Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Concord Cannon star Alec Wintering leaves basketball team

Concord's Cannon School, a member of the Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association, will play the remainder of the season without its best player.

Junior point guard Alec Wintering, who has four college scholarship offers, has left the team, his brother, Daniel, told the Observer. Daniel Wintering said his brother is still attending Cannon but that the family is looking to potentially move him.

Daniel Wintering said the midseason switch had to do with a series of disagreements with Cannon coach Glen Taylor.

According to Daniel Wintering, he and his family met with Cannon headmaster Matt Gossage and athletics director Rod Rachal Monday night and informed them on their decision.

Taylor, contacted by the Observer, referred the newspaper to Gossage.

"They made a decision that's best for Alec, I guess," he said. "This is an ongoing issue at school."

Taylor declined further comment. Gossage didn't return calls but Cannon athletics director Rod Rachal called the newspaper with a written statement:

"Yesterday (Monday), Alec Wintering's brother informed us Alec would no longer play basketball at Cannon due to a difference of opinion between our varsity head coach and Alec's brother. Alec is a great young man and contributes tremendously to our school community."

A 5-foot-9 guard, Wintering led Cannon in scoring (18.4 points), was third in rebounds (2.4), first in steals (2.6) and first in assists (3.3). He has scholarship offers from Duquesne, Florida International, Manhattan and Iona, according to his brother.

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