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Higdon defeats Bailey for Matthews mayor Simmons wins three-candidate race in Mint Hill by Justin Vick


MATTHEWS – During his two terms as Matthews town commissioner, John Higdon's viewpoints have occasionally clashed with the presiding mayor – whether that be Jim Taylor or Paul Bailey. But after defeating Bailey in the Nov. 5 election, Higdon will be the one that presides over the meetings as mayor. “Thanks to all my supporters and everyone who made it out to vote,” Higdon wrote on his Facebook campaign page.

“We came out number one tonight!” Higdon earned 53.57% of the 5,150 votes cast in handing Bailey a rare political defeat. Bailey, who sought his second term as mayor, had been elected nine times as town commissioner and once on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education. He touted that experience heavily in his campaign. One of Bailey's campaign ads featured a photo of Higdon with cartoon bubbles see ELECTION, Page 3A

John Higdon is now mayor-elect of Matthews after defeating Paul Bailey on Nov. 5. MMHW file photo

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n Nov. 5, I woke up at 7:45 a.m. I poured myself a cup of coffee. I packed my lunch. I checked my Instagram. I made a smoothie. I brushed my teeth. I got dressed. I told my boyfriend to have a great day. I walked to my car. I drove to work. I didn’t vote. That’s how my morning ended, but it’s not how it began. When I woke up at 7:45 a.m. on Nov. 5, I had the best intentions to exercise my right. I woke up with a desire to vote because, as a young person, I know how important it is. I also know that many people my age (I’m 28) and younger don’t take advantage of the opportunity. I didn’t want to be part of that statistic. To be honest, I haven’t voted since I moved to Charlotte in August 2017, and that’s because I was uninformed. I was new to the area and it didn’t feel like home yet. I didn’t know what the hot button issues were or who was making the decisions. I didn’t have an opinion on what’s best for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County because I hadn’t lived here long enough. It’s been two years and now I know more. I’ve met the decision-makers, attended government meetings, written and read stories about the hot-button issues and listened to our “Coffee with a Candidate” podcasts. I feel more see VOTE, Page 4A

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MATTHEWS – The Matthews Chamber of Commerce has welcomed one more CBD store to its organization. Your CBD Source, located at 10416 E Independence Blvd., held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 29 with the chamber. The store has been open since May 1. CEO Christine Cintron-Pecoraro said the response from the community has been “tremendous.” “We’ve done very little advertising, but we’ve been very busy,” Cintron-Pecoraro said. “We have a lot of returning customers in the six months we’ve been open. They

tell their mother, they tell their grandmother, they tell their brother, so we’ve had a lot of success with people feeling good.” Your CBD Source’s products come in many different forms, from gummies and dog treats to hand creams, oils and vapes. “I think what sets us apart is that we have a very big selection of CBD,” Cintron-Pecoraro said. Cintron-Pecoraro said there are some common misconceptions about CBD. “Some people think that it gets you high, it’s illegal or you need a prescription,” Cintron-Pecoraro said. “It has a bad rep, but see CBD, Page 2A

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TWEETS OF THE WEEK • “I had an amazing time at Levine Middle College High School visiting with students and teachers — including CMS Teacher of the Year Kimberly Tuttle! It was also an honor celebrating Sarah Stevenson’s 94th birthday at the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum. Simply an inspiring woman!” – Superintendent Earnest Winston (@CMSSupt) • “Civic duty completed. I am extremely disappointed in the campaigns this year but in the end, those were the choices. Mark my words, if @townofmatthews stops being a leader in region, I will orchestrate a movement to get us back on track. Elections have consequences.” – Jim Taylor (@jamesptaylor)

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Leaders from schools, scouts, churches and other organizations receive their share of the proceeds from Matthews Alive. Photo courtesy of Town of Matthews

Matthews Alive presents proceeds to community MATTHEWS – Matthews Alive organizers presented $147,716 in proceeds from the Labor Day festival to nearly 40 area nonprofits during the Oct. 28 town commissioners meeting. More than 2,000 volunteers and representatives from these nonprofits served in various capacities at the event. Sales of carnival rides, games, attractions, booth rentals and sponsorships generated the proceeds. “To put on such a wonderful family tradition in Matthews alongside our sponsors, volunteers and town staff – and then to give back in a big way – is very gratifying,” said Lee Anne Moore, executive director of Matthews Alive. “We are closing in on the $2 million mark for 27 years. It’s an honor for all of us to create such an important community event.” Organizations sharing in the proceeds were as follows: • Schools: Butler High School band, band boosters, cheerleaders, football boosters, key club, lacrosse boosters, men’s soccer boosters and volleyball; East Meck High School band and band boosters; Independence High School Band; Marvin Ridge High School Band; Matthews Elementary School; Providence High School Band; Socrates Academy Parent Faculty Involvement Association; South Meck High School Band; and Sun Valley High School Band. • Scouts: Boy Scouts Pack 214 and troops 39, 46, 140, 164, 174 and 502; and Girl Scouts Meck 8 Service Unit/Hornets Nest Council. • Churches: Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, First Baptist Church and Matthews United Methodist Church Youth Ministries. • Others: Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care, Charlotte Jr. Rugby Association, HAWK, Charlotte Woodcarvers, Charlotte Woodworkers, Dreamweavers Basket Guild, Hornet’s Nest Antique Auto Club of America, Kiwanis Club of Matthews, Matthews Masonic Lodge, Matthews Woman's Club, Oasis Shrine Club, Piedmont Fiber Guild, Play-Well Teknologies, Sweet Union Quilt Guild and TEAM Charlotte Swimming.

This map shows where speed cushions will go on Main Street. Photo courtesy of Town of Matthews

Speed cushions coming to Main Street MATTHEWS – The Town of Matthews plans to add humps near 130 and 333 Main Street to cut down on speeding. Residents petitioned the town to add the humps, explaining that drivers use Main Street as a cut-through to avoid the traffic signal at John and Trade streets. Town staff studied Main Street, noting that 85% of the drivers were clocking 27.5 miles per hour in the 20 mph zone and the road saw average daily traffic of 1,300 cars.

