The North Carolina Coaches Association East-West Senior Basketball All-Star games will have an Ashe County flavor this season. Zeb Richardson of Ashe County High has been selected to play in the men's game; Huskies coach Laura Foster has been selected to coach the West All-Stars in the women's
Richardson becomes the first Huskies' player, male or female, to play in the East-West game. Richardson, who has signed with Guilford College, a Division III school in Greensboro and a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, averaged 15.3 points-per-game and 10.2 rebounds-per-game last season for the Huskies. He hauled in 296 rebounds and he blocked a school record 136 shots; Richardson also shot 55% from the floor and 71% from the free-throw line.
Richardson played in the Carolina Basketball All-Star Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in March. He played 19 minutes and scored 13 points for the North Carolina All-Stars in a 100-96 loss. He also had three rebounds and blocked two shots. Richardson was the second Ashe County men's player to participate in the Carolina Basketball Classic. Tommy Spagnolo played in 2009.
Foster, who will begin her 13th season as head coach of the Ashe County women's program this coming season, will coach the West All-Stars in the women's game. Foster picked up her 200th career win last season. She built Ashe County into a powerhouse program producing six consecutive seasons of 20 wins or more, which included a 22-4 record and a Mountain Valley 1A/2A Conference title in 2011. The Huskies won the MVC Tournament title in 2010. Hit hard by graduation last season, Ashe County suffered through its first losing season since 2002.
The East-West Games will be played at the Greensboro Coliseum on Monday, July 16. The women's game tips off at 6:30 p.m.; the men's game begins at 8 p.m.
SPAGNOLO TO WALK ON AT ASU
Tommy Spagnolo, who led Ashe County High to the Western Regional Semifinals in 2009, will attempt to walk on and play basketball at Appalachian State University this season. Spagnolo, who stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 210 pounds, attended Radford University for two years
(2009-11). He red-shirted as a freshman, and he scored 45 points and pulled down 51 rebounds in his only season with the Highlanders. He did pull down a career-best 20 rebounds against Wake Forest that season. He has two years of eligibility remaining. He also played in the Carolinas Basketball All-Star Classic following his senior year with the Huskies in 2009.