High School Basketball – Sneer http://sneer.org/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 07:46:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://sneer.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/sneer-icon-150x150.png High School Basketball – Sneer http://sneer.org/ 32 32 High school basketball: the airline passes Haughton; ACP wins https://sneer.org/high-school-basketball-the-airline-passes-haughton-acp-wins/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 07:46:05 +0000 https://sneer.org/high-school-basketball-the-airline-passes-haughton-acp-wins/

The Airline Vikings came out of a sizable first-half deficit to defeat the Haughton Buccaneers 61-51 in a District 1-5A game on Friday night in Haughton.

In the remaining 1-5A games involving parish teams, Parkway fell to Southwood 54-49 at Southwood and Benton lost to Captain Shreve 73-29 at Shreve.

In the other 1-5A game, Natchitoches Central defeated Byrd 57-39 at Byrd.

Captain Shreve (13-4, 2-0) and Natchitoches Central (12-3, 2-0) are tied for first. They are followed by Byrd (8-6, 1-1), Benton (8-14, 1-1), Airline (7-6, 1-1), Southwood (8-12, 1-1), Haughton ( 12-6, 0-2) and Parkway (5-9, 0-2).

In a MAIS District 5-3A match, Providence Classical Academy defeated Tallulah 71-35 at PCA.

At Haughton, the Bucs caught fire while the Vikings were frozen over.

KJ Allen scored 10 points and Laythan Delaney reversed two 3-pointers in the first quarter as Haughton led 18-1.

Driven by Tre Jackson and AJ Coleman, the Vikings began to rally in the second.

Jackson sank two 3-pointers and scored all eight points. Coleman has scored six of his team-high 18.

At halftime, Airline was only 27-21 behind.

The Vikings started the second half strong. Coleman scored eight in the third quarter. Cameron Walker and Colby O’glee scored 3 points. The airline took a 39-35 lead in the fourth.

O’glee scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter as the Vikings took control. He hit another 3 and was 5 of 6 from the free throw line.

Bryson Broom, who finished with nine points, and Coleman each scored four during the quarter.

Allen finished with a high of 21 points. Delaney and Adrian McClindon scored 14 each.

At the PCA, Bowman Lovell amassed 31 points to lead the Knights (13-6, 2-1). Paxton Lovell had 14.

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5 Changes Among No.1 Teams In ASWA High School Basketball Rankings https://sneer.org/5-changes-among-no-1-teams-in-aswa-high-school-basketball-rankings/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 11:05:00 +0000 https://sneer.org/5-changes-among-no-1-teams-in-aswa-high-school-basketball-rankings/

There were five changes among the No.1 teams in this week’s ASWA high school basketball rankings.

Among the girls, only class 5A Lee-Huntsville is new at No. 1 while the boys class 7A Baker, class 6A McGill-Toolen, class 3A Plainview and class 1A Autaugaville took first place.

The women’s teams still ranked No.1 are Class 7A Hoover, Class 6A Hazel Green, Class 4A Deshler, Class 3A Prattville Christian, Class 2A Pisgah, Class 1A Skyline and AISA Lee-Scott.

The boys’ teams that retain the top spot are Class 5A Lee-Huntsville, Class 4A Sumter Central, Class 2A Midfielder, and AISA Pike Liberal Arts.

Girls Hazel Green and Prattville Christian are 21-0 and are the only undefeated No.1 teams.

Hoover (15-2) has been recognized in two national girls’ polls, ranked No.24 in the ESPN top 25 and No.21 in the MaxPreps top 25.




1. Vacuum cleaner (15-2)

2. Vestavia Hills (19-1)

3. Davidson (17-1)

4. Hewitt-Trussville (16-3)

5. Bob Jones (16-3)

6. Sparkman (15-4)

7. Fair-hop (14-5)

8. Theodore (13-5)

9. Auburn (11-5)

10. Foley (12-7)

Other nominees: Albertville (10-5), Daphné (14-6), Enterprise (13-4).


1. Hazelnut green (21-0)

2. Crossing the park (17-3)

3. Mortimer Jordan (13-3)

4. Hartselle (13-5)

5. Chelsea (13-5)

6. Gulf Coast (14-6)

7. Northridge (14-4)

8. Pelham (12-3)

9. Minor (13-2)

10. Mountain stream (15-4)

Other nominees: Clay-Chalkville (9-3), Cullman (15-5), Eufaula (10-7), Hueytown (12-6), McGill-Toolen (12-7), Muscle Shoals (11-5), Oxford (12 -3)


1. Lee-Huntsville (15-4)

2. Center-Tuscaloosa (13-2)

3. UMS-Wright (14-5)

4. Fairfield (12-4)

5. Charles Henderson (7-3)

6. Pleasant grove (17-5)

7. Guntersville (15-5)

8. Sardis (16-5)

9. Brewing technician (9-8)

10. Pike Road (11-6)

Other nominees: Fairview (13-6), Hayden (10-5), Lawrence County (7-5), West Point (10-5).


1. Deshler (17-1)

2. Good Hope (16-3)

3. Jackson (16-2)

4. Priceville (12-3)

5. New hope (13-4)

6. Roger (14-7)

7. Williamson (11-2)

8. Saint-Jacques (10-5)

9. Fultondale (11-6)

10. Manipulator (10-3)

Other nominees: Cherokee County (10-4), Cleburne County (14-4), Geneva (11-4), West Limestone (12-8).


