57th Annual North-South All-Star Football game rosters beefed up
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (ahsaa.com) – Several roster changes were made Monday as players from across the state reported to the 20th annual AHSAA All-Star Week and Summer Conference hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.
Seven players were added to the South All-Star football squad and two were added for the North. South head coach Eric Collier of Theodore saw Park Crossing wide receiver Steve Hodges, Wetumpka defensive back Rod Thrasher, Lee-Montgomery linebacker Quantravis Kelly, Carver-Montgomery defensive lineman Demontrae Haigler and a trio of offensive linemen, McGill-Toolen’s Brock Gould, Dothan’s Javion Leake and Opelika’s Bryant Norrell, join the squad.
North head coach Frank Tucker of Alexandria added two players, Oakman defensive back Austin Caldwin and Brooks defensive lineman Jake Whitehead, to his team’s roster. All players in the Thursday night’s 57th annual North-South Football All-Star Game at Cramton Bowl are 2016 graduated seniors. Student-athletes in the other all-star venues are rising seniors.
Dropping off the North roster were Russellville defensive lineman Austin Bohannon and Florence defensive lineman Kyler Madden. No longer on the South squad are running back Bennie Smith of Stanhope Elmore, linebacker Justin Hosea-Williams of Theodore, defensive lineman Colby Smith of Charles Henderson, offensive lineman Shonye Reams and defensive lineman Manuel Johnson, both of Dothan.
The South also made one change to its basketball roster adding LaFayette’s 6-foot-7 guard Mykale Trammell. Dropping off the roster are 6-5 guard DeAndre Robinson of Monroe County and 6-7 guard Herbert Jones of Hale County. The changes leave the South, coached by Janasky Fleming of Northview and Obadiah Threadgill of LaFayette, with just nine players. The North, coached by White Plains’ Chris Randall and Geraldine’s Cale Black, will have 10 for Wednesday night’s North-South Boys Game at Alabama State University. Two players dropped off the North squad Monday: Spain Park guard Jamal Johnson and Winfield guard Payton Stovall. The North is anchored by U.S. National Team member Austin Wiley of Spain Park. The 6-foot-10 center is considered one of the top rising seniors in the nation.
Decatur Heritage pitcher/infielder Chandler Sparkman did not report Monday for the North softball team and will not be replaced. The South had two players, Alex Wilcox of Brantley and Reagan Watkins of LAMP, report but are injured and are not expected to play in Tuesday’s North-South Softball All-Star Games at Lagoon Park. Not reporting for the North soccer team was Randolph midfielder Abby Harper. She is not expected to be replaced for Tuesday night’s North-South Soccer All-Star Game.
North and South baseball squads reported at full strength. The North, led by 6-4, 225-pound Cullman outfielder Owen Lovell, who was named Mr. Baseball in 2016 by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, also has a strong pitching staff led by 6-5 Caden Lemons of Vestavia Hills and Randolph closer Carson Hall, who had 10 saves as a junior.
The North-South Baseball All-Star doubleheader will be the first of eight all-star venues this week with the first pitch set for Riverwalk Stadium at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The complete all-star schedule is listed below.
AHSAA SUMMER CONFERENCE AND COACHING SCHOOL
The Summer Conference and Coaching School got underway Monday at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center with bowling and golf. Tuesday’s schedule includes C2C Training, Coaches Education Courses and Coaching Schools for the sports of baseball, soccer and softball. Football, basketball, volleyball, wrestling, track and cheerleading schools get underway Wednesday and Thursday. The Officials Conference will also get underway Thursday.
The week will conclude Friday with the AHSAA’s mandatory Medical Advisory Session and the Principals and Athletic Directors’ mandatory session.
Friday night’s Championship Coaches Banquet will honor coaches winning state titles in 2015-16 as well as the Section III Coaches of the Year from Alabama: Buddy Anderson, Vestavia Hills High School (football); David DiPiazza, Oak Mountain High School (girls’ soccer); Jack Doss, J.O. Johnson High School (boys’ basketball); Donnie Roberts, Red Bay High School (girls’ basketball) and Tony Scarbrough, Baker High School (softball).
NFHS State Coaches of the year are also set to be honored and include:
Boys’ Tennis: Rick Cleveland, UMS-Wright Preparatory School
Boys’ Track & Field: Pat Galle, UMS-Wright Preparatory School
Boys’ Soccer: Jessie Gamez, Fort Payne High School
Boys’ Golf: Chad Gladden, Hartselle High School
Wrestling: Matt Hicks, Leeds High School
Girls’ Track & Field: Devon Hind, Hoover High School
Girls’ Cross Country: Stanley Johnson, Lawrence County High School
Girls’ Swimming & Diving: Tyler Kerns, St. Paul’s Episcopal School
Girls’ Tennis: Reece Morton, Huntsville High School
Boys’ Cross Country: Dan Norton, Auburn High School
Volleyball: Han O’Quinn, Mountain Brook High School
Girls’ Golf: Jason Pierce, Glencoe High School