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Seniors Makayla Everette of Beddingfield, Matt Foster of Southern Nash and Keishon Porter of SouthWest Edgecombe will all have one more game to play in their high school careers — hopefully.
The three seniors have been invited to play for their respective East teams in the North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Games, still scheduled for mid-July in and around Greensboro. No statement has been released by the NCCA on a possible date change or cancellation of this year’s all-star games due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Foster was one of the 35 players on the East football roster that was announced Saturday. Head coaches Debra Pegram of Beddingfield and Shelton Langley of SouthWest Edgecombe confirmed that Everette and Porter were invited to play in the girls and boys basketball games, respectively.
The rosters will be released this week. The rosters for the girls and boys soccer games were announced earlier with no players from the area.
The inclusion on the East-West rosters caps outstanding senior seasons for Everette and Porter, who were The Wilson Times and the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference players of the year. Everette, who has signed with Louisburg College, becomes the seventh Lady Bruin selected for East-West duty and the first since Ansia Dial in 2011. The 6-foot-4 center averaged 24.6 points, seven rebounds and 3.5 blocks as she led the Lady Bruins to an 18-8 record, their first winning season since 2014-15.
Porter, who has signed with NCAA Division I Radford University, is the first boys basketball player from SouthWest Edgecombe to earn an East-West spot. Eleven Lady Cougars have played in the girls basketball all-star game.
The 6-5 high-flying Porter averaged 21.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game as the Cougars finished 19-7, with three of the losses coming against co-state 2-A champion Farmville Central.
Porter was also selected to play for North Carolina in the Carolinas Classic All-Star Game in March. However, the annual event pitting top seniors from North Carolina and South Carolina was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The East girls basketball head coach is Donald Mooring of South Lenoir while Andrew Gurley of Croatan is the assistant coach.
Leading the East boys are head coach Eric Davis of Wilmington Laney and assistant coach Bobby Williams of Riverside Martin. Both basketball games are scheduled for July 20 at the Greensboro Coliseum.
At quarterback, Foster led Southern Nash to the best season in school history as the Firebirds won 15 straight games before falling to Charlotte Catholic in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A championship game. Foster, who has signed with Wingate University, rushed for 1,153 yards and nine touchdowns while throwing for 745 yards and 11 TDs.
Not only is Foster the 24th Firebird to earn a spot on the East football roster — and 17th since 2005 — he’s continuing a family tradition. His father and the Firebirds head coach, Brian Foster, was an assistant for the East-West game in 2009 and was the East head coach for the 2014 all-star clash, while older brother, Zack — who also was a Southern Nash QB —claimed the privilege in 2016.
The East will be coached by outgoing Ayden-Grifton head coach Paul Cornell. The game is set for July 22 at Jamieson Stadium on the campus of Grimsley High in Greensboro.