Local athletes headed to Montgomery for 23rd annual All-Star Sports Week


MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The AHSAA’s 23rd North-South All-Star Sports Week is on the horizon and we have nine local athletes and a coach making their way to Montgomery to participate in the week’s competitions. Cullman High School’s Della Kelly and Will Thompson landed on the North All-Star Cross-Country roster, Greyson Gerding and Hannah Bircheat each earned spots on the boys’ and girls’ North All-Star Soccer Teams and Reagan Martin was selected to the North’s All-Star Tennis Team. This is the first year that the event has included a golf or tennis all-star competition. Cold Springs’ Elizabeth earned a spot on this year’s North roster but will be unable to participate after undergoing offseason surgery.

Bearcats Head Football Coach Oscar Glasscock will also be in the capital city next week as part of the North All-Star coaching staff in the North-South All-Star Football game at the Cramton Bowl July 18th. Cullman’s Seth Gable will be joining Glasscock on the field after earning an invitation to the game to fill a spot for a player that cannot attend. Addison high school is sending Hayden Ray to play in this year’s All-Star football game and Addison’s Savannah Manley will be there to compete in the All-Star Volleyball game as well. Cold Springs and St. Bernard are also sending Cole Akridge and Caleb Guthery to compete on this year’s North All-Star Cross-Country Team.

2019 North-South All-Star Cross-Country Race at Auburn University Montgomery. Wednesday, July 17th. (Girls at 7:30 a.m. Boys at 8 a.m.)

Local participants: Della Kelly, Cullman – Will Thompson, Cullman – Cole Akridge, Cold Springs – Caleb Guthery, St. Bernard

CHS Cross Country Coach Trent Dean

“We are very proud of Della and Will for receiving this honor from the AHSAA,” Dean said. “They are both tremendous leaders in our program and their commitment to working our process at the level they do day-in and day-out makes them very deserving. They are both very special.”

Former Cold Springs and current Vinemont Cross Country Coach Blaise Carie

“Cole Akridge is one of the hardest working people I have had the pleasure of coaching. He always goes above and beyond what I ask of him,” Carie said. “He stretches extra, runs extra, has a 4.0 GPA, and has excellent character. It is always great to see good people acknowledged for their hard work. He truly deserves this honor.”

St. Bernard Cross Country Coach William Calvert

“Caleb is a talented runner, great student and awesome young man. We at St. Bernard are very proud he has been chosen to compete for the North Team in the AHSAA North South All-Star Cross-Country Meet. The honor is well deserved,” Calvert said. “He is the top returning cross country runner in the 3A division. Caleb has worked consistently hard for several years to reach the elite runner level. I know he is excited about competing and I am looking forward to going down and supporting him in Montgomery.”

2019 North-South All-Star Soccer Game at Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex. Wednesday, July 17th. (Girls at 5 p.m. Boys at 7 p.m.)

Local participants: Greyson Gerding, Cullman – Hannah Bircheat, Cullman

CHS Head Boys Soccer Coach Casey Harbin

“I’m very excited Greyson received this honor. He played a major role in the development of our super young team this year and served as our captain all season,” Harbin said. “I think a group of coaches selecting him as an All-Star despite our tough statistical season is a testament to his influence in games. Anyone that watches him play can see that he’s worked tirelessly to become that player.”

CHS Girls Head Soccer Coach Luke Hackbarth

“Hannah has worked really hard to get where she is and we’re really proud of her for this accomplishment,” Hackbarth said. “It’s very exciting to have her representing our school in the North-South All-Star Soccer Game.”

2019 North-South All-Star Tennis at Montgomery Country Club. Thursday, July 18th at 10 a.m.

Local participants: Reagan Martin, Cullman

CHS Tennis Coach Robin Cook

“We are proud of Reagan. She will represent CHS well because she rises to meet challenges,” Cook said. “Since she has played most of the competitors either with the high school tennis team or in junior tournaments, she will be prepared and will compete well.”

2019 North-South All-Star Volleyball at Multiplex at Cramton Bowl. Thursday, July 18th at 4 p.m.

Local participants: Savannah Manley, Addison

Addison Head Volleyball Coach Kayla Woodard

“I’m super excited for Savannah to have this opportunity to represent Addison High School and our community,” Woodard said. “She is a really good kid and has been such a huge asset to our program. She makes us very proud and I know she will continue to do that at the All-Star game next week.”

2019 North-South All Star Football Game at the Cramton Bowl. Thursday, July 18th at 7 p.m.

Local participants: Hayden Ray, Addison – Seth Gable, Cullman – Oscar Glasscock, Cullman

CHS Head Football Coach Oscar Glasscock

“I’m really looking forward to seeing (Seth) play. I didn’t coach him, but I’ve just heard a lot of good things about him and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do down there. It’s certainly an honor to be chosen to coach in the game. There are so many great coaches in this state and to be asked is a thrill. When you’re recognized by your peers and guys in your profession, obviously that’s one of the highest honors you can have in the coaching world.”

Addison Head Football Coach David Smothers

“We are excited about him having the opportunity to play and represent our program, school and community,” Smothers said. “Hopefully it will be a great experience and a memory that he will enjoy for a long time.”

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