Five area athletes and one coach are scheduled to be among the state’s best, including Cedar Bluff baseball pitcher Levi Mintz, Cedar Bluff basketball forward DeAngelo Hardy, Collinsville soccer midfielder Jorge Segura, Piedmont football receiver Sloan Garner and offensive lineman Jameson Trammell.
Piedmont coach Steve Smith has been tabbed the head coach of the North All-Star football squad.
The All-Star week action begins with a baseball doubleheader at Paterson Field on Monday beginning at 4 p.m. Mintz, who was selected to replace injured teammate Curtis Abernathy, was 6-2 with a save in 53 1/3 innings for the Tigers (25-14) last season. He gave up 16 runs (10 earned) on 22 hits with 11 walks and 70 strikeouts. He had a shutout to his credit and a 1.68 ERA.
The All-Star Soccer game takes center stage at the Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex on Tuesday at 7 p.m., featuring the Panthers’ Segura. He scored seven goals and had 10 assists in leading Collinsville to the state tournament last season.
Hardy and the rest of the All-Star boys basketball teams take the court at Alabama State University’s Acadome on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Hardy, the Alabama Sportswriters Association Class 1A Player of the Year, averaged 19.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.1 steals last season for the Tigers (20-15), who earned their second straight state runner-up showing.
The week’s sports festivities conclude next Thursday at Cramton Bowl at 7 p.m. with the North-South football game, featuring Piedmont’s Garner, Trammell and Smith.
The 6-foot-7 Garner, who has signed to play basketball at Gadsden State, was the top receiver for the Bulldogs (12-1) in 2011. He caught 36 passes for 597 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The 6-3, 285-pound Trammell, who signed with West Alabama, posted 61 pancake blocks and didn’t allow a sack last season for the Bulldogs. He graded out at 88 percent.
Smith, now entering his 18th season, has guided Piedmont to prominence since his arrival in 2006, including the Class 3A state championship in 2009. He has a 64-15 record with the Bulldogs.
Prior to his success at Piedmont, Smith coached 11 years at Cedar Bluff and posted a record of 85-45 with the Tigers.