Markez Melvin could imagine many things during his four-year career at Durham School of the Arts: graduating, hitting a winning shot, earning a college scholarship. But never in his wildest dreams did he believe he would stand before a home crowd as the school’s first 1,000-point scorer.
The senior guard accomplished that feat Nov. 20 against Kestrel Heights and was officially honored at DSA before the varsity game against Southern Vance on Dec. 15, when the Bulldogs (3-6) opened their Northern Carolina 2A conference schedule with a hard-fought 65-57 win.
“It’s a special night for me. I never thought anything like this would happen,” Melvin said. “It’s a great accomplishment that I brought to my school, and it means a lot. I’m just thankful to have a mom and dad in my life. Not every kid has two parents in their life.”
Melvin, who has a shot as pretty as a rainbow, was high scorer with 34 points, including 22 points in the second half.
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“He’s a terrific ball handler and scorer who’s a threat on the floor at all times,” DSA coach Seth Gardner said. “He gets his other teammates involved in the offense as well. He’s been a leader on the offense for the past two years.”
Voyager rolls along
Voyager Academy boys basketball continues to steamroll through the competition. The Vikings are undefeated at 11-0 with an average margin of victory of 38 points.
Their closest contest came against Durham Academy on Nov. 24. Voyager actually trailed in the fourth quarter before rallying for a 41-40 win over the Cavaliers.
The team will participate in the HighSchoolOT.com Tournament at Broughton High beginning Dec. 26.
Top honors for Hillside’s former athletics director
Former Hillside High athletics director Bobby Hill was one of eight current or former ADs to be awarded a National Federation of State High School Associations Citation last week at the 46th annual National Athletic Directors Conference in Orlando, Fla.
The citations are presented annually to outstanding ADs in recognition of their work at the local, state and national levels. Hill is the only AD from North Carolina to be honored.
He spent his entire 20-year career in Durham Public Schools as a teacher, coach and athletics director. The North Carolina Central alumnus began his coaching career as a volunteer at Hillside under Hall of Fame coach Russell B. Blunt.
He joined Hillside in 1995 and took on various coaching roles in track and field, basketball, volleyball and football before becoming the full-time AD in 2012. He left last season.
DA’s Roberts sets scoring record
Durham Academy senior forward Liz Roberts is now DA’s all-time leading scorer in girls basketball.
On Nov. 24 against High Point Christian, she surpassed Katie O’Connor’s 1995 record of 1,468 points.
What’s scarier is the Cavaliers (9-3) have 16 games left. Roberts could set a scoring mark that may not be broken.
“It was really a great feeling. It was more the feeling of being surrounded by all the people who got me there,” Roberts said. “I was thinking about how much the people around you make a difference.”
Roberts joined the varsity team as an eighth-grader, and the rest as they say is history.
“She has worked hard to become one of the best players in our conference and in the 40-year history of DA women’s basketball,” Athletics Director Steve Engebretsen said. “It’s been a special treat for me to watch her play and get to know her.”