CHAPEL HILL--- The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has named Jamie Parsons of Millbrook High School in Raleigh and Brian Roseboro of T.Wingate Andrews High School in High Point as winners of the 1994 NCHSAA Athlete of the Year awards.
These are the top athletic awards given by the NCHSAA to honor the most outstanding male and female high school athletes in the state. They were presented at the Dean Smith Center on the University of North Carolina campus during the NCHSAA's Annual Meeting.
Both Parsons and Roseboro were nominated and selected by a special panel of media representatives from across the state. They were each presented with the Pat Best Memorial Trophy, named for the former Goldsboro High principal and president of the NCHSAA who died unexpectedly in 1988.
"We congratulate these fine students on their great achievements during their high school careers," said Charlie Adams, executive director of the NCHSAA. "Both Jamie and Brian established some impressive credentials which compare very favorably with some of the previous outstanding winners of this award. We certainly wish them the best in the future."
Brian Roseboro has the unusual distinction of participating on state championship teams in three different sports-- football, wrestling and track. Roseboro was a three-year starter in football and played both ways in all games as both a junior and a senior, working at offensive tackle and at nose guard. He was the 1993 Defensive Player of the Year in the North Piedmont Conference and was MVP of the Andrews team, which was runner-up in the state among 3-A schools after winning it all in 1991 and getting to the regional finals in '92. He earned all-state honors in football, was a starter for the North Carolina team in the 1993 Shrine Bowl, and has been selected for the East-West All-Star Game in Greensboro this summer.
In wrestling, the Andrews star qualified for the state tournament for three consecutive years and has been a key participant in one of the state's best wrestling programs. Andrews won the dual team and state tournament crowns in '92 and placed fourth in the '93 tournament. His record was 19-2 as a sophomore, 18-4 as a junior and 17-5 as a senior.
Roseboro performs for the powerful Red Raider track team in the spring, and the last two seasons T.W. Andrews has won the state track championships. He has been an all-conference performer in both the shot put and the discus and qualified for the state meet as a junior last year. He appears to be on target for another opportunity this season. Andrews coaches also note that Roseboro has an excellent attitude and personality and has been a pleasure to work with in all three sports.
Parsons, the female recipient, has been outstanding in volleyball, basketball and soccer, although basketball may be her primary sport. She has signed a basketball grant-in-aid with Penn State University, one of the nation's strongest women's programs, after leading the Millbrook women in scoring and being named the Cap Seven Player of the Year.
She averaged 16.8 points per game, 7.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 3.4 steals per contest during the 1993-94 campaign and wound up with over 1,000 points and 450 assists for her career. She was also selected as Wake County's Player of the Year in women's basketball. Her team was ranked among the top 4-A squads in the state throughout the season.
In volleyball, Parsons was a three-year starter and played key roles on both the 1991 and '93 Millbrook squads that won state 4-A champonships. She was the Most Valuable Player in the 1993 state 4-A championship match. The Millbrook standout was also the 1993 Cap Seven Player of the Year in that sport and had a 94.4 percent serving percentage as a senior.
An excellent student with better than a 3.9 grade point average, Parsons has also been an outstanding soccer player. She earned all-conference honors as both a freshman and a sophomore in an strong conference for women's soccer before deciding to focus on basketball and volleyball.
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