Harry Giles of Wesleyan Christian Academy made the 17 finalists on Saturday who are in contention for the 12 spots on the 2014 USA Basketball Men's U17 World Championship Team.
The HiToms rallied from an early hole to tie the game in the third and exploded for six runs in the fourth en route to a 12-5 win against Shelby – a team that was 39-1 coming in – on the second day of the American Legion state tournament Saturday at Lexington’s Holt-Moffitt Field.
After allowing Wayne County to score five runs in the top of the sixth, they answered with seven in the bottom half and held on to win 11-8 on Friday at Lexington’s Holt-Moffitt Field to begin their American Legion state tournament.
Ledford's Fox and Southern's Stover played for the West, while incoming Thomasville coach Mattera, representing his former school, coached for the East.
Andrew Gullickson and Lindsay Kubrick both wanted to play hard, but they also wanted to have fun in Tuesday’s NCCA East-West All-Star soccer games.
Lindsay Kubrick of Ragsdale and Andrew Gullickson of Southwest Guilford represented their high schools on last time for the West on Tuesday at UNCG.
Many of the basketball players on the court knew of each other, but few of them had played together before.
Cameron Nieters of Bishop McGuinness scored 13 points to lead area performers, who also included Southwest Guilford's Briana Burgins and Ragsdale's James Stepp.
Three early runs were enough for Bryce Lance, who pitched a complete-game shutout, as the Post 87 HiToms beat Post 55 3-0 and lead the Area III championship series 2-0.