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Vikings Finish Third in Final NCPreps Poll PDF Print
Written by Staff Reports   
Sunday, 23 March 2014 15:29

It's been a dream season to say the least for the Avery High boys' basketball team. Under the tutelage of second-year coach Scott Polsgrove, the Vikings marched their way to 26 wins, a Western Highlands 1A/2A regular-season and tournament championship, and a school-first appearance in the Class 1A Western Regional

championship game.

 

 

And for their efforts, the Vikings (26-5) were ranked third in the final Class 1A NCPreps.com Poll. Winston-Salem Prep, which eliminated Avery in the regional title game and went on to win its third consecutive state title, was No.1. Alleghany finished eighth.

 

The Freedom boys (31-1), who captured their first state title since 1998, were No.1 in the final Class 3A poll; the Hickory girls (29-1), who lost Chapel Hill in the state finals, were ranked second in the final Class 3A poll; Freedom tied for tenth.

 

The McDowell girls (24-1), who knocked Watauga out of the state playoffs in the opening round, were ranked fourth in the final Class 4A poll; Alexander Central (28-2) was seventh.

 

 

1A BOYS

1. Winston-Salem Prep (11) 26-4 - 110

2. East Carteret 31-1 - 99

3. Avery County 26-5 - 77

4. Albemarle 25-3 - 63

5. Cherryville 25-3 - 61

6. Plymouth 19-5 - 51

7. Trask 24-6 - 39

8. Alleghany 22-7 - 28

8. Wallace-Rose Hill 14-14 - 28

10. Robbinsville 24-5 - 23

 

HONORABLE MENTION: East Surry (23-7) - 6; Hayesville 22-6 - 6;

Whiteville (19-5) - 6; Neuse River (24-6) - 4; North Stanly (22-5) -

3; Cherokee (16-11) - 1;

 

 

2A BOYS

1. Kinston (11) 26-4 - 110

2. North Rowan 22-6 - 96

3. Smoky Mountain 28-1 - 86

4. Shelby 24-2 - 67

5. Trinity 26-2 - 56

6. Northside-Jax 23-4 - 53

7. East Rutherford 21-6 - 46

8. Hunter Huss 23-6 - 33

9. East Lincoln 24-4 - 25

10. Southwest Onslow 19-4 - 13

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION: Monroe 19-3 - 11; Newton-Conover (23-6) - 4; Bunn

(24-4) - 3; Fairmont (20-6) - 3;

 

 

3A BOYS

1. Freedom (11) 31-1 - 110

2. Hunt 25-4 - 99

3. Weddington 27-3 - 75

4. Orange 26-6 - 73

5. North Forsyth 22-9 - 58

6. Pisgah 25-4 - 53

7. Concord 23-4 - 42

8. Erwin 23-1 - 34

9. Eastern Alamance 23-5 - 15

10. Westover 21-8 - 12

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION: Havelock (19-7) - 7; Cox Mill 23-6 - 7; North

Buncombe (20-5) - 7; Carson (17-12); West Brunswick (20-8) - 4; Terry

Sanford (22-6) - 2;

 

 

4A BOYS

1. Apex (11) 24-7 - 110

2. Lake Norman 28-3 - 99

3. Page 27-3 - 84

4. Millbrook 24-5 - 62

5. Northern Durham 26-2 - 53

6. Ardrey Kell - 24-7 - 40

7. Berry Academy 25-4 - 35

8. Clayton 23-5 - 33

9. New Hanover 25-3 - 30

10. West Charlotte 22-7 - 19

 

HONORABLE MENTION: Panther Creek (22-6) - 17; Olympic 23-5 - 15; North

Meck 23-5 - 6; Hough (22-6) - 2; Seventy-First (24-5) - 1;

 

 

1A GIRLS

1. Bishop McGuinness (11) 28-4 - 110

2. Riverside-Martin 29-1 - 99

3. Hayesville 28-4 - 83

4. Rosewood 25-2 - 68

5. Cherokee 25-4 - 62

6. Granville Central 22-1 - 40

7. Gates County 23-2 - 38

8. Winston-Salem Prep 22-7 - 31

9. Pamlico 23-6 - 14

9. East Columbus 19-6 - 14

 

