The 18th annual Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic girls game this weekend in Myrtle Beach, S.C., will have a strong Triangle presence.
Seven of the 10 players on the North Carolina girls all-star team are from the Triangle and the club is coached by Millbrook coach Chris East. The team was selected by the N.C. Coaches Association and took into consideration academic as well as athletic achievement.
The event begins on Friday night with Slam Dunk and 3-point shooting contests at Myrtle Beach High. The girls game will be on Saturday at 6:30 at Socastee High. The boys game is scheduled for 8:30.
The Triangle girls are impressive.
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Southeast Raleigh, which played for the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A girls championship, placed Amber Richardson (an N.C. State recruit) and Jade Phillips (Syracuse) on the all-star team.
They are joined by Broughton’s Kaila Ealey (N.C. State), Chapel Hill’s Raziyah Farrington (Western Carolina), Athens Drive’s Grace Hunter (UNC Charlotte), Durham Riverside’s Mone’ Jones (Virginia) and Durham Hillside’s Justine Lyon (Davidson)
The boys team doesn’t have as much area representation. Northern Durham’s Kentrell Barkley (East Carolina) and Broughton’s Jerome Robinson (Boston College) represent the area in the game.
Cap 8/ Neuse Challenge: Schools in the Cap 8 and the Greater Neuse 4A conferences are trying to create a challenge event in basketball. Teams from the two conference would be paired by projected league finish and they would play at a central site.
The proposed dates would be two games on Dec. 3, two games on Dec. 4 and four games on Dec. 5. Enloe may host the boys and Knightdale the girls during the first year.
The matchups at the top would have been good ones last year – Southeast Raleigh girls vs. Millbrook and eventual state champion Garner against Millbrook.
The format should create some early-season interest in high school basketball.
Corinth Holders football: Guy “Bubba” Williams, the son of longtime New Bern High football coach Chip Williams, is the new head coach at Corinth Holders High.
Bubba Williams is leaving Eastern Wayne High with a six-year 38-34 overall record, including back-to-back 11-3 season in 2013 and 2014.
He succeeds Barry Honeycutt, whose 2014 club finished 9-4.
Bobby Murray Invitational: The Bobby Murray Invitational high school baseball tournament is being played at Millbrook High and Wakefield High. Play began on Thursday and continues Friday and Saturday.
The eight teams are not playing a tournament format, but have predetermined pairings.
On Friday at Millbrook, Middle Creek plays Broughton (4 p.m.) and Northern Durham plays Millbrook (7 p.m.). At Wakefield, Wake County Home School plays Wake Forest (4 p.m.) and Green Hope plays Wakefield (7 p.m.)
All the games are at Millbrook on Saturday: Broughton vs. Green Hope (11 a.m.), Wake Forest vs. Middle Creek (2 p.m.), Millbrook vs. Bunn (5 p.m.) and Wakefield vs. Wake County Home School (8 p.m.).
Wells Fargo Conference Cup: Cardinal Gibbons has a 66-63 lead over Chapel Hill in the NCHSAA’s Wells Fargo Conference Cup standings after the spring season. Points are awarded for the conference finish in all sports.
Corinth Holders leads Cleveland 143-135 in the Two Rivers 3A. East Chapel Hill holds a 56.5 to 55.5 lead over Durham Jordan in the PAC 6 4A and Clayton leads Garner, 154.5-144, in the Greater Neuse.
Green Hope has opened a 92.5 to 79.5 lead over Panther Creek in the Southwest Wake and Millbrook leads Leesville Road 86.5 to 78 in the Cap Eight 4A.
JC Hall of Fame: The Johnston County Athletic Hall of Fame induction will be Saturday night at 6:30 p.m., at South Johnston High.
This year’s inductees are track state champion Anissa Gainey of Clayton, E.O. Adams Jr., of West Johnston; coach Mickey Bridgers of South Johnston; baseball and basketball standout John Chris (Sonny) Johnson Jr., of Cleveland and Al Heartley, a Clayton native who became the first black scholarship basketball player at N.C. State.
D. Clay Best contributed to this story.