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Myers Park’s Rydeiah Rogers commits to N.C. State

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Myers Park High's Rydeiah Rogers on March 3, 2014. Rogers is ranked among the nation's top 60 juniors and is the daugther of former Wake Forest and NBA star Rodney Rogers. She's led Myers Park to the N.C. 4A Western Regionals and a national ranking.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Myers Park's Rydeiah Rogers (22) looks to pass the ball to a teammate as Ardrey Kell's Deja McCain (22) applies defensive pressure during the Western Regional Basketball Championships 4-A at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center in Greensboro, NC on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Myers Park defeated Ardrey Kell 54-46.

Myers Park All-American girls’ basketball player Rydeiah Rogers has committed to N.C. State.

Rogers led the Mustangs to a 30-1 record last season and top-10 national finish in most polls. She averaged 16 points, 13 rebounds, three steals, three blocks and nearly three assists last season. Rogers had 25 points and 20 rebounds in the N.C. 4A state final win against Southeast Raleigh at N.C. State in March. She was later named to the Associated Press all-state team and was named the Charlotte Observer girls’ basketball co-player of the year with Providence Day All-American Jatarie White.

“She’s very excited about it,” Mustangs coach Barbara Nelson said. “It felt like home when we were there playing at the state championship. She must’ve had 70 people there to watch her play, and that’s a neat thing to have all your family there. She’s from Durham and her people can all come watch her play. Coach (Wes) Moore (of N.C. State) feels like the right match for her. She’s excited and I’m excited, too.”

• Ardrey Kell senior Jordan Muhammad, daughter of former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad, committed to Princeton this week. Muhammad helped the Knights to a 27-5 record last season and a N.C. 4A state semifinal appearance. She averaged 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.2 steals.

• Former United Faith star Ian Miller has signed with Aurora Basketball Jesi, an Italian pro team. Miller recently finished his career at Florida State. In high school, Miller was a two-time Charlotte Observer player of the year and a three-time All-Observer first-team star.

• Former West Charlotte center Jakeem Yates has signed with Florida State College in Jacksonville, Fla. Yates, 6-foot-10, graduated in 2013 and attended prep school last season.

Volleyball

Charlotte Country Day will host the N.C. Best of the Best Invitational Aug. 22-23. Admission is $5. Teams are Country Day, Charlotte Latin, Covenant Day, North Raleigh Christian, Hough, Lake Norman Charter, Myers Park, Ardrey Kell, Providence, Charlotte Catholic, Marvin Ridge and Weddington.

• Coach Zoe Bell, who won N.C. state championships at Providence and Ardrey Kell, is returning to Ardrey Kell this year after one season at Charlotte Latin.

Football

Victory Christian’s Josh Allen, a 6-foot, 190-pound running back, has committed to Miami of Ohio. Allen rushed for 1,950 yards and 20 touchdowns last year.

Elsewhere

West Mecklenburg will induct six new members into its Hall of Fame Aug. 21 at Paw Creek Presbyterian Church at 7:30 p.m. The new members will be recognized at halftime of the Hawks’ season-opening home game against Vance Aug. 22, which will also be the official opening of West Meck’s new stadium.

The new members are Donny Lemmond, Eddie McArver, Vance Schrum, Ray Hughes, Becky McDonald and Morgan Walker.

Lemmond, a 1962 grad, played three sports and later coached five at the school. He was athletics director from 1978-98. McArver, a 1960 grad, played three sports in high school and taught and coached at West from 1968-84. Schrum taught at the school for 41 years and coached baseball from 1980-96. Hughes, a 1987 grad, played three sports and was in the Shrine Bowl in 1986. He’s been a school resource officer for 14 years at West.

McDonald taught at the school from 1976-97 and coached girls’ baketball and tennis. She was Charlotte Observer coach of the year in 2001. Walker taught and coached football at West Meck for 27 years.

Wertz: 704-612-9716; Twitter: @langstonwertzjr
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