Richmond County takes note of Butler’s online chatter

The Richmond County Daily Journal today gives a slight nudge of motivation to its Richmond County Raiders, the team Butler faces Friday in the sectionals of the 4AA state playoffs. The paper mentions a Twitter post made by a Butler supporter in which he links back to the highlights of the September 11 Bulldog victory over the Raiders in the first game of the season. From The Richmond County Daily Journal – Rolling into third round:

The opponent? A familiar one: The Butler Bulldogs, defending Class 4AA state champions and the only team to defeat the Raiders in 2010 — a fact the Bulldogs seem to delight in highlighting, with a link on the team Web site and Twitter feed to video from the teams’ meeting Sept. 11 at Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, won by the Bulldogs, 21-7.

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Butler Turns Back Page in Football Playoffs

The Butler Bulldogs defeated Greensboro-Page 35-14 in the second round of the North Carolina 4AA playoffs on Friday night.  The win gives Butler a 28 game win-streak, and stamps their ticket to Richmond County for a third-round match-up next week.

Quarterback Riley Ferguson was sharp again, throwing for more than 250 yards and two touchdowns.  Sophomore Uriah LeMay showed his big-play capabilities with 135 receiving yards on four catches, two of which were touchdowns.  LeMay feels that being aggresive offensively gives the Bulldogs an edge.

“Physicality is definitely a big part of the game.  The more physical you are the more it wears down the other team.”

Read more about Butler’s win, plus a preview of the Bulldogs’ game against Richmond Senior in the November 25th issue of The Mint Hill Times.

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Newsome: ‘It’s us against the world’

Coach Mike Newsome

Butler is the reigning state 4AA champions, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the NCHSAA bracket where Butler is ranked behind Richmond Senior. If Butler can get by the Page Pirates on Friday they will have to travel to Richmond for a road game next week, even though Butler beat Richmond 21-7 back in September. Coach Newsome is not surprised, nor is the Bulldog squad fazed by the bracket seeding.
“The players took the seeding with a grain of salt,” Newsome said. “It doesn’t matter where we are, we’ve gotta make this season us against the world. That’s been our motto all year long.”

PHOTO BY MARK SWARD (swardpics.com)

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Local student athletes sign Letters of Intent

From left: Anthony Stitt, Marcus Burton, Cierra Burdick, Mayhana Dunovant and Jessica Rappe.

Five athletes from Butler and one from Independence signed letters of intent to play sports on the collegiate level next year. Butler hosted a signing day ceremony in its auditorium last Wednesday. Four Bulldogs signed for basketball and one for softball: Anthony Stitt signed with College of Charleston where he will play basketball for Coach Bobby Cremins; Marcus Burton signed with Wagner University (coached by the Hurley’s—Danny is the head coach and Bobby is the top assistant.) Cierra Burdick, perhaps one of the most talented

Cierra Burdick and her mother.

girls basketball players the Charlotte area has ever seen, will play for legendary coach Pat Summitt at Tennessee; and Mayhana Dunovant will play for Gardner Webb University.  Former Butler girls basketball coach Stephanie Butler was in attendance at the signing last week. She was released from coaching last year after winning the state championship because of what CMS said were recruiting violations. She coached both Burdick and Dunovant all three years they played basketball at the school. She was tearful in watching her former players sign letters to play in college.
In softball, Jessica Rappe will join former Butler pitcher Ashton Ward at Virginia Tech. Rappe has played varsity softball since her freshman year.

At Independence, Taylor Cook signed on with Newberry College in South Carolina where he will pitch for the baseball team. Cook was also a starter for the Independence football team.

Taylor with his American Legion Coach Bryan Bunn and Independence High School Coach Matt Dykema.

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4AA Football seedings released, but no Independence

It’s almost not right to see the 4AA playoff seedings without Independence. But thanks to school reassignment in 2010, Indy was left with an undersized and inexperienced team that fought hard, but continually came up short. Against Butler Friday night, the Patriots suffered their worst loss in more than 10 years, a 61-6 drubbing.

Butler on the other hand seems poised to repeat as state champs despite the loss of key players at quarterback and running back. They are big, they are fast and have a a coaching staff that has proven they can win big games.

Watch for the preview of Butler’s first round match up in this week’s Mint Hill Times.

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Butler golfers finish strong in state tournament

Logan Garman fired an 80 and Samantha Wallace an 81 to finish 17th and 21st respectively in the state 4A golf tournament yesterday. Both golfers improved on their Monday scores at Pinehurst No. 1. The par 72 course played at 5,713 yards. Ardrey Kell finished first in the state with a team score of 477 and were led by Allison Emery who shot a 72 on the final day. Butler as a team did not qualify for the state tournament.

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