Langley, Dvozenja named EPC hoops coaches of the year

Bruins, Lady Cougars lead All-Eastern Plains selections

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On opposite ends of the career spectrum, Beddingfield’s Joe Dvozenja and SouthWest Edgecombe’s Sandra Langley were honored by their 2-A Eastern Plains Conference coaching peers as boys and girls coaches of the year, respectively, for this past season.

Langley, in her 42nd season as head coach, led the Lady Cougars to the EPC regular-season and tournament titles while Dvozenja, in his first season as Bruins head coach, directed them to a share of the conference regular-season crown. Langley’s Lady Cougars went 20-5 overall and 10-2 in EPC play, including two conference tournament titles. Four SouthWest players — seniors Tia Farmer and Teliyah Owens along with junior Shayla Ellis and freshman Bailey Davis — were selected to the 15-player girls All-EPC unit.

Dvozenja, who had been the varsity girls assistant coach before taking the varsity boys job, led the Bruins to their first league title in more than a decade as they shared the regular-season crown with defending state 2-A champion Farmville Central.

The Bruins, who went 16-10 overall and 8-2 in EPC games, placed on the 15-player all-conference team seniors Kenny Sims, Noah Ivery and Barry Bullock along with junior Tobias Cooper.

Also making the All-EPC girls team were Beddingfield’s Jayla Bullock and the North Johnston duo of Tayanna Jones and Levossie Taylor. North Pitt’s Nyjanique Langley was voted girls player of the year while the other all-conference selections were Casandra Watson and Ashanti Hines of North Pitt; Qyi’Nesha Pettway, Monique Frazo and Kayla Barrett of Farmville Central and Washington’s Daria Jones and Naiya Whitley.

SouthWest Edgecombe and North Johnston each landed two players on the boys All-EPC squad with the Cougars represented by Demarquis Howard and Savion Staton and the Panthers represented by Holden Hales and Adam Tucker.

Tyler Maye of Farmville Central was proclaimed the boys player of the year. Joining him on the all-conference team were Jaguars teammates Justin Wright, Ze’bias Moye and Kameron McNeil, along with North Pitt’s Devonte Pettaway, Nasqueonte Staton and Zaquarius Sherrod-Wilson and Washington’s Sharwan Staton.