Butler student among three National Merit winners from CMS

Garrett Guion from Butler High School was among three CMS students who were named National Merit Scholarship winners. Guion will attend New York University next year. The other CMS winners were Emily Auerbach from Myers Park and Tyler Kroeschell from Providence. Auerbach will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Kroeschell will attend Auburn University. Continue reading

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Mike Newsome Accepts Coaching Position at A.L. Brown

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Coach Mike Newsome

On Monday A.L. Brown High School in Kannapolis announced Butler’s Mike Newsome would be taking over as head coach of their football team.

“It was an extremely tough decision.  My wife and I sat down and we discussed the pros and cons.  In the end I think this is the best decision for me.  The opportunity to move to a school with such a huge football tradition doesn’t come around very often.”

Newsome is leaving quite a legacy at Butler.  The Bulldogs are the reigning two-time North Carolina 4AA state champions.  They have a 31-game winning streak.  Newsome has been their head coach for the past nine seasons.  He has been a member of Butler’s coaching staff since the school opened in 1997.  Newsome was named the national high school football coach of the year for the 2009 season.

When asked about his time at Butler, Newsome has strong feelings about the school.

“What we were able to accomplish was unbelievable.  It was awesome to start-up a program.  The whole experience helped me grow as a coach.  I just hope the kids learned as much from me as I learned.”

Read more about Coach Newsome’s move in this Thursday’s edition of The Mint Hill Times.

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Cierra Burdick named a finalist for national player of the year

It’s a bittersweet day for Butler’s Cierra Burdick. Last night, the Lady Bulldogs lost to Mallard Creek 50-45 in the state playoffs, snapping a 42-game win streak and ending the Lady Bulldog’s chance of winning back-to-back state titles. It’s one of the biggest upsets in Mecklenburg County high school basketball history.
Today, Burdick was named one of the four finalists for the McDonald’s All American National Player of the Year award. Others on the list are Ariel Massengale (Bolingbrook High School — Bolingbrook, Ill.), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Mater Dei High School — Santa Ana, Calif.) and Elizabeth Williams (Princess Anne High School — Virginia Beach, Va.).

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Butler Basketball Sweeps Playoff Games

The Butler High School girls basketball team defeated Northwest Guilford 50-40 on Wednesday night in the second round of the North Carolina 4A state playoffs.  Cierra Burdick led all scorers with 26 points.  Mayhana Dunovant scored 11 for Butler, who now posts a 29-0 record for the season.  The Butler ladies will play Dudley (Greensboro) Friday night at Butler High School.  Dudley has a 25-1 record this season.

The Butler boys beat Parkland 90-62 in their playoff game on Wednesday.  Marcus Burton scored 29 points for the Bulldogs, who are now 25-3 on the season.  Junior Zach Ferguson scored 17, freshman Matthew Fisher-Davis hit for 12, and junior Jalen White scored 10 points for Butler.  The Bulldogs will host Mt. Tabor (Winston-Salem) in the third round of the North Carolina 4A playoffs on Friday.

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High School Basketball Playoffs Update

The Independence Patriots girls’ basketball team lost 63-41 to Skyland Roberson of Asheville on Monday night.  The game marked the first round of the North Carolina 4A playoffs.

Independence’s season ends with a 7-17 record, four wins more than last year’s squad.

Butler’s girls defeated Western Guilford 68-42 on Monday, giving the team a 28-0 record this season and a 40-game winning streak dating back to last season.  The Bulldogs’ girls team will play Northwest Guilford on Wednesday in the second round of the 4A playoffs.  Game time is 6:00 at Butler High School.

The Butler boys defeated Dudley (Greensboro) 73-65 Monday night.  Jalen White led all scorers with 22 points.  Dudley’s Panthers held Butler to zero field goals in the third quarter while erasing a double-digit deficit.  With the game tied in the fourth quarter the Bulldogs relied on their speed and transition game to pull away for the win.  Butler’s record for the season is now 24-3.  The Bulldogs have won their last 17 games. 

Butler’s boys play Parkland (Winston-Salem) Wednesday night in the 4A playoffs’ second round.  Game time is 7:30 at Butler High School.

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Butler Boys and Girls take SW4A Conference Titles

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The Butler Lady Bulldogs won the 2011 SW4A Conference championship Friday night.

The Butler Bulldogs won both the boys’ and girls’ Southwestern 4A Conference Basketball Tournaments Friday night.

The girls defeated Myers Park 66-35.  Cierra Burdick led the Bulldogs with 27 points.  Junior Jaymee Fisher-Davis scored 17 and Senior Jadda Atkinson hit for 13.  Even with the impressive win Burdick feels the team needs to improve for the post-season.

“We need to get stronger with the ball.  We were bobbling the ball too much tonight.  We played well on defense, but we gave up too many three’s.  We’ve got to work on closing out possessions and watching the shooters better.”

The win makes the Butler girls’ record this season 27-0.  They also have a 39-game winning streak dating back to last season.

The Butler boys’ beat South Meck 77-53 on Friday to take their second straight conference title.  Senior Marcus Burton scored 27 points to lead all players.  Senior Anthony Stitt had 13 points and junior Zach Ferguson added 11.

South Meck started out with a strong, physical game and took a three-point lead into the second quarter.  The Bulldogs then used their quickness and full-court press to grab multiple steals which led to transition points.  Butler outscored the Sabres 43-22 in the middle two quarters to break the game open.

“When you have senior guards like we have, you’re able to execute the plays you want,” says Butler Head Coach Kurt Wessler.  “We made multiple defensive adjustments that turned the game.  Our guards accomplished what we wanted to do, closing the trap, creating turnovers, and dictating which opponents will shoot the ball.”

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The Butler boys dominated SM in the second half.

Wessler was also impressed with the performance of his young bench players.

“It’s unbelieveable.  We were running ten guys tonight.  Game after game, third and fourth quarters, we have been able to put it on people.  That is a direct compliment to our bench.”

Both Butler’s girls’ and boys’ teams will begin the North Carolina state playoffs next week at home.

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