Cavs win CFVC player and coach of year honors
Southern Lee senior Juwon Jackson was named Player of the Year and was one of four Cavaliers named all-conference, including all three senior Cavs from their boys basketball squad this season, as the Cape Fear Valley Conference awarded its postseason honors earlier this week.
Along with Juwon and Jalen Jackson, Christian Locust and freshman Noah Mellette, Cavalier head coach Gaston Collins earned his own individual hardware with his fourth conference Coach of the Year award in the last five seasons.
Juwon Jackson, a 6-foot-1 power forward for the undersized Cavaliers, helped lead the Cavs with multiple double-doubles and guarding other sides’ top post players most of the way as Southern Lee had an excellent last two months of the season.
The Cavaliers were 3-8 at New Year’s Day before going 12-3 the rest of the season. Southern Lee finished 10-2 in the CFVC, good for second place, then reached the second round of the NCHSAA 3A State Tournament.
Westover placed three players, seniors Titus Gary and Kendall Lindsey and junior Eddie Jackson, on the All-Conference Team. The Wolverines went 23-5 overall, 11-1 in the CFVC while winning the season and tournament titles, and reached the third round of states.
The Lady Cavaliers had three standouts earn all-conference honors; senior guard Brianna Taylor, junior guard Jordanna Kalkhof and junior forward Erin Pickens.
Taylor led the Lady Cavs in points, at 10.3 points per game, rebounds (5.4), steals (3.9) and
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assists (3.8). The Lady Cavs finished 9-3 and runner-up in the conference season.
Westover senior Airico Williams was the Player of the Year for Cape Fear Valley’s girls basketball campaign. Williams averaged 16.1 points and 13.0 rebounds a game.
Overhills head coach Barry Nelson was named Coach of the Year as he led the Lady Jaguars with a 12-0 season in the CFVC. Seniors Katelyn Clark and Ke’Osha Robinson, along with sophomore Ge’Naisha Robinson, were the Lady Jags on the all-conference team.
2012-13 Cape Fear Valley Conference
* Player of the Year - Juwon Jackson, Southern Lee, Sr.
* Jonathan Buie, Western Harnett, Jr.
* Theron Cole, Overhills, Sr.
* Josh Mason, Overhills, Sr.
* Titus Gary, Westover, Sr.
* Eddie Jackson, Westover, Jr.
* Kendall Lindsey, Westover, Sr.
* Jalen Jackson, Southern Lee, Sr.
* Christian Locust, Southern Lee, Sr.
* Noah Mellette, Southern Lee, Fr.
* Matthew Maness, Union Pines, Sr.
* Deiontae McMillian, Gray’s Creek, Sr.
* Andrew Murray, Douglas Byrd, Sr.
* Coach of the Year - Gaston Collins, Southern Lee
* Player of the Year - Airico Williams, Westover, Sr.
* Geena Bryant, Western Harnett, Sr.
* Katelyn Clark, Overhills, Sr.
* Ke’Osha Robinson, Overhills, Sr.
* Ge’Naisha Robinson, Overhills, So.
* Lexie Coxe, Union Pines, Jr.
* Stephanie Johnson, Union Pines, Fr.
* Qizeah Jackson, Westover, Jr.
* Jordanna Kalkhof, Southern Lee, Jr.
* Erin Pickens, Southern Lee, Jr.
* Brianna Taylor, Southern Lee, Sr.
* Sade Rogers, Douglas Byrd, So.
* Jayln Tayor, Gray’s Creek, Jr.
* Coach of the Year - Barry Nelson, Overhills