All Star Classic allows Crosby, Huffman players one last high school game
Three days. Four sports. Five games.
The Southeast Texas Coaches Association (SETCA) CHRISTUS All-Star Classic brought together top talent from the class of 2018 to compete in softball, volleyball, boys and girls basketball, and football from June 14-16 at Crosby and East Chambers High School.
“The purpose of the All-Star Classic is to allow many well-deserving seniors in Southeast Texas to showcase their talents in different sports for their community, school, and team,” said SETCA president Bobby Locke.
“The Southeast Texas Coaches Association’s purpose is to promote student athletes as well as coaches in Southeast Texas.”
Hargrave volleyball coach Tammy White coached the West Team in the volleyball game.
Crosby’s Alyssa Delome, Rebecca Delome, and Haley Harrison, as well as Hargrave’s Allison Hernandez played for the West in the softball game.
Crosby’s Shemar Johnson, Ashton Kenebrew, and Josh Stebelton, as well as Hargrave’s Luke Bailey played for the West Team in the boys basketball game. Crosby coach Edwin Egans coached the West Team.
Crosby’s Amaya Armstrong and Sloan Casey played for the West Team in the girls basketball game.
Hargrave’s David King, Tyler Price, Cason Rice, and Kutter Tucker played for the West Team in the football game.
“It was kind of like one last hurrah,” said Bailey. “It was really just an honor to be able to put that jersey on one last time and take it off with one last time.”
Egans called it an honor to be nominated by his fellow coaches and chosen to coach the all-star team and felt gratified and rewarded that the program’s hard work was being recognized.
“It was a great experience, and to be able to coach my guys made it even better,” he said.
“It’s always rewarding seeing these guys achieve goals and get accolades, to get recognized for their talents,” said Egans. “For me being a part of it, it’s like a proud dad situation, to see these guys representing their team, their community, their families in a great way it was just one more game going out to cap off their high school career.”
He added that it was great for the Crosby coaching staff, who Egans said puts in a lot of the leg work needed to become successful, to get another chance to coach together.
2018 was the seventh year of the SETCA All-Star Classic and the third year with CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Sports Medicine as the title sponsor.
Bailey received a text from Hargrave boys basketball coach Scott Barrett and an email from Egans in early April informing him that he had been selected to the all-star team.
“I honestly did not expect it in any way, shape or form, so it was an amazing surprise,” he said. “Really, I’m just humbled and honored and blessed to be able to participate in that.”