Central High

  • Killough throws perfect game

    Hannah Killough threw a perfect game for Central last week, a 16-0 decision over Lee Central.
    The game was halted after three innings. 
    Killough struck out seven, allowed no runs, hits or walks. The Central defense was also errorless.
    It was a doubleheader sweep for Central as it defeated Lee Central 17-1 in the first game.
    In regional action, Chesterfield defeated Central 7-4.
    The Central Junior Varsity softball team defeated McBee 16-2 and lost to Chesterfield 13-12 last week.

  • Junior varsity softball splits games

    Central’s junior varsity softball team went 1-1 last week, defeating Cheraw, 17-10, but falling to Andrew Jackson 8-5. 

    Against Cheraw, Central scored on a stolen base by Lanie Duvall in the first inning, a double by McKenzie Kral knocked in three runs. In all Central scored seven runs in the first inning.  Central pitcher Amber Leaird allowed six runs on six hits.

  • Central’s baseball season starts with region’s best

    Central baseball team starts its 2018 season facing the best of the region in back-to-back games. 

    Central lost its opener Wednesday, 11-0 to Cheraw. 

    Last year Cheraw won the region with an 11-1 record. Central finished second with a 10-2 record. 

    On Friday, Cheraw played Andrew Jackson, which has two of the better pitchers in the region, said Eagles’ coach Mitch Leaird. (Results of Friday game were not available because of an early production schedule).

  • 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.

  • 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.