Athens Review, Athens, Texas

April 19, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: All-star weekend

Local athletes preparing to showcase their skills at football and basketball events

From Staff Reports
The Athens Review

Athens — Three students athletes will be taking their skills to the DFW area this weekend at all-star games in football and basketball.

Athens senior Javonte Johnson — who played corner back and wide receiver for the Hornets this season — will be playing in the BCA/Got Game - Terrance Shaw All-Star Senior Bowl in Grand Prairie this Sunday, April 21st at 2:00 pm.  

The event is being held at the Gopher Bowl on the Grand Prairie ISD campus.

The event will host High School players not only from the state of Texas, but also Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

The senior bowl game is in its 2nd year with a total of 80-to-100 players playing in the game.

Two Brownsboro Bears basketball players will take to the court this weekend for the first annual Chicken Express All-Star Classic Game on April 20 at Greenville High School.

Seniors Blake Ralson and Davonte Givens will be on hand for the game.

The girls game begins at 6 p.m. followed by the boys game at 8.

Tickets for the classic are $7 at the gate. Student prices are $5 at the gate.

“We expect between 1,500 to 2,000 fans at the two games. We will raise several thousand dollars for scholarships and booster clubs. We are very honored to be able to bring this game to the area,” said Greenville Chicken Express owner Cary McDade.

College coaches from throughout the area are expected to attend.

The all-star games in other areas have given players an opportunity to show their talent and several have been awarded scholarships.

Chicken Express will also be awarding several scholarships to the participants.

Players from Class A through Class 5A will play. Sports Classic, an event and marketing company, will oversee the Basketball Classic.

“Our company has so far spent 100 percent with local merchants,” said Teresa Morris, vice president of sales for Sports Classic. “We want to support Greenville and the Greenville ISD. We hope to get support from the community for the classic. We plan to make this an annual event.”