2017 MecKa Champions
North Meck finished the season 24-4 with a close loss at West Forsyth in the NCHSAA 4A Sectional Final. North also defended their place as MecKa conference Champions winning the Regular season with a 12-2 record and defeating Vance in the Conference Tournament Final.
North graduates 5 Seniors and will have 3 starters back next season, as well as Vikings moving up from an undefeated champion Junior Varsity team.
In a mid-season conference game that had the feeling of a tournament championship, #6 North Meck was able to rally for a 59-53 victory at #3 Vance. North jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but saw it evaporate quickly as Vance got a some easy leak out lay ups, to take a 16-12 lead. The teams were tied at the end of 1 and Vance held a 2 point lead at the half. North found themselves trailing by 5 mid 4th quarter when Freshman Tristan Maxwell hit a big jumper and Jabril Griffin created a steal and lay up. Maxwell was fouled shooting a 3. Made the first 2 fts and Griffin secured the rebound on the missed 3rd. Vaud Worthy then found Maxwell for a huge made 3 at the top of the key. This put the Vikings up for good. Griffin helped seal the win with 2 more offensive rebounds off misses and another steal. Maxwell finished with 20 points, Griffin with 7 points and Terrell Sherman added 9 points and 11 rebounds. North moves into a 3 way tie for first place in the MECKA with Vance and Hough. Hough will visit the Vikings on Friday night with sole possession of first place on the line.
The North JV Boys defeated Vance 54-33 to remain undefeated . Miles Hunter led the Vikings with 12 points.
Jae'Lyn Withers and Tristan Maxwell on unofficial visits to Wake Forest and Clemson.
Jalen Lowery 15 & KaVaudrick Worthy 3 All-Tournament Moody Classic
Friday night in Huntersville was set to be exciting. The #1 undfeated Vikings hosting #16 rival West Charlotte in front of a sold out crowd. The gym was full by the time the JV Boys finished off their own victory over the dub. You could feel the anticipation in warm ups and then tip off. Early nerves showed for both teams as the foul counts for both mounted. Each team was in the 1-1 by the end of the first quarter, with North holding a hard fought 17-11 lead. As the home team settled down in the second, they pushed their lead to 33-19 at the break. Quick 3's by freshman Tristan Maxwell and a 4 point play by Jalen Lowery in the third gave the Vikings a little breathing room, finally finishing with a 66-47 victory. Tristan Maxwell led all scorers with 21 points. Floor General KaVaudrick Worthy had a season hig 15 points and dished 14 assists. Worthy's handling of the Lion pressure proved to be invaluable in the Vikings success. North finished with only 7 turnovers while forcing double digit Lion turnovers. Terrell Sherman controlled the middle with 14 rebounds. Jalen Lowery poured in 15 points, while also defending WC's best offensive player. North Meck's bench encouraged and provided energy when needed.
North will now travel to Hopewell on Tuesday night for a first place showdown with the Titans.
The possibility of looking ahead to the upcoming Friday showdown with rival West Charlotte loomed Tuesday night for the Vikings. They eliminated all worry of that early in their opening MECKA Conference game versus AL Brown. North raced to a 30-3 lead at the end of the 1st quarter, cruising to a 84-22 victory. Tristan Maxwell led the scoring going 5-5 from 3 and finishing with 19 points. Jae'lyn Withers added 12pts, 14rebs and Terrell Sherman 12pts, 6 rebs. Vaud Worthy dished 12asts as all members of the Vikings got in to the scoring column.
Friday night #1 North will host #15 West Charlotte in Huntersville at 7:30pm. Plan to arrive early.
Friday night in Huntersville was electric. The Vikings hosted Berry Academy in front of a near sold out crowd. The atmosphere was intense during warmups and the crowd was pumped and ready to go. North didn't disappoint racing to a 26-11 1st quarter lead and 49-20 lead at the half. Jae'Lyn Withers opened the 2nd half with a still and coast to coast thunderous dunk and the Cardinals were out of answers finally falling 86-52. Withers finished with 23pts and 14 rebs. Terrell Sherman contributed 9pts and 12 rebs, while Freshman Tristan Maxwell continued his consistent scoring with 13pts and 3 steals. All the Viking players made it in to the scoring column. North will open MECKA play against Kanapolis Tuesday night at home.
