Day Two: Coach’s Clinic @ NOTRE DAME!

The view from the 5th floor of the Notre Dame Press Box

The view from the 5th floor of the Notre Dame Press Box

Day Two of the Coach’s Clinic and it was another amazing day of the South Bend, IN campus.  The day started with the former Auburn Head Coach Tommy Tuberville talking about his defensive schemes while at Auburn…then continued with many of the Assistant Coaches from Notre Dame.  The day ended with practice, watching the team go through their entire practice, then a BBQ dinner, in which the players joined the crowd…leaving us the opportunity to talk with a couple of the new recruits (Zeke Motta and EJ Banks).

The concluding session was given by Barry Alvarez, current Director of Athletics at Wisconson – as well as the former Head Coach there, and a former assistant to Lou Holtz (Notre Dame) and Hayden Frye (Iowa).  It was a good session dealing with his coaching philosophy and giving advice on how to run practices and deal with players.  That was followed by another Coach’s social, this time – 5th floor of the press box…which was a great time, with them turning on the lights so that we would be able to see the field.

All in all it was a great day, with another day planned for tomorrow, starting with a breakfast put on by FCA…and then continuing with a couple more sessions, concluding with the final session of the clinic featuring Notre Dame Head Coach Charlie Weis.   There is a hype here about the team that will be taking the field in the fall for Notre Dame, being led at the Quarterback position by Junior Jimmy Clausen…who in practice looked great today, throwing crisp passes and looking like he may be in early season form already during the spring.  The clinic ends tomorrow around 3:30 PM with a practice session, a team scrimmage for the coaches to see, so it looks to be a great day ahead.

I’ll try to update tomorrow during the day, but not sure if I’ll be able to do so, but will update Sunday on the final day…until then….

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Live From South Bend – Notre Dame Coaches’ Clinic

The Mural on the Hesburgh Library affectionately refered to as "Touchdown Jesus"

The Mural on the Hesburgh Library affectionately refered to as "Touchdown Jesus"

Here we are at the University of Notre Dame….
All I can say, “WOW!”

If you ever get the chance to go to the Campus, I would Highly recommend it…

Donnie Johnson, Head Coach of Football at Avery Middle School, made the trek to South Bend to take in the Knowledge of Charlie Weis and his coaching staff for the Irish. Yesterday was a beautiful day (once we got to the Indiana state line) and we were able to walk around the campus and get acquainted with some of the sights…

We got here and registered, and then took the opportunity to walk around the Joyce Center (Basketball Arena) looking at the different vendors, as well as walk around campus to find dinner, and enjoy some of the sights. We then went to a coaches social, met a few of the coaches, including Kinnon Tatum II, a former Irish player and current coach who is from Fayetteville, NC.

We will try to update as much as possible as the day progresses, trying to give you an idea of what it is like to be here and a part of this event, but one thing is for certain – it’s hard to put into words…but not sure what we’ll be able to do…we’ll post a full update of the day’s events this evening.

Lady Viking Soccer Wins 5-0 over East Wilkes

Mary Chesnut Smith netted 4 goals for the Lady Vikings on Monday night. (Serena Smith Photo)

Mary Chesnut Smith netted 4 goals for the Lady Vikings on Monday night. (Serena Smith Photo)

The Avery Lady Vikings looked like they were right on target with their play on Monday evening at MacDonald Stadium, on the campus of Avery High, earning the easy victory over the ladies from East Wilkes.  Mary Chesnut Smith was in mid-season form, leading the way for the Lady Vikings, netting 4 goals for Avery.

Scoring got underway when Smith broke away from the defense, and scored in the 39th minute of play, putting the Lady Vikings up 1-0.  It took just six minutes for the Lady Viking attack to again put in a score, this time off the foot of Hayley Pyatte, as she put in the rebound off of a Katelynn Eudy miss, putting the Lady Vikes on top 2-0 in the 45th minute.  Smith would add a one-timer in the 62nd minute, and then add another breakaway in the 66th minute, putting the Lady Vikings up 4-0, earning the Hat-trick for Smith.  She would add her 4th goal in the 79th minute, putting the game away for a Lady Viking victory, 5-0.

The Lady Vikes will travel to North Wilkes tomorrow, March 10, looking to earn their second victory of the season.  The team will then return home on Friday, March 13, to take on Ashe County at MacDonald Stadium; gametime will be 6 PM.

NCHSAA Update: Regional Semifinals

Bishop McGuinness and East Surry both moved on to the Regional Final in the 1A Western Regional.  McGuinness proved to be too much for the Lady Knights of Robbinsville, dismantling the Lady Knights 54-29 at the Greensboro Coliseum, effectively moving on toward their 4th straight State Championship.  East Surry got 16 points from Courtney Simmons, along with a 20-5 run in the final stanza to pull away and defeat Hiwassee Dam 52-36.

