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WAXHAW – After months of campaigning, the 2019 election season came to a close Nov. 5 as voters decided who will lead their towns. Many candidates felt confident mid-morning as they watched voters slowly come in and out of precincts. However, some said they would not feel fully assured until the end of the day. Ronald Pappas, who has experience in the development industry, earned the most votes among the five people running for Waxhaw mayor, defeating second place Jon Perdue by just 10 votes. That result made Perdue say “ouch.”
“I feel like we tried and succeeded in maintaining a positive, inclusive and informative message,” Perdue told followers on his campaign Facebook page. “That approach was and will continue to be the foundation of my view of leadership in government. We never lost focus on respecting and representing the views of the great people who's support we garnered in the community.” Pappas said candidates and campaigners at the Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department agreed that it seemed like it would be a close race. “We seem to have equal representation all see ELECTION, Page 3A
Anne Pruitt, who works in the insurance industry, will join the Weddington Town Council. Here she campaigns at Siler Presbyterian Church. Kayla Berenson/UCW photo
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Jackie Arndt opened Nora C's Bakery in July. She can produce over 300 cookies in a month. Lee Noles/UCW photo
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INDIAN TRAIL – On any regular morning, before the sun breaks, and when most are still getting ready for work, Jackie Arndt is doing what she loves in the place she loves. Arndt recently turned the garage in her grandparents’ old home into a successful, business she has named “Nora C’s Bakery.” The one-woman show has Arndt working by 7:30 each morning to create savory cookies, delectable cakes and delicious breads that sell throughout the area. “I’m always shocked and excited when people like my cookies,” Arndt said. “I don’t want anyone to be disappointed, so I work hard at making everything right. It makes me happy when they like it.” see BAKER, Page 2A
Jackie Arndt transformed what used to be her grandparents' garage into a functioning bakery. Above is an example of one of her creations. Photo courtesy of Jackie Arndt
INDIAN TRAIL – Following Chase Coble’s passing Oct. 11, the Union County Sheriff’s Office has promoted Kevin James to supervise Indian Trail as captain. Sheriff Eddie Cathey made the announcement during the Oct. 22 town council meeting. Cathey said although Coble’s death was “very sad,” the support from the community warmed his heart. “The outpouring of support from the town and from the community of Indian Trail has been unbelievable,” Cathey said. “But we also know that we have got to continue on with our lives and we’ve got to continue with the things that are happening in Indian Trail.” Coble, 43, of Marshville, died Oct. 11 at his home. He has worked with the sheriff's office since 2003, according to his obituary. Cathey wanted the council and residents to know that while James will fill the vacant spot, he is not replacing Coble. “We are not expecting to replace Chase, but we’re expecting to move forward,” Cathey said. “We’re expecting to do the right thing. We think it’s a positive thing to get this thing done and try to move forward as soon as we can.” James has worked with the Union County Sheriff’s Office see SHERIFF, Page 6A
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CHARLOTTE – Waltonwood Providence residents volunteer every month. For November, the Life Enrichment team decided to give back to the veteran community at Atrium Hospice House of Union County. Life Enrichment Manager Kim Fitzgerald said the residents made tie blankets for the veterans. She said the residents were excited to make the blankets, especially after learning about the impact they would make. “They were overjoyed to be able to make them,” Fitzgerald said. “They kept talking about, as they were making them, how soft they were and how much they’re going to love it and
it’s going to keep them so warm. It was neat to see our residents not only enjoy the process, but also just knowing the purpose of it and being so enthused about it.” Waltonwood residents also had the opportunity to bring the blankets to the hospice house and see the tangible impact of the blankets. “They couldn’t talk enough about how much they enjoyed bringing it and hearing how much the hospice house was so thankful for everything,” Fitzgerald said. Fitzgerald said hopsice house volunteer coordinator Regina Collins and her staff told the residents that the blankets do more than just keep veterans warm. see BLANKETS, Page 2A
Waltonwood Providence residents enjoyed making blankets for veterans at a local hospice. Photo courtesy of Waltonwood Providence
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Shelter moves Halloween events inside Students can take short-term, non-credit courses in machining and construction to get into the workplace faster. Photo courtesy of South Piedmont Community College
Grant to help SPCC students get workforce training MONROE – Wells Fargo awarded South Piedmont Community College a $5,000 grant to help low-to-moderate income students in Union County enroll in noncredit, short-term training programs that lead to sustainable employment and address workforce needs. “Thanks to this grant, Union County residents who could not previously afford shortterm training now have the opportunity to prepare for jobs that can close the economic gap,” said Maria Lander, dean of professional occupations and public services at SPCC. In August 2018, South Piedmont discovered a significant gap between the number of job openings and the number of graduates in a few noncredit, short-term programs in its service area. The college developed the Career in a Year program to satisfy this need. It focuses on careers in demand where certifications can be earned in less than a year. Funding from Wells Fargo will allow Union County residents facing financial need to enroll in programs like air conditioning and refrigeration, welding, plumbing, electrical, machining, construction and commercial driving.
Matthews Alive presents proceeds to community MATTHEWS – Matthews Alive organizers presented $147,716 in proceeds from the Labor Day festival to nearly 40 nonprofits, including bands from Marvin Ridge and Sun Valley high schools, 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
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MONROE – It might have poured down rain on Oct. 31, but trick-or-treating went on at the Community Shelter of Union County’s first community-wide Halloween festivities. Kids of all ages in costumes, ranging from scary to sweet, visited the shelter’s offices to fill their bags with candies, donated by volunteers in costume. “We were amazed with the turnout,” CEO Kathy Bragg said. “For our first time and with the weather, we had no idea how many would come. We are thrilled to see so many from the community come celebrate the holiday with families in the emergency shelter. It was heart-warming.” The event was planned as a trunk or treat in the parking lot, but volunteers and staff brought the festivities inside. “We didn’t want to cancel this special time for kids,” Bragg said. “They look forward to it for days. It would have been a shame to cancel. Fortunately, we have the space in our new facility to accommodate the crowd. “We want to utilize our space for community events as well as for specific services, and this is another opportunity to do so.”
