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Ashley Porter, former standout center at Carver, was recently selected All-CIAA ,see 2.

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With Kedrick Flomo leading the way, North Forsyth has roared into the 3-A Regionals , see below.

Villains, Prep to square off in Regional By Sam Davis Triad Sports Weekly Having won eight consecutive State 1-A girls basketball championships, Coach Brian Robinson is definitely battle-tested. His Bishop McGuinness team is in search of its ninth title as it plays in the Western 1-A Regional this week in Greensboro. The Villains are developing thick skin again this season after playing in the rugger Northwest 1-A Conference. Playing in a tough

Bishop McGuinness poses after winning the Northwest 1-A tourney.

North Forsyth riding nine-game winning streak

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Prep boys roll into 1-A Regional Finals

Flomo leads Vikings into Regional Semifinals By Sam Davis Triad Sports Weekly All eyes will be on Kedrick Flomo, North Forsyth’s point guard and leading scorer, when the Vikings take the floor against Canton Pisgah in the Western 3-A Sectional on Friday night in Greensboro. Flomo, a senior point guard and four-year starter brings some amazing stats into the game. He is averaging nearly 30 points per game on the season and has been even better in the playoffs where he has averaged 35 points and eight rebounds in victories over Patton, Gastonia Ashbrook and Carson. Flomo poured in 36 points last Friday night to help the Vikings take a 94-91 double overtime victory over Carson. That victory gave North a berth in this week’s regional semifinal. Coach Sean Vestal of North said with Flomo on the court the Vikings have a chance to win against any team they play. “Kedrick Flomo is the best player I have ever coached and he is the best point guard in the state of North Carolina,” Vestal said. “He has done a great job of leading this team on and off the court.” As Flomo has gone, so have the Vikings this season. He has gotten help from

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Mike Hughes of Winston-Salem Prep slams home to points.

Winston-Salem Prep moved a step closer to capturing its third consecutive State 1-a Basketball chapionship with a lopsided victory over Albemarle on Tuesday night. The Phoenix looed nearly invisible in earning a beth in Saturday’s Regional championship game. Coach Andre Gould’s team is From the paced by seniors Mike Hughes, Coye Press Box simmons, Omar Sam Davis Roseboro and Aaron Lipscomb. Hughes, Simmons and Roseboro have been in the program for four years and know what winning is all about. all three played key rolse in the past two championship runs. Despite injuries this season, gould has been able to piece together a team strong enough to be considered the heavy favorite to come away with the title. But Gould said it is not

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Best Around! Parkland’s girls team lead by its sprinters and sprint relay teams recently captured the championship at the North Carolina High School 4-A Girls Indoor State Championship. The team will head to the New Balance Indoor Track Nationals in New York March 14-16. Members of the team include Ebony Williams, Erin Morrison, Myshale Spigner, Ila Mumford, Katlin Sherman and McKinley McNeil.

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Home Grown Talent Porter, Carver graduate, earns All-CIAA honors at J.C. Smith

Ashley Porter, former 3-time All-Conference performer at Carver High, was recently named to the Women’s All-CIAA Basketball Team. Porter, who signed with Winthrop University out of high school, transferred to Johnson C. Smith Univ. prior to the start of the 2013-14 season. Porter led the Lady Golden Bulls in rebounding and blocked shots. photos by Tim Wilson

Forsyth Country Day baseball opens with victory Lady Furies softball takes 11-6 victory over Charlotte Chrisitan as Boplon leads the way on mound From Staff Reports Forsyth Country Day’s baseball team opened their season Feb. 28 against Southlake Christian Academy in Huntersville. The Southlake Eagles scored eight runs after two outs in the second inning to build a lead that held up throughout the game. FCDS rallied for two runs in the fourth on RBIs by Spencer Powell and Jacob Martin. Southlake plated runs in the middle innings to seal the win. FCDS had opportunities in the fifth and sixth innings but could not capitalize,

leaving runners on base in scoring position in each inning. Pitcher Nick Olson went two innings on the mound and senior Hayden Wright pitched four innings in relief. Jacob Martin had three hits including two doubles, Nick Olson contributed three hits, and Tommy Murphy, Charlie Spong, and Hayden Wright chipped in one hit a piece. Softball: In its first game of the season, the Fury softball team traveled to Charlotte on Feb. 28 to face a talented and experienced Charlotte Christian team. The

