GREENSBORO — Randleman’s Gracyn Hall and Eastern Randolph’s Brecken Snotherly have enjoyed stellar high school basketball careers.
After four seasons of leading the Tigers deep into the NCHSAA state 2-A tournament, Hall is taking her talents to Emory & Henry, while Snotherly, who spent nearly three full seasons at Eastern Randolph, was named to almost every all-state team following her senior season. She is headed to East Tennessee State in the fall.
But before the two leave Randolph County, they will be teammates as both were selected to the West Team for the annual East-West All-Star Game, which will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum July 17. It is in conjunction with the NCCA Clinic.
Players were nominated by their head coaches and selected by head coach Susie Shelton of Mount Heritage and North Mecklenburg’s Jennifer Baker, who will be the assistant coach.
“I was really excited,” said Hall, whose father Tyler made the East-West Game in football while in high school. “I thought it was really cool that I get to follow in his footsteps. It’s a cool opportunity for me.”
Hall was nominated by Brandon Varner, who has since stepped down as the varsity coach at RHS after five successful seasons.
“To represent the basketball program, Randleman High School, her family and the community is a great honor and shows how hard she has worked,” Varner said. “To cap it off at that event is something that is going to be really special for her and her family.”
Varner is the one who gave Hall the good news about making the West team.
“He told me when the season ended, he had nominated me for a few things and it never really set in until I found out I made it,” Hall said. “He actually called me and said I sure hope you’ve been working and I said, ‘What do you mean?’ He said I have one more game to go.
“I am looking at this like a reward for all the hard work. Not only me, but my teammates have worked extremely hard the past four years to make things possible. All the credit goes to my teammates.”
In leading the Tigers to a 27-2 record this past season, Hall averaged 16.4 points and 12 rebounds per game.
Snotherly averaged 30.7 points and 9.7 rebounds in leading the Wildcats to a 19-8 record. ER surprised a lot of people by advancing to the third round of the playoffs before being eliminated by Robbinsville.
“I found out when we had a basketball banquet,” Snotherly said. “My coach pulled me up to the front and gave me the letter and I started to cry. It was always one of my big goals to play in the East-West Game.”
It took plenty of hard work.
“I guess it’s rewarding in a sense, working hard for something you love and you’re passionate about,” Snotherly said. “It’s really exciting. Even as a freshman, I wanted to go to the East-West All-Star Game. I played against girls who played in it and I looked up to them. I’m really glad Gracyn Hall and I get to play one last game together. It’s going to be fun.”