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Arndt grew up in the kitchen and recalls making full meals by the time she was in first grade. She showed signs of her entrepreneurial spirit as she got older by preparing dinner for her parents, Linda and Phillip Rushing, that included handwritten menus that were similar to ones found in a restaurant. “My sister and I worked hard on getting everything ready,” Arndt said. The only time Arndt’s cooking didn’t go as planned was in fifth grade when the pan she was fixing her meal in caught fire. Things only got worse when the grease burned stronger after Arndt placed the pan into a sink that had water in it. The result was a fire that burned much of the surrounding cabinets. “It didn’t scare me from cooking, though,” Arndt said. “My first thought was I was in trouble. I was thinking what my mom was going to say.” Arndt’s parents and grandmother, Nora Catherine Rushing, were important figures in developing her cooking style. Nora, in particular, had an impact on Arndt, who described her grandmother as “classy” and “always put together.” Arndt’s world, however, changed in 1996 when Nora died in an automobile accident right in front of her home. “She was a really good person,” Arndt said. “I wanted to honor her and named the bakery after her. You would think it would get easier talking about it, but it hasn’t.” Arndt and her husband, Derek, bought her grandparents’ home in 2009 following the death of her grandfather, Homer, two years earlier. She began baking around the same time by creating cakes and cookies for her sons’ birthdays and then for family and friends. It wasn’t until Christmas 2017 when
Community Shelter of Union County’s first community-wide Halloween event was a success thanks to volunteers, board members, Monroe police, Union County veterans office and staff. Photo courtesy of Nancy Stephen
Arndt gave a plate of cookies for Linda to take to work that a career became more realistic. “People enjoyed them,” Arndt said. The response gave her confidence to begin making cookies for graduations, weddings and the first day of school. Arndt said the secret is having the cookie and frosting as soft as possible. “When you bite into it, it melts,” Arndt said. She also decorates the cookies with unique designs. For the back-to-school theme, she makes cookies into pencils or rulers and colors them with frosting that is similar to real life. She also puts little sayings on them. Her business has only blossomed since opening in July as Arndt makes more than 300 cookies in her peak months in addition to the cakes and breads she creates. Arndt has made the most of the opportunity by turning what used to be the garage in her house into a commercial bakery. The area now features hardwood flooring, three blenders, two topof-the line stoves, a refrigerator and freezer with an elongated steel counter all surrounded by a neutral pink. The color scheme is a nod to her grandmother’s style. “It’s a woman’s bakery,” she points out. Arndt is thinking about the possibility of moving the bakery from her house to a storefront location, but the idea is still several years away. Right now, she is happy being there when her kids go to school in the morning and waiting when they get back. “I can still be an active participant in their lives,” Arndt said of her two sons who are 9 and 8 years old. “I can work with my schedule if I want to because I want to be there for them.” Want to find them? Jackie Arndt’s desserts are at the Faded Rose in Monroe. Her email is noracsbak email@example.com.
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“They were centerpieces for conversations about what military bases they were at, memories of their time in service,” Fitzgerald said. “They are also things that they give to the families when their loved ones pass, so it’s a memorabilia for the families to have.” She said Collins and the team at the hospice house were so thankful for the blankets. Fitzgerald said Waltonwood residents talked about the experience and the impact for weeks after it happened. “That is the first thing that they give to [veterans] as soon as they walk through the door. They greet them with a blanket, they welcome them in and that’s their own personal thing that they get to keep the whole
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time that they’re there,” Fitzgerald said. The experience was so enjoyable and impactful that Fitzgerald said she plans to partner with hospice house beyond Veterans Day.
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Results from select races
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Here are unofficial results for select races in the Nov. 5 election:
the way across,” Pappas said while campaigning. “It’s really hard to determine the leaders right now.” Pappas said he thought the race would be similar to the 2016 presidential election and there would not be a clear winner until the very end of the evening. He wants to put Waxhaw “back on its tracks.” “It’s fallen off pretty seriously and I think that we need to take a look at every area of the government and put best practices in place and move forward,” Pappas said. “I think a lot of it also has to do with the relationships of the people who do get elected. I think they need to pay attention a lot.” Marvin's election was unresolved as of Union County Weekly's deadline on Nov. 6. Christopher Smith was the only candidate on the ballot for mayor. But residents cast 370 write-in votes for the race, which exceeded Smith's 338 votes. The Union County Board of Elections was still going through write-ins as of press deadline. Wesley Chapel Mayor Brad Horvath was the only mayor to lose his seat. Jan Smith, a retired educator with Union County Public Schools, captured 61.24% of the 792 votes cast. She sought to empower residents over developers. Weddington Mayor Elizabeth Callis said on Election Day it was hard to tell who was in the lead, but she felt hopeful. “It’s been a great campaign,” Callis said. “I’ve enjoyed meeting and talking
MONROE MAYOR (VOTE FOR 1) Bobby G. Kilgore 1,739 (62.46%) Bob Yanacsek 574 (20.62%) Brent Anthony 465 (16.70%) Write-In (Miscellaneous) 6 (0.22%) MONROE COUNCIL (VOTE FOR 3) Lynn A. Keziah 1,563 (20.54%) Freddie Gordon 1,307 (17.17%) Angelia James 1,235 (16.23%) Gary Anderson 1,203 (15.81%) Michele King 904 (11.88%) Billy A. Jordan 882 (11.59%) Tony L. Autry 357 (4.69%) Myles Kuly 138 (1.81%) Write-In (Miscellaneous) 21 (0.28%)
Edwin Elam (left) and Anne Simpson (middle) greet voters on Election Day. Elam did not get enough votes to win Waxhaw mayor, but Simpson won a town commissioner seat. Kayla Berenson/UCW photo
to the residents that I’ve talked to, but I’ll be glad when it’s all over with. Either way, I’ll be glad when it’s all over with. Obviously, we want to win, but it’ll be OK if we don’t.” Callis earned 63.14% of the 1,514 votes over challenger Walton Hogan. Hogan emphasized a five-year plan for Weddington throughout his campaign. He said residents were receptive to the plan. “It’s been a very positive experience for me,” Hogan said. “I’ve listened to Weddington citizens and they’ve given me an earful, which is a good thing. It’s helped me develop my five-year plan.” Anne Pruitt, who was endorsed by Callis, greeted voters at Siler Presbyterian Church. Pruitt said the church was the polling place for voters in Weddington and Wesley Chapel, making it difficult to tell which election residents
were voting in. Despite this, she felt good about her chances. “I feel confident that Weddington is going to make a good choice,” Pruitt said. “I’m excited to serve the community and I’m committed to the community and common-sense solutions to take Weddington to the next level.” Pruitt defeated Councilman Scott Buzzard to earn the District 2 seat, collecting 58.77% of the 1,494 votes cast. Several other incumbents serving on town boards and commissioners did not get enough votes for an additional term, including Gary Anderson and Billy Jordan (Monroe); Billy Birt Jr. and Shawna Steele (Stallings); Brenda Burns (Waxhaw) and Paul Kaperonis (Wesley Chapel). The county reported a 12.1% voter turnout with 12,595 votes cast.
