Clyburn, a senior, returned four kicks for touchdowns this season.
The other I-MECK 4A player of the year awards went to Mallard Creek’s Jela Duncan (offense), Vance’s Larenz Bryant (defense) and Lake Norman’s Allen Robertson (kicker).
Hal Capps, who guided Mooresville to a 12-3 record and into the third round of the N.C. 4A playoffs, was named conference coach of the year.
The all-conference team:
Quarterback: Andrew Goodman, Mallard Creek; Jalen Latter, Vance; Deonte Black, Mooresville; and T.J. Mixon, West Charlotte.
Running back: Denzel Heath, Hopewell; Jackson Campbell, Hough; and Dee Tomlin, Mooresville.
Wide receiver: Dominique Heath, Hopewell; Corey Miller, Mallard Creek; Jamel Harbinson, Mallard Creek; Marquez North, Mallard Creek; Jake Forth, Lake Norman; and Brandon Mobley, Hough.
Offensive line: Monquavious Pryor, Hopewell; Demarcus Humphries, Mallard Creek;
Keenan Williams, Mallard Creek; Xavian Burch, Vance; Keon Brewer, Vance; Karson Sherrill, Lake Norman; Anthony Magliozzi, Lake Norman; Christian Walker, Hough; Zachary Brown, Mooresville; and Blake Porter, West Charlotte.
Defensive line: Tahjai Watt, North Mecklenburg; Gabe Crocker, Hopewell; Randall Mash, Mallard Creek; Brandon Hudson, Vance; Garret Kight, Lake Norman; Blake Dueitt, Hough; Charles Wilkes, Mooresville; Deandre Coleman, Mooresville; and Julius Frazier, West Charlotte.
Linebacker: Chris Dickerson, North Mecklenburg; Garrison Dark, North Mecklenburg;
Nivel Peeler, Mallard Creek; Brian Smallwood, Vance; Nick Dykema, Lake Norman; Antonio Vanderburg, Mooresville; Scott Markofski, Mooresville; and Martavion Moore, Mooresville.
Defensive back: Cam Underwood, Hopewell; Kailian Chavis, Hopewell; Bryan Walker, Mallard Creek; Takhare Donalson, Mallard Creek; Nolan Corpening, Vance; Lamar Johnson, Vance; Ryan Hall, Lake Norman; Nate Mays, Hough; Ben Craig, Hough; Brian Stockton, Mooresville; and Xavier Wilkes, West Charlotte.
Hopewell hoopsters give back
On Nov. 23, the day before Thanksgiving, the Hopewell High boys basketball team and their families volunteered to help feed the hungry.
They collected turkeys and money for the Ninth Annual Street Turkeys Food Drive in downtown Charlotte. Several of the players met former NBA star and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan, who stopped by to donate and help out.
The event benefited Second Harvest Food Bank and Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.
Davidson Day football players to participate in national game
Four Davidson Day football players were selected for the 2012 Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl, which will be played Jan. 8 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Seventh-grader Garrett Groulx will play defensive end for the seventh-grade East team, eighth-grader Ricky Smith will play for the eighth-grade unlimited-weight East team as a defensive end, eighth-grader Jake Helms will be an offensive lineman for the eighth-grade 175-pound East team, and ninth-grader Ronald Albritton will play for the U-15 USA team as an offensive lineman.
The four athletes will be honored with a jersey presentation at halftime of the JV basketball game between Davidson Day and United Faith Christian Academy on Dec. 6.
The Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl pits the nation’s top youth football players against each another in an all-star format.
The Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl consists of the U-15 USA-Canada Youth Bowl and three East vs. West all-star games, one for the top 40 7th-graders with a 175-pound limit, one for the top 40 8th-graders with a 185-pound limit and a third game featuring the top 40 8th-graders with no weight limit.
Since its inception, many of the top players in the Bowl have received college interest and national attention from media outlets such as USA Today, Sports Illustrated and the New York Times. The Bowl week consists of practices, a skills competition and break-out sessions with Hall of Famers, as well as current and former NFL stars and celebrities. The Youth All-Americans also get VIP access to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and will be honored during the game, which takes place the day before.
Athletes had to fill out a nomination form and submit a highlight tape. The selection committee, which consists of Football University’s regional directors and scouts, work year-round with hundreds of local youth football coaches and commissioners who help identify top athletes.
Knights win lacrosse tournament
The Knights Lacrosse Club/Mills Pride won the CB-17 High School Lacrosse tournament in Greensboro on Nov. 13. The team, comprised of players from Lake Norman Charter, was 5-0 in the tournament and won 9-3 in the championship game against Winston-Salem.