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All Star Sports Week Underway

All Star Sports Week Underway

 BOYS – North 3, South 0

      MONTGOMERY – The North All-Stars scored twice in the final three minutes to complete a 3-0 shutout of the South in the 18th annual All-Star Sports Week boys’ all-star soccer match Tuesday night at the Emory Folmar Stadium.
      East Limestone’s Dilan Sayer, the North MVP, scored the first goal of the game in the 26th minute. The North maintained the 1-0 lead until the 77th minute before scoring twice in 47 seconds. 
      Florence High School’s Isaac Rodriguez nailed a goal with 2:58 left and Vestavia Hills’ Watterson Young capped the scoring with 2:11 to play. Starting keeper Paul Roth of Mountain Brook and second-half keeper Dean Bunnell of Athens each had four saves in 40 minutes of play for the North to combine for the shutout.
      South starting keeper Logan Maloy of Foley had two saves and one goal allowed in the first half. Keeper Markeith Sellers of Vigor had three saves and two goals allowed in the second half.
      Bayside Academy’s Thomas McLendon earned MVP honors for the South. McLendon took four shots for the game and was one of eight South players to take a shot on goal.
     The North now holds a 9-4-1 lead in the All-Star series.

GIRLS – North 3, South 1

      The North girls scored twice in the second half to get by the South 3-1.
      Tied 1-1 in the second half, Sparkman’s Brooke McKee scored in the 47th minute to give the North the lead for good, and North MVP Haley Knable of Austin added the final goal in the 55th minute on an assist from Huntsville’s Emma Thompson.
      East Limestone’s Jordan Runion scored the first goal of the game for the North on an assist from Bob Jones’ Anna Gierow. Oak Mountain’s Katie Denney and Randolph’s Daria Zarzeka combined for five saves at keeper, with Denney playing the first half and Zarzeka playing the second half.
      Auburn’s Abby Meadows earned MVP honors for the South, scoring to tie the match 1-1 in the first two minutes of the second half. Prattville’s Savanna Cooper recorded four saves in 80 minutes in goal.
      The North extended its lead in the series 11-2-1.

North 1-9, South 2-8
   MONTGOMERY – The North All-Stars rallied from an 8-3 deficit in the top of the seventh inning to plate six runs and posted as 9-8 win over the South to preserve a split in the All-Star Sports Week North-South baseball series played at Riverwalk Stadium Tuesday night.
   The South posted a 2-1 win in the first game and appeared to be in command of game two after scoring five runs in the bottom of the second. The big hit was a bases-loaded triple by Opelika’s Matthew Christian.
   Payton Stracener of Colbert County got the rally started when Christian, pitching in relief, hit him on an two-strike pitch. Hoover’s Trey Davis doubled for his second hit of the game and third of the doubleheader to put runners on second and third. Stracener was thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice, Oneonta’s Luke Wall singled, and Joseph McCormick of Oak Mountain followed with a two-RB I single.
    Dalton Cobb of Alexandria drove in one run and Carson Cupo plated two with triples to close out the rally.
     Stephan Poplin of Thompson hurled pitched the final two innings, allowing no hits, no runs and striking out two to get the win.   Christian got the loss.
    Hewitt-Trussville’s Carter Pharis also had as triple for the North, which finished with three for the game.
    Davis was named the North MVP and Chase Smart of Charles Henderson, the South MVP.

South 2, North 1
    Catcher Chase Smartt, who helped Charles Henderson High School claim the 2013 and 2014 Class 4A state baseball titles, slugged a double in the first inning and drove in both South runs in the top of the fifth with a single to break open a scoreless tie.
    Smartt drove in UMS-Wright’s Brett Patterson, who reached on a walk, and Marbury’s Jared Dixon, who followed with a single.
   The North managed all three of its first-game hits in the bottom of the fifth with Sylacauga’s Will Green socking a double, Payton Stracener following with a single and Hoover’s Trey Davis plating Green with a single.
     Alabama Christian’s Chandler Taylor hurled three hitless innings to start the game for the South. Headland’s Sam Harrison got the win. Green got the loss.
    The North holds an 18-11-1 edge in the series which dates back to 1997.

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