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AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Squads Announced

Coach Aubrey Blackwell Montgomery Catholic     Chris Musso good[8]

Left – Head Coach for the South is Montgomery Catholic High School Coach Aubrey Blackwell. Right -The North Head Coach is Locust Fork’s Chris Musso.

North-South All-Star squads for the upcoming 59th AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Game have been selected. The two teams, composed of 2018 graduating seniors, were announced by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Tuesday.
The North-South Game will be played Thursday, July 19 at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. The annual game will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network.

The South holds a 30-26-2 edge in the North-South. The North won 14-13 last July, its third straight victory in the series which was first played in 1948. The North won that first game played in Tuscaloosa 33-0.



Coach Chris Musso, beginning his sixth season as head coach at Locust Fork, has compiled a 53-52 career record in 10 seasons – the first five at John Carroll (23-29) and the last five at Locust Fork (30-23). The Hornets have made the state playoffs three of the last four years.

The North Coaching Staff includes Tom Causey, Pelham; Drew Gilmer, Clay-Chalkville; Ryan Lolley, Gordo; Mark Sanderson, Donoho; Matt Griffith, Sylacauga; and James Thompson, Pickens County.

Headlining the North squad is defensive lineman Khamari Brown of Class 7A state champion Hoover, defensive lineman Desmond Scott and wide receiver Liallen Dailey of Class 6A state champion Pinson Valley. Leeds and Thompson have three players each selected. Green Wave seniors include kicker Greg Dawkins; offensive lineman Gage Towery; and defensive back Jaylen Washington. Chosen from the Class 7A Warriors (12-1) are defensive back Myles Brown, wide receiver Tim Harris-Edwards; and defensive lineman Mackie McNeal.


Coach Aubrey Blackwell of Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School has led the Knights to a 22-11 record over his three seasons as head coach. Last year’s team finished 10-2, won the school’s first region title and first playoff game since 1989.
The South Coaching Staff consists of Jon Cooper, Kinston; Josh McClendon, Greenville; Kenny King, Daphne; Erik Speakman, Opelika; Kevin Smith, Benjamin Russell; and Andro Williams, W.S. Neal.

South Squad: Eight players who helped their teams play in state championship games last December have been selected to play in the 2018 game. Named to the South squad are quarterback Swift Lyle of Class 5A state champion St. Paul’s Episcopal and linebacker Shamar Lewis of Class 1A state champion Sweet Water. Defensive back Eric Cameron-Garror and running back Bryan Hill of Class 7A runner-up McGill-Toolen Catholic and offensive lineman Tavien White of Class 6A runner-up Wetumpka are also on the South squad. Goshen, which reached the Class 2A semifinals and finished with 12 wins for the first time in school history, is the only team to place three seniors on the South squad. Selected are quarterback Brock Snyder; wide receiver Zack Alford; and defensive lineman Devin Bell.

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Lexie Childers – Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Hamilton

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Meet Lexie Childers, this month’s Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Hamilton! 

Lexie is a Junior at Hamilton High School where she excels in both Softball (#22) and Basketball (#23). This is her third year playing Varsity for the Aggies.

Lexie’s list of sports accomplishments includes: 2017 All WAC Softball; 2017 Most Improved-Softball; 2017 Most Steals-Basketball; and 2018 All Marion County Basketball. She is also a State Champion with the Dirty Diamonds Softball Team.

Her future plans include pursing a career as a Nurse Practitioner or Veterinarian. Lexie is the daughter of Stephanie and Jamie Childers.

Congratulations, Lexie!

Zayne Guthrie-Athlete of the Month for Addison High School and Encore Rehabilitation – Cullman

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Congratulations to Zayne Guthrie, Athlete of the Month for Addison High School and Encore Rehabilitation – Cullman!

Zayne is a Junior and plays Quarterback and Defensive Back for the Bulldogs. He had a fantastic record for November 2017 passing for 292 yards and 6 touchdowns while also rushing for 400 yards and 5 touchdowns, a total of 692 yards and 11 touchdowns for only four games!

Way to go, Zayne!



Andrew Sweeney – Athlete of the Month for Saint Bernard and Encore Rehabilitation – Cullman

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Congratulations to Andrew Sweeney, Athlete of the Month for Saint Bernard Prep School and Encore Rehabilitation – Cullman!

Andrew is a Senior and runs Cross Country for the Saints. This fall, he has enjoyed incredible success with multiple First Place finishes including First Place at Class 1A-2A Sectionals. In addition, Andrew also took First Place at the AHSAA State Cross Country Finals where he set a new State Record with a time of 16:02! His skills have earned him a scholarship to the University of Alabama- Huntsville.

Way to go, Andrew! We wish you the best of success as you complete your senior year!

Jarrett Bailey – Athlete of the Month -Hanceville High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman


Congratulations to Jarrett Bailey, Athlete of the Month for Hanceville High School and Encore Rehabilitation – Cullman! Jarrett played on the Bulldogs Football team (#33) as Wide Receiver and Outside Line Backer.

We wish you the best of success in your Senior year, Jarrett!

Montrel Alexander- Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation – Long Beach

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Congratulations to Montrel Alexander for being selected as the Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation – Long Beach! As a Sophomore at Pass Christian High, he participates in Football (#34) and Track where he has enjoyed varsity sports for two years.

Montrel plans to pursue a college degree in scientific technology or agriculture, perhaps in veterinary science. His parents are Tonya Alexander and Lionel Alexander.

Way to go, Montrel! We wish you the best of success!