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Monday, June 15, 2009

East-West rosters a little disappointing outside of football

The North Carolina Coaches Association e-mailed me the boys and girls basketball rosters for the East-West All-Star Games over the weekend.

That means the only roster I've yet to see is girls soccer for the mid-summer extravaganza to be played in Greensboro in the third week of July.

The Wilson Times readership area is well-represented in football with SouthWest Edgecombe's Raymond Cobb as the East head coach of a staff that includes Southern Nash's Brian Foster and Greene Central's Kenneth Grantham. Furthermore, there are five area players on the East roster — Fike's Rashad Parker, Southern Nash's T.J. Batchelor, SouthWest Edgecombe's Marquis Hines, Greene Central's DaRon Tripp and Beddingfield's Jumal Rolle.

That's a generous, but well-deserved, representation for our area for the football game, scheduled July 22 in Grimsley High School's Jamieson Stadium. However, I'm a little disappointed that no players from this area made the basketball or soccer teams.

As I stated, the girls soccer roster hasn't been released (but it should come out this week), but I've been told that Fike senior Tramicka James, a two-time all-state selection, wasn't on it. Neither was Golden Demons star Jeremy Atkinson a member of the boys basketball team nor was Beddingfield standout Shaniqua Clay on the girls basketball team.

I don't want to criticize the East coaches in those sports because I'm sure their job is tough, trying to assemble a roster from all the senior players in the eastern part of the state. Still, I think those three should have merited some consideration, which for all I know, they did.

1 comment:

  1. I don't know who the coach of the East Girl's Soccer team is but they need to reevaluate the talent pool in Eastern NC.T James has received her second slap in the face this post season, first not being named WDT athlete of the year and now not being named to the All Star game. I bet the West coach would like to have her.This is a slap in the face to all of the Wilson soccer comunity and to the former Fike players that have played in this game. You need to interview this fool of a coach and publish their reasoning for leaving her off the team. We all look forward to reading his/her comments. Thanks

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