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it’s so beneficial. It does a lot of healing and helps a lot of people.” According to Cintron-Pecoraro, people use CBD to relieve stress and anxiety, calm skin rashes and reduce medical problems. She said her employees are very educated about CBD and can help people find exactly what they need. She also said all of the products sold at Your CBD Source have been tested, while those ordered online from other outlets have a chance of being synthetic. “We actually go out and meet the farmers,” Cintron-Pecoraro said. “We even have our very own oil that has been very successful.” Kelly Barnhardt, executive director for the Matthews Chamber of Commerce, said her organization is excited to support Your CBD Source. “We support anyone who wants to bring business to our area,” Barnhardt said. “They serve a wide variety of people, so we are ex-

“I have a concern about the width of the streets and having anything higher than 20 mph,” Mayor Paul Bailey said during town board discussion of the topic on Oct. 28. “There are still people who are going through there at too high of a rate. Personally, I think this would be a good improvement to try to slow people down through this area.” The town calls the humps “speed cushions” since they include wheel cut-outs for emergency vehicles, according to an internal memo by town engineer Susan Habina-Woolard.

Blair Road UMC organizing Christmas Marketplace MINT HILL – The Blair Road United Methodist Men invite the community to shop for Christmas gifts at the Blair Road Christmas Marketplace. Not only can shoppers find great handmade crafts, but they can also dine on barbecue. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at Blair Road United Methodist Church, 9135 Blair Road. Visit for details.

Matthews police participate in No Shave November MATTHEWS – The Matthews Police Department is relaxing its facial hair policy this month so staff can support No Shave November. The current policy only allows a short wellgroomed mustache, but Chief Clark Pennington will allow facial hair in the form of longer mustaches, beards and goatees if officers donate $35 to the Zero Prostate Cancer Run/ Walk – Charlotte. The last walk was held in September in Ballantyne. Visit for details about the walk. MPD will hold a public vote at the end of the month for the officer with the best beard and goatee. Two winners will receive a free shave from local barbers to return them back to policy standards.

Covenant Day alum publishes young adult novel CHARLOTTE – Christine Kindberg, a 2018 alum of Queens University of Charlotte, will sign copies of her recently published novel “The Means That Make Us Strangers” at Park Road Books on Nov. 23. Kindberg The young adult historical fiction novel follows a white American girl who grows up in Ethiopia as the daughter of an anthropologist and then moves to Greenville, S.C. the first year there are African American students at the white high school. Kindberg says the novel is based on questions from her life. She was born and raised in Latin America and then moved to the U.S. as a teenager. “'The Means That Make Us Strangers' is about belonging, identity and race as part of that,” she explained. Kindberg attended Covenant Day School for her senior year of high school. Though she now works in the Chicago suburbs, her parents still live in Waxhaw, drawing her back to the Charlotte area regularly. Kindberg will sign books at Park Road Books from 2 to 4 p.m.

cited to see what they do.” Employees at Your CBD Source have taken classes about how to help people with their CBD needs. They hope to continue educating others moving forward and plan to have programs in which doctors will come in and speak about CBD. Cintron-Pecoraro said she plans to open more stores in the area and help more people benefit from using CBD

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agreeing with the mayor on several topics. But Higdon capitalized on the topics they disagreed on, such as the passing of House Bill 514 that prompted retaliation from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Higdon also flexed his sharp opposition to the N.C. Department of Transportation's plans to put a superstreet along John Street to connect with voters. Recount pending in commission race Renee Garner became active in town government after realizing how the N.C. Department of Transportation's John Street widening project could affect downtown, including her yard. She helped spearhead the Preserve Matthews movement. Garner was the leading vote-getter among the 11 commissioner candidates. On the morning of the election, Garner wrote on her campaign Facebook page that the town needed new leadership. “Our current council and mayor have worked as a force spoon-fed by big developers, special interests and they have worked to di-

vide rather than to unite,” Garner wrote. “They are the truest definition of the word cronyism and you deserve much better than that which they have offered.” Garner was the only one of the six people elected to the commission without prior experience in the role. Incumbents Jeff Miller, Barbara Dement and John Urban were reelected, while former commissioners Dave Bland and Larry Whitley were given another opportunity to serve the town. Bland, an attorney, served four terms from 1985 to 1993, while Whitley, a pastor, served one term from 2015 to 2017. The race was close, with each of the 11 candidates earning between 7.78% and 9.94% of the vote. Urban edged Ken McCool out for the sixth and final seat on the board by a mere nine votes. McCool told supporters after the election that he planned to request a recount. “Concerning the board of commissioners race, we are requesting a recount Wednesday morning,” McCool wrote. “Multiple seats have single-digit differences between them. Because of this, we have to be sure that absentee, provisional and curbside ballots are counted and that all votes are counted correctly.

“Elected or not, I am looking forward to remaining active in our community.” Mint Hill Brad Simmons defeated Commissioner Richard Newton and Karen Trauner to succeed Ted Biggers as mayor. Simmons earned 45.51% of the 4,425 votes cast in the three-person race. Simmons, a resident of the town for 35 years, has been engaged in a listening tour for the past several months. In addition to learning what voters cared about, he entered the election with experience on the town's planning board and parks and recreation committee. He also earned an endorsement from Biggers. “Thank you Mint Hill for your support in the election,” Simmons wrote to supporters. “I am truly honored and humbled and look forward to serving you in the next two years.” Challengers Tony Long and Patrick Holton will join incumbents Dale Dalton and Mike Cochrane on the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners. Long and Holton are small business owners. “To say I'm humbled would be an understatement,” Holton wrote to supporters on Facebook. “I value all the new friendships that have

Beverly Cannaday, Brad Simmons and Mike Cochrane participate in a Mint Hill campaign event. Simmons was elected mayor, while Cochane earned a second term on Nov. 5. MMHW file photo

been made on this journey and look forward to making many more.” Jessi Healey trailed Holton for the final seat by 101 votes. She thanked supporters on Facebook and said Simmons will make a great mayor. “This has been a wonderful experience and I’m so happy to live Mint Hill,” Healey said. Other races Mecklenburg County voters rejected the sales tax for arts, parks and teacher supplements. Just over 57% of the 120,890 votes were against the measure. Elyse Dashew earned a second


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term on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education. She was the leading vote-getter in a race in which 13 candidates vied for three at-large seats. Jennifer De La Jara, who is the education director at International House, and retired CMS principal Lenora Shipp will join Dashew on the board. Stephanie Sneed, a former trial attorney, was shut out of a seat by 187 votes. The remaining nine candidates were at least 5,000 votes behind. Voter turnout was at 17.05% with 123,348 residents casting ballots.

