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Central High

  • Central football battling injuries in season opener

    Central High School football coach Trent Usher has yet to officially coach his first game, but he is experiencing adversity like a pro.
    Central opens its 2017 football season Friday at Lamar, state runner-up in 1-A last year.
    On paper, the teams are similar. Each likes to run the football behind a big physical offensive line. The defenses can be stingy.
    “It will be a chess match,” Usher said.
    But on the field, Usher said, “In my whole football life, I’ve never seen it this bad. Our backs are to the wall.”

  • Central volleyball team relies on quickness

    Watching her team at a recent practice, first-year Central High School volleyball coach Molly Truesdale assessed her team simply, saying, “I don’t have volleyball players.”
    But, Truesdale said,  “I have athletes that play two or three sports.”
    The roster is few in numbers, 16 players for the varsity and junior varsity programs.
    The tallest is 5-foot 7-inches.
    “We are short, but quick,” she said.  
    And, Truesdale said, Central will rely on defense.

  • Central Touchdown Club seeks funds for new stadium sound system

    The Central High School Touchdown Club is raising funds to replace the sound system at the school’s football stadium.
    “Fred Flintstone last used the current system,” Courtney Brown, president of the Touchdown Club said jokingly.
    The current system is more than 20 years old. To play music at a game a cellphone is placed in front of the microphone. Old speakers don’t help the sound either.  
    “This is not an ideal experience for a family coming to a football game, nor the person operating the system,” Brown said.  

  • Eagles start the annual gridiron grind

    photos by DON WORTHINGTON/Editor
    The threat of rain could not keep the Central High School football team off the field as it officially began the 2017 season on July 28. The opening practice was limited to helmets, no pads or contact. After stretching the offensive and units practiced individual and team skills. Central’s first jamboree is Aug. 9 in Cheraw.

  • Truesdale named Central volleyball coach

    Molly Cassidy Truesdale was introduced as Central High School’s new varsity volleyball coach Tuesday, May 31 at the school.
    “Coach Truesdale will be an asset to our volleyball program,” Central High Principal Judd Starling said. “She was a multi-sport athlete at Chesterfield High School and has worked with our JV and varsity programs here at Central. She has proven herself as a great classroom teacher and we are excited about seeing her bring her enthusiasm to the volleyball court.”

  • Eagles’ JV basketball coach moves up to Central’s varsity program

    Central High School announced last week that Charles Brown will become the head coach of the Eagles’ basketball team. He will replace retiring coach Mike Connelley, who has led the Eagles for the last five years. Brown has been the junior varsity basketball coach for the past four years, as well as an assistant varsity coach.

  • Central's Lady Eagles still in playoffs

    The Central High Lady Eagles, who finished fourth in the region traveled, to Abbeville April 29 and handed the top-seeded Abbeville Lady Panthers a 5-1 loss behind superb pitching by Sarah Stegall.

    Stegall pitched five innings, striking out five, walking four and allowing only two hits. Hannah Killough came in for the save, striking out three and giving up no hits or walks.

  • Eagles’ track team heading to Upper State contest

    Central High School’s girls’ and boys’ track team advanced to the Upper State finals to be held at Keenan, Saturday, May 6, at noon after competing in the Region IVAA meet on April25 at Buford High.

    The Chesterfield Rams won the boys competition and Andrew Jackson’s Lady Volunteers captured the girls’ top prize. The Eagles came in second and the Lady Eagles placed third in the girls’ contest.

  • Eagles’ season concluded at home in loss to Southside Christian

    The Central High Eagles finished their season April 29 at home in the third game of the State AA playoffs after losing to Southside Christian High School of Simpsonville, 12-2 in a five-inning game.

    The Eagles jumped out to a two-run lead in the bottom half of the first inning, but were held scoreless the rest of the game.

    Southside got on the board with six runs in the third, added four more in the fourth, and sealed the win in the fifth by adding on two more runs.     

  • Central High School honors athletes of fall sports

    Athletes who were involved in fall sports at Central High School were honored at an awards ceremony on Feb. 9 in the commons area of the school.

    The athletes who participated in football, cross-country and volleyball were recognized. All athletes of each sport were received medallions representing their sport. Certain students were honored for individual awards.