The Basketball Beat becomes the Sports Machine as the hoops got into full swing over the past weekend.Â George Michael shut down his Sports Machine, so we will keep it running at greensborosports.com.Â Â The HS hoops grabbed the spotlight as the Dudley PanthersÂ continued their dominance of the the local 3-A boys basketball with their 10 point win over the Northeast Guilford Rams back on Friday night.Â The Panthers rode the big body of Kenny Belton on the inside and Josh Chavis carried Dudley on the outside as DHSÂ made sure the trophy would stay in the case on Lincoln Street and that NEG will not have a number one seedÂ in the Sectionals.
Dudley will be home as the playoffs get under way this evening and NEG would eventually have to face Burlington Williams before they canÂ get another shot at Dudley.Â High Point Central made easy work of East Forsyth when the Black Bison defeated the Eagles on Friday night at HPC.Â HPC will be a number one seed in the boys playoffs and theyÂ areÂ still the #1 ranked 4-AÂ team in the state.Â Will Dudley and HPC leadÂ our local troops into the state finals?Â Let’s hope so and if it can’t beÂ the DudleyÂ boys make it Northeast Guilford.
The Northeast Guilford girls made itÂ two straight Triad 3-A conferenceÂ championships with their victory over Dudley at NEG on Friday night.Â The Rams will have home court advantage in the playoffs and could meet Dudley again as early as the 2nd round.Â
The Grimsley girls finished what theyÂ started as they went 12-0 regular seasonÂ MetroÂ 4-A and then won the conference tournament with a championship decision overÂ High Point Central.Â The WhirlieGirls are a #1 seed and they will be hard to stop in the Sectionals and Regionals and then as far as the stateÂ championhsip goes, well that’s a still a little too far down the road for me to predict.Â We’ll have to wait and take a look at the competition.Â IÂ will have this covered like a balnket, as always ifÂ it’s real sports we’ll have it for youÂ at greensborosports.com.
The excitement is in the air as the HS playoffs get rolling for real on Monday night and now it’s either win or stay home and wash upÂ the uniforms and put them away for the year.Â The boys will beÂ in action this evening and the girls will begin play on Tuesday night.Â HPC, Smith,Â Page, NWG, Grimsley, Dudley, NEG, Ragsdale, HPA, SWG, EG, and other boys begin play tonight and then the young ladies with Grimsley, NWG, Page, HPC, NEG, Dudley,Â Ragsdale, SWG,Â SEG, HPA,Â EG, and several more teams will go at itÂ on Tuesday.
The new coaches for Guilford County’s state-of-the-art Northern Guilford HSÂ were announced over the weekend.Â The Athletic Director will be Darrell Force who comes over from High Point Central, while the volleyball coachÂ is Sharon Parks coming from Southern Guilford and the baseball coach is Johnny Smith, the head man with the Palomino League’s Guilford Patriots for many years.Â The N&R(www.news-record.com) had the coaches in Saturday’sÂ paper and we had Force and Smith listed here at greensborosports.com a couple of months back.Â The new NGHS is set to open in the fall of 2007 and don’t confuseÂ NGHS with NWGHS.Â It will be the Nighthawks vs. the Vikings.
The Big Four got a rare ACC sweep this weekend with Wake Forest winning Saturday afternoon against Miami,Â North Carolina tasted theÂ sweet success of beating thatÂ hockey school Boston CollegeÂ in basketball, Duke made a statementÂ defeating Georgia Tech Sunday afternoon and N.C. State knocked off a football school playing hoops, when they ripped Virginia Tech for the second timeÂ this seasonÂ late Sunday afternoon in Raleigh.Â Our localsÂ UNCG,Â Guilford, and Greensboro College all notched victories on Saturday.
The final news coming out of the Sports Machine is reallyÂ sad but itÂ is true.Â KurtÂ AngleÂ says, “yeah, it’s True, it’s really True”.Â Greensboro attroney Jan Pritchett stole the Forest ValleyÂ title from me on Sunday afternoon inÂ strong gale-like conditions at the Forest Valley outdoor basketball court.Â Mr. Pritchett arrived at the slab at about 5pm and I had been standing out in the extreme weather conditions for almost one hour awating his arrival.Â The battle was closely fought but even with some of the games going into overtime Jan Pritchett leftÂ Forest Valley with the title.Â He came in and stole the trophy andÂ my attorneys, Dewey, Chetum, and Howe will be hearing from me this week as I plan to file a lawsuit and hope to win back the crown even if we have to bring back Judge William Daisy to hear the case.Â There was some 6’7 kid named Max Miller who came out to steal the candyÂ on Sunday but this kid has a lotÂ of work to do before he can measure up to the real Forest Valley standards set by men like John Cassell many years ago.
After reviewing the Race Results fromÂ Sunday’s Daytona 500, I am declaring Chuck the winner.Â Chuck, Greg, and S. Smith were the only entries to have a driver in the top 5 and Chuck’s man KevinÂ Harvick won the race so Chuck wins the Fish.Â Chuck finishes first, Greg in second, and S. Smith in third.Â We’ll hope to have our next race contest when the NASCAR circuit comes to Charlotte in May.Â If you have any questions then call Mr. Pritchett and I’m sure he will refer you to my men, Dewey, Chetum, and Howe.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â