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The guys posing after workouts on 8/22

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Anson Travels to Jacksonville, NC



The Bearcats will be participating in the prestigious East Coast Invitational Team Camp this weekend in Jacksonville, NC.  The camp will feature many of the top teams througout the state of NC.  Click on the link below to check out the tournament schedule.  Check the website daily for updates and pictures from the event!

http://www.joemc.com/eci.aspx



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The whole crew at the opening camp meeting!

The Team Travels to the Asheboro and East Lincoln Jamboree's



The Bearcats went 4-2 at Asheboro and 5-1 at East Lincoln. Pics of the trips are posted below and individual game results are posted in "The Summer Tour" section.  Thanks for following Anson Basketball!

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After Game #6 at Asheboro

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Darren, Zeke, Danny, Ryan, and BJ relaxing in the pool after day 1
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Kwan catching some zzzzz

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Team meal!

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Will, Darren, BJ, Travon, and Stephen in between games at East Lincoln

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Dre, Zeke, Coach Wall, and Jmaine at East Lincoln

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Anson Basketball Seniors Graduate



Pictured above from left to right: Stephone Anthony, Matthew McLeod, Jamaar Marshall, James Patterson, Terrence Polk, Jonathan Hough, Coach Sides



Terrence Polk Signs with Catawba Valley Community College! (click link to view online)



Read below or click on the link above to view the story on the Anson Record's Website!

Polk to play for CVCC
by By Justin Allen
Terrence Polk recently signed a letter of intent to play at Catawba Valley Community College. At a celebration with his team, he sat between his mother, left, Tonya Ross, and stepfather, right, Bobby Maske.
Terrence Polk recently signed a letter of intent to play at Catawba Valley Community College. At a celebration with his team, he sat between his mother, left, Tonya Ross, and stepfather, right, Bobby Maske.
Polk sits with his mother, left, Tonya Ross, and stepfather, right, Bobby Maske. In the back, his coaches pose proudly.
Polk sits with his mother, left, Tonya Ross, and stepfather, right, Bobby Maske. In the back, his coaches pose proudly.

  

Terrence Polk has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) in Hickory.

He was surrounded by family, teammates and friends on Wednesday at Anson High School, celebrating the occasion.

Polk will receive a full scholarship. He has been courted by several schools but said he decided on CVCC the last week of April, three weeks after his campus visit.

He attributed the decision to CVCC head coach Bryan Garmroth, who he described as a “good coach” who made him “feel welcome.”

Polk plans to transfer to Clemson, where he will study to become an architect. He expects to play power forward or on the wing.

“I’m proud of him,” Anson basketball head coach Matt Sides said. He praised Polk for using basketball to make a better life for himself.

In a brief speech, Polk thanked God, his team, coaches, parents, teachers and others for their part in his success.

“I love y’all,” he said. The team ate cake in the staff lounge beside the cafeteria to celebrate.

Polk earned the Most Valuable Player Award from his fellow Bearcats this season. A player for four years and a starter for three of them, he averaged 16 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. He set the school record with 23 rebounds in a single game, one of his 20/20 efforts, 20 points and 20 rebounds.

He finished his career with 955 points and 950 rebounds and almost certainly would have broken the 1,000 barrier for each if he had not missed several games due to injury.

Below:  Terrence poses with his teammates, family, and members of the Anson Basketball Family.



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Diondre Pratt Speaks to Kids at Family First (click to see the full article online)
AHS basketball standout encourages kids
by Abby Cavenaugh
Anson High School standout basketball player Diondre Pratt speaks to a group of kids at Family First s day treatment program on Wednesday, July 28.
Anson High School standout basketball player Diondre Pratt speaks to a group of kids at Family First's day treatment program on Wednesday, July 28.
Diondre Pratt, 15, a rising junior at Anson High School (AHS) and already a standout on the Bearcats basketball team, took a few minutes to speak with kids at the Family First day treatment program in Wadesboro on Wednesday, July 28.

