Broughton and Millbrook will respectively send four athletes to the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Games in Greensboro, which begin on Monday with girls’ basketball at 6:30 p.m.
Both schools will also have two athletes on two different all-star teams. Rob Brown and Chris Clemons from Millbrook landed spots on the boys’ basketball team, while Matt Brickhouse and Jackson Krueger will represent boys’ soccer for Broughton on Tuesday.
The All-Star Games feature some of the top athletes of the 2015 class from across the state, pitted against each other based on geography.
“We’ve been very fortunate to have a great group of kids in the class,” said Aaron Minger, Broughton’s athletic director. “This graduating class has had a number of outstanding athletes that have really blossomed. It’s a big reason why their respective teams did so well and had so much success this year.”
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Broughton’s soccer team finished atop the Cap-8 standings last season with a 20-2-2 overall record. The Capitals fell, 1-0, to Reagan in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A championship last November.
As a senior striker, Brickhouse led the Caps with 18 goals and 10 assists. Krueger was a defender for the Cap-8 champions.
Richmond’s Bennie Howard will coach the boys’ soccer team in the all-star game. His Raiders made the playoffs last season.
Cooper Duplantis of Cardinal Gibbons and Hunter Weiland of Heritage were also selected for the boys’ soccer all-star team, while Alexa Asher of Millbrook, Allie Cutler of Broughton and Kat McDonald of Wakefield made the girls’ soccer team.
Both soccer matches have been moved to MacPhearson Stadium in the Bryan Park Soccer Complex for a one-year basis as UNC Greensboro renovates its field.
Similar to the Broughton duo, Millbrook’s Brown and Clemons will get the chance to suit up one more time together after being eliminated deep in the 4A playoffs. Millbrook lost to top-seeded Garner Magnet, the eventual champion, in March.
“They’ve been friends since middle school,” Millbrook basketball coach Scott McInnes said of his players. “They’ve remained close friends. I think for them, it’s a great way to cap off a great season together.”
The Wildcats finished 26-3 last season, while both their all-stars set school basketball records. Brown, who will continue playing basketball at Winston-Salem State University, became Millbrook’s all-time leading scorer with 1,280 points in his four-year career with the Wildcats.
Clemons scored a program-best 699 points in a season and 41 points in a game last year. He will play at Campbell University next season.
“I just did my job on the court,” Clemons said of his record-breaking numbers. “My coaches and my teammates really did most of that for me. They did a good job of helping me accomplish what I did on the court.”
And speaking of teammates, he said he and Brown are looking forward to “our last time, perhaps, playing together. We both just want to have fun.”
The boys’ basketball game, which follows the girls on the same night, will also feature an area player used to winning — Garner graduate Julius Barnes. He was the MVP of the Trojans’ title win.
As for football, West Johnston’s Jimmy Williams was named the head coach of the East team. The football game is the last on the slate of all-star contests, scheduled for Wednesday at 8 p.m.
His local selections are all either players who played for him or players his team has played more than once the past few seasons, such as Matthew Donovan of Heritage and Julian Williams of Millbrook. Millbrook coach Clarence Inscore will be part of the East’s coaching staff as the defensive coordinator.
“I’m excited to work with all of the kids we’ve worked so hard the last year to bring together,” Jimmy Williams said. “Now it’s all about having a good week of practice beforehand and then executing.”
Clay Best contributed to this report.
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The 2015 N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Games
Basketball: Monday, July 20 at Greensboro Coliseum, 6:30 (girls) and 8:30 (boys)
Soccer: Tuesday, July 21 at Bryan Park Soccer Complex in Greensboro, , 6:30 (girls) and 8:30 (boys)
Football: Wednesday, July 22 at Jameison Stadium (Greensboro Grimsley High), 8