HONORABLE MENTION: Franklin Academy (25-4) - 11; River Mill (24-6) -

10; Mount Airy (21-6) - 9; Albemarle (23-4) - 8; Lincoln Charter

(23-3) - 5; Robbinsville (18-9) - 3;

 

2A GIRLS

1. High Point Andrews (11) 25-5 - 110

2. Bandys 31-1 - 99

3. Reidsville 25-1 - 85

4. Kinston 23-3 - 63

5. Franklin 24-4 - 59

6. Northside-Jax 22-1 - 53

7. East Bladen 28-2 - 48

8. East Rutherford 23-3 - 27

9. East Davidson 24-4 - 22

10. Bertie 25-2 - 20

 

HONORABLE MENTION: North Wilkes (24-5) - 10; Parkwood 22-3 - 6;

Southern Vance (22-3) - 4;

 

3A GIRLS

1. Chapel Hill (11) 32-0 - 110

2. Hickory 29-1 - 99

3. Pisgah 28-2 - 82

4. West Craven 27-2 - 78

5. Northern Nash 26-2 - 64

6. Weddington 25-5 - 55

7. Union Pines 24-5 - 27

8. Williams 21-3 - 24

9. Anson 21-5 - 14

10. Freedom 21-9 - 12

10. Crest 21-5 - 12

 

HONORABLE MENTION: Cardinal Gibbons (23-7) - 10; Northern Guilford

(21-6) - 4; Ledford (22-6) - 4; SW Randolph (24-6) - 3; East Rowan

22-4 - 3; Erwin (16-7) - 3; Terry Sanford (21-8) - 1;

 

4A GIRLS

1. Myers Park (11) 30-1 - 110

2. SE Raleigh 26-3 - 97

3. Ardrey Kell 27-5 - 68

4. McDowell 24-1 - 61

5. Millbrook 24-4 - 58

6. Hillside 24-6 - 52

7. Alexander Central 28-2 - 48

8. West Forsyth 25-4 - 40

9. SW Guilford 25-3 - 23

10. Mount Tabor 23-7 - 18

 

HONORABLE MENTION: Southern Alamance (23-4) - 11; Hopewell (24-5) - 7;

Riverside (19-9) - 6; Broughton (20-4) - 6;

 

 

CANNON LEAVES GEORGIA

 

 

Former Mountain Heritage basketball standout John Cannon has decided to leave the University of Georgia basketball program.

 

A junior, Cannon played in 18 games this season and was averaging 1.4 points and 1.1 rebounds a game with five block in 18 appearances this season. Cannon, a six-foot-ten center, played his final game for the Bulldogs just prior to the Southeastern Conference tournament.

 

Cannon is the NCHSAA leader in career blocks (606) and was the 2011 Western Highlands Conference Player of the Year after averaging 21.9 points, 12.3 rebounds and 6.5 blocks a game for the Cougars (21-7). Cannon also received all-state honors from The Associated Press and N.C. Basketball Coaches Association.

 

Cannon plans to transfer to another school.

 

 

AVERY HAS NEW TURF

 

 

The Avery High softball team debuted its new artificial turf infield last Thursday. Avery is believed to be the first Western North Carolina softball program with artificial turf. The Vikings are one of 14 area programs which also have an artificial turf athletic field for use predominately by their football and soccer teams.

 

BURLESON PLAYS IN BLUE-WHITE ALL-STAR GAME

 

 

Senior Lauren Burleson of Avery County High was selected to play in the Blue-White All-Star basketball game last Friday at Asheville-Roberson High.

 

A forward/guard, Burleson was added to the Blue roster as a late replacement. She filled the spot left open by Lauren Moody of Roberson, who is running track for the Rams this spring.

 

Burleson scored two points in Friday night's game won by the White 63-50. The Blue won the boys' game, 118-91.

 

  
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