McGuinness (27-4) and East Surry (26-5) will face each other in the regional final on Saturday in Flemming Gymnasium, on the campus at UNCG, at Noon.  They faced each other three times this season, with McGuinness winning all three in convincing fashion.  If McGuinness can complete their run, they will be the third team to win 4 straight state championships in NCHSAA history.

In the 2A semifinals, the Lady Mountaineers of Mitchell battled through a tough first half, seeing Lakin Norris score only 5 points, and pick up 3 fouls, benching her for much of the first half; and watched as Salisbury took a huge 38-21 lead into the half.  Mitchell shot only 4 of 13 in the first half from the field, and were unable to get anything going in the first half.  The Winner of the game will go on to face East Davidson (31-0), who knocked of Smoky Mountain High School in the first semifinal, dominating the game and demolishing the Smoky Mountain attack.

10:00 PM – Lakin Norris has picked up her 4th foul, but the Lady Mountaineers have clawed back into the game, putting together a run in the third quarter, bringing the score to 41-31, taking the Lady Hornets out of their game.  But Salisbury makes a run toward the end of the third, due to the cautious play by Norris brought on by her 4th foul, and pulling away, getting the lead back to a 17 point lead.  Salisbury 48 Mitchell 31 after three quarters of play.

10:10 PM – The Lady Hornets have pulled away, dominating the boards and putting up the points, and keeping the Lady Mountaineers from putting together any kind of comeback.  3:13 remaining in the contest, Salisbury 57 Mitchell 34.

10:20 PM – The Lady Hornets proved to be too much for the Lady Mountaineers, defeating the Lady Mountaineers in the NCHSAA 2A Regional Semifinal in convincing fashion  64-42 .  Norris finishes the game scoring 19 points and putting together a good second half, but unable to lead the Lady Mountaineers back into the contest, having to play cautiously due to foul trouble.  Leading the Lady Hornets into the Regional final was Shi-Heria Shipp, who has signed with Appalachian for next season.  The Lady Mountaineers wrap up their season with a 27-3 record, closing their season with a trip to the 2A regionals for the second year in a row.  Mitchell will be reclassified as a 1A school next season.

Salisbury (27-3) will move on to face East Davidson (31-0) in the 2A Regional final on Saturday.  The Lady Hornets lost just three games this season, and all three to East Davidson, with the most recent being a 2 point loss in the conference championship game.  The 2A regional final will be held at 2 PM Saturday, March 7, at Flemming Gymnasium on the campus of UNC-Greensboro.

Ellis Adding Red and Black to the Blue-White All-Star Game

Katie Ellis will represent Avery's Lady Vikings in the Annual Blue-White All-Star Game on March 20th (Serena Smith Photo)

Katie Ellis will represent Avery's Lady Vikings in the Annual Blue-White All-Star Game on March 20th (Serena Smith Photo)

Lady Viking senior Katie Ellis will be adding a little red and black to the Blue-White All Star game on March 20th.  Ellis will be joining 39 other seniors from Western North Carolina in the contest, which will take place at TC Roberson High School.  Ellis is the fifth selection for the Lady Vikings in the past 4 years, and continuing the success the Lady Vikings have come to know over the past few years.

Ellis will join three other girls from the Western Highlands Conference in the game; joining Ellis on the Blue Team are Courtney Huskins (Mountain Heritage), Heather Jenkins and Torri Whittaker (Madison).  Coach Zack Ball of Madison will be coaching the team.  Mitchell senior Austin Burleson was named to the men’s Blue Team, joining his coach, Daron Williams, as well as other conference stand-outs Ramsey Elsayed (Madison) and Kameron Kerr (Polk).  Tori Sitton, from Hendersonville, will join his coach, Robert Strong, as members of the White Team.

Congratultions to Ellis and all the selections to the 2009 Blue-White All-Star Game.  This year’s game will donate the proceeds to benefit local children with developmental disabilities; tickets can be purchased at the door.

