Boys' and girls' private school basketball previews

Boys' basketballFirst Assembly

Coach: Dave Murr.

2009-2010 record: 29-2 .

The Eagles were one win away from a state championship last year and will try to have similar success with a different but reloaded roster. With so many new faces it might take some time for the Eagles to gel.

Key Player:

Chad Frazier: Metrolina Christian transfer averaged 24 points per game last year.


Coach: Glen Taylor.

2009-2010 record: 16-14.

The Cougars lost a lot from last season, but Cannon will look to battle back in the CISAA with a talented frontcourt that includes 6-foot-3 Will Nork (only returning key player), 6-foot-5 Matthew Godley and 6-foot-6 Hans-Christian Lauer.

Key player:

Alec Wintering: 5-foot-9 Arizona transfer is already getting college attention as a sophomore.

Covenant Classical

Coach: Justin Kuralt.

2009-2010 record: 14-14.

The Warriors will look to push the ball as they feature a smaller lineup led by forward Jonathan George. Tim Coleman will also be key in getting out on the break. They hope to challenge Lake Norman Charter and Queens Grant for both a regular season and tournament title.

Key Player:

Jonathon George: Senior averaged 13 points and eight rebounds last year.

Girls' basketballFirst Assembly

Coach: Bill Middlebrooks.

2009-2010 record: 21-6.

The Lady Eagles had an good season last year, being one of the top teams in their conference and reaching the second round of the state playoffs. Although they lost their top two scorers, they should be competitive again.

Key Player:

Paris Johnson: Sophomore is Eagles’ top returning scorer.


Coach: Jack Warren.

2009-2010 record: 7-20.

Seniors Julie Harriss and Olivia Osborne will lead a young Cougar team that is looking to gain confidence in themselves. McKenzie Moyer, Madison Miller and a few transfers should also help a Cougar lineup that struggled to score at times last year.

Key player:

Julie Harriss: Senior guard will be key for the young Cougars.

Covenant Classical

Coach: Charles Stapleton.

2009-2010 record: 15-12.

Covenant Classical returns with a relatively new team. Freshmen Kim Williams and Kaylyn Brock will serve as the team’s guards, while 6-foot-1 center Kristi Wantanabe and 5-foot-10 forward Hannah Stapleton will boost the front court.

Key player:

Hannah Stapleton: Transfer will contribute with inside offense and good defense.