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WILMINGTON — Yet again, a star athlete at Hoggard High School is in trouble with the law. For the second time in three months a top running back for the state champs is facing drug charges.

You might remember back in October, Hoggard football star Rashad Williams was arrested on drug charges. Ironically enough, it’s his replacement who is facing charges this time.

Police arrested 16-year-old Shawn Sidbury Saturday, just off Wrightsville Avenue. Investigators say the teen had marijuana and ecstasy on him.

Sidbury replaced Rashad Williams in October as Hoggard’s top running-back and helped lead the team to a state championship title in early December.

The principal of Hoggard high says he doesn’t think the arrests will cast a shadow on the team’s recent accomplishments.

"Mistakes are made, by us all, and we deal with them and move on," Hoggard High School Principal Dave Spencer said. "I don’t think anyone can take away from the accomplishments of those players and coaches."

Spencer says this year the school worked with the district attorney and UNCW to try and teach students about the consequences of substance abuse.

District Attorney Ben David says he spoke with about 800 students at Hoggard earlier this year and addressed the exact issue the two football players were arrested for.

Sidbury has already made his first court appearance; his case has been continued until the January 24. If Sidbury is convicted of felony charges he is ineligible to play football for the rest of high school.

Rashad Williams pled down to misdemeanor charges in November.

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2015 years 10 months ago

I went to High School at Topsail and graduated with shawns older brother, all of the sidbury children think they are above the law and being star athletes they got away with everything growing up. Good to see one is finally getting a real wake up call.

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2015 years 10 months ago

The fact that a Hampstead resident is playing football at Hoggard H.S. has unfortunately been well known to many in the local football community. Coaches and officials have “looked the other way” for far too long in the interest of winning. Could it be this poor example of rationalizing a white lie is what leads to the erosion of a young person’s morals?

If you check on Shawn Sidbury’s address, you will find that he can stand in his yard and throw a rock (or football) and have it land on Topsail H.S. property.

What’s unfortunate, is that it’s taken a controversy such as a drug arrest to expose the serious issue of high school recruiting and the practices at Hoggard High School. Also, where was #75 on Hoggard’s starting offense playing prior to showing up at Hoggard?… Topsail.

2015 years 10 months ago

it was in the starnews online

2015 years 10 months ago

Well Yes What He Did Was Wrong But We Are People
And People Make Mistakes And They Go Threw a Process And They Learn From It And If They Don’t Then Shame On Them So Get Off They Back and Chill Out. I attend Hoggard Highschool And I Know Both Of The Star Players Who Messed Up But Shad Got Up And Shawn Will Too. And Besides Yall Not Leaving No Name Or Number On The Website Cause Half Of Yall who Are Leaving Comments Don’t Know What You are Talking About. So Shut Up

concern mom
2015 years 10 months ago

You have totaly miss the point. We shouldn’t just SHUT UP. that is the problem. A wrong is a wrong. I wonder how would you feel if this was the same pills he had on him. If he gave them to your daughther (if you have one). That is what is wrong. This OOPS Sorry didn’t mean to. Has to stop. I sure this kid will get up from this and hope leason is learn. but you have to be held accountable. If more teachers and couches and schools,parents would make sure the grades are there then they play ball. It would make a big difference. it is the $ first then the talent. It should be the grades then fun. that is how real life works.


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