The Sweet 16 #1 Vikings led 22-9 after the first quarter Tuesday night and never looked back. Although East Mecklenburg tried to slow the tempo, it was to no avail, as North cruised to a 59-42 win. The Vikings record now sits at 6-0 heading in to Friday's home game versus Berry Tech. Jae'Lyn Withers led the Vikings with 26pts and 9rebs. Jalen Lowery added 13pts and Terrell Sherman 8pts and 6rebs. Malek Luckey gave a spark off the bench with gritty defense and hustle. MECKA Conference play begins next Tuesday vs. AL Brown.
The young Norsemen defeated the East Meck Eagles 70-42 Tuesday night in Huntersville. Demarr Anderson led the Vikings with 17pts and 4 steals. Shamman Artis chipped in 12pts. Dedrick Givens had 10pts and 5 rebs. The Junior Varsity Vikings push their record to 5-0.
KaVaudrick Worthy was named the MVP of the 2016 Holden Classic. Vaud had 2 game totals of 13 points, 29 assists and 14 rebounds.
MVP KaVaudrick Worthy North Meck
Jae'Lyn Withers North Meck, Tristan Maxwell North Meck, Noah Allen Mooresville, Grayson Hickert Lake Norman Charter
The Varsity Boys won the 4th annual Leroy Holden Classic 84-60 over Mooresville Saturday night. Tristan Maxwell led the way with 23 points and Jae'Lyn withers notched another double double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Vaud Worthy had 8 points and 16 assists for the Vikings. Jae'Lyn Lowery played an excellent floor game chipped in 12 points and 6 reb a also for the Vikings. The men now move to 5-0 and play East Meck at home on Tuesday.
The Sweet 16 # 1 Vikings won their first round game in the Leroy Holden Classic over Gastonia Forestview. The Vikings were led by Jae'Lyn Withers with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Tristan Maxwell had 17 and Vaud Worthy had 13 assists. Tyren Clark came up big off the bench notching 10 points. The Vikings now play Mooresville in the championship game tomorrow night at 7.
The JV Vikings beat Lake Norman Charter JV on Friday. Carter Windley and Myles Hunter both had 14pts to lead the way. Aaron Scott chipped in 7 points with 3 steals and 3 assists to also help the Vikings. Your JV Vikings now stand at 4-0
The #1 ranked Vikings moved to 3-0 last night as they beat Garinger. The Vikings had all 5 starters in double figures for a balanced attack. Jae'Lyn Withers had 19pts and 19 rebounds, Tristan Maxwell 18pts , Vaud Worthy 14pts and 10 assists, Jalen Lowery 12pts and Terrell Sherman had 10pts. The Vikings now move to 3-0 on the season with the Leroy Holden Classic coming up this weekend.
The JV Vikings moved to 3-0 with the win against Garinger. Myles Hunter led the way with 15 points followed by Shamman Artis with 13 points. Demar Anderson chipped in with 7 points and 6 assists.
North Meck defeated CSD 72-35 Nov. 18th pushing their record to 2-0. The Vikings started fast, leading 29-9 after the 1st quarter. Freshman Tristan Maxwell led North in scoring with 16 points followed by Terrell Sherman with 13 points and 9 rebounds.
The Viking JV boys also won big against CSD. Torez Jackson led the way with 18pts and Myles Hunter had 9pts to pace the Vikings. They now improve to 2-0 on the season.
North Meck opens the season with a 79-30 victory over the West Mecklenburg Hawks. After a common slow start to the first game of the season the Vikings went on a 18-3 run to take control of the game. Jae'Lyn Withers and KaVaudrick Worthy ignited the run, each having crowd pleasing dunks. Yancey Hairston finished the first half with 14 quick points and 2 blocks. Joran Bolton drained a 3 pointer at the end of the half for the 50-20 point lead. The Vikings defense stiffened during the 2nd half, holding the Hawks to only 10 points.
Top performers were Vaud Worthy with 9pts and 10 asts, Yancey Hairston with 14pts and 7rbs, Tristan Maxwell with 14pts and Joran Bolton 6pts.
The North Meck JV boys defeated West Meck 61-13. Carter Windley 13pts and Demarr Anderson 12pts.
North Meck will host Community school of Davidson on Friday Nov. 18.
Highlights of Shivaughn Wiggins and the Chanticleers historic visit to Cuba for 3 exhibition games and a local kids clinic. Shivaughn avgeraged a team leading 17pts per game.
