West hoops changes include adding
2 more area girls’ players to the roster
By CHRIS HOBBS
GREENSBORO – The changes at this week’s East-West All-Star Games, released on Saturday, included an earlier announced withdrawal by West girls’ basketball head coach Brad Mangum.
Mangum, headed into his second year at North Lincoln, will not coach in Monday night’s game at the Greensboro Coliseum. He is at home caring for his wife, Brooke, who is just out of the hospital after battling COVID.
The West team will be coached by assistant Amy Sarratt of Southern Alamance, whose coaching stints include time at McDowell.
Sarratt had to make three roster changes, picking Danisha Hemphill of Freedom and Finley Lefevers of Hickory as replacements. The West team also includes original selection Adair Garrison of Freedom.
Hemphill replaces Braylyn Milton of Independence and Lefevers replaces Jessica Timmons of Independence.
Hannah Tipton of Mountain Heritage also dropped out and was replaced by Lydia Stucker of Western Alamance.
The West boys’ basketball team does not have any players from the Greater Hickory area conferences.
Among the West football player changes, Hibriten defensive back Marcus Jones was selected to replace Desmond Caldwell of Freedom.
In other roster moves:
East football: Blake Paul of Pine Forest replaced DaShaun Bount of Greenville Conley, Anthony Daniels of Greenville Rose replaced Leshaun Atchisen of Greenville Conley, Kyhlil Jones of Chapel Hill replaced Kamron Hoover of Havelock and Nathan Colombo of Edenton Holmes replaced Coy Turnage of Clayton.
West football: Avery Taylor of Davie County replaced Zae Clay of Salisbury, Jacob Fletcher of East Forsyth replaced Carter Marzano of West Forsyth.
East girls’ basketball: Jordan Everett of Fayetteville Smith replaced Monteria Jones of Pine Forest.
East boys’ basketball: Makoa Surigao of Wilmington Laney replaced Daylen Berry of Panther Creek, Charlie Miller of Lumberton replaced Lucas Taylor of Heritage, Nygie Stroman of Richmond County replaced D’Marco Dunn of Fayetteville Westover and Kenny Noland of Apex Friendship dropped and was not replaced.
The girls’ and boys’ soccer players are scheduled to arrive in Greensboro on Sunday and any roster changes will be announced.
Scheduled to be on those teams from the Greater Hickory area are: West girls’ head coach Shea Bridges of Hibriten plus Asha Means of Lake Norman Charter and boys’ players Ben Boston and Carter Holt, both of Hickory, and East Lincoln’s Chase Lynch.
FOOTBALL BIOS OF AREA FOOTBALL PLAYERS
(as compiled by East-West All-Star game staff)
Marcus Jones, Hibriten
Defensive back, 6-foot-, 190 pounds, coached by Sam Mackey … no other biographical information provided.
Blake Martin, Alexander Central
Defensive line, 6-4, 285… coached by Butch Carter…as senior, named all-Conference, team captain…as junior, named all-conference…as sophomore, named all-Conference…named all-conference in baseball and finished eighth in state wrestling tournament…member of Beta Club…scholarship to Wingate University, where he will major in business…wants to start a masonry company…his grandfather is his role model…favorite college athlete is Landon Dickerson…favorite pro athlete is Joe Jacoby…says “I feel honored to be selected to play in this all-star game. I expect to gain more knowledge about the game to help me at the next level.”
Zak McLauchlin, St. Stephens
Wide receiver, 5-8, 155…coached by Wayne Hicks…as senior, named all-Conference, conference’s Offensive Player of the Year, team captain and MVP…Golden Helmet Award recipient…had 368 yards receiving…also rushed for 800 yards…1,168 total yards and 13 TDs…as junior, named all-conference, Catawba Valley Player of the Week…Golden Helmet Award recipient…had 1,157 total yards and 15 TDs…also competed in basketball, golf, and track and field…member of Key Club, FCA, Junior Statemen of America…undecided about college choice…plans to major in business…wants to pursue a career in business…his father is his role model…favorite college athlete is Bo Jackson…favorite pro athlete is Christian McCaffrey…says “I am very honored to receive an invitation to this game. I am looking forward to meeting the best players in North Carolina and competing against them.”
