Marques Oliver, senior, Panther Creek basketball; Brandon Oliver, senior, Panther Creek basketball
Panther Creek twins Marques and Brandon Oliver have officially signed with Delaware State.
The twins are fraternal, and their games and positions differ greatly. Marques is a 6-6 power forward who was the Catamounts' second scoring option behind Auburn signee Earnest Ross.
Brandon is a 6-foot point guard who averaged a modest four points per game, but like his brother, received first-team All-Tri-Eight Conference honors after the season.
It was widely known that the twins wanted to attend the same university and play ball together. Now they can do so in Division I in the MEAC (which is the same conference as North Carolina A&T).
The Catamounts, who finished the year 28-3, now have three players in Division I ball. The Tri-Eight Conference, which also boasted Garrius Adams (Miami/Middle Creek High), Josh Davis (N.C. State/Athens Drive High), Tom Tankelewicz (Charleston Southern/Middle Creek High) and Ross, now had six Division I players in the league last year.
Add that to former players Yorel Hawkins (Fairfield/Apex High), Marcus Kitts (William & Mary/Middle Creek High), Evan Neisler (Drexel/Cary High) and there will be NINE players in Division I ball next year who hail from the Tri-Eight Conference.
Lewis McAlister, senior, Apex football
Head coach Bob Wolfe confirmed this week that the Tri-Eight Defensive Player of the Year, defensive tackle Lewis McAlister, will continue playing football at Davidson College next season.
McAlister makes it six Apex players from last year's 10-4 team that will be playing in college next year, joining defensive teammates Joshua Cunningham (DL, Johnson C. Smith), Josh Powell (DB, Campbell), Joey Powell (DB, Campbell) as well as Kevin Fogg (RB, Liberty) and Houston Hawley (QB, Cornell).
A seventh player, wide receiver/tight end Rob Fronk, will be attending Hargrave Military Academy next year before choosing a college the following season.