CMS BOARD AT-LARGE (VOTE FOR 3) Elyse Dashew 34,903 (12.94%) Jennifer De La Jara 33,457 (12.40%) Lenora Shipp 28,516 (10.57%) Stephanie M. Sneed 28,329 (10.50%) Monty Witherspoon 23,082 (8.56%) Annette Albright 19,779 (7.33%) Gregory R. Denlea 17,592 (6.52%) Donna J. Parker-Tate 16,475 (6.11%) Queen Thompson 15,334 (5.68%) Jordan Pineda 15,287 (5.67%) Olivia Scott 12,861 (4.77%) Jenna Moorehead 12,713 (4.71%) Duncan St. Clair 10,605 (3.93%) Write-In (Miscellaneous) 855 (0.32%)

MATTHEWS COMMISSIONERS (VOTE FOR 6) Renee Garner 2,445 (9.94%) Jeff A. Miller 2,417 (9.83%) Barbara Dement 2,355 (9.58%) Larry Whitley 2,328 (9.47%) Dave Bland 2,325 (9.45%) John R. Urban 2,290 (9.31%) Ken McCool 2,281 (9.28%) Mark Tofano 2,238 (9.10%) Gina Hoover 1,977 (8.04%) Ben Bash 1,974 (8.03%) Allen Crosby 1,914 (7.78%) Write-In (Miscellaneous) 48 (0.20%) MINT HILL MAYOR (VOTE FOR 1) Brad A. Simmons 2,014 (45.51%) Richard (Fig) Newton 1,411 (31.89%) Karen Harvey Trauner 987 (22.31%) Write-In (Miscellaneous) 13 (0.29%)

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By the time I gave up, it was 8:45 a.m. and my window to vote before work was closed. I didn’t have the day off and I don’t work close to where I live, so voting on my lunch break wasn’t going to happen. I could go after work, but on Tuesdays I’m usually at my desk until 7 or 8 p.m. and polls close at 7:30 p.m. The site was back up by the time I got to work, but it was too late for me. I wonder how many other people also missed the opportunity to vote before work and how it will affect the results, but mostly I wonder how this could even happen. It’s 2019 and we can do better. I mean, the new iPhone has three cameras, my dentist office texts me 24 hours before my appointment and Old Navy emails me every


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I can’t wait for the roars by Andrew Stark

For me, there is no fan like the basketball fan. Sure, football and soccer have the jersey wearers, the face painters, the horned shoulder pad dudes, the costumes and camaraderie, but most fans sit so far away from the action that the players and coaches can’t hear what they’re saying. In high school sports a lot of times, the football and soccer games are more like social gatherings than they are about cheering their team on every play. I don’t find that to be as true of the basketball fan, and they have so much more to offer. The choreographed cheers, theme nights and the underlying roar of a basketball game over the dribbling of the ball and squeaking of the shoes is something that can’t be duplicated. I prefer that cheering fan base as close to the court as possible. A little gamesmanship between players, fans and even coaches can go a long way, in my opinion. And this year, with the 2019-20 basketball season upon us, there should be plenty to cheer about. In the Southwestern 4A, is Independence good enough to win its third straight boys title or does someone like Myers Park, Butler or Rocky River take control? Butler looks like the top dog on the girls side of things, but Hickory Ridge, Myers Park and Independence look particularly strong, too. How about in the So. Meck 7? I

Loaded Bulldogs take aim at next target by Andrew Stark

MATTHEWS – Butler’s magical girls basketball season had plenty of highs as the Bulldogs went 28-3 last year and made it to the Final Four for the first time since the 2010-11 season when coach Mark Sanders was a rookie head coach. But in the end, the Bulldogs got behind big early and could never catch back up with eventual state champion West Forsyth, who ended Butler’s season with a 57-39 loss. “That last game we played we weren’t focused and we weren’t ready,” said senior post Michaela Lane. “I think we’re going to take that determination going into ev-

ery game we play this year because we don’t want to feel that again.” Lane and the Bulldogs have moved on from that loss and from last season because they have bigger concerns entering this year. Sanders said it starts with the three players he lost – Hailey Nance (9.4 points, 7.2 rebounds), Michaela Dixon (6.6 points, 5.4 rebounds) and Renee Kennedy (3.9 points). “We lost some huge ones,” he said. “They may not have always shown up in the stat sheet, but they did all of the dirty work. Dixon didn’t start, but she was huge for us. They got rebounds, they dove for loose balls, they didn’t worry about scoring and they would play defense if we needed someone to. They had the mental tough-

ness that we need. We have a lot to replace. It’s going to take everyone we have to make up for those pieces.” But Butler is ready and equipped with everything it may need to make another run. Lane is the centerpiece of the offense and a player that can take Butler far. At 6-1, the stat-sheet stuffer can easily score in the post, but Lane can handle the ball, is a deft passer and has a great midrange game. Last season, Lane averaged 13.6 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.6 blocks, 2.6 steals and 2.5 assists per game. When Lane isn’t bringing the ball up the floor to start the break, steady point guard see BULLDOGS, Page 2B

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Look Back: Butler Bulldogs girls state championship

Butler comes back loaded this season with (from left) Samiyah Williams, Ashlynn Sutton, Michala Funderburk, Noura Aboutaleb, Michaela Lane and Payton Sutton headlining a team expected to compete for the conference title at the very least. Andrew Stark/MMHW photo

