Gary Clark, Ricky Council, Kiara Leslie selected for NC hoops teams

tstevens@newsobserver.comFebruary 24, 2014 

Clayton High's Gary Clark (11) prepares to dunk the ball as West Johnston High's John Graham (34) watches during Clayton's 65-46 victory Monday, February 17, 2014.

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Gary Clark of Clayton, Ricky Council of Northern Durham and Kiara Leslie of Holly Springs have been selected to play in the 2014 Carolinas All Star Basketball Classic at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Socastee High on March 22.

Leslie, who has missed much of the season with an injury, is the only girl east of Durham who was named to the team. Clark and Council will play in the boys game. Michael Williams of Pikeville Aycock and Aaron Carver of Elizabeth City Northeastern also are on the boys’ team.

The games match all-state teams from North Carolina and South Carolina.

East-West football: Several area players have been selected for the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star football game in Greensboro in July.

Among the players expected to participate in the annual event are East Chapel Hill’s Chris Alston, Fuquay-Varina’s Tyler Williams, Heritage’s Trey Ratliff, Leesville Road’s Malcolm Hitchcock, Orange’s J.D. Brooks, Panther Creek’s Matt Powell, Southeast Raleigh’s David Onyiego, Wake Forest’s Tyler Newhouse and Western Harnett’s Laron Gilchrist.

The East-West game is held in conjunction with the NCCA’s annual convention, one of the largest gatherings of high school coaches in the country.

2-22 playoff team: One of the ramifications of split conferences (leagues that have teams from more than one classification) is that some unusual things can happen at playoff time. This year, for example, South Caldwell qualified for the N.C. High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball playoffs despite winning only two games.

South Caldwell advanced because it had the second-best record between the league’s two 4A teams. South Caldwell and Boone Watauga are the only two 4A teams in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference. There are six 3A teams in the league.

The 2-22 Spartans played 23-2 Greensboro Page in Monday night’s first round.

Basketball regionals: The NCHSAA boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments will move to Fayetteville and Greensboro next week after the first three rounds are played at the higher-seeded teams this week.

In the East, the 2A boys and 3A girls will play Tuesday. The 3A boys and 2A girls play Wednesday.

The 1A boys and 4A girls play Thursday and the 4A boys and 1A girls play Friday.

All of the regional finals will be Saturday.

Leesville Road softball: Shortstop Laura Zievis (Newberry College) and pitcher Meredith Bissette (South Florida) are expected to be the Pride leaders this spring along with junior Avery Morris.

Sampson dies: Ned Sampson, one of the state’s greatest Native American high school athletes, recently passed away. He was 84.

Sampson was a star at Pembroke High, which was a member of the Tri-County Indian Athletic Conference. He graduated in 1947 when the schools for Native Americans were not members of either the all-white N.C. High School Athletic Association or the all-black North Carolina High School Athletic Conference.

He later coached at Magnolia High and Pembroke High.

Kelvin Sampson, a Houston Rockets assistant coach, is Ned Sampson’s son.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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