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All-Meck players of the year: Keyshawn Woods is Observer’s top boy; Rydeiah Rogers, Jatarie White share top girls’ honor

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Northside Christian's Keyshawn Woods (32) is the Observer’s All-Mecklenburg boys basketball player of the year.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Providence Day's Jatarie White (40), the N.C. Gatorade girls player of the year for the past two seasons, was a McDonald’s All-American. She repeats as All-Meck player of the year and has signed with South Carolina.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Myers Park's Rydeiah Rogers, right, talks with her father, Rodney Rogers, following her team's victory in the 4A state championship. Rogers had the biggest game of her career in the biggest game in school history: a 25-point, 20-rebound performance against Southeast Raleigh in the state final.

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  • 2013-14 All-Mecklenburg Boys Basketball Team

    First Team

    Name School Year Ht. Pos. Ppg, Rpg, Apg Avg. Comment
    Keyshawn WoodsNorthside Chr.Sr.6-4G17.1, 4.6, 3.0 N.C. Gatorade player of the year has signed with Charlotte
    Luke MayeHoughJr.6-8F19.3, 15, 2.4 co-MECKA conference, outright District 9 player of the year
    CJ JacksonOlympicSr.6-1G25, 5.0, 5.0 SoMeck 8 player of the year, District 9 first team pick
    Torin DornVanceSr.6-4G21.6, 5.0, 5.6Charlotte recruit shot 53 percent from field; co-MECKA 4A POY
    Matthew Fisher-DavisButlerSr.6-5G22, 12, 4.0Southwestern 4A POY is top 100 national player, signed to Vanderbilt

    Second Team: Ty Gadsden, United Faith, 6-1, So., G; CJ Bryce, North Mecklenburg, 6-4, Jr., F; Dion Lane, Independence, 6-4, Sr., F; Giavonni Mack, Butler, 5-10, Sr., G; DeSean Murray, Northside Christian, 6-5, Sr., C

    Third Team: Trey Phills, Charlotte Christian, 6-3, Jr., G; James Demery, Northside Christian, 6-6, Sr., F; Rusty Reigel, Charlotte Latin, 6-3, Sr., F; Stephen Santa Ana, Ardrey Kell, 6-3, Jr., G; Grant Williams, Providence Day, 6-7, So., C

    Honorable Mention: Michael Baez, Charlotte United, 6-5, Jr., G; Isiah Blackmon, West Charlotte, Jr., G; Nehemiah Mabson, United Faith, 6-6, Sr., F; Jordan Watkins, Providence Day, 6-1, Sr., G; Trey Foster, West Charlotte, 5-11, Sr., G

    Player of the year: Keyshawn Woods, Northside Christian

    Coach of the year: Byron Dinkins, Northside Christian

    2013-14 All-Mecklenburg Girls Basketball Team

    First Team

    Name School Year Ht. Pos. Ppg, Rpg, Apg Avg. Comment
    Rydeiah RogersMyers ParkJr.6-1F16.0 , 12.7 N.C. 4A Western Regional and N.C. 4A state finals MVP
    Jatarie WhiteProvidence DaySr.6-3F22.0, 9.02-time N.C. Gatorade Player of the year; signed to South Carolina
    Aliyah MazyckMyers ParkJr.5-9G17.0, 4.0 Top 40 national recruit was Southwestern 4A player of the year
    Ezinne MbamaluLake Norman CharterSr.6-2C16.4, 14.8 Big South 2A/3A player of the year led team to 26-2 record
    Sophie RossitchCharlotte CatholicSr.5-8G18.7, 3.0, 3.0SoMeck co-player of year had more than 500 points this season

    Second Team: Rachel Porter, West Charlotte, 5-8, Sr., G; Marshae Bradbury, Ardrey Kell, 5-9, Sr, G/F; Kerstie Phills, Charlotte Christian, 5-9, So., G; Saadia Timpton, Myers Park, 5-9, Sr, G; Myicha Drakeford, Harding, 5-9, Sr, F;

    Third Team: Erin Whalen, Ardrey Kell, 6-1, So., F; Rashika White, Berry, 6-4, Fr, C; Eleah Parker, Northside Christian, 6-4, Fr, C; Zaria Wright, Mallard Creek, 5-8, Fr, G; Julia Brown, Hough, 6-1, Sr., F;

    Honorable Mention: Brianna Hamrick, Harding, 5-11, Sr, F/C; Desiree Newman, Charlotte United Christian, 5-9, So., F; Chantel Williams, Mallard Creek, 5-9, So, F; Destiny Barrino, North Mecklenburg, 5-8, Sr., G/F; Raven Dean, Ardrey Kell, 6-0, Jr, F

    Players of the year: Rydeiah Rogers, Myers Park and Jatarie White, Providence Day

    Coach of the year: Barbara Nelson, Myers Park



After leading Northside Christian to a national ranking, Keyshawn Woods is the Observer’s All-Mecklenburg boys player of the year. The girls player of the year is split between two state champions: Myers Park junior Rydeiah Rogers and Providence Day’s Jatarie White.

Woods, the N.C. Gatorade boys player of the year, helped his team to the 8-team prep national championship tournament in New York.

The awards signify Woods, Rogers and Whte as the top girls and boys player in the Observer’s coverage area inside Mecklenburg County. A separate All-Region team was released Friday, listing the top players in the newsaper’s coverage area outside Mecklenburg. On Sunday, the All-Observer team will be announced, honoring the top overall players in the entire zone. Players had to be nominated by their coach to be considered for the All-Region team.

White, the N.C. Gatorade girls player of the year for the past two seasons, was a McDonald’s All-American. She repeats as All-Meck player of the year and has signed with South Carolina. Rogers had the biggest game of her career in the biggest game in school history: a 25-point, 20-rebound performance against Southeast Raleigh in the state final.

The All-Meck girls coach of the year is Barbara Nelson, who led the Mustangs to a national ranking and an N.C. 4A state championship. Woods’ coach at Northside Christian, Byron Dinkins, is the boys coach of the year.

Dinkins led Northside Christian to a third straight private school state title this season. Dinkins’ team, nationally ranked much of the season, competed in the prep championship in New York that was televised nationally.

Basketball Awards This Week

The Observer is announcing its annual basketball awards this week.

At charlotteobserver.com/preps: final Sweet 16 polls, All-Region teams

Sunday: All-Observer boys and girls basketball teams plus Mr./Ms. Basketball for North and South Carolina

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