August 14, 2015 - #ChantsInCuba: Day 8 – Witnessing History and Coming Home
August 12, 2015 - #ChantsInCuba: Day 6 – Basketball Clinic No. 2
August 11, 2015 - #ChantsInCuba: Day 5 – Basketball Clinics and Salsa
August 10, 2015 - #ChantsInCuba: Day 4 – Gameday No. 3
August 10, 2015 - #ChantsInCuba: Day 4 – Gameday No. 3
August 9, 2015 - #ChantsInCuba: Day 3 – Gameday No. 2
August 8, 2015 - #ChantsInCuba: Day 2 – Gameday No. 1
August 7, 2015 - #ChantsInCuba: Day 1 -- Arrival
Andy Katz on Coastal in Cuba - http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/108465/3-point-shot-coastal-carolinas-trip-to-cuba
Posted on 10 February 2015.
Karl Barkley is a guard for Swarthmore College, where he’s averaging 9 points per game. (Swarthmore Athletics photo)
Karl Barkley of Davidson, a former North Mecklenburg High basketball standout who now plays at Swarthmore College, is among 10 players nationwide selected for the 2015 Allstate NABC Good Works Team. The award is chosen by coaches and recognizes college basketball players for community service and charitable work.
Barkley was among 158 men nominated for the award, which is now in its third year. The 10 winners include five players from the Division I level and five players from Divisions II, III and the small school NAIA – where Swarthmore plays.
The award is organized by Allstate and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) their charitable achievements and community service activities. The organizers say the award recognizes “a distinguished group of student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to enriching the lives of others and contributing to the greater good in their communities.”
“Karl is the definition of a servant leader,” Swarthmore basketball coach Landry Kosmalski said. [Davidson Wildcat fans will remember Kosmalski – he graduated in 2000 and played and coached under Davidson coach Bob McKillop.] “He leads by putting others’ needs before his own at all times, whether it be on the court as our team captain or off the court as our altruistic leader. We are grateful that the NABC and Allstate are nationally recognizing what our community has known for years: Karl’s unique selflessness has an immensely positive impact on those around him every single day.”
Kosmalski nominated Barkley for the award and plans to honor him before Swarthmore’s final home game against McDaniel on Saturday, Feb. 14.
Barkley has a long list community service accomplishments, including:
Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team will be invited to the 2015 NABC Convention and 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis, where they’ll join a community service project. Women’s winners will be recognized during the 2015 WBCA Convention and at the 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Tampa, FL, where they’ll also participate in a local community project.
2015 GOOD WORKS TEAM
The following players have been named to the 2015 Allstate NABC Good Works Team:
NCAA Division I
NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA
The following players have been named to the 2015 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team®:
NCAA Division I
NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA
Judges who selected the team included headlined by former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill.
About 20 minutes before the tip of the boys’ basketball game Friday night between Hough and North Mecklenburg, school officials outside of the North Meck gym announced they were closing the doors; No one else would be let in.
Fans crammed into the bleachers and stood along the baseline, ready to see a matchup between two teams ranked in the top 10 of the Sweet 16 and tied atop the MECKA standings – with Concord Robinson and West Charlotte.
What the crowd saw was a dominant performance by the No. 3 Vikings, who beat No. 9 Hough 81-56.
“Great, tremendous team effort,” North Meck coach Duane Lewis said. “I mean the crowd was into it, the team was into it and that’s the way we play. We want everyone involved, having fun, taking shots.”
The Vikings (15-1, 5-1) never trailed and had an 18-6 lead after the first quarter. The lead continued to grow throughout the game: 20 at halftime, 25 after the third quarter and as many as 30 in the fourth quarter.
UNC Wilmington recruit C.J. Bryce led all scorers with 30. He was helped by North Meck teammates Taj Middleton and Derrick Maxwell, who had 13 points each.
Eleven players scored in the game for the Vikings.
“Taj Middleton was great tonight, unbelievable,” Lewis said. “Everybody wants to talk about C.J., C.J. was great. But Taj ... hit some shots early and that opened up lanes for C.J. And how about Derrick Maxwell? Great job off the bench.”
The Vikings’ defense limited Hough forward Luke Maye, a North Carolina recruit, to just two points in the first half and 11 in the game.
“I don’t think that we necessarily ever focus on one player. We are more focused on team defense,” Lewis said. “I think as a team we did an unbelievable job of moving our feet, rotating ... making it difficult on (Maye).”
Michael Grigg led Hough (11-5, 4-2) with 12 points, 10 coming in the final period.
“They beat us in every facet of the game,” Hough coach Jason Grube said. “They executed better, they showed poise, they made shots. ... We didn’t get (Maye) the ball enough. I thought our windows were small to get him the ball, and we missed those windows. We don’t have a lot of margin of error.”
