Seven former student-athletes from the Bulletin’s coverage area will be competing in Texas Six-Man Coaches Association All-Star Games this weekend in Lubbock.
The Division I football game — which starts at 7:30 tonight at Lowrey Field — will feature the largest contingent from the area as May’s Conner Murphree, Richland Springs’ Tyler Ethridge and Mark Williams and Santa Anna’s Terrence Jackson are slated to be members of the East roster.
Ethridge and Williams helped lead Richland Springs to a state championship repeat in 2007 as the Coyotes earned their third title in four years.
As a senior, Williams caught 44 passes for 986 yards with 23 TDs, while Ethridge completed 116-of-154 tosses for 2,491 yards and 55 TDs.
No player in high school football history has thrown for more touchdowns in a career than Ethridge, who tallied 230. Ethridge also completed 522-of-774 passes for 10,681 yards and rushed for 4,536 yards and 98 touchdowns on 522 carries.
Murphree, the defensive MVP of District 13, racked up 106 tackles during the regular season for the district champion May Tigers.
Jackson, a first-team all-district selection in District 13, again served as the leading rusher for Santa Anna, which missed the playoffs for the first time since 2005.
The Division II football game — which will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, also at Lowrey Field — features Zephyr’s Chris Newton on the East roster, while Zephyr head coach Landon Buffe will coach the East All-Stars.
In his first year at Zephyr, Buffe led the Bulldogs to an 8-4 overall record, the District 14 title and the Region IV championship game.
Newton, meanwhile, threw for 1,039 yards and 17 touchdowns and earned first-team all-District 14 honors as a utility back.
The all-star basketball doubleheader begins with the girls game at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Rip Griffin Center at Lubbock Christian University.
May’s Mike Dickerson will compete on the boys East team, while Zephyr’s Callye Russell will play for the girls East team, which will be coached by Glenn Hallum of May.
Dickerson was a TABC Class A, Division II all-region selection after helping May come within one victory of advancing to the state tournament.
Russell scored 40 points during Zephyr’s two postseason games and was the driving force behind the Lady Bulldogs’ run to the area round of the Class A, Division II girls playoffs.