Vote for The Observer’s boys athlete of the week l 01.20.23

Here are this week’s nominees for The Charlotte Observer boys high school athlete of the week.

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This week’s nominees

Darren “D.J.” Boyce, Cox Mill Basketball: The 6-foot-3 junior scored a career-high 38 points, including a school-record eight three-pointers, to lead Cox Mill to an 86-77 win over Lake Norman Jan. 13.

Boyce also had five points, three rebounds and two steals in a 55-49 loss at Hickory Ridge Jan. 10.

Cox Mill is 11-7 this season.

Ben Delmar, Providence Swimming: The Panthers’ senior won the Southwestern 4A conference title in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley to earn SW4A swimmer of the year honors Jan. 12.

Delmar also helped the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay to conference titles.

Delmar, a University of North Carolina commit, is a member of the U.S. Junior National team and U.S. Junior Pan PAC team.

Logan Dingman, Lake Norman Indoor Track: The Wildcats’ senior ran a personal-best 2:30.25 to finish seventh overall in the 1,000-meter run at the Virginia Showcase in Virginia Beach Jan. 14.

Dingman’s time was the top was the top 1000-meter run in the state this indoor season, and No. 16 time in state history all-time.

Dingman also ran a 4:26.89 to finish 25th in the one-mile race in Virginia Beach Jan. 13.

Frank Guzman, East Mecklenburg Wrestling: The Eagles’ senior won the Southwestern 4A (SW4A) conference title at 285 pounds (heavyweight) Jan. 14.

Guzman, who is 17-3 overall this season, also led the East Mecklenburg team to a SW4A title the same day.

Guzman is also an offensive guard and defensive lineman on the East Mecklenburg football team.

Delani Hammonds, Ardrey Kell Basketball: The 6-foot junior point guard had 20 points, 10 assists, three rebounds and three steals to lead Ardrey Kell to a 74-60 win over Berry Jan. 13.

Hammonds also had 13 points and 10 assists in a 65-47 loss at Olympic Jan. 10.

Hammonds is averaging 12.8 points, 6.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game for Ardrey Kell (9-9) this season.

Isaiah Henry, Cannon School Basketball: The 6-foot-5 sophomore scored 19 points, had 11 rebounds and three blocks in a 58-50 win at Covenant Day Jan. 10.

Henry also had 22 points, 10 rebounds and four steals in a 76-72 victory at Charlotte Country Day Jan. 13.

He also had 11 points and 13 rebounds in a 74-62 win over East Mecklenburg in the Carmel Christian MLK Showcase Jan. 14.

Cannon School is 21-5 overall this season.

John Holbrook, Hickory Basketball: The 6-foot-8 junior scored 13 points in an 81-36 win over West Iredell Jan. 10.

Holbrook scored 24 points and had 11 rebounds in a 79-74 victory over North Lincoln Jan. 12.

Holbrook also had 13 points and 12 rebounds in a 74-48 win over Fred T. Foard Jan. 13.

Holbrook is averaging 13.4 points per game for a Hickory team (15-1) that has won 11 straight games.

Ned Hull, Charlotte Latin Basketball: The 6-foot-3 senior scored 29 points, had six assists, six rebounds and three steals in a 59-58 overtime win over Providence Day Jan. 10.

Hull also had 17 points, five assists and four rebounds in a 67-46 victory over Covenant Day Jan. 13.

Hull is averaging 21.5 points per game for Charlotte Latin (10-6) this season.

John Lash, Charlotte Christian Basketball: The 6-foot-6 sophomore scored 31 points and had 14 rebounds in a 72-63 win over Charlotte Country Day Jan. 10.

Lash also had 12 points and 12 rebounds in a 47-43 loss to Providence Day Jan. 12.

Lash finished off the week with 28 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and two blocks in a 66-59 victory over Wesleyan Christian Jan. 13.

Charlotte Christian is 8-10 overall this season.

Peter Moye, South Mecklenburg: Had a game-high 38 points in a 80-78 overtime loss to Harding Friday. Moye, a 6-3 senior, is averaging 22.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.5 steals for the Sabres, who were 5-12 through Sunday.

Jordon Nevill, East Mecklenburg Basketball: The 5-foot-11 senior scored 13 points in a 58-57 loss at Charlotte Catholic, Jan. 10.

Nevill poured in 42 points in a 73-64 win over Providence Jan. 13.

The next day, Nevill scored 30 points in a 74-62 loss to Cannon School in the Carmel Christian MLK Showcase.

Nevill is averaging 23.3 points per game for East Mecklenburg (13-4) this season.

Landon Roemer, Providence Day Indoor Track: The Chargers’ senior ran a personal-best 4:14.08 to win the 1600-meter run at the Walter Bass High School Invitational at Liberty University. Roemer’s time was also the third fastest time run in the nation this indoor season.

Roemer followed that by winning the 3,200-meter run at the Walter Bass Invitational in a school record 9:22.86 Jan. 14.

Roemer also ran a personal-best split of 1:57 to help lead the Providence Day 4 X 800-meter relay to victory at the same event.

Marko Tampoya, Christ the King Basketball: The 6-foot-4 sophomore scored 27 points in a 75-46 win over Langtree Charter, Jan. 13.

Tampoya had 19 points in a 47-46 win at Bradford Prep, Jan. 11.

Tampoya also had 14 points in a 48-47 loss at Lincoln Charter, Jan. 10.

Christ the King is 7-7 this season.

** Information published today includes statistics through Jan. 14.

If you want to nominate an athlete?: Athletes of the week highlights high school players with outstanding performances. The goal is to recognize all athletes in all sports, both the most accomplished and the underrated or underappreciated players. If you want to suggest someone to be included in the Athletes of the week column, send email to Jay Edwards at Please include the athletes’ name, school, class and applicable game performance statistics. Coaches must be willing to verify information.

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