State champions Green Hope and North Raleigh Christian each landed two players on the N.C. Coaches Association all-state team, and both had their head coach honored as a coach of the year.
Greenfield’s Randol Mendoza, North Raleigh Christian’s Ed Pinon and Green Hope’s David Corsbie were named coach of the year in their respective classifications. Franklinton’s Bert Woodburn was the 2A assistant coach of the year.
Chapel Hill, the 3A runner-up, had three players on the all-state team.
Evan Ashbrook, a senior from 4A West runner-up Hough, was the state player of the year.
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NCISAA: Nate Brady, Wake Christian; Thompson Schollaert, Ravenscroft; Jake Strasser, North Raleigh Christian; Matt Tucker, Durham Academy; William Welch, North Raleigh Christian.
1A: Zach Hanson, Franklin Academy; Caleb O’Brien, Woods Charter; Noah Ontjes, Raleigh Charter.
2A: Alexis Figueroa, Jordan-Matthews; Brian Husinko, Bunn; Frae Day Moo, Carrboro; Ian Walston, North Johnston.
3A: Jose Anguiano, Hunt; Cooper Dean, Hunt; Trenton Gill, Cedar Ridge; Brendan Holly, Chapel Hill; Sam Linker, Chapel Hill; Dillon Parker, Corinth Holders; Ryan Shafiei, Chapel Hill.
4A: Trevor Berk, Heritage; Griffin Brookshire, Green Hope; Parker Cross, Panther Creek; Jose Garcia-Ramirez, Millbrook; Gene Garrett-Peters, Jordan; Camden Holbrook, Green Hope; Mason MacLauchlin, Leesville Road; Luca Menozzi, Leesville Road; Patrick Monahan, Cardinal Gibbons.
Harnett County Tip-Off: The Overhills boys and Triton girls won Harnett County Tip-Off basketball titles in two thrilling games at Campbell University on Friday. The Jaguars boys beat Harnett Central 58-56 and the Hawks girls topped the Trojans 56-55.
Overhills’ Joshua Richmond was the boys’ tournament MVP. He had 17 points in the championship game and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Zavian McLean, Triton’s Chrishaun Henry, Western Harnett’s Daun Hamm and Harnett Central’s Ian Jones and Jay Stewart.
Triton’s Anna Marie Tyndall was the girls’ tournament MVP. She had 16 points in the championship game and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Allure Smith, Overhill’s Kiana Jones, Western Harnett’s Ania Blackwell and Harnett Central’s Lakendra Carroll and Maliah Banks.
Southeast Raleigh tournament: The Southeast Raleigh Thanksgiving Invitational on Saturday will feature 12 of the best girls basketball programs from around the Triangle and beyond.
East Wake and Apex tip the tournament off at 11 a.m. followed by Green Hope and Rolesville (12:30 p.m.), Knightdale and Jacksonville (2 p.m.), Rocky Mount and Southern Durham (3:30 p.m.), Holly Springs and Broughton (5 p.m.) and Southeast Raleigh and Heritage (6:30 p.m.)
Southern Nash snaps streak: Southern Nash won its first girls basketball game since the 2013-14 season on Thursday, breaking a drought of over two full seasons as the Firebirds topped Bunn 31-29. The losing streak was snapped at 48 games.
Jessy Lucas scored 19 points, including a 3-pointer that put Firebirds ahead for good at 29-27 with 3 minutes, 41 seconds remaining. She also came up with a steal to thwart Bunn’s final possession in the closing seconds. It was the first career win for coach Jordan Bass, a Southern Nash alum who took over last year.
The last Firebirds win prior to last week was Feb. 8, 2014.
Cleveland wins Demon Duals: The Cleveland wrestling team won the Fike Demon Duals on Saturday by virtue of its 4-1 record. The Rams topped Edenton Holmes, North Johnston, Southern Nash and Corinth Holders and only lost to Fike.
Southern Nash beat Fike, Corinth Holders, C.B. Aycock and Southern Wayne but lost to Cleveland.
McKenna wins 250th: Durham Academy boys basketball coach Tim McKenna won his 250th game earlier this month in an 81-60 win against Durham School of the Arts on Nov. 9. Jorden Davis had 30 pts in the win.
Cheerleading: The N.C. High School Athletic Association held its annual cheerleading invitational on Saturday. Millbrook’s Camryn Thoman was the 4A scholarship winner.
Area varsity champs included Heritage (D1 Medium, Division A), Franklin Academy (non-building division), Leesville Road (coed), Farmville Central (D2 Small, non-tumble Division A), Cardinal Gibbons (D1 Small, Division B)