1. Christian Prattville (21-0)

2. Lauderdale County (15-2)

3. Susan Moore (14-2)

4. Montgomery Academy (8-6)

5. Trinity (16-2)

6. Plainview (15-6)

7. TR Miller (8-4)

8. Catholic Montgomery (11-3)

9. Collinsville (10-7)

10. Hokes Bluff (10-4)

Other nominees: Clements (10-7), Elkmont (15-7), Greensboro (5-3), Hillcrest-Evergreen (5-2), Sylvania (9-8).


1. Pisga (15-3)

2. Spring garden (16-1)

3. Midfielder (12-5)

4. Sand rock (17-1)

5. Winston County (18-0)

6. GW long (10-3)

7. JU Blacksher (10-0)

8. Abbeville (13-1)

9. Grasshopper fork (12-3)

10. Lexington (10-8)

Other nominees: County of Geneva (12-8), Highland Home (8-7), Mars Hill Bible (7-7), Ider (11-7), St. Luke’s (4-5), Tanner (11-3), Westbrook Christian (11-4).


1. Horizon (14-5)

2. Marion County (12-2)

3. Loachapoka (10-6)

4. Talladega County Center (14-3)

5. JF Shields (6-2)

6. Floral (12-5)

7. RA Hubbard (9-1)

8. Georgiana (6-5)

9. Red level (9-2)

10. Legacy of Decatur (8-5)

Other nominees: Pleasant House (7-3).


1. Lee Scott (14-2)

2. Tuscaloosa Academy (9-1)

3. Glenwood (12-3)

4. Fort Dale Academy (8-4)

5. Edgewood Academy (12-5)

6. Academy of Sparta (15-3)

7. Clarke’s preparation (10-4)

8. Lowndes Academy (NA)

9. Chamber Academy (9-3)

10. Morgan Academy (8-6)

Other nominees: Abbeville Christian (6-8), Lakeside (8-4), Pike Liberal Arts (5-7).



1. Baker (19-3)

2. Jeff Davis (16-3)

3. Sparkman (18-4)

4. Montagne du Chêne (16-3)

5. Vestavia Hills (16-2)

6. Grissom (17-3)

7. James Clemens (10-7)

8. Vacuum cleaner (16-4)

9. Company (13-4)

10. Parc d’Espagne (16-4)

Other nominees: Austin (11-7), Florence (13-2), Prattville (10-4).


1. McGill-Toolen (16-3)

2. Mountain stream (17-2)

3. Eufaule (17-1)

4. Huffman (13-5)

5. Pinson Valley (13-6)

6. Cullman (15-1)

7. Strong Spanish (12-6)

8. Hueytown (13-7)

9. Crossing the park (15-3)

10. Blouton (14-3)

Other nominees: Briarwood (10-6), Decatur (10-8), Gardendale (10-3), Hartselle (13-9), Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (14-3), Homewood (10-8), McAdory (9-6) , Muscle Shoals (13-6), Northridge (12-6), Pelham (16-2), Robertsdale (15-5), Scottsboro (17-3), Springville (16-2), Stanhope Elmore (7-4 ), Wetumpka (10-4).


1. Lee-Huntsville (13-4)

2. Wenonah (12-6)

3. Ramsay (9-8)

4. John Carroll (10-4)

5. Charles Henderson (12-4)

6. Carroll (12-4)

7. Lille (9-4)

8. Alexandria (5-1)

9. Douglas (13-3)

10. Pleasant Grove (3-5)

Other nominees: Elmore County (8-4), Faith Academy (11-8), Holtville (9-3), Pike Road (10-5), Sylacauga (10-6), Tallassee (7-3).


1. Sumter Central (10-1)

2. Escambia County (15-3)

3. Westminster Christian (12-5)

4. Jacksonville (9-3)

5. Williamson (15-5)

6. Hanceville (13-3)

7. Fultondale (10-4)

8. Stream (12-3)

9. Haleyville (11-5)

10. Priceville (14-3)

Other nominees: Cherokee County (8-7), Dale County (12-5), Holt (8-7), St. James (6-2), St. Michael (11-6), West Morgan (11-6) .


1. Plainview (16-5)

2. Cottage Hill (19-4)

3. Winfield (13-2)

4. Hillcrest-Evergreen (9-5)

5. Lauderdale County (15-3)

6. Danville (14-4)

7. Hokes Bluff (10-7)

8. Catholic Montgomery (4-6)

9. Opp (9-4)

10. Southside-Selma (11-6)

Other nominees: Clements (13-5), Elkmont (12-6), Excel (8-3), Houston Academy (10-6), Trinity (10-5).


1. Midfielder (14-6)

2. Highland House (14-1)

3. Canton of Geneva (13-6)

4. Spring garden (7-3)

5. Abbeville (8-4)

6. Article (14-7)

7. Northern Sand Mountain (9-5)

8. Christian Westbrook (11-6)

9. Saint-Luc (11-5)

10. Red Bay (10-8)

Other nominees: Falkville (11-7), Sand Rock (10-9), Zion Chapel (11-5).


1. Autaugaville (14-2)

2. Georgiana (10-5)

3. Legacy of Decatur (6-3)

4. Belgreen (15-3)

5. Christian Alliance (13-4)

6. Horizon (12-5)

7. JF Shields (5-4)

8. Athens Bible (7-4)

9. Christian faith (12-5)

10. Brantley (9-2)

Other nominees: Red level (12-5).


