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Central High

  • Editor's Column: Don’t mess them up

    With 27 years of coaching experience, and a spot in the South Carolina Coaches Hall of Fame, Central’s Chuck Hartman has seen more than his share of top flight high school golfers.
    So when Hartman uses words such as unbelievable to describe this year’s team, you know his golfers are special.
    David Oliver, Noah Johns, Chance Horton and Connor Cryster totaled 646 strokes for two rounds at White Plains Country Club last week to give Hartman his 20th regional championship and extend his streak of making the state championship to 27 years.

  • Silent bats stop Central’s softball title quest

    Central fell two runs and another victory short last week of competing for the Class AA title. 
    A 2-1 loss to Ninety-Six eliminated Central which was trying to reach the state championship from the losers’ bracket.
    Central needed two wins over Ninety-Six to make the Class AA finals.
    The finals began Monday with Ninety-Six facing Latta.

  • Central golfers shoot career bests to claim region title

    Central golfers posted individual and team bests last week, capturing the Region 4-AA golf title at White Plains Country Club.
    Overall, Central golfers won the region title with a two-round total of 646 strokes. Their 327 round on the first day of the tournament was their best team performance of the year.

  • Central wins District III, advances to Upper State tourney

    Back-to-back innings against Landrum propelled Central into the Upper State championship last week.
    Landrum, runner-up in AA softball last, needed only one win to keep its hopes of another shot at the state title.  
    Central needed two wins to stop Landrum and win the District III title. 
    An 11-0 shutout by Landrum earlier in the tournament had dropped Central into the losers’ bracket.
    The teams tied 4-4 through seven innings.

  • Eagles celebrate senior night

    Central's seniors were honored at the team's first playoff game against Fox Creek.

  • Central golfers top Chesterfield in region play

    Central’s golf team won two regional matches and played in a North Carolina tournament last week.
    On April 1, Central had a 171 to beat Chesterfield, which had a 175, at the Green River Golf Club. 
    Leading Central was David Oliver with a 39, followed by Noah Johns, 40; Chance Horton, 43; and Connor Cryster, 49.
    On April 3, the team played at the Springtime tournament in Monroe. Central finished 14th out of 17 teams with a 361. Oliver finished tied second in the 18-hole tournament with a round of 85.

  • Central stumbles with back-to-back losses

    BUFORD – Central’s quest for an undefeated softball season ended last week with back-to-back loss to region foes Buford and Chesterfield.
    Buford snapped Central’s undefeated season with a 3-1 win at home last Wednesday.
    “Buford just outplayed us; it is just that simple,” said Eagles’ coach Eddie Rivers.
    Central pitcher Hannah Killough struggled to find her rhythm.

  • Central’s Parks posts a trifecta

    On first glance, Jamie Parks’ stats for last week appear to show an OK outing. 
    He threw 7.1 innings, allowed a run, six hits, struck out seven and walked two – an average of a hit and a strikeout per inning.

  • A tale of two Leairds

    CHESTERFIELD – Mitch Leaird has been coaching baseball for 27 years. Last week, against Chesterfield, he recorded a first  – he played a game under protest.
    It happened in the sixth inning when Chesterfield used a courtesy runner for its catcher. High school rules allow teams to use a courtesy runner for pitchers and catchers.
    Leaird protested when the courtesy runner entered the game. The player had been a courtesy runner earlier in the game, that time for the pitcher.

  • 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.