A pair of Florence High School juniors will represent the North squads in Alabama’s annual All-Star Games this summer in Montgomery.
Bennett Brake will be one of 10 male runners on the North cross country team. Breylee Linder, a 5-9 setter, will be part of the North volleyball team.
The competitions are sponsored by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association and pit athletes from the northern part of the state against athletes from the southern part.
The cross country race is July 18 at the Auburn-Montgomery campus. The volleyball match will be at 2 p.m. on July 19. Between June 16-20, there will also be in-state competitions in football, basketball, soccer, baseball and softball.
Brake finished third in the Class 6A, Section 6 meet last fall with a 5K time of 16 minutes and 56.33 seconds. At the Class 6A state meet, he ran his 5K in 16:28.14 and finished in seventh place.
Linder was one of three setters on the TimesDaily’s all-area first team. She totaled 796 assists, 203 digs, 111 kills and 76 blocks in 2017. The Falcons qualified for the North Regional and beat Clay-Chalkville 3-1 before falling to Albertville 3-2.
Former Florence football coach J.B. Wallace is now the defensive coordinator at Prattville High outside Montgomery, according to his Twitter account.
Wallace previously worked as defensive coordinator at Prattville under Jamey Dubose before they both left for Florence. Wallace, who went 21-24 in four years as Florence’s head coach, resigned this past offseason and was replaced by Will Hester.
• Wilson senior lineman Dalton Elam signed recently to play football with University of the Cumberlands (Ky.).
Elam will join a Wilson teammate, quarterback Tucker Brown, at the NAIA program.
Listed a 6-5 and 270 pounds, Elam was a second-team all-state offensive lineman this past year. He graded at 95 percent with 51 pancakes in 2017 and also added 56 tackles on defense to lift Wilson to its first 10-win season since 1998.
According to his father, Elam signed to play on the defensive line but could play both ways.
• Muscle Shoals quarterback Terrell McDonald recently picked up scholarship offers from both Navy and Army, according to his Twitter account. McDonald, who will be a senior in 2018-19, already had an offer from UNA.
McDonald completed 45 of 84 passes for 600 yards and 5 TDs last season and ran 132 times for 806 yards and 15 scores.
• Florence wide receiver Cadarrius Thompson recently received scholarship offers from Mercer and Samford, according to his Twitter account. He already held offers from UNA, UAB and Arkansas State.
Thompson, a first-team all-state wide receiver in Class 6A last year, caught 69 passes for 1,055 yards last season.
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