Central High

  • Two plays the difference in Cheraw victory

    Central followed a familiar script Friday, costly offensive mistakes and a crucial missed tackle resulted in a 14-12 loss to rival Cheraw.
    “We can’t put the ball on the ground and throw to wrong-colored jerseys,” said Central coach Trent Usher.
    A fumble on the center-to quarterback exchange gave Cheraw the football at Central’s one.
    The Central defense held for two downs before Zion Baylor scored for Cheraw with 7:16 remaining in the fourth quarter.
    The crucial interception came with 6:40 remaining in the game. 

  • Volleyball: Lady Eagles fall to region rivals

    Central faced two of the better volleyball team its region, North Central and Buford, last week, losing both contests.
    Against Cheraw, Central won the first game, and then lost three games, Two of the loses were by two points, 28-30 and 27-29.

    Monday Sept. 9 at Cheraw
    Central 25, Cheraw 16
    Central 28, Cheraw 30
    Central 27, Cheraw 29
    Central 22, Cheraw 25
    Tuesday Sept. 10 vs North Central
    Central 8, NC 25
    Central 9, NC 25
    Central 10, NC 25

  • Cross Country: Central boys’ defend on home course

    Central placed two runners in the top five last Tuesday enroute to cross-country win on their home course.  Buford won the girls race.
    Cameron Hoffman of North Central won the boys race in 18:53.23. Catherine Snuffer of Buford was the girls’ winner in 24:07.42.
    E.J. Threatt placed second at 18:53.23 and Kade Ashcraft, fifth at 21:02.95 for Central. Threatt is coming off arthroscopic surgery.
    The teams compete today at Chesterfield.


  • Lady Eagles top Lee Central

    Central’s volleyball team took a decisive fourth game from Lee Central by nine points on Sept. 3 in its season opener.
    Central won the first game, 26-15, lost 17-25 and then posted 25-22 and 25-16 games.
    Lanie Duvall hit 18 of 23 serves and had eight aces. Karly Kirlkey was a perfect 10 for 10.
    Duvall was also effective defensively, with six kill shots. Kaylee Price had four kills. Choloe McMillan had 10 assists.

  • Team chatter key for Central volleyball

    Central’s 2019 volleyball season started with its final loss of the 2018, say players and coaches.
    Central, a fifth seed from region 4AA, lost eventual state champion St. Joseph’s, 25-4, 25-12, 25-4.
    The game showed Central the quality of volleyball needed to be a contender.
    St. Joseph’s allowed Buford, also of region 4AA, nine points in each of three playoff games. In the Upper State finals, St. Joseph’s beat North Central, region 4-AA champs, 25-18, 25-13, 25-12.

  • Mistakes, missed tackles costly for Central

    The Central football coaches looked into eyes of their players Friday following a 20-14 season-opening loss to Broome.
    They liked what they saw.
    The Eagles players did not show despair. They showed disappointment.
    The coaches told them disappointment was OK, it meant they didn’t like to lose.
    After reviewing the game, coach Trent Usher said Sunday that mistakes and missed tackles were the difference.
    “Those are things we can fix,” he said.

  • #WeekZero

    Broome at Central
    It’s a repeat. Both team met in week zero last year with Broome winning, 46-14.
    Both team made the playoffs. Broome lost in the second round to eventual state AAA champion Chester, 39-15.
    Central posted back-to-back shutouts in the playoffs, before losing to eventual state AA champion Abbeville, 39-0.
    Heading into the season for Central
    Plusses: Conditioning, few injuries and team attitude.  

  • Elijah Blakeney: Track, Erskine College

    Elijah Blakeney’s motto is “don’t let anyone hold you down.”
    He could add anything. Blakeney will attend Erskine College in Due West, S.C., on a track scholarship – without having a home high-school track to train on.

    Blakeney played football and basketball at Central High School. He also ran track for the Eagles in the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles.
    There is no track at Central. Practicing the hurdles largely became a mental and math exercise for Blakeney.

  • Curt Chapman: Football, Wingate University

    Put a football helmet or catcher’s mask on Curt Chapman and his personality changes. He will sacrifice what ever is needed to win.
    He anticipated his senior football season at Central High School could be a breakout year as a receiver. As a junior, he had 22 catches for 371 yards and three touchdowns.

  • Brandon Edmond: Track, Winthrop University

    Run Brandon run.
    If the line bears similarity to “Run Forest Run” from the movie Forest Gump, it is intentional.