Jackets, Cavaliers earn NCBCA postseason accolades
Chatham Central senior Zack Burke and Lee County senior Dewaun McEachin were selected first-team all-district, with Burke being honored as the District 8 Player of the Year by the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association as the NCBCA announced its postseason teams last week.
On the NCBCA girls basketball all-district squads, Northwood’s Shontai Totten was a first-team guard. Lady Cavalier teammates Jordanna Kalkhof and Makenzie Cicogna were teammates on the all-district second team.
Burke, while earning the Yadkin Valley Player of the Year award for the second straight year, averaged 25 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.4 assists a game for the Bears. Burke is a 6-foot-2 senior forward who’s also a football and baseball standout for Chatham Central.
McEachin helped Lee County to a 19-7 overall record and an 8-4 mark in its first Cape Fear Valley Conference campaign. He’s been an all-conference player in the Tri-Nine and CFVC.
McEachin, a 6-foot-5 forward, averaged 19.3 points and 6.4 rebounds a game for the Jackets.
Southern Lee sophomore guard Noah Mellette, who averaged 16 points per game, made the second-team District 8 honors and Cavalier senior forward Kevin McLeod made the third-team all-district. The Cavaliers finished 15-11 overall and reached the second round of the state tournament.
North Moore senior guard Quashan Davis and Jordan-Matthews senior Jaleel Dunn made the second team.
Davis averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists a game as the Mustangs went undefeated in winning their Yadkin Valley divisional title, going 16-9 overall and making the second round of states.
Dunn, a Jet senior, averaged 13.6 points and four rebounds a game.
Lee County senior guard Hunter Jackson made the third team along with Triton senior Nick Parker and Jordan-Matthews junior Jackson Rogers.
Northwood’s Shontai Totten and Harnett Central’s Madison Turlington made the first team for the girls’ District 8 selections.
Totten, a junior guard, made all-conference last season in the Carolina 12 and this season as Northwood moved to the 3A Big Eight. She averaged 14.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists a game this season.
Turlington, a sophomore guard for the Lady Trojans, averaged 10.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists and made all-conference in the Greater Neuse River this season.
On the second team all-district, Kalkhof made 60 three-pointers on the season as a Lady Cav senior. She averaged 12.6 points and 2.2 steals a game.
Cicogna, a junior center, notched many double-doubles for the Lady Cavaliers and averaged 11.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots a game.
Albemarle senior forward Akela Branch, who averaged 23 points and 17 rebounds a game, was the District 8 Player of the Year.