the state and is joined in the backcourt by bombardier Maxwell, a scorer who can now finish at the rim as well as light it up from downtown.  Withers is a stretch 4 who has almost unlimited shooting range and is now starting to assert himself down low.  The Big 3 will be complimented by the hard working 6'5 SR C Yancey Hairston who is an accomplished rebounder and defender.  Rounding out the starting 5 is another excellent role player in 6'5 FR F Chris Ford.  The Norsemen are not without depth as 6'2 SO G Dermar Anderson, 6'1 SR G Malik Luckey and 6'2 SR W Jabril Griffin will spell the starting backcourt.  The frontline is further bolstered by 6'3 SR leaper Tyren Clark, 6'6 SO F Dee Givens and 6'5 SR F Corban Strother and 6'5 JR W Myles Hunter.  The Vikings definitely have the "right stuff" to rocket back to Raleigh and although they may not run the table, they will face a challenge from..............................      



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Monday, December 4
HOPEWELL

HOPEWELL

Last season the Titans just needed 1 more win in the 2nd half of the season to make the state playoffs and missed again.  This year will be different as 6'6 JR W Brice Williams will take 2nd year HC Michael McNeil back to the dance.  He will be aided in the frontcourt starting lineup by 6'8 SR C Micale Harris and 6'7 JR F Alvin Cannady who can connect from downtown and spread the floor.  The backcourt will be manned by 6'1 SR SG Zach Dixon but PG is a bit unsettled as 6'0 JR transfer Marshall Roberson and 6'0 JR Jalen Jones will vie for minutes.  The Titans have a stud in Williams and are blessed with height.  If they can defend better and solve the PG equation they can have a shot at moving up a notch and can stay ahead of, by a razor thin margin,........................   



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The Titans are yearning for the 2009 glory days.

Monday, December 4
WEST CHARLOTTE

WEST CHARLOTTE

This year's pride of Lions also hope to challenge for 1st behind a Williams of their own.  6'7 JR F Patrick Williams is another D1 player who is the do-everything for HC Jacoby Davis.  The WC PG slot is manned by another future D1 player, 6'1 JR PG Cartier Jernigan, who is a Hickory Grove refugee.  6'1 JR G James Terrell could help and 6'4 SR W Chris Koonce can play mulitple positions and could be a key for the Lions this year.  Newcomer 6'7 JR F Ahmad Gilbert will contribute on the frontline as can 6'6 SR C Dee Howard.  Williams must see the ball at a maximum clip but if the Lions can mesh into a consistent defensive unit and limit their turnovers, they could move up and certainly stay ahead of.........................     

 



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Monday, December 4
HOUGH

 

HOUGH 

In the words of the late great Dusty "The American Dream" Rhodes, the Huskies had "issues and concerns" with team chemistry.  They hope to have solved those problems and are optimistic for the 17-18 season.  The Huskies will do it by committee beginning with the backcourt.  6'1 SR G Cooper Crawford is an experienced player and sharpshooter and is complimented by the 5'9 SR sparkplug Chase Praeger who can be a defensive menace to opponents.  The frontline is anchored by the "twins" of 6'6 SR F Damon Early and 6'6 SR F Myles Washington.  6'5 SO W phenom, Jibril McCormack is developing into a potent scorer both from outside and off the dribble.  The Huskies hope to get some quality minutes out of 6'8 SO C Beau Maye, who is a younger brother of Luke.  If he uses The Force like Luke did, Hough should be competitive for the next few years.  With consistency from McCormack and the frontline, the Huskies could pull a surprise or two and move up, but most likely will stay ahead of..........................



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Monday, December 4
VANCE

VANCE

The Cougars lost conference MVP Cam Hamilton and many other Seniors to graduation.  Now the torch is being passed in this rebuilding season to 5'11 JR PG Brandon Beidleman who can direct an offense and is becoming a better scoring threat.  Just call them the National Guard as there are no experienced Cougars on the roster over 6'4 so they will play 4 or 5 guards at times.  6'1 SR G Arlo Washington can drop dimes from long distance if left open.  6'1 JR G Ralph Black will help as will 6'2 SR G Kam Cooke.  Vance always plays hard and if they can find a rebounder or two have the ability to jump a notch, and stay ahead of..........................  



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Monday, December 4
LAKE NORMAN

LAKE NORMAN 

Lake Norman returns to the IMECK and will be once again guided by Brandon Jolly, who has a state championship ring from the "KC and the Sunshine Band" squad of 2010.  The Wildcats are in the same boat as Vance but have more long range threats and at the same time less athleticism.  6'4 JR W Demarcus Johnson will be a key piece to the puzzle as will 6'2 SO G Luke Robinson.  Another guard slot is 6'1 South Iredell defector, Zane Haglan.  6'1 JR G Austin Edds also adds to the mix.  The Sadster wouldnt be shocked to see the Cats play some zone D this year.  They must defend and especially rebound well to move up but have the firepower to stay ahead of..................  



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The architect of the 2010 run is back.

Tuesday, December 5
MALLARD CREEK

MALLARD CREEK

The 2016-17 season was a memorable one for the Mavericks as they upset North Meck, finshed 2nd in the conference and posted an 18-8 mark.  However, the actors in that play are now gone and a new cast has arisen.  Jon Hancock, who left his large signature on the MC program, is now at the East Lincoln helm and mass defections have left the cupboard bare for new HC Jason Causby as all of the bigs and would've been leading scorer Jordan Campbell transferred out.  The Mavs will rebuild around a slew of guards beginning with 6'1 FR G Justin Taylor who is a 3 point threat.  Joining him will be 6'0 JR G Jaylen Jackson, 6'2 SR Kyle Austin and 6'0 JR G Demitrius Dixon.  6'4 SO F Evan Ravenel is a year and the weightroom away from being a consistent contributor but if The Creekers can connect on a high percentage of 3's and their pressure defense is successful, they may can move up a notch and stay ahead of................................. 



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Tuesday, December 5
MOORESVILLE

MOORESVILLE

 

The Blue Devils return to the I-MECK this year but the question is, "Can they compete right off?"  The difference between the top 4 teams and the bottom 4 teams is basically size.  MoTown has a couple of bigs in 6'6 SR F Tyler Luther and 6'5 SR C Andrew Mauney but must raise their game a couple of notches to make a difference in this league.  The Devils will be led by 6'1 SR G Seth Welch. Joining him on the perimeter will be 5'11 SR G Trey Gunnings, 5'9 JR PG Shy Smith and 6'0 JR G Griffin White.  Coach Micklow's squad could be a surprise team and move up a place or 2 if they find consistent play from their frontcourt and take care of the basketball.  

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There you have it folks!  The dye for the 2017-18 season is now cast and we now just sit back and watch the puzzle fall into place.  The Immaculate One will return every week to update the Furious 5 so get out to your nearest HS gym and support these young men!  

SAD SAM - HS HOOPS GENIUS