The North Central High School volleyball program will hold its annual "Dig Pink" match on Monday, Oct. 14 when rival and third-ranked Andrew Jackson invades The Castle in Boonetown to meet the fifth-ranked Lady Knights.
If you call an entire team emptying the bench to celebrate a touchdown in the end zone and a group of school-aged youngsters working the chains and then, leaving their duties during the middle of the game then, yes, this was your typical Friday scene at Bolden Stadium in Columbia.
A word of caution to those attending tonight's North Central football game with Keenan at Bolden Stadium in Columbia: Watch out for flying footballs.
Last year, Columbia handed North Central its lone loss in Region 3-AA volleyball play.
It probably took longer for North Central to get to last Thursday's volleyball pairing at Eau Claire than it did for the completion of the match itself.
Four years and five meetings ago, Andrew Jackson handed North Central a 50-0 loss. Since then, the Knights have been playing catch-up to their neighboring rivals.
As he watched clips from his team's first four games of the season, North Central head football coach Louis Clyburn noted that with a little luck, here or there, his team could well be carrying a 4-0 record into tonight's annual battle with rival Andrew Jackson rather than the 2-2 record which the Knights sport.
Three days after having won their own tournament, the North Central volleyball team kept on winning by sweeping three sets from visiting Pelion on Tuesday night inside The Castle in Boonetown.
Posing for a team photo after winning their own tournament is becoming routine for the North Central volleyball team.
It has been more than two decades since MC Hammer was last seen on the record charts. That has not stopped Louis Clyburn from reviving hammer time in Boonetown.
It took a soon-to-be 4A foe to do it, but North Central's volleyball team's season-opening win streak came to an end in a 2-0 loss to Westwood on Tuesday night.
North Central will host the eighth annual Carolina Challenge Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 21 at The Castle in Boonetown.
Here we go again.
In spite of being one of the smaller schools invited to Saturday's Sumter Spike-Off volleyball tournament, North Central still managed to knock off its share of larger programs en route to a third-place finish in the 15-team event.
Two matches. Four sets. A perfect start.
Telling anyone who would listen that just because C.A. Johnson was a Columbia city school without a rich football history that the Hornets were not a "cupcake" opponent, North Central head coach Louis Clyburn has the naysayers believing him now.
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