Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Charlotte dominates Shrine Classic N.C. roster

Fourteen of the 28 football players on the North Carolina team in the Oasis All-Star Shrine Classic on Nov. 28 are from Charlotte.

Players from seven Charlotte schools – Charlotte Christian, Charlotte Latin, Providence Day, Charlotte Country Day, Victory Christian, Northside Christian and Hickory Grove - were named to the N.C. team, which will play South Carolina at 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, in the all-star game for independent schools.

The game, organized by the Charlotte-based Oasis Shrine Temple, is for seniors. It debuted at Latin in 2005. All proceeds benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children.

The event is similar to the Shrine Bowl, which is in its 72nd year, but doesn’t include private-school players. The Shrine Bowl is operated by five Shriners temples in the Carolinas. Oasis withdrew seven years ago.

Charlotte Christian’s honorees are linemen Zach Cook and Zach Orsino, receiver/defensive back Jonathan Miller and kicker Wil Kamin.

Latin’s picks are running back Carter Barnhardt, receiver defensive back Ross Cockrell and fullback/linebacker Mark Ernsberger. Two-way linemen John Benson and Kip Haddock will represent Charlotte Country Day.

Victory Christian lineman Curtis Porter and running back Michael Staton were chosen, with Hickory Grove receiver/defensive back Landon Adams, Providence Day running back Terrell Tyrance and Northside Christian defensive lineman Sylvester Crawford.

Another N.C. player from an Observer-area school is Jonathan Williams (Concord First Assembly).

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North Carolina roster

Andrew DosSantos (Asheville School); Zach Cook, Zach Orsino, Jonathan Miller and Wil Kamin (Charlotte Christian); John Benson and Kip Haddock (Charlotte Country Day); Carter Barnhardt, Ross Cockrell and Mark Ernsberger (Charlotte Latin); Christian Rogers and August Campbell (Arden Christ School); Jonathan Williams (Concord First Assembly); Josh Strickland (Forsyth Country Day); Ryan Rawlins (Halifax); Landon Adams (Hickory Grove); Sylvester Crawford (Northside Christian); Terrell Tyrance (Providence Day); Cole Gonet, Trevor Taylor, Lanny Funsten, Grey Berry and Hayden Maples (Raleigh Ravenscroft); Cromatia King and Kitric Reeves (Trinity Christian); Curtis Porter and Michael Staton (Victory Christian), and Jarvis Denning (Word of God).

Coach: Ned Gonet (Raleigh Ravenscroft). Assistants: Bob Witman and Steve Wall (Charlotte Country Day), Wes Wilder (St. David’s).


South Carolina roster

William Banks and Jonathan Gibbs (Augusta Christian); Xan Mangum and Nathan Parrish (Ben Lippen); Nicolas Montalto (Bible Baptist); Michael Bolchoz (Cardinal Newman); Mark Breland (Charleston Collegiate); Jeffrey Kinard (Colleton Prep); Josh Funderburk and Garrett Freel (Dillon Christian); Jordan Randolph (First Baptist); Chase Loveless (Hammond); Davis Ray and Evan Peterson (Heathwood Hall); Joey Davis and Mark McDevitt (Hilton Head Christian); Ian Anderson (Hilton Head Prep); Michael Robinson and Phillip Thames (Laurence Manning); Justin Tretera (Northwood); Jarin Bouie, LaQuan Gilliard and Melvin Lesure (Pinewood); William Hyman and Carson Parker (Porter-Gaud); Zachary Robinson and Dustin Scott (Thomas Sumter); and Andrew Harvin, William Clinkscales and Rickie Crum (Wilson Hall).

Coach: Tommy Lewis (Hilton Head Christian). Assistants: Ken Kellahan (Laurence Manning), Will McCombs (First Baptist) and Matt Smith (Bible Baptist)