Athens Bible standout softball player Megan Davidson was recently selected to play in the North-South All-Star softball game, to be played Tuesday, July 22 at Lagoon Park in Montgomery.
The game is part of the 18th annual Alabama All-Star Sports Week set for July 21-25. The event also includes in-state all-star games in soccer, volleyball, baseball, basketball and football.
The two teams are comprised of current junior student-athletes from across the state. They will play at the site of the Alabama High School Athletic Association state softball tournament.
Davidson and her ABS teammates hope to return to the state tournament, where they were eliminated by Sumiton Christian last season.
Two of the highlights of All-Star week will be the Sportsmanship Banquet, which will honor all schools that do not have an ejection or fine during the 2013-14 school year, and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet, which will recognize coaches whose teams win a state championship in the 2013-14 school year. That banquet will also honor the 2014 Making A Difference Award winners.
Coaches for the South All-Stars are Anthony Cox of Baldwin County and Wilbur Terrell of Elmore County. Susan Barnes will serve as the South’s administrative coach.
The North All-Stars will be coached by David Hughes of Ider and Wendy McKibbin of Oxford. Kent Chambers of Bob Jones is the North administrative coach.
The South and North split last year’s two games with the South winning game one 3-0 and the North prevailing in the second game 8-4. The North currently holds a 22-8-2 advantage in the series, which began in 1997.
ABS ranked in final poll
Athens Bible School’s softball team was the lone Limestone County team ranked in the final Alabama Sports Writers Association softball rankings, released Thursday.
ABS (34-11) finished at No. 6 in Class 1A. Sumiton Christian was the No. 1 ranked team at 1A. Other teams ranked that ABS could face at the North Regional include No. 7 Decatur Heritage.
Athens was just outside the top 10 in 5A.
Softball area tournaments begin next week.