EAST-WEST ALL-STARS: Pats’ Rogers, HHS’ Helms on basketball staffs

Published Sunday, July 30th, 2017

HobbsDailyReport.com

GREENSBORO – Next season’s East-West All-Star Games will include the two head basketball coaches in the newest version of the Northwestern 3A-4A with the most career victories.

Freedom boys’ head coach Casey Rogers has been named the West boys head coach, and Hickory girls’ head coach Barbara Helms has been selected as the West girls’ assistant coach for games next July in Greensboro.

The selections were released on Sunday by the North Carolina Coaches Association (NCCA), also including staffs for football and soccer (see below).

Rogers — who played guard for the West All-Stars in 1998 as a cap to a sterling prep career at Freedom – has been the Patriots’ head coach for 11 seasons.

HELMS

Helms has been at Hickory for 14 years. and her coaching career includes stints as East Burke’s girls’ head coach and as head coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Brian Carver of Enka is the assistant coach for the West boys, while Helms will coach the West girls with head coach Rick Anderson of Mount Tabor.

The only other coach from the region selected was Shelby’s Lance Ware as a football assistant for the West.

Rogers’ teams at Freedom are 232-79 after the Patriots went 28-3 last season and won a conference title for the fourth time under Rogers. A former starting guard at Western Carolina, he has nine winning seasons, one .500 season and one losing season since replacing Joe Davis as Freedom’s head coach in 2006-07.

Freedom has one state title under Rogers and has been to four West Regionals, including last year (64-52 loss in final to Cox Mill).

After going 38-37 at East Burke over three seasons and reaching the postseason twice, Helms has coached each of her 14 Hickory teams to the state playoffs. The only prep team she has coached that didn’t finishing with a winning record was her first at East Burke (11-14 in 1996-97).

Helms’ teams are 364-44 at Hickory and her career record — 402-81 over 17 seasons — includes her 400th victory in February of last season over Hibriten.

North Iredell eliminated Hickory in the second round of last season’s 3A state playoffs.

Hickory has eight conference titles, two conference title shares and six West Regional appearances under Helms, a former Wake Forest basketball player selected as an ACC Legend in women’s basketball by the conference.

Her 2014-15 HHS team went 27-0 and won the state 3A title, beating Chapel Hill in a rematch of a title game from the season before.

By going 20-7 last year, the Red Tornadoes’ girls have won 20 or more games in 17 straight seasons and 25 times in the previous 26 seasons.

2018 EAST-WEST ALL-STAR COACHES

(Selected by North Carolina Coaches Association, games next July)

FOOTBALL

WEST

Head coach

Todd Willert, E. Forsyth

Assistants

Jason Adkins, E. Wilkes

Jason Fowler, Olympic

Jeff Frady, Enka

Chris Miller, Southern Alamance

Lance Ware, Shelby

EAST

Head coach

Thurman Leach, Garner

Assistants

Daniel Finn, SE Raleigh

Scott Garnder, Farmville Central

Eric Leary, White Oak

Brian Roach, Clayton

Guy Williams, Corinth Holders

BASKETBALL

BOYS

WEST

Head coach

CASEY ROGERS, FREEDOM

Assistant

Brian Carver, Enka

EAST

Head coach

David Neal, Apex

Assistant

Thomas Johnson, Perquimans

GIRLS

WEST

Head coach

Rick Anderson, Mount Tabor

Assistant

BARBARA HELMS, HICKORY

EAST

Head coach

Kim Miller, Swansboro

Assistant

Jay Poole, N. Johnston

SOCCER

GIRLS

WEST

Head coach

Todd Spinell, Concord Robinson

EAST

Head coach

Laura Kerrigan, Cary

BOYS

WEST

Head coach

Matt Parrish, Salisbury

EAST

Head coach

Paul Slater, Croatan

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