On Jan. 7, five members of the McPherson County Area were selected to play in the 8-Man Division I All-Star Game on June 13 in Beloit.
The senior-only event consists of two teams with rosters of 20 players and three coaches. State champions Canton-Galva will lead the East Team with three selections.
Quarterback/defensive back Landon Everett, and linemen Nick Pearson and Jay Nightingale were selected, while Shelby Hoppes was selected as one of the three coaches.
Canton-Galva is coming off a 13-0 season and its first state title in program history.
“All three of these guys are so deserving. It is always about team success and not individual success with us, but these three were such a vital part to the run we made this year, they definitely deserve to play in this game. It’ll be great to be able to coach them all one last time,” Hoppes said. “This year’s senior class is so special to me and this program, so coaching some of them one last time will be a moment I treasure for a long time.”
As a coach, Hoppes will be joined by Madison’s Alex McMillian and Maranatha Christian Acadamey’s Bryan Burdette.
“It’s a privilege to be able to coach with some of the best in the state, learn from them and what they do,” Hoppes said. “And then to be able to coach such talented athletes, I’m looking forward to seeing those kids go have fun and compete one last time.”
Little River and Moundridge will each have one senior represented on the West Team.
Little River’s Brayden Sears is a versatile player who can play linebacker, defensive end, tight end, and full back. Little River head coach Kevin Ayers believes this versatility will make him a valuable player to the West Team.
“It's exciting and rewarding to see that Brayden was selected to play in the all star game. It will be a nice punctuation point to end his career,” Ayers said. “It's always fun to watch the team bond and the friendships that develop throughout the course of the week. A lot of good memories will be made.”
Moundridge defensive end/tight end Brady Helms will join Sears on the West Team. Helms is a big, strong end with speed who can be a mismatch on both sides of the football.
“It has been a long time since a football player from Moundridge has gotten to play in an all-star game so that adds to the honor for him,” Moundridge head coach Jeremiah Meeks said. “It will be fun for him to compete against the other all-stars and get to know the other players from around the state that he hasn't gotten to play against.”
Game time for the Division I All-Star Game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at Beloit High School. The game will follow the Division II All-Star Game scheduled for 10:00 a.m.