1. Liberal Arts Pike (14-1)

2. Mâcon-East (12-2)

3. Autauga Academy (7-0)

4. Christian heritage (14-3)

5. Lowndes Academy (8-1)

6. Escambia Academy (5-3)

7. Sparta (9-6)

8. Tuscaloosa Academy (8-3)

No other nominated team.

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High school basketball focus: Cotter and Sandcork on the move – Rochester Minnesota news, weather, sports https://sneer.org/high-school-basketball-focus-cotter-and-sandcork-on-the-move-rochester-minnesota-news-weather-sports/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 12:31:51 +0000 https://sneer.org/high-school-basketball-focus-cotter-and-sandcork-on-the-move-rochester-minnesota-news-weather-sports/

Winona Cotter has made a big jump in our power rankings, going from unranked to No.3. That’s what a nine-game winning streak, including a win over the previously undefeated Goodhue, will do for a team.

One of the main contributors to all of the Ramblers’ strong games has been Sofia Sandcork, who lit things up from a distance of 3 points.

Here are our top 5 Leaderboards, Power Leaderboards, and News & Ratings.

1. Sofia Sandcork, Winona Cotter

The senior forward has sizzled with her shot this year. Never has Sandcork been better and more deadly than on Monday, December 27, in a 69-48 victory over the previously undefeated Goodhue, scoring 32 points and scoring seven 3 points. Sandcork started again three days later, burying six 3-pointers en route to a 29-point game against Worthington. Sandcork averages 18.7 ppg.

Mayo’s Hannah Hanson walks to the basket during a women’s basketball game against Mankato East on Friday March 5, 2021 at Mayo High School in Rochester.

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2. Hannah Hanson, Mayo

The junior star of Mayo’s three sports – volleyball, track and field, basketball – now appears to have hit his basketball pace a handful of weeks into the season. Hanson was at his best in the Rotary tournament, scoring 26 points in an unbalanced win over New Richmond (Wis.), Then 25 in a narrow victory over Byron. Hanson is more than a goalscorer though, with the 5-foot-8 goaltender using her speed, strength and tenacity to get things done all over the court.

Rotary Holiday Classic - John Marshall vs. Bloomington Jefferson

John Marshall’s Lilly Meister (52) attempts a shot during a Rotary Holiday Classic women’s basketball game against Bloomington Jefferson on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. Bloomington Jefferson defeated John Marshall 53-48.

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3. Lilly Meister, John Marshall

Meister did what she could on Tuesday in a narrow loss to Bloomington Kennedy, and did it the best she could. The Rockets finished with 45 points and the soft, strong, and soft Meister had 33, bringing them in and out.


Lake City’s Natalie Bremer (5) finds an opening during a women’s basketball game against Byron on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at Byron High School in Byron.

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4. Natalie Bremer, Lake City

Bremer is in her fifth year with the University of the Tigers and she’s added to her game every season. The senior was at her best on Tuesday in an impressive 74-63 win over Totino-Grace, scoring 33 points.


Lake City’s Ella Matzke (14) is defended by Byron’s Kendra Harvey (24) in a women’s basketball game on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at Byron High School in Byron.

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5. Kendra Harvey, Byron

Get used to seeing Harvey’s name in this space over the next three years, as she’s only a first year. The 5-foot-8 guard was silky-smooth against Bloomington Jefferson on Tuesday, scoring 26 points in his team’s 59-51 victory.

(Editor’s note: These rankings are considered “pound-for-pound” rankings, similar to many ranking systems in boxing and mixed martial arts. They represent the top teams in Southeastern Minnesota, compared to the class they play in.)

1. Austin (8-0)

Austin, number 2, did nothing but win. He had a serious test, with Mankato East doubling extra time on December 23 before Austin won 73-66. The Packers have one real star, senior guard Hope Dudycha. But they also have a great balance. By beating Farmington on the road Thursday, Austin had four players with at least 12 points. It averages 67 ppg.

2. Hayfield (11-0)

Hayfield is ranked No.6 in Class A, a ranking that seems a bit low for such a good group. The Vikings are balanced, but they also have a “Big Two” in Kristin Watson and Natalie Beaver. These two sophomores combined for 45 points in the team’s most recent victory.

3. Winona Cotter (9-2)

There is no team warmer than Cotter. The Ramblers, after losing their first two games, have won nine straight wins. This includes a particularly impressive game against the previously undefeated Goodhue 69-48. It was in this game that goalkeeper Sofia Sandcork really started to make a name for herself, with 32 points. Cotter lacks depth, but his starting five is a tough game.

4. Stewartville (6-2)

After losing his first two games, both against powerful teams, Stewartville has not lost since. This includes one-sided wins over tough teams Albert Lea and Lourdes, and a five-point victory over the excellent Byron. The Tigers also have a “Big Two” in junior guards Haylie Strum and Keeley Steele.

5. Happiness (8-1)

Goodhue didn’t just beat his opponents, he wiped them out. The Wildcats win games with an average score of 71-42. They eventually suffered a loss, and it was also resounding, 69-48 against sizzling Winona Cotter. Another tough contest looms on January 7, with Goodhue taking on tough guy Byron.

6. City of the lake (7-2)

The Tigers are tough to beat, even without Lilly Meincke (out for the season after knee surgery). It’s seniors Natalie Bremer and Mya Shones that make Lake City so great. Bremer scores en masse and plays peddling defense, while the 6-foot-1 Shones are sticking to their inside game (10 points, 13 rebounds in a win last week over White Bear Lake).

