By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.
ONE FEATHER STAFF
Cherokee High School seniors Josiah Lossiah and Tori Teesateskie have been selected to play in the Blue-White Games at the Charles George Memorial Arena on Saturday, March 23. Lossiah, Braves point guard, will play in the 67th Annual boys game and Teesateskie, Lady Braves point guard, will play in the 43rd Annual girls game which starts at 6 p.m. to be followed by the boys game.
Lossiah was named to the Big Smoky Mountain All-Conference team this season and was named Honorable Mention the past two seasons. Teesateskie, who surpassed the 1,000 career points mark last season, received All-Conference honors each of her four years as a Lady Brave.
Information from the game’s committee states, “The premier fund-raising project of the Rhododendron Civitan Club is sponsorship of the annual all-star basketball games featuring outstanding senior players from western North Carolina high schools. The games began in 1953 before the Rhododendron Civitan Club was founded. Sam Patton, a former All-American basketball player while in the U.S. Army in 1944, initiated and managed the games. The first game played in 1953 had ten players taking part in a scrimmage game inside the American Enka Corporation Gymnasium. Four college coaches accepted invitations to attend that game.”
It goes on to state, “The objectives of the games are two-fold. The first is to offer outstanding basketball players in western North Carolina the chance to display their skills before college coaches, thereby giving to some players the opportunity for a basketball scholarship and a college education which they could not otherwise afford. The second objective is to give the participants a chance to do something worthwhile for their fellow man. The talents and work of the players and coaches help those less fortunate to realize something that otherwise might not have happened had it not been for the money raised through these games.”
Following are the full rosters:
Girls White team: Tori Teesateskie (Cherokee), Peyton Cathey (Enka), Aubrey Clapsaddle (Murphy), Shelby Glance (Tuscola), Cierra Jackson (Tuscola), Eliza McCaulay (Smoky Mtn.), Sophie Manning (Asheville), Kaitlyn Messer (Erwin), Amber Redmon (Asheville), Emma Sorrells (Pisgah), Shea Sutton (Smoky Mtn.), Jaia Wilson (Erwin); coach – Chad Owenby (Brevard)
Girls Blue team: Hannah Changler (Madison), Makayla Chandler (McDowell), Makensie Chandler (North Buncombe), Chesney Gardner (Owen), Jada Logan (RS Central), Osha Makerson (East Rutherford), Hannah McIntosh (Avery Co.), Heaven Nelson (Avery Co.), Presley Peterson (Mtn. Heritage), Beth Shelton (Madison), Aryeon Warren-Shivers (AC Reynolds), Dezi Williams (McDowell); coach – Amanda Whitaker (AC Reynolds)
Boys White team: Josiah Lossiah (Cherokee), Devin Bassett (Enka), Jay Bueck (Franklin), Rashad Chaffin (Erwin), Landon Henley (Tuscola), Cole Lamb (Smoky Mtn.), Marvin Pearson (Asheville), Kyle Porter (West Henderson), Jake Smith (Enka), Kameron Walker (Pisgah), Tanner Wike (Pisgah); coach – Casey Kruk (Pisgah)
Boys Blue team: Brandon Aumiller (Mtn. Heritage), Elijah Carson (RS Central), Jalen Crowder (AC Reynolds), Jacob Knox (RS Central), Quay Logan (East Rutherford), Dylan McCrary (McDowell), Noah Moore (Owen), Jack Ritchie (North Buncombe), Luke Taylor (North Henderson), Christian Walker (East Rutherford); coach – Hank Newson (Mtn. Heritage)