LUMBERTON — The Fairmont boys and Lumberton girls basketball teams reigned supreme in their respective conferences this season, and their work on the hardwood was reflected in the postseason awards for each league.
The Lady Pirates had a league-high four players represented on the All-Southeastern Conference first team, with coach Danny Graham earning coach of the year honors. Graham led Lumberton to a perfect record in SEC play en route to earning a pair of league titles this season.
London Thompson, Jasmine McBride, Madison Canady and Destiny Hardin were named first-team selections for the Lady Pirates, with Desaree Dunham earning the lone first-team nod for Purnell Swett.
Hoke’s Mahogany Matthews was named the SEC’s player of the year.
Fairmont coach Montrell McNair was tabbed co-coach of the year for the Three Rivers Conference along with Whiteville’s Jerry Singletary. McNair led the Golden Tornadoes to a share of the TRC regular season title and a TRC tournament title to earn his third consecutive coach of the year honor.
The Golden Tornadoes tied Whiteville with a league-best three players earning first-team honors. Julius Caulder, Jarique Moore and Derrick Arnette represented Fairmont on the All-TRC squad.
Red Springs and St. Pauls had two players each represented on the first team. Caleel Mitchell and Monte’ Wilkerson earned first-team nods for the Red Devils, with Cole Humphrey and J.J. Oxendine representing the Bulldogs.
Jaleel Lesane was the lone first-team selection for South Robeson.
Whiteville standout and UNCP target Tyrell Kirk earned player of the year honors, winning the award for the second consecutive season.
On the girls side, Fairmont and Red Springs had two players each represented on the first team. Kiara Page and Krishay Moore earned first-team nods for the Golden Tornadoes, with Taya Jones and Sha’nia Leach representing the Lady Red Devils.
South Robeson and St. Pauls had one player each on the first team, with Mysiah McAllister representing the Lady Bulldogs and Chania Troy representing the Lady Mustangs.
East Columbus swept the awards, with Charity Powell earning player of the year honors and Candra Powell taking coach of the year.
The Lumberton boys had two players each represented on the All-SEC squad, with Stephon Lloyd and Tyreik McCallum earning first-team nods for the Pirates.
Kyler Page was the lone representative for Purnell Swett on the first team.
Hoke swept the postseason awards with D’Coda Cummings earning player of the year honors and Quame Patterson taking coach of the year.
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