UPDATED: Women’s and Men’s NCHSAA playoffs

NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION 2009 REGIONAL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT–WITH REVISION

Western Regional– Men

Class 1-A—Fleming Gym, UNC Greensboro
Friday, March 6, 7 p.m.: Kernersville Bishop McGuinness (28-2) vs. Hendersonville (17-9)
Friday, March 6, 8:30 p.m.: Cherryville (22-8) vs. South Stokes (12-15)
Saturday, March 7, 4 p.m.: championship

Class 2-A
Thursday, March 5, 5:30 p.m.: Shelby (26-2) vs. West Caldwell (22-6) at Greensboro Special Events Center
Thursday, March 5, 5:30 p.m.: East Lincoln (26-4) vs. Ashe County (25-3) at UNCG
Saturday, March 7, noon: championship at Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center

Class 3-A –Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center
Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m: Concord (28-1) vs. Charlotte Catholic (13-15)
Wednesday, March 4, 8:30 p.m.: High Point T.W. Andrews (24-4) vs. Gastonia Forestview (23-6)
Saturday, March 7, 2 p.m.: championship

Class 4-A— Fleming Gym, UNC Greensboro
Thursday, March 5, 7 p.m.: Huntersville Hopewell (27-0) vs. Charlotte Ardrey Kell (21-8)
Thursday, March 5, 8:30 p.m.: Winston-Salem Mount Tabor (28-1) vs. Charlotte Myers Park (24-6)
Saturday, March 7, 4 p.m.: championship at Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center

Western Regional — Women

Class 1-A: Fleming Gym, UNC Greensboro
Wednesday, March 4, 5:30 p.m.: Hiwassee Dam (28-5) vs. East Surry (25-5) at UNCG
Wednesday, March 4, 5:30 p.m.: Kernersville Bishop McGuinness (26-4) vs. Robbinsville (25-2) at Greensboro Special Events Center
Saturday, March 7, noon: championship at Fleming Gym, UNCG

Class 2-A: Fleming Gym, UNC Greensboro
Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m.: East Davidson (30-0) vs. Sylva Smoky Mountain (24-3)
Wednesday, March 4, 8:30 p.m.: Mitchell (27-2) vs. Salisbury (26-3)
Saturday, March 7, 2 p.m.: championship

Class 3-A: Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center
Thursday, March 5, 7 p.m.: Statesville (26-3) vs. Asheville T.C. Roberson (25-4)
Thursday, March 5, 8:30 p.m.: Gastonia Forestview (25-4) vs. Concord (26-4)
Saturday, March 7, 6 p.m.: championship

Class 4-A: Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center
Friday, March 6, 7 p.m.: Matthews David Butler (29-1) vs. Charlotte Mallard Creek (22-6)
Friday, March 6, 8:30 p.m.: West Charlotte (25-3) vs. East Mecklenburg (25-4)
Saturday, March 7, 8 p.m.: championship

Eastern Regionals-Men
Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum, East Carolina University

Class 1-A
Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m.: Weldon (26-1) vs. South Robeson (17-6)
Wednesday, March 4, 8:30 p.m.: Camden (25-3) vs. Pender (23-6)
Saturday, March 7, 3 p.m.: championship

Class 2-A
Thursday, March 5, 7 p.m.: South Brunswick (24-5) vs. Pittsboro Northwood (18-5)
Thursday, March 5, 8:30 p.m.: East Duplin (21-6) vs. Burlington Cummings (21-6)
Saturday, March 7, 5 p.m.: championship

Class 3-A
Friday, March 6, 7 p.m.: Northern Guilford (27-3) vs. Bertie (22-4)
Friday, March 6, 8:30 p.m.: Kinston (26-3) vs. Greensboro Dudley (26-3)
Saturday, March 7, 7 p.m.: championship

Class 4-A
Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m.: Cary Panther Creek (28-2) vs. Fayetteville Jack Britt (24-6)
Tuesday, March 3, 8:30 p.m.: Raleigh Enloe (28-2) vs. Fayetteville Terry Sanford (26-3)
Saturday, March 7, 1 p.m.: championship

Eastern Regionals–Women
J.H. Rose High School, Greenville

Class 1-A
Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m.: Weldon (25-2) vs. Manteo (24-5)
Tuesday, March 3, 8:30 p.m.: East Bladen (24-2) vs. East Columbus (24-4)
Saturday, March 7, 1 p.m.: championship

Class 2-A
Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m.: Graham (26-1) vs. Jacksonville Northside (25-3)
Wednesday, March 4, 8:30 p.m.: Southwest Onslow (25-3) vs. Orange (20-6)
Saturday, March 7, 3 p.m.: championship

Class 3-A
Thursday, March 5, 7 p.m.: Winterville South Central (28-0) vs. Rockingham County (25-5)
Thursday, March 5, 8:30 p.m.: Greensboro Dudley (27-3) vs. Wilson Beddingfield (26-3)
Saturday, March 7, 5 p.m.: championship

Class 4-A
Friday, March 6, 7 p.m.: Hope Mills South View (28-1) vs. Durham Hillside (24-5)
Friday, March 6, 8:30 p.m.: Wilmington Hoggard (25-2) vs. Southeast Raleigh (24-2)
Saturday, March 7, 7 p.m.: championship