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.

2010 STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS Continue reading

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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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Two Butler golfers in top 30 at state tournament

The Butler golf team from left: Savannah Moore, Logan Garman, Samantha Wallace, Megan Quintero, Amanda Ligon, Abby Ayers. Coach Barry Eberhardt is in the back row. Photo by Jamie Jamison.

Two Butler golfers had good showings on the first day of the North Carolina state tournament in Pinehurst yesterday. Logan Garman shot an 83, good for 21st place, and Samantha Wallace fired an 86 that tied her for 29th place. The girls tee off today on Pinehurst No. 1 Course for the final round. The team is coached by Barry Eberhardt. Butler’s team didn’t qualify for the tournament, but here’s the results so far: Continue reading

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Butler and Independence volleyball teams start playoffs tomorrow

Butler (15-9) will head to Winston Salem to play Mount Tabor (24-3) and Independence (10-13) will travel to Lake Norman (25-2) tomorrow in the first round of the CLASS 4-A WEST volleyball playoffs.

Both teams have respectable records, but other teams and matches in the playoffs illustrate just how incomprehensible the requirements are to get into the postseason. For example, Mooresville (11-8) will have to travel (!!) to Sun Valley (4-16) for their first round game. Even worse, Hopewell is 26-3 and is one of the best teams in the state. What is their reward? They have to travel to Indian Trail Porter Ridge (8-16) for their first round match.

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Former Butler principal is now suspended without pay

Former Butler High School Principal Teresa Hopkins is now officially suspended without pay. She was originally suspended in July, but with pay.  Despite the tenuous-sounding term “suspension,” she is not expected to return to the school. CMS will not say why Hopkins was suspended. However, her suspension comes on the heels of former women’s basketball coach Stephanie Butler being removed for recruiting violations, and the suspension of former quarterback Christian LeMay.

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Watch Butler highlights from Saturday’s win over Richmond County

No doubt that the Butler Bulldogs are poised to repeat as state champions this season. The offense is not scoring at-will like they did last season, but the defense is the best in the state. Here are highlights of their 21-7 win over Richmond County Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Charlotte. This week, the Bulldogs head up to Lenoir to take on Hibriten High School, and powerhouse in the the 3A ranks. Read more about last week’s Butler win and a preview of this week’s game in the Mint Hill Times on newsstands Thursday.

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