The coaches of District 11 of the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association have a high level of appreciation for the three local teams that will be playing for state championships today.
Members of the North Surry and Mount Airy teams vying for titles claimed four of the 10 spots on the boys’ and girls’ All-District first team, and also took Player of the Year honors for both.
Mount Airy’s Jo Snow and North Surry’s Carter Phillips, each of whom was named conference Player of the Year this season in their respective leagues, were tabbed as the District Player of the Year as well.
Phillips was joined on the boys’ All-District team by his teammate Mason Hawks. Phillips is averaging 22.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game this season, while Hawks, who was the 2015-16 WPAC Player of the Year, has put up 20.2 points and six assists per game this year.
The duo of Greyhounds weren’t the only players from the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference’s boys’ ranks to be honored. On the second team were Logan Lineberry of Forbush and Tre Scales of South Stokes, while Dante’ Hanner of Surry Central and West Stokes’ Josh Turner made the third team.
North’s Kevin King was named as the Distrct 11 Coach of the Year on the boys’ side.
For the girls, Snow was joined on the first team by championship-bound Elle Sutphin of North Surry. Two other local players made the second team, those being the Lady Hounds’ Mikaela Johnson and the Lady Bears’ Shaunae Sawyers.
Surry Central’s Jacee Busick joined Sutphin as the only two freshmen recognized. She made the third team. Other athletes from the area who earned spots were Elkin’s Kylie Thomas, on the second team; and Calyn Davis of Forbush on the third team.
Snow averages 15.4 points per game to lead Mount Airy this season, along with 4.4 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 steals. Sutphin, a freshman, carries averages of 13.4 points and 6.9 rebounds into tonight’s 2A state championship game.
Joining Snow and Sutphin on the first team were Regan Allen of North Iredell, Alexis Pardue of East Wilkes, and Emily Phillips of North Wilkes. The other three members of the boys’ first team were Caleb Mauldin of West Rowan, Anderson Keller of Hibriten and Joah Logan of East Wilkes.