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  • 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.

  • Baseball: Seven pitchers toss shutout

    Staff report
    Seven different Central pitchers combine for a 5-0 shutout of Cheraw last Tuesday.
    Each player threw between 14 and 18 pitches in the season opener for Central.
    Eagles’ coach Mitch Leaird said he gave each of his pitchers an inning because of the lack of pre-season scrimmages or games.
    It is a tactic Leaird said he may use more this season as he lacks one, dominate pitcher. 
    “We had good pitching and good defense; it was a complete game,” Leaird said of the win.

  • Softball: Central holds off Cheraw

    Central High School’s softball team rallied from a five-run deficit for an 8-7 win over Cheraw last week.
    It was the only game Central played because of the rain. Conditions were not at their best for last Wednesday’s game either. The temperature at game time was 40 degrees and falling.
    Key hits and several passed balls by Cheraw sparked Central’s rally.
    Centerfielder Chesney Miller started the rally, hitting a double, which she stretched to three bases on a Cheraw error.

  • Hall of Fame coach has high hopes for Lady Eagles

    Central’s new softball coach, Eddie Rivers, lets his assistants do most of the work at practice.
    When they are hitting balls and leading drills, Rivers is observing or teaching – and enjoying it.
    Rivers, coach of Central’s girls basketball team, brings 30-years of coaching experience to the diamond.
    At Forest Hills, he amassed a 388-290 record, was conference coach of the year five times and was named to the N.C. Softball Hall of Fame.

  • Central seeks team effort

    Central’s 2019 baseball season may be a first for coach Mitch Leaird.
    It could be a “PBC” effort.
    “PBC” means pitching by committee. As the Eagles begin the season, Leaird said all his pitchers could see action in just one game.
    In a recent pre-season game against Lancaster,  seven pitchers each threw an inning.
    The next pre-season game, he used four pitchers, three throwing two innings each.

  • Forever teammates take separate steps

    JR Reid and Collin Tice started their football careers on the offensive line.
    Coaches put Collin on the line because was a growing big boy. Reid was a skinny 65 pounds, but his dad and coach, James, put him at center. He wanted his son and Collin to learn how the offensive line worked.
    In the last two weeks, JR and Collin proved they learned their rec-league football lessons well. Each signed to play college football.
    JR, Central’s star running back this season, has a full scholarship to play at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, N.C.

  • Football banquet

    Central 8-5
    Broome 46, Central 14
    Lamar 23, Central 0
    Central 45, Forest Hills 40
    Central 33, Cheraw 13,
    Central 54, Lewisville 18
    North Central 41, Central 21
    Buford 14, Central 12
    Central 45, Andrew Jackson 14
    Central 27, Lee Central 8
    Playoffs
    Central 28, Landrum 0
    Central 21, Batesburg-Leesville 0
    Abbeville 39, Central 0
    (Abbeville won the state championship, 48-14 over Barnwell)
    North/South All-Star game

  • Cross Country banquet

    All-State
    Top 15 finishers
    EJ Threatt
    (Second time in Central school history a cross-country runner has made All-State. Threatt finished 12th overall in 17:02.91)
    All-Region
    Top seven finishers in the region meet, which was held at Central this year.
    Boys
    EJ Threatt (winner)
    Edgar Guzman
    Zykeim Bracey
    Girls
    Lizzie Outlaw
    Isabella Moseley
    Amber Leaird
    Boys
    MVP

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Central girls’ last game shows what happens when you persist

    Before the opening jump ball, the Central girls had already named their 2018-19 basketball campaign: “The Learning Season.”
    With two juniors, two sophomores and seven freshmen, they knew they lacked experience.
    Captain and junior Yvonne Vanderpool had been playing basketball since the fourth grade.
    Others, such as Amber Gainey, were new to the game. Gainey was recruited at freshman orientation because she was 6 foot 1. This was her second season on the team.

  • Central girls celebrate

    Freshmen Janiah Wilson and Amber Gainey hit critical shots and grabbed crucial rebounds Friday to give the Central girls their first win of the season, 43-48 over Chesterfield in overtime.
    Central had lost 23 straight games this season and a winless season loomed large.
    Last year, Central had a 1-15 record. The Eagles had a lost 37 straight games over two seasons entering Friday’s game.
    Before Friday, Central’s opponents had outscored the Eagles by a two-to-one margin; 50 points per game for the opponents and 23 points per game for the Eagles.