Monday, April 29, 2013

Hough's Seth Gandy leads his team to I-Meck 4A golf title

Hough’s Seth Gandy fired a 5-under 67 at the I-Meck 4A golf tournament in Mooresville Monday and was named conference player of the year.

Gandy and teammate David Yang both shot in the 60s. Yang shot a 68

Hough won the conference title with a score of 280, well ahead of second place Lake Norman (309), Mooresville (315) and Hopewell (323).

The all-conference team: Seth Gandy, Peyton White, Patrick Cover, Clay Brown, Blake Wagoner, Hough; Sean Shalvoy, Jonathan Moon, Lake Norman; David Barkley; North Meck; Keegan Sarchett, Tyler Murphy, Mallard Creek; Nolan Watts, Mooresville; Brandon Holst, Hopewell

Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday's top Observer-area performers

Grayce Anderson, Charlotte Latin girls lacrosse: five goals, four assists in 18-9 win over Providence Day. Catherine Crigler had four scores.
Grace Beatty, Olympic softball: 4-for-5 with a home run, triple and seven RBIs.
Lizzy Birch, Logan Raker, Independence softball: Birch (4-for-4, double, three RBIs) and Raker (3-for-4, double, three RBIs) had big games in a 13-2 win over Myers Park. Pitcher Morgan Benson got her eighth win and allowed three hits.
Jonathan Caldwell, Piedmont baseball: 3-for-4 in 7-0 win over Cuthbertson that clinched the league title. Piedmont is 20-2, 12-0 in the Rocky River conference.
Chase Davis, Porter Ridge tennis: beat teammate Logan McMahan 6-4, 7-5 to win the Southern Carolina tennis title. Sun Valley’s Rory Lazenby and Tyler Borgue won the doubles.
Kaylee Freeman, Central Cabarrus softball: one-hit shutout in 4-0 win over Mount Pleasant to win the South Piedmont championship.
Megan Gray, Amelia Melching, Providence girls soccer: Three goals each in 9-0 win over East Meck. Anna Dalton had the shutout.
Jordan Greene, Country Day baseball: 2-for-3 with two home runs, three RBIs in 10-0 win over Cannon.
Nick Gregor, Providence Day baseball: 4-for-6, double and three RBIs in 27-4 win over Charlotte Latin. Kendall Hughes and Otto Fricker had four RBIs each.
Russ Groome, Myers Park baseball: 2-for-4 with four RBIs in 6-3 win over Independence.
Meredith Harris, Charlotte Christian softball: 2-for-4 with grand slam in 13-1 win over SouthLake Christian.
Riley Harrison, Country Day girls lacrosse: five goals, eight assists in 21-5 win over Forsyth Country Day.
Logan Koch, South Meck baseball: 2-for-4 with triple and RBI in 9-3 win over Butler.
Brooke Sharpe, Alexander Central softball: 3-for-4 with three runs scores iin 6-0 win over Hibriten.

Top two lacrosse teams in state meet tonight at Providence Day

One of the biggest boys lacrosse games of the year is tonight at Providence Day.

The Chargers (14-2), ranked No. 2 in the N.C. Laxpower state rankings, host No. 1 Charlotte Latin (11-3). Latin beat PD 9-8 April 10 in two overtimes.

The Hawks, who have won three straight, are unbeaten against N.C. teams this year. Providence Day has lost to one N.C. team this year, Latin, and has four straight.

The game begins at 7:30 p.m. tonight (April 26).

