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2010-11 IWANNA WNC Basketball Preview. Western North Carolina’s Complete Guide to the 2010-2011 High School Basketball Season



    A Publication of IWANNA USA, LLC Copyright 2010

    Western North Carolinas

    Complete Guide to the

    2010-2011 High School

    Basketball Season

    DECEMBER 7, 2010

    Best In The West Conference News Team Photos Schedules


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    2010-2011 WNC INSIDE THIS SECTIONMountain Athletic Conference

    Best In The West

    Mountain Athletic ConferenceBOYS

    Parity has always been a part of sports. Consider the Mountain Athletic Conference to have a lot of that on the boys side of hoops play for this season.

    While one club is a traditional pow-erhouse, six others are hoping to spoil the party and capture the MAC title themselves.

    Among the teams that seem to be a big threat to take down the defending champs is North Buncombe (17-7). The Blackhawks earned the number one playoff seed from the 3A side of the MAC a season ago.

    Dont be alarmed McDowell (22-2), who are the defending champs, has the potential to repeat. McDowells basketball heritage is no secret to the state of North Carolina. Although the Titans lost 6 of their first 8 players that saw the most time on the floor a season ago, a key player is back and a fantastic junior varsity group moves up to try their hand at the varsity level.

    Enka (18-10) lost their top player and all-around leader, Corey Hensley,

    to graduation in the off-season.Still, Enka won six of their last seven

    games before entering the playoffs a season ago, and 12 kids are back this year. While their big time post man is gone, the Jets shouldnt be taken lightly.

    For Asheville (8-14), six kids come back as the Cougars try to push for a winning season. At this level, Asheville has some experience, but their quick-ness and athleticism will make them a much tougher opponent to figure out.

    In perspective, A.C. Reynolds (4-17) should be a better club this season. Six kids overall, four of those starters, return from last years team. If the Rockets can close out games and believe in them-selves, they could be a problematic competitor for later in the year.

    Just three return this season for T.C. Roberson, but two of those started last season. Although there is a great amount of uncertainty and inexperi-ence this season, the Rams do have a variety of depth that could play a huge factor in their results.

    Despite being toward the bottom

    of the league a season ago, Erwin does have most of its players back from what was an inexperienced club to begin with last year. With a number of their players coming from an outstanding football team, there is no question that the Warriors will be athletic.


    A year ago, the conference crown came down to two teams, while it could be a much more chaotic and tight race this season, two teams cer-tainly stand out. This time though, its not exactly the same two clubs which earned the talk of last year.

    Erwin (21-7), who finished in the top half of the conference a year ago, is predicted to be on of the strongest clubs in the MAC this season.

    The Lady Warriors, who blasted all the way to the 3A regional semifinals have four seniors and a talented group that could wage into the double digits as far as depth is concerned.

    However, a number of people believe the usual suspects and the defending league champs at McDowell (27-2) wont be a pushover.

    who take them lightly.A. C. Reynolds (19-4) captured a

    share of the MAC regular season title a year ago, but this isnt the same team as last year. A crazy off-season puts a new coach in charge and a fairly young team on the court for the Lady Rockets.

    Nothing is certain about North Buncombe (17-8) besides the fact that they will play extremely hard for 32 minutes. The Lady Blackhawks return five, but the varsity inexperience of the rest could make for an interesting club in Weaverville.

    Enka went 4-20 a year ago, but a year of growing up and a solid post player back really could push the Sugar Jets towards the middle of the pack in MAC.

    No matter how the season goes, six of the seven teams in conference went to the post season a year ago, and it will be no surprise to repeat that number for this post-season.

    Written by Kevin Carver

    McDowell returns eight ladies back from a team who went to the elite eight in 4A last season. But injuries have slightly set back the expectations of the Lady Titans in the early season. Dont bet against McDowell come later in the year when they hope to be healthy.

    While there was a consensus pick for Erwin to win the conference this season, not everybody was completely in sync with that.

    Until somebody beats McDowell, the defending conference champs, that is the team I believe you have to look at, said one coach in the conference.

    There is no doubt Asheville (11-13) is a very athletic bunch, who has the potential to make a little noise with a group that is a year older. Making things worse for other teams, the 32 minutes of hell defense the Cougars inflict is back again this season.