teams were evenly matched, but timely hitting and strong pitching and defense put the Furies on top, 11-6. The Furies scored one run in the first inning but committed two errors in the bottom of the inning to give up three runs to CCA. The defense settled down and held CCA to only two hits for the remainder of the game. Allowing just three total hits, the Furies were led in the circle by Kylie Bouplon. All CCA hits were infield hits and the only two hit into the outfield were caught for outs by Nicole Ellis. The Fury offense put 12 hits on the

board. Leading the Furies at the plate was Campbell Hutcherson with a three for four performance, including two doubles, three RBI, one run, and a stolen base. Channing Cox was two for three with one double, three RBI, and two runs) and Riley Didier (two for four; one RBI; one stolen base). Sarah Fleischer was two for two with a sacrifice fly and a RBI. Samantha Lew also had a double going one for three with a run scored. Seven of the nine batters in the Fury line-up had at least one hit.

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Prep from Page 1 something his team can take for granted. He siad this year’s team has gone through a lot and is better because of it. “This has been a team of perseverance, “ Gould said. “We’ve gone through a lot of injuries. It came down to getting back everyone at the same time. We have had to shuffle the lineup a lot this year. We finally got back all of our players for the final game of the conference tournament championship” It has shown in the playoffs. The Phoenix have ripped each of their opponents thus far and look the part of a juggernaut as it pepares for Saturday’s regional championship game. “Right now we’re working on getting a little constistency,” gould said. “Hopefully we’ve got it

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back at the right time.” Gould said this year’s team has been an easy one to coach. Most of the players have been in the program for awhile and they know what his expectations are. He coaches them hard, but he treat all of his players like they are members of his family. “They know that we’re all in it together,“ he said. Most of them have been in same family for four years,. That makes makes a difference. We’re all like one big happy family. That helps you out a lot. This year they have been a tight group. Even with our young puppies (the JV Team). Once they get in there they just stay. That really works to our advantage.” Although the expectation for the Phoenix is they will come away with another state title, Gould said it isn’t something that the team can take for granted. “Everything looks good on paper, but you still have to do it on the floor,” he said. “You have to put it all together every night. One night and you could be gone.” Gould said he doesn’t try to motivate his players with emotional speeches. Rather, he relies on the fundamentals that he emphasizes and the players usually respond by putting them to good use. “I’ve never been a rah-rah guy anyway,” he said. “I tell these guys that they can rely on emotions to win. Once the adreneline runs its course you have to rely on x’s and o’s.

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Villains from Page 1 conference, combined with the toughest nonconference schedule we have played since I've been there, has definitely prepared us for the playoffs,” Robinson said. The Villains have played most of the season without the services of Olivia DeFransesco, who was injured early in the season. But have put themselves in position to make another run for a state title. “With the exception of three games, not having Olivia (DeFrancesco, starting point guard) for the season has added to the challenge, but has forced us to be better from both a physical and mental standpoint. Our conference is not a forgiving one, and night in and night out you have to be at your best in order to have just an opportunity to win. Winning our conference for the first time since the 2008-09 season, then winning our con-

ference tournament and getting through the first week of the playoffs have been great accomplishments for our team.” Robinson's team, which owns the state record for consecutive state championships, is still hungry. “Winning those state titles has been a blessing, no doubt,” he said. “We have been able to do some amazing things that no one in their wildest dreams would've thought been possible when we started building our program in 2002. Yes, we get everyone's best shot, and yes, we know that the bulls-eye grows with each game, but all of those things forces us to keep improving. From my standpoint, it has been a privilege to have gone through the experiences we have and something that I am learning to really appreciate more and more each time we get an opportunity to play. “ Throughout his tenure at McGuinness, Robinson's have been well-balanced. This year's is no exception.

March 6, 2014 “Our teams have typically been well-balanced in scoring over the years.,” he said. “There were the two exceptions of Katheryn Lyons (2006) and Megan Buckland (2010) having to carry us to titles, but for the most part our teams have been about the group effort. This is important because on any given night, we can have 2-3 different players leading us in certain categories. Balance makes us a better team.” This year, the Villains will face another opponent in the regionals that they are familiar with in Winston-Salem Prep. The two have squared off several times thus far. “Winston-Salem Prep has been very tough,” Robinson said. “They are a strong, physical team. They have everything they need to win a state championship this year. Coach Love and his staff have done a great job allowing each player to play to their strengths within the team concept. There are difficult

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Dominique Claytor of Winston-Salem Prep goes up for a shot in a game against Bishop McGuinness earlier this season. match-ups all over the floor on both ends of the court.” Robinson said he expects a tough battle. “We expect a great atmosphere in

Greensboro on Friday there certainly was one two Fridays ago in the conference tournament championship game. However, the regional tournament environment is definitely different

than any game leading up to it. We're going to have to give a great effort, against a very strong opponent to have a shot of advancing.”

