High Schools

Top high school players headed to Carolinas Challenge

tstevens@newsobserver.comMarch 19, 2013 

Dave Telep’s Carolinas Challenge, which showcases 80 of the top underclass boys’ high school basketball players in the state, will be Saturday at Ravenscroft.

This is the seventh annual event for Telep, the national college basketball recruiting analyst for ESPN.

Not only do the players come for instruction, but there also is information on the recruiting process and what college recruiters are seeking.

Play will begin at 9:30 a.m. There is no admission charge and the public is invited.

Among the invited players are Clayton’s Gary Clark, High Point Wesleyan’s Theo Pinson, Waxhaw Cuthbertson’s Shelton Mitchell (committed to Wake Forest) and N.C. State commitments Caleb and Cody Martin, 6-foot-6 twins from Davie County.

Bunn hits 3s: Whitney Bunn from Bunn finished her high school career with 229 3-pointers, which ranks No. 8 on the N.C. High School Athletic Association all-time list.

Bunn, a Furman recruit, is expected to play Saturday in the Carolinas Basketball All Star Classic, a game between North Carolina and South Carolina teams, at Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The North Carolina girls’ team also will include Mykia Jones and Briana Day of state 4A champion Millbrook, and Ashley Williams of Green Hope.

The North Carolina boys’ roster will include Devonte’ Graham of state 4A runner-up Broughton, Isaiah Hicks of state 3A champion Oxford Webb and Tyrone Outlaw Jr. of Person.

Tennis showdown: Millbrook and Broughton, two of the top high school teams in the state, will play at Broughton on Thursday.

Millbrook defeated the Caps 5-4 last week.

Broughton is ranked No. 1 in the state; Wakefield, which lost 7-2 to Broughton, is No. 3 and Millbrook is No. 6.

Football rules: Mark Dreibelis, the NCHSAA director of officials, likes the changes to pass interference rules.

Offensive pass interference will no longer result in loss of a down and defensive pass interference will not carry an automatic first down.

“Fifteen yards is huge in high school football,” Dreibelis said. “Fifteen yards and a loss of down is a big penalty. And you think of a team facing a third-and-45 and there is a penalty 5 yards down field and they get a first down.

“That’s tough.”

Changing the rule has been considered for years, according to Brad Garrett, chair of the National Federation Football Rules Committee.

The key to the rule adjustment was changing both offensive and defensive interference. J. Mike Blake contributed to this article.

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