↑ Providence Day defense: The Chargers, who moved up to No. 2 in the Sweet 16 this week, held rival Charlotte Latin without a field goal for the final nine minutes, 32 seconds of Wednesday’s 65-45 win. They also ended Latin’s 12-game win streak.
↑ Myers Park girls: Up two spots to No. 14 in MaxPreps national poll. The Mustangs are No. 22 in USA Today’s poll.
↑ Connor Burchfield, Concord: Had 37 points in Thursday’s 83-78 win against North Rowan. The Cavaliers’ Michael Connor Jr. had 31 points and Concord freshman Ty-Shon Alexander had 27.
↑ Providence Day sophomores: Josh Howard (21 points, four rebounds, one block), Grant Williams (eight points, 14 rebounds, eight blocks) and Issac Johnson (12 points, 10 rebounds, one block) combined for 41 points, 28 rebounds and 10 blocks in Wednesday’s win against rival Charlotte Latin.
↑ Christal Caldwell: Two-time Observer player of the year and former N.C. Associated Press player of the year out of West Charlotte scored her 1,000th collegiate point this week at West Virginia. Caldwell, a senior, was a first-team all-conference pick last season.
↑ Be The Match game at Hickory Ridge: Hickory Ridge girls coach Tolonda Rose lost her brother, Todd, to leukemia in 2010. Her school hosts the second annual Be The Match game, where anyone between the ages of 18 and 44 who attends the game can sign up for the bone marrow donor registry or get more information. Simmons donated marrow to her brother, who later died from complications from the disease. Hickory Ridge hosts Central Cabarrus Friday.
Providence Day to honor former Chargers great Reggie Clark Friday
During halftime of Friday’s game with rival Charlotte Country Day, Providence Day will retire former football star Reggie Clark’s No. 11 jersey. The jersey was retired in 1988, but the number was accidentally used recently.
Clark was all-state in football, basketball and baseball at Providence Day. He was drafted in the second round by baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays. In football, Clark played running back and free safety. In 1986, he led coach Steve Shaughnessy’s team to a 9-1 record and the school’s first state championship.
Clark rushed for 4,820 career yards in high school before playing football at North Carolina. After he graduated, Clark was a free agent pick by the New England Patriots. He played for several NFL teams, including San Diego, Pittsburgh and Jacksonville.
Clark said he was touched by the “re-retirement” of his jersey.
“Now,” he said, “my daughter can look at it hanging in her school and say, ‘Hey, daddy did something important. He did something special.’”
Friday’s Top Matchups
Concord First Assembly (19-3, 8-1) at Northside Christian (19-1, 9-0), 7 p.m.: Northside is up to No. 6 in the MaxPreps national poll and No. 8 in USA Today. The Knights have won eight in a row, and beat First Assembly 99-64 in December. First Assembly has won three straight, but must win Friday to keep Northside from all but clinching a league championship.
Hopewell girls (14-2, 6-1) at Hough (12-4, 5-2), 6 p.m.: Hough has won seven in a row and stands one game behind Hopewell, which has won four straight. North Meck (11-7, 5-2) is also tied for second.
Myers Park girls (15-1, 5-0 Southwestern 4A) at Rocky River (13-3, 4-1), 6 p.m.: Rocky River has won five in a row since losing to Robinson on Dec. 27. Myers Park beat Rocky River 75-54 on Dec. 13. If the Mustangs win, they have the inside track to the championship.
Independence (9-9, 5-1 Southwestern 4A) at East Mecklenburg (11-7, 4-2), 7:30 p.m.: Independence fell into a first-place tie after losing by a point to Butler (12-4, 5-1) Tuesday. East Mecklenburg needs to win to stay on pace for a conference championship.
