Congratulations to boys basketball teams from Rocky Mount and Kinston which won N.C. High School Athletic Association championships on Saturday.
The Gryphons defeated Concord 84-79 in the 3-A final in the Smith Center in Chapel Hill while Kinston pounded West Caldwell 51-29 in Raleigh's Reynolds Coliseum. It was Rocky Mount's fourth NCHSAA title and first since 1982 when George McClain led the Gryphons to the 4-A crown. Kinston (28-4) won its second state championship in three years, having won the 2008 3-A title, and seventh NCHSAA crown overall.
Interesting, Beddingfield handed Rocky Mount one of its three losses (the others came to Fike and Nash Central) and came within a basket of beating Kinston during their Eastern Plains Conference regular-season meeting in Wilson. Of course, the Vikings won that one and three others against the Bruins, who also lost to the Gryphons once.
Goldsboro, the remaining third of eastern basketball royalty, lost the 1-A final to Monroe 62-46 but it was still a great season for the Cougars under first-year head coach Patrick Reynell, who had been the assistant boys coach at Charles B. Aycock for a number of years.