By CHRIS HOBBS
GREENSBORO – The West All-Stars will feature 14 athletes from Greater Hickory area leagues, plus two head coaches and two assistant coaches.
The games — sponsored by the N.C. Coaches Association (NCCA) as part of their coaching clinics — are scheduled July 11-13.
The girls’ and boys’ basketball games are July 11 at the Greensboro Coliseum (girls at 6:30 p.m., boys to follow).
The girls’ and boys’ soccer matches are July12 at MacPherson Stadium (girls at 6:30 p.m., boys to follow).
The football game is July 13, kicking off at 8 p.m. at Greensboro Grimsley’s Jamieson Stadium.
The West coaching staff — led by Greensboro Grimsley’s Darryl Brown — includes Brian Hampton, head coach at Ashe County, and Randall Gusler, who retired after 16 seasons as head coach at Statesville (129-70 record with Greyhounds).
The staff selected Watauga tight end-linebacker Orlando Leon (6-foot-1, 200 pounds), quarterback-linebacker Elijah Munoz (5-10l 163) of Statesville, defensive lineman Jake Prince (6-3, 245) of Hickory and Hibriten running back-defensive back Quaidyn Tugman (6-1, 175).
Leon played multiple roles for the Pioneers, finishing with 15 tackles (six for lost yardage) and 28 assists, plus rushing for 165 yards and two scores and catching 15 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns. He signed with Appalachian State.
Munoz was Statesville’s backup quarterback, posting 116 rushing yards and one score, completing 23 of 48 passes for 457 yards and eight TDs and catching 13 passes for 200 yards and one TD. He added 68 solo tackles and 34 assists with 13 tackles for lost yardage.
Prince finished with 117 career tackles for Hickory after having 45 solos and 57 assists and 12 tackles for lost yardage last season.
Tugman ran 30 times for 278 yards and six TDs for the Panthers, adding six catches for 164 yards and three scores. On defense, he had 26 tackles and nine assists and averaged 27.8 yards per kickoff return.
The West girls’ team will be guided by Brad Mangum, most recently head coach at North Lincoln.
He took a job private business after last season and also missed coaching the West girls last summer, withdrawing to care for his wife (COVID).
East-West officials selected Mangum to come back this year, and said coaches who are not active can coach in the games as long as they coached a prep team last season.
Mangum is 124-123 in 10 seasons: 32-21 at Fred T. Foard 2 years; 70-17 at Alexander Central, 3 years; 15-54 at West Caldwell, 3 years; and 7-31 North Lincoln, 2 years. He was an assistant coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University between being head coach at Alexander Central and West Caldwell.
The West roster includes 5-8 forward Gabriela Greenard of Hickory (no statistics available) and 5-4 point guard Julianna Walter of Alexander Central, who last season averaged 13.4 points, 4.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game.
The West boys’ roster does not include anyone from the Greater Hickory area.
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The West roster includes stars from East Lincoln, Hickory and Fred T. Foard.
West head coach Josh Martin of Ashevile Roberson picked Deana Poteat and Cambell Vander Haar of East Lincoln, Madeline Mosteller of Hickory and Fred T. Foard’s Alexis Woglemuth.
Poteat had 18 goals and three assists this season for the Mustangs (18-3-3) and played four varsity season (45 goals, 14 assists and 104 points). Vander Haar took nine shots in 20 matches for East Lincoln last season.
Mosteller sparked Hickory (14-7-1), coming into her senior season with 40 goals and 22 assists.
Wogleuth played goalkeeper for Foard and has signed to play college soccer at Marshall University.
Hibriten’s Jim Blanton is the West head coach, and he selected two of his players plus one each from Fred T. Foard and Watauga.
The Hibriten picks are David Franquiz (6-0, 172) and Kevin Rios (5-8, 150).
Franquiz had 24 goals and 21 assists last season for Hibriten and has 90 career goals, 84 assists and 264 points while Rios contributed 22 goals and 17 assists in his fourth year on the Panthers varsity. He has career totals of 62 goals, 66 assists and 190 points.
Fred T. Foard’s Irvin Martinez had 15 goals and seven assists last season and Matthew Taubman scored twice for Watauga.