INDIAN TRAIL MAYOR (VOTE FOR 1) Michael L. Alvarez 1,307 (65.88%) David Loughran 349 (17.59%) Michael Faulkenberry 324 (16.33%) Write-In (Miscellaneous) 4 (0.20%) INDIAN TRAIL COUNCIL (VOTE FOR 3) Todd Barber 1,361 (25.37%) Shirley Howe 1,356 (25.28%) Marcus John McIntyre 1,270 (23.68%) Amanda Faulkenberry 634 (11.82%) Jonathon Baer 429 (8.00%) Roger Kortekaas 272 (5.07%) Write-In (Miscellaneous) 42 (0.78%) STALLINGS COUNCIL DISTRICT 4 (VOTE FOR 1) Heather Grooms 762 (75.07%) Shawna Steele 248 (24.43%) Write-In (Miscellaneous) 5 (0.49%) STALLINGS COUNCIL DISTRICT 5 (VOTE FOR 1) Steven Ayers 867 (87.14%) Billy Birt Jr. 120 (12.06%) Write-In (Miscellaneous) 8 (0.80%) WAXHAW MAYOR (VOTE FOR 1) Ronald P. Pappas 614 (28.98%) Jon Perdue 604 (28.50%) Bob Morgan 401 (18.92%)
Ericka L. McKnight 275 (12.98%) Edwin Elam 222 (10.48%) Write-In (Miscellaneous) 3 (0.14%) TOWN OF WAXHAW COMMISSIONER (VOTE FOR 2) Pedro R. Morey 1,316 (37.63%) Anne M. Simpson 1,105 (31.60%) Brenda Burns 1,051 (30.05%) Write-In (Miscellaneous) 25 (0.71%) WESLEY CHAPEL MAYOR (VOTE FOR 1) Jan Smith 485 (61.24%) Brad S. Horvath 304 (38.38%) Write-In (Miscellaneous) 3 (0.38%) WESLEY CHAPEL COUNCIL (VOTE FOR 2) Lori Bailey 552 (37.40%) David A. Boyce 499 (33.81%) April Campagna 219 (14.84%) Paul Kaperonis 197 (13.35%) Write-In (Miscellaneous) 9 (0.61%) WEDDINGTON MAYOR (VOTE FOR 1) Elizabeth Callis 956 63.14% Walton Hogan 557 36.79% Write-In (Miscellaneous) 1 0.07% WEDDINGTON COUNCIL DISTRICT 2 (VOTE FOR 1) Anne Pruitt 878 58.77% Scott Buzzard 615 41.16% Write-In (Miscellaneous) 1 0.07% WEDDINGTON COUNCIL DISTRICT 4 (VOTE FOR 1) Janice Propst 952 (63.85%) Gerry Hartman 537 (36.02%) Write-In (Miscellaneous) 2 (0.13%) MARVIN MAYOR (VOTE FOR 1) Write-In (Miscellaneous) 370 (52.26%) Christopher Smith 338 (47.74%) MARVIN COUNCIL (VOTE FOR 2) Jamie H. Lein 545 (42.88%) Bob Marcolese 504 (39.65%) Write-In (Miscellaneous) 222 (17.47%) MARVIN CHARTER AMENDMENT Yes 424 (62.54%) No 254 (37.46%)
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THINGS TO DO Nov. 8
Equipment Rodeo Bobcat of Monroe holds an open house and equipment rodeo. 704-289-2200 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; 1711 Morgan Mill Road, Monroe
Rabies Clinic Union County Animal Services offers a free rabies clinic at the Union County Animal Shelter. 704-283-2308 9-11 a.m.; 3340 Presson Road, Monroe
Bingo Night Union County Habitat for Humanity ReStore presents a fun night of bingo with food, drinks and $700 in winners. 704-289-6067 6-9 p.m.; 2520 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe
Mattress Fundraiser Bands at Sun Valley middle and high schools hold their eighth annual mattress fundraiser at the high school. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 5211 Old Charlotte Hwy., Monroe
Gettysburg Address The Museum of the Waxhaws presents the Gettysburg Address from President Abraham Lincoln. Admission costs $5. 704-843-1832 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; 8215 Waxhaw Hwy., Waxhaw
Nov. 9-10 Air Show Warbirds Over Monroe returns to Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $5 for veterans, $10 for ages 12-18 and free for ages 12 and younger. www. warbirdsovermonroe.com 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 3900 Paul J Helms Drive, Monroe
Nov. 10 Pub Poker Deuces Pub Poker organizes Texas Hold'em games at The Trail House. 7 p.m.; 6751 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail
Nov. 11 Pub Poker Deuces Pub Poker presents Poker Mondays at Lounge 74. 704-464-6338 7 p.m.; 6443 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail Team Trivia Team Trivia Charlotte presents team trivia at Hickory Tavern. 704-238-9111
8-10 p.m.; 6455 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail
Nov. 13 Ribbon Cutting Vida Holistic Health holds a ribbon cutting with the Union County Chamber of Commerce. 704-684-9867 4-5:30 p.m.; 124 Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail Car Show Classic Cruisers of Monroe holds its Wednesday Nite Cruz In at Poplin Place. 5-7 p.m.; 2889 W. U.S. 74, Monroe
Teen Night The Town of Waxhaw lets teens create ornaments during the Teen Nights Series at Eight Legs Gallery. The event costs $25 for residents and $30 for others. Register at www.waxhaw.recdesk.com. 6-8 p.m.; 310 E. S. Main St., Waxhaw Trivia Night Team-Trivia Charlotte holds a trivia night at Lounge 74 dubbed Thirsty Thursdays. 704-494-9445 7-9 p.m.; 6443 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail
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CHARLOTTE – Charlotte City Council’s plans to discuss the proposed LYNX Silver Line from Charlotte to Matthews were put on hold once again. The council was supposed to vote on whether to start pre-project development at its Oct. 28 meeting after asking the Charlotte Area Transit System to gather more concrete cost estimates. While pre-project development will cost $50 million councilmembers wanted a plan of how the city
will pay for the project and what federal and state funding will look like. It was announced at the city’s transportation and planning committee that morning that the council would not vote on whether to star pre-project development until Nov. 12. Assistant City Manager Taiwo Jaiyeoba said planning staff and CATS will be able to present options for local funding after Nov. 5, when voters will decide whether to support a quarter-cent sales tax to fund the arts. “We felt that next week’s vote will really help us to address how you deal with sources of funding as well,” Jaiyeoba said. “Nov. 12
