The Cherokee County area is well represented on the North squad. Sand Rock’s Jake Thompson, a Shorter College signee, has been selected to play as a defensive back. Piedmont’s Marquise Diamond, a South Alabama signee, will line up at wide receiver for the North. Cherokee County head coach Tripp Curry has been named as an assistant on the North team.
Thompson was one of the Wildcats’ leading tacklers last season. He had 47 tackles with a team-high five interceptions in helping Sand Rock earn a 9-2 record. Diamond led Piedmont (10-3) in receiving last season. He had 31 catches for 588 yards and seven touchdowns. Curry guided the Warriors (14-1) to the Class 4A state title game last season.
All-Star Sports Week will include in-state all-star games in volleyball, girls and boys basketball, baseball, softball and soccer along with clinics and sessions for coaches, officials and athletic directors.
Speaking of football, the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Central Board of Control at its spring meeting April 8 approved a six-year agreement to move the AHSAA Super 6 state football championships to Tuscaloosa and Auburn and keep the Final 48 Basketball Championships in Birmingham.
The cities of Tuscaloosa, Auburn and Birmingham submitted proposals in February to host the games. The Central Board accepted the proposals at the meeting, held at the AHSAA office in Montgomery.
The Super 6 Championships will now be played in Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn on a rotating basis through 2014, starting this December at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Super 6 Championships have previously been held at Birmingham’s Legion Field every year since 1996. Prior to 1996, the Class 6A state championship game was held at Legion Field but the other five classifications played at home sites.
Also approved was a new six-year agreement to keep the Final 48 State Basketball Tournament in Birmingham at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Arena. The state basketball tournament moved to Birmingham in 1994 and has been held there ever since. More than 50,000 fans paid to attend this year’s Final 48 state tournament.
The Fort Payne Parks and Recreation Department began registration for the Fort Payne swim team on April 1. The registration fee is $40 for the first person, $35 for the second and $25 for any additional. A birth certificate is required to register.
The swim season will be in June and July. Practices will start in late May. For more info call the WVRC at 844-6571.