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.

  • Central splits games with region foes Andrew Jackson, Chesterfield

    Central’s baseball team went 3-1 in recent action, sweeping Lee Central in a doubleheader, defeating Andrew Jackson, but losing a one-run decision to Chesterfield.
    Against Andrew Jackson, Jamie Parks and Ryan Eason combined for a one hitter. Parks gave up the lone run in the fourth inning.
    Against Lee Central, Central unleashed its bats early with a flurry of run-scoring doubles in the first game, a 14-5 decision. In the second game Central continued to hit strongly for a 15-3 decision. 

  • Junior Eagles win tournament

    The Central’s JV baseball team won its home tournament on March 17, defeating Andrew Jackson, 5-0, and Chesterfield, 8-0. Chesterfield was second, followed by Cheraw, Andrew Jackson, and Buford.
    In the first game against Andre Jackson, Landon Hicks pitched five scoreless innings for Central, allowing 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out one. Hicks has not allowed any runs in the 17 innings he has pitched this season.
    In the second game, Central shutout Chesterfield, 8-0. Buddy Faile was the winning pitcher, allowing no runs, two hits, and struck out four.

  • Killough throws perfect game

    Hannah Killough threw a perfect game for Central last week, a 16-0 decision over Lee Central.
    The game was halted after three innings. 
    Killough struck out seven, allowed no runs, hits or walks. The Central defense was also errorless.
    It was a doubleheader sweep for Central as it defeated Lee Central 17-1 in the first game.
    In regional action, Chesterfield defeated Central 7-4.
    The Central Junior Varsity softball team defeated McBee 16-2 and lost to Chesterfield 13-12 last week.

  • Junior varsity softball splits games

    Central’s junior varsity softball team went 1-1 last week, defeating Cheraw, 17-10, but falling to Andrew Jackson 8-5. 

    Against Cheraw, Central scored on a stolen base by Lanie Duvall in the first inning, a double by McKenzie Kral knocked in three runs. In all Central scored seven runs in the first inning.  Central pitcher Amber Leaird allowed six runs on six hits.

  • Central’s baseball season starts with region’s best

    Central baseball team starts its 2018 season facing the best of the region in back-to-back games. 

    Central lost its opener Wednesday, 11-0 to Cheraw. 

    Last year Cheraw won the region with an 11-1 record. Central finished second with a 10-2 record. 

    On Friday, Cheraw played Andrew Jackson, which has two of the better pitchers in the region, said Eagles’ coach Mitch Leaird. (Results of Friday game were not available because of an early production schedule).

  • Hickman to play for Knights

    Before the 2017 football season, the seniors on Central’s squad made a pact. They were all out for each other and the team.
    The leader among the leaders was Jaekwon Hickman, linebacker and running back. His leadership on and off the field helped Central to a 7-4 record and a trip to the state AA playoffs.
    There was another pact that inspired Hickman – the one he made to himself and his brother, Quintaven Davone Collins.
    Collins had been a linebacker, nose guard and running back at Central before dying in an accident in 2009.

  • Lady Eagles tackle preseason

    The Central softball team completed its preseason this past weekend, winning two of five games in the PeeDee Pitch-off tournament.
    Central defeated Camden, 13-0 and Sumter, 12-5.
    Central lost to South Florence, 10-0; Cheraw,  9-4; and Blythewood, 1-0.
    Central’s varsity season starts today at 6 p.m. at Cheraw.

  • Central JV softball third in tourney

    JEFFERSON – Central junior varsity softball team finished third in a recent tournament at the Jefferson Recreation Complex.
    Buford went undefeated to win the championship, including a 10-6 win over Central. Cheraw was second.
    In the middle school tournament, New Heights advanced to the championship game, falling to Hartsville, 11-4. It was New Heights’ second loss to Hartsville in the tournament.
    New Heights defeated South Pointe Christian, 10-3, and Long, 15-0.

  • 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.