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Central High

  • Hickman to play for Knights

    Before the 2017 football season, the seniors on Central’s squad made a pact. They were all out for each other and the team.
    The leader among the leaders was Jaekwon Hickman, linebacker and running back. His leadership on and off the field helped Central to a 7-4 record and a trip to the state AA playoffs.
    There was another pact that inspired Hickman – the one he made to himself and his brother, Quintaven Davone Collins.
    Collins had been a linebacker, nose guard and running back at Central before dying in an accident in 2009.

  • Lady Eagles tackle preseason

    The Central softball team completed its preseason this past weekend, winning two of five games in the PeeDee Pitch-off tournament.
    Central defeated Camden, 13-0 and Sumter, 12-5.
    Central lost to South Florence, 10-0; Cheraw,  9-4; and Blythewood, 1-0.
    Central’s varsity season starts today at 6 p.m. at Cheraw.

  • Central JV softball third in tourney

    JEFFERSON – Central junior varsity softball team finished third in a recent tournament at the Jefferson Recreation Complex.
    Buford went undefeated to win the championship, including a 10-6 win over Central. Cheraw was second.
    In the middle school tournament, New Heights advanced to the championship game, falling to Hartsville, 11-4. It was New Heights’ second loss to Hartsville in the tournament.
    New Heights defeated South Pointe Christian, 10-3, and Long, 15-0.
    Highlights

  • A tale of two playoff games

    Central won its first basketball playoff game in eight years – a 57-53 first-round win over Saluda – but couldn’t maintain that momentum into the second round of the Upper State AA playoffs. 

    Greenville Tech scored 21 points in the third quarter en route to a 52-42 win at home on Saturday. 

    “We were not mentally prepared,” Central coach Charles Brown said of the Greenville Tech game. 

    It was a fast-paced game for both teams. Usually an up-tempo game favors Central.

  • Central fights for 2nd place in region

    Central closes out its basketball regular season this week, facing Buford tonight at home and at North Central on Friday.
    The boys’ team is tied with Cheraw for second place. If Central finishes second in the region it would host a home playoff game.
    Last week the boys’ team was 1-1.
    Lee Central’s 81-45 victory gave the Stallions’ head coach Laverne Knox’ his 500th career win. Knox has been the only varsity boys’ head coach at Lee Central since the school opened 18 years ago.

  • Home-court playoff game on the line for Eagles

    With four regular season games remaining, Central continues to hold second place in the boys region. A second-place finish would earn the Eagles a home game for the first round of the playoffs.
    Last week the boys’ team went 2-1 with the loss a two-point decision to region leader Lee Central.
    Overall, Central is 10-7 and 6-3 in the region.
    The 52-50 loss to Lee Central showed Central the intensity needed to play its best basketball, said coach Charles Brown.

  • Central’s Hatcher blue, and grey, in all-star game

    The official stats for the recent annual Blue-Grey All-American high school football game in Jacksonville, Fla., will list identical attempts for the long snapper on each team:
    ◆ Four snaps for points after touchdowns.
    ◆ Three snaps for punts.
    ◆ Two snaps for field goal attempts.
    The roster, however, will list only one long snapper – Central High School’s B.R. Hatcher, No. 25 for the Grey team and No. 71 for the Blue team.
    Hatcher found himself in the odd position of playing for both teams in the Jan. 13 game.

  • Eagles face Vols, Stallions this week

    By JANET HAIGLER
    For the Progressive Journal

    Central High School’s boys team faces a key regional game this week against Lee Central.  
    The boys are 8-6 overall and in second place in the region at 4-2.
    Central plays at Andrew Jackson tonight.
    On Wednesday, regional leader Lee Central comes to Central for a game delayed by last week’s snow. Lee Central brings a nine game winning steak and is 11-2 overall.

  • Winter storm weather postpones hardwood matchups

    By JANET HAIGLER
    For the Progressive Journal

    Snow was the winner last week as the wintry mix closed Chesterfield County School, canceling all after-hour activities.
    Central’s game against Nation Ford, Lee Central and Monday’s game at Marlboro County were canceled. The Nation Ford game will not be rescheduled. Central’s next game is Friday at Buford.

    BOYS’ GAME
    Three Central players scored in double figures for a 58-51 win over rival Chesterfield.

  • Mixed results for Central teams

    Central’s basketball teams had unusual homestand last week – Tuesday and Friday games against regional opponents, following a Monday game against Marlboro County.
    The boys’ varsity won Monday, 50-42, outraced Cheraw on Tuesday, 91-77, but couldn’t hold a lead against Andrew Jackson, falling 45-39.
    The girls’ team and the boys’ junior varsity each lost all three games.
    The boys’ varsity played Lamar Monday in the Darlington tournament. They also play today in the four-team tournament.