gives us an opportunity to have more information for you when it comes to that.” CATS Executive Director John Lewis told the city’s transportation and planning committee that based on the Blue Line and Blue Line Extension projects, 50% of funding would come from the federal government, 25% of funding would come from the state and 25% of funding would come from the city. Because the estimated cost for the project is over $3 billion, Lewis said the city would likely give $1 billion to the project. He said CATS and planning staff are looking at options the city has for funding the
project, from public-private partnerships to sales and property taxes, but they need to start pre-project development to come up with a concrete plan. “At the end, trying to do that based on a guess doesn’t give us a whole lot of faith in what those potential sources should be,” Lewis said. Some councilmembers on the committee were confused about delaying the vote, stating they were ready to vote on the matter that night and wanted to show a commitment to building the Silver Line.
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SPORTS Union County Weekly • Nov. 8, 2019 • Page 1B
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL GUIDE
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? What about Porter Ridge in their second season under Garrett Malone? Butler looks like the top dog on the girls side of things, but Hickory Ridge, Myers Park and Independence look particularly strong, too. Charlotte Catholic tied for the
New-look Cavs ready for challenge by Andrew Stark email@example.com
WAXHAW – There’s no way to catch lightning in a bottle twice, and maybe nobody is more aware of that than the Cuthertson girls basketball team. They’re fine with it, though, and fully expect to again be among the top 3A teams in the state after reaching the 3A championship game last season. Sure it will be a different team after the loss of starting guards Kayla Young and Kayla McKinney, but there is a lot of holdover, too. “I think we have a new sense of confidence,” said Cavs senior forward Lillian
Anderson. “We’re aware of the capabilities of our team and we know what we’re capable of doing. That helps us out a lot in the preseason to push ourselves a little harder because we know the ability we have to achieve our goals.” Those goals start with winning what should be a highly contested Southern Carolinas conference, and the players know it won’t be a given. “We’re not the underdogs anymore,” said sophomore guard Ruby Williams. “People know that we went to the state championship last year and we’re not going to sneak up on anyone. We have to push ourselves. It wasn’t easy last year, but it’s going to be a lot harder than that was to do it again.”
But the Cavs are ready for the battle and doing all they can to prepare themselves. That starts with a front-loaded schedule that features a brutal out-of-conference test featuring Butler, Ardrey Kell, Forest Hills, Myers Park and Union Academy among others. They’ve also already tried to address one of the biggest deficiencies with the graduation of last season’s backcourt, which is ball handling. Holdover Lauryn Hardiman will get the initial responsibility, but players like Williams, freshman Reagan Iovino and post players Maddie Dillinger and Anderson see CAVS, Page 2B
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Expectations for the Cuthbertson girls basketball program is high, but players like (from left) Reagan Iovino, Lauryn Hardiman, Lillian Anderson, Kamaria Sheriff, Ruby Williams, Maddie Dillinger and Trinity Cherry-Brown have the Cavs embracing them. Andrew Stark/UCW photo
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will all chip in. “We’ve had people come in to work just on ball handling and dealing with pressure with the ball,” said Dillinger, the Western Regional MVP who averaged a team-high 13.7 points and also contributed 6.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore last year. “Dealing with the ball pressure is something we knew we struggled with, so we’ve been focusing on dribbling and making sure we can get the ball up the court.” Once they get the ball over halfcourt, this offense can be deadly. Dilliinger is their leader and a next-level talent, but she’s far from alone. Hardiman (10.6 points, 4.9 rebounds last season) and Anderson, a New Jersey Institute of Technology commit who averaged 8.2 points and a team-best 7.8 rebounds are the big three returnees, but there is more to the Cavs story. Williams (5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds last season as a freshman) looks like their next big star, although that may be up for debate with the arrival of Iovino, who coach Joel Allen calls the best pure shooter he’s coached. She’ll help with ball-handling, but her biggest asset will be spacing the floor and knocking down what could potentially be open jump shots, at least until teams get a scouting report on her game. “I think it’s her energy that makes the biggest difference for us,” said senior Trinity Cherry-Brown. “She makes 3’s and then we all start making them all of the sudden. She definitely boots our confidence.” Although more shots will go to Iovoni and sophomore Kamaria Sheriff (2.0 points, 2.2 rebounds), the Cavs contend it doesn’t
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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. But I expect Marvin Ridge, Weddington, Sun Valley and even Monroe to be right in the thick of that boys mix, and you can’t count out up-and-coming Cuthbertson. The Cavs girls played in the state title game but had to fight the Cougars to just tie for the league crown, so that’s a battle and Weddington is much better. Union Academy had a girls basketball season to remember, and have some key pieces back. The Cardinal boys may have what it takes to win that league, too.
