Five area players were named district players of the year by the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association.
Apex’s Ian Boyd, Jordan-Matthews’ Rahim Mateen, Voyager Academy’s Jay Huff and Cedar Ridge’s Peyton Pappas were boys’ basketball players of the year, and Millbrook’s Kai Crutchfield was the lone Triangle girls’ player to make the team.
Boys’ teams: Boyd was joined on the District 5 first team by Garner’s Thomas Allen, Cary’s Cory Gensler and Donte Tatum and Panther Creek’s Juan Munoz. The second team had Garner’s Alex Reed, Leesville Road’s Alex Hunter, Heritage’s Jayden Gardner, Broughton’s Tharon Suggs and Middle Creek’s Demetrius Bastian, and the third team had Tre Armstead, Jarren McCallister, Colin Molden, Taj Thompson and Jimmie Sanders III.
Cary’s Allan Gustafson was the District 5 coach of the year.
Mateen, coached by District 8 coach of the year P.J. Lowman, was joined on the first team by twin brother Rahman Mateen and Pinecrest’s Brandon Harrell. Southern Lee’s Noah Mellette was on the second team and Pinecrest’s Donnie Haith was a third-team pick.
Huff and Pappas were co-District 6 players of the year. Roxboro Community’s Darius McGhee and East Chapel Hill’s Carter Colins also were on the first team.
Orange’s Connor Crabtree and Logan Vosburg, Riverside’s Justin Johnson, Northern Durham’s Emmett Tilley and Voyager’s Chance Greene were on the second team. Southern Durham’s J’Tori Christmas, Northern Durham’s Jalen Johnson and T.J. Bell and Durham School of the Arts’ Markez Melvin were third-team picks.
Goldsboro’s Myron Carmon was the District 3 boys’ player of the year. He was joined on the first team by Farmville Central’s Tyler Maye and Ikesta Johnson, Nash Central’s Josh Mullins and J.H. Rose’s Cornell Powell. Farmville Central’s Larry Williford was the coach of the year.
Girls’ teams: Crutchfield was the District 5 girls’ player of the year. She was joined on the first team by teammate Dazia Powell, East Wake’s Angel Rizor, Knightdale’s Mikaya Wilson and Apex’s Elle Hepburn. Millbrook’s Chris East was the coach of the year.
The second team was Southeast Raleigh’s Jada McMillan, East Wake’s Tamira Knuckles, Rolesville’s Jaylin Powell, South Johnston’s Anna Webster and Leesville Road’s Kelly Funderburk. The third team had Holly Springs’ Brianna Tate, Southeast Raleigh’s Kia Abrams, Cardinal Gibbons’ Olivia Smith, Apex’s Samantha Michel and West Johnston’s Christian Sanders.
Southern Durham’s Marissa Mackins was on the District 6 first team with Chapel Hill’s Alliyah Chapman. Riverside’s Zaria Rogers, Chapel Hill’s Autumn West, East Chapel Hill’s Ali Cyr-Scully and Roxboro Community’s Elana Ingram made the second team, with Bunn’s Precious Walker, N.C. School of Science and Math’s Rachel Ruderman, Southern Durham’s J-Naya Ephraim and Roxboro Community’s Mya Johnson on the third team.
Lee County’s Shantel Bennett was a first-team member in District 8 along with Union Pines’ Nyona Shields. Northwood’s Cameron Vernon was coach of the year. Union Pines’ Stephanie Johnson, Northwood’s Kristian Eanes and Lee County’s Amoria Neal Tyson were on the second team, with Northwood’s Jazanae Billings, Union Pines’ Samantha Ring and Northwood’s Bryn Aydt on the third team.
Rosewood’s Lexi Mercer was the District 3 girls’ player of the year. She was joined on the first team by Kinston’s Jada Faison, Southern Wayne’s Zaria Atkins, J.H. Rose’s Jillian Ebron and Nash Central’s Robbi Allen.
Perfect games: Northwood’s Ana Jasper and Bunn’s Erica Davis threw two perfect games last week for their respective softball teams. Jasper struck out all nine Chapel Hill batters in a three-inning, 17-0 win and struck out 11 in five innings of a 14-0 win against the Tigers.
Davis did so against Nash Central and Southern Vance, facing 30 batters in 10 innings with no hits and 23 strikeouts.