7. Byron (4-3)

Coaches constantly preach to their teams to ‘play hard’. With Byron, coach Jeremy Baumbach’s pleas caught on. It’s hard to find a more determined group than these Bears. Just ask Mayo, who barely had enough to hold back the refusal to leave Byron in the Rotary tournament. The bodies were constantly on the floor in that one.

8. Mayo (5-3)

Mayo begins to have Hannah Hanson at her best. It’s scary for everyone. Not far from volleyball season, Hanson’s shooting form sets in, including she begins to drain 3 points. Southeast Minnesota’s most athletic player (track star, volleyball star), Hanson has won 26 and 25 point games in the Rotary tournament. And she’s not all Mayo has, with quickness across her lineup and enough shotmakers.

9. Dover-Eyota (8-2)

Dover-Eyota isn’t a one-girl team, but the Eagles have “one” girl who stands out. Senior 5-foot-8 goaltender Malia Nelson averages over 30 points per game and has been an all-out threat to the defense, hovering around six steals per game.

10. Lourdes (6-3)

Lourdes just played what will probably be the best team they’ll see all season, the AAAA Rosemount class. It didn’t go particularly well for the Eagles (losing 61-42), especially after halftime. Still, Lourdes played the entire game and showed the range of his talents, inside and out, and with one of the best playmakers, CJ Adamson.

Cotter cruising as Sandcork landed

Veteran Coach Winona Cotter Pat Bowlin knew his team would be great this season. Heck, the Ramblers under Bowlin are good every year.

But it seemed a little different, with veterans such as Megan Morgan, Sofia sandcork, Will Speltz, Olivia gardner and Allyssa williams including Cotter’s initial training.

Having started their season with two losses against top 10 teams Mayer Lutheran and Sauk Center, the Ramblers haven’t lost since, taking nine straight wins. That includes a particularly impressive 69-48 triumph on December 27 against the previously undefeated Goodhue.

This contest also marked the real exit party for 5-foot-9 forward Sandcork. Sandcork had 32 points in that one and lit things from a distance of 3 points, draining 7 of 9 attempts from there.

As if to show it was no fluke, Sandcork followed with a 29-point game three days later in a narrow victory over Worthington, with another six 3-pointers.

It was quite a jump for the senior, who after averaging 11 points per game last year, has taken that number to 18.7 this season, the team’s top. Morgan is just below her at 17.6 points per game.

Sandcork shoots an excellent 37% out of 3.

“Sofia has improved a lot over the course of her career,” Bowlin said. “She’s become a great 3-point shooter and is also much better at dribbling than she was before. Plus, she consistently scores around the rim, able to shoot with both hands. Sofia just had a very good offensive game, and she won for us in the big games. She was one of the best players in the region.

And Cotter has a great team.

“We’re playing really well right now,” said Bowlin. “As a coach you really like watching good basketball. We have five children who can all really be successful.


Houston’s Sydney Torgerson (2) attempts a shot during a Section 1A women’s basketball semifinal match against Hayfield on Tuesday March 23, 2021 at Century High School in Rochester. Houston defeated Hayfield 62-49.

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1000 points for Torgerson

Houston junior forward Sydney torgerson had another big game scoring on Tuesday, Dec. 28, scoring 19 points in a narrow victory over Lester Prairie. What’s even more important for Torgerson, who arrived last year as a star to help the Hurricanes at the state tournament, is that it earned him over 1,000 points for his career.


Stewartville head coach Ryan Liffrig chats with the team during a women’s basketball game against Kasson-Mantorville on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at Kasson-Mantorville High School in Kasson.

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100 career victories

Stewartville Coach Ryan liffrig notched the 100th victory of his career last week. Liffrig and his team did this on Wednesday, Dec. 29 in the Rotary Holiday Classic with a rout from New Richmond (Wis.). Stewartville defeated Owatonna on Tuesday, December 28 at Rotary. The Tigers have won six in a row and are now 6-2 overall.

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High school basketball: Rowan’s teams try to move forward – Salisbury Post https://sneer.org/high-school-basketball-rowans-teams-try-to-move-forward-salisbury-post/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 05:02:25 +0000 https://sneer.org/high-school-basketball-rowans-teams-try-to-move-forward-salisbury-post/

SALISBURY – North Rowan boys’ basketball coach Jason Causby attended a wedding on Friday.

In other words, life moves on for coaches, teams and basketball fans after a traumatic and terrifying Wednesday night that could spell the end of the Christmas tournament, a staple of Rowan County sports for 50 years. .

That more people were not seriously injured – or killed – at the Goodman Gym in Catawba was nothing short of a miracle. The danger from the bullets that flew – one passed through the crowded hall but did not hit anyone in any way – was very real, but the panic and stampede caused by the gunfire was potentially much more deadly.

The girls’ last game on Wednesday night – a West Rowan-Salisbury semi-final – didn’t end well. The competition was fierce, hotly contested, another tough and defensive victory at Salisbury, as the Hornets, chasing their first tournament trophy since 2016, earned their place in the Championship game.

Players from both teams controlled each other during the game and were even graceful in the handshake line, but there were words and pushes as they made their way to the locker room. It took some time for officials to sort things out after this brief scuffle, delaying the start of the West-North Rowan boys’ semi-final.

