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Stackhouse might be headed to New Jersey

Lots of trade talk hopping around Dallas — and some of it involves Kinston’s Jerry Stackhouse. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Stackhouse might be headed to New Jersey in a trade that would bring Jason Kidd back to Dallas — the team he started his career with in 1994.

Check out the ESPN report here.

My take: That would essentially end Stackhouse’s last chance at an NBA title. I really hope he isn’t included in the trade, because I’d like to see him get one shot at a title. It’s not going to happen in New Jersey.

Tommy Mattocks on dead ball times

Our good friend Tommy Mattocks runs a nifty little Web site here in which he instructs the basketball officials in his association. I try to check it out once a week (which is how often he posts) just to get a feel on what’s going on with officials.

His instruction this week is golden: it’s about the need for officials to pay more attention to coaches and players (particularly players) during dead ball times.

My favorite part (taken straight from his site): Game after game, when the whistle sounds, the officials relax.  Many stroll around with their head down simply going form one position to the next.  With the seriousness of what can happen during this some times volatile dead ball time frame, we might want to upgrade our attention span.  Those first few seconds after a whistle are critical. It is hard to explain why one out of three officials did not see a player push another player, get in a player’s face or taunt an opponent.  A good attentive referee could defuse many of these situations if only he saw they as they happen.

My take: Bravo, Mr. Mattocks! I, too, have noticed more dead-ball activity this season than any in my sixth season in ENC. Kudos to you for pointing it out. I hope your officials pick up on it, too…

Tuesday’s scores

Boys

Kinston 59, Wilson Beddingfield 42

North Lenoir 83, Greene Central 78

Swansboro 45, South Lenoir 39

Parrott Academy 74, Halifax Academy 38

Goldsboro Faith 67, Mt. Calvary 62

Girls

Wilson Beddingfield 61, Kinston 44

North Lenoir 58, Greene Central 45

South Lenoir 56, Swansboro 44

NCPreps.com basketball polls for Jan. 28

1A BOYS 

  

1. Mount Airy 20-0 (15) – 185 

2. Thomasville 13-1 (3) – 172 

3. Winston-Salem Prep 17-5 (1) – 125 

4. Albemarle 16-2 – 118 

5. Cherryville 16-2 – 117 

6. North Edgecombe 16-1 – 110 

7. Hendersonville 14-2 – 62 

8. Trask 12-4 – 49 

9. Southeast Halifax 14-3 – 40 

10. Pender 14-3 – 23 

  

HONORABLE MENTION: Princeton (14-4) – 18; Perquimans (12-3) – 10; South Robeson (13-3) – 8; Weldon (11-3) – 6; Hayesville 15-4; 

  

2A BOYS 

 

 

1. Graham 16-0 (19) – 190 

2. West Caldwell 16-1 – 161 

3. Clinton 17-1 – 154 

4. Smoky Mountain 16-1 – 124 

5. Shelby 15-3 – 108 

6. West Bladen 14-2 – 87 

7. Ashe County 16-1 – 85 

8. Northwood 14-1 – 66 

9. Cummings 12-4 – 43 

10. East Lincoln 12-5 – 7 

  

HONORABLE MENTION: Bessemer City (13-3) – 6; Pisgah (12-3) – 5; Northwest Halifax (13-4) – 4; Richlands (12-3) – 3; Northside-Jax (12-4) – 1; Farmville Central (11-3) – 1; 

  

3A BOYS 

  

1. Dudley 14-2 (10) – 179 

2. Concord 16-1 (6) – 165 

3. Trinity 18-1 (2) – 156 

4. Kinston 14-3 (1) – 130 

5. Northern Vance 13-1 – 104 

6. Hickory 15-2 – 89 

7. Ragsdale 16-2 – 73 

8. D.H. Conley 15-1 – 59 

9. West Rowan 16-3 – 19 

10. East Rowan 15-3 – 16 

  

HONORABLE MENTION: Southern Lee (14-3) – 15; J.F. Webb (14-3) – 13; High Point Andrews (13-4) – 12; Jacksonville (15-4) – 7; T.C. Roberson (14-4) – 6; North Buncombe (16-3) – 3; 

  

4A BOYS 

  

1. New Hanover 17-2 (19) – 190 

2. Mount Tabor 16-2 – 162 

3. Pinecrest 17-2 – 142 

4. McDowell 17-2 – 114 

5. Middle Creek 16-1 – 108 

6. Clayton 16-2 – 73 

7. North Mecklenburg 16-3 – 70 

8. Terry Sanford 17-2 – 61 

9. Vance 15-4 – 48 

10. Myers Park 15-2 – 35 

10. Hopewell 16-3 – 35 

  

