High Schools

UNC recruit wins N.C. Gatorade basketball award

March 21, 2013 

Isaiah Hicks of Oxford Webb added another honor Thursday when he was selected as the N.C. Gatorade high school basketball player of the year.

Hicks was the most valuable player in Webb’s 73-70 overtime 3A championship victory against Statesville on Saturday after scoring 34 points, setting an N.C. High School Athletic Association championship game record with 30 rebounds and blocking seven shots.

Earlier this year he was named to the McDonald’s All-America Game.

Saturday he will play in the Carolinas All Star Basketball Classic, an all-star game in Myrtle Beach, S.C., between teams from North Carolina and South Carolina.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pound University of North Carolina recruit averaged 22.9 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.6 blocks, 1.8 steals and 1.3 assists per game during the Warriors’ 27-5 title season.

Among the recent N.C. Gatorade winners are Rodney Purvis (2011-12, Upper Room Christian, N.C. State), Marshall Plumlee (2010-11, Arden Christ, Duke), Reggie Bullock (2009-10, Kinston, North Carolina) and Ryan Kelly (2008-09, Ravenscroft, Duke).

Millbrook girls No. 11 : The undefeated Millbrook girls basketball team, which won the 4A championship on Saturday, is ranked No. 11 in the MaxPreps Xcellent rankings. Clay Kellam notes the Wildcats have won 43 straight games, won two straight NCHSAA 4A titles and have been dominant, but adds that teams can only go so high without playing any out-of-state teams.

Of course, Millbrook did play out-of-state teams: defeating Mauldin, S.C., 80-29; North Cobb, Ga., 56-45; and Bradley Central, Tenn., 45-38.

Bradley Central finished 29-3 and reached the Tennessee state tournament quarterfinals. North Cobb finished 28-4. The site later amended its comments, but kept the Wildcats at No. 11.

Eight teams among the web site’s top 25 are undefeated. Kellam, who does the rankings, explains he picked Murfreesboro (Texas) Riverdale as the top team because of its schedule. Riverdale played teams from Tennessee, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia and North Carolina.

South Carolina keeps association : The South Carolina legislature approved an amended measure on Tueday to allow the South Carolina High School League to continue overseeing middle school and high school athletics in South Carolina.

The original measure eliminated the High School League and transferred its duties to the state Education Department.

The catalyst for the move was the association ruling that defending Class AAAA football champion Goose Creek had to forfeit games in which an ineligible player dressed. The decisions involved a special education student in his fifth year of high school and the forfeits kept Goose Creek out of the playoffs.

The new law includes a range of sanctions for violations and an appeal board appointed by legislators.

District basketball : The N.C. Basketball Coaches Association picks all-district teams for boys and girls. Area players are in District 5 (Wake and Johnston Counties) and District 6 (Durham, Franklin, Orange, Alamance and Vance).

The first team picks were:

District 5 boys: Gary Clark, Clayton, Jr.; Devante’ Graham, Broughton, Sr.; T.J. Evans, Apex, Jr.; Anthony Gaskins, Clayton, Sr.; Demarcus Sanford, Garner, Sr.

District 6 boys: Hicks; Tyrone Outlaw, Jr., Person, Jr.; Ricky Council, Northern Durham, Jr.; Jared Hendryx, Durham Jordan, Sr.; Lamont Robinson, Eastern Alamance, Jr..

District 5 boys: Kiara Leslie, Holly Springs, Jr.; Ryan Flowers, Millbrook, Sr.; Ashley Williams, Green Hope, Sr.; Briana Day, Millbrook, Sr.; Grace Hunter, Athens Drive, So.

District 6 girls: Terri Rogers, Eastern Alamance, Sr.; Lenaira Ruffin, River Mill, Sr.; Shaylen Burnett, Southern Alamance, Jr.; Bayley Coleman-Cox, Durham Jordan, Sr.; Diamond Tyson, Carrboro, Sr.

Soccer defense : Before Thursday night games, Leesville Road, Green Hope and Millbrook were Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in girls soccer scoring defense among area teams that had played five games or more. Leesville Road (7-0-1) and Green Hope (8-0) had allowed one goal and Millbrook (7-0) had given up three.

Green Hope and Leesville each had seven shutouts and Millbrook had five.

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