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Central High

  • Central’s seniors shine in final home game

    The seniors on Central’s basketball team went out a bang in the final home game Friday, beating rival Chesterfield, 69-57.
    Three senior players scored in double digits: Devin Rushing, 18, Caleb Cofield 17, and Brandon Edmond 12. Senior Jemiah Smith added 8 points and Elijah Blakeney had two points.
    Central is 7-17 for the season.
    The Junior Varsity also won, 54-51, over Chesterfield. Leading Central scorers were Tyler Stewart with 15 and Kryan Stewart with 14.
    The Junior Varsity is 8-6 this season.

  • Central player injury being evaluated

    Yvonne Vanderpool of Central suffered a bad back bruise in Friday’s game with Andrew Jackson.
    She appeared to hit her head hard on the court in the second quarter, said coach Eddie Rivers. Rescue crews took every precaution in caring for her, Rivers said. She was put on a back board and taken from the court on a stretcher.
    When Vanderpool can return to play has not been determined, Rivers said.

  • They made it happen!

    As the Central basketball team of 1993-94 celebrated its 25th anniversary last Friday, the last thing they expected were boos.
    But rivalries never die.
    The fans from Andrew Jackson booed when the announcer reminded the crowd of one of Central’s epic wins that season, a four-overtime thriller over Andrew Jackson.

  • County rivals face off

    Myers Park Christmas Tournament
    Boys scores
    Dec. 27
    Myers Park 75, Central 43
    Dec. 28
    Central 61, Providence 58
    Dec. 29
    Hough 56, Central 32
    Girls scores
    Dec. 27
    Myers Park 62, Central 12
    Dec. 28
    Hough 64, Central 16
    Dec. 29
    Charlotte Catholic 63, Central 20

    The stats
    Varsity Boys Basketball
    Jan. 3
    Cheraw 58, Central 44

  • Central holds off McBee in home opener

    Caleb Cofield sank last-second foul shots and Rob Price grabbed a crucial rebound as Central held off McBee, 54-51, in its home opener last Friday.
    A three-pointer by Tyrece Wright brought McBee to within two points with just over 20 seconds remaining, 52-50.
    The teams exchanged fouls and foul shots with Cofield’s shots making the difference.
    The win gives Central a 1-1 record. Central lost its opener to Marlboro County, 50-40 and played Marlboro County again on Monday.

  • Turnovers end Central playoff run

    A rash of turnovers, missed tackles and injuries ended Central High’s football season last Friday, a 39-0 loss to defending state AA champion Abbeville.
    The loss came after one of Central’s best efforts of the season, a 21-0 shutout of Batesburg-Leesville.
    The first of several key turnovers came midway through the second quarter.
    Sebastian Richardson fumbled at Central’s 16 yard line, and Abbeville recovered.
    Four rushes later, Abbeville led 10-0. Cortney Jackson gained all but 6 yards on that drive. He scored from a yard out.

  • Central girls still among region’s youngest

    Central fielded one of its youngest girls’ basketball teams last year – two of the starters were in the eighth grade.
    That twosome, Maia Price and Madison Hamilton, are now high school freshmen.
    Still, the Eagles’ starting five this year will be among, if not the youngest, in Region 4-AA.
    There are two juniors, guard Jamie Bracey and wing player Yvonne Vanderpool;  two sophomores, forward Alia Thomas and center Amber Gainey;  and two freshmen, guard Maia Price and forward Madison Hamilton, among the starting rotation.

  • Central returns core of last year’s playoff team

    Central has been picked to finish sixth out of the seven teams in Region 4-AA basketball.
    The prediction doesn’t bother Eagles’ coach Charles Brown. He knows he has a team capable of much more – even if most of the starting roster is on the football team now.
    Likely starters Devin Rushing, Brandon Edmond, Elijah Blakeney and Jemiah Smith, as well as key reserve Ron Benjamin, have been focused on football, while Brown begins practice for another season.
    He’s confident they will quickly make the transition to basketball.

  • Nowhere to run

    LANDRUM – The most telling aspect in Central’s 28-0 playoff win over Landrum is found not in game’s statistics, but in the play-by-play game chart.
    Landrum had the ball 11 times.
    Five times Central’s defense stopped Landrum on three downs and forced a punt on fourth down.
    Once, the Central defense stopped a run on fourth down and another time, sacked the quarterback just before the half. 
    Three times the Central defense forced turnovers – interceptions by Daylan Robinson, Sebastian Richardson and JR Reid.

  • Central finishes regular season 6-4; Landum playoff opponent

    JR Reid scored two touchdowns, caught a long pass to set up a third touchdown, and accumulated enough yards last week against Lee Central to have a 1,000-yard rushing season.
    His personal critique?
    “I can do better,” Reid said following a 27-8 win at Lee Central on a sloppy field. The game came after a short week of practice and the chance of even more rain during the game.
    Reid scored Central’s longest touchdown of the year, a 91-yard burst off the left side of the Eagles’ line last Thursday.