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BASKETBALL NOTES: Area players collect honors


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Isaiah Smith of Burlington Christian Academy and Zion Walker of The Burlington School were named all-state in Class 2-A of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association for boys’ basketball.

Isaiah Smith
Zion Walker

Walker, who’s the all-time leading scorer in TBS program history with more than 2,000 points, is a repeat selection on the all-state list.

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Walker is listed as a participant for the Triad High School All-Star Classic, which has an East vs. West format. The 13th edition of the event is scheduled for March 23 at Atkins High School in Pfafftown. There are girls’ games at noon and 2:00 p.m. and boys’ games at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

This past Saturday, Walker played in the North Carolina Private School All-Star Game at Providence Day School in Charlotte.

Injuries strike teams
Eastern Alamance’s boys’ basketball team played the last few weeks without starting senior guard Michael Reaves.

Michael Reaves

He was out with a knee injury (meniscus) that was suffered February 9 at Roxboro Person. The Eagles went 3-3 the rest of the way.

Reaves averaged 10.8 points per game for the Eagles, who had four players average in double figures.

The Williams boys’ team was also without a player who had been in the starting lineup. Senior Christos Katsoudas was out for an extended stretch, missing the last half of the season with a foot injury.

First-year fun
Several area boys’ basketball teams had first-year coaches who directed their teams to winning records.

Eastern Alamance was 18-10 under Parrish Walker. Southern Alamance went 14-13 with Dylan Eppley. Jimmy Lloyd moved from assistant coach to head coach at Williams, which finished 16-10.

Bo Williamson guided Southeast Alamance to an 18-12 record in the school’s first season.

Krotish still shows up
Former longtime Eastern Alamance girls’ basketball coach Tim Krotish was still around area gyms at times during the 2023-24 season, but in a different role.

He was scouting players for recruiting purposes because he had joined the coaching staff of the Averett University women’s basketball team.

Krotish stepped down from his alma mater last spring after 29 seasons and 504 victories with the Eagles.

Averett had a 4-21 record, so that was an unusual situation for Krotish.

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