Few of the top high school football prospects in the state are expected to play in the N.C. Coaches Association all-star football game July 23 in Greensboro.
That's because most of them already will be involved with their college programs by the time the game is played at Grimsley High.
Nevertheless, the area will be well represented in the 60th annual East-West game.
Among the players named to the squad are Michael Adams (West Johnston), Marquan Brown (Hope Mills Grays Creek), Mike Daniels (Southeast Raleigh), Terry Davis (Bunn), Lee Gay (Lee County), Ryan Haskins (Southern Vance), Richie Kazazian (Apex); Larry McDonald (Orange); LaKeem Perry (Louisburg); Jamere Pugh (Southern Vance); Matt Shaefer (Cardinal Gibbons), Chad Walcott (Northern Durham) and Jamal Williams (Millbrook).
Go to http://nccoach.org/ to get complete rosters for the July East-West all-star games in football, basketball and soccer.
SAULS NOT RETURNING: Dixon Sauls, one of the most successful high school football coaches in the state, will not coach at Farmville Central in the fall.
"This is not by choice," said Sauls, who officially retired a few years ago but came back to coach and serve as athletic director.
He was able to receive his retirement and a salary.
"There have been some cutbacks and they affected me," he said.
In 24 years as the Farmville coach, Sauls had a 198-92 overall record. His teams won nine conference championships and played for the state title in 2003.
Counting his 48-27 mark in seven years at Ayden-Grifton, he has a 246-119 career head football coaching record.
Sauls also was track coach for 19 years and compiled a 268-132-1 record with eight conference titles. Tyrone Joyner was a national high school champion in the triple jump.
Sauls is a Farmville Central graduate and considers coaching to be a way to give back to the community.
Charlie Adams, N.C. High School Athletic Association executive director, called Sauls "a solid citizen, a good football coach" who has been "good for Farmville, Eastern North Carolina and the entire state."
"It has been quite a ride," Sauls said. "I like to think I contributed to some young people and to the community."
Sauls' coaching also involved his family. His wife, Kathryn, kept statistics and missed only two games, both because of childbirth. Daughter Lindsay eventually helped with the stats and is now the volleyball coach at North Pitt. Daughter Robyn was a four-year cheerleader.
"Coaching gave me a chance to help people," Sauls said. "I don't know what I am going to do, but I'm going to do something."
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