Hough’s best run came early in the third quarter. Down 37-17 at halftime, the Huskies scored seven unanswered points to open the second half, pulling to within 13 and seeming to have some momentum.
The Vikings proceeded to go on a 12-2 run to pull away and never led by fewer than 20 the rest of the game.
North Meck’s fast-paced style seemed to wear down Hough’s defense, leading to several easy drives and lay-ups in the second half.
“We want to play up tempo. We want to get up and down,” Lewis said. “I know that eventually, if we’re playing our style, we’re going to wear teams down.”
North Meck has responded well to its only loss of the season, to Concord Robinson Jan. 6. The Vikings beat Vance by 20 last week.
“I think we’re re-energized, refocused,” Lewis said. “It was an eye-opener for them. ... We’re back zoned in to where we want to be.”
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2015/01/16/5452975/north-meck-dominates-hough-81.html#storylink=cpy
North Mecklenburg's #12 CJ Bryce celebrates with his teammates after the Vikings defeated Centerville in overtime to win the Arby's Championship.
Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 10:39 pm | Updated: 11:09 pm, Wed Dec 31, 2014.
Allen Gregory | Bristol Herald Courier
North Mecklenburg senior C.J. Bryce felt Wednesday’s Arby’s Classic championship victory over Centerville (Ohio) represented much more than a fancy trophy.
It was about a statement.
North Mecklenburg is located just outside Charlotte in the NASCAR-strong community of Huntersville. The Vikings were ranked second among Class 4A teams in the latest North Carolina poll.
“We definitely wanted to represent our home area in Charlotte and our state,” Bryce said.
While North Carolina prep football teams such as Independence and Havelock have appeared on the national sports radar, Bryce said prep basketball in the Tarheel state is thriving in Charlotte and beyond.
“We’ve got some good really good teams in our area like West Charlotte and Hough, and that type of competition helps makes us better,” said Bryce, a 6-fot-4 shooting guard who has been rated among the top eight players in North Carolina by the Charlotte Observer
The majority of fans in Viking Hall on Wednesday expressed support for Centerville. That just added to the already potent fuel for Bryce.
“I know a lot of people didn’t want us to win, and that motivated us a lot,” Bryce said. “We played with a chip on our shoulder.”
Bryce, who has signed to play at UNC-Wilmington, displayed big-stage presence and refined skills in the title game, en route to collecting 21 points, eight rebounds and tournament MVP honors.
“It was a really good tournament,” Bryce said. “I liked the 3-point contest, the dunk contest and the way the fans turned out.
“We played in a local tournament last year. This was the biggest tournament we’ve been in.”
Many basketball stars develop their though years of AAU competition.
Bryce has taken another route. He credits his development to the nurturing ways of veteran North Mecklenburg coach Duane Lewis. Bryce transferred to North Mecklenburg after his sophomore year from Hopewell High School in Huntersville.
“My game really started going to the next level when I came to North Meck and Coach Lewis,” Bryce said. “He got me a lot of [college] looks and has a great program.”
After a two-year stint as an undersized power forward at Hopewell, Bryce said he has been able to diversify his game at his new school by focusing on guard skills.
Lewis has groomed a number of college players over the past 16 years in addition to winning to the 2005 Class 4A state championship.
The Centerville Elks were also looking to increase their basketball portfolio. The Dayton, Ohio, based school is already known as a football hotbed.
The extensive Centerville alumni base includes college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit, NFL linebacker A.J. Hawk and former Ohio State kicking hero Mike Nugent.
Centerville posted a 10-1 record this season in football before falling in the opening round of the playoffs. Clayton Schmerber, a 6-foot-7 and 245-pound senior, earned all-conference honors at tight end and also stars in basketball.
“This tournament has been a great experience for us,” Centerville basketball coach Brook Cupps said. “We got to see a lot of different teams and styles that we have to prepare for.”
It’s doubtful Centerville will face a team with more talent than North Mecklenburg.
“That team is as good as anybody we will see all year,” Cupps said.
Cupps doesn’t single out individual players from opposing teams in his scouting reports and game plans, but Bryce was a difficult matchup.
“He’s pretty good,” Cupps said. “He made some big plays and shots there in the third and fourth quarter when they were struggling to score, but I love the way our kids play. They don’t back down.”
Backing down is not an option for any athlete at Centerville.
“We have a good football program that has had a ton of NFL guys come through,” Cupps said. “We’re all trying to do the same thing. Hopefully, a game like this will help light the ball for us. We’ll be ready to fight the next time out.”
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