Notes from around the region:
“A couple more had started but didn’t have the funding,” Strunk said. “The challenge is what do you test for? In Beaufort County, they do random testing. But (testing) is not the norm. We leave it up (to individual school systems to approach testing). Our approach at the state level has been more to the education side as opposed to mandatory testing at the championships.”
Strunk said the NCHSAA concentrates on educating student-athletes about the dangers of drugs.
“Alcohol is the drug of choice for teens” Strunk said, “and we try to emphasize that in our education, but we haven’t mandated (testing) for school systems, but only a few have done it and that would be true nationally as well.”
Sue Doran, system athletics director for Mecklenburg County Schools, said drug testing is not likely in the immediate future for CMS.
“Currently,” she said, “we do not drug test, and that would be a decision of the (CMS) Board (or directors). It would require a change in board policy before that could happen. But right now we don’t do it, and I don’t know in the immediate future if there are plans to do it.”
DeVoe, signed to play for Clemson, is No. 9 nationally in scoring.
Three other area players are in the top 10: No. 7 Terrance Durham of Mallard Creek (26.0), No. 9 Che’ Bob of Kennedy Charter (24.9) and No. 10 Charles Minlend of Concord First Assembly (24.5).