Baldwin County well represented at North-South All-Star week

Local student-athletes compete amongst AHSAA’s best in Montgomery, help earn three victories

By Cole McNanna
Sports Editor
cole@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 7/26/22

Local student-athletes represented Baldwin County among the best in their sport across the state during last weekend's Alabama High School Athletic Association North-South All-Star Games.

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Baldwin County well represented at North-South All-Star week

Local student-athletes compete amongst AHSAA’s best in Montgomery, help earn three victories

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Local student-athletes represented Baldwin County among the best in their sport across the state during last weekend's Alabama High School Athletic Association North-South All-Star Games.

Spanish Fort's Colin Spuler earned boys' soccer South MVP honors for his two-goal efforts, Daphne's Isabel Velazquez and her partner registered the most points in the girls' golf competition and private school cross-country runners Tyler Postle (Bayside Academy) and Boaz Dernlan (Bayshore Christian) helped the South squad earn an 11-point victory.

In other action, Daphne's Taylor Hunt announced her commitment to Coastal Alabama Community College-South to continue her softball career, Spanish Fort's Goodwin Holley (tennis) helped the South All-Stars record their first victory and Fairhope's Hollon Brock (baseball) similarly contributed to his team's victory.

On the soccer pitch, the boys' South All-Stars fell by a 6-3 score but were represented locally by coach Jamie Ferguson, midfielder Joey Jones and goalkeeper Blai Cebrian-Claramunt (Bayside Academy) and forward Noah Miller (Daphne). Spuler's first goal tied the game in the first half and his second goal cut the South's deficit to 4-3 with 15 minutes left in regulation.

Although Daphne's Isabel Velazquez and Pike Road's Yvette Gorden provided a valiant effort on the golf links where they scored the most amount of points out of the four South pairings, it was not quite enough to take down the North All-Stars who won by a 45-27 final score.

Also representing Daphne on the softball diamond was Taylor Hunt, who was named to the South All-Star roster alongside neighbors Emma Weatherford (Baldwin County High) and Ryley Harrison (Fairhope).

The North All-Stars swept the doubleheader (6-3, 10-5) but Hunt cemented her commitment to continue her softball career with the Coastal Alabama Sun Chiefs and was able to share the moment with her new head coach, Mallory Radwitch, after her high school coach, Jenny Laird, managed the All-Star game.

Harrison played on both sides of the ball in both games and recorded an RBI at the plate, pitched four innings in the circle where she allowed three hits, three earned runs and struck out eight batters to go along with five putouts. Weatherford was behind the plate catching in both games and registered a walk and seven putouts where Hunt came across to score a run in Game 1.

The South boys' tennis team earned its first victory in the young series thanks in part to Spanish Fort's Goodwin Holley who took down Evan Williams from Huntsville 5-7, 6-1 (10-6) to help the South All-Stars record a 6-3 win to make the all-time series 2-1 in favor of the North.

Similarly, the South boys' cross country team earned just its second win in their series where the top three runners broke the meet record set just last year. Locally, Bayside Academy's Tyler Postle finished 16th in 18:18.65 and Bayshore Christian's Boaz Dernlan came in 18th with a time of 19:30.83. Both runners crossed the finish line before the final North All-Star runner and helped the South All-Stars win by a 22-33 final score (low score wins) to make the all-time series 3-2 in favor of the North.

The baseball doubleheader ended with one South win (5-0) and one tie (2-2) although Fairhope's Hollon Brock scored a run in both games. Brock walked twice and scored a run to go along with five putouts behind the plate in Game 1.

Bayside Academy's Josh Gunther started Game 2 on the mound and pitched two-plus innings and allowed five hits, two runs, one earned run and struck out three batters. Brock drew a walk and scored and Bayshore Christian's Streed Crooms also drew a walk in Game 2.

In the girls' soccer match, St. Michael Catholic's Mimi Smith rotated in at goalkeeper and recorded eight saves in the South All-Stars' 5-0 loss. Also on the roster included Fairhope center back Madelin Dicksey, Foley forward Yury Santaclara, Gulf Shores center midfielder Jensen Ward, Orange Beach forward Emily Watson and Daphne central defender Dinuki Wickramanayake.

The volleyball court saw a furious, five-set battle that the North All-Stars eventually emerged victoriously from to take a 15-9 lead in the all-time series. Still, Bayshore Christian libero Ashlyn Whiteside had a match-best 14 digs for the South All-Stars alongside other locals Faith Faucher (Spanish Fort) and Janiyah King (Daphne).

Out of the 13 series played during the All-Star week, the North All-Stars earned 10 series wins compared to the South's three.

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