Weddington High’s Stephanie Watts will play in the 2015 McDonald’s All-America Game Wednesday night.
Watts was one of 24 players named to play in the game, which features the nation’s best girls’ players. The game will be at Chicago’s United Center and will be televised live at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The boys’ game will be televised at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Kinston’s Brandon Ingram, a 6-9 senior forward, is the only North Carolina player in the game. Ingram, undecided for college, led his high school to its fourth straight state championship last month. Ingram will play for the West. There are two future ACC players in the game: Luke Kennard (Duke) will play for the East. Chase Jeter (Duke) will play for the West. South Carolina recruit P.J. Dozier of Spring Valley (SC) High will play for the West.
Watts, the N.C. Gatorade player of the year, averaged 29.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 4.7 steals. She finished her career as the No. 11 scorer in North Carolina history (2,556 career points). She has signed with North Carolina.
▪ West Charlotte senior guard Isiah Blackmon has committed to St. Francis (Pa.).
▪ Ardrey Kell senior Rhyle Scott has committed to Randolph College. Teammate Josh Freund signed there earlier. Scott is the fourth player on the Knights to earn a scholarship this fall and is the 13th player from his school to earn a scholarship in school history. Scott helped the Knights reach the N.C. 4A state championship this season, averaging 11 points and six rebounds.
▪ North Carolina boys and girls swept the Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic Saturday at Socastee (S.C.) High. North Carolina’s girls beat South Carolina 66-60. Myers Park’s DD Rogers and Aliyah Mazyck combined for 14 points. North Carolina’s boys won 106-93. Hough’s Luke Maye had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Cox Mill’s Matt Morgan had 17 points and North Meck’s CJ Bryce had 13.
Victory Christian names new football coach
Leon White has been named new head football coach at Victory Christian, Kings athletic director Michael Pratt said.
White replaces Dee Brown, who resigned in January. Brown, a former Carolina Panther, was 31-18 with the Kings and led Victory to three straight N.C. Independent Schools state championship games. Victory won state titles in 2012 and 2014.
White is a longtime Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools coach. He has been defensive coordinator, linebackers coach and defensive back coach at several area high schools, including Providence, Hopewell and Lake Norman Charter. White, a Charlotte native, also coached track at Charlotte Catholic and East Meck.
“We believe we have the right person to lay a foundation for rebuilding the program,” Pratt said. “He has a great deal of experience with youth and coaching. We are expecting to put the right support staff in place to help bring our objectives to fruition.”