LAURINBURG — After helping their team advance to the state championship game as seniors, Scotland High’s Garrett Best and Tasheen Tyson find themselves together on the same team once more before they embark on their college careers.
Today marks the 66th annual East-West All-Star game held at Grimsley High School in Greensboro. Best and Tyson, along with Scotland head coach Richard Bailey, will represent Scotland High School for the East team. This game, run by the North Carolina Coaches Association, features some of the top football talent from both sides of the state.
Best, who played right tackle, left tackle, and center for Scotland and will attend William & Mary this fall, is proud to represent his school at the event.
“It’s a great honor to be selected with so many great athletes in North Carolina,” Best said. “I’m really excited about it.”
Tyson, who played cornerback at Scotland and is deciding where to pursue higher education, echoed Best’s sentiments.
“It feels good,” Tyson said. “The coaches at Scotland are good coaches and I’m glad they taught me what I know now so I can perform to the best of my abilities.”
The All-Star game will also feature several other players from the surrounding area. Lumberton’s Demetri Sheridan, St. Pauls’ Shayron Jones and Richmond’s Joshua Leviner and Diquon Cox will also play for the East team.
Best also said that competing against some of the states’ best players in practices leading up to the game is helping him prepare for the competition he expects to see in college.
“It gives me some insight that the next level is going to be a lot rougher,” Best said with a laugh. “The grind is going to be tougher and it gives me more respect for the game.”
As for the game itself, Best wants to showcase the ability that made him a first-team all-region honoree.
“I just want to come out with a good mentality, establish the line, and help drive the ball down the field,” Best said. “I’ve gotten close to these guys over the past week and we’re going to fend for each other and it should be a good game.”
Tyson said he is looking forward to matching up with some of the state’s best wide receivers.
“I’m very excited,” Tyson said. “I’m looking forward to, coverage wise, staying on my man, staying focused, and working with my teammates.”
The first East-West game was first played in 1949 and has featured hundreds of Division I players since. The game begins at 8 p.m. and will be played at Jamieson Stadium. In what has become a crowd favorite over the years, the fireworks show will start at halftime.
Logan Martinez can be reached at 910-506-3171. Follow him on Twitter @L_Martinez13.