matter who scores the ball as long as they’re winning. “We’re a lot harder to guard now, even more so than last year,” Anderson said. “Before a lot of teams would pack it in because we’re so strong inside, but we weren’t as strong outside. That’s not the case anymore because everyone on the team has become better outside shooters. Everyone’s a threat and if you want to leave Reagan open that’s fine because she can score 50 points.” With so much firepower, the Cavs say they are ready to tip the season and see how it goes. While it won’t be the same, this team has at least as much potential as last season, and with an added outside shooter and one more year in the system, this could be a championship team. In order to reach their potential, they just have to rely on each other and, as coach Allen says, take it one game at a time and see how that plays out. “Execution is key,” Sheriff said. “We have to do what we have to do and stay focused. That’s really all it comes down to.” No matter if this season ultimately ends with a repeat of last season’s success or not, Anderson said her team will stay together and stay focused. And, after seven years in the Cuthbertson system that should be just enough. “As a team, we are very focused on the ‘we,”’ she said. “Every single girl on the team works hard for each other and supports each other. We don’t have it where we complain if she’s getting more touches than me or whatever. It doesn’t matter if Reagan our freshman goes off for 25 points the first game, everyone would be so excited because it helped us win. “It’s a team thing and I think that’s our biggest strength.” Forest Hills went on an unprecedented run. They’ll be down some, but coach Matt Sides is absolutely one of the best in the biz and will get them back quick. The Yellow Jacket girls could be good, too. In all, this year is packed with questions and expectations. I expect all of the conference title races to become 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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CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC Coach: Bobby Conrad, 11th season (185-94) 2018-19 Record: 22-8, 12-2 in Southern Carolinas • 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 shoulder of Bertolina.
Left: Charlotte Catholic’s Moira Darling splits two defenders for a layup attempt in the Cougars win over Cuthbertson on Jan. 25. Right: Cuthbertson forward Lillian Anderson goes up for two after securing an offensive rebound against United Faith. UCW file photos
Coach: Joel Allen, ninth season (147-87) 2018-19 Record: 29-4, 12-2 in Southern Carolinas • Starting Five: Lauryn Hardiman, 5-6 senior guard (10.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.6 steals); Lillian Anderson, 5-11 senior forward (8.2 points, 7.8 rebounds); Maddie Dillinger, 6-0 junior forward (13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals); Ruby Williams, 5-10 sophomore guard (5.2 points, 2.8 rebounds); Kamaria Sheriff, 5-11 junior post (2.0 points, 2.2 rebounds) • Key Contributors: Trinity Cherry Brown, 5-11 senior for-
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ward (1.6 points); Kendall Gallagher, 5-5 junior guard (1.8 points); Reagan Iovino, 5-3 freshman guard • The Dish: The defending Western Regional champs come back with three starters -- Hardiman, Dillinger and Anderson -- returning from last year’s 3A runners-up. Those three are all versatile scorers and good interior passers. Williams has the makings of becoming a big-time player and Sheriff is smart and aggressive inside. Brown and Gallagher will round out the returning rotation, but the Cavs welcome sharp-shooting freshman Iovino. The Cavs have a tough early schedule with Butler, Ardrey Kell, Myers Park and more, but that will only strengthen this group for the playoffs. Both Dillinger and Anderson are next-level talents who lead a team expected to be a contender once again.
• The Dish: With a win over Charlotte Catholic and an overtime loss to state finalist Cuthbertson, the Mavs proved they can play with anyone. They come back this season with a nice core of returnees who will look to build off of that. Emezie and Keefe are excellent post options who can take over a game with rebounding and defense. Makarewicz can score on multiple levels and is a hustle player while Shivers showed flashes that she could turn into one of the team’s top offensive options as a freshman. Works and Drake will help fill in with ball-handling and in the backcourt. Boyko is a JV call-up who will be a welcomed addition to the rotation.
