GREENSBORO — Every local player who took part in the North Carolina Coaches Association all-star games last week came away a winner.
Diamond Tyson, who graduated last semester as the all-time leading scorer in basketball at Carrboro High School, helped the East All-stars edge their West female counterparts 67-60 last Monday night in the Greensboro Coliseum.
Tyson led the East in assists, with three, and chipped in two points in her last game before heading to Catawba Valley Community College.
Anthony Van Hook, who helped Chapel Hill repeat as Carolina 3A Conference basketball champions, scored 16 points off 8-for-11 shooting as the East routed the West 107-84 in the boys’ all-star game.
That win marked the East’s first sweep in the NCCA all-star basketball games since 2004.
The East boys hit 55 percent from the field with four players hitting for 16 or more points on the night.
Playing on a floor he’ll play on in college (for UNC-Greensboro) Roxboro Person’s Tyrone Outlaw notched MVP honors with a 16-point, seven-rebound, five assist night. Broughton alum Devonte Graham led the East with 20 points, while Marquel Newkirk of Wallace-Rose Hill matched Van Hook’s 16 points.
East teams went 3-0-1 in the boys and girls basketball and soccer games.
The East’s bid to go unbeaten in the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-star Games came up one play short Wednesday night. Greensboro Smith’s Tyriek Able intercepted a Vince Jefferies pass in the right corner of the end zone with the clock reading zero, giving the West a 14-7 win in the 65th playing of the game.
Southern Durham grad Antonio Davis was the only player in the NCCA football game from a local conference, starting at defensive back.
Tuesday, Carrboro grad Thar Thwai did his part in helping the East defeat the West 2-1 in the men’s all-star soccer game at UNC-Greensboro. Thwai, an all-state selection who will play at Catawba College in Salisbury, roamed the midfield in the all-star game, helping hold off the West team after the East rallied from a one-goal deficit.
“It was a great experience,” Thwai said. “The whole thing was very good. The best part was playing with all the other great high school players.”
Playing under almost ideal weather conditions, the West scored first in the 25th minute on an unassisted goal by Jason Andrejchak of Concord Robinson High School.
The East answered shortly before halftime on a score by Gage Novaria of Wake Forest Heritage, who fed a give-and-go pass to Raleigh Sanderson’s Connor Francis at the top of the penalty area and struck from 14 yards out at the 39:06 mark.
The East went up 2-1 after Owen Ryan of Durham School of the Arts gathered in a loose ball deflected off a corner kick and fired in a shot from just outside the six-yard box.
“Usually I’m more of an assist man but I got on the end of a pretty good cross by Josh Kennedy,” Ryan said. “He jumped up really high and blocked the goalie’s view.”
The East leads the all-time boys’ series 10-8-4. The East girls lead their series in the NCCA games 9-6-7 after a third consecutive tie in the series.
The girls tied 2-2 last Tuesday in a game that preceded the boys’ matchup.
The East lineup included Duke recruit Christina Gibbons of Raleigh’s Cardinal Gibbons High School, who scored a first-half goal, and Rachel Hammond – the first NCCA all-star from Raleigh Charter, a conference rival of Carrboro.
D. Clay Best and J. Mike Blake contributed to this report.