When they hit the ground, these teams put on an exciting first half, battling to determine who would face Salisbury in Thursday night’s league game, which would have been played in front of a full house.

At half-time, deep in the basement of the Goodman Gym, Causby and his assistants met outside the North locker room, as usual, before entering the room to address the ‘team.

“We were in the stairwell talking about adjustments for three or four minutes,” Causby said. “I knew we only had about six minutes left before we had to get back to the ground, so I felt a little rushed. I was making some adjustments to the board when I heard screaming, which sounded like a stampede, basically panic. Since our changing room is under the playing floor, there was a lot of noise overhead. I looked at the ceiling and knew something was wrong. One of the coaches suggested that maybe it was just the cheerleaders doing their halftime routine, but I knew that didn’t feel right to me. I looked at (assistant coach) Nick Means, and he was leaving. All I could think of at the time was my family was up there. My wife would be at the scorer’s table because she keeps our book. My three kids were in the stands or in the concession area, and I think they get trampled if people fight and shoot.

When Causby headed for the stairs, Means was already knocking down Means’ daughter and Causby’s youngest son, Griggs. They had left running towards the North locker room, as soon as they heard the shots.

“Nick said people were shooting, don’t go up there,” Causby said. “But my wife is up there.”

As he started up the stairs, Causby was greeted by waves of panicked fans, screaming and crying, heading the other direction.

“I tell people as I walk past that there is an emergency exit at the bottom of the stairs,” Causby said. “But now I’m starting to panic myself because I can’t even climb the stairs due to the large number of people fleeing the gym. I try to fight on the stairs and by the grace of God I see my daughter, Jaysa, and she is shaken like everyone else, but she is fine. I took her to the locker room and pushed her inside and told her to stay put. Our assistant coaches did a great job keeping our players in the locker room and even bringing in kids who couldn’t find their parents in all the confusion.

Causby finally made it up the stairs and into the gym. It was then that he reunited with his wife and eldest son.

“Gray was at the concession stand, within 10 feet of the fight,” Causby said. “When he saw the guns come out, he ran into the gym, looking for his mom at the scorer’s table. She was about to run when she saw waves of people coming towards her. She grabbed Gray and they went under the scorer’s table.

Causby eventually took his wife and son to the northern locker room. He was about to go up to the gym for one more mission – to report on his mother, stepmom, and stepfather – when he saw the three of them coming down the stairs.

“We ended up with all kinds of people in our locker room, people from Novant, athletic coaches, former players, cheerleaders, kids and parents,” Causby said. “It was unlike anything I had seen before, but a lot of people really came together. We help the young people find their parents. We walked people back to their cars once we were cleared to leave. . “

West Rowan boys’ coach Mike Gurley’s wife was at the concession stand and was knocked down by the stampede. A young member of Gurley’s family was at the helm and was grabbed by Catawba’s assistant football coach Tim Pangburn, a West Rowan graduate, and stuffed into a ball closet to keep him from panicking.

At around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Salisbury seniors Rachel McCullough and Jaleiah Gibson spoke about how much winning their first Christmas tournament would mean to them.

These dreams were gone an hour later.

“A mixture of emotions,” McCullough said on social media. “I’m grateful that we won and got to be on the pitch with the best team and the best coaches. We’re still champions in my book, and no one is going to take it away from us. But all of a sudden it became one of the scariest days of my life. I’m really disappointed that this moment we were working on is gone. But, my heart goes out to those who were there. I am proud of our community and the way we came together in this gymnasium after the shots rang out. The Sam Moir Christmas Tournament lives with me forever.

The madness of Wednesday gradually gave way to the sadness of Thursday, a day without Championship games not only for the winner North / West, but for the boys from Salisbury, who had advanced to the final with a scintillating performance in first half against Davie County. Girls Carson and Salisbury, who were once again turned away from a collision on the biggest stage, were also denied the chance to hug a trophy. COVID has prevented a likely clash for the Carson-Salisbury Championship in 2020.

“I hate that we can’t play in our championship game, but we control what we can control,” Carson coach Brooke Stouder said. “So we trained on Thursday, filled our stomachs and had a lot of fun. I can’t wait for a good start to 2022.

“I hate it, especially for my seniors who have worked so hard at the moment, but now we have to prepare for the conference game,” said Salisbury girls coach Lakai Brice.

The West Rowan boys celebrated Thursday with a team meal.

“Although we are the West Rowan Falcons, we were temporarily the West Rowan Phoenixes on Thursday, rising from the ashes of Wednesday’s madness,” Gurley said. “Strong, together, fearless, harder. Roll on 2022. “

There is a full schedule of South Piedmont Conference games for Tuesday – East Rowan at Central Cabarrus; West Rowan to Lake Norman Charter; Carson at Northwest Cabarrus and South Rowan at Concord.

The key game for the boys is West Rowan at Lake Norman Charter. The two are among the top teams in the SPC, where seven teams appear to be playing for second place behind a Central Cabarrus juggernaut who could be the best in 3A. The Vikings visit West Rowan on Friday.

The key girl game is Carson at Northwest Cabarrus. It’s a tough place to play, but if Carson can win there, the Cougars are the team to beat in the conference. The West Girls beat Northwest Cabarrus at Mount Ulla to hand the Trojans their first loss, but Northwest has traditionally been a different team at home than on the road.

