The county has 29 local athletes to compete on the North and South teams.

By ALEC EtherEDGE | redaction boss

A total of 29 high school athletes across Shelby County have been announced as one of the highest earning majors in the state, entitling them to participate in North-South Sports Week this summer.

All-Star events will take place July 19-23 this year in Montgomery and many Shelby County athletes will compete in each sport.

No one, however, will have the same representation as football.

Traditionally the county’s top sport with the most state champions each year, there will be nine soccer players competing in this year’s North-South All-Star Game, including five girls and four boys.

The girls will be contested by Savannah Sato from Briarwood, Avery Burleson from Chelsea, Haley Wells from Oak Mountain, Taylor Belcher from Pelham and Sidney Suwon from Spain Park.

Halle Wells lifts the state championship trophy to Mount Oak. (Reporter Photo / Keith McCoy)

For the boys, Nathan Tosi of Indian Springs, Corbett Grundhofer of Oak Mountain in Oak Mountain, Alan Melendez of Spain Park and Westminster of Jackson Webster in Oak Mountain will be buttoning up their boots to compete in the All-Star event.

Basketball and tennis will have the next highest representation, with four athletes from each sport participating.

In basketball, Spain will be represented by Park Camille Chase for girls and Colin Turner for boys, who will lead their teams during the 2021-2022 season.


Evan Smith during his first men’s basketball tournament at Oak Mountain. (Reporter Photo / Keith McCoy)

Defenders from the 7A State Champions class will also have co-players with Oak Mountain’s Evan Smith and Wilder Evers ready to take the floor after a special round last season.

In tennis competitions, Thompson would be well represented by three different athletes.

For the girls, Ansley Brown and Hannah Faustin will compete for the Southern Girls, while Libo Mashego will compete for the Southern Boys.

Across from Brown and Faustin will be Kara Coleman of Briarwood representing the Lions for the North team.

Golf and volleyball will feature three local athletes in Montgomery, Oak Mountain, Spain Park and Thompson will send one for each sport.

In golf, Oak Mountain’s Elinor Forbes and Spain Park’s Taylor Triple will compete for the girls, while Thompson’s Nicola Luzito will compete for the boys.

Next, for volleyball, the event will compete in the event with Catherine Smith from Oak Mountain, Audrey Rothman from Spain Park and Madison Tohy from Thompson. Rothman will be part of Team North, while Smith and Toohy will compete in Team South.

Baseball, cross country and softball will also feature two players.

Helena McGuire Turner. (Reporter Photo / Keith McCoy)

Helena McGuire Turner and Davis Gillespie of Oak Mountain will play in the North All-Star baseball game, while Helena Cam Bailey and Ella Pat Thompson will play in the All-Star softball game.

Westminster at Oak Mountain was responsible for the other two athletes who would attend thanks to the runners’ excellent racing program. Courtney Callahan and David Haskins will compete in north-south cross country races for girls and boys, respectively.

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