The Phenom Hoop Report will host the N.C. Top 80 boys basketball showcase March 29 at Greensboro’s Proehlific Park. The event is similar to the former Dave Telep Carolina Challenge.
Telep, former recruiting analyst for ESPN, invited 80 of the state’s top underclassmen for a day of instruction and games in the Raleigh area each March. Telep recently took a job with the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs and ended the Challenge.
Rick Lewis of the Phenom Hoop Report plans to follow a similar format with the N.C. Top 80. His staff, which includes N.C. recruiting experts Jamie Shaw and Justin Byerly, will select the 80 freshmen, sophomore and juniors who receive invitations.
• Independence guard Tayon Gleaves has committed to Mount Olive. Gleaves helped Independence to a 24-6 record and a Southwestern 4A conference championship.
Gleaves led the team with a 13.2 points per game scoring average. He also led the Patriots in steals with 2.3. He was second in assists at 3.4
A.L. Brown hasn’t been to the playoffs since 1995. This season, the Wonders are on pace to make the postseason under coach Sean Szakal. Brown is 10-5-3 overall and 5-3-3 in the MECKA 8 4A. Brown played at Mallard Creek (6-10-1) Wednesday.
The MAC all-conference team: Jordan Bostrum – Hickory Grove Christian School; Cameron Church – Covenant Day School; Kaylin Claiborne – Hickory Grove Christian School; Logan Foltz – Covenant Day School; Sergio Guillen – Northside Christian Academy; Noah Hartley – Gaston Christian School; Chad Hunkler – Covenant Day School; Julius Klohr – Covenant Day School; Jonathan Love – Hickory Grove Christian School; Matthew McKnight – Covenant Day School; Justin Melton – Gaston Christian School; Grant Mullis – Concord First Assembly Academy; Bryan Murr – Concord First Assembly Academy; Alex Pardue – Hickory Grove Christian School; Dylan Ritch – Hickory Grove Christian School; Sasha Robertson – SouthLake Christian Academy; Aaron Shepard – Gaston Christian
Two Providence players signed with colleges, coach Danny Hignight said – left-handed pitcher Addison Jones (Sewanee) and right handed pitcher Matt Ball (West Point).
St. Stephens of Hickory beat Newton’s Fred T. Foard 3-0 Monday to finish the regular season unbeaten. Breanna Hall had 13 kills and three blocks. Jenna Boliek had 10 kills and 11 digs. Katelyn Houser had 19 assists for St. Stephens (23-0).
The MAC all-conference team: Hannah Billiard – Covenant Day School; Sarah Billiard – Covenant Day School; Keziah Caton – Northside Christian Academy; Megan Embry – Covenant Day School; Alanna Freeman – Gaston Christian School; Christina Goforth – Covenant Day School; Hannah Griffin – Hickory Grove Christian School; Macy Henry – Covenant Day School; Katie McGuire – SouthLake Christian Academy; Hunter Moxley – Westminster Catawba Christian School; Emily Oliver – Westminster Catawba Christian School; Julia Scott – Westminster Catawba Christian; Chezney Templeton – Hickory Grove Christian School; Caroline Zwick – Concord First Assembly Academy
Hopewell was honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as an All-America team of scholar-athletes. Hopewell finished in the top 10 All-Academic softball programs with a team GPA of 3.954.
Forestview’s Hannah Archer was named Big South conference player of the year. Archer, her team’s No. 1 singles player, was 15-1 in the regular season and unbeaten in 7 conference matches. Forestview plays in the 2A Western Regional tournament Friday and Saturday at Gardner-Webb.
Covenant Day swept the boys and girls titles at the Metrolina Athletic Conference league meet Monday at McAlpine Park. Covenant Day (44 points) was ahead of SouthLake Christian (65) and Metrolina Christian (93) in the boys meet. In girls, Covenant logged 39 points to easily top SouthLake (61) and Rock Hill’s Westminster Catawba (84).
Hickory Grove’s Andrew Garcia ran a time of 16 minutes, 31.08 seconds to win the boys race over Covenant Day’s John Gaebe (16:56.7) and Northside Christian’s Bryan Whyms (17:02.9). Covenant Day’s Cameron Echols won the girls race in a time of 20:16.6. Concord First Assembly’s Jazzmone Boyd (20:17.4) was second and Covenant Day’s Hannah Joye (20:53.1) third.
Bill Bretschneider is the new swim coach at Providence Day. Bretschneider was formerly the assistant boys and girls coach at Marvin Ridge.
Prior to that, he was an assistant at University of the Pacific and head swim coach at Tiger Aquatics in Stockton, Calif. In college, Bretschneider swam for California-Santa Barbara and was a national championship finalist in the 1984-85 season. Bretschneider also graduated magna cum laude from the Santa Clara University school of Law in 1989.
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