Butler Splits Basketball Contests at Vance

The Butler girls’ basketball team improved their record to 3-0 with an 88-17 win at Vance on Tuesday.  At one point in the first quarter the Bulldogs lead 35-0.  Four Butler players finished in double figures including Jaymee Fisher-Davis, the game’

s high scorer with 22 points.

Even with the strong start, Head Coach Mark Sanders feels the team has room for improvement.

“Right now our main focus is on defense.  At the end of the day the team with the best defense ends up winning the game.”

The Butler girls are the reigning state 4AA champions.

The Butler boys’ basketball team dropped a season-opening thriller in overtime on Tuesday.  Vance defeated the Bulldogs 76-72.

Having only seven players in uniform, and facing a 15-point third quarter deficit, Butler rallied back.  Marcus Burton nailed a game-tying 3-pointer with 19 seconds to play in regulation.  Burton finished the game with 22 points.  Anthony Stitt was the game high-scorer with 29, but it wasn’t enough to carry the Bulldogs to victory.

Head Coach Kurt Wessler felt this was a springboard game for his team.

“Every experience that we have like this is going to make us better down the stretch.  To have to face the adversity we had was huge.”

The Butler basketball teams host Robinson High School on Monday and West Charlotte on Tuesday.

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Butler Rolls into State Semi-Final

The Butler Bulldogs defeated Richmond Senior 48-21 Friday night in the third round of the 4AA football playoffs.  Butler played the visitor role to perfection for the seventh time this season, running their win-streak to 29 games. 

It was a jam-packed, standing room only stadium that had the Raider fans in a frenzy when Richmond’s Walter Ellerbe went up the middle for a 74-yard touchdown for the game’s first score.  That’s when Bulldogs’ Quarterback Riley Ferguson went to work.  Thanks to great protection from his offensive line, Ferguson orchestrated four first-half touchdown drives.  Butler took a 27-14 lead into the intermission.  Their offense continued their dominance in the third quarter, breaking the game open with a 29-yard touchdown reception by Channing Stribbling.

Ferguson’s passing totals were 19 of 27 for 254 yards and four touchdowns.

“We felt like we could throw the ball on them,” says Butler Head Coach Mike Newsome.  “We were hoping that the weather would hold off, and we threw the ball like we thought we could.”

Newsome knows that the Bulldogs’ potent passing attack would not be as effective without the consistency of running back Jahwan Edwards.

*Read the rest of the recap on Butler’s victory, plus a preview of the Bulldogs’ rematch with Vance in the December 2nd issue of The Mint Hill Times.

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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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