Salisbury returns to the field for Wednesday’s Central Carolina Conference game at East Davidson. Neither of the two Salisbury teams should have any problems there.

North Rowan is scheduled to play non-conference home games against South Stanly on Tuesday. The Cavaliers haven’t played at home since December 6.

All of Rowan’s teams will be looking to leave behind Wednesday night and enjoy a normal season. But it won’t be easy.

“It was a crazy, miserable scene,” Causby said. “It’s sad that a tournament that has been so good for players, coaches and fans for so long has been ruined by some senseless act. I have so many fond memories of the tournament as a player, coach and fan, and I’m disappointed that this is what my family is taking with them.When you can’t attend a high school sporting event without fearing for your family, it’s a sad day for Rowan County.

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High school basketball: Glenbard West ends dominant run at York Championship https://sneer.org/high-school-basketball-glenbard-west-ends-dominant-run-at-york-championship/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 22:57:02 +0000 https://sneer.org/high-school-basketball-glenbard-west-ends-dominant-run-at-york-championship/

Cade Pierce was instrumental in Glenbard West’s 60-28 win over Lyon in the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic championship game on Friday in York.

The senior had six points, eight assists and four rebounds. But his team’s victory in the holiday tournament did not go very well on the Pierce family calendar.

“No one from my family is here,” Pierce said. “They are all looking at my brother. i stay with [teammate Braden Huff’s family]. Obviously, they have other priorities.

Pierce’s older brother Alec is Cincinnati’s top receiver. And York’s title game straddled the Bearcats’s College Football Playoff game against Alabama in the Cotton Bowl.

“I recorded it and told everyone not to mention a score,” Pierce said.

The Hilltoppers led the field in the 32-team York-Alabama-style tournament. They beat Rolling Meadows 58-40 in the semi-finals, Leo 69-46 in the quarter-finals and St. Patrick 67-40 in the second round after a first round pass.

Lyon (11-3) entered on a streak of eight consecutive victories. But the Lions clearly don’t fit the long Hilltoppers. Glenbard West defeated Lyon 71-34 on December 3.

“It’s just that our defensive length is causing a lot of problems for the teams,” said Pierce. “I don’t think it’s Lyon alone. We are improving more and more in our clashes and rotations in the 1-3-1 defense. Our best is yet to come.

Huff, a Gonzaga rookie, led the Hilltopppers (14-0) with 21 points. Paxton Warden scored 12 and Bobby Durkin added 11.

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Glenbard West basketball players react after winning the 2021 Jack Tosh Holiday Classic Tournament Championship match against Lyon.
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“We faced some pretty tough teams in the tournament,” said Ryan Renfro, senior at Glenbard West. “We were delighted to play Bolingbrook. It would have been a good game. But that’s what it is. We learn from every game “

Lyon beat Bolingbrook in the semi-final. Head guard Tavari Johnson, a rookie from Akron, scored 28 points against the Raiders. Glenbard West limited it to just two points. Niklas Polonowski led the Lions with 11.

“We really messed up their passing angles, especially early on,” Hilltoppers coach Jason Opoka said. “They turned it over and we capitalized. [Durkin] hit three big three to get us going. It gave us confidence and we never looked back.

Glenbard West has some interesting games looming on the horizon. The Hilltoppers welcome Larkin, who won the Jacobs tournament, on January 12. They will face Young in a shootout in Benet on January 22.

Opoka has said he’s about to finalize a monster showdown with Kenwood. The Broncos eliminated Young on Thursday in the Proviso West Holiday tournament title game. Kenwood and Glenbard West are generally considered the two best teams in the state.

The contracts are yet to be signed but the match will take place on February 5 at the Wintrust Arena. It’s part of a doubles program with Simeon against Sierra Canyon, Calif. The California team is one of the best in the country. It is run by Bronny, the son of LeBron James, and Amari Bailey, originally from Chicago.

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Kingston walks away to defeat Fox Lane – Daily Freeman https://sneer.org/kingston-walks-away-to-defeat-fox-lane-daily-freeman/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 06:04:16 +0000 https://sneer.org/kingston-walks-away-to-defeat-fox-lane-daily-freeman/

HALFMOON, NY – A big third quarter saw Kingston High pull away from Fox Lane on Wednesday as the Tigers won 59-47 in the Shen / Impact Holiday Classic men’s basketball tournament.

Ke’montae Thawe scored 20 points, Ryan McCardle scored five 3-point field goals en route to a 17-point performance, Elijah Abrams scored 10 and Kevin Andrade added eight to lead the Tigers.

“It was a good win in a tough environment,” said Kingston coach Ron Kelder, referring to the new Impact Athletic Center, an AAU facility with several adjacent pitches.

Kijngston, now 3-1, was scheduled to play against St. Anthony’s of Long Island on Thursday.

“The first half, we let the advances slip away. I think we were leading eight (22-14) in the first half, ”said Kelder. “A few bad turnovers, a few bad shots that we shouldn’t have taken with the shot clock down gave them a bucket.”

Kingston managed to maintain a 22-19 halftime advantage. The adjustments marked a 23-13 third quarter that strengthened the Tigers’ leadership.

“We changed our defense a bit, put a bit of pressure, tried to change the pace of the game and we scored more points in the third quarter than the whole first half,” Kelder said.

Justin Allen (nine points, 12 rebounds, four assists), Matt Toscano (10 points, five assists, four rebounds) and Niko Dent (10 points) set the pace for Fox Lane.

