Two Spring Garden athletes will be among the stars during All-Star Sports Week, which begins July 18 in Montgomery. Rising seniors Kerstin Bryant and Tiyonna Rogers both earned spots on the North All-Star softball and girls basketball rosters respectively.
Bryant went 24-15 in the circle with 90 strikeouts and a 4.03 ERA in 189 2/3 innings pitched for the fourth place Lady Panthers (29-18) last season. She also batted .459 with 19 doubles, four home runs, four triples, 10 walks, 41 runs and 60 RBIs.
Lagoon Park will host the North-South softball all-star games on July 18 at 6 and 8 p.m.
Mortimer Jordan’s Shawn Maze and Lawrence County’s Josh Graham are the North coaches. Kent Chambers of Bob Jones will serve as administrative coach.
South coaches are Saraland's Donna Sunnycalb and Auburn's Matt Hendricks. Elba’s Susan Barnes is the South administrative coach.
In last year’s softball competition, the North swept both games 12-4 and 4-1 to improve to 24-9-3 in the 20-year series.
Rogers will take center court for the North squad a day later at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the campus of Alabama State University on July 19 at 6 p.m. She averaged 15.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, an assist and a steal for the girls basketball state runner-up Lady Panthers (25-8) last season. Rogers is Spring Garden basketball coach Ricky Austin’s second player in past three years to be chosen as a North All-Star. The last Spring Garden player selected was Tykeah Rogers, Tiyonna Rogers’ sister, in 2015.
One of Rogers' coaches on the North squad will be Sand Rock's Lisa Bates. Bates guided Sand Rock to a 21-10 record, including the Cherokee Invitational championship last season.
Spain Park's Mike Chase and Lauderdale County's Brant Llewellyn join Bates on the North coaching staff. Llewellyn is the North's administrative coach.
The South coaches are Geneva's Rich Bixby, R.C. Hatch's Willie Morgan and St. James' Nigel Card (administrative).
The South girls ended an eight-year drought with a 57-53 win over the North last summer. The North holds a 17-3 edge in the girls’ series which began in 1997 heading into this summer’s games.
Other all-star events scattered throughout the week are baseball, girls and boys soccer, girls and boys cross country, boys basketball, volleyball and football.
The all-star baseball series at Riverwalk Stadium is set for July 18 at 4 p.m. The girls and boys soccer matches at the Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex are scheduled for July 18 at 5 and 7 p.m., respectively.
The all-star cross country events are set for 7:30 a.m. on July 19 at Auburn University of Montgomery.
The all-star boys basketball game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. tip on July 19 at the Acadome. The all-star sports events conclude with volleyball at 4 p.m. at AUM and football at 7 p.m. in the Cramton Bowl on July 20.
Tickets are $5 per event.
Capping All-Star Sports Week is the Championship Coaches banquet at the Renaissance Montgomery Convention Center on July 21 at 6 p.m. Former Collinsville football and current Winterboro football and baseball coach Alan Beckett will be one of seven individuals to be recognized for the "Making a Difference" award.
The award was established in 2011 by the Alabama High School Athletic Association and the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association to recognize those who go beyond their normal duties as a coach, teacher or administrator to make a positive impact in their schools and communities.
Beginning his fifth year at Winterboro, Beckett guided the Bulldogs from an 0-10 start his first year to two straight winning seasons the last two years. He has been a head football coach for 11 years, including six at Collinsville, and has compiled a 59-48 overall record.
The honorees will be recognized at the Renaissance Montgomery Convention Center at 6 p.m.