Six area players and one coach will be participating in the AHSAA all-star week, which begins Friday with the North-South football game at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.
Camarcus Williams (Central) will play in that game to represent the South. Other athletes participating will be Katie Webb (Central softball), Tionne Williams (Central boys basketball), Stephon Jackson (Smiths Station boys basketball), Christian Howell (Smiths Station boys soccer) and Jermond Williams (Central baseball). Former Central baseball coach Roy Dixon will be on staff for the South baseball team.
On Friday, the 56th annual North-South football game will have a minor change, announced Thursday by the state association. Rather than typical 12-minute quarters, the game will shorten each period to 10 minutes as a safety precaution against the heat, which is expected to be near 100 degrees during the height of the afternoon.
In a press release, the AHSAA said that players have conducted workouts around the heat all week, with morning workouts starting at 8:30 a.m. and night practices at 7 p.m. Friday’s game is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.
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The South has won back-to-back games in the series and holds a 30-23-2 lead overall. Camarcus Williams said that he was excited to add his name to the long list of players who have competed in the game. He said that he was scheduled to start for the team.
“It’s just an honor to play in a game like this,” he said on Wednesday. “I just want to have fun and take advantage of the opportunity that I have. There are a lot of good players, and the competition level is really high, so I just want to play well and represent Central well.”
Camarcus is headed to West Alabama in the fall.
For Jackson, the basketball game is an opportunity to attract more college attention. He is undecided on his destination at the moment, so he said he wants a chance to get his name out there.
“I’m just hoping to show off that I can do more than one thing on offense or defense,” Jackson said.
Jackson was named to the All-Bi-City first team as a senior this past season. Central’s Tionne Williams will join Jackson on the team. Williams averaged 5.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game for Central this past season.
Howell is the lone area representative in soccer. He scored one goal and added 13 assists this season for Smiths Station.
In baseball, Jermond Williams is the only player representative. He batted .323 with three home runs and 25 RBIs this season.
The schedule of the games is as follows: football, 7 p.m. Friday at the Cramton Bowl; baseball, 4 p.m. Tuesday (doubleheader) at Riverwalk Stadium; softball, 5 p.m. Tuesday (doubleheader) at Lagoon Park Softball Complex; girls and boys soccer, 5 and 7 p.m. Tuesday at Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex; girls and boys basketball, 6 and 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Alabama State Acadome; volleyball, 4 p.m. Thursday at the multiplex at Cramton Bowl. All times are central.