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Cuthbertson crowned 2011-12 UCW Super 7 boys basketball champs

by Aaron Garcia

The Cuthbertson Cavaliers: Union County Weekly Super 7 boys basketball champs. Aaron Garcia/UCW photo

What a year for Union County boys hoops.

This season alone saw hotly contested races in each of the local conferences – the Rocky River 1A/2A and the Southern Carolina 3A/4A – and there were major upsets, milestones and breakthrough performances. School records fell. Some rivalries were rekindled while others formed. Several teams even announced their presence to the stalwarts in the county.

But if there was one constant this season, it was that the Cuthbertson boys were good. Darn good.

There was some indication last season when second-year Cavs coach Mike Helms and his young band of stars recorded a 22-8 record and announced their presence as a possible up-and-comer on the state level. But this year, they didn’t just further that assertion; they took their act all the way to the Class 2A title game with just one loss on their record, sparked by one of state’s most exciting young players in Shelton Mitchell and perhaps the toughest supporting cast in North Carolina in Cornelius Stratford, Isiah Cureton, Emmitt Afam, Jorden Hardrick-Givens Kirby Crutchfield and Lucius Mcmillon.

The Cavs did it all this season: They made shots, attacked the rim and gobbled rebounds, all while playing a stifling brand of defense that became the team’s calling card.

Now, the team can add Union County Weekly Super 7 boys basketball champs to its resume.

Helms said he thought his team could be good, but that projection seemed more fitting for next year, after the Cavs had a chance to mature some and learn to play together. Now, with a state championship appearance under their belt, it looks as if next season could be even scarier for everyone else.

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  1. Only if you don’t consider Metrolina Christian.

    • CHS would beat Metrolina 99 out of 100 times….Enjoy that one win!

      • 87-69 wasn’t close/ still wouldn’t be close. 3 starters for Metro will graduate won’t be same team. Cuthbertson will be good in Rocky River and 2A next year but would not do much against the good private school teams.

  2. Only if you don’t consider Metrolina Christian a Union County team.

  3. They will come back and hopefully have another chance with Metrolina. Before walking onto the court for the game, they received heartbreaking news regarding a team mate. This is the team to watch! That’s clear and evident!

  4. The Cavalier squad was one of the most exciting teams to watch in Union County and up. They have 6 awesome players! And although they list Shelton Mitchell as a sophomore, (he is a re-classed junior at age 17 & older than most) the team really appears to support each other. Go Cutty Cavs!