East-West All-Stars Boys Soccer Bios with Thompson(Grimsley), Lewis(Western Guilford), Kattmann(Grimsley), Harrison(SWG), Giillespie(SWG) and Chapman(NWG)

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2013 Men’s Soccer

West Team

Jason Andrejchak
Jason…J.M.Robinson High…5-8, 160…midfielder…coached by Michael Hoke…as senior, named All-State, All-Region, All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year…led team with 29 goals…as junior, named All-Region, All-Conference…led team with 23 goals…as sophomore, named All-Region, All-Conference…scored 11 goals…member of Beta Club…Senior Class Treasurer…graduated Magna Cum Laude…plans to attend Emory University where he will major in business…says “I feel very honored to be chosen to play in the East-West all-star game. It is a great opportunity to play with and against some of the best players in the state. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Stephen Chapman
Stephen…Northwest Guilford High…6-2, 165…forward…coached by Jason Allred…as senior, named All-State, All-Region, All-Conference…as junior, named All-Region, All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Appalachian State University where he will major in actuarial science…his father, John Chapman, is his role model…Neymar is his favorite pro athlete…says “I’m excited to play a game with high caliber players.”

Edgardo Diez
Ed…A.C. Reynolds High…6-2, 156…midfielder/forward…coached by Patrick Gladys…as senior, named All-Conference, team MVP and captain…Senior Recognition Award recipient…scored 9 goals, 14 assists…member of Career Technical Education Society…N.C. Academic Scholar…plans to attend the University of Tennessee where he will major in electrical engineering…wants to pursue a career as an electrical engineer…Lionel Messi is his favorite pro athlete…says “I feel like it’s an honor to be able to play in the all-star game. I am very excited to play, and it will e an experience I will never forget.”

Danny Gillespie
Danny…Southwest Guilford High…5-9, 155…midfielder/goalkeeper…coached by Rob Szitas…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Region, team MVP, school’s Male Athlete of the Year…as junior, named All-Conference, All-Region…Coaches Award recipient…as sophomore, named All-Conference…also named All-Conference and All-Region in tennis…member of National Honor Society, Student Council…graduated Magna Cum Laude…plans to attend UNC Wilmington where he will major in chemistry…wants to pursue a career as a pharmacist…his big sister Molly is his role model…Johnny Football is his favorite college athlete…favorite pro athlete is Eddie Pope…says he expects to gain the experience of playing with the best athletes in the state.”

Seth Harrison
Seth…Southwest Guilford High…5-6, 135…midfielder/forward…coached by Rob Szitas…as senior, named All-State, All-Region, All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year…scored 13 goals, 13 assists…as junior, scored 5 goals, 8 assists…also played jv basketball for 2 years…plans to attend Methodist University where he will major in athletic training or sports management…his father is his role model…Johnny Manzel is his favorite college athlete…Messi and Chris Paul are his favorite pro athletes…says “I am very excited to be able to play in the all-star game. This is a great opportunity to get better and play at a high level.”

Conner Hartman
Conner…Hickory High…5-9, 155…midfielder…coached by Brian Jillings…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Region…as junior, named All-Conference…member of National Honor Society, Beta Club…IB Certificate recipient…plans to attend Catawba College where he will major in business…his father is his role model…favorite pro athlete is Brad Stissser…says “I am very excited to play and look forward to playing with some of the top players in the state.”

James Jackson
James…Hough High…6-3, 175…midfielder, forward…coached by David Smith…as senior, named All-State, All-Region, All-Conference…scored 14 goals, 6 assists…also served as kicker on the football team, kicking a school record 42 yard field goal…member of National Honor Society…plans to attend UNC Charlotte where he will major in mechanical engineering…wants to pursue a career in mechanical engineering…says “I’m excited to be playing in the all-star game!”

Chandler Johnson
Chandler…Newton-Conover High…5-11, 195…forward…coached by Andrew Palozzi…as senior, named All-State, All-Region, All-Conference…scored 15 goals, 12 assists…as junior, named All-Region, All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year…scored 35 goals, 12 assists…as sophomore, missed season due to injury…scored 63 career goals, 30 career assists…also played football where he was named 2A All-State, Conference Player of the Year – Special Teams, and Conference Specialist of the Year…member of Beta Club, Outdoors Club, Super Fans Club…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Lenoir Rhyne College where he will major in athletic training and minor in secondary education in physical education…his dad is his role model…favorite college athlete is Sean Okoli…favorite pro athlete is Landon Donavan…says “ I have trained hard and played soccer since I was four…just for these kinds of moments. I enjoy the “BIG” game(s), and I expect to respect and gain the respect of my teammates as we train and play together for the first time in the all-star game.”

