MONTGOMERY – The City of Montgomery embraces for more than 4,000 coaches and administrators as the 21st annual AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week heads into day two at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Complex Tuesday.
The week-long convention for AHSAA member schools, which is hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), features Coaching Schools for the various sports offered by the AHSAA.
Golf and bowling highlighted Monday’s first day with the AHSADCA hosting its annual golf tournament for coaches, administrators and guests at Lagoon Park. The festivities included a cookout afterward.
Tuesday’s slate includes baseball, softball, soccer, C2C Training and Coaches Education courses.
The AHSAA and City of Montgomery hosted press conference on the campus of Auburn University-Montgomery as all-stars chosen to compete in All-Star Sports Week checked in at the North Commons Dorm, which is hosting the more than 300 players and coaches selected to compete this week in North-South all-star competition.
Mayor Todd Strange lauded the AHSA event’s economic impact in the city. “This event has an economic impact of between $8 and $10 million annually,” he told the media gathered in the North Commons lobby.
AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese and AHSADCA Director Alvin Briggs both thanked the city, especially the Parks and Recreation Department, Mayor Strange and AUM for their commitment to hosting this major event.
The North-South All-Star competition gets underway Tuesday with a baseball doubleheader at Riverwalk Stadium beginning at 4 p.m. The Girls’ and Boys’ soccer matches will be held at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex at 5 and 7 p.m., and the fast-pitch softball all-star doubleheader’s first pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Lagoon Park Tuesday.
The first-ever North-South cross-country competition will be held on the AUM campus Wednesday morning with the girls running at 7:30 a.m., and the boys at 8. The Girls’ and Boys’ North-South basketball games will be played at the AUM Basketball Complex a 6 and 8 p.m., respectively, Wednesday night
The all-star games conclude Thursday with the North-South volleyball match at 4 p.m. at AUM, and the 57th annual North-South football game at Cramton Bowl at 7 p.m. All all-star events will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network with Graham Dunn and Jerry Young handling the commentary. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast live the football clash.
PLAYERS ADDED TO FOOTBALL ROSTERS: Among the late additions to the North-South football rosters as teams checked in Sunday with the North picking up Davarrius Hudson, Jacoby Johnson and Joshua Nickerson. Wide receiver Tyler Welsey of Jeff Davis and quarterback Caleb Winton of T.R. Miller were added to the South squad.
BASKETBALL CHANGE: Faith Reynolds of Wenonah is injured and did not report for the North squad as teams reported Monday. She will not be replaced. The South won last year’s girls’ game 57-53 – snapping an eight-game losing streak. The North holds a 17-3 lead heading into Wednesday’s contest. The North boys hold a 47-27 advantage heading into the 75th playing of the game that dates back to 1953. The tall, tall team coached by Paul Bryant’s Shon Peck-Love and Muscle Shoals’ Neal Barker, feature 6-foot-11 center Trey Jemison, who was a standout at Homewood for the last three years but has transferred to Hoover for his senior year. Xavier Williams of Parker and Logan Dye of Haleyville are also 6-9 each. The South, coached by Monroe County’s Tony Hayes and Bullock County’s Douglas Moore, feature 6-9 Theo Akwuba of Brewbaker Tech and 6-8 center Emanuel Littles of Lanett.
The complete all-star schedule is listed below.
NFHS NETWORK: All all-star competition will be webcast live over the NFHS TV Network. Links and instructions on how to subscribe can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The All-Star Football Game will also be broadcast live by the AHSAA Radio Network.
The week’s festivities can also be found on the new AHSAA Mobile App, which can be downloaded free at Apple and Google stores online or by going to the following link: https://admin.mycaboodleevents.com/event/detail/79/ahsaa-2017-ahsaa-summer-conference
ALL-STAR WEEK SCHEDULE at MONTGOMERY
North-South Baseball (doubleheader) Tuesday, 4 p.m. Riverwalk Stadium
North-South Soccer (Girls) Tuesday, 5 p.m. Folmar Soccer Complex
North-South Soccer (Boys) Tuesday, 7 p.m. Folmar Soccer Complex
North-South Softball (doubleheader) Tuesday, 5 p.m. Lagoon Park
North-South Basketball (Girls) Wednesday, 6 p.m. AUM Basketball Complex
North-South Basketball (Boys) Wednesday, 8 p.m. AUM Basketball Complex
North-South Volleyball Thursday, 4 p.m. Auburn-Montgomery Gym
North-South Football Thursday, 7 p.m. Cramton Bowl