Baseball is in the spotlight on Monday at 4 p.m. as the North All-Stars take on the South All-Stars in a doubleheader at Joe Davis Stadium, home of the Southern League’s Huntsville Stars.
Cedar Bluff catcher Jim Nelson and head coach Taylor Talbot have been selected to be part of the North baseball team. Nelson batted .433 with 15 doubles, six home runs and two triples in helping lead the Tigers to the playoffs last season. He was selected as an honorable mention on the Class 1A All-State Team. Talbot will serve as an assistant on the North team.
The week concludes on July 17 at 7 p.m. with the North-South football game. The game will be played at Alabama A&M University’s Louis Crews Stadium.
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. Cherokee County head coach Tripp Curry is 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 also include in-state all-star games in volleyball, girls and boys basketball, softball and soccer. Clinics and sessions for coaches, officials and athletic directors are also held during the week.