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Central High

  • Playoff hopes dim for Eagles


    With three region losses last week and the Eagles now 0-6 in Region
    4AA, Central’s playoff hopes took a severe blow last week.
    Cheraw dealt the Eagles their first loss of the week Tuesday by a score
    of 85-55. At halftime the Braves led 42-29 and things only got worse.
    Quentin Wallace was high scorer for the Eagles with 21 points followed
    by Jiwan Funderburk and Sam Caldwell with 8 each, Radford Robinson 7,
    Jalen Covington 5, Josh Kelty 4, and Darius Melton 2.

  • Where are they now? Dede Ballard

    Ballard was 3-sport athlete for Lady Eagles

    We go back 24 years to find this week’s “Where Are They
    Now?” athlete. Dede Ballard played basketball two years and volleyball
    and softball four years each. She excelled in each sport and earned
    all-conference honors in softball her junior and senior years and was
    named her team’s MVP as a senior.
    Dede attended the University of South Carolina, graduating in 1991 with
    a BS degree in physical education and received her master’s in

  • Small wrestling squad has highlights

     With a limited number of wrestlers (8), Central made a good showing at

    the MLK Duals hosted by Chesterfield on Jan. 17.

    “I was proud of our kids,” said Coach Judd Starling said of his eight-man squad. “We had

    only 8 wrestlers and I thought they did extremely well against some of

    the top teams in the state.”

    Mark Hatten was 4-1 in his matches with the loss coming to a top 3A

    wrestler. Edwin Hancock also was 4-1, losing to a top-ranked 1A

  • JVs slip past AJ in overtime

     Trailing 42-40 with 0:02 remaining in regulation, Dorian Robinson

    connected on 2 foul shots to force overtime and the Eagles outscored

    the visiting Volunteers 7-4 to claim a 49-46 JV win last Friday night. Five

    of Central’s points in OT came from foul line, where they had struggled most of the night. The Eagles attempted 41 foul shots and sank only 22, but made them when it counted.

    Deaven Johnson led Central with 17 points followed by Mitch Meadows

    with 11, Ryheem Lockhart 8, Dorian Robinson 4, Dillon Jackson and

  • Lady Eagles hold on to nip Lady Vols 38-36

     Central’s Lady Eagles won their first region game of the year Friday

    squeaking past Andrew Jackson 38-36 in a game that was close all

    the way. Early in the first quarter the Lady Eagles led 8-2 but the Lady Volunteers came

    back to tie the game. Three points was the largest lead either team

    could manage the rest of the game.

    Cherrie Thompson and Danielle Moore led Central with 13 and 12 points

    respectively. Other scorers were Malia Rivers with 7, Candice Wright 4,

    and Dearo Nivens 2.

  • Title Town

  • Mardu Smith named AA player of the year

    To say that Central running back Mardu Smith had a great year in football is like saying Pageland and Jefferson grow a few watermelons. Both are vast understatements.

    Because of his outstanding performance on the gridiron, Smith was named AA football player of the year for 2010 by TheHigh School Sports Report. Smith rushed for 1,604 yards on 198 carries and scored 22 touchdowns during his last year as an Eagle.

  • Mangum named AA coach of the year

    Joey Mangum has been coaching for 38 years at Pageland High and Central High Schools and loves doing what he does. He has been head coach for the Eagles the last eight years and has an overall record of 88-20, including two Class AA state titles. The first one came in 2003 with a 40-20 win over Batesburg- Leesville.

  • Eagles prep roundup

    After finishing their non-region schedule last week, the Central Eagles will host the Buford Yellow Jackets in the region opener for both teams.

    The Eagles had to beat Lee Central last year in a playoff game to finish fourth in Region 4AA to qualify for the state playoffs.

    “It is important to win region games at home,” Coach William Kelty said during the preseason. “You must take care of business at home and win a couple on the road to get into the playoffs.”

  • Infielder Tyresha Ellis signs with Pfeiffer

    The Charlotte Magic 18-U Showcase Softball Team and Central High School announced that Tyresha Ellis has signed a national letter of intent with Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C.

    A left-side infielder from Jefferson, Tyresha, is a two-time all-region performer at Central

    High School. She is the daughter of Dorshelle and William Ellis of Jefferson. A 5-foot-5-inch senior, she plays for Central under coach Kevin Thurman. She plans to major in nursing, her mother said.