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Posted 1:52 pm, 06/04/2018

I was thinking Wayne Shepherd also, running back from West Wilkes in the 80's. 2 time Coca-Cola Golden Helmet award winner and All-American tailback from Guilford College.


Posted 5:13 pm, 05/22/2018

every time I see this question I think about the ones I know personally from East: James Barnes running back,Tony and Todd Welborn (had scholarships for baseball and football from ASU) Went on to play minor league baseball for several years, Mike Calloway already acknowledged on here.And Luke Samples. And let me say this Justin Call's Football Jersey would NOT be hanging anywhere without the QB he had (Samples)


Posted 10:48 pm, 05/14/2018

Barber actually won a conference championship both his years at East and his brother Jessie did also 3 years later. What’s sad is that East doesn’t recognize either at all in their gym only Call’s jersey hangs in the rafters which is a big joke. In the history of East Wilkes only Call and Adams in B-Ball and only Samples in football is crazy. Considering all the great past athletes that played there.


Posted 8:24 am, 05/14/2018

I agree that James Barber is probably the most talented basketball player ever to play at East Wilkes. However, a previous poster said that he was part of a conference championship team at East which was the first and also the last one ever won. I am not old enough to know for sure but I feel confident East won some championships before him. They also won back to back conference championships in 98 and 99 in the much tougher Northwest 1a conference with Starmount, Elkin, East Surry, and Mt. Airy.


Posted 10:02 pm, 05/13/2018

Division 3=Non Scholarship athletes. A lot easier to excel vs basically high school kids that couldn’t get do better. No way Call was 1/2 the player Barber was hands down.


Posted 8:06 pm, 02/18/2018

Jack Groce was a great athlete I hear in Wilkes County and at ASU. He was my Head Football Coach at Watauga. He had a long career in the school system In Watauga he was always decent to me I respect him a lot even today.


Posted 1:01 am, 01/18/2018

James Barber Very best From East to ever play basketball.. Avg. over 30ppgBest in State, and led team to Conf Champ(only one for East) and regional finals.. Also in Mars Hill HOF...


Posted 12:39 pm, 01/17/2018

Shane Grose never played in college.

What about Wayne Shepherd. He was pretty good. Guilford College


Posted 10:14 am, 01/06/2018

Some facts hard to ignore are ,and Iam back to Justin Call ,,,in college he was division 3 player of the year in basketball and he held a state record in receiving yards for football


Posted 1:57 am, 01/06/2018

Colonel, I agree with you Barnes was a good player he came along during my high school days, he was tough to stop.

Colonel Mustard

Posted 1:46 pm, 01/05/2018

Robbie Barnes-Wilkes Central Gardner Webb. When he was even- He was leavin


Posted 11:07 pm, 12/18/2017

justin call was division 3 player of the year in basketball also


Posted 8:20 pm, 12/18/2017

Luke Samples EW set state single game passing yards record against 1998 1a State Champions Starmount Rams with 584 yds. Justin Call EW also set single season receptions that year also. Both state records have since been broken.


Posted 8:11 pm, 12/16/2017

Mike Calloway....East Wilkes ...App State... All Conferance... Southern Conferance...Drafted by NFL


Posted 3:22 pm, 12/15/2017

Randall Parsons, LB/OL, West Wilkes, University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill

Logan Hallock, QB, West Wilkes, Appalachian State University


Posted 3:18 pm, 12/15/2017

William Dula, DE, West Wilkes

Neil Walsh, QB, West Wilkes, Mars Hill University
Shane Grose, RB, West Wilkes, Mars Hill University
Ben Pierce, OL/DL, West Wilkes, NC State University


Posted 9:30 am, 11/28/2017

John Swofford, Wilkes Central QB, UNC, now ACC commissioner.

Odell White, Wilkes Central running back, Lenoir-Rhyne

Nelson Lowe, Wilkes Central QB, UNC

Lou Holtz

Posted 1:14 am, 10/01/2017

Ricky Tidwell s Momma

Lou Holtz

Posted 1:14 am, 10/01/2017

Dan Pastorini of the Ronda Pastorini s

Lou Holtz

Posted 1:13 am, 10/01/2017

Jake Dellhomme of the Boomer Dellhome s

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