Here are N.C. laxpower state rankings

   1   Charlotte Latin           97.52    3  11- 3- 0  NC
   2   Providence Day            97.51    4  14- 2- 0  NC
   3   Northwest Guilford        97.48   52  11- 0- 0  NC
   4   Christ School             97.31   32  11- 1- 0  NC
   5   Ravenscroft School        96.87    1   7- 4- 0  NC
   6   Cardinal Gibbons          96.71   11  15- 1- 0  NC
   7   Lake Norman               96.49   38  14- 3- 0  NC
   8   Charlotte Catholic        96.21   22  15- 2- 0  NC
   9   Cannon School             95.46    8  13- 7- 0  NC
   10  Forsyth Cou Day           94.31   37   8- 3- 0  NC
   11  Apex                      94.30   17  14- 2- 0  NC
   12  Marvin Ridge              93.78   51  13- 2- 0  NC
   13  East Chapel Hill          93.24   33  11- 2- 0  NC
   14  Cape Fear Academy         93.14   15  10- 5- 0  NC
   15  Lake Norman Charter       93.02   45  13- 3- 0  NC
   16  Durham Academy            92.69    2   6- 8- 0  NC
   17  Needham-Broughton         91.80   66  12- 2- 0  NC
   18  Myers Park                91.61   16  11- 4- 0  NC
   19  Greensboro Page           91.46   57   9- 2- 0  NC
   20  Greensboro Day            91.34   20  10- 7- 0  NC
   21  Ardrey Kell               91.27   78  11- 2- 0  NC
   22  Holly Springs             91.25   19  10- 4- 0  NC
   23  Middle Creek              91.04   10   7- 6- 0  NC
   24  Durham Jordan             90.98   63  12- 2- 0  NC
   25  Northern Guilford         90.79   84  12- 2- 0  NC
   26  Chapel Hill               90.72   46  10- 3- 0  NC
   27  R.J. Reynolds             90.59   47  11- 3- 0  NC
   28  Cary Academy              90.18   42   8- 4- 0  NC
   29  Western Guilford          89.55   24   9- 4- 0  NC
   30  Charlotte Cou Day         89.46    5   5-12- 0  NC
   31  Reagan                    88.80   71   9- 3- 0  NC
   32  Leesville Road            88.47   72  11- 3- 0  NC
   33  Providence HS             88.28   18   8- 7- 0  NC
   34  Davidson Day              88.13   27   5- 6- 0  NC
   35  Athens Drive              87.84    7   6- 9- 0  NC
   36  Wakefield                 87.68   61  10- 4- 0  NC
   37  Millbrook                 87.34   60  10- 5- 0  NC
   38  Wilmington Hoggard        87.28   25   8- 6- 0  NC
   39  Cuthbertson               87.11   68   7- 6- 0  NC
   40  Weddington                87.06   26   5- 7- 0  NC
   41  New Bern                  86.97   96  12- 3- 0  NC
   42  Hough                     86.70   74  10- 7- 0  NC
   43  Durham Riverside          86.49   49   9- 6- 0  NC
   44  Greensboro Grimsley       86.43   21   6- 6- 0  NC
   45  Community-Davidson        85.70   98   6- 1- 0  NC
   46  East Forsyth              85.12   75   8- 6- 0  NC
   47  Charlotte Christian       85.06   14   4-11- 0  NC
   48  Wilmington New Hanover    85.06   35   7- 6- 0  NC
   49  Village LC                84.96  115   6- 0- 0  NC
   50  Green Hope                84.89   13   5- 8- 0  NC

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Garinger freshman Raekwon Long one of several Carolinians on MaxPreps freshman All-American team

Garinger 7-foot freshman Raekwon Long made the MaxPreps All-American team for freshman.

The team is chock full of Carolinas' players including national freshman of the year Harry Giles of High Point Wesleyan Christian. Giles, a 6-foot-8 forward, was offered by North Carolina this week.

Giles, who averaged 12.5 points and 9.5 rebounds, made the first team, along with Columbia (S.C.) Hammond School guard Seventh Woods, who averaged 19.3 points, 4.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds. Woods is 6-1.

Edrice "Bam" Adebayo, a 6-8 forward from Northside High in Pinetown, N.C., made third team. Adebayo averaged 17.8 points, 19.8 rebounds and 4.3 blocks.

Long, who led Garinger to the playoffs with a surprising run through the second half of the season, made honorable mention. He averaged 15 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks.