MONROE Coach: Leroy Osborne, fifth season (68-35) 2018-19 Record: 17-9, 8-6 in Southern Carolinas • Returning Players: Zarriah White, 5-10 sophomore forward (4.4 points, 5.3 rebounds); Kaycee Shipman, 5-5 senior guard (1.8 points, 2.0 rebounds); Tamiya Austin, 5-6 junior wing; Adrianna Melton • Rotation Players: Dynasty Parker; Mya Price • The Dish: The Redhawks won 17 games last
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UNION ACADEMY Coach: Crystal Trull, third season (59-21) 2018-19 Record: 27-3, 14-0 in PAC 7 1A • Starting Five: Karynton Clark, 5-1 junior guard (6.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.2 steals); Savanna Brooks. 5-9 junior guard (15.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.2 steals, 2.3 assists); CC Coppin, 5-9 senior forward (5.8 points, 5.2 rebounds); Kelsey Havican, 5-3 senior guard (2.7 points, 2.2 steals, 2.0 assists); Ryleigh Clayborn, 5-10 sophomore forward (2.2 rebounds) • Rotation Players: Mia Fraticelli, junior forward (2.3 points, 1.8 rebounds); Hannah Wease, junior forward (1.8 points, 2.8
rebounds); Amanda Langkopp, freshman forward • The Dish: The Cardinals have had two great seasons in a row, including last season’s unbeaten run through the conference. This season, they are replacing leading scorer MaKayla Smith and Mya Manivanh, who has decided to focus on soccer. Those, along with a few other graduations, are big losses, but the Cardinals are still in a good spot. Clark’s stats came on a very good Monroe team, so she’s a welcomed addition. Brooks is a bonafide star who will get even more chances offensively. Coppin and Havican have been in the program for years and do their job well. Clayborn was defensive-minded last year but should look to score more. Fraticelli and Wease will fit into the frontcourt rotation, and the team welcomes Langkopp, who will join the mix.
METROLINA CHRISTIAN Coach: JarMark Parker, eighth season (65-103) 2018-19 Record: 14-16, 5-2 in Metrolina Athletic • Starters: Lilly Reynolds, 5-8 freshman guard (4.7 points, 4.2 rebounds); Emma Phibbs, 5-8 freshman guard; Emily Waters, 5-7 junior wing (7.6 points, 3.4 rebounds); Audrey Strange, 6-0 junior forward (4.9 points, 4.9 rebounds); Anna Phibbs, 5-11 sophomore center (5.1 points, 7.1 rebounds) • Key contributors: Lizzy Neyens, 5-7 senior wing (2.6 points, 1.8 rebounds); Maggie Miller, 5-11 senior center (2.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.6 steals); Ella McClain, 5-9 soph-
WEDDINGTON Coach: Aaron Brown, third season (29-24) 2018-19 Record: 17-10, 9-5 in Southern Carolinas
omore forward (2.7 points, 3.4 rebounds); Deja Watson, 5-11 freshman post; Hannah Sorrentino 5-6 freshman guard; Allie Huneycutt 5-7 freshman wing. • The Dish: Waters is a two-time all-MAC player and Phibbs was named all-conference last season, so they’ll lead the way. The Warriors are young and talented and expect to compete for the MAC title this year. Last year, they had 10 players average more than two points per game, but nobody average more than 7.6 points. Expect that to change as Phibbs, Waters and Strange will up their scoring, although this team will remain balanced. Coach Parker said this is the best team he’s had at Metrolina on paper, we’ll see if it translates to on the court.
Coach: Jesse Boyce, second season (4-20) 2018-19 Record: 4-20, 2-12 in Southern Carolinas • Starting Five: Chole Hardy, 5-8 senior forward (7.9 points, 6.9 rebounds); Kennedie Gaither, 5-8 senior guard; Courtney Liles, 5-2 junior guard (4.4 points, 2.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds); Jade Washington; Shimiya Taylor 5-7 guard • Rotation Players: Alice Gaither, Kayla Coffey, Taleah Hallman, Kalee Helms (1.7 points, 3.0 rebounds), Scotty Hyatt, Kayla Barnes • The Dish: The Rebels snapped a streak of eight consecutive seasons with a winning record in Boyce’s first stint with the team last year. It was a rough go for most of the year as three of the team’s four wins came in a five-day stretch in December, but the team went just 1-15 the rest of the way. This season represents change, and that’s a good thing. When Parkwood takes the floor they’ll again rely on last season’s leading scorer and rebounder in Hardy. She’ll need some help, though. Liles is their heady leader who makes everything tick. The coaches are excited about Taylor, who transferred in from Monroe. Gaither is back after an ACL injury cost her last year. She’ll slide into the lineup along with Washington, who has looked good. Helms will log big minutes again as will Alice Gaither, Coffey, Hamman and JV call-up Hyatt.
• Starting Five: Karrah Katzbach, 5-6 senior guard (17.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 steals); Miranda Barron, 5-6 junior wing (11.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 steals); Ali Call, 5-7 senior guard (2.3 rebounds); Mattie Beck, 5-7 junior forward (1.7 points); Emily Cunningham, 5-10 junior post (6.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.8 steals) • Rotation Players: Tatum Bowen, 5-7 freshman post; Hannah Tse, 5-4 freshman guard; Isabella Sarcona, 5-4 freshman guard • The Dish: The Warriors come and go with Katzbach, their sweet-shooting
Coach: Angelia James, first season at PR (24-111 overall) 2018-19 Record: 5-18, 3-11 in Southwestern 4A • Starting Five: Jada Pickering, 5-3 sophomore guard; Breaisha Massey 5-4 senior guard; Kenlynn Walker, 5-6 senior guard; Jenella Olaeye, 5-7 sophomore forward; Kairae Wideman, 5-10 senior forward • Key Newcomers: Jyana Slater, freshman; Payton Oliver, freshman; Megan Brandon, freshman • The Dish: Longtime Pirates coach Ina Thompson stepped down following last season and in comes James, a veteran coach with stops at Union Academy and, most recently, at CATA. She inherits a team that is returning all five starters from a team that struggled at points during the season with the basics as they averaged just 29.1 points per game while allowing more than 60 per game on the other end of the court. The Southwestern 4A is loaded again with Butler, Hickory Ridge, Rocky River and Independence expected to be playoff teams, and that leaves the Pirates in a tough spot. Pickering and Olaeye showed serious promise as freshmen, while Waller and Massey will provide senior leadership in the backcourt. Wideman is a big presence inside but must stay out of foul trouble. Hopefully, the three freshmen are ready to play right away.
senior leader. She scored double figures in every game but three and exploded for a 36-point outing last year, so she’s capable. The same can be said for Barron, although she seemed to wear down during the last few weeks of the season. Cunningham is their inside presence, and she can hold her own as evidenced by a near triple-double (15 points, 10 rebounds and eight steals) against Piedmont. Call and Beck are moving into the rotation this season. Bowen, Tse and Sarcona step up to the varsity level after being key cogs in the Warriors middle school championship team.
