Stevens: Tevin Hester of Granville Central wins top NCHSAA award

tstevens@newsobserver.comMay 3, 2012 

— Tevin Hester of Granville Central High and Lindsay Simpson of Franklin High were named the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s male and female athletes of the year Thursday during the association’s annual meeting.

Rushing for 1,247 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns for Granville Central’s football team last fall, Hester averaged 18.5 points per game in basketball and also competed in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. He was the New Balance Indoor National champion in the 60-meter dash this spring and set a meet record while winning the NCHSAA 55-meter sprint this spring.

He has signed with Clemson to run track.

“This is something that will last a lifetime,” Hester said. “I know that there are lots of great high school athletes in the state, and to win this is a tremendous honor.”

Simpson was a four-year starter in volleyball who averaged 5.7 kills per game and finished with 1,208 kills and 1,605 assists in her career.

She finished her basketball career with 2,693 points and averaged 27.6 points per game last season. She has signed with Western Carolina to play basketball.

More money to schools: NCHSAA commissioner Davis Whitfield announced Thursday that the association will be returning more money to schools. The association has increased playoff travel allowances in recent years and is increasing them again, but the biggest increase in funds to schools will come from endowment fund interest income and unbudgeted income.

The NCHSAA will distribute half of the income from that year’s interest income to the schools and half of any excess income over budget to schools that play in bracketed championships, including basketball and football.

“Finances are a continuing problem for our member schools,” Whitfield said. “We cannot finance the programs at individual schools, but we can help.”

The board decided the additional income would help schools cover playoff expenses.

The NCHSAA returned $1,000 to each of its member schools last year – a $390,000 expenditure – and is returning an additional 25 cents to the schools on each playoff ticket sold.

Realignment: Brooks Matthews, the principal at Triton High and the out-going president of the NCHSAA, said he knew that some schools were not pleased with their conference alignment.

“The realignment committee knows when it starts that it cannot please every school,” Matthews said.

He urged schools to look at the overall picture. “Just like an athletic director can’t look at just one sport, a principal can’t look at one class, a district can’t look at one school, the realignment can’t look at just one situation. The committee has to look at the state overall,” he said.

“Sometimes what we see from our perspective is not what is seen from the statewide perspective.”

He asked the schools to set aside their personal disappointments and work to make the conference aligns work.

NCHSAA vision: An NCHSAA strategic planning committee has developed a vision statement and mission statement for the NCHSAA.

The vision is to become the national model for developing and inspiring greatness through interscholastic athletic experiences.

The mission statement is to provide governance and leadership for interscholastic athletic progames that support and enrich the educational experience of students.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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