Three local players selected as all-stars

Published 7:58 pm Wednesday, July 6, 2011

All-stars: Thorsby’s Erick Camarillo, Maplesville’s Hunter McCay and Chilton County’s Kipp Moore were selected to participate in the Alabama All-Stars Sports Week from July 10-14 in Montgomery.

Chilton County will be well represented at the Alabama All-Stars Sports Week.

Three local players and two coaches have been chosen to participate in the event, which will last from July 10-14 in Montgomery.

Thorsby’s Erick Camarillo and Maplesville’s Hunter McCay will compete in the all-star football game for the South team, which will be coached by Maplesville’s Brent Hubbert, while Chilton County’s Kipp Moore will play in the baseball game for the South squad, which will be coached by Mooore’s varsity coach, Josey Shannon.

Coaches nominate players for All-Star Sports Week, which features the state’s best performers in several sports competing against each other after being split into North and South teams.

“The big thing is to try to make it fun and then try to win a ballgame,” Hubbert said. “Most of these kids have already committed (to play a sport at the collegiate level), or have that option out there. They just want one more time to play.”

Hubbert had two other players—offensive lineman/linebacker Casey Atchison and quarterback Matt Hamner—who were selected for the event but could not participate.

Camarillo, who was one of the county’s leading tacklers in each of the past three seasons as a linebacker in addition to playing offensive line, has declared his intention to play at Faulkner University in the fall, and McCay, who played running back and returned kicks at MHS, has already been working out this summer with his Huntingdon teammates.

Both have graduated.

“I’ll get to play with all the best players in the state,” McCay said of the all-star game. “It kind of gets you ready for what you’re going to be playing against when you get to college.”

The football game will be played at 7 p.m. on July 14 at Cramton Bowl.

Moore and Shannon will lead the South baseball team against the North at 4 p.m. on July 11 at Riverwalk Stadium.

Moore will become the third member of his immediate family to participate in the event. His father, Keith, coached in All-Star Sports Week, and his sister, Kala, competed as a Verbena softball player.

Kipp Moore’s appearance will mark his return from an ankle injury on April 1 that cut short his junior season.

Moore—who played second base, third base and shortstop for CCHS and could play any of those positions next week—said he has been working out and practicing as best he could, and he played an exhibition game on June 30 with the local American Legion Post 6 team, going 4-for-7 at the plate with two doubles.

“It was still bothering me a little bit, but I can get out there and play,” Moore said about his ankle. “This is going to be the biggest game I’ve played in, since I missed the playoff games this year. I’m going to play my hardest in this game.”