Mychaela Wolfe (dribbling left) of Winston-Salem Prep plays a prominent role in the Lady Phoenix’ attack. McGuinnesr will rely on depth.

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Mount Tabor boys exceeded expectations of most people In a ‘down’ season, Spartans advance to within one game of another berth in State 4-A Regional By Sam Davis Triad Sports Weekly Mount Tabor’s boys basketball team concluded its season last Friday night with a loss in the sectional finals, but Coach Andy Muse said his team has nothing to feel bad about. The Spartans lost five starters from last year and were not predicted to do well this season. However, Mount Tabor again captured the Central Piedmont 4-A Conference championship. “We had a great season,” Muse said. “After losing all five starters from last year, we needed to regroup and start from the ground up. Having Austin and Taylor (Hatfield) transfer in from Davie County really helped our scoring. We knew that Naeem Razzak and Jay McCorkle would be solid for us this season and they were solid all year at both ends of the court.” This year’s Spartans team was very young with five sophomores. “We put five soph. on the team this year and hopefully that will help us in the future,” Muse said.” Despite their youth, the Spartans came out ready to play each game. “Our guys did a tremendous job of being ready to play every night out,” Muse said. “Our non-conference schedule was as

tough as any schedule was a great accomwe have had at Mt. plishment for this Tabor. Kinston, team.” Olympic, Independence, Muse said his senDudley, Hoggard, North iors provided outstandForsyth, Ragsdale and ing leadership, particuGreenfield was a loaded larly the Hatfield twins. non-conference schedule “Austin and Taylor for our team. We Hatfield had a great played in three showsenior season,” he said. case events with the “Austin surpassed the Coaches vs Cancer in 2000 points mark in “We had a great Ashville, the Union his career and Taylor season,” Muse County Hardwood passed the 1500 points Shootout and the MLK said. “After losmark in his career. Showcase in The Hatfields both ing all five Greensboro. improved at both ends starters from last “Our Spartan of the court throughyear, we needed team finished 22-7 out the season.” overall, was the Frank to regroup and Several other senstart from the Spencer Runner-up iors played key roles as and won the regular well. ground up”. season Central “Mike Harley and - Andy Muse Piedmont Conference. Grant Eller executed After making the their role on the team NCHSAA State Tournament as a and were very good senior lead1 seed, we beat RJR for the third ers,” Muse added. time in the first round. While the big win over “Beating a very good North Meck was a great win on North Meck team in the second the court, there were other imporround was maybe our biggest win tant moments for the Spartans. of the season,” Muse added. “Another high point of However, the Spartans ran our season was when Dillon into a buzzsaw when they took on Fosner (our manager) dressed a talented West Charlotte team last out on Senior night and scored Friday in the sectional champifour points, grabbed thee onship. rebounds and had two blocked “West Charlotte had too shots versus Davie County,” Muse much fire power for us in the said. “Our Seniors came to me third round,” Muse said. “Making and asked if Dillon could dress it to the Sweet Sixteen this year out with the other Seniors.

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Dillon is in our OCS program at school and is one of our schools favorite students on campus.” Despite low predictions for this season by outsiders, Muse and his team never wavered from the program’s expectations. “Our expectations are always high for our program,” Muse said. “They might not be high from outsiders looking at us from afar. We had Mike Grace come by and talk to the team after the regular season was finished. He told our guys not to be satisfied with winning the CPC, the bar is set high here at Mt. Tabor. He told them to be the best they could be on and off the court. Winning will take care of itself. He told our guys to go hard in practice, listen to the coaching staff and buy into their roles whatever is best for the team.” Although there were some disappointments, Muse said all-inall it was a good season for Mount Tabor. “We came up short in the CPC conference tourney in the Finals against a very good Reagan team,” Muse said. But then we played our way to the third round of the NCHSAA. The Sweet Sixteen Game is hard to find a way to play in it. Our program is in great shape and I look forward to do my part in keeping it there.

Mount Tabor’s girls made a great run through the 4-A playoffs but came up short , losing in the semifinals of the 4-A Regionals in Greensboro.

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