Up & Coming Weekly

June 11, 2019

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JUNE 12-18, 2019 UCW 25 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM This summer's East All-Star girls basketball team will have a strong Cumberland County flavor. The head coach and three players on the team hail from Fayetteville. Pine Forest's David May will serve as head coach for the East team in the annual East- West All-Star game. It will be played Monday, July 15, at the Greensboro Coliseum. The girls will play at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 8:30 p.m. Joining May as members of his East girls team will be Alex Scruggs of E.E. Smith, Kendal Moore of Pine Forest and Kate Perko of Terry Sanford. Scruggs was the Player of the Year in the Patriot Athletic Conference while Moore made first team all-conference. Scruggs is going to Wake Forest, and Moore is headed for North Carolina State. Perko was a second team All-Patriot Athletic Conference selection. She will be playing for Meredith College. The East All-Star boys basketball roster was announced earlier, and there is one Cumberland County player on the squad. Brion McLaurin of Seventy-First, Player of the Year in the Sandhills Athletic Conference, will perform for the East squad. South View program aims to keep rising by EARL VAUGHAN JR. East girls All-Stars have heavy Cumberland County flavor by EARL VAUGHAN JR. Editor's note: This is part of a series on Cumberland County high school spring football workouts. Rodney Brewington was a player on the 1991 South View High School football team that won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A state champion- ship. Last year, his Tigers got a taste of that kind of success as they fin- ished in a tie for second place in the Patriot Athletic Conference, one game back of regular-season cham- pion Pine Forest. But Brewington has a big rebuild to do on offense, and it involves replacing his son, four-year Tiger quarterback Donovan Brewington. "The biggest thing we are looking for now is guys who have to step up and lead,'' Brewington said. They'll also need to replace his son's favorite tar- get, Emery Simmons, one of the best deep threats in Cumberland County, who's now playing for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. One player who will be counted on heavily is running back Matthew Pemberton, the second- leading rusher in Cumberland County Schools last season with 1,667 yards and 23 touchdowns, the latter the most in the county. "Matthew Pemberton is going to carry a heavy load,'' Brewington said. On the defensive side of the ball, Brewington thinks the Tigers have players who can fill the positions, they just need to step up and show what they can do to make big plays. Offensively, Brewington thinks this will be the year of the running back in Cumberland County. Nearly every school will have a talented runner in the backfield who can take the ball the distance whenever it is handed to them, he said. South View's best, Pemberton, is hoping to get a lot of college looks while doing all he can to help his teammates be winners. "We have the players this year to do the same or better than we did last year,'' Pemberton said. "We just have to be disciplined and listen to coach.'' Pemberton said he expects to be called on to do more things to fill some of the void left by the departed seniors. "I have to do more to help the younger kids understand what they need to do in game situations,'' he said. Rodney Brewington Alex Scruggs Kate Perko L to R: David May and Kendal Moore Matthew Pemberton Cape Fear Pine Forest Douglas Byrd Seventy First E.E. Smith South View Gray's Creek Terry Sanford Jack Britt Westover BRINGING YOU THE BEST IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Check NCPrepSports.net for playoff details. & 6-8pm MONDAY Congratulations to all NCHSAA 2019 GRADUATES

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