Matthew Kattmann
Matthew…Grimsley High…5-11, 160…defender…coached by Matt Martineau…as senior, named All-Region, All-Conference, team captain, team Defensive Player of the Year…Richard L. McCall Memorial Award recipient…as junior, named All-Conference, All-Region…also served as captain of the swim team where was the recipient of the Scholarship Award and the Bob Sawyer 55’ Most Valuable Senior Award…member of National Honor Society…Statistics Award recipient…plans to attend N.C. State University where he will major in engineering…his favorite pro athlete is Cam Newton…says he is “really excited about the opportunity to play in a game with so many other top athletes. I hope to learn some new things about the other players who I meet and more about the game.”

Josh Laney
Josh…South Mecklenburg High…5-11, 155…defender…coached by Jim Lynch…as senior, named All-State, All-Region, All-Conference, team captain and MVP…as junior, recipient of the Coaches Award…2013 Homecoming King…Outstanding Athlete Award recipient…plans to attend Gardner Webb University where he will major in athletic training/education…wants to pursue a career as a high school teacher and soccer coach…his dad is his role model…favorite college athlete is Tyler Hansborough…favorite pro athlete is Lionel Messi…says “I am honored to be chosen to play in this game and represent my high school community. I look forward to playing with other players that I have often competed against and have the talent and skills to challenge me during the game.”

Austin Lewis
Austin…Western Guilford High…6-0, 155…goalkeeper…coached by Shaun Abernathy…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Region…allowed only 14 goals in 24 games…had 12 shut outs…0.58 GAA….also played basketball…plans to attend Guilford College where he will major in psychology…favorite pro athletes are Robert Griffin III and Kevin Durant…says “I am excited to play in a respectable game such as the all-star soccer game.”

Nicholas Milligan
Nicholas…Mount Tabor High…5-6, 140…midfielder…coached by Keith Donnelly…as senior, named All-State, All-Region, Regional Player of the Year, All-Conference, team captain…as junior, named All-Region, All-Conference…as sophomore, named All-Conference, All-Region…Most Consistent Player Award recipient…member of National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, AP Scholar…Scholastic Art – Gold Key recipient, PTSA Athletic Scholarship recipient… after taking a semester off to hike 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail, he plans to attend UNC Wilmington where he will major in business and visual arts…wants to own his own business…his dad is his role model…says “I am very excited and honored to have been selected to play in the all-star game, and I look forward to playing with and training with some of the best payers in the state.”

Avery Robinson
Avery…Asheboro High…5-8, 155…midfielder/forward…coached by David Parrish…as senior, named All-State, All-Region, All-Conference, team captain and MVP…as junior, named All-Conference, Conference Offensive Player of the Year, All-Region, team captain and MVP…State Games participant…as sophomore, named All-Region, All-Conference…State Games participant…scored 70 career goals as a center midfielder…Distinguished Graduate Lenoir-Rhyne Scholar (Academic Scholarship) recipient…plans to major in business…his dad, Tom Robinson, is his role model…favorite college athlete is Johnny Manziel…favorite pro athlete is Mario Balotelli…says “I am honored to be playing with some of the top soccer players in North Carolina. The all-star game will give me more experience with highly skilled athletes.”

Connor Smith
Conner…West Forsyth High…6-0, 146…defender…coached by Scott Bilton…as senior, named All-State, All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, team MVP…as junior, named team captain…Coaches Award recipient…also competed in ice hockey…Crosby Scholar…AP Scholar…plans to attend N.C. State University where he will major in chemical engineering…his dad is his role model…Justin Faulk is his favorite pro athlete…says “I am excited and honored to be playing in the all-star game.”

Garrett Thompson
Garrett…Grimsley High…6-2, 155…midfielder/defender…coached by Matt Martineau…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Region…member of National Honor Society, French National Honor Society…Student Body Vice President…plans to attend UNC Chapel Hill where he will major in business…his favorite pro athlete is Darren McFadden…says he is “excited to play against the top talent North Carolina as to offer.”

Ze Yang
Ze…West Iredell High…5-3, 145…defender…coached by David Heintz…as senior, named All-State, All-Regional, All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, Region 7 3A Player of the Year…as junior, named All-Conference, All-Regional…as sophomore, named All-Conference…Heart of a Champion Award recipient…member of Beta Club, Mentor Club…plans to attend UNC Charlotte in the spring where he will major in athletic training…his father, Nha Thao Yang, is his role model…his favorite pro athlete is Lionel Messi…says “I’m excited to participate in this prestigious event and I’m expecting to see the best players in the state.”