Coach: Johnny Sowell, 13th season (181-96) 2018-19 Record: 12-12, 5-9 in Southern Carolinas
Coach: Barney Harris, second season (18-10) 2018-19 Record: 18-10 overall, 7-7 in PAC 7 1A • Returning Starters: Derek Young Jr., 6-4 senior forward (14.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists); Jalen Anderson, 6-0, (13.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists); Joshua Harris, 5-10 senior guard (4.6 points, 2.2 assists) • Rotation Players: Trustin Hucks 6-1 senior guard; Bailey Austin, 5-9 sophomore guard • The Dish: The Cardinals are replacing a pair of double-digit scorers but have a great core back to make a run at the league crown coach Harris thinks they can achieve. The excitement starts with Young, an all-conference
double-double machine who can jump out of the gym and take over games at times. Anderson is another high-flyer who led the team with 35 made 3-pointers last season. Harris is a smooth ball handler and spot-up shooter who directs the offense well. Harris is counting on a pair of transfers – Hucks from Piedmont and Austin from Cuthbertson -- to contribute immediately. They’ll need some more depth, but the core they do have is a talented one. The Cardinals crumbled with a 3-5 record during their last eight games a season ago, but expect a fast start here.
Union Academy junior Josh Harris shoots a floater during a loss to Mountain Island Charter last year. UCW file photo
FOREST HILLS Coach: Matt Sides, seventh season (147-34) 2018-19 Record: 29-3, 10-0 in Rocky River 2A
Forest Hills basketball coach Matt Sides explained after earning a shot at a state title game that his players celebrated having another opportunity to play together as a team. UCW file photo
• Starting Five: Jalen Huntley, 5-9 senior guard (7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists); Brandon Berrier, 6-0 senior guard (2.1 points); Dillon Wright, 5-10 senior guard (4.0 points, 2.0 assists); Mashad Hester, 6-0 junior guard; Alec Topper, 6-5 senior forward • Rotation Players: Tyveon Burch, 6-2 freshman guard; Zack Barbour, 6-3 freshman forward; Thomas Morris, 6-4 senior forward
• The Dish: Forest Hills has posted a Union County record 113-13 mark for the past four seasons. They have gone 39-1 in conference play and played in the past two state title games. Granted, the Yellow Jackets lost all five starters from those teams, but the cupboard is far from bare for coach Sides, who is one of the best in the business. Huntley and Topper, a Piedmont transfer, will form an immediate 1-2 punch. Add Wright, Hester and Barrier into the mix to surround them with shooters. Burch is a very talented kid who could start before all is said and done. Barbour will play immediately as well, and Morris gives them leadership and toughness inside.
• Returning Starters: Salen Streater, 5-10 senior guard (17.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists); Shaleak Knotts, 6-1 sophomore guard (13.9 points, 6.7 rebounds) • Rotation Players: Shemar Streater, 5-10 senior guard (2.0 points, 1.3 rebounds); Jalen Smith, 6-4 sophomore guard (2.0 points, 2.3 rebounds) • The Dish: The Redhawks are in any game as long as their backcourt starters are playing. Salen Streater is undersized, but he is a lightning-quick guard who can get to the rim or pull up from mid-range. Knotts was fantastic as a freshman and, at just 6-1, can rebound with the best of them in addition to his gritty game. Coach Sowell, who is also the football coach, will get the season started a little late and will have to see who comes out for the team, but Streater and Knotts are a really good start.
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BOYS BASKETBALL (CONTINUED FROM 4B)
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)
Porter Ridge sophomore Greg Wenger attacks the rim as a freshman last season against Independence. UCW file photo
PORTER RIDGE Coach: Garrett Malone, second season (12-12) 2018-19 Record: 12-12, 5-9 in Southwestern 4A • Starting Five: Marcus Willis, 5-8 junior guard (13.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists); Aaron Hough, 5-10 sophomore guard (2.2 points); Dorien Johnson, 5-11 junior forward (3.8 points); Trajan Hamilton, 6-3 junior forward (6.5 points, 2.8 rebounds); Isaiah Williams, 6-3 sophomore forward (8.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 43% 3-point shooting) • Key Contributors: Myles McIntyre, 6-3 sophomore forward; Greg Wenger, 5-11 sophomore guard; Dilen Miller, 6-2 freshman guard • The Dish: Coach Malone brought a winning attitude with him from Forest Hills
last season and had some early success. Willis is one of the conference’s best point guards and is both a great attacker and distributor. Williams can play inside-outside with his jump shot, but he’s going to have to play down low for a team lacking in size. Hamilton can help that some, but Johnson and Hough will form a three-guard rotation that will require them to crash the glass. McIntyre and Wenger will serve as backup in the backcourt, and watch out for freshman Miller to make an early contribution there as well. The Pirates are heading in the right direction.
