Geraldine junior Jaden Dismuke was selected to represent DeKalb County in this year’s annual North-South All-Star Volleyball Game.
Jamie Lee, director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association, released the names of players and coaches for the two 15-member teams Thursday.
Dismuke, a 5-foot-6 libero, joins the Team North roster, along with fellow north Alabama standouts Rya McKinnon, a 5-9 outside hitter of 2020 Class 7A state champion Hoover, 6-4 outside hitter Audrey Rothman of 7A runner-up Spain Park and 2A tournament MVP Addisyn Smothers of Addison.
All-star games for baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball, cross country, tennis and golf are also scheduled to be played during the All-Star Week, July 19-23. The remaining teams to be selected will be announced in the coming weeks, the AHSAA said in a statement.
Coaches for the All-Star volleyball squads are the same coaches selected for the 2020 North-South All-Star competition, which was cancelled last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The all-star coaching staff includes: (South) Meredith Donald, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Kim Moncrief, Elmore County; and administrative coach Virginia Franklin, Carver-Montgomery; (North) Andrew Murphy, Central-Florence; John Jones, Westminster-Oak Mountain; and administrative coach Sue Marshall, Randolph.
Among the South All-Stars are middle blocker Ella Broadhead and libero Luci Wilkinson of 2020 5A state champion Bayside Academy.
The North-South All-Star competition will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and AHSAA TV Network.
The South won the 2019 competition 3-0. The North holds a 14-8 edge in the series dating back to the first match in 1997.