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Payton Sutton will get her team in the perfect position. “I like being able to see everything on the floor, and I’m at an advantage since I’m at the top of the key and can see who’s open and who’s not,” she said. “It gets hard sometimes, but that’s where my ball-handling comes in. That and my IQ are what makes the difference for me.” Sutton averaged 7.2 points, 6.3 assists, 4.2 steals and 3.6 rebounds per game and forms a great 1-2 punch with Lane. Another key player is senior wing Michala Funderburk, who led the team with 14.6 points per game. Funderburk can get hot at anytime from outside, but can also get to the basket with ease. That’s something that outside threat Ashylnn Dotson (8.4 points per game) would like to add as a compliment this season to her fine outside shooting. “This year I want to get open more in our offense and get more open shots for myself,” she said. “Also, really just not only shooting from the outside, but driving it, too. This is our senior year, so I’m trying to find different areas to score the ball.” Junior guard Semiah Williams will join the starting five this season, and hopes to make up for the lost senior production. As a reserve last year, Williams averaged 2.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, but this year she’s looking to up that. “I see my role is picking up on the little

things like rebounding, hitting open shots and finding open spaces, whatever it is that we need right then,” she said. “The defenses are going to be more focused on them, so I can take some of the heat off.” Reserves Jada Tate and Noura Aboutaleb give energy, hustle and rebounding off the bench. Freshman Cheyla Scott will make a big impact as will 6-1 junior Mekiya Lane, Michaela Lane’s sister who played last season on JV. With that kind of firepower and newcomers, this should be another dream season for Butler, who will be a big fish in the loaded Southwestern 4A that will feature frontrunners, Rocky River, Myers Park, Independence and Hickory Ridge who will all challenge the Bulldogs for the conference’s top spot. “The experience of last year is great,” Sutton said. “We made it further than anyone in states and this year we plan on regaining that statement and getting a ring this year. We need to have more of that same energy that we had last year because everyone is coming for our necks this year.” But that’s fine with the Bulldogs, who say they’re ready to get the season started and begin their quest to make amends for the way last season ended. “We need to go hard in practice every single day,” Michaela Lane said. “I feel like as a team we go hard every day and I don’t think that every team competes like that. We work hard and our coaches hold us accountable for everything. We’re just getting ready for the season to start. We can take the criticism thrown at us, and we’re just ready to compete and go for it.”

The Butler Bulldogs girls basketball team made history by winning its first state championship with an 87-61 win over Cary Green Hope on March 13, 2010. The team was stacked with talent like junior Cierra Burdick, who became a standout at Tennessee and played in the WNBA, as well as seniors Clair Watkins (Vanderbilt and UC Santa Barbara), Mayhana Dunovant (Gardner-Webb) and Quay Barrino (Lenoir-Rhyne). Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly caught up with Burdick at her annual basketball camp in July. She had spent the previous season playing basketball in Poland. Stephanie Butler coached the team. Butler now chairs the physical education department at Rock Hill City Schools and coaches girls basketball at South Pointe High School. Mark Sanders, now in his 10th year as Butler coach, was an assistant coach on the title team.

Top: After stellar careers at Butler and the University of Tennessee, Cierra Burdick was drafted 14th by the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. Above: Butler went 26-4 to win the state championship in 2009-10 on March 13 at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh. The team was led by Cierra Burdick, Clair Watkins, Quay Barrino and Mayhana Dunovant. MMHW file photos

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see Berry and Ardrey Kell fighting for the boys top spot, but you never know. Ardrey Kell, South Meck and Providence will fight it out on the girls side, but any of the three teams could win it. The private-school battle should be fun as well. Can the Charlotte Latin boys take over the CISAA this season with all they have back and fresh off their run to the Final Four? Can the Hawks get a season sweep by also winning the girls like they did last year, or is this the year Providence Day starts another two-decade long stretch of dominance? How about Carmel Christian? The boys lost a lot, but they have plenty of talent

back and a coach who won’t let them settle. Charlotte Catholic tied for the Southern Carolinas girls championship and won the boys title outright. Both teams have stars back from last year who can extend that dominance another season. In all, this year is packed with questions and expectations. I expect all of the conference title races to be tighter this season than they’ve been in recent memory with one team clearly the favorite. With so many questions and so much possibility, your team needs you in the stands on basketball nights. Cheer for your team and make it fun, but also remember to keep it classy. But most of all make the cheering loud enough to give your team that true homecourt advantage this season.


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PROVIDENCE Coach: Jennifer Bean, fourth season (40-38) 2018-19 Record: 20-6 overall, 10-2 in So. Meck 7 • Starting Five: Cameron Mulkey, 5-9 senior forward (8.0 points, 3.5 rebound); Nyla McGill, 5-8 junior guard (13 points, 7.5 assists, 9.0 rebounds); Eva Butler, 5-4 sophomore guard (3.5 points, 2.5 assists); Audrey Lytle, 5-4 senior wing; Marlow Chapman, 5-0 senior forward (3.5 points, 2.3 rebounds • Rotation Players: Alexis Christenbury, 5-8 sophomore guard; Kendall Webb, 5-7 freshman wing; Madison Skinner, sophomore wing; Amari Davis, 5-9 senior forward • The Dish: The Panthers, coming off a school-record 20-win season, have remade themselves into

contenders over the past two seasons and this year should be no different. It all starts with triple-double threat McGill, the steady Yale commit running the point. Mulkey and Butler have been starters during this run, but Chapman and Lytle are stepping into bigger roles this season. Christenbury is coming off an injury last season but will contribute now. Webb is a good ball-handler and shooter as is Skinner. Davis, a transfer from Illinois, may also help in a big way. As long as the Panthers have a healthy McGill running the team, they will be a tough out.

