Ten athletes are nominated for SBLive’s North Carolina High School Athlete of the Week, with fans being asked to vote for the top performer from Jan. 15-21. The winner will be announced in next week’s poll, and voting will conclude on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 11:59 p.m. Last week's winner was Cam Honey of Ayden-Grifton Boys Basketball.

By the Numbers
  • Paul McNeil, a North Carolina State commit, scored a state-record 71 points in the Raiders’ 118-52 win over Lee County, with 28-of-49 shooting, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals.
  • Gabby Locklear contributed 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists in Lumberton’s 70-35 win over Douglas Byrd.
  • Yari Brock, an eighth grader at Durham Academy, won the 200 free and the 100 butterfly in a four-way meet and anchored the Cavaliers’ winning 400 free relay.
  • Grant Larsen of Pinecrest was involved in four victories in the Sandhills Athletic Conference meet, winning the 50 free and 100 free and participating in the 200 free and 400 free relays.
  • Zyon Chambers hit a game-winning 3-pointer as Newton-Conover defeated Bandys 56-55, finishing with 15 points.
  • Noah Guerrero, a junior at Croatan, was a double winner in the Croatan Polar Bear No. 3 meet, winning the 1,000 meters and the 3,200 meters.
  • L.J. Smith IV scored 31 points as Lincolnton beat East Burke 64-50, showcasing his status as one of the state’s top scorers.
  • Logan Johnson had 17 points, 11 assists, and 6 rebounds for United Faith Christian Academy in their 99-47 win over North Hills.
  • Aziyah Boyer dominated with 32 points for the undefeated Cougars in their 53-52 victory over Beddingfield.
  • Sarah Strong, a 6-foot-2 senior at Grace Christian Academy, had 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in a win over Wesleyan Christian Academy and 28 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists in a showdown win over Bishop McGuinness.
Bottom Line

Fans have the opportunity to vote for the SBLive’s North Carolina High School Athlete of the Week, with diverse standout performances across multiple sports highlighting the talent and dedication of high school athletes in the state.