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2015 North-South Basketball All-Star Teams Announced

 

     All-star squads for the 2015 North-South boys’ and girls’ basketball games have been selected.
     Sixty outstanding junior basketball players, 15 on each team, were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 19th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 20-25, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     The girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University campus July 22 at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively.
     The AHADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in soccer, baseball, volleyball and softball. The 55th North-South All-Star football game will be played the previous week and is set for Friday, July 17, at Cramton Bowl.
      The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long conference that includes sports specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
     Among the conference’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2014-15 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2014-15 Making A Difference Award Recipients ,Coaches of the Year, and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 24.
      Concluding the week will be the 19th annual Officials Awards Banquet set for July 25 at noon. The featured speaker for 2015 will be Joe Dean, Jr., Birmingham-Southern athletic director and college basketball TV sports commentator.
      Chris Love of Oak Mountain and Brian Pounders of Deshler will coach the North boys’ all-stars with Llewellyn serving as administrative coach. Dallas County’s Willie Moore, who led the Hornets to the 2015 Class 5A state tournament after winning the 4A title in 2014, will be coaching the South with John Price of Faith Academy. Price’s team has reached the 5A state tournament the last two years.  Card is the South administrative coach.
       The North Boys’ all-star basketball squad features 6-foot-6 junior Josh Langford of Madison Academy, the ASWA Class 3A player of the year after leading the Mustangs to the 3A state title, and 6-4 Justin Hopkins, who helped J.O. Johnson claim the Class 5A state crown. The South squad features 6-9 Cameron Diggs Crawford of Blount, the tallest player in the game, and Carver-Montgomery’s Antonio Nelson, a key player in the Wolverines’ Class 6A state championship run in 2015.
    Guards Emma Wallen and Ivy Wallen of Lauderdale County headline the North girls’ team. Sisters in the famed Lady Tigers “triplets”, Emma was named the Class 3A player of the year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and Ivy was selected MVP of the Class 3A state tournament as Lauderdale County closed out a 39-0 season.  Also on the North squad is Class 5A state tournament MVP and ASWA 5A player of the year Kaitlyn Rodgers, a power forward from Wenonah. Headlining the South squad are Ahyiona Vason and Jasmine Walker of 2015 Class 7A state champion Jeff Davis and Harriett Winchester, MVP of the Class 1A state tournament for state champion Keith. Walker was the 7A state tournament MVP. Also on the South squad are Cierra Johnson of Blount and Lacy Stafford of Geneva County, the ASWA Class 6A and 2A players of the year, respectively, for the 2014-2015 season.
     The North swept both games last year. The North Boys are 46-25 in the series dating back to 1953 and currently own a 12-game winning streak heading into 2015. The North Girls are 16-2 in the series that began in 1997 and have won the last seven games.
     The rosters are below.

2015  South Girls All-Star Team
Player                                     School                  Pos.     Ht.
Dana Echols                            Auburn                  G          5-4
Janesha Green                        Samson                 G          5-6
Jasmine Griffin                        Abbeville               G          5-2
Jas Hill                                     LeFlore                F          5-8
Cierra Johnson                        Blount                    G          5-8
Ivery Moore                            Demopolis               G          5-8
Margaret Robinson                 Davidson                  G          5-11
Ashley Scott                             UMS-Wright           C          6-2
Jaylen Snipes                           Opelika                  G          5-3
Lacy Stafford                           Geneva County        G          5-8
Ryann Sylvester                       McGill-Toolen           G          5-8
Ahyiona Vason                        Jeff Davis                 F          5-5
Jasmine Walker                      Jeff Davis                  F          6-3
Tykeria Williams                     Lee-Montgomery        G          5-6
Harriett Winchester                Keith                        G          5-10
Coaches
Chad McKnight                         Samson
Jennifer Norris                         Lanett
Nigel Card                               St. James (Administrative)                                                     

2015  North Girls All-Star Team
Player                                     School                         Pos.     Ht.
Katie Allen                               Albertville                   G          5-11
Charity Brown                         Sipsey Valley               G          5-7
Rachael Childress                   Lawrence County        G/F      5-10
Kenyha Coulson                       Lee-Huntsville             G          5-10
Tyra Johnson                           Austin                          G          5-7
Presley Johnson                       Pisgah                          F/C       5-11
Kendra Langham                     Hoover                        F          5-10
Jailyn Maddox                         Hoover                        G          5-10
Kaitlyn Rodgers                       Wenonah                     F          6-1      
Tykeah Rogers                         Spring Garden             G/F      5-9
Katie Speegle                          Austin                          C          6-0      
Katelyn Thomas                      Shades Valley              C          5-11
Emma Wallen                         Lauderdale County      G          5-8
Ivy Wallen                               Lauderdale County      G          5-8
Bailey West                             Cold Springs                G          5-5
Coaches
Sheroderick Smith                   Winterboro
Carey Ellison                           Pisgah
Brant Llewellyn                       Lauderdale Co. (administrative)

2015  South Boys All-Star Team
Player                                     School                         Pos.     Ht.
Cameron Diggs Crawford       Blount                          C          6-9
Joshua Hill                               Faith Academy            F          6-4
Stephon Jackson                      Smiths Station             G          6-0
Chardian Johnson                    T.R. Miller                   G          6-0
Ryan Littel                               Enterprise                   F          6-8
Roderick Melton                     Northview                   G          6-0
Kevin Morris                           Dothan            C          6-7
Antonio Nelson                        Carver-Montgomery   G          6-1
Deric Patton                            Carroll, Ozark             G          5-11
John Pettway                           Keith                            G          6-2
Charles Price                           Southside-Selma         F          6-6
Austin Rogers                          Brewbaker Tech          F          6-3
Clifford Thomas                      Jeff Davis                     F          6-7
Roderic Scott                           Lee-Montgomery        G          6-0
Tionne Williams                      Central-Phenix City     C          6-8
Coaches
Willie Moore                           Dallas County
John Price                              Faith Academy
Nigel Card                             St. James (administrative)           

2015  North Boys All-Star Team
Player                                     School                         Pos.     Ht.
Jack Bonner                             Phillips                         G          6-1
Ryan Brown                             Albertville                   F          6-6
Tracey Burnett                        Lee-Huntsville             F          6-4
Triston Chambers                   Cold Springs                G          6-2
Mykelti Chatman                    Cordova                       F          6-6
Quinterious Croft                    Anniston                      G          5-11
Micah Fuller                            Bessemer City             G          6-0
Justin Hopkins                         J.O. Johnson                F          6-4
Travian James                         James Clemens           G          5-11
Jack Kline                                Mountain Brook          F          6-5
Jason Landman                       James Clemens           F          6-7
Josh Langford                          Madison Academy      G          6-6
Albert Luke                              Ramsay                       F          6-5
Joel Wester                             Cherokee County        G          6-2
Javien Williams                       Woodlawn                   G          6-4
Coaches
Chris Love                               Oak Mountain
Brian Pounders                        Deshler
Brant Llewellyn                        Lauderdale Co. (administrative)




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