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11/22/17 - Scholar Athletes of the Week


23Lena Vann scholar athlete WestoverLena Vann


• Senior

• Volleyball

Vann has a 4.6 grade point average.

She served as captain of the Westover volleyball team this past season.


24Andrew Jayne scholar athlete Terry SanfordAndrew Jayne

Terry Sanford

• Senior

• Football

Jayne has a 4.6 grade point average.

He participates in Global Studies, baseball, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Twelfth Ma


Gray’s Creek basketball preview


19Anissa Little girls bball coach GC20Jaelyn Altman girls bball GCreekGIRLS

Coach: Anissa Little

Top returners: Jaelyn Altman, 5-9, Sr., G; Cree Townsend, 5-6, Sr., G; Jayla Brooks, 5-5, Sr., G; Madeleine Smith, 5-4, So., G.

Top newcomers: Ni’Jaa Wells, 5-10, So., C; Tishera Owens, 5-8, So., F.

Coach’s comment: “This year’s team strengths will be our speed, guard play and the experience of our top returning players. Our weakness will be the lack of experience in the post. I believe that with the leadership and ability of our returners, we can have a successful season.’’


21Jon Grimes boys basketball coach Grays Creek22Antonio Dupree bo bball GCBOYS

Coach: Jon Grimes

Top returners: Antonio Dupree, 6-2, Jr., F; Christian Crockett, 5-9, Jr., G;  Trevor Thomas, 5-10, Jr., G.

Top newcomers: Justice Hayes, 6-0, Jr., F; Daunte Gardner, 6-1, Jr., F; Jason Porter, 6-1. Jr., F; MyQuon Woodley, 6-2, Sr., C; Daniel Winningham, 6-1, Jr., F.

Coach’s comment: “Our success this season will largely depend on our ability to defend and rebound. We do not have a lot of size up front, but we have a strong backcourt with two solid guards with a lot of varsity experience. I think bench play will also be a strength for us as we will look to extend our defense more and play more uptempo.’’


Pine Forest basketball preview

11David May girls bball coach PineForest 12Claresha Pruitt girls bball Pine ForestGIRLS

Coach: David May

Top returners: Claresha Pruitt, 5-4, Jr., G; Gredesha Pruitt, 5-4, Jr., G;  Navaeh Brown, 5-9, Jr., C.

Top newcomers: Monet Oliver, 5-4, Jr., G; Darian Everett, 5-8, Jr., C;  Kahala Bandman, 5-6, Fr., G.

Coach’s comment: “I feel like we will have an exciting team this year. We return the main nucleus of last year’s team and have some very good newcomers this season. The girls have been working extremely hard and have been a fun group to work with so far.’’



13James Peaden boys bball coach Pine Forest14Julian Hill boys basketball Pine ForesBOYS

Coach: James Peaden Top returners: Jordan Gladney, 6-0, Jr., G; Marquis Eskew, 6-0, So., G.

Top newcomers: Erwin Montgomery, 6-3, Jr., G; Julian Williams, 6-4, So., G/F; Kennan O’Garra, 6-3, Sr., F; Julian Hill, 6-5, Sr., F; Adrian Elliott, 6-0, G.

Coach’s comment: “I’m excited about the season. We are a little deeper team this year with some young talent, but with youth also comes inexperience. I feel like we will be a solid team.’’



PHOTOS: (Top, L-R: Girls’ basketball coach David May & Top returner Claresha Pruitt / Bottom, L-R: Boys’ basketball coach James Peaden & Top newcomer Julian Hill)

Cape Fear basketball preview


15Jay Johnson girls bball coach Cape Fear 16Sydney Faircloth girls bball CapeFearGIRLS

Coach: Jay Johnson

Top returners: Skylar Faircloth, 5-9, Sr., F; Sydney Faircloth, 5-9, Sr., F;  Preslyn Johnson, 5-6, Sr., G; Aniyaa Carter, 5-6, Jr., G; Chloe Annette, 5-6, Jr., G.

Top newcomers: Breyah Owens, 5-6, Jr., G. Coach’s comment: “Good group. Good people. Very coachable. We need to learn how to elevate, believe and compete.’’



17Alphonza Kee boys bball coach CFear18Myron Williams boys bball CFearBOYS

Coach: Alphonza Kee

Top returners: Myron Williams, 6-5, Sr., F; Kevin McLaughlin, 5-10, Sr., G; Shaquille Angel, 6-4, Sr., F.

Top newcomers: Marquail James, 6-1, So., G; Chase Dawkins, 6-3, So., F.

Coach’s comment: “This year’s team will have to replace three starters and a very talented, athletic group of seniors. The Colts, with a new head coach, will be rebuilding every day and working to learn a new system rapidly. Strengths: team speed and perimeter shooting. Weaknesses: experience, size and depth in the front court, and program continuity.’’


PHOTOS: (Top: L-R - Girls’ basketball coach Jay Johnson & Top returner Sydney Faircloth / Bottom: L-R - Boys’ basketball coach Alphonza Kee & Top returner Myron Williams)


Earl's Weekly Predictions: 11/23/17

EarlVaughansmallBrian Frazee is a longtime Cape Fear diehard who sent me a message last week.
I put it on Twitter, and I’m going to let you read it here.
"Hey Earl, given all the injuries at Cape Fear this year and the fact that they are still competitive, the entire coaching staff should win coach of the year. Just a country boy's opinion."
He’s got a point. Don’t get me wrong, there have been some fine coaching jobs in Cumberland County this season, but you have to rate what Jake Thomas and his staff have done close to the top.
Going back to the preseason, they suffered a string of injuries at various positions that forced them to juggle personnel in and out of the lineup.
In spite of that, they were in the chase for the Patriot Athletic Conference title down to the end. Since the state playoffs started, they’ve hung up a pair of one-sided wins against teams seeded much higher than them.
That, of course, counts for nothing this week as Cape Fear achieves one of the goals of all high school football teams: to be competing in the postseason when Thanksgiving rolls around.
The Colts face another tough challenge this week as they are on the road for a third straight time in the playoffs against a New Hanover team that handed them their first loss back on Sept. 1.
Can the Colts pull off a win? We’ll see. But, based on what this coaching staff has managed to accomplish so far, I certainly won’t count them out.
The record: 90-26
I was 4-2 for the second round of the state playoffs, missing on Jacksonville vs. Terry Sanford and the NCISAA title game between Village Christian and SouthLake Christian. The games were decided by a combined five points and could easily have gone the other way. But as you’ve heard a million times, close only counts in horseshoes.
The record is 90-26, 77.6 percent, which means with only one game left to pick per week, 80 percent for the season is going to be a serious challenge.
Cape Fear at New Hanover - I hope New Hanover compares its score with South View from last Friday with Cape Fear’s result against the Tigers a few weeks back and thinks this is going to be a cakewalk.
The Cape Fear team New Hanover will face this week is light-years different from the one that came to Wilmington in September. The Colts are the healthiest they’ve been this season, and with the Thanksgiving break upon us, more Cape Fear fans should be able to travel to Legion Stadium this week and provide the support this team has enjoyed all season long.
Call me an optimist, but I really think Cape Fear is peaking at the right time, and I think the Colts have an excellent chance to get the win Friday.
Cape Fear 21, New Hanover 20.

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