“It’s a man-to-man team trying to be physical with you in there,” Kelder said. “They did a good job on us for a while, but I think we changed the tempo and got the playing in our favor.”

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Observations from the first two weeks of the high school basketball season | Local sports https://sneer.org/observations-from-the-first-two-weeks-of-the-high-school-basketball-season-local-sports/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 09:22:28 +0000 https://sneer.org/observations-from-the-first-two-weeks-of-the-high-school-basketball-season-local-sports/

For some local basketball teams, the first two weeks of the school season went exactly as planned.

Either way, there’s still plenty of time for things to change – for better or for worse – but here are five early-season observations as we dive into the holidays:

Conant, Fall Mtn. the girls haven’t missed a beat

Maybe some people will take this as a surprise considering how much talent each of these teams has lost in the offseason. Conant lost Elizabeth Gonyea, two-time Division III Player of the Year, while Fall Mountain lost Sophie Bardis, Morgan Beauregard, Erin Brady and Shea Pickering – all huge elements of the Wildcats’ recent success.

But when you look at the talent that each of these teams brought back from last year, this one isn’t exactly shocking.

Conant brings back juniors Brynn Rautiola and Emma Tenters – both of whom were in tears to start the season – as well as seniors Mylie Aho and Teagan Kirby.

Fall Mountain brings back seniors Avery Stewart and Makenna Grillone, while classmates Nora Dunnigan and Emilee Peck are back on the pitch after being absent last season. Not to mention a new generation of freshmen who have seen some hard-hitting minutes before and will likely continue to do so as the season progresses.

Both teams started the year 4-0, with Conant winning each game with an average margin of 44 points and Fall Mountain winning by an average margin of 36 points.

The teams meet in Jaffrey on January 18 in a rematch of last year’s Division III title match. Circle this one on your calendar.

Monadnock boys find their identity

After starting the year with a tough loss to Gilford, the men’s Monadnock (2-2) team showed courage, securing their first win of the season against Conant before seeing their next game against Hillsboro-Deering postponed. .

Even in the team’s loss to Kearsarge – one of the toughest teams in Division III – the Huskies fought hard and kept him in a one-possession game until the last minute when they were forced to foul and Kearsarge put the game aside.

Defense has been the name of the game for the Huskies so far this year. They showed it against Kearsarge and they showed it again against Conant and again against Mascenic, with guys like Anthony Poanessa and Connor Branon making their presence known.

We’re also seeing other guys step up, with Kevin Putnam and Gabe Hill finding their rhythm on the pitch.

Putnam, by the way, just scored a career-high 30 points in the Huskies’ win over Mascenic on Wednesday.

Monadnock coach Jim Hill has insisted on this team’s chemistry since pre-season, which the team have relied on since Game 1.

The Huskies are certainly on an upward trajectory since that season opener, now we’ll wait and see how high the ceiling for this team really is.

Conant boys still working on his attack

The Conant Boys came into the year as No. 5 in nhsportspage.com’s Preseason Top 10 Rankings, but don’t watch him for the first two weeks of the season.

With losses to Mascenic, Monadnock, Mascoma Valley and Hopkinton, the Orioles (1-4) are averaging just 35 points per game in the first five games.

Conant is yet to score 40 points since scoring 56 points in an impressive season opener over Somersworth, stumbling in his last four games before the holiday weekend.

On the flip side, the Orioles have kept their opponents under 45 points in all but one game this year. Having said that, Conant’s defense is ok. Which means the infraction is the problem.

Conant has three solid seniors at Garrett Somero, Malique Motuzas and Jacson Cross, but will live or die by sophomores Manny Hodgson, Jordan Nagle and Lane LeClair.

Not to mention freshmen Jared Nagle and Ben Sawyer who have already seen some important minutes.

Confidence is key for this young Orioles team to start the offense, said Conant coach Eric Saucier.

“We have to work on our confidence first,” Saucier said after Conant’s loss to Monadnock on December 17. “Like I said in the locker room, when [Monadnock senior] Connor Branon catches the basketball, he’s ready to shoot it every time. He knows he’s a good shot. For us right now, it’s about having the trust with every guy that’s on the pitch.

And that will surely come with time, which the Orioles have. Just two weeks into the season, there is a lot of basketball to play and a lot of room to grow.

Despite the change of coach, the boys of ConVal still relevant in D-II

Yes, ConVal made a change of coach last year. No, that hasn’t slowed anything down for the Cougars.

First-year head coach Jason Starr has spent the last three years as the program’s assistant coach, so he knows the system and the players, a luxury few first-year head coaches have.

“It was a really smooth transition,” Starr said.

And it shows on the pitch from the start.

Owen Michaels, Christian Buffum, Austin Knight, Joe Gutwein and Owen McGuire have all battled as ConVal is 3-0, averaging just over 65 points per game.

Starr said he feels he has four or five different players who have All-State potential this year.

“We can score,” he said.

Defense was also a key factor early on for the Cougars, thanks to Buffum and Knight.

“[Buffum] took it to the next level on both sides, ”Starr said. “He’s playing very well for us.

“[Austin] has been awesome, ”added Starr. “He’s playing a very tough defense. “

So what’s the cap for this team? Only time will tell, but it seems the sky is the limit for this group from the start.

Monadnock girls back in the mix

Although Conant and Fall Mountain took much of the attention in Division III women’s basketball early on, the Monadnock girls quietly put together a strong start to the season, sitting at 3-2, with their two losses to the top four preseason teams. (Kearsarge, Conant).