HONORABLE MENTION: Panther Creek (15-3) – 19; Jack Britt (14-4) – 2; Enloe (14-3) – 1: 

  

  

1A GIRLS 

  

1. Williamston 15-0 (14) – 181 

2. East Bladen 16-1 – 157 

3. Bishop McGuinness 14-5 (5) – 140 

4. East Surry 17-2 – 136 

5. Louisburg 17-1 – 114 

6. Hiwassee Dam 18-2 – 86 

7, Pender 15-1 – 77 

8. Thomasville 13-3 – 57 

8. Chatham Central 16-1 – 57 

10. Union 16-2 – 22 

  

HONORABLE MENTION: Weldon (11-3) – 8; Mount Airy (16-4) – 6; River Mill (17-6) – 3; Ayden-Grifton (13-4) – 1; 

  

2A GIRLS 

  

1. Graham 16-0 (19) – 190 

2. East Davidson 16-2 – 158 

3. Salisbury 17-1 – 150 

4. First Flight 18-0 – 129 

5. North Stanly 14-1 – 92 

6. East Rutherford 17-2 – 79 

7. Shelby 16-2 – 74 

8. Smoky Mountain 15-2 – 69 

9. Croatan 15-0 – 43 

10. Forest Hills 14-2 – 31 

  

HONORABLE MENTION: Northwest Halifax (15-1) – 18; Tarboro (13-2) – 9; North Surry (14-2) – 4; Mitchell (15-3); Eastern Guilford (14-3) – 1; 

  

3A GIRLS 

  

1. Beddingfield 18-0 (17) – 187 

2. Forestview 18-0 – 163 

3. Hickory 16-0 (2) – 158 

4. South Central 16-0 – 136 

5. T.C. Roberson 18-1 – 113 

6. Statesville 17-1 – 92 

7. Concord 16-1 – 76 

8. Western Harnett 16-2 – 51 

9. Rocky Mount 14-1 – 25 

10. Piedmont 16-1 – 21 

  

HONORABLE MENTION: Southeast Guilford (16-4) – 10; Franklin (16-3) – 7; Ragsdale (14-3) – 4; Hunter Huss (13-2) – 2; East Rowan (15-4) – 1; 

  

4A GIRLS 

  

1. Wakefield 19-0 (13) – 182 

2. Grimsley 18-0 (6) – 177 

3. Hillside 15-0 – 153 

4. South View 18-1 – 132 

5. West Charlotte 16-2 – 106 

6. Garner 15-1 – 101 

7. Westover 16-1 – 74 

8. McDowell 15-3 – 48 

9. Northwest Guilford 16-2 – 28 

10. East Mecklenburg 15-2 – 20 

  

HONORABLE MENTION: Millbrook (15-2) – 15; Butler (16-2) – 9; North Mecklenburg (16-3) – 1; 

 

 

 

United Way Day of Basketball 2008 Wrap-Up

First off — THANK YOU to everyone who took part in today’s sixth annual United Way Day of Basketball. We raised $4,000 — the most-ever in the event’s history and that was due to you!

Secondly, it was good that the Media finally took a game as we defeated the Coaches, 52-51. Dusty Davis hit a free throw with no time remaining to give the Media the victory. Thanks to all the media that took part, in particular — Brian North and Derek Bayne from WCTI ABC-12, Chris Hemeyer and Donald Ingram from TACC-9, along with Chris Miller and Greg Bond from the Jacksonville Daily News and all my compatriots from The Free Press.

Special thanks to today’s special free-lancers: Jeremy Ingram and Antwan Scott. Heh heh.

As I predicted in the paper today, Kinston’s Akeem “A.K.” Sutton won the slam-dunk competition, while North Lenoir’s Rashee Hawkins was the runner-up. In the 3-point contest, it also went as I predicted as Kinston’s Reggie Bullock defended his title against 2006 champion Tyler Potter of North Lenoir.

The Munn Maniacs have to get their props, too, as they won back the title against the Hawk Krazees, 31-27. The Maniacs won the first matchup two years ago and now hold a 2-1 lead in the series.

Again — thank you to everyone who made today possible, from Wynn Whittington and Wells Gulledge at Kinston High School to Ron Owens (the PA dude), Keith Sherrod (the scoreboard operator) and all the United Way folks who ran the concession stand and were at the doors.

TACC-9 will broadcast the day’s events at 8 p.m. on Monday, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and on ENC TV at 1 a.m. on Sunday. THANK YOU to Clark Tutt for broadcasting the game!

I want to thank Tommy Pharo and the good folks at Minges Bottling for donating more than 50 cases of drinks for the sixth straight year. Pharo has been a part of the event every year and I don’t know how we would do it without him.

This was the most successful United Way Day of Basketball yet — thank you!

