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South Point High School’s men’s basketball team named State Men’s Basketball #1 Scholar Athlete Team

South Point High School Boys Bsketball Team 2019-2020

By Charlotte Sautner

The NCHSAA Scholar Athlete Program is a voluntary program sponsored by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s “Click It or Ticket.”  It recognizes varsity teams and individual athletes for their excellence in the classroom. To be a scholar athlete team, the team must maintain a 3.1 unweighted grade point average for the designated semester and have at least five members. 

The NCHSAA presents a plaque to the top team in each sport, based on an unweighted team GPA. The top three teams in each sport are recognized. With an unweighted GPA of 3.705, the South Point High School men’s basketball team was named the top NCHSAA Scholar Athlete team in the state for their sport. They had the highest grade point average of all the North Carolina High School Athletic Association men’s basketball teams nominated for this award.  This is the ninth South Point team to be named the state NCHSAA Scholar Athlete team in their sport.  The other teams were Women’s Cross Country (2002-03), Men’s Cross Country (2005-06), Men’s Swimming and Diving (2008-09), Men’s Tennis (2010), Women’s Golf (2010 and 2012), Men’s Cross Country (2012-13 and 2013-14). 

The members of this year’s NCHSAA State Scholar Athlete men’s basketball team are Malakai Sadler, Logan Threatt, Cam Dyer, Ashton Harris, Cooper Ray, Ray Rose, Nate Natale, Ayden Baker, Grayson Hansen, and Sully Absher.   The coaching staff is made up of Kody Kubbs, Head Men’s Basketball Coach; Davares Friday, Assistant Coach and William Lomax, Assistant Coach.

Coach Kubbs wrote this about his team. “I am so proud of all this team accomplished this past year.  We tied a school record with 18 wins, recorded our fourth straight winning season, and also qualified for the state playoffs for a fourth straight year – all school records!  We played in the conference tournament championship and lost on a buzzer-beater in overtime against the eventual state champion, Shelby.  These were all tremendous accomplishments, for which we are very proud, however, I am most proud of what my boys accomplished off the court. This group of boys was incredibly special. They are a really fun group of guys that bonded from day 1 and sacrificed for the good of the group. They volunteered to read to kids at Belmont Central Elementary and Page Primary and showed a commitment to giving back to their community. But, to be honored as the top academic basketball team in the entire state really takes the cake!  There are over 400 high schools in the state of North Carolina, and our boys were the top academic achieving team.  Wow!  This honor is really a testament to my boys’ dedication to excellence in all that they do and their understanding of the term “student-athlete.”  I could not be more proud of these boys.  They are state champions!”

Not only did South Point have the number one team in men’s basketball, we also had two other teams in the top three in their sport: Ladies Tennis, with a GPA of 3.91, finished second in the state and missed being the number one team by .04, and Ladies Swimming and Diving, with a GPA of 3.890, finished third in the state.

The ladies tennis team was coached by Mrs. Patsy Adolph.  Members of that team were Caroline Beaty, Brooke Cox, Anna Kauer, Holly Kellogg, Emily Koehler, Sarayu Kudaravalli, Sarah Leonhardt, Abigail Miss, Grace Nehring, Natalie O’Connor, Grace Sheppard and Emilia Vargas. Mrs. Adolph writes: “Our SPHS Women’s Tennis Team are a great group of wonderful young ladies.  They strive for excellence both on the court and in the classroom; working hard to improve in every aspect of their lives.  They are kind and caring individuals with high morals and good sportsmanship.  We are definitely a tennis family, and I am proud of each and every one of them.  I am very fortunate and honored to be their Coach.” 

The ladies swimming and diving team is coached by Mary Ellen Lewis.  The members of the team are Sarah Axtell, Avery Boyd, Ryleigh Butler, Brooke Cox, Chloe Hamilton, Alyson Horne, Anna Huffstickler, Sierra Hullander, Avery Lester, Sydney Lester, Abigail Long, Kailey McAlister, Bao Phan, Mary Smallwood, Cara Targonski, Brooke Villemagne, Macie Wagner, Mary Walker and Emma White. Mrs. Lewis said this was an amazing group of young ladies.  Four of them were junior marshals last year, and one was the Chief Marshal.  They were conference champs, fifth in the region, and six of them qualified for the state meet.  She is so proud of what they do in the classroom and in the pool. 

South Point Athletic Director Kent Hyde said, “Our kids are getting it done, not only on the athletic field of play, but also in the classroom. This is due, in part, to the great efforts of our teachers, our coaches, our counselors, our front office and support staff, our administrators, and our parents and community.”

And, as always, GO BIG RED.