Hough High's Luke Maye was the only sophomore from the Carolinas to make MaxPreps sophomore All-America team.

South Meck soccer team wearing No. 20 in honor of baseball coach Jon Tuscan

The South Mecklenburg girls' soccer team will wear the number 20 on its jerseys tonight during its game against Myers Park in honor of Sabre baseball coach Jon Tuscan.

Tuscan, 29, was recently diagnosed with testicular cancer. No. 20 is his baseball jersey number.

"He is a great man, teacher, coach and friend," said South Meck head girls' soccer coach Eric White in an email. "He means a lot to our school and Athletic Program and we as a team have decided to honor him by wearing his number on our jerseys tonight. He is a very young man and has a difficult fight in front of him, and we as a school and program support him."

-Corey Inscoe

Monday, April 22, 2013

Hopewell coach David Johnson leaving for Cuthbertson head football job

Hopewell football coach David Johnson has resigned to take the vacant job at Cuthbertson High in Union County, Hopewell athletics director Jamie Billings told the Observer.

Cuthbertson football coach Michael Roark resigned last month. Roark was 16-31 in three seasons.

Union County athletics director Doug Jones said the county has four football openings at Cuthbertson, Porter Ridge, Marvin Ridge and Sun Valley. Jones said he cannot comment on any of them until paperwork is completed.

Johnson, who was unavailable for comment, was hired at Hopewell in July 2011. He was 26 at the time. Johnson had been offensive coordinator at Berry. He became Hopewell’s third coach, following Mike Bradley and Chris Rust.

In two seasons, Johnson’s teams were 5-7 and 4-6. Hopewell’s next coach will try to produce the school first winning season since 2010 and just the second in six years. Rust’s 2008 and 2010 teams were 8-5.

Hopewell baseball hosts military appreciation game

The Hopewell High baseball team will host a Military Appreciation Game 6 p.m. Monday at home against Vance High.

The team will wear camouflage jerseys that will be auctioned off at the end of the game. The proceeds will go toward the Wounded Warrior Project.

Admission is free for military veterans and active duty personnel. Those that attend will also be recognized on the field during the game.

For more information, contact Hopewell head baseball coach Chet Greeson at

-Corey Inscoe

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Three sisters -- one in 7th grade -- power Metrolina Christian softball

Metrolina Christian's softball team has three sisters playing on the same team.

Bailey Bjorson is a senior catcher. Macy Bjorson is a freshman shortstop, and Logan Bjorson is a 7th grader who is the pitcher.

N.C. Independent School rules allow 7th graders to play high school sports.
And Logan is pretty good. She’s 8-2 with 77 strikeouts.

Bailey, the senior, is going to Campbell. Macy, the freshman, is already being recruited by Elon and UNC-Wilmington.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Justin Hardin hired as Providence High football coach

Another Hardin is coming to coach football at Providence High School.

Providence principal Tracey Harrill said Tuesday that she has hired Justin Hardin to replace Randy Long as the school's new football coach.  Hardin is currently an assistant at Rock Hill's South Pointe High School.

Hardin's father, Bruce, coached at Providence from 2001-2004, compiling a 29-11 record and reaching the playoffs three straight seasons.

Long replaced Hardin and coached for nine years. Long was 58-50. He had four winning seasons, but none since 2009. Providence was 6-6 in 2010, 2-8 in 2011 and 5-6 in 2012.

Harrill removed Long last month, saying she wanted to "go in a new direction."

At Providence, Justin Hardin will take his second head coaching job. He coached at Weddington High, in Union County, in 2009 and 2010. He finished with a record of 14-11. Before he got there, Weddington had won 36 games in nine seasons. The Warriors were 0-11 in 2008.

Hardin's 2010 team went 9-4, setting a school-record for wins (that was tied last season). At South Pointe, he's helped lead a pair of teams that won a state championship in 2011 and a regional championship in 2012.

At Providence, Hardin will try to deliver the school's 10th winning season since it opened in 1989.