Pratt was recently selected for a summer basketball program sponsored by ESPN at Walt Disney World. He spoke to the kids, ages 12-18, about sticking with their goals, athletically or academically, and keeping a positive attitude.

Pratt said he's currently playing three sports at AHS— basketball, football and baseball— and spends much of his free time, working out or practicing. "I don't have time to get in trouble," he said.

He talked about how some professional athletes have managed to get into trouble, either in the past or at present. He mentioned NBA star Lebron James and how he was punished in high school for his behavior, as well as pro football player Reggie Bush, who recently had all his records erased from the history books after a cheating scandal.

Pratt also reminded the kids that they should prepare now for any future goals. "I heard a couple of you say you want to be an artist," he said. "You can't just decide one day you want to be an artist and pick up a paintbrush. ... It's a mindset. You can't decide your freshman year you want to be an athlete and immediately be one. You should start now."

One student asked how to handle it when others pick on you for wanting to achieve your dreams. "When people tell you that you can't be anything," Pratt said, "that should encourage you to show them that you can. If you decide to turn your life around, you could end up being their boss one day."

He pointed out that Michael Jordan, considered by many to be the greatest basketball player ever, was cut from his high school basketball team his freshman year. He reminded the kids to stick with it and they can achieve what they want to achieve.

"People will bully you, people will talk about you behind your back," he said. "It just means you're ahead of them. I got people that talk about me but I don't let it bother me."

A student also asked about how much it costs to play basketball at AHS. Pratt said it did cost money, but he often takes on odd jobs for neighbors or family members to help earn a little extra cash. The class's teacher, Keith Moore, also pointed out that sometimes, even high school athletes can earn sponsorships to help them continue to play sports.

"You've got to have the right mindset," Pratt stressed. "If you want to play football, you've got to get up in the morning and go to the weight room."

He mentioned his teammate on the football team, Stephone Anthony, a rising senior who's already receiving a lot of attention from college recruiters. "He's been the biggest player in school since the seventh grade but that doesn't stop him from going to the weight room every day and continuing to improve."

Pratt also stressed the importance of academics. "Sports is an extracurricular activity; it's optional. School is not."

He added that he was thinking about sitting out of the football team this year in order to concentrate on bringing his grades up so he can attend his dream college, the University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll. He also pointed out that the kids should make themselves stand out to college recruiters or potential employers.

"If a scout comes to see someone else on my team," he said, "I'm going to make sure they see me, too and ask who's that kid, No. 5?"

He ended his talk by reminding the kids to keep their determination and a positive attitude.



Garry McKnight Signs with Mars Hill (click to view online)



McKnight earns Mars Hill basketball scholarship
by Justin Allen
Garry McKnight, front right, recently received scholarships to attend Mars Hill College. He is shown with his mother, Amy Marsh, front left, and, back row, Jarmark Parker, assistant coach at Anson High School, and head coach Matt Sides.
Garry McKnight, front right, recently received scholarships to attend Mars Hill College. He is shown with his mother, Amy Marsh, front left, and, back row, Jarmark Parker, assistant coach at Anson High School, and head coach Matt Sides.
Garry McKnight, a former student at Anson High School, recently received scholarships to attend Mars Hill College.

McKnight received a call from Thomas Nash, the head basketball coach, on Tuesday. He will receive $21,000 in funds, a combination of athletic and academic scholarships.

"I just want to go and get good grades," he said. "I want to be the best one on the team, at least by my junior year."

"I want to start by my junior year," he added. "I want to be an All-American."

Some of his former teammates came to the library at AHS to celebrate the occasion with him. There was a cake and drinks.

McKnight thanked them as well as the coaching staff and his mother for everything they had done for him.

"It's a happy day for our basketball program and our high school," AHS basketball coach Matt Sides said.

He praised McKnight for making a decision to become a good player and putting in work during the off-season.

"He deserves everything he gets," Sides said.

Sides said he tells his players to use the game as a vehicle to obtain an education.