Beyond the Scoreboard: Blue-White games set for March 17

Aaliyah McCollum will participate in the Blue White Game (Courtesy Andy Padyk/Smoky Mountain).jpg

A total of 40 of WNC’s top senior high-school basketball players will display their talents on March 17 at Enka High.

The Blue White All-Star Games, which have been going on for more than a half-century, will feature games for boys (66th annual) and girls (42nd annual), with proceeds to benefit the Special Needs programs in the 17 WNC counties served by the Rhododendron Civitan Club.

Festivities at the games include a dunk contest at halftime of the girls game and a 3-point contest during intermission of the boys games.

The Blue coaches include Reynolds’ Ryan Stevens (boys) and R-S Central’s Darius Fuller (girls).

Smoky Mountain’s Adam Phillips (boys) and Ann Gardner of Tuscola (girls) will coach the White teams.

Game times are 6 p.m. for the girls and 7:30 for the boys.

Tickets are available at

The rosters include:


Hayden Branton, Mountain Heritage

Kevin Silver, McDowell

Skyler McKinney, McDowell

Deacon Heath, Avery

Sam Rennard, Roberson

Zyrion Wilkins, RS Central

Jace Dover, Reynolds

Isaiah Pruett, Reynolds

David Houser, East Henderson

DJ Garnett, Owen


Deland Thomas, Rosman

Tommy Brennan, Smoky Mountain

Will Norris, Pisgah

Tye Mintz, Cherokee

Holden Straughan, Cherokee

Zion Walker, Asheville

Josh Walton, Enka

Lane Kervin, Tuscola

Jarred Swanger, Tuscola

Zach De La Cruz, Franklin


Ciera Chandler, Mountain Heritage

Allyah Whiteside, RS Central

Hali King, Mountain Heritage

Morgan Buchanan, Mitchell

Kendall Marlowe, Owen

Hayley Creasman, McDowell

Hannah Jennings, Madison

Autumn Owen, Polk County

Charmee Miller, East Rutherford

Kendra Rose, East Rutherford


Shelby Wolfe, Cherokee

Erin Tessateskie, Robbinsville

Sierra Wachacha, Robbinsville

Jessica Beckner, Murphy

Heidi Shope, Franklin

Faith Robinson, Tuscola

Kourtney Krege, Tuscola

Aaliyah McCollum, Smoky Mountain

Shay Tisho, Smoky Mountain

Madison Lloyd, Highlands

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