Left: Nyla McGill, of Providence, drives to the basket for two points against Central Cabarrus. McGill led the Panthers to the 55-32 win with her first career triple-double. Right: Butler guard Ashlynn Dotson sails in for a layup March 9 in the NCHSAA 4A finals. Butler lost the game 57-39. MMHW file photos


• Rotation Players: Noura Aboutalab, 5-7 senior guard (2.3 points, 2.1 rebounds); Jada Tate, 5-3 junior guard (1.5 points); Mikiya Lane, 6-1 junior post; Chayla Scott, 5-9 freshman guard • The Dish: The Bulldogs are replacing two senior starters and a key reserve, which are big blows, but they have everyone else back from last year’s state finalist team and have brought in newcomers Scott and Mikiya Lane, who will provide toughness in the post. Butler’s Michaela Lane is a double-double machine who can run the break or dominate inside. Funderburk is a tough player who can score in bunches, Dotson is a streaky shooter who can catch fire and Sutton is the perfect point guard to put it all together. Williams will replace Nance, and Aboutalab and Tate are steady reserves who will log big minutes.

Coach: Mark Sanders, 10th season (186-72) 2018-19 Record: 28-3, 13-1 in Southwestern 4A • Returning Starters: Payton Sutton, 5-6 senior guard (7.0 points 3.6 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 4.2 steals); Michaela Lane, 6-1 senior forward (13.6 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, 2.6 assists); Michala Funderburk, 5-8 senior forward (14.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists); Ashlynn Dotson, 5-6 senior guard (8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.7 assists); Samiah Williams, 5-8 junior guard (1.8 points, 3.5 rebounds)

INDEPENDENCE Coach: Lauren Galvani, fifth season (32-67) 2018-19 Record: 10-15, 6-8 in Southwestern 4A • Starting Five: Braylyn Milton, 5-11 junior guard (15.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.6 steals, 3.5 assists); Trinity Thompson, 5-5 senior guard (20.0 points); Ayanna Anderson, 6-0 senior post (6.4 points, 7.4 rebounds); Gracie Breckenridge, 6-2 junior post (3.8 points, 6.1 rebounds); Laura Flynn, 5-7 senior guard (2.5 points, 3.4 rebounds) • Rotation Players: Azuria Barrino, 6-1

senior post (5.3 points, 6.0 rebounds); Alex Barrino, 5-11 senior post; Averie BiBenedetto, 5-4 junior guard • The Dish: The Patriots had risen each year under coach Galvani, but took a slight step back in the tough conference. Milton holds over 10 Division I offers and will welcome Thompson to the lineup after she averaged 20 points a game on a 3-18 Harding team. Her scoring will be a welcomed addition. Anderson would make a perfect third scoring option, and the Patriots have plenty of size with Anderson, Breckenridge and the Barrino sisters. All is well in Indy right now, and the Patriots should earn that all-elusive playoff berth for Galvani this season.

COUNTRY DAY Coach: Andre Haston, 10th season (77-146) 2018-19 Record: 10-17 overall, 2-8 in CISAA • Starting Five: Kennedy Grier, 5-4 senior guard; Laila Hankerson, 5-6 freshman guard; Sophie Rucker, 5-6 junior guard (3.3 points, 2.2 rebounds); Mary Holland Waters, 5-8 sophomore guard (13.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 steals); Hudson Rixham, 6-0 sophomore forward (11.1 points, 5.3 rebounds) • Rotation Players: Brooklin Ingram, 5-9 freshman forward; Lulu Sasz, 5-5 sophomore guard (2.7 points, 4.7 rebounds); George O’Neil 5-6 sophomore forward (4.4 points, 4.2 re-

bounds); Lindsay Batten, 5-11 senior post (1.6 points, 2.3 rebounds); Lacey Corey, junior guard (1.3 points, 1.6 rebounds) • The dish: The Bucs grew up together last season, and although they struggled mightily in their CISAA games the benefits should pay off for them. WIth all-conference guard Waters, Rixham and O’Neil returning for their sophomore seasons after leading the team in scoring, they will be the focal part of the offense. Hankerson is an intriguing freshman and should start from Day 1. Rucker provides toughness inside, and Grier is back with the Bucs after missing two seasons with knee injuries. She’s a heady guard who will make a difference. Corey, Sasz and Corey will get plenty of minutes in the backcourt, while Batten is one of the best interior players and Ingram has the potential to contribute.




Coach: Charisse Mapp, seventh season (91-64) 2018-19 Record: 16-7 overall, 9-1 in CISAA

Coach: Bobby Conrad, 11th season (185-94) 2018-19 Record: 22-8, 12-2 in Southern Carolinas

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• Starters: Elizabeth Rose, 6-0 junior guard (4.2 points, 4.4 rebounds); Mary Schleusner, 5-9 sophomore guard (2.1 points, 4.0 rebounds); Neely Grace Tye, 5-7 junior guard (8.4 points, 2.7 rebounds); Forrest Williams, 5-8 junior wing (2 points, 3;5 rebounds) • Key Contributors: Jacqueline Giftos, 5-7 sophomore guard (2.0 points. 1.1 rebounds); Maddie Shannon, 5-9 sophomore forward (2.3 points, 2.5 rebounds) • The Dish: The Hawks have taken the reigns of the CISAA away from long-standing conference champs Providence Day and are the class of the league until someone knocks them off. This year, though, after graduating each of their three double-digit scorers there will be some changing of the guard within the team. Tye is a scoring guard who will get every chance to take the reigns. Schleusner and Rose are high-volume rebounders who will be asked to score more this season. The same can be said for Williams, who started some last season. Giftos and Shannon will play a ton for a team that may look much different at the end of the season after everyone adjusts to their roles. Hopefully, they can keep it together until then.

• Starting Five: Telfair Epperson, 5-6 senior guard (3.3 points, 1.8 rebounds); Dane Bertolina, 5-10 senior guard (15.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.7 steals, 2.7 assists); Morgan Thompson, 5-8 junior guard (1.9 points, 1.4 rebounds); Cameron Green, 5-10 junior forward (2.0 points, 4.5 rebounds); Moira Darling, 5-8 senior guard (3.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals) • Rotation Players: Imelda McMenamin, 5-8 sophomore guard; Tierney Petras, 5-10 senior forward; Anna Schroeder, 5-8 senior forward • The Dish: The Cougars are coming off a nice season in which they tied for the conference title and advanced to the third round of the playoffs. This season they’ll have a chance to build off that starting with all-state forward Bertolina, an Appalachian State commit. She gets the team in its offense and is a plus defender. Epperson and Darling had some big individual games last season, while Green is a good interior player for the Cougars. McMenamin is an intriguing prospect inside as well after spending nearly all of last season on the JV squad. Petras and Schroeder will see minutes as well, but the fate of the Cougars likely rests on the very capable shoulders of Bertolina.

