Central High

  • Eagles face Vols, Stallions this week

    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

    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.

    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.

  • Defensive sparks Central wins

    Central and McBee exchanged places and outcomes last Tuesday.
    In the Nov. 28 season opener for both teams McBee won on its home court.  
    Central returned the favor, winning on its home court for a 1-1 season record for the boys’ and girls’ squads.
    The boys’ team won 63-58. The girls’ team won 58-32.  The boys’ junior varsity lost again to McBee, this time 38-30.
    The teams return to action this week with three games.
    Central played Marlboro County, a AAAA school, on Monday.

  • Last second heartbreaks for Central’s basketball teams

    It was a playoff-like atmosphere – lots of yelling, clapping and feet stomping – for visiting Central and homestanding McBee in the season opener for both teams.
    The boys’ and girls’ varsity games went down to the final seconds.
    Central fans said Jamie Bracey’s last shot beat the buzzer. McBee fans were equally vocal it didn’t. Central girls coach Eddie Rivers stared at the refs.
    It didn’t change the refs’ minds, ruling Bracey’s three-point shot didn’t beat the buzzer. Win to McBee, 48-46.

  • Central’s basketball opens season tonight

    Central High School opens its 2017-2018 basketball season tonight with boys coach Charles Brown and girls coach Eddie “Pop” Rivers facing the same question—which one of their teams will show up tonight?
    Both squads run an up-tempo motion offense. Both have scorers and both teams have enough height to contend for rebounds. But for both teams, depth could be a problem.
    Last year the boys beat McBee twice enroute to a 14-6 season and a first-round playoff  loss to Southside Christian.

  • Central gives max effort in playoff loss

    SALUDA – Central quarterback Quan Chambers still had his helmet on as the team gathered for its post-game huddle against Saluda. 

    Chambers, a senior, did not want the game to end. 

    On the final play of his high school football career, Chambers came up two yards short of giving Central one more shot at the end zone and the possibility of advancing in the state AA playoffs.

    It had been a wild final three minutes of the game, following Jeremiah Stevens’ go-ahead touchdown for Saluda, and a 24-21 lead. 

  • Central facing Saluda in AA playoffs

    Central will face the No. 3 team in Class AA when the Eagles travel Friday to Saluda in the first round of the playoffs.
    Central coaches had anticipated traveling as the third-place finisher in the region.
    But after a tie-breaking procedure among Cheraw, Chesterfield and Central, the Eagles finished fourth, facing Saluda, one of four No. 1 seeds in the Upper State bracket.
    Central may be without the “heart and soul” of its team, senior running back/linebacker Jaekwon Hickman.

  • Central runners qualify for championship meet

    For the Progressive Journal

    Central’s boys and girls cross-country teams have qualified for the South Carolina State Meet to be held Saturday in Columbia.
    In the qualifying race Oct. 28 the girls finished ninth out of 24 teams with a total time of 2:04:27. The boys were in eleventh out of 29 teams. Their total time was 1:36:33.
    Ninth grader E.J. Threatt was 14th in a field of 200 runners at 17:31:84.

  • Junior Eagles fall to Forest Hills in season finale

    For the Progressive Journal

    Central High’s Junior Eagles lost to Forest Hills, 16-6, last Thursday for a 7-2 season record.
    Forest Hills scored first on a 60-yard pass play. With the two-point conversion Forest Hills led 8-0.
    Fred Rivers set up the Junior Eagles’ lone touchdown on a 50-yard run to the Forest Hills one in the third quarter. Jalen Robinson scored on the next play. The conversion attempt failed.