Thursday, March 4, 2010

All Cabarrus basketball teams

The 2009-10 high school basketball season has nearly come and gone, and for many teams in it’s a time to move on and get ready for a brighter future. But for today, we look back on the season that was.

For the first time in decades, the South Piedmont conference (SPC) transformed into all-(Cabarrus) county league, but while the overall team changed, things stayed the same at the top as Concord swept both the boys (13-1) and girls’ (14-0) league and tournament titles.

The Spider boys won their fifth straight SPC title, while the girls’ claimed their third consecutive league championship.

Meanwhile, First Assembly’s boys’ team (26-2, 13-0) dominated the Metrolina Athletic Conference (MAC) coming just one game short of a chance at an NCISAA state title.

But while the top teams were impressive, many individual players also helped their squads improve dramatically.

So, who was the best of the best in Cabarrus County? From the publics to the private, here is our take.

Boys Basketball

Player of the Year:
Jarrell Eddie, Cannon

Jarrell Eddie has done it all. In his Cannon School career, the 6-foot-6 guard/forward not only shattered the 2,000-point mark (in his junior season) but also led the Cougars to their best run as a team in school history.

“I think Jarrell (Eddie) has taken his game to a new level every year (at Cannon),” Cannon basketball coach Glen Taylor said, earlier this season.

For Eddie, a two-time all-state performer who will play basketball at Virginia Tech next season, the best may still be to come. Eddie, who averaged 23 points per game this season, was a consensus top 50 recruit and should be a future star for the Hokies.

Coach of the Year:
Scott Brewer, Concord

For more than the last decade, Scott Brewer has been one of the top coaches in the state. From his time at Central Cabarrus to Concord, Brewer has established himself as one of the elite.

This season was no different, as Brewer has led the Spiders back to the regionals (WILL UPDATE THIS THEY PLAY WEST ROWAN tonight) for the third season in a row. After starting the season against one of the toughest schedules in the state (Hopewell, Mount Tabor, Beach Ball Classic) the Spiders (23-6) won their last 14 games, including their fourth consecutive sweep of the SPC regular season and tournament titles.

“We know that we are always going to get everybody’s best shot, because we have won so much,” Brewer said earlier this season, who is 96-4 against Cabarrus County teams since 2000. “But I think that makes us a better team, and we look forward to the challenges. In the end, it makes us a better team for where we want to go (state championship).”

All Cabarrus News Boys Team

Jarrell Eddie, Cannon…future Virginia Tech guard first team all-state.

Keith Belfield, Cannon…a dynamic duo with Eddie, now must prove he can do it alone.

Kyle Grisby, First Assembly…a ton of talent packed into this 5-foot-7, 150-pound frame.

Jacquise Moore, Concord…the player that makes Concord go on both ends of the court.

Jalen Cannady, Concord…the Spiders only true force in the post.

L.C. Cooks, Central Cabarrus…sophomore the future of Vikings basketball with Aaron Johnson.

Quinton Wimbush, Hickory Ridge…The Ragin’ Bulls star will one of SPC best again next year.

Elijah Hampton, J.M. Robinson…averaged 22 points per game as a sophomore.

Jacques Deese, A.L. Brown…SPC player of the year helped carry Wonders.

Tyler Honeycutt, Northwest Cabarrus…senior led Trojans to third place SPC finish.

Girls Basketball

Player of the Year:
Nyshia Hammonds, Concord

Nyshia Hammonds’ career at Concord High School didn’t end the way she wanted it to. But the 5-foot-5 senior guard did just about everything short of going out with a state title (at least this year).

Hammonds, who signed with (UNC) Charlotte, not only shattered the 1,000-point mark as a junior, but also was named the MVP of the state championship game as a sophomore when the Spiders won it all.

“(Nyshia) is the most talented yet hardest working player I have ever coached,” Concord coach Angela Morton told to the Observer earlier this year.

This year, Hammonds was at it again, averaging more than 16 points per game while leading the Spiders to a 24-6 record, including a perfect 14-0 in the SPC.

Coach of the Year: Jessica Kulp, Hickory Ridge

For the first time in years, the SPC boasted an all-Cabarrus county flavor, boasting some of the state’s best teams in traditional power Concord and reigning ME-CA 7 champion, J.M. Robinson.

No one was thinking about Hickory Ridge. No one, but first year Ragin’ Bulls girls’ coach Jessica Kulp.

All Kulp did was take her team to a school record 21-8 record, including 11-2 in the SPC with a sweep of Robinson. Kulp, who was also named SPC coach of the year in her inaugural season, led her team to the third round of the 3A playoffs beating Northeast Guilford and Parkwood before losing to North Iredell.

All Cabarrus News Girls Team

Nyshia Hammonds, Concord…Charlotte signee led Spiders to unbeaten SPC mark.

Kelsee Cheek, J.M. Robinson…scoring-machine also SPC player of the year.

Tabby Koerner, J.M. Robinson…double-double machine taking act to Gardner-Webb.

Paige Whitaker, First Assembly…all-state senior led Eagles to 21-6 season.

Alexis Grant, First Assembly…formed dynamic one-two punch with Whitaker.

Akysia Resper, Hickory Ridge…led the Ragin’ Bulls to 2nd-place SPC finish.

Candra Mathis, Hickory Ridge…helped Bulls go toe-to-toe with Concord and Robinson.

Jhemelia Edwards, Concord…major part of Spider success, scored 1,000 points in career already.

Jasmine Deberry, Concord…will Edwards, will help Spiders replace Hammonds next year.

Jasmine Parker, A.L. Brown…with Koerner graduated, Parker will dominate SPC paint.

-- Special Correspondent Jay Edwards


Anonymous said...

Have the All Observer or All Mecklenburg teams been named yet?

Observer Sports said...

They will appear in April

Alex said...

It's KELSEE Cheek, not "Kelsie."

viagra news said...

Great team and a nice city as well, very good places to eat.