Central High

  • 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.

  • Softball: Central holds off Cheraw

    Central High School’s softball team rallied from a five-run deficit for an 8-7 win over Cheraw last week.
    It was the only game Central played because of the rain. Conditions were not at their best for last Wednesday’s game either. The temperature at game time was 40 degrees and falling.
    Key hits and several passed balls by Cheraw sparked Central’s rally.
    Centerfielder Chesney Miller started the rally, hitting a double, which she stretched to three bases on a Cheraw error.

  • Hall of Fame coach has high hopes for Lady Eagles

    Central’s new softball coach, Eddie Rivers, lets his assistants do most of the work at practice.
    When they are hitting balls and leading drills, Rivers is observing or teaching – and enjoying it.
    Rivers, coach of Central’s girls basketball team, brings 30-years of coaching experience to the diamond.
    At Forest Hills, he amassed a 388-290 record, was conference coach of the year five times and was named to the N.C. Softball Hall of Fame.

  • Central seeks team effort

    Central’s 2019 baseball season may be a first for coach Mitch Leaird.
    It could be a “PBC” effort.
    “PBC” means pitching by committee. As the Eagles begin the season, Leaird said all his pitchers could see action in just one game.
    In a recent pre-season game against Lancaster,  seven pitchers each threw an inning.
    The next pre-season game, he used four pitchers, three throwing two innings each.

  • Forever teammates take separate steps

    JR Reid and Collin Tice started their football careers on the offensive line.
    Coaches put Collin on the line because was a growing big boy. Reid was a skinny 65 pounds, but his dad and coach, James, put him at center. He wanted his son and Collin to learn how the offensive line worked.
    In the last two weeks, JR and Collin proved they learned their rec-league football lessons well. Each signed to play college football.
    JR, Central’s star running back this season, has a full scholarship to play at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, N.C.