• Starting Five: Breya Busby, 5-5 junior guard; Emma Coles, 5-7 senior guard; Mya Olmeda, 5-5 junior guard; Ryan Swilling, 5-8 sophomore guard; Nora Schroeder, 5-11 sophomore forward • Key Contributors: Lindsey Noonan, 5-8 senior guard; Rachel Noonan, 5-10 sophomore forward; McKenzie Reed, 5-11 junior forward • The Dish: The Knights are having to make due without graduated double-double machine Kaitlin Walker, but this team will be much more guard-oriented than last season. Busby transfers in from Arborbrook Christian with an impressive resume, leading that team to a 30-8 record by averaging 16.5 points, 6.0 assists and 5.3 steals per game. Olmeda, a South Meck transfer, also brings experience and toughness after starting for the Sabres. That will help the holdover Coles along with Schroder, a Catholic transfer, and Swilling, a Weddington transfer who averaged seven points for the Warriors as a freshman. Rachel Noonan is an explosive scorer and an efficient rebounder while sister Lindsay is a facilitator who averaged a few steals per game along with her consistent shooting. Reed will help inside where the Knights need size.

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COVENANT DAY Coach: Zach Turner, eighth season (83-102) 2018-19 Record: 7-19 overall, 3-7 in CISAA • Starters: Katherine Ashley, 5-8 junior forward (8.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.9 steals); Caroline Cady, 5-10 sophomore forward (8.2 points, 5.1 rebounds); Viktoria McCue, 5-4 senior guard (4.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.4 steals); Alexis Hailey, 5-9 freshman guard (1.4 points, 1.3 rebounds) • Key reserves: Eseosa Imafidon; Millie Evans; Elle Kelada; Jackie Haynes • The Dish: The Lions had a tough sea-

CARMEL CHRISTIAN Coach: Da’Charles Battle, second season (6-15) 2018-19 Record: 6-15 • Starting Five: Jacquelyn DeJesse, 5-2 sophomore guard (8.9 points,5.4 rebounds, 2.1 steals); Olivia Boyce, 5-4 freshman guard (11.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals); Amaya Glenn, 5-4 freshman guard (10.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.4 steals); Bella Mendieta, 5-9 sophomore forward (6.2 points, 9.4 rebounds); Ann Elizabeth Nichols, 5-7 sophomore wing (7.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 steals) • Newcomers: Kennedy Robinson, 5-10 junior forward; Abby Swinson, 6-0 freshman forward

Providence Day girls basketball coach Josh Springer has averaged 25 wins per season in 12 years at the school. Springer won his 300th game on the Charger sidelines last season. Photo courtesy of Ed Prisco

son last year in conference play, and limped to the finish line with four straight losses and a first-round playoff exit. This year they’ll need big seasons from Ashley, Cady and McCue as returning starters from that team. Cady and Ashley should be able to pick up the loss of all-conference 3-point marksman Maddie Crumpler, although Cady is their only outside shooter left. Hailey played some on a good Arborbrook Christian team as an eighth-grader and should blend in nicely. Imafidon is a 6-5 Nigerian exchange student, but she’s raw with little experience. She’ll help inside for sure, though. The CISAA is going to be top-heavy again with Charlotte Latin, Providence Day and Cannon all expected to be tough, but there is room for improvement.

• The Dish: The Cougars played last season with all freshmen and eighth-graders, but the talented young core is growing up together, which is a very good thing. Glenn and Boyce emerged as great scoring options last season, and Glenn can do a little of everything. Nichols and DeJesse are multi-dimensional players with a lot of skills. They’ll be leaned on even more this season with another year of experience under their belts. Mendieta will start in the post and give an inside presence to pair with Swinson, a Providence Day transfer. Robinson will be their most experienced player, and the United Faith transfer will give a scoring punch off the bench. Expect this team to have a turnaround season.

PROVIDENCE DAY Coach: Josh Springer, 13th season (307-58) 2018-19 Record: 19-12 overall, 8-2 in CISAA • Returning Starters: Morgan Kelson, 5-10 senior forward (12.1 points, 7.1 rebounds); Andi Levitz, 5-5 guard (9.5 points, 2.2 rebounds); Kailey Smith, 5-7 senior guard (6.4 points, 2.2 rebounds); Nina-Simone Clark, 5-6 senior forward • Key Reserves: El Ferguson, 5-7 senior guard (4.2 points); Anna Riley Gutierrez,

5-6 junior guard (4.0 points); Taylor Sanchez, 5-6 junior forward (1.6 points); Scarlet Greer, 5-7 sophomore guard; Chandler Brooks; Lauren Jensen, 5-6 freshman guard • The Dish: The Chargers return four starters and several key reserves who led the team to the NCISAA semifinals last year, but will have to replace MiLea Owens, a




Coach: Myron Lowery, sixth season (122-25) 2018-19 Record: 20-7, 12-2 in Southwestern 4A

Coach: Joe Badgett, second season (31-3) 2018-19 Record: 31-3 • Starters: Myles Hunter, 6-7 senior forward; Kenny Gwynn Jr., 6-5 senior forward; Justin Taylor, 6-3 junior wing; Glenn Bynum, 6-5 junior forward; Ben Burhnham, 6-8 junior post • Key Contributors: Elijah Gray 6-7 sophomore forward; Kyle Bean, 6-3 sophomore guard; Bryson Pisacano, 5-9 junior guard; Julian Arias, 5-9 sophomore; Jackson Coffey 6-7 junior forward; Elijah Green, 5-8 freshman guard; Tyree Bracey, 6-6 sophomore forward; Nic Wilson, 5-9 junior guard • The Dish: Coach Badgett and his Cougar team enjoyed a dream season, winning a state title with a

senior-heavy team weighed down by expectations. Those five starters are all gone, but don’t feel sorry for the Cougars. At 6-7, Hunter is a high school coach’s worst nightmare as far as matchups with his crisp inside-out game. Gwynn is a talented forward who does it all well and both of those guys played big roles last season. From there, the Cougars are mostly all newcomers or guys in much different roles from last year. Bynum and Burnham give the Cougars plenty of size, and the options at guard behind Taylor is extensive. The Cougars won’t be as good, but they are still the champs until someone takes their crown.

