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Play­ers com­pete at East-West All-Star game

Three area athletes represented NENC on the East All-Star team

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Area players (l-r) Trey Sawyer of Northeastern, Jarvi Thomas of Edenton and Luke Hoggard also of Edenton pose after Wednesday’s All-Star game at Jamieson Stadium in Greensboro.

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By CRAIG MOYER Sports Writer

Friday, July 21, 2017

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The East All-Stars defeated the West All-Stars 20-17 in the annual North Carolina Coaches Association All-Star game held on Wednesday night at Jamieson Stadium.

The game, which first took place in 1949, matches up the best senior players in each region of the state for one final game in their high school careers.

Northeastern’s Trey Sawyer and Edenton’s Luke Hoggard and Jarvi Thomas represented northeastern North Carolina as members of the winning East All-Star team.

Sawyer, a linebacker, was part of the east team’s stifling defense that held the west team to just 164 total yard offensively, including only 27 yards in the running game.

Sawyer spoke with The Daily Advance after the game about what the opportunity meant to him.

“It was just a great experience overall and it is something I will always remember for the rest of my life,” Sawyer said.

Sawyer, who typically played middle linebacker at Northeaster, was placed at outside linebacker for the game, but still had a successful night, recording five tackles.

Hoggard, the quarterback for the east team, finished the night with four completions on seven attempts and 70 yards, including a long of 39 yards on a pass to Collin Hairr from John T. Hoggard High School. 

Hoggard spoke about what the opportunity meant to him heading in to the game in his East-West player bio.

“I’m extremely excited and honored to have the opportunity to play in this game. I will have one last opportunity to play on the high school level with some of the best players in the state,” Hoggard said.

Thomas, an offensive linemen, was part of the offensive front that helped the east team rush for 254 yards in the game.

For Thomas, who will be heading to Tabor College next year, it was special to be chosen as one of the best players in the state.

“It feels great to have an opportunity to play in another big game. I expect to be exposed to some of the best players and competition in North Carolina,” Thomas said in his bio.

Hoggard plans to attend the University of North Carolina in the fall as a walk for the football team.

Edenton’s head coach Paul Hoggard spoke with The Daily Advance on Thursday about what it meant to have two players selected to the All-Star team.

“It was a great opportunity for them, the school and community and it was great to see them represent John A. Holmes and Chowan County against some of the best players in the state,” Paul Hoggard said.

Coach Hoggard then added that not many players get to go out with a win in their final high school game and it was good experience for them heading to the next level.

Sawyer, who considered walking on at East Carolina University, decided to attend UNC-Pembroke where he will play in the fall, including a homecoming game against Elizabeth City State on September 9.

He said his experience with the All-Star game will help him as he prepares to play at the college level.

“I feel like my coaches did a great job developing me and this game here, playing with some of the best in the state, gave me the confidence I needed,” Sawyer said.