Boys’ Basketball Conference Tourney Update

The Mint Hill Times

Independence Coach Preston Davis chats with the referee.

The Independence Patriots boys’ basketball team lost 56-42 to South Meck in the first round of the Southwestern 4A Conference tournament Tuesday night.  The Patriots played a gritty game, taking a four-point lead into the fourth quarter.  But the Sabres’ size and quickness was too tough in the final period.

Brandon Davis led the Patriots with 13 points.  Ivan Blair added nine points and eight rebounds.  Independence’s season comes to an end with a 7-17 record.  Head Coach Preston Davis is pleased with his players’ performance against a tough opponent.

“Overall our effort was there.  Our execution started getting a little sloppy on offense.  We just have some little things here and there to work on.”

The game marks the end of the careers for seniors Brandon Davis, Ramon Bing, and Christian Truesdale.  Coach Davis knows these core leaders will be missed next season.

“Brandon has been a leader on and off the court.  He has a great attitude, he works hard, and he is a good student.  He’s the type of kid that we want to model the rest of our players after.  I think he’s done a great job in helping other guys develop the same habits.”

“Because of this senior class our team has continued the growth process.  I think now it’s up to the younger guys to remember how hard these seniors worked, and to push forward and add onto it next year.”

Two years ago the Patriots recorded two wins.  Last year they won four games.  Independence’s seven wins this season shows that the program is still moving in the right direction.

The Rocky River boys’ basketball team ended their season on Tuesday night with a 75-46 loss to Myers Park in the first round of the Southwestern 4A Conference tournament.  Dequann Simpson led the Ravens with 11 points.

Rocky River ends their season with a 13-11 mark, impressive in that they played the entire year with no seniors.  The Ravens will certainly be a conference contender the next few seasons.

Butler defeated Providence 75-50 on Tuesday to advance to the semi-finals of the Southwestern 4A Conference tournament.

Boys’ Southwestern 4A Conference Tournament Semi-Finals, Thursday at Rocky River High School

South Meck vs. Myers Park (6:00)

Ardrey Kell vs. Butler (7:30)

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Butler Sweeps Independence to Wrap Up Regular Season

The Butler Boys’ basketball team beat Independence 77-71 last Friday night.  The win gave Butler a perfect 14-0 record in the Southwestern 4A Conference.

The Bulldogs’ Marcus Burton led all scorers with 25 points.  Zach Ferguson scored 16 and Anthony Stitt added 14.

The Patriots came out of halftime with a strong second half, but it wasn’t enough.  Brandon Davis led Indy with 21 points.  Ivan Blair hit for 14 points and Christian Truesdale scored 12.

The Butler girls capped a memorable regular season with a 70-31 win over Independence last Friday.  The win gave the Bulldogs a perfect 14-0 record in the Southwestern 4A Conference and a 24-0 record for the regular season.

Independence has made vast improvements to their team, more than doubling their win total from last season.  As most of the Patriot players are underclassmen, look for Indy to improve yet again next year.

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Butler’s Cierra Burdick named to the 2011 McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Team

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Cierra Burdick and her mother on signing day.

Cierra Burdick has cemented her legendary status as a high school basketball player. Thursday she was named to the prestigious 2011 McDonalds All American High School Basketball Team. The senior forward led the Butler girls to a 4A championship last season and are poised to do it again this season. The Lady Bulldogs are undefeated heading into the SW4A Conference Championship this weekend and have beaten their opponents this season by an average of 50 points.

2011 McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Team Girls Alphabetical Roster
EAST TEAM
Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Cierra Burdick F 6-2 Butler, NC (Matthews, NC) Tennessee
Briyona Canty G 5-10 Trenton Catholic Academy, NJ (Hamilton, NJ) Rutgers
Temi Fagbenle C 6-4 Blair Academy, NJ (Blairstown, NJ) Harvard
Bria Goss G 5-11 Ben Davis, IN (Indianapolis, IN) Kentucky
Sara Hammond F 6-2 Rockcastle County, KY (Mouth Vernon, KY) Louisville
Amber Henson C 6-4 Sickles, FL (Tampa, FL) Duke
Betnijah Laney G 6-0 Smyrna, DE (Smyrna, DE) Undecided
Samantha Logic G 6-0 Racine J.I. Case, WI (Racine, WI) Iowa
Allyson Malott F 6-2 Madison, OH (Middletown, OH) Dayton
Ariel Massengale G 5-6 Bolingbrook, IL (Bolingbrook, IL) Tennessee
Bria  Smith G 5-10 Christ the King, NY (Middle Village, NY) Virginia
Elizabeth Williams F 6-3 Princess Anne, VA (Virginia Beach, VA) Duke
Head Coach: Mary Coyle Klinger, Somerset, NJ (Rutgers Preparatory School)
Asst. Coach: Anthony Pappas, Waterloo, IA (Waterloo West High School)
Asst. Coach: Teri Morison, Grapevine, TX (Southlake Carroll High School)
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Fight at Butler-East Meck basketball game last night

**UPDATE: WCNC reports that charges have been filed against Ernest Owens, the father of the Butler girls basketball player who got into the fight with the East Meck resource officer. Also, the WCNC video is slowly making its way around the internet. CNN just ran the video and story in the 10 am hour today.

It’s difficult to make out just how the fight between a parent and a CMS resourcer started last night at the Butler-East Meck basketball game. Posts on message boards and social networks suggest that some of the Butler girls basketball team went to the opposing side of the gym to say hello to friends after the Lady Bulldogs beat the Lady Eagles 88-17. The East Meck AD apparently gave them permission. The resource officer then got into an argument with one of the parents and the fight ensued.

Because of new school assignment zones this year, many of the East Meck students now go to Butler, so there was bound to be at least a little love/tension in the air after the Lady Bulldogs won the game by such a large margin.

Video from wcnc.com

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Butler football honored by MaxPreps for national ranking


Photos by Tim Long, The Mint Hill Times

Butler High School football was honored Thursday for finishing No. 35 nationally for the 2010 season. The announcement was made by MaxPreps, a California-based company that ranks more than 15,000 high school varsity football teams.
Butler extended its consecutive game win streak to 31 with a 44-0 win over Wake Forest-Rolesville on Dec. 11, 2010 to win its second straight North Carolina 4AA state championship. Butler is one of 50 schools being honored on the sixth annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard. Butler was a part of last season’s tour when the Bulldogs were ranked eighth nationally.
“To be honored once (last year) was a great thrill and now to be honored two years in a row is unbelievable. This says a lot about our players and community to be ranked on a national level,” said Butler head football coach Mike Newsome, who completed his ninth season. Continue reading

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Butler Basketball to play at Time Warner Arena

The Butler Bulldogs will compete against Winston-Salem Reynolds High School on Saturday at 2:00 pm at Time Warner Cable Arena in Uptown Charlotte.  The Bobcats will host the New Orleans Hornets at 7:00 pm on Saturday.  Several Bobcat players and Chris Paul of the Hornets are scheduled to attend the high school game.

A ticket purchased for the Butler-Reynolds game will also be good for the Bobcats-Hornets game. 

Butler’s Head Coach Kurt Wessler is excited about the team playing uptown.

“Incredible experience for our guys!  The opportunity to play in an NBA arena is certainly one that my players will remember their whole life.  It was and is an opportunity we simply could not pass up.  Our fan base has been great in buying tickets, and we are amped to get a chance to compete on the same floor as the best in the world.”

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