Myles Hunter leaps into the air for a jump shot during the state title game against Village Christian on Feb. 23. The Cougars came out on top by just one point to clinch their second-straight title. MMHW file photo

COVENANT DAY Coach: Marty Parrish, third season (9-40) 2018-19 Record: 6-17, 1-9 in CISAA

Covenant Day point guard Jacob Dahlberg drives to the basket during a 56-55 overtime win at Charlotte Catholic. MMHW file photo

PROVIDENCE DAY Coach: Brian Field, 14th season (241-154) 2018-19 Record: 13-16, 4-6 in CISAA • Returning Starters: Michael Zanoni, 6-4 sophomore guard (7.4 points); Bryce Scott, 6-4 sophomore wing; JoMo Byrne, 5-11 junior guard; John Miralia, 6-7 senior post (7.8 points, 6.7 rebounds) • Rotation Players: Davis Fagan, AJ Ratchford, 5-11 senior guard; Luke Brighton, 6-2 senior forward; Baker Olin, 6-3 senior forward

• Key returnees: Jacob Dahlberg, 6-2 senior guard (7.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists); Hamidou Sidibe, 6-4 senior forward (15.5 points, 4.3 rebounds), Britt Anderson, 6-5 junior forward (7.0 points, 3.2 rebounds); John Ward, 6-6 junior post (2.0 points, 1.2 rebounds) • Newcomers: Thomas Hailey, 6-6 post; Aden Holloway, 5-11 freshman guard; Joseph Serra, 5-11 sophomore guard; Ifeyani Ufochukwu, 6-9 sophomore post • The Dish: The Lions won their first-ever 4A playoff game last season

• The Dish: The Chargers finally came down to earth after a long stretch of dominance, but don’t count them down for long even though they lost starting point guard and leading scorer Cyncier Harrison (16.4 points, 4.1 assists, 3.5 rebounds). Zanoni is a dead-eyed shooter who can stretch defenses with his range. Scott is coming from Gaston Day and had a decent freshman season there. Byrne is a pass-first guard who will play big minutes and Miralia, an N.C. State baseball commit, is a big presence inside assuming he plays again this season. Fagan is a Charlotte Chrisitan transfer who will see minutes. The bench is solid with Ratchford and Brighton in the backcourt and Olin helping the Chargers inside.

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Coach: Josh Coley, fourth season (63-29) 2018-19 Record: 17-13 • Starters: Cedric Patterson, 6-1 junior guard; John Massey; 6-6 senior wing; Charlie Hester, 6-4 junior wing; Anjay Cortez, 6-9 senior forward; Quinten Scheuermann, 6-10 junior center • Key contributors: Jaden Quick, 5-10 junior guard; LJ Johnson, 6-2 junior guard; Mike Dudley, Jr. 6-5 junior wing; Adriel De La Rosa, 6-8 junior center • The Dish: Coley has produced winning




but were too inconsistent. This season, they’re sprinkling in some talented newcomers with a core group of returnees. Dahlberg is the consummate point guard to run the Lions attack. Athletic wing Sidibe was one of the city’s top newcomers last season and is back after leading the team in scoring. Anderson and Ward came off the bench last season, and each will provide height, toughness and experience. Hailey, who averaged 17 points and nine boards last year with the South Charlotte Panthers, will certainly help inside. Ufochukwu, an international exchange student, will also add size and athleticism. Serra comes from Northside Christian and will help in the backcourt alongside Holloway, the freshman guard who already holds an offer from Syracuse.



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three-year starter who will miss the season with injury. Providence Day gets back Clark, a senior guard and all-conference player who missed last season due to injury. All-state performers Kelson and Levitz will headline the show, but Godwin, Guiterrez and Ferguson have played big roles on this team for years. Freshmen Brooks, Jensen, Latter and Roper will all get a shot at minutes as well.

• Starters: Jordan McPhatter, 5-9 junior guard (9.3 points, 2.8 assists); Ty Black, 5-11 sophomore guard; Jesse Taylor, 6-0 junior forward; Moses Payne, 6-2 junior wing (4.4 points, 2.3 rebounds); Patrick Wessler, 6-11 sophomore center (3.7 points, 3.2 rebounds) • Key contributors: Chasten Gatewood, 5-9 junior guard; Peyton Scott, 6-2 freshman wing • The Dish: The Bulldogs have dominated the Southwestern 4A of late, winning four of the past five conference titles. They are replacing four of their top five scorers from last season’s 20-win team, but there is a lot to like here. McPhatter is a threeyear starter and a heady guy to lead the Bulldogs. Black is an East Meck transfer who will step right in. Taylor and Gatewood were big-time scorers on the JV team, so they’ll add depth. Scott is very athletic and can play anywhere. Wessler should see his averages triple this season inside. The big man is ranked No. 4 in his class by Phenom Hoops and already holds offers from New Orleans and Elon with many others, including Wake Forest, showing interest.

teams wherever he’s been, and this season the Falcons return with a lot of talent. Patterson averaged 15 points per game at Victory Christian and, along with all-state guard Massey (12.3 points), they should take the bulk of the scoring roles over. Inside, Arborbrook Christian transfer Scheuermann will give them a physical presence, as will wing Dudley, Jr., a transfer from East Meck who holds offers from Elon and Hampton. Cortez and De La Rosa are both big-bodied reserves who will add depth up front. Johnson and Quick will spell what should be a pretty good backcourt. If the Falcons gel quickly, they have the talent to be a very tough out for anyone. >> Flip to Page 6B for more teams

