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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 11 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.

Lady J
2015 years 11 months ago

How does anyone know his address?

Clean it up
2015 years 11 months ago

Besides all the other facts already addressed,tell me how a drug dealer(as we all know they don’t have time to sit at home and do homework, study for tests) who lives in Hampstead is making it to class every day. Not only making it to class, but is maintaining the neccesary grade point avg. to remain on the team.

2015 years 11 months ago

Shawn I can’t believe you could do this. Just what were you thinking? This is from someone who has always believed in you and your brother.

High School Recruiting
2015 years 11 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… Read more »

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