Six DeKalb County athletes were selected to represent the North All-Star teams in four different sports in the 23rd AHSAA North-South All-Star Sports Week from July 15-19 in Montgomery.
The North and South teams in each sport are selected by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.
Fort Payne’s Dawson Garrett, Harrison Davis and Kenneth Toledo, Collinsville’s Jason Perez and Kaleb Jones and Plainview’s Kenzi Traylor were the six local athletes selected to represent the north.
Garrett and Davis will both tee off with the north squad in the first AHSAA All-Star golf competition after posting stellar seasons with the Wildcats.
The junior classmates led the Fort Payne boys golf team this past season to a team appearance in the sub-state round. Both Garrett and Davis then both qualified to compete in the state championships at the Robert Trent Jones course at Capitol Hill in Prattville.
After two days of play, Davis was the lone 6A boys competitor to shoot under par and was crowned the state tournament’s low medalist. Garrett shot 5-over par and placed third in the tournament.
Toledo was one of Fort Payne’s top strikers and led the Wildcats to a second consecutive 6A state runner-up finish. He netted a goal in the Wildcats’ state semifinals win over Homewood and assisted on both of Fort Payne’s goals in their state championship game against St. Paul’s
Jason Perez helped lead Collinsville’s boys soccer team to the final four in Huntsville this past season and was also selected on the All-DeKalb County Soccer Team.
Kaleb Jones constantly found ways to get on base while leading Collinsville’s baseball team to a Class 2A playoff berth.
In 23 games, Jones batted .327 with two homers, 18 RBIs and scored 24 runs. He drew 22 walks, struck out just eight times all season and posted a massive .571 on-base percentage.
Kenzi Traylor was a force at the plate for Plainview while helping lead the Lady Bears to their fourth consecutive county tournament championship and fourth consecutive 3A state tournament appearance.
In 54 games, Traylor smacked 77 base hits and posted a .440 batting average. Nearly have of her hits went for extra bases as she hit 26 doubles, two triples and eight home runs. She drove in 67 RBIs, scored 53 runs, walked 16 times and struck out just eight times in 201 plate appearances.