The N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Games are held in Greensboro this week with some of the top graduates from around the state competing in five sports.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: East wins 74-71
The East girls won Monday night in the Greensboro Coliseum thanks in part to five area players: Union Pines’ Nyona Shields (11 points), Rolesville’s Jaylin Powell (9), Rocky Mount’s Keyanna Spivey (7), Jordan’s Talia Barnes (2) and J.H. Rose’s Castar Braswell. The East team trailed 36-31 at halftime.
Northwood’s Kristian Eanes led the West with seven rebounds and added six points before fouling out.
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Kayla Jones of Williamston’s Riverside High was MVP of the game after leading the East in points (19), rebounds (13) and assists (4).
BOYS BASKETBALL: East wins 117-108
The East boys trailed 60-53 at halftime but came back to win on Monday at the Greensboro Coliseum.
From the area, Garner’s Alex Reed had a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Leesville Road’s Alex Hunter (10 points) led his team in assists (3). Fike’s Samson Strickland added nine points, North Pitt’s Devonte Pettaway had eight and Apex’s Eric Fox had seven.
Whiteville’s Tyrell Kirk (18 points) was named MVP.
GIRLS SOCCER: Ends in 0-0 tie.
Weather was the winner Tuesday at MacPherson Stadium in Browns Summit in the NCCA East-West All-Star Game as a storm halted the game with 6:48 left in the first half. It was the second of two lightning delays in the match.
The East had more shots (4-1) and neither goalkeeper – Green Hope’s Lilly Dunn and Wake Forest’s Madison McNally – had to make a save.
Green Hope’s Taylor Cammarata, Cardinal Gibbons’ Haley Garrett and Reni Taiwo, Leesville Road’s Rachel Golden, Millbrook’s Brianna Morris, Woods Charter’s Isabel Pearce, Carrboro’s Natasha Turner, Heritage’s Katie Quinn and West Johnston’s Robin Pollard also suited up for the East team, whichw as coached by Heritage’s Scott Sloan.
BOYS SOCCER: West wins 4-1
The West won its first event in the boys soccer game Tuesday at MacPherson Stadium in Browns Summit.
Chapel Hill’s Sam Linker had the only goal for the East, scoring in the 65th minute by beating the goalkeeper to the far post from 10 yards away. New Hanover’s Declan Payne got the assist on the thru ball.
But the West’s 2-0 halftime lead, which extended to 3-0 early in the second half, was too much to overcome.
Hunt’s Jose Anguiano and Cooper Dean, Green Hope’s Zach Curtis and Connor Munz, Leesville Road’s Wesley Dunn, Corinth Holders’ Dillon Parker, North Johnston’s Ian Walston and Chapel Hill’s Brendan Holly also played for Northern Nash coach Joe McCarthy on the East squad.
Preston Walker of Chase High, near Forest City in Rutherfordton County, was the MVP with two goals and one assist.
FOOTBALL: East wins 20-17
The East had the better week after winning the football all-star game Wednesday at Grimsley High School to go 3-1-1 across the five sports.
Clinton’s Ryheem Skinner (17 carries, 94 yards) was named MVP after his 15-yard touchdown run with 5:33 to go put the East on top after trailing 17-13.
Fike’s Noel Ruiz was 2-for-2 on his extra points in the game. Bunn’s D.J. Jones ran six times for 24 yards and Ayden-Grifton’s Modica Whitehurst ran once for no yardage.
Also suiting up for the winners were: defensive linemen Artavious Richardson and Thomas Battle (Rocky Mount), Jerome Ferguson (Lee County), Aaron Cox (Ayden-Grifton); offensive linemen Ja’Quan Witherspoon (North Pitt) and Buck Williams (West Johnston); defensive backs Will Jones (Wake Forest) and Daenard Branch (Kinston); wide receiver Jacob Scott (Cleveland).