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CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC Coach: Mike King, 12th season (195-107) 2018-19 Record: 21-9, 13-1 in Southern Carolinas • Returning Starters: Colin Thomas, 6-0 junior guard (13.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists); David Pino, 6-4 senior forward (10.0 points, 7.2 rebounds); Kevin McArdle, 6-3 junior forward (6.5 points, 2.5 rebounds); Jack Dortch, 5-11 senior guard (7.0 points); Kevin Dumser, 6-0 junior guard (4.8 points)

Independence played a tough schedule last season, knocking off nationally ranked Carmel Christian 58-57 in overtime and Myers Park 42-38 on Jan. 22. MMHW file photo

INDEPENDENCE Coach: Preston Davis, 12th season (159-119) 2018-19 Record: 22-7 overall, 12-2 in Southwestern 4A • Returning Players: Tachai Miller, 5-8 guard (1.3 points); Cameron Little, 6-2 guard (1.0 points); Omarion Bodrick, 6-7 forward (4.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.6 blocks); Jakeem “Nygell” Verdier, 6-5 forward (2.6 points); Anthony Allen, 6-0 guard (8.7 points, 1.3 assists) • Key Contributors: Divine Allah, 6-0 guard; Deon Hankerson, 6-2 guard; Reginald Smith, 6-3 guard • Top Newcomers: Jalen Hinton, 5-8 guard (Butler transfer: 4.5 points, 3.0 rebounds); De’Drick Givens, 6-5 forward (North Meck transfer) • The Dish: The two-time defending Southwestern

4A regular season and tournament champion Patriots will look very different this season after the loss of their starting five, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Allen and Bodrick are next-level players who will be heavily counted on this season after playing big minutes last year as reserves. Verdier and Givens give the Patriots size inside while Hinton and the group of holdover guards will vie for playing time at the wing. Allen is a deadeye shooter who can carry the team at times, but the Patriots must find consistent scoring to keep their current streak intact.

COUNTRY DAY Coach: Dwayne Cherry, 10th season (117-144) 2018-19 Record: 18-12 overall, 4-6 in CISAA • Starting Five: Brandon Cherry, 6-0 junior guard; Knoah Carver, 6-2 junior guard (4.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists); Luke Gardner, 5-10 junior guard; Jordan Erwin, 6-3 junior for-

Newcomer: Kyle Hanchard, 6-1 sophomore guard • The Dish: The Cougars had lost a lot of talent going into last season, but with that brought the arrival of Thomas, a crafty guard with a knack of getting to the rack, and Pino, a steady forward, as leaders and all-conference

performers. They’re back and form a great 1-2 punch for the defending conference champs. McArdle had some big games last season and will need to hit the boards with the Cougars again undersized. Dortch and Dumser played a bunch and started at times last year and offer leadership in the backcourt. Newcomer Hanchard will back up at the point, but Catholic will need to find another couple of rotation players. Expect this team to again compete for the league crown.

CHARLOTTE LATIN Coach: Chris Berger, 11th season (152-112) 2018-19 Record: 16-10, 6-4 in CISAA

Chase Montgomery, 6-1 junior guard • The Dish: The Hawks are coming off a run to the final four last season and return four starters including Johnson, their all-state point guard who makes everything go. Calton is capable of taking over games himself and both he and Johnson are college recruits with plenty of interest. Felkner came alive as the season wore on. Smith offers them size and inside scoring along with Clements, who could slide into the starting lineup this season. Haughton, Hirsch and Hull will add depth to the backcourt along with Montgomery. Grams is an all-conference player at Whitefish Bay HS in Wisconsin and returns to Latin after a three-year absence.

• Returning Starters: Randy Johnson, 6-0 senior guard (18 points, 5.5 assists); Graham Calton, 6-4 junior guard (13 points, 5.8 rebounds); Bennett Smith, 6-5 senior forward (9 points, 6.7 rebounds); David Felkner, 6-2 senior guard (5.5 points) • Rotation Players: Grayson Clements, 6-5 senior forward; Daniel Haughton, 5-11 sophomore guard; Ryan Hirsh, 5-9 junior guard; Brad Hull, 6-3 senior forward • Key Newcomers: Harry Grams, 6-3 senior forward;

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN Coach: Shonn Brown, 19th season (421-168) 2018-19 Record: 27-2, 10-0 in CISAA • Returning Players: Peter Lash, 6-6 senior forward (7.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.5 blocks); Logan Jones (5.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks); Luke Drees, 6-5 senior forward (3.6 points, 1.5 rebounds) • Rotation Players: Bryce Cash, 6-3 freshman guard; Cade Nicholson, 6-3 freshman guard; Gavin Peach, 6-0 sophomore guard; TJ Hardy, 6-0 fresh-

man guard; Lloyd Glen, 5-10 senior guard • The Dish: The Knights go from a senior-led team to a very young one in the course of one season with the loss of four seniors, all of whom were double-figure scorers currently on college rosters. The retool will start with three carryovers. Lash shot 48% from 3-point range and is a tough matchup. Jones is

ward; Jackson Krisko, 6-4 senior forward (8.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 blocks) • Rotation Players: Jimmy Mitchell, 5-9 junior guard; Julian Williams, 6-0 senior guard (2.4 points, 2.1 rebounds) • The Dish: The Bucs won 15 of their first 20 games last season before limping down the finish with just three wins over their final 10. However, four of their top five scorers from last season have graduated, so there is major change throughout the roster. Cherry will get the chance to play point after trans-

an athletic forward who can get to the basket and Drees is a good rebounder and defender. That’s most of the varsity experience that returns other than reserve guard Glen, but the newcomers are good. Cash already holds an offer from Liberty before playing a high school game, Nicholson is going to make an immediate impact and Hardy, a Northside Christian transfer, is a good shooter. All three are freshmen and will team with Peach to provide shooting to a team that should be fun to watch grow.

ferring in from Independence. Carver, an Ardrey Kell transfer, could be a star in this offense and will get every chance to produce. Gardner played sparingly last season. Both Cherry and East Meck transfer Erwin are stepping into much larger roles. Krisko is a college recruit and the centerpiece of this team after a good junior campaign. Williams showed promise last season and will serve as their sixth man with Mithcell backing up Cherry at the point.

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