East Team

Ian Cole
Ian…Swansboro High…5-11, 150…midfielder…coached by Doug Kidd…as senior, named All-State…plans to attend UNC Charlotte where he will major in marketing…wants to start his own business…his favorite pro athlete is Paul Scholes…says he is “excited and ready to represent my school one last time.”

Connor Francis
Connor…Sanderson High…6-1, 173…forward…coached by Todd Worley…as senior, named All-State, All-South Region, All-Metro, All-Conference, All-News and Observer, leading 4A scorer, Sanderson Athlete of the Month…scored 29 goals, 11 assists…member of DECA, YoungLife…plans to attend East Carolina University where he will major in business…wants to pursue a career in international business…his mother is his role model…favorite pro athlete is Lebron James…says “I am extremely honored to be in the all-star game. I want to make a memory I’ll have forever, and most of all make my city and school proud!”

Tyler Hawley
Tyler…Green Hope High…5-11, 145…defender…coached by Richard Huxford…as senior, named All-State, All-Conference…played on state championship team…scored 7 goals, 7 assists…as junior, played on state championship team…plans to attend UNC Wilmington where he will major in accounting…wants to pursue a career as an accountant…his father is his role model…Christian Benteke is his role model…says “ I am excited to play in this game, and I hope to meet other good soccer players from around the state.”

Blake Heatherly
Blake…Jacksonville High…6-1, 190…defender…coached by David Miller…as senior, named All-State, All-Area, All-Conference, team Defensive Player of the Year…played on state championship team…scored 16 goals, 19 assists…also named Player of the Year in baseball in 2013…plans to attend Randolph College where he will major in biomedical engineering…wants to pursue a career helping people with prosthetic needs…his role model is his brother who passed away in 2009…favorite college athlete is Corey Faughnan…favorite pro athlete is Lionel Messi…says “I am very proud to be playing in the game and expect to gain a better understanding of what the game will be like at the college level.”

Joshua Kennedy
Joshua…Green Hope High…6-2, 175…forward…coached by Richard Huxford…as senior, captain of the 2012 state championship team…scored the winning goal in both the state championship and the regional championship games…Coaches Award recipient…team leader in points with 13 goals and 13 assists…as junior, played on state championship team…as sophomore, named captain and MVP of undefeated and untied JV team…Coaches Award recipient…named Raleigh Sports Club Student-Athlete of the Week…N.C. Scholar, AP Scholar…National Merit semi-finalist…plans to attend N.C. State University where he will major in engineering…wants to pursue a career as an engineer or GM of a professional franchise…favorite pro athlete is Eden Hazard…says he is “excited for the opportunity to match up and compare myself against the other top players in the state.”

Carlos Leon-Romero
Carlos…Southern Nash High…5-11, 155…defender…coached by John Matthews…as senior, named All-State, All-Regionals, All-Conference…Best Conference Defense Award recipient…as junior, named All-Conference, All-Regionals…plans to attend Nash Community College where he will major in biology…wants to pursue a career as an optometrist…his father is his role model…Yaya Touré is his favorite pro athlete…says “I am very excited to participate in the all-star game, and I feel blessed for getting to participate in this huge event. I am expecting to gain experience and a great story to tell my kids, friends, and other people.”

Travis Martin
Travis…Tarboro High…5-10, 155…goalkeeper…coached by Leshaun Jenkins…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Area, All-Region, Regional Player of the Year, team MVP…as junior, only played 4 games due to injury…as sophomore, named All-Conference, All-Area, All-Region, Conference Tournament MVP…plans to attend UNC Greensboro where he will major in social work…wants to pursue a career as a social worker…his parents are his role models…says “I am honored to be playing in this all-star game with such top talent. I am also thankful to get to play another game alongside my coach, Coach Jenkins.”

Jared Miller
Jared…Franklinton High…5-9, 220…goalkeeper…coached by Isaac Walker…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Region, Conference Player of the Year, team MVP…370 total saves, 16 SPG…as junior, named All-Conference, All-Region…322 total saves, 14 SPG…as sophomore, named All-Conference, All-Region…273 total saves, 13 SPG…started every match in his 4-year high school career…member of DREAM Team…4 –year Academic All-Conference…plans to attend Mt. Olive College where he will major in secondary math education and math…his parents are his role models…favorite pro athlete is Tim Howard…says “I am very honored to be selected to play in the all-star game. I am looking forward to meeting the best senior soccer players in the state and playing against them.”

