This, from the bad news just got worse department.
Whenever there has been a need for assistance at North Central High School, whether athletic- and/or academic-wise, Leonard Price can always be counted on to do more than his fair share for the students.
FORT MILL – Standing inside Indian Land High School's weight room, North Central boys' basketball head coach Andy Johnson just shook his head and grinned as the questions started coming at him.
There was a point in his years at North Central when Clarence Williams was down on himself and wondered what was out there for him, both athletically and academically.
Leading from start to finish, the North Central boys' basketball team came away with a 61-53 win over visiting Pelion in a Region 3-AA game played last Friday night in Boonetown.
In those old-time Westerns, the Calvary always waited until the end of the movie to come in and save those in distress.
Switching out five new players at a time, Eau Claire wanted to wear down North Central. And, as the minutes started to dwindle, so did the Lady Knights' energy.
Proving that even the basketball gods get time off for the holidays, North Central was able to put aside the ghosts of close games past for, at least, one night.
Less than 24 hours after an exhausting, come-from-behind overtime win over Westminster-Catawba, the North Central boys' basketball team was doubled up by Cheraw, 68-34, in Friday's championship game of the May Plant Credit Union Carolina Classic played at The Castle in Boonetown.
Andrew Jackson grabbed the early lead against North Central and held onto the advantage throughout the game en route to a 71-63 victory over the visiting Knights in a non-region basketball game played on Friday in Kershaw.
Following a one-sided loss to rival Andrew Jackson on Tuesday, the North Central boys returned to the court on Friday and dismantled host Robert E. Lee Academy, 77-36, in a game played in Bishopville.
There was a plan of attack for when Andrew Jackson went to a match-up zone.
One night after winning their season opener, the North Central boys' basketball team suffered their first loss of the year in a 56-48 defeat at the hands of visiting Buford in a game played at The Castle in Boonetown last Friday night.
Setting the tone early, the North Central boys' basketball team kicked off the Andy Johnson era with a 76-39 win over visiting Robert E. Lee Academy in last Thursday's season opener played inside The Castle in Boonetown.
North Central opened the Jason Brazell era with a convincing 72-6 victory over rival Andrew Jackson in Tuesday's first wrestling match of the season.
Central broke open a close game by scoring a combined 10 runs in the fourth and fifth frames to lock up the fourth and final playoff slot in Region 4-AA baseball with a 14-3 win over host North Central last Friday night.
A misplayed fly ball here, a booted grounder there and a flare or two thrown in for good measure.
It looks like the Clyburn family will be on the lookout for new babysitters.
Suddenly, things are getting a bit cramped in the back seat.
When they first met on March 13, North Central left Buford with a 22-0 loss in a Region 4-AA baseball game stopped in the fifth inning.
(7 p.m.); 13 – at Buford; 16 – at Chesterfield; 18 – Andrew Jackson; 20 – Indian Land (7 p.m.); 24 – Cheraw; 27 – at Central
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