Up & Coming Weekly

November 14, 2017

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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24 UCW NOVEMBER 15 - 21, 2017 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM GIRLS Coach: Jernard Grant Top returning players: Damond Tatum, 6-0, Sr., G; Arianna Maddox, 5-10, Sr., F. Top newcomers: Dai'ja Robinson, 5-9, Fr., G; Democrat Williams, 6-0, So., F; Jameisha Mahoney, 5-5, So., G; Renee Jacques, 5-7, So., G; Samiya Newell, 5-7, Jr., G. Coach's comment: "Our strength and weakness will be our accountability and success as a whole, doing the little things together as a team.'' BOYS Coach: Reshrond Tucker Top returning players: Trey Johnson, 6-0, Sr., F/G; Christian Jones, 5-11, Sr., G; Kelvin Armstrong, 6-0, Jr., G; Domion Evans, 6-2, Jr., F; Capre Crawford, 6-3, Jr., F. Top newcomers: Elijah Smith, 5-7, Fr., G; Sean Jones, 5-10, Fr., G; Sydney Johnson, 6-2, So., F; Brandon Washington, 6-0, So., G. Coach's comment: "Unfortunately, as a team, we don't have a whole lot of size. But I believe that we will be able to counter that with our team speed and guard play. We have a lot of players at that guard position that we can plug in and sustain the same quality of play." GIRLS Coach: Nattlie McArthur Top returning players: Lauren Moore, 5-8, Sr, G/F; Brianna Lord, 5-4, Sr., G; Kenzie Wilburn, 6-0, Jr., C; Mikayal Jones, 5-8, So., G. Top newcomers: Skylar Arakaki, 5-4, Jr., G; Kayla Bridges, 6-1, Jr., C.; Ashara Hayes, 5-9, Fr., F. Coach's comment: "I am very excited about this season. We have a core of young ladies that know our system and will be able to assist the new players. We are looking forward to competing at a high level each and every night.'' BOYS Coach: Isaiah Walker Jr. Top returning players: Barry Elliott, 6-0, Sr., G; Brandon Hayden, 6-3, Jr, G; Calvin Washington, 6-5, Jr., F; Israel Hill, 6-3, Jr., F; Kenan Keys, 6-2, Jr., F. Top newcomers: Jordion Fox, 6-4, So., F; Greg Maddux Velez, 6-4, So., F; Langston Davis, 6-2, So., F.. Coach's comment: "We return five guys that played major minutes last year on a team that finished 11-15. We lost six of those games by a total of 19 points. Although we are still extremely young – Barry Elliott will be the only senior in the starting lineup – we feel experience will help us as we prepare for a tough schedule. Douglas Byrd basketball preview by EARL VAUGHAN JR. Jack Britt basketball preview by EARL VAUGHAN JR. HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS Girls' basketball coach Jernard Grant Girls' basketball coach Nattlie McArthur Boys' basketball coach Isaiah Walker Jr. Top newcomer Dai'ja Robinson Top returner Lauren Moore Top returner Israel Hill Top returner Trey Johnson Boys' basketball coach Reshrond Tucker

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