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
CUTHBERTSON Coach: Mike Helms, 11th season (168-106) 2018-19 Record: 10-15, 6-8 in Southern Carolinas • Starting Five: Will Heyward, 5-11 junior guard (4.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists); KK Slay, 6-2 sophomore wing; Blake Franks, 6-0 junior guard; JP Haggarty, 6-5 junior forward (10.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.3 steals); Tyrell Dawson, 6-6 junior post (8.2 points, 5.8 rebounds) • Rotation Players: Josh Cureton, 6-2 senior forward (3.6 points, 3.3 points); Christian Alston, 5-9 sophomore guard;
Coach: Michael Wilson, 11th season (143-150) 2018-19 Record: 20-11, 4-3 in Metrolina Athletic rebounds) • Rotation Players: Nathan Bellow, 5-9 guard; Blair Crumbie, 6-3 wing • Newcomers: Blake Harold, 5-9 guard; Cameron Miller, 6-0 guard. • The Dish: The Warriors lose their top two scorers in Tate Johnson and Stephen Clark, but that doesn’t mean they
Coach: Adam Haines, sixth season (79-67) 2018-19 Record: 16-12, 7-7 in South Carolinas
Coach: Gary Ellington, 14th season 2018-19 Record: 16-12, 9-5 in S. Carolinas
• Returnees: Jack Graham, 6-5 forward (4.8 points, 3.1 rebounds); Dallas Griffin, 6-4 senior forward (2.4 rebounds); James Monk, 5-11 senior guard (5.1 points); Christian Peterson, 6-7 senior center (5.1 points, 3.1 rebounds); Sully McDermott, 6-5 junior forward (4.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists) • Key Newcomers: Nate Calamas, Alex Holcomb, Bennett Huffman, Darren Lee, Nolan Ruthberg and Patrick Bonna. • The dish: The Mavs rallied last season to win the conference tournament, but lose nine seniors, including their top three scorers. But
• Starting Five: Chase Lowe, 6-4 sophomore guard (15 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists); Brock Bowen, 5-11 senior guard (7.0 points, 2.0 rebounds); Caleb Wetherbee, 6-1 junior forward (7.5 points, 5.0 rebounds); Owen Van Gundy, 5-10 senior guard (6 points, 2.5 rebounds); Kyle Frazier, 6-2 sophomore forward (4 points, 2.5 rebounds) • Key Contributors: AJ Cook, 5-11 sophomore guard; Isaiah Noch, 5-11 junior guard; Ben Juhl, 6-4 senior forward; Seth Frazier, 5-10 senior guard; Trevor McGee, 5-11 senior guard • The Dish: The Warriors will go as far as Lowe, the super soph point guard, can take them. At 6-4, he’s also the team’s tallest player, but the next-level talent has a smooth game and can score in bunches if he needs to. In all, four full-time starters and 10 varsity players return, giving Ellington some flexibility. Bowen, Wetherbee and Van Gundy all return and each is capable of stepping into the No. 2 scorer’s role. Kyle Frazier will need to play some inside, but at 6-2 may be undersized although Juhl will help off the bench. Cook, Noch, Seth Frazier and McGee will switch in at guard as Weddingto will be forced to imply three- and four-guard lineups all season.
the Mavs have some size up front starting with McDermott, Graham and Peterson, who all played a lot last season, but will be counted on for more this year. McDermott and Monk add some 3-point range to the team, and Griffin brings both size and toughness to the rotation. Bonna played as a freshman and is back to Marvin Ridge this year. He’ll join JV call-ups Calamas, Holcomb, Huffman, Lee and Ruthberg as the varsity newcomers looking to make an impact. The Mavs are big, deep and can shoot the ball well, so coach Haines said he’s excited to see what will become of this team.
Terrell Ray, 6-4 junior wing; Tre Branham, 6-3 junior post • The Dish: It’s been three consecutive losing seasons for the Cavs, but they hope that is a trend they can buck this season. The turnaround begins with sweet-shooting Haggarty, who can become one of the league’s top talents. Slay will add some perimeter scoring as well after an MVP year on the JV squad. Heyward and Franks are steady guards with their handle and defense, and both can knock down open shots. Dawson is the Cavs best option inside and should have another great season. Ray and Branham will get quality minutes off the bench as wing options, while Alston will backup at point. Cureton coming off the bench gives them an instant source of offense.
METROLINA CHRISTIAN • Returning Starters: Michael Mason, 6-0 senior guard (7.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists); Josh Owens, 6-5 senior forward (6.2 points, 4.8 rebounds); Camden Johnson, 6-0 junior guard (5.7 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists); Drew Patterson, 6-0 senior guard; Jake Brockman, 6-5 senior forward (2.9 points, 2.1
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.
won’t come back strong. Mason, who holds an offer from Virginia-Lynchburg, will lead a team that features Owens, Patterson and Brockman, who all have Division II and/or Division III offers going into the season. Johnson is a good scorer already, who should shine as a starter. Bellow and Crumbie will help out in the backcourt, although Crumbie could be playing some forward. Harold and Miller should add to the backcourt depth, but rebounding and foul trouble could haunt them throughout.
SUN VALLEY Coach: Keith Mason, 13th season (187-121) 2018-19 Record: 15-10, 10-4 in S. Carolinas • Returning Starters: TeyShaun Walker, 5-9 senior guard (8.8 points, 3.7 assists); Raheem Howard, 6-4 senior forward (9.2 points, 5.5 rebounds); Joe Flucus, 6-10 senior center (3.5 points, 3.8 rebounds); Justin Morton, 5-10 senior guard (10.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists) • Rotation Players: Michael Grovanz, 6-3 senior forward (7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds); Isaiah Hall, 6-1
senior guard; Malachi Clyburn, 6-3 senior forward (3.2 points, 3.6 rebounds) • The Dish: The Spartans return four starters and several key reserves from a team that got hot in conference play last year after a tough start. They’ll look to get out of the gate quicker this year. Walker and Morton are exceptional ball handlers who will make the offense tick. Morton scored big last year, but he could expect more. Flucus, the Spartan big man, has offers from Wingate, Limestone and Averett so far and will be a weapon. Grovanz looks like the frontrunner to step into the starting five and Hall and Clyburn round out the rotation.
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