For the first time since 1948, there will be no East-West All-Star high school games in Greensboro this summer.
The N.C. Coaches Association, which runs the annual games and the accompanying coaching clinics, announced today that it was canceling the games because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Phil Weaver, executive director of the NCCA, said the vote of the association’s board was unanimous.
“Due to current unknowns regarding the COVID-19 virus, government regulations and concerns about possible loss of normal physical conditioning, the NCCA has chosen not to jeopardize the health of the coaches, players and staff or the players’ upcoming college opportunities,” the NCCA said in a news release. “At this writing, there exist no places to practice due to closures, and Governor Cooper still has gyms closed. Furthermore, decisions about cancelling or fulfilling some contracts have to be made prior to the scheduled June 26 governor’s announcement.”
The boys and girls basketball games were scheduled for July 20 at the Greensboro Coliseum, the boys and girls soccer games were set for July 21 at Macpherson Stadium in Bryan Park and the football game was scheduled for July 22 at Grimsley’s Jamieson Stadium.
“There was really no discussion at all,” Weaver said, adding that it was a decision that was made reluctantly.
Weaver said the NCCA had emailed all the players who had accepted invitations to play in this games, as well as their parents, and offered them the opportunity to come back next year and be introduced at halftime of the games. He also said this year’s players would receive the medal that each player receives at the East-West banquet, a T-shirt and a copy of this year’s program.Alexander Central’s Steven Montgomery was selected to play in this year’s East-West All-Star Football Game.