Former Warriors set for ACC showdown

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 01:06 PM

The 2014 ACC Barnstorming Tour makes its way to West Caldwell High School on Friday night, where seven former Warriors will get the chance to showcase their talents to the ACC stars and Caldwell County.

The roster for the West Caldwell All-Stars is: Stoney Polite, Landon Bowers, James Watts, Brandon Dula, Jeremy Harper, Mike Corpening and CJ Genwright. Here is some background information on your former Warriors:

Stoney is a 2006 West Caldwell graduate. He went on to play four years at Mars Hill College, while earning his degree in Physical Education. Polite currently serves as a sales representative for his families businesses.

“It was crazy walking through the halls of West Caldwell the other day reminiscing on my high school years,” Polite said. “I’m anxious to play against some ACC caliber players on Friday. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Landon is a 2007 West Caldwell graduate. Following his graduation, Bowers went on to play at Davidson Community College for two years, before transferring to Winston-Salem State to earn a degree in Exercise Science. Bowers will be starting graduate school at Winston-Salem State in the fall to earn his Masters in Occupational Therapy.

“It’s going to be an unbelievable experience to go back to my hometown and my alma mater,” Bowers said. “I’m honored to be able to be a part of this experience.”

James is a 2003 graduate of West Caldwell. He went on to play two years at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, before joining the United States Air Force. Watts is still in the Air Force today. He plans to retire and go into Business Management.

“It’s always a pleasure to come back home,” Watts said. “It’s a blessing to be able to play against these rising stars.”

Brandon is a 2006 graduate of West Caldwell. He went on to play two years at Montreat College, before joining the United States Air Force. Dula is currently still in the Air Force and he plans to re-enlist when his current contract expires.

“I’m excited to be able to showcase my talents at West Caldwell,” Dula said. “I feel like I’ve gotten a lot better because I’ve matured and developed over the years. It’s going to be a good challenge for us.”

Jeremy is a 2003 graduate of West Caldwell. He went on to be an All-American at Rockingham Community College, before moving on to play at Appalachian State University. Upon graduation from ASU, Harper went on to play in the ABA for the Charlotte Crossovers. Harper currently serves as an Assistant Coach at CCC&TI and as a health education teacher in the Caldwell County school system. He also owns a tax office in Greensboro and runs youth camps for the Charlotte Bobcats in the summer.

“This is right up my alley,” Harper said. “I’m used to playing against this kind of talent. I’m going out there to win and to fight for West Caldwell.”

Michael is a 2007 West Caldwell graduate. He went on to play at Southern Wesleyan University where he graduated from in 2011. Following his graduation, Corpening played professional basketball in Finland. He was unavailable for comments.

CJ is a 2002 West Caldwell graduate. Further information and comments were not available.

The ACC is bringing 12 all-stars to Friday’s game, including ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren of N.C. State. Warren will be joined by teammate Jordan Vandenberg; Leslie McDonald, Wade Moody, Denzel Robinson and James Manor of UNC; Tyler Thornton, Andre Dawkins, Josh Hairston and Todd Zafirovski of Duke; and Travis McKie and Coron Williams of Wake Forest. The head coach of the ACC team is former Tar Heel Phil Ford.

Friday night’s ACC Barnstorming Tour at West Caldwell will begin at 7:30 p.m. The doors will open at 6 p.m.