Thursday, March 26, 2009

Shelby's Hollifield is AP coach of the year

Shelby’s Aubrey Hollifield is the 2009 Associated Press N.C. All-State boys basketball coach of the year.

Hollifield got six of a possible 16 votes from a statewide media panel after leading the 2A Golden Lions to the first N.C. state title in school history. Winston-Salem Mount Tabor’s Andy Muse (four votes), who led his school to a 4A state title, was runner-up. Gastonia Forestview’s Dan Ghent , whose team reached the 3A final for the first time, was one of three coaches to get two votes.

The girls coach of the year was East Davidson’s Terry Allmon, who led his team to a 31-1 record, which included a 37-game win streak that started last season and ended in the regional playoffs. Allmon remained with his team this year despite suffering from prostate cancer. He had surgery Wednesday.

He received eight of 16 votes from the media panel. West Charlotte’s Reggie Mobley got one vote after leading the Lions to their first state title in 71 years.

At Shelby, Hollifield’s team ended several near-miss seasons. The Golden Lions reached the 2006 finals under Ken Napier, losing by three to Burlington Cummings in the finals. They lost in the regional playoffs the past two seasons.

This year, Shelby won its last 13 games including a 62-50 win over Pittsboro Northwood to win the championship.

“This has been a great year. We've had good years the last four years – we've been right there,” Hollifield said. “We had a core of five boys that were with me since their sophomore year, this being their senior year … seeing those guys develop and come into their own.”

The Associated Press contributed.
-- Langston Wertz Jr.


Paul said...

Looks like as usual, the only way Shelby gets any attention is when they win the whole thing and someone gets a huge award. I really wish you guys would do a better job covering your regional teams. I know Shelby has its own paper, but you guys distribute to a far bigger area. I dont think you realize but that would be beneficial to high school athletes, because the more their name gets out, the more likey they are to get scholarships. The Shelby Star is David, and the Charlotte Observer is Goliath. Help out your smaller towns. We (Shelby) will just keep on winning!

Anonymous said...

We are so proud of this team. They have all worked so hard, especially Aubrey. I agree with Paul. All area high school teams should be getting more attention from the Observer---take away this area in subscriptions, the Observer might colapse.