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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.

  • 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.

  • Central’s basketball opens season tonight

    Central High School opens its 2017-2018 basketball season tonight with boys coach Charles Brown and girls coach Eddie “Pop” Rivers facing the same question—which one of their teams will show up tonight?
    Both squads run an up-tempo motion offense. Both have scorers and both teams have enough height to contend for rebounds. But for both teams, depth could be a problem.
    Last year the boys beat McBee twice enroute to a 14-6 season and a first-round playoff  loss to Southside Christian.

  • Central gives max effort in playoff loss

    SALUDA – Central quarterback Quan Chambers still had his helmet on as the team gathered for its post-game huddle against Saluda. 

    Chambers, a senior, did not want the game to end. 

    On the final play of his high school football career, Chambers came up two yards short of giving Central one more shot at the end zone and the possibility of advancing in the state AA playoffs.

    It had been a wild final three minutes of the game, following Jeremiah Stevens’ go-ahead touchdown for Saluda, and a 24-21 lead. 

  • Central facing Saluda in AA playoffs

    Central will face the No. 3 team in Class AA when the Eagles travel Friday to Saluda in the first round of the playoffs.
    Central coaches had anticipated traveling as the third-place finisher in the region.
    But after a tie-breaking procedure among Cheraw, Chesterfield and Central, the Eagles finished fourth, facing Saluda, one of four No. 1 seeds in the Upper State bracket.
    Central may be without the “heart and soul” of its team, senior running back/linebacker Jaekwon Hickman.

  • Central runners qualify for championship meet

    By JANET HAIGLER
    For the Progressive Journal

    Central’s boys and girls cross-country teams have qualified for the South Carolina State Meet to be held Saturday in Columbia.
    In the qualifying race Oct. 28 the girls finished ninth out of 24 teams with a total time of 2:04:27. The boys were in eleventh out of 29 teams. Their total time was 1:36:33.
    Ninth grader E.J. Threatt was 14th in a field of 200 runners at 17:31:84.

  • Junior Eagles fall to Forest Hills in season finale

    By JANET HAIGLER
    For the Progressive Journal

    Central High’s Junior Eagles lost to Forest Hills, 16-6, last Thursday for a 7-2 season record.
    Forest Hills scored first on a 60-yard pass play. With the two-point conversion Forest Hills led 8-0.
    Fred Rivers set up the Junior Eagles’ lone touchdown on a 50-yard run to the Forest Hills one in the third quarter. Jalen Robinson scored on the next play. The conversion attempt failed.

  • Central’s football seniors star on Senior Night

    Central High School celebrated Senior Night last Friday, honoring its senior fall athletes, cheerleaders and band members during halftime.
    Before and after halftime, seniors on the football team had their time to shine in a 30-14 win over region rival Buford.
    It was likely the Central seniors final time playing at home.  
    The win – the Eagles are now 5-4 – keeps Central in contention for a third place finish in the region.

  • Cross country girls win region

    By JANET HAIGLER
    For the Progressive Journal

    The Central High girls’ cross-country country team won its first Region IV 2A championship last week at North Central High School.
    Four Eagles runners were named to the All-Region team: LaDaisha Louallen, who placed second (23:10), Kirsten Dale, third (23:42), Lizzie Outlaw, sixth (25:17) and Isabella Moseley, seventh (25:32).
    The pack of Outlaw, Mosely and Leaird was the key to Central’s victory.

  • Junior Eagles defeat Buford, win region

    By JANET HAIGLER
    For the Progressive Journal

    Central’s junior varsity football squad defeated Buford, 32-0, to win the region title.
    The Eagles are 7-1 and undefeated in region play. Central finishes the season 6 p.m. Thursday against Forest Hills of North Carolina.
    Against Buford it took Central just minutes to score on Kaleo Chambers’ 15-yard run. Quarterback Shy McManus added the two-point conversion.