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Ardrey Kell's Pickett piles up yards

Ardrey Kell senior running back Justus Pickett had a magical night Friday at North Mecklenburg.

Pickett rushed 21 times for 276 yards and three touchdowns. He had more than 100 return yards and had three catches for 29 yards in a 34-14 win. His first score came on a 59-yard touchdown run less than two minutes in. For the game, Pickett averaged more than 13 yards per carry.

"I knew I was bound to break one," Pickett said. "I saw the hole open up and I knew I had to hit it and burst. As soon as I saw that opening, I knew it was going to be a touchdown."

Pickett's rushing total was the second-best in school history and tied for the 22nd-best rushing performance in Mecklenburg County history.

Last season, he rushed for 348 yards and two touchdowns against South Mecklenburg. That performance stands as the third-best in county history behind Charlotte Catholic's Ben Herlocker (359 yards in 2006) and Myers Park's Aaron Bradley (367 in 2004).

Coach Adam Hastings, who got a win in his first game, said Pickett is considering Wake Forest, Stanford, Southern California and Illinois for college.

Pickett was a second-team selection on the Observer's All-Mecklenburg team last season.


United Faith senior boys' basketball player Paris Roberts-Campbell has committed to East Carolina, United Faith coach Shaun Wiseman told the Observer. Roberts-Campbell, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 14 points last season, helping United Faith win its second straight N.C. Independent Schools 1A title.

Roberts-Campbell chose East Carolina over College of Charleston, Furman, Wofford and UNC Wilmington, Wiseman said.

Two brothers with Charlotte Catholic connections helped the Wales U-20 national team win the Flanders Trophy in Belgium this month.

Ryan Kilmartin, 19, and Alex Kilmartin, 17, played for Wales in the multi-national tournament in Brussels, which featured 20 countries.

Ryan is a Catholic graduate who is a 6-4 freshman guard at Appalachian State. Alex is a 6-6 wing player at Catholic. During the event, Ryan was his team's leading scorer, averaging 15.4 points and 5.8 rebounds. Alex averaged 5.4points.

This was the second time the brothers have represented Wales in international competition. Ryan won a 2007 European championship silver medal on the U-18 team; Alex's U-16 won a similar medal in 2009.

Both Kilmartins are eligible to play for Wales because that is where their mother was born.


East Lincoln's Parker Alvis had 14 tackles last week against Newton-Conover.

Marvin Ridge junior quarterback Tyler Chadwick completed 15 of 22 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns in last week's 48-14 win against Hickory Ridge. Marvin Ridge receiver J.C. Howze had seven catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns. In two games, Chadwick has thrown for 492 yards and five touchdowns and Howze has 11 catches for 216 yards and three touchdowns.

Marvin Ridge has beaten two opponents by a combined score of 74-20. The Mavericks will play rival Cuthbertson at home this week.

Mallard Creek's Marquise Williams completed 19 of 28 passes for 385 yards and a school-record seven touchdowns Friday against Harding.

Friday's Independence-Rock Hill South Pointe game will be shown at 11:30a.m. Sunday on WMYT-TV (Ch. 55) in Charlotte.


Charlotte Country Day beat Hickory Grove last week to improve to 9-0. Second-year coach Brian Rosen said that matches the school's win total from 2009. Country Day started 3-5 in 2009.

The Bucs are led by Jeanay Butler, who is averaging nearly seven kills per game.

Country Day only had one senior on the 2009 team, four returning varsity players and four freshmen.


A free online course on concussions in sports is available at and is designed to help parents and players understand how to recognize and manage concussions. The Centers for Disease Control has endorsed the 20-minute online course.

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