Up & Coming Weekly

April 23, 2019

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24 UCW APRIL 24-30, 2019 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS Local football trio named to East-West All-Star game by EARL VAUGHAN JR. Here are a few odds and ends from the high school world over the last couple of weeks: • Two Cumberland County high school football players and one head coach have been selected to take part in this summer's North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star football game at Grimsley High School's Jamison Stadium in Greensboro. The trio includes players Dante Bowlding of Terry Sanford, Kyler Davis of Seventy-First and Davis' head coach with the Falcons, Duran McLaurin. All three will be on the East All-Star team this summer. Bowlding, who was chosen to the team as a defensive back, was voted the defensive player of the year in the Patriot Athletic Conference last season. According to NCPrepsports.net, he led Cumberland County Schools in tackles with 172. He tied for the county lead in pass interceptions with five. Davis made first team at quarterback on the All-Sandhills Athletic Conference team along with Caleb Hood of Richmond Senior. Davis was second in Cumberland County Schools in total passing yards last season with 1,977. He completed 152 of 282 passes, with 18 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. He rushed 140 times for 999 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. Since coming to his alma mater as head foot- ball coach, McLaurin has turned the Falcons into a consistent contender for conference titles and state playoff berths. Last season he guided the Falcons to an 11-4 record and a tie for second place in the Sandhills Athletic Conference. His team reached the 4-A Eastern Regional finals before losing to Scotland. McLaurin will serve as an assistant coach on the East All-Star football staff this summer. The head coach will be Sport Sawyer of Manteo High School. This year's East-West game, which is a part of the annual North Carolina Coaches Association clinic in Greensboro, will be held Wednesday, July 17, at 8 p.m. • Terry Sanford High School recently made wholesale changes to its varsity coaching staff for next year. The changes resulted from the departure of head boys' basketball coach Darren Corbett, who returned to his native Greensboro to coach at Grimsley High School. Terry Sanford principal Tom Hatch announced that Karl Molnar, who has been successful coach- ing girls basketball and boys and girls soccer for the Bulldogs, would be moved to take over the boys basketball coaching position vacated by Corbett. To fill the soccer vacancies created by mov- ing Molnar to boys basketball, Steven Barbour was named varsity boys soccer coach while Jared Kaiser was selected to take over the girls soccer team. Both Barbour and Kaiser were already on staff at Terry Sanford as teachers and serving as coaches in the soccer program. Replacing Molnar as girls basketball coach is Michael Joiner. Joiner was a star high school player at Seventy-First and also played college basketball at Florida State. He also spent some time as a profession- al basketball player before returning to Fayetteville. "We are excited to watch our coaches continue the winning ways,'' said Hatch in a prepared statement. • The final team was selected last week to com- plete the field for this December's Cumberland County Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament. Last season the format for the tournament was changed to create multiple tournament brackets and multiple champions, causing a need for more teams to complete the field. Vernon Aldridge, student activities director of Cumberland County Schools, had been work- ing since last year's tournament concluded to strengthen the field for this year's event. Joining the 10 Cumberland County Schools teams in this year's event are the following teams: Boys — Wilmington Hoggard, Wilmington Laney, Southern Lee, Wendell Corinth Holders, Apex Middle Creek and one South Carolina team — Marlboro County High School from Bennettsville. Girls — Wilmington Hoggard, East Bladen, Union Pines, Garner, Scotland and Wendell Corinth Holders. The pairings for the tournament will be announced at a later date. EARL VAUGHAN JR., Sports Editor. COMMENTS? EarlUCWSports@ gmail.com. 910-364-6638. Dante Bowlding Kyler Davis Duran McLaurin Attention Students: Let Your Voice Be Heard Get published in our award-winning community newspaper Up & Coming Weekly Send in your feature articles, editorials, short stories, movie and music reviews or original poetry and artwork to: highschoolhighlights@upandcomingweekly.com Subject line: High School Highlights Please include your photo and school information.

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