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Marvin Ridge basketball coach Gosnell White to retire

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

Gosnell White, one of the winningest basketball coaches in Mecklenburg County history, will retire at the end of the season.

White, who coached the bulk of his high school career at Harding and West Charlotte, is currently at Union County’s Marvin Ridge High.

His team is 9-7 and plays rival Cuthbertson at home Friday.

In his career, White won 533 games in 36 seasons at West Charlotte, Harding, Marvin Ridge and Charlotte’s Ranson Middle School. He coached several years at Harding before taking over at West Charlotte in the mid-’90s. After winning more than 500 games and seven state championships under legendary coach Charles McCullough, the Lions program floundered after McCullough retired in 1994.

White took over after several other coaches tried to return West Charlotte to its previous form. White’s Lions won a Mecklenburg County public school-record eight straight conference championships from 1997-2004. His teams made five regional appearances. His 1998-99 West Charlotte team finished top 10 in the USA Today national poll and won the N.C. 4A state championship.

White has coached at Marvin Ridge since 2007. His teams there have won two conference and two conference tournament championships.

Football

SouthLake Christian football coach Geoff O’Donnell will not return for the 2014 season. O’Donnell led SouthLake to the 2013 N.C. Independent Division III state championship. O’Donnell said he planned to focus on his family and his career.

He led SouthLake to 22 wins in its past 25 games and back-to-back state championships.

• West Mecklenburg quarterback Jalan McClendon, an N.C. State recruit, was picked to play in the International Bowl Friday. He’ll play for the USA U19 team. The Americans face Canada in Arlington, Texas. McClendon will sign his letter of intent at the event. Fans can view the game live at internationalbowl.com

Wertz: 704-612-9716; Twitter: @langstonwertzjr
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