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Williams duo selected for NC East-West Game; Western’s Apple recognized at state level


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Williams football players Jaelan Brown and Grayson Loy have been named to the West team for this summer’s North Carolina East-West All-Star Game in football.


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Jaelan Brown
Grayson Loy

Brown was the quarterback for the Bulldogs. Loy was a standout linebacker.

The game is set for July 19 at Jamieson Stadium on the Grimsley High School campus in Greensboro. Eric Ainsworth of Eastern Guilford also was selected for the West squad.

North Carolina East-West All-Star Games are for players who’ve completed their senior years, nominated by coaches and selected by the game’s coaching staffs. Kennedy Tinsley of Mallard Creek is the West head coach.

This will be the final edition of the summer football game, with the next version to be contested about six months later in mid-December in an effort to have more available players in that sport. That will involve players in the Class of 2024.

There are also North Carolina East-West All-Star Games for boys’ and girls’ basketball and boys’ and girls’ soccer in July.


Western Alamance’s Apple lands honor

Senior pitcher Taylor Apple was honored as the Performer of the Week for girls by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association based on a pair of games late last month.

Western’s Taylor Apple already has plans to attend East Carolina next fall.

In home matchups against Randleman and Roxboro Person, Apple struck out 29 total batters from the pitcher’s circle and went 5-for-6 at the plate in the two games combined. She had a team-leading five home runs.

Western Alamance (9-3, 7-0 Central 3-A Conference) had its game Thursday night at second-place Eastern Alamance (7-5, 5-1) postponed because of weather.

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