Harrill said Hardin was chosen from 24 applicants. Hardin played high school football for his father at A.L. Brown in Kannapolis and played college football at the Citadel. Hardin was later an assistant coach at Army. His brother, Blair, was named head coach at Freedom High in Morganton this month after coaching previously at Porter Ridge High in Union County. Hardin's father, Bruce, is currently at Providence Day.

Justin Hardin will begin working with the Providence players Wednesday and officially starts his new job in the summer. He will teach physical education.

"We felt like (Justin) was very passionate and he's worked at the collegiate level as well as coached on both sides of the ball," Providence principal Harrill said. "We felt like he brought the whole picture and was who we thought would be the person to take us to the next level. We feel like we've got the right guy. It's a good day for us."

Below is the text of an email Providence principal Tracey Harrill sent to the school's parents and players:

Dear Providence Football Players and Parents:

It is with much excitement that I announce that the new Providence Head Football Coach will be Justin Hardin.  Coach Hardin has a rich history as a football coach.   He currently serves as the Offensive Coordinator at South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, SC.  Coach Hardin was the head coach at Weddington High School where he was named Coach of the Year for the conference, broke the school record for wins in a season, and coached his team to win the first ever playoff game prior to moving to South Pointe. At South Pointe, his teams have been State Champions and Regional Champions.

Coach Hardin attended the Citadel where he played football and served as team captain and quarterback.  He has coached at West Point Military Academy giving him experience as a college recruiter and coach.  Coach Hardin has coached both defense and offense and served as a Head Coach.  He has the breadth of experience, skills, and passion to lead the Providence Football program.

Coach Hardin will have a team meeting with football players, and any students interested in playing football, before spring workouts tomorrow, Wednesday, April 17, in the gym.

Parents are invited to meet Coach Hardin and hear his plans for our team moving forward at 6:00pm on Wednesday, April 17 in the PHS Auditorium.

I look forward to great things ahead for our football program and our student athletes.
Go Panthers!

Friday, April 12, 2013

W. Charlotte's Kennedy Meeks to play in Jordan Brand Classic Saturday

Ten days after playing in one nationally televised high school All-America game, West Charlotte’s Kennedy Meeks will play in another.

Meeks will play for the East team in the 2013 Jordan Brand Classic. The game will be played Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. ESPN2 will broadcast the game live.

For the past two seasons, the Jordan Brand game, named for Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan, was played in Charlotte.

Meeks is the only N.C. player on either roster and will be joined on the East team by Kentucky recruits Julius Randle and Andrew and Aaron Harrison.

Also on the East roster is the nation’s consensus No. 1 player Andrew Wiggins, who is considering Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina.

Duke has two recruits on the West team: McDonald’s All-Americans Matt Jones and Jabari Parker.

Jordan Brand Classic Rosters
Name; Height; Weight; Pos; High School; College

Kennedy Meeks; 6-10; 275; C; West Charlotte; (UNC)
Rondae Jefferson; 6-7; 215; WF; Chester (PA); Arizona
Wayne Selden; 6-5; 220; WG; Tilton (NH) School; Kansas
Andrew Harrison; 6-5; 210; PG; Travis (TX); Kentucky
Aaron Harrison; 6-5; 205; Travis (TX); Kentucky
Bobby Portis; 6-9; 225; PF; Hall (AR); Arkansas
Tyler Ennis; 6-2; 180; PG; St. Benedict’s Prep (NJ); Syracuse
Andrew Wiggins; 6-7; 205; WF; Huntington Prep (W. Va); undecided
Kuran Iverson; 6-8; 200; WF; Fishburne Miltary (VA); Memphis
Julius Randle; 6-9; 225; :F; Prestonwood Christian (TX); Kentucky
Chris Walker; 6-10; 195; C; Homes County (Fl); Florida
Nigel Williams-Goss; 6-3; 180; PG; Findlay Prep (NV); Washington
James Young; 6-6; 210; WF; Rochester (MI); Kentucky
Marcus Lee; 6-9; 200; C; Deer Valley (CA); Kentucky
Matt Jones; 6-4; 180; WG; DeSoto (TX); Duke
Kasey Hill; 6-0; 170; PG; Montverde Academy (FL); Florida
Troy Williams; 6-7; 200; WF; Oak Hill (VA); Indiana
Jabari Parker; 6-8; 220; WF; Simeon Academy (IL); Duke
Aaron Gordon; 6-8; 210; PF; Archbishop Mitty (CA); undecided
Dakari Johnson; 6-10; 250; C; Montverde Academy (Fl); Kentucky
Joel Embiid; 7-0; 230; C;The Rock (Fl); Kansas
Noah Vonieh; 6-8; 220; PF; New Hamtpon (NH); Indiana

