Thursday, October 29, 2009

Shrine Bowl: Six Charlotte players picked

Six Charlotte high school players – including two from nationally-ranked Butler - have been picked for the 73nd Shrine Bowl all-star football game.

The game pits North Carolina's top 44 seniors against those from South Carolina, and will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 19 at Wofford's Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg.

Proceeds will benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Defensive back Nate Charest and linebacker Alex Polofsky will represent Butler (8-0), which is ranked No. 1 in the N.C. 4A poll. Polofksy has 67 tackles. Charest has 41 tackles, a fumble recovery, seven deflections and two defensive touchdowns.

Quarterback Anthony Carrothers directs the offense for Independence (9-0), No. 2 in the state 4A poll and also nationally ranked. He’s thrown for 1,988 yards and 17 touchdowns, and rushed for 586 yards and eight touchdowns.

Charlotte’s other picks were East Mecklenburg tight end Devin Moore, North Mecklenburg defensive back Anthony Parker and West Charlotte defensive lineman Clarence Montgomery.

Five players from York County were picked for South Carolina's team – Rock Hill’s Xavier McFadden (defensive back) and Jatavius Stewart (defensive back), Clover’s Max Elliott (running back) and Amos Latta (linebacker), and Rock Hill Northwestern’s Brandon Williams (linebacker).

Other N.C. players picked from Observer-area schools: linebacker Patrick Clyburn (West Iredell), linebacker Darius Lipford (Lenoir Hibriten), running back Kevin Parks (West Rowan), defensive end Christopher Smith (West Rowan), defensive lineman Tra Thomas (Anson Senior) and wide receiver Reggie Wilkins (Boiling Springs Crest).

Charlotte Catholic’s Jim Oddo, the winningest coach in Mecklenburg County history, is North Carolina’s coach.

Mike Newsome (Butler) and Scott Young (West Rowan) are N.C. assistants.

Clover’s Jet Turner is an S.C. assistant coach.

-- Cliff Mehrtens