Three local high school players will represent their alma maters and the state of North Carolina on Saturday as part of the annual Clash of the Carolinas soccer match at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh.
The event features 18 male and female standouts from North Carolina in the only sanctioned interstate high school all-star event in the country. The girls match against South Carolina kicks off at noon, while the boys play at 2:15 p.m.
Recently graduated seniors Baley Edwards (Laney), Jack Kiernan (New Hanover) and Duenis Avila (Ashley) were selected through a nomination process as three of the four Wilmington schools have athletes competing for the Tar Heel State. All three earned All-State honors this past season.
“Duenis is a fiery competitor and has the speed to be a real game changer,” said Ashley Coach Greg Marinich. “We are very excited for Duenis and proud that he will represent the Ashley High School Screaming Eagles and the Mideastern Conference at this event.”
Avila served as a key asset to the Screaming Eagles in the fall of 2015, helping guide Ashley to a Mideastern Conference Championship. The striker propelled the garnet and gold to a 10-1-1 league mark and 20-2-1 overall record. He’s headed to the U.S. Air Force later on this year.
Kiernan took New Hanover to the 4A East Regional as the Wildcats fell short of the state championship match following a 1-nil setback to Laney in front of a standing-only crowd. He led New Hanover with 25 goals as a senior and will be attending UNC-Chapel Hill this fall.
Edwards has been recognized on several occasions throughout her high school career, most recently as Mideastern Conference Player of the Year to conclude her final season at Laney. She will stay in town and compete for UNC-Wilmington in college.