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

United Faith boys basketball on track to return to NCISAA playoff eligibility

Charlotte Observer reporter Corey Inscoe (@coreyinscoe) reports that the N.C. Independent Schools' Athletic Association is ready to return Charlotte's United Faith Christian to playoff eligiblity for basketball.

The United Faith Christian Academy boys' basketball team is on track to be eligible for next year's N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state tournament, according to NCISAA Executive Director Chuck Carter.

Carter updated the NCISAA Board of Directors on United Faith's status during an April 10 meeting in Greensboro.

The team was suspended from the playoffs and put on probation for two years because of a recruiting violation in 2011. The violation stemmed from an email sent by former headmaster Dr. Joe Siragusa to what he said were guardians of the school's several international basketball players.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

CMS All-Conference Basketball Teams

Here are CMS All-Conference teams, as voted on by the conference coaches

I-Meck 4A Boys Basketball
C.J. Bryce, Hopewell; Drey Howell, Mooresville; Tahjai Watt, North Meck; Kishawn Pritchett, Lake Norman; Dominique Henderson, Mallard Creek; Dupree Potter, Mallard Creek; Caleb Davis, Vance; Torin Dorn, Vance; Malik Massey, Vance; Luke Maye, Hough; Drexler Clark, Hough; Trey Foster, W. Charlotte; Gabon Williams, W. Charlotte; Austin Harris, W. Charlotte
Player of the year: Kennedy Meeks, W. Charlotte
Coach of the year: Justin Batts, Hough

I-Meck 4A Girls Basketball
Bryanna Curry, Hopewell; Mariah Washington, Hopewell; Kelsey Dean, Hough; Julia Brown, Hough; Brandi Arey, Hough; Argia Gibson, Lake Norman; Chantel Williams, Mallard Creek; Brianna Nichols, Mallard Creek; Amber Sherrill, Mooresville; Jasmine Bullock, North Meck; Jasmine Cash, North Mecklenburg; Jessica Gaston, W. Charlotte; Rachel Porter, W. Charlotte; Diamond Foggie, Vance
Player of the year: Destiny Barrino, North Meck
Coach of the year: Jennifer Baker, North Meck

ME-GA 7 3A/4A Boys Basketball
Mark Pollack, Charlotte Catholic; Rashawn McGruder, West Meck; Cazmon Hayes, Berry; Aaron Linton, Harding; Emmanuel Patton, Harding; Steven Burrough, Harding; Jevon Patton, Olympic; Derice Parks, Olympic; BJ Gladden, Olympic; Trey Mitchell, Olympic; Desean Murray, East Gaston; Raekwon Long, Garinger
Player of the year: Cazmon Hayes, Berry
Coach of the year: Ty Baumgardner, Olympic

ME-GA 7 3A/4A Girls Basketball
Myicha Drakeford, Harding; Jasmine Gray, West Meck; Breonna Hamrick, Harding; Sophie Rossitch, Charlotte Catholic; Carly Kluttz, E. Gaston; Jalene Sims, Olympic; Ra’shika White, Berry; T’Nyah James, West Meck; Ralisha Currence, Harding; Alexis Dukuly, Garinger
Coach of the year: Anthony Jones
Player of the year: Milan Quinn, Berry