Past UWDoB shooters/dunk contest winners; complete rosters

2007

3-point shootout: Reggie Bullock, Kinston (runner-up: Curtis Hines, Kinston)

Dunk contest: Sherrod Croom, Kinston (runner-up: Marcus Hemby, Kinston) 

2006

3-point shootout: Tyler Potter, Bethel Christian Academy (runner-up: Curtis Hines, Kinston)

Dunk contest: Charles Gamble, Greene Central (runner-up: Quinton Coples, Kinston)

2005

3-point shootout: Omar Jones, North Lenoir (runner-up: Darryl Jones, Kinston)

Dunk contest: no contest held

2004

3-point shootout: Steven Walker, Arendell Parrott Academy (runner-up: Michael Small, Kinston)

Dunk contest: Montel Jones, Kinston (runner-up: Ben Sutton, Kinston)

2003

3-point shootout: no contest held

Dunk contest: Jeremy Ingram, Kinston (runner-up: Kevin Lee, North Lenoir)

Complete rosters to this moment (subject to change)

Media vs. Coaches Game
Media team: Jeremy Ingram, Bryan Hanks, Richard Clark, Charlie Kraebel, Justin Hill, Dusty Davis and Keith Spence (The Free Press); Antwan Scott, Brian North and Derek Bayne (WCTI ABC-12); Donald Ingram and Chris Hemeyer (TACC-9); Chris Miller and Greg Bond (Jacksonville Daily News)

Coach’s team: Wells Gulledge, Larry Powell, Perry Tyndall and David Lawson (Kinston High School); Hubert Quinerly (Rochelle Middle School); John Eric Waters and Reggie Clark (North Lenoir); Jimmy Smith and Vance Wade (South Lenoir); Michael Fulcher (Bethel Christian Academy)

3-point contest: Reggie Bullock (Kinston), Zach Burrus (Mt. Calvary), Matt Dougherty (Ayden-Grifton), Akeem Faison (South Lenoir), Shane Flynn (Bethel), T.J. Goff (Bethel), Mister Height (Kinston), Karissa Herring (South Lenoir), Bo Ingram (Kinston), Matt Jones (Mt. Calvary), Courtney Killinger (Arendell Parrott Academy), Stefan McGhee (Ayden-Grifton), Chris McPhail (North Lenoir), Quan Outlaw (South Lenoir), Tyler Potter (North Lenoir), Ray Webb (Greene Central), Tyler Whaley (Parrott)

Dunk contest: Reggie Bullock (Kinston), Covair Frost (Jones Senior), Alex Graham (South Lenoir), Rashee Hawkins (North Lenoir), Bo Ingram (Kinston), Tim Roberts (North Lenoir), Joshea Singleton (Kinston), Akeem Sutton (Kinston)

Hawk Krazees vs. Munn Maniacs Game
Hawk Krazees: Dustin Downie, Will Norville, Garret Phillips, Steven Warren, Ethan Baird, Josh Moore, Kyle Houston, Courtney Hobbs, Jennifer Pelletier, Kelly Johnson, Kayla Potter and Sara Farmer (coached by NL Principal Ian Solomon)

Munn Maniacs: Troy Smith, Caleb Ard, Dorsey Leach, Scott Novicki, Zach Sutton, Lee Taylor, Keyshawn Strickland, Monte Williams, Garrett Jones, Mary Katheryn Howard, Courtney Lee, Katie Moody, Savannah Daughty, Teresa Heath, Kayla Cole, Louise Davis and Shaneika Thompson (coached by SL Assistant Principal Mike King)

 

 

Brian North heading to the Dark Side

OK, not really. But our good friend, WCTI ABC-12 Sports Director Brian North, is now the news anchor for Fox Eastern Carolina, which airs on Suddenlink channel 11 in Kinston. He will retain his sports directorship for the time being at WCTI, but eventually will probably move full-time to the news side.

Check out my story here.

The news broadcast is going to be a 30-minute show for the first little while, but it will eventually move to an hour with North getting a co-anchor.

North’s first broadcast as a news-dude will be Monday at 10 p.m., and it will run every weeknight at 10.

Here North is looking very news-worthy:

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You can congratulate him at tomorrow’s United Way Day of Basketball at Kinston High School.

Friday’s scores

Boys

Kinston 67, Eastern Wayne 46 

North Lenoir 70, Goldsboro 60

Clinton 45, South Lenoir 41

Parrott Academy 48, Fayetteville Christian 35

Bethel Academy 83, Fayetteville Berean 68

Jones Senior 76, Dixon 62

Mt. Calvary 89, Emmanuel Christian 40

Girls

Eastern Wayne 57, Kinston 43 

North Lenoir 47, Goldsboro 38

Clinton 46, South Lenoir 43