The Class 1A, Area 14 coaches selected their All-Area team. The girls squad is led by Spring Garden senior forward Tara Mullinax, selected Most Valuable Player. Cedar Bluff senior forward Tyric Scales guides the guys team, also selected as MVP.
Mullinax led the Lady Panthers (24-8) to another Class 1A Northeast Regional appearance last season. She averaged 21.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and an assist per game.
Scales led the Cedar Bluff (29-4) to a state runner-up finish. He averaged 19 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.5 assists last season.
In addition to Mullinax, the Area 14 girls team is comprised of her fellow teammates Jordan Sides and Kelsey Turner. Collinsville had three selections in Kristen Ford, Christy Cox and Brittany Tidmore. Hannah Leach and Audrianna Hargitt represent Cedar Bluff. Katlin Hammett was selected from Gaylesville. Valley Head is represented by Haven Downer and Caitlin Kirby.
On the boys team, Scales is joined by fellow teammates Marcus Reese, Tony McGinnis and Rihied Harris. DeShawn Moore, Tyler Tidmore and David Posey represent Collinsville. Andrew Maddox and Josh Hale were selected from Spring Garden. Clay Joseph represents Gaylesville and Levi Hulgan was chosen from Valley Head.
Keeping with basketball, Piedmont junior center Sloan Garner was one of 60 juniors selected to play in the annual North-South basketball game. The game is part of All-Star Sports Week, which will be held July 11-15 in Montgomery.
The girls and boys all-star games are scheduled for July 13 at 6 p.m. at Alabama State University’s Acadome.
Garner, a Class 3A All-State selection last season, averaged 12.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and blocked 106 shots in helping Piedmont (27-9) earn its second straight Final 48 appearance.
The Jacksonville State soccer program will host a free soccer clinic for kids in the local area. The clinic, held on Saturday, April 9, is open to ages 6-14 and will be held at the JSU Soccer Field.
The one-day event will be from 10 a.m. until noon. JSU will tangle with in-state rival Samford the night before the clinic on Friday, April 8 in a spring season match. Match time is set for 6 p.m.
The clinic is designed to meet the needs of the youth soccer player in a safe and fun learning environment. Participants will work on developing soccer fundamentals such as dribbling, turning, shooting, passing.
The Jax State soccer team will be on hand for the clinic participants to meet and sign autographs. There will also be a raffle for soccer prizes.
For more information, call the JSU soccer office at (256) 782-5695.