By VAN HOLLAND
Three Edgecombe County high school graduates and two coaches are representing the area next week when they play and coach in their respective sports all-star events during the annual coaches clinic.
Two area football players will play Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Simeon Stadium in High Point.
Tarboro High graduate Travonne Marshall and SouthWest Edgecombe graduate Justin Ferrell will play in the football game.
Marshall, who was named Eastern Plains Conference Defensive Player of the Year last season will play linebacker in the event. Marshall was a two-way player for the Vikings last season. He added an impact to the defense and filled the void at fullback.
Ferrell, who wasn't originally on the roster was added last week according to SouthWest defensive coach Jeff Gould.
Gould, who is an assistant for the east team, said Ferrell was added, because a player who was selected decided to dropped from the roster and couldn't make it. Gould said he was asked if he knew of a lineman who could fill the spot, so he picked Ferrell.
Ferrell made the Eastern Plains Conference All-Conference team last season and was one of the main lead blockers for the Cougars offense during his career.
In the men's soccer match Tarboro will have two representatives. Tarboro graduate Travis Martin will be representing the area along side his coach Leshaun Jenkins. Jenkins was selected to coach the men's east team.
Martin was named the Regional Player of the Year this past season and was also selected to the Eastern Plains Conference All-Conference team. He played goalie for Tarboro for three plus years. He missed a season due to a knee injury, but was one of the main spark plugs to the Vikings success during his career.
The men's soccer match will be played Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. at UNC-Greensboro Soccer Pitch.
Players are selected to the All-Star events for their continued success during their high school careers. The players that are selected to participate are recent high school graduates who get to showcase their talents one last time as a high school athlete.