Central High

  • Region losses cripple Lady Eagles’ playoff hopes

     Heading into last week the Lady Eagles still had a chance of making the 2A playoffs. Having won two region games, it was good news that they were playing the teams they had beaten. The week turned into bad news as the Lady Eagles lost both games and fell to 2-6 in Region 4AA and 6-14 overall.

    Tuesday at Buford the Lady Eagles fell to the Yellow Jackets 38-32. Danielle Moore led Central with 14 points followed by Malia Rivers 11, Dearo Nivens 6, and Candice Wright 1.

  • Covington signs with Newberry

     From his junior high school days, opposing coaches regarded big Josh Covington as a man among boys.

    “They’d tell us that they’d play us if we’d sit Covington and (Dedrick) Shine,” said New Heights Middle School coach Billy Blakeney.

    Covington and Shine became two of the key players in a strong core of Central High School’s class of 2011, which capped a phenomenal prep record with an undefeated 2011 season and state 2-A championship last December.

  • Two wins improve JV’s to 12-4




    With wins last week over Buford and Andrew Jackson, Central’s junior varsity team improved their overall record to 12-4 heading into the final week of the season.

    Tuesday at Buford the Eagles got 18 points from Deaven Johnson and defeated the Yellow Jackets 63-58. Leading 32-17 at halftime the Junior Eagles held off a second-half rally by Buford to get the win.

  • Eagles remain winless in region with 2 losses

     Losing road games to Buford and Andrew Jackson last week, Central’s boys’ basketball team saw their record in region action fall to 0-8 and 4-15 overall.

    Playing at Buford Tuesday the Eagles trailed the Yellow Jackets 35-32 in a close game, but came up on the short end of a 69-62 score

    Quentin Wallace led Central with 27 points and Radford Robinson scored a season high 24 points. Others putting points on the board were Debias Tyson 5, and Josh Kelty, Jiwan Funderburk, Jalen Covington each with 2, and Tron Miller 1.

  • JVs defeat Buford, fall to Braves, Stallions

    Playing three games last week Central’s junior varsity basketball team
    lost two of them and saw their record slip to 10-4 for the year.
    In the first of the three home games, visiting Cheraw squeezed past the
    Eagles 53-50 Tuesday. Deaven Johnson led Central with 19 points (including five
    3-pointers) followed by Ryheem Lockhart 11, Mitch Meadows 8, and Deontae
    Chambers 2.
    In a make-up game Wednesday the Junior Eagles downed Buford 63-58.
    Central led 32-17 at halftime, but had to hold off the visiting Yellow

  • Lady Eagles striving for last playoff slot

    Central’s Lady Eagles defeated the visiting Buford Yellow Jackets
    last Wednesday at home for a Region 4AA win. Losses last week to Cheraw
    and Lee Central leave Central at 2-4 in region play and in fourth place
    fighting for the final playoff spot.
    In the 50-41 win over Buford, Danielle Moore led Central with 14
    points followed by Malia Rivers with 10, Cherrie Thompson 9, Candice
    Wright 7, Dearo Nivens 6, and Monique Little 4.
    Tuesday against Cheraw the Lady Eagles fought back from a 29-13

  • Playoff hopes dim for Eagles

    With three region losses last week and the Eagles now 0-6 in Region
    4AA, Central’s playoff hopes took a severe blow last week.
    Cheraw dealt the Eagles their first loss of the week Tuesday by a score
    of 85-55. At halftime the Braves led 42-29 and things only got worse.
    Quentin Wallace was high scorer for the Eagles with 21 points followed
    by Jiwan Funderburk and Sam Caldwell with 8 each, Radford Robinson 7,
    Jalen Covington 5, Josh Kelty 4, and Darius Melton 2.

  • Where are they now? Dede Ballard

    Ballard was 3-sport athlete for Lady Eagles

    We go back 24 years to find this week’s “Where Are They
    Now?” athlete. Dede Ballard played basketball two years and volleyball
    and softball four years each. She excelled in each sport and earned
    all-conference honors in softball her junior and senior years and was
    named her team’s MVP as a senior.
    Dede attended the University of South Carolina, graduating in 1991 with
    a BS degree in physical education and received her master’s in

  • Small wrestling squad has highlights

     With a limited number of wrestlers (8), Central made a good showing at

    the MLK Duals hosted by Chesterfield on Jan. 17.

    “I was proud of our kids,” said Coach Judd Starling said of his eight-man squad. “We had

    only 8 wrestlers and I thought they did extremely well against some of

    the top teams in the state.”

    Mark Hatten was 4-1 in his matches with the loss coming to a top 3A

    wrestler. Edwin Hancock also was 4-1, losing to a top-ranked 1A

  • JVs slip past AJ in overtime

     Trailing 42-40 with 0:02 remaining in regulation, Dorian Robinson

    connected on 2 foul shots to force overtime and the Eagles outscored

    the visiting Volunteers 7-4 to claim a 49-46 JV win last Friday night. Five

    of Central’s points in OT came from foul line, where they had struggled most of the night. The Eagles attempted 41 foul shots and sank only 22, but made them when it counted.

    Deaven Johnson led Central with 17 points followed by Mitch Meadows

    with 11, Ryheem Lockhart 8, Dorian Robinson 4, Dillon Jackson and