It was a dreary night for Louis Clyburn and North Central. And playing most of a game in a driving rain only served to make matters worse.
One of the things which North Central head coach Louis Clyburn was excited about when the High School League moved the Knights into Region 4-AA was an improved football atmosphere on Friday nights.
Playing for a cause, North Central celebrated its annual Dig Pink match to help combat breast cancer with a lopsided 25-12, 25-14, 25-17 win over visiting Chesterfield on Tuesday night at The Castle in Boonetown.
Having picked on and beaten schools their own size, the North Central volleyball team stepped up in class on Monday. The results, however, were the same as they have been throughout this season.
Kicking off their second go-through in Region 4-AA volleyball in the same manner as it did the first half of the campaign, North Central took a 3-0 win over visiting Buford in a Thursday night match played inside The Castle in Boonetown.
There are those victories which you take, put them in the books and move ahead to the next chapter.
It has been three years since North Central met Buford in a regular season football game. That does not mean, however, that the two rivals are strangers.
After being seeded third at the conclusion of pool play in Saturday's ninth annual Carolina Challenge volleyball tournament, host North Central turned on the afterburners.
North Central tuned up for last Saturday's Carolina Challenge volleyball tournament by breezing to a three-sets, 25-7, 25-15 and 25-16, win over visiting Central of Pageland on Thursday night in a Region 4-AA volleyball match.
Cheraw proved to be a mere bump in the road for North Central as the Lady Knights crushed visiting Braves in three sets, 25-7, 25-16 and 25-18, on Tuesday night in a Region 4-AA volleyball match played inside The Castle in Boonetown.
That steamroller which is the North Central High volleyball team showed no signs of slowing down in a 3-1 win over Indian Land in a match played last Thursday in Lancaster.
Trailing 22-16 in the first set of Tuesday's Region 4-AA show with visiting Andrew Jackson, North Central volleyball coach Andy Johnson took a look at the scoreboard and, as always, noticed that aside from the score the only numbers in the time section were those counting down the one minute allowed for a time out.
It used to be that Chesterfield and North Central would hook up in some long and tense volleyball matches.
After having opened the season with three non-region victories, the North Central volleyball team stepped into Region 4-AA action Tuesday and came away with a 3-2 win over host Buford to improve to 4-0 on the season.
With Region 4-AA being a seven-team circuit, it means that each team will play six conference games. With that being the case, it leaves teams just four --- rather than the regular five --- out-of-league contests.
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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