Stanly Dragons releases roster for game versus Harlem Wizards

Published 10:14 am Tuesday, January 16, 2024

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The Stanly Dragons team members have been named and a head coach has been selected.

The Dragons will be taking on the Harlem Wizards basketball team at Pfeiffer University’s Merner Gym at 7 p.m. Feb. 1. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The Harlem Wizards travel all over the United States and around the world to take on local teams for an evening of fun and entertainment. This is the first time they have played in Stanly County.

The game is hosted by the Albemarle Rotary Club and funds raised will be used for scholarships, school projects, community grants and Rotary projects.

The Stanly Dragons include teachers and staff members from Stanly County Schools.

Superintendent Dr. Jarrod Dennis has been named as the head coach of the Dragons.

Albemarle Rotary President Mandi Rogers invites everyone to come enjoy this event. Tickets are available online or at the door. Find the tickets under Misenheimer at Look for the “Schedule-Tickets” tab at the top of the page.

Team members are:

• Daniel Ubaldo – teacher assistant, Albemarle Middle School;

• Diana Popoca – bookkeeper, Albemarle High School

• Dustin Foley – teacher, Albemarle High School;

• Joy Hathcock – principal, Aquadale Elementary School

• Malachi Johnson – teacher, Aquadale Elementary School;

• Dr. Erik Johnson – principal, Central Elementary;

• Tina Bowden – teacher, East Albemarle Elementary School;

• Brandon Bowden – teacher, East Albemarle Elementary School;

• Kia Davis – counselor, East Albemarle Elementary School;

• Jamie Underwood – teacher, East Albemarle Elementary School;

• Basilio Hidalgo Andrade – teacher, Endy Elementary School;

• Faith Coble – teacher assistant, Endy Elementary School;

• Madison Adams – teacher, Endy Elementary School;

• Lance Barbee – teacher assistant, Endy Elementary School;

• Tate Cord – EC assistant, North Stanly High School;

• Emily Emery – teacher, Richfield Elementary School;

• Luke Hatley – school resource officer, Richfield Elementary School;

• Kinsley Fore – school resource officer, Stanfield Elementary School;

• Hannah Naifeh – teacher, Stanfield Elementary School;

• Randi Griffin – data manager, Stanfield Elementary School;

• Matt Ursone – EC Vision-Impaired Specialist, West Stanly Middle School;

• Sharon Stephens – EC resource teacher, Stanly County Schools; and

• Dustin Lisk – Stanly County School Board member.

Admission in advance is $10 for students, $12 for the public, $20 for reserved seating and $40 for Courtside Plus. Children under 3 are admitted free.

Courtside Plus ticket holders receive first-row seating and meet privately with some of the Wizard players before the game for a meet-and-greet in the Falcon Club at Merner Gym.

Visit to purchase tickets.