Gage Novaria
Gage…Heritage High…6-0, 170…defender…coached by Scott Sloan…as senior, named All-Region, All-Conference, team captain…scored 6 goals, 6 assists…as junior, named All-Region, team captain…scored 5 goals, 12 assists…as sophomore, named team captain…scored 4 goals, 7 assists…also competed in football and was named All-Conference in baseball…Academic All-Conference for 4 years…plans to attend Clemson University where he will major in engineering…wants to pursue a career in aerospace engineering…favorite college athlete is Jay Williams…favorite pro athlete is Bastian Schweinsteiger…says “I see it as an honor to be selected to play in the all-star game and a good way to cap out my high school soccer career.”

Kye Rhode
Kye…Cardinal Gibbons High…5-10, 145…midfielder…coached by Tim Healy…as senior, named All-State, All-Metro, All-Conference, All-Region, team MVP and captain…as junior, played on state championship team…as sophomore, named JV captain and MVP…member of National Honor Society… National Classical Honor Roll…Biology Club treasurer…plans to attend UNC Chapel Hill where he will major in biology…wants to pursue a career as a physician…his parents are his role models…Kelly Olynyk is his favorite college athlete…favorite pro athlete is Clint Dempsey…says “I feel greatly honored and excited about playing in the game, and I am hoping to gain an experience that will last a lifetime.”

Melicio Rubio-Villagran
Meliciao…Corinth-Holders High…5-4, 145…midfielder…coached by Brent Walston…as senior, named All-State, All-Region, All-Conference… “Clash of the Carolinas” participant…scored 11 goals, 2 assists…as junior, named All-Region, All-Conference…scored 16 goals, 11 assists…as sophomore, named All-Region, All-Conference…scored 16 goals, 5 assists…Senior Project was recognized as Exemplar by Johnston County Schools…would like to pursue a career as a professional soccer player…his older brother Rodrigo is his role model…favorite pro athlete is Christiano Ronaldo…says “I feel honored and excited to be selected to play in the games, and I’m looking forward to the competition.”

Owen Ryan
Owen…Durham School of the Arts…5-10, 147…midfielder…coached by Amy Green…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Region, team captain…Senior Award recipient…as junior, named All-Conference, All-Region…also named All-Conference and team MVP in tennis…plans to attend UNC Asheville where he will major in environmental studies…his favorite college athlete is Seth Curry…favorite pro athlete is Kevin Durant…says “I am excited to play with such highly skilled players.”

Trey Smith
Trey…Richlands High…5-4, 141…forward…coached by Michael Roed….as senior, named All-State, All-Region, All-Conference, All-Area, Conference Player of the Year, team MVP…scored 8 goals, 18 assists…as junior, named All-Region, All-Conference, team MVP…scored 10 goals, 16 assists…as sophomore, scored 7 goals, 5 assists…also played football and baseball…member of National Honor Society, Beta Club…plans to attend Coastal Carolina Community College where he will major in criminal justice…wants to pursue a career in law enforcement…his parents are his role models…his favorite college athlete is AJ McCarron…favorite pro athlete is Tim Tebow…says “I’m excited about playing with the best players in the state. I’m expecting to enjoy my last soccer game.”

Aaron Sparks
Aaron…Jacksonville High…6-2, 170…midfielder…coached by David Miller…as senior, named All-State, All-Conference, All-South Region, Daily News Offensive Player of the Year, NSCAA Scholar All-American…played on a state championship team…scored 29 goals, 24 assists…as junior, named All-State, All-Conference, All-Area…as sophomore, named All-Conference, All-Area…plans to attend N.C. State where he will major in engineering…says “It is an honor to be chosen to play with and against some of the best players in the state and to represent my high school.”

Thar Thwai
Thar…Carrboro High…5-4, 140…midfielder…coached by Mark Kedlecik…as senior, named All-State, All-Conference…as junior, named All-Regional, All-Conference…plans to attend Catawba College…favorite pro athletes are Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta…says “I am very excited to be a part of the game, and I am expecting to gain more knowledge about the game.”

Fred Woodward
Fred…Sanderson High…6-3, 170…defender…coached by Todd Worley…as senior, named All-State, All-Metro, All-Conference…scored 3 goals, 1 assist…as junior, named Academic All-Conference…as sophomore, named Academic All-Conference…plans to attend UNC Charlotte…undecided about major…wants to pursue a career in sports marketing…his favorite pro athlete is Clint Dempsey…says he is “honored to be chosen to play in the all-star game. I’m expecting to have a very competitive and exciting soccer match.”


  • WG Fan.... said,

    Austin Lewis played basketball not baseball

  • Andy Durham said,

    Will change on Austin Lewis…We didn’t write these, but we can adjust….

  • Andy Durham said,

    Easy edit….Just had to add an k and a t to baseball and now you have basketball….Got it working now, we hope….