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Teams have been finalized for the first Iredell County All-Star men’s and women’s basketball games, which will be played Saturday at Statesville Christian School.

Individual game tickets are $15 or $20 for both.

The women’s all-star game tips off at 4:30 p.m.

Statesville Christian’s Jordan Ellis and North Iredell’s Addie Pennell were named captains of their respective teams.

Joining Jordan on Team Ellis are Mallory Sherrill (Statesville Christian), Anna Blue Bentley (Statesville Christian), Heather Huie (North Iredell) and Kendra Quarles (Langtree Charter).

In addition to Addie, Team Pennell is comprised of Danasia Gray (Statesville), Rachel LaLonde (North Iredell), Alecsai Allen (Mooresville) and Summer Bell (South Iredell).

The men’s all-star game tips off at 8 p.m.

Statesville’s Jeremiah Mott and Lake Norman’s Zach Schulz were named captains of their respective teams.

Mott will be joined by Hayden Blohm (West Iredell), Gabriel White (Statesville), Marquis Davis (Statesville), A.J. Stewart (Mooresville), Devante’ Knox (Statesville), Riley Williams (North Iredell) and Justin Workman (Pine Lake Prep).

Schulz’s squad includes himself, Zane Haglan (Lake Norman), DeMarcus Johnson (Pine Lake Prep), Austin Edds (South Iredell), Greg Liecthy (South Iredell), Blake Barzee (North Iredell), Trey Wright (Southview Christian), Kolbe Pierce (North Iredell) and Nate Lish (Statesville Christian).

All-Star game rules include a four- and five-point shot.

There will be a 3-point and a dunk contest at the halftime of each game.

LNHS’s Dugan receives prestigious honor

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame announced each state’s winner of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award (DSHSEA) last Thursday.

It is the highest honor bestowed at the state level. It recognizes and celebrates the nation’s most outstanding high school senior male wrestlers for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship, and community service.

This year’s North Carolina honoree is Lake Norman’s Nathan Dugan.

Dugan won the 2019 4A state title at 195 pounds, capping a 55-4 season. He was named the 4A state tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler. It was Dugan’s second straight state championship. He signed with Princeton.

LNHS coach recognized

Lake Norman boys lacrosse coach James Brugger and Tarboro football coach Jeff Craddock were both recently named the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) North Carolina Coaches of the Year and Southeast Regional Coaches of the Year for the 2017-18 academic year.

Brugger has maintained a perennially powerful boys lacrosse program. Each of the last three seasons the Wildcats appeared in the 4A state championship match.

While the Wildcats fell to Cardinal Gibbons in close fashion in 2016 and lost to Middle Creek in 2017, Lake Norman stormed from behind in the 4A final closing minutes in 2018, shocking Middle Creek with a 13-11 victory. The win was the Wildcats’ second state title and punctuated a 22-2 season.

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