Dunn to play in state All-Stars tournament

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 3, 2004

High school athletes from around the state will converge in Montgomery for the eighth annual All-Star Sports Week and an athlete from Highland Home High School will be among them.

Amanda Dunn, who will be a senior in the fall, will be playing for the South in the North-South softball games on July 14th.

She was the only softball player from Crenshaw County chosen to play on the All-Star team.

Dunn has played softball for Highland Home since seventh grade.

In addition to softball, she also participates in volleyball, basketball and weightlifting.

Mark Head, principal of Highland Home High School said that Dunn excels both on and off the field.

While in school, Dunn has involved herself in all the sports available to her and still managed to keep an excellent attendance record in her classes, Head said.

Dunn also represented Highland Home at Girls State in June.

"Amanda is a model student," Head said.

"They just don't come any better than her."

During the past season, Dunn pitched for the Lady Squadron and played other positions as well.

Shelly Dunn, Amanda's mother, said that her daughter would not know what position she would play in the All-Star game until the team had practiced together.

The coaches will then place them in the position that they feel is best for the player. The teams will practice on Tuesday in order to be prepared for the Wednesday night games.

Some of the best high school athletes in Alabama are nominated for the All-Star teams by coaches from high schools that are a part of the Alabama High School Athletic Association.

The members of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association, which is a part of the athletic association, vote on those that were nominated. The chosen athletes are then placed on a team for either the North or the South.

Alabama All-Star Sports Week runs from July 12th to the 17th and showcases Alabama's high school athletes who have excelled in volleyball, basketball, football, baseball, softball and soccer.

In addition to the All-Star games, coaching clinics will be offered throughout the week for coaches, athletic directors, cheerleader coaches and officials.

Only 35 softball players from around the state were chosen to play on the All-Star teams.

Coaches for the South are Steve Smith of Enterprise and Richard White of Dadeville.

Coaches for the North are Alicia DesRosier of Grissom and Brian Hess of Alexandria.

The softball All-Stars will play a doubleheader on Wednesday July 14th, at Lagoon Park, with the first game starting at 6 p.m.