Montgomery, AL – The North-South All-Star Girls’ and Boys’ Soccer Teams have been selected for the 2022 AHSAA All-Star Sports Week, announced Brandon Dean, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
The teams, comprised of 2023 rising seniors, were chosen by a special coaches committee from nominations received from AHSAA member school coaches.
“The soccer all-star rosters for the girls and boys are filled with outstanding players,” said Dean. “We look forward to watching them in the All-Star competition set for the All-Star Sports Week this summer.”
The AHSADCA, which operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA), also hosts annual North-South all-star games in baseball, softball, volleyball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, cross country, tennis, and golf during the All-Star Week. All-Star teams for basketball, volleyball, cross country, softball, and baseball have already been released.
The annual North-South All-Star football game is now played in Mobile each December following the conclusion of the football season with those all-stars being selected in the fall.
The AHSAA Summer Conference, annually attended by more than 4,000 coaches and administrators, will be July 18-22 this summer.
The North-South All-Star girls’ soccer coaches include: (North) Adam Johnson, Mountain Brook; Brandon Rice, West Morgan; and George Cavender, Butler, retired, (administrative coach); (South) Charlie Brightwell, Saint James; Haley Williams, Dothan; and Ken Wright, Montgomery County Public Schools (administrative coach).
The North-South All-Star boys’ soccer coaches include: (North) Randy Vice, Southside-Gadsden; Michael Farmer, Fort Payne; and George Cavender, Butler, retired, (administrative coach); (South) Paul Fripp, Providence Christian; Jamie Ferguson, Bayside Academy; and Ken Wright, Montgomery County Public Schools (administrative coach).
Ferguson guided the Bayside Academy Admirals to the Class 1A/3A boys’ state championship the past two seasons. The Admirals also won the state crown in 2016. Farmer coached Fort Payne to the Class 6A boys’ semifinals. Brightwell directed Saint James to the 4A/5A girls’ semifinals last month.
Highlighting the all-star girls’ soccer rosters are seven players who participated in the 2022 State Soccer Final Four this year and boys’ all-star rosters include 12 boys who participated in this year’s Soccer State Tournament at Huntsville as well.
On the North 18-member squad are Class 6A State Finals MVP Madeline “Maddie” Massie of state champion Homewood; Madison Davis of Class 7A state champion Spain Park; Anna Kate Welsh, of 6A semifinalist Southside-Gadsden; and Lily Hosmer of Class 4A/5A state runner-up East Limestone. The South girls’ roster includes: Ann “AP” Stewart of 1A/3A state champion Trinity Presbyterian; Kendal Wright of 4A/5A semifinalist Saint James; Cecelia Antoon of Class 6A semifinalist St. Paul’s Episcopal; and Madeline Dicksey of 7A state runner-up Fairhope.
Among the 18 players on the North boys’ are seven players who participated in the 2022 Boys’ Final Four State Soccer Championships. Among them are: Class 6A state tourney MVP Jack Heaps of 6A state champion Mountain Brook; Veston “Gus” Colvin of Class 4A/5A state champion Indian Springs; Owen Bothwell of Class 7A semifinalist Huntsville; Garrett Murphy of 7A state runner-up Oak Mountain; Kevin Garcia-Hernandez of Class 6A state runner-up Pelham; Yamilson Velasquez of Class 4A/5A state runner-up Russellville; and Kai Stolp of Class 6A semifinalist Fort Payne.
Five players on the South squad participated in the 2022 Soccer State Championships: Blai Cebrian-Claramount of Class 1A/3A state champion Bayside Academy; Noah Miller of Class 7A state champion Daphne; Kidomo Albert of Class 7A semifinalist Davidson; Greer Armstrong of Class 4A/5A semifinalist Montgomery Academy; and Seungjin Han of Class 1A/3A semifinalist Trinity Presbyterian.
The North All-Stars swept last summer’s North-South soccer competition winning 6-1 in the girls’ match and 3-0 in the boys’ match. The North boys lead the series 13-4-1 while the North girls hold a 16-3-1 edge over the South. The series was first played in 1997.
2022 Girls’ All-Star Rosters
2022 Boys’ All-Star Rosters