Chuck Cannon, Wilkes Central (former Hibriten head coach)
Entering his season as an assistant football coach at Wilkes Central, where he also serves as athletic director…as a head coach, had a career record of 85-54 in 11 seasons at Hibriten, winning four conference titles and making eight state playoff appearances…named 2002 N.C. Preps 2A Coach of the Year…twice named conference coach of the year…member of Hibriten Sports Hall of Fame…prior to serving at Wilkes Central, he served at South Caldwell (assistant football, track, AD), Freedom (assistant football, track), Mooresville (assistant football, track), South Caldwell (assistant football, track), East Burke (assiatant football, track), Hibriten (assistant football, head football, track, AD), Wilkes Central (assistant football), Bessemer City (assistant football, AD)…born in Lenoir…1980 graduate of Hibriten, where he played football…1984 graduate of Lenoir Rhyne University…says “This is a great honor and an exciting time. Any time a coach is selected for an honor such as this, it is really a reflection on all the people that you have been associate with over your coaching lifetime. “I am where I am today because of the hard work and sacrifice of all the head and assistant coaches that I have worked with over the past 30 plus years. I am proud to represent Wilkes Central High School as well as all the other schools that hold a special place in my heart. Most of all, this honor would not be possible without the great players that I have had the privilege to teach and coach over the years. It takes a special kind of family for a coach to enjoy longevity. My wife, Karen, and children, McKenzie and Matt, have always supported me over my coaching career.”
Wayne Hicks, St. Stephens (retired)
Just completed his last season at St. Stephens this past spring, where he had a career record of 30-56 in 8 seasons and his teams made one state playoff appearance…twice named American Football Quarterly Division 1-AA Defensive Coordinator of the Year…served as an assistant coach for HBCU National Football Championship North Carolina A&T…has also coached at Marianna (Fla.) and in college at Eastern Kentucky (graduate assistant), Elon (assistant), N.C. A&T (assistant) and as head football coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University and was head wrestling and a football assistant at Hickory High …born in Tallahassee, Fla. …1980 graduate of Marianna High, where he competed in football, wrestling, and baseball…1984 graduate of Jacksonville State…earned Masters of Science in Physical Education and Athletic Administration from Eastern Kentucky in 1988…says “I feel honored to have this opportunity to represent my school and community in the NCCA East-West All-Star Football Game. I very much look forward to working with some of the best coaches and players North Carolina has to offer.”
BIOS OF AREA BASKETBALL PLAYERS
(as compiled by East-West All-Star game staff)
Adair Garrison, Freedom
Center, 6-foot-1 ,,,coached by Amber Reddick…as senior, named all-County, all-conference…averaged 12 points, nine rebunds, two assists, one steal per game … as junior, named all-county, all-conference, Freedom Christmas Invitational All-Tournament…averaged 10 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals per game … as sophomore, named all-county, all-conference, Freedom Christmas Invitational All-Tournament, Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout Player of the Game…averaged 10 points, five rebounds, one assist, 1.3 steals per game .. member of SGA (President), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Spirit Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters…scholarship to Appalachian State where she will major in athletic administrator…wants to pursue a career in athletic administration, hopefully working her way of to becoming NCCA commissioner…her mom his her role model…favorite college athlete is Elisa Cunane…favorite pro athlete is Sabrina Ionescu…says “I am honored to be chosen to play in this event. To be chosen and recognized as one of the best players in the West is such an honor. I am expecting to gain from this experience new friendships, a good learning experience, and memories I will cherish for a lifetime.”
Danisha Hemphill, Freedom
Guard, 5-9 … coached by Amber Reddick…as senior, named all-conference, all-county, Burke County Player of the Year, Female Co-Athlete of the Year…averaged 21 points, six rebounds, two assists per game … .770 free throw percentage…as sophomore, named all-conference…also competed in volleyball, softball, and track and field…member of Anchor Club, HOSA…N.C. Scholar…plans to attend UNC Charlotte where she will major in pre-kinesiology…wants to pursue a career as a physical therapist…her mother is her role model…favorite college athlete is Dana Evans…favorite pro athlete is Aja Wilson…says “I feel honored, blessed, and excited to be a part of the all-star game. I expect to gain more knowledge about the game of basketball and new friendships. This will be an amazing experience.”
