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BASKETBALL: Three Cherokee players, other tribal members on All-Star roster

Three players from Cherokee High School and three other EBCI tribal members at other schools will participate in the annual Blue-White All-Star Game on Saturday, March 17 at 6pm at Enka High School. Cherokee’s Tye Mintz and Holden Straughan will play in the 66th Annual boys game. Lady Braves’ Shelby Wolfe will be joined by tribal members Erin Teesateskie (Robbinsville), Sierra Wachacha (Robbinsville), and Shay Tisho (Smoky Mountain) in the 42nd Annual girls game. All of them will play on the white teams respectively.

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.”


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