For some teams, the 2019-20 high school basketball season has begun.
Last winter featured multiple teams in The Daily Advance’s coverage area advance to the state playoffs.
John A. Holmes was the only school that had both basketball teams win state playoff games last winter.
The Aces will likely contend for conference championships this season.
Currituck, Northeastern and Pasquotank will try to gain ground on First Flight and Hertford County in the Northeastern Coastal Conference in boys’ hoops, while their girls’ programs will try to compete with defending league champion Bertie this winter.
Here is more on area basketball:
Coach: Tim Dunn
Last season’s record: 13-10, 7-5 Tarheel Independent Conference
Boys’ outlook: The Colts are off to a strong start to the 2019-20 campaign with a 7-2 overall record with a 2-0 record in the TIC.
The Colts’ latest league win was Monday night with a 79-46 result against Lawrence Academy.
Albemarle School has been led so far this season by junior guard Logan Dunn and seniors Brandon Jackson (guard) and Avery Krywanczyk (forward).
Luke Gray, Garrett Small, Raymond Hooper and TJ Fucci have also been key contributors so far this season.
Coach Dunn noted that he expects this season’s team to build off last season’s success.
Overall, the Colts returned seven players from last season’s team that earned a berth in the NCISAA Class 1A state playoffs.
Coach Dunn noted that the returning players will be a strength for the Colts this season.
The coach added that the team knows how to play well together and added that playing consistently throughout games is going to be a major factor in the success of their season.
Girls’ outlook: This year’s girls’ team has already improved from last season’s 2-19 overall record with a 4-4 overall start to the 2019-20 season.
One of those wins was a 40-35 result Monday at home against Tarheel Independent Conference foe Lawrence Academy.
JOHN A. HOLMES
Boys’ coach: Robert Woodley
Last season’s record: 23-5, 8-2 Albemarle Athletic Conference
Boys’ outlook: The Aces had a strong end to the season as they were able to win the Albemarle Athletic Conference tournament championship and advanced to the third round of the NCHSAA 1A state playoffs.
Edenton fell in a tight game to Henderson Collegiate, who went on to win the East Regional championship and finished as the state runner-up.
Holmes is expected to return a good amount of players from last season’s team.
That includes Keenan Downing, Keimonte “K.D.” Raynor, Mitjonta Stanley, Tyree Capehart, Ervin White, Bobby Wilson and Hutch Winborne.
Jewell Coston, Malaki White, Kendrick Armstead, Fred Drew and Teddy Wilson are expected to contribute this season.
It might take some time before Edenton takes to the court as several players are members of the John A. Holmes football team.
Downing, Stanley, Bobby and Teddy Wilson, White and Drew are on the football team.
The football team faces Tarboro in the 1AA East Regional championship game Friday at Tarboro.
Edenton will have to replace the production of point guard Antuan Sharpe who was named the Daily Advance Area Player of the Year last winter in his senior campaign along with Zion Boston and Nakevin Hill.
Woodley noted that he hopes the success of the football team transitions to the basketball court.
The coach added that the team has a lot of potential, quickness, team speed good work habits and a determination to be successful.
The Aces also features multiple athletic players.
Seven players return from last season’s varsity team along with five players that played on the conference champion junior varsity team.
Woodley noted the key to the season is to have good health and how fast the team can adjust from football to basketball.
Getting into good basketball conditioning will be key for the team.
Girls’ coach: Brian Chappell
Last season’s record: 17-10, 7-3 Albemarle Athletic Conference
Girls’ outlook: The Aces return a young team this season. Edenton is led by junior Jamillian Johnson.
Johnson was The Daily Advance Area Player of the Year last season as a sophomore.
She will be joined by Sydney Spear, Jhasi Gilliam, along with Le’Asia Stanley and Kaci Drew.
Johnson is the only junior on the team, while Gilliam is the only senior on the team.
Chappell noted that the Albemarle Athletic Conference will be strong this season and every game night will be a battle.
Washington County is the defending regular-season champion, while Manteo bested Edenton in the tournament championship game last winter.
Chappell noted that the team will take the season one day at a time and hopefully with the young group of players, Edenton will get better each day.
Edenton (1-0) opened its season with a 51-42 win at First Flight Nov. 26.
Boys’ coach: Mark Harnly
Last season’s record: 12-15, 4-6 Albemarle Athletic Conference
Boys’ outlook: Camden aims to make a return trip to the NCHSAA 1A state playoffs this season.
Before Tuesday’s road game at Currituck, Camden has been led by Tim Aydlett, a senior guard.
Aydlett already has scored 29 points in a game this season.
Last winter, Aydlett scored 15.6 points per game and made 76 shots from behind the 3-point line. He was also an all-conference and Daily Advance all-area team selection.
Joining Aydlett are guard Brad Harrell, forward Carlton Harrell and guard Reid Robeson.
All four are seniors this season.
Brad and Carlton both scored 7.1 points per game, while Robeson was the Bruins’ top defender last season.
Isaiah Hill, Jayden Walton, Andre Barnett and Josiah Butts are all expected to contribute this season.
Harnly noted that Barnett is a quick point guard, while Butts was the junior varsity team’s most valuable player last season.
Hill earned playing time as a freshman last season, while Walton scored 5.5 points and reeled in 4.5 rebounds per game last season.
Harnly noted that he has a great group of young men that were hard workers during the offseason.
The coach added that the Bruins return a lot of experience.
Camden has the potential to surprise teams this season.
Girls’ coach: Rick Heckler
Last season’s record: 3-20, 0-10 Albemarle Athletic Conference
Girls’ outlook: Camden returns three starters from last season’s team.
