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Today's Sports

  • Central coaches praise effort...

    Much was riding on last week’s matchup between Central and Cheraw high schools.
    It was the 41st meeting between the two football teams. Each had won 20 games.
    Not only was it a rivalry game, the winner would have the momentum in Region IV.
    The result was an “old-school Central-Cheraw football game,” said Eagles coach Trent Usher.
    It was a back-and forth game. It wasn’t pretty. There were fumbles, interceptions and a couple of calls Central and Cheraw fans will argue for years to come.

  • Junior Eagles are 3-0 on the...

    By JANET HAIGLER
    For the Progressive Journal

    The Central High junior varsity football squad remained undefeated, coming from behind to defeat Cheraw, 26-16.
    Cheraw threatened first but the Eagles’ defense held tough, keeping their opponent out of the end zone from 20 yards away. Central was unable to get the offense going and punted after three downs. Just two plays later, Jamie Parks recovered a fumble on the Braves’ 35 but the Junior Eagles were unable to capitalize on Cheraw’s blunder.

  • Central volleyball teams swept

    By JANET HAIGLER
    For the Progressive Journal
    Central lost two critical region volleyball games last week, falling in three sets to Buford and North Central.
    Buford won 25-8, 25-13, and 25-12 on Tuesday at Central. North Central won, 25-8, 25-19, and 25-8, on its home court.

  • Cross country meet Thursday

    Central’s cross-country teams did not compete last week. Tuesday’s meet at Chesterfield was cancelled and North Central rescheduled its meet for Wednesday, Oct. 4. Central has a 5 p.m. home meet Thursday, hosting Lewisville, McBee, Great Falls, Chesterfield, Cheraw, Lee Central, North Central, Buford, and South Pointe.

  • Central rallies for Usher's...

    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-Cheraw rivalry tied, 20...

    When Central travels to Cheraw Friday it will be the 41st meeting of the two football teams. The series is tied 20-20, with Central holding the edge 20-19 on regular season games. 

    Cheraw eliminated Central in the fourth round of the state playoffs 21-0 in 2007 to balance the scales.

    Game time is 7:30 p.m.

  • Central runners tackle...

    By JANET HAIGLER

    For the Progressive Journal 

    Central’s cross-country teams again posted top finishes, competing against nine schools in the Great Falls meet Sept. 5.

    The boys finished second and the girls were third. 

    The Governor’s School of Science and Math won the boys’ race with a score of 23. Central had 83, and Lancaster was third at 104.

    Central’s E. J. Threatt finished second at 18:58. Edgar Guzman was eighth (20:22) and Walker Kirkley ninth (21:05.)

  • Third-down woes again plague...

    Central High School again failed to do the little things needed to win a football game, falling to Forest Hills of Marshville, N.C., 28-12, last week. 

    Forest Hills scored on runs of 59, 54, and 76 yards. The Yellow Jackets, 1-2, added an 87-yard pass for their final score. 

    Central fell to 0-2. The Eagles scored after Sheldon Moree recovered a Yellow Jacket fumble at their own 4. Eagles’ quarterback Quan Chamber went behind the right side of his line for the touchdown. 

  • Central cross-country runners...

    Central’s cross country boys team is off to a winning start.

    Central won an eight-team meet at Lancaster High on Aug. 29. E.J. Threatt had a personal best time of 18.25 to lead the group of 88 runners.  Temmate Edgar Guzman came in third at 19.03. Other Central finishers were Walker Kirkley, fifth; Tevin Cannon, 12th and Gavin Eubanks, 23rd. 

    The Eagles’ combined time was 1:39:32, with Lugoff Elgin coming in a close second at 1:40:33. Lancaster was third at 1:41:40.

  • Central Volleyball teams fall to...

    By JANET HAIGLER

    For the Progressive Journal

    Central’s varsity volleyball team lost three straight sets to Andrew Jackson,  25-8, 25-9, and 25-3, on Aug. 29.

    “Andrew Jackson has a great program, but it wasn’t fun to lose that big!” said Cenral coach Molly Truesdale. “I was proud of my girls for keeping their heads up throughout all three sets and never giving up.”

    The Junior Lady Eagles fell to the Junior Lady Volunteers in straight sets, 25-17 and 25-13.