For the first time in decades, the South Piedmont conference (SPC) transformed into an all-Cabarrus County league, but while the teams changed, things stayed the same at the top. Concord swept both the boys (13-1) and girls' (14-0) league and tournament titles.
The Spider boys won their fifth straight SPC title, while the girls' claimed their third consecutive league championship.
First Assembly's boys' team (26-2, 13-0) dominated the Metrolina Athletic Conference (MAC) coming just one game short of a chance at an NCISAA state title.
But while the top teams were impressive, many individual players also helped their squads improve dramatically.
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So, who was the best of the best in Cabarrus County? From the publics to the private, here is our take.
Player of the Year: Jarrell Eddie, Cannon.
Jarrell Eddie has done it all. In his Cannon School career, the 6-foot-6 guard/forward not only shattered the 2,000-point mark (in his junior season) but also led the Cougars to their best run as a team in school history.
"I think Jarrell (Eddie) has taken his game to a new level every year (at Cannon)," said Cannon basketball coach Glen Taylor earlier this season.
For Eddie, a two-time all-state performer who will play basketball at Virginia Tech next season, the best may still be to come. Eddie, who averaged 23 points per game this season, was a consensus top 50 recruit and should be a future star for the Hokies.
Coach of the Year: Scott Brewer, Concord.
For the last decade, Scott Brewer has been one of the top coaches in the state. From his time at Central Cabarrus to Concord, Brewer has established himself as one of the elite.
This season was no different, as Brewer has led the Spiders back to the regionals for the third season in a row. After starting the season against one of the toughest schedules in the state (Hopewell, Mount Tabor, Beach Ball Classic) the Spiders (23-6) won their last 14 games, including their fourth consecutive sweep of the SPC regular season and tournament titles.
"We know that we are always going to get everybody's best shot, because we have won so much," Brewer said earlier this season, who is 96-4 against Cabarrus County teams since 2000. "But I think that makes us a better team, and we look forward to the challenges. In the end, it makes us a better team for where we want to go (state championship)."
Jarrell Eddie, Cannon: Future Virginia Tech guard is first team all-state.
Keith Belfield, Cannon: Part of dynamic duo with Eddie, now must prove he can do it alone.
Kyle Grisby, First Assembly: A ton of talent packed into this 5-foot-7, 150-pound frame.
Jacquise Moore, Concord: The player that helps Concord on both ends of the court.
Jalen Cannady, Concord: The Spiders only true force in the post.
L.C. Cooks, Central Cabarrus: Sophomore is the future of Vikings basketball with Aaron Johnson.
Quinton Wimbush, Hickory Ridge: The Ragin' Bulls star will one of SPC's best again next year.
Elijah Hampton, Jay M. Robinson: Averaged 22 points per game as a sophomore.
Jacques Deese, A.L. Brown: SPC player of the year helped carry Wonders.
Tyler Honeycutt, Northwest Cabarrus: Senior led Trojans to third place SPC finish.
Player of the Year: Nyshia Hammonds, Concord.
Nyshia Hammonds' career at Concord High School didn't end the way she wanted it to. But the 5-foot-5 senior guard did just about everything short of going out with a state title.
Hammonds, who signed with UNC Charlotte, not only shattered the 1,000-point mark as a junior but also was named the MVP of the state championship game as a sophomore when the Spiders won it all.
"(Nyshia) is the most talented yet hardest working player I have ever coached," Concord coach Angela Morton told to the Observer earlier this year.
This year, Hammonds was at it again, averaging more than 16 points per game while leading the Spiders to a 24-6 record, including a perfect 14-0 in the SPC.
Coach of the Year: Jessica Kulp, Hickory Ridge.
The SPC boasted some of the state's best teams in traditional power: Concord and reigning ME-CA 7 champion, Jay M. Robinson.
No one was thinking about Hickory Ridge. No one but first year Ragin' Bulls girls' coach Jessica Kulp.
Kulp took her team to a school-best 21-8 record, including 11-2 in the SPC with a sweep of Robinson. Kulp, who was also named SPC coach of the year, led her team to the third round of the 3A playoffs, beating Northeast Guilford and Parkwood before losing to North Iredell.
Nyshia Hammonds, Concord: UNCC signee led Spiders to unbeaten SPC mark.
Kelsee Cheek, Jay M. Robinson: Scoring-machine named SPC player of the year.
Tabby Koerner, Jay M. Robinson: Bulldog star taking act to Gardner-Webb.
Paige Whitaker, First Assembly: All-state senior led Eagles to 21-6 season.
Alexis Grant, First Assembly: Formed dynamic one-two punch with Whitaker.
Akysia Resper, Hickory Ridge: Led the Ragin' Bulls to second-place SPC finish.
Candra Mathis, Hickory Ridge: Helped Bulls compete with Concord and Robinson.
Jhemelia Edwards, Concord: Major part of Spider success, scored 1,000 points in career already.
Jasmine Deberry, Concord: With Edwards, will help Spiders replace Hammonds next year.
Jasmine Parker, A.L. Brown: With Koerner graduated, Parker will dominate SPC paint.