For the first Monday since the seventh game of the 2010 season, the Monday-after-the game film session at North Central was more relaxed, with smiles filling the film room.
Earlier this season, North Central was piling up some huge offensive numbers in all areas save for the scoreboard. Half of that equation changed on Friday night.
North Central assured itself of a spot in Thursday's Region 3-A volleyball championship match as the Lady Knights trampled McBee in three games in the final regulary scheduled match of the season.
Been there, done that.
Sometimes, the best fiery, pre-game pep talks are the ones you save for when they are really needed.
It must be the blue and gold of Lewisville's uniform which seems to bring out the worst in North Central.
By TOM DIDATO
Thursday night, the North Central volleyball team took on Chesterfield for the lead atop the Region 3-A standings.
North Central romped past Lewisville in three games, 25-7, 25-6 and 25-9, in a Region 3-A match played Thursday night in Richburg.
The three-game sweep was the third in a row for Andy Johnson's Lady Knights who improved to 12-1 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
As he watched the film of Great Falls' loss to Andrew Jackson in a game played earlier this season, North Central head football coach Louis Clyburn noticed that Great Falls wide receiver, Xavier Holmes, was dropping pass after pass.
When you are 0-6, it can be hard to feel confident when you are preparing for your next game.
Two nights after suffering their first conference loss in more than two years, the North Central volleyball team released their frustration on McBee to the tune of a 3-0 shutout win at The Castle on Thurday.
In a week in which baseball took center stage in the middle of football season, North Central head coach Louis Clyburn and his staff used a baseball analogy to help prepare their team for Friday night's visit from Region 3-A kingpin Chesterfield.
Five weeks without a win has hardly made life dull at North Central.
Last season, the only pimple on North Central's unbeaten run through Region 3-A volleyball play came when Chesterfield took one game from the Lady Knights, which went 23-1 in games played in eight conference matches.
North Central extended its season-opening unbeaten streak to eight matches as Jason Brazell's charges knocked off Region 4-AA rivals Indian Land and Cheraw on Tuesday in Boonetown.
Host McBee sent the North Central boys' basketball team to its sixth loss in as many starts as the host Panthers overcame a sluggish start to post a 63-47 win.
Cary Phillips has been the head coach of the North Central boys' basketball team for all of five games. But he already knows his team needs to get off to better starts to avoid beginning behind the 8-ball.
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