Southwestern 4A Boys
Steven Santa Ana, Tate Small, Ardrey Kell; Channing Stribling, Butler; Jerrin Morrison, East Meck; Deion Lane, Tayon Gleaves, Marcus Graves, Independence; Jack Hackworth, Myers Park; Giovanni Mack, Providence; Sidney Lawson, Rocky River; Craig Thompson, South Meck.
Player of the Year: Steven Santa-Ana (Ardrey Kell)
Coach of the Year: Preston Davis (Independence)

Southwestern 4A Girls
Marshae Bradbury, Erin Whalen, Raven Dean, Ardrey Kell; Fairen Sutton, Butler; Laquisha Taylor, Independence; DD Rogers, Aliyah Mazyck, Saadia Timpton, Myers Park; Casey Rieger, Providence; Hydeia Harvey, Rocky River; Chelsey Thomas, South Meck
Player of the year: DD Rogers, Myers Park
Coach of the year: Barbara Nelson, Myers Park

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

N.C. Associated Press All-State Basketball Teams announced

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Oxford Webb's Isaiah Hicks and Charlotte Providence Day's Jatarie White headline the 2012-13 Associated Press all-state prep basketball teams for North Carolina.

Hicks, a North Carolina signee, was a unanimous pick on all 22 votes from sports writers across the state to lead the 12-player men's team in results released Wednesday.

White, considered one of the nation's top juniors, earned 20 votes to lead the 12-player women's squad.

Hicks, a 6-foot-9 senior, averaged about 24 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocks to help Webb win the Class 3-A championship and make the AP all-state team for the second straight year.
In the 3-A final, Hicks had 34 points, a finals-record 30 rebounds and seven blocked shots in the overtime win.

The McDonald's All-American is a five-star prospect and the No. 20 recruit nationally, according to

White, a 6-3 junior, averaged about 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Providence Day to a fourth straight 3-A independent-schools championship. White is ranked as the No. 12 recruit in her class by ESPN.

Hicks and White were the Gatorade players of the year for North Carolina.

There were nine returnees to the AP all-state teams, led by three-time selections Kennedy Meeks of West Charlotte – also a UNC signee and McDonald's All-American – on the men's side and Jamie Cherry of West Craven on the women's team.

West Craven senior forward Josh Cuthbertson and Person County senior swingman Tyrone Outlaw Jr., made the AP men's team for a second straight year.

Rounding out the men's team are: Waxhaw Cuthbertson's Shelton Mitchell, Cornelius Hough's Luke Maye, Eastern Alamance's Lamont Robinson, East Burke's Clay Byrd, Southwest Guilford's Terrell Leach, Clayton's Gary Clark, Shelby's Gabe DeVoe and Kinston's Denzel Keyes.

On the women's side, Salisbury junior forward Brielle Blaire, Rocky Mount senior guard J'Kyra Brown, Catawba Bandys junior guard Madi Story and Greensboro Page junior guard Paris Kea also made the AP team for the second straight year.

Rounding out the women's team are: Asheville Carolina Day's Haley Laughter, Weddington's Stephanie Watts, Gastonia Forestview's Bre Armstrong, East Surry's Keri Fulp, Lejeune's Chatori Major and West Rowan's Shay Steele.

The AP prep basketball coaches of the year for North Carolina will be released Thursday. The players of the year will be released Friday.

