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North South Squads named for All-Star Basketball

A total of 60 outstanding junior student-athletes from across the state have been named to the 2014 North-South Boys and Girls Basketball All-Star squads for the 18th annual Alabama All-Star Sports Week competition scheduled in Montgomery July 21-25. Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), made the announcement Wednesday.
Sports Week, which also includes in-state all-star games in soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball and football, will also feature the Summer Conference with clinics and professional development sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleader coaches and officials.
Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week. Two of the highlights will be the Sportsmanship Banquet, which honors all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2013-14 school year, and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet, which also honors the 2013-14 Making A Difference Award winners as well as the Dr. Lemak Award recipients.

Coaching the South girls’ all-stars will be Jarvis Wilson of Blount and Eric Bailey of Maplesville. Nigel Card of Saint James is the administrative coach.
Coaches for the North girls are Ulysses Haynes of Center Point and Brenda Mayes of Muscle Shoals. Lauderdale County’s Brant Llewellyn is the administrative coach.
The South boys’ all-star coaching staff includes Richard Dorsey of Luverne and S. Dwayne Drakeford of Beauregard. North coaches are Stace Tedford of Athens and Clifford Drummond of Handley. Card and Llewellyn will also serve as boys’ administrative coaches.
Headlining the South girls’ roster is two-time Class 1A state tournament MVP Amahni Upshaw, a 6-foot forward, and 6-2 Carver-Montgomery center Tatyana Calhoun. Payton Burnett, a 5-11 forward, is also representing Class 1A state champion Brantley on the squad. Two Straughn players on the squad are guards Katelyn Kinsaul and Jacie Williamson.
The North team lists two girls who played on state championship teams in 2014—6-2 center Makayla Liles of Class 3A Lauderdale County and 5-8 guard Alyese Givens of Shades Valley. Holly Pond forward Megan Gambrill also played in the 3A state finals with Holly Pond last season. Two Hazel Green players on the squad are 6-2 center Rayven Pearson and 6-1 forward Chloe Long.

The South boys’ roster features three players who played in the 2014 state finals. The tallest is 6-9 center Donta’ Hall of Luverne, who led the Tigers to the Class 2A state finals as a junior. Tommie Burton, a 6-8 center, led St. Jude to the 1A state championship and 5-11 guard Jerrod Moorer helped Dallas County win the Class 4A state title. The tall South squad also lists 6-7 Deion Dozier of McGill-Toolen and 6-8 forward Joseph Strugg of Carver-Montgomery.
The North squad lists four players who stand 6-7 or taller with Luke Lena of Grissom at 6-10 the tallest. Kaleb Suggs of Colbert Heights is 6-8 while Dalton Barkley of Bob Jones and Gerron Scissum of Lee-Huntsville stand 6-7 each.
The North swept last year’s competition at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome with the boys winning 96-60 and the girls rolling to an 84-36 victory. The North leads the girls’ series 15-2 while the North boys hold a 45-25 edge in the series that dates back to the first contest in 1953.
The AHSADCA operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Membership includes coaches of all AHSAA sports as well as administrators of member schools.

2014 GIRLS BASKETBALL ROSTER

NORTH PLAYERS

Victoria Baldwin
Spain Park

Tailah Davis
Center Point

Tiarrial Duncan
Talladega County

Keely Ellison
North Sand Mountain

Hannah Evans
Hokes Bluff

Megan Gambrill
Holly Pond

Elizabeth Gilliam
Madison Academy

Alyese Givens
Shades Valley

Ta'Naisha Hill
Huntsville

Kristian Hudson
Clay-Chalkville

Makayla Liles
Lauderdale County

Chloe Long
Hazel Green

Rayven Pearson
Hazel Green

Salina Virola
Lee - Huntsville

Shaquera Wade
Huntsville

COACHES

Ulysses Haynes
Center Point

Brenda Mayes
Muscles Shoals

Brant Llewellyn, Adm
Lauderdale Co.

SOUTH PLAYERS

Payton Burnett
Brantley

Breyunna Bussey
Valley

Tatyana Calhoun
Carver - Montgomery

Angelique Chess
Choctaw County

La'Tia Fils-Aime'
Daleville

Areleatha Gipson
Lee - Montgomery

Kierra Jackson
Rain, B. C.

Katelyn Kinsaul
Straughn

Emani Mhoon
UMS-Wright

Hope Moore
Murphy

Crisshada Rogers
Ashford

Amahni Upshaw
Brantley

Amber Uptain
Maplesville

Keremi Vinson
Loachapoka

Jacie Williamson
Straughn

COACHES

Jarvis Wilson
Blount, Mattie T.

Eric Bailey
Maplesville

Nigel Card, Adm
Saint James

2014 BOYS BASKETBALL ROSTER

NORTH PLAYERS

Dalton Barkley
Bob Jones

Austin Cherry
Hoover

Malik Cook
Homewood

Landon Crowder
Vestavia Hills

Collin Crowe
American Christian

Tyler Crumpton
Phillips

Spencer Garner
Scottsboro

Luke Luna
Grissom

Elijah McFarland
Randolph County

William Potts, III
Athens

David Robinson
Central - Tusc

Gerron Scissum
Lee - Huntsville

Ethan Stair
Hazel Green

Kaleb Suggs
Colbert Heights

Tavaras Tolliver
Scottsboro

COACHES

Stace Tedford
Athens High

Clifford Drummond
Handley

Brant Llewellyn, Adm
Lauderdale Co.

SOUTH PLAYERS

Brandon Austin
Carver - Montgomery

Tommie Burton
Saint Jude

Deion Dozier
McGill-Toolen

Rodney Gill
Theodore

Donta' Hall
Luverne

Dazon InGram
Theodore

Arthur Johnson
Francis Marion

Walter Jones, Jr.
Sunshine

Anthony Moore
Central - Phenix City

Jerrod Moorer
Dallas County

Cletrell Pope
Sunshine

Dylan Smith
McGill-Toolen

Joseph Strugg
Carver - Montgomery

Josh Thomas
Montgomery Academy

Pernell Vickerstaff
Opelika

COACHES

Richard Dorsey
Luverne

S. Dwyane Drakeford
beauregard

Nigel Card, Adm
Saint James


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