The rosters for the 2009 East-West All-Star boys soccer and football games have been released by the N.C. Coaches Association on its Web site.
While there will be no players from the Wilson area on the East boys soccer squad, the East football team will have a decidedly local flavor.
For starters, the East head coach is none other than SouthWest Edgecombe's Raymond Cobb whose staff will include Southern Nash's Brian Foster and Kenneth Grantham of Greene Central along with Grover Battle of Northern Nash, D.H. Conley's Ken Whitehurst and Jimmy Williams of East Wake.
Five players from the area — Beddingfield's Jumal Rolle, Fike's Rashad Parker, T.J. Batchelor of Southern Nash, SouthWest Edgecombe's Marquis Hines and DaRon Tripp of Greene Central — are on the East roster.
Also playing for the East are Nash Central speedster Danny Allen and the Rocky Mount duo of Nick Hahula and Torey Lee.
This is the biggest area representation in my five years at The Wilson Times and maybe the most ever.
Maybe we'll get some more players, such as Beddingfield's Shaniqua Clay or Southern Nash's Alyse Hall on the girls basketball team or Fike's Jeremy Atkinson for boys basketball and Tramicka James for girls soccer.
The remaining rosters should be out sometime this month and I'll have them here as soon as they do.