Cherryville High School senior hoops player Harrill picks up two more honors
As members of the CHS Metal Heads Booster Club watch, Ironman Lane Harrill gets around the Highland Tech Rams defender at a home game in Nixon Gym last year.
by MICHAEL E. POWELL
Cherryville High School head basketball coach and Athletic Director said senior Lane Harrill picked up two more big honors over the last month.
Harrill said his son was selected to the All-West Team for N.C. by WRAL-TV sports department’s High School Overtime.
“HSOT covers high school sports all over North Carolina and they have sports reporters from all over vote on the All-west Team,” he said. In addition to the HSOT voting, Lane was also voted All-District by the North Carolina basketball Coaches Association (NCBCA, Coach Harrill added.
Harrill continued, “The NCBCA announced its All-District awards on Tuesday, April 14. It included players from Gaston, Cleveland, Lincolnton, Burke, Catawba, and Caldwell counties. All these counties were well-represented, in my opinion.”
The NCBCA First Team included East Lincoln’s Justin Kuthan, the South Fork 2A Player of the Year, who averaged 20.6 points and 12.3 rebounds in 29 games; CHS’s Lane Harrill, the Southern Piedmont Conference Player of the Year, who finished his senior season averaging 31 points and 13.2 rebounds per game for the Ironmen.
They were followed by South Point’s Logan Threatt of South Point, who scored 21.2 points per game along with five rebounds and 4.3 assists; and Forestview’s Logan Botts and Deneil Mackins of Hunter Huss.
On the HSOT All-West team there are: CHS senior Lane Harrill, 30.2 points (their average), 13.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.4 steals; Trae Benham, Concord First Assembly (junior): 19.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals; Jefferson Boaz, East Surry (senior): 23.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.6 blocks; District 11 Player of the Year Logan Botts, Forestview (senior): 29.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists; Jaden Bradley, Cannon School (sophomore): no season stats available; NC Gatorade Player of the Year Nate Brafford, Tuscola (junior): 33.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.9 steals, 2.0 blocks; District 12 Player of the Year Kadyn Dawkins, Eastern Guilford (junior): 24.3 points, 3.4 assists, 3.1 steals; James Freeman, Freedom (senior): 19.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 2.6 steals; Christian Hampton, Northwest Guilford (senior): 18.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4 2 assists; Cam Hayes, Greensboro Day (senior): no season stats available; N.C. State recruit Alex Holt, Lexington (senior): 17.9 rebounds, 17.7 rebounds, 4.7 blocks; Justin Kuthan, East Lincoln (senior): 20.6 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals; District 10 Player of the Year Chase Lowe, Weddington (sophomore): 16.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.4 steals, 1.0 blocks; Silas Mason, Ben L Smith (senior): no season stats available; District 7 Player of the Year Tristan Maxwell, North Mecklenburg (senior): no season stats available; NCBCA State Player of the Year, and Georgia Tech recruit Breon Pass, Reidsville (junior): 21.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 3.2 steals; Camian Shell, Parkland (junior): 21.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 5.4 steals; Isaac Spainhour, West Stokes (senior): no season stats available; Luke Stankavage, Ardrey Kell (senior): 20.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.7 steals; and Jackson Threadgill, Davidson Day (senior): no season stats available; a Charlotte recruit.
Of his son’s amazing feats for his senior year, Coach Scott Harrill said, “It has been a pleasure and a blessing to watch Lane grow from a young kid in Nixon Gym to the young man he is today! We are proud of him in his academics, his athletic accomplishments and his work every day.
“Most people never knew he worked a job 30 hours a week during the basketball season as well as workouts, and took three college classes during basketball season! His time management skills are amazing!
we are so thankful that God allowed us to ride along for his journey!”
Lane’s mother Teresa said, “I am so proud of Lane! He has worked so hard through the years and to see all his dreams come true makes my heart happy!
“Lane has a way of always making people smile. He has a giving heart and seeks ways of helping others. God has blessed him with leadership skills both on the court and off. I know God has great plans for him both in basketball and life. My favorite memory was seeing him score 51points against North Lincoln this year. It was such an exciting game!”
For his part, young Harrill said, “I had a great season. It truly was the best season I could have asked for.”
Lane said every time he came out on the court he knew the other teams had set plans to try and stop him; that they were 'gunning for him’, but he said, “I was prepared for it mentally and otherwise. The team was prepared for it. It was hard work, but together, as a team, we did it.”
Harrill ended his senior roundball season with an astonishing 1,860 points scored in four years of playing basketball. That puts him fourth on the all-time high scorers board that graces Nixon Gym’s south wall, just below CHS greats Terry Whisnant, II; Justin Johnson; and Cameron Lovelace. He is now a part of CHS history.
As great as that is for the young man, Harrill is quick to tell anyone he could not have done what he did on the court without his teammates and his coaches, as well as his family and friends who believed in him and supported him through those years. He said the same is true for his teachers who kept him focused on his academics.
Said Lane, “I had the best experience at CHS. It gave me what I needed to get to the next level. I will miss it as I go on to college. I will never forget it.”