Finley Lefevers, Hickory
Forward 5-11… coached by Barbara Helms…as senior, averaged 17 points 8.9 rebounds two steals and two assists per game … scholarship to Queens where she will major in sports medicine or design…wants to pursue a career in basketball, possibly as a coach or in the design field…favorite college athlete is Katie Lou Samuelson…favorite pro athlete is Candace Parker…says “I feel very honored that I will be able to participate in the event. I hope to gain relationships with my teammates and learn from them.”
Brad Mangum, North Lincoln
Withdrew due to family emergency … Entering his second season as head coach at North Lincoln …has career record of 135-101 in nine seasons and his teams have won three conference regular season titles, a conference tournament title and made five state playoff appearances… four times named conference Coach of the Year… named 2013-2014 North Carolina Basketball Coach Association (NCBCA) District 11 Coach of the Year…also coaches girls’ golf… previously served as head coach at West Caldwell, as an assistant girls’ basketball coach and boys’ JV head coach/varsity assistant basketball coach at South Caldwell, as girls’ head coach at Fred T. Foard, and as girls’ head golf coach and basketball coach at Alexander Central… also previously served as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University… born in Granite Falls… 2001 graduate of South Caldwell, where he played soccer, JV basketball, and was all-conference and team MVP in golf three times…2010 graduate of Appalachian State… says “It is an honor to be selected to be the head coach of the West All-Stars. I would like to thank Phil Weaver and the NCCA for this opportunity. I have been blessed in my coaching career to have had two former players play in this game, Madi Suddreth and Abby Cook. “I look forward to working with the best of the best in North Carolina and sticking to my philosophy of building life-long relationships with this opportunity. I also wish to thank my wife, Brooke, and our two daughters, Adi and Annie.”
Amy Sarratt, Southern Alamance
Former head volleyball and boys’ junior varsity basketball head coach at McDowell .. Entering her ninth season as head basketball coach at Southern Alamance, where her teams have gone 84-107 in eight seasons… she has posted a career record of 97-119 in nine seasons and her teams have won a conference regular season title and made four state playoff appearances… named 2007-08 McDowell Coach of the Year, 2012-13 conference Coach of the Year, 2013-14 Southern Alamance Coach of the Year and 2013-14 Times-News Coach of the Year… coached in the 2010-2011 Annual Blue-White All-Star Game as an assistant coach… previously served as girls’ basketball head coach at Wake Forest-Rolesville … born in Ashland, Ky. … 1992 graduate of Russell High (Ky.), where she played basketball, earning all-district, all-district tournament, and all-regional tournament honors and was the single season free-throw percentage leader… also played softball and volleyball and was No. 2 in the state in tennis… 1996 graduate of Mars Hill …says “I am honored to have been chosen to coach in the East-West game. I have been very fortunate to have had such great mentors like Lloyd Church, Brian Franklin, and Deran Coe who believed in me and gave me my start in coaching. “To have the opportunity to coach some of the best players in N.C. is a dream come true! I am thankful and feel blessed.”
WEST GIRLS SOCCER
Shea Bridges, Hibriten
Has been girls’ soccer head coach at Hibriten for 18 seasons, compiling 222-125-31 record … his teams have won seven conference regular season titles and made 15 state playoff appearances, finishing as state championship runners-up in 2004… he has earned conference and regional Coach of the Year honors as well as being named Charlotte Observer Coach of the Year… United Soccer Coaches National Coaching Diploma recipient… born in Caldwell County… 1994 graduate of Hibriten, where he played on a four-time conference champion soccer team… 1998 graduate of Western Carolina, where he played rugby… earned his National Board Teachers Certification… says “It is a true honor to represent my alma mater in this event. I am looking forward to coaching this elite group of girls. “A special thank you to God, my wife Shawna, my sons Cameron and Justin, my family, and the Hibriten soccer family for the many years of support. Also, thank you to all of my past and present teams for shaping me into the successful coach I am today.”
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