Shea Ferebee, Kennedy Lighty, Hailey Bunting, Taniya Swinson and Hannah Ferebee will be key players for the Bruins.
Shea Ferebee led the team in scoring, while Lighty was Camden’s top rebounder last season.
Elaina Greene and Keeley Williams will also contribute this season.
Heckler takes over the program from Matt Sundberg.
Heckler noted that Camden will have to rebound the ball and limit turnovers in order to be successful.
The coach added that Shea Ferebee will be relied on to make 3-point shots, while Lighty and Hannah Ferebee will provide a good inside game.
Camden plans to put pressure on opponents on defense.
Boys’ coach: Gunnell Rupert
Last season’s record: 9-17, 1-9 Northeastern Coastal Conference
Boys’ outlook: Despite a tough end to last season, Currituck returns five starters from last season’s team.
Carmillo Burton, Dashawn White, Traveon Powell, Bobby Little and KJ Harvey are expected to be starters for the Knights.
Burton, a sophomore, led the team in scoring, while Harvey was second in scoring and was an all-conference selection last season.
Ernest Harris, Trevor Davis, Noah Cutler, Makegan Piorkowski, Zak Harlow and Josh Rupert are expected to contribute this season.
Coach Rupert noted that Currituck has a good balance of size, strength, speed along with skill shooters and returning experience players.
Coach Rupert believes the Knights will be competitive this season.
The coach expected Harvery to lead the team.
Girls’ coach: Paul Munson
Last season’s record: 10-13, 4-6 Northeastern Coastal Conference
Girls’ outlook: Currituck returns three starters from last season’s team in Tyanna Peebles, Ta’Nia Seymore and Marissa Moyle.
Kyrstin Middleton and Annabelle O’Donnell are expected to be starters during the season.
Skylar York, Delainey Parrish and Courtney Smith will help the program.
Munson noted the key to the season is for the team to be a tighter unit. The coach added that the team has improved its commanderie.
Boys’ coach: Colin Woodley
Last season’s record: 7-18, 0-10 Albemarle Athletic Conference
Boys’ outlook: The Pirates will aim to rebound from a difficult end to last season.
Amarion Hunter and Shihene Foreman are two starters that return from last season.
Hunter, a sophomore, led the Pirates in assists last season, while Gatling was the leading scorer on the junior varsity team last winter.
Foreman was Perquimans’ second leading scorer on the varsity team.
EJ Gatling, Nasir Parker and Stefon Reid are expected to be starters, while Antwan Harris, Julian Jenkins, Jahmez Carter, Kesian Elliott and John Bermudez will help the team.
Elliott is expected to be a key defender for Perquimans, while Reid is expected to provide senior leadership.
Coach Woodley noted that the key for the team is to have a positive attitude. The coach added that finding team chemistry will be important. Perquimans will have one of the youngest teams in the conference this season.
Four of the Pirates’ losses in conference games last season were by four points or less.
Before Tuesday’s home game against Bear Grass Charter, Perquimans posted back-to-back wins against Columbia to begin the season.
Girls’ outlook: The Pirates have begun the season with two wins before Tuesday’s game against Bear Grass Charter.
Perquimans is expected to feature junior guard Asha Elliott, sophomore forward Jada Modlin and senior guard McKayle Knapp.
Perquimans had a 17-9 overall record with a 6-4 record in the Albemarle Athletic Conference last season.
The Pirates earned a berth into the NCHSAA 1A state playoffs last season.
Boys’ coach: Gene Chory
Last season’s record: 8-3, 5-2 NCCA
Boys’ outlook: The Eagles have begun the season with a 2-3 record that included tough games at the Carolina Classic in Durham.
Sophomore guard Jonathan Rosenberger has led the Eagles as a scorer, while Blade Larabee, Gavin Swimme and Kaden Harris have been important contributors early in the season.
Victory Christian will have to replace the production of Cameron Rosenberger, who was a senior last season.
Girls’ coach: Dan Moore
Last season’s record: 13-9, 6-6 NCCA
Girls’ outlook: Victory Christian has a 4-1 record and has won its last four games to begin the season.
The Eagles have been led by Morgan Brock, Courtney Swimme and Jessica Van Essendelf.
Victory Christian is a young team as Brock is listed as the only senior on the team.
Boys’ coach: Ronald Nixon
Last season’s record: 7-15, 5-5 Northeastern Coastal Conference
Boys’ outlook: The Eagles will try to bounce back from a losing season this winter.
According to Nixon, the Eagles will be a young team this campaign.
NHS will have to replace the production of all-conference performer Jahri Leigh along with Aaron Harris and William Riddick, who were all seniors last season.
Girls’ outlook: NHS lost its season opener to Washington County Nov. 19 at the Riverside High School Tip-Off Classic.
Northeastern posted a 2-20 overall record with a 0-10 record in the league last season.
Boys’ coach: Jaron Moore
Last season’s record: 5-19, 1-9 Northeastern Coastal Conference
Boys’ outlook: Amauri James leads the Panthers two games into the season with 15 points, 1.5 assists, 1.5 rebounds and ½ steals per game.
Tae Sawyer is second on the team with 8.5 points per game, three assists, 5.5 rebounds and two steals per game.
Nuke Allen has also contributed early in the campaign.
Pasquotank (0-2) returns to action Friday for its home opener against Camden.
Girls’ outlook: Pasquotank has begun its season with a 1-1 record with a loss at Riverside and a win at Camden.
The Panthers posted a 6-18 overall record with a 2-8 mark in the Northeastern Coastal Conference last season.
Pasquotank will have to replace the production of Mikasia Jordan and Kennedy Griffin, who were seniors last season.
Pasquotank hosts Camden Friday.