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Central High

  • Eagles wrestlers ready for season

    Coach William Kelty enters his fifth year as head coach of Central’s boys’ basketball.  As usual, he has begun practice with a good many junior varsity players.

    “This is nothing unusual for us,” said Kelty, “due to the outstanding success of our football program. Several football players will only have a couple of days practice before our first game. Practice thus far has been a learning experience for players and coaches. It has been fun, but also a struggle.”

  • Eagles finally getting basketball players

    Coach William Kelty enters his fifth year as head coach of Central’s boys’ basketball.  As usual, he has begun practice with a good many junior varsity players.

    “This is nothing unusual for us,” said Kelty, “due to the outstanding success of our football program. Several football players will only have a couple of days practice before our first game. Practice thus far has been a learning experience for players and coaches. It has been fun, but also a struggle.”

  • Lady Eagles shooting for playoffs

    Region 4-2A girls basketball has almost a complete overhaul from last year. Gone are Eau Claire, Keenan and Columbia, all powerhouses in girls basketball.

    “I would say that Lee Central would be the preseason favorite in our region,” said Lady Eagle coach Rhonda Wallace. “The other five spots in the region will be up for grabs. Overall the region looks pretty much equal across the board.”

  • EAGLES BRING HOME TITLE

    Back in 1980, the winter Olympics were held in Lake Placid, N.Y., where all eyes focused on a powerful Russian hockey team ranked as possibly the best team ever and considered unbeatable. A game matched the Russians against a very good United States team. Near the end of the game the Americans scored the go-ahead goal. With time running out and the U.S. clinging to a one-goal lead, sportscaster Al Michaels uttered one of the best know phrases in sports, “Do you believe in miracles? YES!” The Americans won.

  • Tadlock played on '97 title team

    We go back just 12 years for this week’s "Where Are They Now?" athlete. Chad Tadlock played on one of Central’s best football teams. The team finished 14-1 overall and whipped Barnwell 21-19 at Williams-Brice Stadium to capture the 1997 2A state championship.

  • Interception clinches Eagles' win

    For the third straight year, the Central Eagles won the Upper State 2A championship, advancing to the state title game to be played Saturday in Columbia.

    Central earned the trip to Columbia by defeating the Woodruff Wolverines 40-34 on the road last Friday evening. Radford Robinson and Mardu Smith combined for 349 yards on the ground and the defense came up with several big stops.

  • Miracle comeback brings home the title

    COLUMBIA -- The Central High Eagles came back from a 17-7 deficit in the final three minutes to defeat Dillon and win the state 2-A championship 20-17 Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.

    Mardu Smith scored the winning touchdown from 1 yard out with 37 seconds left to give Central the title in its third straight championship game versus Dillon.

    A large crowd filled the Central side of the college stadium. The team on Friday got a sendoff from their classmates, the town and four area schools before leaving for Columbia and the state championship game.

  • Henderson played 'best game of his life'

    In Friday’s 35-30 win over Strom Thurmond, the following Central players had stand-out games.

    On offense, quarterback Jowan Henderson completed seven of 15 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. He rushed for several crucial first downs, including an 18-yard gain on a fake punt which led to the Eagles’ second touchdown.

    ‘Red’ Mangum, offensive coach for the Eagles, said after the game, “Tonight Jowan Henderson played the best game of his life.”

  • Central reaches state semifinals

                Trivia question of the week: What does the number 5 and Strom Thurmond High School have in common?

    Answer: It is the number of points Central has beaten the Rebels in each of the third round playoff games for the past three years. The Eagles won in 2008 12-7, 2009 14-9, and last Friday night 35-30.

     

  • Jefferson, Petersburg get good report cards

     

    Staff reports

    Chesterfield County schools generally reported average grades in school report cards released last week by the South Carolina Department of Education.

    Jefferson Elementary School and Petersburg Primary were bright spots, with Jefferson achieving a growth rate of excellent and Petersburg achieving an absolute grade of excellent.