By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.
ONE FEATHER STAFF
Tori Teesateskie, a junior at Cherokee High School, and Shay Tisho, a senior at Smoky Mountain, both EBCI tribal members, have been named to the All-District 12 first team (western North Carolina) by the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association. Both players surpassed the 1,000 point mark for their career this season.
Teesateskie, who was also named All-Big Smoky Mountain Conference, averaged 15.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game and finished the season with 298 points, 72 rebounds, 42 assists, and 40 steals. Tisho, the Mountain Six Conference Player of the Year, averaged over 15 points and 9 rebounds for the season.
The rest of the All-District girls team included: Jessica Beckner (Murphy) who was named District 12 Player of the Year, Ciera Chandler (Mtn. Heritage), Shelby Grace (Tuscola), Lani Woods (Pisgah), and Coach of the Year – Susie Shelton (Mtn. Heritage).
Erin Teesateskie, an EBCI tribal member and senior at Robbinsville, was named to the second team. Also named to the All-Big Smoky Mountain Conference team, she averaged 15.0 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. On the season, she had 390 points, 268 rebounds, and 45 steals.
The remainder of the second team included: Amber Redmond (Erwin), Chesney Gardner (Owen), Aubrey Clapsaddle (Murphy), and Gracy Briggs (Rosman). The third team included: Jaia Wilson (West Henderson), Emily Carver (Enka), Morgan Buchanan (Mitchell), and Heaven Nelson (Avery Co.).
Cherokee’s Tye Mintz, senior, was named to the boys All-District second team. He also surpassed the 1,000 point mark for his career this season and averaged 16 points and 9.4 rebounds a game. On the season, he had 288 points, 169 rebounds, 33 assists, and 34 steals.
The boys first team consists of the following: Ren Dyer (North Buncombe) who was named District 12 Player of the Year, Josh Cottrell (Hayesville), Isaiah Pruett (Reynolds), Landon Henley (Tuscola), Deacon Heath (Avery Co.), and Coach of the Year – Hank Newson (Mtn. Heritage).
The remainder of the second team included: Ben Beeker (Hendersonville), Deland Thomas (Rosman), Hooper Thomas (Rosman), and Callin Randolph (Mtn. Heritage). The third team included: Zeke Bradley (Swain Co.), Ben Bryson (West Henderson), Kyle Decker (North Henderson), Kalin Ensley (Hendersonville), and Brandon Aumiller (Mtn. Heritage).