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March 19, 2013
This year's finals saw three of the four Eastern teams win the games in the Smith Center while the West took three of four at Reynolds Coliseum. The years the East representatives have held the advantage are 2012 and 2006.
In the 2012 championships, the East took five of the eight titles. Eastern teams swept the four games at Reynolds Coliseum while the West representative took three of four at the Smith Center. Eastern teams took both the 2-A and 4-A titles for men and women, along with the 3-A men's crown.
In the 2011 championships, the Western representative took seven of the eight title games, with only Winterville South Central breaking through with a 61-58 overtime victory at Reynolds Coliseum over Hickory for the 3-A women's crown.
In 2010, for the second straight year, the Western representative took six of the eight title games, with Kinston in the 2-A men and Rocky Mount in the 3-A men breaking through for the East.
In 2009, the Western representative took six of the eight finals, with only Dudley in the 3-A women and Northern Guilford in the 3-A men winning out of the East, but later Northern Guilford had to vacate its title.
The West took five of the eight championship games in 2008, and the 2007 count had the West winning five of eight, but in 2006, the East representatives took six of the eight titles, with only Bishop McGuinness in the 1-A women and South Mecklenburg in the 4-A women's games winning for the West.
Western teams took five of eight championships during the 2005 Super Saturday activities, six of eight titles in 2004 and seven of eight championships during the 2003 finals. Only Fayetteville Seventy-First, with its 4-A women's triumph over Charlotte Zeb Vance by a 50-47 count, was able to give the East a victory in 2003.
The 2002 championships represent the only time that one side of the state has swept the other in the 30 plus years using the regional format, as the Western champions captured all eight of those NCHSAA title games, four men's games and four women's games. In 2001, the West went 6-2, with only East Bladen in the 2-A men's title game and Winston-Salem Carver in the 3-A women's championship breaking through for the East. In 2000, seven of the eight championships went to Western representatives, with only Whiteville's narrow victory over Pittsboro Northwood in the 2-A men's final preventing a complete sweep by the West over the East.
It was also the eighth consecutive title for Bishop McGuinness in the women's championships, now the longest string of state titles in basketball. The previous consecutive streak was owned by Hayesville, which won six under coach Darryl McClure from 1988 through '93.
Hicks scored 34 points and pulled down a whopping 30 rebounds, hitting 13 of 21 shots from the field and also blocking seven shots. It was the most rebounds documented in a state championship game (admittedly there are not box scores or stats for many of the early title games) and tied the men's state tournament record.
For many years eight district champions advanced to the state tournament, which is similar now to eight teams which advance to regional and then state championship play. That provides some continuity in terms of records.
In the 1984 Eastern Regional semifinals, Harry Burrus of Mattamuskeet poured in 46 points and grabbed 30 rebounds against Acme-Delco-the only other 30-rebound performance documented for state tournament records-although it didn't happen in a state final.
The Millbrook women's team in the 20th team in the last 26 years to finish unbeaten, with the last perfect mark achieved by last year's 2-A champion Jordan-Matthews at 31-0.
Charlotte Olympic posted a 30-0 record by winning the NCHSAA 4-A state championship over Raleigh Broughton 56-53, so the Trojans became the first men's team in the NCHSAA to post a perfect record in the last eight years. Olympic was led by Charlie Adams MVP Deriece Parks, who scored 19 points including four three-pointers. Olympic was eight of 20 from beyond the arc.
Canton Pisgah was the last men's squad to post a perfect record with an unblemished record at 29-0 in 2005.
Since 1987, there have been eight men's varsity teams to go through an NCHSAA basketball season without a loss.
Kinston did it in the 2-A classification, and the last time a school swept both 2-A titles was when Bandys of Catawba County took a pair of championships back in 1982.
The Keyes brothers, who helped Kinston to the 2011 2-AA football final, will reunite next fall at North Carolina A&T State University, where Angelo Keyes is a football student-athlete. Denzel, a muscular 6-5 inside-outside player who had 17 points in the 2012 basketball title tilt, will suit up for the Aggies' football and basketball programs.
Cuthbertson's Shelton Mitchell, a 6-3 junior, scored a game-high 22 points for the second time in as many finals. Mitchell has committed verbally to Wake Forest.
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