Central High

  • Central rallies for Usher's first win

    Trent Usher got his first victory as Central High School’s football coach Friday, a 21-18 come-from-behind win over McBee.

    Unlike previous games this season, each time McBee scored, Central answered – a sign of an improving football team, Usher said.

    Still, the Eagles are “doing the little things wrong,” Usher said. The defense contains opponents on first and second downs, but allows long third-down plays, often for touchdowns.

    “That is our Achilles’ heal,” Usher said.

  • A tale of two playoff games

    Central won its first basketball playoff game in eight years – a 57-53 first-round win over Saluda – but couldn’t maintain that momentum into the second round of the Upper State AA playoffs. 

    Greenville Tech scored 21 points in the third quarter en route to a 52-42 win at home on Saturday. 

    “We were not mentally prepared,” Central coach Charles Brown said of the Greenville Tech game. 

    It was a fast-paced game for both teams. Usually an up-tempo game favors Central.

  • Central fights for 2nd place in region

    Central closes out its basketball regular season this week, facing Buford tonight at home and at North Central on Friday.
    The boys’ team is tied with Cheraw for second place. If Central finishes second in the region it would host a home playoff game.
    Last week the boys’ team was 1-1.
    Lee Central’s 81-45 victory gave the Stallions’ head coach Laverne Knox’ his 500th career win. Knox has been the only varsity boys’ head coach at Lee Central since the school opened 18 years ago.

  • Home-court playoff game on the line for Eagles

    With four regular season games remaining, Central continues to hold second place in the boys region. A second-place finish would earn the Eagles a home game for the first round of the playoffs.
    Last week the boys’ team went 2-1 with the loss a two-point decision to region leader Lee Central.
    Overall, Central is 10-7 and 6-3 in the region.
    The 52-50 loss to Lee Central showed Central the intensity needed to play its best basketball, said coach Charles Brown.

  • Central’s Hatcher blue, and grey, in all-star game

    The official stats for the recent annual Blue-Grey All-American high school football game in Jacksonville, Fla., will list identical attempts for the long snapper on each team:
    ◆ Four snaps for points after touchdowns.
    ◆ Three snaps for punts.
    ◆ Two snaps for field goal attempts.
    The roster, however, will list only one long snapper – Central High School’s B.R. Hatcher, No. 25 for the Grey team and No. 71 for the Blue team.
    Hatcher found himself in the odd position of playing for both teams in the Jan. 13 game.

  • Eagles face Vols, Stallions this week

    For the Progressive Journal

    Central High School’s boys team faces a key regional game this week against Lee Central.  
    The boys are 8-6 overall and in second place in the region at 4-2.
    Central plays at Andrew Jackson tonight.
    On Wednesday, regional leader Lee Central comes to Central for a game delayed by last week’s snow. Lee Central brings a nine game winning steak and is 11-2 overall.

  • Winter storm weather postpones hardwood matchups

    For the Progressive Journal

    Snow was the winner last week as the wintry mix closed Chesterfield County School, canceling all after-hour activities.
    Central’s game against Nation Ford, Lee Central and Monday’s game at Marlboro County were canceled. The Nation Ford game will not be rescheduled. Central’s next game is Friday at Buford.

    Three Central players scored in double figures for a 58-51 win over rival Chesterfield.

  • Mixed results for Central teams

    Central’s basketball teams had unusual homestand last week – Tuesday and Friday games against regional opponents, following a Monday game against Marlboro County.
    The boys’ varsity won Monday, 50-42, outraced Cheraw on Tuesday, 91-77, but couldn’t hold a lead against Andrew Jackson, falling 45-39.
    The girls’ team and the boys’ junior varsity each lost all three games.
    The boys’ varsity played Lamar Monday in the Darlington tournament. They also play today in the four-team tournament.

  • Defensive sparks Central wins

    Central and McBee exchanged places and outcomes last Tuesday.
    In the Nov. 28 season opener for both teams McBee won on its home court.  
    Central returned the favor, winning on its home court for a 1-1 season record for the boys’ and girls’ squads.
    The boys’ team won 63-58. The girls’ team won 58-32.  The boys’ junior varsity lost again to McBee, this time 38-30.
    The teams return to action this week with three games.
    Central played Marlboro County, a AAAA school, on Monday.

  • Last second heartbreaks for Central’s basketball teams

    It was a playoff-like atmosphere – lots of yelling, clapping and feet stomping – for visiting Central and homestanding McBee in the season opener for both teams.
    The boys’ and girls’ varsity games went down to the final seconds.
    Central fans said Jamie Bracey’s last shot beat the buzzer. McBee fans were equally vocal it didn’t. Central girls coach Eddie Rivers stared at the refs.
    It didn’t change the refs’ minds, ruling Bracey’s three-point shot didn’t beat the buzzer. Win to McBee, 48-46.