Central High

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Chesney Miller: Softball, Benedict College, Columbia

    Natural talent are the words most often used to describe Chesney Miller. 
    Her parents, Scottie and Charlene, said her athletic promise came as early as age three.
    Her recreational league coaches said she was so skilled she “was in scoring position when she got on first base,” said Mickey Taylor.

  • Devin Rushing: Football, St. Andrews, Laurinburg, N.C.

    When Devin Rushing was in kindergarten his teacher asked to speak his parents.
    “It wasn’t good or bad,” said his mom, Lakwanda, of the talk. “But every time someone got hurt, Devin was already there, showing compassion.”
    Those who faced Rushing on the football can attest to his speed. Central football coach Trent Usher said Rushing, at 6-foot, 10-inches tall and 320 pounds, was as quick as his running backs.

  • Leah Stegall: Softball, University of South Carolina-Beaufort

    Leah Stegall has been playing the game since t-ball. She said she has yet to play her best game and is continuing that pursuit at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort.
    “I want to play my best and still play better,” Stegall said.

  • 'I just want to be dad'

    If you’ve ever been involved in Central High School athletics, you know Mitch Leaird’s routine.
    He is among the first to arrive, and the last to leave.
    He mows the grass and fixes problems as they pop up.
    He works with his players, hitting grounders for infield practice or helping them with their swing.
    If it’s football season, he’s pacing the sidelines, a cell phone glued to his ear as he constantly monitors scores of other games.
    But there’s a big change coming.

  • Central celebrates academic achievement in sporting way

    For the Progressive Journal
    Central High celebrated fifty-one seniors Friday as they signed their letters of intent to attend college or enter the military.
    “It is important to recognize the academic achievements of our seniors.  Typically, the public only sees athletes signing letters of intent.  Academic pursuits are just as important,” said Quincy Smith, guidance counselor for the senior class.

  • Poor putting hurts Central High School

    NORTH AUGUSTA – Central High School finished seventh out of 11 teams in the state’s AA golf tournament at Mount Vintage Golf Club last week.
    Christ Church won the two-round event, posting a 304, 310 for 614 stroke total.
    Central had rounds of 375 and 357 for a 732 total. Buford, which finished second to Central in the 4AA regional match, was sixth in the state meet at 348-369 for a 717.
    Central’s David Oliver finished 17 with rounds of 78, 85 for a 163. Par was 72 strokes.