    T. C. Roberson (11-14) returns the most prolific player in the conference, which will play ball at the collegiate level next year. With 10 upperclassmen this season and experience on the Lady Rams side, a huge danger lurks for those


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    MOUNTAIN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE 4A/3A McDowell AC Reynolds TC Roberson Asheville High Enka Erwin North Buncombe

    McdOWEll tItANS

    M cDowell couldnt have asked for a better season than last year until the playoffs hit.

    McDowell (22-2) then got a terrible draw in the first round of the 4A playoffs a season ago. In that first round match up, the Titans lost to a powerful Lake Norman bunch to end the season much earlier than expected. Unbelievable as it may sound, Lake Norman went on to

    win the state title as a three seed.McDowell lost six valuable seniors

    off last seasons team including Chavis Hamliton, but usually the Titans are able to reload fairly quickly.

    While five return this season, all seniors, just two saw an enormous amount of minutes.

    One of those two key players back though is Randall Conley. Normally a kid who plays on the wing, Conley (60) is an outstanding athlete who can at-tack the rim at any given moment.

    On the inside, Tre Young knows

    Coach: ........Lloyd Church

    Classification: .............4A

    2009 Record: ............22-2

    how use his body to get in low post p o s i t i o n . Young (63) played a lot last season, and his presence will undoubtedly be a huge advantage for the Titans.

    Ryan Lambert at wing, Caleb Harris at wing, and Matt Ledford at post round out the five returnees which should produce and provide leadership.

    The rest of the team consists of a conglomerate of last years junior varsity

    Photos by Tim Sparks

    club that went undefeated.To start that list of players in mak-

    ing the transition is Ethan Freeman. A possible starter at point guard, Freeman has a motor that doesnt stop and has a pretty good shooting stroke in his game.

    A kid that has Coach Church excited about is middle man, Daniel Jackson.

    Church stated that Jackson (64) has improved the most of anybody in the past nine months.

    The biggest surprise so far in prac-tice has been Delante Rodriguez. The

    McDowell - Boys

    # NAME POS. HT. CLASS10 Ethan Freeman G 60 Jr.12 Matt Carroll G 60 Jr.14 Dalanta Rodriguez W 60 So.20 Daniel Jackson P 64 Jr.22 Cedarius Avery W 60 Jr.24 Randall Conley W 62 Sr.30 Caleb Harris W 60 Sr.32 Jared Helms P 63 So.34 Ryan Lambert W 510 Sr.40 Michael Simolke G 61 Jr.42 Trey Biddix P 63 Jr.50 Matt Ledford P 60 Sr.54 Tre Young P 63 Sr.

    Head Coach: Lloyd ChurchAssistants: Joe Cash and Amy Sarratt


    Coach Lloyd Church

    sophomore is tickling the twine pretty well, making him a sharp shooter to watch this season.

    Adding more size for McDowell is sophomore Jared Helms. A post up man at 64, Helms runs, jumps, and stood in as a solid defender on JV last year.

    A hustler for the loose ball that comes to the varsity club is Cedarius Avery. Avery, who plays wing, should create turnovers with the in-your-face defense that the Titans will likely pres-ent this season.

    Michael Simolke, Matt Carroll, and Tre Biddix are all battling for time off the bench.

    We will probably be better at the end of the season than at the start as they gain confidence and experience, McDowell boys basketball coach Lloyd Church said. I also believe that we will be a pretty good basketball team. The goals to win the conference outright, the conference tourney, and get to the postseason are still there.

    For those who write off McDowell because of their youth, thats probably not a good idea since the Titans know what its like to win on the hardwood.

    Written by Kevin Carver

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    MOUNTAIN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE 4A/3A McDowell AC Reynolds TC Roberson Asheville High Enka Erwin North Buncombe

    Mcdowell lady titansMcDowell - Girls


    # NAME POS. CLASS10 Anna Pittman G So.12 Shellie Riddle G Jr.20 Amber Fulbright F Jr.21 Mary Webb G Sr.22 Brooke Epley F Sr.24 Nicole Mills G So.25 Madalyn Davis G Jr.34 Jessica Patrick F Jr.40 Taylor Settlemyre G Jr.42 Tuccoa Brackett F Jr.44 Madison Thomas F Sr.

    Head Coach: Brian FranklinAssistants: Jennifer Brooks and Tiffany Stacey

    T he Lady Titans have a rich basket-ball tradition, and they continued their prideful ways last season.

    McDowell had virtually everything

    go right a year ago, rolling up 21 straight wins to begin the campaign on the