NEWTOWN — Alex Lee is one of the best all-around athletes that has put on a Miners’ jersey in the early history of the consolidated Mingo Central High School.
Lee excelled in four sports, football, basketball, baseball and track while wearing the Carolina blue and black.
Lee is headed to Concord College in a couple of weeks to play football for the Mountain Lions.
However, before he does, he will suit up one more time at Harless Stadium in the inaugural East-West Senior All-Star Classic this coming Saturday.
When asked how it will feel to run out of the brick dressing room complex at Mingo Central’s Harless Stadium, Lee responded, “I loved suiting up at Harless Stadium the last three seasons. Even if you’re just going out for practice you get chills running out of that locker room.”
Lee said he knows this week of practice leading up to the August 2 game will help get him ready for the next level as he prepares to wear the maroon of Concord College.
“I think that this game could help anyone that’s going to college,” he said of the all-star contest, which takes the place of the former Hatfield-McCoy Bowl. “Anytime you can go get reps at your position in a game-like atmosphere it can be very essential.”
Lee said he looks forward to suiting up with several other 2014 graduates.
“There are some great players in the state this year. I hope to get to know these other all-stars as well and go kick the Easts’ butt,” he said.
Lee said he has tried to work out some this summer to get ready for his college career, but sometimes it is difficult to do it on your own.
“It seems like every day it’s the same thing. Working out and running. It’s always hard in the summer time though,” Lee said.
Lee, who can play several positions, isn’t quite sure where Coach Gary Mullins will play him this week in the all-star game. In the past Lee has played wide receiver, defensive back, running back, returned kickoffs and is also a good punter.
Regardless of where he may be used this Saturday, he is excited about the opportunity to play one more time in front of his home crowd.
Kickoff time is scheduled for 8 p.m. All tickets are $7.