MONTGOMERY – Muscle Shoals will have four representatives on the North-South Girls’ and Boys’ Golf All-Star Teams – Riya Key, Fallon Craigge and Madison Craigge, and admininistrative coach Derrick Gargis. The teams were announced Monday by Jamie Lee, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
Gargis recently retired as the head golf coach at Muscle Shoals.
The two 10-member teams comprised of 2021 rising seniors were chosen by a special coaches committee from nominations received from AHSAA member school golf coaches.
“We are proud to announce these teams even though we are disappointed that the All-Star competition set for the All-Star Sports Week this summer has been canceled,” said Lee. “Nonetheless, these 40 individual players earned this recognition and will be receiving certificates from the AHSADCA for their selection to these prestigious squads.”
The AHSADCA, which operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) and annually North-South all-star games in football, baseball, softball, volleyball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball, cross country, tennis and golf during the All-Star Week. The games were canceled earlier this week due to the COVID 19 Virus pandemic. The AHSAA Summer Conference, annually attended by more than 4,000 coaches and administrators, will still be July 13-18 but been changed to a virtual conference.
The AHSADCA will also release the boys’ and girls’ tennis, baseball, softball and boys’ and girls’ soccer all-star teams later this week. The other all-star squads have already been announced.
Coaches for the All-Star Golf squads include: (North Girls) Jason Pierce, Glencoe; Emily Stapler, Arab; (North Boys) Chris Randall, White Plains; Chad Gladden, Hartselle; Derrick Gargis, Muscle Shoals (administrative coach); (South Girls) Rex Bynum. Enterprise; Adam Byrd, Auburn; (South Boys) Matt Wicker, Elba; Alex Davis, Smiths Station.
Leading the South girls will be Lauren Thompson of Providence Christian, who shot a 36-hole total 146 at the AHSAA 2019 Class 1A/3A girls’ state tourney to earn low medalist honors for the state runner-up Eagles. Among the South boys’ all-stars are Houston Academy rising seniors Matthew Streitman and Alan McDonald, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in as the Raiders won the Class 3A state boys title in 2019. Also on the South team is Tyler Bjorgum of Gulf Shores, who finished tied for fourth in the 6A state tourney.
Anchoring the North boys’ team are Brooks teammates Zach Ashley and Justin Olive, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively, as the Lions won the Class 4A state title in 2019. The duo carded 155 and 156 in the 36-hole competition. The North girls’ team features Erika Allen of 2019 Class 4A/5A state runner-up Northside. She finished second in the individual competition with 75-71—146 over the two-day tourney held at The Prattville RTJ golf course. She and her sisters Ashlee and Karlee Allen combined to claim the 4A/5A state championship in 2018 for Northside when she was just a freshman.
Springville. Marcelino and Chambers finished second in Class 4A and 3A, respectively, and Tucker took third place in Class 5A.
The North-South golf competition was held for the first time last summer with the North sweeping the South winning the match play contests in the boys’ and the girls’ division at the Montgomery Country Club’s golf course. The North girls posted a three-point win over the South scoring 58.5 points to the South’s 55.5. The North boys had a little more cushion winning 63.5 to 50.5.