The Huskies are on their defense, something that first-year head coach Bobby Fortes has been working on since day one, and when their offense kicks in they have shooters.

Seniors Grace Furze and Grace LeClair have enjoyed success on both sides of the court throughout the year, but with the emergence of young stars like junior Mea Carroll-Clough and freshmen Bailee Soucia and Cainen Avery. in the last two games the Huskies have certainly shown they can compete.

After facing off against Newport and Campbell at the start of the New Year, Monadnock heads to Fall Mountain on January 10 for a test against Avery Stewart and the undefeated Wildcats. There, the Huskies will have a chance to officially get back to the heart of the matter in the D-III standings.

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High School Basketball: Jack Tosh Holiday Classic Preview https://sneer.org/high-school-basketball-jack-tosh-holiday-classic-preview/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 17:51:28 +0000 https://sneer.org/high-school-basketball-jack-tosh-holiday-classic-preview/

Jack Tosh Holiday Classic

Or: York High School

Favorite: Glenbard West is the state’s No. 1 ranked undefeated team. The Hilltoppers have size, experience, chemistry and one of the biggest differentiators in the sport right now with 6-11 Braden Huff. What they did defensively with their size and length in their 1-3-1 made it difficult for their opponents. The lack of depth during a five-day tournament is one to watch out for.

Top contenders: There are a handful of legitimate contenders, starting with an undefeated Bolingbrook side and a pair of star-led teams in Lake Forest and Rolling Meadows. This Bolingbrook team doesn’t have the big names, but the Raiders already have big wins against Marian Catholic and Thornton. Asa Thomas of Lake Forest and Cameron Christie of Rolling Meadows are the two top junior prospects in the state and have very strong supporting castings.

Sleepers: Despite the slow start, don’t forget St. Ignatius with seniors Kolby Gilles and AJ Redd and junior Richard Barron. With a powerful and balanced attack starring Joevonn McCottry, JP Hanley, Joe Gilhooley, Brady Vaia and Will Gonzalez, Riverside-Brookfield only lost to the highly ranked Curie by just two points.

Tournament scenario: This is a one-of-a-kind tournament with 32 teams, so it’s a different type of holiday tournament that plays five games in five days. Also, for the fans there are two games happening at the same time but in different gyms, so there is always something to watch.

But a team that can topple Glenbard West while leading a five-game winning streak through January will feel awfully good and be a major confidence factor.

The top five players to watch: Braden Huff, Glenbard West; Asa Thomas, Lake Forest; Cameron Christie, Rolling Meadows; Nojus Indrusaitis, Lemont; Tavari Johnson, Lyon.


First round, December 27

Hinsdale South vs. Lake Forest, 8:30 a.m.

Tinley Park vs. Palatine, 10 a.m.

Timothy Christian vs. Lemont, 11:30 a.m.

Saint-Laurent vs. Rolling Meadows, 1

Stagg vs. Batavia, 3

Naperville North vs. Leo, 4:30

Minooka vs. Saint-Patrick, 6

Downers Grove South vs. Glenbard West, 7:30 a.m.

Wheaton North vs. Lyon, 9 a.m.

Conant vs. Saint Ignatius, 10:30 a.m.

Highland Park vs. Nazareth, noon

Sandburg vs. Riverside-Brookfield, 1:30

Schaumburg vs. Saint-François, 3:30

Providence v Bolingbrook, 5

Montini vs. Andrew, 6:30

Solorio vs. York, 8

Second round, December 28

Quarter-finals, December 29

Semi-finals, December 30

Championship, December 31

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Bay Area News Group Athlete of the Week: Derek Sangster, Mitty basketball https://sneer.org/bay-area-news-group-athlete-of-the-week-derek-sangster-mitty-basketball/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 15:10:15 +0000 https://sneer.org/bay-area-news-group-athlete-of-the-week-derek-sangster-mitty-basketball/

Editor’s Note: This is the last athlete poll of the week of 2021. The poll will resume on January 10.

Archbishop Mitty, basketball star Derek Sangster, was named the Bay Area News Group male athlete of the week from Dec. 13-19 after receiving 41.17% of the vote before the 5 p.m. deadline on Wednesday.

Menlo school footballer Alessandro Velasquez finished second and Bellarmine basketball player Nick Corbett finished third.

Congratulations to all applicants for this week’s recognition.

Sangster, a 6-foot-7-inch junior, had 21 points and 10 rebounds as Mitty raised his record to 4-1 with a 63-32 victory over Menlo-Atherton.

The Monarchs are ranked # 2 in the latest Bay Area News Group Top 25.

We are pausing our Athlete of the Week surveys for the remainder of the holiday season. To nominate an athlete for the next poll, email highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com by Monday, January 10 at 11 a.m.

We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by team coaches / statisticians for review.

The winners are announced every Friday on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites.

Past winners

December 6-12: Petelo Gi, Serra football

29 Nov-Dec 5: Roland Legaspi, Piedmont Hills soccer

November 22-28: Ivan Nisa, Aragonese footballer

November 15-21: Guardian Harper, Benicia football

November 8-14: Carsten Peters, De La Salle water polo

November 1-7: John Pelletier, Northgate football

October 25-31: Nate Escalada, Bellarmine football

18-24 Oct .: Patrick Aiello, Heritage Water-polo