But the New York Downtown Athletic Club isn’t the only group passing out prestigious postseason football awards.
The high school football season came to an official close this past Saturday with the state’s 31-12 victory in the annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery. Now, it’s time to commence with disseminating due props to the young men who have made our Friday nights this past fall as fantastic as they were.
You’ll have to wait a little while longer for the big ones (Imagine me saying that like Red Foxx as “Fred Sanford” during one of his famous on-screen feigned heart attacks). The Alabama Sports Writers Association has yet to release its annual all-state teams nor has The Star unveiled its All-Calhoun County and all-area teams.
But a slew of local players from Ohatchee and Pleasant Valley have been named to the All-Class 2A, Region 6 team.
Raiders’ defensive back Will Hamby and defensive tackle Landon Gilmer along with junior wide receiver Eddie Roe and sophomore offensive lineman Jared Colvin were first-team choices.
Indians’ senior defensive end Zach Mitchell, junior wide receiver Jonathan Poole and sophomore running back Tristan Allen were first-team selections.
Earning honorable mention nods were Pleasant Valley’s Michael Roe, Dayton Boozer, Jonah Harmon and Chris Deerman and Ohatchee’s Justin Areno and Riley Allen.
North Sand Mountain quarterback Tyler Vann was named the Region 6’s Offensive Player of the Year and Ider’s Hunter Townsend was the Defensive Player of the Year.
Region 6 also includes Fyffe, Sand Rock, Westbrook Christian, Section and Victory Christian.
• MILLER TIME: Former Jacksonville Christian Academy standout Katy Miller lit it up this past weekend.
The 5-foot-8 guard, now a freshman at Gadsden State Community College, scored 18 points in a 94-88 loss to Wallace-Selma on the road then poured in 26 in a 106-82 win at home against Faulkner State.
“Shooting’s still really the same,” said Miller, who averaged 23 points per game as a senior last season on her way to being named a first-team all-state selection and The Star’s Class 1A-2A Player of the Year.
“You have to release it a lot quicker than you did in high school and your defense has to be good too,” she added. “You have to give them the same competition they give you.”
Miller admitted to being nervous when she stepped onto the floor for the Lady Cardinals season-opener at home against Roane St. (Tenn.)
She’s quickly settled into her role as Gadsden State jumped out to a 5-4 start, including wins in four its past six games.
“She starts every game, and from what I can see, she plays as many minutes as anybody,” said Miller’s father and former coach Tommy Miller. “She’s real comfortable with the team.”
• THE MORE THE MERRIER: Joy Cain of White Plains is on Gadsden State basketball roster this season too. Cain, who’s attending the school on a volleyball scholarship, joined the squad once volleyball season ended.
“We went and talked to her and got her to be on the team,” Katy said. “Me and Paige Gann from Ragland, we’d played against her. Me in the (Calhoun) County tournament and her Paige had been played against her too. We figured if she’s going to be here, she might as well play with us.”
Cain, a first-team selection to The Star’s Class 3A All-Calhoun County basketball team, averaged 10 points, five rebounds and three steals in her senior season a year ago.
Nick Birdsong covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575. Follow him on Twitter @birds_word.