LUMBERTON — Lumberton athlete Tyreik McCallum was the lone football player from Robeson County to be selected to the play in the North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star football game on July 19.
McCallum, a member of the East squad, was one of the best return players in the county with over 800 return yards and four kickoffs returned for scores, forcing many teams to kick away from him. Also during his senior year he had 712 receiving yards and seven touchdown receptions. As a defensive back he had three interceptions.
“It was great to hear the news and have be with some of the top players in the East,” McCallum said. “I’m very prepared to possibly play my last time in North Carolina in front of my family. I want to make the most of it.”
Last week, McCallum signed to play football at Independence Community College in Kansas.
“Going up against some of the best corners is going to get me ready to play receiver in college,” he said.
“It’s always an honor and he’s the second guy that I’ve coached here to receive this honor,” Lumberton coach Mike Setzer said. “This is something that coaches pick and it just goes to show how other coaches perceive him.”
Eight players who signed on national signing day with The University of North Carolina at Pembroke were also selected to play in the game. Terry Sanford’s Nick Anderson, West Montgomery’s Jo Leake, Northeastern’s Trey Sawyer and West Brunswick’s Taye Vereen were selected to the East team. On the West, Rocky River’s Tyshawn Carter, J. Robinson’s Josh Dale and Shelby’s Aaron Jolly were picked.
Scotland coach Richard Bailey was named head coach for the East team.
The game will be played at Jamieson Stadium in Greensboro with an 8 p.m. kickoff
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