Associated Press All-State Boys Basketball Team
Isaiah Hicks, Oxford Webb, 6-9, Sr., F:
McDonald’s All-American and UNC recruit averaged 24 ppg, 15 rpg, 8 bpg and shot 62 percent.
Kennedy Meeks, West Charlotte, 6-10, Sr., F: McDonald’s All-American and UNC recruit is three-time all-state pick; averaged 19 ppg, 16 rpg, three assists and three blocks.
Tyrone Outlaw Jr., Person County, 6-7, Sr., F: Averaged 24 ppg, 12 rpg and 4.5 apg. Two-time conference player of the year and UNC-Greensboro recruit.
Shelton Mitchell, Cuthbertson, 6-3, Jr., G: Top 25 national recruit has committed to Wake Forest; averaged 20.4 ppg, 4.2 apg and led his team to a second straight N.C. 2A state finals appearance.
Luke Maye, Hough, 6-7, So., F: Averaged 19 ppg, 14 rpg and two assists; had 26 double-doubles and led team to first N.C. 4A Western regional berth.
Lamont Robinson, Eastern Alamance, 5-7, Jr., G: Averaged 22 ppg, 5.3 apg; Burlington Times area player of the year led team to 25 wins.
Josh Cuthbertson, West Craven, 6-5, Sr., F: Averaged 27 ppg, 10 rpg and led team to 25-5 record and regional semifinals berth.
Clay Byrd, East Burke, 6-1, Sr., G: UNC-Greensboro recruit averaged 26.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.3 steals. Scored 2,274 career points.
Terrell Leach, Southwest Guilford, 6-0, Sr., G: Averaged 30 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.5 spg, 2.5 apg. Scored at least 30 in 15 games and 35 in six. Winston-Salem State recruit.
Gary Clark, Clayton, 6-8, Jr., F: Avg. 24 ppg, 14 pg, 4 bpg for team that lost only three games.
Gabe DeVoe, Shelby, 6-3, Jr., F: Averaged 20.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 4.5 apg and 1.8 steals. Led team to 48-11 reord the past two seasons. Has 4.2 GPA.
Denzel Keyes, Kinston, 6-5, Sr., F: Led team to back-to-back N.C. 2A state titles. Led team in scoring at 18 ppg and nine rebounds.

Associated Press All-State Girls Basketball Team
Jatarie White, Providence Day, 6-3, Jr., F:
Averaged 19 ppg, 10 rpg and 3.5 blocks; Gatorade N.C. player of year led her team to NCISAA 3A state title.
Brielle Blaire, Salisbury, 6-3, Jr., F: Averaged 24.1 ppg, 14.5 rpg, 3.5blocks. Has more than 1,500 career points and scored nearly half her team’s points this season.
Jamie Cherry, West Craven, 5-6, Jr., G: UNC recruit averaged 25.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.1 spg and 2.4 apg. Led team to 26-6 record and state semifinal appearance.
J’Kyra Brown, Rocky Mount, 5-10, Sr., G: Averaged 25.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.5 spg. Finished as school’s all-time leading scorer despite missing entire freshan year with knee inury; ECU recruit.
Madi Story, Bandys, 5-10, Jr., G: Two-time all-state pick averaged 18 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.6 apg and 3.7 spg. Led her team to 27-3 record and fourth straight N.C. Western Regional berth.
Paris Kea, Greensboro Page, 5-10, Jr., G: Averaged 14.2 ppg, 7.4 apg and led team to 28-2 record and N.C. 4A championship game berth.
Haley Laughter, Asheville Carolina Day, 6-0, Sr., G/F: Four-time private school all-state pick is signed to Fla. Gulf Coast; averaged 21.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg
Stephanie Watts, Weddington, 5-10, So., G: Averaged 22.1 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 5.5 spg, 3.4 apg, 2.4 blocks. Shot 51 percent. Major Division I recruit.
Bre Armstrong, Forestview, 5-8, Sr., F: Averaged 18.4 ppg, 15.9 rpg, 5.2 spg, 4.2 apg. Big South 3A conference player of the year.
Keri Fulp, East Surry, 6-3, Sr., C: Averaged 16 ppg, 12 rpg and 3 bpg. Shot better than 50 percent and finished career with more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Signed to Wake Forest.
Chatori Major, Lejeune, 5-9, Sr., G: UNC-Asheville signee averaged 24.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, three apg and three spg. Led team to 26-1 record and 1A state semifinal appearance.
Shay Steele, West Rowan, 6-2, Sr., F: Averaged 20.9 ppg, 12 rpg and five blocks. Rowan County player of the year is signed to Morehead State.