Observer-area boys stat leaders
|John Emezie||Marvin Ridge||30.8|
|Che’ Bob||Kennedy Charter||24.9|
|Terrance Durham||Mallard Creek||24.6|
|Charles Minlend||Concord First Assembly||24.4|
|DJ Prioleau||Piedmont Community Charter||23.9|
|Travis Waldroup-Rodriguez||East Rutherford||22.2|
|CJ Bryce||North Meck||21.3|
|Kerrion Moore||Hunter Huss||20.9|
|Tyzden Graham||South Iredell||20.7|
|Chazz Surratt||East Lincoln||20.7|
|Justice Rogers||Grace Academy||16.4|
|Devonta Teal||Anson Senior||11.9|
|Patrick Tape’||Queens Grant||11.7|
|Juice Narusas||Grace Academy||11.3|
|Cole Sossamon||Arborbrook Christian||10.9|
|Grant Hedberg||South Mecklenburg||10.2|
|James Tillman||Kings Mountain||10.1|
|James Lewis||East Gaston||10.0|
|Landon Yarbrough||North Lincoln||10.0|
|Josh Sherer||Kings Mountain||6.2|
|Malik Massey||West Charlotte||6.0|
|Kishawn Pritchett||Lake Norman||5.2|
|Kyle Riddley||Crossroads Charter||5.2|
|Jearrard Wright||Bessemer City||5.2|
|Noah Hartley||Gaston Christian||5.2|
|Cole Klaren||Grace Academy||5.0|
|J’Maine Harris||Anson Senior||5.0|
|Chazz Surratt||East Lincoln||5.0|
|Jalen Stowe||Hickory Ridge||4.8|
|Duane Goodman||Queens Grant||4.7|
|Carlton Baxter||Crossroads Charter||4.6|
|Desmond Whitesides||R-S Central||4.6|
Friday’s Observer-area high school basketball schedule
Anson at Sun Valley
Bandys at East Lincoln
Bunker Hill at Maiden
Butler at Garinger
Central Cabarrus at Hickory Ridge
Charlotte Catholic at Berry
Charlotte Country Day at Providence Day
Charlotte Latin at Charlotte Christian
Chase at Draughn
Concord First Assembly at Northside Christian
Cramerton Christian at Carolina Christian
Cuthbertson at Weddington
Davidson Day at Forsyth Country Day
East Burke at Burns
East Rowan at Concord
Fletcher School at Arborbrook
Forest Hills at Central Academy
Forestview at Lake Norman Charter
Freedom at Fred T. Foard
Gray Stone Day at Albermarle
Hibriten at South Caldwell
Hickory Christian at United Faith
Hickory Grove at Westminster Catawba
Highland Tech at Thomas Jefferson Academy
Hopewell at Hough
Independence at East Mecklenburg
Kennedy Charter at Quality Education Kings Mountain at Shelby
Lake Norman at Alexander Central
Lincoln Charter at Cherryville
Marvin Ridge at Piedmont
Metrolina Christian at Covenant Day
Monroe at West Stanly
Myers Park at Rocky River
Newton Conover at West Caldwell
North Gaston at Hunter Huss
North Lincoln at South Iredell
North Mecklenburg at A.L. Brown
North Rowan at Thomasville
Northwest Cabarrus at Cox Mill
Parkwood at Mount Pleasant
Patton at Hickory
Pine Lake Prep at Community School of Davidson
Providence at Olympic
Queens Grant at North Stanly
RS Central at Crest
SouthLake Christian at Gaston Christian
South Mecklenburg at Harding
South Point at East Gaston
Statesville at Mooresville
Statesville Christian at Gaston Day
Stuart Cramer at Ashbrook
Union Academy at South Stanly
Vance at Jay M. Robinson
Victory Christian at Carmel Christian
Watauga at St. Stephens
West Charlotte at Mallard Creek
West Davidson at Salisbury
West Iredell at North Iredell
West Lincoln at Lincolnton
West Mecklenburg at Ardrey Kell
West Rowan at South Rowan
Fort Mill at Rock Hill
Hickory Grove at Westminster Catawba
Indian Land at Andrew Jackson
Nation Ford at York
Northwestern at Lancaster
South Pointe at Clover
The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.
Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email firstname.lastname@example.org to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.Read moreRead less